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Mikhail Botvinnik
The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion by Andy Soltis
McFarland & Company,Inc.,Publishers Box 611
Jefferson,North Carolina 28640.

Price $49.95
ISBN  978-0-7864-7334-3

This latest book from Andrew Soltis on the great Mikhail Botvinnik, is not only good for 88 of his ever best games but it covers more background
information on the person Botvinnik,that I ever have ever seen on print before!
Mikhail Botvinnik was for sure one of the greatest players of all time,and a important key figure in the development of chess in the Soviet Union.
As we can read in this book Botvinnik had rules for almost  everything. Many where based on his own experience. He refused to teach his daughter
how to play chess when she was young because he did not learn until she was 12.
He even discouraged her when she wanted to learn at age 4.But she eventually did learn,he not only told her what to read but how to hold a book.
His capacity for work was legendary.He reservered the highest praise for
chess players who where: “researchers”. Players who didn’t meet his standards were”lazy”,term he applied to even Smyslov, Mikhail Tal and Ragozin.
As profound a thinker as Botvinnik was he could be astoundingly wrong,world class wrong.
He spent his final 30 years working” in the wrong direction in computers,”Yuri Averbakh pointed out.Botvinnik tried to perfect a chess algorithm that
emphasized evaluation rather than calculation and brute force.Botvinnik wanted to make a machine that works like our brain. But he did not know how
 our brain works,”Averbakh said, His program, Pioneer was a failure.
Boris Gulko said,”Botvinnik was a Communist by conviction….He was by any measure honest and sincere. He considered that Communism was the
future and declared that Soviet people were the best on the planet.
Botvinnik’s final event was supposed to be a match  with Fischer in the Spring of 1970,to mark the 75th anniversary of Chess Society of Leiden,the Netherlands.
Botvinnik and Fisher negotiated indirectly,through the Dutch organizers.The Dutch were on a fool’s errand.Botvinnik wanted a best of 16 game match,an
indication that he didn’t have the stamina for the 24 game format that he had once considered sacred.But Fischer wanted no limit on games.The winner should
be first to score six victories,he said.
But the match collapsed because of what Botvinnik called American’s “maniacal” fear of returning the board.The Dutch organizers replaced the match with a four player tournament.
One of my favourite Botvinnik games is: Rabinovich,Ilya Leontievich - Botvinnik,Mikhail [C19]
URS-ch11 Leningrad (4), 1939
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.Qd2 Nbc6 10.Bd3 c4 11.Be2 f6 12.Ba3 0-0-0
13.0-0 Nf5 14.g4 Nfe7 15.Rfb1 Qa6 16.a5 Rdf8 17.Ne1 fxe5 18.Nd3 cxd3 19.Bxd3 Qxa5 20.Bxe7 Qc7 21.Bxf8 Rxf8 22.Bb5 Rf4
23.h3 a6 24.Bxc6 Bxc6 25.Re1 e4 26.Re3 Bb5 27.Rg3 g5 28.Kg2 Qf7 29.Qe3 Qf6 30.Re1 Be8 31.Qe2 Kb8 32.Rb1 Bb5 33.Qe3 Be8
34.Qe2 Kc7 35.Rh1 Bg6 36.Re1 Be8 37.Rh1 h5 38.Kg1 Bb5 39.Qe1 h4 40.Re3 Bc4 41.Rh2 b6 42.Qa1 Qf8 43.Rg2 a5 44.Qa4 Qe7
45.Qa1 Kb7 46.Qa4 Rf8 47.Re1 Qd6 48.Qa1 Ka6 49.Re3 b5 50.Qb2 Rf3 51.Kh1 Rf6 52.Kg1 Kb6 53.Rh2 Rf7 54.Rg2 Rf3 55.Kh1 Rf8
56.Kg1 Rf6 57.Rh2 Kc6 58.Rg2 Rf3 59.Kh1 Bf1 60.Rxf3 exf3 61.Rh2 a4 62.Kg1 a3 63.Qc1 Bc4 64.Qxg5 a2 65.Qc1 e5 66.dxe5 Qxe5 67.Qa1 Qe2 0-1.
Rabinovich a match physics doctorate pion of Ukraine from Kiev,had mastered 10 languages and had little time for chess.
This classic beauty comes with 128 diagrams, 12 photos, chronology, appendices, notes, bibliography, indexes and library binding.
Conclusion: One of those McFarland super reads!

The Extreme Caro-Kann
Attacking Black with 3.f3
by Alexei Bezgodov
New in Chess
271  pages
Price € 25,95
ISBN: 978-90-569-1469-1

The Russian Grandmaster Alexey Bezgodov {1969}has managed to create a heavy weight of 270 pages on the move order 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3!?
Some authors considers the move 3.f3 as a plan bizarre and the move 3.f3 did not even make it into the latest  Dangerous Weapons book on the Caro-Kann,
but it was Peter Wells who wrote in his book The Caro – Kann,Gambit 2007: For White to take away such a good developing
square as f3 from his pieces at such an early stage requires a serious justification. But Wells leaves it all behind with one model games, and our
friend Alexey Bezgodov,does it all with over 68 well analysed move to move model games.
Probably the best way to meet the move 3.f3 is with 3…e6 the so called The Semi-French Variation, but the move 3…e6 is not everybody’s taste.
But as we can learn from  Bezgodov there is also the move 3…g6.
David Przepiorka once went for 3…dxe4 but went astray in no time: Tartakower,Saviely - Przepiorka,Dawid [B12]
Budapest Budapest, 1929
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 dxe4 4.fxe4 e5 5.Nf3 exd4 6.Bc4 Be6 7.Bxe6 fxe6 8.0-0 Be7 9.Nxd4 Qd7 10.Qh5+ Kd8 11.Be3 c5
12.Rd1! cxd4 13.Rxd4 Bd6 14.e5 Nf6 15.exf6 gxf6 16.Nc3 1-0.
In the spirit of the King’s Gambit is 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 dxe4 4.fxe4 e5 5.Bc4 Qh4+ 6.Kf1 Qxe4 7.Nf3 Be6 8.Bxe6 fxe6
9.Nc3 Qf5 10.dxe5 Nd7 11.Qd3 with a even game.
Several hundred games have been played from this position, with catastrophic statistics for black. But as Bezgodov honestly
explains I am not totally convinced about how much white really has.
Conclusion: Out play your opponent with the dangerous 3.f3!?

The Diamond Dutch
Strategic Ideas & Powerful Weapons
by Viktor Moskalenko
New in Chess
270  pages
Price € 26,95
ISBN: 978-90-569-1441-7 

The great Viktor  Moskalenko comes with a creative made coverage of the Dutch with lines, as The Stonewall System, The Classical
System and The Leningrad System,but also included are various Anti Dutch Lines as for example the feared Staunton Gambit: 1.d4 f5
2.e4 fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 c6 5.f3 e3 6.Bxe3 d5 7.Qd2 Nbd7 8.0-0-0 b5 9.g4 Nb6 10.h4 e6 11.h5 b4 12.Nb1 Nc4 13.Qe1 Qa5 14.g5 Nd7
15.a3 Ndb6 16.b3 Nxe3 17.axb4 Qxb4 18.Qxe3 a5 19.Qc3 Bd6 20.Nh3 0-0 21.Be2 e5 22.dxe5 Qxc3 23.Nxc3 Bxe5 24.Nb1 a4 25.bxa4
Nxa4 26.Rdg1 Rb8 27.f4 Rxf4 28.c3 Bf5 0-1, Raetsky,Alexander (2442) - Korobov,Anton (2657) [A83]Abu Dhabi op 20th Abu Dhabi (5) 2010.
Yes the Ukraine champion Anton Korobov is regarded as one of the best players against computer related lines.
The move 2.e4 is popular under club players but as we can learn from Moskalenko, but not so dangerous for black, if he knows what he is doing.
In fact, the Dutch opening is quite reversible as we can see in the following model game from Moskalenko: Aloma Vidal,Roberto (2402) -
Moskalenko,Viktor (2532) [A85]
Salou op 14th Salou (4), 06.05.2012
1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 g6 5.g3 Bg7 6.Bg2 0-0 7.Nge2 d6 8.b3 Qe8 9.0-0 e5 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Nd5 Rf7 12.Nxf6+ Rxf6 13.e4 Nc6
14.Bb2 Rf7 15.exf5 gxf5 16.Re1 Be6 17.Bd5 Bxd5 18.cxd5 Rd8 19.Nf4 Nb4 20.Ne6 Rxd5 21.Nxg7 Rxg7 22.Qf3 Qe6 23.Rad1 Rgd7
24.Rxd5 Rxd5 25.Re3 e4 26.Qe2 Nd3 27.Ba1 Qc6 28.Qh5 Qg6 29.Qh4 h6 30.Qe7 Qf7 31.Qh4 Kh7 32.f3 Nc5 33.Bc3 Rd1+ 34.Kg2 Rd7
 35.Qf4 Nd3 36.Qh4 Nc5 37.Qf4 Qd5 38.Qh4 exf3+ 39.Rxf3 Ne4 40.Kg1 Nxc3 0-1,where it easy can turn into a Leningrad or a Classical,or vice versa.
As Moskalenko explains: I like such positions with black, and will surely try this in future games.
The Diamond Dutch is not a repertoire book and that makes it all very special, specially with the wealth of novelties that I found in this book!
For example: 1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.c4 0-0 6.Nc3 d6 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne5!?
Moskalenko: Again due to the influence of recent games and books,today this move is less frequent in regular tournaments.
But in my own GM  practice it has worked perfectly. There is no official refutation of the line and, what’s more, it still appears in many games
by Hikaru Nakumura.
Conclusion: This book is overloaded with astounding ideas!

A Cutting-Edge Gambit against the Queen’s Indian
Hit the Nimzowitsch Variation with 6.d5!
by Ufuk Tuncer & Imre Hera
New in Chess
174  pages
Price € 26,95
ISBN: 978-90-569-1497-4 

Ufuk Tuncer & Grandmaster Imre Hera has managed to create a 174 page,move to move study of the move 5.d5 in the Queen’s Indian 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6
3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qc2 c5 6.d5.
This pawn sacrifice has been tremendously popular among top GMs ever since Vallejo Pons beat Macieja at the 2006 Turin Olympiad. The entire variation
has been analysed at amazing depth but both authors have managed to create a readable overview, where all material is divided into three
Hugh sections: Black Declines, Black Accepts with 8…Bxd5 and Black Accepts with 8….Nxd5.
The main line runs as 1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qc2 c5 6.d5 exd5 7.cxd5 Bb7 8.Bg2 Nxd5 9.0-0 Be7 10.Rd1 Qc8 11.a3 Nf6
12.Bg5 0-0 13.Nc3 Rd8 14.Nh4 g6 and now both authors give the brilliant 15.Nf5!! By the way not mentioned in any publication before!
As Shirov explains in the foreword; This book shows exactly why the line is so attractive for white players. Fascinating chess, great complexity, chances to create
fantastic attacking possibilities.
Conclusion: This book shows us as no other  the development of modern chess.    

Kasparov: How His Predecessors Misled Him About Chess by Tibor Karolyi& Nick Aplin
Price GBP
ISBN 9781849941778

Both authors Tibor Karolyi and  Nick Aplin cover in a humoristic {KingPin way}, but in a very instructive way  the unbelievable losses
of the greatest player of all time,the great Garry Kasparov.
But also “Kasparov’s” view on his contemporaries  makes this book more than worth reading,specially with Tibor Karolyi and  Nick
Aplin enjoyable thinking notes from the so called Kasparov.
As we can read,it was Karpov who learned Kasparov to play and understand simple positions,from the legendary  Bobby
Fischer he learned to play The Najdorf.
Garry learned from Botvinnik to play on the edge of the board,especially the h file was his favourite.
There are not many players who where able to outplay Kasparov and some even gave up chess as the talented
Dutch player Jeroen Piket,who was even able to win twice from Kasparov: Piket,Jeroen (2670) - Kasparov,Garry (2805) [D97]
Amsterdam Euwe Memorial Amsterdam (6), 18.05.1995
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 Na6 8.Be2 c5 9.d5 e6 10.0-0 exd5 11.exd5 Re8
12.Rd1 Bf5 13.d6 h6 14.Bf4 Nd7 15.Rd2 Nb4 16.Qb3 Be6 17.Bc4 Nb6 18.Bxe6 Rxe6 19.Na4 Re4 20.Bg3 Nc4
21.Nxc5 Nxd2 22.Nxd2 Re2 23.Qxb4 a5 24.Qxb7 Rxd2 25.d7 Rxb2 26.Qd5 Rb5 27.Rd1 Bf8 28.Bd6 Bxd6
29.Qxd6 Rab8 30.h3 Rb1 31.Rxb1 Rxb1+ 32.Kh2 Rb6 33.Qe5 Kf8 34.Qh8+ Ke7 35.Qe5+ Kf8 36.f4 h5
37.Qd5 h4 38.Qe5 g5 39.Qh8+ Ke7 40.Qe5+ Kf8 41.fxg5 1-0 and Piket,Jeroen (2633) - Kasparov,Garry (2851) [A34]
KasparovChess GP g/60 Internet (4.2), 20.02.2000
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.g3 Nc6 6.Bg2 Nc7 7.d3 e5 8.0-0 Be7 9.Nd2 Bd7 10.Nc4 0-0
11.Bxc6 Bxc6 12.Nxe5 Be8 13.Qb3 Bf6 14.Ng4 Bd4 15.e3 Bxc3 16.Qxc3 b6 17.f3 Bb5 18.Nf2 Qd7
19.e4 Ne6 20.Be3 a5 21.Rad1 Rad8 22.Rd2 Qc6 23.Rc1 Qb7 24.a3 Nd4 25.Kg2 Rc8 26.Rb1 Rfd8
27.Bxd4 Rxd4 28.b4 axb4 29.axb4 Qd7 30.bxc5 bxc5 31.Rbb2 h6 32.Ra2 Kh7 33.Ra5 Rd8 34.Qxc5 Bxd3
35.Rxd3 Rxd3 36.Nxd3 Qxd3 37.Ra2 Qb3 38.Qc2 Qxc2+ 39.Rxc2 h5 40.f4 g6 41.e5 Rd3 42.Kh3 Re3
43.Kh4 Kg7 44.Kg5 Re1 45.Rc7 Re2 46.Re7 Ra2 47.f5 gxf5 48.e6 h4 49.Rxf7+ Kg8 50.Kf6 1-0.
For the printed edition please see:
Conclusion:All together we have here a very enjoyable read!

Chess:The Complete Self-Tutor by Edward Lasker
Price GBP
ISBN 9780749941723

Edward Lasker (December 3, 1885 – March 25, 1981) was a strong German-American chess and Go player. He was awarded the
title of International Master of chess by FIDE. Lasker was an engineer by profession, author and family of the great Emanuel Lasker.
For a long time Edward was not aware that he was family of Emanuel till before his death that someone has shown him a Lasker family tree.
Edward was a very good chess teacher and this Ebook is a nice example of his educative talents, Edward does not only lean you the rules of play,but
offers in 188 instructive sections the secrets of play.
Here the reader has to work to solve the solutions and that makes this Ebook after so many years still very interesting to take up!
Even included is for example the first theory lines of the Polugayevsky Variation and Bobby Fischer’s smashing win against
Robert Bryne, who had in the fifth grade a I.Q from a genius.

Conclusion: Simple but strong learning book!

Play Like a Grandmaster by Alexander Kotov
Price GBP
ISBN 9781849941709le

A other classic reprint is this famous strategy book from Boris Ivkov,
Play Like a Grandmaster by Alexander Kotov,that goes back to the dark days of the USSR.
Originally this book comes out of a series from three: Play Like a Grandmaster and Train Like a Grandmaster.
Chapter one of this book with all the strange analyses did not impress me very much, but the other chapters
Planning, Combinational Vision,Calculation and Practical Play are truly suburb written.
Kotov learns you to analyse in a more organized way,sometimes it can get very complicated, and the reader has to
take care he does not get lost in the so called "Kotov Syndrome".
This syndrome appears when a player thinks for a very long time in a deep position,and gets lost in the analyses.
Included are exercises to see if you have understood it but this book will certainly help you to understand chess much better.

Conclusion: One of those books that lead you to mastership in chess!

Caro-Kann Defence by Anatoly Karpov& Mikhail Podgaets

Price GBP
ISBN 9781849941716

The paper edition from 2006 has been pleasantly converted into a Ebook with lovely features
and safely packed in Adobe Digital Editions.
It surprised me how fast I was used with this Ebook on my laptop,from Anatoly Karpov and Mikhail Podgaets.
Compared with the printed edition I slightly disappointed there was no new input of material.
Anatoly Karpov and Mikhail Podgaets are covering in this second volume openings book on the Caro_Kann defence the
 Panov Attack,a opening that is based on the idea to to turn the play into an open game,but happy enough black has various
defences and interesting strategies that offer hem reasonable chances for a good game of play.
Interesting enough this openings  play is very   related to the Queen’s Gambit  Accepted and Semi –Tarrasch defences.
The whole material from Karpov and Podgaets is divided in to six {heavy loaded}chapters; 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6
5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nf3, 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5, 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6, 1.e4 c6
2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nf3Nc6, 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bb4, 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5
4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Be7,where all material is covered with the so called intensive move to move annotations but always with enough
text to keep it all very readable.
Included is a interesting chapter on the Steiner system 1.e4 c6 2.c4 called after Lajos Steiner who played quite some memorable games
with this simple looking move,this chapter with it’s 30 pages can be considered as very extensive.
As volume one there are illustrated games, this time twelve all to supplement the theory of the Panov Attack but unfortunately there is no

Conclusion: Recommended to all Caro-Kann players!

How to Play the English Opening in Chess by Anatoly Karpov
Price GBP
ISBN 9781849941303

A other instructive made Ebook comes from the master of explanation Anatoly Karpov,who has remained at the very top level of world chess
for more than a quarter of a century.
Anatoly Karpov provides the player with a selection of 30 deeply annotated 1.c4 games.
The author himself is responsible for 17 games in this book where a few of them even go back to the German edition of Anatoli Karpow Englisch,Beyer Verlag 1999.
But this German edition can not stand in no way up  against this Batsford work,the annotations here are much more deeply as for example
after 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 Bb4 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 e 7.Ng5 Bxc3 8.bxc3 Re8 9.f3 e3 10.dxe3 Karpov
spends nearly 1.5 pages on the move 10..Qe7! {from the game Kasparov – Sadvakasov,Astana 2001}
Karpov writes: An interesting manoeuvre, allowing the black queen to be effectively included in the struggle via the c5 square. Such an idea
has already been seen before, but implemented only a couple of moves later.
Karpov has made a careful selection of games that are important for the chess theory of the English opening.
Pleasant to mention is that you find Karpov playing on both sides of the board
Some games as Karpov Ftacnik,Saloniki 1988 is truly analysed to the last move,exactly counted 93 moves where black had to face a ending
 from knight against rook where Karpov managed to win in a study like way.
Conclusion: A highly instructive timeless learning book on the English Opening!                           

Chess DVD's

Training / Middlegame / Fritztrainer
Power Strategy 1
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

The great Mihail Marin explains at the hand of a collection smashing games the secrets of developments.
As we can learn from Marin and his games, there is choice but as no other this grandmaster, knows the techniques
of how to move smoothly into a winning position.
It is great pleasure to see games as Tal,Mihail (2625) - Milev,Zdravko [D41]
Munich ol (Men) qual-A Munich (3), 1958
1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.d4 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Bc4 Nb6 8.Bb5 a6 9.Bxc6+ bxc6 10.0-0 Bb7 11.Ne4 Nd7
12.Qc2 Qb6 13.Ne5 cxd4 14.Nxd7 Kxd7 15.exd4 Ke8 16.Be3 Qc7 17.d5 exd5 18.Rfe1 Kd8 19.Qb3 c5 20.Nxc5 Bxc5
21.Bxc5 Qxc5 22.Qxb7 1-0,or
Browne,Walter S (2530) - Mednis,Edmar John (2430) [B08]
USA-ch El Paso (1), 09.09.1973
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be2 0-0 6.0-0 Nc6 7.h3 e5 8.dxe5 Nxe5 9.Nxe5 dxe5 10.Bc4 c6 11.a4 Nh5
12.Qxd8 Rxd8 13.Be3 Nf4 14.Rfd1 Re8 15.a5 Ne6 16.Na4 Bf8 17.c3 Be7 18.b4 Kg7 19.Ra2 Rd8 20.Rxd8 Bxd8
21.Rd2 Be7 22.Nc5 Nxc5 23.Bxc5 Kf6 24.Rd3 Bxc5 25.Rf3+ Kg5 26.bxc5 f5 27.Rd3 fxe4 28.Rd8 1-0.
All material is well packed into interactive video files with feedback and instructively divided into sections as converting an advance into development.
Included are some self tests, to see if you have learned from our super teacher and there is a extra database of 55 entries.
Running time is 4 hours and 52 minutes.
Conclusion: Super instructive!

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 158 Extra
March  2014
Videos by Adrian Mikhalchishin,Valeri Lilov & Robert Ris

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 12.99

This ChessBase Magazine comes with 29734 entries and all played between December 2013 and February of this year.Between such a lot of games you will certainly find something of interest as for example, I found the following smashing win from Kazbek Akbaev:Shershakov,Dmitry (2226) - Akbaev,Kazbek (2475) [C40]
Dombay Dombay (6), 11.01.2014
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.d4 fxe4 4.Nxe5 Nf6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.Qh5+ g6 8.Nxg6 hxg6 9.Qxg6+ Kf8 10.Nc3 Bxd4 11.Nxe4 Bxb2 12.Qf5+ Kg7 13.Qg4+ Kf7 14.Qf5+ Bf6 15.Bc4+ d5 16.Bxd5+ Kg7 17.Qxf6+ Qxf6 18.Nxf6 Kxf6 19.0-0-0 c6 20.Bf3 Nd7 21.Rd6+ Ke7 22.Rd4 Nf6 23.h4 Be6 24.h5 Rad8 25.Rxd8 Rxd8 26.a3 Bd5 27.Bxd5 Rxd5 28.h6 Rd8 29.f4 Kf7 30.f5 Rg8 31.g3 Nh7 32.Rd1 Nf6 33.Rh1 Rh8 34.Kb2 Ng4 35.Rh4 Nxh6 36.g4 Kf6 37.Rh5 Nf7 38.Rxh8 Nxh8 39.Kc3 Nf7 40.Kd4 Kg5 0-1.
Many rear lines in the Modern Defence are very playable,please see the following game: Agafii,Victor (2262) - Sanduleac,Vasile (2422) [A42]
MDA-ch Chisinau (7), 16.02.2014
1.d4 d6 2.e4 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Be3 e5 6.d5 Nd4 7.Nge2 Nxe2 8.Bxe2 Nf6 9.0-0 0-0 10.c5 Ne8 11.b4 f5 12.exf5 gxf5 13.f4 a5 14.a3 axb4 15.axb4 Rxa1 16.Qxa1 exf4 17.Rxf4 Be5 18.Rc4 Nf6 19.Bf3 Qe7 20.Qc1 Ng4 21.Bxg4 fxg4 22.Ne4 Bf5 23.cxd6 cxd6 24.Ng3 Qf6 25.Qd2 b5 26.Rc1 Bd7 27.Rf1 Qg6 28.Rxf8+ Kxf8 29.Bd4 Qf6 30.Bxe5 Qxe5 31.Qf2+ Ke7 32.Qd2 Be8 33.Kf2 Bf7 34.Qd3 Qf4+ 35.Ke2 Qxb4 36.Qxh7 Qb2+ 37.Ke1 Qc1+ 38.Ke2 Qc4+ 39.Ke3 Qc3+ 40.Kf4 Qf6+ 41.Kxg4 Qg6+ 42.Qxg6 Bxg6 43.Nf5+ Kd7 44.Nd4 b4 45.Kf4 Bd3 46.h4 Bc4 47.Ke3 Bxd5 48.g3 Ke7 49.Kd3 Kf6 50.Nc2 b3 51.Nd4 Ke5 52.Nb5 Bc6 53.Nc7 Kf5 54.Kc3 Kg4 55.Kxb3 Kxg3 56.h5 Be4 57.Kc4 Kh4 58.Ne8 d5+ 59.Kd4 Kxh5 60.Nf6+ Kg6 61.Nxe4 dxe4 62.Kxe4 ½-½.
Included are highly instructive video files as Adrian Mikhalchishin who shows an own game (against Kholmov) and explains the secrets of the Petroff Defence.
Valeri Lilov shows a very instructive win and and Robert Ris goes back in time with a famous Robert Fischer game, where Bobby only did manage to hold a draw.
Conclusion: Super material for a bargain price!