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Understanding the Scandinavian by Sergey Kasparov
Gambit Publications Ltd
175 pages

Price €24,00
ISBN 978-1-910093-65-8

Grandmaster Sergey Kasparov provides the reader with a well thought repertoire book based on the secrets of the Scandinavian Defence, or as some say
the Centre Counter Defence.
As we can learn from Sergey Kasparov this opening is easy to learn, and play and black does not have to worry about troubles ahead.
Of course there is a downside that black has to loose some time recapturing on d5 but with
Sergey’s recommendation 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6!?
Than it is white who has to take care that he is not outplayed with tricky manoeuvres, as we can see in the games of the great 
Sergei Tiviakov, who by the way belongs to one of the greatest experts of this line: Swiercz,Dariusz (2501) - Tiviakov,Sergei (2634) [B01]
Wroclaw op 5th Wroclaw (5), 29.06.2010
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 c6 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nc4 Qc7 8.Qf3 Nb6 9.Bf4 Qd7 10.Be5 Qg4 11.Qe3 Nfd5 12.Nxd5 Nxd5 13.Qd2 h5
14.Be2 Qxg2 15.0-0-0 f6 16.h4 fxe5 17.Nxe5 g6 18.Kb1 Bh6 19.Qe1 Rf8 20.Bd3 Bf5 21.Rg1 Qh2 22.Bxf5 Rxf5 23.Rxg6 Bf8 24.Nc4 Rd8 25.Qe6 Qxf2
26.a3 Nc7 27.Qe4 Qf4 28.Qe2 Nb5 29.c3 Nd6 30.Nd2 Qxh4 31.Rdg1 Rf2 32.Qd1 Qf4 33.Nb3 Nc4 34.R6g2 Qf5+ 35.Ka1 Rxg2 36.Rxg2 Ne3 0-1.
Instructive are the words from Sergey Kasparov after move 16.h4?! A bluff like this is most unlikely to succeed against Sergei Tiviakov,who simply accepts t
he sacrificed offering and beats off the attack.The fact that he chose 14…Qxg2 showed that he was confident about the defence capacity of his position.
All together the line with 3…Qd6 is good for 86 pages of highly instructive text!
Included are lines with 3…Qa5,3…Qd8!? {included with the game Caruana – Carlsen,Tromso Olympiad 2014!}2…Nf6 and rare
second moves for white, where I found the interesting move order,1.e4 d5 2.Nc3 dxe4 3.Nxe4 Qd5!? and Sergey Kasparov writes:I hope
you recognize this position! Yes, we have  transposed to the main line of the book!
Yes Sergey Kasparov is a man of explanation and writes:Note that I don’t recommend that you try to memorize them,but rather to understand
the ideas;my aim is that by the endof the book you can comprehend and even sense the opening ideas. However, a certain accuracy with the move order is
still advisable. It is possible to get lost in this labyrinth ,as you can see in the game fragment Klek – S.Kasparov.I found myself in an unpleasant situation
which frayed my nerves,even through I had a happy ending.
Conclusion: Sergey Kasparov helps you to become an expert on the Scandinavian with 3…Qd6!  

Chess DVD's

ChessBase Magazine issue 170
ISSN 1432-8992
Price Euro 19.95

Grandmaster Heine Nielsen annotates on this download  the famous game,Carlsen-Li Chao,and Grandmaster Simon Williams invites you on this
DVD how to play like the player of the year Magnus Carlsen.
Top tournaments of this issue are Quatar masters,London and European Team Championships Reykjavik.
These are all well pecked in a Hugh game file of 444 entries where a small 44 of them are superb analysed.
A fine example is: Pruijssers,Roeland (2501) - Bok,Benjamin (2591) [B82]
Hoogeveen Unive op 19th Hoogeveen (5), 20.10.2015
This game was played in the 5th round of the Hoogeveen Open 2015. The day before I drew both games on the double round day and was on 3 out of 4. I was eager to strike and get closer to the top of the standings again!
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 This must have come as a bit of a surprise to Roeland, as 2...e6 has been my main choice by far.
3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f4 A bit of a sideline, [The main line goes 7.f3 ] 7...b5 8.a3 Bb7 9.Bd3 Nbd7 10.Qf3 Rc8 11.0-0 [11.Nb3 g6 12.g4 Bg7 13.g5 Nh5] 11...g6! Now Black obtains a very nice and flexible setup.
12.Rae1 Roeland decides to prepare his forces for an attack, however Black's position is very solid and hard to break. [12.Rad1 Bg7 13.Bxb5? doesn't work because of 13...axb5 14.Ndxb5 Bf8!µ;
This position was also reached by a different move order in a game of my friend Anish Giri in 2010. That game continued 12.Qh3 Nc5 13.e5 Nd5 14.Ne4 Nxe4 15.Bxe4 Nxe3 16.Qxe3 Bxe4 17.Qxe4 dxe5 18.Qxe5 Qxd4+ 19.Qxd4 Bc5 20.Qxc5 Rxc5 0-1 (59) Llaneza Vega,M (2514)-Giri,A (2624) Rijeka 2010, and Black went on to win this very slightly better endgame.] 12...Bg7 13.Kh1 0-0 14.Qh3 Nc5 [14...Rxc3?! 15.bxc3 Nxe4? Obviously doesn't work because of 16.Nxe6 fxe6 17.Bxe4 Bxe4 18.Qxe6+ Kh8 19.Qxe4+-] 15.f5 A very practical decision. [After 15.Bg1 Black plays 15...Re8 possibly followed by 16...¦c7 and 17...£a8!;
White doesn't really want to play 15.Bd2 as after again 15...Re8 Black is even better prepared for the f4-f5 break.] 15...e5? I decided to just take the pawn on e4, however this is not entirely correct. [15...gxf5 looks dangerous for Black after 16.Bg5! The engine however, still holds the balance with: (Sorry for the long computer line coming up!) (16.exf5 e5µ is obviously good for Black) 16...Qb6 17.exf5 e5 18.Re3! exd4 19.Bxf6 Bxf6 20.Rg3+ Kh8 21.Qh6 Nd7 22.Rh3 Bxg2+! 23.Kxg2 Rg8+ 24.Kf3 Rg7 25.Rg1 Rcg8 26.Nd5 Qd8! Black is just in time to defend against all the threats! After 27.Rxg7 Rxg7 28.Nxf6 Nxf6 29.Rg3 Rxg3+ 30.hxg3 an equal endgame appeared which should probably end in a draw. 30...Qe7 31.g4 Qd8;
However, 15...exf5 was the move! 16.exf5 Nxd3 (16...Re8) 17.cxd3 Nd5³ Black simplifies the position a bit and soon the power of the 2 strong bishops on the long diagonals will tell!] 16.Nf3 [16.fxg6? exd4 17.Rxf6 hxg6] 16...Ncxe4 17.Nxe4? A mistaken reply by my opponent, however it was not easy to find the right path with all the possibilities White has. [17.fxg6 was the right move 17...fxg6 18.Nxe4 (18.Bxe4 Bxe4 19.Qe6+ Kh8 20.Ng5) 18...Bxe4 19.Ng5 Bxd3 20.cxd3! Amazingly, Black can't defend against all the threats! Therefore the best is (20.Qe6+ Kh8 21.cxd3 Qe8 22.Qxd6= only gives White equality; 20.Rxf6 Rxf6 21.Qxh7+ Kf8 22.cxd3) 20...Qe8 Allowing White to strike with (For example after 20...Qe7 21.Ne6 Black has no place for his rook and is forced to give up the exchange 21...Qd7 (21...Rfe8 22.Nxg7 Qxg7 23.Bh6 Qe7 24.Bg5 and Black can't defend himself against the pin as the c8-rook will be hanging.; 21...Rf7 22.Nxg7 and once again, Black can resign as the c8-rook is hanging) 22.Nxf8 Qxh3 23.gxh3 Rxf8 24.Rc1± This endgame is obviously close to being lost for Black.) 21.Rxf6 (21.Ne6 Rf7) 21...Rxf6 22.Qxh7+ Kf8 23.Ne4! White wins back the exchange as Black can't give up either the d6-pawn, or the f-file. 23...Qf7 24.Nxf6 Bxf6 25.Qh3± White has a clear and big advantage, Black will suffer here.] 17...Bxe4 Now White doesn't have enough compensation for the pawn.
18.Bxe4 Nxe4 19.Bh6 Nf6 20.Ng5? After this White is lost, but the refutation is not so easy to spot, so it is understandable that White wants to bring an extra piece into the attack. [20.c3 was a better choice, White still has some play but I believe it is not enough for the pawn he has given.] 20...Rxc2! I calculated all the lines and didn't see a mate, so why not just take another pawn! :) [20...Rc7 21.Re2 Nh5 22.Bxg7 Kxg7 23.f6+ Nxf6 24.Rxf6 Kxf6] 21.fxg6 hxg6 22.Bxg7 Kxg7 23.Rxf6 Kxf6 24.Rf1+ Kxg5 [24...Ke7?? 25.Rxf7+ Rxf7 26.Qe6+ Kf8 27.Qxf7# was, of course, not my intention.] 25.Qe3+ Kh5 26.g4+ [26.Qh3+ Qh4 doesn't help White either.] 26...Kxg4 You don't see a king on g4 every day! However, with the limited material White doesn't have any mating ideas. After some thought my opponent resigned as, as given in the lines below White has nothing better than 27.£e4+ and take the rook, the black king will escape after which Black will be just 3 pawns up. I was quite happy with this win. As I was able to get the better of quite a dangerous opponent in a complicated game. I hope you enjoyed it![26...Kxg4 27.Qe4+ Kg5 White has nothing better than 28.Qxc2 after which he will be just 3 pawns down(28.Qe3+ Kh5 and Black 'zigzags' out of the checks as 29.Qh3+ will again be met with 29...Qh4) ] 0-1.
A other extensive file is data select with 1737 entries and uncountable analysed games!
Highly instructive as always are the theory files: Reversed Pirc Defence A07:1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 e5 by Tibor Karolyi,English A38: 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 0-0 5.g3 c5 6.Bg2 Nc6 7.0-0 by Mihail Marin,Modern Defence B07:1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bd3 e5 4.c3 d5 by Irina Bulmaga,Sicilian B21: 1.e4 c5 2.Be2 by Georgios Souleidis,Sicilian B91 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Nbd7 8.Qe2 Qc7 9.0-0-0 by Evgeny Postny,French C05:1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.c3 nc6 7.Ndf3 Qb6 8.g3 Be7 by Langrock,French C06:1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ngf3 by Daniel Gormally,Scotch C45:1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Qe2 by Emanuel Berg,Ruy Lopez C68:1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 Bd6 by Robert Ris,Ruy Lopez C81:1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Qe2 Be7 10.Rd1 by Alexey Kuzmin and last one from Milos Pavlovic on the good old Nimzo Indian E39:1.d4 nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.Nf3 c5 6.dxc5 Na6 7.g3 Nxc5 8.Bg2.
Other are Rogozenco: Classic game where he presents the game Englisch – Steinitz London 1883,The winner,William Steinitz demonstrates in a impressive way the bishop pair in the endgame.Reeh: tactics,Klaus Müller Endgames,Knaak:Opening trap and not to forget some smashing video files and a complete booklet in two languages!
Conclusion: This is a must buy!  

Winning against the Classical Slav
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 provides the user of this DVD with a complete white repertoire against the Classic Slav, this line has become the most popular and respected defence to the queen pawn.
As we can see in these model games these games pervade the material of the best players in the world.
All material is pleasantly divided into 39  opening surveys  and over 270 well analysed games, packed in several  databases.
One database contains the analyses presented in the videos, and there are two extra articles from the Author that I saw before in the famous ChessBase magazines.
Many players will recognize the Classic Slav from the 1935 and 1937 matches from Euwe and Alekhine, but I can insure you if Euwe would have had access, to all this superb material than he would never had lost the 1937 match!
A fine example of this all is: Elsness,Frode (2408) - Sahl,Bjarke (2375) [D16]
NOR-ch Molde (6), 07.07.2004
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bg4 6.Ne5 Bh5 7.f3 e6 8.e4 Bb4 9.g4 Bg6 10.h4 h5 Possibly correct, but subjectively, I would prefer to avoid weakening the kingside structure if there is an alternative. [The developing 10...Nbd7!?N seems to work out well tactically: 11.Nxd7 a) 11.h5?! Bxe4 12.fxe4 Nxe4 13.Qf3 (13.Rh3? Nxe5 14.dxe5 Qxd1+ 15.Kxd1 Nf2+; 13.Qc2 Nxc3 14.bxc3 Nxe5 15.dxe5 Qd4) 13...Ndf6 ....£xd4 14.Qe3? c5 15.dxc5 Nxc3 16.bxc3 Nd5-+; b) If 11.Nxc4 the simplest would be 11...h6 with the usual Slav strategic plot.; 11...Qxd7 12.h5 (12.Bxc4 h6) 12...Bxe4 13.fxe4 Nxe4 14.Rh3 0-0-0 (14...Qd5!?) 15.Bxc4 e5] 11.Nxg6 fxg6 12.g5 Nd5? [12...Nfd7 is absolutely necessary, when White's position looks more pleasant, but Black may well be OK. 13.Bxc4 Qe7 (13...e5 14.Bf7+!? Kxf7 15.Qb3+ Ke8 16.Qxb4f) 14.f4 (14.0-0 e5) 14...a5!? ....¤b6, ...¤8d7, ....¤a6-c7 (14...c5?! 15.d5 exd5 16.Bxd5 Nc6 17.0-0 Nb6 18.a5!? Nxd5 (18...Nxa5 19.f5f) 19.Nxd5 Qf7 20.f5f) .15.Qb3 c5! 16.d5 exd5 17.Bxd5 Nc6] 13.exd5 exd5 14.Bh3 Qd6 15.f4 0-0 16.0-0 Na6 17.Qf3 Ba5 18.f5 gxf5 19.Bf4 Qg6 20.Nxd5 Qe8 1-0.
This all comes with a 6 hours and 10 minutes running time and all available in two languages, English and German.
Conclusion: Very important reference DVD on the Classic Slav!   

Typical mistakes by 1800-2000 players
by  Nicholas Pert

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 master of explanation Nicholas Pert comes with a well made new DVD based on of his 
 previous DVD Typical mistakes by 1600-1900 players, which we handled some time ago here:
Again the former junior world champion is good for a wealth of  instructive games as for example:
Fraser,John (1913) - Shafi,Declan (1908) [B10]
Glorney Cup 2015 Enfield IRL (5.7), 22.07.2015
1.e4 c6 2.Ne2 d5 3.e5 g6 4.d4 Bg7 5.h4 h5 6.Nd2 c5 7.c3 Nc6 8.Nf3 Nh6 9.Nf4 Bg4 10.e6 cxd4 11.exf7+ Nxf7 12.cxd4 Nxd4 [12...Bxf3 13.Qxf3 Nxd4] 13.Nxd4 Bxd1 14.Bb5+ Qd7 [14...Kf8 15.Nde6+] 15.Bxd7+ Kxd7 16.Nde6 Bg4 17.Nxg7 Kd6 18.f3 Bd7 19.Nxg6 Rhg8 20.Nxh5 Rxg6 21.Nf4 Rg3 22.Kf2 Rag8 23.h5 Bf5 24.Ng6 R8xg6 25.Bf4+ e5 26.Bxg3 Rh6 27.Bh4 Ke6 28.g4 d4 1-0.
Included is an extra database of 50 entries where I found the following game instructive endagame: Fraser,John (1934) - Kalaiyalahan,Akshaya (2080) [B35]
90th Hastings Masters 2014-15 Hastings ENG (6.37), 03.01.2015
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 Qa5 8.0-0 0-0 9.Bb3 d6 10.Nd5 Re8 11.Nxf6+ Bxf6 12.c3 Bd7 13.f4 Rac8 14.Qf3 b5 15.Nxc6 Bxc6 16.f5 b4 17.fxg6 hxg6 18.Bd4 Qg5 19.Bxf6 exf6 20.Qxf6 Qxf6 21.Rxf6 bxc3 22.bxc3 Bxe4 23.Rxf7 d5 24.Rxa7 Rxc3 25.Rd1 Kh8 26.Rd7 Ra8 27.Bxd5 Bxd5 28.R7xd5 Rxa2 29.Rg5 Kg7 30.h3 Rc6 31.Rf1 Rf6 32.Rxf6 Kxf6 33.Rb5 Rc2 34.Kh2 Rc3 35.h4 Rd3 36.g3 Rd6 37.Kh3 Rd4 38.Rb8 Rd6 39.Rf8+ Kg7 40.Rf4 Rd5 41.Kg4 Rc5 42.Re4 Rc6 43.Re5 Black starts getting passive now. 43...Rb6?! [43...Kf6;
43...Kh6] 44.Kg5 Ra6? [44...Rb7 Keeping the King on 7th rank is better.] 45.Re7+ and White is winning. 45...Kf8 46.Rb7 Kg8 47.Kh6 Kf8 48.g4 Ra4 49.g5 Rxh4+ 50.Kxg6 Ra4 51.Rb8+ Ke7 52.Kg7 Rg4 53.g6 Rg2 54.Rb1 Ke6 55.Rf1 Ra2 56.Kh7 Rh2+ 57.Kg8 Rg2 58.g7 Rg3 59.Kf8 1-0
Running time is a impressive 3 hours and 50 minutes.
Conclusion: Overloaded with instructive explanations!