Latest book reviews of  January  2018

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                                                                                                           Chess Books

Dismantling the Sicilian - New and Updated Edition: A Complete Modern Repertoire for White
by Jesus de la Villa Garcia & Max Illingworth

New in Chess
367  pages
Price $ 27.95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-752-4

The well known grandmaster Jesus de la Villa Garcia and his companion Max Illingworth, former Australian chess champion come with an impressive update of there 2009 edition of” Dismantling The Sicilian”, where both authors provide you with a selection best repertoire lines for white in the Sicilian Defence.
This impressive update did not only go from 336 pages to 367 pages but is extended but hundreds of latest novelties and games.
The abreast of latest developments is impressive and we truly can speak from a complete new work.
 A fine example of latest play is 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 Ng4 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Bg3 Bg7 10.h3 Ne5 11.Nf5 Bxf5 12.exf5 Nbc6 13.Nd5 e6 14.fxe6 fxe6 15.Ne3 Qa5+ 16.c3 Nf3+ 17.Qxf3 Bxc3+ 18.Kd1 Qa4+ 19.Nc2 Bxb2 20.Rc1 Rc8 21.Bd3 Rf8 22.Qh5+ Ke7 23.Re1 Bxc1 24.Qxh6 Ne5 25.Rxe5 dxe5 26.Kxc1 Qa3+ 27.Kd2 Rxc2+ 28.Bxc2 Qb4+ 29.Ke2 Qb5+ 30.Ke1 Qb4+ 31.Kf1 Qc4+ 32.Kg1 Qxc2 33.Qxg5+ Kf7 34.Qxe5 Qd1+ 35.Kh2 Qd5 36.Qc7+ {Nakamura – Grischuk,Sharjah 2017} Kg6 37.Be5 Rxf2 38.Qg7+ Kf5 39.Qf6+ Ke4 40.Qxf2 Qxe5+ 41.g3 b5 and the endgame is a draw with normal play.
Pleasant to mention are the  important changes in the basic framework of the repertoire and the Hugh amount of  new ideas!
Conclusion: This is a smashing update!

The Art of the Tarrasch Defence: Strategies, Techniques and Surprising Ideas
by Alexey Bezgodov

New in Chess
316  pages
Price $ 27.95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-768-5

The former Russian champion grandmaster Alexey Bezgodov has written some of the fines new in chess books as The Extreme Caro- Kann,The
Liberated Bishop Defence and the Double Queen´s Gambit.
In the Art of the Tarrasch Defence we see again a high quality openings book with excellent explanations of strategies and techniques.
This eye catching work is divided into five main parts: Four bad lines that are actually good, White surprises lines…and what to play against
them, The Kasparov System, Giants of the Tarrasch Defence, and a Hugh collection exercises to see if you have understood the lessons
of our great master of explanation.
Many of us will buy this book for the new ideas and how to handle white’s offbeat lines.
The great Estonian chess genius Paul Keres used to play the Tarrasch at difficult moments in tournaments, and did so with great success.
The following game is a important key game of the Tarrasch where the winner of this tournament would obtain the right to a world championship
 match against Botvinnik,for mu readers I will included all moves:
Tal,Mihail - Keres,Paul [D34]
Candidates Tournament Bled/Zagreb/Belgrade (24), 21.10.1959
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 c5 3.c4 e6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.g3 Nc6 6.Bg2 Nf6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Nc3 0-0 9.Bg5 Be6 10.dxc5 Bxc5 11.Na4 Bb6 12.Nxb6 axb6
13.Nd4 h6 14.Bf4 Qd7 15.a3 Bh3 16.Qd3 Rfe8 17.Rfe1 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 Re4 19.Nf3 Rae8 20.Bd2 d4 21.e3 Qd5 22.exd4 Rxd4 23.Rxe8+ Nxe8
24.Qe2 Nd6 25.Be3 Rd3 26.Kg1 Nc4 27.Ne1 Rb3 28.Rc1 Nxe3 29.fxe3 Qe5 30.Ng2 Rxb2 31.Qd3 Qe6 32.Nf4 Rb3 33.Rc3 Rxc3
34.Qxc3 Qe4 35.Qb3 b5 36.Qxb5 Qxe3+ 37.Kf1 Qf3+ 38.Kg1 Qe3+ 39.Kf1 g5 40.Ne2 Ne5 41.Qxb7 Nd3 42.Qc8+ Kg7 43.Qf5 Qd2
44.Nd4 Qe1+ 45.Kg2 Qe3 46.Qd5 Qf2+ 47.Kh3 Qf1+ 48.Kg4 Nf2+ 49.Kf5 Qd3+ 50.Ke5 Ng4+ 51.Kd6 Qxa3+ 52.Kc7 Qe7+
53.Kc8 Ne3 54.Qb5 Qe4 55.Qb2 Kg6 56.Qb6+ f6 57.Ne6 Nc4 58.Qa6 Ne5 59.Nc7 Qc2 60.Qd6 Qxh2 61.Nd5 Qf2 62.Kb7 Qxg3
63.Qxf6+ Kh5 64.Qe6 Ng4 65.Ne7 Qf3+ 66.Kc8 Kh4 67.Nf5+ Kh3 68.Kd8 h5 69.Qg6 Ne5 70.Qe6 Ng4 71.Qg6 Ne5 72.Qe6 Qd3+
73.Nd4+ Ng4 74.Qd5 Nf2 75.Kc8 h4 76.Qe5 Qe4 77.Qf6 Qf4 78.Nf5 Ne4 79.Qe6 Qg4 0-1.
Interesting enough this game did not get a place in Keres his book Ausgewählte Partien!
Conclusion: Magnificent!

Play 1...d6 Against Everything: A Compact and Ready-to-use Black Repertoire for Club Players
by Erik Zude & Jörg Hickl

New in Chess
207  pages
Price $ 22.95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-744-9

The two German chess cracks grandmaster Jörg Hickl and companion Erik Zude,provide the reader of is based in big lines against
1.e4 with the Antoshin Variation of  the Philidor Defence, and against 1.d4 with the good old-Indian Defence.
All alternatives as for example the Sokolsky is faced with the moves 1…e5 and 2…d6.
The endgame variation with this book with a well thought black repertoire book based on the move 1…d6.
The core repertoire 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8 Kxd8 is for a local club player not easy to play,good endgame knowledge
 is here necessarily.
But on the other hand,if you have all in your fingers there is  a life time opening waiting for you!
Pleasant to mention is the aggressive set up against the English opening with 1.e4 e5.2.Nc3 d6 3.g3 Be7 4.Bg2 f5!
The reader in this book is supported with high level model games where even the more ambitious player can make use of!
Conclusion: A very fine made repertoire book!   

125 Chess Opening Surprises by  Graham Burgess
Gambit Publications Ltd
175 pages

Price £16.99
ISBN 978-1-911465-18-8

The well known Gambit chess author and Editorial Director FIDE master Graham Burgess comes with a impressive update of his 1998
book (101 Chess Opening Surprises)
This new book has not only grown by 140 % but there are also 24 brand new sections included and every move in this book has been re-examined and
checked against latest content.
The aggressive players under us with enjoy various gambit lines as for example King’s Gambit,with exciting sections as  the Fischer and Rosentreter Gambit:
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.d4!? where Burgess highly instructive explains: 4…h6 will transposes to the Becker Defence,while 4…d6 reaches the Fischer Defence.
The next section will present an interesting replay to 4…g4.Here we shall focus on 4…Bg7,when white has the completely new idea 5.Nc3!? d6 6.g3,which
you will not find in older theory books!
Then 6…h6 and now rather than 7.h4 g4 8.Nh2 fxg3 9.Nxg4 h5 {9…Nc6!?}10.Ne3 Qf6 which appeared unconvincing for white in Ramik – Oral,Czech Ch  1993,7.gxf4 g4 8.Rg1!? Shirov – Alekseev,Lublin 2011 gives white a promising game.
Exciting also is 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.d4 g4 5.Bxf4 gxf3 6.Qxf3 Nc6 7.Bc4 Qh4+ 8.g3 Qe7 9.Nc3 Nxd4 10.Qf2 Ne6,as in
Nightingale – Haugen,corr 2006 which was given as better
By Shaw,but after the game continuation, 11.0-0-0 Nxf4 12.gxf4 Qc5 13.Qe2 b5 14.Bxb5 Rb8 15.e5 Kd8 16.Rhf1,it wasn’t easy for black
to unravel. It is worth noting that Nightingale,a high rated correspondence player,was willing to play this piece sacrifice in a later game!{ Burgess}
Ever head of the Nescafe Frappe Attack {1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.Nc3 axb5 6.e4 b4 7.Nb5 d6 8.Bc4},Myers
Defence {1.c4 g5},Zviagintsev’s 4.g4 {1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.g4},Alekhine 3.Na3?!! {1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.Na3}Suggested  by a
Simon Buckley.
Burgess does not believe that 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 c5?! Gunderam line has appeared in prints before but Gunderam published this line in his German book:”Neue Eröffnungs- Wege”back in 1961!
The suggested off lines in this book are uncountable, as the included reference games!
Conclusion: A truly masterpiece!

Fundamental Chess Tactics by Antonio Gude
Gambit Publications Ltd
334 pages

Price £22.50
ISBN 978-1-911465-17-1

As we all know there is no better way improve your tactical skills as doing exercises, specially with this systematic course from Antonio Gude, who wrote not so long
ago the best seller companion volume Fundamental Checkmates.
This impressive volume holds hundreds of exercises all highly instructive explained and divided into readable sections as: Glossary of attacking and strategic terms, Double
attacks, The role of the pawns, Attacking the castled position, Drawing combinations, Combined tactical themes, Opening disasters and tactical examinations.
In 1998 the British Chess Magazine organized a survey of its readers under the title The Most Amazing Move of All Time, which is self explanatory.
A jury of ten grandmasters made the final decision and it went to the move 1…Bh3!! from the game Topalov – Shirov Linares 1998.
Which obtained the maximum score from five of ten judges. Some statements were a revelation.GM Mathew Sadler,for instance,said:”I know that I could spend days analysing this position,with out managing ever to discover this move. Yet it was found over the board, while room full of computers and super grandmasters did not manage to see it,”.
Included in this magnificient written book is a preface, index of names and a index of openings.
Conclusion: Truly there is no better way to sharpen your tactical skills!  

Chess International Titleholders, 1950–2016 by Gino Di Felice
McFarland & Company,Inc.,Publishers Box 611
Jefferson,North Carolina 28640.
369 pages
Price $49.95

ISBN: 978-1-4766-7132-1

The FIDE the French Fédération Internationale des Échecs,was founded back in 1924 but only from 1950 they award chess titles and this impressive
work from the Italian chess historian Gino Di Felice is a coverage of all title players between the years 1950 and 2016. 
There is a list from over 18000 players who received titles plus players full name, federation, date of birth, death, title and year of award and peak
 rating plus references.
For example Diesen,Mark Carl {USA}.b.16 Sept.1957 Buffalo,d.09 Dec.2008 Conroe,IM 1977.Peak rating 2460 {January 1979}.
But this list also holds tragic results as Raymond Weinstein{b.25 April.1941 New York.IM 1961.Best 5-year average rating of 2480} who has been
incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital since killing a man in 1964.
Conclusion: Fascinating material!    

                                              Chess DVD's    

Mega Database 2018
Price Euro 159.90
System requirements:
Pentium PC, 32 MB RAM, Windows 10, 8 or 7 and Fritz 13, 14, 15 or ChessBase 14, 13 or 12 and DVD drive.

The new Mega Database comes over 7.8 million games, where over 71,000 of these games cover excellent annotations, often analysed by the best
players in the world, which it makes the best annotated database that money can buy!
The latest games of this DVD come from the middle of October 2017,and that is more than perfect to keep abreast of latest developments!
The player base has also be extended with about 430000 names doing this the photo database was extended to a small 37000 pictures!
Incl. Online Mega-Update 2018: With ChessBase 14, 13 or 12 you can download games for Mega 2018 for the whole year, a total of approximately 250,000!
That means your Mega 2018 will remain up to date from January to December next year!
Conclusion: There is no better  made database!

Fritz Powerbook 2018
Price Euro 69.90
System requirements:Pentium PC, 32 MB RAM, Windows 10, 8 or 7 and Fritz 13, 14, 15 or ChessBase 14, 13 or 12 and DVD drive.

This new PowerBook 2018 holds over 21 million openings positions!
These 21 million openings positions is an unbelievable amount of chess information, which can not be covered in any printed way.
Deep Blue only had a openings book from over 4,000 positions and 700,000 grandmaster games!
It's hold a  Hugh amount of extra chess information as all the moves that where played in the position, plus rating, success and performance.
Included is a smaller but super strong grandmaster Openings book.{Good for around two million positions!}
Conclusion: These openings positions will change your Fritz in a killing chess machine!

Master Class Vol.9: Paul Morphy
by  Dr. Karsten Müller, Mihail Marin, Oliver Reeh & Jonas Lampert

Price Euro 29.90
System requirements:Pentium PC, 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

Paul Charles Morphy (June 22, 1837 – July 10, 1884) was an American chess player. He is considered to have been the greatest chess player of his time and and
unofficial World Chess Champion. He was a chess prodigy and  called "The Pride and Sorrow of Chess" because he had a brilliant chess
career but retired from the game when he was only 22.
The ChessBase team comes with a wonderful updated product with not only all his games,but the experts dig to the bottom
of the “Morphy myth” and in about 5 hours of video running time they cover the most important facets of his career.
Oliver Reeh’s  invites the user into 20 exciting interactive training videos, Jonas Lampert explains Morphy’s opening repertoire,Grandmaster
Mihail Marin explains his great strategic play,and the great endgame expert Karsten Müller is responsible for Morphy’s endgame techniques.
Included is a readable and detailed biography by Thomas Eichhornths.
Interesting are the following words on Morphy: Morphy, the master of all phases of the game, stronger than any of his opponents, even the strongest of them..." ~ Alexander Alekhine, in Shakmatny Vestnik, January 15, 1914
Conclusion: A truly master piece!

Realizing an Advantage
by  Sergei Tiviakov

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 Dutch grandmaster explains in a very understandable way the techniques of advantages .All at the hand of 20 heavy loaded video plus extra exercises.
The highly instructive material is divided into sections as planning, centre and space advantage, how to exploit two weaknesses, pawn structures, converting one type
of advantage into another, exchanges and king’s activity.
This all is well packed into 5 hours and 11 minutes highly instructive video entertainment.
Included is a extra database with 50 examples where the most of these games cove excellent annotations.
Would like to share one these games with my readers:
Tiviakov,Sergei (2593) - Komliakov,Viktor (2435) [B07]
Arab Clubs Team Championsip Taiz (1), 15.05.2004
[Sergei Tiviakov]
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.c3 d6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bd3 0-0 6.0-0 Nbd7 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 e5 9.Nbd2 Qe8 10.Re1 Nh5 11.Nc4!? Bf6 [11...Nb6 12.Ne3 (12.dxe5N Nxc4 (12...dxe5 13.Ne3² 67/(138)(13.Qc2 Nf4 14.Bf1 Nxc4 15.Bxc4 Be6 16.Qb3 Nd3 17.Re2 Nc5 18.Qb4 b6 19.Bxe6 Qxe6 20.h3 g5 21.Bg3 Rfd8 22.Nd2 Rd3 23.Qc4 Rad8 24.Qxe6 Nxe6 25.Nc4 f6 26.Kf1 h5 27.Ne3 h4 28.Bh2 Bf8 29.g3 Kf7 30.Rae1 hxg3 31.fxg3 Nc5 32.Ng4 Rd2 33.Rf2 Rxf2+ 34.Nxf2 a5 35.Ke2 a4 36.Rd1 Bd6 37.Kf3 b5 38.h4 Rh8 39.Kg4 Kg6 40.Bg1 gxh4 41.gxh4 Nxe4 42.Nxe4 f5+ 43.Kg3 fxe4 44.Kg4 Rf8 45.Be3 Rf3 46.Re1 b4 47.cxb4 Bxb4 48.h5+ Kh7 ½-½ Sharif,M-Nalbandian,T/Fajr 1992/EXT 2004 (48)) ) 13.Bxc4 dxe5 14.Nd2 (14.Qb3 Bf6 15.Bxf6 Nxf6 16.a4 a5 17.h3 Qe7 18.Rad1 Kg7 19.Rd2 Re8 20.Bb5 ½-½ Tiviakov - Chatalbashev, St. Vincent (Italy) 2002) 14...Bf6 15.Bxf6 Nxf6 16.Qc2 Qe7 17.Rad1 Kg7 18.Nf1 h5 19.Ne3 c6= 20.Bf1 Be6 21.Bc4 Bc8 22.Bf1 h4 23.Nc4 h3 24.g3 Bg4 25.Be2 Rad8 26.Bxg4 Nxg4 27.Qe2 Nf6 28.Qe3 b5 29.Na5 Rxd1 30.Rxd1 Rd8 31.Rd3 c5 32.f3 Qc7 33.Rxd8 Qxd8 34.Nb7 Qd1+ 35.Kf2 Qh1 36.Ke2 Qxh2+ 37.Qf2 Qh1 38.Qf1 Nxe4 39.Qxh1 Nxg3+ 40.Kf2 Nxh1+ 41.Kg1 Ng3 42.Nxc5 Ne2+ 43.Kh2 Nf4 44.Na6 f5 45.Nc7 e4 46.fxe4 fxe4 47.Nxb5 e3 48.Nd4 e2 49.Nc2 Nd3 50.Kxh3 e1Q 51.Nxe1 Nxe1 52.b4 Nd3 53.Kg4 Kf6 0-1 Yakovich,Y-Akopian,V/Berlin 1996/CBM 54 ext/Inf 67/(138)) 12...Nf4 13.Bc2!?² Akopian, 67/(138)(13.Bf1 Be6 (13...Bd7 14.Bg3 (14.dxe5 dxe5 15.Nd2 Be6 16.c4 f6 17.Qc2 Nd7 18.Nd5 Rc8 19.f3 c6 20.Nxf4 exf4 21.c5 Ne5 22.Bf2 Rd8 23.Nb3 Rf7 24.Rad1 Rfd7 25.Rxd7 Rxd7 26.Nd4 Bf8 27.Be2 h5 28.b3 Kh7 29.Rd1 Bf7 30.h4 Qd8 31.b4 a6 32.a3 Qc7 33.Qc1 Bh6 34.Qc3 Qd8 35.Kf1 Qg8 36.Rc1 Bg7 37.a4 Qd8 38.b5 axb5 39.axb5 cxb5 40.Bxb5 Rc7 41.Ne2 Bh6 42.c6 Rxc6 43.Bxc6 bxc6 44.Bd4 Qe7 45.Ra1 Qe6 46.Ra7 Kg8 47.Qb4 Nxf3 48.gxf3 Qh3+ 49.Ke1 Qxf3 50.Qe7 1-0 Tiviakov,S-Hartoch,R/Dieren 2003/CBM 95 ext (50)) 14...Nh5 15.dxe5 dxe5 16.b3 Nxg3 17.hxg3 Qe7 18.a4 a5 19.Qc2 Rfd8 20.Nd2 h5 21.Ndc4 Nxc4 22.Bxc4 c6 23.Rad1 Bh6 24.Rd3 h4 25.gxh4 Qxh4 26.Red1 Be8 27.Qd2 Bg5 28.g3 Qh5 29.Qe1 Rxd3 30.Rxd3 Kg7 31.Qd1 Qxd1+ 32.Nxd1 Rd8 33.Nb2 Rxd3 34.Bxd3 Bd2 35.Nc4 Bxc3 36.Nd6 Bd7 37.Nxb7 Bb4 38.Bc4 Kf8 39.f4 f6 40.Nd8 Ke7 41.Nf7 exf4 42.gxf4 Bd2 43.Nh8 Be8 44.f5 gxf5 45.exf5 Bh5 46.Ng6+ Kd6 47.Nf8 Bc3 48.Ne6 Bg4 49.Bd3 Bd1 50.Bc4 Bc2 51.Nf4 Bxf5 52.Nd3 Be4 53.Kf2 Bd4+ 54.Ke2 f5 55.Nf4 Be5 56.Nd3 Bg7 57.Ke3 Bh6+ 58.Kd4 c5+ 59.Kc3 Be3 60.Ne1 Bf2 61.Nd3 Bg3 62.Kd2 Bh4 63.Ke2 Bg5 64.Kf2 f4 65.Ne1 Bh4+ 66.Kf1 Bxe1 67.Kxe1 Bd5 0-1 Martinez Torho,J-Villavicencio Martinez,A/Las Palmas 1995/EXT 98 (67)) 14.dxe5 dxe5 15.a4 a5 16.Nd2 f6 17.Qc2 Qc6 18.f3 Rfd8 19.Bf2 Bf8 20.Bb5 Qd6 21.Red1 Qe7 ½-½ Rodriguez,O-Tal,M/Barcelona 54/(111) 1992) ;
11...Nf4 12.Bf1 (12.Bc2 Nb6 13.Ne3 Be6 14.d5 Bc8 15.b4 a5 16.a3 Bd7 17.c4 axb4 18.axb4 Rxa1 19.Qxa1 Qa8 20.c5 Qxa1 21.Rxa1 Ra8 22.Rxa8+ Nxa8 23.Be7 Bf8 24.cxd6 cxd6 25.Bd8 Bb5 26.g3 Nd3 27.Bxd3 Bxd3 28.Nd2 f5 29.exf5 gxf5 30.f4 exf4 31.gxf4 Kf7 32.Ndc4 Be7 33.Bxe7 Kxe7 34.Na5 b6 35.Nc6+ Kf6 36.Nd4 Nc7 37.Kf2 Be4 38.Kg3 ½-½ Giessmann,S-Stickler,R/Bayern 2001/EXT 2003 (38)) 12...Kh8 (12...f5 13.exf5 e4 14.fxg6 Qxg6 15.Nfd2 Nh3+ 16.Kh1 Nxf2+ 17.Bxf2 Rxf2 18.Rxe4 Nf6 19.Re3 Ng4 20.Rg3 Qh5 21.h3 Qh4 22.Rxg4 Bxg4 23.Qxg4 Qxg4 24.hxg4 b5 25.Kg1 Rf4 26.Ne3 Re8 27.Nd5 1-0 Maki Uuro,M-Keskinen,S/Salo 2000/EXT 2002 (27); 12...a5 13.a4 b6 14.dxe5 dxe5 15.b4 Bb7 16.Nfd2 axb4 17.cxb4 Ne6 18.a5 b5 19.Na3 c6 20.Nc2 Nb8 21.Nf3 Na6 22.Ra3 f6 23.Rd3 Rd8 24.Bg3 Qf7 25.Ree3 h5 26.Rxd8 Rxd8 27.Rd3 Rxd3 28.Qxd3 Qe7 29.Nh4 Kh7 30.Qe3 Bc8 31.Qb6 Qc7 32.Qe3 Bf8 33.Qf3 Qf7 34.Qc3 Bd7 35.Be2 Qe7 36.Qf3 Ng5 37.Qd3 Be8 38.Bxh5 gxh5 39.Nf5 Qd7 40.Qe2 Bg6 0-1 Wengenroth,W-Bosboom,M/Germany 2001/CBM 82 ext (40)) 13.a4 f6 14.a5 a6 15.Bg3 Nh5 16.Ne3 Nxg3 17.hxg3 Nb8 18.Nd5 Qd8 19.Be2 Be6 20.Bc4 Nc6 ½-½ Johansen,D-Tian,K/Mingara NSW 2000/CBM 74 ext (20);
11...Ndf6 12.a4 Bg4 13.dxe5 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 dxe5 15.Bf1 Qe6 16.Rad1 Rad8 17.b4 Rd7 18.Rxd7 Nxd7 19.Na5 Nb6 20.Nxb7 Qc6 21.Nc5 Nxa4 22.Nxa4 Qxa4 23.Bc4 Nf4 24.Be7 Re8 25.Bc5 Ne6 26.h4 h5 27.Rd1 Kh7 28.Be3 a5 29.Qe2 Re7 30.bxa5 Qxa5 31.Qb2 Qa4 32.Qb3 Qxb3 33.Bxb3 Bh6 34.Bxh6 Kxh6 35.Bxe6 Rxe6 36.Rd7 g5 37.hxg5+ Kxg5 38.Rxf7 Rc6 39.Rf5+ Kg6 40.Rxe5 Rxc3 41.f3 c5 42.Kh2 c4 43.Rc5 Rc1 44.Kg3 c3 45.Kf4 h4 46.Rc6+ Kf7 47.Kf5 Rg1 48.Rxc3 Rxg2 49.e5 h3 50.e6+ Ke7 51.Rc7+ Kd6 52.Rd7+ Kc6 53.Rd1 Re2 54.f4 h2 55.Kf6 Rd2 56.Rc1+ Kd6 57.e7 Kd7 58.Kf7 Re2 59.Rd1+ 1-0 Kochyev,A-Krassilnikov,E/St Petersburg 2001/CBM 82 ext (59)] 12.Bxf6 Nhxf6 13.b4 Kg7N [13...Nh7 14.Qd2 (14.a4!?) 14...Kg7 15.Rad1 (15.a4!?) 15...Qe7 16.dxe5 Nxe5 17.Nfxe5 dxe5 18.Qe3 Nf6 19.Bc2 Bd7 20.Bb3 b6 21.f4 exf4 22.Qxf4 Be6 23.e5 Nd5 24.Qg3 Qg5 25.Qxg5 hxg5 26.Rd3 a5 27.bxa5 bxa5 28.Nd2 Rfd8 29.Ne4 a4 30.Bc4 Nf4 31.Rxd8 Rxd8 32.Bxe6 Nxe6 33.Kf2 Rd5 34.Nf6 Rb5 35.g3 a3 36.Re2 Rc5 37.Re3 Rb5 38.Re2 Rc5 39.Re3 Nd8 40.Ke2 Nc6 41.Ne8+ Kf8 42.Nxc7 Nxe5 43.Na6 Ra5 44.Nb4 Ng4 45.Rd3 Re5+ 46.Kd2 Nxh2 47.c4 Nf1+ 48.Kc3 f5 49.Nc2 g4 50.Kb4 Re2 51.Nxa3 f4 52.Rd4 f3 53.c5 Nxg3 54.c6 Nf5 55.c7 Ne7 56.Rd8+ Kg7 57.Rd7 f2 58.c8Q f1Q 59.Qc3+ Qf6 60.Nc2 Qxc3+ 61.Kxc3 Kf6 62.Kd3 Re6 63.Rd4 Kg5 64.Re4 Rd6+ 65.Ke2 Nf5 66.Rc4 Kh4 67.Ne1 Kh3 68.Nd3 g3 69.Nf4+ Kh2 70.Kf3 Nd4+ 71.Kg4 g2 72.Nxg2 Kxg2 73.a4 Kf2 74.a5 Nb3 75.Rc2+ Kg1 76.Ra2 Ra6 77.Rb2 Nxa5 78.Ra2 Kf1 79.Kg5 Ke1 80.Kh6 Kd1 81.Rg2 Nc4 82.Rxg6 Rxg6+ 83.Kxg6 ½-½ Westerinen,H-Short,N/Hamburg 1981/MCD (83)] 14.a4 Nh7 15.a5 ? 15...Ng5 16.Nfd2 Ne6 [16...Nf6!? .£e7, .¥d7] 17.Nb3 Qe7 [17...Nf4 18.Bf1 Nf6²] 18.Bf1 h5 19.Ne3 Nf6 [19...c6 20.d5±] 20.Nd5 Qd8 [20...Nxd5 21.exd5 Nf4 22.dxe5 dxe5 23.Qd2!?²] 21.Ra2!? (.¦d2, 'd) 21...c6 22.Nxf6 Qxf6 23.d5 [23.a6 b6 24.d5 cxd5 25.exd5² (25.Qxd5 Nc7 26.Qc6 Qe7÷) ] 23...cxd5 [23...Nc7 24.c4±] 24.exd5 [24.Qxd5 Nc7² .¥e6] 24...Ng5 [24...Nf4 25.c4²] 25.c4 h4 26.Re3!? (×f3) [26.h3] 26...Qf4 [26...h3 27.g3] 27.h3 Bd7? [¹27...Bf5 .28.Qe1 (×b4) 28...Rad8² ×d5] 28.Qe1 Rac8 [28...b6 29.c5 bxc5 30.bxc5±] 29.c5± e4 [29...Rfe8 30.a6 b6 31.c6±] 30.a6 b6 31.c6 Bxh3?! [31...Bf5 32.Nd4 Qe5 33.Qc3±] 32.Qc3+ Kg8 33.Rxh3 Nxh3+ 34.Qxh3+- Rce8 35.Qe3 Qf5 36.Bc4 g5 37.Nd4 Qg6 38.c7 Rc8 39.Nb5 f5 40.Nxa7 Rxc7 41.Nc6 f4 42.Qxb6 Rcf7 43.Ne5 1-0.
Conclusion: This is super instructive material!

The Beasty Botvinnik Variation in the Semi-Slav!
by  Erwin l'Ami

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 highly regarded Dutch grandmaster Erwin I’Ami covers here a microscopic coverage of the Botvinnik Semi-Slav {Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Nbd7 11.exf6 Bb7 12.g3 Qb6},where black creates immediate imbalance by establishing a big queenside majority!
This all is deeply covered in three files as 23 video files plus extra interactive test sections and exercise files,to see if you have learned from our great master of attack!
Included is a extra database from 100 entries where many of these games are analysed plus a extra heavy loaded analysis file,all well packed in 6 hours and 26 minutes highly instructive video entertainment!
A fine example of play is: Shirov,Alexei (2710) - Piket,Jeroen (2670) [D44]
Aruba m Aruba (4), 1995 [EA] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Nbd7 11.exf6 Bb7 12.g3 c5 13.d5 Qb6 14.Bg2 0-0-0 15.0-0 b4 16.Na4 Qd6!? 1 17.dxe6 [17.Bf4 e5 18.Be3 Bh6 19.Qc1] 17...Qxe6 18.Re1 Ne5!N 19.Qxd8+ [19.Bxb7+ Kxb7 20.Qe2 (20.Qxd8 Nf3+ 21.Kg2 Qc6!) 20...Qh3 21.Qe4+ (21.Qxe5 Qxh2+ 22.Kf1 Qh3+ 23.Ke2 Qg4+ 24.Kf1 Qh3+=) 21...Ka6 2 22.Qh1! (22.Qg2 Qxg2+ 23.Kxg2 Nd3 24.Re4 Kb5!µ) 22...Qxh2+ 23.Qxh2 Nf3+ 24.Kg2 Nxh2 25.a3 Rh5 26.Be3 Kb5 27.axb4 cxb4 28.Rh1f] 19...Kxd8 20.Bxb7 3 20...Kc7? [20...Bd6!?;
20...Qf5! 21.Rxe5 Qxe5 22.Rd1+ Kc7 23.Bf4 Qxf4 24.gxf4 Kxb7"] 21.Bg2 Qd7 22.Bf4! Qxa4 23.Bxe5+ Kb6 24.Rad1 Rh5 25.Rd8 Rxe5T 26.Rxe5 c3 27.bxc3 bxc3 28.Rb8+ Ka5 29.Rxf8 Qd1+ 30.Bf1 Qd6 [30...c2 31.Rxc5+] 31.Rfe8 c2 32.Re1 Qd1 33.R8e7! Kb6 [33...c1Q Marin 34.Rxd1 Qxd1 35.Rxa7+ Kb6 36.Rxf7 c4 37.Re7 c3 38.f7 Qf3 39.Re3 Qxf7 40.Rxc3+- Qxa2] 34.h4! c1Q 35.Rxd1 Qxd1 36.Rxf7 c4 [36...Qa1 Marin 37.h5 Qxa2 38.Rd7 Qe6 39.f7 Qf6] 37.Re7 c3 38.f7 Qf3 39.Rb7+! [39.Re3 Qxf7 40.Rxc3 Qxa2] 39...Kc5 [39...Qxb7 40.f8Q c2 41.Qb4+ Kc7 42.Qf4++-;
39...Kxb7 Marin 40.Bg2] 40.Rc7+ Kd6 41.Bg2 Qd1+ [41...Qxf7 Marin 42.Rxf7 c2 43.Rf6+ Kd7 44.Rc6] 42.Kh2 Kxc7 43.f8Q c2 4 44.Qf4+ Kb6 45.Bf3! [45.Bf3 Qb1 46.Be4+-] 1-0.
Conclusion: This is a very important coverage of the Botvinnik Semi-Slav!

The Sniper by  Charlie Storey
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 English Fide master Charles Storey provides the user of this DVD with a dangerous and life time weapon universal weapon against all white moves, the
so called Sniper is a very flexible set-up as we can see for example can see in the so called Bermuda Triangle that runs with
the moves: 1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.d5 e5 5.e4 d6 6.Bd3 Ne7 7.h4 h5 8.Qc2 0-0 9.Nf3 Bg4.
But there are on this DVD many more strategies and possibilities and one of my favourite lines
is: Docx,Stefan (2488) - Danielsen,Henrik (2502) [A43]
EU-chT (Men) 19th Warsaw (8.16), 16.11.2013
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.d5 d6 5.h3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Nf6 7.Bd3 Qa5 8.Nf3 c4 9.Be2 Nxe4 10.Bb2 Qb6
11.Qd4 Qxd4 12.Nxd4 Nd7 13.Bxc4 Nb6 14.Bd3 Na4 15.Bxe4 Nxb2 16.Rb1 Na4 17.Kd2 Bd7 18.Rhe1 Nb6
19.Bd3 Kd8 20.c4 Rc8 21.Rb4 Rc5 22.Nb3 Rc7 23.Nd4 Na4 24.c3 Nc5 25.f4 Re8 26.g4 e6 27.Nf3 f6
28.dxe6 Nxe6 29.f5 Nf4 30.Rxe8+ Bxe8 31.Nd4 g5 32.h4 h6 33.Be4 Kc8 34.h5 b6 35.Bd5 Rc5 36.Be6+ Kc7
37.Bg8 Bd7 38.Rb1 Re5 39.Ra1 Re4 40.a4 a5 41.Be6 Bxe6 42.fxe6 Nxe6 43.Nf5 Rxg4 44.Ne3 Rh4 45.Nd5+ Kd8
46.Nxf6 Nc5 47.Re1 Rh2+ 48.Kd1 Nxa4 49.Re8+ Kc7 50.Nd5+ Kd7 51.Re7+ Kd8 52.Re6 Nb2+ 53.Kc1 Nxc4 54.Rxh6 Kd7
 55.Rg6 Kc6 56.Rxg5 Ne5 57.Ne7+ Kc5 58.Ng6 Kc4 59.Nxe5+ dxe5 60.Rxe5 Kxc3 61.Kb1 Kc4 62.Rg5 b5 63.Rg4+ Kb3 64.Rg3+ Ka4 65.Rg5 b4 0-1,
this all and more is well packed with 94 video file plus extra included test sections.
Extra databases,internet games and more!
The video time is more than impressive with it’s 8 hour and 34 minutes!
Conclusion: I have never seen such a impressive work before!

Fritz 16 - English Version
Price Euro 69.90
System requirements:Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9 and internet access.
PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet access.
System requirements for ChessBase Account: Internet access and up-to-date browser, e.g. Chrome, Safari. Runs on Windows, OS X, iOS, Android and Linux.

The new Fritz 16 is eye catching packed with a complete new interface  and it is the perfect tool for someone that wants to play direct games
against a computer engine, computer assisted analysis or who enjoys having a  easier access to Playchess.Fritz 16 opens all the functions you need
with a simple click of your mouse.

Included are easy database tools to make your own databases, and computer assisted studies.
It is fun to see your elo rating going up or down when you are in  struggle with Fritz,yes even grandmaster have a hard time against him!
But Fritz 16 shows you the combinations you might have missed and that makes him the perfect chess teacher!
Fritz now annotates and analyses as you are playing with him.
It comes all with a 6-month ChessBase Premium Account,where you have full access to the world of the ChessBase Web Apps also for iPads, Android Tablets
and Smartphones!
Conclusion: Fritz16 is your  perfect playing companion!

ChessBase Magazine issue 181
December/Januar 2017
ISSN 1432-8992
Price Euro 19.95

This latest Chessbase Magazine comes with a impressive Tournament file of 936 entries,plus Isle of Man 704 entries, where many of these games cover
excellent annotations, a fine example is:
Eljanov,Pavel (2734) - Carlsen,Magnus (2827) [B00] IoM Masters Douglas (6), 28.09.2017
1.Nf3 b6!? After 1.d4 g6 and 1.e4 î?¨c6 in the previous rounds, Carlsen goes for another non-standard opening. [1...b5 2.e4 Bb7 3.Bxb5!? Bxe4 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d4 e6 6.c4 Be7 7.Nc3 Bb7 8.d5 0-0 9.Bf4 Na6 10.Re1 Qc8 11.Nd4 Bb4 12.Bg5 Ne8 13.Re3 (13.Qa4!±) 13...c6 (13...e5!?²) 14.Bxa6 Bxa6 15.Qh5 f6 16.Rh3 fxg5 17.Qxh7+ Kf7 18.Qh5+ Kg8 19.Qh7+ Kf7 20.Ne4 Bxc4 21.Qh5+ Ke7 22.Qxg5+ Kf7 23.Qh5+ Ke7 24.Qg5+ Kf7 25.dxe6+ dxe6 26.Nf3 Kg8 27.Qh4 Rxf3 28.Qh7+ 1-0, Kramnik,V (2791)-Carlsen,M (2823) Moscow rpd 2011 This is certainly a game Carlsen isn't willing to cherish - check the notes by Marin in CBM 144. Therefore this time he chooses a more modest version of the queenside fianchetto.] 2.e4 The most principled reaction, which attempts to profit from Black's chosen move order. [2.d4 Bb7 3.c4 e6 might transpose into a Queen's Indian, while;
2.c4 Bb7 3.Nc3 Nf6 could still lead to a Hedgehog English as well.;
Surprisingly, the most often played move in this position is 2.g3 , which hardly attempts to refute Black's setup: 2...Bb7 3.Bg2 After 3...e6 (An interesting independent option is 3...e5!? 4.c4 (4.d3 g6 can be similar.) 4...g6 5.0-0 (5.d4 exd4 6.Qxd4 Nf6 7.Nc3 Bg7 8.0-0 Nc6 9.Qe3+ Qe7 10.Qxe7+ Kxe7 11.Bg5 Na5 12.Nd2 Bxg2 13.Kxg2 Ke6 14.Rac1 h6 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Nd5 Bxb2 17.Nxc7+ Kd6 18.Nxa8 Bxc1 19.c5+ Ke7 20.Rxc1 Rxa8 21.cxb6 axb6 22.Rc3 Nc6= Topalov,V (2801)-Aronian,L (2752) Monte Carlo rpd 2006) 5...Bg7 6.Nc3 Ne7 7.e4 c5 8.a3 0-0 9.d3 h6 10.b4 d6 11.Rb1 Nd7 12.Nd5 Kh7 13.Nh4 Rb8 14.Bh3 Bc8 15.Ng2 Nf6 16.Bxc8 Rxc8 17.bxc5 bxc5 18.Nxe7 Qxe7 19.Qa4 Rc7 20.Qa6 Rfc8 21.Bd2 Rc6 22.Qa4 h5 23.Rb5 Bh6= Shchekachev,A (2555)-Degraeve,J (2551) Saint-Quentin 2015) 4.0-0 Nf6 play can again transpose into the aforementioned openings, with an extra option being a King's Indian Attack setup 5.d3!? d5 6.Nbd2 Be7 7.e4] 2...Bb7 3.Nc3 e6 4.d4 Bb4 [Attemtpting a Hippo with 4...g6 allows the unpleasant 5.Bg5!? Be7 6.Be3 d6 7.Bd3 Nd7 8.Qd2 a6 9.0-0-0 b5 10.Kb1 Nb6 11.h4 Nf6 12.e5 Nfd5 13.Ne4 h5 14.Bg5± Kramnik,V (2801)-McShane,L (2706) Moscow blitz 2012;
4...Nf6 5.e5 (5.Bd3 Bb4 transposes to the game) 5...Ne4 6.Nxe4 (6.Bd3 Bb4 see below) 6...Bxe4 7.Bg5 (7.Bd3!? Bxd3 8.Qxd3 î?£) 7...Be7 8.Bxe7 Qxe7 9.Nd2 Bb7 10.Qg4 f5 11.Qh5+ g6 12.Qh6 Nc6 13.c3 0-0-0 14.f4 Rdg8 15.Nf3 Nd8 16.Ng5 Qg7 17.Qxg7 Rxg7 18.h4 Rhg8 19.Kf2 h6 20.Nf3 Nf7 21.Rh2 g5 22.hxg5 hxg5f Zezulkin,J (2530)-Stocek,J (2537) CZE 2001] 5.Bd3 Nf6 [5...Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 d6 7.0-0 Nd7 8.Re1 (8.Bg5 Ne7 (8...f6 9.Be3 Qe7 10.Nd2 Qf7 11.c4 Ne7 12.Nb3 0-0 13.f3 f5 14.Qe2 Qg6 15.Nd2 Nf6 16.exf5 exf5 17.Rae1 Rae8 18.Qd1 Qh5 19.c3 Ng6 20.Qc2 Bc8 21.Re2 Re7 22.Rfe1 Rfe8 23.Nf1 Alekseev,E (2636)-Rozum,I (2590) Sochi blitz 2016 23...f4!=) 9.Nd2 h6 10.Qh5 0-0 11.Bh4 Qe8 12.f4 f6 13.Qxe8 Raxe8 14.a4 a5 15.Bc4 d5 16.Bb5 Bc6 17.Bxc6 Nxc6 18.f5 exf5 19.exd5 Ne7 20.c4 f4! 21.Bf2 Nf5" /î?®, Kramnik,V (2784)-Ivanchuk,V (2731) Tromsoe 2013) 8...Ne7 9.a4 a5 10.e5! Bxf3?! (10...dxe5 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.Rxe5²) 11.Qxf3 dxe5 12.dxe5 Ng6 13.Ba3 c5 14.Rad1 Ra7 15.Bb5 Qc8 16.Qd3 Qc7 17.Qe4 Qc8 18.f4 0-0 19.Rd6 Ne7 20.Red1 Nd5 21.Qf3 Nb8 22.c4+- Sergejev,R (2349)-Psakhis,L (2598) ICC blitz 2001;
5...Ne7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Ne2! f5 8.Ng3 fxe4 9.Nxe4 Nf5 10.c3 Bd6 11.Nxd6 cxd6 12.Re1 Na6 13.d5 (13.Ng5!f) 13...Nc5" 14.c4 Qf6 15.Bc2 b5!÷ Hansen,E (2573)-Antipov,M (2569) Berlin blitz 2015] 6.Qe2 The most natural move, but White has other alternatives. [6.Nd2!? is tricky, the î?¥ aims directly for g4 or h5. White should get at least a slight initiative: ¹6...0-0 a) 6...d5 7.e5 Nfd7 (7...Ne4 8.Qg4 Kf8 (8...Nxc3 9.Qxg7 Rf8 10.a3±) 9.Ncxe4!? (9.Bxe4 dxe4 10.Ncxe4 h5 11.Qf4 Bxd2+ 12.Nxd2 Nc6 (12...Bxg2 13.Rg1 Bb7 14.c3 Nc6 15.b3 Ne7 16.Ba3 Rg8 17.Rg5 g6 18.0-0-0± Saint Amour,P (1963)-Garibaldi,L (1876) email 2002) 13.c3 Ne7 14.Nf3 Ng6 15.Qe3 h4 16.h3 Rh5 17.0-0 Qd5 18.Qe2 c5 19.Be3 Qe4" Buss,R (2318)-Filipovic,B (2425) Switzerland 2004) 9...dxe4 10.Bxe4 Bxd2+ 11.Bxd2 Qxd4 12.f3 Qxb2 (12...Bxe4 13.0-0-0,) 13.0-0? î?') 8.0-0 (8.Qg4!?) 8...c5 9.Qg4 g6 10.Nb5 cxd4 11.Nf3 Nc6 12.Qf4 Bc5 13.Re1 Ba6 14.a3 Bxb5 15.Bxb5 Qc7 16.b4 Be7 17.Bb2 0-0 18.Nxd4 Nxd4 19.Bxd4 a6 20.Bd3 f5 21.c3 Nb8 22.h4² Kramnik,V (2803)-Andreikin,D (2713) Moscow 2013;
b) 6...c5 7.dxc5 (7.Nb5 cxd4 8.e5 Nd5 î?� 9.a3 Be7 10.Ne4 0-0 11.Qh5 g6 12.Qh6 Nc6 13.Ng5 Bxg5 14.Bxg5 Qb8 15.f4 Nxe5!©) 7...Bxc5 (7...Bxc3 8.bxc3 bxc5 9.e5 Bxg2 10.Rg1 Bc6 11.Rxg7 d5 12.exf6 Qxf6 13.Rg3 Qxc3 14.Rb1 Qe5+ 15.Kf1+- Kulik,V-Woods,R email 2003) 8.e5 Nd5 9.Qg4 (9.Nce4f) 9...0-0 10.Nxd5 exd5 11.Nf3 Re8 12.0-0 Nc6 13.Bh6 Bf8 14.Rfe1 Re6 15.Bg5 Qc7 16.Bf4 h6 17.Bf5 Ne7 18.Bxe6 dxe6 19.Nd4 Ng6 20.Bg3 Bc5 21.c3± Buss,R (2303)-Scherer,M (2305) Germany 2005; 7.0-0 (7.e5!?) 7...Nc6 8.e5!? (8.Ne2 Nh5 9.c3 Be7 10.f4 f5 11.exf5 exf5 12.Kh1 g6 13.b3 Bf6 14.Ba3 d6 15.Qc2 Qd7 16.Rae1 Nd8 17.c4 Ne6 18.d5 Nc5 19.Ng3 Nxg3+ 20.hxg3 c6f Beckhuis,G (2303)-Polak,T (2507) Austria 2010) 8...Ne8 (8...Bxc3 9.bxc3 Nd5 10.Ne4) 9.Ne2 Be7 10.c3 d6 (10...Na5 11.Nf4 c5 12.Qh5 h6 13.Rd1 Qc7 14.Nf3 cxd4 15.cxd4 d6 16.Bd2 Nc6 17.Rac1 Rc8 18.d5!+- Tiedemann,J (2097)-Strohmeier,J (1962) email 2012) 11.Nf3²;
6.e5 Ne4 and now: Black is OK after 7.Bd2 (The pawn sacrifice 7.0-0 is rather vague after 7...Nxc3 8.bxc3 Bxc3 (8...Be7 9.Nd2 d6 10.Qg4 g6 11.Ne4 dxe5 12.dxe5 Nc6 13.Rd1 Qd5 14.Ba6 Nxe5 15.Rxd5 Nxg4 16.Bxb7 exd5 17.Bxa8 dxe4 18.Bc6+ Kf8 19.h3 Ne5 20.Bh6+ Kg8 21.Bxe4 Bf8 22.Bf4 Bd6 23.Bh6 Bf8 ½, Akopian,V (2655)-Speelman,J (2600) Elista 1998) 9.Rb1 Nc6 (9...d6 10.Rb3 Ba5 11.Bg5 Qd7 12.Qe2 Nc6 13.d5 Nxe5 14.Nxe5 dxe5 15.Bb5 c6 16.dxe6 Qxe6 17.Bc4 Qf5 18.Bxf7+! Kd7 Simonian,H (2468)-Nakamura,H (2774) ICC blitz 2011 19.Rd1+ Kc7 20.Be7+-) 10.Be4 (10.Bg5 Ne7 11.Be2 (11.Rb3 Bxf3 12.Qxf3 Bxd4 13.Bxe7 Kxe7³) 11...h6 12.Bh4 g5 13.Bg3 Nf5 14.Qd3 Ba5 15.Nd2 h5 16.f3 Nxg3 17.hxg3 Bxd2 18.Qxd2 Qe7 19.a4 h4 20.g4 ½-½ (66) Rublevsky,S (2676)-Bacrot,E (2695) Moscow 2007 20...0-0-0µ (20...h3!?) ) 10...d5 11.exd6 cxd6 12.Rb3 (12.d5 Popovic,A (2255)-Markovic,M (2269) Belgrade 2017 12...Ne7!µ) 12...d5 13.Bxh7 Bxd4÷ /î?®) 7...Nxd2 8.Qxd2 Bxf3!? 9.gxf3 Nc6 10.Be4 f5 11.Bxc6 (11.exf6 Qxf6 12.a3 d5 13.axb4 dxe4 14.Nxe4 Qxf3 15.Ng3 0-0-0 16.c3 e5 17.b5 exd4 18.bxc6 dxc3 19.Qxc3 Qg2 20.Rf1 Rhe8+ 21.Ne2 Qe4 22.Qh3+ Kb8-+ Houska,M (2385)-Baker,C (2340) Newport 1998) 11...dxc6 12.a3 Be7 13.Rg1 g5 14.0-0-0 Qd7 15.Qe2 0-0-0 16.Kb1 Kb8 17.Na2 Rhg8 18.c4 Rg6= Velikic,A (2107)-Meszaros,A (2250) Novi Sad 2014;
6.Bg5 h6 7.Bxf6 Qxf6 8.0-0 Bxc3 (8...g5 9.Nb5 Qd8 10.c3 Be7 11.a4 g4 12.Nd2 Rg8 13.f4 a6 14.Na3 c5 15.Nc2 cxd4 16.cxd4 Nc6 17.Qe2 Qb8 18.e5 h5 19.f5 Qa7 20.Rac1 0-0-0 21.b4 Kb8 22.b5 axb5 23.axb5 Na5 24.Ra1 Bd5 25.fxe6 fxe6 26.Rf7 Rde8 27.Ne3± Shchekachev,A (2592)-Bacrot,E (2708) Calatrava rpd 2006) 9.bxc3 d6 (9...d5 10.exd5 (10.e5 Qe7÷) 10...Bxd5 11.Ne5 0-0 12.Qh5 Qd8 13.c4 Bb7 14.d5 Qd6 15.Rae1 exd5 16.Qf5 g6 17.Qh3 Kg7? (¹17...h5 î?� 18.Nxg6 fxg6 19.Re6 Bc8!) 18.Nxf7! Kxf7 19.Qxh6 Rg8 20.f4 (20.Re3!,) 20...Nd7 21.f5 Rh8 22.fxg6+ Kg8 23.Qf4 Qxf4÷ ½, Kramnik,V (2725)-Ehlvest,J (2600) Moscow olm 1994) 10.Nd2 e5 11.f4 exf4 (11...Qe7 12.fxe5 dxe5 13.Nc4 Nd7 14.Ne3²) 12.g3 g5 13.a4 Nc6 14.Qe2 0-0-0 (14...Ne7 15.a5 Ng6 16.h4 Rg8 17.h5 Ne7 18.Ba6 Bc6 19.d5 Bd7 20.axb6 axb6 21.Bb5 Ra5 22.Bxd7+ Kxd7 23.Rxa5 bxa5 24.Qb5+ Kd8= Taylor,T (2344)-Rooms,T (2343) email 2011) 15.a5 Nxa5 16.Ba6 Bxa6 17.Qxa6+ Kd7 18.Nc4 Nxc4 19.Qb5+ Ke7 20.Qxc4 Qe6 21.Qxc7+ Rd7 22.Qc6 h5 23.gxf4 gxf4 24.Rxf4 Rg8+ 25.Kh1 Rg4= Spassky,B (2605)-Miles,A (2585) Niksic 1983] 6...d5 7.exd5 This opens up the position. [7.e5 Ne4 gives Black reasonable counterplay: 8.Bd2 (8.0-0 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Bxc3 10.Rb1 Nc6 11.Be3 (11.Qe3 Bb4 12.Qf4 h6 13.Bb5 Be7 14.Qg4 g6 15.c3 Qd7 16.Ne1 a6 17.Ba4 b5 18.Bd1 Na5 19.Nd3 Qc6 20.Qe2 Qxc3 (20...Nc4³; 20...Kf8³) 21.Bd2 Qa3 22.Bc1 Qc3 23.Bd2 Qa3 24.Bc1= ½, Nakamura,H (2798)-Gareev,T (2604) Saint Louis 2015) 11...Nb4 (11...Bb4 12.Ng5 Be7 13.Qg4 g6 14.c3 Qd7 15.h4 h5 16.Qf3 Bxg5 17.Bxg5 Ne7 18.Qf6 Rh7 19.f3 Ng8 20.Qf4f Kosic,D (2521)-Filipovic,B (2435) Jahorina 2000) 12.Bb5+ c6 13.a3 cxb5 14.axb4 Qd7 15.Rb3 Rc8 16.Bd2 Bxd2 17.Qxd2 Rc4 18.Ra1 a6 19.Ne1 Qe7 20.Rab1 0-0 21.Rg3 f5 22.exf6 Qxf6 23.c3 e5 24.Nd3 e4 25.Ne5© /=, Radjabov,T (2792)-Ivanchuk,V (2771) Eilat 2012) 8...Bxc3 (8...Nxd2 9.Qxd2 Be7 10.h4 Ba6 11.Qf4 Bxd3 12.cxd3 c5 13.0-0 Nc6 14.Ne2 Nb4 15.Rfd1 c4 16.dxc4 dxc4 17.d5 exd5 18.Qg4 g6 19.Nf4 Qc8 20.Qg3 Qf5 21.a3 Nd3 22.Nxd3 cxd3 23.Nd4 Qe4 24.Qxd3 Qxe5 25.Nc6 Qf6 26.Nxe7 Kxe7 27.Re1+ Kf8 28.Qxd5 Rd8 29.Qe5 Kg7 30.Rac1 Rhe8= Berg,E (2527)-Blatny,P (2475) Bermuda 2003) 9.bxc3 c5!? (9...Nxd2 10.Nxd2 c5 11.Qg4 (11.dxc5 Nd7©) 11...0-0") 10.dxc5 Nxc5 11.h4 Nbd7 12.Rh3 Qc7 13.Kf1 Ne4 14.Re1 Nxe5 15.Nxe5 Qxe5 16.Bb5+ Kf8 17.Bc1 Rc8 18.Bd3 Bachmann,A (2646)-Donchenko,A (2563) Chartres 2017 18...Qf6÷ /î?®] 7...Qxd5!? Black wants to retain the î?¨ on f6 to defend his kingside. [The text move is stronger than 7...Nxd5 8.0-0! (8.Bd2 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Be7 10.0-0 0-0 11.a4 Nd7 12.a5 Bd6 13.a6 Bc6 14.Ng5 Nf6 15.f3 Qd7 16.Rae1 Rae8 17.f4 Qc8 18.Nf3 Bxf3 19.Qxf3 c5 20.Bb5 Re7 21.Qd3 Rc7" Highendman,R (2766)-Kirbyy,R (2723) blitz 3m + 0s, rated 2009) 8...0-0 (8...Nxc3 9.bxc3 Bxc3 10.Rb1? Nd7 (10...0-0? 11.Bxh7+ Kxh7 12.Ng5++-) 11.Rb3 Ba5 (11...Bxf3 12.Qxf3 Bxd4 13.Rd1±) 12.Ba3 Qf6 13.Ba6 Bxa6 14.Qxa6 c6 15.Qb7 Qd8 16.Qxc6 Rc8 17.Qb5 Qc7 18.Qg5 Qd8 19.Qxg7 Qf6 20.Qg3± kulgan,h (2566)-knowware,r (2356) Engine Room 2011) 9.Nxd5 Qxd5 (9...exd5 10.c3 Bd6 11.Ne5f) 10.c4 Qh5 11.Be4 (11.c5!?±) 11...Bxe4 12.Qxe4 c6 13.Bf4 Qg6 14.Qxg6 hxg6 15.c5 bxc5 16.a3 Ba5 17.dxc5 Nd7 18.b4 Bd8 19.Rfd1 Nf6 20.Bd6 Re8 21.Ne5 Rc8 22.Nc4 Nd5 23.Be5 Bc7 24.Bd6 Red8 25.g3 Bxd6 26.Nxd6² Werle,J (2527)-Jonkman,H (2402) Haarlem 2017] 8.0-0 [8.Bd2 Bxc3 9.bxc3 (9.Bxc3 Nbd7 10.0-0 Ne4 11.Bxe4 Qxe4 12.Qxe4 Bxe4 13.Ne1 Nf6 14.f3 Bg6 15.b3 0-0-0 16.Rf2 Rd7 17.Bb2 Rhd8 18.Re2 Kb7 19.Kf2 a5 20.a4 Nd5 21.g3 Nb4 22.c3 Nc6 23.g4 f6 24.f4 h5 25.h3 hxg4 26.hxg4 Bf7³ Mikhalchishin,A (2535)-Gurgenidze,B (2490) Volgodonsk 1981) 9...Nbd7 10.c4 Qd6 11.0-0 0-0-0 (More circumspect is 11...0-0 12.Bc3 c5÷) 12.a4 c5 13.Ne5 Rhf8 14.Nxd7 (14.a5! Qxd4 15.Nxd7 Nxd7 16.Rfe1©) 14...Nxd7 15.dxc5 Nxc5 16.a5 e5?! (16...Nxd3 17.cxd3 Qxd3 18.Qxd3 Rxd3 19.Be3 bxa5=) 17.Bf5+ Kb8 18.Bc3 f6 19.axb6 axb6 20.Bxh7 g6 21.f3 Ne6 22.Qd3 Rh8 23.Bxg6 Nf4 ½, Drazic,S (2441)-Ipatov,A (2635) Al Ain 2013 24.Qxd6+ Rxd6 25.Bb4!±] 8...Bxc3 9.bxc3 Nbd7 Flexible development. We have reached an interesting position, in which White has the bishop pair and active piece play, but Black's setup is solid and once he is fully consolidated, he can profit from his better pawn structure. [9...0-0 is also possible. By attacking the î?©c7 White can force Black to either open the position with an early c5 before he is fully developed, or put the other î?¦ on c8. However, in practice White hasn't really been able to get anything concrete here: 10.Bf4 a) 10.Re1 Nbd7 11.a4 Qh5 12.Nd2 Qxe2 13.Bxe2 Ne4 14.Nxe4 Bxe4 15.Bd1 Nf6 16.a5 b5 17.Ba3 Rfb8 18.a6 Bd5 19.Bc5 Nd7 20.Bb4 Rb6 21.Be2 c6 22.Ra5 h6= Zhang,Z (2619)-Zvjaginsev,V (2660) Berlin rpd 2015; b) 10.a4 a5 (10...Nbd7 11.a5 c5 12.c4 Qh5 13.c3 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 Qxf3 15.gxf3 Rac8 16.Rd1 Rfd8 17.Kg2 h6 18.h4 Nb8 19.dxc5 bxc5 20.Be3 a6 21.Kf1 Rd7 22.f4 Rb7 23.Rab1 Rxb1 24.Rxb1 Nc6 25.Rb6 Nxa5 26.Rxa6² Giroux,M (2076)-Becker,C (2161) email 2014) 11.Bf4 Qh5!? 12.Bxc7 Bxf3 13.Qxf3 Qxf3 14.gxf3 Nd5 15.Bxb8 Raxb8 16.c4 Nb4 17.Rfc1 Nxd3 18.cxd3 Rfd8 19.Rab1 Kf8 20.c5 bxc5 21.dxc5 Rxb1 22.Rxb1 Rxd3 23.Rb5 Rxf3 24.Rxa5 h5= Tossutti,J (2182)-Saglione,E (2546) email 2010; c) 10.Qe5 c5 (10...Qxe5 11.Nxe5 Be4=) 11.dxc5 bxc5 (11...Nbd7!?©) 12.Rd1 Nbd7 13.Bxh7+ Kxh7 14.Rxd5 Nxe5 15.Rxe5 Bxf3 16.gxf3 c4 17.Rc5 Rfc8 18.Rxc8 Rxc8 19.Rb1 Nd5© Ketola,V (2121)-Polak,T (2511) Brno 2014; 10...Rc8 (10...c5 11.c4 Qh5 12.dxc5 Qxc5 13.Rad1 Rc8 14.Nd4 Nbd7 15.Nb5 Rd8 16.Rfe1 e5 17.Be3 Qc6 18.f3 Nc5 19.Bf5 a6 20.Nc3 Rxd1 21.Rxd1 Re8 22.Qf2 Na4 23.Nxa4 Qxa4 24.Bg5 Bc8 25.Bd3 Nd7 26.Be3 Qc6= Dumitrescu,F (2042)-Thompson,E (2011) email 2014) 11.Rfe1 c5 12.dxc5 Qxc5 13.c4 Nbd7 14.a4 Re8 15.a5 e5 16.Be3 Qc7 17.Bf5?! (17.axb6 axb6=) 17...bxa5 18.Bd2 e4 19.Nd4 Nb6 20.Bg5 Qxc4 21.Qxc4 Nxc4 22.Reb1 Bareev,E (2709)-Bauer,C (2612) Enghien les Bains 2001 22...Rad8³;
9...Qh5 10.Qe5!? (10.Bf4 Bxf3 11.gxf3 Nd5 12.Bg3 Nxc3 13.Qd2 Nd5 14.c4 Nf6 15.Qe3 0-0 16.Bxc7 Nc6 17.Rad1 Rac8 18.Bg3 Rfd8 19.Be2 Na5 20.Rc1 Qf5 21.Rfd1 h6 Hracek,Z (2615)-Laznicka,V (2674) Prague blitz 2012) 10...Qxe5 11.Nxe5² Nbd7 12.Nxd7 Kxd7 13.Re1 Rac8 14.c4 Rcd8 15.Bb2 Rhe8 16.f3 Kc8 17.Kf2 h6 18.Rab1 Rd6 19.a4 Red8 20.a5 Nd7 21.h4 g6 22.Ra1 c5 23.axb6 axb6 24.d5 exd5 25.cxd5 Bxd5 26.Bc1f Voiculescu,C (2520)-Taras,I (1945) email 2009] 10.c4 [10.a4 a5 (10...Qh5 11.Bf4 Bxf3 12.Qxf3 Qxf3 13.gxf3 0-0 14.a5 Nd5 15.Bg3 c5 16.Ra3 bxa5 17.Rxa5 Nxc3 18.dxc5 Rfc8 19.Bd6 Nb8 20.Rfa1 a6 21.Kg2 g6 22.f4 h6 23.h4 h5 24.Kf3 Nd5 25.Be4± Mlynarcik,S (2002)-Van den Braak,J (1906) email 2005) 11.Bf4 Rc8 12.Rfe1 Qh5 13.Ne5 Qxe2 14.Rxe2 Nd5 15.Bd2 Nxe5 16.Rxe5 0-0 17.c4 (17.Rh5 h6 18.f3 Rfd8 19.Rh4 Ne7 20.Kf2 f6 21.Bc4 Kf7 22.Re1 Rd6 23.Kg1 Nf5 24.Rh5 g5³ bubble bridge,h (2501)-celestica,h (2528) Engine Room 2012) 17...Nf6 18.f3 c5"] 10...Qh5 11.Bf4 Continuing his development and retaining the tension. [The text move is more natural than 11.Nd2 Qxe2 12.Bxe2 0-0 13.a4 e5 14.d5 c6 15.dxc6 Bxc6 16.a5 Nc5 17.Re1 Rfd8 18.Nb3 Nfd7 19.Nxc5 Nxc5 20.Be3 f6 21.Reb1 Rab8 22.axb6 axb6 23.Bf1 Rb7 24.Rb2 Kf7 25.Rab1 Rdb8 26.f3 g5 27.h3 h5 28.Be2 Ke6= goga2,h (2486)-donmez,h (2630) Engine Room 2012] 11...Rc8 [<11...c5 12.d5f] 12.a4 [12.d5 0-0!? (12...Nc5") 13.dxe6 Bxf3 14.exf7+ (14.gxf3 Nc5 15.e7 Rfe8³) 14...Rxf7 15.Qxf3 Qxf3 16.gxf3 Nh5=;
Moradiabadi suggests 12.Ne5!? While White is doing OK in the endgame after 12...Qxe2 13.Bxe2 Nxe5 14.Bxe5 0-0 15.f3 (, or 15.a4!?= /î?¯ , simplification has also helped Black and he can get his counterplay going.) ] 12...a5 13.Rab1N [13.Nd2 Qxe2 14.Bxe2 0-0 15.Rfe1 h6 16.f3 Rfd8 17.Be3 Nf8 18.c3 Ng6 19.Rab1 Ne7 20.Bf2 Ba6 21.Bd1 g6 22.Rb2 Re8 23.h4 Nh5 24.Bc2 Kg7 25.Kh2 Rcd8 26.g3 Nc6 27.Be4 Ne7 28.Bb1 Nc6 29.Ba2 Nf6 30.g4 e5" alerich,h (2561)-omriomri (2495) Engine Room 2012;
Another way to simplify the position is the aforementioned 13.Ne5 ;
Eljanov decides to keep the tension, retain the queens and make £h5 feel uncomfortable.
However, the text move has a drawback in making the §a4 more vulnerable. 13.Rfe1÷ deserves attention.] 13...0-0 14.Rb5 c5 15.dxc5 White can't retain the rook on its outpost, so he changes the character of the position. [15.Bd6 is roughly equal: 15...Rfd8 (15...Bc6 16.Bxf8 Bxb5 (16...Kxf8!? 17.Rbb1 Bxf3 18.Qxf3 Qxf3 19.gxf3 cxd4©) 17.Bxc5 Bxc4 18.Bxc4 bxc5=) 16.dxc5 Nxc5 17.Bxc5 Rxc5 18.Rxb6 Bc6© /=;
15.c3 Bc6 16.Rfb1!? Bxb5 (16...e5!? 17.dxe5 Qg4÷) 17.Rxb5© is an engine suggestion (!), but not many GMs would sacrifice an exchange out of the blue...] 15...Rxc5 A step in the wrong direction. 16.Bd6?! [still holds the balance, e.g. 16.Ne5 Qxe2 17.Bxe2 Ba6 18.Rxc5 Nxc5 19.Rb1 Nfd7 (19...Nxa4 20.Bf3 Rc8 21.Nc6 Kf8 22.Bd6+ Ke8 23.c5 Nd7! 24.Ra1 Naxc5 25.Na7 Rd8 26.Bc7 e5 27.Bc6 Bb7=) 20.Nxd7 Nxd7 21.Be3=] 16...Rxb5 17.cxb5 [¹17.axb5!? Rc8³ is very comfortable for Black, but the a5-pawn still still isn't playing a major role and at least White has no weakness on a4.] 17...Rc8 18.c4 Covers d5, but now both c4 and a4 are potentially vulnerable. 18...Nc5 19.Bc2 Nce4 Putting the bishop on an unprotected square is a more serious, tactical mistake. 20.Bf4? [He had to play 20.Bg3T White's position is unpleasant, but he can fight after 20...Ng5 (20...Nxg3 21.hxg3 g6³) 21.Bd1 Nxf3+ 22.gxf3 Nd7³ î?� 23.Qd2 Nc5 24.Qd6 Bxf3 25.Bxf3 Qxf3 26.Qxb6 h5,] 20...Nc3 21.Qd3 Qg4 [¹21...Bxf3! 22.gxf3 a) 22.Qxf3?? Ne2+; b) 22.Qxc3 Nd5 23.Qxf3 (23.Qd2 Qg4 24.Bg3 Qxc4 25.Bd3 Qc3 26.Qxc3 (26.Bf4 Bxg2! 27.Kxg2 Qxd3-+) 26...Rxc3-+) 23...Qxf3 24.gxf3 Nxf4; 22...Qg6+! 23.Qxg6 (23.Kh1 Qxd3 24.Bxd3 Nxa4µ) 23...hxg6 24.Be3 Rxc4 25.Bd3 Rxa4 26.Bxb6 Nxb5 (26...Nd7!? 27.Be3 Nd5) 27.Bxb5 Rb4 28.Bxa5 Rxb5µ] 22.Be5? The final mistake, after which Eljanov doesn't get back into the game. [22.Qxc3 I suspect Carlsen would have preferred the simple 22...Qxf4 (22...Nd5 is more complex: 23.Bxh7+ a) 23.Ne5 Qxg2+ 24.Kxg2 Nxf4+ 25.Kg3 Ne2+ 26.Kh3 Nxc3 27.Rc1 f6 28.Nd7 Ne2-+; b) 23.h3 Nxc3! (23...Qxf4 24.Qd3³; 23...Nxf4 24.hxg4 Ne2+ 25.Kh2 Nxc3 26.Ne5") 24.hxg4 Ne2+ 25.Kh2 Nxf4 26.Ne5 (26.Rd1 Bxf3 27.gxf3 Kf8µ) 26...f6 27.Nd7 Rxc4 28.Bb3 Rb4 29.g3 Nd5 30.Bxd5 exd5 31.Nxb6 d4µ; 23...Kh8 24.h3T Nxf4 (24...Qxf4 25.Qe5 Rxc4 26.Bd3³) 25.hxg4 Ne2+ 26.Kh2 Nxc3 27.Rc1 (27.Bc2 Bxf3 28.gxf3 Rxc4µ) 27...Ne2 28.Re1 Bxf3 29.gxf3 Nd4 30.Be4 Rxc4 31.Ra1 g5µ) 23.Nd2 Ng4 24.g3 Qe5! 25.Qxe5 Nxe5 26.Rd1 g5 Black has a clear positional plus, but material still remains equal and White can plod on. 27.Bb3µ ] 22...Qxc4 23.Qxc4 Rxc4-+ Carlsen has an extra pawn and his pieces dominate the board - the game is decided. 24.Bd3 [24.Bb3 Rb4 25.Bxc3 Rxb3-+] 24...Rc8 25.Ra1 [25.Bxc3 Rxc3-+ is hopeless, but even retaining more pieces doesn't help to create counterchances.] 25...Nfd5 26.Nd2 f6 27.Bd6 [27.Bxc3 Rxc3 28.Bf1 allows White to suffer longer, but the outcome is in no doubt after 28...Kf8 29.Ne4 Rc7] 27...Nb4 28.Bc4 Bd5 29.Bf1 Nba2! White loses another pawn and any compensation is still non-existent. 0-1.
Highly regarded are the following theory files: Illingworth: English A29 (recommendation for both sides)
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 Bc5, Postny: English A33 (Recommendation for White)
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Bf4 d5 7.e3, Papp: Sicilian B48 (Recommendation for White)
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.a3 Nf6 8.f4, Szabo: French C11 (Recommendation for White)
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c6 6.c3 Nc6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Qd2 a6 9.a3, Ris: Ruy Lopez C78 (Recommendation for Black)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Bc5 6.c3 b5 7.Bc2 d5, Schandorff: London System D02 (Recommendation for White)
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Nc6 5.Nbd2 e6 6.c3 Bd6 7.Bg3 0-0 8.Bb5, Kuzmin: Slav Defence D10 (Recommendation for White)
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Bg5, Quintiliano: Queen's Indian E17 (Recommendation for White)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Re1and at last the one from  Marin: Nimzo-Indian E39 (Recommendation for Black)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 0-0 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Qxc3 b6.
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