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Latest book reviews of 1 July  2017
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The New In Chess Book of Chess Improvement
Lessons From the Best Players in the World
by Steve Giddins

2017
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
350  pages
Price $ 24.95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-717-3



The English Chess Master Steve Giddins had the pleasant honour from New In Chess to write a follow up from his 2010 successor The First 25 Years.
Giddins has specially compiled for this book a collection of 100 best games, played by famous and less famous players but one thing is certain they are all highly worth playing throw!
Specially with the extra included key lessons and introduction texts.
All kind of strategies can be found here as smashing endgames, killing attacks and positional masterpieces.
Many of these games are from World Champions or Worlds leading players but I was also surprised to see a correspondence chess game from the ten time British over the board champion Jonathan Penrose.
Interesting  are the words from Steve Giddins on modern chess:The computer has shown us the extent of the defensive resources in chess,and top players nowadays are remarkably tenacious.
However, it is also true that it is not only at the grandmaster level that standards have improved greatly over recent years. The same true at the amateur level as well.
The average player nowadays is much stronger than his equivalent
of 50 or even 25 years ago.
One of my favourite games in this book is: Leko,Peter (2736) - Anand,Viswanathan (2753) [C42]
Linares 20th Linares (13), 08.03.2003
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 8.c4 Nb4 9.Be2 0-0 10.Nc3 Bf5 11.a3 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Nc6 13.Re1 Re8 14.cxd5 Qxd5 15.Bf4 Rac8 16.Bd3 Qd7 17.Rb1 Bxd3 18.Qxd3 b6 19.d5 Bf6 20.c4 h6 21.h3 Re7 22.Rbd1 Rd8 23.Rxe7 Nxe7 24.Ne5 Bxe5 25.Bxe5 Re8 26.Bg3 Nf5 27.Bxc7 Qxc7 28.Qxf5 Qxc4 29.d6 Rd8 30.d7 Qc6 31.g3 a6 32.h4 b5 33.Rd5 a5 34.Rxb5 g6 35.Qd5 Qxd7 36.Qxd7 Rxd7 37.Rxa5 Kg7 38.a4 Rd1+ 39.Kg2 Ra1 40.g4 Kf6 41.Kg3 Rc1 42.Rb5 g5 43.Rf5+ Kg6 44.h5+ Kg7 45.a5 Ra1 46.Kg2 Re1 47.f3 Re6 48.Kf2 Kf8 49.Rb5 Kg7 50.Rf5 Kf8 51.Rc5 Kg7 52.Rb5 Kf8 53.Rb6 Re5 54.a6 Kg7 55.a7 Ra5 56.Rb7 Ra3 57.Ke2 Kf6 58.Kd2 Ke6 59.Kc2 f6 60.Kb2 Ra4 61.Kb3 Ra1 62.Kb4 Kd6 63.Rh7 Ke5 64.Kb5 Ra2 65.Kb6 Kd5 1-0,yes 45…Ra1? Is a terrible mistake!
But what a great fight!
Conclusion: This book is a gift to every lover of the game!  



Chess for Hawks
Improve your Vision, Sharpen your Talons, Forget your Fear
by Cyrus Lakdawala

2017
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
282  pages
Price $ 24.95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-719-7



The well known chess author and trainer Cyrus Lakdawala comes with a well thought refreshing trainings manual that is overloaded with highly instructive topics as When should we weaken our structure in exchange for attack or initiative? Single colour based attacks. Surviving opening ambushes. Minor pieces in relation to structure. Bishop domination. Opposite coloured bishops. Defence, Attack and initiative. The final frontier, Revolt of the frontier.When to fight and when to bail out with a draw offer?Petrosian the Yin Master and more!
I loved chapter 12 with the title how to survive the gifted kid: Alexander Costello – Cyrus Lakdawala San Diego rapid 2015,1.e4 My opponent at the time was 12 year old master, which is pretty scary, since I was about  1150 rated at age 12. 1…c5!? Wait,wait,one moment. let me explain. Sometimes your writer is a highly skilled actor over the chessboard,who puts on the haughty airs of an alpha male,when in reality I am no more than an impostor.
2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 h6!?
This move gets nearly a half a page of text but I like to show some instructive tips:
Rule number one against gifted kids: Avoid sharp and popular theoretical byways, since odds are they out-memory you. As Lakdawala explains the fact is that with databases coupled with powerful chess engines, a child can go over a hundred games a day,and by age 12,play like a veteran of 25 years.
My opponent took a satisfyingly long time to respond, which left me with the happy feeling that he was already yanked out of his prep.
7.Nd5 Nxd5 8.exd5 a6 9.dxc6 axb5 10.cxd7+ Bxd7 11.Be2 Bc6 12.0-0 Bc5 13.Qd3 Qxd3 14.cxd3 Bd4 15.Bd1 Bd5 16.a3 b4 17.Rb1 Ba2 18.Ra1 b3 19.Re1 0-0 20.Re2 Rxa3 21.bxa3 Bxa1 22.Bb2 Bxb2 23.Rxb2 Rd8 24.Bxb3 Rxd3 25.Rxa2 Rxb3 26.f3 h5 27.Kf2 Kh7 28.h4 Kg6 29.g3? White’s best shot at a draw is to avoid all forms of weakness with 29.a4 Rb4
30.Kg3 Kf5 31.a5 f6 32.a6 bxa6 33.Rxa6 with decent chances to hold the draw.
At long last,a kid-error. Children tend to measure life on the scales of fair and unfair.As we get older, we get more and more accustomed to unfair, when we are deprived of our rightful share of life’s profits.
29… Kf5 30.a4 e4 31.fxe4+ Kg4 32.Rd2 Rf3+ 33.Ke2 Kxg3 34.Rd7 b6 35.Rb7 Rf6 36.e5 Rf5 37.Rxb6 Rxe5+ 38.Kf1 Kxh4 0-1.
The author played a King’s Indian set-up against all non 1.e4 openings in the early 1980s which did not suit his playing style, when he took up the Slav in the 1990s his rating went up by almost 200 points. Cyrus Lakdawala writes:Maybe I just got stronger,or maybe the rating jump was due to playing openings in harmony with my natural style.
Conclusion: This work is a truly master piece of explanation! 
One of those books that will help you to become a master in chess!


Understanding the Sicilian by Mikhail Golubev
2017
Gambit Publications Ltd
http://www.gambitbooks.com
E-mail info@gambitbooks.com
239 pages

Price £19.99
ISBN 978-1-911465-10-4



The chess genius from Odessa, Grandmaster Mikhail Golubev does not only help you to play and understand the Sicilian Defence, but provides the reader also
with a lot of latest developments in sharp lines as the Dragon,Sozin,Najdorf,Velimirovic,Fischer Attack,Taimanov,Kan Systems and more!
Many lines are so detailed that the reader can use the analyses from Golubev simple to make a easy win  from the book!
Some readers are probably aware of Golubev previous works as Understanding the King’s Indian and Easy Guide to the Dragon and his various contributions as for example  his impressive chapter on the Dragon in the book: Experts vs the Sicilian.
Golubev is a unbelievable expert on the Dragon and it is not easy to find a second expert from Grandmaster level  who is willing to share his opening secrets!
Grandmasters enjoy analysing there games but not there opening secrets and here lays for the reader a unique chance for a truly grandmasters view!
I love the explanations from Golubev as for example after the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 a6
Golubev:But this is a non-standard set-up for black. I call it ‘Botvinnik’s Dragon’not because I have ever been a Botvinnik fan,but because I think that it’s historically accurate. Some prefer to name this hybrid system the ‘Dragondorf’,etc. I used it as a surprise weapon, playing it in five long time-control games against opponents no higher than master level, and won all of these games. But objectively black’s life is far from easy here.
White’s most dangerous setup against Botvinnik’s Dragon runs with the moves:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 a6 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.g4! b5 10.h4!
After 10….Bb7?! Golubev honestly writes:This may be unplayable even against an unprepared opponent.Just mixing things up,I forgot my own preparation!
Conclusion: Buy this book before your opponent does!


My secrets in the Ruy Lopez by Lajos Portisch
2017
Gambit Publications Ltd
http://www.gambitbooks.com
E-mail info@gambitbooks.com
239 pages

Price £16.99
ISBN 978-1-911465-11-9




A other super read from Gambit this month is My Secrets in the Ruy Lopez from the legendary Lajos Portisch,who had the nick name
as  the "Hungarian Botvinnik". One of the strongest non-Soviet players from the early 1960s till the late 80s.
It is a great pleasure to announce a such high standard work as this book from Lajos Portisch on the Ruy Lopez and I can insure the reader
they are one for one highly instructive games!
To see Portisch and his contemporaries of that time is a truly fascinating time trip, there are several battles with Bobby Fischer in this book as for example the one of Santa
Monica 1966,where Portisch did specially attach some fresh ideas and later games.
All material is pleasantly divided into 8 sections as Exchange Variation,Old Steinits Defence,An early d3,Keres Set-up,Modern
Steinitz Defence,Delayed Exchange Variation, The Central Advance and the Main Lines.
Good for 80 deeply analyses games,not to a painstaking death but readable and highly educative.
One of my favourite games is Portisch lost against the Dutch Johan Barendregt,who was a great expert on the Exchange variation but Portisch does not fear to show us his mistakes.
Between the lines I enjoyed Portisch meeting with Bobby Fischer in Hungary 1993.  
Conclusion: This is a great chess book! 
Maybe one of the best!

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ChessBase Magazine issue 178
2017
June/July 2017
http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com
ISSN 1432-8992
Price Euro 19.95




This prodigies issue comes with a impressive tournament file of  over 1000 entries where a small 27 of them are more then excellent analysed!
A fine example of play is: Ding,Liren (2759) - Giri,Anish (2769) [D02]
Shenzhen Du Te Cup Shenzhen (7), 30.03.2017
[Ftacnik,L]
1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.d4 Nd7 5.0-0 Ngf6 6.c4 dxc4 7.a4 Ding is coming up wih a novelty, as it is not at all easy to recapture the pawn and keep some chances for an advantage at the same time. [7.Na3 Nb6 8.Ne5 Ng4 (8...0-0 9.Naxc4 Nxc4 10.Nxc4 Be6 11.Na5 c5 12.Nxb7 Qxd4 13.Be3 Qxb2 14.Bxc5 Rab8 15.Rb1 Qxa2 16.Bxe7 Rfe8 17.Bd6 Rbc8= ½-½ (80) Barcza,G-Prins,L Saltsjobaden 1952) 9.Nxg4 (9.Nf3 e5 (9...0-0 10.e4 Be6 11.h3 Nf6 12.Qe2 c6 13.Rd1 Qc8 14.Kh2 Rd8 15.Bf4 Ne8 16.Rac1 Nd6 17.Ng5 h6 18.Nxe6 Qxe6 19.h4= 0-1 (56) Schreiner,P (2432)-Lampert,J (2461) Skopje 2015) 10.dxe5 Qxd1 11.Rxd1 Nxe5 12.Nb5 Nxf3+ 13.Bxf3 Be5 14.Bf4 Bxf4 15.gxf4 Ke7 16.Nxc7 Rb8 17.a4 Be6 18.a5 Nd7 19.a6 bxa6 20.Rxa6± 1-0 (37) Dragun,K (2586)-Lampert,J (2448) Biel 2015) 9...Bxg4 10.Bxb7 (10.Nxc4 Nxc4 11.Qa4+ c6 12.Qxc4 Be6 13.Qc2 0-0 14.e3 Qb6 15.b3 Bf5 16.Qe2 e5 17.e4 Be6 18.d5 cxd5 19.exd5 Bd7 20.Be3= 1-0 (41) Chirila,I (2522)-Rambaldi,F (2559) Saint Louis 2017) 10...0-0 11.Nc2 (11.Be3 Bh3 12.Re1 Rb8 13.Bf3 Qd7 14.Rc1 Rfd8 15.Qc2 h5 16.Red1 Bf5 17.Qd2 Qa4 18.Qe1 Be6 19.Nxc4 Nxc4 20.b3 Qa5 21.Qxa5 Nxa5³ 0-1 (71) Moussard,J (2571)-Wagner,D (2548) Zuerich 2016) 11...Rb8 12.Bg2 Qd7 13.f3 Bh3 14.Bxh3 Qxh3 15.a4 Qd7 16.a5 Na4 17.Ra2 Rfd8 18.Kg2 c5 19.Ne3 Rb4 20.dxc5 Nxc5³ ½-½ (108) Fressinet,L (2672)-Svane,R (2555) Doha 2016;
7.Qa4 0-0 8.Qxc4 Nb6 9.Qc5 a) 9.Qc2 Bf5 10.Qb3 a5 11.Nc3 Ne4 12.a4 c6 13.Rd1 Nd6 14.Ne1 Be6 15.d5 cxd5 16.Nxd5 Bxd5 17.Bxd5 Nxd5 18.Rxd5 Qc8 19.Bf4 Qc4 20.Qxc4 Nxc4 21.Nd3= ½-½ (26) Kunte,A (2515)-Sethuraman,S (2651) Thiruvarur 2015; b) 9.Qb3 Be6 10.Qd1 Qc8 11.Ng5 (11.Re1 Rd8 12.Ng5 c5 13.Nxe6 Qxe6 14.Bxb7 Rab8 15.Bg2 cxd4 16.Nd2 Qf5 17.h3 e5 18.e3 dxe3 19.Rxe3 Nc4µ 0-1 (41) Rantanen,M-Poulsen,C Saltsjobaden 1948) 11...Bg4 12.Nc3 h6 13.Nf3 Rd8 14.Ne5 Be6 15.Qc2 Rxd4 16.Nb5 Rd8 17.Qxc7 Nfd5 18.Qxc8 Raxc8 19.f4 Nb4³ 1-0 (41) Gutman,L (2428)-Rogic,D (2524) St Veit 2016; 9...Bf5 10.Bf4 Ne4 11.Qxc7 Nd5 12.Qxb7 Nxf4 13.gxf4 Qd6 14.Qb3 Qxf4 15.Nc3 Rab8 16.Qa3 Ng5 17.Nd5 Nxf3+ 18.Qxf3 Qd6 19.Qg3 Qd8³ ½-½ (32) Van Wely,L (2647)-Giri,A (2791) Amsterdam 2015;
7.Nbd2 Nb6 8.Nxc4 Nxc4 9.Qa4+ c6 10.Qxc4 Be6 (10...0-0 11.b3 Be6 12.Qb4 Qc7 13.Ng5 Bc8 14.Ba3 h6 15.Nf3 Re8 16.Rac1 Be6 17.Rfd1 Bd5 18.Bb2 a5 19.Qc5 a4 20.Ne5 e6 21.Bxd5 exd5³ ½-½ (37) Kremer,L-Foltys,J Jurata 1937) 11.Qb4 Qc8 12.Re1 Ne4 13.Bf4 a5 14.Qa3 Qd8 15.Qd3 Nd6 16.Ng5 Bc4 17.Qc2 Ba6 18.Be5 0-0 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Rad1² ½-½ (33) Pirc,V-Fine,R USA 1950] 7...a5 8.Qc2 [8.Nc3 0-0 9.e4 c6 10.Qe2 Nb6 11.Rd1=] 8...Nb6 9.e4 0-0 10.Rd1 It may not be too surprising that Black has a sporting prospect of equal chances. Despite that some caution will be required. [10.Nbd2 Bg4 11.h3 Bxf3 12.Nxf3 e5 13.dxe5 Nfd7 14.Be3 Qe7=] 10...c6 11.Na3 Be6 12.h3 Ne8 [12...Qc8 13.Kh2 Ne8 14.Ng5=] 13.Ng5 Bc8! Giri is too strong to believe he can part with bishop pair without serious consequences. [13...Qc8?! 14.Nxe6 Qxe6 15.Rb1! f5 16.b4 fxe4 17.bxa5 Nc8 18.Nxc4 Ned6 19.Bf1±] 14.Nxc4 Nxc4 15.Qxc4 e5 16.Nf3! The retreat of the knight, that has no further function on the territory of the opponent. [16.d5 Nd6 17.Qc2 h6 18.dxc6 Ra6 19.c7 Qd7 20.Nf3 Rc6=] 16...exd4 17.Nxd4 In the tense struggle between two very strong opponents it is no wonder that the attention can easily slip. It was much more unpleasant to irritate Black the bishop move. [17.Bg5! Nd6 18.Qc2 Qe8 19.Nxd4²] 17...Nc7 18.Be3 Qe7 19.Qc1 Qb4 In a clear analogy with ideas from the King's Indian Defence Giri is trying to exploit the hole on b4. Many lesser players would consider the idea, but would use the knight for the purpose. [19...Na6 20.f4 Nb4=] 20.Ra3 Re8 21.Rc3 Be6 [21...Qxa4 22.Rc4 Qa2 23.b3 Bxd4 24.Rcxd4 Nb5 25.R4d3 Qa3 26.Qc2=] 22.b3 Na6 23.Rdd3 The Chinese star decided to keep the rook on c3, but it seems more natural to double along the d-file, since ...¤c5 is not scary for White. [23.Rcd3!? Nc5 24.Nxe6 Nxe6 (24...Nxd3? 25.Rxd3 Rxe6 26.Bc5 Bb2 27.Qe3+-) 25.Qd2 Bf8=] 23...Qe7 24.Bg5 Qf8 25.Be3 Rad8?! Black should have worried about equality and inserted the knight move to b4. [25...Nb4! 26.Rd2 Rad8 27.Nxe6 Rxe6 28.Rc4=] 26.Nxe6 Rxe6 27.Qd1 Ding is not playing very well with his dark squared bishop and once again misses its unpleasant move. [27.Bb6! Rdd6 28.Rxd6 Rxd6 29.Rf3 Rd7 30.Bf1²] 27...Red6 28.Bf4 [28.Rxd6 Qxd6 29.Qxd6 Rxd6 30.Rc1 Nb4 31.Bf3=] 28...Rxd3 29.Rxd3 Rxd3 30.Qxd3 Nc5 31.Qd1 [31.Qc4 Ne6 32.Bf1=] 31...Ne6 32.Be3?! White never really got to grips with the soul of his dark bishop. In this position centralisation will be challenged by the Giri's clever trick. [32.Bf1!=] 32...Bd4! 33.Bd2 The plight of the bishop becomes the central story of the whole game. It was still possble to fight for equality after the exchange of the bishops. [33.Bxd4 Qd6 34.h4! Qxd4 35.Qf3 Nc5 36.h5=] 33...Qc5 34.Qf3 Qc2 Giri slips and the opponent will finally try to do something sensible with his bishop. [34...Kg7! 35.Bf1 Qc2 36.Qd3 Qb2 37.Be3 Bxe3 38.Qxe3 Qd4µ] 35.Bh6! Bg7 36.Bxg7 Kxg7 37.Bf1 Qc5?! It was not easy to decide where to place the queen. Black made a bet on queen on the 5th rank, but it gave White the chance to finally solve his problems. [37...Qd2! 38.e5 Kg8 39.Kg2 Qd4µ] 38.Bc4 Ng5 39.Qc3+ [39.Qd3!? Qe7 40.Qc3+ f6 41.h4 Nxe4 42.Qxa5=] 39...f6 40.Qd3 Qe7 41.h4 Nxe4 42.Qe3! The weakness of the a5-pawn is limiting Black's chances to cash in on the extra pawn. 42...Qe5 [42...f5 43.Qb6 Qc5 44.Qc7+ Kh6 45.Qf4+=] 43.Qb6 Kh6 44.Qe3+ g5 45.Bd3! Nc5 46.hxg5+ Qxg5 47.f4 The black position is now compromised as his pawn structure and king have become vulnerable. 47...Qg4 [47...Qg8 48.Bc2 b6 49.Qf3=] 48.Be2 Qf5 [48...Qe6 49.Qxc5 Qxe2 50.Qf8+ Kg6 51.Qg8+=] 49.Qe7! The tragedy has been averted, White will save himself with counterplay against the exposed black king. 49...Qe6 [49...Ne6 50.Kh2=] 50.Qf8+ [50.Qxc5 Qxe2 51.Qf8+=] 50...Kg6 51.Bc4 [51.f5+ Qxf5 52.Qg8+ Kh6 53.Qf8+ Kg5 54.Qe8=] 51...Qe3+ 52.Kg2 Qe4+ 53.Kh2 Qd4 54.Qg8+ Kh6 55.Qf8+ Kg6 56.Qg8+ Kh6 57.Qf8+ ½-½
Included as always are the highly wanted Opening Videos as the one from Erwin l'Ami  on the two knights Defence,Yannick Pelletier covers the Catalan,and the great Alexei Shirov goes for the good old Grünfeld Defence.
A must to have are the latest theory files as: Papp: Scandinavian B01 (Recommendation for White)
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Nxd5 4.Nf3,Schandorff: Caro-Kann B19 (Recommendation for Black)
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 e6 8.Ne5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 Nd7,Stohl: Sicilian B55 (Recommendation for Black)
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3 e5 6.Nb3 d5,Ris: Sicilian B76 (Recommendation for White)
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5 10.Qe1,Souleidis: French C01 (Recommendation for White)
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Bd3,Kosintseva: French C15 (Recommendation for White)
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nge2,Lampert: Scotch C45 (Recommendation for Black)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Qf6 6.c3 Nge7 7.Bc4 0-0 8.0-0 b6,Szabo Ruy Lopez C63 (Recommendation for White)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d3,Kuzmin: Slav Defence D15 (Recommendation for White)
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bd2,Postny: Queen's Indian E12 (Recommendation for Black)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.e3 g6 and Quintiliano: King's Indian E94 (Recommendation for White)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Na6 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Bg5 Qe8 10.Re1.
Other DVD columns are Willaims: Move by Move,Rogozenco: The Classic,Grivas with a new FIDE trainings course!
Marin:Strategy,Reeh:Taktik,Müller:Child prodigies in the endgame,Knaak:Topical opening traps and a two language eye catching booklet!
Conclusion:This is must have material!


The Blumenfeld Gambit - A sharp weapon in the Benoni
by  Andrew Martin

2017
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E-Mail info@chessbase.com
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 phenomenal master of explanation Andrew Martin digs in the good old Blumenfeld Gambit, where black gambits a wing pawn for a strong centre.
As we can learn from our well speaking teacher it is white who has to take care as we can see in our following example, where a famous Dutch GM is outplayed in no time!
Ree,Hans (2402) - Nijboer,Friso (2588) [E10]
Staunton CC Blumenfeld theme Groningen (1), 05.09.2003
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 b5 5.Bg5 Qa5+ 6.Nbd2 bxc4 7.Bxf6 gxf6 8.e4 Rg8 9.g3 Rg4 [9...c3 10.bxc3 Qxc3 11.Rc1 Qa5 12.Be2 Na6] 10.Qc2 [10.Bh3 Rxe4+ 11.Kf1] 10...f5 11.Bg2 [11.exf5 exd5 12.Bh3 Re4+ 13.Kf1 Bb7 (13...Re7 14.f6) 14.Ng5 Rd4 15.Ndf3 Nc6 16.f6 Rd3 17.Qe2+ Kd8 18.Kg2 Kc7] 11...Rxe4+ 12.Kf1 exd5 13.Nxe4 dxe4 14.Rd1 Nc6 15.Nh4 Nd4 16.Qc3 Qa4 17.Rxd4 cxd4 18.Qxd4 Bg7 19.Qd6 [19.Qxg7 Qd1#] 19...c3 20.bxc3 Rb8 21.Nxf5 Qc4+ 0-1.
The material from Martin is more than impressive,32 video files plus several self tests to see if you have learned from our famous teacher!
Included are two extra databases from 68 entries plus a other one with over 300 entries!
Video running time is 4 hours and  44 minutes! (English)
Conclusion: A very important reference DVD on the Blumenfeld Gambit!
Very exciting!  


Rocket Repertoire: The Four Knights
by  Simon Williams

2017
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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 English attacking crack grandmaster Simon Williams digs in a impressive over 5 hours video entertainment in the secrets of the
Four Knights Game.
As many know it belongs to one of the oldest openings in the history of chess and as we can learn from Williams it can even lead to dangerous gambit play.
A fine example of play comes from wonder boy Magnus: Carlsen,M (2813) - Aronian,L (2782) [C48]
19th Amber Rapid Nice FRA (2), 14.03.2010
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bd6 5.0-0 0-0 6.d3 Re8 7.Re1 a6 8.Bc4 Na5 9.a3 Nxc4 10.dxc4 h6 11.h3 Bc5 12.Be3 Bxe3
13.Rxe3 d6 14.Qd2 Nd7 15.Rd1 Rf8 16.Qe2 b6 17.Ne1 Nc5 18.Nd3 Nxd3 19.cxd3 1-0.
Included is the Scotch Four knights an as we can see here it is not so harmless at all!
Highly recommended is the overloaded game file where every game is pleasantly analysed!
And that is included the game Nimzowitsch – Alekhine,Russia 1914.
Conclusion: Certainly one of the most interesting coverage’s of the Four Knights Game! 



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