Latest book reviews of 1 January  2017

Wilhelminalaan 33 


The Netherlands.
John Elburg

                                              Chess Books      

Correspondentieschaken in Nederland 50 Jaar NBC 1966-2016 by Albert Hebels

Pages 367
Price €34,95
ISBN 97889492510044

The Dutch correspondence chess federation NBC hold this year it’s 50 year anniversary,
and they have managed to produce a impressive made jubilee book, with contributions from famous and less famous correspondence players.
It holds a lovely made collection of 250 annotated games where the contributions of the three Dutch world champions of correspondence chess
Gert Jan Timmerman,Joop van Oosterom and Ron Langeveld belong to the highlights of this book.
The history of the Dutch correspondence chess goes back to around 1803 and throw the years a lot of correspondence chess was
played under  the flag of the  Dutch chess federation but  in 1966 under leadership of Mr.F.Goudsmit,D.Smit and B.Perfors the new
 NBC was created, and this year we can look back at 50 years successful correspondence chess and happy enough there are still a
handful members of the first hour.
Peter de Jong writes {Max Euwe as correspondence player} that in the 1930s serious plans where created for a world
championship correspondence chess and a very interested player besides Max Euwe was the legendary Alexander Alekhine.
We all know that Alekhine played quite some correspondence in his young years but also Paul Keres was a very talented correspondence player.
Max Euwe had serious plans in 1980 to play for the world championship in correspondence chess but he unfortunately passed away
when he participated in the 10th Netherlands championship and his games where later arbitrated.
Where he later did finish as fourth but behind the later world champions Gert Jan Timmerman and Joop van Oosterom!
Highly recommend is the contribution from the 13th world champion in correspondence chess Fritz Baumbach.
I would like to end with a game of Barthold Perfors {1920-1976}who pushed me to take up correspondence chess!
Bartold Perfors – John Murray ICCF 1037 1967
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0-0-0 Nbd7 10.g4 b5 11.a3 Bb7 12.Bxf6 Nxf6
13.g5 Nd7 14.Bh3 Nc5 15.Rhe1 g6 16.Qg3 Qb6 17.f5 e5 18.Nd5 Bxd5 19.exd5 exd4 20.f6 Ra7 21.b4 Na4 22.Qh4 Nc3 23.Rxd4 a5
24.Kd2 axb4 25.axb4 Rc7 26.fxe7 h5 27.Rd3 Na4 28.Qf4 Nb2 29.Qf6 Nc4+ 30.Kc1 1-0.
Bartold had a fabulous chess book collection and they can now be found in the chess library of Arnhem!
Conclusion: A monumental work!

The United States Junior Open Chess Championship, 1946–2016 by Alex Dunne
McFarland & Company,Inc.,Publishers Box 611
Jefferson,North Carolina 28640.
172 pages
Price $29,95

Print ISBN: 978-1-4766-2891-2

The well known Fide master, Life master and ICCF Correspondence Chess Master Alex Dunne comes with a wonderful written book over 70
years Junior Open Chess Championships.
These Championships have become a proving ground for many of America’s greatest players as for example the legendary  Bobby Fischer who
won at the age of  13 years and 4 months the 1956 Philadelphia Junior Open Chess Championship.
Before the 1955 Junior  Bobby was rated at 1830 and after the Philadelphia Junior 2321!
And for winning the Junior 1956,Fischer received as price an electric typewriter!
Alex Dunne did awful his best to  find a game of every junior championship  and included a brief biography of the winner of each event in this eye catching read.
As for example the story of Larry Friedman,age 16 in 1946,would twice win the title of U.S Junior Champion.
Friedman appeared on the first USCF rating list published in 1950 with a rating of 2284.
Shortly after his success in the Juniors, Friedman retired from active play. Than twenty years later he reappeared for a single tournament, winning the
very strong New Jersey Open only to disappear again from the chess rolls.
Throw the years many junior games did get lost but Alex Dunne did manage to dig up a some games from the talented Larry.
Shipman,Walter - Friedman,Larry [C36]
Cleveland , 02.12.1947
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 d5 4.exd5 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nxd5 6.Nxd5 Qxd5 7.d4 Be7 8.c4 Qd6 9.c5 Qd5 10.Be2 g5 11.0-0 Nc6
12.Qa4 Be6 13.Rd1 0-0 14.b3 Rad8 15.Bb2 g4 16.Ne1 Qe4 17.Bb5 Qe3+ 18.Kh1 Qf2 19.Nd3 Qh4 20.d5 g3 21.h3 Bxh3
 22.Nxf4 Bxg2+ 23.Kxg2 Qh2+ 24.Kf3 Qf2+ 25.Ke4 f5+ 26.Kd3 Qxb2 27.Bxc6 bxc6 28.Rg1 Bf6 29.Rac1 Rfe8 30.Rxg3+ Kh8
31.Rc2 Qe5 32.Rh3 Rxd5+ 0-1.
Walter Shipman was a future International Master and won the New Jersey State Championship in 1960.
Berliner,Hans - Friedman, Larry[C57]
Chicago, 1946
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nd4 6.c3 b5 7.Bf1 Nxd5 8.Ne4 Ne6 9.Bxb5+ Bd7 10.Qa4 Ndf4 11.Bxd7+ Qxd7
12.Qxd7+ Kxd7 13.g3 Nd3+ 14.Ke2 Nxc1+ 15.Rxc1 f5 16.d4 fxe4 17.dxe5 g6 18.Rd1+ Ke7 19.Ke3 Nc5 20.b4 Bh6+
21.Ke2 Nd3 22.f4 g5 23.fxg5 Bxg5 24.Nd2 Bxd2 25.Rxd2 Ke6 26.Rf1 Rhf8 27.Rf6+ Rxf6 28.exf6 Rf8 29.Ke3 Ke5 0-1.
Hans Berliner would become a Master in 1949,and won later the Fifth World Correspondence Championship!
Conclusion: Magnificent read!   

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Match Schemingmind, 21.10.2016
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 h6 12.Bh4 Nfd7
13.Ne4 Qxa2 14.Rd1 Qd5 15.Qe3 Qxe5 16.Be2 Bc5 17.Bg3 Qd5 18.c4 Bxd4 19.Rxd4 Qa5+ 20.Rd2 0-0 21.Bd6 Rd8 22.g4 f5
 23.g5 g6 24.gxh6 fxe4 25.0-0 Nc6 26.c5 Kh8 27.Rf7 Rg8 28.Rd1 Qd8 29.Rdf1 1-0.
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Meeting the Gambits Vol.1 - Gambits after 1.e4
by  Andrew Martin
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Evans Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4) ,King’s Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.f4)
Scotch Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4) ,Danish Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3)
Göring Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.c3) ,Morra Gambit (1.e4 c5 2.d4) Wing Gambit (1.e4 c5 2.b4) ,Milner Barry Gambit (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5
3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Bd3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Bd7 8.Nc3 Nxd4 9.Nxd4 Qxd4 and more.
This is all well packed in 38 video files and five self tests to see if you have understood the secrets of gambit play.
As we can see in the following model game the good old Milner Barry Gambit that Tim Harding once described as Murderous Milner Barry.
The Britisch master Sir Stuart Milner –Barry developed the idea of sacrificing the two centre pawns for a large lead in development  in the early 1950s.
A modern approach comes from the strong GM Jesse Kraai:
Brooks,Michael A (2451) - Kraai,Jesse (2509) [C02]
Saint Louis Saint Louis (8), 08.03.2011
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Bd3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Bd7 8.0-0 Nxd4 9.Nxd4 Qxd4 10.Nc3 a6 11.Re1 Ne7 12.Be3 Qxe5 13.Rc1 Bc6
14.Bb1 Ng6 15.g3 Qd6 16.h4 d4 17.Qxd4 [17.Bxd4 Rd8 18.Bb6 Qxd1 19.Rcxd1 Rxd1 20.Rxd1 Be7 (20...f5!? 21.Rd8+ Kf7 22.h5 Ne5)
21.Be4 Ne5 22.Bc7 Bxe4 23.Nxe4 Nc6 24.Bd6] 17...Ne5 18.Qxd6 Bxd6 19.Red1 0-0-0 20.Be4 Bc7 21.Bxc6 Nxc6 22.Ne4 Rxd1+
23.Rxd1 Rd8 24.Rxd8+ Nxd8 25.Bc5 Kd7 26.f4 Kc6 27.Be7 h6 28.Kf2 f5 29.Nc3 g6 30.Kf3 h5 31.b3 Nf7 32.Ne2 Kd5 33.Ke3 Bb6+
34.Kf3 Ba5 35.Ke3 Be1 36.Kd3 Nh6 37.a4 Ng4 38.Bd8 Nf2+ 39.Ke3 Ne4 40.Kf3 Nd2+ 0-1.
Andrew Martin suggest to handle the King’s Gambit with 2…d5!
Henris,Luc (2254) - Romanov,Evgeny (2600) [C36]
La Fere op La Fere (5), 06.07.2010
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 [2...d5 3.exd5 exf4 4.Nf3 Bd6] 3.Nf3 d5 4.exd5 Bd6 5.Bc4 Ne7 6.0-0 0-0 7.d4 Bg4 8.Nc3 Nd7 9.Bb3 Nf6
10.Qd3 Bf5 11.Qd1 Ng6 12.Ne5 Nxe5 13.dxe5 Bxe5 14.Bxf4 Bxf4 15.Rxf4 Bg6 16.Qd2 Qd6 17.Rd1 Rfe8 18.h3 a6 19.Rff1 b5
20.a3 h6 21.Qf2 Re5 22.Rfe1 Rae8 23.Rxe5 Qxe5 24.Qd4 Qd6 25.Qf2 Nh5 26.Re1 Rxe1+ 27.Qxe1 Nf4 28.Qe3 Qf6 29.Kh2 Qd6
30.Kg1 h5 31.Qf3 Qe5 32.h4 [32.Qf2 a5 33.Kf1 b4 34.axb4 axb4 35.Ne2 Nxd5 36.Bxd5 Qxd5 37.Nf4 Qc4+ 38.Kg1 Bxc2] 32...Qe1+
33.Kh2 Qxh4+ 34.Kg1 Qg5 35.g3 Nh3+ 36.Kh2 Bf5 37.Ne4 Qc1 38.Qxf5 Qg1+ 39.Kxh3 Qh1# 0-1.
Included is a extra database of  78 entries.
Running time is nearly 4 hours!
Conclusion: This is counterattack on it’s best!    

ChessBase Magazine issue 175
December/January 2017
ISSN 1432-8992
Price Euro 19.95

The main game file with all the games is good for 113 entries and where a small 30 of them cover excellent annotations as we can see in the following example:
Zakhartsov,Vladimir (2429) - Krejci,Jan (2504) [B66]
Pardubice Czech op-A 27th Pardubice (4), 25.07.2016
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Be7 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.f4 Nxd4 11.Qxd4 b5 12.e5 d5 13.Bd3 [13.Kb1;
13.f5] 13...Bd7 A rare continuation. Other attempts: [13...Qc7? 14.Nxd5 exd5 15.exf6 Bd6 16.Rhe1+ Kf8 17.Qxd5 Bb7 18.Qh5 h6 19.g3 M. Demuth - Pavasovic, Feldbach 1996, with a big advantage for White.;
13...Bb7 14.f5 fxe5 15.Qxe5 Bf6 16.Qe2f Qd6 17.fxe6 fxe6 18.Rhf1 and White has the initiative.] 14.Rhe1 f5 A novelty, which allows White to land one blow or another. [14...Rc8 15.f5 Bc5 16.Qf4 Qc7 17.fxe6 fxe6 18.Qh4 fxe5 19.Nxd5 exd5 20.Qf6 Bd4 21.Qxh8+ Ke7 22.Qg7+ Kd6 23.Qf6+ Be6 24.Bf5 Bxb2+ 25.Kb1 Re8 26.Kxb2 1-0, Saric Ivan (CRO) 2567 - Durarbeyli Vasif (AZE) 2495, Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina) 2010.05.14] 15.Nxd5 Vladimir rejected [15.Bxf5! because of 15...Rc8 , but here he had another blow: (15...exf5? 16.e6+-) 16.Nxd5! (16.Bh3 Bc5 (16...Rc4) 17.Qd3) 16...Rc4 17.Qe3 exd5 18.e6 (18.Rxd5 Bxf5 19.Rxd8+ Bxd8 20.c3 b4 is unclear) 18...fxe6 19.Bxe6 Bxe6 20.Qxe6 with strong attack for the sacrificed piece.] 15...Bc6 16.Nf6+ Bxf6 17.Qc5 [17.Qc3 was probably stronger: 17...Qc7 18.exf6 0-0-0 19.Re5 with an obvious advantage.] 17...Qd5 18.Qxd5 Bxd5 19.exf6 0-0-0 20.a4 bxa4 21.Bxa6+ Kc7 22.Bb5 Nevertheless, in the endgame White also has a big edge. 22...Ra8 23.c4 Bc6 24.Re5 Bxb5 25.Rxb5 Rhg8 26.g3 Rg6 27.Kc2 Rxf6 28.Kc3 a3 29.bxa3 Rxa3+ 30.Kb4 Ra2 31.Rc5+ Kb6 32.Rd6+ Kb7 33.Rd7+ Kb8 34.Rcc7 [34.Rd8+ Kb7 35.Rdc8 would be very strong: 35...Rb2+ 36.Kc3 Rxh2 37.R5c7+ Ka6 38.Kb4 e5 39.Kc5 Ka5 40.fxe5 Ra6 41.Rxf7 and White should win.] 34...Rxh2 35.Kc5 h5 36.Kd6 [36.Rb7+ Kc8 37.Rdc7+ Kd8 38.Kd6 also left good winning chances: 38...Rd2+ 39.Ke5 Rh6 40.Rxf7 Re2+ 41.Kd6 Rd2+ 42.Kc6 Ke8 43.Rfe7+ Kf8 44.Rh7 Rxh7 45.Rxh7 Rd3 46.c5] 36...Rd2+ 37.Ke7? This could miss the win. [37.Ke5 Rxd7 38.Rxd7 Rg6 39.Rxf7 Rxg3 40.Kxe6 h4 41.Rh7 h3 (41...Rc3 42.Rxh4 Kc7 43.Kxf5 Rxc4 44.Rh3 ! 44...Kd6 45.Re3 Rc8 46.Kg6 and White is winning) 42.Kxf5 and White should win.] 37...Rxd7+ 38.Rxd7 Rh6 39.Rd2 e5 ? [39...Kc7! would have taken the c-pawn under control and should save the game: 40.Rh2 (40.Kxf7 h4 41.gxh4 Rxh4 42.Rf2 Rh6 with a draw) 40...Rh7 41.Kf8 f6 42.Kg8 Rd7 43.Rxh5 Kd6 44.Kf8 Rc7 45.Rh6 Rxc4=] 40.Kd7 h4 41.c5 Now White is winning. 41...f6 42.Rb2+ Ka7 43.c6 hxg3 44.c7 Rh2 45.c8Q Rxb2 46.Qc5+ Kb7 47.Qc6+ Kb8 48.Qc7+ Ka8 49.Kc8 1-0.
The highly wanted theory files cover: Postny: English A33
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 e6 6.a3 Bc5 7.Nb3 Bb6,Iotov: Alekhine Defence B02 (of interest for White and Black)
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.c5 Nd5,Krasenkow: Modern Defence B06
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.Bc4 d6,Szabo: Sicilian Defence B76
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.g4 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Be6,Neven: French Defence C11
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Be7 7.Be3 0-0,Kosintseva: French Defence C17
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.Bd2,Papp: French Defence C18
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qa5 7.Bd2 Qa4 8.Qg4,Sumets: Slav Defence D16
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 e6 6.e3 c5 7.Bxc4 Nc6 8.0-0 cxd4 9.exd4 Be7 10.Qe2 0-0 11.Rd1,Ris: Queen’s Gambit Accepted D27
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.Nc3 b5 8.Be2,Marin: Slav Schlechter Variation D94
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 g6 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.Be2 0-0 7.0-0 a6 and at last Kuzmin: King's Indian Fianchetto E62
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 0-0 5.Bg2 d6 6.0-0 Nc6 7.Nc3 e5 8.d5 Nb8.
Other contributions are Opening Videos Andrew Martin: Slav/Trompowsky,Vidit Gujrathi: Slav 4.g3,Robert Ris: Nimzo – Indian,Knaak:Opening trap,Müller:Endgames from the Olympiad,Reeh: Taktik,Marin:Strategy,Rogozenenco:The classic,Williams:Move by Move and Tactical Analysis Spassky.
Included is a eye catching booklet in two languages.
Conclusion: This is must have material!