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John Elburg



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UltraCorr-X
2017
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It is great pleasure for me to announce the latest correspondence chess base file from the well known  author and chess historian Tim Harding.
Not only the Hugh amount of correspondence games is impressive on this game file but above all, you buy this download for the super analyses
and excellent made references to the games.
The correspondence player of today is well prepared with the best engines and the strongest chess computers, often with more than one processor and enjoys
to explore the latest developments of chess theory,as we for example can see in the following game:
Petrovic,Djordje R (2582) - Leemans,Robert (2257) [C89]
LSS CP-2005-F-00001 LSS email, 01.07.2009
[Alvarez,Roberto Gabriel]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Be3 Bg4 16.Qd3 Rae8 17.Nd2 Qh5 18.Qf1 Re6 [18...Re7 19.a4 Rfe8 20.axb5 axb5 21.Bxd5 Qxd5 22.Qg2 (22.Bf4!? This simple tactical trick reveals the only relative drawback of Leko's novelty. With the rook on e6, Black could capture on f4 with a crushing attack. 22...Rxe1 (But now, 22...Bxf4? loses to 23.Rxe7!) 23.Rxe1 Rxe1 24.Qxe1 Bf8 White has managed to simplify the position, but his chances for converting the minimal material advantage are questionable because of Black's strong pair of bishops.
 25.Qe4 Of course, the active black queen cannot be tolerated on its dominating position. 25...f6 26.Qxd5+ cxd5 27.Bc7 Kf7 28.Bb6 Threatening to trade the dark-squared bishops, which would radically incline the balance to White's favour. 28...Bd6 29.Bc5 ½-½ Anand,V (2786)-Leko,P (2738)/Dortmund 2007/CBM 119/[Marin,M] White's draw offer looks a bit premature, although I cannot suggest a concrete way to strengthen his position.) 22...Qxg2+ 23.Kxg2 h5 24.Rec1 f6 25.b3 g5 26.c4 bxc4 27.Nxc4 Bc7 28.Na5 Bxa5 29.Rxa5 Bd7 30.b4 Rb8 31.Rc4 Kf7 32.Kf1 Kg6 33.Ke2 Bg4+ 34.Kd2 ½-½ Anand,V (2810)-Aronian,L (2805)/Wijk aan Zee 2011/CBM 141;
It should be said that 18...Bh3 fails to force a draw by repetition because of 19.Bd1!] 19.f3!? 'Kramnik,V (2772)-Aronian,L (2759)/Yerevan 2007/[Marin]/CBM 118 (1-0, 45)' 19...Nxe3 20.Qf2 Nd5 21.fxg4 Qxg4 22.Qf3 Qg5 [¹22...Qg6 23.Rxe6 fxe6 24.Qe4 Bxg3! 25.Qxg6 Bf2+ 26.Kg2 hxg6= 27.Nf3 Be3 28.Re1 Bh6 29.Ne5 Bd2 30.Rb1 b4 31.cxb4 Bxb4 32.Nxg6 Nf4+ 33.Nxf4 Rxf4 34.Bxe6+ Kf8 35.Rf1 Rxf1 36.Kxf1 ½-½ Goncharenko,G (2570)-Janosi,E (2316)/ICCF email 2008/Corr 2011] 23.Rxe6 fxe6 24.Ne4 Qg6 25.Qd3 h5 26.Bc2 Bf4 27.Re1 h4 28.Nc5 Qxd3 29.Nxd3 hxg3!?N [29...Be3+ 30.Kg2 Bd2 31.Re2 Ne3+ 32.Kh3 hxg3 33.Kxg3 Nf1+ 34.Kh3 Rf6 35.Ne5 Bc1 36.Ng4 Rf3+ 37.Kg2 Rf4 38.Bb3 Rxg4+ 39.Kxf1 Rg6 40.Bxe6+± 1-0 Jakovenko,D (2760)-Bacrot,E (2721)/Dortmund 2009/CBM 131/[Mueller,Karsten] (81)] 30.hxg3 [30.Nxf4 gxh2+ 31.Kxh2 Nxf4 32.Kg3 Rf6] 30...Bxg3 31.Rxe6 Rf6 32.Rxf6 gxf6 [32...Nxf6 33.Nb4±] 33.Nc5 a5 34.Kg2 Bd6 35.Nb7 Bc7 36.Kf3 Kf7 [36...a4? 37.Bf5 Kf7 38.Bd7 Ne7 39.a3 Kf8 40.d5 cxd5 (40...Nxd5 41.Bxc6) 41.Bxb5 Nf5 42.Bxa4+-] 37.a4 bxa4 [37...b4 38.c4 Ne7 39.Kg4 Bb6 40.Nd6+ Ke6 41.c5 Bd8 42.Bb3+ Kd7 43.Bf7 Bc7 44.Nc4±] 38.Bxa4 Ne7 Black has now three pawn islands, but the reduced number of pawns and the presence of bishops of oppossite colours gives him some drawing chances, even if the defense is tough. 39.Bb3+ Nd5 [39...Kg6!?] 40.Ke4 Kg6 [40...Ke6 41.Nc5+ Kd6 42.Bxd5 cxd5+ 43.Kf5 Ke7 44.Nb3 Bd8 45.Nd2 a4 46.Nf1 Kd6 47.Ne3 Be7 48.Ng2 Bd8 49.Ne1 (49.Nf4 Ba5 50.Kxf6? Bxc3! 51.bxc3 a3-+) 49...Kc6 50.Nc2 Kd6 51.Nb4 Be7 52.Nd3 Kd7²] 41.Nc5 [41.Bxd5 f5+ 42.Kf3 cxd5 43.Nc5 Kf7²] 41...f5+ 42.Kd3 Ne7 43.Ba4 [43.Ne6 Bb8 44.Ba4 Ba7 45.c4 Kf6 46.Nd8 c5 47.Nb7 cxd4 48.Nxa5 Ng6 49.Nc6 Ne5+ 50.Nxe5 Kxe5 51.b4 Kd6 52.Bd1 Ke5 53.Bf3 Kd6=] 43...Bb6 44.Kc4 Kf7 [44...Kg5!?] 45.Bd1 Nd5 46.Bf3 Ne7 47.Bh1 Ke8 48.Nd3 Kd7 49.Ne5+ Kd6 50.Kb3 Kc7 51.Ka4 Nd5 52.Bf3 Ne7 53.Bg2 Nd5 54.Bh1 Ne7 55.Nc4 Ng6 56.d5 [The natural 56.Nxa5 wins a pawn, but it seems Black has enough counterplay with his passed -f pawn. 56...Bxa5 (56...c5) 57.Kxa5 Nf4 58.c4 (58.Kb4 Nd3+ 59.Kb3 Ne1 60.c4 f4 61.Kc3 f3 62.Kd2 f2 63.Ke2 Nc2 64.Kxf2 Nxd4 65.Ke3 c5 66.Kd2 Kb6 67.Kc3 Ne2+ 68.Kd3 Nf4+ 69.Kc3 Ne6=) 58...Ne2! (58...Nd3 59.b4 f4 (59...Nf2 60.Bg2 Nd1 61.b5 Ne3 62.b6+ Kb8 63.Bxc6 Nxc4+ 64.Kb5+-) 60.b5 cxb5 61.cxb5 Ne1 62.b6+ Kb8 63.d5 f3 64.d6 Kc8 65.Ka4 f2 66.b7+ Kb8 67.d7+-) 59.d5 Nd4 60.dxc6 f4 (60...Nxc6+? 61.Bxc6 Kxc6 62.Kb4 f4 63.Kc3+-) 61.b4 Nxc6+ 62.Ka4 Nd4 63.c5 f3 64.b5 Kb7 65.Ka5 Ka7 66.b6+ Kb7 67.Kb4 Ka6=] 56...cxd5 57.Bxd5 Nf4 [57...f4 58.Kb5 Ba7 59.Kxa5 Nh4 60.Be4 f3 61.Nd2 f2 62.b4 Be3 63.Nf1 Ba7 64.Ka6 Bb8 65.c4+-] 58.Bf3 Nd3 59.Kb5 Bf2 Setting up a little trap. 60.Be2 [60.Kxa5? Be1 61.Kb5 Nxb2! 62.Nxb2 Bxc3= with a draw.] 60...Nf4 61.Bf1 Nd5 62.Nxa5 Bh4 63.Be2 Nf4 64.Bc4 The bishop is again dominating the knight. 64...Kd6 [64...Ng2!? 65.Bd5 Ne1 66.Nc6 f4 67.Nd4 Nd3 68.b4 Be1 69.Kc4 Ne5+ 70.Kb3 Kb6 71.c4 Nd3 72.Nc2 Nc1+ 73.Ka4 Bf2²] 65.Nb7+ Kc7 66.Nc5 Kd6 67.Bf1 Bf6 68.Na4 Ne6 69.Nb6 Nf4 70.Nc4+ Kd5 71.Nd2 Kd6 72.Nb1 Nd5 73.Bg2 Ne3 74.Bf3 Ng4 75.b3 Ne5 76.Bg2 Bh4 77.c4 Be1 78.c5+ Kc7 79.Na3 f4 80.Nc2 Bc3 81.Be4 Diagrama
8/2k5/8/1KP1n3/4Bp2/1Pb5/2N5/8 b - - 0 0
81...Kb8 [81...f3 82.Ne3 Controlling f1 with the knight, then both passed pawns wins for White.] 82.Kb6 Nd7+ 83.Kc6 Ne5+ 84.Kd6 f3 85.Ne3 f2 86.Bg2 Nf7+ 87.Ke7 Ne5 88.Nd5 Bd2? [¹88...Bd4!? mantaining the control of square e3 seems better: 89.Ke6 (89.b4 Nd3 90.Kd6 Be5+ 91.Kc6 Ne1 92.Bf1 Nf3 93.b5 Nd2 94.Bg2 f1Q 95.Bxf1 Nxf1=) 89...Nf3 90.b4 (90.c6 Kc8 91.b4 Be5 92.Bf1 (92.Ne3 Bf4 93.Bxf3 Bxe3 94.Be2 Kc7 95.Kd5=) 92...Kd8 93.b5 Bh2) 90...Kc8 (90...Nd2 91.c6 f1Q 92.Bxf1 Nxf1 93.Kd7 Be5 94.b5+-) 91.Nb6+ Kc7 92.Kd5 Be3 93.Ke4 Bxc5 94.bxc5 f1Q 95.Bxf1 Nd2+ 96.Kd5 Nxf1=] 89.Ke6 Nd3 90.Kd6 Bh6 [90...Nf4 91.Nxf4 Bxf4+ 92.Kd5+-;
90...Ba5 91.Bf1 Nb4 92.Nxb4 Bxb4 93.Kd5+-] 91.b4 Bf8+ 92.Kc6 Ne5+ [92...Ne1 93.Bf1 Nf3 94.Kd7 Ne5+ 95.Ke8 Bh6 96.b5 Bd2 97.Ke7 Ba5 98.Kd6 Nf7+ 99.Ke6 Ng5+ 100.Kd7 Ne4 101.Kc6+-] 93.Kb6 Nc4+ 94.Kb5 Nd2 95.Kc6 Nf3 [95...Ne4 96.Nc7+-] 96.Kd7 Nice win in a very difficult ending.[96.Kd7 Ne5+ 97.Ke8 Bh6 98.b5 Nc4 99.Kd7 Ne5+ 100.Ke6 Nd3 101.c6 Nf4+ 102.Nxf4 Bxf4 103.b6 Kc8 104.Bh3+-]  1-0
With it’s 1,750,000 entries the UltraCorr-X is the  largest ever made correspondence chess game database.One of the 100 best games of all time is Estrin – Berliner World correspondence Correspondence Championship 1965-1968,where Hans Berliner me once wrote: I am proud of my game which included an important improvement on theory which basically dashes any hopes white has for an advantage in that line.The game was played perfectly from my part as far as has been humanly possible to determine.
For the interested readr,this game is covered with detailed analyses from Hans Berliner him self!
UltraCorrX is made up of 20 files,of which 19 can be downloaded from the Chessmail.com site,file 20 comes in a separate e-mail.
Conclusion: This is a must have correspondence chess database file with uncountable annotations to the games!  


ChessBase Magazine issue 179
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August/September 2017
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The main tournament file is good for over 1600 entries and where a small hundred of them are more than excellent analysed as we can see in the following game,played by the legendary Anand: Skvortsov,Oleg - Anand,Viswanathan (2786) [C54]
Zuerich Chess Challenge m 6th Zuerich (1), 12.04.2017
[Anand,V]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.b4 A very interesting idea, in accordance with Oleg's style. Suddenly the b-pawn must be reckoned with. 6...Bb6 7.e5 d5 8.exf6 dxc4 9.Qe2+ Be6 10.b5 The extra option, now I have to figure out the differences in every line. 10...Nb4 Sometimes, it is better to be aggressive than accurate. Now the connected passed pawns and the two bishops are quite dangerous in practical play. [10...Na5 is playable, the ¤a5 is unlikely to play an important role...] 11.fxg7 Rg8 12.cxb4 Qf6 13.0-0 Qxg7 14.g3 0-0-0 15.a4 [15.Qe5 Qxe5 16.Nxe5 f6 17.Nf3 a5 Black can't avoid this move forever 18.bxa6 bxa6 enough compensation for the piece.] 15...d3 Once I steeled myself to play ...£xg3, it was hard to resist the thought of executing the move. [15...Qf6! was probably objectively better.] 16.Qb2 Qxg3+ 17.hxg3 Rxg3+ 18.Kh2 Rxf3 19.Bg5? Based on an oversight. [19.Kg2 Bd5 (19...Rf5 I would probably have gone for this 20.Rg1 c3 21.Nxc3 d2 22.Qxd2 Rxd2 23.Bxd2 Rxf2+ 24.Kg3 Rxd2 25.Rgd1 is about equal) 20.Kh2 Be6! I am not sure I would have appreciated this simple move, but it is equal.;
19.Qg7 what I was expecting 19...Rh3+ 20.Kg2 Bd4 21.Qg5 h6! The queen runs out of squares on the g-file. 22.Qxd8+ Kxd8 23.Ra3 I was sure that Black has enough here.] 19...Bd4! 20.Qd2 Rg8! And surprisingly, White is lost. 21.Ra3 [21.Rg1 Rh3+ 22.Kg2 h6 23.Kf1 Rxg5! wins.] 21...h6 22.Rg1 Rh3+ 23.Kg2 Rxg5+ 24.Kf1 Rxg1+ 25.Kxg1 Bd5 A very enjoyable game, and I have to thank Oleg Skvortsov for being a chess romantic! 0-1.
Great play!
Other highly interesting contributions are the theory files with: Papp: Benkö Gambit A58 (Recommendation for Black)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 c5 5.d5 b5 6.cxb5 a6 7.bxa6 d6 8.Nc3 0-0 9.Bg2 Nbd7 10.0-0 Nb6, Moskalenko: Dutch Defence A80 (Recommendation for Black)
1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 d5 4.e3, Kosintseva: French Defence C11 (Recommendation for White)
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nce2 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Nf3, Kritz: French Defence C15 (Recommendation for White)
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 dxe4 6.Qg4 Nf6 7.Qxg7 Rg8 8.Qh6, Kuzmin: Ruy Lopez C83 (Recommendation for Black)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Nbd2 Nc5 10.c3 Be7 11.Bc2 d4 12.Nb3 d3, Sumets: Semi-Slav D46 (Recommendation for White)
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.0-0 e5 9.cxd5 cxd5, Marin: Grünfeld Defence D93 (Recommendation for Black)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3/Nf3 0-0 6.Nf3/e3 c6, Ris: Grünfeld Defence D96 (Recommendation for Black)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 Be6, Stohl: Nimzoindian E21 (Recommendation for Black)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 0-0 and Krasenkow: 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.Re1.
Other columns are Williams move by move,Rogozenco:The Classic,Grivas: Fide training course,Marin Strategy,Reeh: Tactics,Müller Endings with same coloured bishops’ A highly interesting column  with two introductory texts,23 annotated games,training questions and five classic video!
Knaak: Topical openings traps and several video files!
As Daniel King: Ruy Lopez Exchange, Alina I’Ami: Modern Benoni and Jonas Lampert even offers the user a repertoire against 1.Nf3.
Included is a eye catching booklet in two languages!
Conclusion: This is important chess material!




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