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A Cunning Chess Opening for Black
Lure Your Opponent into the Philidor Swamp!
by Sergey Kasparov

New in Chess
334  pages
Price € 24,95
ISBN 978-90-5691-593-3

The well known Sergey Kasparov explains at the hand of  a impressive 155 model games the secrets of the Modern Philidor defence that runs with the moves 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5.
As we can learn from Sergey Kasparov the most principled reaction is 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8 Kxd8 6.Bg5 where I found several model games from the author him self as for example:
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8 6.Bg5 Be6 7.0-0-0+ Nbd7 8.f3 c6 9.Nge2 Kc7 10.a3 a5 11.Bh4 Be7 12.Bg3 Bc5 13.Nd4 Bxd4 14.Rxd4 Nh5 15.Rd2 Nxg3 16.hxg3 f6 17.Be2 Rad8 18.Nd1 h6 19.Ne3 Nb6 20.Rxd8 Rxd8 21.g4 Rd7 22.Rd1 Rxd1+ 23.Kxd1 Na4 24.Kc1 b5 25.b3 Nb6 26.Kb2 Kd6 27.Nf1 Kc5 28.Kc3 b4+ 29.axb4+ axb4+ 30.Kd2 Nc8 31.Ke3 Nd6 32.Nd2 Bg8 and draw,Ahmad Issa – Sergey Kasparov Lebanon 2002.
Not less interesting is the game of Sergey Kasparov his wife Tatiana Kasparova who is also responsible for the technical part of this book: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8 6.Bg5 Be6 7.0-0-0+ Nbd7 8.f4 exf4 9.Nf3 h6 10.Bxf4 Bb4 11.Nb5 Ba5 12.Ne5 Kc8 13.Bc4 a6 14.Nd4 Bxc4 15.Nxc4 Bb4 16.c3 Bc5 17.Rhe1 Re8 18.e5 Bxd4 19.Rxd4 Nc5 20.Bg3 Nh5 21.Bf2 Ne6 22.Rd2 Nhf4 23.Bg3 Nh5 24.Bh4 b5 25.Na5 Nhf4 26.Kc2 Ng6 27.Bg3 Rd8 28.Rf2 Rd7 29.Ref1 Nd8 30.Nb3 c6 31.Nc5 Re7 32.Ne4 Nxe5 33.Nd6+ Kd7 34.Rd1 Ng4 35.Nxf7+ Ke8 36.Nd6+ Kd7 37.Nxb5+ Ke8 38.Nd6+ Kd7 39.Nf5+ Ke8 40.Rf3 Rd7 41.Nd6+ Ke7 42.Re1+ 1-0,
Gharamian,Tigran  - Kasparova,Tatiana
Kaupthing op-A 1st Differdange  2007.
White was that time a 300 elo points stronger and that says something of this set-up but black must not fear the resulting endgame after 5…Kxd8,but as we can see in  this book black hardly faces problems.
But I can imagine it is not everyone’s cup of tea!
The whole work from Sergey Kasparov is well explained where the author prefers explanations above massive lines.
New for me where the lines with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.Ng5+ Kg6 8.h4 h5 9.f4 exf4 10.Ne6 Qg8 11.Nxf4+ Kf7 12.0-0 c5= ,Gazik – Szalai,Szekszard 1989.
Stronger is off course: 1.d4 d6 2.e4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.Ng5+ Kg8 8.Ne6 Qe8 9.Nxc7 Qg6 10.Nxa8 Qxg2 11.Rf1 exd4 12.Qe2 dxc3 13.Qc4+ d5 14.Qxc8+ Kf7 15.Qxc3 Qxe4+ 16.Qe3 Qxc2 17.Qb3 Bb4+ 18.Qxb4 Nc5 0-1,Jorge  Baules – Dublan Narciso Marc - Iberoamerican-ch GpA 3rd Mexico  2010.
Kasparov writes after 6.Bxf7+ lets pay some attention to a quite rare but charismatic offshoot.
How frequent is it? In my 20-25 years of practice in this opening I never faced it in a classic game.In internet blitz games I have automatically made the pre move 6….Kxf7 but in vain.
For the interested reader the latest MegaData Base goes back with this line to the game Banks,Newell William - Kupchik,Abraham [C41]
New York Rice prel New York (8), 1916
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.Ng5+ Kg8 8.Ne6 Qe8 9.Nxc7 Qg6 10.0-0 Rb8 11.f4 exd4 12.N3d5 Nxd5 13.f5 Qf7 14.Nxd5 Bf6 15.Bf4 Be5 16.Qd3 h6 17.Qc4 Kh7 18.Nf6+ Qxf6 19.g4 Bxf4 20.Rxf4 Ne5 21.Qc7 Bd7 22.Qa5 Qg5 23.Raf1 Nxg4 24.Kh1 Bc6 25.Qe1 Rhe8 26.h4 Rxe4 27.Rxe4 Qe3 0-1.
But critical is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Nd7 4.d4 Ngf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.Ng5+ Kg8 8.Ne6 Qe8 9.Nxc7 Qg6 10.Nxa8 Qxg2 11.Rf1 exd4 12.Qxd4 Ne5 13.f3 Nfg4 14.Qd5!+ Nf7 15.Qc4 Bh4+ 16.Kd1 Be6 17.Qe2 Nf2+ 18.Rxf2 Bxf2 19.Bf4 Qg1+ 20.Kd2 Qxa1 21.Qxf2 Qxb2 and with a unclear position.
Included in this book are 35 exercises, solutions to exercises and a useful index of players and the excellent translation into the English language is done by Kasparov his daughter Eva!
Conclusion: One of the finest books I ever saw on this line!

The English Attack against the Taimanov Sicilian
A Guide for White
by Zaven Andriasyan

New in Chess
174  pages
Price € 21,95
ISBN 978-90-5691-555-1

The Armenia Grandmaster Zaven Andriasyan reveals in this repertoire book the move 6.Be3
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 against the Taimanov Sicilian.
All material is divided into three Parts and nine chapters and is based on the move order
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Nf6 8.f3 Bb4 9.0-0-0
and now black has the choice out the moves 9…Na5 Chapter 2,9….Ne7 Chapter 3, and 3…Ne5 covered in chapter 4,5 and 6.
And 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Qd2 a6 8.f3 Be7 9.0-0-0
Where 9…h5 and 9…b5 is covered in chapter and 9…0-0 in chapter 8 and 9.
Our brilliant author does not like the move order: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Qd2 a6 8.f3 Bb4 9.0-0-0 Na5?! Where he writes: I do not like this move very much,because its only main idea is to go into an endgame.White has a choice of which useful move he wants to make.
Pleasant to mention is that our young author leads you as a guide throw the labyrinths of variations and games, where all key positions are brought instructively together so it is not to difficult to take up this book but on the other hand,for correspondence chess players it is possible to win from the book.
I never realised but many Taimanov positions are reminiscent of the French defence,and as Andriasyan explains and it is no coincidence that many French players also play the Taimanov.
This book also covers the interesting move 6….Nf6,witout the subsequent of ….d6.This has become more and more popular in recent years and leads to sharp and complicated positions,which is all covered in Chapter 1.
Included are exercises to see if you understood the strategies and ideas behind the Taimanov,a useful index of variations and players plus a lot of instructive tips!
Conclusion: Take on the Taimanov and win!

Liquidation on the Chess Board
Mastering the Transition into the Pawn Ending
by Joel Benjamin

New in Chess
253 pages
Price € 19,95
ISBN 978-90-5691-553-7

Liquidation on the Chess Board is a wonderful produced pawn endgame book based on the winning techniques of a end game transition.
Mastering these techniques is a matter of recognizing and GM Joel Benjamin has presented all material in this book before the liquidation.
Benjamin writes: I have explored the unique aspects of particular pieces in regard to the endgame, e.g. placements of  pawns on light and dark squares in relation to bishops, the dynamics of knights and outside passed pawns, positions that favour one minor piece over another, and so on. In a number of examples, liquidation occurs almost immediately; obviously the pawn ending takes centre stage there.
In other cases, the pieces may stay on for several moves, or possible only come off in a other cases, the pieces may stay on for several moves, or possibly only come off in a key variation.
To trade or not to trade, that is the question that can only be understood by examining both pathways.
A fine example of this all is the following game from Nimzowitsch,please excuse me if I give all moves: Henneberger,Walter - Nimzowitsch,Aaron [B15]
SUI ch 35rd Winterthur (7.3), 16.04.1931
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Ng3 c5 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.Bxd7+ Nbxd7 8.Nf3 Qa5+ 9.c3 Qa6 10.Qe2 Qxe2+ 11.Nxe2 Rc8 12.0-0 e6 13.Bf4 Be7 14.Rfe1 Nd5 15.Bg3 c4 16.Ne5 Nxe5 17.Bxe5 f6 18.Bg3 g5 19.f4 h6 20.Rad1 Kf7 21.Rd2 b5 22.Rf1 Rhe8 23.Rf3 g4 24.Rf1 f5 25.Bf2 Rg8 26.g3 h5 27.Kg2 Bd6 28.Rc1 h4 29.Rdd1 Rh8 30.Rd2 Ke7 31.Rdc2 Kd7 32.Re1 Rh7 33.Ra1 hxg3 34.hxg3 a5 35.Rcc1 Rch8 36.Rh1 Rxh1 37.Rxh1 Rxh1 38.Kxh1 b4 39.Kg2 a4 40.cxb4 Bxb4 41.Kf1 Kc6 42.Be1 Kb5 43.Nc3+ Bxc3 44.bxc3 Kc6 45.Ke2 Nf6 46.Ke3 Ne4 47.Ke2 Kd5 48.Ke3 Kd6!! Benjamin: In my opinion, this is one of all-time great triangulations because the need to lose a tempo is not immediately obvious.
After 48…Nd6 49.Bd2 Nb5 50.Be1 Na3 51.Bd2 black lacks an effective continuation 51…Nb1 52.Be1 and 51…Nc2+ 52.Ke2 Ke4 53.Bc1 lead nowhere.
49.Ke2 Kc6 50.Ke3 Kd5 51.Ke2 Nd6 52.Ke3 Nb5 53.Bd2 Na3 54.Bc1 Nb1 55.Bb2 a3 56.Ba1 Kd6! This triangulation is more obvious but how ofthen do we see the same triangulation manoeuvre executed twice in one game?
57.Ke2 Kc6 58.Kd1 Kd5 59.Kc2 Ke4 60.Kxb1 Kf3 61.Bb2 axb2 62.a4 Kxg3 63.a5 Kh2 64.a6 g3 65.a7 g2 66.a8Q g1Q+ 67.Kxb2 Qg2+ 68.Qxg2+ Kxg2 69.Ka3 Kf3 70.Kb4 Kxf4 71.Kxc4 Ke3 72.d5 exd5+ 73.Kxd5 f4 74.c4 f3 75.c5 f2 76.c6 f1Q 0-1,yes a study like win!
Many say the endgame is the Cinderella of chess but this we can not say from this lovely work from Joel Benjamin!
Included throw this book are exercise to test your endgame skills!
Conclusion: One of those golden endgame books!

Chess DVD's

ChessBase Magazine issue 165
April /May
ISSN 1432-8992
Price Euro 19.95

ChessBase Magazine issue 165 comes with the following highlights: Wijk aan Zee, Zürich,GP Tbilisi, Baden Baden and more!
All good for 467 entries, where a small eleven of them are heavy analysed.
Video reports come from Nicholas Pert on the Semi Slav,Adrian Mikhalchishin on the Ant Dutch 1.Nf3 f5 2.d3 d6 3.e4 e5 4.Nc3 and Lawrence Trent digs in the Sicilian with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3.
Practical traings contributions can be found by Simon Williams: Move
By Move, Rainer Knaak:Opening Trap,Dorian Rogozenco:Strategy Nimzowitsch – Salwe,karlsbad 1911,Oliver Reeh:Tactics and on endgames we find the great endgame expert Karsten Müller!
His endgame contribution holds two introduction texts,24 annotated games,trainings questions and five classic video clips!
The openings files go to: Sagar Shah: English Opening A20
1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 h6,Souleidis: Double Fianchetto A50
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 b6 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.0-0 0-0,Sumets: Old Indian Defence A54
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 4.Nf3 e5 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3,Ris: Sicilian Defence B35,Szabo: Sicilian Defence B90
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Be7 9.Qd2 0-0 10.0-0-0 Nbd7 11.g4 b5 12.Rg1,Havasi: French Defence C06
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 cxd4 8.cxd4 f6 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.0-0 Bd6 11.Nf3 0-0 12.Bf4 Bxf4 13.Nxf4 Ne4,
Marin: French Defence C08
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 exd5 5.Bb5+ Nc6 6.Qe2+ Be7 7.dxc5 Nf6 8.Nb3 0-0,Kuzmin: Slav D11
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bg4 5.h3 Bh5 6.g4 Bg6 7.Ne5,Postny: Queen's Gambit D38
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 7.e3 0-0 8.Rc1 dxc4 9.Bxc4 c5 10.0-0 cxd4,Stohl: Semi-Slav/Catalan E04
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c6 4.Nc3 e6 5.g3 and at last Krasenkow: Bogo Indian Defence E11
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2 b6 5.a3 Bxd2+ 6.Bxd2 Bb7 7.Bg5 d6 8.e3 Nbd7.
Correspondence lovers will be very glad with the impressive Telechess files with  nearly 10000 entries,plus there is a super made booklet in two languages!
Conclusion: Super material!

Tactic Toolbox Semi-Slav with 5.Bg5
by  Robert Ris

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

This time Robert  Ris digs in the tactics and middle game strategies of the Semi Slav with moves as 5.Bg5 {1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6}
Or the Moscow variation: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6, And the feared Botvinnink variation 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6.
Included are so Meran related positions as we can see in one of the following model game,which is one of the 50 extra included ones: Kramnik,Vladimir (2729) - Bruzon Batista,Lazaro (2626) [D52]
Turin ol (Men) 37th Turin (12), 03.06.2006
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 Qa5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qd2 Bb4 9.Rc1 h6 10.Bh4 0-0 11.a3 Bxc3 12.bxc3 Qxa3 13.e4 Ne7 14.Bd3 Ng6 15.Bg3 e5 16.0-0 Re8 17.Rfe1 Qa5 18.Qb2 Qd8 19.Bb1 a5 20.Rcd1 a4 21.Ba2 Qe7 22.Qc1 Ra5 23.Qd2 exd4 24.Nxd4 Qc5 25.Bc7 Ra8 26.Bxf7+ Kxf7 27.Qa2+ Kf8 28.Ne6+ Rxe6 29.Qxe6 Ne7 30.Re3 Ke8 31.Rf3 Qh5 32.Bd6 1-0.
26.Bxf7+! is smashing as we can see in the highly instructive video files!
Video running time is 5 hours and 41 minutes.
Conclusion: There is no better way to learn the strategies of the Semi Slav!

The Ragozin Defense
by  Alejandro Ramirez

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

Alejandro Ramirez offers the user in this DVD with a reliable black repertoire line against the so popular Ragozin Defence, that runs with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5.
Included on this DVD is a classic example from the great Ragozin 1908-1962 who was grandmaster of both FIDE and ICCF: Freiman,Sergey Nikolaevich - Ragozin,Viacheslav [D38]
URS-ch09 Leningrad, 1934
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Qa4+ Nc6 6.Ne5 Bd7 7.Nxc6 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Bxc6 9.Qb3 dxc4 10.Qxc4 Ne4 11.Be3 0-0 12.f3 Nd6 13.Qd3 Bb5 14.Qc2 e5 15.dxe5 Nc4 16.Bf4 Qh4+ 17.g3 Qh5 18.Bg2 Nxe5 19.0-0 Ng6 20.Bc1 Rfe8 21.Rf2 Qc5 22.e4 Ne5 23.a4 Bd3 24.Qb3 Rad8 25.Qb4 Qc6 26.Bf4 h6 27.Bxe5 Rxe5 28.Rd1 a5 29.Qb2 Re7 30.Rfd2 Red7 31.h4 b6 32.Bh3 Rd6 33.Qa3 Bc2 34.Rxd6 Rxd6 35.Rd4 Rxd4 36.cxd4 Qxa4 37.Qc3 Bb3 38.d5 Qc4 39.Qe5 Qc5+ 40.Kg2 Ba4 41.h5 Bb5 42.Qf5 Be8 43.f4 a4 44.Bg4 a3 45.Qe5 Bb5 0-1.
From more interest is the following well analysed game: Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar (2760) - Carlsen,Magnus (2881) [E34]
Gashimov Memorial-A Shamkir (6), 26.04.2014
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.Nf3 dxc4 6.Bg5 b5 7.a4 c6 8.g3 Bb7 9.Bg2 Nbd7 10.0-0 Qb6 11.e4 a6 12.Rfd1 h6 13.Be3 0-0 14.d5 c5 15.a5 Qd8 16.dxe6 fxe6 17.Nh4 Bxc3 18.bxc3 Qe8 19.f4 Rd8 20.h3 Rf7 21.Rd6 e5 22.f5 Nf8 23.Bxc5 Rxd6 24.Bxd6 Rd7 25.Bxf8 Qxf8 26.Rd1 Qc5+ 27.Kh2 Bxe4 28.Bxe4 Rxd1 29.Qxd1 Nxe4 0-1.
Most model game come from the years 2013 and 2014 and that makes this DVD very up to date!
Included is an extra data of 80 entries where many of them are top games!
Running time is 5 hours and 26 minutes!
Conclusion: One of those ChessBase super DVD’s!

The middlegame - Static Positions
by  Mihail MarinTrainingMiddlegameFritztrainer
Power Strategy 2

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

There are not many chess players who have the talent to explain chess strategies as for example Edward Lasker did in his famous book Chess Strategy, one of the first books ever written on chess strategy.
Marin has the talent to explain complex middle game strategies in understandable words as we could see in the following model game: Petrosian,Tigran V - Larsen,Bent [A15]
Zagreb Zagreb (7), 1965
1.c4 c6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.b3 g6 4.Bb2 Bg7 5.g3 0-0 6.Bg2 d6 7.0-0 e5 8.d3 Re8 9.Qc2 c5 10.Nc3 Nc6 11.a3 Bg4 12.e3 h6 13.Nd2 Qd7 14.Nd5 Nxd5 15.cxd5 Nb8 16.f3 Bh3 17.Bxh3 Qxh3 18.Ne4 Qd7 19.f4 Na6 20.fxe5 dxe5 21.Nc3 Nc7 22.e4 Re7 23.Rf3 Rf8 24.Raf1 h5 25.a4 a5 26.Nd1 b6 27.Ne3 Ne8 28.Nc4 Qd8 29.Qg2 Nd6 30.g4 hxg4 31.Qxg4 f5 32.Qxg6 Rf6 33.Qg5 Nxc4 34.dxc4 f4 35.Kh1 Qd6 36.Rg1 Kh7 37.Rh3+ Kg8 38.Rh5 f3 39.Bxe5 Rxe5 40.Qxg7# 1-0.
Interesting to mention is the following game of the Dutch chess amateur Eddie Scholl who became in 1970 Dutch Champion but never received the title of International master.
 Spassky,Boris V - Scholl,Eddie C [C98]
IBM Amsterdam (3), 16.07.1970
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nbd2 Nc6 13.d5 Nd8 14.c4 Bd7 15.Bd3 g6 16.Nf1 Nh5 17.Bh6 Ng7 18.g4 f6 19.Ng3 Nf7 20.Be3 Rfb8 21.b3 b4 22.a3 a5 23.a4 Kf8 24.Nh2 Ke8 25.f4 exf4 26.Bxf4 Kd8 27.Ra2 Kc8 28.Rf2 Kb7 29.Bc1 Rf8 30.Ref1 Rg8 31.Bb2 Ne5 32.Nf3 Raf8 33.Kh2 Qd8 34.Be2 Nf7 35.Ne1 Ne5 36.Nd3 Ka8 37.g5 Nxd3 38.Bxd3 fxg5 39.Rf7 Rxf7 40.Rxf7 Nh5 41.Nxh5 gxh5 42.e5 Be8 43.Rxh7 Rf8 44.Kg2 g4 ½-½
Included is a extra database of 42 entries, and all files are available in the English and German language.
Video running time is 4 hours and 37 minutes.
Conclusion: This DVD has a highly instructive value!

TrainingMaster Class
Master Class Vol.4: José Raúl Capablanca
by  Dr. Karsten Müller, Mihail Marin, Oliver Reeh, Niclas Huschenbeth

Price Euro 29.90
Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX9 graphic card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 12/Fritz 13 or included Reader and internet connection for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel Core i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows 7 or Windows 8, DirectX10 graphic card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or better, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet connection for program activation.

José Raúl Capablanca (19 November 1888 – 8 March 1942)  needs no introduction at all, many consider him as the greatest chess player of all time.
Capablanca  learned the rules of the game at the age of four and the story is that he pointed out an illegal move by his father, and then beat his father afterwards twice.
At the age of eight he was taken to Havana Chess Club, where he outplayed the best players of the club.
In 1921 Capablanca became world champion by beating Emanuel Lasker,but  he lost the title in 1927 to Alexander Alekhine.
Capablanca had the status of a move star, interesting are the words of Emanuel Lasker who once said: "I have known many chess players, but only one chess genius: Capablanca."
Capablanca was phenomenal in rapid chess,by winning in 1906
 a tournament ahead of the reigning World Chess Champion, Emanuel Lasker.
The ChessBase team has managed to dig up for this project 1223 Capablanca games, where a 417 of them are excellent analysed.
But first to the wellmade DVD where Niklas Huschenbeth is responsible for the openings,Oliver Reeh has made a select choice of little combinations, and prepared them in interactive format.
Mihail Marin is reasonable for  Capablanca’s strategic performances,
and the great endgame expert GM Karsten Müller digs in Capablanca’s endgames performances as we all know he was renowned for his exceptional endgame skill and high speed of play.
Included is a  biographical section, tables, tactics and an endgame database.
But also  a short biography and a lot of  background knowledge is not missing here!
The following game from 1909 is not one of Capablanca his best but the openings play is very interesting for that time of play: Eisenberg,Louis R - Capablanca,Jose Raul [C59]
New York casual New York, 15.04.1909
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 11.f4 Bc5 12.Rf1 Bb6 13.c3 Qd6 14.b4 Nb7 15.Qa4 Bd7 16.Na3 0-0 17.Nac4 Qc7 18.Nxd7 Nxd7 19.Qc2 Rfe8 20.a4 a5 21.Rb1 Rad8 22.Qb3 Ba7 23.Ba3 axb4 24.cxb4 c5 25.b5 Na5 26.Nxa5 Qxa5 27.Bb2 Nb6 28.Qc3 Qxc3 29.Bxc3 Nxa4 30.Be5 Bb8 31.b6 Re6 32.Bc7 Rf8 33.Bd1 Bxc7 34.bxc7 Rb6 35.Ra1 Nb2 36.Bg4 Rc6 37.c8Q Rfxc8 38.Bxc8 Rxc8 39.Ke2 Rd8 40.g3 Kh7 41.f5 Nc4 42.Ra2 Rd5 43.g4 Ne5 44.Rf4 Nd3 45.Rf1 Ne5 46.Ra4 c4 47.h3 Nf3 48.Rxc4 Rxd2+ 49.Ke3 Rh2 50.Rd1 Ng5 51.Rd8 Rxh3+ 52.Ke2 Rh2+ 53.Ke3 Rh3+ 54.Kd2 g6 55.f6 e3+ 56.Ke2 Ne6 57.Rd7 g5 58.Rxf7+ Kg6 59.Re7 Kxf6 60.Rxe6+ Kxe6 61.Re4+ Kd5 62.Rxe3 Rxe3+ 63.Kxe3 Ke5 0-1.   
A famous endgame is Kan,Ilia Abramovich - Capablanca,Jose Raul [C25]
Moscow Moscow (10), 27.05.1936
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.
Gary Kasparov wrote later about this game: 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 later-day computer.
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