Latest book reviews of 1 December 2012

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Modern Chess Preparation by Vladimir Tukmakov
New in Chess
286 pages
Price € 23,95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-377-9

The well known chess coach Grandmaster Vladimir Tukmakov does not only provide the reader with a wealth of readable games, exactly counted 91 of them
but above all, comes with instructive advises that truly helps you to become a better player.
Tukmakov does not only have advises for the master players under us,as don’t relay to much on your chess engine but for club players he goes much further,he just
does not say throw your ‘metal friend’away but reduce your time in front of it to a minimum.
His advise is to study the games of Capablanca not Alekhine,Botvinnik not Bronstein and Karpov not Kasparov.
And Tukmakov writes: And above all,that should be done by going through everything at once using electronic databases
but by studing selected games collections by those wonderful chess players, complete with there own notes. I guarantee it’ll bring both benefits and pleasure.
All material is packed in the following chapters:The evolution of preparation, The computer era and deciding games.
Useful for the more experienced player is chapter two with a lot of inside knowledge on computer chess.
Tukmakov:Under the influence and even the direct impact of chess programs the direct impact of chess programs of chess openings is
gradually changing. The sharpest lines of the Sicilian Defence, which occupied the minds of several generations, are passing into oblivion,as a
final judgement has been reached on what had seemed to be absolutely unpredictable complications. The episodic appearance on the highest
chess stage of such recently fashionable lines as the Polugaevsky Variation or the Poisoned Pawn,ofthen comes down to testing out the erudition
and memory of your opponent.
Interesting are the words from Tukmakov on the game Robert Fischer – Tigran Petrosian,Buenos Petrosian,Buenos Aires match {1}
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nb5 d6 6.Bf4 e5 7.Be3 Nf6 8.Bg5 Be6 9.N1c3 a6 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Na3 d5!
And here’s the bomb specially prepared for Fischer! It becomes clear what Petrosian was counting on when he chose the Sicilian Defence.
In general, such an approach comes with to small amount of risk: after all, your opponent might deviate from the main line,and then you’ll have
to play on his territory,as it’s impossible to get to know all the nuances of a new opening.But in Fischer’s case such a risk was minimal-the American
 believed in his opening systems and very rarely changed them.He only became more flexiable in the match against Spassky – perhaps under the influence
of the opening surprises the Russians sprung on him.
Conclusion: Truly this book is unbelievable instructive!

The Magic Tactics of Mikhail Tal
New in Chess
332 pages
Price € 24,95
ISBN: 978-90-569-1400-4

Mikhail Tal was a chess phenomenon, with his brilliant attacking style he became the most unique chess player of all time.
Tal was a born attacking genius who had a intuition feel for the initiative as no other player of his time.
Grandmaster Karsten Müller and his companion Raymond Stolze have carefully picked out,in this beautiful produced book 100 of his most brilliant combinations.
To do this they first had to go throw 2800 of Tal games and the product is this eye catching work.
This book is more than a selection combinations, no Karsten Müller and Raymond Stolze have spend time and love on the magic’s of Tal.
A fine example of Tal his tactical skills is the following masterpiece ,where the reader is invited to find the sensible 22…Ke7{Tal,Mihail - Koblencs,Aleksandrs [B63]
Training match Koblencs Riga (2), 1957
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.0-0-0 0-0 9.Nb3 Qb6 10.f3 a6 11.g4 Rd8 12.Be3 Qc7 13.h4 b5 14.g5 Nd7 15.g6 hxg6 16.h5 gxh5 17.Rxh5 Nf6 18.Rh1 d5 19.e5 Nxe5 20.Bf4 Bd6 21.Qh2 Kf8 22.Qh8+}
But black played 22…Ng8?! And lost after: 23.Rh7 f5 24.Bh6 Rd7 25.Bxb5 Rf7 26.Rg1 Ra7 27.Nd4 Ng4 28.fxg4 Be5 29.Nc6 Bxc3 30.Be3 d4 31.Rgh1 Rd7 32.Bg5 axb5 33.R1h6 d3 34.bxc3 d2+ 35.Kd1 Qxc6 36.Rf6+ Rf7 37.Qxg7+ 1-0.
This game gets from Karsten Müller and Raymond Stolze around four pages of explanations!
And that is ten times better than what Raetsky & Chetverik did in there poor book:Mikhail Tal Tactical Genius,Everyman Chess 2004.
Interesting to mention is that Karsten Müller mentions the move 29.Nf3 as my good old Fritz12.
Burgess,Nunn and Emms claim in there book The World’s Greatest Chess Games that 29.Be8! is winning but this move seems less strong than 29.Nf3.
Readable in this book are the exclusive contributions from players as Boris Spassky,Artur Jussupov,Wolfgang Uhlmann,Hübner,Hans Joachim Hecht,Sieghart Dittmann,Helmut Pfleger and Rainer Knaak.
By the way the game Tal,Mihail - Keller,Dieter [D44]
Zuerich Zuerich (7), 1959
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.d4 c6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.a4 Qb6 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Be2 a6 10.0-0 Bb7 11.d5 cxd5 12.exd5 b4 13.a5 Qc7 14.dxe6 bxc3 15.Nd4 Rg8 16.Qa4+ Kd8 17.g3 Bd5 18.Rfd1 Kc8 19.bxc3 Bc5 20.e7 Nc6 21.Bg4+ Kb7 22.Nb5 Qe5 23.Re1 Be4 24.Rab1 Rxg4 25.Rxe4 Qxe4 26.Nd6+ Kc7 27.Nxe4 Rxe4 28.Qd1 Re5 29.Rb7+ Kxb7 30.Qd7+ Kb8 31.e8Q+ Rxe8 32.Qxe8+ Kb7 33.Qd7+ Kb8 34.Qxc6 1-0 is good for 40 pages of text,yes this Hübner his contribution and I did not even mention the interview with Engelina Tal!
Please also see the German Edition of this book:Zaubern wie schachweltmeister Michail Tal by Karsten Müller & Raymund Stolze
Conclusion: One of the most exciting works, that I have ever seen on Mikhail Tal!

The Dynamic Benko by Sergey Kasparov
New in Chess
316 pages
Price € 28,95
ISBN: 978-90-569-14-066

Grandmaster Sergey Kasparov born 1968 comes with in this book with a clear cut presentation of the Benko Gambit 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5
b5, all explained at the hand of a impressive collection of 273 complete games.
At first sight it looks that black has simply thrown away a pawn but his open lines and lead in development makes this opening to one of the most
challenging replies to 1.d4.
Sergey Kasparov prefers in this book explanations above Informator files and between the lines he offers the black player an dangerous repertoire
line,based on moves as the Wondering King Line better know as the Classical Main Line: 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 0-0 11.Kg2 where the well known teacher from Baku is good for the following lines: 12…Qa5,12….
Ra6,12,…Ra7 and some rare contributions as 12..Qa5,here in this chapter I found several games from Sergey Kasparov himself and that makes
 it all more than interesting.
Pal Benko showed us in the 1960s that he became with the Benko one of the world’s strongest players.
Conclusion:One of the most impressive books every written on the Benko Gambit!

The Powerful Catalan by Victor Bologan

New in Chess
252 pages
Price € 26,95
ISBN: 978-90-569-14-011

Grandmaster Victor Bologan provides the reader with a classical move to move white repertoire book on the good old Catalan,which
has the reputation of when white’s bishop has once started breathing  on the white long diagonal, black days are counted.
There fore this opening is favourite by many world champions as Kasparov and Karpov.
Bologan is an author of originality and indeed this book is overloaded with original moves.
For example after the moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qc2 Bb7
10.Bd2 Be4 11.Qc1 Bb7 12.Bf4 Nd5 13.Nc3 Nxf4 14.Qxf4 Nd7 15.Rfd1 Bd6 16.Qe3 Qe7 17.Ne4 Bd5 18.Rac1 Nb6 19.b3 a5
 20.Qd3 b4 21.Nxd6! {The book move is and now 23…a4 with counterplay.}
21.Neg5 f5 22.e4 fxe4 23.Nxe4 Kaidanov – Rozentalis,Lvov 1987 a cxd6 22.e4 Bb7 23.Qb5 Qd8 24.Rae1 with a slight advantage.
Bologan writes: The shuttle manoeuvre …Bb7-e4-b7 looks strange,and may appear to be a loss of time,but this is not so.
Firstly,after Nc3 or Nbd2,the bishop will be attacked and will have to move away anyway.
Conclusion: A book that covers and explains the secrets of the Catalan!   

The Absolute Correspondence Championship Of The United States Chess Federation, 1976-2010 by

Alex Dunne

McFarland & Company,Inc.,Publishers Box 611
Jefferson,North Carolina 28640.

330 pages
Price $45.00
ISBN 978-0-7864-7294-9

The phenomenal chess master Alex Dunne, author of several chess books as Great Chess Books of Twentieth Century in
English, McFarland 2005,has compiled and analysed for this book the correspondence games of the United States Chess Federation
all taken from the years 1976-2010.
Included are biographical details of all winners and readable information on all participants and that brings these wonderful 
correspondence games to life.
Between 1976 and 2004 where the years of the post card, nowadays correspondence chess is played on web servers and often
with the help of fast computers, but back in 1976 it was pure brain work.
Interesting enough the American economic basis for correspondence chess can be credited to New York Banker John Lee
who invented the penny postcard.
Most of these games are played over a period pf weeks and months between opponents who where not seated facing one another.
Some think that correspondence chess is “perfect” chess, since  each player  can consult books and other literature, even
computers but you keep exciting short cuts as we can see in the following game: Schakel,Corky (2431) - Miettinen,Kristo S (2349) [C21]
USCF 2002 Absolute-ch corr USA, 2003
1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2 c6 6.Nc3 d6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.0-0 Nc5 9.Re1 b5 10.Bxf7+ Kxf7 11.Ne5+ Ke8
12.Nxc6 Qd7 13.Qh5+ g6 14.Qf3 Bb7 15.Na5 h5 16.Nd5 Rh7 17.Nxb7 Qxb7 18.e5 Kd7 19.Rad1 1-0.
As Alex Dunne explains: after 13…Qf7 it would appear that white’s best is 14.Qd1 when black can tacitly
offer a draw with 14….Qd7.
Correspondence games at high level are of great interest because the players have given so much energy it to it, specially with
this wonderful produced McFarland book with it’s statistical results and yearly cross tables is a must every correspondence chess lover!
Conclusion: A must for all correspondence chess players!  

Grandmaster Preparation - Positional Play by Jacob Aagaard
Quality Chess
Price €29,99
ISBN 978-1-907982-27-9

Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard shares his wisdom of positional play with his reader and covers with instructive words and tough exercises
 the wisdom of positional play, based on the following chapters: Weaknesses, Pieces, Prophylaxis, Exercises and Solutions.
All packed in his three step tool of positional analyses that made Aagaard the man of understanding.
Grandmasters are very good in making decisions but chess students have to develop these difficult skills of positional understanding.
Aagaard covers in this book around game positions which are all very well explained and carefully going throw these positions will help you to develop a
 positional pattern of understanding.
Specially with the 150 extra exercises which all have a positional slant, which will help you to become a strong chess player, as Aagaard advises just do six
 pages of exercises a week!
Included are many own games and positions from Aagaard and that makes a book like this one really special, for example see Aagaard his following lost:
Ganguly,S (2655) - Aagaard,J (2542) [A90] Politiken Cup 32nd Copenhagen (7), 05.08.2010
1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 e6 4.Bg2 d5 5.0-0 Bd6 6.c4 c6 7.Qc2 0-0 8.b3 Qe7 9.Bb2 b5 10.Nbd2 a5 11.Ne5 a4 12.cxb5 a3 13.Bc1 cxb5
14.Ndf3 b4 15.Bg5 Ba6 16.Rfc1 Qb7 17.Bxf6 gxf6 18.Nd3 Bxd3 19.Qxd3 Na6 20.e3 Rfc8 21.Bf1 Nc7 22.Rc2 Be7 23.Rac1 Ne8
24.Nh4 Nd6 25.Ng2 Qd7 26.Nf4 Rxc2 27.Rxc2 Rc8 28.Qd1 Rxc2 29.Qxc2 Ne4 30.Bd3 Nc3 31.Ne2 Nxe2+ 32.Qxe2 Bf8
 33.Kf1 Qc7 34.Kg2 Bd6 35.Qf3 Qg7 36.Bxf5 1-0,this game is covered with highly instructive notes as we all know Aagaard is the
great expert on the Stonewall!
Aagaard considers the move 8.b3?! as an aesthetic move and writes: And this is not a compliment.To me,asthetic moves are moves that
look good, but are played without a idea.Obviously white is intending to put his bishop on b2;which is sort of what white usually does in
this kind of position, right? The problem is, once you have put your bishop on b2 and knight on d2 then what?
Pleasant to mention is that this highly instructive work is covered in hardcover.
Conclusion: This book is a master piece on positional explanation.

Grandmaster Repertoire Beating 1.d4 Sidelines by Boris Avrukh
Quality Chess
504 pages
Price €29,99
ISBN 978-1-907982-12-5

Grandmaster Boris Avrukh offers the black player in this book the following repertoire lines: 1.d4 d5 rare 2nd moves,Blackmar-Diemer
Gambit,Pseudo – Trompowsky 1.d4 d5 2.Bg5,The Versov,The London System,1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 Minor lines,The Lame Torre 1.d4 d5
2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5,1.d4 Nf6 2.g3 and others, Trompowsky 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bh4 c5, Trompowsky 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4,Third rare moves as
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Nbd2 or 3.Nc3,1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3,Torre Attack 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 c5,London System 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.
Bf4 c5 4.e3 d5 5.c3 Nc6,Colle 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 d5 4.Bd3 c5 5.c3 Nc6 6.Nbd2 Bd6 7.0-0 0-0,Rare 3rd moves as 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6
3.b4 Bg7 4.Bb2 0-0 5.e3 d6 6.c4 c5,Barry Attack 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 d5,1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 4.e3,London System 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6
3.Bf4 Bg7,Torre Attack 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bg5 and at last 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 but then without c4.
As black player you can buy the book from Christoph Scheerer on The Blackmar – Diemer gambit,if you want to know everything, but on the
other hand you could consider the line from Avrukh: 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 c6 6.Bd3 Bg4 7.Be3 e6 8.Qe2 Nbd7
9.h3 Bh5 10.0-0-0 Bb4 11.g4 Bg6 12.g5 Nd5 13.Nxd5 and now the novelty from Avrukh 13…cxd5 which leaves white with insufficient compensation!
Conclusion: A awful useful repertoire book!

Karsten Müller, Raymund Stolze: Kämpfen und Siegen mit Hikaru Nakamura
Edition Olms

232 pages
Price € 19,95
ISBN 978-3-283-01022-5

Hikaru Nakamura,born 9 December, 1987) is a Japanese-born American chess grandmaster and is currently Unites States Chess Champion.
In 2003, at age 15 years and 79 days, Nakamura became the youngest American to earn the grandmaster title, breaking the record of the legandary Bobby Fischer
 by three months.
The German Chess Grandmaster Karsten Müller and his collugue chess yournalist Raymond Stolz,cover in this book 47 higly instructive games,included three games
of his super win of  the Tata Steel Grandmaster A Tournament in Wijk aan Zee.
Throw the book yo shall find some comparings with Bobby Fischer but it would not suprice me that Nakamura is even going to become a even greater player!
Included in this book is a exclusive interview where he says: I never give up and allways try to win.
All these games show Nakamura at his best as for example the following win:
Nakamura,Hikaru (2613) - Smirin,Ilia (2644) [B09]
Foxwoods op 07th Mashantucket (5), 25.03.2005
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.f4 Nf6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.e5 Nfd7 7.h4 c5 8.h5 cxd4 9.hxg6 dxc3 10.gxf7+ Rxf7
11.Bc4 Nf8 12.Ng5 e6 13.Nxf7 cxb2 14.Bxb2 Qa5+ 15.Kf1 Kxf7 16.Qh5+ Kg8 17.Bd3 Qb4 18.Rb1 Bd7 19.c4 Qd2 20.Bxh7+ Nxh7 21.Qxh7+ Kf8 22.Rh4 1-0.
Seldom I have such a game monography with so many sharp and entertaining games.
Conclusion: Of of the most interesting books of this moment!

Chess DVD's

Chess Endgames 11 by Karsten Mueller
Euro  29,99

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The phenomenal endgame professor Karsten Müller digs in his latest DVD into the world of minor pieces and explains with instructive words in two languages
 the secrets of rook against bishop,rook and knight against two bishops ,two rooks against rook and bishop,queen and rook against queen and bishop,rook and knight
 against bishop and knight and
rook against two bishops.
These subjects are usually not very well covered in our endgame books,most of us know that in the ending with rook against bishop with out
 pawns,against correct defence it is impossible to win but as we can learn from Karsten there is so much more in these impressive over 8 hours of video time!
Pleasant to mention is Karsten Müller his use of complete games as we can see in the following example: 05.02 Berthelot,Yannick (2320) - Flear,Glenn C (2470) [C30]
Pau op Pau (7), 1988
1.e4 e5 2.f4 Bc5 3.Nf3 d6 4.c3 Nf6 5.fxe5 dxe5 6.Nxe5 0-0 7.d4 Bb6 8.Bg5 Qe8 9.Qf3 Nbd7 10.Nxd7 Nxe4 11.Nxf8 Nxg5+ 12.Qe2 Bg4 13.Qe5 Qxe5+ 14.dxe5 Re8 15.Bd3 Rxe5+ 16.Kd2 Ne4+ 17.Bxe4 Rxe4 18.Re1 Rxe1 19.Kxe1 Kxf8 20.Nd2 c6 21.Nb3 Be6 22.Kd2 Bd5 23.g3 g6 24.Re1 f5 25.Nc1 h5 26.a4 h4 27.Nd3 hxg3 28.hxg3 a5 29.b4 axb4 30.cxb4 Bc7 31.Nf4 Bd6 32.Nxd5 cxd5 33.Re6 Bxb4+ 34.Ke2 Bc5 35.Rxg6 Kf7 36.Rh6 b6 37.Rc6 Ke7 38.a5 Kd7 39.Rf6 bxa5 40.Rxf5 Ke6 41.Rf1 a4 42.Kd3 a3 43.Kc2 Ke5 44.g4 Ke4 45.g5 d4 46.g6 d3+ 47.Kb3 Bd4 48.Kxa3 d2 49.Kb3 Kd3 50.Rh1 Be5 51.Rd1 ½-½,please also see Glenn Flear,Practical Endgame Play – beyond the basics Everyman Chess 2007.
Where Glear wrote after the game: Although I fortuitously saved this game it gave me the lasting impression that,ceteris paribus,rook and knight are superior to two bishops.
Conclusion: One of those smashing Müller endgame DVD's!

1000 x Checkmate by Lubomir Ftacnik
Euro  24,90

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Grandmaster Lubomir Ftacnik invites you with impressive update into the world of chess mates,yes there is no better way to improve your
tactical skills than doing chess exercises specially when they are packed in Fritz or ChessBase.
No book is able to stand-up against these well packed exercises, where all of them are linked to one or other typical mating patterns.
Just invest 60 minutes of your pressures time and go throw these exercises and I can insure you after a while you will be impressed about your playing skills.
All material is packed into 4 heavy loaded video files.
Conclusion: A must for all lovers of chess!

Strategy University Vol.5: Winning Methods of Great Players by Adrian Mikhalchishin
Euro  29,99

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The great chess crack Grandmaster Adrian Mikhalchishin is good various themes as the typical exchange sacrifice where black goes for a typical exchange sacrifices as the move Rxc3,
which we can see in the following example from Vladimir Simagin who was a pioneer on this subject; Bednarski,Jacek B - Simagin,Vladimir [B61]
Rubinstein Memorial 06th Polanica Zdroj (4), 1968
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 Bd7 7.Qd2 Rc8 8.0-0-0 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 Rxc3 10.Qxc3 Nxe4
11.Qe3 Nxg5 12.Qxg5 Qb6 13.Bc4 e6 14.Qg3 g6 15.Bb3 Be7 16.h4 h5 17.Rhe1 Qb4 18.Qe3 a5 19.g3 a4 20.c3 Qa5
21.Bc2 a3 22.b3 0-0 23.c4 Rc8 24.Kb1 Qb4 25.Qd2 Rxc4 26.Qxb4 Rxb4 27.Re4 Rb6 28.Rc4 Bc6 29.Rc3 d5 30.f4 Rb4
31.Bd3 Kf8 32.Rc2 Bd6 33.Re2 Ke7 34.Kc2 Be8 35.Kd2 Rb6 36.Rc1 Kd7 37.Ke3 f6 38.Kf3 e5 0-1.
Included on this DVD is also a game from Mikhail Tal under the chapter Bluff where I found the following game:
Gurgenidze:Gurgenidze,Bukhuti - Tal,Mihail [A78]
URS-ch24 Moscow (1), 1957
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nf3 g6 7.e4 Bg7 8.Be2 0-0 9.0-0 Re8 10.Nd2 Na6 11.Re1 Nc7
12.a4 b6 13.Qc2 Ng4 14.h3 Nxf2 15.Kxf2 Qh4+ 16.Kf1 Bd4 17.Nd1 Qxh3 18.Bf3 Qh2 19.Ne3 f5 20.Ndc4 fxe4 21.Bxe4 Ba6
22.Bf3 Re5 23.Ra3 Rae8 24.Bd2 Nxd5 25.Bxd5+ Rxd5 26.Ke2 Bxe3 27.Rxe3 Bxc4+ 28.Qxc4 Qxg2+ 29.Kd1 Qxd2# 0-1.
Fascinating to mention is the chapter David Bronstein’s double attacks but there is more as how to study classics,how to use ideas
of others,typical Benoni positions,how to avoid  mistakes,lessons from legendary trainers and more!
Conclusion: These DVD’s from Mikhalchishin truly help you to become a player of master strength!

ChessBase Tutorials Starting Chess by Daniel King
Euro  29,99

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The ChessBase move star Grandmaster Daniel explains you everything that you must be aware of to play a reasonable game of chess.
Kink starts with a small explanation of the history of our favourite game,and slowly moves  to a first explanation of the moves,with some
opening and endgame analyses.
All pleasantly packed in three hours training couse, Fritz 12 interface,Fritz 11 SE chess engine and a 3 months access to
Included is Bobby Fischer his famous win against Ruben Fine: Manhattan blitz New York, 1963,er1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4
5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 dxc3 8.Qb3 Qe7 9.Nxc3 Nf6 10.Nd5 Nxd5 11.exd5 Ne5 12.Nxe5 Qxe5 13.Bb2 Qg5 14.h4 Qxh4 15.Bxg7 Rg8
16.Rfe1+ Kd8 17.Qg3 1-0,yes a brilliant attacking game played in the spirit of the great Adolf Anderssen.
Conclusion: I never saw a more pleasant way of learning chess!

Meet the Nimzo-Indian with 4.Qc2 by Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Euro  29,99

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The incredible GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov does not only explain the strategies  and concepts of the ever popular 4.Qc2 of the classical
Nimzo-Indian,but provides the user with instructive games and understandable theory files.
The idea behind 4.Qc2 is simple, whitet prevents the doubling of his c-pawns which is one of black’s main ideas in the Nimzo-Indian.
As we can learn from Kasimdzhanov it is all a matter of white’s pair bishop  and black’s superior development.
4.Qc2 is also known as the Capablanca Variation and was very popular in the twenties and thirties but than fell into relative disuse but nowadays
it is back as the principle line against the Nimzo-Indian Defence.
But first some games that I found on this DVD: Ivanchuk,Vassily (2764) - Morozevich,Alexander (2700) [E36]
Reggio Emilia 53rd Reggio Emilia (9), 06.01.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 d5 7.Nf3 dxc4 8.Qxc4 b6 9.Bg5 Ba6 10.Qa4 h6 11.Bh4 Qe7 12.e3 Bxf1
13.Rxf1 Rc8 14.Rc1 c5 15.dxc5 g5 16.Bg3 Rxc5 17.Ke2 Nbd7 18.b4 Rcc8 19.Rfd1 Nf8 20.Be5 Nd5 21.Bb2 Ng6 22.Nd4 Qb7
23.Kf1 a6 24.b5 axb5 25.Qxb5 Ra5 26.Rxc8+ Qxc8 27.Rc1 Qxc1+ 28.Bxc1 Rxb5 29.Nxb5 f5 30.f3 Ne5 31.e4 fxe4 32.fxe4 Nf6
33.Nd6 Kf8 34.Be3 Ke7 35.Nc8+ Kd8 36.Nxb6 Nxe4 37.Bd4 Ng6 38.Nc4 Kc7 39.g4 Kc6 40.Bg7 Kb5 41.Ne5 Nf4 42.Bxh6 Ka4
43.h4 Nh3 44.Kg2 gxh4 45.Kxh3 Nf2+ 46.Kxh4 Nxg4 47.Kxg4 Kxa3 48.Kg5 Kb3 49.Kf6 Kc2 50.Kxe6 Kd1 51.Kd5 Ke2
52.Ke4 Kf1 53.Kf3 Kg1 54.Bf4 Kh1 55.Nd3 Kg1 56.Nf2 Kf1 57.Bh2 Ke1 58.Ne4 Kf1 59.Nd2+ Ke1 60.Ke3 Kd1 61.Kd3 Ke1
62.Bg3+ Kd1 63.Nc4 Kc1 64.Bh4 Kd1 65.Nb2+ Kc1 66.Kc3 Kb1 67.Kb3 Kc1 68.Bg5+ Kb1 69.Nc4 Ka1 70.Bh6 Kb1
71.Na3+ Ka1 72.Bg7# 1-0 or Shomoev,Anton (2557) - Andreikin,Dmitry (2689) [E36]
Moscow Aeroflot op-A 10th Moscow (3), 10.02.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 d5 7.Nf3 dxc4 8.Qxc4 b6 9.Bg5 Ba6 10.Qa4 c5 11.dxc5 bxc5
12.Rc1 Qb6 13.Bxf6 gxf6 14.Rc2 Rd8 15.e3 Bxf1 16.Rxf1 Nd7 17.Ke2 f5 18.g4 fxg4 19.Qxg4+ Kf8 20.Rd1 Qb5+
21.Qc4 Qxc4+ 22.Rxc4 Rab8 23.Rd2 Ke8 24.Rdc2 Rb6 25.Nd2 Rdb8 26.b3 e5 27.Rh4 h6 28.Rcc4 Ra6 29.Ra4 Rbb6
30.Rxa6 Rxa6 31.Nc4 Ke7 32.Rh5 Re6 33.f3 Kf8 34.Kd3 Kg7 35.f4 Kg6 36.Rh3 exf4 37.exf4 Re1 38.Rg3+ Kf6 39.Rh3 Kg6
40.Rg3+ Kf6 41.Ne3 Nb6 42.Rh3 Kg6 43.Ng4 Ra1 44.Rxh6+ Kf5 45.Ne3+ Kxf4 46.Rh5 c4+ 47.Kd4 Kf3 48.Rf5+ Ke2
49.Nxc4 Rd1+ 50.Kc5 Nd7+ 51.Kc6 f6 52.h4 Rd3 53.Kc7 a5 54.a4 Rxb3 55.Kxd7 Rb4 56.Rf4 Rxa4 57.Ke6 Rb4
58.h5 a4 59.Kf5 Rb5+ 60.Kg6 Rg5+ 61.Kh6 Rc5 62.Na3 Ke3 63.Rxa4 f5 64.Nc4+ Ke2 65.Nd6 Rc6 66.Kg5 Rxd6 67.h6 Rd1 68.h7 Rg1+ 69.Kh5 1-0.
All together we have here around 4 hours of video entertainment.
Conclusion: Smashing!

Chess for Novices Vol.2 by Sabrina Chevannes

Euro  19,90

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The bright Sabrina Chevannes comes with a nice and instructive follow-up from her Volume 1 of the Chess for Novices.This time she digs a little deeper in
her favourite sections of Opening, Middlegame, Endgame and Test play.
These four sections are well packed with enjoyable but not to complicated lessons as opening knowledge and other useful strategy patterns which a beginner of chess must be aware of.
Highly instructive explained are also the lessons on essential endgame knowledge where she explains the first secrets of successful endgame play.
Just take up these four hour chess course and I can insure your chess skills will be improved!
Conclusion: Sabrina Chevannes is able to teach chess as no other!

The Chebanenko - still improved by Viktor Bologan

Euro  29,99

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Grandmaster Victor Bologan wrote back in 2008 a super book from over the 238 pages on the Chebanenko Slav: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6
4.Nc3 a6!? but now he does it all over with impressive updates packed in 20 heavy loaded video files which are good for nearly five hours of highly
enjoyable Chebanenko Slav fun, exactly counted 4 hours and 40 minutes.
Bologan does not provide the material at the hand of games but has pleasantly  packed it all in old fashion theory files.
One example: Clip 3
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 a6 5.h3 e6 6.c5 [6.e3 Nbd7 7.Qc2 dxc4 8.Bxc4 (8.a4 c5 9.Bxc4 b6 10.d5 exd5
11.Nxd5 Bb7 12.e4 Nxd5 13.exd5 Bd6 14.0-0 0-0 15.Re1 Nf6 16.Bg5 h6 17.Bh4 b5) 8...b5 9.Bd3 c5 10.a4 b4
11.Ne4 Bb7 12.Nxf6+ Nxf6 13.dxc5 Qc7 14.e4 Bxc5;
6.cxd5 cxd5 7.Bf4 Bd6 8.Bxd6 Qxd6 9.e3 Nc6 10.Bd3 Bd7 11.0-0 0-0 12.Rc1 Rac8] 6...b6 7.cxb6 Nbd7
8.g3 [8.e3 Qxb6 9.Bd3 c5 10.0-0 (10.Na4 Qa7 11.0-0 c4 12.Bc2 Qc7 13.Bd2 a5 14.Nc3 Rb8) 10...Be7
11.Na4 Qa7 12.dxc5 Nxc5 13.Nxc5 Qxc5;
8.Bf4 Nxb6 9.e3 c5 10.Ne5 Bb7 11.Bd3 Be7 12.dxc5 Bxc5 13.Na4 Bd6] 8...Qxb6 9.Bg2 c5 10.0-0 Bd6
11.Rb1 cxd4 12.Nxd4 0-0 13.Na4 [13.Be3 Qb7 14.Na4 Ne5 15.Rc1 Bd7] 13...Qb8 14.Be3 a5.
Conclusion: One of those superb.ChessBase Openings DVD’s! 

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 150
November  2012
Videos by Andrian Mihalchishin,Leonid Kritz & Lawrence Trent

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 12.99

This latest ChessBase Magazine Extra comes with a impressive 37.120 games, all played between August and October 2012.
This includes: Istanbul ol for (Women),and that was exactly counted  2706 entries!
Other tournaments are St Petersburg Rapid and EU-ch U18.
Through this collection you will find games as the Latvian win from Gundersen:Teemae,L (2047) - Gundersen,H (2242) [C40]
EU-ch Seniors 12th Kaunas (7), 24.08.2012
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 d6 5.Nc4 fxe4 6.Nc3 Qf7 7.Be2 Nf6 8.0-0 Be7 9.Bg5 Nc6 10.d5 Nb4 11.Bxf6 Bxf6
12.Nxe4 Qxd5 13.Nxf6+ gxf6 14.Bh5+ Kd8 15.Qe2 Rg8 16.Bf3 Qe6 17.Rfe1 Qxe2 18.Rxe2 Nc6 19.Bxc6 bxc6 20.Rae1 Bd7
21.Re7 Re8 22.Rxe8+ Bxe8 23.Re6 Bg6 24.Rxf6 Ke7 25.Rf4 Bxc2 26.Ne3 Bb1 27.Ra4 d5 28.Nf1 Kd6 29.Nd2 Bc2 30.b3 c5
 31.Rf4 Re8 32.Rf6+ Kd7 33.f4 Re2 34.Nf3 Be4 35.Ne5+ Kc8 36.g4 Rg2+ 37.Kf1 Rxh2 38.f5 d4 39.Rf8+ Kb7 40.f6 d3
41.Nxd3 Bxd3+ 42.Kg1 Rh6 43.Kf2 Bb1 44.g5 Rh2+ 45.Kg3 Rh1 46.Kg2 Rh5 0-1
Included are video files from Grandmaster Adrian Mikhalchishin on Efim Geller, Leonid Kritz analyses a other famous game from the 
Euwe-Alekhine from,revanche match of 1937 and Lawrence Trent digs in the good old  Tromp.
Conclusion: Super material for a bargain price! 

Houdini 3 Standard multiprocessor version
Euro  79,90

System requirements
Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX9 graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9 and Internet access to activate the program,, Let’s Check, Engine Cloud and updates. Recommended: PC Intel Core i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows 7 (64 Bit) or Windows 8 (64 Bit), DirectX10 graphics card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD ROM drive and Internet access to activate the program,, Let’s Check, Engine Cloud and updates.

Seldom a chess engine has impressed me so much as this latest release from Houdini3,for example after the moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4
 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nb5 d6 6.Bf4 e5 7.Be3 Nf6 8.Bg5 Be6 9.N1c3 a6 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Na3 Nd4 12.Nc4 f5 13.exf5 Nxf5 14.Bd3 Rc8 15.Bxf5 Rxc4
16.Bxe6 fxe6 17.Qe2 Rd4 18.0-0 Qg5 19.Rad1 Qf5 20.Rxd4 exd4 21.Ne4
From the famous game Fischer,Robert James (2740) - Taimanov,Mark E (2620) [B44]
Candidates Match quarterfinal3 Vancouver (6), 01.06.1971,Houdini 3 plays on my 4cpu’s the move 21…Rg8! Compared with Deep Fritz 13
 he keeps playing as Taimanov 21…Be7?!
And you don’t have to fear with Houdini that he goes for 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.e3 0-0 6.Bd3 c5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.a3 Ba5
 9.Ne2 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Bb6 11.dxc5 Qxd1 12.Rxd1 Bxc5 13.b4 Be7 14.Bb2 Bd7 15.Rac1 Rfd8 16.Ned4 Nxd4 17.Nxd4 Ba4 18.Bb3
Bxb3 19.Nxb3 Rxd1+ 20.Rxd1 Rc8 21.Kf1 Kf8 22.Ke2 Ne4 23.Rc1 Rxc1 24.Bxc1 f6 25.Na5 Nd6 26.Kd3 Bd8 27.Nc4 Bc7
28.Nxd6 Bxd6 29.b5 Bxh2, Spassky,Boris V - Fischer,Robert James [E56]World Championship 28th Reykjavik (1), 11.07.1972,no
Houdini 3 goes for 29…Ke7 30.f4 Bc5 31.a4 kd6 32.Bd2 g6 33.Bc3 f5.Funny enough  29…Ke7 is a old recommendation of Botvinnik
which leads to a draw.
Nice are the words from the great Purdy on the move 29….Bxh2?? The miscalculation is six moves ahead when there is only one to look at.
Truly an amazing aberration.One would think Fischer could ask himself,”If this is sound, why did Spassky leave it on? After all,Spassky
is the world’s second est player.And so Fischer should have checked his analyses. Fischer blamed the Television cameras, hence his
refusal to admit them subsequently.
Please see Extreme Chess from C.J.S Purdy.
Houdini 3 includes: The Houdini 3 Standard engine, supporting up to six cores and four GB of hash, The DeepFritz 13 user interface in
Windows Office 2010 standard,
The Deep Fritz 13 database management system, Classic membership of for twelve months, The ChessBase Engine
Cloud,The ChessBase "Let’s Check" function and a
Impressive  database with over 1.5 million games.
I received all files as Setup Houdini 3 Database,Setup Houdini 3 Book,Setup Houdini 3 Standard,plus a Houdini 3 Manual on PDF.
Conclusion: Superb!

First steps in Chess Strategy by Andrew Martin
Euro  27,90

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Andrew Martin explains at the hand of some super instructive games the secrets of chess strategy and handles all kind of strategy subjects as Time,
Space,Pawn structure,Piece placement,The importance of the centre,The importance of a safe King,Planning - assessment , plan, execution and at last the important chapter from How masters plan.
A fine example of control comes from the great Nakamura: Anand,V (2811) - Nakamura,Hi (2758) [E97]
3rd London Chess Classic London ENG (4), 06.12.2011
Black against Anand is not everyone's favourite pairing. Should one try to tough it out in the Queen's Gambit Declined( which was the approach of Carlsen), or fight toe-to-toe on the cobblestones ?
Nakamura decides to go for the King's Indian and mix it up. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 [9.Nd2 c5 (9...Ne8 10.b4 f5 11.c5) ] 9...Ne8!? Either of 9...a5 or 9...Nh5 are more common, mainly because the Knight is less active on e8 than it is on either h5 or even f6! Black plays the opening too slowly and ends up in trouble. [9...Nh5;
9...a5] 10.c5 f5 11.Nd2 Nf6 12.a4 g5 13.Nc4 [
r1bq1rk1/ppp1n1bp/3p1n2/P1PPppp1/1P2P3/2N5/3NBPPP/R1BQ1RK1 b - - 0 0
Various ideas have been tried here,as we will see, but Anand's 13 Nc4 is most direct and has the benefit of immediately hitting g5. 13.a5 f4 14.g4 h5 15.h3 Rf7 16.f3 Ng6 17.Ba3 Bf8 18.Nc4 Rh7 19.Kg2 Be7 20.b5 Qf8 21.b6 hxg4 22.hxg4 Nxg4 23.fxg4 f3+ 24.Bxf3 Qf4 25.Rf2 Bxg4 26.Bc1 Bh3+ 27.Kg1 Qg3+ 28.Bg2 Nh4 29.Ne3 Rf8 30.Rxf8+ Bxf8 31.Ra2 Bxg2 32.Rxg2 Nxg2 33.Nxg2 Qxc3 34.bxa7 Qxa5 35.Qg4 Qxa7 36.Bxg5 Qa1+ 37.Kf2 Rg7 38.Ke2 Qa6+ 39.Ke1 dxc5 40.Ne3 Qg6 41.d6 cxd6 0-1 Bunzmann,D (2525)-Nataf,I (2596)/France 2007/EXT 2008;
13.exf5 Bxf5 14.Bb2 Ng6 15.Nc4 Nf4 16.Na5 Rb8 17.Rc1 dxc5 18.Ba3 Nxe2+ 19.Qxe2 Nxd5 20.Nxd5 Qxd5 21.Rxc5 Qd3 22.Qa2+ Kh8 23.Rxc7 Rbc8 24.Rxc8 Rxc8 25.Nxb7 Rc2 26.Qf7 Bg6 27.Qe7 h6 28.Bc1 Qc3 29.Be3 Be4 30.Nd8 Bd5 31.Ne6 Bxe6 32.Qxe6 Qxb4 33.Rd1 Qf8 34.h3 Rc7 35.a5 Re7 36.Qa6 Qb8 37.Rc1 Qb2 38.Qc8+ Kh7 39.Qf5+ 1-0 Barileng,G (2107)-Lopez Falcon,J (2206)/Dresden 2008/CBM 128;
13.f3 Ng6 14.Nc4 Nf4 15.g3 Nxe2+ 16.Qxe2 f4 17.g4 Rf7 18.Ba3 Bf8 19.b5 h5 20.h3 Rh7 21.Kg2 b6 22.cxb6 axb6 23.Bb4 Bd7 24.a5 bxa5 25.Bxa5 Rb8 26.Rab1 Qc8 27.Rh1 hxg4 28.hxg4 Nxg4 29.Rxh7 Kxh7 30.fxg4 Bxg4 31.Rh1+ Kg6 32.Qf2 Bh5 33.Kf1 Bg7 34.Ke1 Qd7 35.Qa7 Rxb5 36.Nxb5 Qxb5 37.Rxh5 Qxc4 38.Rh2 Qxe4+ 39.Kd1 Qxd5+ 40.Ke2 Qa2+ 41.Kd3 Qxh2 42.Qxc7 e4+ 43.Kc4 Qe2+ 44.Kb4 Qd2+ 45.Ka4 0-1 Suhendra,A (2230)-Sudung,T/Jakarta 2011/CB14_2011] 13...h6? Very strange. Black accepts a main line a tempo down. [Surely 13...f4 was better,when Black can hope to play ...g5-g4 and then ...h7-h5 directly.] 14.f3 f4 15.Ba3 Ng6 16.b5 dxc5 [16...Ne8 17.a5 h5 18.b6] 17.Bxc5 Rf7 18.a5 h5 19.b6±
r1bq2k1/ppp2rb1/1P3nn1/P1BPp1pp/2N1Pp2/2N2P2/4B1PP/R2Q1RK1 b - - 0 0
Full speed ahead for Anand and Nakamura is on his knees on the queenside. How he survives this position is a mystery. 19...g4 [19...Bf8 20.Bf2 g4 21.bxa7 g3 is the type of pawn sacrifice Black has to consider, but White has plenty of defensive resources: 22.hxg3 fxg3 23.Bxg3 Bc5+ 24.Kh1 h4 25.Bxe5 Nxe5 26.Nxe5 Rg7 27.f4 h3 28.g4 Rxa7 29.g5+-] 20.Nb5 [20.bxa7! was also very good: 20...g3 21.Kh1 h4 (21...Nd7 22.Bg1 Qg5 23.Qc2 Nh4 24.Bd3±) 22.h3 Bxh3 23.gxh3 Qd7 24.Kg2+- Black needs to keep the h4 square vacant for a Knight.] 20...cxb6 21.axb6 g3 22.Kh1 [22.Rxa7! looks hopeless for Black now: 22...gxh2+ (22...Rb8 23.Qd2 Bf8 24.d6 h4 25.h3 Bxh3 26.gxh3 Qc8 27.Nc7 Qxh3 28.Bd1 Kh7 29.Ra2 Qc8 30.Bb3 h3 31.Nxe5 Nxe5 32.Bxf7 Nxf7 33.Qxf4) 23.Kh1 Rb8 24.Bd6+- Anand was not at his best during the London Chess Classic. ] 22...Bf8 23.d6 a6 24.Nc7 Rb8 25.Na5 Kh8 26.Bc4 Rg7 27.Ne6!? Tempting, as the removal of Black's light-squared Bishop usually means the end of the attack in this variation. [Flexible defence was possible, with the useful 27.Ra2! Nd7 28.Ne6 Qh4 29.Bg1 Rg8 30.Rb2+- With the Kingside covered it will soon be time to cash in on all the positional trumps.] 27...Bxe6 28.Bxe6 gxh2 29.Nc4? [29.Bh3! Nd7 30.Bf2 Nxb6 31.Rb1 Nd7 32.Nxb7 Qg5 33.Kxh2 again, should add up to a win.] 29...Qe8!
1r2qb1k/1p4r1/pP1PBnn1/2B1p2p/2N1Pp2/5P2/6Pp/R2Q1R1K w - - 0 0
The game suddenly turns and Black has chances based around ...Qb5. Anand's light-squared Bishop drifts to d5 and this opens up the possibility of ...h4-h3 for Black. 30.Bd5 [30.Bh3 Qb5!] 30...h4 31.Rf2 [31.Kxh2 h3 32.gxh3 Nh4 33.Rg1 Nxd5 34.exd5 Rxg1 35.Bxg1 Qg6 36.Ra2 Bg7÷] 31...h3
1r2qb1k/1p4r1/pP1P1nn1/2BBp3/2N1Pp2/5P1p/5RPp/R2Q3K w - - 0 0
Now the position becomes serious for Anand and he is pushed on to the defensive. 32.gxh3 Rc8 33.Ra5 Nh4 34.Kxh2 Nd7 35.Bb4 Rg3 36.Qf1 Qh5 37.Ra3 a5 [37...Nxb6! led to complications where White appears to be really struggling: 38.Nxb6 (38.Rc3 Nxd5 39.exd5 Rd8µ; 38.Be6 Rxc4 39.Bxc4 Bxd6! 40.Bxd6 Nxc4 41.Rd3 Nxd6 42.Rxd6 Nxf3+ 43.Rxf3 Rxf3 44.Rd8+ Kh7 45.Rd7+ Kh6 46.Rd6+ Kg5 47.Qg2+ Rg3 48.Qf1 Qh7-+) 38...Rc1 39.Qxc1 Nxf3+ 40.Raxf3 Qxh3#] 38.Be1 Rxc4 39.Bxc4 Bxd6 40.Rxa5 Bc5 41.Be2 [41.Rxc5 Nxc5 42.Be2 Ne6] 41...Bxb6 42.Rb5 Bd4 [There seems nothing wrong with 42...Bxf2! immediately: 43.Bxf2 Nxf3+ 44.Bxf3 Qxf3 45.Rb1 Rg6 46.Rd1 Nf6 47.Bh4 Ng4+ 48.hxg4 Qxg4 49.Rd8+ Kh7 50.Qh3 Qg1#] 43.Bd1 Bxf2 44.Bxf2 Nxf3+ 45.Bxf3 Qxf3 46.Rb1 Rg6 47.Rxb7 Nf6 48.Rb8+ Kh7 49.Rb7+ Kh6 Clearly Black's game-plan was very risky indeed, but this game is an object lesson in how to play against stronger opposition. There is little point in getting ground down and so to create a random position where anything can happen and either side may win is the right approach.0-1.
Conclusion: Super instructive!

First steps in Gambits and Sacrifices by Andrew Martin

Euro  27,90

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Andrew Martin invites you on this DVD to sacrifice but he also helps the user of this DVD with exciting  combinations and dangerous sacrifices.
A fine example comes from the great attacker Velimirovic,who learned to play chess from his mother: ,Dragoljub (2500) - Ljubojevic,Ljubomir (2550) [B99]
YUG-ch Umag (6), 1972
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0-0-0 Nbd7 10.Bd3 b5 11.Rhe1 Bb7 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.exd5 Bxg5 14.Rxe6+ fxe6 15.Nxe6 Qa5 16.Qh5+ g6 17.Qxg5 Rg8 18.Rd2 Nf8 19.Nxf8 Qd8 20.Nxh7 Qxg5 21.fxg5 Kf7 22.Nf6 Rh8 23.g3 Bc8 24.h4 Bf5 25.Bxf5 gxf5 26.h5 Ra7 27.Rf2 1-0.
The move 12.Nd5 is covered under the section spectacular  sacrifices and for that time it was a bolt from the blue.
A other short cut comes from Bojan Vuckovic:
Vuckovic,Bojan (2427) - Govedarica,Radovan (2483) [C42]
Novak Nikolic Memorial 2nd Belgrade (2), 04.02.2000
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nxf7!? An adventurous sacrifice. 4...Kxf7 5.d4! With a point: 5...¤:e4 6.£h5+, winning a piece back. 5...Qe8 The move
 has been played the most often, but I don't rate it too high. [5...Nxe4 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Qd5+ Be6;
5...c5 6.dxc5 Nc6] 6.Nc3 g6 [6...Nxe4 7.Qh5+] 7.Bd3 Nc6 Here, with some reservations, though, I would suggest c7-c5 again - in order to put some
 pressure upon the central pawns of white. 8.Be3 Kg7 9.0-0 Nb4 10.h3! Remarkable: white is not in a hurry! After 10.f4 black would play ¤g4, followed
 by ¤:d3 and then h5, thus blockading white's pawn phalanx on white squares. [10.f4 Ng4 11.Qd2 Nxd3] 10...Nxd3?! Black still could wait with this
 exchange. 10...c6 was called for. 11.Qxd3© Rg8?! [11...c6!? 12.f4] 12.e5!± Now black badly needs a good advice! 12...dxe5 12...¤d7 at once was
more stubborn. [12...Nd7 13.f4] 13.dxe5 Nd7 [13...Qxe5 14.Bd4 and in regard to an imminent ¤d5 white wins a piece back.] 14.Nd5 Nc5
[14...Nxe5 15.Nxc7 Qc6 16.Qc3! Qxc3 17.bxc3 Rb8 (17...Bf5 18.Nxa8 Bd6 19.Rad1 Nc4 20.Rxd6 Nxd6 21.Nc7 Rc8 22.Nd5 b6
23.Rd1 Bxc2 24.Rd2 Bb1 25.Nxb6 axb6 26.Rxd6) 18.Bd4] 15.Qc3 Ne6 [15...Na4 16.Qxc7+ Qf7 17.Qxf7+ Kxf7 18.Nc7 was also
bad for black.. 18...Rb8 19.Bxa7] 16.Nxc7! A winning stroke! 16...¤c7 17.e6 mate! 16...Qd7 [16...Nxc7 17.e6#] 17.Nxa8+- b6
18.Rad1 Qb7 19.Rd8 Be7 20.Rxg8+ Kxg8 21.Nxb6 axb6 22.Bxb6 Qxb6 23.Qxc8+ Kg7 24.c3 Nf4 25.Qd7 Kf8 26.b4 Qa6
27.b5 Qa4 28.Re1 Qc2 29.b6 Qxc3 30.Re3 Qa1+ 31.Kh2 Qf1 32.Qg4 1-0. Video running time: 3 hours 21 min.
Conclusion: Very entertaining!

And Action! - How to crown positional play by tactics by Alexei Shirov
Euro  27,90

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One of the greatest players of this time Grandmaster Alexei Shirov handles on this heavy loaded DVD some of his finest attacks, all defined in
 instructive sections  as Developing an Attack,Tactical play in all stages of the game,and a chapter on even more difficult examples.
A fine example of play is: Shirov,Alexei (2685) - Bordell Rosell,Roman (2275) [E44]
Terrassa sim Terrassa (2), 1996
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Nge2 Bb7 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Nxc3 d5 8.Bd3 0-0 9.cxd5 exd5 10.b4 Ne4 11.Qc2 Nxc3
12.Qxc3 Nd7 13.Bb2 Nf6 14.0-0 Ne4 15.Qc2 f5 16.Rac1 Rf7 17.b5 a6 18.a4 Qe7 19.Qe2 a5 20.Rc2 Re8 21.Rfc1 Qd8
22.Ba3 Re6 23.Qf3 g5 24.Qh5 Rg6 25.f3 Nf6 26.Qh3 g4 27.Qg3 gxf3 28.Qxf3 Ne4 29.Qf4 Rgg7 30.Be2 Ng5 31.Kh1 Ne6
32.Qe5 Rf6 33.Bf3 h6 34.Rc6 Bxc6 35.Rxc6 Rfg6 36.Rxe6 Qh4 37.h3 Rxe6 38.Qxe6+ Kh8 39.Qe5 f4 40.Qxf4 Qe1+ 41.Kh2 Kh7 42.Bxd5 1-0
Running time is nearly 5 hours!
Conclusion: One of those super learning ChessBase DVD’s!

ChessBase Magazine issue 151
ISSN 1432-8992
Price Euro 19.95

ChessBase Magazine issue 151 is good for over 4000 entries {Included games of the FIDE Grand Prix of London}, Eleven
Opening surveys: English A21:1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4 by Igor Stohl,English A31:1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5
 5.Nb5 d5 6.cxd5 Bc5 7.N5c3 0-0 8.e3 e4 by Boris Schipov,Trompowsky
 Attack A45:1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 e6 3.Nd2 by Martin Breutigam,Dutch A84:1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c6 4.e3 f5 by Michal Krasenkow,Sicilian
Defence B50:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Qe2 by Leonid Kritz,French 01:1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.exd5 exd5 5.Bd3 by Hannes
Langrock Part 3,Spanish 84:1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.a4 b4 by Lars Schandorff,Slav D16:
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bg4 6.Ne5 Bh5 7.g3 by Michail Marin,Catalan E04:1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 Bb4+
6.Bd2 c5!? By Arkadij Rotstein,King’s Indian E61:1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Bg5 by Alexey Kuzmin and Kin’s Indian E94: 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6
3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.d4 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 exd4 8.Nxd4 Re8 9.f3 c6 10.Kh1 Nh5 by Evgeny Postny.
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