Latest book reviews of 1 September 2013

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Emil Kemeny A life in Chess by John S.Hilbert
McFarland & Company,Inc.,Publishers Box 611
Jefferson,North Carolina 28640.
Price $49.95
ISBN  978-0-7864-47359-5

Emil Kemeny born 13 January 1860,  and died  Budapest 1 May 1925, Budapest was a Hungarian–American master, editor and publisher.
During the mid-1890s, Kemeny was one of the strongest players in the US and strange enough,on the latest MegaDatabase DVD from ChessBase
there are only a small thirty games from Kemeny on it.
But John S.Hilbert did manage to dig up for this book, a impressive 227 games where many of them come with original annotations.
Emil Kemeny is nearly not known to many chess players but there was a time that he belonged to the best of the world,chessmetrics ranks him number 17 in the world on their 1901 rating list with a highest rating ever achieved of 2638.
These classic games from Kemeny can give a lot of fun as for example I found quite some games with the interesting Queen move :1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 h6 9.Nf3 e4 10.Ne5 Qd4 by the way this move is later reintroduced by Geller.
But Kemeny did also not fear to play the Latvian gambit but he also once lost with it in a simultaneous exhibition at Houston Hall,University of Pennsylvania where he faced the school strongest players: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 d6 5.Nc4 fxe4 6.Nc3 Qg6 7.Ne3 Nf6 8.Ncd5 Nxd5 9.Nxd5 Qf7 10.c4 c6 11.Ne3 d5 12.cxd5 cxd5 13.Qb3 Be6 14.Bd2 Nc6 15.Bb5 Bd6 16.0-0 0-0 17.Bxc6 bxc6 18.f3 Qh5 19.Ng4 Bxg4 1-0,Kemeny J.- Henry Smythe Jr,November 1901.
More impressive is Kemeny his win against the great Mlotkowski:  Kemeny,Emil - Mlotkowski,Stasch [C40]
USA-07.Congress St Louis (1), 1904
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.d4 fxe4 4.Nxe5 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nc4 Be7 7.Ne3 0-0 8.d5 Qe8 9.Qd4 Qg6 10.Bd2 Nbd7 11.0-0-0 Ne5 12.Be2 Bd7 13.f3 exf3 14.gxf3 Nh5 15.Rhg1 Qf7 16.Ng4 Bxg4 17.fxg4 Nf4 18.Bxf4 Qxf4+ 19.Qxf4 Rxf4 20.Rdf1 Raf8 21.Rxf4 Rxf4 22.g5 g6 23.Kd2 Rf2 24.Ke3 Rxh2 25.Ne4 Kg7 26.c4 Rh3+ 27.Kd4 c5+ 28.dxc6 Nxc6+ 29.Kd5 Nb4+ 30.Ke6 Re3 31.Bf3 Rxf3 32.Kxe7 Re3 33.Rg4 h6 34.gxh6+ Kxh6 35.Kxd6 Nxa2 36.Nc5 Kh5 37.Rg2 b6 38.Ne6 Re4 39.Kd5 Rg4 40.Rh2+ Rh4 41.Nf4+ Kg5 42.Rxh4 Kxh4 43.Nxg6+ Kg4 44.Ne7 Nb4+ 45.Kd6 Kf3 46.Nc6 Nxc6 47.Kxc6 Ke4 48.b4 a5 49.bxa5 bxa5 50.Kb5 Ke5 51.Kxa5 Kd6 52.Kb6 Kd7 53.c5 1-0,blach should have played 46…Nd3 with draw!
Many correspondence chess players are not aware of the name Kemeny but  between January and July 1897, he published correspondence chess games in the Philadelphia Public Ledger.
This beautiful produced McFarland book comes with hundreds of source notes,tournament and match records,crosstables,a bibliography,and openings player,and general indexes that really finishes this impressive work!
Conclusion: Beautiful work!

Winning with the Najdorf Sicilian
An Uncompromising Repertoire for Black
by Zaven Andriasyan

New in Chess
317 pages
Price € 28,95
ISBN: 978-90-569-1427-1

This repertoire book does not only have a highly instructive value but it is also overloaded with latest theory lines, as for example on the complex Poisoned Pawn variation with  8.Qd2:
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.e5 h6 11.Bh4 dxe5 12.fxe5 Nd5 13.Nxd5 exd5 14.e6 Bxe6 15.Nxe6 fxe6 16.Be2 Be7 17.Bh5+ Kd8 18.Bxe7+ Qxe7 19.0-0 Nd7 20.Rf7 Qc5+ 21.Kh1 Rf8 22.Rxg7 Rc8 23.h3 Rc6 24.Qxh6 Kc8 25.Bg4 Qxc2 26.Re1 Qf2 and black has all the play.
The following line was already analysed by Nunn in his famous book The Complete Najdorf and it still stands today: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Be2 Bg7 12.f5 Bh6 13.Qd3 Qc5 14.fxe6 fxe6 15.Bg4 Nc6 16.Nxe6 Bxe6 17.Bxe6 b5 18.Nd5 Nd4 19.Rb3 Nxe6 20.Qh3 0-0 21.Qxh6 Kh8 22.Nxf6 Ra7 23.Rh3 Qb4+ 24.Ke2 Qc4+ 25.Ke1 Qb4+ 26.c3 Qb1+ 27.Kf2 Qb2+ 28.Kg1 Qb1+ and black keeps the perpetual.
A whole chapter is divided on 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd3 and after Andriasyan this line has many pluses.
In big lines this chapter runs with the repertoire line: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd3 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.f5 Be7 11.Be2 Qa5 12.Bd2 Qc7 13.fxe6 fxe6 14.g4 h6 15.Qh3 0-0 16.g5 hxg5 17.Nxe6 Qc6 18.Rf1 g4 19.Bxg4 Nxg4 20.Rxf8+ and with a absolute equal endgame.
Not very strong is after Andriasyan 8.Nb3 but it gets as all the alternatives a whole chapter.
Included is the English Attack with lines as 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.f3 Be6 9.Qd2 0-0 10.0-0-0 a5 11.Bb5 Na6 12.Qe2 Qb8 13.g4 Rc8 14.Kb1 Nc7 15.Ba4 b5 and black has excellent play.
The author is no fan of 6.g3 because it does not offer white any chances to fight for an advantage.
Conclusion: Andriasyan helps you to win from the book!

Pawn Structure Chess by Andrew Soltis
Batsford Ltd, London
286 pages
Price $21.95
ISBN  978-1-84994-070-2

Andrew Soltis has classifies the major pawn formations of this book into 16 categories, as for example the chapter Chain Reactions where we see a
brilliant game from Duncan Suttles:
Rivera,D - Suttles,Duncan [A42]
US op San Juan, 1965
1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.c4 d6 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Be3 e5 6.d5 Nce7 7.f3 f5 8.c5 Nf6 9.Bb5+ Kf7 10.h3 f4 11.Bf2 g5 12.Nge2 h5 13.cxd6 cxd6 14.Qb3 g4 15.0-0-0 g3 16.Be1 Ng6 17.Ng1 Nh4 18.Bf1 a6 19.Kb1 b5 20.Nge2 Nd7 21.Nc1 Nc5 22.Qc2 Bd7 23.b4 Na4 24.Nb3 Nxc3+ 25.Bxc3 Qb6 26.Na5 Rhc8 27.Qd2 Ra7 28.Bb2 Bf6 29.Rc1 Rxc1+ 30.Bxc1 Bd8 31.Kc2 Rc7+ 32.Kd1 Rc8 33.Nb3 Qa7 34.Bd3 Bb6 35.Re1 Bf2 36.Bf1 Bxe1 37.Qxe1 Qg1 38.Qe2 Bxh3 0-1,yes a odd looking game,but there was a time that Suttles was seen as the new Nimzowitsch.
Interesting are the words from Soltis:If one player can attack on his wing while his opponent can not on his the game usually becomes one sided. This is kindergaten strategy for humans. But not for computers. Gary Kasparov  constructed an enormous chain from f2 to b6 against X3D Fritz in there 2003 match. Spectators in the playing hall began to laugh at the machine’s pointless manoeuvres. Why, they wondered wasn’t it attacking the base of white’s pawn chain? Kasparov methodically attacked the base of black’s chain, created a passed b-pawn and won.
Originally this book from Soltis was published back in 1975 so I am very pleased with this brand new update.
Conclusion: One of those super reads!

Study Chess with Tal by Mikhail Tal & Alexander Koblencs
Batsford Ltd, London
227 pages
Price $23.95
ISBN  978-1-84994-109-9

A other fascinating reprint is this work from the legendary Mikhail Tal and his coach Alexander Koblencs based on there unique training sessions.
The games and explanations in this book make it to one of the best that money can buy.
This book is a new edition of the 1980 classic and pleasantly updated with algebraic notation.
One of my favourite games is Tal,Mihail - Stean,Michael [B96]
Hastings 7374 Hastings (12), 1973
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Nbd7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0-0-0 b5 10.Bxb5 axb5 11.Ndxb5 Qb8 12.e5 Bb7 13.Qe2 dxe5 14.Qc4 Bc5 15.Bxf6 gxf6 16.Rxd7 Be3+ 17.Kb1 Kxd7 18.Rd1+ Bd4 19.fxe5 fxe5 20.Nxd4 exd4 21.Qxd4+ Ke7 22.Qc5+ Kf6 23.Rf1+ Kg6 24.Qe7 f5 25.Qxe6+ Kg7 26.Qe7+ Kg6 27.h4 Ra5 28.h5+ Kxh5 29.Qf7+ Kh4 30.Qf6+ Kg3 31.Qg5+ Kh2 32.Qh4+ Kxg2 33.Rf2+ Kg1 34.Ne2# 1-0,when Tal put this game without annotations, into the weekly magazine 64,he wrote in the introduction, quite frankly am embarrassed about including this game because the variation was patented solely by Vitolins.
Conclusion: A super learning book! 

Chess Results, 1968-1970
A Comprehensive Record with 854 Tournament Crosstables and 161 Match Scores, with Sources by Gino Di Felice

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

436 pages
Price $49.95
ISBN  978-0-7864-7574-2

The chess researcher Gino Di Felic comes in this issue, covering the years 1968-1970 with a impressive record of 854 tournament crosstables and
161 match scores.
Again there is a wealth of chess information which is not only interesting for chess researchers.
Going throw tournament cross tables can be very interesting for example please see the 71st USA Open from Boston 1970 with 307 entries,won by
Bent Larsen before Pal Benko and Robert Byrne.
Some players are completely forgotten as the former Dutch Champion Eduard Cornelis Scholl,who won the 26th Dutch championship before
Zuidema and Langeweg.
Strange enough Hans Ree, Jan Hein Donner en coming man Jan Timman are missing here.
Active players that time where Heikkki Westerinen,Vasily Smyslov,Heinz Schaufelberger,Bruno Parma,Nikola Padevsky,Andre
Lombard,Viktor Korchnoi,Borislav Ivkov,Robert Hartoch and Jan Hein Donner.
Conclusion: Super interesting!  

The King's Gambit by John Shaw
Quality Chess
680 pages
Price €29,95
ISBN 978-1-906552-71-8

The King’s Gambit leads us back to the early 1600 when Gioacchiono Greco gave it a reputation as a bold opening and now a days it is often only used as a surprise weapon,
but there have been players as Alekhine,Keres,Tal,Spassky and Fischer who have scored brilliant victories with it.
This book is not only overloaded with move to move annotations but above all it is Shaw his modern approach to the King’s Gambit which makes this theoretical monster so unique!
For example after the move 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nc3?! a risky move first played by Mason which can lead to great complications.3…Qh4+ Shaw writes: As a matter of principle this is the only move I am interested in.Forcing the king to e2 must benefit black.
4.Ke2 Qe7! Shaw: This looks odd at first ,but makes perfect sense the move one thinks.Korchnoi was also a fan and quoted as saying:’One has to pay credit to the young French player:this move is a novelty,and a strong one!”The only quibble is that my database suggests Alexander Malevinsky played this move first,and even managed to show a beautiful and relevant trick on this debut.
I shall ignore the most common move 4…d5 as there is no need to make a gift of this key pawn break.It seems many black players see the king on e2 and start hyperventilating.
Korchnoi wrote in his book The King’s Gambit after 4.Ke2 d5 Only in this way can black try to bring out the shortcomings of white’s third move.
Shaw is also the first author who pays some attention,one model game to the so called Wagenbach Variation and well with the game Martin Mueller Alves – Joop Simmelink email 2007, 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 h5 4.d4 g5 5.h4 g4 6.Ne5 d6 7.Nd3 Be7 8.Bxf4 Bxh4+ 9.g3 Bf6 10.e5 Be7 11.Nc3 Nc6 12.Qd2 Nxd4 13.0-0-0 Ne6 14.exd6 cxd6 15.Nd5 h4 16.Kb1 Nf6 17.Nxe7 Qxe7 18.Re1 Rg8 19.Rxh4 1-0.
After Shaw black has to go for 7…f3.
Extremly analysed by Stefan Bücker is the line:
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5 Nf6 6.Bc4 d5 7.exd5 Bg7 8.d4 Nh5 9.Bxf4 Nxf4 10.0-0 Bxe5 11.dxe5 Ng6 12.e6 Qxh4 13.exf7+ Kd8 14.Qd4 Rf8 15.Nc3 Nd7 16.d6 cxd6 17.Rad1 g3 18.Qxh4+ Nxh4 19.Rxd6 Ng6 20.Ne4 Kc7 and Shaw writes:Perheps it will end up level,but white is the one who has to be more careful.
No better is after Shaw: 9.0-0 0-0 10.Nxg4 Qxh4 11.Nh2 Bf5 12.Nf3 Qg4 13.Ne5 Qxd1 14.Rxd1 Bxc2 15.Re1 and white has good compensation.
Conclusion: A superb read on the King’s Gambit!

Kotronias on the King's Indian Fianchetto Systems by Vassilios Kotronias
Quality Chess
720 pages
Price €29,99
ISBN 978-1-906552-50-3

Grandmaster Vassilios Kotronias in this first volume of the series a impressive repertoire book for black on the King’s Indian where
white goes for a early g2-g3.
I have two other repertoire books on the King’s Indian well from David Vigorito and Viktor Bologan but I already can say those works
can not stand-up against this heavy weight from Kotronias.
First of all Kotronias really digs and if you like to memorize it all than you are standing for a nearly impossible task but if you like to win
from the book than this work is the perfect choice for you,not only for the more ambitious chess player but also the modern correspondence
chess player  with his fast computer could have a lot of advantage of this heavy loaded work.
Kotronias has the courage to handle in this repertoire book the Kasparov Variation: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nf3 d6
6.Nc3 Nbd7 7.0-0 e5 8.e4 c6 9.h3 Qb6,Kasparov gave new life to life to this move,but it received great popularity after the Botvinnik – Tal match.
The Greece grandmaster does not fear to do in some lines to move 30 or more and the new ideas in this book are uncountable.
For example a new idea is the move 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nf3 d6 6.Nc3 Nbd7 7.0-0 e5 8.e4 c6 9.h3 Qb6
10.d5 Nc5 11.Qe2 Qa6 12.dxc6 Be6!
And after 13.cxb7 Bxc4 14.Qe3 Qxb7 15.Rd1 Qb6 16.b3 Ba6 17.Ba3 Rac8 18.Rac1 Qa5 we reach a even game.
A super idea is the move: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nf3 d6 6.Nc3 Nbd7 7.0-0 e5 8.e4 c6 9.h3 Qb6
10.Re1 exd4 11.Nxd4 Re8 12.Nc2 Qa5!?
The black player does not have to fear sidelines in this book, nearly every serious  possibility is well covered with readable
 text and a lot of instructive explanations.
Conclusion: A very impressive reference work on the King’s Indian Defence!

Playing the Trompowsky by Richard Pert
Quality Chess
264 pages
Price €24,99
ISBN 978-1-907982-75-0

The Tromp is an ideal weapon for club and grandmaster players who like to swap black away with a quick attack.
Richard Pert comes with a collection of interesting repertoire lines based on well thought lines as 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 e6 3.e4 h6 4.Bxf6 Qxf6 5.c3!?
Pert writes: I plan to base our repertoire on this pawn move.It is not as common as 5.Nc3 or 5.Nf3,but it is my favourite. White sets about a simple plan of playing Bd3,Ne2,0-0 and f2-f4,grabing space on the king’s side.Black ofthen find his queen misplaced in these variations as it is a target for white’s advancing pawns,and so he has to take yet more time out to move the queen back to d8,giving us even bigger lead in development.
Interesting to mention is chapter four with the line 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 3.d5 Qb6
This is black’s most popular response and Dembo’s recommendation in Fighting the Anti-King’s Indians and Pert explains-I’ve got some really good ideas in this line so it’s one to look forward to playing.
With 4.Nc3 we reach the Vaganian Gambit and black is nearly forced to take the pawn on b2.
After 5.Bd2 Qb6 6.e4 d6 7.f4 e6 8.Rb1 Qc7 9.Nf3 a6 10.dxe6 fxe6 11.e5 dxe5 12.fxe5 Ng4 13.Bd3 Nxe5 14.Be4 Nbd7 15.0-0 Nf7 16.Ng5 Nf6 17.Bf4 e5 18.Nd5 Qd7 19.Nxf7 and white is winning,Moskalenko – Erdogdu,Ankara 2010.
For all beginners it is not possible to trap the bishop with 1.d4 f5 2.Bg5 h6 3.Bh4 g5 because of the move 4.e4! after 4..Nf6 5.e5 e6 6.Bg3 f4 7.Bd3! This highly interesting and rarely played move is a idea of Nick Pert!
After 7…fxg3?! 8.hxg3 Nd5? 9.Bg6+ Ke7 10.Qf3!+ and white is winning.
Conclusion: A super repertoire book!

                                                                                                                                    Chess DVD's

Training / Endgame
First steps in endgames
by Andrew Martin
Price Euro 27.90
Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

If you like to improve you chess skills, than study endgames specially with this DVD from Andrew Martin, who explains in a very understandable way the
first basic principles and more from endings.
Essential endgame knowledge is a must and Andrew Martin learns you as no other to use the power of the king, having sat out the whole game behind the
pawn bastions the king now becomes an active, attacking piece and tries to participate in the struggle with all its might.
Running time is 3 hours and 12 minutes.
Conclusion: Highly recommended to all starters of chess!

Training / Opening / Friztrainer
The Reti, a flexible attacking opening
by Alejandro Ramirez
Price Euro 27.90
Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez handles handles in a impressive four hours the secrets and strategies of the hypermodern Reti,as we can learn from Ramieres
there are many ways to handle it, as throw the Catalan 1.d4 d4 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.c4 or a Reverse Benoni 1.c4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.b3 c5
4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 Nf6 6.0-0.
Against the King's Indian Ramirez prefers the move from Sokolski as we can see in the following game : Akopian,Vl (2697) - Bykov,Alexe1 (2346) [A15]
1st Grand Europe Open Golden Sands BUL (4.22), 07.06.2012
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.b4 Bg7 4.Bb2 0-0 5.g3 d6 6.Bg2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.b5 Ne7 9.d3 Nh5 10.Nc3 f5 11.Qb3 Kh8 12.c5 h6 13.cxd6 cxd6
14.Rac1 g5 15.Ba3 Rf6 16.Nd2 Bf8 17.Nc4 Ng7 18.Qa4 Ne8 19.Rc2 h5 20.Rfc1 Rh6 21.Nd5 Nxd5 22.Bxd5 Nf6 23.Bg2 Rh7
24.Nxd6 Bxd6 25.Bxd6 Qxd6 26.Rxc8+ Rxc8 27.Rxc8+ Kg7 28.Bxb7 Qb6 29.Qa6 1-0.
The young author is a specialist on the Reti as we can see in the following game: Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro (2594) - Kaidanov,G (2569) [A13]
Saint Louis Invitational Saint Louis USA (4), 06.03.2011
1.c4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.b3 Nf6 4.g3 c5 5.Bg2 Nc6 6.0-0 d4 7.e3 Be7 8.exd4 cxd4 9.d3 0-0 10.Na3 e5 11.Nc2 Bf5 12.Re1 Qc7 13.b4 e4
14.Bf4 Qd8 15.dxe4 Bxe4 16.b5 Na5 17.Nfxd4 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 Nxc4 19.Qf3 Bd6 20.Nf5 Bxf4 21.Qxf4 Qd5+ 22.Kg1 Rae8
23.Ne7+ Rxe7 24.Rxe7 Qxb5 25.Nd4 Qb2 26.Ree1 Nd5 27.Qg4 Nd2 28.Nf5 g6 29.Rad1 Qc3 30.Re2 Nf6 31.Ne7+ Kg7 32.Qf4 Nc4 33.Rc1 1-0
A lot of material comes from the year 2012 and that makes it all very up to date.
Conclusion: Very instructive!

Chess Prodigies Uncovered: Sergey Karjakin
by Lorin D'Costa
Price Euro 27.90
Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

Sergey Karjakin became in 2002 the world’s youngest ever grandmaster aged just 12 years old.
To open the files on this DVD or download: Please download and install the free ChessBase Reader 12 software. The program offers you the standard pathway for saving it. Click on “Next” in order to finish the installation of the program.
Please click on the ChessBase Reader icon on your desktop.
In order to look at the videos, the Fritztrainer must be unlocked and activated: In the ribbon menu please click “Activate”. You will then be asked to enter the activation code which is printed on the cover of the DVD packaging.
In addition, you have to enter the security code from the green graphics. A click on “OK” will unlock the videos. While you are doing this unlocking you must have an active internet connection.
After doing this all in a smoothly way it is easy to activate Sergey Karjakin his DVD.
I found 26 smashing games and 6 exercises to see if you have learn from Karjakin his well explained games.
The following win from Karjakin says more than 1000 words: Karjakin,Sergey (2591) - Kramnik,Vladimir (2770) [C67]
Dortmund-B playoff Dortmund (5), 27.07.2004
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Ne7 10.h3 Ng6 11.Ne4 h6 12.b3 Ke8 13.Bb2 a5 14.a4 Nf4 15.Rfe1 Bb4 16.c3 Be7 17.Rad1 Ne6 18.c4 Bb4 19.Re3 Bd7 20.Nh4 Rd8 21.Nf5 Bc8 22.Rxd8+ Kxd8 23.Rd3+ Ke8 24.g4 Bf8 25.Bc1 b6 26.Nfg3 c5 27.Be3 Bb7 28.f4 h5 29.f5 h4 30.fxe6 hxg3 31.exf7+ Kxf7 32.Ng5+ Ke8 33.Bf4 Be7 34.Rxg3 Bxg5 35.Bxg5 Kd7 36.e6+ Kxe6 37.Re3+ Kf7 38.Re7+ Kg6 39.h4 Bf3 40.Rxc7 Re8 41.Kf2 Bxg4 42.Rc6+ Kf5 43.Rxb6 Re2+ 44.Kg3 Rc2 45.Rb5 Rc3+ 46.Kf2 Bd1 47.Rxa5 Bxb3 48.Rxc5+ Ke4 49.a5 Rxc4 50.Rb5 Rc2+ 51.Ke1 Bc4 52.Rb7 Ra2 53.Ra7 g6 54.Kd1 Kd3 55.Rd7+ Ke4 56.Bd8 Ra3 57.Kc2 Bd5 58.Rd6 Kd4 59.Bb6+ Ke5 60.Rd8 Ra4 61.Rh8 Ke4 62.Rh6 Kf5 63.Kc3 Rc4+ 64.Kd3 Ra4 65.Rh8 Bg2 66.Rf8+ Kg4 67.Bd8 Be4+ 68.Kc3 Bd5 69.Rf6 Kh5 70.Rd6 Bb7 71.Kb3 Ra1 72.Kb4 Rb1+ 73.Kc5 Ra1 74.Kb6 Bc8 75.Ka7 Rb1 76.Rb6 Ra1 77.Rb5+ Bf5 78.a6 Kg4 79.Rb6 Rd1 80.Bg5 Be4 81.Kb8 Rf1 82.Bf6 Re1 83.a7 Bf3 84.Bd8 Ra1 85.Rxg6+ Kh5 86.Rg5+ Kh6 87.Rb5 Kg6 88.Rb7 Rd1 89.Bb6 Bxb7 90.Kxb7 1-0,and great explained!
Video running time: 5 hours
Conclusion: Great stuff!

The French Defence. 3.Nd2: a complete repertoire for White
by Sergei Tiviakov
Price Euro 27.90
Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard 

Grandmaster Sergei Tiviakov provides the user of this DVD with a well thought made  repertoire line for white on the Tarrasch Variation 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2, a opening that is known for his advantageous piece variations.
Tiviakov’s material on this DVD is impressive,all packed with a lot of move to move explanations.
Sergei Tiviakov comes with a interesting selection of repertoire lines as for example after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6
7.Ne2 cxd4 8.cxd4 Qb6 9.Nf3 f6 10.exf6 Nxf6 11.0-0 Bd6 and Tiviakov even offers the user choice out of various  possibilities.
Included are seldom played side lines as  3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7?!
This all is eye catching packed in the latest ChessBase Reader, which is free available!
Running time is over 5 hours!
Conclusion: Superb! 

ChessBase Magazine issue 155
ISSN 1432-8992
Price Euro 19.95

The tournament file on this DVD is good for 469 en where a small 37 of them carry excellent annotations.
As for example the game between Murshed and Tiviakov: Murshed,Niaz (2479) - Tiviakov,Sergei (2644) [E17]
Petaling Jaya Nazrin Shah Petaling Jaya (10), 21.06.2013
This game from the 10th round of the tournament in Kuala Lumpur was my best at the tournament. Although leading, half a point ahead of T. Luther, before the last 2 rounds, still I couldn't be sure to win the tournament because of the stronger opponents in the end. So I had to play for a win in both of the last games incl. the current game against Niaz Murshed whom I have known since the Indian and Bangladesh tournaments in 1993-1998.
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Nowadays this move in the Queen's Indian Defence is extremely popular. 4...Bb7 Besides this classical normal move I can also play 4...¥b4, 4...¥e7 or 4...c6.
5.Bg2 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.d5 [After 7.Nc3 I would have also played 7...Na6 since it is the only way for Black to play for a win. 7...¤e4 allows White to make a draw without any problem if he wants. But the text move came as a surprise for me since it had never been seen in the previous games of my opponent. Nevertheless Black has always to be prepared against such a dangerous move as this. Previously in my career I had suffered several defeats in the main lines of the variation with 7.d5, so nowadays I am always ready!] 7...Na6 [7...exd5 is the main continuation, but taking the pawn is risky. It is necessary to remember a lot of sharp variations and even with correct play Black cannot win. So the text move is much more safe! The development of the knight to a6 is my trademark and I use it in my lines of the Catalan and Queen's Indian Defence for more than 20 years. Recently a DVD by A. Martin has appeared - A waiting Game in the Queen's Indian 7...Na6 - you can buy it here -
So, I repeat, I couldn't have played anything else!] 8.Nc3?! [Played without much thinking, although it seemed to me, that Niaz was not prepared for the move 7...¤a6. And it turns out to be that the normal developing move 8.¤c3 is not an accurate one. Other playable moves for White are 8.Ne5 8.¤d4, 8.¤h4 and 8.¤e1.] 8...Bb4! Of course! Now the game transposes into one of the main variations of my line with 7...¤a6, usually seen after 7.¤c3 ¤a6 8.d5 ¥b4.
9.Bd2 [Played to avoid doubling of the pawns on c3. Other moves for White are - 9.Ne5 9.¤d4, 9.¤h4, 9.¥g5 and 9.¤g5.] 9...Nc5 After this move White is no longer able to support his advanced pawn d5 by the move e2-e4. And being under attack, White sooner or later starts having problems defending it. If White exchanges on e6, then also he must think about equality.
10.Ne1 [Besides the text move White has lot of other options, but everywhere White needs to fight for equality. I had won most of my games in this position, allowing only 1 draw. 10.Nh4 Re8 11.Rc1 (11.Re1 a5 12.a3 Bxc3 13.Bxc3 exd5 14.cxd5 Nce4 15.Bxe4 Nxe4 16.Rc1 Qg5 17.Qd4 Nf6 18.d6 c5 19.Qf4 Qxf4 20.gxf4 Re6 21.Rcd1 Nd5 22.Be5 f6 23.e4 fxe5 24.exd5 Rxd6 25.Rxe5 Rf8 26.f5 Rh6-+) 11...a5 12.Re1 (12.a3 Bxc3 13.Bxc3 a4 14.Re1 d6 15.e4 e5 16.f3 Ba6 17.Bf1 Bc8 18.Rc2 Bd7 19.Rf2 Rc8 20.Qc2 c6 21.dxc6 Rxc6 22.Ng2 Qb8 ½-½ Gyimesi,Z-Tiviakov,S/Vlissingen 2002 (22)) 12...d6 13.Qc2 exd5 14.Nxd5 Nxd5 15.cxd5 Re5 16.e4 c6 17.Bxb4 axb4 18.Nf3 Re8 19.dxc6 Bxc6 20.e5 dxe5 21.Ng5 e4 22.Nxe4 Qe7 23.Nd2 Qxe1+ 24.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 25.Nf1 Bxg2 26.Kxg2 Re4 27.Qd2 h6 28.b3 Re6 29.f3 Ra7 30.Kh3 Kh7 31.Ne3 Rd7 32.Qc2+ g6 33.Nc4 Rd5 34.f4 Nd3 35.Ne5 Nxe5 36.fxe5 Rdxe5 37.Qf2 Rf5 38.Qd2 Re4 39.Qd3 Rh5+ 40.Kg2 Rhe5 41.Qd6 Re6 42.Qd7 Kg7 43.Kf3 Re3+ 44.Kf2 Re2+ 45.Kf3 Rxh2 46.Qd4+ Rf6+ 0-1 Van Wely,L-Tiviakov,S/Gausdal (Norway) 1992 (46)] 10...Re8 11.dxe6N [The exchange on e6 is new. Previously White was trying to defend the pawn on d5. The most famous example is my game against Razuvaev from 1993, which I believe to be my best game ever. In the current game I was hoping to repeat that game, unfortunately, my opponent deviated earlier. After 11.Nc2 Bxc3 12.Bxc3 exd5 13.cxd5 Nce4 14.Ne3 (14.Qd3 Nxc3 15.bxc3 c6 16.d6 Re6 17.Bh3 Re5 18.c4 Qe8 19.Rfe1 Rh5 20.Bg2 Qe6 21.Ne3 Re8 22.a4 Ba6 23.Bf3 Rc5 24.Rec1 Qe5 25.a5 b5 26.cxb5 Bxb5 27.Qa3 Rxc1+ 28.Rxc1 a6 29.Nc4 Qf5 30.Ne3 Qe6 31.Rd1 g6 32.Nc2 Qc4 33.Nd4 Ba4 34.Ra1 Qxd4 35.Qxa4 Qxd6 36.Qc4 Qe5 37.Ra3 Ra8 38.Qb4 Rb8 39.Qd2 Kg7 40.e3 Rb2 41.Qd4 Qxd4 42.exd4 Ne8 43.d5 c5 44.Re3 Kf8 45.Be2 Ra2 46.Bxa6 Nd6 47.Be2 Rxa5 48.Bg4 f5 49.Bf3 Ra1+ 50.Kg2 c4 51.Rc3 Kf7 52.Be2 Ra5 53.Rc2 Rc5 54.f4 c3 55.Kf2 Ne4+ 56.Ke3 Ke7 57.Bf3 Nd2 58.Bg2 Kd6 59.Kd3 Nb1 60.h4 h5 61.Bh1 Rb5 62.Kd4 Rb2 63.Kd3 Kc5 64.Rxb2 cxb2 65.Kc2 Nc3 66.Kxb2 Ne2 67.Bf3 Nxg3 68.Kc3 Ne4+ 69.Kd3 Nf6 70.d6 Nd5 0-1 Agopov,M-Tiviakov,S/Gausdal 2000 (70)) 14...Nxc3 15.bxc3 Rxe3!!³ Black makes a positional exchange sacrifice, getting the better position. 16.fxe3 d6 17.Qd4 Nd7 (17...Qe7 18.Rf4 Re8 19.e4 Nd7 20.Raf1 Ne5 21.Qa4 a5 22.Qb5 Bc8 23.c4 Bd7 24.Qb3 h6 25.R4f2 Ra8 26.Qc3 a4 27.Rb1 Ra5 28.Qd4 Rc5 29.Rb4 Qg5 30.Rf1 h5 31.Qf2 Qd2 32.Qe1 Qxa2 0-1 Samarin,I-Chernyshov,K/Briansk 1995/EXT 1998 (32)) 18.Rf4 Qe7 19.Raf1 Ne5 20.Be4 Rf8 21.Bd3 Bc8 22.Qe4 g6 23.Rf6 Kg7 24.c4 Bd7 25.h4 Qxf6 26.Rxf6 Kxf6 27.Qd4 Re8 28.Kf2 Kg7 29.Ke1 f6 30.Kd2 Ng4 31.e4 Ne5 32.Qc3 Re7 33.Qa3 a5 34.Qb2 Nf7 35.Bc2 Re5 36.Qa3 Kf8 37.Ba4 Bg4 38.Qd3 Ke7 39.c5 dxc5 40.Qb5 Nd6 41.Qc6 Kd8 42.Bc2 Bc8 43.Qa8 g5 44.Qc6 gxh4 45.gxh4 Rh5 46.e5 fxe5 47.Qa4 e4 48.Qb3 Bb7 49.Qc3 Bxd5 50.Qf6+ Kd7 51.a4 Kc6 52.Qe7 Kb7 53.Kc3 Bc6 54.Kb2 c4 55.Kc3 Nc8 56.Qf6 Rc5 57.Qh6 Ne7 58.Qxh7 Nd5+ 59.Kd4 c3 60.Bxe4 Nb4 61.Bg6 Bxa4 62.h5 c2 63.Bxc2 Bxc2 64.Qf7 a4 65.h6 a3 0-1 Razuvaev,Y-Tiviakov,S/Rostov on Don (Russia) 1993 (65);
11.Rc1 exd5 12.cxd5 Qe7 13.Nc2 Bxc3 14.Bxc3 Qxe2 15.Bxf6 gxf6 16.Ne3 Qxd1 17.Rfxd1 a5 18.Rc4 d6 19.Rh4 Bc8 20.Rdd4 Bd7 21.Bf3 Re5 22.Bd1 Kg7 23.Bc2 h6 24.Rdf4 Rh8 25.Rf3 h5 26.Rhf4 Rh6 27.b3 Bg4 28.Nxg4 hxg4 29.Rxg4+ Kf8 30.Rd4 Re2 31.Rc3 Rh5 32.a3 Rhe5 33.b4 axb4 34.axb4 Ne4 35.Bxe4 R5xe4 36.Rdd3 Rxb4 37.Rxc7 b5 38.Rd7 Rb1+ 39.Kg2 b4 40.Rxd6 b3 41.Rxf6 b2 42.Rb6 Rc1 43.d6 1-0 Bacrot,E-Pelletier,Y/Bermuda 1999/CBM 069 (43);
11.a3 Bxc3 12.Bxc3 exd5 13.cxd5 Nce4³] 11...dxe6!? [11...Rxe6= was also possible as well.] 12.Bxb7 Nxb7 Although the pawn structure is symmetrical in this position, the game is far away from the draw. Precise play by White is required to equalise completely.
13.Nd3 [After 13.a3 Bxc3 14.Bxc3 Nd6³ Black is slightly better attacking the c4-pawn.] 13...a5 [13...c5!? deserved serious attention as well.] 14.Qc2 [White cannot play 14.a3 immediately since after 14...Bxc3 15.Bxc3 a4³ the pawn on c4 will become weak.(or 15...Ne4!? first, and only them a4) ] 14...e5 [White slowly but surely is finishing the development of his pieces. So Black is trying to get some space in the centre by playing e6-e5. After 14...Nd6 15.Ne5 (15.a3 Bxc3 16.Bxc3=) 15...Bxc3 16.Bxc3 Nfe4 17.f3 Nxc3 18.Qxc3= White should achieve full equality.] 15.a3?! [And again in this game a normal natural move becomes a mistake. Playing a2-a3, forcing Black to exchange on c3, White loses a very important tempo allowing Black to regroup his pieces and achieve a desirable setup. 15.Rfd1 was necessary, when after 15...Bd6 a) 15...Qe7 16.Nxb4 axb4 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.cxd5²; b) 15...Qd7 16.Nxb4 (16.Bg5=) 16...axb4 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.cxd5²; 16.Bg5 h6 17.Bxf6 Qxf6= the position is equal.] 15...Bxc3 16.Bxc3 Nd7 Now Black has a small plus, later putting the pawn on c5, taking advantage of the misplaced position of the ¤d3 which should stand on e3 or c3, planning to occupy the square d5. But to carry out such transfer is a very difficult task for White.
17.b4 [Playing ¹17.Rfd1 first White could have forced the black queen to occupy the e7-square. In the game Black managed to put the queen on the better square c7. 17...Qe7 18.b4 c5 etc] 17...c5! 18.Rfd1 Qc7 19.bxa5 [White doesn't feel the dangers of his position... Playing 19.b5 Nd6 20.Ne1= with idea ¤e1-g2-e3, White could have hoped to equalise the position.] 19...bxa5! [A very strong move, showing deep positional understanding. After 19...Nxa5 20.Bxa5 Rxa5= White would have an easy task defending his weaknesses on a3 and c4.] 20.Nb2 [After 20.Rab1 Nd6 21.Nb2 Nb6 22.Qd3 Nb7³ we get a similar type of the position to that in the game, where Black's pair of knights dominate the opposite ¥+¤. The knights on b7 and b6 are situated perfectly, covering all the penetration squares in the black position. This is a very rare example of the domination of the pair of knights!] 20...Nb6 21.Rd2 Qc6 [Maybe not the most accurate move, missing the next move and plan of the opponent. 21...e4!? looks the most promising for Black, although in the game I wanted to keep the pawn on e5 for a while, keeping the control over the d4-square and limiting the activity of the white bishop. 22.Rdd1³ .¥c3-d2-e3, .¥c3-d2-f4;
21...a4 22.Qe4 Re6 23.Rad1 Nd6 24.Qf3 f6 25.h4³ with slightly better position for Black also deserved attention.] 22.Qb3! [A very good defensive resource found by my opponent. After 22.Rad1 e4 23.e3 a4µ we again see the complete domination of Black! All the squares highlighted in green are being controlled by Black's pieces. White pieces are locked entirely to the last ranks in his half of the board.] 22...a4 [It is tempting to try to prevent White from playing £b3-b5, unfortunately Black cannot make it work. 22...Nd6 23.Rad1 Ne4 24.Rd3 a4 25.Qb5 Qxb5 26.cxb5 c4 27.Re3= and White is OK.;
or 22...e4 23.Qb5 Qe6 24.e3 a4 25.Rb1 f6 26.Nd1 Nxc4 27.Qxb7 Nxd2 28.Bxd2÷ with an unclear position. ] 23.Qb5 Qxb5 [Probably, it was better to play 23...Rac8!? 24.Qxc6 Rxc6³ , followed by f6, ¢g8-f7-e6, ¤d6, ×c4 with advantage.] 24.cxb5 f6 [After 24...e4!? White plays 25.Rdd1³ followed by ¥c3-d2-e3, creating counterplay attacking the pawn on c5. During the game already at that moment I had a plan to put the rook on e6, king on e7 and play ¤d6 to attack the pawn b5, which I had thought would be winning... Unfortunately, the game is far from over and White has defensive resources.] 25.e4 [After 25.Kg2 Red8 26.Rxd8+ Rxd8³ Black brings his king into the centre with advantage.] 25...Kf7 26.Rad1 Re6 27.Kg2 Ke7 28.Nc4? [Also my opponent obviously thought he had a lost position, so he made a desperate attempt to save the game by complicating matters. But the analysis engine keeps a cool head and saves the game for White after the simple 28.Rc2 Nd6 (28...Rd6 29.Rdc1 .¥c3-d2-e3; 28...Nc8 29.Nc4=) 29.Bd2 Nd7 (29...Nxe4 30.Be3=) 30.Be3= and it is not clear how Black can make any progress. After the text move White is in serious trouble.] 28...Nxc4 29.Rd7+ Ke8 30.Rxb7 [Or 30.Rxg7 Rd8 31.Rg8+ Ke7 32.Rg7+ Kf8 33.Rxd8+ Nxd8 34.Rc7 Nd6-+ with an easy win for Black] 30...Re7 31.Rxe7+ Kxe7 White has 2 weak pawns: a3 and b5 and cannot defend both of them.
32.Rd5 [32.Ra1 Rb8-+ loses as well.] 32...Rc8 33.Bd2? [33.Be1 would be a much more stubborn defence, but White should lose after 33...Nxa3 (or 33...Ke6 34.Rd3 Nd6 35.Rc3 Nxe4 36.Rc4 Nd6 37.Rxa4 Nxb5 38.Ra6+ Kd5 39.a4 Nd6µ) 34.b6 Ke6 35.Ba5 Nc4 36.b7 Rb8 37.Rxc5 Nd6 38.Rc6 Rxb7 39.Ra6 Kd7 40.Bb6 Nxe4 41.Rxa4 Nd6µ] 33...Rd8 34.Rxd8 Kxd8 35.Be3?! [35.Bc1 Kc7 36.Kf3 Nd6 37.Ke3 Kb6 38.Kd3 Kxb5-+ was better, but Black should win without any problems.] 35...Nxa3 36.b6 And not waiting for my reply, White resigned. 0-1.
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The opening files handle: English A31: 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 d5 by Tibor Karolyi,Modern Defence A42: 1,d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.e4 e5 by Arkadij Rotstein,
Sicilian Defence B30:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Na5!? By Leonid Kritz,Sicilian B76:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.g4 Be6 10.Nxe6 fxe6 by Krisztian Szabo, French C07:1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Ngf3 cxd4 6.Bc4 by Istvan Almasi,Italian C54:1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 BC5 4.C3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.e5 d5 7.Be2 by Evgeny Postny,Queen’s Gambit Accepted D22:1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 a6 4.e3 b5 by Alexey Kuzmin,Queen’s Gambit D37: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.Bf4 dxc4 by Mhail Marin,Grünfeld Defence D76:1.d4 nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Nf3 Nb6 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.e3 0-0 9.0-0 Re8 by Igor Stohl, ,Grünfeld Defence D79: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 c6 4.Bg2 d5 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.cxd5 cxd5 by Michal Krasenkow, ,Grünfeld Defence D94: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.e3 0-0 6.Be2 c5 7.dxc5 by Andrey Sumets,and at last King’s Indian E87:1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 e5 7.d5 Nh5 8.Qd2 Qh4 by Boris Schipkov.
Other columns are Opening Videos with the Queen’s Gambit Exchange by Mihail Marin and Robert Ris digs in the Bird variation of the Ruy Lopez.
Other DVD columns are King:Move by Move,Reeh: Tactics,Müller:Endgames,Rogozenko Strategy and Knaak: Opening Traps.
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