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The chess endgame exercise book by John Nunn
Gambit Publications Ltd
191 pages

Price €24,30
ISBN (10 digits):1-911465-59-7

The phenomenal John Nunn comes with a brand-new high value endgame book, based on 444 highly  instructive endgame exercises.
All material is divided in difficulties and each chapter starts with four positions all pleasantly illustrating the key ideas of play,and where each exercise is given a difficult rating
from one up to five stars.
As John Nunn explains on YouTube that some exercises are not easy to play,the four and five start exercises would even give a grandmaster a hard time.
Some endgame knowledge is required for a good understanding of this book,and I am pleased to mention the Hugh amount of latest played games,Nunn certainly does not hang in the past.
Very useful for the reader is the index of players and composers.
I am aware the endgame is the Cinderella of chess but John Nunn has managed to create a thrilling endgame exercise book!
Conclusion:Super instructive!  

600 Modern Chess Puzzels by Martyn Kravtsiv
Gambit Publications Ltd
191 pages

Price €23,50
ISBN (10 digits):1-911465-47-3

The well known grandmaster from Ukraine,Martyn Kravtsis who was at age 17 blitz champion at the 2008World Mind Sports Games, has managed to create a
wonderful exercise book, where the most of these puzzles are taken from the latest time of play.
All selected for there highly value of play, and aimed for chess players with a wide variety of levels, lets say from beginner to close master play.
The author explains in his introduction: If some exercises seem too difficult for you, then don’t give up but come back to them after a while, after the level of your play has improved.
Most exercises come from games of little known players only to make sure that the positions will not be familiar.
Some times the reader is even asked to choose between two possibilities ,and not aware to go, for a draw or a win.
I would simple suggest  play for the best possible move!
By the way chapter eleven is real nightmare, with there high difficult level from 4 or five.
Here you will  deep and outstanding ideas, all perfect for training purposes!
For the interested reader please see the interesting describing from John Nunn on this book:
Conclusion: There is no better way to improve your tactical skills than with this book from Martyn Kravtsis!             

          Chess CD's

ChessBase Magazine issue 197 Extra
October  2020

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, 10

I have readers who buy these ChessBase Extra Magazines only for the excellent made video files,but there is light disappointment in the so interesting files from lisabeth Pähtz  on the King’s Indian with the move order:1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Bg5 with the  surprising waiting move  6...a6. This issue includes the first three videos from here ,but they are all only in the German language.
A other one comes from the great  Nicholas Perth on the Nimzo-Indian and his fans will recognize his pet line with 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.e4.
And the brilliancy contribution goes to Georgios Souleidis.
The main file of this DVD holds over the 50000 games and 23 of them are more than excellent analysed.
A collection of the best can be found in the lucky bag,this all goes for  28 entries,again all with excellent text analyses, as we can see in the following game:
Duda,Jan Krzysztof (2753) - Dubov,Daniil (2699) [A37]
Lindores Abbey Prelim INT (5.5), 20.05.2020
[Duda,Jan-Krzysztof ]
When I face Danill Dubov, I always feel an exceptional willingness to beat him in rapid time controls. Currently I'm on a positive score, being lucky enough to win on demand with the black pieces, and eventually sending him home to reach the final in the GP in Hamburg. He is a very innovative player, who has a lot of interesting thoughs and ideas, being called as a source of inspiration for many players, including Magnus Carlsen himself. 1.c4 A pretty reliable way of avoiding Phillidor, Grunfeld and other unpleasant stuff 1...g6 2.Nc3 c5 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.Nf3 d6 6.d3 [6.0-0 is better against the e6 scheme, but I expected him to play 6...Bf5 where I wanted to have the king on e1(6...e6 7.e3) ] 6...e6!? A good plan once White has comitted himself to d3 (making e3-d4 senseless) 7.Bf4 In other games White didn't achieve anything after the opening either: [7.h4 h6 8.Bd2 Nge7 9.Qc1 b6 10.0-0 Bb7 11.Rb1 (11.a3 Qd7 12.b4 Nf5 13.Rb1 g5!?) 11...Qd7 12.a3 Rc8 13.b4 Nd4 14.Nxd4 cxd4 15.Bxb7 Qxb7 16.Ne4 Qd7 17.c5 1-0 (36) Caruana,F (2842)-Flores,D (2599) INT 2020 17...Nf5!N would leave Black with better chances 18.Qb2 (18.g4? d5 19.gxf5 dxe4 20.fxg6 e5-+) 18...d5 19.Nd6+ Nxd6 20.cxd6 Qxd6 21.b5 Qd7³;
7.Bd2 Nge7 8.Qc1 h6 (8...0-0 9.Bh6 e5 10.h4 f6 11.Bxg7 Kxg7 12.h5 g5 13.h6+ Kh8 14.Nd2 is maybe a little something for White. 14...Be6 15.Nf1 d5 16.cxd5 Nxd5 17.Nxd5 Bxd5 18.Bxd5 Qxd5 19.f3 g4 20.Ne3 Qe6 21.Nxg4 f5 22.Ne3 Nd4 23.Nc2²; 8...Nf5) 9.0-0 looks wise, as White has saved a move on the h4 push, but still Black is fine after many options. 9...b6 (9...g5) 10.Rb1 Bb7 11.a3 Qd7 12.b4 Nd4 (12...g5!?; 12...Rd8) 13.Nxd4 cxd4 14.Bxb7 Qxb7 15.Ne4 Qc7?! (15...Nc8!) 16.c5! dxc5 17.bxc5 bxc5? 18.Rb7 Qc6 19.Qxc5 Qxc5 20.Nxc5+- 1-0 (48) Zhao Jun (2638)-Rodshtein,M (2628) INT 2020;
7.Qd2 must be too slow 7...Nge7 8.b3 d5 9.h4 h5 (9...h6!?) 10.a3 b6 11.Rb1 Bb7 12.0-0 0-0= 1-0 (38) Maghsoodloo,P (2684)-Idani,P (2570) Teheran 2019] 7...Nge7 8.h4 [8.Qc1 h6 9.h4 is the same.] 8...h6 9.Qc1 e5 [9...b6 is another developing scheme.] 10.Bd2 I was quite happy with having him provoked e5, thinking that I had a straightforward plan of achieving b4, while he can't castle right now. However, the computers (expectedly) spoiled the fun, estimating positon about -0.3 after many moves. The truth is that by now he doesn't even need to castle, while it's hard to oppose his plan of preparing d5 and gaining space. 10...Be6 11.Rb1 Rc8 12.a3 Frankly I don't know why I postponed castling. Perhaps I was daydreaming of attacking him by means of h5 and Nxg5, but this is obviously next to impossible 12...f5 [12...d5!? is computer's favourite, when Black doesn't seem to have even a hint of problems. 13.cxd5 a) 13.b4? cxb4 14.axb4 dxc4 15.dxc4 Bxc4-+; b) 13.b3 Qd7 (13...f5 14.h5 g5 15.Nxg5 hxg5 16.Bxg5 Qd7 17.h6 Bf8 is unnecessarily messy.) 14.0-0 b6 15.e4 dxe4 16.dxe4 f5; 13...Nxd5 14.Nxd5 Qxd5 15.0-0 Qd7 16.b4 cxb4 17.axb4 White would be in a comfortable spot if it weren't for 17...Nd4! 18.Qd1 Nb5 where only Black can be better.] 13.b4 cxb4 [13...Qd7 Even this is ok according to Stockfish.] 14.axb4 d5 15.c5 The funny thing is that at this stage I was quite pessimistic about my position, whereas it's probably White's best position after move 1! 15...e4 Here I was facing a dilemma, calculating both knight retreats. In hindsight there were close to be equally good, but very different in terms of future play. 16.Nh2 [16.Ng1 It was very tempting to have a knight on h3 rather than h2, but I wasn't sure if the lack of one tempo would allow me to finish development. 16...Ne5 (16...exd3? 17.Nb5 (17.Nf3!?) 17...0-0 18.Nd6 Rc7 19.Bxh6±) 17.Nh3 (17.Nb5 Nf7 Controlling d6 and allowing Black to castle. 18.Nh3 Bd7 19.Na3 0-0 20.0-0 b6÷) 17...Qd7 18.0-0! d4 19.dxe4 dxc3 20.Bxc3 fxe4 21.Nf4© with nice compensation for the piece.] 16...h5? Obviously he wants to castle, but giving away the g5-square is too high a price to pay. Better was [16...Nd4 17.0-0 (17.e3 Ndc6 18.d4 0-0" with a huge storm coming on the kingside.) 17...b6 Provoking e3. 18.e3 Ndc6 19.Nb5 0-0 20.Bc3 (20.Rd1!? Ne5 21.Bf1 is perhaps a better try.) 20...Bxc3 21.Qxc3 a5 22.bxa5 bxc5 23.Qxc5 Nxa5 24.Qa3 Nac6 is a tidy bit better for White, but obviously should be close to equality.;
16...a6 was the move I expected him to play, stopping Nb5. 17.0-0 Nd4 18.Rd1 Nec6 19.e3 Nb5 looks like Black is holding, but his positon is quite shaky: 20.Nxb5 axb5 21.Bc3 Qe7] 17.Nb5 [17.0-0! is far better. 17...0-0 18.Rd1± and the x-ray on the d-line is challenging for Black.] 17...0-0 18.Nd6 [18.0-0 b6 19.Qa3 was decent as well.] 18...Rc7 19.Bf4 b6 20.0-0 White is better. Black's pieces are quite passive, and my queenside pawns combined with the help of my pieces are huge. Obviously the g2-bishop and the h2-knight are far from great, but once this bishop breaks out, the game will be essencially over. 20...Qd7 [20...Nd4 21.Qd2! was an important move to foresee beforehand, because Black can't take 21...bxc5 22.bxc5 Rxc5 due to 23.Nb7+-] 21.Qd2?! [21.Rd1 would be very strong, but I missed that after 21...Nd4 there is 22.Bf1! when White either plays e3-dxe4 or e3-d4 in a much greater version: 22...a5 23.e3 axb4 24.exd4 Bxd4 25.Nb5+-] 21...bxc5 22.bxc5 a5 23.Rfc1 [23.Rb6!? Nc8 24.Nxc8 Rcxc8 25.Rfb1f] 23...Ra7 24.e3 Aiming to play Bf1 and likely d4 shutting down his dark-squared bishop. Black's position is quite bad, but his next move makes it far worse. 24...exd3? Obviously he was relying on the a5-pawn and wanted to control the a1-square, but now the position opens up which is bad news for Black. [24...Nb4! was a move I expected, closing the b-file. 25.Bf1 Nc8! (25...Nec6 26.d4±) 26.d4 (26.Be2 Nxd6 27.Bxd6 Rfa8 28.Nf1 Qe8) 26...Nxd6 27.Bxd6 Rfa8 28.Be2 Qe8 29.Nf1 Bd7 30.Ra1²] 25.Nf3! Not even caring about the d3-pawn, my kingside pieces are back in business! 25...a4 [25...Nb4 26.Ne1 is the simplest I guess(26.Ne5 Bxe5 27.Bxe5 Nec6 28.Bc3 Kh7 is better but not yet devastating.; 26.Bf1 is also good, but I would be reluctant to give up my light-squared bishop.) ] 26.Nb5 Rb7 27.Qxd3+- The a4-pawn is stopped, while Black's center is collapsing. White is totally winning. 27...Ra8 28.Ng5 Rxb5 A desperate attempt to set his asset in motion, but as explained it's over anyway. 29.Qxb5 a3 30.Bd6 a2 31.Ra1+- Calmly stopping the a2-pawn. The rest of the game doesn't require any comments 31...Bf6 32.Qb3 Bxg5 33.hxg5 d4 34.Qb2 Kh7 35.Bxe7 Qxe7 36.Bxc6 Rc8 37.Bf3 dxe3 38.Qf6 exf2+ 39.Kxf2 Qxf6 40.gxf6 Kg8 41.c6 Rc7 42.Be2 Kf7 43.Rc5 Kxf6 44.Bc4 A nice victory against the future winner of the tournament! 1-0
Conclusion: This is superb!

Understanding Middlegame Strategies Vol.1 and 2
by  Ivan Sokolov

Price Euro 54.90

Windows 7 or higher
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation. Recommended: 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 for program activation.
MacOSX  only available as download! Minimum: MacOS "Yosemite" 10.10

The well experienced Grandmaster Ivan Sokolov provides the user of this video package of these two DVD’s with over eight hours highly instructive video entertainment the secrets of chess strategies where DVD one is based in big lines, on  Minor Sacrifices, Rolling Pawns, Pawn islands Flank play with g- and h-pawns  and more.
Included are several well explained model games to get in touch with these so important chess strategies.
The second DVD digs a little deeper, and shows you again at the hand of model games and more important exchange strategies.
For example what to trade and what to keep,for a beginner not a easy task but Sokolov does it all very well.
Conclusion: Here you can feel the touch of grandmaster play!
Highly instructive!

How to play the Ruy Lopez with Qe2
by  Sergei Tiviakov

Price Euro 29.90

Windows 7 or higher
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation. Recommended: 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 for program activation.
MacOSX  only available as download! Minimum: MacOS "Yosemite" 10.10

Grandmaster Sergey Tiviakov provides the user of this DVD with a impressive over 6 hour coverage of the line 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.Qe2!
It was Andrew Greet who once wrote a interesting chapter on this move in his book Play the Ruy Lopez,but as we can see in this DVD, Sergey Tiviakov has a long life  experience with this Worrall related move, starting at the age of six!
It is Andrew Greet who writes: It is worth mentioning that the world’s foremost expert on the Worrall
Tiviakov, seems to view things that way; a quick database search reveals that he does not appear to have played anything other than 4.Qe2 against the Berlin.
White does not have to need here to much theoretical knowledge even that there are several theoretical surveys, extra games and exercises to see if you understood a good general understanding of the positions.
ChessBase offers us here a unique chess DVD where the author is not afraid to throw his chess secrets away.
Conclusion: Outstanding!

Sicilian Dragon: The Real Deal! Part 1: Understanding The Dragon
by  Chris Ward

Price Euro 29.90

Windows 7 or higher
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation. Recommended: 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 for program activation.
MacOSX  only available as download! Minimum: MacOS "Yosemite" 10.10

The famous Dragon expert Grandmaster Chris Ward does not only explain all strategies and themes of the Dragon 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 g6,but also takes time to explain latest played variations as the Chinese Variation with runs in big lines like this:
Robson,R. (2667) - Nakamura,Hi (2746) [B77]
63rd ch-USA 2019 Saint Louis USA (9.1), 29.03.2019
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 It's nice to see Hikaru persevering with the Chinese variation and although other strong players consider it a bit drawish if White knows what he's doing, I doubt think we can dismiss his Super GM opponent here as being unknowledgeable! 11.Bb3 Most flexible and common although as an indication as to how far this line has come since its appearance, on chesspublishing we've also looked at each of [11.h4;
11.Kb1 and;
11.Rhe1] 11...Na5 12.Bh6 Again the most popular choice here although in the archives (with transpositions possible), you'll also find information on each of [12.g4;
and of course 12.h4 ] 12...Bxh6 13.Qxh6 b5 14.Nd5 Nxb3+ [14...e6 (Intended to force the issue with the knight and aside from that desired affect, the outcome is that the black queen has been transported to a good post with both attack and defence in mind. The downside is the weakened d6-pawn.) 15.Nxf6+ Qxf6 16.h4 was the subject of the site annotated Timofeev,A (2668)-Porat,I (2448) Ohrid MKD 2009.;
14...e5 15.Nf5!? has been well documented too and is probably worth Black staying away from.] 15.Nxb3 e5 16.Nxf6+ [16.h4 Nxd5 17.Rxd5 Rb6 18.f4 Be6 19.h5 Qe7 20.Rd3 exf4 21.Qxf4 g5 22.Qe3 h6 also didn't seem unreasonable for Black in Robson,R-Papp,G Lubbuck USA 2009; presumably both players had their own thoughts on that.] 16...Qxf6 17.h4 Rb6 over-protecting the weak point d6. 18.h5 Qe7 Her majesty offers some lateral defence along the 2nd rank but also there is the threat of ...g5 to incarcerate the white queen. 19.hxg6 [Previously only 19.Qe3 has been played with two draws.] 19...fxg6 20.Qe3 Be6 Simply improving the bishop. Black has no problems here but I doubt either side could have imagined what was ahead! 21.Rhf1 Structurally White is better because of his fewer pawn islands but his knight isn't on a particularly good track. 21...Rc6 Signalling the intent to utilise the c-file. 22.f4?! Not especially good but having long since given up on the h-file, clearly White wanted some activity. The '?!' then could equally have applied to White's last move. 22...Qc7! 23.Rd2 a5 ...a4 is the strong threat. [23...Qb6 24.Qxb6 Rxb6 would be a marginally better endgame for Black but Nakamura wants more.] 24.Kb1 a4 [24...b4 first equally looks tempting.] 25.Nc1 b4 26.Rdf2 [White should have tried to mix things up through 26.f5!? gxf5 27.exf5] 26...exf4! 27.Rxf4 Rc8! Hikaru's calculation is fantastic. 28.Rf6 Rxc2!! 29.Rxe6 [Upon 29.Qh6 Black could guard against the f8-threat through 29...Bf5! 30.exf5 a3 31.fxg6 Rxb2+ 32.Ka1 Rb1+ 33.Kxb1 Qc2+ 34.Ka1 Qb2#] 29...Qc4! Forking both white rooks and creating further threats against the white king. 30.Ref6 a3! Mate is now threatening via .. .Rxb2+ and ...Rb1+ with of course ...Qc2+-b2 to follow. 31.bxa3 bxa3 Again ...Rb2+-b1+ is the mating threat. 32.Qxa3 Rxc1+! Effectively regaining the material. 33.Rxc1 [And not 33.Qxc1? Qxe4+] 33...Qxe4+ 34.Kb2 Qe5+ 35.Rc3 Rb8+! The most accurate. 36.Kc2 [36.Ka1 Qxf6 is equally grim.] 36...Qxf6 Reaching an endgame that the superstar's technique is more than up to converting. 37.Rf3 Qd4 38.Rb3 Qe4+ 39.Kc1 Qe1+ 40.Kc2 Qe2+ 41.Kb1 Qd1+ 42.Qc1 Rxb3+ 43.axb3 Qxb3+ 44.Ka1 Qa4+ 45.Kb2 Qb5+ 46.Ka1 Qc5 47.Qd2 h5 48.Kb1 Kg7 49.Qb2+ Qe5 50.Qb7+ Kh6 51.Kc1 d5 52.Kd1 Qe4 53.Qb2 Kg5 54.Qd2+ Kg4 55.Qh6 g5 0-1.
All material is truly well explained in a video running tine from over five hours,taking up this DVD will help you to play and understand as no other the secrets of the Dragon play!
Conclusion: Highly instructive!