Latest book reviews of 1 April  2017

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                                                                                                               Chess Books

The Complete Manual of Positional Chess
The Russian Chess School 2.0 – Opening and Middlegame
by Konstantin Sakaev & Konstantin Landa

New in Chess
320  pages
Price $ 27.95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-682-4

The phenomenal Konstantin Sakaev and companion Grandmaster  Konstantin Landa provides de reader with a highly instructive  made trainings manual, based on
openings and middle game strategies.
These 30 sections go further than a over view of calculations, both authors cover readable explanations and techniques where the modern player of today must
be aware of.
Original this book is based on instructional material created for chess teachers at DYSS,the special sports school for youngsters in Russia.
As both authors explain there is no need at all to follow the contents of the book,it depends all on the strength of the chess student and the areas that he
most needs to work on.
But both authors recommend the go through the games given here on the board, included all the variations.
One of my favourite games is: Gashimov,Vugar (2759) - Grischuk,Alexander (2736) [B97]
WchT 7th Bursa (4.1), 08.01.2010
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd3 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.f5 Be7 11.fxe6 fxe6 12.Be2 Qa5
13.Bd2 Qc7 14.g4 h6 15.Qh3 Rh7 16.Rf1 Nc6 17.Nxc6 Qxc6 18.e5 dxe5 19.Bd3 e4 20.Nxe4 Nxe4 21.Qh5+ Kd7 22.Rd1 Rh8
23.Bf4 Bb4+ 24.c3 Nxc3 25.Bd2 Qd5 26.Rf7+ Kc6 27.Rc1 Kb6 28.Be3+ Ka5 29.a3 Ka4 30.axb4 Qxd3 31.Qa5+ Kb3
32.Rxc3+ Qxc3+ 33.Bd2 b6 34.Qxb6 Qe5+ 35.Kd1 Bb7 36.Qxb7 Rhd8 37.Rf3+ Ka2 38.Rf2 Kb1 39.Qf3 Rac8 40.Qb3+ Qb2
41.Qxb2+ Kxb2 0-1,a fascinating king walk!
The book is also overloaded with recommendations for young players and that makes it all the perfect trainings companion!
Interesting to mention are the psychological explanations and how to tackle the  lack of self-confidence.
If you have the chance, try to watch GM games live on the internet and ask yourself what you would play.In doing so ,you should not switch on a
chess engine, but relay on your play!
This and a lot more is pleasantly covered with understandable words.
Included in nearly every section is a list of suggested additional material!
This is volume 1 of a two volume work,and volume 2 will be about the middle game pawns and dynamics.
Conclusion: A master piece of explanation!

Training with Moska
Practical Chess Exercises: Tactics, Strategy, Endgames
by Viktor Moskalenko

New in Chess
349  pages
Price $ 27.95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-676-3

Grandmaster Viktor Moskalenko presents here a unbelievable collection exercises divided in magic sections as fabulous combinations, fascinating
endgames and thrilling middle game positions, all pleasantly packed in a inviting to take up read.
Just take your time and go throw these 500 exercises and you will not only develop a natural feeling for tactics but your positional skills will also
 grow in a impressive way!
Included throw this books are some well explained complete games as the following sensational game from the author
himself: Moskalenko,Viktor (2524) - Vallejo Pons,Francisco (2706) [A01]
ESP-chT CECLUB Honor Linares (3.1), 10.09.2013
1.b3 d5 2.e3 e5 3.Bb2 Bd6 4.f4 exf4 5.Bxg7 Qh4+ 6.g3 fxg3 7.Bg2 gxh2+ 8.Kf1 Bg4 9.Nf3 Qh5 10.Nc3 Ne7 11.Bxh8 Nd7
12.e4 0-0-0 13.Bd4 Rg8 14.Qe2 Ng6 15.Qf2 Bh3 16.Bxh3 Nf4 17.Bxd7+ Kxd7 18.Rxh2 Nh3 19.Nxd5 Rg6 20.e5 Qf5
21.Ne3 Rg1+ 22.Nxg1 1-0,
The idea after 4.f4!? is known with reversed colours in the English Defence,and Ilya Odessky devotes a lot of analyses to it in his
book Play 1.b3,but only with the inclusion of the moves …Nc6 and Bb5.
This book will certainly help you to become a master in chess!
Conclusion: Fabulous material!

Winning with the Slow (but Venomous!) Italian
An Easy-to-Grasp Chess Opening for White
by Karsten Müller& Georgios Souleidis

New in Chess
234  pages
Price $ 27.95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-674-9

The well known author and endgame expert Grandmaster Karsten Müller and his companion Georgios Souleidis,provides the reader of this book
with a well thought white repertoire book based on the Italian lines with the move order 3.d3,where both authors recommend a schematic set-up plane in
Ruy Lopez style.
This move did get in the past hardly any attention as for example in The Italian Game from Harding & Botterill it is covered under unusual lines, but both
 authors write, these lines deserve serious attention from anyone who is thinking of playing the Italian game with either colour.
Karsten Müller and Georgios Souleidis come with detailed analyses from latest developments in the Italian regretted as: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6
4.d3 Bc5 5.0-0 0-0 6.c3 d5 7.exd5 Nxd5 8.Re1 Bg4 9.h3 Bh5 10.Nbd2 Nb6 11.b4 Be7 12.b5 Na5 13.g4 where white is heading for a endgame that is
 more or less equal, but black has to be very precise in order to maintain the balance.
Some lines as 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d3 Nf6 5.Nbd2 0-0 6.0-0 d6 7.c3 Ne7 8.Re1 Ng6 9.Nf1 c6 10.Bb3 Bb6 11.Ng3 h6 12.h3 Re8
13.d4 Be6 14.Bc2 Qc7 can also arise via the Ruy Lopez and that makes this book even more interesting!
Included throw this book are interesting white alternatives as Tiviakov’s pet line 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.Bb3.
Many games have been resigned after the move order 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Be7 4.d4 exd4 5.c3!? dxc3?! Qd5 but as both authors
explain but it is still possible for black to continue to fight with 6…Nh6 7.Bxh6 0-0 8.Bxg7 Kxg7 9.Nxc3 d6 10.Qd3 with some better play for white.
Conclusion: A very important reference work on the slow Italian!

                                              Chess DVD's    

Open Games with ...Bc5
by  Sam Collins
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

IM Sam Collins has created  a black repertoire based on systems with the black bishop to Bc5 where it does not matter where white goes for the
Ruy lopez,Scotch or King’s Gambit,Sam Collins provides the user of this DVD with a collection well thought black repertoire lines.
Black aim is strong and simple develop the black bishop outside the black pawn chain.
Covered on this DVD are 28 intensive made theory video files, and a Hugh extra files from over 1600 entries many of them, a small  941 cover excellent annotations!
After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bc5 4.c3 Collins goes for the reliable 4….Nf6!
And in the Scotch Collins prefers the tricky move order 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bb4+!.
And it is no sup rice to see in the Four Knights 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bc5!? And after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bb4!
Collins has achieved two Grandmaster norms,and has also taught at the prestigious Berkeley Chess School!
Conclusion: This is an excellent made repertoire DVD!  

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 176 Extra
February 2017
Videos by Adrian Mikhalchishin, Yannick Pelletier & Robert Ris

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.

Again a well loaded issue with 38.843 latest played games and all played between December 2016 and February 2017.
The video files go to the legendary Adrian Mikhalchishin who explains how to tackle the Marshall Gambit,
Yannick Pelletier is pleased to present to you some of his ever best games, and Robert Ris digs for you in the classic game Johner-Nimzowitsch Dresden 1926,for the interested reader please also the contribution from Ben Larsen in Learn from the Grandmaster Batsford 1975.
My Latvian favourite game of this month goes to:
Pavluchenkova,Ksenia (1164) - Glacner,Karel (1656) [C40]
Marianske Lazne op 16th Marianske Lazne (2), 22.01.2017
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.Nc4 fxe4 5.Nc3 Qg6 6.f3 Nf6 7.d4 d6 8.Be2 Qxg2 9.Rf1 Qxh2 10.fxe4 Qh4+ 11.Rf2 Nxe4 12.Nxe4 Qxe4 13.Qd3 Qxd3 14.Bxd3 Be7 15.Re2 Bg4 16.Re3 d5 17.Na3 Nc6 18.Bb5 0-0 19.Bxc6 Bh4+ 20.Kd2 bxc6 21.Kd3 Rf1 22.Re5 Rd1+ 23.Kc3 Bf6 24.Re3 Bxd4+ 25.Kb3 Bxe3 26.Rb1 Bxc1 27.Kb4 Rb8+ 28.Kc5 Bd7 29.c3 Be3# 0-1.
Conclusion:One of those must have files!