Latest book reviews of 1 November 2012

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Judit Polgar: How I beat Fischer's record.
Quality Chess
383 pages
Price €24,99
ISBN 978-1-907982-19-4

Judit Polgar the Queen of chess describes in this high quality made hard cover chess book,{volume one} some of her best  games,all taken from the 1980s till the early nineties.
She writes in her preface: “The first five chapters of this book focus on simple tactical elements,and the next three on notions of positional play.
Chapters 9 to 12 highlights the subtleties of the transition phases, from the opening to the middle game,and from the middle game to the endgame.
The first twelve chapters have mainly game fragments.
Things become more complex in chapters 13 and 14 which feature complete games {with just one exception}.In chapter 15 {the final one}we take a
step further by examining the multifaceted universe of a chess tournament.”
Judit Polgar enjoyed in the early 1990s superstar status due to her phenomenal chess playing ability.
Her words on this are very interesting:” One of the most rewarding aspects of my work on this book was the possibility of revisiting the past. Looking at my old games bought back  unique memories, but I was also surprised by my strength as a player at that age.I gained distinct feeling that to me playing chess used to be as natural as breathing.”
Judit Plogar has an exceptional direct and aggressive style of play as we can see in the following King’s Gambit game: Polgar,Judit (2320) - Flear,Glenn C (2460) [C33]
Hastings, 1988
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nf3 Nb6 7.Bb3 Bd6 8.Qe2+ Qe7 9.Nc3 Bg4 10.Qxe7+ Kxe7 11.Ne4 Bxf3 12.gxf3 Nc6 13.Nxd6 cxd6 14.Bxf4 Nd4 15.Kf2 Nxb3 16.axb3 a6 17.Ra5 Kd7 18.b4 Rhe8 19.c4 Re6 20.b5 axb5 21.Rxb5 Kc6 22.Rc1 Ra2 23.Rb3 Nd7 24.d4 Rf6 25.Bg3 b6 26.Re1 d5 27.cxd5+ Kxd5 28.Re7 Kc4 29.Rc3+ Kb4 30.Rc2 Kb3 31.Rd2 Ra7 32.d5 b5 33.d6 Rf5 34.Rd3+ Kc2 35.Rc3+ Kxb2 36.Rc7 1-0 and this game is good for nearly nine pages of instructive text!!
Conclusion: One of those must have chess books!

Playing 1.d4 - The Indian Defences by Lars Schandorff
Quality Chess
245 pages
Price €24,99
ISBN 978-1-907982-17-0

Lars Schandorff offers the reader of this book with a interesting collection repertoire lines based on the move 1.d4 {but without 1…d5},as the
Nimzo-Indian, King’s Indian,Grünfeld Defence, Modern Benoni, Benko Gambit, Old Indian,Dutch Defence and a Hugh collection minor lines as the
Modern Defence.
For example against the King’s Indian Schandorff goes for the Sämisch and covers various possibilities for black as the Panno variation and Sämisch gambit
 which runs with the moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 c5 and Schandorff prefers now the move 7.Nge2.
Interestingly Schandorff writes:In principle I would like to take the pawn and exchange queens with
7.dxc5 dxc5 8.Qxd8 Rxd8 9.Bxc5 Nc6 10.Nd5 Nd7 11.Bxe7 Nxe7 12.Nxe7+ Kf8 13.Nd5 Bxb2 14.Rb1 Bg7 is known to give black excellent
compensation for the pawn.
Instead I mainly analysed 10.Nge2 Nd7 11.Bf2 Nde5 12.Nf4 b6 13.Nfd5 e6 14.Nc7 Rb8 15.Bh4 Rd7 16.Ne8 and the amazing knight gives
white a plus.The reason  I won’t propose the line as our repertoire weapon is that it is a very unpractical line for white.
In the Modern Game Schandorff goes for the move order 1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.e4 d6 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Be3 e5 6.Nge2 all in style of the book!
Conclusion:This repertoire book has a high instructive value!

The Modern Defence: Move by Move by Cyrus Lakdawala
Everyman Chess
400  pages
Price € 23,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-986-0

The basic Modern arises after the moves 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 and the former Open American Champion, Cyrus Lakdawala presents
 in this latest Everyman Chess book the reader with a detailed move to move repertoire book,where the aim lays at the black side of the board.
Various lines of the Modern Defence are well explained in this book as for example The Pseudo Dragon 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 a6
5.Qd2 Nd7 6.f3,Classical Lines as 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 a6 5.Nf3 b5,Austrian Attack 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.f4 a6 5.Nf3 b5
6.Bd3 Nd7 7.Be3 Bb7 8.e5 Nh6,1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Bg5,1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Bc4,1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.g3 Nc6,1.e4 g6
2.d4 g7 3.Nc3 d6 4.c3,Odds and ends like 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3,The Averbakh Variation 1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.e4 d6 4.Nc3 e5,Offbeat
Averbakh Lines 1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Nc3 e5,Anti-Queen’s Pawn Lines and the English 1.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 3.g3 d6 4.Bg2 e5.
Pleasant to mention in this book are the games from the Modern Expert Duncan Suttles who did not fear to play lines as 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7
3.Nf3 d6 4.Nc3 c6 5.Be2 Nd7 6.0-0 Nh6,Janosevic – Suttles Belgrade 1969.
Cyrus Lakdawala prefers in the Averbakh 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.c4 d6 4.Nc3 e5 and not Suttles his favourite 4…Nc6.
A lot of lines in the Modern Defence have changed after the book from Keene and Botteril,but this new book from Lakdawala is really overloaded
with latest developments where a kind of Hippopotamus is rising.
Conclusion: Very instructive read on the Modern Defence!

Chess Puzzles for kids by Murray Chandler
Gambit Publications Ltd
127 pages

Price $16,95
ISBN 978-1-906454-40-1

Chess Puzzles for Kids does not only hold a eye collection of 100 entertaining chess puzzles, but all puzzles have been linked to
 instructive themes and typical  patterns,as for example the Arabian mate, it is an important attacking theme and as Chandler so
clearly explains in this book, it arises in a wide range of settings.
This is book is a nice follow-up from Chandler his two existing volumes on tactics: How to Beat Your Dad at Chess and Chess tactics for Kids.
Going throw these positions will help you to develop a feeling for tactical patterns and this will help you in the end, to become a much better chess player!
Conclusion: Overloaded with instructive attacking patterns!

Chess DVD's

ChessBase Magazine issue 150
ISSN 1432-8992
Price Euro 19.95

ChessBase Magazine issue 150 comes with the following index: Tournaments with 339 entries where a small 38 of them are more then excellent analysed.
Included is a selection of video analyses with the players of the Biel Chess Festival with a total running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes
But there is more on this well filled chess DVD as Opening Video from Leonid Kritz on the Sicilian Rossolimo,Andrian Mikhalchishin on the Grünfeld Defence and Robert Ris on the Henning-Schara Gambit: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 cxd4 5.Qxd4 Nc6 6.Qd1 exd5 7.Qxd5 Bd7.
But now to the smashing opening surreys: Breutigam: Trompowsky Attack A45:1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.h4,Marin: Kovacevic Variation A48
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.e3 c5 4.dxc5,Rotstein: Snake Benoni A60 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 Bd6,Schipkov: Dutch A88
1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 d6 7.Nc3 c6,Postny: Caro-Kann B19
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bd2 Ngf6 12.0-0-0 Be7 13.Kb1 0-0 14.Ne4,
Kritz: Sicilian B35 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0-0 8.Bb3 a5,Langrock: French C01 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.exd5 exd5 5.Bd3,Neven: French C02 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bd3,Stohl: Slav D18 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.0-0,Krasenkow: Semi-Slav D30,1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c6 4.Qc2,Grivas: Queen’s Gambit D43 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 7.Qb3,Karolyi: Nimzo-Indian E32 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 b5 and at last Kuzmin: King’s Indian E61  1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Bg5 d6 5.e3 0-0 6.Be2.
Other contributions are:King; Move by Move,Reeh:Tactics,Müller: Endgames,Wells Strategy,Knaak:The opening trap etc.
Included is a eye catching booklet of 50 pages in two languages.
Conclusion: A must for all!

Crash Test Chess 2: Thinking Outside The Box

Price £5.00
This DVD will run on all platforms as PC,Macintosh,PS3,XBox and set top boxes.

Grandmaster Simon Williams provides the reader with a highly instructive chess DVD based on logical play.
This all is very well explained at the hand of unbelievable games as the following blitz game of the great Bobby Fischer:
Kortschnoj,Viktor - Fischer,Robert James [E97]
Herceg Novi blitz Herceg Novi, 1970
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Nf3 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Nd2 c5 10.a3 Ne8 11.b4 b6
12.Rb1 f5 13.f3 f4 14.a4 g5 15.a5 Rf6 16.bxc5 bxc5 17.Nb3 Rg6 18.Bd2 Nf6 19.Kh1 g4 20.fxg4 Nxg4
21.Rf3 Rh6 22.h3 Ng6 23.Kg1 Nf6 24.Be1 Nh8 25.Rd3 Nf7 26.Bf3 Ng5 27.Qe2 Rg6 28.Kf1 Nxh3
29.gxh3 Bxh3+ 30.Kf2 Ng4+ 31.Bxg4 Bxg4 0-1,
but what I like it most of Williams DVD is his unique talent of explaining powerful knight manoeuvres and mysterious rook moves.
Williams has managed to compress a full hour of highly instructive chess information into your mind,for a unbelievable bargain price!
Conclusion: This DVD will truly help you to improve your playing skills!