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Your first chess lessons by Paul van der Sterren
Gambit Publications Ltd
128 pages

Price €9,45
ISBN 978-1-910093-95-5

Grandmaster Paul van der Sterren comes with a brilliant made chess guide for beginners where the rules of the game can be learned in no time!
Part one of this book is divided to all the chess rules and section two holds a number of highly instructive lessons,which will take the reader step by step
through the main elements of the game.
Included are a collection of simple exercises to help the reader to make the transition from merely reading about chess to actually thinking about it.
Enjoyable are the  practical tips and information about great players from the past and present.
All well packed with a lot of diagrams!
Conclusion: This book has a high  educative value!

Vera Menchik
A Biography of the First Women’s World Chess Champion by
Robert B. Tanner

McFarland & Company,Inc.,Publishers Box 611
Jefferson,North Carolina 28640.
316 pages
Price $49,95

Print ISBN: 978-1-4766-2498-3

The American chess professional Robert B.Tanner comes with a impressive research work on the legendary Vera Menchik, Věra
Menčíková; (16 February 1906 – 27 June 1944) was a British-Czechoslovak-Russian chess player who became In 1927 the world's first women's chess world champion.
Vera Menchik became a victim of a V-1 flying bomb, as Tanner writes: The attack on Clapham that killed the Menchiks was
one of the first V-1 strikes.Ironically,the government had already built a 365 yard long shelter underneath the Clapham North tube station (which is still there).
There was also an Anderson shelter in the backyard of the Menchik house.
Sadly they chose to seek shelter in the basement of there home.Given the direct strike on their house they never stood a chance of survival.
Vera Menchik was a very strong chess player and even Max Euwe was one of her victums,she had by the way a life time record of +2-1=1 against him.
Euwe,Max - Menchik,Vera [D55]
Karlsbad ,1929
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.e3 Be7 6.Nf3 0-0 7.Rc1 b6 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Bd3 Bb7 10.0-0 c5 11.Qe2 Ne4 12.Bf4 Nxc3 13.bxc3 c4 14.Bb1 b5 15.Ne5 a5 16.Qf3 Nxe5 17.Bxe5 Ra6 18.Qh3 g6 19.Qh6 f6 20.Bg3 Qe8 21.f3 Ba3 22.Rce1 Bb2 23.e4 Bxc3 24.exd5 Bxe1 25.Rxe1 Qf7 26.d6 Re8 27.Rxe8+ Qxe8 28.h4 Bd5 29.h5 Ra7 30.hxg6 hxg6 31.Bxg6 Qe6 32.Qf4 Bc6 33.Bf5 Qf7 34.Qg4+ Qg7 35.Be6+ Kf8 36.Qh4 b4 37.Bf4 Ke8 38.Qh5+ Kd8 39.Qc5 Ra6 40.d5 f5 41.dxc6 Qa1+ 42.Kh2 Qh8+ 43.Kg3 Qg7+ 44.Kh4 Qh7+ 45.Kg5 Qg7+ 46.Kxf5 Qh7+ 47.Kg4 1-0.
The second lost was only a year later: Euwe,Max - Menchik,Vera [D63]
Hastings, 1930
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.e3 Be7 6.Nf3 0-0 7.Rc1 a6 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Bd3 c6 10.0-0 Ne4 11.Bf4 Nxc3 12.Rxc3 Re8 13.Qb1 Nf8 14.b4 Ng6 15.Bg3 Bd6 16.a4 Bxg3 17.hxg3 Bd7 18.Rfc1 Qf6 19.b5 axb5 20.axb5 Rec8 21.Qc2 Qd8 22.bxc6 Rxc6 23.Rc5 Rxc5 24.dxc5 Ra5 25.Qb2 Qa8 26.Qb6 Nf8 27.Ne5 Ra1 28.Rb1 Rxb1+ 29.Bxb1 Be6 30.Kh2 Nd7 31.Nxd7 Bxd7 32.Qc7 Qc8 33.Qxc8+ Bxc8 34.Ba2 Be6 35.Kg1 Kf8 36.Kf1 Ke7 37.Ke2 Kf6 38.Kd3 Ke5 39.g4 g5 40.g3 Bxg4 41.f4+ gxf4 42.gxf4+ Kf6 43.Bxd5 Bc8 44.Bf3 Ke7 45.Kc4 Kd8 46.Kd5 b6 47.c6 Kc7 48.Ke5 Be6 49.f5 Bb3 50.Kf6 b5 51.Kg7 b4 52.Kxh7 Bc2 53.Kg7 b3 54.Bd5 b2 55.Ba2 Kxc6 56.f6 Kd6 57.e4 Bxe4 58.Kxf7 Bd5+ 59.Bxd5 b1Q 60.Kg7 Qg1+ 61.Kf8 Kxd5 0-1,It is said that after this game Dr.Euwe’s wife came to find out who this femme fatal was.No doubt it was quickly evident that the good doctor was not succumbing to the plump  Miss Menchik’s wiles and the two ladies got along quite amicably.
In 1929 the legendary “Menchik Club”was founted. Players who drew with her would become candidate members of the club.
IM George Thomas,several-time British champion, who lost no fewer than 9 games and drew 13 games with her.
Until her marriage to Rufus Stevenson,Vera was not a British subject and therefore not eligible to play for the British Championship,Brighton 1938 was her first and only attempt at the title.
After Menchik died the Woman’s World Champion title remained vacant for over five years.
The lady worldchampion from 1953,Miss Bikova wrote in 1957 a biography of Vera Menchik.
Robert B.Tanner has managed to dig up 350 complete games of Vera Menchik plus 21 interesting made photographs.
This highly interesting read of one of the interesting lady chess players of all time,comes with appendices, bibliography and indexes.
Conclusion:This is a fantastic made McFarland read!   

H.E. Bird: A Chess Biography by Hans Renette
McFarland & Company,Inc.,Publishers Box 611
Jefferson,North Carolina 28640.
595 pages
Price $75.00

Print ISBN: 978-1-4766-2462-4

The Belgium chess Historian Hans Renette, provides the reader with a detailed coverage of life and games of the legendary Henry Edward Bird 1829–1908,who was a true
adventurer at the board.
Bird was participant and survivor of the first international tournament in London 1851,and was a sparring partner of the young prodigy Paul Morphy.
Bird made Morphy famous with the brilliant combination 17…Rxf2!! and 18…Qa3!!
{Bird,Henry Edward - Morphy,Paul [C41] London, 1858
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Ng3 e4 7.Ne5 Nf6 8.Bg5 Bd6 9.Nh5 0-0 10.Qd2 Qe8 11.g4 Nxg4 12.Nxg4 Qxh5
13.Ne5 Nc6 14.Be2 Qh3 15.Nxc6 bxc6 16.Be3 Rb8 17.0-0-0 Rxf2 18.Bxf2 Qa3 19.c3 Qxa2 20.b4 Qa1+ 21.Kc2 Qa4+ 22.Kb2 Bxb4
 23.cxb4 Rxb4+ 24.Qxb4 Qxb4+ 25.Kc2 e3 26.Bxe3 Bf5+ 27.Rd3 Qc4+ 28.Kd2 Qa2+ 29.Kd1 Qb1+ 0-1}
Interesting are the words from Renette after 17…Rxf2!! Morphy’s combination immortalizes the game, but it has been unclear for a very long
time whether this combination was correct.
A discussion of almost 150 years can be concluded nowadays, with the help of computer analysis. It appears that Bird could hope only to reach an
endgame offering but slight chances of a draw.
For the interested reader  please also see The Riddle of Bird vs Morphy Revisited
by Karsten Müller.
This book holds all of the known games played by Henry Edward Bird,the majority of the games are presented without notes,but nearly 40 percent of the
complete games have been well annotated.
Pleasant to mention is that the reader will find a fine mix of contemporary and modern notes.
The contemporary notes sometime come from different sources,where they are carefully copied and modernized.
The author’s own analyses have been augmented by modern computer software, but as the author explains: But always in mind has been the aim of
improving the reader’s understanding of the position.
As we can see in this book Bird was an original player who did not fulfil his optional but never less achieved much in chess. Although maybe just not good
 enough to be the best of his time.
But as Richard Forster describes it Henry Edward Bird was an adventurer and a true lover of the game.
One of my favourite games in this book is Gunsberg,Isidor - Bird,Henry Edward [B73]
Manchester, 25.08.1890
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Be3 d6 7.Be2 Bd7 8.0-0 Nf6 9.f4 h5 10.h3 h4 11.Qd2 Qa5 12.Rad1 Rc8 13.a3 Nh5
14.Bxh5 Rxh5 15.b4 Qxa3 16.Ra1 Qxb4 17.Ra4 Qb6 18.Nd5 Qd8 19.Nxc6 bxc6 20.Nc3 Ra5 21.Rfa1 Rxa4 22.Rxa4 c5 23.Rxa7 Qb6
24.Ra3 Qb2 25.Rb3 Qa1+ 26.Nd1 Bc6 27.Bf2 Bxe4 28.Re3 f5 29.Re1 Qa4 30.Bxh4 Qd4+ 31.Qxd4 cxd4 32.Nf2 d5 33.Re2 Rxc2
34.Re1 d3 35.Nxd3 Bxd3 36.Rxe7+ Kf8 37.Re6 Bd4+ 38.Kh2 Be4 39.Rxg6 Kf7, 0-1,Bird had had as no other an excellent positional feeling
how to handle the Sicilian Dragon.
This work from Hans Renette holds a large amount of facts about Bird’s life and tournaments he played in the second half of the nineteen century,all wel brought
to day light.
This beautiful work comes with 85 photos, 1,198 games, 376 diagrams, tables, appendices, notes, bibliography and indexes.
Conclusion: A truly wonderful work on the life and games from the great  Henry Edward Bird!    

Chess DVD's

ChessBase Magazine issue 174
ISSN 1432-8992
Price Euro 19.95

The main tournament file on this DVD is good for 720 entries and where a small 96 of them cover excellent annotations as for example: Van Foreest,Jorden (2584) - Bauer,Christian (2584) [C14]
Vaujany op 7th Vaujany (9), 24.07.2016
[Van Foreest,J]
1.e4 Going into this game I was in the sole lead with 7 out 8, and a draw would almost certainly guarantee me the tournament victory. Bauer however needed to win to have a chance for a prize, so I knew there would be a battle ahead. 1...e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Usually I play 4.e5, but there are some tricky lines and Bauer must have prepared something. The textmove I had looked at during the tournament, but for my girlfriend! As I remembered the lines pretty well I decided to play it myself as well. 4...Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 6.h4 is the sharper option, but as a draw was a good result for me I decided to play the safer approach. 6...Qxe7 7.f4 a6 8.Nf3 c5 9.Qd2 Nc6 10.dxc5 Nxc5 11.Bd3 All of this is pretty old theory, and not many people go for these lines as white anymore. White probably doesn't have much of an advantage, but I think my position is quite safe. 11...0-0 12.0-0 Here is where my opening knowledge ended. 12...f6 13.Ne2!? I was surprised to see this was a novelty, as this is a very standard move in the French. I want to play my knight around to d4 which will be its best place. [13.exf6 is what everyone plays in this position. I must admit that I hardly considered this move. 13...Qxf6 14.g3 Now White wants to play ¦ae1 and ¤e5, and I think White is a tiny bit better.] 13...Nxd3 14.Qxd3 Usually whenever Black captures the white bishop in the French white recaptures with cxd3. White will then have a open c-file to work with and the pawn on d3 takes some light squares onder control. In the present position however I saw nothing wrong with taking with the queen however. Next I want to put a knight on d4 and play my rooks to the center and I liked my position. 14...Bd7 Black develops the bishop. Sometimes he can play his bishop around to g6 via e8 but this is not so easy to achieve. 15.Ned4 fxe5 16.Nxe5 The most natural way to recapture, as my goal is to trade all pieces except for the black bishop which is not such a great piece. [16.fxe5 I considered this way of recapturing briefly as I had seen a small trick which unfortunately doesn't work. 16...Be8 17.Nxe6? This was my idea, but it doesn't work. 17...Bg6! (17...Qxe6 18.Ng5 Rxf1+ 19.Rxf1 Bg6 20.Nxe6 Bxd3 21.cxd3 Re8 22.Nc5 and the position is very drawish) 18.Qxd5 Bf7 19.Nfg5 and White seems to hold everything together, but... 19...Qxg5! and nothing works for White. 20.Rxf7 Qe3+!-+] 16...Nxe5 17.fxe5 I have finally gotten the position that I wanted. My knight is on d4, and if I would be able to trade all the heavy pieces I would have a nice endgame. For the moment however there are still a couple of weak spots in my position, and Bauer tries to make use of them. 17...Qb4!? This attacks my pawn, and it isn't so easy to deal with this. [17...Rxf1+ 18.Rxf1 Bb5 was a way to force the trade of the knight against bishop, but Black will never be able to win the resulting positions. 19.Nxb5 axb5 20.Qxb5 Rxa2 21.c4 dxc4 22.Qxc4 Ra8=] 18.Rfb1 This move looks very ugly, as both of my rooks are now in the corner. I didn't see how Black could make use of this however. And next I will play c3, which will secure my position and then bring my rooks back into play. [18.b3?! Rxf1+ 19.Rxf1 Bb5 20.Nxb5 axb5 is not good for White as suddenly the pawn on a2 is very hard to defend. 21.Ra1 Qc5+ 22.Kh1 b4µ;
18.Qe3 I considered this move for a long time, but unfortunately it doesn't work. 18...Rxf1+ (18...Qxb2 19.Rfb1) 19.Rxf1 Qxb2 20.Qf2 h6 21.Qf7+ Kh7 22.Nxe6 Qb6+! and White loses a piece.] 18...Rf4 19.c3 Qc5 20.Qd2 [20.Rf1 Bb5 is not advisable.] 20...Raf8 21.Re1 Unfortunately the desired 21.¦f1 doesn't work as the pawn on a2 will be left hanging. [21.Rf1 Rxf1+ 22.Rxf1 Rxf1+ 23.Kxf1 Qc4+ 24.Kf2 Qxa2] 21...Bb5 22.a3 Black now has strengthened his position to the maximum. His rooks are on the only open file, his bishop has found some work and the queen also looks nice. It is however very hard for Black to do anything next. White doesn't really have any weaknesses in his position and only White can improve his position. 22...h6 [22...Rf2 is a recommendation of the engine. The resulting positions are probably equal, but to a human mind it seems strange to simply give up both rooks for a queen. 23.Qxf2 Rxf2 24.Kxf2 Bd3! This is the point. The bishop will get to e4, after which the black queen can attack White's pawn on e5.] 23.h3 Qe7 Bringing the queen over to the kingside and trying to generate some threats. However I do consider this a small inaccuracy as now I get the opportunity to trade one pair of rooks, which will make my position much easier to play, [23...Rf2 as on the previous move is probably the best way for Black to proceed.] 24.Re3 Next I will play ¦f3 and trade a pair of rooks. 24...Qf7 [24...Qh4 25.Nxe6 Rf2 (25...d4 26.Nxd4 Rf2 27.Qe1) 26.Qe1] 25.Rf3 Rxf3 26.Nxf3 Qf4 Black trades the queens, which will help me, but it wasn't so easy to suggest anything else. 27.Qxf4 Rxf4 28.Re1 Bd3?! I do consider this Black's first real mistake of the game. Now the trade of the rooks will be forced, and Black will be left without any counterplay at all. [28...Kf7 followed by ...¢e7 seems to me as Black's best possibility. I am maybe slightly better, but Black will always have some counterplay with his rook and the game should end in a draw.] 29.Nd4 Kf7 30.g3! Now Black is forced to trade the rooks. 30...Re4 31.Rxe4 Bxe4 This is basically White's dream position. The white knight is very strong, binding the black king to the defence of the pawn on e6 and it can go to both flanks. The black bishop also may seem like a nice piece, but in fact it will never be able to do anything as all the white pawns will soon be on dark squares, making it impossible for him to attack any of them and basically making the black bishop a ghost. 32.Kf2 g5 33.Ke3 Bg2 34.h4 The position is very hard to defend for Black and it might even be objectively lost. I think that taking on h4 is the best defensive plan for Black, when Black remains with a pawn on h6 which isn't easy to attack. Still White can improve his position and it is very very hard for Black to keep his position together. 34...Bf1 [34...gxh4! 35.gxh4 Bf1 36.a4 b6 (36...Ke7 37.Nb3 b6 38.a5 bxa5 39.Nxa5 is similar to the mainline.) 37.b4 Ke7 38.a5 (38.Kf4 seems logical, but it doesn't achieve much. 38...Bd3 39.Kg4 Bg6 and White doesn't book progress. Note how compared to the game it isn't easy to attack Black on the kingside) 38...bxa5 39.Nc6+ Kf7 40.Nxa5 Kg6 41.Kf4 Kh5 and Black should be able to hold a draw I think: 42.Kg3 Kg6 43.Kg4 Be2+ 44.Kf4 Kh5 45.Kg3 Kg6 46.Nb3! Now the white knight gets to d4, forcing the black king to f7 when eventually white will get his knight to f4 making sure the black king will never be able to get any counterplay on the kingside. When White has achieved that his king will go to the queenside with very good winning chances.] 35.a4 I decided to slowly improve my position, however now I think that it is better to take on g5 when Black constantly has to worry about my king coming to g4. 35...b6 36.b3 [36.hxg5 hxg5 37.b4] 36...a5? This only helps my position as now I can very easily make a passed pawn on the queenside with b4. 37.Nc6?! A huge mistake, I had seen the idea of b4 of course but wanted to get an even better version, however doing this I forgot that I allow the black king to become active. [37.hxg5 hxg5 38.b4 and now sooner or later White should win the black pawn on a5 and the game.] 37...Ke8? The decisive mistake, as the black king won't be able to help on the queenside and should've been trying to get some counterplay on the kingside. [37...Kg6! and now with Black's king becoming active it should be a draw. 38.Nd4 Bh3 39.Kf3 Kh5=] 38.hxg5 hxg5 39.b4 Kd7 40.Nd4 Now the black position is completely hopeless as he can't defend the king and queenside at the same time. 40...Bc4 41.bxa5! A last accurate move. [41.Kf3 would've been a terrible blunder after 41...b5! and suddenly Black creates a passed pawn on the queenside.] 41...bxa5 42.Kf3 The rest is simple. 42...Ba6 43.Kg4 Bc8 44.Nb3 Kc6 45.Nxa5+ Kc5 46.Kxg5 Bd7 47.Kf6 Bxa4 48.g4 Kb6 Black manages to trap my knight, but it doesn't matter anymore as my pawns will queen. 49.g5 Kxa5 50.g6 Bc2 51.g7 Bh7 52.Kxe6 Kb5 53.Kd6 1-0.
The theory files cover:
Krasenkow: English A20
1.c4 e5 2.g3 c6,Souleidis: Trompowsky Attack A45 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 e6 3.e4 c5,Reinke: Sicilian B20 1.e4 c5 2.b4 cxb4 3.a3,Postny: Sicilian B31 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.0-0 Bg7 6.Re1 Nh6 7.c3 0-0 8.h3,Iotov: Sicilian B37 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Bg7 6.Nc2 d6 7.Be2 Nf6 8.Nc3 0-0 9.0-0,Ris: Sicilian B38 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Be2 d6 9.0-0 Bd7 10.Qd2 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 Bc6 12.f3 Nd7 13.Be3 a5 14.b3 Nc5 15.Rab1,
Stohl: Sicilian B94 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7,Kuzmin: Four Knights Game C49 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bb4 5.0-0 0-0 6.d3 d6 7.Ne2,Bronznik: Chigorin Defence D07 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 and at last Marin: Slav Schlechter Variation D94
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 g6 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.Bd3 0-0 7.0-0 Bg4 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 e6.
Included on this well loaded DVD are:Video reports with Erwin I’Ami on the good old King’s Indian,Simon Williams does Move by Move, Rainer Knaak: Opening Trap, Mihail Marin: Strategy, Oliver Reeh: Tactics and the great Karsten Müller covers two introductory texts,33 annotated endgames,plus training questions and five classic videos.
Higly interesting is also the contributionb from Rogozenco who digs in the famous ‘Evergreen game”Anderssen – Dufresne Berlin 1852.
Included is a complete booklet in two languages.
Conclusion: This is smashing material!

How to exchange pieces
by  Elisabeth Pähtz
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 lady GM Elisabeth Pähtz, former chess prodigy  provides the user of this DVD in two languages with all the necessarily techniques of the so called chess piece  exchanges as we can see in one of her highly instructive video games:
Larsen,Bent - Nielsen,Axel [A38]
Nordic-ch Esbjerg (2), 1953
[Jaroslaw Srokowski]
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 d6 6.g3 g6 7.Bg2 Bd7 8.Nc2 Bg7 9.b3 0-0 10.Bb2 a6 11.0-0 Rb8 12.Rc1 b5 13.Nd5 Nxd5 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.cxd5 Ne5 Dank des Bauern d5 hat Weiss Raumvorteil, er kontrolliert das schwache Feld c6 und begrenzt die Wirkung der schwarzen Leichtfiguren Laeufer d7 und Springer e5. Das schwarze Sorgenkind ist in erster Linie der Springer e5. Obwohl er im Zentrum steht, ist g4 das einezige freie Feld fuer ihn.. 16.h3! Mit disem Zug beginnt Weiss die Jagd auf den Springer e5. Es droht f2-f4 16...Qb6 Richtet sich gegen f2-f4 [16...Bc8!? 17.Nd4±] 17.Qd4! Im Endspiel werden die Probleme von Schwarz noch groesser, weil die Dame eine wichtige Verteidigunsfigur ist. In unserem Fall wird die Schwaeche des Punktes c7 spuerbar. 17...f6 18.Qxb6! Jetzt verlieren die schwarzen Tuerme den Kontakt untereinander, was die Verteidigung erschwert. 18...Rxb6 19.Nd4 g5 20.Rc7 Hier kann man schon von zwei Schwaechen sprechen: 1) die Kontrolle der c-Linie 2) die langfristige Passivitaet des schwarzen Springers. 20...Rd8 21.Kh2 Mit diesem Zug deckt Weiss den Bauern h3 und bereitet Laeufer g2-e4-f5 vor. Damit will er die Schwaeche der weissen Felder ausnutzen, die nach der Springerrettungsaktion entstanden ist. 21...h6 22.Be4 Kf8 23.f4 Nf7 24.Bf3 Eine gute Alternative war 9.Le4-f5 [24.Ne6+? Bxe6 25.dxe6 d5! Larsen 26.Bf5 Nd6 mit guten Remischancen] 24...Rbb8 25.Ne6+ Bxe6 26.dxe6 Nh8 27.f5+- Der Triumph der weissen Strategie: Der Springer ist gefangen. 27...b4 28.Bb7 a5 29.e4 Die schwarzen Figure sind gelaehmt. Weiss kann machen, was er will. Z.B. Tf1-d1-d5: a5. Schwarz kann nur tatenlos zu sehen. 1-0.
This all is well packed in 16 video files,several testing positions,two extra ChessBase strategy files and a extra game file.
Video running time is 4 hours and 35 minutes.
Conclusion: GM Elisabeth Pähtz truly helps you to become a player from master class!

TrainingMaster Class
Master Class Vol.7: Garry Kasparov
by  Dorian Rogozenco, Dr. Karsten Müller, Mihail Marin and Oliver Reeh
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

ChessBase comes with a impressive made master class collection DVD on the greatest chess player of modern chess, Garry Kasparov.
Garry was born in 1963 in Baku, Azerbaidzhan.He was originally named Garry Vainshtain, but following the death of his father when Gary was 7 years old, he adopted his mother’s maiden name.
From early age he was a gifted child, and the story is that he solved chess problems at the age of 6 without ever having been taught how to play the game of chess.
Besides the large amount of 2637 Kasparov games, where many of them are more than excellent annotated!
But there is so much to tell about this DVD, there is even a small biography, plus  Interactive tactics test with video feedback , cross tables, Kasparov PowerBooks”: Where  you shall find  the opening repertoire of the 13th world champion as a  variation tree.
It is even possible to do special tactics training with 162 Kasparov games: 575 training questions are waiting to be solved.
 In over 8 hours of video running time (8 hours both in English and German) the authors Dorian Rogozenko, Mihail Marin, Oliver Reeh and Karsten Müller explain you all the secrets of Kasparov’s play.
As  bonus there is even a video analysis of Kasparov’s famous computer games  by the great endgame expert Karsten Müller: Kasparov,Garry (2785) - Comp Deep Blue [A07]
New York man vs machine New York (1), 03.05.1997
[Karsten Müller]
1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Bg4 3.b3 Nd7 4.Bb2 e6 5.Bg2 Ngf6 6.0-0 c6 7.d3 Bd6 8.Nbd2 0-0 9.h3 Bh5
r2q1rk1/pp1n1ppp/2pbpn2/3p3b/8/1P1P1NPP/PBPNPPB1/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 0
10.e3 "A very unusual move, indeed I can find no examples of it from practical play. The normal moves here are 10 e4 and 10 Qe1. Of the two, I would judge 10 e4 to be the more flexible. In this way White can reserve the option of either Qe1 or Qe2, depending on Black's reply. The merits of 10 e3 are rather hard to find; Kasparov soon adopts the Qe1 and e4 plan, but having lost a tempo in the process. Perhaps his idea was simply to take DB out of its opening book. "(Nunn in ChessBase MEGABASE) 10...h6? Kasparov trick directly pays dividends. This move not only does not help but it creates fresh problems for the light squared bishop. 11.Qe1 Qa5? Misplaces the queen. The plan to exchange the bishops with Ba3 is easily stopped and the move has not only no point but Black has even problems with the unprotected queen in several lines. 12.a3 Bc7?! another odd move, but it is already not easy. [One sample line in which Black has problems due to the unprotected queen is 12...Bg6 13.e4 e5 14.exd5 cxd5 15.Ne4 Qxe1 16.Nxf6+ gxf6 17.Nxe1 Nb6 18.f4 and White has a dangerous initiative.] 13.Nh4! This threat to hunt the bishop with g4 provokes a serious weakening 13...g5 14.Nhf3 e5 "All this looks absolutely horrible to the human eye. Having pushed both e- and g-pawns, the f5-square has become a serious weakness. If White could plant a knight there, then the game would be decided. However, DB isn't as stupid as that; there is no straightforward route by which a knight can reach the key square. Nevertheless, this long-term weakness remains a lasting burden for Black."(Nunn) 15.e4 fixes the weakness on Black's kingside. 15...Rfe8 16.Nh2 Kasparov follows a slow but clear plan to regroup a knight to f5 with Qc1, Re1, Nh2-f1-e3-f5. This schmatic thinking is typical for humans. Here it works very well as Black has no clear targets or aims. So Deep Blue finds it difficult to find a plan. 16...Qb6 17.Qc1 [17.Ng4!?] 17...a5 "At last DB hits upon a plan for developing counterplay, although in this particular position it is not very effective. The natural follow-up is ...a4 to induce b4, and then ...c5. However, ...c5 is hard to arrange because of the pressure on d5, and if Black exchanges first on e4, then the route Nc4-e3-f5 is opened up for the knight on d2. We can see how, time and time again, Black's natural plans are frustrated because they would seriously expose the weakness on f5."(Nunn) 18.Re1 Bd6 19.Ndf1 dxe4 20.dxe4 Bc5 21.Ne3 Rad8 22.Nhf1 g4? The computer weakens its kingside unneccesarily. Hsu explains it as follows:"The move was the result of a bug we had introduced just before the rematch. An automatic tuning run for the evaluation function pointed out to us that the weighting for one class of of king safety terms should be increased...What we did not realise was that, in extreme cases, the new weights reached the maximum allowed values and become saturated. In other words, Deep Blue no longer distinguished between a very bad and an even worse position. Tossing away tha g-pawn therefore meant nothing to Deep Blue as long as it eliminated Garry's h-pawn."
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[After 22...Bg6 Black's activity compensates for the kingside weaknesses and the position is about equal.] 23.hxg4 [The slightly surprising 23.Nd2!? to protect e4 in case of 23...gxh3 24.Bxh3 was a very serious alternative, which also gives White an advantage and is probably even better than the game.] 23...Nxg4 24.f3?! This slight weaknening of the kingside is not neccessary. It will give Deep Blus counterplay, which seems to be sufficient. But it has to be admitted that the following bishop manoever Bc5-e7-g5 was difficult to foresee. [24.Nxg4 Bxg4 25.Ne3 (Nunn) is slightly preferable to the game continuation as White's has made no concession and has kept his kingside shield completely intact.] 24...Nxe3 25.Nxe3
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25...Be7! A strong regrouping of the bishop. From g5 it also shields the weaknesses on the kingside, while the pressure on the diagonal a7-g1 leads to nothing real. 26.Kh1 Bg5 27.Re2 a4 28.b4
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28...f5!! "Correct. Black must make use of his temporary piece activity to make some inroads. Passive play would allow White to get back on track exploiting his strategic advantages."(Nunn) 29.exf5!? Kasparov chooses the principled approach, which involves an exchange sacrifice. [The alternative 29.Qe1 is met by 29...fxe4 30.Nc4 Qa6! (this reveals one point of 27...a4) 31.Rxe4 Nf6 32.Nxe5 Rd2 33.f4 Nxe4 34.Qxe4 Qe2 35.Qxe2 Rxe2 36.fxg5 Rxc2 37.Bd4 Rd2 38.Bc3 Rc2 with a draw by repetition.] 29...e4 30.f4 Bxe2 [The greedy 30...Bxf4? is punished by 31.gxf4 Bxe2 32.Qd2 (Nunn) and wins.] 31.fxg5 Ne5 [31...hxg5?? runs into 32.Nc4] 32.g6! Kasparov keeps his pawns united. [32.gxh6? is met by 32...Nf3 (32...Rd6?? runs into 33.Nc4! (Nunn)) 33.Bxf3 (33.Ng4 Rd1+ 34.Qxd1 Bxd1 35.Rxd1 Rd8) 33...Bxf3+ 34.Kh2 Rd6 35.Ng4 e3 and Black's counterattack prevails in both cases.] 32...Bf3 33.Bc3!? Kasparov protects d2 prophylactically to prepare a queen transfer to the kingside. The direct [33.Qe1 is answered by 33...h5! (33...Qb5? 34.Bc3 transposes to 34.Qe1, which is better for White.; After 33...Bxg2+? 34.Nxg2 Nf3 35.Qc3 Qd4 36.Ne3 Black can not maintain the blockade.) 34.Bc3 Qc7 with equality.] 33...Qb5?
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Hsu explains this mistake as follows:"Deep Blue was willing to trade the queens as its king was less safe. But Garry also had two connected passed pawns...that could become very valueable in the endgame phase...The ability to use this endgame feature existed in the chess hardware but was not in use. Joe wrote the code...Afterwards Deep Blue played 33...h5 instead." I guess that 33...h5? is a misprint and Hsu means 34...h5! as [33...h5? runs into 34.f6 Nxg6 35.Bxf3 exf3 36.Ng4 hxg4 37.Qh6 Kf7 38.Qh7+ Ke6 39.f7 and White wins.;
33...Rd7 to prepare the retreat Qd8 equalises, e.g. 34.Bxe5 (34.Qe1 Qd8 35.Bxe5 Rxe5 36.Qc3 Rdd5) 34...Rxe5 35.Bxf3 exf3 36.Ng4 Qd4 37.Nf6+ Kg7 38.Nh5+ Kg8 39.Nf6+ with a draw by repetition.] 34.Qf1!? Logical from a human point of view and in the game this move worked well. Maybe Kasparov has smelled that Deep Blue is going to exchange queens. Objectively a bit stronger was [34.Qe1! when White is for choice, but it is not clear, if he can win, e.g. 34...Nxg6 (34...Ng4? is refured by an amazing queen sacrifice 35.Bxf3 exf3 36.Nxg4 Rxe1+ 37.Rxe1
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Now follows a line trademark of the machines: 37...Kf8 38.Bg7+ Kg8 39.Bf6 Kf8 40.Be7+ Kg8 41.Kg1 f2+ 42.Nxf2 Qxf5 43.Bxd8 and White has good winning chances.) 35.fxg6 Qh5+ 36.Kg1 Bxg2 37.Kxg2 (37.Nxg2?! is met by 37...e3 38.Qf1 Qxg6 39.Qf3 e2 40.Kf2 e1Q+ 41.Rxe1 Qxc2+ 42.Kg1 Rxe1+ 43.Nxe1 Qg6 when Black has good drawing chances.) 37...Qf3+ 38.Kh2 Qh5+ 39.Kg1 Qxg6 40.g4 Rf8 41.Qh4 Rd7 42.Rf1 Rxf1+ 43.Kxf1 Qg5 44.Qxg5+ hxg5 45.Ke2 and White is in control.] 34...Qxf1+? Brings White's rook into play with gain of time. [After the direct 34...h5 Black is not worse.] 35.Rxf1 h5 36.Kg1!
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A very strong move which shows that Kasparov's trumps are long term. [36.Bxe5? allows Black to blockade the pawns after 36...Rxe5 37.Bxf3 exf3 38.Rxf3 Kg7] 36...Kf8? An odd move. Black must play [36...Ng4! which keeps the balance according to Keene and Hsu. This is a bit too optimistic as after 37.f6 Re6 38.Bh3 (38.Nf5? is met by 38...Nxf6 39.Bh3 Rde8 40.Bd4 Be2 with equality.) 38...Rxf6 39.Bxg4 Rxg6 40.Bh3 Rxg3+ 41.Kh2 Rg5 42.Rf2
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as given by Keene White is still for choice as he is in full control and dominates the dark squares. But Black might be able to defend as White has only pawns on the queenside left. It is an open question and more analysis is needed.] 37.Bh3! b5 38.Kf2 Kg7?! makes White's job easier, but as as g4 can not be stopped in the long run, Kasparov is winning in any case. [38...Rd6 39.Rg1 Kg8 (39...Ng4+ 40.Bxg4 hxg4 41.Rf1 Red8 42.Kg1) 40.g4 hxg4 41.Bxg4 Bxg4 42.Rxg4 and White wins in both cases due to the strength of his passed pawns as the blockade is broken.] 39.g4! Kh6 40.Rg1 hxg4 [40...h4 41.g5+ Kg7 42.Ng4 wins as well.] 41.Bxg4 Bxg4 42.Nxg4+ Nxg4+ 43.Rxg4 Rd5 44.f6
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44...Rd1? This random move was the result of a bug and loses easily. So Kasparov was wondering after the game why the machine had not played [44...Rf5+! Together with Frederic Friedel, Fritz and his second Dokhoian he found the line 45.Ke3! Rf3+ 46.Ke2 Rxc3 47.f7 Rd8 48.g7 Rxc2+ 49.Ke1 Rc1+ 50.Kf2 Rc2+ (50...e3+ 51.Kg2 e2 52.g8Q Rxg8 53.fxg8Q Rg1+ 54.Kf3 Rxg4 55.Qh8+ Kg6 56.Qe8+ Kf5 57.Qf7+ Ke5 58.Kxg4) 51.Kg3 Rc3+ 52.Kh4 Rc1 (52...Rd1 53.g8N+) 53.g8Q Rh1+ 54.Kg3 Rg1+ 55.Kf4 Rf1+ 56.Ke5 Rd5+ 57.Ke6 Rf6+ 58.Kxf6 and White wins in all cases. It is of course not that surprising that White's attack is quicker. But to work out the details is another matter. Of course the Kasparov camp could not know that the computer's choice was the result of a bug and not of deep calculation.] 45.g7 1-0.
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