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 Chess Books

Chess Psychology: The will to win!
by William Stewart
Everyman Chess
204  pages
Price € 18,20
ISBN 978-1-78194-027-3

There is nothing more important in chess than to have the will to win from any position, for example the great Bobby Fischer was famous for playing on in
dead even positions.
The story is that he even continued playing in a king vs king position!
William does not only cover a collection instructive games with easy to learn starting repertoire lines but covers in a understandable way the fascinating 
subjects of  chess psychology, it sounds strange but the most important element in chess psychology is aggression.
As Stewart explains: You have to continuously strive to create threats against your opponent in order to
win {assuming he doesn’t make a silly mistake and give you the point!}.
It is all too often that a beginner chess player arrives for the round at the tournament hall and elbows his way
through the mess around the pairing sheet only to find that he is paired up against a  much higher rated opponent.
The beginner immediately suffers an anxiety attack, pestering all his friends with last minute preparation against the higher rated monster.
The beginner arrives at the board and finds that he is unprepared in the opening,leading to further panicking/depression followed
by a devastating 14move defeat. Don’t Be That Guy!
Included in this book are twenty model games where the game Fischer – Spassky,World Championship game 6,Reykjavik 1972 1.c4 e6
2.Nf3 d5 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 0-0 6.e3 h6 7.Bh4 b6 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.Nxd5 exd5 11.Rc1 Be6 12.Qa4 c5
13.Qa3 Rc8 14.Bb5 a6 15.dxc5 bxc5 16.0-0 Ra7 17.Be2 Nd7 18.Nd4 Qf8 19.Nxe6 fxe6 20.e4 d4 21.f4 Qe7 22.e5 Rb8
23.Bc4 Kh8 24.Qh3 Nf8 25.b3 a5 26.f5 exf5 27.Rxf5 Nh7 28.Rcf1 Qd8 29.Qg3 Re7 30.h4 Rbb7 31.e6 Rbc7 32.Qe5 Qe8
33.a4 Qd8 34.R1f2 Qe8 35.R2f3 Qd8 36.Bd3 Qe8 37.Qe4 Nf6 38.Rxf6 gxf6 39.Rxf6 Kg8 40.Bc4 Kh8
41.Qf4 1-0, is even good for over ten pages of instructive chess.
Throw the book I found interesting subjects as Lots of  Tutoring or Naturally Gifted? The 10.000
Hour Rule: The article’ Developing Young Chess Masters: What are the Best Moves?’by Kiewra and O’Connor
presents a detailed study confirming hard work and a positive environment are necessary requisites to create genius
 in chess. Referring to young chess masters, the  article states ‘These youngsters, on average, practiced chess about 20 hours per week for eight years before attaining master status.
Even if they were born with increadable gifts,it still required a 8000 practice hours to realize those gifts.
Conclusion: This is a instructive all-round learning book!

                                                                                                                                    Chess DVD's

ChessBase Magazine issue 154
ISSN 1432-8992
Price Euro 19.95

ChessBase Magazine issue 154 comes the following tournament files : Candidate Tournament London where by the way you shall find Daniel King’s daily reports on each round in video format and Mihail Marin has put together even a major openings survey.
Fide Grand Prix Zug,Alekhine Memorial,Capablanca Memorial,Russian Championship and so on,all together good for 635 entries where 12 games are more than excellent analysed.
Please see the following example: Tennstedt,Andreas (2194) - Skembris,Spyridon (2448) [E83]
Bad Woerishofen op 29th Bad Woerishofen (3), 03.03.2013
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 0-0 5.Be3 d6 6.f3 a6 7.Qd2 Nc6 8.Nge2 Na5!? A relatively rare line which deserves attention. Some time ago one of my students in Freiburg proposed having a closer look at this line. In this game White tried a new plan, and Black needs to find correct ways to counter it. [8...Rb8 is considered the main line.] 9.Ng3 [Other White tries here are 9.Nc1 ;
or 9.b3 after which White has to forget about queenside castling and a direct kingside attack.] 9...b5! 10.Nd5!?N [After 10.0-0-0 Be6! (10...Nxc4? is worse: 11.Bxc4 bxc4 12.Bh6, and Black has no counterplay) 11.d5 Bd7 12.Bh6 Bxh6 13.Qxh6 b4 14.Nb1 c6! 15.h4 Qb6 16.Nd2 b3 17.a3 Qf2" 0-1 Gutov,A (2412) -Korobov,A (2679)/Sochi 2012/CBM 148 (44);
10.c5 doesn't promise more than an double-edged position. 10...dxc5 11.dxc5 Be6 12.Qc2 b4 13.Rd1 Qe8 14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.exd5 e6 16.d6 Nd5 17.Bd4 Bxd4 18.Rxd4 cxd6 19.cxd6 Qd8 20.Qa4 Qb6 21.Ne2 Rfd8 22.h4 Rxd6 23.h5 Nc6 24.Rd2 Rad8 0-1 Kononenko,T (2374)-Lahno,K (2542)/Kharkov 2012/CBM 150 Extra (31);
10.Bh6!? Be6 11.d5 Bd7 12.c5 Bxh6 (12...c6 13.cxd6 exd6 14.dxc6 Bxc6 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.Rd1 b4 17.Nce2 b3 18.a3 d5 19.Nd4 dxe4 20.Ndf5+ Kh8 21.Qc3 1-0 Vitiugov,N (2691)-Efimenko,Z (2689)/St Petersburg 2012/CBM 150 Extra) 13.Qxh6 b4 14.Nce2 dxc5 15.Rc1 e6";
10.cxb5 axb5 11.Rc1 (11.Bxb5 Nb3-+) 11...c6 (11...Nc4!?) 12.b3 e5 13.Be2 h5 14.0-0 h4 15.Nh1 Nh5 16.Rfd1 b4" 0-1 Sowray,P (2362)-Hebden,M (2529)/ High Wycombe 2012/EXT 2013 (37)] 10...Nxc4 11.Bxc4 bxc4 12.Nxf6+ [After 12.Nc3 Nd7 Black has time to get some counterplay .13.h4 c5] 12...Bxf6 13.Rc1 With the idea to take on c4. Black has to react fast, exploiting the unstable position of the white king. [13.0-0 c5! 14.Ne2 (14.dxc5 Rb8³ .15.Rab1 Rxb2 16.Rxb2 c3 17.Qf2 cxb2 18.Bd4 Bxd4 19.Qxd4 dxc5 20.Qxb2 Qd4+ 21.Qxd4 cxd4 22.Rc1 Rd8) 14...Rb8 15.Rab1 cxd4 16.Nxd4 (16.Bxd4 Bxd4+ 17.Nxd4 Qc7µ) ] 13...d5 Black has to find his chances without delay.
14.exd5 [14.e5 Bg7 (14...Bh4!? .15.Bg5 Bxg5 16.Qxg5 Rb8 17.Qd2 c5µ) 15.b3 c5!³ 16.bxc4 cxd4 17.Bxd4 dxc4 18.Rxc4 Be6 19.Rc1 (19.Ra4 Qd7 20.Ra5 Rfd8-+) 19...Bxa2 .20.f4 Qd5µ] 14...Qxd5 15.Ne4 [15.0-0 Rb8³] 15...Bg7 [15...Rd8 16.Nxf6+ exf6 17.Qc3 Rb8 18.0-0 Bf5 19.Rf2 Bd3³ .20.b3 Qe6 21.Bf4 Qb6 22.Bxc7 Qxc7 23.Qxd3 Qxh2+ 24.Kxh2 cxd3] 16.Qc3 [16.0-0 Rd8 17.Rfd1 Rb8³] 16...Bf5! 17.Nd2 [17.Nc5 Rfb8µ .18.0-0 Qxc5 19.dxc5 Bxc3 20.bxc3 Bd3 21.Rf2 Rb5;
17.Ng3 Bd3-+ .18.b3 e5 19.bxc4 exd4 20.Qxd3 Qe6 21.0-0 dxe3 22.Rcd1 c5 23.Rfe1 Bd4] 17...Qe6!? [17...Rfd8 18.Qxc4 Bxd4 19.Bxd4 Qxd4 20.Qxd4 Rxd4 21.Nb3 Rb4µ 22.0-0 (.22.Rxc7 Bb1) 22...Be6 23.Rxc7 Bxb3 24.axb3 Rxb3 25.Rxe7 Rxb2µ] 18.Kf2 [18.0-0 c5 19.Nxc4 Rfd8 20.Rfd1 Rab8³;
18.Nxc4 c5 19.0-0 Rfd8 leads to the previous line.] 18...c5 19.Nxc4 [19.Qxc4 cxd4 20.Bxd4 Bxd4+ 21.Qxd4 Rfd8 22.Qe3 Qxa2 23.Rhd1 Rd3 24.Qe2 Rad8-+] 19...Rfd8µ 20.Rhd1 [20.Qa3 cxd4 21.Bd2 Qf6µ] 20...Qf6!? Black avoids g4 by White and puts pressure on d4.
21.Qd2! The best and the most tricky reaction. [21.dxc5 Qh4+-+] 21...Qh4+ The only way to claim the better position. [21...cxd4? 22.Bg5 and White is back in the game.] 22.Kg1 Bxd4µ 23.Qe2 Be6 24.b3? This is a strategic mistake. White's only compensation for the missing pawn is the play against Black's queenside pawns. [¹24.Kh1µ] 24...Bxc4! Now Black is clearly better.
25.bxc4T Rab8-+ 26.Rb1 Rxb1 27.Rxb1 e6! [27...Bxe3+?! 28.Qxe3 Qxc4 29.Qxe7 Qd4+ 30.Kf1 Qd3+ 31.Kf2 Qc2+ 32.Kg3µ] 28.Rb3 [28.Bxd4 Qxd4+ 29.Kf1 (29.Kh1) 29...a5 30.Rb2 a4 31.Qc2 a3 32.Rb3 Qa1+ 33.Rb1 Rd2! 34.Qxd2 Qxb1+ 35.Kf2 h5 36.Qe2 h4-+] 28...Bxe3+ 29.Rxe3 Qd4 30.h3 Rb8 31.Qd3 Qa1+ 32.Kh2 Qxa2 33.Re2 [33.Qd6 Rb2-+] 33...Qa5-+ 34.Qd6 Qb6 35.Qe7 Rb7! 36.Qf6 Qd6+ 37.f4 Qd4 0-1.
The Opening articles come this time from:
Rotstein: Modern Defence A42
1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.e4 e5 5.Nf3 exd4 6.Nxd4 Ne7,Stohl: Sicilian B33
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c4,Ftacnik: Sicilian B90
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3 e5,Schipkov: French C00
1.e4 e6 2.f4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.c3,Kritz: French C07
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Ngf3 cxd4 6.Bc4 Qd6 7.Qe2,Moskalenko: French C18
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qc7 7.Qg4 f5,Karolyi: Slav Defence D10
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Bf4 Qb6,Marin: Queen's Gambit D35
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bf4,Almasi: Nimzoindian E55
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 8.Bxc4 Nbd7,Kuzmin: Nimzoindian E56
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 c5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.cxd5 exd5 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.h3 and at last Postny: King's Indian E81
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 c5 7.Nge2 Nc6 8.d5 Ne5 9.Ng3 h5 10.Be2 h4 11.Nf1 e6.
Other columns are King:Move by Move,Reeh: Tactics,Müller: Endgames In his second topic he concentrates mainly on Knight Endings!
Rogozenco: Strategy and Knaak: The Opening Trap!
The Opening Video’s cover two contributions one from Bologan on the Caro-Kann and Andrew Martin on the Queen’s Gambit Exchange Variation.
Included is a eye-catching two language booklet of 50 pages.
Conclusion: Simple this is it!

Chess Endgames 13 - Double rook endings
by Dr. Karsten Müller
Price Euro 29.90
Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

Grandmaster Karsten Müller helps you in ChessBase Endings 13 how to play and handle double rook endings.
In Basic Chess Endings from Reuben Fine there are only a few pages on two rook endings,in big lines the superior side must take care to reduce to an ending which is favourable for him but the greatest endgame expert of this time, Grandmaster Karsten Müller digs much deeper and explains the value of extra pawns, king safety and fire power the soul of rook endings!
A fine example comes from the following model game: 04.03 Giardelli,S (2438) - Andersson,U (2640) [A39]
Pinamar Masters 1st Pinamar (9), 16.03.2001
1.c4 c5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 0-0 8.0-0 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 d6 10.Qd2 Be6 11.Bxb7 Rb8 12.Bg2 Bxc4 13.b3 Be6 14.Bb2 Qa5 15.Rfd1 Rfc8 16.Nd5 Qxd2 17.Nxf6+ Bxf6 18.Rxd2 Bxb2 19.Rxb2 a5 20.Rd2 Rb4 21.Bd5 Bxd5 22.Rxd5 a4 23.Rd3 Rc2 24.Kf1 Re4 25.e3 Rb4 26.h4 Rb2 27.bxa4 Rxa4 28.a3 Rc4 29.Kg2 Rcc2 30.Rf1 Ra2 31.Kf3 Rc5 32.g4 h5 33.Rg1 Kg7 34.gxh5 Rxh5 35.Rg4 Rf5+ 36.Rf4 Ra5 37.Re4 Kf6 38.Rf4+ Ke6 39.Rdd4 R2xa3 40.Rde4+ Re5 41.Rxe5+ dxe5 42.Rb4 f6 43.Rb7 Ra4 44.Kg3 f5 45.Rb6+ Kf7 46.Kh3 Rg4 47.f3 Rc4 48.Rb3 e4 49.fxe4 Rxe4 50.Ra3 Kg7 0-1,
the so called the Andersson attack.
Included is the following beauty from Capablanca:
Kan,Ilia Abramovich - Capablanca,Jose Raul [C25]
Moscow Moscow, 1936
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Bc5 3.Nf3 d6 4.Na4 Bb6 5.Nxb6 axb6 6.d4 exd4 7.Qxd4 Qf6 8.Bg5 Qxd4 9.Nxd4 Bd7 10.Bc4 Ne7 11.0-0 Ng6 12.a3 0-0 13.Rad1 Nc6 14.Nxc6 bxc6 15.Bd2 Ra4 16.Bd3 Ne5 17.Bc3 f6 18.f3 Re8 19.Rf2 Bc8 20.Bf1 Ba6 21.Bxa6 Rxa6 22.Bxe5 fxe5 23.Rd3 b5 24.Rfd2 c5 25.Kf2 Ra4 26.Ke3 Kf7 27.Rd1 Ke6 28.Kd2 Rb8 29.Rc3 g5 30.h3 h5 31.Rh1 Rd4+ 32.Ke2 Rg8 33.Rd3 Ra4 34.Rhd1 g4 35.hxg4 hxg4 36.Ke3 Rh8 37.Rb3 Rh2 38.Rd2 Rd4 39.Re2 c6 40.Rc3 g3 41.Rd3 Rh1 42.f4 Rf1 43.f5+ Kf6 44.c3 Rxd3+ 45.Kxd3 d5 46.b3 c4+ 47.bxc4 bxc4+ 48.Ke3 Ra1 49.Kf3 Rxa3 50.Kxg3 Rxc3+ 51.Kh4 Rc1 52.g4 Rh1+ 53.Kg3 d4 54.Ra2 d3 55.Kg2 Re1 56.Kf2 Rxe4 57.Kf3 0-1
Garry Kasparov later wrote:
For most amateurs, and even for many good players, the endgame spells the end of any excitement. But the seeming simplicity very often covers up deep mysteries and enormous complexity. The greatest players at all times benefited from their superiority in the final stage of the game. In the case of Capablanca his superb endgame technique won him legendary fame and the title of "chess machine". The following well-known game was played in the Moscow tournament of 1936. The best years were already behind the 48-year-old ex-world champion, and in complicated positions Capablanca was no longer as sharp as in his youth. But if there were any winning chances in an endgame he exploited them with the precision of a latter-day computer.
Video running time is 4 hours and 34 minutes.
Conclusion: One of those super  learning endgames DVD’s!!

Power Play 19: Attack with 1.e4 - Part 2
by Daniel King
Price Euro 29.90
Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

The great Daniel King provides you on this DVD with a repertoire of attacking lines against openings as  The Scandinavian, Alekhine,Petroff,Philidor,Pirc, Modern etc.
A fine example comes from Tony Kosten who even had once the Latvian Gambit is his repertoire!
Kosten,Anthony C (2500) - Schlosser,Michael (2430) [B07]
EU-chT (Men) 09th Haifa (9.5), 1989
1.e4 d6 2.Nc3 g6 3.f4 Bg7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bc4 0-0 6.Bb3 c6 7.d4 d5 8.e5 Ne8 9.0-0 Bg4 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Qxf3 f5 12.Nxd5 Kh8 13.Nc3 Qxd4+ 14.Be3 Qd8 15.Rad1 Qa5 16.Qf2 Nc7 17.Bc5 e6 18.Bxf8 Bxf8 19.Rd8 Nba6 20.Rfd1 Nc5 21.Qh4 1-0.
All games are more than excellent analysed and King is not shy to come with interesting suggestions, where all material is available in two languages, German and English.
These DVD’s are perfect for club players who like to improve there playing skills in a impressive way.
Video Running time is 5 hours and 24 minutes.
Conclusion: Highly recommend for players who like to improve there playing skills.