Latest book reviews of 1 August  2015

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Finding Bobby Fischer
Chess Interviews
by Dirk Jan Ten Geuzendam

New in Chess
286  pages
Price € 24,95
ISBN 978-90-569-1572-8

Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam  joined New In Chess in 1985 and ever then this talented author has man been covering top-level chess reporting from all over the world.
Geuzendam has interviewed the greatest chess players of all time as we can see in this lovely reproduced work from New in Chess that has been sold out for a very long time.
This reprint is identical to the original edition but there is a different photo selection included.
A highlight of this book is the interview with Bobby Fischer out 1994 two years after Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam  meeting with Bobby Fischer in Sveti Stefan,where the shy Bobby resurfaced from his wilderness years.
Interesting are the words of Garry Kasparov: The duty of a world champion is not only to play games,but also to explain to the public why he is winning and
Gary did it all with his five volume work My Great Predecessors.
Books that made impression on Kasparov where My Sixty Memorable Games,Bronstein’s book on the 1953 Candidates tournament and not to forget Alekhine’s 300 Best Games.
Kasparov writes: The way he explained things was simple and straightforward. Our styles had much in common. I have to admit that this book made a very strong impression on me!
Conclusion: A classic master piece!

Basic Chess Openings for Kids
Play like a Winner from Move One
by Charles Hertan

New in Chess
156  pages
Price € 18,95
ISBN 978-90-569-1579-1

The well known chess master Charles Hertan has been teaching children for more than 30 years chess, and his experiences can be found back in this eye catching book where the nice drawings and child friendly layout with cartoon style characters have an inviting impact.
This book is not based on memorizing openings but more on learning the goals and priorities of opening play.
Going throw this book the reader will develop an natural feeling of logical openings play.
Recommended are lines as the Giuoco Piano Opening and not 1.g3,where the author explains: These openings are hard to play,and only recommended for advanced players.
A nice example of how to play is: Nagy,Zoltan5 - Lambert,Polly [C54]
EU Union-ch U10 Mureck (3), 20.08.2005
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Nxe4 8.0-0 Bxc3 9.d5 Bf6 10.Re1 Ne7 11.Rxe4 d6 12.Bg5 Bxg5 13.Nxg5 h6 14.Qe2 hxg5 15.Re1 Be6 16.dxe6 f6 17.Re3 c6 18.Rh3 Rxh3 19.gxh3 g6 20.Qf3 Qa5 21.Qxf6 Qxe1+ 22.Kg2 Kd8 23.Qf8+ Kc7 24.Qxa8 and won on move 61!
By the way this was a European under 10 championship!
Conclusion: Smashing work!   

Chess Endgames for Kids by Karsten Müller

Gambit Publications Ltd
128 pages

Price $16,95
ISBN 978-1-910093-61-0

Endgames have the reputation of being the Cinderella of chess but this can not be said from this beautiful produced endgame book for kids from Gambit Publications Ltd.
Chess Endgames for Kids makes learning chess endgames fun but this book is also for every chess player who has learned the rules, played some games and studied
basic tactics, but knows only a little about the end.
The author is the phenomenal Chess Grandmaster Karsten Müller who is considered as the best endgame expert in the world, his masterwork Fundamental
Chess Endings co-authored with Frank Lamprecht belongs to the best ever written endgame books, and some say this work responsible for the outstanding
endgame skills of World Champion Magnus Carlsen who has studied this book in great depth.
All material of this book is packed in 50 lessons and 36 exercises plus excellent explanations.
Conclusion: Highly recommended!    

Chess DVD's

Original and aggressive: 1...b6 for practical players
by  Nigel Davies

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 brilliant master of explanation Grandmaster Nigel Davies comes with a well made DVD covering a well thought repertoire for black on the move 1…b6.
Covered are 34 video files,15 quiz position and an extra database from 50 heavy loaded entries.
Davies goes for lines as the game  Shipman,Walter (2308) - Blatny,Pavel (2512) [B00]
Frisco Masters op San Francisco (1), 06.03.2000
1.d4 b6 2.e4 Bb7 3.Nc3 e6 4.a3 d5 5.exd5 exd5 6.Bf4 Bd6 7.Bxd6 Qxd6 8.Nf3 Ne7 9.Bd3 0-0 10.0-0 c5 11.Re1 Nbc6 12.Qd2 Rad8 13.Rad1 Qf6 14.Qg5 Qxg5 15.Nxg5 h6 16.Nf3 c4 17.Bf1 Bc8 18.g3 Bg4 19.Bg2 Nf5 20.Ne2 Rfe8 21.c3 Nd6 22.Nf4 Ne7 23.h3 Bf5 24.Ne5 Be4 25.Bxe4 Nxe4 26.Nxc4 Nxc3 27.bxc3 dxc4 28.Re5 f6 29.Re6 Kf7 30.Re3 g5 31.Ne2 Rd5 32.Kf1 Ra5 33.d5 Rd8 34.d6 Nf5 35.Re4 Rxd6 36.Ra1 Rc6 37.Nd4 Nxd4 38.Rxd4 Rc7 39.g4 Rb5 40.Rad1 Rb3 41.Rd7+ Rxd7 42.Rxd7+ Ke6 43.Rxa7 Rxc3 44.Ra6 Rb3 45.Ke2 Kd5 46.a4 Kd4 47.a5 Rb2+ 48.Ke1 b5 49.Rxf6 b4 50.Kd1 Ra2 51.a6 b3 52.Rd6+ Kc3 0-1,
or Akopian,Vladimir (2655) - Speelman,Jonathan S (2600) [B00]
Elista ol (Men) Elista (12), 11.10.1998
1.Nf3 b6 2.e4 Bb7 3.Nc3 e6 4.d4 Bb4 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.e5 Ne4 7.0-0 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Be7 9.Nd2 d6 10.Qg4 g6 11.Ne4 dxe5 12.dxe5 Nc6 13.Rd1 Qd5 14.Ba6 Nxe5 15.Rxd5 Nxg4 16.Bxb7 exd5 17.Bxa8 dxe4 18.Bc6+ Kf8 19.h3 Ne5 20.Bh6+ Kg8 21.Bxe4 Bf8 22.Bf4 Bd6 23.Bh6 Bf8 24.Bf4 Bd6 ½-½.
Christian Bauer has written a very exciting book on the move 1…b6,Play 1…b6 Everyman Chess 2005 but personally I prefer this work from Davies,just invest 4 hours and 39 minutes and you are well prepared with a hypermodern opening system!
Conclusion: High level made repertoire DVD!

Powerplay 22: A Repertoire for Black with the French Defence
by  Daniel King

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

The great Daniel King does not only provide the user of this DVD with a complete repertoire for black on the French but also concentrates on various strategy and up to date theory all packed in twelve extensive video files  and good for around 4 hours and 43 minutes!
Included is an extra database of 56 entries where I found the following  game: Robson,R (2656) - Shankland,S (2661) [C11]
ch-USA 2015 Saint Louis USA (8), 09.04.2015
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Qd2 0-0 9.dxc5 Nxc5 10.0-0-0 a6 11.Qf2 b6 12.Nd4 Bb7 13.Nxc6 Bxc6 14.Bd4 Qc7 15.Qe3 Rfc8 16.Bd3 Nxd3+ 17.Rxd3 b5 18.Ne2 b4 19.Rd2 Ba4 20.b3 Bb5 21.g4 Bxe2 22.Qxe2 Bc5 23.Ba1 Qa7 24.Re1 a5 25.f5 a4 26.Kb1 Rc6 27.Qf3 axb3 28.cxb3 Rac8 29.Rc2 h6 30.Rec1 R6c7 31.Qd3 Be7 32.Bd4 Rxc2 33.Rxc2 Qb7 34.Rf2 Bc5 35.fxe6 fxe6 36.Rc2 Bxd4 37.Rxc8+ Qxc8 38.Qxd4 Qf8 39.Kb2 Qb8 40.a3 bxa3+ 41.Kxa3 Kf7 42.b4 Ke8 43.h4 g5 44.h5 Qa8+ 45.Kb3 Qa6 46.Qc3 Kd7 ½-½.
A fine example in the Advance line is Nunn,J - King,D [C02]
Kilkenny, 29.11.1997
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 [4...Bd7 5.Nf3 Qb6 with the idea ...Bb5.(Or 5...a6 followed by ...Bb5 are both interesting options.) ] 5.Nf3 Bd7 This is my favourite way of tackling the Advance Variation. Black retains flexibility. But there are many good systems. [5...Qb6 6.a3 is a better moment for the pawn push.] This is a big dividing moment for White. 6.a3 - probably not the best moment to play this move. More challenging against ...Qb6. [6.Bd3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Qb6 8.0-0 Nxd4 is the Milner-Barry Gambit. Insufficient but interesting! 9.Nbd2 (the modern way of playing the position) (9.Nxd4 Qxd4 10.Nc3 a6 11.Qe2 (11.Kh1 Qxe5 12.Re1 Qd6 13.Qf3 Be7 14.Bf4 Qb6 15.Qg3 Nf6 16.Be5 0-0µ; 11.Re1 Ne7 12.Be3 Qxe5 13.Rc1 Bc6 14.Bb1 Ng6 15.g3 Qd6 16.h4 d4 17.Qxd4 Ne5 18.Qxd6 Bxd6 19.Red1 0-0-0 20.Be4 Bc7 21.Bxc6 Nxc6 22.Ne4 Rxd1+ 23.Rxd1 Rd8 24.Rxd8+ Nxd8 25.Bc5 Kd7 26.f4 Kc6 27.Be7 h6 28.Kf2 f5 29.Nc3 g6 30.Kf3 h5 31.b3 Nf7 32.Ne2 Kd5 33.Ke3 Bb6+ 34.Kf3 Ba5 35.Ke3 Be1 36.Kd3 Nh6 37.a4 Ng4 38.Bd8 Nf2+ 39.Ke3 Ne4 0-1 (39) Brooks,M (2451)-Kraai,J (2509) Saint Louis 2011) 11...Rc8 (11...Ne7 12.Rd1 Nc6 (12...Qb6) 13.Bxa6 Qxe5 14.Bxb7 Qxe2 15.Nxe2 Rb8 16.Bxc6 Bxc6 17.b3 Bd6 18.Bb2 f6 19.Rac1 Bd7 20.f4 Ra8 21.a3 (21.a4 Rb8 22.f5 Rxb3) 21...Bxa3 22.Bxa3 Rxa3 23.Nd4 Ke7 24.Rc7 Rha8 25.Rb7 Ra1 26.Rxa1 Rxa1+ 27.Kf2 Ra2+ 28.Kf3 Kd6 29.Nb5+ Bxb5 30.Rxb5 Kc6 31.Rb8 Rb2 32.b4 Rb3+ 33.Ke2 d4 34.Rg8 Kd5 35.Rxg7 Ke4 36.Rxh7 Rb2+ 37.Ke1 Rxg2 38.Rh4 Ke3 39.Rh3+ Kxf4 40.Rd3 Rxh2 0-1 (40) Bonner,G-Whiteley,A (2310) Blackpool 1971) 12.Kh1 Bc5 13.f4 Nh6 14.Bd2 Ng4 15.Qxg4 Qxd3 16.Qxg7 Rf8 17.Rad1 Qg6 18.Qxg6 fxg6µ 0-1 (43) Gutkis,V (2310)-Chuprikov,D (2424) Voronezh 2003) 9...Bc5 10.Nxd4 Bxd4 11.Nf3 Ne7 12.Nxd4 Qxd4 13.Re1 b6 14.Be3 Qxb2 15.Qg4 Ng6µ 0-1 (29) Smerdon,D (2523)-Sadler,M (2646) England 2014;
6.Be2 is the most usual. Here's a reliable line for Black: 6...Nge7 7.0-0 (7.Na3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Nf5 9.Nc2 Qb6 10.0-0 Na5 11.g4 Ne7 12.Nfe1 Bb5 13.Nd3 h5 14.gxh5 Nf5 15.Be3 Nc6 16.a4 Bc4 17.b4 Qd8f 0-1 (30) Shabalov,A (2631)-Shirov,A (2705) Edmonton 2005 ; 7.dxc5?! Ng6) 7...cxd4 8.cxd4 Nf5 9.Nc3 Rc8 10.Bg5 Qb6 11.Na4 Qa5 12.Rc1 h6 13.Bd2 Qd8 14.Be3 Be7 15.Nc5 Bxc5 16.Rxc5 Nxe3 17.fxe3 0-0 18.Qd2 Ne7 19.b4 Rxc5 20.dxc5 Qc7 21.Rc1 a6 22.Bd3 Bb5 23.Bxb5 axb5 24.Nd4 Qxe5³ 0-1 (41) Zherebukh,Y (2629)-Pelletier,Y (2599) Haguenau 2013] 6...c4 [6...f6 preferred by some.] 7.Be2 Na5 [7...Qb6 8.Nbd2 8...Na5 9.0-0 Ne7 10.Rb1 with the queen on b6 it makes sense to force open the b-file 10...h6 11.Qc2 Qc7 12.b3 cxb3 13.Nxb3 Ba4 14.Nfd2 Nec6 15.Qb2 0-0-0 16.Nxa5 Nxa5 17.c4 Be7 18.cxd5 exd5 19.Bd1 Bd7 20.Bc2 Kb8 21.Bd3 Rc8 22.Nb3 Nc4 23.Qa2 Ba4 24.Bf5 Bd7 25.Bd3 Ba4 26.Bf5 Bd7 ½-½ (26) Tal,M-Petrosian,T Tbilisi 1956;
7...f6 Takes the game in a completely different direction - it's a question of taste. 8.0-0 fxe5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.dxe5 Bc5" 0-1 (23) Blees,A (2410)-Psakhis,L (2625) Portoroz 1995] 8.Nbd2 Bc6 [8...Qb6?!;
8...Ne7] 9.0-0 Qd7 10.g3 [ 10.a4 10...Ne7 ;
10.b4 cxb3 11.Nxb3 Ba4 12.Nfd2 Rc8 ] 10...Ba4 11.Qe1 11...Be7 [11...Bc2 12.Kg2 followed by Bd1.;
11...Ne7 12.Nh4;
11...0-0-0] 12.h4 [ 12.Bd1 0-0-0 13.Bxa4 Qxa4 14.Qd1 ] 12...0-0-0 13.Kg2 f5 [13...Nh6f flexible.;
13...f6?! 14.Bd1;
13...Bc2?! 14.Bd1 Bd3 15.Be2 Bxe2 16.Qxe2 exchanging pieces makes life easier for White.] 14.Ng5 [14.exf6 gxf6 gives up the centre and opens the g-file. 15.Bd1 Bxd1 (15...Bc6!?) 16.Qxd1 Bd6 17.Re1 Nc6 18.b3 cxb3 19.Nxb3 Nge7;
14.Rh1 Nh6 (14...f4!? 15.gxf4 Nh6©) 15.Nf1 Bc2µ;
14.Bd1 Nh6 (14...Bxd1 15.Qxd1 Nh6 16.b4 White finds some counterplay.) ] 14...Bxg5! [14...Nh6 15.Nh3 is a bit annoying. Black still has to work hard to break successfully on the kingside 15...Nf7 16.Nf4 Rdg8 (16...g5?! 17.hxg5 Nxg5 18.Rh1) 17.Bd1 Bxd1 18.Qxd1 g6 19.b4 Nc6 (19...cxb3 20.Nxb3 Nc4 21.Nd3") 20.Rh1 h6 21.h5 g5 22.Ng6 Rh7"] 15.hxg5 Ne7 16.Rh1 [If White plays 16.Nf3 then 16...Bc2 threatening ...Nb3 is embarrassing.;
16.f4 h6 17.gxh6 Rxh6 18.Rh1 Rdh8 19.Rxh6 Rxh6µ] 16...f4! [16...Rdf8?! 17.f4;
16...Ng6?! 17.f4;
16...h6?! 17.gxh6 gxh6 18.Nf3 ] 17.gxf4 [17.Nf3 fxg3 18.fxg3 Bc2µ;
17.Nf1 fxg3 18.Nxg3 Bc2µ;
17.g4 Rdf8 18.Nf3 (18.Bd1 Bxd1 19.Qxd1 h6,) 18...Bc2f] 17...Rdf8 18.Nf1 Nb3 [18...Ng6 19.Be3 Nxf4+ 20.Bxf4 Rxf4 21.Ne3 Nb3 22.Rd1 Qe7 23.f3 Be8³ (23...Qxg5+? 24.Qg3 Qxg3+ 25.Kxg3 Rff8 26.f4© ) ] 19.Be3 [19.Rb1 Nxc1 20.Qxc1 Ng6 21.Ne3 Nxf4+ 22.Kf1 Qe7 23.Rg1 h6,] 19...Nxa1 20.Qxa1 Bc2 [20...h6] 21.Ng3 Nf5 [21...h6 is the most direct.] 22.Qc1 Qa4 23.Rh3 h6 24.Bg4 hxg5 25.fxg5 Rxh3 26.Bxh3 Rh8 27.Qd2 [27.Nxf5 exf5 (27...Bxf5 28.Bxf5 exf5 29.Bf4 is surprisingly hard for Black to break down.) 28.f3 Bd3 ] 27...Nh4+ 28.Kf1 Bd3+ 29.Ne2 Nf3 [29...Nf3 30.Bxe6+ Kb8 31.Qc1 Rh1+ 32.Kg2 Rxc1 33.Nxc1 Be4-+ ] 0-1
Conclusion: This DVD offers you a lot of value for your money!
Available in German and English! Daniel King speaks also perfect German! 

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 166
July  2015
Videos by Adrian Mikhalchishin,Nicholas Pert and SAergei Tiviakov

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 12.99

ChessBase Magazine issue 166 extra,the one without any annotations to the games but every important game that is played between April and June of this year is here on this DVD!
All together there are 30475 entries plus some super multimedia files from Adrian Mikhalchishin with the Archangelsk Variation, Sergei Tiviakov who outplayed Vishy Anand and Nicholas Pert is impressed by the endgame skills from Magnus Carlsen.
As a Latvian game collector I would like to show the reader the following black win: Marholev,Dimitar (2315) - Dimov,Dian (2340) [C40]
BUL-ch 79th Pleven (6), 23.04.2015
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 d6 5.Nc4 fxe4 6.Nc3 Qg6 7.Bf4 Nf6 8.Bg3 h5 9.h3 Nc6 10.d5 Ne7 11.Ne3 Nf5 12.Nxf5 Bxf5 13.Qd4 Be7 14.Nd1 0-0 15.Ne3 Nd7 16.0-0-0 Nc5 17.Bh2 Bd7 18.g4 h4 19.Qd2 b5 20.Bg2 Bf6 21.Qa5 Na4 22.c3 b4 23.Qxb4 Rab8 24.Qxe4 Qxe4 25.Bxe4 Rxb2 26.Bf5 Bxf5 27.Nxf5 Rxf2 28.Rd3 Bg5+
29.Kb1 Rb8+ 30.Ka1 Rbb2 0-1,interesting is also Cisko,Miloslav (1572) - Priecinsky,Filip (1458) [C40]
SVK-ch U16 Tatralandia (4), 20.04.2015
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Nf6 4.exf5 d6 5.Nf3 Bxf5 6.Be2 Nc6 7.Nc3 Qd7 8.d3 h6 9.Be3 0-0-0 10.Nd4 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 Qe6 12.0-0 c5 13.Bxf6 gxf6 14.Bf3 d5 15.Re1 Qf7 16.a3 Rg8 17.d4 Qg6 18.Rc1 Bh3 19.g3 Bg4 20.Bxg4+ Qxg4 21.Qxg4+ Rxg4 22.dxc5 Bxc5 23.Re6 Bd4 24.Rd1 Kd7 25.Rde1 Kc8 26.Nd1 Rg5 27.c3 Be5 28.Re7 d4 29.Kh1 dxc3 30.Nxc3 Bxc3 31.bxc3 Rf5 32.Kg1 Rd3 33.R1e3 Rd2 34.Re2 Rd3 35.R7e3 Rd1+ 36.Kg2 Ra1 37.c4 Rc1 38.Re4 Rc3 39.R2e3 Rc2 40.Rf3 Rxf3 41.Kxf3 Rc3+ 42.Kg4 Rxa3 43.Kf5 Ra6 44.h4 Rc6 45.g4 a5 46.h5 a4 47.Kf4 a3 48.c5 Rxc5 49.Ra4 Rc3 50.Ke4 b5 51.Ra5 Rc4+ 52.Kf3 Ra4 53.Rxb5 a2 54.Rc5+ Kd7 55.Rc1 a1Q 56.Rxa1 Rxa1 57.Ke4 Ke6 58.f4 Ra4+ 59.Ke3 Kd5 60.Kf3 Ra3+ 61.Ke2 Ke4 62.g5 fxg5 63.fxg5 hxg5 64.h6 Rh3 0-1
3…Nf6 is Lowenthal move,simple but good is 4.Bc4!
Conclusion: Super material for a bargain price!