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Latest book reviews of 1 November 2011
BOOKS REVIEWS BY JOHN ELBURG.

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                                 Chess Books & Magazine's

New in Chess Yearbook issue 100
2011
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
304 pages
Price € 26,95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-358-8

This special made anniversary issue is not only compressed with a extra 56 pages but it also holds some superb. contributions by some of the best players in the world
as the contribution of Garry Kasparov and his final word on the Zaitsev Ruy Lopez: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5
7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Bb7 10.d4 Re8 11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.a4 h6 13.Bc2 exd4 14.cxd4 Nb4 15.Bb1 c5 16.d5 Nd7 17.Ra3 c4,all together packed with
13 pages of text!
In Forum Wolfgang Jackwerth comes with a interesting novelty in the Fajarowicz Gambit:
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.Nd2 Bb4 5.a3 Nxd2 6.Bxd2 Bxd2+ 7.Qxd2 Nc6 8.Nf3 Qe7 9.Qf4 0-0 10.0-0-0 Re8 11.Rd5 b6 12.e3 Bb7
13.Bd3 Nd8 14.Qf5 g6 15.Qxd7 Bxd5 16.Qxe7 Rxe7 17.cxd5 Nb7 18.Bb5 Nd8 19.Kd2 a6 20.Bc4 b5 21.Bb3 Rb8 22.Rc1 a5 23.Kd3 a4
24.Ba2 Rb6 25.Kc3 c5 26.d6 Rd7 27.Ng5 b4+ 28.Kd3 b3 29.Bb1 Nb7 30.Ne4 Kg7 31.Nxc5 Nxc5+ 32.Rxc5 f6 33.f4 fxe5 34.fxe5 Rf7
35.Kd4 Ra7 1-0,Jackwerth writes: I won’t play the Fajarowicz Gambit any more-at least not in correspondence chess.
Richard Palliser comes with a interesting survey on the Alapin where he digs in the line: 1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bg4
6.dxc5 Qxd1+ 7.Kxd1 e5 8.b4 a5!?
Jeroen Bosch shows us in a survey how to combat the Caro-Kann:1.e4 c6.Nc2 d5 3.Qe2!?
A other highly interesting Caro-Kann contribution comes from Peter Lukacs,Laszlo Hazai and Viswanathan Anand: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h5
5.Bg5 Qb6 6.Bd3,An obscure gambit in the Caro-Kann.
Amil Anka looks at the good old Evans Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Be7 6.d4 Na5 7.Be2 exd4 8.Qxd4 and John van der
Wiel digs in his great love the Scotch.
All together there are 35 surveys and a lot of extra’s as the 20 best chess opening books!
But it stays a matter of choice but please don't forget the exciting anniversary quiz!
Conclusion: Packed with thrilling surveys!

The Zurich Chess Club, 1809-2009 by Richard Forster
2011
McFarland & Company,Inc.,Publishers Box 611
Jefferson,North Carolina 28640.
http://www.mcfarlandpub.com
436 pages
Price $55.00
ISBN 978-0-7864-6064-9


The Zurich Chess Club goes back to the year 1809 and the world’s oldest chess organization has been responsible for some of the most interesting chess
 tournaments of all time,as the World Championship Candidates Tournament of 1953 or the Jubilee Tournament of Zurich 1959.
Richard Forster has done for this book a unbelievable lot of research and digs deeply back in the history of the Zurich Chess Club and offers the
reader of this book fascinating stories of biographical sketches of notable members, as for example  the said story of  the forgotten Hans Fahrni 1874-1939;
Forster writes: After the war brake out, news of Fahrni became increasingly scare. As with his father,signs of mental derangement became more and more obvious
.A small tournament in Triburg in 1916 with five of the interned Russian masters became his last event.Fahrni was sent to mental institutions in Nuremberg
and Erlangen before being expelled from Bavaria and sent back to Switzerland.
With a brief interruptions Fahrni spent the remainder of his life in the Waldau asylum near Berne.There he met well-known artists and poets such as
Robert Walser,Friederich Glauser and Adolf Wölfli.He shared his passion for chess with them and devoted himself to his penchant for drawing.
As a proponent of art brut he became at least a footnote in the history of the arts.There is a collection of 382 of his drawings in the Waldau museam,and chess
collectors own various peculiar and witty sketches and postcards from him.In his final decades Fahrni maintained a closer interest in chess.He still gave
simultaneous exhibitions,he composed problems and studies and he entered correspondence tournaments. His first chess book on the endgame appeared in 1917
 and was later translated into Dutch and Russian.
In 1922 he published a monograph on then  still brand-new and highly obscure Alekhine Defence.His recognition of the potential of this  revolutionary
opening idea testifies to Fahrni’s deep chess insight years after he had to give up serious tournament play.
A major part of this book is divided to selected games and compositions,here you will find a large selection superb. games with interesting
 analyses as for example Walther – Fischer,Jubilee Tournament 1959,where Fischer had all the luck of the world,please also see game 9 of Bobby Fischer his
 book My 60 Memorable Games.
A regular guest to the Zurich Chess Club was Aaron Nimzowitsch; Having become a world class player and one of the main pretenders for
the crown,Nimzowitsch returned to Zurich in the 1930s to give simultaneous exhibitions and lectures and eventually to participate in the
1934 tournament. He was greeted warmly ,many an old hand still vividly remembering the dashing play and sharp tongue of there former clubmate.
Included in this book is a chapter on the jubilee
Festivities with eight living world champions!
Conclusion: One of those super reads from McFarland! 

Beating inusual chess defences by Andrew Greet
2011
Everyman Chess
http://www.everymanchess.com
304  pages
Price €20,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-621-0


The former British Junior Champion international Master Andrew Greet provides the reader in this book with a compressive repertoire against the
 Scandinavian, Pirc, Modern, Alekhine and some other tricky lines as the Nimzowitsch or 1.Grob in Reverse defence.
Repertoire books are a matter of taste, but the suggested moves are in this book often original as for example  against the
Scandinavian, Greet goes for the interesting 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nf3!?
Against the Modern and Pirc,Greet prefers a setup with the move f4;1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.f4 or 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6
3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be3.
Between this lays a lot of alternatives but all of them as for example the Philidor and Czech Pirc are well explained with a lot of explaining text.
Curious about the Alekhine? Here Greet goes for the reliable 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 and after 4….Nd7
he prefers the simple retreat 6.Nf3!
Some lines are deeply explained as instance the move 12.f4{1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. Be2 e6
6. O-O Be7 7. c4 Nb6 8. Nc3 O-O 9. Be3 d5 10. c5 Bxf3 11. gxf3 Nc8} is good for nearly 2.5 pages of text.
Interesting to mention is the sharp knight move: 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. Be2 c6 6. c4 Nb6 7. Ng5!?
All material is well explained at the hand of 62 model games.
Conclusion: This repertoire book is truly overloaded with original ideas!


The Petroff an expert repertoire for black by Konstantin Sakaev
2011
Chess Stars
291 pages
Price €25,95
ISBN 978-954-8782-84-5

The incredible GM Konstantin Sakaev,who was one of  Kramnik seconds for his world championship match, comes here in this repertoire book
 with a detailed move to move study of the Petroff Defence.
The Petroff is also known as the Russian Game belongs to one of the most reliable openings,and it is not easy for white to gain an advantage against it.
There for it became the choice of world champions.
Sakaev is an author who digs as no other, for example in the main line with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7
8.c4 Nb4 9.Be2 0-0 10.Nc3 Bf5 11.a3 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Nc6 13.Re1 Re8 14.cxd5 Qxd5 15.Bf4 Rac8 16.h3 h6,Sakaev deeply analyses the moves
17.Qa4,Bf1,17.c4,17.g4,17.g4,17.d2 and 17.Qc1!
After: 17.Qc1 Qd7 18.Qb2 Bd6 19.Bxd6 cxd6 20.Nh4 Be6 21.Rad1 d5 22.Bd3 Sakaev is good for the original novelty 22….Qc7!
By the way 17.Qc1 is Akopian's novelty, who introduced it in 2009 against Kasimdzhanov.As Sakaev explains 16..h6 is black’s calmest and most reliable move.
Pleasant to mention is that Sakaev privides the reader with all kind of alternatives if white does not play 2.Nf3.
For example in the King’s Gambit he suggests for black lines as
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 Bg7 5.d4 d6 6.h4 h6 7.c3 Nc6 8.0-0 g4 9.Ne1 f3 10.gxf3 Qxh4 11.Ng2 Qh3
12.fxg4 Nf6 or 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.g3 g4 6.Nh4 f3 7.d4 Bb4 8.Bc4 d5 9.Bxd5 Nf6
10.Bxc6+ bxc6 11.Qd3 c5 12.dxc5 Qxd3 13.cxd3 Nd7 14.Kf2 Nxc5 15.Nd5 Nxd3+ 16.Ke3 c6 17.Nf6+ Ke7 18.Nxg4 Bxg4 19.Kxd3 f2 and white must think about salvation.
Conclusion: Certainly a must for all lovers of the Petroff Defence!


1.d4 Beat the Guerrillas by Valeri Bronznik
2011
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
272 pages
Price € 20,95
ISBN: 978-90-569-1373-1


The well known author IM Valeri Bronznik learns you in this how to tackle with white the following  off beat lines as the Englund
Gambit,Budapest Gambit,Schara-Hennig Gambit,English Defence,Baltic Defence,Keres Defence,Marshall Defence,Owen Defence and
Albin’s Counter Gambit. Please also see the German edition of this work on http://chessbooks.nl/elburg158.html
This is the perfect book for all 1.d4 players who are interested to get the best of it in these less explored lines as for example in
The Fajarowicz Gambit,where Bronznik goes for lines as : 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.a3 Nc6 5.e3 d6 6.Qc2 d5 7.Nf3 g6
8.cxd5 Qxd5 9.Bc4 Qa5+ 10.b4 Bxb4+ 11.axb4 Qxa1 or 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.a3 b6 5.Nd2 Nc5 6.b4 Ne6 7.Ngf3 Bb7
8.Bb2 a5 9.b5 d6 10.e3 Nd7 11.Be2 dxe5 12.Nxe5 Nxe5 13.Bxe5 Bxg2 or 13…Qg5!?
The analyses from Bronzik are honest and his explanations are really super!
His conclusion about the Fajarowicz,is instructive: Although at first glance the Fajarowicz Gambit looks suspicious, it is probably still just playable.
But if white knows what he is doing,Black can hardly hope for equality and usually has to be content if he achieves a position which is only slightly worse.
That will explain to us why this opening is practically never seen at a high level these days.
All together we have here a very objective view from very interesting off beat lines which are often to highly recommended in Gambit magazines.
Conclusion: This book really helps you to win from the book!


The Gambit book of  instructive chess puzzles by Graham Burgess
2011
Gambit Publications Ltd
http://www.gambitbooks.com
E-mail info@gambitbooks.com
159 pages
Price €13,95
ISBN 978-1-906454-28-9

This eye catching working from Burgess is no normal exercise book but it is based to improve your creative thinking!
It is all a matter of finding the winning key idea, and this all well packed by Burgess with instructive chapters as creativity,vision, attack, defence and counterattack.
But there are more enjoyable chapters, as a Tough day at the office,Leaving the comfort zone behind,Vision, Endgame skills, Putting your
knowledge to work and Not just for beating your dad!
All together there are 300 exercises where you can make your points!
The price is low and the solutions to the exercises are well and instructively explained!
All material comes from the years 2010/2011 and that makes it all very special!
Conclusion: This book is an invaluable exercise tool!


Giants of  innovation by Craig Pritchett
Everyman Chess
288  pages
Price €20,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-671-5

IM Craig Pritchett describes in this book the playing techniques of five famous chess players who are responsible for there outstanding
innovation,as Wilhelm Steinitz,Emanuel Lasker,Mikhail Botvinnink,Viktor Korchnoi and Vassily Ivanchuk.
We all know that Steinitz was responsible for the ground rules of modern chess and Lasker for his power of the will and Botvinnink was the man of preparation.
Korchnoi has created high standards defences and Ivanchuk is the man of creation.
This all is well explained with detailed analyses of some of there best encounters as for example the game Korchnoi – Ivanov,Enghien Les Bains 1997: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6
3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Nf3 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5 13.Rc1 Ng6 14.c5 Nxc5 15.b4 Na6 16.Nb5 Bd7
17.Nxa7 h5 18.a3 g4 19.fxg4 f3 20.Bxf3 hxg4 21.Bxg4 Rxf2 22.Rxf2 Rxa7 23.Rc3 Ra8 24.Rg3 Nf4 25.Nc2 Qe7 26.Ne3 Rf8 27.Bxd7 Qxd7 28.Rg5 c6
 29.Nf5 Rxf5 30.Rxf5 cxd5 31.R2xf4 exf4 32.Qxd5+ Kh7 33.Rxf4 Qe7 34.Rf7 Qh4 35.g3 Qd8 36.Qxb7 Qg5 37.Rf4 Qe5 38.Qf7 Qd4+ 39.Kg2 Qb2+
40.Kh3 1-0,and this game is good for 6 pages of  text!
Craig writes at the begin of this game:Korchnoi has always entertained some doubt as to the ultimate soundness of the King’s Indain.Strict logic
 doesn’t necessarily come into this.It’s really a matter of faith.As in the Hedgehog Defences,black concedes space in the King’s Indian.
Korchnoi,who considers himself “classical” in this regard, likes to occupy space.
He especially likes to play the classical variation against the King’s Indian.
Included in this book is Ivanchuk his masterpiece: Ivanchuk,Vassily (2705) - Radjabov,Teimour (2663) [B32]
Calvia ol (Men) Mallorca (6), 20.10.2004
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 b5 8.Nd5 Nce7 9.Nb4 Bd7 10.c4 a5 11.Nbc2 Nf6 12.Nxb5 Bxb5 13.cxb5 Nxe4
14.Be3 d5 15.b6 f5 16.Qe2 Kf7 17.0-0-0 Qd7 18.Kb1 Qe6 19.f3 Nd6 20.f4 Nc4 21.fxe5 Rb8 22.g4 f4 23.Qf3 g5 24.Bxc4 dxc4 25.h4 Qc6 26.e6+ Kg6
27.Qf2 Qxe6 28.Bd4 Bg7 29.hxg5 Rbd8 30.Rde1 Qd6 31.Bc5 Qd2 32.Re6+ 1-0,and good for nearly 8.5 pages of instructive text!
Conclusion: Very instructive learning book!


The Alterman gambit guide by Boris Alterman
2011
Quality Chess
360 pages
Price €21,99
ISBN 978-1-906552-54-1

The Alterman Gambit guide is an manual that holds the following black gambits: Benko Gambit 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d4 b5,
Blumenfeld Gambit 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 c5 4.d5 b5, Vaganian Gambit 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 6.Nb5 d5
6.cxd5 Bc5,The English Defence Gambit 1.c4 b6 2.d4 Bb7 3.Nc3 e6 4.e4 Bb4 5.f3 f5! 6.exf5 Nh6! And some side lines as the
Trompowsky,Veresov,Colle,London System and Torre.
A lot of openings where the aim lays by explanations above latest developments.
The explanations are okay and there is for the new comer a lot to learn,but the offered gambits stay a matter of taste!
Conclusion: Interesting read!




Chess DVD's

ChessBase Magazine issue 144
2011
October
http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com
ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 19.95
 

CBM issue 144 comes with the following super tournaments: World Team Championship in Ningbo,Russian Championship in Moscow, Biel,Dortmund and the Botvinnik Memorial, where you can find the top four of the world!
Included throw these games are excellent analyses as the following one from Bojkov.
Molner,Mackenzie (2447) - Bojkov,Dejan (2544) [C59]
Metropolitan Invitational Los Angeles (9), 27.08.2011
[Bojkov]
Before the final round of the Metropolitan Invitational GM tournament T. Gareev was leading with 6/8, followed by me and Z. Amanov on 5.5/8. There were only two prizes which meant that I needed to play for a win as Black.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 Surprise! In our previous encounter in January, Mackenzie chose: [8.Bd3] 8...h6 9.Nf3 e4 10.Ne5 Bc5 A tricky move order. Black provokes his opponent to "win" a tempo.
11.c3 Qc7 12.d4 exd3 13.Nxd3 Bd6 However, it now becomes obvious that the pawn on c3 hinders White's normal development. It deprives White of the c3-square, and also makes the fianchettoeing of the black-squared bishop less effective.
14.Nd2 0-0!? I played this too quickly, simply forgetting the theory. The other natural move is: [14...Bf5 intending to bring the rook as fast as possible to d8 to torture her Majesty on the open file. One famous example is: 15.b4 Nb7 16.Nc4 Rd8 17.Be3 0-0 18.Bxa7 Nd5 19.Bd4 Rfe8 20.Nxd6 Nxd6 21.0-0 Nb5 and Black had dangerous threats. 22.Qd2 Ndxc3 23.Bxc3 Rxe2 24.Qxe2 Nxc3 25.Qc2 Rxd3 as in Sutovsky-Postny, Tel Aviv 2001.] 15.b4 Nb7 16.Nc4 Nd5 I was also considering the "all in play": [16...Bxh2 but was not yet in the mood for it 17.g3 (There is also the idea 17.Bxh6!? Re8 18.Be3 Be6 19.Nd2 Nd5 20.Bd4 Bg4 21.Nf3 Bxf3 22.gxf3© Ninov,N (2518)-Burguete Archel,E (2187)/ Pamplona 2007/CBM 121 Extra (39)) 17...Bxg3 18.fxg3 Qxg3+ 19.Kd2 Nd6!?©] 17.Nxd6N [17.Bd2 is an alternative when Black can still sacrifice the piece: or play it safe: 17...Re8 (17...Bxh2 18.g3 Bxg3 19.fxg3 Qxg3+ 20.Nf2 (20.Kf1 Bh3+) 20...Re8©) ;
17.Bb2 Bf5 18.Nxd6 Nxd6 19.0-0 Nc4f;
17.Qc2 Bf5;
The only other game that I found in Megabase saw 17.Qb3?! Re8 18.Ne3 a5 instead (18...Be6³) 19.Nxd5 cxd5 20.Be3 Bf5 with good compensation for Black in Markgraf,A (2345)-Walter,S (2194)/Germany 2004/EXT 2006 (31)] 17...Nxc3 Now forced play starts: [17...Nxd6 18.0-0 Nxc3 19.Qc2 Nxe2+ 20.Qxe2²] 18.Qc2 [18.Nb5?! cxb5 19.Qc2 Re8³] 18...Nxe2 19.Qxe2 [19.Nxc8 Nxc1 20.Rxc1 Re8+³;
19.Nxb7 Nxc1 20.Rxc1 Re8+ 21.Kf1 Bxb7³] 19...Qxd6! Playing for the full point. I am trying to decoy white pieces on to vulnerable positions. [19...Nxd6 was the move, which I had been intending to play from far back, with the possible line 20.Bf4 Ba6 21.0-0 Rad8 22.Rfd1 Qc8 23.Qc2 Qf5 .24.Qxc6 (24.Qc5 Bxd3 25.Bxd6 Rfe8=) 24...Bxd3 25.Bxd6 However, Black wins more easily in this line: 25...Qg6! (and here I intended 25...Be4 26.Qc5 (but missed 26.Qc3! ) 26...Qg4 27.f3 Bxf3,) ] 20.Bf4T [20.0-0 Bf5³ 21.Rd1 Rad8 22.Nb2 Qxb4] 20...Qd4 21.Be5T [21.0-0? Bf5 22.Qe7 Bxd3 23.Be3 Qe4 24.Qxb7 Bxf1-+] 21...Qc4 22.Rc1 [22.0-0 Bf5 23.Nf4 Qxe2 24.Nxe2 Rfe8-+] 22...Qb5 23.Bc3? After solving many problems, White fails in the final exam. The last only move was: [23.a4! Qxa4 24.0-0© when the awkward position of the knight on b7, and the weak a- and c-pawns give full compensation for the sacrificed pawn.] 23...Bf5 It is my turn now to create threats, and the opposite coloured bishops will only help. 24.Ne5 f6 25.Qc4+ [<25.Qxb5 cxb5 26.Nc6 Rfe8+ 27.Kd1 Be4µ (27...Nd6) ] 25...Qxc4 [The computer suggests 25...Kh7 26.Qxc6 Qb6 27.Qxb6 axb6 28.Nc4 Rxa2f] 26.Nxc4 Rfe8+ 27.Ne3 Bd3 White does not have the chance to castle, and to connect the rooks, and his defence is very, very difficult. 28.Rd1 Rad8 29.Kd2 c5! [Bringing the last piece into the attack. Of course not: 29...Bc4+ 30.Kc2 Bxa2 31.Rxd8 Rxd8 32.Ra1 Bf7 33.Rxa7 Nd6=] 30.Kc1 cxb4 31.Bxb4 Re4 32.Bc3 [32.a3 a5 33.Bc3 Nc5µ;
32.Ba3 Ra4 33.Kb2 Na5µ] 32...Nc5 33.Rd2 Rb8! Gains an important tempo. White's threat is seen in the line: [33...Rc8? 34.Rhd1 Ba6 35.Rd8+=] 34.Rb2 Please, allow me one small demonstration of the attack with bishops of opposite colours: [34.Bb2 Ra4 35.Rhd1 Rxa2 36.h3 Ra1+ (36...Nb3#) 37.Bxa1 Rb1#] 34...Rc8 35.Rd1 Kh7!? I was very proud of this prophylactic move, which prevents White from trading pieces. [However, 35...Ree8! 36.Rb4 Bg6 would be much more effective...] 36.Kd2 [36.Rbd2 Na4 37.Rxd3 Nxc3 38.R1d2 Nxa2+ (38...Rb4) 39.Kb2 Nb4³] 36...Ba6 37.Rb4 Rxb4 38.Bxb4 Nd3 39.Rb1 Nxf2 40.Rb3 Ne4+ 41.Kd1 Bb5 Time trouble is over, White is a pawn down, and has no move at all. I was wondering why he was not resigning. perhaps, as has happened many times before he was hoping to "manage to make it to the draw".
42.Rb2 a6 [42...h5!?] 43.g4 g6 44.h4 Rd8+ 45.Ke1 Rd3 Missing the simple:
46.Rb3 [46.Nd1 Rh3;
46.Nf1 Rh3] 46...Rd7 47.Rb1 Rd4 48.Rb3 Kg7 49.h5 Kf7 50.hxg6+ Kxg6 51.Ba3 Stops ¢g6-g5. Now after a prolonged period of thought I went for the "winning" continuation: 51...Nd2?! [51...Kg5 52.Bc1;
51...Ra4! is winning.] 52.Rb4 Rd3 53.Bc1 Rxe3+?? [It was not too late to switch to 53...Nf3+ 54.Kf2 Ne5µ] 54.Kxd2 Re2+ 55.Kd1 [I thought that 55.Kc3 Rxa2 56.Bb2 Ra4 57.Rxa4 Bxa4 58.Kb4 Bd7 59.Ka5 Bxg4 60.Kxa6 h5 61.Ba3 h4 62.Bd6 Kf5 would be the finish.] 55...Rxa2 56.Bb2 Ra4 57.Rxa4 Bxa4+ 58.Ke2 a5 [and only here I realised with horror, that the intended gain of the third pawn: 58...Kg5 is most easily refuted by 59.Bc1+ Kxg4 60.Bxh6=] 59.Kf3 Now it is a draw. I cannot easily trade any of the pawns on the king's flank, as Molner will have enough time to switch the defenders - bring the king to fight with the a-pawn, and sacrifice the bishop for the remaining h- or f-pawn. An excellent game had been thrown away. 59...Bd7 60.Kf4 a4 61.Ba3 Kf7 62.Bc1 Bb5 63.Ke3 Kg6 64.Kf4 Bd3 65.Ba3 Kf7 66.Bc1 Bh7 67.Kf3 Kg7 [67...h5 68.gxh5 Ke6 69.Kf4 (69.Bb2) 69...Kd5 70.Bb2 f5 71.Kg5 Kc4 72.Kh6 Kb3 73.Be5=] 68.Kf4 Kg6 69.Bb2 [69.Ba3=] 69...Kf7 70.Kf3 Bc2 71.Kf4 Ke6 72.Ke3 [72.Ba3=] 72...Bg6 73.Kf4? Amnesty! [73.Ba3 f5 74.gxf5+ Bxf5 75.Kd4 h5 76.Bc1 h4 77.Bf4 would still draw.] 73...f5! 74.gxf5+ [74.Bg7 Kf7 75.Bxh6 (75.Bb2 fxg4 76.Kxg4 Ke6-+) 75...a3] 74...Bxf5 And it appears that the king cannot reach the desired corner!
75.Ba3 h5 76.Bf8 Bg6 77.Ke3 Kd5 78.Kd2 Kc4 79.Kc1 Kb3 80.Bg7 a3 81.Be5 a2 82.Bf6 h4 83.Kd2 h3 84.Ke3
Gareev won his last game and the tournament, while I took clear second. Amanov lost the decisive encounter for the GM norm, but gained the third place, and showed that he has the necessary potential. 0-1.
But there is more as over 3 hours of video analysis and with contributions from Carlsen, Morozevich, Shirov, Vachier-Lagrave, Caruana and Pelletier.
Honest these contributions are super!
Highly interesting are always the theory files: Dutch A97:1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.g3 e6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 d6 7.Nc3 Qe8 8.Re1 by Boris Schipkov,Scandinavian B01: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bf5 6.Bc4 c6 7.Bd2 by Eric Prie,Sicilian B42:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 g6 6.0-0 Bg7 7.Nb3 by Leonid Kritz, French Defence C07:1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.N1f3 cxd4 6.Bc4 Qd6 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Nb3 Nc6 9.Nbxd4 Nxd4 10.Nxd4 a6 11.Re Bd7 by Dennis Breder,Tarrasch Defence D34:1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.g3 Nf6 7.Bg2 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Bg5 cxd4 10.Nxd4 h6 by Martin Breutigam,Semi Slav D46:1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.0-0 dxc4 9.Bxc4 b5 by Michal Krasenkow, Grünfeld Defence D85:1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Be3 c5 by Igor Stohl,Grünfeld Defence D90: 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Qb3 Nb6 6.d4 Bg7 7.Bg5 by Alexy Kuzmin,Queen’s Indian E10: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 a6 by Spyridon Skembris and at a last a contribution from Evgeny Postny E94: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 exd4 8.Nxd4 Re8 9.f3 c6 10.Kh1 Nbd7.
Other columns on this DVD are: King: Move by Move,Wells: Strategy,Reeh: Tactics,Müller: Engames,Knaak: Openings trap,New products,ChessBase 11 video course,New releases Fritz 13 etc.
Included is a eye catching booklet in two languages!
Conclusion: Must have material!

Fritz 13
2011
http://www.chessbase.com
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Euro  49.90
Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX9 graphics card with 256 MB RAM, 100% DirectX10
 compatible soundcard , DVD-ROM drive, Windows-Media Player 9 and Internet connection required for Internet-based features (playchess.com, lets check etc.).
 Program activation via Internet required! Recommended: PC Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.4 GHz, 3 GB RAM, Windows 7, DirectX10 graphics card (or compatible)
with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10 compatible soundcard, Windows Media Player 11, DVD ROM drive and Internet connection required for Internet-based features (playchess.com, lets check etc.). Program activation via Internet required!

The new Fritz 13 is impressive,not only fast but it runs unbelievable smoothly and this I can not always say from other chess programs that I had on my computer!
Suprisingly enough Fritz 13 is overloaded with new features:First of all it comes with a  eye catching Windows Office 2010 interface and the new
Fritz 13 engine is specially tuned up for deep analyses.
But complete new is the possibilte to upload the results of your engine's analysis of any position an download those of other users.
Simple by sending the main line and evalluiation to the central server!
It is also possible  to use let’s Check while you are watching top games at the Playchess server,some allready call it a unique experience.
Included is acess to a life openings book,other features are: Professional interface and chess board graphics,Management for multiple chess engines,Professional
printing of chess games and diagrams,A database of over  1.5 million chess games,Ten hours of private video chess instruction by Grandmasters,a over 1.5 million database
and six months of free premium membership to Playchess.com sever!
The ergonomic interface gives you a pleasant access to all kind of  functions as we can see below.
Fritz13 is one of the first engines who considers to play in the following game from Bobby Fischer the move 29…Ke7 or g6!
Spassky,Boris V - Fischer,Robert James [E56]
World Championship 28th Reykjavik (1), 11.07.1972
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.e3 0-0 6.Bd3 c5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.a3 Ba5 9.Ne2 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Bb6 11.dxc5 Qxd1 12.Rxd1 Bxc5
13.b4 Be7 14.Bb2 Bd7 15.Rac1 Rfd8 16.Ned4 Nxd4 17.Nxd4 Ba4 18.Bb3 Bxb3 19.Nxb3 Rxd1+ 20.Rxd1 Rc8 21.Kf1 Kf8 22.Ke2 Ne4
23.Rc1 Rxc1 24.Bxc1 f6 25.Na5 Nd6 26.Kd3 Bd8 27.Nc4 Bc7 28.Nxd6 Bxd6 29.b5 Bxh2 30.g3 h5 31.Ke2 h4 32.Kf3 Ke7 33.Kg2 hxg3
34.fxg3 Bxg3 35.Kxg3 Kd6 36.a4 Kd5 37.Ba3 Ke4 38.Bc5 a6 39.b6 f5 40.Kh4 f4 41.exf4 Kxf4 42.Kh5 Kf5 43.Be3 Ke4 44.Bf2 Kf5
45.Bh4 e5 46.Bg5 e4 47.Be3 Kf6 48.Kg4 Ke5 49.Kg5 Kd5 50.Kf5 a5 51.Bf2 g5 52.Kxg5 Kc4 53.Kf5 Kb4 54.Kxe4 Kxa4 55.Kd5 Kb5 56.Kd6 1-0
Harry Golombek wrote later in his match book after 29….Bxh2??When I saw Bobby play this move I could hardly believe my eyes.
He had played so sensibly and competently up to now that I first of all thought there was something deep I had
overlooked; but no matter how I started at the board I could find no way out.
Conclusion:Fritz 13 is really super!

Power Play 16 by Daniel King
2011
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Euro  29.90

Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard.

Grandmaster Daniel King reveals in this DVD the techniques of practical rook endgames,
Starting with rook and pawn and than slowly moving to more complicated positions as all pawns on one side of the board,or rook endgames where one side
has an extra pawn on one side of the board.
In section three King has some specially prepared test positions for you!
As we can see in the following exercise:
Daniel has the talent to explain the techniques of rook play in a very instructive way and I only can say make use of it!
This DVD provides everything you need to know to play rook endings in a successful way!
Running time is 5 hours!
Conclusion: Truly there is no better way to learn the secrets of rook play!

ChessBase Tutorial Openings 04
2011
http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com
Euro  29.90

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ChessBase Tutorial 4 is completely deviated to 1.d4 openings as the King’s Indian, Nimzo Indian, Queen’s Indian,Bogo Indian, Benko Gambit, Budapest Gambit, Benoni,Modern Benoni,Grunfeld,Torre,Old Indian etc.
For example the Budapest Gambit is well explained by GM Daniel King as we can see in the following example where theory goes around to move 20 or so.
By going throw these video files you will be able to take up these openings moves in a very understandable way,and that is the reason that these
Tutorial DVD’s are the perfect companion for all starters,improvers and serious clubplayers!
Over 5 hours running time!
In German and English language!
Conclusion: These tutorial DVD's are highly instructive!

 

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