Latest book reviews of 1 December  2013

Wilhelminalaan 33 


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John Elburg

                                 Chess Books & Magazine's

A Cunning Chess Opening Repertoire for White by Graham Burgess
Gambit Publications Ltd
256 pages

Price €14,99
ISBN 978-1-906454-63-0

The well known Graham Burgess, comes here in this latest Gambit Book, with a well thought move to move repertoire book based on the lines
of The Queen’s Gambit: 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 c5 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.a3 Nc6 9.Qc2 Qa5 10.Rd1 Be7 11.Be2 dxc4
12.Bxc4 e5 13.Bg3 Bg4 14.0-0 Rac8 15.Nd5 b5 16.Ng5 e4 17.Nxf6+ gxf6 18.Bxf7+ Kg7 19.Qxe4 fxg5,Torre Attack: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5
and Counter Fianchetto lines as 1.d4 Nf6 3.Nf3 g6 3.g3.
Richard Palliser once described the move 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.0-0 d6 6.a4!?
as  a sneaky little move, and Burgess analyses this all in great detail!
But this book from Burgess holds more interesting repertoire moves as for example against the Grünfeld: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2
0-0 5.0-0 d5 6.c4 c6 7.Qb3 Qb6 8.Nc3 Bf5 9.Ne5 e6 10.h3!? The main line runs with 10.Bf4 but Burgess does not think that white can claim
here much advantage.
After:10… Qxb3 11.axb3 Nfd7 12.Nf3 h6 13.g4 Bc2 14.Ra3 g5 15.Be3 Na6 16.Rfa1 and Burgess writes: And white  retains chances of
creating pressure in pretty much all sectors of the board,though black’s position also remains quite healthy. It would be nice to have some
practical examples in this line,but this means there is greater scope for over the board creativity. Included are various repertoire lines
against the Dutch,Anti Benoni and more.
Conclusion: Graham Burgess offers the reader here a life time repertoire! 

The Ultimate Anti-Grünfeld
A Sämisch Repertoire
by Dmitry Svetushkin

232 pages
Price €23,95
ISBN 978-954-8782-94-4

Grandmaster Dmitry Svetushkin provides the reader with a repertoire book on the line 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3,leaving black after 3…d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4
with empty hands because there is no knight on c3 to exchange.
A example from Svetushkin is: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nb6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.Be3 0-0 8.Qd2 e5 9.d5 c6 10.Rd1 cxd5
11.exd5 Na6 12.h4 h5 13.Nh3 Nc4 14.Bxc4 Qxh4+ 15.Nf2 Qxc4 16.g4 f5 17.b3 Qb4 18.Nd3 Qd6 19.gxh5 f4 20.Bg1 and
white is ruling the board.
As we can learn from Dmitry Svetushkin delaying the development of the queen’s knight can give white quite some advantages, ant that is
probably the reason that Nimzowitsch played it against Tartakower at the famous Karlsbad 1929 tournament but black simply ignored it by
following a classical King’s Indian development.
Probably the best way to handle 3.f3 is to go for a King’s Indian set-up, but these lines are all very well covered in this interesting read from
 Svetushkin,as we can see In the Classical Main Line where Svetushkin goes for the practical unknown 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6
3.f3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nc3 0-0 6.Be3 e5 7.Nge2 c6 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.d5 cxd5 10.cxd5 a6 11.g4 h5 12.g5 Nh7 13.Nc1!
This move has two advantages, the h2 pawn remains protected and the f3 pawn from e2 after After 13…. f6
14.gxf6 Bxf6 15.Be2 Bg5 16.Rg1 Bxe3 17.Qxe3 Kg7 18.Nd3 b5 19.Kd2 Ndf6 20.Raf1 Qe7 21.a3 Qa7 22.Qxa7+ Rxa7 23.f4 and white has a superior position.
The 3.f3 system is in specially at high level chess and going throw this book you will see it lays all in the delaying of the white knight on c3.
All other Sämisch alternatives as the Byrne and Main Line Panno are deeply covered.
Conclusion: A very dangerous repertoire book!

The Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Move by Move
by Cyrus Lakdawala

Everyman Chess
416  pages
Price € 24,95
ISBN 978-1-78194-112-6

This impressive 416 page study of the Nimzowitsch Larsen Attack,is mainly divided into two heavy loaded chapters, first all 1.b3 e5 lines and 1.b3 and everything else.
This all is instructively explained at the hand of  a small 60 games.
Lakdawala writes: In the 1920s and 30s,Aaron Nimzowitsch scored over 80% with 1.b3,and 1.Nf3,b3.Surprisingly,je played the latter 1.nf3 move far more than the purist 1.b3 version.
He mostly got reversed Nimzo-Indian positions, as examined in Chapter five, which he understood more deeply than virtually all his opponents.
Nimzowitsch his greatest performance was Carlsbad 1929 and he wrote later a booklet about it but did not publish  the following game in it: Nimzowitsch,Aaron - Saemisch,Fritz [A06]
Karlsbad (15), 18.08.1929
1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 c5 3.e3 Nc6 4.Bb5 Bd7 5.Nf3 Qc7 6.0-0 Nf6 7.d3 e6 8.Nbd2 Be7 9.Bxc6 Bxc6 10.Ne5 0-0 11.f4 Be8 12.Rf3 Nd7 13.Rg3 g6 14.Qg4 Bf6 15.Ndf3 Bg7 16.Rh3 f5 17.Qh4 Nf6 18.Ng5 h5 19.Nxe6 Qe7 20.Nxg7 Qxg7 21.Rg3 Ng4 22.Qg5 Nxe5 23.Bxe5 Qh7 24.c4 Bf7 25.Qxf5 dxc4 26.bxc4 Rfe8 27.Qe4 Rad8 28.d4 cxd4 29.exd4 Kf8 30.Qxb7 Re7 31.Qb4 1-0.
This game is clearly explained by with deeply move to move annotations as the game Nimzowitsch – Rubenstein Karlsbad 1926: Nimzowitsch,Aaron - Rubinstein,Akiba [A06]
Semmering Panhans Semmering (7), 15.03.1926
1.Nf3 d5 2.b3 c5 3.Bb2 Nc6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.0-0 e6 7.d3 Be7 8.Nbd2 0-0 9.Bxc6 Bxc6 10.Ne5 Be8 11.f4 Nd7 12.Nxd7 Qxd7 13.e4 f6 14.Qf3 Bf7 15.a4 b6 16.Rae1 a6 17.f5 dxe4 18.Qxe4 e5 19.Re3 b5 20.Rg3 Kh8 21.Nf3 bxa4 22.Nxe5 Qe8 23.Qg4 Rg8 24.Nxf7+ Qxf7 25.Qxa4 Qd5 26.Qg4 Bd8 27.Qg6 h6 28.Re1 Qd7 29.Re6 c4 30.bxc4 Rb8 31.Bc3 Rb1+ 32.Re1 Bb6+ 33.Kf1 Rxe1+ 34.Bxe1 Qa4 35.Rh3 Rf8 36.Bc3 Bd8 37.Bd2 Qxc2 38.Bxh6 Qb1+ 39.Ke2 Qc2+ 40.Ke3 Bb6+ 41.Ke4 Qe2+ 42.Re3 1-0.
As Lakdawala explains:24.Nxf7+ is still winning but Nimzowitsch missed a great opportunity to end the game more quickly:24.Ng6+! Bxg6 25.fxg6 h6 26.Rh3 and it becomes almost impossible for Black to eternally fend off sac threats on h6 and f6.
For example 26….axb3?? is met by the stunning 27.Qg5!! 27….Qf8 28.Rxf6! is check mate!
Hidden between the lines of this book you will find the game Larsen – Spassky,Belgrade 1970.
Lakdawala writes: It was painful to watch and not much of a contest.On the one side we observed a solvating cat and on the other a quaking hamster.Somehow this massacre emdedded itself in our collective consciousness and now most players associate 1.b3?! with the Larsen- Spassky debacle. I have cunningly hidden this game,embedded somewhere in the notes of the book and refuse to annotate this embarrassment-unless,of course,I end up writing Spassky:Move by Move!
Included in this book are all the Bobby Fischer games that he played with 1.b3 and in the following game Bobby was then not aware of the weak 3.Nf3?! but that was not for long!
Fischer,Robert James - Mecking,Henrique [A06]
Interzonal Palma de Mallorca (21), 08.12.1970
1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 c5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.0-0 e6 7.d3 Be7 8.Bxc6 Bxc6 9.Ne5 Rc8 10.Nd2 0-0 11.f4 Nd7 12.Qg4 Nxe5 13.Bxe5 Bf6 14.Rf3 Qe7 15.Raf1 a5 16.Rg3 Bxe5 17.fxe5 f5 18.exf6 Rxf6 19.Qxg7+ Qxg7 20.Rxf6 Qxg3 21.hxg3 Re8 22.g4 a4 23.Nf3 axb3 24.axb3 Kg7 25.g5 e5 26.Nh4 Bd7 27.Rd6 Be6 28.Kf2 Kf7 29.Rb6 Re7 30.e4 dxe4 31.dxe4 c4 32.b4 Bg4 33.Ke3 Rd7 34.g6+ Kf8 35.gxh7 Rxh7 36.Ng6+ Ke8 37.Nxe5 Bc8 38.Nxc4 Kd8 39.Nd6 Rg7 40.Kf2 Kc7 41.Nxc8 Kxc8 42.Rd6 1-0. Petrosian,Tigran V (2640) - Fischer,Robert James (2760) [A06] Candidates Match final Buenos Aires (6), 17.10.1971
1.Nf3 c5 2.b3 d5 3.Bb2 f6 4.c4 d4 5.d3 e5 6.e3 Ne7 7.Be2 Nec6 8.Nbd2 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 10.e4 a6 11.Ne1 b5 12.Bg4 Bxg4 13.Qxg4 Qc8 14.Qe2 Nd7 15.Nc2 Rb8 16.Rfc1 Qe8 17.Ba3 Bd6 18.Ne1 g6 19.cxb5 axb5 20.Bb2 Nb6 21.Nef3 Ra8 22.a3 Na5 23.Qd1 Qf7 24.a4 bxa4 25.bxa4 c4 26.dxc4 Naxc4 27.Nxc4 Nxc4 28.Qe2 Nxb2 29.Qxb2 Rfb8 30.Qa2 Bb4 31.Qxf7+ Kxf7 32.Rc7+ Ke6 33.g4 Bc3 34.Ra2 Rc8 35.Rxc8 Rxc8 36.a5 Ra8 37.a6 Ra7 38.Kf1 g5 39.Ke2 Kd6 40.Kd3 Kc5 41.Ng1 Kb5 42.Ne2 Ba5 43.Rb2+ Kxa6 44.Rb1 Rc7 45.Rb2 Be1 46.f3 Ka5 47.Rc2 Rb7 48.Ra2+ Kb5 49.Rb2+ Bb4 50.Ra2 Rc7 51.Ra1 Rc8 52.Ra7 Ba5 53.Rd7 Bb6 54.Rd5+ Bc5 55.Nc1 Ka4 56.Rd7 Bb4 57.Ne2 Kb3 58.Rb7 Ra8 59.Rxh7 Ra1 60.Nxd4+ exd4 61.Kxd4 Rd1+ 62.Ke3 Bc5+ 63.Ke2 Rh1 64.h4 Kc4 65.h5 Rh2+ 66.Ke1 Kd3 0-1.
Petrosian wrote later: After the 6th game Fischer did become a genius.
Conclusion: A must read for all 1.b3 players!

Winning Chess by By Irving Chernev & Fred Reinfeld
Batsford Ltd, London
229 pages
Price $22.95
ISBN  978-1-84994-110-5

I am pleased to announce this classic reprint from Irving Chernev & Fred Reinfeld,which many consider as one of the best attacking
books ever written.
As both authors write combinations can be broken down into simple basic easily recognizable elements, as for example
 the pin, the knight fork, the double attack,the discovered check and double attack check.
Each of these devices has certain distinguishing characteristics, repetitive patterns which announce its presence on the chessboard.
This books nicely brought back in algebraic from holds 332 of these attacking patters which are being waited to be tackled by the reader.
These exercises can easy be done without the use of the board,and that makes it the perfect companion for the upcoming chess student.
Included are some illustrative games as the smashing game from Frank Marshall against H.Kline: Marshall,Frank James - Kline,Harry P [D63]
New York National New York (8), 1913
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 0-0 7.Rc1 b6 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Qa4 Bb7 10.Ba6 Bxa6 11.Qxa6 c6 12
.0-0 Ne4 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.Qb7 Rfc8 15.Nxd5 Qd6 16.Rxc6 1-0.
Please also see:Frank Marshall United States Chess Champion by Andy Soltis,McFarland 1994.
Conclusion: A super instructive read!

100 chess master trade secrets by Andrew Soltis
Batsford Ltd, London
215 pages
Price $22.95
ISBN  978-1-84994-108-2

Andrew Soltis learns you in a readable way the secrets of good play, based on the techniques
of  Priyomes {strategic structures},Must know endgame techniques, Crucial sacrifices and exact endings.
Where every chapter is good for 25 examples, as for example under Crucial Sacrifices, I found
Some exciting example from the great master of attack Rudolf Spielmann.
Rudolf Spielmann loved all kinds of sacrifices but he is particularly associated with the advance of an e  pawn to the sixth rank.
One of his games began: Spielmann,Rudolf - Landau,Salo [B02]
Amsterdam m Amsterdam (3), 1933
1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e5 Nfd7 4.e6 fxe6 5.d4 Nf6 6.Nf3 c5 7.dxc5 Nc6 8.Bb5 Bd7 9.0-0 Qc7 10.Re1 h6 11.Bxc6 bxc6
12.Ne5 g5 13.Qd3 Rg8 14.b4 Bg7 15.Qg6+ Kd8 16.Qf7 Be8 17.Qxe6 Rf8 18.b5 Ne4 19.Rxe4 dxe4 20.Bf4 Bxe5
21.Bxe5 Qd7 22.Rd1 cxb5 23.Rxd7+ Bxd7 24.Qxh6 Rg8 25.c6 Be8 26.Nxb5 1-0.
This obstruction idea occurs in many different openings. Another of Spielmann’s games began
1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e5 Ne4 5.Qe2 Nxc3 6.dxc3 b6 7.Nd4 c5 ? and than 8.e6!
Interesting to mention is the bishop sacrifice on e6: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6
7.Bb3 Be7 8.f4 b5 9.e5 dxe5 10.fxe5 Nfd7 11.Bxe6 fxe6 12.Nxe6 Qb6 13.Nd5,as Soltis explains black
has better chances of survival after 11…Nxe5! Even if white has the upper hand following 12.Bxc8 and 13.Nd5.
Conclusion: This book will truly improve your chess skills! 

Chess DVD's

Training / Master Class
Master Class Vol.01: Bobby Fischer
by Dorian Rogozenco, Dr. Karsten Müller, Mihail Marin, Oliver Reeh

Price Euro 29.90
Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

ChessBase comes with a smashing made DVD on Bobby Fischer who was for many the greatest chess player of all time.
This DVD does not only hold all his games but there are also simultaneous exhibitions included!
For example: Fischer,Robert James - Sandrin,Albert [C41]
Fischer tour simul Cicero, 20.05.1964
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nd7 4.Bc4 c6 5.0-0 Be7 6.dxe5 dxe5 7.Qe2 Ngf6 8.Rd1 Qc7 9.Ng5 Rf8 10.a4 h6 11.Nf3 Nc5
12.Nc3 Bg4 13.h3 Bh5 14.g4 Bg6 15.Nh4 Bh7 16.Nf5 Rg8 17.Qf3 Ne6 18.Be3 a6 19.a5 c5 20.Nd5 Nxd5
21.Bxd5 0-0-0 22.Bxe6+ fxe6 23.Nxe7+ Qxe7 24.Qg3 Qc7 25.f3 Rgf8 26.Kg2 Rxd1 27.Rxd1 Rf7 28.Bg1 Rd7
29.Rxd7 Kxd7 30.Qe1 b5 31.axb6 Qxb6 32.Qc3 Qb4 33.Qxe5 Qd2+ 34.Bf2 Qxc2 35.Qxg7+ Kc6 36.Qxh7 Qxb2 37.Qxh6 Qb3 38.g5 1-0.
But there is more as interactive tactics with video feedback, Tactic training where you are invited to play like Bobby,plus a
Fischer Powerbook where you can find the World Champion’s repertoire as an opening tree.
Plus a short biography plus tables and all kind of interesting backround knowledge.
As for example the letter from Hermann Helms to Bobby Fischer his mother, from January 1951.
Video running time is 5 hours.
Conclusion: A must have DVD!

Training / Middlegame / Fritztrainer
The true value of pieces
by Dejan Bojkov

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 Dejan Bojkov helps us in this DVD how to handle various positions with unbalance positions as we can see in the following game where white is
playing with his queen against two rooks.
Rublevsky,Sergei (2677) - Zhang Pengxiang (2643) [B30]
Poikovsky Karpov 08th Poikovsky (2), 16.03.2007
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 4.0-0 Nge7 5.Nc3 Nd4 6.Nxd4 cxd4 7.Ne2 Nc6 8.c3 Bc5 9.b4 Bb6 10.a4 a6 11.Bxc6 dxc6
12.a5 Ba7 13.cxd4 Bxd4 14.Nxd4 Qxd4 15.Qc2 Qxa1 16.Bb2 Qxf1+ 17.Kxf1 0-0 18.g4 f6 19.h4 e5 20.Qb3+ Rf7
21.g5 Bd7 22.gxf6 gxf6 23.d4 exd4 24.Bxd4 Re8 25.f3 Kg7 26.Qe3 h6 27.Qf4 Kg6 28.Kf2 Be6 29.Be3 Rh8 30.Qd6 Bc8
31.f4 Bg4 32.h5+ Kh7 33.f5 Rg8 34.Bd4 Re8 35.Bxf6 Rxe4 36.Qd8 Rxf6 37.Qxf6 Bxh5 38.Qd6 Bf7 39.Qc7 Kg7
40.Qxb7 Rf4+ 41.Ke3 Rxf5 42.Qxa6 Re5+ 43.Kd4 Rb5 44.Kc3 1-0.
But there are more minor piece positions that receive a instructive turn from our experienced teacher.
Again you shall find interactive training possibilities plus  videofeedback,a extra database with  50 exclusive games and the
eye-catching CB12 Reader is also included.
Bojkov truly helps you to understand the power of your pieces, even if you are handling complicated minor positions as for example
rook against knight and bishop.
Video running time is 4 hours and 50 minutes.
Conclusion: This DVD is overloaded with highly instructive explanations!

Training / Opening / Friztrainer
How to play the Sicilian Defence!
by Elisabeth Pähtz

Price Euro 27.90
Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

This well learning DVD from Elisabeth Pähtz  is divided into three highly instructive sections as six games from Elisabeth Pähtz  her
self, followed with exercises to see if you have learned from it.
Included is a collection openings traps.As we can see in the following
 model game the games from Elisabeth are truly worth playing throw:
Pähtz – Kosteniuk Bled ol (Women), 2002
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 h6 9.Be3 Bd7 10.f3 b5 11.Nxc6 Bxc6
12.Kb1 Qc7 13.Ne2 Bb7 14.h4 Rc8 15.Rc1 Nd7 16.Nf4 Ne5 17.Be2 g6 18.Rhd1 Ke7 19.c4 bxc4 20.Bxc4 Qb8
21.Bb3 Bg7 22.Ne2 a5 23.Bd4 a4 24.Bxa4 Ba6 25.f4 Nc4 26.Rxc4 Rxc4 27.Bxg7 Rg8 28.Bb3 Rxg7 29.Bxc4 Bxc4
30.Nc3 Rg8 31.Qd4 Rc8 32.g4 Qc7 33.Rc1 Qc5 34.Qxc5 Rxc5 35.b4 Rc8 36.Kb2 Kd7 37.Na4 1-0
Video running time in English is 3 hours and 30 minutes but there is also a German download available.
Conclusion: Very  Instructive!

Training / Opening / Friztrainer
The French Defence for the Tournament Player
by Nicholas Pert

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 former World Under Grandmaster Nicholas Pert comes with a impressive over 7 hours a French interactive video course, where
I found deeply analysed  lines as Franklin,S (2322) - Pert,N (2547) 26.08.2013
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 Qc7 8.Qxg7 Rg8 9.Qxh7 cxd4 10.Ne2 Nbc6
11.f4 dxc3 12.Qd3 d4 13.Nxd4 Nxd4 14.Qxd4 Bd7 15.Rg1 Nf5 16.Qf2 Qc6 17.Bd3 Qd5 18.Rb1 Bc6 19.Rb3 0-0-0
 20.Rxc3 Kb8 21.g4 Nd4 22.Rg3 Rh8 23.h3 Qa5 24.Bd2 Rd7 25.Rxc6 Qxa3 26.Ra6 bxa6 27.Kf1 Rc8 28.Be4 Qa4
29.Be3 Qb5+ 30.Kg2 Nxc2 31.h4 Rc4 32.Bxc2 Qc6+ 33.Qf3 Rxc2+ 34.Kh3 Qxf3 35.Rxf3 a5 36.f5 a4 37.fxe6 fxe6
38.Bg5 Rdc7 39.Kg3 R2c3 40.Be3 a3 41.Bd4 Rxf3+ 42.Kxf3 Rd7 43.Ke4 Rxd4+ 0-1.As we can learn in this game attack is the best form of defence.
A classic example of the Winawer is: Timman,J (2550) - Kortschnoj,V (2670) [C18]
Leeuwarden, 1976
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Nf3 Bd7 8.a4 Qa5 9.Bd2 Nbc6 10.Be2 f6 11.c4 Qc7
12.cxd5 Nxd5 13.c4 Nde7 14.exf6 gxf6 15.dxc5 0-0-0 16.Bc3 e5 17.Qd6 Nf5 18.Qxc7+ Kxc7 19.0-0 Nfd4 20.Nxd4 Nxd4
21.Bd1 Kc6 22.Bxd4 exd4 23.Bf3+ Kxc5 24.Bxb7 Bf5 25.Bf3 Rhe8 0-1.
Included is a extra database from around 100 games.
Conclusion: One of those super traing learning DVD’s!

Training / Opening / Friztrainer
Leningrad Dutch
by Mihail Marin

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 Mihail Marin does not only explain the plans and strategies of the Leningrad Dutch, but he also has included on this DVD
his earlier writings on the Leningrad which have been published in the well known ChessBase Magazines.
Included is a small database with 72 essential games, as Marin explains  that every Leningrad really should  be aware of.
I found well analysed games in interactive training as Piket,Jeroen (2540) - Gurevich,Mikhail (2640) [A89] WchT 2nd Luzern, 1989
1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 d6 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.d5 Na5 9.Qc2 c5 10.Nd2 e5 11.dxe6 Bxe6 12.Rd1 Qe7
13.b3 Nc6 14.Bb2 Nd4 15.Qd3 f4 16.gxf4 Bf5 17.e4 Be6 18.Ne2 Nxe2+ 19.Qxe2 Nh5 20.Nf1 Nxf4 21.Qc2 Bxb2 22.Qxb2 Bh3
23.Bf3 Bxf1 24.Kxf1 Qh4 0-1.
The user shall find on this DVD detailed knowledge of its theory as we can see in the following writing:
Vaisser,Anatoli (2563) - Bartel,Mateusz (2443) [A81]
EU-ch 4th Istanbul (11), 11.06.2003
1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nh3 Bg7 5.Nf4 Nc6 6.h4 An aggressive approach against the system with 4.¤h3. 6...e5 7.dxe5 Nxe5
8.h5 c6 The most popular continuation. Black wants to set up a strong centre by ...d7-d5. [8...d6] 9.Nd2!? White wants to exchange
the strong ¤e5, that defends on g6. [9.Be3 d5 10.Bd4 Ne4 11.hxg6 hxg6 12.Nxg6 Rxh1+ 13.Bxh1 Nxg6 14.Bxg7 Qe7
15.Bc3 Be6© 0-1 Todorov,O-Szabolcsi,J/Val Thorens op 1995;
9.hxg6 hxg6 10.Rxh8+ Bxh8 11.Qd6 Qe7 12.Qxe7+ Kxe7 13.Nd3 Ne4 14.Nxe5 Bxe5 15.c3 d5= 1/2-1/2
Doroshkievich,V-Potapov,A/Chigorin mem op 2000] 9...d5 10.Nf3 Nfg4 [10...Nxf3+ 11.Bxf3 Kf7 (11...g5
12.h6 Bf8 13.Nh5) 12.Be3²] 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.Be3!N An important novelty! White has to play very energetically - otherwise
his position may be even worse: Black has a strong pawn centre. [The previous try was: 12.Nd3?! Be6 13.c3 Nc4 14.Qc2 Qe7
 15.b3 Nd6 16.Bb2 Ne4 17.c4 d4 18.0-0-0 0-0-0³ 0-1 Villavicencio Martinez,A-Spraggett,K/Corte Ingles op 1998] 12...Bf6?!
A loss of time. [12...0-0 13.hxg6 hxg6 14.Bd4±;
12...Qe7 13.Bd4 g5 14.h6 gxf4 15.hxg7 Qxg7 16.Bc3±;
12...Qa5+ 13.c3! Nc4 14.Bd4 Nxb2 15.Qd2 Nc4 16.Qd3±;
The right decision was 12...Bd7! 13.Bd4 Qe7 14.c3 (14.Qd2 Nc4! (14...0-0-0? 15.Qc3!±) 15.Qc3 Bxd4 16.Qxd4 0-0-0") 14...Qd6
and Black has good chances to coordinate his pieces.(14...0-0-0? 15.h6 Bf6 16.Bxa7±) ] 13.hxg6 hxg6 14.Rxh8+ Bxh8 15.Bd4 Qa5+?
There was no reason for this strange check! The queen has nothing to do on the queenside, it must defend on the kingside.
[¹15...g5 16.Nh3 Qe7 17.e3 g4 18.Nf4 Bd7²] 16.c3 Kf7? The decisive mistake! Now Black's king will not find a safe
place until the end of the game. [¹16...g5 17.Nh3 Qd8 18.Qc1 g4 19.Nf4 Qe7 20.Qe3±] 17.Qb3! A nice place for the
queen! Black cannot move his bishop, on the other hand White can just castle and put his rook on the h-file. 17...b6 18.0-0-0+- The game is over - Black cannot finish his development. 18...Be6 [18...Bf6 19.Bxe5 (19.Rh1!?; 19.e4!?) 19...Bxe5 20.Rxd5 cxd5 21.Qxd5+ Qxd5 22.Bxd5++-] 19.Rh1 Bg7 [19...Bf6 20.Rh7+ Kg8 21.Rc7 Bf7 22.Bxe5 Bxe5 23.Rxc6+-] 20.Rh7
Black cannot avoid material losses. 1-0.
Video running time is 5 hours and 16 minutes.
Conclusion: One of those super opening’s DVD!  

Chess Programs / Fritz
Deep Fritz 14 - English Version

Price Euro 69.90

Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 2 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), 7/8, DirectX9, 256 MB graphics card, DVD-ROM
drive, Windows Media Player 9 and Internet access for program activation, access to, Let’s Check and program updates.
Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 8.1, DirectX10, 512 MB graphics card, 100% DirectX10-compatible
sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and Internet access for program activation, access to,
Let's Check and program updates

The new Fritz comes as a powerful multi-processor version and is able to support up eight processor cores simultaneously.
The soul of the engine itself has been completely rewritten and holds now  a small extra 100 Elo points more than Fritz13.
It supports a 64 and 32 bit version download, plus extra video lessons, openings book from over 4 million positions  and a Hugh
database from over 1.5 million games.
Fritz14 is now optimised for Windows 8,with its novel 64-bit program interface.
My first impression with  Deep Fritz 14 is that it is a positional monster,
I had fritz14 running on the following position:
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.a4 Nbc6 8.Nf3 Qa5 9.Bd2 Qc7 10.Bb5 c4 11.Bc1 0-0
12.Bxc6 Nxc6 13.Ba3 Re8 14.0-0 Qd8 15.Qd2 b6 16.Rfb1 Bd7 17.Qf4 h6 18.h4 Na5 19.Bb4 Nb7 20.Ra2 a5
21.Ba3 Bxa4 22.Qg4 Kh7 23.Qh5 Qc7 24.Bd6 Qd7 25.Rxb6 Nd8 26.Ng5+ Kg8 27.Nh3 Ra7 28.Nf4 Rb7
 29.Rxb7 Nxb7 30.Ba3 Kh7 31.Qg4 Rg8 32.Nh5 Qe8 33.Rb2 and Frit14 gives after 33…Qc8 34.Be7 Be8
35.Bf6 g6 36.Nf4 Bd7 37.h5 a4 38.Nh3 gxh5 39.Qxh5 Rg6 40.Nf4 Nd6 41.Nxg6 fxg6 42.Qf3 Ne4 43.Be7 a  winning position!
And this all only in seconds!
Deep Fritz 14 includes a free six-month Premium Membership to,where you can do great
things as  “Let's Check”*, the world's largest database which is only  packed with  high-quality analysis.

Conclusion: This engine is unbelievable!   

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 156 Extra
November  2013
Videos by Adrian Mikhalchishin,Valeri Lilov & Robert Ris

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 12.99

This issue comes with 29.005 games,all played between August and October of this year.
A smashing games comes from the talented Chelsie Sihite: Sihite,Chelsie Ibrahimova,Sabina Oqtay (2202) - Sihite,Chelsie Monica (2282) [C89]
Wch U20 Girls 31st Kocaeli (12), 25.09.2013
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5
11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Bxd5 cxd5 16.Qf3 Bg4 17.Qxd5 Rad8 18.Qg2 Qh5 19.f4 Bf3
20.Qf2 Bb7 21.h4 Rde8 22.Be3 g5 23.Nd2 gxh4 24.Qh2 Qd5 25.Kf2 Kh8 26.gxh4 Qf5 27.Nf3 Rxe3 28.Rxe3
Bxf4 29.Re5 Qc2+ 30.Re2 Qxe2+ 31.Kxe2 Bxf3+ 32.Kxf3 Bxh2 33.a4 b4 34.c4 Kg7 35.b3 Kf6 36.Re1 Rg8
37.Rh1 Bg1 38.d5 h5 39.Ke4 Rg4+ 40.Kd3 Ke5 41.Rh3 f5 0-1,yes these ChessBase magazines are the perfect tool
for the modern chess players who is interested in latest played games.
Included are video files as the one from Adrian Mikhalchishin on the good old Caro-Kann,
Robert Ris goes back in time with a game by Jose Raul Capablanca against Frank Marshall in 1909.
And Valeri Lilov analyses the famous game Zukertort-Blackburne,of  London 1883.
Conclusion: Important reference material!  

Improve Your Practical Play with GM Danny Gormally
A production
Price GBP 19,95

Grandmaster Danny Gormally comes with a impressive 6 hour video course based on how to improve your practical play.
All material is well packed in 16 instructive chapters plus a extra contribution from “The Danny Gormally Show” where there is no use for
a database program as ChessBase to read these highy instructive video files.
Under the chapter; Swindling your opponent I found the following game from Mark Hebden,after Gormally”One of the toughest players
you can meet on the board.
Hebden,Mark (2516) - Ernst,Sipke (2606) [A44]
Amsterdam Batavia Grolsch 4th Amsterdam (5), 28.02.2012
1.d4 c5 2.d5 e5 3.e4 d6 4.Nc3 a6 5.a4 g6 6.Be2 Bg7 7.Nf3 f5 8.Nd2 Nf6 9.Nc4 0-0 10.a5 Nxe4 11.Nxe4 fxe4 12.Be3 Qc7
13.Nb6 Ra7 14.h4 Nd7 15.Nxc8 Qxc8 16.Bg4 Rf5 17.h5 Nf6 18.hxg6 hxg6 19.b4 Ra8 20.bxc5 dxc5 21.c4 Qc7 22.Be2 Rf8
23.Qb1 Rf7 24.Ra3 Rf4 25.g3 Rf5 26.g4 Rf4 27.Bxf4 exf4 28.g5 Nh7 29.Qxe4 Nxg5 30.Qe8+ Rf8 31.Qxg6 Qe5 32.Rg1 Re8
33.Qxe8+ Qxe8 34.Rxg5 Qe4 35.Kf1 Qb1+ 36.Kg2 Qb2 37.Rf3 Qd2 38.Bd3 Kf7 39.d6 Bd4 40.Rd5 Ke8
41.Bf5 Kd8 42.Bg4 Ke8 43.d7+ Kd8 44.Rg5 1-0.
As Gormally instructively explains 8.Nd2 is a slight mistake,much better is to take on f5.
Yes Danny Gormally offers you here a vital and honest  insight of his thinking.
Conclusion: This DVD truly helps you to improve your playing skills!

And it runs on all platforms as PC.MAC,Games consoles and set top boxes.