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                                              Chess Books      

Chess Strategy for kids by Thomas Engqvist
Gambit Publications Ltd
128 pages

Price €13,50
ISBN 978-1-910093-87-0

The well known IM from Sweden, Thomas Engqvist comes with a brilliant made strategy book, where the author helps you to  find in a very
instructive way of understanding the best possible move of play.
This collection of 50 Smart Strategies deals with strategic ideas in all phases of the game as,The Centre, Development and Space, Pawns,
Minor Pieces, Major Pieces and General Strategy, all well packed in a eye catching hard cover work.
Included are even 27 inviting exercises to test your strategic skills.
Exercise 12 holds the so called Alekhine’s Gun where you must try to triple your rooks and put your queen behind it as the great Bobby Fischer did back in 1992
against his great rival the legendary Boris Spassky.
Fischer,Robert James (2785) - Spassky,Boris V (2560) [C95]
St Stefan/Belgrade m Belgrade (1), 1992
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 Bb7 12.Bc2 Re8 13.Nf1 Bf8 14.Ng3 g6 15.Bg5 h6 16.Bd2 Bg7 17.a4 c5 18.d5 c4 19.b4 Nh7 20.Be3 h5 21.Qd2 Rf8 22.Ra3 Ndf6 23.Rea1 Qd7 24.R1a2 Rfc8 25.Qc1 Bf8 26.Qa1 Qe8 27.Nf1 Be7 28.N1d2 Kg7 29.Nb1 Nxe4 30.Bxe4 f5 31.Bc2 Bxd5 32.axb5 axb5 33.Ra7 Kf6 34.Nbd2 Rxa7 35.Rxa7 Ra8 36.g4 hxg4 37.hxg4 Rxa7 38.Qxa7 f4 39.Bxf4 exf4 40.Nh4 Bf7 41.Qd4+ Ke6 42.Nf5 Bf8 43.Qxf4 Kd7 44.Nd4 Qe1+ 45.Kg2 Bd5+ 46.Be4 Bxe4+ 47.Nxe4 Be7 48.Nxb5 Nf8 49.Nbxd6 Ne6 50.Qe5 1-0.
This is not only a perfect learning book for juniors but also for all chess students who like to improve there play in no time!
Conclusion: This is  one of the best learning books that I have ever seen!

Chess DVD's

Pawn structures you should know
by  Adrian Mikhalchishin
Price Euro 29.90
System requirements:Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

The great GM Adrian Mikhalchishin explains on this download in a impressive over five hour video the secrets of pawn play, as the so difficult to understand Hedgehog positions,
or other pawn strategies as Isolani,Maroczy, hanging pawns and more.
All explained in highly instructive made video files.
Include is an extra training base with around 80 extra games! And they are all excellent analysed as we can see in the following win from Galina Strutinskaya!
Strutinskaya,Galina N (2273) - Uhlmann,Wolfgang (2358) [B38]
European Senior Teams Chess Championshi Rogaska Slatina, 2012
It was exciting encounter-World Female Senior Champion against former World Candidate Challenger! 1.d4 [With the different move order Uhlmann played nice miniature against very top guy of that times 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.e4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.Be3 d6 7.Nc3 a6 8.Be2 e6 9.Qd2 Ne5 10.Rd1 Qc7 Äèàãðàììà
r1b1k1nr/1pq2pbp/p2pp1p1/4n3/2PNP3/2N1B3/PP1QBPPP/3RK2R w Kkq - 0 0
11.Ndb5! axb5 12.Nxb5 Qc6 13.Nxd6+ Ke7 14.Qb4 Kf6 15.f4 g5 16.fxe5+ Kg6 17.Nxf7 1-0 Uhlmann,W (2575)-Ljubojevic,L (2605)/Niksic 1978] 1...Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 c5 Usually Uhlman was consideredv as World top KingsIndian expert,and he played it against all top players of his times.And he played a lot of Maroczy with White! 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.e4 Now game transposed into Maroczy Sicilian! 6...d6 7.Be2 Bg7 8.Be3 0-0 9.0-0 a6? Now we understand ,that Uhlman against 1 e4 always played French,and his handling of Sicilian is shaky.Correct way was [9...Bd7 or;
9...Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Bd7] 10.Rc1 [Another option was 10.Qd2 Ng4 (10...Bd7 11.f3 Rc8 12.Rfd1 Re8 13.Rac1 Qa5 14.Nb3 Qh5 15.Nd5 Nxd5 16.cxd5 Nb8 17.Rxc8 Bxc8 18.Rc1 g5 19.Rc7 b5 20.Qc2 Bd7 21.Ba7 Be5 22.f4 Bg4 23.Bxg4 Qxg4 24.fxe5 dxe5 25.h3 1-0 Smejkal,J-Fabian,J/Luhacovice 1968) 11.Bxg4 Bxg4 12.f3 Bd7 13.Rac1;
10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Rc1 Rb8 12.b3 a5 13.f3 Bb7 14.Qd2 Re8 15.Rfd1 Qc7 16.Kh1 Rbd8 17.Bf1 Rf8 18.Bg5 Ra8 19.c5 d5 20.exd5 Nxd5 21.Nxd5 cxd5 22.c6 Ba6 23.Qxd5 Rfd8 24.Qxd8+ Rxd8 25.Rxd8+ Qxd8 26.c7 1-0 Naiditsch,A (2524)-Eckhardt,W (2039)/Fuerth 2001] 10...Bd7 Äèàãðàììà
r2q1rk1/1p1bppbp/p1np1np1/8/2PNP3/2N1B3/PP2BPPP/2RQ1RK1 w - - 0 0
11.Nc2! Blacks problem is lack of space ,soit is useful to avoid exchanges.Here many other logical options were tried [11.Nb3 Rb8 (11...a5 12.Nd2 Nb4 13.f3 Bc6 14.Nb3 a4 15.Nd4 a3 16.b3 Qa5 17.Qd2 Rfc8 18.Rfd1 e6 19.Bf1 Bf8 20.Qf2 Nd7 21.Kh1 Nc5 22.Ndb5 Bxb5 23.Nxb5 Rc6 24.Bd4 Äèàãðàììà
r4bk1/1p3p1p/2rpp1p1/qNn5/1nPBP3/pP3P2/P4QPP/2RR1B1K b - - 0 0
with advantage, Dorfman,J (2565)-Vasiukov,E (2510)/Moscow 1989) 12.f3 b6 13.Qd2 Ne5 14.Nd4 Rb7 15.b3 Re8 16.Rfd1 Qb8 17.Nd5 e6 18.Nxf6+ Bxf6 19.Nc2 Be7 20.Bd4 Rd8 21.Ne3 Bc6 22.Bb2 Bf6 23.f4 Nd7 24.e5 dxe5 25.Ng4 Be7 26.Qc3 f5 27.Nxe5 Nxe5 28.Rxd8+ Bxd8 29.Qxe5 Qxe5 30.Bxe5 Rd7 31.Rd1 Rxd1+ 32.Bxd1 Be7 33.Kf2 Bc5+ 1/2 Smejkal,J (2570)-Andersson,U (2535)/Sochi 1973/MCL;
11.f4 Rb8 12.Bf3 Ne8 13.b3 Nc7 14.Rf2 Ne6 15.Nxe6 fxe6 16.e5 dxe5 17.Rd2 exf4 18.Rxd7 Qa5 19.Bd2 Ne5 20.Na4 Nxf3+ 21.Qxf3 Qg5 22.Bb4 Rf7 23.Nc5 a5 24.Ne4 Qf5 25.Ba3 g5 26.h3 h5 27.Nf2 e5 28.Rxb7 Rd8 29.c5 Rd4 30.Re1 e4 31.Rb8+ Rf8 32.Rxf8+ Kxf8 33.Nxe4 g4 34.Nd6 gxf3 35.Nxf5 Rd2 36.gxf3 1-0 Dely,P-Szekely,M/Hungary 1968/MCD;
11.Qd2 Rc8 12.f3 Nxd4 (12...Qa5 13.Rfd1 Nxd4 14.Bxd4 Rfd8 15.Rc2 h5 16.Bxf6 Bxf6 17.Nd5 Qc5+ 18.Kh1 Bg7 19.b3 Kh7 20.Bd3 Bh6 21.Qe2 Qd4 22.f4 Bg4 23.Qd2 Bxd1 24.Qxd1 1/2 Filatov,B (2555)-Muratov,R/Moscow 1998/EXT 2006) 13.Bxd4 Be6 14.b3 Qa5 15.Rfd1 Nd7 16.Be3 Rfe8 17.Nd5 Qxd2 18.Rxd2 a5 19.Rb1 Nc5 20.g4 h6 1/2 Erdogdu,M (2463)-Mamedov,R (2645)/Pardubice 2009/CBM 131 Extra] 11...Rb8 [11...Rc8 12.f3 Be6 13.Na3 Nd7 14.Qd2 Qa5 15.Rfd1 f5 16.exf5 gxf5 17.Nab1 Kh8 18.a3 Nce5 19.b4 Qd8 20.Nd5 Qe8 21.f4 Ng4 22.Bd4 Ndf6 23.Nbc3 Qf7 24.Re1 Black has space problems, Masic,L (2390)-Ostojic,P (2440)/Umag 1972] 12.f3 Qa5 [12...Ne8 13.Nd5 b5 14.cxb5 axb5 15.Nd4 Nxd4 16.Bxd4 Be6 17.Bxg7 Nxg7 18.Kh1 Bxd5 19.Qxd5 Qd7 20.f4 Qb7 21.Rc6 Rfd8 22.Rc3 Qxd5 23.exd5 Nf5 24.g4 Nd4 25.Bd3 e5 26.dxe6 fxe6 27.f5 with better end, Hilge,D (2300)-Brueggemann,J/Meerbusch 1996] 13.a3 Rfc8 14.Rf2!? Äèàãðàììà
1rr3k1/1p1bppbp/p1np1np1/q7/2P1P3/P1N1BP2/1PN1BRPP/2RQ2K1 b - - 0 0
No man would play such a move!Very smart,as direct play was not so clear [14.b4 Qd8 15.Nd5 Nxd5 16.exd5 Ne5 17.Nd4 b5 18.c5 (Safer is 18.cxb5 axb5 19.Qb3) 18...dxc5 19.bxc5 Be8 20.Qb3 Nc4 21.Bxc4 Bxd4 22.Bxd4 bxc4 23.Qe3 Qxd5 24.Rfd1 Rb7 for the pawn White had attack on black squares,but nothing decisive.] 14...Ne5 15.Qf1! Aha ,we see untrivial defence! [Nothing promised 15.b4 Qd8 16.c5 dxc5 17.Bxc5 Nc6 18.f4 Be6] 15...Qc7? [Very unclear posiyion would arouse after logical continuation of the plan 15...b5 16.cxb5 axb5 17.Nb4 Nc4 18.Bxc4 bxc4 19.Rfc2] 16.Nb4 Äèàãðàììà
1rr3k1/1pqbppbp/p2p1np1/4n3/1NP1P3/P1N1BP2/1P2BRPP/2R2QK1 b - - 0 0
16...Nxc4? [It was urgently necessary to control d5 square 16...e6 ] 17.Ncd5 Nxd5 18.Nxd5 Nxe3 19.Rxc7 Rxc7 [Slightly better was 19...Nxf1 20.Nxe7+ Kf8 21.Nxc8 Rxc8 22.Rxc8+ Bxc8 23.Rxf1 Bxb2 24.a4 Bd4+ 25.Kh1 Bd7] 20.Nxe3 Bd4 21.Nd5 Rc5 22.Qd1 Bxf2+ 23.Kxf2 Kf8 24.Qd2 So,we just wait excited to see Galina playing Victor Lvovich or Evgenij Andreevich! 1-0
Conclusion: This is a outstanding made strategy DVD!

Trompowsky for the attacking player
by  Timur Gareyev
Price Euro 29.90
System requirements:Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

The well known „Blindfold King“ Grandmaster Timur Gareyev,comes with a detailed over four hour coverage of the famous Trompowsky 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5.
The Tromp on this DVD is more than a flexible repertoire book as we can see in our following model game, hope that Timur Gareyev excuses me for throwing some of his secrets away:
 Gareyev,T (2604) - Sevian,Samuel (2531) [A45]
ch-USA 2015 Saint Louis USA (8.5), 09.04.2015
[Gareyev, Timur]
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 3.d5 Qb6 4.Nc3 Qxb2 5.Bd2 Qb6 6.e4 d6 [6...e5 This move is necessary, otherwise there would've just played f4 followed by e5 with crushing consequances. 7.f4 d6 8.Nf3 Nbd7 (8...Nfd7 9.Be2 Be7 10.0-0 0-0 11.f5 Qd8 12.g4 g5 13.h4 h6 14.Kg2f Franke,H-Ott,F/Stuttgart 1985/ GER; 8...exf4 9.Bxf4 Be7 10.Rb1 Qa5 11.Bd2 0-0 12.Bc4 a6 13.0-0 Qc7 14.a4 Re8÷ Karhanek,P-Michenka,J/ Ostrava 2002) 9.fxe5 Depriving black a chance to get the square e5 for his pieces. On the other hand black gets the square d6 for his knight. a) 9.a4 exf4 (9...Be7 10.a5 Qd8 11.f5 h6 12.Qc1 Nh7 13.h4 Nhf6 14.g3 Ng4 15.Bb5 0-0÷ Gurevich,V-Panov,V/Yalta 1995) 10.a5 Qd8 11.Bxf4 Be7 12.Nd2 0-0 13.Nc4 Ne8³ Sahovic,D-Ribli,Z/Vrbas 1977; b) 9.Bc4 a6 10.0-0 Be7 11.a4 Qc7 12.Qe1 Nf8 13.Ng5 Ng6 14.f5 Nf8 15.Qe2 h6 16.Nf3© Buchal,S-Haensel,T/ Germany 2000; c) 9.Rb1 Qd8 10.Be2 a6 11.a4 g6 12.0-0 Bg7 13.Bd3 0-0 14.fxe5 dxe5 15.Qc1 Ne8 16.Ne2 Nd6³ Goguadze, M-Gaprindashvili,V/Tbilisi 2002; 9...dxe5?! (In my opinion it was better to play 9...Nxe5!? trading a pair of the knights and getting some space. 10.Nxe5 dxe5 11.Rb1 Qd8 (11...Qc7 12.Bb5+ Bd7 13.Bg5 a6 14.Bxd7+ Nxd7³) 12.Bc4 Be7 13.0-0 0-0 14.Qf3 Ne8") 10.Bc4 Be7 (10...a6 11.a4 Qd6 12.0-0 g6 13.Qe1 Bg7 14.Qh4 h6 15.Kh1 Nh5 16.Rab1 0-0 17.a5² Cech, P-Mrva,M/Czechia 1997; 10...Bd6 11.Rb1 Qd8 12.0-0 0-0 13.Bg5 a6 14.a4) 11.Rb1 Qd8 (After 11...Qd6 12.Nh4! things look pretty dangerous for black (12.Nb5?! Qb8 13.d6 Bd8 (13...Bxd6? 14.Ba5! Ke7 15.Ng5+-) 14.Ng5 0-0 15.Qf3 Nb6µ) 12...g6) 12.Bg5! h6? The decisive mistake. It's clear that black underestimated the consequences of white's 14th move. (12...Ng4 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.d6 Qf6 15.Qd2 0-0 16.0-0±; 12...Qa5; 12...Bd6!?) 13.d6! hxg5 14.Nxg5± The point of white's play. The black king is in grave danger. 14...0-0 (14...Rf8 15.dxe7 Kxe7 (15...Qxe7 16.Nb5 Kd8 17.Bxf7! Rxf7 18.Nd6 Rf8 19.Nf5 Qe8 20.Qd6+-) 16.Qe2 Nb6 17.Rd1 Bd7 18.0-0,) 15.0-0! Nb6 (15...Qe8 16.dxe7 Qxe7 17.Qe1+-) 16.dxe7 Qxe7 17.Rxb6! axb6 18.Nd5 Nxd5 19.Qh5 Qxg5 (19...Nf6 20.Rxf6+-) 20.Qxg5 Nf4 21.Qxe5 Be6! (21...Ne6) 22.Rxf4 Bxc4 23.Qh5 Rxa2 24.Rh4 Ra1+ 25.Kf2 f5? Throwing up a game in the position in which white still had a lot of work to do to get the whole point. (¹25...f6 26.Qh7+ Kf7 27.Rg4 Rg8 28.e5 Rf1+ 29.Ke3 Be6±) 26.Qh7+ Kf7 27.exf5 1-0 (27) Bruzon Batista,L (2603)-Nijboer,F (2586) Wijk aan Zee 2004 [Finkel,A]] 7.Rb1 [7.f4 g6 8.e5 Nfd7 9.Nf3 Bg7 10.Rb1 Qd8 11.e6 fxe6 12.Ng5 Nf8 (12...Nf6 13.Bb5+) 13.Bb5+ Bd7 14.dxe6 Bxb5 15.Nxb5 Qc8 16.0-0 Qc6 17.f5 Na6 18.Bc3 Bxc3 19.Nxc3 Nc7 20.f6 exf6 21.Rxf6 d5 22.Qf3 Nfxe6 23.Nxe6 Nxe6 24.Re1 0-0-0 25.Rfxe6 Qd7 26.Re7 Qc6 27.R1e6 Rd6 28.Nb5 1-0 (28) Zubarev, A (2597)-Zinchenko,Y (2543) Rethymnon 2011] 7...Qd8 8.f4 g6 9.Bb5+ [9.e5 dxe5 10.fxe5 Nxd5] 9...Nfd7 [9...Nbd7 10.e5 (10.a4) 10...dxe5 11.fxe5 a6 12.Ba4 b5] 10.a4 Bg7 11.h4 h5 12.Nh3 a6 13.Be2 c4 14.Ng5 [14.Bxc4 Qc7 15.Qe2 b5 16.axb5 Nb6] 14...Qa5 15.e5 [15.Nb5 c3;
15.Rh3] 15...dxe5 [15...Nc5] 16.d6 exd6 17.Nce4 [17.Bxc4] 17...Qc7 18.Bb4 0-0 19.Bxd6 Qc6 20.f5 Nf6 21.Bf3 Qd7 22.fxg6 Nxe4 23.gxf7+ Qxf7 24.Nxf7 Nc3 25.Qd2 Nxb1 26.Nh6+ Kh7 27.Qg5 Rxf3 28.gxf3 Bxh6 29.Qe7+ 1-0.
Included is an extra database of 50 games,and extra included exercises to you’re your Tromp skills.
Conclusion: This is a smashing material!   

The 4...Nf6 Caro-Kann
by  Nigel Davies
Price Euro 29.90
System requirements:Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

The well known chess crack and trainer Grandmaster Nigel Davies digs in a impressive over four hour video explanation in the lines 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 and handles
In a impressive way lines as 5.Nxf6 gxf6 the so called Bronstein-Larsen variation  and the good old Tartakower line with 5…exf6.
Some authors as Neil McDonald in his book Main Line Caro-Kann cover 5…exf6 as the Korchnoi System.
A good tip for black here is he shouldn’t exchange to many pieces,as we can see in the following model game from the chess genius Donner: Bednarski,Jacek B - Donner,Jan-Hein [B15]
Capablanca Memorial Havana CUB (12), 1967
1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ exf6 6.Bc4 Bd6 [6...Qe7+ 7.Ne2 Qb4+] 7.Qe2+ [7.Nf3 0-0 8.0-0 Qc7] 7...Be7 8.Qh5 [8.Nf3 0-0 9.0-0 Bd6] 8...0-0 9.Nf3 Be6 10.Bb3 Na6 11.0-0 Nc7 12.Re1 Qd7 13.h3 a5 14.c3 [14.a4 Bxb3 15.cxb3 Nd5] 14...a4 15.Bc2 g6 16.Qh6 Rfe8 17.Qd2 Bd5 18.Qd1 b5 19.Bf4 Ne6 20.Bg3 a3 21.b4 [21.b3 b4 22.c4 Bxf3 23.Qxf3 Nxd4] 21...Bd6 22.Nd2 Bxg3 23.fxg3 f5 24.Bb3 Ng5 25.Qc2 Rxe1+ 26.Rxe1 Re8 27.Rxe8+ Qxe8 28.Bxd5 cxd5 29.Nf1 Ne4 30.Qb3 Qc6 31.Qxa3 Nxc3 32.Qa7 Kg7 33.Kh2 Qc4 34.Ne3 Qxb4 35.Qb6 Qe7 36.Nc2 Qe4 37.Nb4 f4 38.Qd6 fxg3+ 39.Qxg3 Qxd4 40.Nc6 Qf6 41.Qc7 Ne2 42.Na7 Qf2 43.Qe5+ Kh6 0-1.
By the way a Korchnoi speciality was here 6…Nd7 but that is a other story.
Included is an exclusive training database with arouund 50 model games
Conclusion: One of those super made ChessBase DVD’s

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 173 Extra
August  2016
Videos by Adrian Mikhalchishin, Rober Ris and Nicoholas Pert

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 12.99
System requirements:
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 8.1 or Windows 10, 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.

ChessBase Magazine issue 173 comes with a unbelievable amount of 44889 entries and all just played between June and August of this year!
A nice short cut is: Opasiak,Dustin Tennessee (1807) - Philipsen,William Horup (2016) [C40]
Helsingor Xtracon op Helsingor (8), 29.07.2016
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Nc6 4.Qh5+ g6 5.Nxc6 dxc6 6.Qe2 Ne7 7.Nc3 Bg7 8.d3 0-0 9.Bg5 Qd6 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.exf5 Qb4 12.0-0-0 Bxf5 13.a3 Qb6 14.Qd2 Rae8 15.Re1 Bh6 16.Qxh6 Rxe1+ 17.Nd1 Qxf2 18.d4 Qxc2# 0-1
The highly interesting video files hold a super instructive game from Nicholas Pert  on the Fianchetto Variation against the Benoni, Adrian Mikhalchishin  digs in the so interesting  Cozio Variation of the Ruy Lopez,you know with (...Nge7 and ...g6) and all Fischer fans will be pleased with the contribution of Robert Ris, who analyses the famous game : Fischer-Kholmov, Capablanca-Memorial of 1965.
Conclusion:This is certainly  a must for all lovers of chess!