Latest book reviews of 1 October 2012

Wilhelminalaan 33 


The Netherlands.
John Elburg

                                 Chess Books & Magazine's

Attack with Black by Valery Aveskulov
Gambit Publications Ltd
224 pages

Price $22,95
ISBN 978-1-906454-39-5

The Russian chess crack Grandmaster Aveskulov provides the reader with a complete repertoire book for black after the move 1.d4,where he prefers for black,aggressive lines
as the Blumenfeld and Benko Gambit.
It is fascinating that the Ukrainian Champion manages to combine lines in this readable book as 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5 e6 6.c4 b5 and 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6.
This is seldom seen in a repertoire book,most authors believe that the Blumenfeld Gambit is unsound but Aveskulov shows us that it is all very playable.
For example after the popular 5.Bg5: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5 e6 4.c4 b5 5.Bg5 exd5 6.cxd5 d6 7.e4 a6 8.a4 Be7 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.axb5 Bxb2
11.Ra2 Bf6 12.Bd3 0-0 13.0-0 Bb7 14.Nbd2 axb5 15.Rxa8 Bxa8 16.Bxb5 Nd7 17.Qa4 Nb6 18.Qa5 Qc7 19.Nc4 Rb8 20.Rb1 and
 now Aveskulov his new move 20…Nxd5!!
The old move 20…Bd8 21.Nxb6 Qxb6 22.Qxb6 Bxb6 is by the way mentioned by Boris Alterman in his book: The Alterman Gambit Guide: Black Gambits I.
Aveskulov is good for many interesting novelties as for example in the Benko Accepted,where white plays a an early e4:1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 g6 6.Nc3 Bxa6 7.e4 Bxf1 8.Kxf1 d6 9.Nf3 Bg7 10.g3 Nbd7 11.Kg2 0-0 12.Re1 Ng4 13.Qe2 Qa5 14.Nd2 Bxc3 15.Nc4 Qa6 16.bxc3 Nge5 17.Nxe5 Nxe5 18.Bh6 Rfe8!!
Even not mentioned in the latest Fritz PowerBook!
Aveskulov covers all white’s options and that is included various alternatives as the Diemer Attaqck,Veresov,Trompowsky,Colle,Zukertort,London and Torre Systems.
Conclusion: Highly recommended!

Lessons with a Grandmaster II
by Boris Gulko & Joel R. Sneed
Everyman Chess
296  pages
Price € 19,65
ISBN 978-1-85744-697-5

The great Boris Gulko and his pupil Dr.Joel R.Sneed digs in this second part of Lesson with a Grandmaster II,in to the world of developing, imagination, attacks,defending,
the ability to visualize and how to calculate in sharp positions.
All material is well packed in 30 instructive games,where Gulko uses around 13 pages of full text for one game!
Included throw the games are uncountable exercises to see if you have learned from Gulko’s instructive advises.
Usually the thinking of a chess player in sharp positions is too general and often we must trust our intuition.
Thinking costs time and energy.
I an sure when you work throw this book you will develop a natural feeling for sacrifices.
Many typical questions that you would like to ask a grandmaster are pleasantly answered by Boris Gulko and that makes this book awful instructive!
Dr. Joel R. Sneed is  a professor of psychology and as strong amateur chess player,yes specially after these two books from Gulko.
Conclusion: Awful instructive!

Study Chess with Matthew Sadler
Everyman Chess
140  pages
Price € 21,90
ISBN 978-1-85744-990-7

Study Chess with Matthew Sadler is a entertaining read on new ideas and how to use them,but there is more as handling practical middlegame positions,
endgame thinking etc, and all well packed in 53 readable games.
For example the talented Ciel van Oosterom is outplayed in a small twenty moves: Van Oosterom,Chiel (2413) - Sadler,Matthew (2617) [B00]
Haarlem Nova College op-A Haarlem (2), 03.07.2010
1.e4 a6 2.d4 h6 3.Bd3 c5 4.dxc5 e6 5.Be3 Qc7 6.b4 Nc6 7.c3 d6 8.cxd6 Bxd6 9.Nf3 Nf6 10.h3 g5 11.a3 g4 12.Nd4 Ne5 13.Be2 Nxe4
14.hxg4 Bd7 15.g5 0-0-0 16.gxh6 Bc6 17.Nxc6 Qxc6 18.Qb3 Bc7 19.a4 Ng3 20.fxg3 Qxg2 21.Rf1 Nd3+ 22.Bxd3 Rxd3 0-1.
Nearly all games cover excellent exercises and explanations to explain the thinking process of Sadler,and that makes this book so super interesting!
Grandmaster Sadler became a grandmaster at 19 and in 2000 he did quit full time chess,but ten years later he returned to the professionals and made
out of the sky  some astounding results,which can only can be compared with Bobby Fischer in his best days.
This book is the ‘Eureka’of Sadler and I can insure you take it up and it will improve your playing strength, in a impressive way!
Conclusion: One of those super instructive reads!

Chess Variants & Games by Av Murali
Body & Soul Books
Price $ 11.00
ISBN 978-93-81115-74-9

For the most of us is chess a serious game, but the Indian Software engineer v Murali shows us in this beautiful made heavyweight a other side of our favourite game.
Murali digs in the world of enjoyment and mathematics and shows us that there is much more than the game we play,for example every heard of ‘Spy’chess?
In this variant, the units and initial set-up are the same,as in orthodox chess, except for one difference. There are two spy pieces of same type that are gives grey.
One is placed on a4 and the other on h5.These pieces can be moved by any player except that the same piece cannot be moved by the opponent in this immediate turn.
Besides spy chess there are hundreds of various and entertaining chess variants described in this book.
Murali describes: Chess Variants,Chess Inspired games,Sports inspired games,Chess in education,Chess inspired puzzles,Out door chess and team chess.
For the interested reader it is even possible to play chess Sudoku!
Conclusion: This unbelievable read only costs 11 dollar!    

Chess DVD's

Attacking the Semi-Slav with g3 by Robert Ris
Euro 9,90

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

The Dutch crack IM Robert Ris provides the user of this download with a detailed study of the line 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6
5.g3 Nbd7 6.Bg2,all well packed in five heavy loaded video files.
As we can see in the following model game black can easy go astray as we can see in the following example :
 Romanishin,Oleg M (2537) - Alzaim,Talal (2232) [E01]
Istanbul op-A 10th Istanbul (3), 13.09.2011
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.g3 c6 5.Bg2 Nbd7 6.0-0 Bd6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Nd2 Re8 9.e4 dxe4 10.Ndxe4 Bf8 11.Bf4 Nxe4
12.Nxe4 Nf6 13.Nc3 Qa5 14.Qc2 Bd7 15.Rfe1 Rad8 16.a3 c5 17.dxc5 Qxc5 18.Ne4 Qc8 19.Bg5 Be7 20.Nxf6+ gxf6
21.Bh6 Bc6 22.Qe2 f5 23.Qe5 Bf8 24.Bxf8 Rxf8 25.Bxc6 Qxc6 26.Qf4 f6 27.Rad1 b6 28.b4 Kg7 29.h4 Qc8 30.Rc1 e5 31.Qf3 Rd4 32.c5 bxc5 33.Rxc5 Qe6 34.Rc6 Qd7 35.Rec1 Rf7 36.R6c3 f4 37.Qh5 Rd3 38.gxf4 exf4 39.Rxd3 Qxd3 40.Kh2 Qd2 41.Rg1+ Kf8 42.Qc5+ Re7 43.Rg2 f3 44.Rg3 Qf4 45.Kh3 Kf7 46.Qd5+ Re6 47.Qh5+ Kf8 48.Qxh7 1-0.
The theory books nearly don’t cover the move 4.g3 and that makes this DVD really very dangerous!
Running time is one hour!
Conclusion: Super material for a bargain price!

Fighting the Grünfeld with g3 by Adrian Mikhalchishin
Euro 9,90

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

GrandMaster Adrian Mikhalchishin covers on this download the most annoying line for black to face the aggressive Grünfeld,as we can see in the following game
 where the great John Nunn is out played before move 20!
Kasparov,G (2740) - Nunn,J (2585) [D79] Bruxelles 42/(591) Bruxelles 42/(591), 1986
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 c6 5.Bg2 d5 6.cxd5 cxd5 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Ne5 e6 9.0-0 Nfd7 10.f4 Nxe5 11.fxe5 Nc6 12.e4 dxe4
13.Be3 f5 14.exf6 Rxf6 15.Nxe4 Rxf1+ 16.Qxf1 Nxd4 17.Rd1 e5 18.Ng5 1-0.
All material is well packed in 11 video files,where Adrian Mikhalchishin deeply reveals  the secrets of the move 4.g3.
Conclusion: Smashing material!

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 149
September  201
Videos by Andrian Mihalchishin,Valeri Lilov and Leonid Kritz

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 12.99

This ChessBase Magazine Extra comes with a small 40.000 games, exactly counted 39892 games and all played between June and July of this year.
This included tournaments as the  World Championship Blitz,won by (1. Grischuk, 2. Carlsen)World Championship,(1. Karjakin, 2. Carlsen) and
the World Championship Under 20.
But first some entertaining Latvian games:
Juciute,Henrieta (1875) - Ivanauskas,Raimundas (1676) [A04]
Panevezys op Panevezys (7), 17.08.2012
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.d3 d6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Qe2 Nc6 7.h3 Be6 8.Ng5 Bg8 9.Nf3 f4 10.0-0-0 Bf7 11.d4 Bh5 12.dxe5 Nxe5
13.Bxf4 Nxf3 14.gxf3 0-0 15.Kb1 Nd7 16.Qe3 Bf6 17.Rg1 Ne5 18.Be2 Bf7 19.Nd5 Bxd5 20.Rxd5 Qe7 21.Bh2 Kh8 22.f4 Nd7
23.e5 dxe5 24.fxe5 Bh4 25.f4 Nb6 26.Rdd1 Qe6 27.Rg4 Be7 28.Qe4 c6 29.Rdg1 Rf7 30.Bd3 g6 31.Rf1 Raf8 32.Bg1 Nd5
33.Bc4 b6 34.Bxd5 cxd5 35.Qg2 Qxe5 36.Rd1 Rxf4 37.a3 Qe4 38.Qxe4 dxe4 39.Be3 Rxg4 40.hxg4 Bc5 41.Bh6 Re8
 42.Re1 Kg8 43.c3 Bf8 44.Be3 Bg7 45.Rd1 Kf7 46.Rf1+ Ke6 47.Kc2 Rf8 48.Rh1 Rh8 49.Rf1 h5 50.Rf4 h4
51.Bg1 Be5 52.Rxe4 Kd5 53.Re2 h3 54.c4+ Kd6 55.Bh2 Bxh2 56.Rxh2 Ke5 57.Kd3 Kf4 58.g5 Kg3 0-1,
Rafailov,Radostin (1867) - Dionisi,Thomas (2278) [C40]
Varna op 6th Varna (5), 16.07.2012
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 d6 5.Nc4 fxe4 6.Nc3 Qg6 7.Bf4 Nf6 8.Qd2 Be7 9.0-0-0 0-0 10.h3 a6
11.g4 b5 12.Ne3 c6 13.Be2 Nxg4 14.Bxg4 Bxg4 15.Nxg4 Rxf4 16.Rdg1 Bg5 17.Ne3 Qh6 18.Ng4 Rxg4 0-1
Included are video files from Adrian Mikhalchishin [on a game from Beliavsky, Leonid Kritz {Euwe-Alekhine from the revanche match in 1937} and Valeri Lilov who continues
 on the good old  Hedghog.
Conclusion: Must have material!