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Ignaz Kolisch
The Life and Chess Career by Fabrizio Zavatarelli

McFarland & Company,Inc.,Publishers Box 611
Jefferson,North Carolina 28640.
Price $75.00

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-9690-7
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-1801-2
324 games, 174 diagrams, 63 illustrations, appendices, notes, bibliography, indexes
376pp. library binding (8.5 x 11) 2015

Baron Ignatz von Kolisch 6 April 1837 – + 30 April 1889), also Baron Ignaz von Kolisch (German) or báró Kolisch Ignác (Hungarian), was a merchant, journalist and chess
master who brought it to millionaire.
As we can see in this eye catching work from the Italian historian Fabrizio Zavatarelli, Kolisch was a brilliant chess player who had an attractive style of play.
He did not play so many games as for example Blackburne but he played some interesting matches so as against the strongest player of that time Adolf Anderssen,
which he only lost with a score from 5-4.
That same year 1861, he drew a match with Louis Paulsen. In 1867 at the Paris tournament he made first place, by defeating the legendary  Wilhelm Steinitz.
Steinitz,William - Kolisch,Ignatz [C38]
Paris Paris, 13.06.1867
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 Bg7 5.0-0 d6 6.d4 h6 7.g3 g4 8.Ne1 f3 9.c3 Ne7 10.h3 h5 11.Nxf3 gxf3 12.Qxf3 Bxh3 13.Qxf7+ Kd7 14.Qxg7 Bxf1 15.Bxf1 Qg8 16.Bh3+ Kd8 17.Qxg8+ Rxg8 18.Bf4 Nd7 19.Na3 Nf6 20.Be6 Rg6 21.Re1 h4 22.e5 Nh5 23.exd6 Nxf4 24.dxe7+ Ke8 25.Bf5 Rxg3+ 26.Kh1 Nd5 27.Nb5 a6 28.Be4 axb5 29.Bxd5 c6 30.Bg2 Rg7 31.d5 Rxe7 32.Rf1 cxd5 33.Bxd5 Rd8 34.c4 bxc4 35.Bxc4 Rd2 36.b4 Re4 37.Bf7+ Ke7 38.Bb3 Ree2 39.Ra1 Rh2+ 40.Kg1 Rdg2+ 41.Kf1 h3 0-1,this game is well analysed in this book from Zavatarelli, pleasantly with the comments of that time.
The story is that Kolisch did let Steinitz ‘sit to death’,so that Steinitz was tempted by a hast move,of which Kolisch took advantage.
There followed a bitter controversy between the two matadors, which gave rise to much talk.
Interesting are the notes from Neumann & Arnous de Riviere on move 10.h3?!:This is a grave fault on the part of Mr.Steinitz.Je should have sacrificed the Knight at once.
As we can see in the game Isakov – Novotelnov,Moskiu 1947,10.Nxf3 gxf3 11.Bxf7 Kxf7 12.Qxf3 Kg8 13.Qf7+ Kh7 14.Rf6 Nf5 15.Qg6+ Kg8 16.Qf7+ was only good for a draw.
Probably Steinitz saw this all and he wanted to play for a win,but 10.h3? is certainly not in the spirit of this line!
Fabrizio Zavatarelli does not only give an excellent coverage of the great master Kolisch in this book but there is also a lot of attention to the contemporaries of Kolish as for example the chess genius Cecil de Vere: Cecil Valentine De Vere 1845-1875 learned chess in 1859 and at first Burden,then Boden were his teachers.In 1865-66,he played a match against Steinitz,receiving pawn and move;his victory +7-3=2 made him a first class Vere,indeed promised to reach the peaks of international chess;he was a model player,owning to his playing swiftness and his clear and elegant style.
His mother death in 1866 {his father was long since dead or totally absent;he is suspected to have been William Cecil De Vere,son of a Limerick baronet}was a great blow for him,although he managed to leave his employment and devote himself to chess thanks to that inheritance.In the same year,he become the first British Champion by winning the first Challenge Cup,ahead of MacDonnel and Bird.In this period,his psychological troubles began to emerge;he took up drinking and showing the first symptoms of an indolence that might be diagnosed as depression today. But this did not prevent him from sharing the first prize with Blackburne at the second Challenge Cup in 1868-69.Please also see Joseph Henry Blackburne,A Chess Biography by Tim Harding and The life and games of Cecil de Vere by Owen Hindle and Bob Jones.
But first a game from Kolish against De Vere: Kolisch,Ignatz - De Vere,Cecil Valentine [B40]
Paris Paris, 02.07.1867
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.Bg2 d4 6.Nb1 e5 7.d3 Nf6 8.0-0 Bd6 9.Bg5 Be6 10.Nbd2 0-0 11.Kh1 h6 12.Bxf6 Qxf6 13.Ng1 Qe7 14.f4 f6 15.f5 Bf7 16.Ngf3 b5 17.Nh4 Qe8 18.a3 c4 19.Ndf3 Kh7 20.Bh3 Ne7 21.Qe2 Rg8 22.Rf2 Qd7 23.Ng6 Qc6 24.Nfh4 Rac8 25.Qh5 Rc7 26.g4 cxd3 27.cxd3 Rgc8 28.g5 fxg5 29.Nf3 Qe8 30.Nxg5+ Kg8 31.Nxf7 Qxf7 32.Raf1 Rc1 33.Nxe7+ Bxe7 34.Qxf7+ Kxf7 35.f6 Bxf6 36.Bxc8 Rxc8 37.Kg2 a5 38.Rd2 Kg6 39.Rff2 b4 40.Rc2 Rxc2 41.Rxc2 bxa3 42.bxa3 Be7 43.a4 Bb4 44.Kf3 Kh5 45.Rc6 Be7 46.Re6 Bf6 47.Re8 Kh4 48.Kg2 Kg4 49.Ra8 Bh4 50.Rxa5 Kf4 51.Rd5 Ke3 52.a5 1-0.
Interesting enough Spassky played 100 years later the same openings move: Spassky,Boris V - Kortschnoj,Viktor [C00]
Candidates final Kiev (3), 1968
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.Bg2 d4 6.Ne2 g6 7.d3 Bg7 8.0-0 Nge7 9.Nh4 e5 10.f4 Qd6 11.a3 a5 12.a4 f6 13.Kh1 Be6 14.b3 Qd7 15.Bd2 0-0 16.fxe5 fxe5 17.Ng1 Nb4 18.Bg5 Rxf1 19.Bxf1 Nc8 20.Bd2 Nd6 21.Nhf3 Nf7 22.Qc1 Rf8 23.Bg2 h6 24.Qb2 g5 25.Rf1 Nh8 26.Qc1 Qe8 27.h3 b5 28.axb5 Qxb5 29.Ne1 Nf7 30.Qd1 Qd7 31.Qh5 Nd6 32.Rxf8+ Kxf8 33.Kh2 Ne8 34.Qd1 a4 35.bxa4 Qxa4 36.Qb1 Nc7 37.Ne2 ½-½.
Baron Ignaz Kolisch died after a protracted illness at the age of 52 years,his tombstone can still be visit in the Hebraic section of the Vienna Zentralfriedhof.
Conclusion: One of those wonderful made McFarland reads!  

Bologan’s Ruy Lopez for Black
How to Play for a Win against the Spanish Opening
by Victor Bologan


New in Chess
544  pages
Price $ 34.95

The well known GM Victor Bologan provides the reader of this book with a well thought repertoire book based on the black lines of the Ruy lopez.
Pleasantly to mention is that the aim of the repertoire lays at the good old Marshall Attack and
as second choice the famous Breyer variation.
Once both main lines where the favourite of the old world champion Boris Spassky,many key ideas of the Marshall are due to the 1969-72 Worldchampion.
The Marshall gambit is a complicated opening with all kind of sub lines but Victor Bologan manages to pack it all,in a very easy way of understanding.
References to the game can be found at the end of this heavy weight and for all experts of the Marshall,Bologan prefers as main line: 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.Be3 Bg4 16.Qd3 Rae8 17.Nd2 Qh5,now we reach a kind of Accelerated Spassky variation which some say a invention by Adams who played it by accident against Ivanchuk when he left out 17…Re6.
One main line runs with the moves: 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.Be3 Bg4 16.Qd3 Rae8 17.Nd2 Qh5 18.a4 Re6 19.axb5 axb5 20.Nf1 Bf5 21.Qd2 Bh3 22.Bd1 Qg6 23.Bf3 Qf5 24.Qd1 h5 25.Ra6 Bc7 26.Bh1 Rfe8 and now white has the choice out two alternatives 27.Qf3 and Qb1 both leading to a even game.
Nowadays the line with 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.Re4 is prefered by the 2600 players but the Dutch Marshall expert Joop Simmelink has no problems with it: Kireev,Sergey Ivanovich (2205) - Simmelink,Joop Theo (2234) [C89]
LSS RM-2008-0-00007 LSS email, 09.04.2008
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.Re4 g5 16.Qe1 Bf5 17.Nd2 h6 18.f3 Kg7 19.Qf2 Rae8 20.Rxe8 Rxe8 21.Qf1 Qh5 22.Ne4 Bxe4 23.fxe4 Rxe4 24.Bd1 g4 25.a4 f5 26.Bc2 Re7 27.axb5 f4 28.gxf4 g3 29.h3 Qe2 30.Qxe2 Rxe2 31.Be4 Rxe4 32.bxa6 Re1+ 33.Kg2 Ne3+ 34.Kxg3 Rf1 35.Ra5 Bxf4+ 36.Kh4 Bc7 ½-½,please see chapter 27 line 14.
In the Spanish Exchange Bologan prefers the modern 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 Ne7 or 5…Be7.
5…ne7 was introduced at grandmaster level by Pail Keres in the early 1970s but remained for a long time a curiosity.
116 pages of this book are divided to the Breyer System,where the most popular move order is: 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 Nb8 10.d4 Nbd7 11.Nbd2 and Bologan comes with the interesting alternative 11…c5.
Well explained are all the key ideas,plans and typical pawn structures which makes this extremely useful for starters and experts of the Ruy Lopez!
Conclusion: A very important reference work on the Ruy Lopez!  

Chess DVD's

ChessBase Magazine issue 168
ISSN 1432-8992
Price Euro 19.95

This ChessBase Magazine comes with a well loaded tournament file of 640 entries where a small 29 of them hold excellent annotations as we can see in the following model game:
Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar (2735) - Ragger,Markus (2688) [C69]
Vienna m Vienna (1), 17.08.2015
Parallel to the prestigious Vienna Open an interesting match was held betwenn Austria's best player Markus Ragger and Azerbaijan's number one Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6!? The Exchange Spanish is not so popular at the highest level, but it's not without venom. 4...dxc6 5.0-0 f6 Black has many possibilities, but f6 is considered to be the most principled move. This position turned out to be an important tabiya of the match, because it also occured in the two other games where Mamedyarov had the white pieces.
6.d4 [6.Re1!? c5 7.c3 Ne7 8.d4 0-1 (26) Mamedyarov,S (2735)-Ragger,M (2688) Vienna 2015. White managed to create some problems, but nevertheless lost the game.] 6...exd4 7.Nxd4 The absolute mainline. For the other games of the match Mamedyarov found some interesting, less explored tries. [7.e5 1-0 (42) Mamedyarov,S (2735)-Ragger,M (2688) Vienna 2015. In the third game Mamedyarov went for this funny move, showed deep preparation and won an interesting opposite-coloured bishop ending with convincing technique.] 7...c5 8.Nb3 [8.Ne2 is another way of handling the endgame and featured in a recent and interesting game: 8...Qxd1 9.Rxd1 Bd7 10.Be3 0-0-0 11.Nbc3 Re8 12.f3 f5 13.Ng3 Bd6 14.Bf2 f4 15.Nh5 g6 16.Rxd6! This strong exchange sac is the main reason for mentioning this game. 16...cxd6 17.Nxf4² 1-0 (55) Volokitin,A (2654)-Romanishin,O (2475) Warsaw 2015] 8...Qxd1 9.Rxd1 Bg4! In some concrete lines later on, it will be useful to have provoked f2-f3! [9...Be6 10.Bf4 c4 11.Na5 b6 12.Nc6 Bd7 13.Nd4 0-0-0 14.Nc3 Ne7 15.b3f] 10.f3 Be6 [10...Bd7 has been played by Ragger before. 11.Bf4 0-0-0 12.Nc3 c4 13.Na5 b5 14.Nd5 Bc5+ 15.Kh1 (15.Be3!² was probably Mamedyarov's improvement on that game.) 15...Ne7 16.Bxc7 Nxd5 17.Bxd8 Ne3 18.Nb7 Nxd1 19.Nxc5 Nf2+ 20.Kg1 Nxe4 21.fxe4 Rxd8= 1/2-1/2 (36) Guseinov,G (2603)-Ragger,M (2668) Rhodes 2013] 11.Nc3 [11.Bf4 c4 12.Nd4 (12.Na5 b6! (12...Bc5+ 13.Kf1 Bb6 14.b4 cxb3 15.axb3²) 13.Nc6 Bc5+! This check is the main reason for provoking f2-f3! 14.Nd4 (14.Kf1 Bd7 15.Nd4 0-0-0=) 14...0-0-0 15.Be3 Ne7=) 12...0-0-0 13.Nc3 Bf7= is considered to be fine for Black.] 11...Bd6 12.Be3 b6 13.a4! Quite typical; White tries to create some weaknesses on the queenside. 13...a5 [13...0-0-0!? 14.a5 Bxb3 15.cxb3 b5 is not much for White, either. 16.Nd5 Ne7 17.Rac1 Nxd5 18.Rxd5 Be5 19.Rcxc5 1/2-1/2 (19) Nisipeanu,L (2684)-Onischuk, A (2664) Foros 2008(19.Rdxc5 Rd3 20.f4 Bd6 21.Rd5 Rxe3 22.Rxd6 Re8! (22...Rxe4 23.Rdc6?±) 23.Rxa6 (23.Rdc6 Re7!) 23...R8xe4= Black has enough counterplay to hold easily.) ] 14.Nb5 0-0-0 15.Nxd6+ cxd6 16.Nd2 d5? A bad decision, after which Black's position collapses surprisingly quickly. It´s premature to open the position, while the kingside isn't developed. [16...Ne7! is more logical and enough for equality. 17.c4 (17.Bf2 d5 18.exd5 Bxd5=) 17...f5! Black's setup is harmonious and he has nothing to fear. 18.Re1 (18.Bg5 Rd7 19.Bxe7 Rxe7 20.exf5 Bxf5 21.Nf1 Bc2 22.Rxd6 Kc7 23.Rd2 Bb3=) 18...Ng6 19.exf5 Bxf5 20.Nf1 Rhe8=] 17.exd5 Bxd5 18.b4! Energetic and enterprising play by Mamedyarov. The pawn break more or less decides the game! [18.b3 Ne7 19.Kf2 Rd7= ½-½ (32) Bojkov,D (2512)-Stefanova,A (2549) Sunny Beach 2009. Black was completely fine. ] 18...axb4 19.a5 bxa5 [19...Ne7 20.axb6 Nc6 21.Bxc5 Kb7 22.Kf2± White should win in the long run.] 20.Bxc5 Black won't survive for long with his weak king and dropping queenside pawns. 20...Nh6 21.Rxa5 Rhe8?! [¹21...Bb7 22.Bxb4 Rd5 offers at least a few defensive chances. 23.Ra3+-] 22.Bb6 Rd6 [22...Rd7 23.Nc4+-] 23.Nc4! Bxc4 24.Rxd6 Re1+ 25.Kf2 Re2+ 26.Kg3 A crushing victory by Mamedyarov! 1-0.
The so interesting theory files hold: Karolyi: Reti Opening A09
1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nc6 3.c4 d4, Stohl: English Opening A22
1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd4 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Nb6, Pavlovic: Symmetrical English A37
1.c4 c5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 e6 6.d4, Marin: Owen Defence A40
1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 3.e4 Bb7 4.Nc3 Bb4, Schipkov: Wade Defence A41
1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 Bg4 3.c4 Nd7, Schandorff: Caro-Kann B12
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Nd7 6.0-0 f6, Krasenkow: Sicilian Defence B30 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 4.0-0 Nge7, Berg: French C15
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Ne2 Nc6, Ris: Scotch C45
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nxc6 bxc6, Illingworth: Ruy Lopez C65 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 d6, Havasi: Queen’s Gambit D06
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Bf5 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Nf6, Postny: Queen’s Gambit D38
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 Nbd7, Szabo: King’s Indian E68
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.0-0 e5 8.e4 exd4 9.Nxd4 Re8 10.h3 a6 11.Be3 Rb8 12.b3 and Kuzmin: King’s Indian E97
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Nf3 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Qc2
Included are opening videos,DVD columns as Williams: Move by Move,Rogozenco: The Classic with a beautiful video of the game Paulsen – Morphy 1867,Marin: Strategy,Reeh Tactics,Müller Endgames where I found 26 annotated games,trainings questions and five classical videos!
Knaak: The Opening Trap and included is an eye catching booklet in two languages!
Conclusion: This is must have chess data!

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 168 Extra
November  2015
Videos by Adrian Mikhalchishin, Robert Ris and Sergei Tiviakov

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 12.99

ChessBase Magazine issue 168 Extra comes with a impressive 15.508 games and all played between September and October of this year.
The video files come from Adrian Mikhalchishin, Nicholas Pert and Robert Ris who digs back in time with a smashing win from the legandary Bent Larsen!
My Latvian hero this month is Marco Brunetti: Pretto,Aldo (1712) - Brunetti,Marco [C40]
Arco op 37th Arco (8), 17.10.2015
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.Nc4 fxe4 5.Nc3 c6 6.Ne3 d5 7.Ng4 Qe6 8.h3 Bd6 9.Ne2 h5 10.Nd4 Qf7 11.Ne3 Ne7 12.d3 0-0 13.Qe2 exd3 14.cxd3 Nd7 15.Bd2 Bc5 16.Nb3 Bb6 17.f3 a5 18.0-0-0 a4 19.Na1 Bxe3 20.Bxe3 Nf5 21.Bf2 Re8 22.Qd2 d4 23.Kb1 c5 24.Re1 Rxe1+ 25.Qxe1 Qe7 26.Qxe7 Nxe7 27.g4 b6 28.Be2 Bb7 29.Bg3 Nd5 30.Nc2 Re8 31.Re1 g5 32.h4 gxh4 33.Bxh4 Nf4 34.Bd1 Rxe1 35.Nxe1 hxg4 36.fxg4 Ne5 37.Kc2 Nd5 38.Ng2 Nb4+ 39.Kd2 Bxg2 40.Bxa4 Nf3+ 0-1.
But worth mentioning is also Stojanovic,Sasa M (2065) - Vlahovic,Svetozar (2104) [C40]
Belgrade-chT Belgrade (8.4), 29.09.2015
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.d4 fxe4 4.Nxe5 Nf6 5.Be2 d6 6.Nc4 d5 7.Ne5 c6 8.0-0 Bd6 9.c4 0-0 10.Nc3 Nbd7 11.cxd5 Nxe5 12.dxe5 Bxe5 13.dxc6 bxc6 14.Qxd8 Rxd8 15.Bg5 Bf5 16.Rac1 h6 17.Be3 Nd5 18.Na4 Rd6 19.Rc5 Bd7 20.Rfc1 Bf6 21.Rd1 Be8 22.Ra5 Rd7 23.Bc4 Bf7 24.b3 Rc7 25.Bd4 Bxd4 26.Rxd4 e3 27.fxe3 Nxe3 28.Re4 Nxc4 29.bxc4 Rd8 30.Nc5 Rd2 31.h3 Rc2 32.Ra4 h5 33.a3 Bg6 34.Re6 Kh7 35.Ne4 Bxe4 36.Rxe4 Rf7 37.Ra5 g6 38.h4 Rc1+ 39.Kh2 Rff1 40.Rxa7+ Kh6 41.Ra5 Rh1+ 42.Kg3 Rc3+ 43.Kf2 Rc2+ 44.Kg3 Rg1 45.Rc5 Rgxg2+ 46.Kf3 Rcf2+ 47.Ke3 Re2+ 48.Kf3 ½-½.
Conclusion: Overloaded with latest games!

The Classical French - Main Line
by  Rustam Kasimdzhanov

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

One of ChessBase top authors the incredible Grandmaster  Rustam Kasimdzhanov digs in the lines of the French Classical Variation that runs with the moves:  1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 and now our author digs in the lines of
7... cxd4 8. Nd4 Qb6,7… cxd4 8. Nd4 Bc5, and also covered is the important main line with 7... a6 and b5,which gives black a lot of flexibility.
The list of leading players with this line of this DVD is impressive as we can see in the following model game: Anand,Viswanathan (2772) - Nakamura,Hikaru (2769) [C11]
Tata Steel-A 75th Wijk aan Zee (1), 12.01.2013
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Qb6 9.Qd2 Qxb2 10.Rb1 Qa3 11.Bb5 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 a6 Black wants to get the bishops pair, which may tell later taking into account the white weaknesses along the c-file. In doing so, he neglects his kingside development slightly. [The by far most popular move is 12...Bb4 See for instance two games annotated by Finkel: 13.0-0 0-0 (13...a6 Degraeve,J (2586)-Lampen,T (2315) Chalkidiki 2002 CBM 092 [Finkel,A] (0-1, 29)) 14.Rb3 Rechlis,G (2525)-Zueger,B (2448) Ohrid 2001 CBM 084 [Finkel,A] (1-0, 63)] 13.Bxd7+ Bxd7 14.Rb3 Qe7 15.Rxb7 White has an excellent blockade on dark squares and some lead in development. However, Black has some long term plusses, such as his bishops pair and the more compact structure. 15...Qh4+ 16.Bf2 [16.Qf2 Be7 17.Qxh4 Bxh4+ 18.Kd2 Bd8 19.Rhb1 Bc6 20.Rb8 Rxb8 21.Rxb8 0-0 22.Rc8 Bb7 23.Rb8 Bc6 24.Rc8 Bb7 1/2 Shirov,A (2714)-Morozevich,A (2694) Biel 2011. Now and in other positions below, the bishops will provide the vulnerable queenside with entirely adequate defence.] 16...Qd8 17.Bb6 Deviating from a previous game of Nakamura. [17.0-0 Qc8 18.Rb3 Qc4 19.Ne2 Be7 20.Rfb1 0-0 21.Rb7 Qc8 22.Qc3 Bd8 Typically, the bishops can display effective activity from the back rank, especially if they act in tandem. 23.Qxc8 Bxc8 24.Rb8 Rxb8 25.Rxb8 Bc7 26.Ra8 Bd7 27.Ra7 Rc8 28.Nc3 g5" Karjakin,S (2776)-Nakamura,H (2774) Monaco 2011 (1/2, 124)] 17...Qc8 18.Rc7 Qd8 19.Qd4 Rc8 [19...Rb8 20.0-0 Rc8 does not make much sense to me: why would he lose one tempo when behind in development already? 21.Rxc8 Qxc8 22.f5f Kurnosov,I (2657)-Andreikin,D (2689) Sochi 2012 (1-0, 55)] 20.Rxc8N [20.Ra7 Qh4+ 21.g3 Qh3 22.Rxd7 Nice, but enough for a draw by perpetual (at least judjing from the course of this game) 22...Kxd7 23.Qa4+ Rc6 24.Qxa6T Rxc3 25.Qb7+ Ke8 26.Qa8+ Kd7 27.Qa4+ Kc8 28.Qa6+ Kd7 29.Qa4+ Kc8 30.Qa6+ Kd7 31.Qa4+ 1/2 Solodovnichenko,Y (2598)-Ikonnikov,V (2537) Ghent BEL 2012] 20...Qxc8 21.0-0 Qc6 22.Rb1?! This is much too slow. White will need two (!) more tempi to free the b6-square for his rook, leading to the complete loss of his advance in development. [To me, the critical continuation is 22.f5 Be7 (22...exf5? 23.Nxd5+-) 23.Rf3 , when Black would still have to find a way to bring his king into safety.] 22...Be7 23.Qe3 [23.f5 f6!] 23...0-0 24.Bd4 Rc8 Black has completed his development and retains some strategic trumps. Therefore, White starts the peace negotiations. 25.Rb6 Qc4 26.Rb7 Qc6 27.Rb6 Qc4 28.Rb7 Qc6 ½-½.
The video files are good for 5 hours 05 minutes all in English and the fans Nakamura will not be disappointed as we can see in the following analyses: Nakamura's Line part 1
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Qb6 9.Qd2 [9.a3 Bc5 (9...Qxb2 10.Na4) 10.Ncb5 (10.Na4 Qa5+ 11.c3 Bxd4 12.Bxd4 Nxd4 13.Qxd4 b6 14.Qb4 Qxb4 15.axb4 Ke7) 10...a6 (10...Nxd4 11.Bxd4 0-0 12.b4 Bxd4 13.Qxd4 Qxd4 14.Nxd4) 11.Nxc6 axb5 (11...bxc6 12.Bxc5 Nxc5 13.Nd6+ Ke7 14.Qh5 (14.Qd4) ) 12.Bxc5 Nxc5 13.Nd4 Bd7 14.c3 0-0 15.Be2 f6 16.exf6 gxf6 (16...Rxf6 17.g3 g5 18.fxg5 Rff8) ] 9...Qxb2 10.Rb1 Qa3 11.Ncb5 [11.Bb5] 11...Qxa2 and there is more a lot more but I am not allowed to give all the secrets of Rustam Kasimdzhanov away!
Conclusion: This is a  super made ChessBase openings DVD’s!

The Bishop's Opening and The Italian Game
by  Sergei Tiviakov

Price Euro 29.90
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The great Sergei Tiviakov provides the user of this DVD or download with a impressive made repertoire based on the Bishops Opening and Italian game,both are very close related to each other as we can see in the following examples:
Tiviakov,Sergei (2567) - Van den Doel,Erik (2537) [C54]
Ch Netherlands Rotterdam (11), 19.05.2000
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 a6 6.Bb3 d6 7.Nbd2 Ba7 8.Nf1 Ng4 9.Ne3 Nxe3 10.Bxe3 Bxe3 11.fxe3 0-0 12.0-0 Na5 13.Bc2 Be6 14.b4 Nc6 15.d4 Bg4 16.Qe1 Bh5 17.Qg3 Bg6 18.Nh4 Qe7 19.Rf3 Rae8 20.Raf1 Kh8 21.Bb3 a5 22.Nxg6+ fxg6 23.Bf7 Ra8 24.Qh3 h6 25.d5 Nd8 26.Bxg6 Rxf3 27.Qxf3 Kg8 28.b5 b6 29.Qg4 Qg5 30.Qxg5 hxg5 31.Rf5 a4 32.a3 Nb7 33.Bf7+ Kh7 34.Rxg5 g6 35.Bxg6+ Kh6 36.Rg4 Na5 37.Bf5 Nc4 38.Rg6+ Kh7 39.Rxd6+ Kh8 40.Rh6+ Kg8 41.Rc6 Nxa3 42.d6 cxd6 43.Be6+ Kg7 44.Rxb6 Nb1 45.Ra6 Re8 46.Bd7 Re7 47.Bc6 1-0 and Tiviakov,Sergei (2674) - Roussel-Roozmon,Thomas (2487) [C24]
10th International Chess Tournament Montreal (4), 30.08.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Bb3 0-0 6.c3 Qc7 7.Qe2 Re8 8.0-0 h6 9.Nbd2 Bf8 10.Re1 d6 11.Nf1 Be6 12.Bc2 c5 13.Nh4 Nbd7 14.Qf3 d5 15.Nf5 Bxf5 16.Qxf5 dxe4 17.dxe4 c4 18.a4 g6 19.Qf3 Bg7 20.Ne3 b6 21.Rd1 a6 22.b3 cxb3 23.Bxb3 Qxc3 24.Bxf7+ Kxf7 25.Rxd7+ Kg8 26.Rxg7+ Kxg7 27.Nf5+ 1-0,both games come from Tiviakov secret game file that sees for the first time daylight on this download.
Good for around 151 entries but there is also a super Italian file from over 385000 entries!
Here I found the classic beauty with the move 7.Kf1 from Lord 1883: Meyer,E .(GER) - Reinhardt,Werner (GER) [C54]
Germany ch-03 prel corr BdF, 1953
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 [4...Qe7] 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 [6.e5 d5] 6...Bb4+ 7.Kf1 Nxe4? [7...d5!] 8.d5! Ne7 9.Qd4 Nf6 10.Bg5 c5 [10...Neg8?! 11.Nbd2 Be7 12.Re1 d6 13.Ne4±;
¹10...Ng6] 11.Qe3 Ng4 [11...d6 12.Bxf6 gxf6 13.Nbd2 0-0 14.Ne4 Ng6 15.Qh6, Keres] 12.Qe4 d6 13.Bb5+ Kf8 [13...Bd7?! 14.Bxd7+ Qxd7 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.Qxg4] 14.h3 Nf6 15.Bxf6 gxf6 16.a3 Ba5 17.b4 a6 18.Be2 Qb6 P 19.ba5 b2 19.Qe3 Nxd5? [19...cxb4 20.Qh6+ Kg8 21.Qxf6] 20.Qd2! Nxb4 21.Qh6+ Ke7 22.Nc3 Be6 23.axb4 Qxb4 24.Rc1 d5 25.g4 Rag8?! [25...Bc7 26.Qh5 Rad8;
25...Qxc3 26.Rxc3 Bxc3] 26.Kg2 Rg6 27.Qh5 Qb3 28.Nd2! Qb2 [28...Qxc3] 29.Nc4! dxc4 30.Qxc5+ Ke8 31.Qxa5 Kf8 32.Rb1 Qd2 33.Rxb7 Rg5 34.Qa3+ Kg7 35.Rd1 Qf4 36.Qd6 Re5 37.Rb8 Rxb8 38.Qxb8 f5 39.Rd8 f6 40.Qc7+ Kg6 41.Rh8 Qh6 42.Bxc4 Qg7! 43.Rc8 Bxc8 44.Qxc8 fxg4 45.hxg4 Qe7 46.Nd5 Qd6 47.Qg8+ Kh6 48.Qf7 Re6 49.Qh5+ Kg7 50.Bd3 Kf8 51.Bxh7 Qe5 52.Qh6+ Ke8 53.Bg6+ Kd7 54.Qg7+ Kc6 55.Ne3 a5 56.Qa7 Rd6 57.Qa8+ Kc7 58.Be4 Rd4 59.Qc6+ Kd8 60.Bf5 Ke7 61.Qb7+ Kf8 62.Qc8+ Kg7 63.Be6 Qe4+ 64.Kh2 Qe5+ 65.Kh3 Rd3 66.Qg8+ Kh6 67.Qh8+ Kg5 68.Qh4+ Kf4 69.g5+ [69.g5+ Kf3 70.Bg4+ Ke4 71.Be2+ Qf4 72.Bxd3+] 1-0.
Included on this file is also the famous MöllerAttack: Andres Gonzalez,I (2360) - Arvidsson,Jonas (1926) [C54]
38th San Sebastian Open Donostia ESP (5.10), 31.03.2015
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bc5 5.c3 Nf6 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.b4 Kf8 21.Bb3 ½-½.
But the aim of this DVD are the 12 video files which offer the use an excellent made life time repertoire lines. Included are some self tests to see if you have understood the lessons of the great Tiviakov!
Running time is 4 hours and 15 minutes!
Conclusion: Superb!

Exchange on d5 in the Slav and Queen's Gambit
by  Simon Williams

Price Euro 29.90
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Grandmaster Simon Williams comes with a well thought repertoire line based on the early exchanges of the d5 pawn in lines as the Slav: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 and Queens Gambit. It looks all very drawish  but as Williams teaches us on these over 6 hours video entertainment {6 hours and 34 minutes}, black has to take care that he is not outplayed,as the following model game so instructively shows us: Fridman,Daniel (2661) - Hector,Jonny (2568) [D10]
Bundesliga 0910 Germany (9.3), 07.02.2010
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nc3 e5 5.dxe5 d4 6.Ne4 Qa5+ 7.Nd2 Nc6 8.Ngf3 Bg4 9.g3 Bxf3 10.exf3 Qxe5+ 11.Qe2 Qxe2+ 12.Bxe2 0-0-0 13.Bc4 Bb4 14.a3 Bxd2+ 15.Bxd2 Ne5 16.Be2 d3 17.Bd1 1-0.
3.cxd5 is certainly not the taste of the great gambit expert Jonny Hector!
An early exchange on d5 was also the pet line of the great Garry Kaparov, as we can see in the following model game: Garry (2851) - Barua,Dibyendu (2555) [D36]
KasparovChess GP g/60 Internet (1.1), 12.02.2000
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.Qc2 Be7 7.e3 Nbd7 8.Bd3 0-0 9.Nge2 Re8 10.0-0 Nf8 11.f3 Ng6 12.Rad1 h6 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Bxg6 fxg6 15.e4 g5 16.e5 Be7 17.f4 gxf4 18.Nxf4 Rf8 19.Ng6 Rxf1+ 20.Rxf1 Be6 21.Ne2 1-0.
Included besides the two extra databases are highly instructive self tests to see if you have learned from Simon Williams!
Conclusion: High class openings material!

Catastrophe in the Opening
by  Andrew Martin

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The well known ChessBase expert Andrew Martin provides the user of this DVD with a wealth of tactical openings patterns packed in 36 video files, and good for over 5 hours video excitement.
A nice example comes from the famous Max Lange Attack: Denker,AS - Avram ,H [C56]
Manhattan Chess Club Championship, 1939
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.0-0 Bc5 [5...Nxe4 6.Re1 d5 7.Bxd5 Qxd5 8.Nc3] 6.e5 d5 7.exf6 dxc4 8.Re1+ [8.fxg7] 8...Be6 9.Ng5 Qd5 [9...Qxf6 10.Nxe6 fxe6 11.Qh5+] 10.Nc3 Qf5 [10...dxc3 11.Qxd5] 11.Nce4 Bf8 [11...0-0-0] 12.g4?! [12.Nxf7! Kxf7 (12...Bxf7 13.Nd6+) 13.Ng5+ Kg8 14.g4 Qg6 15.fxg7] 12...Qd5 [12...Qxg4+ 13.Qxg4 Bxg4 14.Nc5+ Be6 15.Ncxe6 fxe6 16.f7+ Ke7 (16...Kd7) ] 13.Nxf7 [RR 13.f4 0-0-0 14.f5 Bd7 15.Bf4 g6 16.Qf3 Kb8 17.Qg3 Rc8 18.Rad1 gxf5 19.gxf5 Rg8 20.h4 h6 21.Re2 Qxf5 22.Rf1 Qb5 23.Rg2 Bf5 0-1 Bubicic,J (2065)-Rubil,M (2177)/Opatija 2012/EXT 2014] 13...Kxf7 14.Ng5+ Kg8 15.Nxe6 Ne5? [15...Rc8!? 16.fxg7 (16.Nf4 Qf7 17.fxg7 Bxg7) 16...Bxg7 17.Bf4 Be5 18.Bxe5 Nxe5 19.Nf4] 16.f7+! Kxf7 [16...Nxf7 17.Nxc7] 17.Ng5+ Kg8 18.Rxe5 Qxe5 19.Qf3 1-0.
Or: Pokorna,Regina (2355) - Novkovic,Julia (2063) [C56]
Vienna (Women) Vienna (9), 13.05.2012
1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.e5! I give this an exclamation mark for practical reasons; it is a good over the board bet. Sveshnikov has been the main proponent at GM level in recent years, but various masters use 5 e5 to good effect and Black's doesn't find it that easy to equalize; at least not as easy as the books suggest. 5...d5 [Both 5...Ng4 ;
and 5...Ne4 must be given careful consideration if White wishes to use this line on a regular basis. 5...Ng4 is particularly stubborn.] 6.Bb5 Ne4 7.Nxd4 Bc5 [7...Bd7 is a less aggressive choice, but can lead to a very similar position after 8.Bxc6 bxc6 9.0-0 when Black chooses between 9...Bc5,9...Be7 or 9...c5] 8.Be3 Taking on c6 has been found to be far too risky and so you could say the main point of 7...Bc5 has been to force White to put his Bishop on e3. White doesn't mind though, he welcomes the exchange of dark-squared Bishops if it can be arranged. 8...Bd7 9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.0-0 0-0 11.f3 White has two key advantages which help him (her) to choose the right continuation.
a) The Kingside and central pawn majority is very useful. The f pawn can be advanced as a battering ram against Black's King and endgames are favourable, as long as White's e pawn does not become isolated and weak. Black can attack the f pawn with a well-timed ...f7-f6.
b) White has the easy plan of trying to dominate the squares d4 and c5. Black must contest this idea and he does not really want the dark-squared Bishops exchanged for this reason.
Black meanwhile has two Bishops and must try to get rid of the pawn on e5 at the earliest opportuntiy. 11...Ng5 12.f4 Ne4 13.Nd2 Exchanges favour White, thanks to his better pawn structure. 13...Nxd2 [13...f5 definitely comes into consideration, but then 14.c4! seems a bit better for White: 14...Nxd2 (14...Qe7 15.Nxe4 fxe4 16.Rc1²; 14...Bb6 15.Nxe4 fxe4 16.b4! dxc4 17.Qc1!²) 15.Qxd2 dxc4 16.Qc2! Bxd4 17.Qxc4+ Kh8 18.Qxd4+-] 14.Qxd2 f6 15.Nb3 Nice timing and another typical move in this type of position. Rather meekly, Black now exchanges,playing right into white's hands. 15...Bxe3+? [15...Bb6 was surely better, but Black is uncomfortable after 16.Bc5! fxe5 (16...Qe7!? 17.Qe3) 17.fxe5 Qe7 18.Qe3 Rae8 19.Rxf8+ Rxf8 20.Re1²] 16.Qxe3 Qe7 17.Rae1 fxe5 18.fxe5 Rxf1+ 19.Rxf1±
r5k1/p1pbq1pp/2p5/3pP3/8/1N2Q3/PPP3PP/5RK1 b - - 0 0
This is what I meant in my opening remarks by a 'good practical bet'. White has managed to combine the two main plans of the variation and now not only has absolute control of d4 and c5, but also a strong well-protected e5 pawn, which Black does not have the remaining resources to destroy. It is all downhill for Black from here. 19...Re8 [19...a5 20.Nc5 Rf8 21.Rxf8+ Kxf8 22.a4 Bf5 23.c3 Qh4 24.h3±] 20.Qxa7 Pokorna settles for an outside passed pawn. [20.Nc5 Bc8 21.Re1 was also pretty good. 21...Bf5 22.c3 h6 23.b4 Qg5 24.Qxg5 hxg5 25.Kf2 Kf7 26.h3 g4 27.h4+-] 20...Qxe5 21.Qf2 Be6 Extraordinarily, the first new move. Other Black unfortunates have come this way. [Black can try the surprising 21...h6!? with the idea 22.Qf7+ (Of course 22.a4 is still better for White.) 22...Kh7 23.Qxd7 Qe3+ 24.Kh1 Qf2!;
21...Qf6 22.Qxf6 gxf6 23.Rxf6 Re2 24.Rf2 Re1+ 25.Rf1 Re2 26.Rc1 Be8 27.Kf1 Bh5 28.Nd4 Rd2 29.Nxc6 Be8 30.Ne5 Bb5+ 31.Kg1 Re2 32.Nf3 c5 33.b4 Bc4 34.bxc5 Bxa2 35.Nd4 Re7 36.Rf1+- Novak,M (2150)-Kukacka,M (2092)/Czechia 2003;
21...Qe7 22.a4 g6 23.a5 Bf5 24.Nd4 Be4 25.Nxc6 Qd7 26.Nd4 h5 27.b4 c6 28.Qf6 Rc8 29.a6 Re8 30.Qxc6 Qd8 31.b5 Re5 32.a7 Rg5 33.g3 1-0 Sekulic,V (2305)-Bojic,D (2300)/Pula 1990] 22.c3 h6 23.Nc5 Qh5 24.a4 White's winning passed pawn hits the ground running. 24...Bg4 25.h3 Bc8 26.a5 Qg6 27.Kh1 It is just a question of care from here. 27...Kh8 28.a6 Be6 29.a7 Kh7 30.Re1 Bg8 31.Rxe8 Qxe8 32.Na6 d4 33.Nxc7 Qd7 Of course, Black did not manage to put up what I would term 'serious resistance' , but the main point is to draw your attention to White's opening choice. 5 e5 is still a pretty good line. 1-0.
Learning from the misfortunes of others is the best way to become a better player!
Included is an extra database of 108 entries and these are all well analysed!
Conclusion: Highly instructive material!    

Mega Database 2016
Price €159.90 
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System requirements
1 GHz Pentium PC, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7/Vista/XP, 512 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, ChessBase 12 or 13, Internet connection required for online updates.

The brand-new Mega Database is good for over 6.4 million games,all played between 1560 and October 2015.
Over 68500 of these games cover annotations from world top players as for example from Magnus Carlsen,who is good for 24 high quality analysed games,where the following one is a nice example of the high quality of this Mega Database:
Carlsen,Magnus (2861) - Sokolov,Ivan (2663) [C78]
Tata Steel-A 75th Wijk aan Zee (6), 18.01.2013
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bb7 7.d3 Bc5 8.a4 0-0 9.Bg5 [The complications that arise after Die Komplikation, die nach 9.Nc3 Na5 have been working well for Black, as far as I know. The text is a more positional approach, aiming for a slight advantage. entstehen, haben für Schwarz gut funktoniert, soweit ich weiß. Der Text ist eine positionellere Herangehensweise, die auf einen kleinen Vorteil abzielt.] 9...h6 10.Bh4 d6 11.c3 Qe7 Ivan went for this after a bit of thought. I assumed the plan was to go ¤d8-e6 at some point, while staying flexible and keeping the option of going g5 at the appropriate juncture. Dies wählte Ivan nach ein wenig Nachdenken. Ich vermute, der Plan war, ¤d8-e6 an irgendeiner Stelle zu spielen und dabei flexibel zu bleiben und sich die Möglichkeit zu g5 im passenden Moment vorzubehalten.
12.Na3 This is just awful, especially in combination with my next move. Das ist einfach schrecklich, vor allem in Kombination mit meinem nächsten Zug. [12.Nbd2 would have been the sane choice. wäre die gesunde Wahl gewesen.;
12.Kh1 was played in one of the three games that reached this position. It probably makes more sense than what I did. wurde in einer der drei Partien gespielt, die diese Stellung erreichten. Es ist vermutlich sinnvoller als das, was ich tat.] 12...Na5 Of course.
Natürlich. 13.Bc2 [I had assumed that Ich hatte angenommen, dass 13.axb5 Nxb3 14.Qxb3 would work out for me, but Black actually has several good options here, including the simple für mich funktionieren würde, tatsächlich aber hat Schwarz hier sogar mehrere gute Möglichkeiten, darunter das einfache 14...Rfb8 15.Qc2 (15.bxa6 Bxe4 16.Qd1 Bxf3 17.Qxf3 g5 18.b4 Bb6 and ...¦xa6 und ...¦xa6) 15...Bxa3 16.Rxa3 axb5 and Black is absolutely fine. und Schwarz steht absolut ordentlich.;
13.Ba2 was another option, but after the simple war eine andere Option, aber nach dem einfachen 13...Bxa3 14.bxa3 c5 it appeared to me that Black would have too easy a game, with c4 coming up, so I decided to keep the tension at the cost of two tempi. schien mir, dass Schwarz, mit bevorstehendem c4, zu leichtes Spiel haben würde, daher beschloss ich, auf Kosten zweier Tempi die Spannung aufrechtzuerhalten.] 13...b4 14.Nb1 g5 15.Bg3 Nh5 Obviously, Black is doing well now. However, the white position still has some long-term potential, especially based on the potentially offside knight on a5 (spoiler alert: it did not make another move in the game). Offenkundig steht Schwarz jetzt gut. Allerdings hat die weiße Stellung dennoch langfristiges Potential, vor allem basierend auf dem potentiell abseits stehenden Springer auf a5 (Spielverderberalarm: Er machte in der Partie keinen Zug mehr). 16.Nbd2 Ba7 17.Re1 bxc3 18.bxc3 Nxg3 19.hxg3 Qf6 20.Qe2 Rfb8 21.Rab1 Bc8 22.Nf1 It seems that White is not really worse here, but it was only after the next move that I really started to hope for something more. Es scheint, dass Weiß hier nicht wirklich schlechter steht, aber erst nach dem nächsten Zug begann ich tatsächlich, auf etwas mehr zu hoffen. 22...Rxb1 In slight time pressure Ivan decided to simplify. However, the double rook exchange loses crucial time, allowing me to get in ¤e3 and d4. In slight time pressure Ivan decided to simplify. However, the double rook exchange loses crucial time, allowing me to get in ¤e3 and d4. [22...Be6 or most other sensible moves would have been absolutely fine. oder die meisten anderen vernünftigen Züge wären absolut in Ordnung gewesen.] 23.Rxb1 Rb8 24.Rxb8 Bxb8 25.Ne3 Ba7 [25...Nc6 26.Nh2 with ¤g4 to come would also have been unpleasant. mit ¤g4 im Fahrwasser wäre ebenfalls unangenehm gewesen.] 26.d4 This is the point. I have time to develop an initiative before he can bring the knight and bishop back into play. Das ist der Punkt. Ich habe Zeit, eine Initiative zu entwickeln, bevor er Springer und Läufer wieder ins Spiel bringen kann. 26...g4 This just allows the second knight to jump in. Dies erlaubt nur dem zweiten Springer, ins Spiel einzugreifen. [26...exd4 27.cxd4 Bxd4 28.Nd5 is no good either, but taugt ebenfalls nichts, aber;
26...c6 would still have been reasonably solid. wäre noch immer halbwegs solide gewesen.] 27.Nd5 Qd8 28.Nh4 c6 [28...exd4 29.Nf5 spells disaster for Black. bedeutet Unheil für Schwarz.] 29.Ne3 h5 [29...exd4 30.Nhf5 is similar to the previous note. ist ähnlich der vorigen Anmerkung.] 30.Nhf5 Qf6 31.Qd3 Bb6 32.Bb1 Kf8 33.Ba2 Bc7 I've achieved everything I wanted , but it's still not easy to break through, as attempts to play on the kingside with f3 or f4 did not appear convincing at all. I decided that I probably needed to attack a6 somehow, possibly after including d5 ...c5. Ich habe alles erreicht, was ich wollte, aber es ist immer noch nicht leicht durchzubrigen, denn Versuche, mit f3 oder f4 am Königsflügel zu spielen, schienen keineswegs überzeugend. Ich entschied, dass ich wahrscheinlich irgendwie a6 angreifen müssen, womöglich nach dem Einschub von d5 ...c5.
34.Qb1 Ke8 35.Qb4 Now the bishop is going to d3, and the queen to e2 or f1. Jetzt geht der Läufer nach d3, und die Dame nach e2 oder f1. 35...d5 A tempting move, especially in time-trouble, but now the centralised white pieces will rule. Ein verlockendere Zug, vor allem in Zeitnot, aber jetzt werden die zentralisierten weißen Figuren herrschen. [However, passive defence was also unpromising, for instance Passive Verteidigung war allerdings auch nicht verlockend, zum Beispiel 35...Kf8 36.Bb1 Ke8 37.Bd3 Kf8 38.Qb1 Kg8 39.d5 c5 40.Qf1 Bd7 41.Bxa6 Bxa4 42.Bb5 Bb3 43.f3 gxf3 44.gxf3 and the black kingside is helpless, with all the minor pieces stranded on the queenside. und mit allen Leichtfiguren am Damenflügel gestrandet, ist der schwarze Königsflügel ist hilflos.] 36.Bb1 exd4 37.cxd4 dxe4 38.Bxe4 Be6 This loses, but it is hard to suggest anything better.
Das verliert, aber es fällt schwer, etwas Besseres vorzuschlagen. 39.Qc5 Kd7 40.d5 cxd5 41.Nxd5 Bxd5 42.Qxd5+ Kc8 43.Ne3 Material is still equal, but the difference in activity and king safety is simply too huge. Das Material ist noch ausgeglichen, aber der Unterschied in punkto Aktivität und Königssicherheit ist einfach zu riesig. 43...Qa1+ 44.Kh2 Qxa4 [44...h4 was the one move I needed to calculate, but it is not too hard to see that after war der einzige Zug, den ich berechnen musste, aber es fällt nicht allzu schwer zu sehen, dass nach 45.Qa8+ Kd7 46.Bf5+ Ke7 47.Nd5+ Kd6 48.Nxc7 hxg3+ 49.fxg3 Kxc7 50.Qc8+ Kb6 51.Qd8+ Ka7 52.Qxa5 Qh8+ 53.Kg1 Qd4+ 54.Kf1 White easily escapes the checks and wins. Weiß mühelos den Schachs entkommt und gewinnt.] 45.Qa8+ Kd7 46.Nd5 This one is just lazy. I played it fairly quickly, assuming that ...¥d8, which he did in fact play, was the only move. Der ist einfach faul. Ich spielte ihn recht schnell in der Annahme, dass ...¥d8, was er in der Tat auch spielte, der einzige Zug war. [46.Bf5+ Ke7 47.Qa7 Qc6 48.Qd4 Centralisation! And the threat of ¤d5 is lethal. Zentralisation! Und die Drohung ¤d5 ist tödlich.] 46...Bd8 [46...Qc6 would have allowed Black to fight on for a while, as there is no clear-cut win. hätte Schwarz erlaubt, eine Weile weiterzukämpfen, denn einen klaren Gewinn gibt es nicht.. 47.Qh8 Qe6 48.Qxh5 Kd6;
46...Qd4 47.Qf8 Qe5 48.Qxf7+ Kc6 49.Nf6+ Kb5 50.Bd3+ Kc6 51.Nxh5 would also have prolonged the resistance. hätte den Widerstand ebenfalls verlängert.] 47.Bf5+ Ke8 48.Qc8 This one he evidently missed. There is no defence to ¥d7+ followed by ¤f6+, so he resigned. Das hatte er offenbar übersehen. Es gibt keine Verteidigung gegen ¥d7+ nebst ¤f6+, daher gab er auf. 1-0.
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