CHESSBOOK REVIEWS

Latest book reviews of 1 January 2012

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Understanding chess
middlegames by John Nunn

2011

Gambit Publications Ltd

http://www.gambitbooks.com

E-mail info@gambitbooks.com

239 pages

Price $24,95

ISBN 978-1-906454-27-2

After Nunn his successful work Understanding Chess Endgames,John Nunn turns his attention to the middlegame, with this impressive

learning book where 100 instructive topics are clearly explained.

All material is in divided into 8 main chapters and well : Material Imbalances, Strategy, Activity, Attacking Play, Defensive Play, Typical Central Pawn

Formations and Typical Mistakes.

All 100 lessons in this book, features two readable examples often taken from the masters of today,but there are still some golden classics

left as Spielman – Nimzowitsch,New York 1927,where white went down with his sacrifice 19.Nxf7? {Nunn covers this move with a diagram

but for my readers I prefer all moves: 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 d5 4.e5 b6 5.c3 Nce7 6.Bd3 a5 7.Qe2 Nf5 8.h4 h5 9.Ng5 g6 10.Nd2 Nge7

11.Nf1 c5 12.f3 c4 13.Bc2 b5 14.g4 Ng7 15.Ng3 Nc6 16.Qg2 Be7 17.gxh5 gxh5 18.Rg1 Ra7},all under the lesson

Overestimating an Attack.Nunn writes after move 18.This position is lost for black. His pieces are in disarray, his king is

exposed and white’s major pieces dominate the g file.Black ,on the other hand, is several moves away from creating a threat on

the queenside.Spielman decided on a double piece sacrifice with Nxf7 followed by Nxh5,but even without any calculation this looks

dubious,because by taking the h4 pawn with check black can introduce the a7 rook into the defence with gain of tempo.

Interesting enough Raymond Keene gives 19.Nxf7! in his book Aron Nimzowitsch A Reappraisal; And writes: And here it is.The text should in fact win.

Yes it is clear Keene could use this book from Nunn too!

Included in this lesson is a other historical game from this tournament and well Vidmar – Marshall,New York 1927 where Vidmar

went wrong with 30.g4?!{ Inplace of the game fragment: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Bxd2+ 5.Nbxd2 d5 6.e3 0-0 7.Qc2 Nbd7

8.Bd3 h6 9.0-0 c5 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.dxc5 Nb4 12.Bh7+ Kh8 13.Qc4 Na6 14.Bc2 Ndxc5 15.b4 Nd7 16.Rfd1 Nb6 17.Qb3 Qd5 18.Qb2 Bd7

19.Ne4 Qb5 20.a3 Bc6 21.Nd4 Qe5 22.f4 Qc7 23.Nxc6 bxc6 24.Bd3 Nb8 25.Rac1 Nd5 26.Qf2 a5 27.b5 Qb6 28.bxc6 Nxc6 29.Nc5 Rad8}

A modern example {complete game!} can be found on page 92,lesson 33,positional pawn sacrifices: Kryvoruchko,Yuriy - Smirin,Ilia [B43]

9th European Individ (10), 2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Bd3 Bc5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.0-0 Nf6 9.f4 d6 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 Qxe5 12.Bf4 Qh5

13.Be2 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Ne4 e5 16.Nd6+ Bxd6 17.Qxd6 Nbd7 18.Rfe1 Ne4 19.Qb4 f5 20.Bf3 exf4 21.Bxe4 fxe4 22.Rxe4+

Kd8 23.Rd1 Qh6 24.Rd6 1-0,Nunn writes after move 10.e5!? White can continue with a quieter line such as 10.a4 or 10.Qf3,but this

positional pawn sacrifice is dangerous for black.In return for the pawn,white obtains a lead in development and drives black’s queen offside,providing

the foundation for a direct attack on the ling.

Conclusion: This is truly, a highly instructive learning book!

The United States Chess Championship, 1845-2011 by Andy Soltis

2011

**McFarland &
Company,Inc.,Publishers Box 611**

Jefferson,North Carolina 28640.

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com

280 pages

Price $45.00

ISBN 978-0-7864-6528-6

Pleasant to mention is this update from Andy Soltis work on the United States Championships, for this new update

where Soltis did include all the USA Championships till 2011!

His second edition from 1997 only went to the USA championship of 1996.

This revised edition has been expanded from 232 to a full 280 pages of readable text, included are 13 new tournaments,40 new

diagrams and 13 additional cross tables.

This work is more than a definitive brief of history,Soltis has included besides grandmaster analysis some fascinating back ground histories.

As for example the story of the former junior star Robert Steinmeyer,who was invited for the 15th U.S.Championship of

1962-63: Steinmeyer explained his attitude for this championship:

“I’am obviously not going to come in the first three places,so I may as well have fun.”He did against Evans,winning in 51 moves.

d you know that the Championship prize fund has gone from $254.35 in 1954 to $40.000 for the 2011 winner.

Conclusion:One of those must have chess books!

The Amazing Chess Adventures of Baron Munchausen

by Amatzia Avni

2011

Mongoose Press

235 pages

Price €14,95

ISBN 978-1-936277-32-2

Fide master Amatzia Avni presents a series of amusing chess tales, based on the adventures of the good old Avni’s

Baron Munchausen.

Originally the Baron series appeared in the British magazine Chess Monthly from August 1999 up to June 2008.

For this book Avni has presented some of the best stories from the old column, revised and added 16 new ones where specially

added for this book.

Baron Munchausen become famous for his famous defeats and unbelievable adventures

on the board,and this book is overloaded with them!

Included are creative masterpieces of drawing made by Elite Avni Sharon.

Conclusion: This eye catching book is overloaded with enjoyable chess reads!

Advanced chess tactics by Lev Psakhis

2011

Quality Chess

365 pages

Price €25,99

ISBN 978-1-907982-04-0

Lev Psakhis is a player who came out of nowhere to win the 1980 Soviet championship.

That time he was not even a grandmaster in chess but Psakhis always denied being a chess prodigy.

His latest work holds a beautiful collection attacking games where the more ambitious chess reader is invited to learn from Psakhis the secrets of attack.

This all is well explained with deeply analysed, move to move annotations.

All together there are only 39 games but between the lines,there are certain hundreds more!

Some games come from Psakhis himself but there are for example also from the great Mikhail Tal,exactly counted this book holds ten

of his greatest victories.

Included is his black win against Isaak Birbrager from the USSR junior Championship of 1953: Birbrager,Isaak - Tal,Mihail [A78]

URS Juniors Teams Kharkov, 1953

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.Nf3 Bg7 8.Bd3 0-0 9.0-0 Na6 10.Nd2 Nb4 11.Be2 Re8 12.a3 Na6

13.Re1 Nc7 14.Qc2 Rb8 15.a4 b6 16.Nb5 a6 17.Nxc7 Qxc7 18.Ra2 Qe7 19.f3 Nh5 20.Nf1 f5 21.Bd3 f4 22.g4 Bd4+ 23.Kh1 Qh4

24.Re2 Qh3 25.Rg2 Qxf3 26.Nd2 Qe3 27.Nf1 Qf3 28.Nd2 Bxg4 29.Nxf3 Bxf3 30.h4 Rf8 31.Be2 Ng3+ 32.Kh2 Bxg2 33.Kxg2 Nxe2

34.Qxe2 f3+ 35.Qxf3 Rxf3 36.Kxf3 Rf8+ 37.Kg3 Be5+ 38.Kg2 Bf4 0-1,for me this is the first time that I see this game analysed by a grandmaster!

Tal was that time only sixteen years old,and Psakhis his analysis to this game are highly instructive:for example after move 27,Psakhis writes:It seems to

me that at this moment Mikhail Tal might easily have been a prey to his emotions.

It’s obvious that a drawn result didn’t suit him at all.I can understand this very well-I have been in similar situations plenty of

times myself – but why he didn’t choose the comparatively”normal” 27….Qe1!is unclear to me.The best replay would probably be 28.Bd2!? and Psakhis

follows with some detailed analyses,till around move 33.

Yes there is in this book a prefect balance of moves and text,so the reader is by no way thrown in the deep.

Included are 57 extra exercises to see if you have learned from this book!

Conclusion:This work is an extraordinary well written book!

Grandmaster versus amateur edited by Jacob Aagaard & John Shaw

2011

Quality Chess

196 pages

Price €24,99

ISBN 978-1-906552-84-8

A new concept from Quality Chess Grandmaster Versus Amateur but for many Dutch players this is nothing new, for years many Dutch

players have become strong with the works from Euwe on this subject and well, Master against Amateur and Amateur becomes Master.

So Quality stands for a difficult task to improve with there Grandmaster Verus Amateur against the superb books from Euwe.

By the way these Amateur books from Euwe sold so well that Euwe wrote later his best seller Master against Master!

Aagaard and Shaw write in there preface: A long time ago Max Euwe authored a book entiled Chess master vs Chess Amateur.It was only after

the project was up and running that we were alerted to the existence of this book.

To avoid ripping off the Dutch World Champion we deliberately avoided reading his, instead preferring to do our own

thing, and we hope the readers agree when we say that the results are pleasing.

Yes there is nothing wrong with this book from Quality Chess, well packed with instructive tips and the included model games are highly

enjoyable, specially with the good idea of giving seven top players eight strong chapters, but I would have given this book a other title.

Conclusion: Still very interesting!

The art of the endgame by Jan Timman

2011

New in Chess

http://www.newinchess.com/

266 pages

Price € 24,95

ISBN: 978-90-5691-369-4

This latest endgame book from Jan Timman is a fascinating journey into the world of zugzwang,promotion,stalemate and more.

All together there are 14 chapters with various endgame possibilities as for example chapter one with miniature

studies,a miniature study is a study with no more than seven pieces in the starting position.

The whole book from Timman is overloaded with original material, where some of his older studies are brought back to life too.

That Timman still can play as the best can been seen on page 182,Timman – Shytaj,Torre delle Stelle 2011,White: Kc2,Rd5,Nd2,pawns on f4,g3 and h4

Black:Kb4,Re2 Nc6,pawns c3,h5.

Timman writes:It is clear that white is going to lose a piece.Where do his best chances of salvation lie? White can try 66.f5,but after

66…Rf2 67.f6 cxd2 68.Rxd2 Rxf6 69.Rd5 Rh6 there is no immediate draw.Fortunately,I had enough on the clock.After 15 fifteen minutes though

I discovered a hidden mutual zugzwang.

66.Kd1! Rd2: 67.Rd2: cd2: 68.Kd2: Kc4 Black brings his king closer.It looks as if he will manage to block the white pawns. 69.Ke2!! The only move.

69….Kd5{69…Kd4 would be met by 70.Kf3,with an immediate draw.

70.Ke3 The mutal zugzwang is established.

70…Nd4 Now white can force the draw by advancing his f-pawn.The best winning try was 70…Ke6.After 71.Ke4 Kf6 72.f5 Ne5

black would manage to block the white pawns after all.

However,here the problem is that the another mutal zugzwang:73.Kf4 Ng4 74.Ke4 Nh6 75.Kf4.With a knight you cannot win {or lose}a tempo.

71.f5! Ke5 72.f6 Ne6 73.f7 draw.

Conclusion: This book is a gift all for all endgame lovers!

1...d6: Move by Move by Cyrus Lakdawala

2011

Everyman Chess

http://www.everymanchess.com

398 pages

Price € 24,95

ISBN 978-1-85744-683-8

Cyrus Lakdawala presents the reader in this new book a complete black repertoire line based on the universal move 1…d6.

It does not matter what white plays,the former Open American Open Champion provides the reader with a detailed move to move repertoire line.

In big lines the material is devided into two hugh chapers: 1.e4 d6 and 1.d4 d6 2.c4 e5.

Interesting to mention is for example the line Pribyl/Rat versus the Austrian Attack 5.e5: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6

4.f4 Qa5 5.e5 Ne4 6.Bd3 Nxc3 7.Qd2 c5 8.bxc3 d5 9.Nf3 Bg4

Or with 5.Bd3: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4 Qa5 5.Bd3 e5 6.Nf3 exd4 7.Nxd4 g6 8.Nf3 Bg7 9.0-0 0-0.

Even after 1.c4 it is possible to reach a 1…d6,…e5 and …f5 structure as we can see in the following game from

Yermolinsky: Jacobi,Steve (2345) - Yermolinsky,Alex (2560) [A21]

US op 096th Concord (7), 1995

1.c4 e5 2.g3 d6 3.Bg2 f5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.e3 Be7 6.Nge2 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.d3 Be6 9.f4 Nbd7 10.b4 Rc8 11.Rb1 a6

12.a4 Bf7 13.fxe5 Nxe5 14.b5 axb5 15.axb5 g6 16.bxc6 bxc6 17.Rb7 Nfd7 18.e4 Nc5 19.Rxe7 Qxe7 20.d4 Nxe4

21.dxe5 Qxe5 22.Nxe4 fxe4 23.Bh6 Bxc4 24.Bxf8 Rxf8 25.Rxf8+ Kxf8 26.Bf1 c5 27.Nf4 Bf7 28.Qc1 Qd4+ 29.Kg2 e3 30.Be2 g5 31.Nd3 Qd5+ 32.Kf1 Qh1# 0-1.

Included thror the book are a lot of tactical and strategic exercises.

Conclusion: Buy it for the life time repertoire lines!

Chess Developments: The Modern Benoni

by Richard Palliser

2011

Everyman Chess

http://www.everymanchess.com

281 pages

Price € 20,95

ISBN 978-1-85744-681-4

Seldom a openings books has impressed me with latest lines as this work from Richard Pallisher on the Modern Benoni 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6.

From the 45 model games there are 7 from the year 2011 and 14 from 2010!

And I can insure you that there are even more latest games between the lines.

The reader shall find many black games from Pallisher himself on the black side of the board and that makes a book really interesting.

The Benoni was popularised by Tal in the 1960s when he dazzled his opponents with fabulous sacrifices.

Two chapters of this book are divided to the Taimanov Attack,where it can become after the moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3

.Nc3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 Bg7 8.Bb5+ Nbd7 9.e5 dxe5 10.fxe5 Nh5 11.e6 Qh4+ 12.g3 Nxg3 13.hxg3 Qxh1 14.Be3 really sharp.

After 14… Bxc3+ 15.bxc3 a6 16.exd7+ Bxd7 17.Bxd7+ Kxd7 18.Qb3 b5 19.0-0-0 Rhe8 20.Bxc5 Qg2 21.d6 Pallisher

writes:In a correspondence game I would a rough balance to be maintained,with perpetual check by either side a likely

result,but over the board anything can happen here.

Some games as for example L'Ami,Erwin (2628) - Kovacevic,Aleksandar (2574) [A64]

EU-ch 11th Rijeka (6), 11.03.2010

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 d6 5.Nc3 exd5 6.cxd5 g6 7.g3 Bg7 8.Bg2 0-0 9.0-0 Re8 10.Nd2 Nbd7 11.h3 a6 12.a4 Rb8 13.Nc4 Ne5 14.Na3 Nh5 15.Kh2 f5 16.e4 fxe4 17.Nxe4 b5 18.axb5 axb5 19.Nc2 Nf7 20.Ne3 Nf6 21.Nxf6+ Qxf6 22.Ra2 Bd7 23.b3 Ra8 24.Re2 Ra1 25.Qc2 Qc3 26.Bb2 Qxc2 27.Rxc2 Bxb2 28.Rxb2 Rea8 29.Rxa1 Rxa1 30.Bf1 Ng5 31.Bg2 Bxh3 32.Bxh3 Nf3+ 33.Kg2 Ne1+ 34.Kh2 Nf3+ 35.Kg2 ½-½,is good for over six pages of text!

Conclusion: The most important reference work of this moment!

Kämpfen und Siegen mit Magnus Carlsen: Seine besten Schachpartien kommentiert von Adrian Mikhalchishin und Oleg Stetsko

2011

**Edition Olms**

http://www.olms.de

312 pages

Price € 24,95

ISBN 978-3-283-01021-8

Magnus Carlsen was born in Tønsberg, Norway, on the 30th November 1990. He learnt to play the game of chess from his father at the young age of 5.

Magnus first goal was to beat his sister, then his father.

Wonder boy Magnus Carlsen became an International Grandmaster at the age of 13, the youngest at the time.

On January the 1st of 2010 the new Fide list was published and at the age of 19 Magnus became the youngest ever chess player to be ranked World Number One.

Bobby Fischer became at the age of 15 Grandmaster in Chess.

Garry Kasparov,was aged 20 when he reached World Number one.

The Russian grandmaster has been coaching Carlsen and in his blog the teenager thanked Kasparov for helping him reach the top.

This beautiful produced Olms book, written by Adrian Mikhalchishin und Oleg Stetsko does not only holds 64 of his most interesting and instructive games,but there

is also a very detailed recorded of Magnus his chess career.

Thanks to the range and depth of the analysis, the hidden beauties of Magnus chess unfold themselves to the reader.

Beginners and advanced players will enjoy to turn the leaves of this beautiful heavy weight with great benefit.

Conclusion: A highly instructive game collection!

Grandmaster Repertoire 10 - The Tarrasch Defence by Nikolaos Ntirlis & Jacob Aagaard

2011

Quality Chess

347 pages

Price €27,99

ISBN 978-1-906552-91-6

Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard and his companion chess coach and kick boxer Nikolaos Ntirlis provide the user with a detailed move to move repertoire

book where the novelties are insured!

In 2002 Aagaard preferred in his book meeting

1.d4, the line with 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,but a small ten years later he recommends

for black 9…c4!

Thanks to the efforts of Alexander Grischuk, this continuation recently gained popularity. The position is similar to the Swedish variation.

This continuation is not as popular as the main line 9...cxd4 but it may also lead to complicated play and White should know exactly what to do.

In the following game black was clearly better: Ignacz,Maria (2191) - Banusz,Tamas (2322) [D34] HUN-chT 0304 Hungary (5), 07.12.2003

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 c5 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Nc3 c4 9.Bg5 Nc6 10.Ne5 Be6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.b3 h6 13.Bxf6 Bxf6

14.bxc4 dxc4 15.e3 Qa5 16.Rc1 Rac8 17.Qe2 Rfd8 18.Rfd1 Be7 19.Rc2 Bb4 20.Nb1 g6 21.a3 Bf8 22.Qd2 Qc7 23.Qe1 Rb8 24.Bf1 c5

25.d5 Bxd5 26.Bxc4 Be4 27.Rcc1 Bg7 28.Rxd8+ Qxd8 29.Nd2 Bc6 30.Rd1 Qf6 31.Bf1 Qf5 32.e4 Qe6 33.Bg2 c4 34.Nb1 Rb3 35.Rc1 f5

36.Nd2 Bc3 37.Qd1 Bxd2 38.Qxd2 Rd3 39.Qxh6 fxe4 40.Qf4 e3 41.fxe3 Bxg2 42.Kxg2 c3 43.Qb8+ Kh7 44.Qxa7+ Kh6 45.Qc5 Rd2+

46.Kg1 Qe4 47.Qf8+ Kh7 48.Qf7+ Kh8 49.Qf8+ Kh7 50.Qf7+ Kh6 51.Qf8+ Kh7 52.Qf7+ ½-½,but as Aagaard and Ntirlis point out black

missed the decisive pinning move 30….Bc3!N.

Conclusion: A very strong repertoire book!

2011

Gambit Publications Ltd

http://www.gambitbooks.com

E-mail info@gambitbooks.com

239 pages

Price $24,95

ISBN 978-1-906454-27-2

After Nunn his successful work Understanding Chess Endgames,John Nunn turns his attention to the middlegame, with this impressive

learning book where 100 instructive topics are clearly explained.

All material is in divided into 8 main chapters and well : Material Imbalances, Strategy, Activity, Attacking Play, Defensive Play, Typical Central Pawn

Formations and Typical Mistakes.

All 100 lessons in this book, features two readable examples often taken from the masters of today,but there are still some golden classics

left as Spielman – Nimzowitsch,New York 1927,where white went down with his sacrifice 19.Nxf7? {Nunn covers this move with a diagram

but for my readers I prefer all moves: 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 d5 4.e5 b6 5.c3 Nce7 6.Bd3 a5 7.Qe2 Nf5 8.h4 h5 9.Ng5 g6 10.Nd2 Nge7

11.Nf1 c5 12.f3 c4 13.Bc2 b5 14.g4 Ng7 15.Ng3 Nc6 16.Qg2 Be7 17.gxh5 gxh5 18.Rg1 Ra7},all under the lesson

Overestimating an Attack.Nunn writes after move 18.This position is lost for black. His pieces are in disarray, his king is

exposed and white’s major pieces dominate the g file.Black ,on the other hand, is several moves away from creating a threat on

the queenside.Spielman decided on a double piece sacrifice with Nxf7 followed by Nxh5,but even without any calculation this looks

dubious,because by taking the h4 pawn with check black can introduce the a7 rook into the defence with gain of tempo.

Interesting enough Raymond Keene gives 19.Nxf7! in his book Aron Nimzowitsch A Reappraisal; And writes: And here it is.The text should in fact win.

Yes it is clear Keene could use this book from Nunn too!

Included in this lesson is a other historical game from this tournament and well Vidmar – Marshall,New York 1927 where Vidmar

went wrong with 30.g4?!{ Inplace of the game fragment: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Bxd2+ 5.Nbxd2 d5 6.e3 0-0 7.Qc2 Nbd7

8.Bd3 h6 9.0-0 c5 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.dxc5 Nb4 12.Bh7+ Kh8 13.Qc4 Na6 14.Bc2 Ndxc5 15.b4 Nd7 16.Rfd1 Nb6 17.Qb3 Qd5 18.Qb2 Bd7

19.Ne4 Qb5 20.a3 Bc6 21.Nd4 Qe5 22.f4 Qc7 23.Nxc6 bxc6 24.Bd3 Nb8 25.Rac1 Nd5 26.Qf2 a5 27.b5 Qb6 28.bxc6 Nxc6 29.Nc5 Rad8}

A modern example {complete game!} can be found on page 92,lesson 33,positional pawn sacrifices: Kryvoruchko,Yuriy - Smirin,Ilia [B43]

9th European Individ (10), 2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Bd3 Bc5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.0-0 Nf6 9.f4 d6 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 Qxe5 12.Bf4 Qh5

13.Be2 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Ne4 e5 16.Nd6+ Bxd6 17.Qxd6 Nbd7 18.Rfe1 Ne4 19.Qb4 f5 20.Bf3 exf4 21.Bxe4 fxe4 22.Rxe4+

Kd8 23.Rd1 Qh6 24.Rd6 1-0,Nunn writes after move 10.e5!? White can continue with a quieter line such as 10.a4 or 10.Qf3,but this

positional pawn sacrifice is dangerous for black.In return for the pawn,white obtains a lead in development and drives black’s queen offside,providing

the foundation for a direct attack on the ling.

Conclusion: This is truly, a highly instructive learning book!

The United States Chess Championship, 1845-2011 by Andy Soltis

2011

Jefferson,North Carolina 28640.

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com

280 pages

Price $45.00

ISBN 978-0-7864-6528-6

Pleasant to mention is this update from Andy Soltis work on the United States Championships, for this new update

where Soltis did include all the USA Championships till 2011!

His second edition from 1997 only went to the USA championship of 1996.

This revised edition has been expanded from 232 to a full 280 pages of readable text, included are 13 new tournaments,40 new

diagrams and 13 additional cross tables.

This work is more than a definitive brief of history,Soltis has included besides grandmaster analysis some fascinating back ground histories.

As for example the story of the former junior star Robert Steinmeyer,who was invited for the 15th U.S.Championship of

1962-63: Steinmeyer explained his attitude for this championship:

“I’am obviously not going to come in the first three places,so I may as well have fun.”He did against Evans,winning in 51 moves.

d you know that the Championship prize fund has gone from $254.35 in 1954 to $40.000 for the 2011 winner.

Conclusion:One of those must have chess books!

The Amazing Chess Adventures of Baron Munchausen

by Amatzia Avni

2011

Mongoose Press

235 pages

Price €14,95

ISBN 978-1-936277-32-2

Fide master Amatzia Avni presents a series of amusing chess tales, based on the adventures of the good old Avni’s

Baron Munchausen.

Originally the Baron series appeared in the British magazine Chess Monthly from August 1999 up to June 2008.

For this book Avni has presented some of the best stories from the old column, revised and added 16 new ones where specially

added for this book.

Baron Munchausen become famous for his famous defeats and unbelievable adventures

on the board,and this book is overloaded with them!

Included are creative masterpieces of drawing made by Elite Avni Sharon.

Conclusion: This eye catching book is overloaded with enjoyable chess reads!

Advanced chess tactics by Lev Psakhis

2011

Quality Chess

365 pages

Price €25,99

ISBN 978-1-907982-04-0

Lev Psakhis is a player who came out of nowhere to win the 1980 Soviet championship.

That time he was not even a grandmaster in chess but Psakhis always denied being a chess prodigy.

His latest work holds a beautiful collection attacking games where the more ambitious chess reader is invited to learn from Psakhis the secrets of attack.

This all is well explained with deeply analysed, move to move annotations.

All together there are only 39 games but between the lines,there are certain hundreds more!

Some games come from Psakhis himself but there are for example also from the great Mikhail Tal,exactly counted this book holds ten

of his greatest victories.

Included is his black win against Isaak Birbrager from the USSR junior Championship of 1953: Birbrager,Isaak - Tal,Mihail [A78]

URS Juniors Teams Kharkov, 1953

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.Nf3 Bg7 8.Bd3 0-0 9.0-0 Na6 10.Nd2 Nb4 11.Be2 Re8 12.a3 Na6

13.Re1 Nc7 14.Qc2 Rb8 15.a4 b6 16.Nb5 a6 17.Nxc7 Qxc7 18.Ra2 Qe7 19.f3 Nh5 20.Nf1 f5 21.Bd3 f4 22.g4 Bd4+ 23.Kh1 Qh4

24.Re2 Qh3 25.Rg2 Qxf3 26.Nd2 Qe3 27.Nf1 Qf3 28.Nd2 Bxg4 29.Nxf3 Bxf3 30.h4 Rf8 31.Be2 Ng3+ 32.Kh2 Bxg2 33.Kxg2 Nxe2

34.Qxe2 f3+ 35.Qxf3 Rxf3 36.Kxf3 Rf8+ 37.Kg3 Be5+ 38.Kg2 Bf4 0-1,for me this is the first time that I see this game analysed by a grandmaster!

Tal was that time only sixteen years old,and Psakhis his analysis to this game are highly instructive:for example after move 27,Psakhis writes:It seems to

me that at this moment Mikhail Tal might easily have been a prey to his emotions.

It’s obvious that a drawn result didn’t suit him at all.I can understand this very well-I have been in similar situations plenty of

times myself – but why he didn’t choose the comparatively”normal” 27….Qe1!is unclear to me.The best replay would probably be 28.Bd2!? and Psakhis

follows with some detailed analyses,till around move 33.

Yes there is in this book a prefect balance of moves and text,so the reader is by no way thrown in the deep.

Included are 57 extra exercises to see if you have learned from this book!

Conclusion:This work is an extraordinary well written book!

Grandmaster versus amateur edited by Jacob Aagaard & John Shaw

2011

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196 pages

Price €24,99

ISBN 978-1-906552-84-8

A new concept from Quality Chess Grandmaster Versus Amateur but for many Dutch players this is nothing new, for years many Dutch

players have become strong with the works from Euwe on this subject and well, Master against Amateur and Amateur becomes Master.

So Quality stands for a difficult task to improve with there Grandmaster Verus Amateur against the superb books from Euwe.

By the way these Amateur books from Euwe sold so well that Euwe wrote later his best seller Master against Master!

Aagaard and Shaw write in there preface: A long time ago Max Euwe authored a book entiled Chess master vs Chess Amateur.It was only after

the project was up and running that we were alerted to the existence of this book.

To avoid ripping off the Dutch World Champion we deliberately avoided reading his, instead preferring to do our own

thing, and we hope the readers agree when we say that the results are pleasing.

Yes there is nothing wrong with this book from Quality Chess, well packed with instructive tips and the included model games are highly

enjoyable, specially with the good idea of giving seven top players eight strong chapters, but I would have given this book a other title.

Conclusion: Still very interesting!

The art of the endgame by Jan Timman

2011

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266 pages

Price € 24,95

ISBN: 978-90-5691-369-4

This latest endgame book from Jan Timman is a fascinating journey into the world of zugzwang,promotion,stalemate and more.

All together there are 14 chapters with various endgame possibilities as for example chapter one with miniature

studies,a miniature study is a study with no more than seven pieces in the starting position.

The whole book from Timman is overloaded with original material, where some of his older studies are brought back to life too.

That Timman still can play as the best can been seen on page 182,Timman – Shytaj,Torre delle Stelle 2011,White: Kc2,Rd5,Nd2,pawns on f4,g3 and h4

Black:Kb4,Re2 Nc6,pawns c3,h5.

Timman writes:It is clear that white is going to lose a piece.Where do his best chances of salvation lie? White can try 66.f5,but after

66…Rf2 67.f6 cxd2 68.Rxd2 Rxf6 69.Rd5 Rh6 there is no immediate draw.Fortunately,I had enough on the clock.After 15 fifteen minutes though

I discovered a hidden mutual zugzwang.

66.Kd1! Rd2: 67.Rd2: cd2: 68.Kd2: Kc4 Black brings his king closer.It looks as if he will manage to block the white pawns. 69.Ke2!! The only move.

69….Kd5{69…Kd4 would be met by 70.Kf3,with an immediate draw.

70.Ke3 The mutal zugzwang is established.

70…Nd4 Now white can force the draw by advancing his f-pawn.The best winning try was 70…Ke6.After 71.Ke4 Kf6 72.f5 Ne5

black would manage to block the white pawns after all.

However,here the problem is that the another mutal zugzwang:73.Kf4 Ng4 74.Ke4 Nh6 75.Kf4.With a knight you cannot win {or lose}a tempo.

71.f5! Ke5 72.f6 Ne6 73.f7 draw.

Conclusion: This book is a gift all for all endgame lovers!

1...d6: Move by Move by Cyrus Lakdawala

2011

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398 pages

Price € 24,95

ISBN 978-1-85744-683-8

Cyrus Lakdawala presents the reader in this new book a complete black repertoire line based on the universal move 1…d6.

It does not matter what white plays,the former Open American Open Champion provides the reader with a detailed move to move repertoire line.

In big lines the material is devided into two hugh chapers: 1.e4 d6 and 1.d4 d6 2.c4 e5.

Interesting to mention is for example the line Pribyl/Rat versus the Austrian Attack 5.e5: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6

4.f4 Qa5 5.e5 Ne4 6.Bd3 Nxc3 7.Qd2 c5 8.bxc3 d5 9.Nf3 Bg4

Or with 5.Bd3: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4 Qa5 5.Bd3 e5 6.Nf3 exd4 7.Nxd4 g6 8.Nf3 Bg7 9.0-0 0-0.

Even after 1.c4 it is possible to reach a 1…d6,…e5 and …f5 structure as we can see in the following game from

Yermolinsky: Jacobi,Steve (2345) - Yermolinsky,Alex (2560) [A21]

US op 096th Concord (7), 1995

1.c4 e5 2.g3 d6 3.Bg2 f5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.e3 Be7 6.Nge2 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.d3 Be6 9.f4 Nbd7 10.b4 Rc8 11.Rb1 a6

12.a4 Bf7 13.fxe5 Nxe5 14.b5 axb5 15.axb5 g6 16.bxc6 bxc6 17.Rb7 Nfd7 18.e4 Nc5 19.Rxe7 Qxe7 20.d4 Nxe4

21.dxe5 Qxe5 22.Nxe4 fxe4 23.Bh6 Bxc4 24.Bxf8 Rxf8 25.Rxf8+ Kxf8 26.Bf1 c5 27.Nf4 Bf7 28.Qc1 Qd4+ 29.Kg2 e3 30.Be2 g5 31.Nd3 Qd5+ 32.Kf1 Qh1# 0-1.

Included thror the book are a lot of tactical and strategic exercises.

Conclusion: Buy it for the life time repertoire lines!

Chess Developments: The Modern Benoni

by Richard Palliser

2011

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281 pages

Price € 20,95

ISBN 978-1-85744-681-4

Seldom a openings books has impressed me with latest lines as this work from Richard Pallisher on the Modern Benoni 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6.

From the 45 model games there are 7 from the year 2011 and 14 from 2010!

And I can insure you that there are even more latest games between the lines.

The reader shall find many black games from Pallisher himself on the black side of the board and that makes a book really interesting.

The Benoni was popularised by Tal in the 1960s when he dazzled his opponents with fabulous sacrifices.

Two chapters of this book are divided to the Taimanov Attack,where it can become after the moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3

.Nc3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 Bg7 8.Bb5+ Nbd7 9.e5 dxe5 10.fxe5 Nh5 11.e6 Qh4+ 12.g3 Nxg3 13.hxg3 Qxh1 14.Be3 really sharp.

After 14… Bxc3+ 15.bxc3 a6 16.exd7+ Bxd7 17.Bxd7+ Kxd7 18.Qb3 b5 19.0-0-0 Rhe8 20.Bxc5 Qg2 21.d6 Pallisher

writes:In a correspondence game I would a rough balance to be maintained,with perpetual check by either side a likely

result,but over the board anything can happen here.

Some games as for example L'Ami,Erwin (2628) - Kovacevic,Aleksandar (2574) [A64]

EU-ch 11th Rijeka (6), 11.03.2010

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 d6 5.Nc3 exd5 6.cxd5 g6 7.g3 Bg7 8.Bg2 0-0 9.0-0 Re8 10.Nd2 Nbd7 11.h3 a6 12.a4 Rb8 13.Nc4 Ne5 14.Na3 Nh5 15.Kh2 f5 16.e4 fxe4 17.Nxe4 b5 18.axb5 axb5 19.Nc2 Nf7 20.Ne3 Nf6 21.Nxf6+ Qxf6 22.Ra2 Bd7 23.b3 Ra8 24.Re2 Ra1 25.Qc2 Qc3 26.Bb2 Qxc2 27.Rxc2 Bxb2 28.Rxb2 Rea8 29.Rxa1 Rxa1 30.Bf1 Ng5 31.Bg2 Bxh3 32.Bxh3 Nf3+ 33.Kg2 Ne1+ 34.Kh2 Nf3+ 35.Kg2 ½-½,is good for over six pages of text!

Conclusion: The most important reference work of this moment!

Kämpfen und Siegen mit Magnus Carlsen: Seine besten Schachpartien kommentiert von Adrian Mikhalchishin und Oleg Stetsko

2011

http://www.olms.de

312 pages

Price € 24,95

ISBN 978-3-283-01021-8

Magnus Carlsen was born in Tønsberg, Norway, on the 30th November 1990. He learnt to play the game of chess from his father at the young age of 5.

Magnus first goal was to beat his sister, then his father.

Wonder boy Magnus Carlsen became an International Grandmaster at the age of 13, the youngest at the time.

On January the 1st of 2010 the new Fide list was published and at the age of 19 Magnus became the youngest ever chess player to be ranked World Number One.

Bobby Fischer became at the age of 15 Grandmaster in Chess.

Garry Kasparov,was aged 20 when he reached World Number one.

The Russian grandmaster has been coaching Carlsen and in his blog the teenager thanked Kasparov for helping him reach the top.

This beautiful produced Olms book, written by Adrian Mikhalchishin und Oleg Stetsko does not only holds 64 of his most interesting and instructive games,but there

is also a very detailed recorded of Magnus his chess career.

Thanks to the range and depth of the analysis, the hidden beauties of Magnus chess unfold themselves to the reader.

Beginners and advanced players will enjoy to turn the leaves of this beautiful heavy weight with great benefit.

Conclusion: A highly instructive game collection!

Grandmaster Repertoire 10 - The Tarrasch Defence by Nikolaos Ntirlis & Jacob Aagaard

2011

Quality Chess

347 pages

Price €27,99

ISBN 978-1-906552-91-6

Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard and his companion chess coach and kick boxer Nikolaos Ntirlis provide the user with a detailed move to move repertoire

book where the novelties are insured!

In 2002 Aagaard preferred in his book meeting

1.d4, the line with 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,but a small ten years later he recommends

for black 9…c4!

Thanks to the efforts of Alexander Grischuk, this continuation recently gained popularity. The position is similar to the Swedish variation.

This continuation is not as popular as the main line 9...cxd4 but it may also lead to complicated play and White should know exactly what to do.

In the following game black was clearly better: Ignacz,Maria (2191) - Banusz,Tamas (2322) [D34] HUN-chT 0304 Hungary (5), 07.12.2003

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 c5 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Nc3 c4 9.Bg5 Nc6 10.Ne5 Be6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.b3 h6 13.Bxf6 Bxf6

14.bxc4 dxc4 15.e3 Qa5 16.Rc1 Rac8 17.Qe2 Rfd8 18.Rfd1 Be7 19.Rc2 Bb4 20.Nb1 g6 21.a3 Bf8 22.Qd2 Qc7 23.Qe1 Rb8 24.Bf1 c5

25.d5 Bxd5 26.Bxc4 Be4 27.Rcc1 Bg7 28.Rxd8+ Qxd8 29.Nd2 Bc6 30.Rd1 Qf6 31.Bf1 Qf5 32.e4 Qe6 33.Bg2 c4 34.Nb1 Rb3 35.Rc1 f5

36.Nd2 Bc3 37.Qd1 Bxd2 38.Qxd2 Rd3 39.Qxh6 fxe4 40.Qf4 e3 41.fxe3 Bxg2 42.Kxg2 c3 43.Qb8+ Kh7 44.Qxa7+ Kh6 45.Qc5 Rd2+

46.Kg1 Qe4 47.Qf8+ Kh7 48.Qf7+ Kh8 49.Qf8+ Kh7 50.Qf7+ Kh6 51.Qf8+ Kh7 52.Qf7+ ½-½,but as Aagaard and Ntirlis point out black

missed the decisive pinning move 30….Bc3!N.

Conclusion: A very strong repertoire book!

Chess DVD's

2011

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The great GM Efstratios Grivas explains us on this DVD everything you need to know about rooks, for example please see the following example

where the late Tony Miles did manage to trap blacks rook, Miles,Anthony J (2565) - Gdanski,Jacek (2485) [D03]

Heraklio op Heraklio (4), 1993

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c3 Bg7 4.Bg5 0-0 5.Nbd2 d5 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Be2 Re8 8.0-0 e5 9.Nb3 c6 10.Rc1 Qb6 11.Nfd2 Nf8 12.dxe5 Rxe5

13.Bf4 Re8 14.c4 Qd8 15.Bg3 h5 16.h3 Ne6 17.cxd5 cxd5 18.Be5 Bd7 19.Nf3 Qb6 20.Qd2 Ba4 21.Qa5 Bxb3 22.Qxb6 axb6 23.axb3 Nd7

24.Bxg7 Kxg7 25.Rfd1 Nf6 26.Nd4 Nxd4 27.Rxd4 Rec8 28.Rb1 Rc2 29.Bf3 Ra5 30.b4 Rb5 31.b3 Ne4 32.Re1 Rd2 33.Rd1 Rxd1+

34.Bxd1 Nc3 35.Bf3 Kf6 36.Kf1 Ke5 37.Be2 Nxe2 38.Kxe2 f5 39.f4+ Kd6 40.h4 Kc6 41.Kd2 1-0.

Strange enough this game did not reach the both books that are written on Miles,Tony Miles: It’s Only me and Tony Miles England’s Chess Gladiator.

But there is more to learn from Grivas as tapping rooks,he digs in several different rook strategies as rooks against minor pieces but important

of all is keep your rooks active and this is all instructively explained by Grivas.

Running time is around four hours.

Conclusion: This DVD will certainly help you to discover the power of the rooks!

First Steps in Defence by Andrew Martin

2011

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IM Andrew Martin comes with a new series of learning DVD’s bases on a logical understanding of the basics and more.

The aim lays below the 2000 ELO line and Martin has proved the user of this DVD with a wealth of instructive tips as we can see in the

following game from the legendary Larsen:

Larsen,Bent (2660) - Schmidt,Wlodzimierz (2450) [A03]

EU-chT prel Aarhus (4), 08.09.1971

1.f4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.d3 d5 4.e3 Bg7 5.Be2 0-0 6.0-0 c5 7.Qe1 Nc6 8.Qh4 b6 9.Nbd2 Ba6 10.Rf2 Ne8 11.c3 e5 12.Qxd8 Rxd8

13.fxe5 Nxe5 14.Nxe5 Bxe5 15.a4 Bb7 16.d4 Bg7 17.dxc5 bxc5 18.Nb3 Rc8 19.e4 d4 20.cxd4 cxd4 21.Bg5 Nd6 22.Be7 Nxe4

23.Bxf8 Bxf8 24.Rff1 Bh6 25.Rfd1 Be3+ 26.Kf1 Rd8 27.Na5 Bd5 28.Bb5 Rc8 29.Ra3 Nd2+ 30.Ke1 Rc2 31.Rd3 Nf1 32.Rxd4 Bxg2

33.Rd8+ Kg7 34.Be2 Nxh2 35.R1d3 Bb6 36.b4 Bxd8 37.Rxd8 Bf3 38.Bc4 Ng4 39.Re8 Kf6 40.Bb3 Rb2 41.b5 h5 0-1.

Black’s play is impressive and it is fascinating to see and follow Andrew Martin his clear and understandable explanations of the played strategies!

Running time is 3 hours 16 min.

Conclusion: Pefect guide for all who like to improve there playing skills!

The Dutch Stonewall by Valeri Lilov

2011

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Valeri Lilov explains in a small 4 hours and 38 minutes all strategies and plans of the Dutch Stonewall,where both lines as

the Classical Stonewall with 4…Be7 as we can see in the following game from Petrosian, Petrosian,Arshak B (2510) - Psakhis,Lev (2555) [A92]

URS-ch52 Riga (15), 1985 1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 e6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.c4 0-0 6.0-0 d5 7.Nbd2 b6 8.Qc2 c6 9.b3 Bd6 10.Bb2 Qe7

11.Ne5 Bb7 12.Ndf3 Ne4 13.Rad1 a5 14.Nd3 Na6 15.a4 c5 16.Nfe5 Rac8 17.e3 Nb4 18.Nxb4 cxb4 19.f3 Ng5 20.Rf2 Bxe5

21.dxe5 dxc4 22.bxc4 Bc6 23.h4 Nf7 24.Bd4 Qc7 25.c5 Bb7 26.c6 Bxc6 27.f4 Bxg2 28.Qxc7 Rxc7 29.Kxg2 Rc6 30.Rfd2 Rd8

31.Kf3 h5 32.e4 Nh6 33.Be3 Rxd2 34.Rxd2 fxe4+ 35.Kxe4 Nf5 36.Bf2 Rc4+ 37.Kf3 b5 38.axb5 b3 39.b6 Rb4 40.Bc5 b2 0-1

as the more modern lines with 5….Bd6 are all well covered on this DVD.

One of Lilov model games on this suject is: Sherbakov,Vitaly S (2385) - Iljushin,Alexei (2330) [A94]

Moscow op Moscow (9), 1995

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 d5 5.b3 Bd6 6.Ba3 0-0 7.0-0 Bxa3 8.Nxa3 Qe7 9.Qc1 c6 10.c4 b6 11.Nc2 Bb7 12.Nce1 Nbd7

13.Nd3 Rac8 14.c5 bxc5 15.Qa3 Ne4 16.Nfe5 Nxe5 17.Nxe5 Qc7 18.e3 cxd4 19.exd4 c5 20.Rac1 Qd6 21.Qxa7 Ba6 22.Bxe4

Bxf1 23.Bxf5 exf5 24.Kxf1 Rc7 25.Qa3 Rfc8 26.Nd3 Qh6 27.Kg1 Qd2 28.Nxc5 Qxd4 29.b4 f4 30.Qb3 fxg3 31.hxg3 Rf7 32.Rf1 Rb8

33.Ne6 Qc4 34.Qxc4 dxc4 35.a3 Ra7 36.Rc1 Rxa3 37.Rxc4 Rb3 38.Rc7 g6 39.Ng5 R3xb4 40.Nxh7 R4b7 41.Nf6+ Kh8 42.Rc3 Kg7

43.Ng4 Rf7 44.f4 Rf5 ½-½.

Jacob Aagaard once wrote a interesting book on the Dutch Stonewall,but the reader had to work throw a introduction of 56 pages, no than

I prefer this easy learning DVD from Valeri Lilov,where all strategies and plans are understandable explained!

Conclusion: The Classical Stonewall is a easy to learn opening!

ChessBase Magazine issue 145

2011

December

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ISSN 1432-8992

Euro 19.95

ChessBase Magazine issue 145 comes with the following tournaments: Grand Slam, Cup,FIDE World Cup,Hoogeveen,Saratov,Poikovsky,Nalchik,Lubbock and Shenzhen.

The following example shows the high level of analyse quality:

Kramnik,Vladimir (2791) - Giri,Anish (2722) [E97]

Hoogeveen Unive Crown 15th Hoogeveen (1), 16.10.2011

[Stohl]

1.Nf3 [1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Be3 - Kramnik,V (2781)-Giri,A (2701)/Dortmund/2011/ See the notes to this game in CBM 144. This time Kramnik tries a different approach...] 1...Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 [Kramnik indicated his plans against 3...d5 a few rounds later by 4.Qa4+ - see Kramnik,V (2791)-Vachier Lagrave,M (2715)/Hoogeveen/2011/ Giri said he was inspired by Nakamura's recent games against Kramnik and doesn't mind entering King's Indian territory. However, his opponent was certainly prepared, as Anish has already played this opening earlier this year.] 4.e4 d6 5.d4 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 [7.Be3 exd4 8.Nxd4 Re8 9.f3 c6 10.Qd2 d5 11.exd5 cxd5 12.0-0 Nc6 13.c5 Qa5 (13...Rxe3!? 14.Qxe3 Qf8© was introduced in the last K-K match in 1990.) 14.Bf2 Nxd4?! (¹14...a6) 15.Bxd4 Qb4 16.Rfd1 Bd7 17.a3 Qb3 18.Bd3 Rad8 19.Bc2 Qc4 20.b3 Qa6 21.b4 b6 Popov,V (2565)-Giri,A (2690)/RUS-chT Olginka/2011/ 22.Bd3 Qb7 23.Rab1f] 7...Nc6 Kramnik has been playing the Classical line for two decades and has vast experience with it. [The less usual 7...exd4 8.Nxd4 Re8 also had some recent outings: 9.f3 c6 (9...Nc6 10.Be3 Nh5 11.Qd2 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 Nf4 13.Be3 Nxe2+ 14.Nxe2 f5 15.Bg5 Qd7 16.Ng3 Qf7 17.Rac1 Bd7 18.b3 a5 19.a4 Be5 20.Bf4 Bg7 21.Kh1 b6= Kramnik,V (2788)-Radjabov,T (2744)/Kazan/2011/ Later in the nervous tie-break White managed to outplay his opponent, but from the opening Black was doing OK.) 10.Kh1 Nbd7 (10...Nh5!? 11.g4 Nf6 12.Bf4 h5 13.g5 Nh7 14.Qd2 Nd7 15.Rad1 Qe7 16.Rg1 Ne5 17.Qe1 Nf8 18.Qf2 a6 19.Nb3 Be6 20.c5 Rad8 21.cxd6 Rxd6÷ Gelfand - Griscuk, Monaco rapid 2011 22.Qc5 Rxd1 23.Rxd1 Nfd7= Gelfand,B (2733)-Grischuk,A (2747)/Monte Carlo rpd blindfold/2011/) 11.Be3 (More usual is 11.Bg5 already played by Kramnik in the past: 11...Qb6 12.Nb3 a5 13.Qd2 a4 14.Be3 c5?! 15.Nc1 Ne5 16.Rb1 Be6 17.b3 axb3 18.axb3 Qa5 19.Rd1 Red8 20.Nb5 Qxd2 21.Rxd2 Ne8 22.Na2 f5 23.exf5 Bxf5 24.Rbd1 Nc6 25.g4 Be6 26.Nac3 Na5 27.Rb1 b6 28.Kg2 h6 29.Bd3 g5 30.Be4 Bxc3 31.Nxc3 Rac8 32.h4± Kramnik,V (2770)-Polgar,J (2670)/Dortmund/1997/) 11...a6!? (11...d5 12.cxd5 cxd5 13.Ndb5!f) 12.Nc2N a) 12.Bg1 . 12...d5 13.cxd5 cxd5 14.exd5 Nb6 15.Qb3!² Ponomariov; b) 12.Qd2 Ne5 13.Rad1 Qc7 14.Nc2 Be6 15.b3 Rad8 16.f4 Neg4 17.Bg1 Bc8 18.h3 Nh6 19.Qd3? (19.Bf3 d5 20.cxd5 cxd5 21.e5 Ne4 22.Bxe4 dxe4 23.Bd4 Nf5 24.Nxe4 f6") 19...Nxe4! 20.Nxe4 Bf5µ Korolev,A (2235)-Domogaev,S (2469)/Bogoroditsk/2011/; 12...Ne5 13.f4 Neg4 14.Bg1 h5!? 15.Bf3 (15.h3 Nxe4!©) 15...Be6 16.b3?! (¹16.Qd3!) 16...Qa5 17.Qe1 b5?! (Pocitacove 17...Bf5 18.h3 Qd8!f .¤e4) 18.c5?! (18.h3!²) 18...b4 19.Na4 Bc4? (19...Nxe4!f) 20.Qxb4 Qxb4 21.Nxb4 Bxf1 22.Rxf1 Nxe4 23.Nb6 Ra7 24.cxd6 Nxd6 25.Bxc6 Re2 26.N6d5² Kramnik,V (2781)-Ponomariov,R (2764)/Dortmund/2011/ For more details see the notes by Ponomariov to this game in CBM 144.] 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 [Although this line is Kramnik's trademark, lately he has also played 9.Nd2 , albeit without much success: 9...a5 a) 9...Ne8 10.b4 f5 11.c5 Nf6 12.a4 f4 13.Nc4 g5 14.Ba3 g4?! 15.cxd6 cxd6 16.b5 Ne8 17.Bxg4 Qc7 18.Be2 f3 19.b6 axb6 20.Nb5 fxe2 21.Qxe2 Qd8 22.Nbxd6 Nxd6 23.Bxd6 Rf7 24.Bxe5f /±,Kramnik,V (2780)-Nakamura,H (2733)/Khanty Mansiysk olm/ 2010/ In the later course of the game Black managed to escape - see the notes by Krasenkow in CBM 139.; b) Fischer's move 9...c5 is not too popular nowadays, here both 10.Rb1 (and 10.dxc6 bxc6 11.b4 allow White to fight for an edge.) ; 10.a3 Kh8 11.Rb1 Nd7 12.b4 f5 13.f3 f4 (13...Ng8 .¤gf6 was introduced by Kasparov and is played more often.) 14.Nb5 b6 15.Qc2 (15.c5!?©) 15...a4!? A paradoxical new idea, which takes b3 away from the ¤ and thus greatly complicates the c5 break. 16.Rd1 (Kramnik was worried about 16.Nc3 g5 17.Nxa4 Nf6 18.c5 g4÷ , but it's not so clear how strong the , really is. Therefore this was a more testing and principled reaction.) 16...g5 17.g4 h5 18.h3 Rf6 19.Bb2 Rh6 20.Kg2 Ng6 21.Rh1 Bf8 22.Kf2 Nf6 23.c5 dxc5 24.Nc4 Bd6 25.Bc3 Kg7 26.Qb2 cxb4 27.axb4 Qe7 28.Rbg1 Bd7 29.Nbxd6 cxd6 .¦ah8,,Kramnik,V (2785)-Nakamura,H (2774)/Monte Carlo 2011 - see notes to this game by Krasenkow in CBM 142.;

Giri's own recent game featured the older main line 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 fxe4 (Unusual, 11...Nf6 12.f3 f4÷ is the standard continuation.) 12.Nxe4 Nf5 13.Rc1 (13.Bc3!?) 13...Nf6 14.Bg5 h6 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Bg4 b6 17.Rc3 a5 18.Ne1 Bg7 19.Nc2 h5 20.Bh3 Bh6 21.Re1 Kh7 22.Ng3 Qg5 23.Rf3 Bd7 24.b3 Rf7 25.Re4 Raf8³ Renet,O (2497)-Giri,A (2687)/FRA-chT Mulhouse/2011/] 9...Nh5 10.g3 The older alternative, played already in the 1950s. [If only statistically speaking the main move here is 10.Re1 , but Kramnik played this a lot in the past. Suffice to say that after he beat Kasparov in Novgorod 1997 in this line the latter stopped playing the KID in classical games. However, lately Kramnik has been doing some experimenting in the Bayonet Attack. His recent choice here has been 10...f5 11.Ng5 Nf6 12.Bf3 (12.f3 was played in no less than 5 (!) Van Wely-Radjabov games. The last one from 2009, annotated by Van Wely in CBM 129, illustrates the problems Black has to face after 12...Kh8 13.Rb1 h6 14.Ne6 Bxe6 15.dxe6) 12...c6 13.Ba3 (13.Be3 is a move, introduced by Kramnik in the late 1990s. However, here extensive practice has shown that 13...h6 14.Ne6 Bxe6 15.dxe6 fxe4 16.Nxe4 Nxe4 17.Bxe4 d5 18.cxd5 cxd5 19.Bc2 b6= doesn't give White an advantage.) 13...h6 14.Ne6 Bxe6 15.dxe6 fxe4 16.Bxe4!? (16.Nxe4 Nxe4 17.Bxe4 d5 18.cxd5 cxd5 19.b5 dxe4 20.Qxd8 Rfxd8 21.Bxe7 Re8 is known to lead to a drawish .) ¹16...d5! (16...Nxe4 17.Nxe4 d5 18.Nc5! Qd6 (18...e4 19.Rc1f) 19.Nxb7 Qxe6 20.b5 cxb5 21.cxd5 Qd7 22.d6 Nf5 23.Nc5 Qxd6 24.Qxd6 Nxd6 25.Ne4± Kramnik,V (2788)-Grischuk,A (2728)/WCh Moscow blitz/2008/) 17.Bc2 (17.cxd5 cxd5 18.b5 Nxe4 19.Nxe4 dxe4 20.Qxd8 Rfxd8 21.Bxe7 Re8= only transposes to 16.¤e4.) 17...Qd6 18.cxd5 cxd5 19.Bb3 Kh7 20.Qe2 Nh5 21.Rad1 Nf4 22.Qf1 Rad8!?" (22...Rac8 23.Ne4 Qxe6 24.b5©; 22...Qxe6 23.b5 Rad8 24.Bxe7 Qxe7 25.Nxd5 Nxd5 26.Bxd5² Chabanon,J (2455)-Touzane,O (2287)/FRA-chT/2010/) ;

Another try is 10.c5 Nf4 11.a4 (11.Bc4 Bg4 12.h3 Bh5 13.Re1 Kh8! 14.Bf1 f5 15.Bxf4 exf4 16.Rc1 a5 17.a3?! (17.bxa5 Rxa5 18.cxd6 cxd6 19.Be2=) 17...axb4 18.axb4 Bxf3 19.gxf3 (19.Qxf3 Ra3!f) 19...fxe4 20.Rxe4 Nf5 21.Rc4 Qg5+ 22.Kh1 Bxc3 23.R4xc3 Ra2 24.R3c2 Bykhovsky,A (2405)-Avrukh,B (2495)/Beersheba/1996/ - see Avrukh's notes in CBM 53. 24...Rxc2 25.Qxc2 Qf6³) 11...f5 12.Bc4 fxe4 13.Nxe4 h6 14.Re1N (14.g3 Nh5 (14...Nh3+!? 15.Kg2 Bg4") 15.Nfd2 Kh8 16.Ra3 a6 17.cxd6 cxd6 18.b5 Bf5 19.bxa6 bxa6 20.Qe2 Qd7 21.Bxa6?! (21.Rb3!²) 21...Nxd5 22.Bb5 Qe7 23.Bc6 Ndf4! 24.gxf4 Nxf4 25.Qe1 Rac8 26.Bb5 d5 27.Ng3 Bh3© f, Bareev,E (2677)-Amonatov,F (2649)/RUS-chT Dagomys/2008/) 14...Bg4 15.Ra3 g5 16.h3 Bh5 17.Bxf4 Rxf4 18.g3 Rf8 19.a5 Kh8 20.Kg2 Rb8 21.Qd2 b6 22.axb6 axb6= 23.Nfxg5!? hxg5 24.Qxg5 Bg6÷ Kramnik,V (2781)-Nakamura,H (2770)/Dortmund/2011/ Later on White misplayed the complications and lost - see notes to this game by Krasenkow in CBM 144.] 10...f5 11.Ng5 Nf6 12.Bf3!? Natural enough, but very rare. Now we have a position from the previous note, in which White has played g3 instead of ¦e1. It's necessary to compare these lines, their pluses and respective drawbacks. [The older move is 12.f3 f4 and here White should perhaps reconsider 13.Kg2!? (13.b5 fxg3 14.hxg3 h6 15.Ne6 Bxe6 16.dxe6 Qc8 17.Nd5 Qxe6 18.Nxc7 Qh3 19.Rf2 Nxe4 20.fxe4 Rxf2 21.Kxf2 Rf8+ 22.Ke3 Qxg3+ 23.Kd2 Rf2 24.Ne8 Qf3! 25.Nxd6 Bf6 26.c5 Nd5! 27.exd5 e4 28.Ke1 Van Wely,L (2655)-Stellwagen,D (2630)/Amsterdam/2009/ This game still remains the last word in the 13.b5 line. 28...Bc3+! 29.Bd2 Qg3 30.Bxc3 e3-+ .¦f1) 13...h6 (13...Nh5; 13...a5 and; 13...c6!?÷ are all viable improvements, leading to complex play.) 14.Ne6 Bxe6 15.dxe6 c6 16.b5 Qc7 17.bxc6 bxc6 18.Ba3 Rfd8 19.Qa4 Qc8 20.Rab1 Kh8 21.Rfd1 Qxe6 22.Qa6 h5 23.Rb7 g5 24.Rxa7 Rab8 Van Wely,L (2585)-Ye Jiangchuan (2535)/Biel izt/1993/ 25.Rb7!± . 25...Ra8? 26.Rxd6!] 12...c6 The standard reaction. [12...h6 13.Ne6 Bxe6 14.dxe6 fxe4 (14...c6 15.b5 fxe4 -12...c6 13.b5) 15.Nxe4 Nxe4 16.Bxe4 c6 17.Be3 (17.Qg4 d5 18.Bxg6 Nxg6 19.Qxg6 Qe8 20.Qg4 Rf6=; 17.b5 d5 18.Bg2 Qd6 19.cxd5 cxd5 20.Qb3 Qxe6 21.Ba3²; 17.Qb3!?) 17...d5 18.cxd5 cxd5 19.Bg2 Kh7?! (19...b6!? 20.Qb3 Qd6 21.Rad1 Rad8 22.Bxd5 Nxd5 23.e7 Qxe7 24.Rxd5²) 20.Bc5 e4 21.Rc1 Rf6 22.Bxe7 Qxe7 23.Qxd5 Rxe6 24.Rc7 Qxc7 25.Qxe6± f®,Shneider,A (2537)-Zakurdjaeva,I (2308)/Aghios Kirykos/2008/;

Black usually avoids the committal 12...fxe4 13.Ncxe4 Nf5² , but even here White's advantage is only small.] 13.Ba3N Here practical examples are scarce and this is already new. [13.Rb1 cxd5 14.cxd5 h6 15.Ne6 Bxe6 16.dxe6 fxe4 17.Nxe4 Nxe4 18.Bxe4 d5 19.Bg2 Qd6 20.b5 Rad8 21.Qa4 Qxe6 22.Qxa7 Ra8 23.Qxb7 Rfb8 24.Qc7 Rc8 25.Qb7 Rcb8 1/2,Zubov,O (2306)-Efimenko,Z (2546)/Kramatorsk/2002/;

Seemingly more natural is 13.b5 Maybe Kramnik disliked 13...cxd5 (13...h6 14.Ne6 Bxe6 15.dxe6 Qc7? (15...fxe4 16.Nxe4 Nxe4 17.Bxe4 d5 18.Bg2!² - see the 12...h6 line above.) 16.Ba3 Rad8 17.Qb3 fxe4 18.Nxe4 Nxe4 19.Bxe4 Qc8 20.bxc6 bxc6 21.Rfd1 Qxe6 22.Bxd6!+- Podzielny,K (2506)-Koch,F/Kleve /2000/) 14.cxd5 fxe4 15.Ngxe4 Nf5 16.Bg2 Nd4 17.Ba3 (17.a4!? Bf5") 17...Nxe4 18.Nxe4 Nxb5 19.Qb3 a6 20.Bb2 Rf7 21.a4 Nd4 22.Bxd4 exd4 23.Qb4© Podzielny,K (2456)-Klein,D (2262)/Groningen/2009/ White has about enough for the §, but can hardly claim an advantage.] 13...cxd5 Giri subsequently reproached himself for this move, which gives White a chance to change the character of the position and further complicate it. [Instead he suggests 13...h6 14.Ne6 Bxe6 15.dxe6 fxe4 Perhaps more promising is 16.Bxe4!? (16.Nxe4 Nxe4 17.Bxe4 d5 18.cxd5 cxd5 19.Bg2 (To give g3 some sense. Kramnik had intended 19.b5 dxe4 20.Qxd8 Rfxd8 21.Bxe7 Re8 22.Bc5 Rxe6 23.Rfd1 Here White is a tempo up on the aforementioned , as he already has some luft with g3, However, this doesn't give anything tangible after 23...a6 24.b6 Rc8 25.Be3 Re7=) ¹19...e4! (19...Qd6 20.Qb3 b5 21.Rad1 Rad8 22.Bc1!² (22.Bxd5 Nxd5 23.e7 Qxe7 24.Rxd5 Kh7 25.Rxb5 e4©) . 22...Qxe6 23.Be3) 20.b5!? (20.Rc1 b5! . 21.Rc5 Qb6 22.Rxd5 Nxd5 23.Qxd5 Rad8 24.Qxe4 Rxf2! 25.Rxf2 Rd2 26.Qe1 Rxf2 27.Kh1 Rf8³) This worried Giri during the game, but Black is OK after 20...Bxa1 21.Qxa1 Rc8 22.Qd4 Rc2! 23.Bb2 Rxb2 24.Qxb2 Qd6 25.Qd2 (25.Qd4 Qb6!?) 25...Qxe6 26.Qxh6 Nf5") 16...d5 17.Bg2 Qd6 18.cxd5 Nfxd5 a) 18...Nexd5 19.Nxd5 Nxd5 20.Qb3 Qxe6 (20...b5 21.Rac1±) 21.b5 Rfd8 22.Rac1²; b) 18...cxd5 19.Qb3 Qxe6 20.b5² .¥e7,¤d5®; 19.Ne4!? (19.Nxd5 cxd5 20.Qb3 b5 21.Rad1 Rad8 22.Bc1!² transposes into 16.¤xe4.) 19...Qxe6 20.b5©] 14.exd5!? [Kramnik is spoiling for a fight and avoids transposing into the previous note with 14.cxd5 h6 15.Ne6 Bxe6 16.dxe6 fxe4 .d5 - see 13...h6.] 14...e4 15.Be2! No fianchetto, the ¥ doesn't belong to g2 here. [<15.Bg2 h6 (15...Ng4 16.Rc1 Ne5 17.Qb3!?÷) 16.Ne6 Bxe6 17.dxe6 d5= /³] 15...Ne8! Black transfers his ¤ to liquidate the þ after the coming ¤e6. [15...Nfxd5? fails to 16.Nxd5 Bxa1 17.Nxe7+ Qxe7 18.Qd5+! Kg7 19.Rxa1 Qxg5 20.Bb2+ Kh6 21.Qxd6 Rf7 22.h4 Qe7 23.Qf4+ g5 24.hxg5+ Qxg5 25.Qd6+ Qg6 26.Qd2+ Qg5 27.Qd5+- ,,.¢g2;

15...f4 is less clear: 16.Ngxe4 (16.c5!?) 16...Nxe4 17.Nxe4 fxg3 18.hxg3 Bf5 19.Bd3 Bxe4 20.Bxe4 Bxa1 21.Qxa1 Nf5 22.Re1©] 16.Rc1 [16.Qb3 .¦ad1 is strategically sound, but White must reckon with 16...Nxd5 17.Nxd5 Qxg5!?÷ (17...Bxa1 18.Rxa1 Qxg5 19.Nf4!f) ] 16...h6 Already the first step in the wrong direction. [A more circumspect move was 16...Bf6!? (Giri) 17.Ne6 (17.Qd2 h6 18.Ne6 Bxe6 19.dxe6 Bg5 20.Qc2 Bxc1 21.Bxc1÷; 17.h4!? h6 18.Nh3 g5 19.hxg5 hxg5 20.Re1 f4) 17...Bxe6 18.dxe6 Qc8 19.Nd5 (19.c5 Qxe6 20.cxd6 Nxd6 21.Nb5 Nxb5 (21...Rfd8!?) 22.Bc4 Qxc4 23.Rxc4 Nxa3 24.Rc7 b5!³) 19...Qxe6 20.Nxf6+ Nxf6 21.b5© gives White compensation, but remains ÷.] 17.Ne6 Bxe6 18.dxe6 Nc7?! A more serious mistake. [18...Rf6?! 19.Nd5!? (19.Qb3 Rxe6 20.c5 d5 21.Nxd5 Nxd5 22.Rcd1 Nef6 23.Bc4²) 19...Rxe6 20.Nf4 Rf6 21.Bb2f;

¹18...Qc8!÷ . 19.c5 Qxe6 20.cxd6 Nxd6 21.Nb5 Rfd8! 22.Nxd6 (22.Nc7 Qxa2 23.Nxa8 Qxa3³) 22...Rxd6 23.Bc4 Nd5 24.b5 Rd7 25.Qb3 Rad8 26.Rfd1 Kh7 and White should already bail out with 27.Bxd5 (27.Rd2? e3µ) 27...Rxd5 28.Rxd5 Qxd5 (28...Rxd5? 29.Rc7 e3 30.Re7+-) 29.Qxd5 Rxd5 30.Rc7 Kg8 31.Rc8+ (31.Rxb7? Rd1+ 32.Kg2 Bd4µ) 31...Kf7 32.Rc7+=] 19.b5 Be5? Now the tactics will work in White's favour. [¹19...Nxe6 20.Bxd6!?² leads to an advantage, but the game is far from over. (20.Qxd6 Qxd6 21.Bxd6 Bxc3 (21...Rfe8 22.c5²) 22.Rxc3 Nd4 23.Bd1 Kf7= /²) . 20...Bd4 21.c5 Bxc5? 22.Nxe4±] 20.Qb3 Kg7 [Giri admitted he overlooked 20...Nxe6 21.c5 d5 22.Nxd5! Nxd5 23.Rfd1± . 23...Nd4? 24.Rxd4! Bxd4 25.Rd1+-;

20...Kh7 was more resilient, but still unsatisfactory: 21.Rfd1 Nxe6 22.c5 Nd4 23.Rxd4 Bxd4 24.cxd6 Nc8 25.Nd5 (<25.Qd5?! Bg7) 25...Nxd6 26.Rc7+ Bg7 27.Bb2 Ne8 28.Rxb7± /+-] 21.Rfd1 Nxe6 Black is already under heavy pressure and it's difficult to suggest improvements. [21...Rf6 22.Bxd6!? Bxd6 23.c5 Rxe6 24.Qb2! Kh7 25.Bc4+-] 22.c5 Nd4 The following sacrifice will be both natural and very strong, but [22...Qd7 23.cxd6 Nc8 24.Nd5 Nxd6 25.Bb2+- is no better.] 23.Rxd4! Bxd4 24.cxd6+- Ng8 [24...Nc8 25.Qd5+- (25.Nd5 Nxd6 26.Nc7+-) ] 25.Nd5 Kh8 26.Rc7 Be5 27.Bb2?! A strange oversight, but even after dropping his þ White's , will be too powerful. [27.Re7+-;

27.Rxb7!?+-] 27...Qxd6 28.Rxb7 The ¦ on the weak 7-th rank decides the game. 28...g5 [28...Bxb2 29.Qxb2+ Nf6 30.Nf4 Rg8 31.Rf7 Raf8 32.Rxa7+-] 29.b6!? [29.Ba3± is too mundane.;

29.Bh5+- was equally strong.] 29...a5 [29...axb6? 30.Rxb6+-] 30.Bh5 .¥g6 30...Rab8 31.Ra7 Bxb2 [31...a4 32.Bg6! Ne7 33.Qb4 Qxd5 34.Bxe5+ Qxe5 35.Rxe7 Rxb6 36.Rh7+ Kg8 37.Qxb6 Qf6 38.Rb7+- drops a piece, but now the , breaks through.] 32.Qxb2+ Nf6 33.Bf7 Kg7 34.Rd7 Qc6 35.Be6+ [35.Be6+ Kg6 36.Ne7+] 1-0

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1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 e6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 d6 7.Nc3 Qe8 8.b3;Prié: Scandinavian B01 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bf5 6.Bc4 c6 7.Bd2 Bb4;Postny: Caro-Kann B13 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 dxc4 7.Bxc4;Krasenkow: Caro-Kann / Pirc Defence B15 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4 d5 5.e5 Qb6;Grivas: Sicilian B33 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qb6 5.Nb3 Nf6 6.Nc3 e6 7.a3;Moskalenko: French C02 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3;Kritz: French C10 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 (oder 3.Nd2) 3...dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7;Marin: Three Knights Game C46 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6;Breutigam: Tarrasch Defence D34

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.g3 Nf6 6.Bg2 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 and at last Kuzmin: Catalan E04 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 c5.

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Carlsen,Magnus (2823) - Ivanchuk,Vassily (2765) [E21]

Grand Slam Final 4th Sao Paulo/Bilbao (9), 10.10.2011

[Carlsen,M]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 b6 5.Qc2 This apparently came as a suprise to Ivanchuk, even though I played it against Anand in round 6. It might have something to do with the fact that I achieved very little in that game. 5...Bb7 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Qxc3 All of the three main moves here, d6, 0-0 and ¤e4, were tried against me in Bilbao. Regrettably, I did not show the same versatility, only employing two of the three possible setups from this position (no e3, ¥e2 and so on). 7...Ne4 8.Qc2 f5 9.g3 Nf6 A case could be made for including 9... 0-0 10.¥g2 before making this move, which will anyway be necessary because of ¤g5 or ¤d2.

10.Bh3 Suddenly experiencing a burst of creativity, I decided to try and exploit the extra opportunity. The main idea behind this move is to be able to drive away the black bishop from e4 after ...¥e4 £ somewhere, without exchanging bishops. 10...0-0 11.0-0 a5 A far from obvious move, which Ivanchuk made immediately. [11...Qe8 12.d5 is similar to the game.;

11...Be4 12.Qc3 Qe8 was quite interesting however. Now ¤d2 is bad due to ...£h5, so I was going to continue playing creatively with 13.Rd1 Qh5 14.Bf1 with good chances of fighting for an advantage.] 12.Rd1 Qe8 13.d5 Na6 14.Bf4 [14.dxe6 dxe6 15.Bf4 looks a little bit better for White, but I was looking for something more interesting.] 14...exd5? After this move Black is in serious trouble. [14...d6 looked much more logical to me 15.dxe6 (15.Ng5 Nc5 16.b4 h6 17.bxc5 hxg5 18.Bxg5 Ne4 Is not that clear) 15...Be4 16.Qc3 Nc5 (16...Qh5 17.Bf1 Nc5 18.Nd4 just transposes) 17.Nd4 Qh5 (17...Nxe6 18.Nxe6 Qxe6 19.f3 Bb7 20.e4±) 18.Bf1 Rfe8 19.f3 Bb7 20.b4 Nxe6 21.Nxe6 Rxe6 22.c5 dxc5 23.bxc5 Qf7 and Black is more or less ok.;

14...Qh5 15.Bg2 exd5 16.Nd4 g5 was given as interesting by online commentators. My decision to not delve deeper into it should be attributed to laziness, not arrogance.] 15.Bxf5 dxc4 [15...Ne4 16.Bh3 looks pretty cool for White too.] 16.Ng5! The point. Now all kinds of tricks are possible. 16...Qh5 More or less forced. Black can hardly afford to give up the h7-pawn, and [16...h6 17.Bxd7 Qe7 (17...Qh5 18.g4 Qh4 19.Qxc4+ Kh8 20.Nf7+ Rxf7 21.Qxf7+-) 18.Qxc4+ Kh8 19.Qe6! is pretty straightforward.] 17.Rxd7 This move was so tempting that I hardly looked at others. [With a slightly cooler head, I might have come close to considering 17.Rd4! Rae8 18.Bd2 when ¦h4 next will be hard to meet.] 17...Kh8 I quickly realised that this was the only move, but I thought there should still be some relatively easy way to win here. [17...Nxd7 18.Bxh7+ Kh8 19.Bg6 Qg4 (19...Qh6 20.Nf7+ Rxf7 21.Bxh6) 20.h3 loses trivially.] 18.Re7?! Objetively speaking, a mistake. Unfortunately, I was not able to coolly give up the exchange without finding a forced win. [18.Rad1! Nxd7 19.Rxd7 Nc5 What else? 20.Rxc7 Rad8 21.f3 and White is dominating.] 18...Nd5 19.Bg4?! Another step in the wrong direction. [19.Re5 Nxf4 20.gxf4 would still retain a clear advantage.] 19...Qg6 20.Nf7+ Kg8 21.Bf5 Qxf5! A nasty suprise. [RR21...Qh5 22.g4 Qh4 23.Bg3! Qxe7 24.Bxh7+ Kxf7 25.Qg6#] 22.Qxf5 Nxe7 23.Nh6+ gxh6 24.Qg4+ Ng6 25.Bxh6 Fortunately, White can still fight for an advantage here, and with the open black king White certainly has the easier game. 25...Rf7 26.Rd1 Re8 [26...c3 would have been an interesting try, but it's probably no better than the game continuation 27.h4! (27.bxc3 Nc5 is fine for Black) 27...c2 28.Rd7 Nc5 29.Rxf7 Kxf7 30.Qc4+ Ke7 31.Qxc2 and White is clearly on top.] 27.h4 Nc5 28.h5 Bc8 29.Qxc4 Ne5 30.Qh4 By now Ivanchuk had got really short on time, which was not making his job any easier. 30...Nc6? After this Black can hardly defend. [The best chance was 30...Ne6 31.f4 (31.Rd5 Rf5! is the key) 31...Nd7 32.e4 Kh8 when there is still all to play for.] 31.Rd5 Ne6 32.Qc4 [32.Qa4 would have been even stronger, but for some reason I did not consider this move at all. My idea with the text was to win the e5-square for my rook.] 32...Ncd8? [32...Ne7 would have held out much longer, but after 33.Re5 Nf5 34.Qg4+ Nfg7 35.Qe4 Black is pretty tied up, and White should win gradually.] 33.Qg4+ Surprisingly the fact that the c8-bishop is unprotected becomes the decisive factor. 33...Ng7 Ivanchuk was visibly shocked when I captured his bishop, but [33...Kh8 34.Bd2! would have been equally bad.] 34.Qxc8 1-0,but there are also excellent classic references on this DVD as we can see in the following game from Nimzowitsch: Bogoljubow,Efim - Nimzowitsch,Aaron [C11]

St Petersburg2 St Petersburg, 1913

[Nimzowitsch,A]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Qg4 White chooses the Gledhill Variation. Weiß wählt die Gledhill-Variante. 5...c5 6.Nf3 a6 This cleverly avoids the variation 6... cxd4 7.¤xd4 ¤xe5 8.£g3 with which I was not acquainted.

Die mir wenig geläufige Variante 6... cxd4 7.¤xd4 ¤xe5 8.£g3 wird klüglich vermieden.

7.dxc5 Qc7 8.Qg3 Nxc5 9.Bd3 g6 10.Bf4 Without realising it (this rule had not yet been discovered) he adopts my stratagem of overprotection! Er spielt - freilich unbewußt, denn dies Gesetz war damals noch nicht entdeckt - mein Stratagem der Überdeckung! 10...Nc6 11.0-0 Ne7 He is manoeuvring. After 11... ¥g7 and then ...0-0 the overprotecting pieces would have gained in effectivenss as attacking pieces, e.g. by ¦fe1, £h4, ¥h6 etc.

Er laviert. Auf 11... ¥g7 nebst 0-0 wären die Überdecker zu Angriffswirkung gelangt, zum Beispiel: durch ¦fe1, £h4, ¥h6 usw.

12.Rac1! An inventive preventive measure against the planned ...¤xd3 and then ...¤f5. Geistreiche Präventivmaßnahme gegen das beabsichtigte ¤xd3 nebst ¤f5. 12...Bg7 13.b4! To secure the bishop once and for all. Of course it does somewhat weaken the queenside. Um den Läufer ein für allemal zu sichern. Freilich wird der Damenflügel dadurch etwas geschwächt. 13...Nd7 14.Ne2 0-0 15.Ned4 Nc6 16.Nxc6 bxc6 17.c4 Bogoljubow makes the correct decision not to continue with a carefree attack on the king: 17.¦fe1 a5 18.c3 axb4 19.cxb4 £b6 20.h4 £xb4 21.h5 ¦xa2 22.hxg6 fxg6 23.¥e3 ¦xf3! 24.gxf3 ¤xe5 25.¥c5 £h4! and wins. Bogoljubow tut recht daran, auf eine rücksichtslose Durchführung des Königsangriffs zu verzichten: 17.¦fe1 a5 18.c3 axb4 19.cxb4 £b6 20.h4 £xb4 21.h5 ¦xa2 22.hxg6 fxg6 23.¥e3 ¦xf3! 24.gxf3 ¤xe5 25.¥c5 £h4! und gewinnt. 17...dxc4!! A heroic method, which peaks in a pawn sacrifice. What now follows is a mighty duel beteen ... the two players? No, between centralisation and overprotection. On this occasion overprotectio is the loser.

Ein heroisches Mittel, das in einem Bauernopfer gipfelt. Was nun folgt, ist ein mächtiges Duell zwischen ... den zwei Spielern? Nein, zwischen der Zentralisierung und der Überdeckung. Frau Überdeckung unterliegt diesmal.

18.Bxc4 Qb8 19.Rb1 Nb6 20.Nd2 An anti-overprotection move! Ein Antiüberdeckungszug! 20...Rd8 21.Rfc1 Nd5! The centralisation! After22.¥xd5 the ¦d8 should recapture: 23.¦xc6 ¥b7 24.¦d6 £c7 (threatening £c2); The game would then be approximately level.

Die Zentralisierung! Auf 22.¥xd5 soll der ¦d8 wiedernehmen: 23.¦xc6 ¥b7 24.¦d6 £c7 (drohend £c2); das Spiel stände dann annähernd gleich.

22.Re1? The correct move was 22.¥xd5. After the text move things go downhill fast. Richtig war 22.¥xd5. Nach dem Textzug geht es mächtig bergab. 22...Nxf4 23.Qxf4 Bxe5! 24.Rxe5 Rxd2 25.Qg5? Some resistance could still have been offered by 25.£xd2 £xe5 26.£d8+. Widerstand wäre noch durch 25.£xd2 £xe5 26.£d8+ zu leisten gewesen. 25...Qd6 26.Rbe1 Qd4 Continuing centralisation. Fortdauernde Zentralisierung. 27.Bf1 Qxf2+ 28.Kh1 f6 29.Qe3 fxe5 0-1

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The great GM Efstratios Grivas explains us on this DVD everything you need to know about rooks, for example please see the following example

where the late Tony Miles did manage to trap blacks rook, Miles,Anthony J (2565) - Gdanski,Jacek (2485) [D03]

Heraklio op Heraklio (4), 1993

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c3 Bg7 4.Bg5 0-0 5.Nbd2 d5 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Be2 Re8 8.0-0 e5 9.Nb3 c6 10.Rc1 Qb6 11.Nfd2 Nf8 12.dxe5 Rxe5

13.Bf4 Re8 14.c4 Qd8 15.Bg3 h5 16.h3 Ne6 17.cxd5 cxd5 18.Be5 Bd7 19.Nf3 Qb6 20.Qd2 Ba4 21.Qa5 Bxb3 22.Qxb6 axb6 23.axb3 Nd7

24.Bxg7 Kxg7 25.Rfd1 Nf6 26.Nd4 Nxd4 27.Rxd4 Rec8 28.Rb1 Rc2 29.Bf3 Ra5 30.b4 Rb5 31.b3 Ne4 32.Re1 Rd2 33.Rd1 Rxd1+

34.Bxd1 Nc3 35.Bf3 Kf6 36.Kf1 Ke5 37.Be2 Nxe2 38.Kxe2 f5 39.f4+ Kd6 40.h4 Kc6 41.Kd2 1-0.

Strange enough this game did not reach the both books that are written on Miles,Tony Miles: It’s Only me and Tony Miles England’s Chess Gladiator.

But there is more to learn from Grivas as tapping rooks,he digs in several different rook strategies as rooks against minor pieces but important

of all is keep your rooks active and this is all instructively explained by Grivas.

Running time is around four hours.

Conclusion: This DVD will certainly help you to discover the power of the rooks!

First Steps in Defence by Andrew Martin

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IM Andrew Martin comes with a new series of learning DVD’s bases on a logical understanding of the basics and more.

The aim lays below the 2000 ELO line and Martin has proved the user of this DVD with a wealth of instructive tips as we can see in the

following game from the legendary Larsen:

Larsen,Bent (2660) - Schmidt,Wlodzimierz (2450) [A03]

EU-chT prel Aarhus (4), 08.09.1971

1.f4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.d3 d5 4.e3 Bg7 5.Be2 0-0 6.0-0 c5 7.Qe1 Nc6 8.Qh4 b6 9.Nbd2 Ba6 10.Rf2 Ne8 11.c3 e5 12.Qxd8 Rxd8

13.fxe5 Nxe5 14.Nxe5 Bxe5 15.a4 Bb7 16.d4 Bg7 17.dxc5 bxc5 18.Nb3 Rc8 19.e4 d4 20.cxd4 cxd4 21.Bg5 Nd6 22.Be7 Nxe4

23.Bxf8 Bxf8 24.Rff1 Bh6 25.Rfd1 Be3+ 26.Kf1 Rd8 27.Na5 Bd5 28.Bb5 Rc8 29.Ra3 Nd2+ 30.Ke1 Rc2 31.Rd3 Nf1 32.Rxd4 Bxg2

33.Rd8+ Kg7 34.Be2 Nxh2 35.R1d3 Bb6 36.b4 Bxd8 37.Rxd8 Bf3 38.Bc4 Ng4 39.Re8 Kf6 40.Bb3 Rb2 41.b5 h5 0-1.

Black’s play is impressive and it is fascinating to see and follow Andrew Martin his clear and understandable explanations of the played strategies!

Running time is 3 hours 16 min.

Conclusion: Pefect guide for all who like to improve there playing skills!

The Dutch Stonewall by Valeri Lilov

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Valeri Lilov explains in a small 4 hours and 38 minutes all strategies and plans of the Dutch Stonewall,where both lines as

the Classical Stonewall with 4…Be7 as we can see in the following game from Petrosian, Petrosian,Arshak B (2510) - Psakhis,Lev (2555) [A92]

URS-ch52 Riga (15), 1985 1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 e6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.c4 0-0 6.0-0 d5 7.Nbd2 b6 8.Qc2 c6 9.b3 Bd6 10.Bb2 Qe7

11.Ne5 Bb7 12.Ndf3 Ne4 13.Rad1 a5 14.Nd3 Na6 15.a4 c5 16.Nfe5 Rac8 17.e3 Nb4 18.Nxb4 cxb4 19.f3 Ng5 20.Rf2 Bxe5

21.dxe5 dxc4 22.bxc4 Bc6 23.h4 Nf7 24.Bd4 Qc7 25.c5 Bb7 26.c6 Bxc6 27.f4 Bxg2 28.Qxc7 Rxc7 29.Kxg2 Rc6 30.Rfd2 Rd8

31.Kf3 h5 32.e4 Nh6 33.Be3 Rxd2 34.Rxd2 fxe4+ 35.Kxe4 Nf5 36.Bf2 Rc4+ 37.Kf3 b5 38.axb5 b3 39.b6 Rb4 40.Bc5 b2 0-1

as the more modern lines with 5….Bd6 are all well covered on this DVD.

One of Lilov model games on this suject is: Sherbakov,Vitaly S (2385) - Iljushin,Alexei (2330) [A94]

Moscow op Moscow (9), 1995

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 d5 5.b3 Bd6 6.Ba3 0-0 7.0-0 Bxa3 8.Nxa3 Qe7 9.Qc1 c6 10.c4 b6 11.Nc2 Bb7 12.Nce1 Nbd7

13.Nd3 Rac8 14.c5 bxc5 15.Qa3 Ne4 16.Nfe5 Nxe5 17.Nxe5 Qc7 18.e3 cxd4 19.exd4 c5 20.Rac1 Qd6 21.Qxa7 Ba6 22.Bxe4

Bxf1 23.Bxf5 exf5 24.Kxf1 Rc7 25.Qa3 Rfc8 26.Nd3 Qh6 27.Kg1 Qd2 28.Nxc5 Qxd4 29.b4 f4 30.Qb3 fxg3 31.hxg3 Rf7 32.Rf1 Rb8

33.Ne6 Qc4 34.Qxc4 dxc4 35.a3 Ra7 36.Rc1 Rxa3 37.Rxc4 Rb3 38.Rc7 g6 39.Ng5 R3xb4 40.Nxh7 R4b7 41.Nf6+ Kh8 42.Rc3 Kg7

43.Ng4 Rf7 44.f4 Rf5 ½-½.

Jacob Aagaard once wrote a interesting book on the Dutch Stonewall,but the reader had to work throw a introduction of 56 pages, no than

I prefer this easy learning DVD from Valeri Lilov,where all strategies and plans are understandable explained!

Conclusion: The Classical Stonewall is a easy to learn opening!

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2011

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The following example shows the high level of analyse quality:

Kramnik,Vladimir (2791) - Giri,Anish (2722) [E97]

Hoogeveen Unive Crown 15th Hoogeveen (1), 16.10.2011

[Stohl]

1.Nf3 [1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Be3 - Kramnik,V (2781)-Giri,A (2701)/Dortmund/2011/ See the notes to this game in CBM 144. This time Kramnik tries a different approach...] 1...Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 [Kramnik indicated his plans against 3...d5 a few rounds later by 4.Qa4+ - see Kramnik,V (2791)-Vachier Lagrave,M (2715)/Hoogeveen/2011/ Giri said he was inspired by Nakamura's recent games against Kramnik and doesn't mind entering King's Indian territory. However, his opponent was certainly prepared, as Anish has already played this opening earlier this year.] 4.e4 d6 5.d4 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 [7.Be3 exd4 8.Nxd4 Re8 9.f3 c6 10.Qd2 d5 11.exd5 cxd5 12.0-0 Nc6 13.c5 Qa5 (13...Rxe3!? 14.Qxe3 Qf8© was introduced in the last K-K match in 1990.) 14.Bf2 Nxd4?! (¹14...a6) 15.Bxd4 Qb4 16.Rfd1 Bd7 17.a3 Qb3 18.Bd3 Rad8 19.Bc2 Qc4 20.b3 Qa6 21.b4 b6 Popov,V (2565)-Giri,A (2690)/RUS-chT Olginka/2011/ 22.Bd3 Qb7 23.Rab1f] 7...Nc6 Kramnik has been playing the Classical line for two decades and has vast experience with it. [The less usual 7...exd4 8.Nxd4 Re8 also had some recent outings: 9.f3 c6 (9...Nc6 10.Be3 Nh5 11.Qd2 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 Nf4 13.Be3 Nxe2+ 14.Nxe2 f5 15.Bg5 Qd7 16.Ng3 Qf7 17.Rac1 Bd7 18.b3 a5 19.a4 Be5 20.Bf4 Bg7 21.Kh1 b6= Kramnik,V (2788)-Radjabov,T (2744)/Kazan/2011/ Later in the nervous tie-break White managed to outplay his opponent, but from the opening Black was doing OK.) 10.Kh1 Nbd7 (10...Nh5!? 11.g4 Nf6 12.Bf4 h5 13.g5 Nh7 14.Qd2 Nd7 15.Rad1 Qe7 16.Rg1 Ne5 17.Qe1 Nf8 18.Qf2 a6 19.Nb3 Be6 20.c5 Rad8 21.cxd6 Rxd6÷ Gelfand - Griscuk, Monaco rapid 2011 22.Qc5 Rxd1 23.Rxd1 Nfd7= Gelfand,B (2733)-Grischuk,A (2747)/Monte Carlo rpd blindfold/2011/) 11.Be3 (More usual is 11.Bg5 already played by Kramnik in the past: 11...Qb6 12.Nb3 a5 13.Qd2 a4 14.Be3 c5?! 15.Nc1 Ne5 16.Rb1 Be6 17.b3 axb3 18.axb3 Qa5 19.Rd1 Red8 20.Nb5 Qxd2 21.Rxd2 Ne8 22.Na2 f5 23.exf5 Bxf5 24.Rbd1 Nc6 25.g4 Be6 26.Nac3 Na5 27.Rb1 b6 28.Kg2 h6 29.Bd3 g5 30.Be4 Bxc3 31.Nxc3 Rac8 32.h4± Kramnik,V (2770)-Polgar,J (2670)/Dortmund/1997/) 11...a6!? (11...d5 12.cxd5 cxd5 13.Ndb5!f) 12.Nc2N a) 12.Bg1 . 12...d5 13.cxd5 cxd5 14.exd5 Nb6 15.Qb3!² Ponomariov; b) 12.Qd2 Ne5 13.Rad1 Qc7 14.Nc2 Be6 15.b3 Rad8 16.f4 Neg4 17.Bg1 Bc8 18.h3 Nh6 19.Qd3? (19.Bf3 d5 20.cxd5 cxd5 21.e5 Ne4 22.Bxe4 dxe4 23.Bd4 Nf5 24.Nxe4 f6") 19...Nxe4! 20.Nxe4 Bf5µ Korolev,A (2235)-Domogaev,S (2469)/Bogoroditsk/2011/; 12...Ne5 13.f4 Neg4 14.Bg1 h5!? 15.Bf3 (15.h3 Nxe4!©) 15...Be6 16.b3?! (¹16.Qd3!) 16...Qa5 17.Qe1 b5?! (Pocitacove 17...Bf5 18.h3 Qd8!f .¤e4) 18.c5?! (18.h3!²) 18...b4 19.Na4 Bc4? (19...Nxe4!f) 20.Qxb4 Qxb4 21.Nxb4 Bxf1 22.Rxf1 Nxe4 23.Nb6 Ra7 24.cxd6 Nxd6 25.Bxc6 Re2 26.N6d5² Kramnik,V (2781)-Ponomariov,R (2764)/Dortmund/2011/ For more details see the notes by Ponomariov to this game in CBM 144.] 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 [Although this line is Kramnik's trademark, lately he has also played 9.Nd2 , albeit without much success: 9...a5 a) 9...Ne8 10.b4 f5 11.c5 Nf6 12.a4 f4 13.Nc4 g5 14.Ba3 g4?! 15.cxd6 cxd6 16.b5 Ne8 17.Bxg4 Qc7 18.Be2 f3 19.b6 axb6 20.Nb5 fxe2 21.Qxe2 Qd8 22.Nbxd6 Nxd6 23.Bxd6 Rf7 24.Bxe5f /±,Kramnik,V (2780)-Nakamura,H (2733)/Khanty Mansiysk olm/ 2010/ In the later course of the game Black managed to escape - see the notes by Krasenkow in CBM 139.; b) Fischer's move 9...c5 is not too popular nowadays, here both 10.Rb1 (and 10.dxc6 bxc6 11.b4 allow White to fight for an edge.) ; 10.a3 Kh8 11.Rb1 Nd7 12.b4 f5 13.f3 f4 (13...Ng8 .¤gf6 was introduced by Kasparov and is played more often.) 14.Nb5 b6 15.Qc2 (15.c5!?©) 15...a4!? A paradoxical new idea, which takes b3 away from the ¤ and thus greatly complicates the c5 break. 16.Rd1 (Kramnik was worried about 16.Nc3 g5 17.Nxa4 Nf6 18.c5 g4÷ , but it's not so clear how strong the , really is. Therefore this was a more testing and principled reaction.) 16...g5 17.g4 h5 18.h3 Rf6 19.Bb2 Rh6 20.Kg2 Ng6 21.Rh1 Bf8 22.Kf2 Nf6 23.c5 dxc5 24.Nc4 Bd6 25.Bc3 Kg7 26.Qb2 cxb4 27.axb4 Qe7 28.Rbg1 Bd7 29.Nbxd6 cxd6 .¦ah8,,Kramnik,V (2785)-Nakamura,H (2774)/Monte Carlo 2011 - see notes to this game by Krasenkow in CBM 142.;

Giri's own recent game featured the older main line 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 fxe4 (Unusual, 11...Nf6 12.f3 f4÷ is the standard continuation.) 12.Nxe4 Nf5 13.Rc1 (13.Bc3!?) 13...Nf6 14.Bg5 h6 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Bg4 b6 17.Rc3 a5 18.Ne1 Bg7 19.Nc2 h5 20.Bh3 Bh6 21.Re1 Kh7 22.Ng3 Qg5 23.Rf3 Bd7 24.b3 Rf7 25.Re4 Raf8³ Renet,O (2497)-Giri,A (2687)/FRA-chT Mulhouse/2011/] 9...Nh5 10.g3 The older alternative, played already in the 1950s. [If only statistically speaking the main move here is 10.Re1 , but Kramnik played this a lot in the past. Suffice to say that after he beat Kasparov in Novgorod 1997 in this line the latter stopped playing the KID in classical games. However, lately Kramnik has been doing some experimenting in the Bayonet Attack. His recent choice here has been 10...f5 11.Ng5 Nf6 12.Bf3 (12.f3 was played in no less than 5 (!) Van Wely-Radjabov games. The last one from 2009, annotated by Van Wely in CBM 129, illustrates the problems Black has to face after 12...Kh8 13.Rb1 h6 14.Ne6 Bxe6 15.dxe6) 12...c6 13.Ba3 (13.Be3 is a move, introduced by Kramnik in the late 1990s. However, here extensive practice has shown that 13...h6 14.Ne6 Bxe6 15.dxe6 fxe4 16.Nxe4 Nxe4 17.Bxe4 d5 18.cxd5 cxd5 19.Bc2 b6= doesn't give White an advantage.) 13...h6 14.Ne6 Bxe6 15.dxe6 fxe4 16.Bxe4!? (16.Nxe4 Nxe4 17.Bxe4 d5 18.cxd5 cxd5 19.b5 dxe4 20.Qxd8 Rfxd8 21.Bxe7 Re8 is known to lead to a drawish .) ¹16...d5! (16...Nxe4 17.Nxe4 d5 18.Nc5! Qd6 (18...e4 19.Rc1f) 19.Nxb7 Qxe6 20.b5 cxb5 21.cxd5 Qd7 22.d6 Nf5 23.Nc5 Qxd6 24.Qxd6 Nxd6 25.Ne4± Kramnik,V (2788)-Grischuk,A (2728)/WCh Moscow blitz/2008/) 17.Bc2 (17.cxd5 cxd5 18.b5 Nxe4 19.Nxe4 dxe4 20.Qxd8 Rfxd8 21.Bxe7 Re8= only transposes to 16.¤e4.) 17...Qd6 18.cxd5 cxd5 19.Bb3 Kh7 20.Qe2 Nh5 21.Rad1 Nf4 22.Qf1 Rad8!?" (22...Rac8 23.Ne4 Qxe6 24.b5©; 22...Qxe6 23.b5 Rad8 24.Bxe7 Qxe7 25.Nxd5 Nxd5 26.Bxd5² Chabanon,J (2455)-Touzane,O (2287)/FRA-chT/2010/) ;

Another try is 10.c5 Nf4 11.a4 (11.Bc4 Bg4 12.h3 Bh5 13.Re1 Kh8! 14.Bf1 f5 15.Bxf4 exf4 16.Rc1 a5 17.a3?! (17.bxa5 Rxa5 18.cxd6 cxd6 19.Be2=) 17...axb4 18.axb4 Bxf3 19.gxf3 (19.Qxf3 Ra3!f) 19...fxe4 20.Rxe4 Nf5 21.Rc4 Qg5+ 22.Kh1 Bxc3 23.R4xc3 Ra2 24.R3c2 Bykhovsky,A (2405)-Avrukh,B (2495)/Beersheba/1996/ - see Avrukh's notes in CBM 53. 24...Rxc2 25.Qxc2 Qf6³) 11...f5 12.Bc4 fxe4 13.Nxe4 h6 14.Re1N (14.g3 Nh5 (14...Nh3+!? 15.Kg2 Bg4") 15.Nfd2 Kh8 16.Ra3 a6 17.cxd6 cxd6 18.b5 Bf5 19.bxa6 bxa6 20.Qe2 Qd7 21.Bxa6?! (21.Rb3!²) 21...Nxd5 22.Bb5 Qe7 23.Bc6 Ndf4! 24.gxf4 Nxf4 25.Qe1 Rac8 26.Bb5 d5 27.Ng3 Bh3© f, Bareev,E (2677)-Amonatov,F (2649)/RUS-chT Dagomys/2008/) 14...Bg4 15.Ra3 g5 16.h3 Bh5 17.Bxf4 Rxf4 18.g3 Rf8 19.a5 Kh8 20.Kg2 Rb8 21.Qd2 b6 22.axb6 axb6= 23.Nfxg5!? hxg5 24.Qxg5 Bg6÷ Kramnik,V (2781)-Nakamura,H (2770)/Dortmund/2011/ Later on White misplayed the complications and lost - see notes to this game by Krasenkow in CBM 144.] 10...f5 11.Ng5 Nf6 12.Bf3!? Natural enough, but very rare. Now we have a position from the previous note, in which White has played g3 instead of ¦e1. It's necessary to compare these lines, their pluses and respective drawbacks. [The older move is 12.f3 f4 and here White should perhaps reconsider 13.Kg2!? (13.b5 fxg3 14.hxg3 h6 15.Ne6 Bxe6 16.dxe6 Qc8 17.Nd5 Qxe6 18.Nxc7 Qh3 19.Rf2 Nxe4 20.fxe4 Rxf2 21.Kxf2 Rf8+ 22.Ke3 Qxg3+ 23.Kd2 Rf2 24.Ne8 Qf3! 25.Nxd6 Bf6 26.c5 Nd5! 27.exd5 e4 28.Ke1 Van Wely,L (2655)-Stellwagen,D (2630)/Amsterdam/2009/ This game still remains the last word in the 13.b5 line. 28...Bc3+! 29.Bd2 Qg3 30.Bxc3 e3-+ .¦f1) 13...h6 (13...Nh5; 13...a5 and; 13...c6!?÷ are all viable improvements, leading to complex play.) 14.Ne6 Bxe6 15.dxe6 c6 16.b5 Qc7 17.bxc6 bxc6 18.Ba3 Rfd8 19.Qa4 Qc8 20.Rab1 Kh8 21.Rfd1 Qxe6 22.Qa6 h5 23.Rb7 g5 24.Rxa7 Rab8 Van Wely,L (2585)-Ye Jiangchuan (2535)/Biel izt/1993/ 25.Rb7!± . 25...Ra8? 26.Rxd6!] 12...c6 The standard reaction. [12...h6 13.Ne6 Bxe6 14.dxe6 fxe4 (14...c6 15.b5 fxe4 -12...c6 13.b5) 15.Nxe4 Nxe4 16.Bxe4 c6 17.Be3 (17.Qg4 d5 18.Bxg6 Nxg6 19.Qxg6 Qe8 20.Qg4 Rf6=; 17.b5 d5 18.Bg2 Qd6 19.cxd5 cxd5 20.Qb3 Qxe6 21.Ba3²; 17.Qb3!?) 17...d5 18.cxd5 cxd5 19.Bg2 Kh7?! (19...b6!? 20.Qb3 Qd6 21.Rad1 Rad8 22.Bxd5 Nxd5 23.e7 Qxe7 24.Rxd5²) 20.Bc5 e4 21.Rc1 Rf6 22.Bxe7 Qxe7 23.Qxd5 Rxe6 24.Rc7 Qxc7 25.Qxe6± f®,Shneider,A (2537)-Zakurdjaeva,I (2308)/Aghios Kirykos/2008/;

Black usually avoids the committal 12...fxe4 13.Ncxe4 Nf5² , but even here White's advantage is only small.] 13.Ba3N Here practical examples are scarce and this is already new. [13.Rb1 cxd5 14.cxd5 h6 15.Ne6 Bxe6 16.dxe6 fxe4 17.Nxe4 Nxe4 18.Bxe4 d5 19.Bg2 Qd6 20.b5 Rad8 21.Qa4 Qxe6 22.Qxa7 Ra8 23.Qxb7 Rfb8 24.Qc7 Rc8 25.Qb7 Rcb8 1/2,Zubov,O (2306)-Efimenko,Z (2546)/Kramatorsk/2002/;

Seemingly more natural is 13.b5 Maybe Kramnik disliked 13...cxd5 (13...h6 14.Ne6 Bxe6 15.dxe6 Qc7? (15...fxe4 16.Nxe4 Nxe4 17.Bxe4 d5 18.Bg2!² - see the 12...h6 line above.) 16.Ba3 Rad8 17.Qb3 fxe4 18.Nxe4 Nxe4 19.Bxe4 Qc8 20.bxc6 bxc6 21.Rfd1 Qxe6 22.Bxd6!+- Podzielny,K (2506)-Koch,F/Kleve /2000/) 14.cxd5 fxe4 15.Ngxe4 Nf5 16.Bg2 Nd4 17.Ba3 (17.a4!? Bf5") 17...Nxe4 18.Nxe4 Nxb5 19.Qb3 a6 20.Bb2 Rf7 21.a4 Nd4 22.Bxd4 exd4 23.Qb4© Podzielny,K (2456)-Klein,D (2262)/Groningen/2009/ White has about enough for the §, but can hardly claim an advantage.] 13...cxd5 Giri subsequently reproached himself for this move, which gives White a chance to change the character of the position and further complicate it. [Instead he suggests 13...h6 14.Ne6 Bxe6 15.dxe6 fxe4 Perhaps more promising is 16.Bxe4!? (16.Nxe4 Nxe4 17.Bxe4 d5 18.cxd5 cxd5 19.Bg2 (To give g3 some sense. Kramnik had intended 19.b5 dxe4 20.Qxd8 Rfxd8 21.Bxe7 Re8 22.Bc5 Rxe6 23.Rfd1 Here White is a tempo up on the aforementioned , as he already has some luft with g3, However, this doesn't give anything tangible after 23...a6 24.b6 Rc8 25.Be3 Re7=) ¹19...e4! (19...Qd6 20.Qb3 b5 21.Rad1 Rad8 22.Bc1!² (22.Bxd5 Nxd5 23.e7 Qxe7 24.Rxd5 Kh7 25.Rxb5 e4©) . 22...Qxe6 23.Be3) 20.b5!? (20.Rc1 b5! . 21.Rc5 Qb6 22.Rxd5 Nxd5 23.Qxd5 Rad8 24.Qxe4 Rxf2! 25.Rxf2 Rd2 26.Qe1 Rxf2 27.Kh1 Rf8³) This worried Giri during the game, but Black is OK after 20...Bxa1 21.Qxa1 Rc8 22.Qd4 Rc2! 23.Bb2 Rxb2 24.Qxb2 Qd6 25.Qd2 (25.Qd4 Qb6!?) 25...Qxe6 26.Qxh6 Nf5") 16...d5 17.Bg2 Qd6 18.cxd5 Nfxd5 a) 18...Nexd5 19.Nxd5 Nxd5 20.Qb3 Qxe6 (20...b5 21.Rac1±) 21.b5 Rfd8 22.Rac1²; b) 18...cxd5 19.Qb3 Qxe6 20.b5² .¥e7,¤d5®; 19.Ne4!? (19.Nxd5 cxd5 20.Qb3 b5 21.Rad1 Rad8 22.Bc1!² transposes into 16.¤xe4.) 19...Qxe6 20.b5©] 14.exd5!? [Kramnik is spoiling for a fight and avoids transposing into the previous note with 14.cxd5 h6 15.Ne6 Bxe6 16.dxe6 fxe4 .d5 - see 13...h6.] 14...e4 15.Be2! No fianchetto, the ¥ doesn't belong to g2 here. [<15.Bg2 h6 (15...Ng4 16.Rc1 Ne5 17.Qb3!?÷) 16.Ne6 Bxe6 17.dxe6 d5= /³] 15...Ne8! Black transfers his ¤ to liquidate the þ after the coming ¤e6. [15...Nfxd5? fails to 16.Nxd5 Bxa1 17.Nxe7+ Qxe7 18.Qd5+! Kg7 19.Rxa1 Qxg5 20.Bb2+ Kh6 21.Qxd6 Rf7 22.h4 Qe7 23.Qf4+ g5 24.hxg5+ Qxg5 25.Qd6+ Qg6 26.Qd2+ Qg5 27.Qd5+- ,,.¢g2;

15...f4 is less clear: 16.Ngxe4 (16.c5!?) 16...Nxe4 17.Nxe4 fxg3 18.hxg3 Bf5 19.Bd3 Bxe4 20.Bxe4 Bxa1 21.Qxa1 Nf5 22.Re1©] 16.Rc1 [16.Qb3 .¦ad1 is strategically sound, but White must reckon with 16...Nxd5 17.Nxd5 Qxg5!?÷ (17...Bxa1 18.Rxa1 Qxg5 19.Nf4!f) ] 16...h6 Already the first step in the wrong direction. [A more circumspect move was 16...Bf6!? (Giri) 17.Ne6 (17.Qd2 h6 18.Ne6 Bxe6 19.dxe6 Bg5 20.Qc2 Bxc1 21.Bxc1÷; 17.h4!? h6 18.Nh3 g5 19.hxg5 hxg5 20.Re1 f4) 17...Bxe6 18.dxe6 Qc8 19.Nd5 (19.c5 Qxe6 20.cxd6 Nxd6 21.Nb5 Nxb5 (21...Rfd8!?) 22.Bc4 Qxc4 23.Rxc4 Nxa3 24.Rc7 b5!³) 19...Qxe6 20.Nxf6+ Nxf6 21.b5© gives White compensation, but remains ÷.] 17.Ne6 Bxe6 18.dxe6 Nc7?! A more serious mistake. [18...Rf6?! 19.Nd5!? (19.Qb3 Rxe6 20.c5 d5 21.Nxd5 Nxd5 22.Rcd1 Nef6 23.Bc4²) 19...Rxe6 20.Nf4 Rf6 21.Bb2f;

¹18...Qc8!÷ . 19.c5 Qxe6 20.cxd6 Nxd6 21.Nb5 Rfd8! 22.Nxd6 (22.Nc7 Qxa2 23.Nxa8 Qxa3³) 22...Rxd6 23.Bc4 Nd5 24.b5 Rd7 25.Qb3 Rad8 26.Rfd1 Kh7 and White should already bail out with 27.Bxd5 (27.Rd2? e3µ) 27...Rxd5 28.Rxd5 Qxd5 (28...Rxd5? 29.Rc7 e3 30.Re7+-) 29.Qxd5 Rxd5 30.Rc7 Kg8 31.Rc8+ (31.Rxb7? Rd1+ 32.Kg2 Bd4µ) 31...Kf7 32.Rc7+=] 19.b5 Be5? Now the tactics will work in White's favour. [¹19...Nxe6 20.Bxd6!?² leads to an advantage, but the game is far from over. (20.Qxd6 Qxd6 21.Bxd6 Bxc3 (21...Rfe8 22.c5²) 22.Rxc3 Nd4 23.Bd1 Kf7= /²) . 20...Bd4 21.c5 Bxc5? 22.Nxe4±] 20.Qb3 Kg7 [Giri admitted he overlooked 20...Nxe6 21.c5 d5 22.Nxd5! Nxd5 23.Rfd1± . 23...Nd4? 24.Rxd4! Bxd4 25.Rd1+-;

20...Kh7 was more resilient, but still unsatisfactory: 21.Rfd1 Nxe6 22.c5 Nd4 23.Rxd4 Bxd4 24.cxd6 Nc8 25.Nd5 (<25.Qd5?! Bg7) 25...Nxd6 26.Rc7+ Bg7 27.Bb2 Ne8 28.Rxb7± /+-] 21.Rfd1 Nxe6 Black is already under heavy pressure and it's difficult to suggest improvements. [21...Rf6 22.Bxd6!? Bxd6 23.c5 Rxe6 24.Qb2! Kh7 25.Bc4+-] 22.c5 Nd4 The following sacrifice will be both natural and very strong, but [22...Qd7 23.cxd6 Nc8 24.Nd5 Nxd6 25.Bb2+- is no better.] 23.Rxd4! Bxd4 24.cxd6+- Ng8 [24...Nc8 25.Qd5+- (25.Nd5 Nxd6 26.Nc7+-) ] 25.Nd5 Kh8 26.Rc7 Be5 27.Bb2?! A strange oversight, but even after dropping his þ White's , will be too powerful. [27.Re7+-;

27.Rxb7!?+-] 27...Qxd6 28.Rxb7 The ¦ on the weak 7-th rank decides the game. 28...g5 [28...Bxb2 29.Qxb2+ Nf6 30.Nf4 Rg8 31.Rf7 Raf8 32.Rxa7+-] 29.b6!? [29.Ba3± is too mundane.;

29.Bh5+- was equally strong.] 29...a5 [29...axb6? 30.Rxb6+-] 30.Bh5 .¥g6 30...Rab8 31.Ra7 Bxb2 [31...a4 32.Bg6! Ne7 33.Qb4 Qxd5 34.Bxe5+ Qxe5 35.Rxe7 Rxb6 36.Rh7+ Kg8 37.Qxb6 Qf6 38.Rb7+- drops a piece, but now the , breaks through.] 32.Qxb2+ Nf6 33.Bf7 Kg7 34.Rd7 Qc6 35.Be6+ [35.Be6+ Kg6 36.Ne7+] 1-0

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1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 e6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 d6 7.Nc3 Qe8 8.b3;Prié: Scandinavian B01 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bf5 6.Bc4 c6 7.Bd2 Bb4;Postny: Caro-Kann B13 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 dxc4 7.Bxc4;Krasenkow: Caro-Kann / Pirc Defence B15 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4 d5 5.e5 Qb6;Grivas: Sicilian B33 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qb6 5.Nb3 Nf6 6.Nc3 e6 7.a3;Moskalenko: French C02 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3;Kritz: French C10 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 (oder 3.Nd2) 3...dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7;Marin: Three Knights Game C46 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6;Breutigam: Tarrasch Defence D34

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.g3 Nf6 6.Bg2 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 and at last Kuzmin: Catalan E04 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 c5.

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Carlsen,Magnus (2823) - Ivanchuk,Vassily (2765) [E21]

Grand Slam Final 4th Sao Paulo/Bilbao (9), 10.10.2011

[Carlsen,M]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 b6 5.Qc2 This apparently came as a suprise to Ivanchuk, even though I played it against Anand in round 6. It might have something to do with the fact that I achieved very little in that game. 5...Bb7 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Qxc3 All of the three main moves here, d6, 0-0 and ¤e4, were tried against me in Bilbao. Regrettably, I did not show the same versatility, only employing two of the three possible setups from this position (no e3, ¥e2 and so on). 7...Ne4 8.Qc2 f5 9.g3 Nf6 A case could be made for including 9... 0-0 10.¥g2 before making this move, which will anyway be necessary because of ¤g5 or ¤d2.

10.Bh3 Suddenly experiencing a burst of creativity, I decided to try and exploit the extra opportunity. The main idea behind this move is to be able to drive away the black bishop from e4 after ...¥e4 £ somewhere, without exchanging bishops. 10...0-0 11.0-0 a5 A far from obvious move, which Ivanchuk made immediately. [11...Qe8 12.d5 is similar to the game.;

11...Be4 12.Qc3 Qe8 was quite interesting however. Now ¤d2 is bad due to ...£h5, so I was going to continue playing creatively with 13.Rd1 Qh5 14.Bf1 with good chances of fighting for an advantage.] 12.Rd1 Qe8 13.d5 Na6 14.Bf4 [14.dxe6 dxe6 15.Bf4 looks a little bit better for White, but I was looking for something more interesting.] 14...exd5? After this move Black is in serious trouble. [14...d6 looked much more logical to me 15.dxe6 (15.Ng5 Nc5 16.b4 h6 17.bxc5 hxg5 18.Bxg5 Ne4 Is not that clear) 15...Be4 16.Qc3 Nc5 (16...Qh5 17.Bf1 Nc5 18.Nd4 just transposes) 17.Nd4 Qh5 (17...Nxe6 18.Nxe6 Qxe6 19.f3 Bb7 20.e4±) 18.Bf1 Rfe8 19.f3 Bb7 20.b4 Nxe6 21.Nxe6 Rxe6 22.c5 dxc5 23.bxc5 Qf7 and Black is more or less ok.;

14...Qh5 15.Bg2 exd5 16.Nd4 g5 was given as interesting by online commentators. My decision to not delve deeper into it should be attributed to laziness, not arrogance.] 15.Bxf5 dxc4 [15...Ne4 16.Bh3 looks pretty cool for White too.] 16.Ng5! The point. Now all kinds of tricks are possible. 16...Qh5 More or less forced. Black can hardly afford to give up the h7-pawn, and [16...h6 17.Bxd7 Qe7 (17...Qh5 18.g4 Qh4 19.Qxc4+ Kh8 20.Nf7+ Rxf7 21.Qxf7+-) 18.Qxc4+ Kh8 19.Qe6! is pretty straightforward.] 17.Rxd7 This move was so tempting that I hardly looked at others. [With a slightly cooler head, I might have come close to considering 17.Rd4! Rae8 18.Bd2 when ¦h4 next will be hard to meet.] 17...Kh8 I quickly realised that this was the only move, but I thought there should still be some relatively easy way to win here. [17...Nxd7 18.Bxh7+ Kh8 19.Bg6 Qg4 (19...Qh6 20.Nf7+ Rxf7 21.Bxh6) 20.h3 loses trivially.] 18.Re7?! Objetively speaking, a mistake. Unfortunately, I was not able to coolly give up the exchange without finding a forced win. [18.Rad1! Nxd7 19.Rxd7 Nc5 What else? 20.Rxc7 Rad8 21.f3 and White is dominating.] 18...Nd5 19.Bg4?! Another step in the wrong direction. [19.Re5 Nxf4 20.gxf4 would still retain a clear advantage.] 19...Qg6 20.Nf7+ Kg8 21.Bf5 Qxf5! A nasty suprise. [RR21...Qh5 22.g4 Qh4 23.Bg3! Qxe7 24.Bxh7+ Kxf7 25.Qg6#] 22.Qxf5 Nxe7 23.Nh6+ gxh6 24.Qg4+ Ng6 25.Bxh6 Fortunately, White can still fight for an advantage here, and with the open black king White certainly has the easier game. 25...Rf7 26.Rd1 Re8 [26...c3 would have been an interesting try, but it's probably no better than the game continuation 27.h4! (27.bxc3 Nc5 is fine for Black) 27...c2 28.Rd7 Nc5 29.Rxf7 Kxf7 30.Qc4+ Ke7 31.Qxc2 and White is clearly on top.] 27.h4 Nc5 28.h5 Bc8 29.Qxc4 Ne5 30.Qh4 By now Ivanchuk had got really short on time, which was not making his job any easier. 30...Nc6? After this Black can hardly defend. [The best chance was 30...Ne6 31.f4 (31.Rd5 Rf5! is the key) 31...Nd7 32.e4 Kh8 when there is still all to play for.] 31.Rd5 Ne6 32.Qc4 [32.Qa4 would have been even stronger, but for some reason I did not consider this move at all. My idea with the text was to win the e5-square for my rook.] 32...Ncd8? [32...Ne7 would have held out much longer, but after 33.Re5 Nf5 34.Qg4+ Nfg7 35.Qe4 Black is pretty tied up, and White should win gradually.] 33.Qg4+ Surprisingly the fact that the c8-bishop is unprotected becomes the decisive factor. 33...Ng7 Ivanchuk was visibly shocked when I captured his bishop, but [33...Kh8 34.Bd2! would have been equally bad.] 34.Qxc8 1-0,but there are also excellent classic references on this DVD as we can see in the following game from Nimzowitsch: Bogoljubow,Efim - Nimzowitsch,Aaron [C11]

St Petersburg2 St Petersburg, 1913

[Nimzowitsch,A]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Qg4 White chooses the Gledhill Variation. Weiß wählt die Gledhill-Variante. 5...c5 6.Nf3 a6 This cleverly avoids the variation 6... cxd4 7.¤xd4 ¤xe5 8.£g3 with which I was not acquainted.

Die mir wenig geläufige Variante 6... cxd4 7.¤xd4 ¤xe5 8.£g3 wird klüglich vermieden.

7.dxc5 Qc7 8.Qg3 Nxc5 9.Bd3 g6 10.Bf4 Without realising it (this rule had not yet been discovered) he adopts my stratagem of overprotection! Er spielt - freilich unbewußt, denn dies Gesetz war damals noch nicht entdeckt - mein Stratagem der Überdeckung! 10...Nc6 11.0-0 Ne7 He is manoeuvring. After 11... ¥g7 and then ...0-0 the overprotecting pieces would have gained in effectivenss as attacking pieces, e.g. by ¦fe1, £h4, ¥h6 etc.

Er laviert. Auf 11... ¥g7 nebst 0-0 wären die Überdecker zu Angriffswirkung gelangt, zum Beispiel: durch ¦fe1, £h4, ¥h6 usw.

12.Rac1! An inventive preventive measure against the planned ...¤xd3 and then ...¤f5. Geistreiche Präventivmaßnahme gegen das beabsichtigte ¤xd3 nebst ¤f5. 12...Bg7 13.b4! To secure the bishop once and for all. Of course it does somewhat weaken the queenside. Um den Läufer ein für allemal zu sichern. Freilich wird der Damenflügel dadurch etwas geschwächt. 13...Nd7 14.Ne2 0-0 15.Ned4 Nc6 16.Nxc6 bxc6 17.c4 Bogoljubow makes the correct decision not to continue with a carefree attack on the king: 17.¦fe1 a5 18.c3 axb4 19.cxb4 £b6 20.h4 £xb4 21.h5 ¦xa2 22.hxg6 fxg6 23.¥e3 ¦xf3! 24.gxf3 ¤xe5 25.¥c5 £h4! and wins. Bogoljubow tut recht daran, auf eine rücksichtslose Durchführung des Königsangriffs zu verzichten: 17.¦fe1 a5 18.c3 axb4 19.cxb4 £b6 20.h4 £xb4 21.h5 ¦xa2 22.hxg6 fxg6 23.¥e3 ¦xf3! 24.gxf3 ¤xe5 25.¥c5 £h4! und gewinnt. 17...dxc4!! A heroic method, which peaks in a pawn sacrifice. What now follows is a mighty duel beteen ... the two players? No, between centralisation and overprotection. On this occasion overprotectio is the loser.

Ein heroisches Mittel, das in einem Bauernopfer gipfelt. Was nun folgt, ist ein mächtiges Duell zwischen ... den zwei Spielern? Nein, zwischen der Zentralisierung und der Überdeckung. Frau Überdeckung unterliegt diesmal.

18.Bxc4 Qb8 19.Rb1 Nb6 20.Nd2 An anti-overprotection move! Ein Antiüberdeckungszug! 20...Rd8 21.Rfc1 Nd5! The centralisation! After22.¥xd5 the ¦d8 should recapture: 23.¦xc6 ¥b7 24.¦d6 £c7 (threatening £c2); The game would then be approximately level.

Die Zentralisierung! Auf 22.¥xd5 soll der ¦d8 wiedernehmen: 23.¦xc6 ¥b7 24.¦d6 £c7 (drohend £c2); das Spiel stände dann annähernd gleich.

22.Re1? The correct move was 22.¥xd5. After the text move things go downhill fast. Richtig war 22.¥xd5. Nach dem Textzug geht es mächtig bergab. 22...Nxf4 23.Qxf4 Bxe5! 24.Rxe5 Rxd2 25.Qg5? Some resistance could still have been offered by 25.£xd2 £xe5 26.£d8+. Widerstand wäre noch durch 25.£xd2 £xe5 26.£d8+ zu leisten gewesen. 25...Qd6 26.Rbe1 Qd4 Continuing centralisation. Fortdauernde Zentralisierung. 27.Bf1 Qxf2+ 28.Kh1 f6 29.Qe3 fxe5 0-1

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