CHESSBOOK REVIEWS


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

Wilhelminalaan 33 

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John Elburg



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Grünfeld - Indische Verteidigung Band Eins von Boris Awruch
2011
Quality Chess
362 pages
Price €24,99
ISBN 978-3-942383-71-4

Grandmaster Boris Awruch offers the reader a complete black repertoire based on the Grünfeld Defence where
 the following lines are getting a important turn from Awruch:
The Fianchetto variation , the Russian variation with 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 and 5.Qb3, Bf4 lines, Bg5 lines,
plus all White's minor lines as 3.Qc2,3.d5,3.Bg5 Ne4 4.Bf4 c5.
After 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Qa4+ Bd7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 Bg7 7.e4 0-0 8.e5 Be6 9.exf6 Bxc4 10.fxg7 Kxg7
11.Bxc4 Qxd4 white has lost his queen
for some play, but after Awruch his novelty 12.Be2 Nc6 13.Nf3 Qb6 14.0-0 Rad8 15.Rb1 e5 16.Re1 f6!N 17.b4 Nd4
18.Bd1 Qa6,black has all the play of the world.
A old suggestion from Glenn Flear is here 15…a5!
Awruch delves deeply in the above mentioned repertoire lines and is not afraid to come with important novelties.
The Grünfeld is based on the principles of the hypermodern and the strategies of this are all well explained with clear cut explanations.
All packed in a well produced eye catching hard cover book.
Conclusion: A gift to all Grünfeld lovers!


Grünfeld - Indische Verteidigung Band Zei von Boris Awruch
2011
Quality Chess
270 pages
Price €24,99
ISBN 978-3-942383-72-1

Part two of the Grünfeld – Indische Verteidigung is completely divided to the exchange on cxd5 which can arise after the
 moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5, 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7,
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 and than in big lines  7.Be3,7.Rb1 and 7.bc4.
Again there is a lot of grandmaster knowledge included in these black repertoire lines from Awruch.
For all lovers of novelties after: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Nc6
9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0 Qc7 11.Rc1 b6 12.Qd2 Bb7 13.Bh6 Rad8 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.Qe3 e5 16.d5 Ne7 17.Ng3 f6 18.h4 Nc8
19.Bd3,Awruch comes with the interesting alternative 19…c4!N.
An alternative on 10…Qc7 is 10…Bg4 and after 11.f3 Awruch has so his own ideas and prefers 11….Bd7!?
Conclusion: A really strong repertoire book on the Grünfeld!


Chess Evolution
2011

Quality Chess
365 pages
Price €32,99
ISBN 978-1-907982-06-4

Chess Evolution is a new release from Quality Chess where eight Grandmasters are responsible for 50 deeply analyses games where
the aim lays at latest developments.
With this book you can easily win from out of the book,for example the following game is good for six pages of text:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Nb6 9.b3 a5 10.Bb2 a4
11.Qe3 axb3 12.axb3 Rxa1 13.Bxa1 d5 14.Be2 Qc5 15.Qc3 Qb4 16.0-0 Qxc3 17.Bxc3 Be6 18.Nd2 Be7
19.f4 f5 20.exf6 gxf6 21.Re1 Kd7 22.Bd3 h5 23.Bd4 c5 24.Bf2 d4 25.Bh4 Rf8 26.Ne4 Nc8 27.Bc2 Na7
28.Ng3 Nc6 29.Nxh5 f5 30.Bxe7 Nxe7 31.Ng7 Bg8 32.h4 Rf7 33.Ne6 Kd6 34.b4 cxb4 35.c5+ Kd7
36.Nxd4 Rf8 37.Rd1 1-0,Nepomniachtchi – Onischuk,8 th World Team Championship,Ningbo 2011.
Not only the opening is well explained but also the critical moments of the game,and that makes this book very instructive!
When we compare the openings analyses to the above mention game with the new book from Yelena Dembo and Richard Palliser on
The Scotch Game,than I would not trust there comments on the move 11.Qe3?! See page 114.The authors of Chess Evolution give 11.Qe3!?
Covered are 50 games plus an extra chapter on rook endgames from GM Konstantin Landa.
Pleasant to mention is that the games are all selected in there importance to the state of latest chess theory.
The list of the eight contributors is impressive: GM Naiditsch, GMMaze, GMSedlak,GM I. Sokolov,GM Miton,GM Bacrot,GM Jobava and GMPredojevic.
Arkadij Naiditsch become international master at the age of 13 and Grandmaster with 15!
Conlusion: There is no better way to be up-to-date!


1.Nf3 Opening for white according to Kramnik 4
2011
ChessStars
396 pages
Price €27,95
ISBN 954-8782-85-2


The 14th World Chess Champion Alexander Khalifman comes with an interesting update of his 1.Nf3 white repertoire book,where
 Khalifman offers answers to all various lines after 1.Nf3,as for example : 1.Nf3 g6 The Modern Defence 2.e4,1.Nf3 d6 2.d4
The Trifunovic System and even The Maroczy System which can also arise after the move 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 g6 3.e4.
The Maroczy System get a important 220 page interest and that makes this also very useful to all 1.e4 players.
The most popular move order is 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 g6 3.e4 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Nc3 d6 7.Be2 Nxd4 8.Qxd4 Bg7
9.Be3 0-0 10.Qd2 Be6 11.Rc1 Qa5 12.f3 Rfc8 13.b3 a6 14.Na4 Qxd2+ 15.Kxd2 Nd7 16.g4 f5 17.exf5 gxf5 18.h3 Rf8
 19.f4 Rad8  and now Khalifman prefers the pawn move 20.g5,yes black his position is solid but also very passive.
Anyway there is enough explanation here for a good understanding of plans and strategies.
Conclusion:With this book you are insured with the best possible lines after 1.Nf3!


Power Chess for Kids by Charles Hertan
2011
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
159 pages
Price € 14,95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-330-4

Charles Hertan has the talent to reach kids,whith his special teachers as Zort,The Dinosaurs, Power Chess Kids and his brilliant
chess professor, all well packed with readable words en entertaining exercises.
Chess is a matter of looking forward and Hertan offers you to learn chess in a very instructive way.
Conclusion: Hertan offers you in this book a special learning key!


Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov
Part 1: 1973-1985
by Garry Kasparov

2011
Everyman Chess
http://www.everymanchess.com
520  pages
Price €30,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-672-2


This new book from Garry Kasparov,Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov 1973-1985,the first book on a brand new
three volume series is a continuation of his former series My Great Predecessors {parts I-V} and Modern Chess {Parts 1-4}.
The greatest player of modern chess needs no introduction, Kasparov was a gifted child he learned to read and add when he was very young, and
was able to solve chess problems at the age of 6 without ever having been taught how to play the game.
This work covers some of Kasparov his first games,in 1973 he was invited to the Botvinnik Chess School,where Botvinnink did help Kasparov to
bring more discipline into his play,he made rapid progress and in 1976 he became the youngest ever USSR Junior Champion.
Garry writes: I was not expecting to win,since I was again the youngest player,some three to five years younger than my
opponents. But in the depths of my heart there was neverless a glimmer of hope-and, as it transpired, not without reason.
This book hold 100 beautiful well analysed games from Kasparov,may I use the words to a painstaking depth!
Garry starts this work with some games of the early seventies when his name was Weinstein,Garry adopted later his mother’s maiden name.
And Kasparov ends this book with his 48thgame of his 1985,worldchampionship game against Karpov.
My favourite game is his encounter against Lputjan,where Garry was only twelve: Lputian,Smbat G - Kasparov,Garry [E80]
Caucasus Youth Games Tbilisi (2), 1976
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 Nc6 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Rb8 8.Rb1 0-0 9.b4 e5 10.d5 Nd4 11.Nge2 c5 12.dxc6 bxc6
13.Nxd4 exd4 14.Bxd4 Re8 15.Be2 c5 16.bxc5 Nxe4 17.fxe4 Qh4+ 18.g3 Rxb1+ 19.Kf2 Rb2 20.gxh4 Rxd2 21.Bxg7 Kxg7
22.Ke3 Rc2 23.Kd3 Rxc3+ 24.Kxc3 dxc5 25.Bd3 Bb7 26.Re1 Re5 27.a4 f5 28.Rb1 Bxe4 29.Rb6 f4 30.Rxa6 f3
31.Bf1 Bf5 32.Ra7+ Kh6 33.Kd2 f2 34.Be2 Bg4 35.Bd3 Re1 36.Rf7 Bf5 37.a5 Bxd3 38.Rxf2 Rf1
0-1,Scintillating series of sacrifices! Burgess,Nunn and Emms in there book The World’s Greatest Chess Games.
Conclusion: These analyses from Kasparov are phenomenal!



The Ragozin Complex by Vladimir Barsky
2011
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
349 pages
Price € 20,95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-370-0


The Ragozin Complex is a important line in the Queen’s gambit,that runs with the moves:1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 e6
4.Nc3 Bb4 and the last move  is a kind of a la Nimzo-Indian, to which it can transpose.
The material from Barsky is impressive and he covers in detail with move to move annotations the following lines:
5.Qa4+,5.Qc2,5.Qb3,5.e3,5.a3,5.Bg5 and 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5.
The sharp Vienna variation with 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 is unfortunately not covered in this book.
Popular after 6.Bg5 is the move 6…Nbd7 the so called Westphalia Variation which is covered in great detail,please see chapter seven
of this book.
All material is explained at the hand of 65 extensive analysed model games where many of them come from the year 2010.
Included is an extra contribution from Isaak Lipnitsky,How to study a concrete opening.
Vasilievich Ragozin was a very strong player but few know that he was the second world champion in correspondence chess.
Conclusion: A must for all 1.d4 players!


Quarterly for Chess History
Autumn 16/2007

2011
Moravian Chess
http://www.moravian-chess.cz
543 pages
Price € 32,00

Publishing House Moravian Chess is closing with this heavy weight, the fourth run of the Quarterly for Chess History,which covers the period July 2007-March 2010.
Since it was founded at the end of 1999,16 volumes have been so far published, where the most of them are good for around 500 pages of historical research.
These works are illustrated by the presence of some of the best chess historians in the world as J.Donaldson,T.Gillam,Tim Harding,J.S.Hilbert and T.Lissowski.
But first to the index where I found the following contributions: Chess Archives
Early Yates, 1884-1907 (by Fiala),New Steinitz (by Hilbert),New Court Gazette (by Gillam),Chess Biographies M Chigorin (by Fiala),A. Lilienthal (Gorodin),
P. A. Saburov (Gillam).
Forgotten Chess Tournaments,Redcar 1865-1866 (by Gillam),Dublin 1865 (by Gillam) and Birmingham 1899 Gillam.
Under Classical Chess Matches,I found the following columns:
Three matches Williams v. Harwitz 1846-1852 (by Fiala).
One of my favourite colums is Great Chess players where I found some rare letters from Edge Fiske on Paul Morphy.
And please see my contribution on Alekhine in Lyon.
It is fascinating to see how many forgotten Alekhine games see day light in these Quarterly for Chess History books!
By the way the same can be said about the great Emanuel Lasker.
For all players who are interested in correspondence chess please the contribution of Ruch:The Cincinnati Commercial Gazette Correspondence
Tourney 1882-1888 and Tim Harding his article An early provincial chess club in Ireland: George Cochrane and the Armagh Chess Club.Please also
Tim Harding his book:Correspondence Chess in Britian and Ireland,1842-1987.
Under Chess Reviews you will find a detailed review of this interesting book.
Readable is the contribution from Michael Negele on Sonja Graf – Stevenson and under Chess Miscellany,I did read that the Belgium Chess Historian Henry
Seyrus did discover all the lost games of Duchamp’s 1924 tournament.
All together these are over 500 unexplored  chess games in this book.
Conclusion: A must for all lovers of historical chess!

Chess History and Reminiscences by Henry Bird
2011
Moravian Chess
http://www.moravian-chess.cz
138 pages
Price €25,00

Henry Edward Bird,14 July 1830 – 11 April 1908) was a very strong chess player and inventor of the Bird Opening but little know that he
was an outstanding author.
One of his greatest archives is this book Chess History And Reminiscences,which was orginal first printed in 1892 and Bird dicusses in a
unqiue way the origin and history of chess.
Combined as Bird writes in his preface with some of my own reminiscences of 46 years past both of chess play and its
opponents,dating back to the year 1846,the 18th of Simpson’s,9 years  after the s of A.McDonnel,and 6 after that of L.de
La Bourdonnais when chivalrous and first class chess had come into the higest estimation,and emulatory matches and
tests of supremacy in chess e order of chess skill were the order of the day.Bird’s book is overloaded with readable annecdotes as
for example: Boden and Bird were favourite opponents for 25 years and though very opposite in styles were, in the long run, singularly
even in their series. It was the practice of both to resign at the proper moment. Bird, once it was thought, gave up
too early. “Oh, it is hopeless,” said he, “I have my misgivings, I cannot contend against such forebodings, one Boden is too much for me.’
Please see, page 120 of this book.
Conclusion:This book did not loose anything of it’s glance! {In Hardcover!}

Chess Skirmishes by I.O. Howard Taylor
2011
Moravian Chess
http://www.moravian-chess.cz
248 pages
Price €25,00

A other chess beauty is this 1889 reprint from the forgotten Howard Taylor, which holds a enjoyable collection short games won
of or by the author through smashing sacrifices.
On page 16 there is a win game from the English Morphy,Cecil De Vere which is not covered in the book from Hindle and
Jones on De Vere: .e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Bc5 6.0-0 d6 7.d4 exd4 8.cxd4 Bb6 9.d5 Na5 10.Bb2 Ne7
11.Bd3 0-0 12.Nc3 f6 13.Ne2 c5 14.Nd2 Ng6 15.Kh1 Bd7 16.f4 a6 17.Ng3 Rc8 18.f5 Ne5 19.Bxe5 dxe5 20.Nh5 Ba7
21.Qg4 Rf7 22.Rf3 b5 23.Rg3 c4 24.Bf1 Qb6 25.Be2 c3 26.Nb3 Nxb3 27.axb3 Kh8 28.Rh3 Qf2 29.Qg6 Kg8 30.Qxh7+
and after 30…Kf8 it is check mate in six!
Played at the Westminster Chess Club in 1868 beteen De Vere and Howard Taylor.
Interesting in this book are the words from Howard Taylor on De Vere:
It is probably that many of De Vere’s finest games will never see the light.Everywhere the same deplorable-perhaps
constitutional-idleness attached.
When preparing my Chess Brilliants for the press I was naturally anxious to print at least one fine example of the athlete’s
 prowess,and applied to him once and again by letter and personally for the score of what he considered his best sacrificing game;but he
would never take the trouble of searching for the score of that partie which he seemed to wish should appear,and so it was omitted altogether.
Conclusion: An classic beauty!
{In Hardcover!}
6  Championship of the Netherlands
2011
Moravian Chess
http://www.moravian-chess.cz
72 pages
Price €7,00

Eye catching tournament book of the 6th Dutch Championship of 1924,won by Max Euwe of course but Euwe lost in a sensational way from Jacques Davidson:
Davidson,J - Euwe,Max [D26]
Amsterdam ch NL, 1924
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e3 a6 6.Bxc4 b5 7.Bd3 Bb7 8.Qe2 c5 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.Bxb5+ Nbd7 11.Bd3 Bb4 12.0-0 Bxc3
13.bxc3 Bxf3 14.gxf3 Qa5 15.Bd2 0-0 16.c4 Qh5 17.f4 Qh3 18.f3 e5 19.e4 exf4 20.Bxf4 Nc5 21.Bc2 Ne6 22.Be3 Rac8 23.Rad1 Nh5
24.Bb3 Nhf4 25.Qf2 Rc6 26.Bxf4 Nxf4 27.Kh1 Qh5 28.Qe3 Qh4 29.Rd2 Rg6 30.Rg1 Rxg1+ 31.Qxg1 Rd8 32.Qg3 1-0,and not mentioned in the MegaDatabase!
All games of this are covered with out any annotations but there is an extra supplement included of the Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant.
Conclusion: Very interesting!

The Westminster Chess Papers
Volume Three 1870-1871
2011
Moravian Chess
http://www.moravian-chess.cz
201pages
Price €25,00



The Westminster Chess Papers
Volume Four 1871-1872
2011
Moravian Chess
http://www.moravian-chess.cz
224 pages
Price €25,00

Pleasant to mention are these reprints of the Westminster Chess papers, fine produced by Moravian Chess in A4 format with hardcover!
The Westminster Chess Papers is the magazine of chess,whist,games of skill and drama.
It is fascinating to go back in time and feel the atmosphere of 1870s as the theory survey from R.B.Wormald on Max Lange’s
Attack in the Giuoco Piano.
Under The Chess World I did read:We have great pleasure in announcing that Land and water has started a column devoted to chess,under the
 able management of veteran Lowenthal.
Yes Lowenthal was that time only 60 years of age!
By the way,Lowenthal greatest success was winning the Chess Association Congress knockout tournament in Birmingham, England on 27
 August 1858,where he made a small fortune of  £63.
In volume four I did read that Mr.Blackburne has been exhibiting his truly marvellous powers in blindfold chess. Included in these works are all kind of
chess problems as Tourney Problems,Fossil Chess,Problems,Problem Tournaments and even a column on Problem Construction.
I would like to end with the following short cut between Dr.Wilson and Mr.Collins:
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 3.f4 Bxg1 4.Qh5 Qe7 5.Rxg1 d6 6.f5 Nf6 7.Qh4 0-0 8.g4 Nc6 9.g5 Ne8 10.Nc3 Nd4 11.Nd5 Qd7
12.Rg3 Nxc2+ 13.Kd1 Nxa1 14.Rh3 h6 15.gxh6 g6 16.Nf6+ Nxf6 17.Qxf6 and win,where the Westminster papers write:
A brilliant game, played recently in London.
Conclusion: Highly interesting material!
{In Hardcover!}
Paul Morphy, A Sketch From the Chess World by Herr Max Lange.
Translated with Additional Notes and games by Herr Falkbeer. 1860

2011
http://www.moravian-chess.cz
356 pages
Price €25,00

To find chess books from the nineteen century on Paul Morphy is very difficult so I am very pleased to announce the following reprint from Moravian Chess:
Paul Morphy : A sketch from the chess world / by Max Lange ; translated by permission, with additional notes and games, by Herr Falkbeer.
Original printed in London by J.H.Starie,46,Rathbone Place.
This book covers over 120 games from Morphy and chapter one starts with the treats of the chivalrous nature of the game.
Chapter II. compares PAOLO BOI with PAUL MORPHY. Chapter III. gives five games played by MORPHY in his youth.
Chapter IV. speaks of the Chess Congress in New York in 1857. Chapter V. relates MORPHY'S triumphs in New York.
 Chapter VI. represents the American champion on his return to New Orleans. Chapter VII. narrates his voyage to, and his arrival in England.
Chapter VIII. enumerates his victories over his English opponents. Chapter IX. is devoted to the match with Löwenthal, and the last Chapter of the
 first volume refers to the Chess Meeting at Birmingham.
Interesting are the nootes that I found  in  the Chess Player's Chronicle (Third Series) 1859, p289-90;
The English translation by Herr ERNEST FALKBEER, which has united the two volumes into one, added a goodly number of games to
the original edition, and enriched it with translator's notes, which, considering Herr FALKBEER'S skill as a Chess player, must considerably
augment the intrinsic value of the work. In comparing the English text with the German, we were struck with the correctness of the translation,
 especially in the notes, where redundant phrases and periphrastic style are the prevalent characteristics of the original, thus making an exact
 translation doubly difficult.
Morphy  was called "The Pride and Sorrow of Chess" because he had a brief and brilliant chess career, but then retired from the game
while still young but for many he was the greatest chess player of all time!
Conclusion: One of those chess books you must have read! 
{In Hardcover!}


Mr. Blackburne's games at chess
2011
http://www.moravian-chess.cz
331 pages
Price €25,00

A other highly interesting reprint from Moravian Chess is this game collection from Joseph Blackburne, where 407 of his
games are  annotated and organized., where the notes come from Blackburne himself! Included are 28 chess problems all composed by Blackburne.
Joseph Henry Blackburne (10 December 1841 – 1 September 1924),had the  nicknamed"The Black Death", and he
 dominated the Britisch Chess scene for a major part of the 19th century.
His nickname was The Black Death" and he enjoyed to drink a lot of whisky when he was playing exhibition games.
I am not sure if he did touch de bottle when he was playing blindchess,but he even gave in Australia blindfold displays against up to
sixteen opponents simultaneously!
During a simultaneous exhibition at the Cambridge University,students thought they would gain an advantage by placing two bottles of whisky near
the boards.But  Blackburne won all his games very quickly and finished off both bottles of whisky before the exhibition was over!
The story is It is that Blackburne played  over 100,000 games, more than any other professional chess-player but  he still had time to marry twice.
The following game belongs to one of Blackburne’s best: Lasker,Emanuel - Blackburne,Joseph Henry [C62]
London London (4), 03.06.1899
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.d4 Bd7 5.d5 Nb8 6.Bd3 Be7 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.Ne2 c6 9.c4 Na6 10.Ng3 Nc5 11.Bc2 b5 12.b4 Nb7 13.dxc6 Bxc6 14.cxb5 Bxb5 15.a4 Bd7 16.0-0 g6 17.h3 h5 18.Be3 a5 19.b5 Rc8 20.Rc1 Nc5 21.Nd2 h4 22.Ne2 g5 23.Bxg5 Rg8 24.Bxh4 Bxh3 25.Bg3 Be6 26.Re1 Ng4 27.Nf1 Bg5 28.Rb1 Rh8 29.Nc3 Bf4 30.Nd5 Qg5 31.f3 Rh1+ 32.Kxh1 Bxg3 33.Nxg3 Nf2+ 34.Kg1 Nxd1 35.Nf5 Bxf5 36.exf5 Qd2 37.Rexd1 Qxc2 38.Rbc1 Qxf5 39.Nb6 Rd8 40.Nc4 Nb7 41.Ne3 Qf4 42.Kf2 Qxa4 43.Rc7 Nc5 44.Rh1 Rd7 45.Rc8+ Ke7 46.Rhh8 Qd4 0-1,pleasse see page 51 of this book.
Conclusion: Facinating chessplayer!
{In Hardcover!}


Smyslov'sBest Games Volume II:1985-1995
2003
http://www.moravian-chess.cz
455 pages
Price €33,00

Smyslov’s Best Volume II 1958 - 1995:holds 185 annotated games and over 100 pages tournament and match cross-tables.
Smyslov { 24 March 1921 }was a remarkable chess player who did reach his greatest success in the 1950s Smyslov remained
 active and successful in competitive chess well into the 1960s and 1970s,he even manages to qualifying for the finals of the World  Candidates' Matches
on 1983 and it was only Garry Kasparov who prevented him from reaching a fourth final in 1983. Despite failing eyesight, he remained active in the
 occasional composition of chess problems and studies until shortly before his death in 2010 { March 27}
Smyslov was always known for his positional style and his extraordinary endgame abilities,and this book is overloaded with such examples,where the
analyses to the games come from Smyslov himself.
Smyslov was influenced by the play of Nimzowitsch and Tarrasch,orginally this book was only published in to the Russian language but thanks to
Ken Neat for the excellent translation and Moravian Chess who has made this chess gift  possible for us.
Conclusion: Overloaded with marvelous games!
{In Hardcover!}



Chess DVD's

Killer c3 Sicilian by Sam Collins
2011
www.gingergm.com
Price : £ 19,95 (only UK)
System Requirements: This DVD will run on all platforms,PC.MAC,Games controles and set top boxes.

The former Irish Champion, IM Sam Collins provides the use of these eye catching DVD with all the understanding, that you need to play
and understand the theory and strategies of the  c3 Sicilian.
The material is brought in movie style included with chessboard and you can see in this you youtube.com movie.
Collins theory lines are quite impressive and his lost game against Motwani is more than instructive!
All material is divided in the following sections:
Introduction to the c3 Sicilian
Model game :Motwani – Collins
Chapter 1:2…Nf6:Introductory Game:Filipovic- Jakoljevic
Introduction to the pawn sacrifice:1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.cxd4 d6 7.Bc4 Nb6 8.Bb3!?
Theory A:8…d5
Theory B:8…dxe5 9.d5 Na5 10.Nc3 Nxb3
Theory C:8…dxe5 9.d5 Na5 10.Nc3 f6
Theory D:8…dxe5 9.d5 Na5 10.Nc3 Bg4
Chapter 2:Introductory game:Radjabov- Perez
Theory A:1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nf3 d6 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 e6 7.Bc4 Nc6 8.0-0 Be7 9.Qe2 0-0 10.Nc3!?
A strong point of these gingergm DVD is that you can follow Collins his instructive explanations direct on  your TV!
Or even on your playstation!
Simple invest a small 4.5 hours of your time and you will be able to play and understand everything about the move 2.c3!
Included on this DVD is a special interview with Sam Collins.Very interesting!!!
Conclusion: Very instructive material!

Play like Tal by Simon Williams
2011
www.gingergm.com
Price : £ 19,95 (only UK)
System Requirements: This DVD will run on all platforms,PC.MAC,Games controles and set top boxes.


This box with two DVD’s from Simon Williams holds over 7 hours video entertainment of one of the great chess players of all
time, the legendary Mikhail Tal.
Mikhail Tal 1936-1992 was a born attacking genius,because he could as no other  launch  attacks out of the sky.
Simon Willams has analysed on these two DVD’s  some of Tal his best games as Tal – Hecht of the Chess Olympiad of 1962,Spassky – Tal,
Tallin 1973,Tal – Johannessen, Riga 1959,Tal – Uhlmann,Moscow 1971,Tukmakov – Tal,Moscow 1969,Tal – Martner Havana 1963 and Tal – Ghitescu,Hungary 1963.
Simon Williams does awful his best on this DVD how to learn to play like Tal,as user you are invited to find Tal’s moves,and if your choice
 is incorrect, Simon Williams will explain why it is a poor move or one that Tal would not play and you will be returned to the move choice menu.
If you choice correctly, play will continue until the next critical point.
Pleasant to mention on this DVD are the historical photographs and the so instructive interactive puzzles.
For a view of these DVD's please see the following youtube movie.
Conclusion: Highly recommended!

Scandinavian with 3…Qd6  by Sergei Tiviakov
2011
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Grandmaster  Sergei Tiviakov presents the user of this DVD with a wealth of new and unexplored material on the move 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6!?,most chess books
consider it as  an alternative but as  Tiviakov so well explains it is much more.
Tiviakov belongs to the experts of this line as we can see in the following game:
Kamsky,Gata (2686) - Tiviakov,Sergei (2669) [B01]
Corus Wijk aan Zee (13), 29.01.2006
[Tiviakov]
Having played rather well during the whole tournament nevertheless I couldn't win any game despite all the rich possibilities I had (winning positions against Mamedyarov and Karjakin and large advantage against Adams, van Wely, Sokolov, Topalov, Aronian, Anand). Going into the last round I was just hoping to finish the tournament adequately according to my play there... 1.e4 Preparing against Kamsky it was impossible to guess which move he would choose. 1.e4 is equally frequently played as the other moves. During the preparation I had to be ready for the everything... 1...d5 Lot of has been written on Internet about my choice of the 'dubious' Scandinavian Defence in the tournament of the highest level possible. But the reputation of the Scandinavian Defence is much worse than the positions arising in it. What else can be worse than the positions arising in the Dragon where Black can lose by force?! Also the Scandinavian Defence is mostly played by the weak players, that's why the statistics doesn't favour Black, but it doesn't reflect the actual way of life here. And in Wijk aan Zee (the same as in all previous tournaments) Scandinavian served me well, both Anand and Kamsy were not able to get out of the opening even with the equal chances! And at my latest tournament - blitz tournament in Dordrecht on 11/02/2006 - it served well as well, I was equalising without any problem in all games played. 2.exd5 Strangely enough my choice of the Scandinavian came as a full surprise for Gata. He sank into thinking for almost half an hour before making this move. Quite strange, I think. 2...Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Bc4 Anand played 5.¤f3, but there is no much theory here. White can make any normal move. 5...a6 5...c6 is a worthy alternative. But sometimes the square c6 can be used for the development of the knight. 6.Nf3 Bg4!? Not the only good move in the position but since Kamsky was not ready theoretically I wanted to provoke him playing aggressively by h2-h3 and g2-g4, trying to win this game. 7.h3 Bh5 8.g4 White has to play this move otherwise it is not easy to get rid of the pin. 8...Bg6 9.Ne5 Here 9.¥e3, followed by £d2, 0-0-0, deserved serious attention. After the text Black develops his knight a tempo. 9...Nc6 10.Nxg6 10.¥f4 ¤e5, followed by £c6 is bad for White. 10...hxg6 11.Be3?! After this move White starts experiencing problems. The correct 11.g5 first should have been played, and only then after 12.¥e3. The knight f6 is not only driven from an excellent place f6, but the pawn g4 is not hanging anymore. 11...e5 12.d5N Only this is new, but White position is already worse. 12...Na5 Probably, this move has been missed by Gata. The knight stands bad on a5, but with the concrete play Black wins a pawn. 13.Qe2!? [13.Be2 0-0-0 14.Qd2 Nxd5 15.0-0-0 should have been preferred when White has some compensation for the pawn.] 13...Nxc4 The simpliest. [13...Qb4?! 14.Bb3 Qxg4 15.hxg4 Rxh1+ 16.Kd2 Rxa1 leads to unnecessary complications.] 14.Qxc4 b5 White can't defend both pawns d5 and g4 simultaneously. 15.Qd3 [15.Qc6+ Qxc6 16.dxc6 Nxg4µ;
15.Qe2 b4 16.Nb1 Qxd5-+] 15...Nxg4 16.0-0-0 Nf6 [16...Nxe3!? 17.fxe3 (or 17.Qxe3 Be7) 17...f5µ was also possible, with advantage for Black.] 17.f4! A very strong move, underestimated by me. White sacrifices the 2nd pawn for the initiative. Otherwise Black would play ¥f8-e7 and finish his development easily. 17...exf4?! [Fritz 9 gives 17...0-0-0µ as the best move with a large advantage for Black, but during the game I was afraid to make this move.] 18.Ne4 Nxe4 19.Qxe4+ Be7 [19...Kd7?! 20.Bxf4 Rh4 21.Rhf1 unfortunately doesn't work for Black(Black wins after 21.Rd4? Qf6!) ] 20.Bd4?! [After 20.Bxf4 Rh4 21.Bxd6 Rxe4 22.Bxc7 Kd7 Black is clearly better in the ending, but White should have gone for this line, since Black has no material advantage anymore, at least. I was surprised than without much thinking Kamsky made 20.¥d4.] 20...f5 21.Qf3 0-0-0 Black has to castle queen's side. His king is not safe anymore, White gets counterplay. 22.Bxg7?! [After 22.Rhe1 Bh4 (22...Qxd5 23.Qxd5 Rxd5 24.Rxe7 Rhd8 25.Rxg7 Rxd4 26.Rxd4 Rxd4 27.Rxg6 is not clear, White keeps drawing chances in an ending) 23.Be5 Qd7 24.Re2 g5 Black keeps his material advantage.] 22...Rhg8 23.Bc3 b4 24.Be1 g5? A serious mistake which costs Black several tempi. After the correct 24...¦ge8! followed by ¥f6, ¦e4, Black should win without much problems. 25.Qd3! I missed this move. Now Black has to spend some time to protect the pawn on f5 and develop the bishop to f6 and rook to e4, worsening the position of king c8 (put it on b7). 25...Rgf8 26.Bf2 Kb7 27.Rhe1 Bf6 28.Qf3? After this mistake (Gata was already in time-trouble) Black is again on the winning track. [But even after the strongest 28.Qc4 Rfe8 29.Bc5 Qd7 followed by £b5 Black should eventually win because of the extra passed pawns on the king's side.] 28...Rfe8 29.Rf1 [Missed by Gata was that 29.Re6 Rxe6 30.dxe6+ Qc6 loses] 29...Re4 The rest should be an easy win for Black, since both of the players didn't have enough time until the time controle, there were mistakes, which eventually didn't change the correct outcome of this game. 30.Kb1 Qe5 [30...g4! 31.hxg4 Qe5 32.Qb3 fxg4 is an easy win for Black.] 31.Qb3 a5 32.c3 Qd6 33.a3 Ra8!? Black has so many possibilities, that it is not so easy to choose from. 34.axb4 axb4 35.Rfe1 Rae8 [35...Kc8 36.c4 Qa6 wins easily.] 36.c4 Rxe1!? Here I saw a nice trap for White and decided to go for this line. Other moves were possible. 37.Bxe1 [37.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 38.Bxe1 Qb6 is hopeless for White] 37...Re2 38.Bxb4? Loses by force. [38.Bd2 was better] 38...Qb6 39.c5 Qb5 40.c6+ Kb8! The point of the trap! 40...¢c8 draws, but the text wins easily. [40...Kc8? 41.d6!! cxd6 42.Qg8+=] 41.d6 Rxb2+ 42.Qxb2 Bxb2 43.d7 Now it is without check, Black can play ¥f6. 43...Bf6 This win allowed me to finish on a respectable 50% result, well, it should have been at least '+2. 0-1,yes besides the 4 hours 16 minutes video files there is a hugh 3….Qd6 data file of 177896 entries, and where a small 140 of them come from Tiviakov himself!
In the past the Bulgarian Donchev and the legendary David Bronstein did deserve a lot of  credit for popularisation of this interesting move.
The best way for white to meet can be seen in the following game:
This is a very  important reference work on the Scandinavian  3…Qd6! 


ChessBase Magazine extra issue 144
November  2011
Videos by Dejan Bojkov,Leonid Kritz  and  Valeri Lilov
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ChessBase Magazine Extra  comes with 38.332 edited games all  played between August and October of this year.
The video files come this time  from Dejan Bojkov,who  presents a famous Vienna game from  Bent Larsen game Larsen-Lengyel, from  Amsterdam 1964.
Pleased also see game 25 of Larsen his book:Larsen’s Selected Games of Chess 1948-69.
Leonid Kritz analyses the game Fischer-Taimanov,Interzonal 1970 and Valeri Lilov tries to answer the question of how to lance a attack.
These files are perfect to find your favourite line,as for example the sparkling game from
Leopoldo Prieto Suarez who had the courage to play the Latvian Gambit!:
Morona Minguez,Miguel (1549) - Suarez Prieto,Leopoldo (1724) [C40]
Madrid Oliver Gonzalez Memorial 2nd Madrid (7), 14.10.2011
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Qh5+ g6 5.Nxg6 Nf6 6.Qh4 Rg8 7.exf5 hxg6 8.fxg6 Qe7+ 9.Be2 Bf5 10.d3 Bxg6 11.Bd2 Nbd7 12.0-0 Bf7 13.Bf3 c6
14.Qb4 Ne5 15.Bd1 Bd5 16.f3 Qg7 17.g3 c5 18.Qb5+ Bc6 19.Qb3 d5 20.Re1 Bd6 21.f4 c4 22.Qc3 Bc5+ 23.Kf1 0-0-0 24.Qxe5 Qh7
25.Qe2 Rxg3 26.Qe6+ Kb8 27.Be3 Qxh2 0-1.
Conclusion: These ChessBase Magazine are the modern tournament bulletins!

Strategy University Vol. 4: The technique of realising the win
by Adrian Mikhalchishin

2011
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Realisation of a advantage is for many chess players a very difficult task,but grandmaster Adrian Mikhalchishin helps you in this DVD  how to realize these advantages.
This is all well explained by Mikhalchishin at the hand of
instructive mistakes, a fine example of a positional mistake is the game Keres – Alekhine,where Keres had a great advantage but Alekhine did manage to
get away with a draw!
Keres,Paul - Alekhine,Alexander [B14]
AVRO Holland (12), 24.11.1938
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Nf3 Be7 8.c5 0-0 9.Bb5 Ne4 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.Qc2 Ng5 12.Nxg5 Qxg5 13.Bxc6 bxc6 14.0-0 e5 15.dxe5 Qxe5 16.Rfe1 Qf6 17.Rad1 Rb8 18.Qd2 Bg4 19.f3 Be6 20.b3 Qe7 21.Qe3 Rfe8 22.Ne2 h6 23.Qc3 Qg5 24.Nd4 Bh3 25.g3 Qf6 26.Re3 Bd7 27.Rde1 Rxe3 28.Rxe3 h5 29.Ne2 Qf5 30.Qd3 Qf6 31.Qd4 Qf5 32.Kf2 Qb1 33.Qf4 Rf8 34.Re5 Bh3 35.g4 hxg4 36.fxg4 d4 37.Kg3 d3 38.Nd4 Qf1 39.Qxf1 Bxf1 40.Nxc6 f6 41.Rd5 Be2 42.Kf2 Kf7 43.Rd7+ Ke6 44.Rd6+ Kf7 45.Nxa7 Bxg4 46.Rxd3 Ra8 47.Rd4 Rxa7 48.Rxg4 Rxa2+ 49.Ke3 Rxh2 50.b4 g5 51.c6 Ke7 52.b5 Rb2 53.Rc4 Kd8 54.Rc5 g4 55.Kf4 Rb4+ 56.Kg3 Kc7 57.Kh4 Kc8 58.Rh5 Kc7 59.Rh7+ Kc8 60.Rb7 Rc4 61.Kg3 f5 62.Kh4 Rc5 ½-½.
After the close of the tournament AVRO tried to arrange a world championship match between Alekhine and keres,but although Alekhine declared
 he was willing to meet Keres in a match,he insisted that he would decide on the time and conditions later,Alekander Alekhine’s
Chess Games,1902-1946 by Skinner and Verhoeven.
Running time of this instructive DVD is 4 hours 37 min.
Conclusion: These DVD’s from Mikhalchishin are all so well learning!

Chess Endgames 9 - Rook and Minor Piece
by Dr. Karsten Müller

2011
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Grandmaster Karsten Müller covers in his latest DVD the fascinating techniques from Rook against Minor pieces.
Müller has the talent to explain endings in a understandable way,for example compare the analyses from Karsten Müller with the
dry analyses from Yuri Averbakh from his book Rook v.Minor Piece Endings.
No this work from Müller is easy to understand, just follow it and try to remember his tips as
Opposite coloured bishops favour the attacker, Space advantage and a good bishop are important with same coloured bishops!
These kind of tips are very useful and easy to memorize.
But with these chess DVD’s you only have to follow and the results are impressive, there is simple no better way to learn the techniques of endgame play!
For example please see the Fischer end game rook and bishop versus rook and knight,with the bishop side having the advantage.
Fischer conducts the endgame in textbook style.
Just invest 7 hours and 38 minutes of your time in this highly instructive DVD!
Available in two languages it is a matter of download English or German language, Karsten speaks both perfectly!
Conclusion:There is no better way to learn the secrets of endgame play!


The Art of the Exchange Sacrifice
 by Ari Ziegler

2011
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The International Master Ari Ziegler is a renowned chess theoretician from Sweden but on this DVD he provides the user with a wealth of exchange sacrifices.
The material is impressive and several strategies are well explained as for example important weaknesses on e6 and d6.
But also the weakness of the e4 pawn is instructively explained  as we can see in the following game from Botvinnik:
Somewhere this DVD reminds me at the book from Vukovic Das Buch Vom Opfer
but than in a much easier way of understanding.
Running time is 6 hours and 40 minutes.
Conclusion: This DVD will certainley  help you to improve your tactical thinking!

Tactics from Basic to Brilliance volume 2 by Valeri Lilov
2011
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Fide Master Valeri Lilov provides you in his second volume  DVD with all kind of combinations as with combinations of pieces but also with typical combinations where every player needs to be aware of.
Valeri Lilov is patient and enjoys to explain with words the secrets of grabbing, decisions and sacrificing!
The material is impressive and I only can say there is no better way to learn chess than doing tactical exercises with Valeri Lilov!
A fine example of a diagonal sacrifice is the following example:
Running time is 4 hours 18 minutes.
Conclusion: Very instructive learning DVD!

 

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