Latest book reviews of 1 February 2012

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Fighting Chess with Magnus Carlsen by Adrian Mikhalchishin & Oleg Stetsko
Edition Olms

280 pages
Price € 24,95
ISBN 978-3-283-01020-1

Last month we had Kämpfen und Siegen mit Magnus Carlsen on our site and now I am pleased to announce the English release Fighting Chess with Magnus 
Carlsen, excellent  translated and edited by no less  than  by Ken Neat!
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!  

Arthur Kaufmann
A Chess Biography, 1872-1938 by Olimpiu G. Urcan and Peter Michael Braunwarth
Foreword by Grandmaster Mihail Marin
McFarland & Company,Inc.,Publishers Box 611
Jefferson,North Carolina 28640.

266 pages
Price $45.00
ISBN 978-0-7864-6145-5

Olimpiu G. Urcan and Peter Michael Braunwarth cover in this lovely produced book the life and chess career of Arthur Kaufmann 1872-1938+.
Kaufmann was born on April4,1872 in Iasi,Moldavia,within the Jewish family of Anna and Louis J.Kaufmann, located in the Eastern province
of Romania, the city of Iasi hosted one of the most vibrant Jewish communities in Eastern Europe.
Kaufmann’s chess career is unbelievable well reconstructed by Urcan and Braunwarth,but the reader shall also find in this book interesting tournament
and match games,played against players as Capablanca,Tartakower,Reti and Schlechter.
All together there are 71 annotated games with historical sources.
Interesting to mention is Kaufmann’s close relationship with Arthur Schnitzler, the famed Austrian dramatist, whose diary offers important
 information to Kaufmann’s life as a philosopher.
As Hooper and Whyld described it in there book The Oxford Companion to Chess,all games of Kaufmann where played in Vienna.
But as we can read in the appendix there is a small chance that Kaufmann played a interesting game with Alekhine in Odessa
1919: Alekhine,Alexander - Kaufman,A [D02]
Odessa Casual Odessa, 06.1919
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 c5 3.dxc5 Nf6 4.c4 e6 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Be3 Na6 7.g3 Bxc5 8.Bxc5 Nxc5 9.Bg2 0-0 10.0-0 Bf5 11.Nc3 Re8
12.Nd4 Bg6 13.Bh3 Nce4 14.Rc1 Nxc3 15.Rxc3 Ne4 16.Rb3 Rb8 17.f4 f6 18.Rb5 Bf7 19.Rf3 a6 20.Rb4 Qa5 21.Rfb3 Qc7
22.e3 b5 23.a4 bxa4 24.Ne6 Rxb4 25.Nxc7 Rxb3 26.Nxe8 Rxb2 27.Qc1 a3 28.Qc8 Rb1+ 29.Bf1 g6 30.Nxf6+ Kg7 31.Nxe4 a2
32.Qc3+ Kh6 33.Nd6 a1Q 34.Nxf7+ Kh5 35.Kg2 Rxf1 36.Kh3 g5 37.g4+ Kg6 38.Ne5+ 1-0.
But the great mystery stays how did Kaufmann run into Alekhine?
The day  before the game was played Alekhine has been released from prison by the Odessa Che-Ka,the counter revolutionary secret police.
Urcan and Braunwarth writes: Unfortunately, as none of Kaufmann’s letters elaborate on his transit through Odessa,this unusual
encounter remains by large obscure.
In the late 1890s Kaufman patented a variation in the Petroff: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.c4.
Included in this book are 55 photos, 217 diagrams, tables, appendices, notes, bibliography and indexes.
Conclusion: One of those wonderful written McFarland chess books!

SOS – Secrets of Opening Surprises 14 by Jeroen Bosch
New in Chess
143 pages
Price € 17,95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-366-3

Volume fourteen of the SOS secrets is again good for a highly interesting  collection off beat lines as the one from Simon Williams on the
King’s Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Be2 as Williams explains in his intro to this move: This little bishop gambit is a very interesting way of
trying to take your opponent out of the theory.
The bishop is more passively placed on e2 compared to c4 but there are some benefits to placing the bishop on this square.
Strange enough some older books on the King’s Gambit don’t even mention this line!
A other hot line on the King’s Gambit comes from Arthur Kogan with his Patzer Check: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 Qh4+!?
Most authors don’t give this move a name but Korchnoi and Zak call it in there book on the King’s Gambit the
Keene Variation, but did you know that this Patzer check was already mentioned in the good old Bilguer?
After 1.e4 e5 2.f4 Qh4+ 3.g3 Qe7 4.Nc3 Kogan comes with the move 4…d6! And that is a lot better than Neil McDonald his 4…exf4.
But 4…d6 is also mentioned in the older work from Korchnoi and Zak on the King's Gambit.
Conclusion: These SOS books are perfect for all who are searching for tricky side lines!

The Caro-Kann by Cyrus Lakdawala
Everyman Chess
432  pages
Price € 24,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-687-6

Cyrus Lakdawala doe not only examines the Caro –Kann with move to move annotation but provides the black player also with a time less
repertoire line.
Between the lines instructive selected questions and answers are included to keep you at the lesson.
Going throw this 432 page heavy weight will not only help you to play the Caro-Kann but even more
important, it will help you to understand the strategies of the most solid defence that there is to the move 1.e4.
You don’t have to wonder as black which variation should I play in the Caro - Kann, Cyrus Lakdawala the National Open and American Open
does it all for you in this heavy weight and goes after 4.Nxe4 for the Smyslov Variation:1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7.
And if you are wondering what has Lakdawala than in mind after 5.Ng5!?
Virually unknown until about 20 years ago,this move has in recent years almost totally dominated developments after 4....Nd7among the world's top players.
Peter Wells in his gambit book The Caro - Kann!
Well Lakdawala gives the following move order: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bd3 e6 7.N1f3 Bd6 8.Qe2 h6 9.Ne4 Nxe4
10.Qxe4 Qc7 11.0-0 b6 12.Qg4 Kf8 13.b3 Bb7 14.Bb2 Nf6 15.Qh4 Nd5 16.g3 Nb4!
But after: 17.Be2 Nxc2 18.d5 Nxa1 19.dxe6 Re8 20.Qg4 fxe6 21.Rd1! In the game Bobras – Wojtaszek Polish Championship 2010 followed 21.Nh4! Lakdawala!
But GM Neil McDonald gives in Chess Publishing com 21.Nh4? And prefers 21.Rd1!
Lakdawala continues than with the moves 21.Bxa1 c5 23.Bb5 h5! 24.Qxh5 Qf7 25.Bxe8 Qxf3 26.Qxf3 Bxf3 27.Rxd6 Kxe8 28.Rxe6+ which leaves
black fighting for the draw.
Conclusion: Impressive and useful learning book on the Caro – Kann.

The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White
A Complete, Sound and User-friendly Chess Opening Repertoire
by Larry Kaufman
New in Chess

496  pages
Price € 24,95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-371-7

After eight years grandmaster Larry Kaufman is back with his brand new work The Kaufman repertoire for black & white,yes all presented in one heavy loaded tome,
where both cover sides of this work cover a repertoire part.
Many things have changes after his first book,The Chess Advantage in Black and White,so Kaufman has switch for black from the Berlin Defence to
The Breyer 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Nb8.
After Kaufman the Berlin Defence remains quite respectable and is used fairly often by top players,but the Berlin endgame is now generally
regarded at as least slightly better for white.
But there are more other changes as for example in the Italian game: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Bxd2+
where Kaufman recommend in his earlier book 7…Nxe4.Now he thinks that 7…Bxd2 is the better move.
In the King’s Gambit Kaufman goes for the good old Falkbeer Counter Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 but after 3.exd5 he goes for 3….exf4.
And against the Danish gambit he prefers 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 Qe7!
Kaufman has also changed his older love 1.e4 into 1.d4,  where his main new conviction is that 1.d4 gives White better chances of an advantage than 1.e4.
Against the Grünfeld he prefers set-ups with the Russian System: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 and against the
 Dutch: 1.d4 f5 2.Bg5.
With his first book Kaufman used a single core machine now he had the use of a twelve core computer that permits analyses to go on 24 hours a day,using each core
for a different position and putting everything into a nice tree.
Kaufman writes:The bottum line is that the quality of computer analyses used in this book is several hundreds rating points stronger than what I could do back in 2003.
On top of all this,I myself am a stronger player now than in 2003 despite my age 64 when this book comes out, probably because of all this work I do
with these super strong engines.
In Europe there is little known about Larry Kaufman,he had first chess lessons at age 8 from Harold Phillips,who had been a New York champion in 1895!
And Kaufman his first major accomplishment in chess was winning the American Open Championship in 1966. In 2008 Kaufman won the World Senior
Championship in Germany,right after reaching the required age 60,and this gave him the grandmaster title.
Conclusion: Certainly one of best repertoire books than I ever had on my website!

Chess DVD's

ChessBase Magazine issue 145
ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 19.95
ChessBase was so kind to send me ChessBase Magazine issue 145 as download.
The downloads where split into files from 794 MB and 983 MB but I had them in no time on my PC.
After the installation all files where available  at the file ChessBase/Shop.
For the index please see my review from last month.

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 145
January  2012
Videos by Dejan Bojkov,Leonid Kritz  and  Valeri Lilov

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 12.99

ChessBase Magazine issue 145extra,the one with no annotations to the games comes with 10.729 edited games played all played between 
November and December of last year.
Again a lot of exciting games as the flowing Latvian game: Cruz Cruz,Samuel (1968) - Garcia,Leonardo [C40]
Bogota McGregor op 2nd Bogota (9), 11.12.2011
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.Nc4 fxe4 5.Nc3 Qe6 6.d3 exd3+ 7.Ne3 dxc2 8.Qxc2 c6 9.Bc4 d5 10.Bb3 Bd6 11.0-0 Ne7 12.Bd2 Qg6
13.Qd1 0-0 14.Ne2 Nd7 15.Bc2 Qh5 16.g3 Ne5 17.Nd4 Ng4 18.Nxg4 Bxg4 19.f3 Bh3 20.Rf2 a6 21.Qe2 Rae8 22.Qd3 c5 23.g4 Bxg4
24.fxg4 Qxg4+ 25.Rg2 Qxd4+ 26.Qxd4 cxd4 27.Bb3 Rf5 28.Re1 Rd8 29.Bg5 Rd7 30.Bc2 Re5 31.Rf1 Nc6 32.Bf4 Ree7 33.Bg5 Re5
34.Bf4 Re4 35.Bxe4 dxe4 36.Bxd6 Rxd6 37.Rgf2 h6 38.Rf8+ Kh7 39.R8f7 d3 40.Kf2 Ne5 41.Rf4 Rf6 42.Ke3 Nc4+ 43.Kd4 Rxf4
44.Rxf4 d2 45.Rf1 Nxb2 0-1,but quite mysterious is the following few moves from the great Viktor Kortschnoj:
Ozolins,Aris (2236) - Kortschnoj,Viktor (2567) [C40]
Puhajarve Handicap 12th Puhajarve (12), 25.11.2011
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 1-0.
Who can tell me more?
The video files go to Leonid Kritz who comments a fascinating  Fischer-Tal game from the 1959 Candidates and Dejan Bojkov goes for  the classic
encounter Larsen  Donner from  Beverwijk 1960.
Please also see,game 16 of Larsen his  book:Larsen’s Selected Games of Chess.
Conclusion: Super material for a bargain price!