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A complete chess course by Antonio Gude

Gambit Publications Ltd
223 pages

Price €20,25
ISBN 978-1-910093-64-1

The well known chess trainer from Spain,Antionio Gude provides the reader of this book with a complete chess course from all basics till competitive chess,all readable packed with 280 inviting questions and exercises to crack.
The aim of this work is skills above memorizing and that makes it all very educative.
Enjoyable to play throw are for example the smashing bishop attacks as the match game Fischer – Cardoso New York 1957,where Bobby nearly went
wrong with: {1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Be3 0-0 9.Bb3 Nc6 10.f4 Na5 11.Qf3 Qc7 12.g4 Nxb3 13.axb3 Rb8
 14.g5 Nd7 15.f5 Ne5 16.Qg3 Kh8 17.Nf3 Nxf3+ 18.Rxf3 b5 19.Qh4 exf5 20.exf5 Qc6 21.Raf1 Bb7 22.Bd4 b4 }.Bxg7+?! Kxg7 24.Qh6+ Kh8 25.g6 Qc5+
26.R1f2 fxg6 27.fxg6 Qg5+ 28.Qxg5 Bxg5 29.Rxf8+ Rxf8 30.Rxf8+ Kg7 31.gxh7 1-0,
Where our teacher writes:However this natural attacking move turns out not to be very convincing. Stronger is 23.Qh5!,with the point that 23…bxc3??
24.g6 leads to mate. The forced 23…Kg8 is strongly met by 24.f6.
Curiously enough, a miraculous defence for black was later discovered 25…fxg6! 26.fxg6 Rf7!! and the game should end in a draw!
Included are instructive issues as chess training, psychology and competitive chess.
Conclusion: An outstanding and important learning book!

Meine besten Partien by Wolfgang Uhlmann
Verlag ChessCoach
Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 16
66538 Neunkirchen
Price €34,80
ISBN: 978-3-944158-07-5

Grandmaster Wolfgang Uhlmann  certainly belongs to one of the strongest chess players of the 60s and 70s and his name, is close related to the following win on the legendary
 Bobby Fischer: Fischer,Robert James - Uhlmann,Wolfgang [C19] 150 years of Argentina Buenos Aires (8), 02.07.1960
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Ne7 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.a4 Nbc6 8.Nf3 Bd7 9.Qd2 Qa5 10.Bd3 c4 11.Be2 f6 12.Ba3 Ng6 13.0-0 0-0-0 14.Bd6 Nce7 15.Nh4 Rde8 16.Nxg6 hxg6 17.exf6 gxf6 18.h3 Nf5 19.Bh2 g5 20.f4 Nd6 21.Bf3 g4 22.hxg4 f5 23.g5 Re7 24.Bg3 Be8 25.Qe3 Ne4 26.Bxe4 dxe4 27.Kf2 Reh7 28.Rfb1 Qd5 29.Qe1 Rh1 30.Qxh1 e3+ 31.Kg1 Rxh1+ 32.Kxh1 e2 33.Rb5 Bxb5 34.axb5 Qxb5 35.Re1 a5 36.Rxe2 a4 37.Rxe6 a3 38.g6 Qd7 39.Re5 b6 40.Bh4 a2 41.Re1 Qg7 42.Ra1 Qxg6 0-1.
As Uhlmann instructively explains in this book better was 21.Rfe1 where Uhlmann was considering 21…Reg8.
Interesting enough I could find no examples of play in my databases with the move 21…Reg8.
But I have my doubts with the optimistic words from Mednis who wrote here: White has a marvellous position:pressure on black’s somewhat
shaky center,opendiagonals for both bishops,while black’s king can find him uncomfortable open soon,but my Fritz 15 likes the black position!
Uhlmann has selected and annotated 87 of the best games of his career for his eighty birthday book, illustrating his knowledge on the French Opening
and favourite methods of play.
Uhlmann heroes where Alekhine and Botvinnik, and I guess that Botvinnik gave him the love for the French Defence.
Going throw these games you will find great wins on world champions as Fischer,Botvinnik,Smyslov,Anand an Khalifman.
Wolfgang Uhlmann notes are written in a clear and readable way of understanding, just perfect for all who wants to improve in a enjoyable way  his or hers playing skills.
The author has included his openings overviews, autobiographical material, tournaments and match records plus unique and never seen before photographs!
Conclusion: One of those super made biographies!

Chess DVD's

Fritz 15 - English Version
Price Euro 69.90
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Vasik Rajlich is the new man behind the Fritz team and you only have to start your new Fritz15 and you will see the fascinating input from this brilliant man.
It is not only all the lovely new features packed in the new Fritz user face but this multiprocessor engines plays stronger than any other engine that I have ever have seen before.
For the good order the new Fritz15 engine is a multiprocessor version and can theoretically use up to 2048 cores!
But first a nice example of Fritz15 extraordinary  skills: Botvinnik,Mikhail - Fischer,Robert James [D98]
Varna ol (Men) final Varna (10), 1962
Botvinnik,Mikhail - Fischer,Robert James [D98]
Varna ol (Men) final Varna (10), 1962
1.c4 g6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 Bg4 8.Be3 Nfd7 9.Be2 Nc6 10.Rd1 Nb6 11.Qc5 Qd6 12.h3 Bxf3 13.gxf3 Rfd8 14.d5 Ne5 15.Nb5 Qf6 16.f4 Ned7 17.e5 Qxf4 18.Bxf4 Nxc5 19.Nxc7 Rac8 20.d6 exd6 21.exd6 Bxb2 22.0-0 Nbd7 23.Rd5 b6 24.Bf3 Ne6 25.Nxe6 fxe6 26.Rd3 Nc5 27.Re3 e5 28.Bxe5 Bxe5 29.Rxe5 Rxd6 30.Re7 Rd7 31.Rxd7 Nxd7 32.Bg4 Rc7 33.Re1 Kf7 34.Kg2 Nc5 35.Re3 Re7 36.Rf3+ Kg7 37.Rc3 Re4 38.Bd1 Rd4 39.Bc2 Kf6 40.Kf3 Kg5 41.Kg3 Ne4+ 42.Bxe4 Rxe4 43.Ra3 Re7 44.Rf3 Rc7 45.a4 Rc5 46.Rf7 Ra5 47.Rxh7 Rxa4 48.h4+ Kf5 49.Rf7+ Ke5 50.Rg7 Ra1 51.Kf3 b5 52.h5 Ra3+ 53.Kg2 gxh5 54.Rg5+ Kd6 55.Rxb5 h4 56.f4 Kc6 57.Rb8 h3+ 58.Kh2 a5 59.f5 Kc7 60.Rb5 Kd6 61.f6 Ke6 62.Rb6+ Kf7 63.Ra6 Kg6 64.Rc6 a4 65.Ra6 Kf7 66.Rc6 Rd3 67.Ra6 a3 68.Kg1 ½-½
When we look at this famous Fischer game,Fritz15 finds for example the difficult defence line: 43.Rc7 Ra4 44.Rxh7 Ra3!!
Or:Fischer,Robert James - Larsen,Bent [B77]
Interzonal Portoroz (8), 16.08.1958
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Be6 11.Bb3 Qa5
12.0-0-0 b5 13.Kb1 b4 14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.Bxd5 Rac8 16.Bb3 Rc7 17.h4 Qb5 18.h5 Rfc8 19.hxg6 hxg6 20.g4 a5 21.g5 Nh5
22.Rxh5 gxh5 23.g6 e5 24.gxf7+ Kf8 25.Be3 d5 26.exd5 Rxf7 27.d6 Rf6 28.Bg5 Qb7 29.Bxf6 Bxf6 30.d7 Rd8 31.Qd6+ 1-0
And now 22....Bxd4 23.Qxd4 gxh5 24.g6 Rc4! Fischer only gives 24...Qe5?! please see Bobby Fischer My 60 Memorable Games.
Still a super read!
In one of my correspondence games Fritz15 prefers
1. e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4 4.f3 Bf5 5.Bb5+ c6 6.dxc6 Qa5+ 7.Nc3 Nxc6 8.Bd2 0-0-0 9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.f4 Bg4 11.Nf3 e6
12.h3 Qh5 13.Rf1 Bxf3 14.Rxf3 Rxd4 15.Qe2 Qa5 16.Ne4 Qb5 17.Qxb5 cxb518.Ng5 Rd7 19.Rc3 Kb7 20.Rb3 Bc5 21.Rxb5+ Bb6 22.Nf3 Rhd8 23.Rb3 ka8
24.a4 Ne4 25.Be3 Ba5+ 26.Ke2 Ng3 27.Kf2 Nf5 28.g3!!
Stockfish 6 goes for 28.Rc1,Komodo 9.02 plays also 28.Rc1 and Houdini 28.Ne5.
This version of Fritz15 is packed with many new features as the new evaluation function that analyzes your playing strength,it does not matter if it is the opening,middlegame
or endgame? Fritz 15 gives you an perfect ELO rating for all phases of the game!
New is the revamped database window,it automatically displays  all the Fritztrainer or other courses installed on your hard drive,if you enjoy playing around with databases and chess engines,than buy Fritz 15! It has never been so easy before!
New is  64 Bit –Fritz multiprocessor engine,Improved 64 Bit- and 32 Bit program interface
Premium membership to the new ChessBase Accounts and to (six months)
Database with over 1.5 million games and more!
Conclusion: Fritz15 is thrilling!

ChessBase Magazine issue 169
ISSN 1432-8992
Price Euro 19.95

The tournament file is good for 158 entries, where a small 19 of them cover excellent made annotations as the following one from Giri: Giri,Anish (2798) - Anand,Viswanathan (2803) [A22]
Grand Slam Final 8th Bilbao (4), 30.10.2015
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 Bb4 4.Bg2 0-0 5.e4 Bxc3 6.bxc3 c6 The most popular continuation. [A long time ago, Vishy has also tried: 6...Re8 , but White got a better position after 7.Ne2 c6 8.0-0 d5 9.exd5 cxd5 10.d4!² 0-1 Petursson,M (2544)-Anand,V (2769)/Kopavogur 2000] 7.Nf3!?N Anish comes up with an interesting novelty at this early stage of the game. [In most top-level games Black manages to solve his opening problems after: 7.Ne2 d5 8.cxd5 cxd5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.0-0 Nc6 11.Rb1 Re8 (11...Nb6 12.d4 Bf5 13.Rb3 (13.Rb5!?) 13...Be6 14.d5?! Bxd5 15.Bxd5 Nxd5 16.Ba3 Re8 17.Rxb7 Qc8³ 0-1 Nakamura,H (2715)-Carlsen,M (2801)/Oslo 2009/CBM 133 Extra (46)) 12.d3 Nb6 13.Be3 Bg4= 0-1 Naiditsch,A (2712)-Topalov,V (2768)/Porto Carras 2011/CBM 146 (37);
The most ambitious 7.d4 d6 8.Ne2 c5 makes the �c4 very weak and yields Black excellent counter-play à la Nimzo: 9.0-0 Nc6 10.Qd3 b6 11.f4 Nd7" 0-1 Mamedyarov,S (2747)-Morozevich,A (2763)/Jurmala 2012/CBM 147/[Mikhalchishin,A] (44);
Black is doing reasonably well also after 7.Ba3 d6 8.Ne2 Be6 (8...c5!?) 9.d3 Re8 10.f4 exf4 11.gxf4 Bg4 12.0-0 d5" 0-1 Istratescu,A (2670)-Adams,M (2754)/London 2013] 7...Nxe4 A principled reply. [Another move which deserved serious attention was 7...Re8!? 8.0-0 Nxe4 (8...d5 is less precise: 9.exd5 cxd5 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.c4 Nf6 12.d4² and White's bishops are getting strong.) 9.Re1 d5 10.cxd5 cxd5 11.d3 (The following complications lead to unclear consequences: 11.c4 Nxf2! 12.Kxf2 e4 13.cxd5 Na6") 11...Nxc3 12.Qb3 d4 13.Nxe5 Be6 14.Qxb7 Bd5 15.Bxd5 Qxd5 16.Qxd5 Nxd5 17.Bb2 f6 18.Nf3 Nc6 and Black is close to equality.] 8.0-0 d6 [8...Re8 would transpose to the above-mentioned line.;
8...d5 9.Nxe5 (9.cxd5 is quite harmless: 9...cxd5 10.Nxe5 Re8=) 9...Re8 10.d4 f6 11.Qb3 fxe5 12.cxd5 Qxd5 13.Bxe4 Qxb3 14.axb3 exd4 15.Re1 Be6 16.cxd4 Nd7=] 9.Nxe5 Black has a wide choice of possibilities now. 9...dxe5 The most simple approach - Black exchanges one pair of knights and opens up the d-file, so the queen is getting more active. On the other hand, the subsequent pawn structure definitely suits White, since now it's easier to activate the bishops. [First of all, 9...Nxg3? must be rejected: 10.fxg3 dxe5 11.Ba3 Re8 12.Rxf7!f .Kxf7 13.Qh5+ Kg8 14.Be4 g6 15.Bxg6 hxg6 16.Qxg6+ Kh8 17.Rf1+-;
The same can be said about 9...Nxf2? 10.Rxf2 dxe5 11.Ba3 Re8 12.Rxf7 Kxf7 13.Qh5+ Kg8 14.Be4 g6 15.Bxg6 hxg6 16.Qxg6+ Kh8 17.Rf1+-;
The somewhat awkward retreat 9...Ng5 10.Ng4 f5 can be strongly met by: 11.f4! fxg4 12.fxg5 Rxf1+ 13.Qxf1 Qxg5 14.d4f and White gets a powerful initiative.] 10.Bxe4 Be6?! This natural move is connected with a tactical blunder. [The more modest way of development ¹10...Nd7! would lead to an acceptable position. For instance, 11.d4 Nf6 12.Bg2 (White gets nothing special after 12.Bg5 exd4 13.cxd4 h6 14.Bxf6 Qxf6 15.Re1 Rd8 16.d5 cxd5 17.cxd5 Qd6= and Black sucessfully neutralises the passed pawn.) 12...exd4 13.cxd4 Bg4 14.Qd3 Re8 15.Be3 Qd7=] 11.Ba3 Re8 12.Qb1! That is the point! Black cannot protect both of the hanging pawns now. 12...Qxd2? Having had an unpleasant surprise, Black goes for a dubious sacrifice in order to complicate matters. [Possibly, Vishy has overestimated his troubles in the following line: ¹12...Qc7 13.Bxh7+ Kh8 14.Bf5 Nd7 (14...Bxc4? 15.Qe4 Bxf1 16.Qh4+ Kg8 17.Qh7#) 15.Re1 Nf6 16.Bxe6 Rxe6² White is better, but Black has some compensation for a missing pawn.] 13.Qxb7 Nd7 14.Bxc6 Black cannot avoid further losses of material. 14...Reb8 [After 14...Qxc3 15.Qb3 Qa5 16.Bxa8 Rxa8 the weakness of the light squares makes White's technical task much more difficult. However, it looks like the precise 17.Rfd1 Nb6 18.Bb4 Qa6 19.Rd6! Qxc4 20.Rad1 Qc8 21.Qd3 ,followed by exchanging all the major pieces must still be lost for Black. ] 15.Qa6 Rb6 16.Qa4 Rc8 The queen sac was practically forced.
17.Rad1 [If he rejects the ''gift'' by means of: 17.Bd5 Black may put up some resistance: 17...Qh6! 18.Rad1 Nf6 19.Qxa7 Nxd5 20.cxd5 Bh3 21.d6 Qf6! 22.f4 Bxf1 23.Qxb6 Bh3 24.Qa5 Bd7 25.Qxe5 Qxe5 26.fxe5 Rxc3±] 17...Qxd1 18.Rxd1 Rbxc6 19.Qxa7 R6c7 20.Qe3 Rxc4 21.Bb4+- White's material advantage is too big now. 21...h6 [21...Ra8 was hardly any better: 22.a3 h6 23.Rd6+-] 22.a4 The a-passer is very strong now. 22...Nf6 23.Qxe5 [Most probably, even more convincing was: 23.a5! e4 24.Rd4 R4c6 25.Qd2 Kh7 26.Rd6 R6c7 27.Qe3+-] 23...Re4 24.Qa5 Kh7 25.f3 Re2 Black manages to activate the rooks, but his minor pieces cannot disturb the opponent's king.
26.Qb5 Ra2 27.g4 [A simpler way was 27.a5 Re8 28.Bc5+-] 27...Re8 28.Bc5 Anish decides to put his bishop on d4, but it wouldn't support the §a4 from there. [Once again, there was nothing wrong with pushing the passed pawn: 28.a5 Bb3 29.Qd3+ Kg8 30.Rd2 Bc4 31.Qd6+-] 28...Kg8 29.Re1 Ra8 30.Bd4 R2xa4 Liquidating the dangerous passer is Anand's indisputable achievement.
31.h4 [31.Bxf6!? gxf6 32.Kg2 Kg7 33.Kg3+-] 31...Ra2 32.Qb1 [It was possible to simplify matters by means of 32.Bxf6 gxf6 33.Qh5 Kg7 (33...Rc2 34.Qxh6 Raa2 35.Qf4+-) 34.g5 fxg5 35.hxg5 hxg5 36.Qxg5+ Kf8 37.c4 Ra1 38.Rxa1 Rxa1+ 39.Kf2 The resulting position must be winning, but the limited material balance still gives Black some practical chances.] 32...Bd5?! Allowing White to activate the queen. [A more stubborn try was: 32...Nd7 33.Qe4 R8a5] 33.Qf5 Be6 34.Qf4?! [For some reason, Anish deviates from the following natural line: 34.Rxe6 fxe6 35.Qxe6+ Kh7 36.Bxf6 gxf6 37.Qf7+ Kh8 38.Qxf6+ Kh7 39.h5 R8a6 40.Qe7+ Kg8 41.c4+- with a completely winning position.] 34...Nd7 35.Rf1 The presence of Black's rook in White's camp is rather annoying, so it makes sense to swap the rooks. 35...Nf8 36.Rf2 R2a5 37.Qg3 Bc4" Surprisingly enough, GM Anand runs out of time. No doubt, the final position was lost, but Anish still had to work hard in order to convert his material advantage into a full point. 1-0.
Well filed is also the Euro-Cup file with 1039 entries and where a small 37 of them a well d analysed! A little les filled is the World Cup file with 434 entries and where a 41 of then are more than excellent analysed!
Included this time are 11 opening files as Mihail Marin with the English A15:Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 0-0 5.g3 d6 6.Bg2 e5 7.d3,Lars Schandorff English A29:1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 Bb4 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 e4 7.Ng5 Bxc3 8.bxc3 Re8 9.f3 exf3 10.Nxf3,Sagar Shah Modern Defence:1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d5!?,Georgios Souleidis Caro Kann B13:1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bf4!?,Robert Ris Sicilian B20: 1.e4 c5 2.b4 cxb4 3.a3,Kriszan Szabo:Sicilian B51:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.0-0 Ngf6 5.Re1 a6 6.Bd3!?,Viktor Moskalenko French B12:1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e5 h6,Martin Breutigam C29:1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4,Arkadij Rotstein Philidor Defence C41:1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 be7 6.g3,Igor Stohl Catalan E05:1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.a4 Bd7 9.Qxc4 Bc6 and at last Alexey Kuzmin with the King’s Indian E97:1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.a4.
The opening video cover ErwinI’ Ami:Dutch Defence 1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 d5,Mihail Marin:King’s Indian 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.h3 e5 7.d5 Nh5 8.g3 Na6 9.Be3 f5 10.exf5 gxf5,Alexai Shirov Caro Kann:1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.be2 Ne7 6.0-0 Nd7 7.Nh4.
Other columns are:Williams: Move by Move,Rogozenco:The Classic,Marin Strategy,Reeh tactics,Müller Endgames {Good knight,bad bishop where I found 19 annotated endgames,many training questions and five classical videos}Knaak: The Opening Trap etc.
Included is an eye catching booklet in two languages German and English.
Conclusion: Filled with superb material!