Latest book reviews of 1 August  2017

Wilhelminalaan 33 


The Netherlands.
John Elburg

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Reti - A Repertoire for White
by  Viktor Bologan 

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


De well known GM Victor Bologan provides the user with a impressive made over six and a half hour video entertainment on the good old Reti Opening,where Reti wrote in 1920: As the opening is in general a struggle for domination in the centre the characteristic feature of every such new system will be a desire to direct pressure against the centre soon. The natural opening move in such a system is 1.Nf3 which directs pressure against the centre,prevents e5,and keeps open almost all possibilities for the first player.Masters of the Chessboard,R.Reti Bell and Son.
Bologan approach can not be compared with the thoughts of Reti,on 1.Pf3 g6 Bologan goes for 1.e4! If 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.d4.
All together there are 26 video files and 15 interactive testing positions to test your knowledge of the Reti!
Included is a extra database of  126 entries where I found this latest played game: Rapport,Richard (2702) - Carlsen,Magnus (2840) [A12]
Tata Steel-A 79th Wijk aan Zee (8), 22.01.2017
1.Nf3 d5 2.b3 Bf5 3.Bb2 e6 4.d3 h6 5.Nbd2 Nf6 6.c4 c6 7.g3 Be7 8.Bg2 0-0 9.0-0 Nbd7 10.a3 a5 11.Qb1 Bh7 12.b4 axb4 13.axb4 Qb6 14.Bc3 Rxa1 15.Qxa1 Bxb4 16.Bxb4 Qxb4 17.Rb1 Qd6 18.Rxb7 e5 19.d4 exd4 20.Nxd4 c5 21.N4b3 d4 22.Bh3 d3 23.e3 Ne5 24.Bg2 Rc8 25.f4 Neg4 26.e4 Re8 27.e5 Nxe5 28.fxe5 Rxe5 29.Rb6 Qe7 30.Rb8+ Ne8 31.Bc6 Re1+ 32.Qxe1 Qxe1+ 33.Nf1 1-0,yes even wonder boy could use this DVD!
Conclusion: Impressive!

The Chess Player's Mating Guide Vol.2 - Weakened kingside
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

In volume one all the attention from Robert Ris went to the un castled king but here it is all tackling the castled king.
All together highly enjoyable attacking material packed in 23 instructive video files, as for example the famous included Lasker Bauer game from 1889.
But there is more,exercises extra games and a lot of explanations!
All packed in five hours video time!
Conclusion: Super instructive!

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 178 Extra
July  2017
Videos by Adrian Mikhalchishin, Yannick Pelletier & Nihal Sarin with Luis Engel

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 overloaded ChessBase file from over 27000 entries exactly counted 27384 games and all played between April and June of this year.
My Latvian hero of this month goes to:
Restrepo,Julian David (1578) - Mena Mena,Daymer Alberto (1600) [C40]
COL-ch Palmira (3), 16.05.2017
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nc3 d6 4.Bc4 f4 5.0-0 g5 6.d3 g4 7.Nd2 h5 8.f3 Nh6 9.Qe2 Qh4 10.Nd5 Kd8 11.Nb3 c6 12.Nc3 b5 13.Nxb5 cxb5 14.Bd5 g3 15.h3 Bxh3 16.gxh3 Qxh3 17.Qg2 Qd7 18.Bxa8 h4 19.Na5 h3 20.Bc6 hxg2 21.Bxd7 gxf1Q+ 22.Kxf1 Kxd7 23.Kg2 Nf7 24.Bd2 Rh2+ 25.Kf1 Ng5 26.Be1 Nh3 27.Bf2 Rxf2+ 28.Ke1 g2 0-1
The video contributions go to Adrain Mikhalchishin who digs with a new move in the Queen’s Gambit Accepted, Yannick Pelletier is so kind to show his impressive win against Richard Rapport, Chess Olympiad Baku 2016.
And Nihal Sarin, 12, and Luis Engel, 15 show us some  sharp lines of the good old Najdorf!
Conclusion: Super material for a bargain price!