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Chess on the edge by Bruce Harper & Yasser Seirawan
Volume 1
2008
www.suttlesbook.com
313 pages
Price $39,95
ISBN 978-1-895525-15-1

Chess on the edge by Bruce Harper & Yasser Seirawan
Volume 2
2008
www.suttlesbook.com
328 pages
Price & 39,95
ISBN 978-1-895525-16-8

Chess on the edge by Bruce Harper & Yasser Seirawan
Volume 3
2008
www.suttlesbook.com
245 pages
Price 39.95
ISBN 978-1-895525-16-8

When Duncan Suttles started playing around  in the 1960s,  with  his knights to h6 and h3  many thought that a new Aaron Nimzowitsch had arisen ,but
Suttles never  reached the absolute top before he lost interest in chess.
But the influence from Suttles amongst Canadian players was more than considerable, in the 1970s most of Canadian top young masters were followers of Suttles hypermodern theory.Interesting to mention is that some authors as Saidy and Lessing in there book The World of Chess consider Suttles  as the 'most original strategist since Nimzowitsch'.
Zehr and MacDonal speak in The history of correspondence chess in Canada:Suttles over the board career continued to skyrocket. Known for his creative and idiosyncratic play.
Lawrence Day writes in the fore word of volume 1; Duncan always played 1..g6.It was time for a 60style  counter –culture reassessment of what had been considered “normal” style aside ,Suttles had a logical basis for playing 1..g6.It had to do with the retention of options and basic flexibility.
Black defers committing his central pawns in favor of developing his f8 bishop to a square it has both a defensive and offensive.Of all Black’s pieces the one with the clearest optimum placement, so that was the first piece Duncan developed.
Like Tigran Petrosian,Duncan was very attracted to flexibility.
Unfornatley Suttles retired from chess in the mid 1980s where he developed other interests, nowadays he is a Software developer and President, Chief Technologist of Magnetar Games.
Chess on the Edge is  a three-volume work from all  Suttles known games,he had the habitually to throw his game scores away or just left them at the board once the game was ended.
Bruce Harper writes: Duncan had only a handful of sometimes illegible games scores.
The first volume contains 100 games, readable organized by themes,the second Volume holds 219 games and Volume 3, 294 games!
All these games hold impressive in depth analyses as for example the game Zinn- Suttles,Havanna Olympiad 1966:
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 c6 5.Qd2 b5 6.f3 Nd7 7.a3 a6 8.Nh3 Nb6 9.Nf2 h5 10.Be2 Rb8 11.0-0 Nh6 12.b3 Qc7 13.a4 b4 14.Na2 a5 15.Rfc1 Bd7 16.c3 bxc3 17.Rxc3 Qa7 18.Rac1 f5 19.Bd3 fxe4 20.fxe4 Ng4 21.Nxg4 hxg4 22.Rf1 Kd8 23.Be2 Rh7 24.g3 Na8 25.Rd3 Nc7 26.Qd1 Bc8 27.Rf4 Bh6 28.d5 c5 29.Rf2 Bxe3 30.Rxe3 c4 31.Qc1 cxb3 32.Bb5 Rxb5 33.axb5 bxa2 34.Rxa2 Rf7 35.Rb2 Qb6 36.Kg2 Bd7 37.Qc3 Bxb5 38.Qh8+ Kd7 39.Rc3 Bf1+ 40.Kh1 Qxb2 41.Rxc7+ Kxc7 42.Qxb2 Bh3 43.Qc3+ Kb8 44.Qb2+ Ka8 45.Qh8+ Kb7 46.Qb2+ Ka6 47.Qe2+ Ka7 48.Qe3+ Ka8 0-1
This game appeared for the first time in Keen’s instructive Modern Defence,but what do you think of nearly nine pages of full text!
Both author have managed to dig up original analyses from Suttles but the major part of these extensive annotations come from Harper and Seirawan!
This book is no biography on the life from Duncan Suttles but concentrates completely on the games from Suttles.
Yes there is a small interview with Suttles included but to be honest it is not even worth mentioning..
So lets concentrate on some more interesting games as the Averbakh system, covered in the second volume where Suttles has some interesting ideas which are still worth testing as for example the game: Kerr – Suttles,New Westminster,B.C.Championship,1970.
1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.e4 d6 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Be3 e5 6.d5 Nce7 7.g4 a6 8.f3 f5 9.c5 Nf6 10.h3 0-0 11.Qd2 Kh8 12.Nge2 c6 13.dxc6 d5 14.c7 Qd7 15.g5 Nxe4 16.fxe4 d4 17.Bf2 dxc3 18.Qxd7 Bxd7 19.Nxc3 Bc6 20.Bg2 Rac8 21.Nd5 Rf7 22.0-0-0 Bf8 23.Bg3 f4 24.Bf2 f3 25.Bf1 Rf5 26.Nxe7 Bxe7 27.exf5 Bxg5+ 28.Kb1 gxf5 29.Rg1 Be7 30.Bc4 Be4+ 31.Ka1 1-0
After Harper and Seirawan,black has to try 11…Bd7 followed by Qb8,Nc8,Rd8 to prepare to free himself with …c6.
Again we see a kind of random chess of the 1960s.
Interesting to mention is that Suttles never played the ugly 7…Nf6 but preferred the direst replay with 7..f5 as for example in the game Nedall – Suttles,Washington Championship, Seattle 1963.
1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.e4 Nc6 5.Be3 e5 6.d5 Nce7 7.g4 f5 8.gxf5 gxf5 9.Qh5+ Kf8 10.exf5 Nf6 11.Qf3 Nxf5 12.0-0-0 Nxe3 13.Qxe3 Ng4 14.Qg3 Bh6+ 15.Kb1 Rg8 16.Bd3 Nf6 17.Qh4 Bg5 18.Qg3 Bf4 0-1.
Volume two handles a lot of 1.g3 games of Suttles and one of the amazing set-ups that he played  was 1.g3 d5 2.d3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Bd2 Bg7 5.Qc1 0-0 6.Nc3 c6 7.a4?! interesting but I would not like to recommend it to anyone!
Volume three ends with openings as the Vienna,Ruy Lopez,Alekhine,Caro-Kann,Pirc etc.
 Sometimes Suttles had to go for straightforward development as for example in his game against Bobby Fischer:Fischer,Robert James - Suttles,Duncan USA-ch (Rosenwald 11th) New York (2), 1965
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 c6 5.Qd2 Nd7 6.f4 Ngf6 7.Nf3 0-0 8.h3 b5 9.Bd3 Nb6 10.b3 a5 11.0-0 b4 12.Ne2 d5 13.e5 Ne4 14.Qe1 f5 15.a3 bxa3 16.Rxa3 a4 17.Qa1 Ba6 18.Bxa6 Rxa6 19.Nc3 Qc7 20.Ne1 Rfa8 21.Nd3 R6a7 22.Qb2 e6 23.Nc5 Bf8 24.Rfa1 Kf7 25.N3xa4 Nxa4 26.bxa4 Bxc5 27.dxc5 Kg8 28.Rb3 Qa5 29.Kh2 h5 30.Rb8+ Rxb8 31.Qxb8+ Kh7 32.Rb1 Qxa4 33.Qf8 Rg7 34.Rb8 g5 35.Qh8+ Kg6 36.Qe8+ Rf7 37.Rb7 1-0 Harper and Seirawan give as interesting alternative the move  14…Ba6.
Interesting are the words: We know that Fischer won the tournament  and Suttles finished last,but this game was played in the second round,any in any case Suttles has always been fearless.It is also to remember that the Fischer of 1965 was not yet the Fischer of 1972.
The most famous non opening that made Suttles so famous was his game against Schmid:
Suttles,Duncan (2440) - Schmid,Lothar (2540), Lone Pine op Lone Pine (2), 14.04.1975
1.a3 d5 2.Nf3 g6 3.b4 Bg7 4.Ra2 e5 5.d3 Ne7 6.Bb2 d4 7.c4 0-0 8.Nbd2 a5 9.Qb1 c5 10.bxc5 Na6 11.a4 Nxc5 12.Ba3 Qc7 13.Bxc5 Qxc5 14.g3 Nc6 15.Bg2 Nb4 16.Rb2 Bd7 17.0-0 Bxa4 18.Nb3 Bxb3 19.Rxb3 Rfe8 20.Ne1 Qc7 21.Nc2 Bf8 22.Qb2 Rad8 23.Rd1 b6 24.Nxb4 Bxb4 25.Qa2 Kg7 26.Qa4 Re6 27.Qb5 Qe7 28.Bd5 Red6 29.Kg2 Rc8 30.Qa4 Rxd5 31.cxd5 Qd6 32.Rdb1 Qxd5+ 33.f3 b5 34.Qa2 Rc5 35.R3b2 Qc6 36.h4 Bc3 37.Rb3 Qd5 38.Ra3 Qxa2 39.Rxa2 a4 40.h5 g5 41.g4 Kf6 42.Kf2 Ke6 43.e4 Kd6 44.Ke2 Kc6 45.Kd1 Ba5 46.Ra3 Rc3 47.Rxc3+ Bxc3 48.f4 exf4 0-1
Duncan Suttles belongs to the few players in the world who also have a GM title in correspondence chess and in this book holds some of his best correspondence games.GM in correspondence chess Jonathan Berry once called them some of the most striking games ever played.
 Included are rare photographs from Suttles,only in Volume one and if you like to taste from Suttles buy part one, but I would like to recommend all three parts, because these books are first class value! These three books represents a unique collection Suttles games where many never have seen print before!
A must for for every g3 or g6 lover!
Conclusion: A unique and timeless work!

Jon Speelman's chess puzzle book
2008
Gambit Publications Ltd
http://www.gambitbooks.com
E-mail
info@gambitbooks.com
143 pages
Price $ 19,95
ISBN 978-1-904600-96-1

The well known GM Jon Speelman provides the reader in this entertaining 143 page puzzle book, a smashing collection of  288 exercises, readable divided in the following entertaining  themes: Knight forks, Loose pieces, Opening and closing lines, Pins, Skewers, Overloaded pieces and deflections, Mating attacks,The back rank, Stalemate and Pawn promotion.
These themes are all brought under in the first chapter of this book,The elements.
Chapter two follows up with Tactics in practice where you shall find ,Finger exercises, Mixed bag and Tougher examples.
Some tough exercises come from the past as the fascinating position between Alekhine and Boris Verlinski, played at a Exhibition game in  Odessa of the year 1918,Alekhine was that time a young man from only 16 years old.
Speelman writes: Altrough the solution is just a single move,I found it very hard to find when I revisited this position recently.The splendid 24.Qd1! defends everything.After 24…Qa5 25.Qxe2 Qxe5 26.Rd5 black resigned.
For all Alekhine fans here is the complete game: Alekhine,Alexander - Verlinsky,Boris
Odessa Exhibition Odessa, 04.11.1918
1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Bc4 d6 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.Qb3 Qd7 8.Ng5 Ne5 9.Bb5 c6 10.f4 cxb5 11.fxe5 dxe5 12.Be3 Bd6 13.Nxb5 0-0 14.Rd1 Ne8 15.0-0 Qe7 16.Nxd6 Nxd6 17.Qa3 Rd8 18.Nxf7 Bg4 19.Rxd6 Re8 20.Bg5 Qc7 21.Qb3 Be2 22.Nxe5+ Kh8 23.Rc1 Rf8 24.Qd1 Qa5 25.Qxe2 Qxe5 26.Rd5 1-0
A other exciting example in Speelman’s book is position TE42,from the game position,Geller – Karpov,USSR Ch,Moscow 1976.White: Kg1,Qc6,Rf1.Nf4,Ng5 pawns a2,c5,d4,e5,f2g2,h2 Black: Kf8,Qd8,Rh6,Ra8,Ng8 Pawns d5,e6,f7,g7,h5
Again some readable words from the author: This position occurs after Garry Kaparov´s suggested improvement {in My Great Predecessors} on Karpov’s play during the game.However,the Russian player Sergei Sorokthin,working with computer assistance,uncovered this staggering variation: 26.Ng6+!! Rxg6 27.Nh7+ Ne7 28.Rb1! Ra7{otherwise Rb7+ decides}29.Qd6+ ! Qxd6 30.exd6 Kd7 31.Rb8! {threatening 32.Nf8+ Kc6 33.Rb6#}31….Kc6 32.Nf8 Rb7 {or 32…Ra6 33.d7} 33.Rc8+ Kb5 34.c6 and the pawns are unstoppable.
Conclusion: One of the most exciting puzzle books that I ever had in hands!


The survival guide to rook endings by John Emms
2008
Gambit Publications Ltd
http://www.gambitbooks.com
E-mail
info@gambitbooks.com
160 pages
Price $ 25,95
ISBN 978-1-904600-94-8

GM John Emms offers you in this survival guide endgame  course book, a understandable explanation of all major rook endings.
This work  is a reissue of The survival guide to rook endings that was  published by Everyman Publishers in association with Gambit publishers  in 1999.
For this new reissue the editorial team from Gambit have taken the opportunity to make some analytical corrections, mainly based on the use of six man tablebases.
Emms starts in this book with the basics of rook endings, and slowly moves  with readable text to the more complicated positions.
As for example the position between Alekhine and Bogoljubow of The Hague Wch {19}1929,White Kc6, Rook b1, and pawn b6.
Black Kf5,Rook d8 and pawn on f.
Emms: This diagram shows a typical example of a pawn race.Obviosly white is leading by some distance,but the fact that black can still draw with best play
does show the drawing tendency of these positions.Black should play 1...Ke4!{preparing to shield of the white king}2.b7 f5 3.b8Q Rxb8 4.Rxb8 f4
Instead Bogoljubow choice 1...Kg4? and lost after 2.b7 f5 3.b8Q Rxb8 4.Rxb8 f4 5.Kd5 f3 6.Ke4 f2 7.Rf8 Kg3 8.Ke3 1-0.
Chapter four of this book  even handles the interesting techniques of double rook endgames,where Emms learns you to explore with subtle manoeuvres  small advantages.
Throw this work are a lot of instructive exercises plus instructive explanations.
The reader who is aware of the techniques in this book is able to improve his or hers rook skills but above all you will learn to survive difficult positions.
Included is a bibliography and index of players, composers and analysts.
Conclusion: Compact but instructive written rook endgame book!   


Secrets of Spectacular Chess, 2nd edition by
Jonathan Levitt & David Friedgood

2008
Everyman Chess
http://www.everymanchess.com
287 pages
Price $24,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-551-0


GM Jonathan Levitt and  David Friedgood ,who is an International master of Chess Solving,
lead you in this expanded update throw the fascinating world of compositions, problems,games and out standing chess positions.
There are not many chess players who are able to play like a god but for example GM Tony Kosten  to create chess art of the highest level  in his game against Farago at Amantea 1992.
Kosten,Anthony C (2530) - Farago,Ivan (2520) [A28]Amantea op Amantea, 1992
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e4 Bb4 5.d3 d6 6.g3 Bc5 7.Bg2 Nd4 8.Nxd4 Bxd4 9.h3 Be6 10.f4 c6 11.Ne2 Bc5 12.Bf3 Qb6 13.Kf1 Be3 14.Kg2 exf4 15.gxf4 Bxc1 16.Qxc1 d5 17.f5 dxe4 18.dxe4 Bd7 19.e5 Ng8 20.c5 Qc7 21.e6 fxe6 22.fxe6 Bxe6 23.Nd4 Bd7 24.Qg5 Nf6 25.Rae1+ Kf8 26.Rhf1 h5 27.Bd5 Rh6 28.Qxh6 gxh6 29.Rxf6+ Kg7 30.Rf7+ Kg6 31.Bb3 Qa5 32.Nf3 Re8 33.Rxe8 Bxe8
Can you see the mate in four? With very little time on his clock,
Kosten finds the only path:
34.Ne5+ Kg5 35.h4+ Kxh4 36.Nf3+ 1-0
Levitt & Friedgood: One of your co-authors was present at the tournament where this game was played and can vouch as how satisfying this performance was to the winner.
The poolside demonstration on a warm Italian evening left several slightly drunk and envious players they had produced such a game.
It is quite lightweight {no long difficult variations} but has a flowing finish,a fine opportunistic pawn charge early and some excellent paradoxical touches {21.e6!;27.Bd5!? 28.Qxh6 and,best of all 28.Re8+!! if black had played 27….Qd8.
One of the great things about chess {some would say it is the greatest thing}is that,even if you are not a great player,it is possible to turn in an occasional gem of a game.
Here is David Friedgood using the same opening as Kosten Farago and delivering a nice deep combination, as well as some paradox and flow.
Friedgood,David (2240) - Mah,Karl (2340),BCF-chT 9798 (4NCL) England (5.4), 24.01.1998
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e4 Bc5 5.Nxe5 Nxe5 6.d4 Bb4 7.dxe5 Nxe4 8.Qd4 f5 9.exf6 Bxc3+ 10.bxc3 Nxf6 11.c5 Qe7+ 12.Be3 Qe4 13.Bc4 Qxd4 14.Bxd4 b6 15.0-0-0 Bb7 16.Rhe1+ Kd8 17.Bxf6+ gxf6 18.Be6 d6 19.cxd6 Bxg2 20.Rg1 Bf3 21.Rg7 #Diagram 21...Bxd1 22.dxc7+ Ke8 23.Kxd1 Kf8 24.Rf7+ Ke8 25.Ke2 h5 26.h4 f5 27.Rg7 Kf8 28.Rd7 Ke8 29.Bxf5 Rh6 30.Rd4 1-0
The art of chess has been around a very long time so in this book the focus is on the positions themselves rather than on the historical context.
One of the greatest moves of all time go to Shirov’s 47…Bh3 against Topalov in the 1998 Linares tournament.This move inspired the British Chess Magazine to have a poll for the ‘Most amazing move of all time’.
In chapter two Paradox,there is the fantastic move from Kotov against Averbakh,World Championship Candidates Zurich 1953,where black played the astounding 30…Qxh3!!!For the interested reader here is the complete game: Averbakh,Yuri L - Kotov,Alexander,Candidates Tournament Zuerich (14), 23.09.1953
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nf3 Nbd7 4.Nc3 e5 5.e4 Be7 6.Be2 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.Qc2 Re8 9.Rd1 Bf8 10.Rb1 a5 11.d5 Nc5 12.Be3 Qc7 13.h3 Bd7 14.Rbc1 g6 15.Nd2 Rab8 16.Nb3 Nxb3 17.Qxb3 c5 18.Kh2 Kh8 19.Qc2 Ng8 20.Bg4 Nh6 21.Bxd7 Qxd7 22.Qd2 Ng8 23.g4 f5 24.f3 Be7 25.Rg1 Rf8 26.Rcf1 Rf7 27.gxf5 gxf5 28.Rg2 f4 29.Bf2 Rf6 30.Ne2 Qxh3+ 31.Kxh3 Rh6+ 32.Kg4 Nf6+ 33.Kf5 Nd7 34.Rg5 Rf8+ 35.Kg4 Nf6+ 36.Kf5 Ng8+ 37.Kg4 Nf6+ 38.Kf5 Nxd5+ 39.Kg4 Nf6+ 40.Kf5 Ng8+ 41.Kg4 Nf6+ 42.Kf5 Ng8+ 43.Kg4 Bxg5 44.Kxg5 Rf7 45.Bh4 Rg6+ 46.Kh5 Rfg7 47.Bg5 Rxg5+ 48.Kh4 Nf6 49.Ng3 Rxg3 50.Qxd6 R3g6 51.Qb8+ Rg8 0-1
Levitt & Friedgood:after the move 33….Nd7.
When Kotov sacrificed his queen,he must have foreseen this position and that the treat of 34…Rf8+ 35.Kg4 Rg8 36.Kf5 Rf6# is very hard to parry. In the heat of the moment ,and perhaps because he was not a problemist, Kotov failed to play a prettier winning blow whose logic is shared by many a problem’s key move 33….Ng4!?.
By the way it is fascinating to see that chess engines are nowadays  able to find a move as 30….Qxh3!!
The material in this book is based on the following main chapters: Background and context, Part two:The elements of chess beauty, Part three: Sampling the spectacular, plus bibliography, Index of players and composers, Index of openings, themes and definitions.
Conclusion:This is chess art!

Starting out: The Accelerated Dragon by Andrew Greet
2008
Everyman Chess
http://www.everymanchess.com
320 pages
Price $25,95
ISBN 978-1-85744-530-5


T
he English IM Andrew Greet digs in this latest Starting out book in the Accelerated Dragon,
a opening that was  once favourite by great players as for instance players as Larsen,Korchnoi,Petrosian,Anand, Kamsky,Topalov and the Dutch Tiviakov who belongs at this moment tone of the greatest experts on the Accelerated Dragon.
Andrew Greet is a follower of this line too and that makes this book very special because this work is much more than a fundamental coverage of most important lines of the Accelerated Dragon.
Personally I think you can put this book next to the work from Peter Heine Nielsen and Carsten Hansen,The Accelerated Dragon Batsford 1998.
As we can see in this book from Greet there are many new developments since the work from Nielsen and Hansen.
Greet starts this book where  Levy once ended in his Sicilian Accelerated Dragons, the so called Hyper Accelerated Dragon lines,these are all lines with the move order 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g where white has some nice ideas as 3.Bc4 or even 3.h4 where after Greet black has to go for a no-nonsense approach with a move as 3..h5!? A other keen idea from Greet is by the way  here the move 3…h6.
Please also see a recent SOS article on this line from Silman and Donaldson on this line.
One of the most challenging lines in this book goes to the Yugoslav Accelerated Dragon:Main line: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0-0 8.Bb3 a5 9.f3 d5 10.Bxd5 Nxd5 11.exd5 Nb4 12.Nde2 Bf5 13.Rc1 b5 14.0-0 Rc8 15.Nd4 Bxd4 or 15…Rxc3!?
Greet writes in this book; The whole system with 8..a5!? and 9…d5! Is an active an aggressive choice,so it is slightly unfortunate that white is an active and aggressive choice, so it  is slightly unfortunate that white is able to steer the game towards endgames in which black has so few winning chances.
Greet works in this book with theoretical explanations,summary and conclusions all at the hand of 38 heavy loaded latest games.
Included is an bibliography,introduction,index of variations plus index of complete games which makes, this openings book very complete.
Conclusion: All together we have here a  very important reference work on the Accelerated Dragon!    

Chess DVD's & CD's



Hiarcs12
2008
ChessBase http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com 
Price € 49,99
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Minimum: Pentium 300 MHz, 64 MB RAM, Windows Vista or XP (SP 2), DVD ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9. Recommended: Pentium IV 2.2 GHz or higher, 256 MB RAM, Windows Vista, GeForce5 or compatible graphics card with 64 MB RAM or higher, 100% DirectX compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 9, DVD ROM drive.

Garry Kasparov once said about Hiarcs,that this engine is much better positionally than Deep Blue! Indeed Hiarcs has been developed for over twenty years and many chess players love it for it’s great attacking skills but personally I prefer it for it’s  positional understanding of pawn structures,indeed this engine understands more about strategies than any other chess engine!
But first some interesting Hiarcs12  skills: It has the ability to learn from the positions that he is analysing, the so called  learning possibilities.So it remembers positions and that makes this program perfect for analysing.
It does not matter if it is for  correspondence chess or you like to solve tough  chess problems,Hiarcs will help you to find the best move in the position.
Small is  the openings book but it is overloaded with latest novelties and these 64 MB files don’t slow down your computer so it is not a bad idea to keep these files on your hard disk!
Hiarcs 12 comes with the well known Fritz 11 user surface as the fine ChessBase internet chess server and again one year access is guaranteed.
The database file is over one million games but the best of  all is the extra included Hiarcs Paderborn 2007 engine!
Yes this is the original engine that was so success full at the  International Paderborn Computer Chess Championship.
Hiarcs 12 is not so greedy to pick pawns as good old Fritz,for example in the following game: Euwe,Max - Alekhine,Alexander
World Championship 16th NED (20), 16.11.1935
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Qc7 8.g3 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Bf4 Nfd7 11.Bg2 f6 12.0-0 Rd8 13.Qc1 Qb8 14.Ne4 Be7 15.Qc3 0-0 16.Rad1 Be6 17.Nxe5 Nxe5 18.Ng5 fxg5 19.Bxe5 Bf6 20.Bxb8 Bxc3 21.Bd6 Rf7 22.bxc3 Rfd7 23.Rb1 Rxd6 24.Rxb7 R8d7 25.Rxd7 Bxd7 26.Be4 c5 27.c4 Bxa4 28.Bd5+ Kf8 29.Ra1 Ra6 30.Ra2 Ke7 31.f4 gxf4 32.gxf4 Kf6 33.e4 g5 34.f5 h5 35.h4 gxh4 36.Kh2 Kg5 37.Kh3 Ra5 38.Bb7 Kf6 39.Bd5 Kg5 40.Bb7 Kf6 41.Bc8 1-0
Fritz goes here like Alekhine for the move 27…Bxa4? But Hiarcs12 concentrates much more on positional treats  as 27..Rd2.
Purdy writes in his book,Extreme Chess,World Champions 1935,1937,1972, if 27…Rd2 than 28.Bd5+ Kf8 29.e4 and the passed pawn is in action but Hiarcs waves this line away with 29..Rxa4 30.e5 Ke7 31.Ra1 Rd1+ 32.Rxd1 Bxd1 and the position is good for a draw!
Better is after Hiarcs 12 30.f4 Ke7 31.fxg5 Rd1!
Even a better example of Hiarcs incredible possibilities is the first match game between Spassky and Fischer  with the suicide bishop: Spassky,Boris V - Fischer,Robert James [E56]
World Championship 28th Reykjavik (1), 11.07.1972
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.e3 0-0 6.Bd3 c5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.a3 Ba5 9.Ne2 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Bb6 11.dxc5 Qxd1 12.Rxd1 Bxc5 13.b4 Be7 14.Bb2 Bd7 15.Rac1 Rfd8 16.Ned4 Nxd4 17.Nxd4 Ba4 18.Bb3 Bxb3 19.Nxb3 Rxd1+ 20.Rxd1 Rc8 21.Kf1 Kf8 22.Ke2 Ne4 23.Rc1 Rxc1 24.Bxc1 f6 25.Na5 Nd6 26.Kd3 Bd8 27.Nc4 Bc7 28.Nxd6 Bxd6 29.b5 Bxh2 30.g3 h5 31.Ke2 h4 32.Kf3 Ke7 33.Kg2 hxg3 34.fxg3 Bxg3 35.Kxg3 Kd6 36.a4 Kd5 37.Ba3 Ke4 38.Bc5 a6 39.b6 f5 40.Kh4 f4 41.exf4 Kxf4 42.Kh5 Kf5 43.Be3 Ke4 44.Bf2 Kf5 45.Bh4 e5 46.Bg5 e4 47.Be3 Kf6 48.Kg4 Ke5 49.Kg5 Kd5 50.Kf5 a5 51.Bf2 g5 52.Kxg5 Kc4 53.Kf5 Kb4 54.Kxe4 Kxa4 55.Kd5 Kb5 56.Kd6 1-0
Most engines play directly as Fischer did 29…Bxh2??But Hiarcs 12 does not! He directly goes for a draw with 29..Kf7!!
And that makes him besides Rybka 2.4 the best engine that money can buy!
Conclusion: A hell of a machine!

ChessBase opening encyclopaedia 2008
2008
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The new Opening Encyclopaedia comes with a impressive over 3.05 million games where over 78000 of them are {heavy} annotated.
Included are over 4300 opening surveys, a extra theory database from all the ChessBase magazines and that are exactly counted 346 of them where the editorial team from ChessBase has included in this 2008 edition 64 new files and is up to magazine issue 122!
Here a example what you can expect to find  between these files:
Jakovenko,Dmitrij (2710) - Carlsen,Magnus (2714) [E20]
Moscow Tal mem Moscow (3), 12.11.2007
[Carlsen]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 I hadn't seen Jakovenko play this before, so I was somewhat surprised. I soon remembered that Grischuk played this way against Gelfand in the World championship, so Jakovenko had to be well prepared for the main lines with c5. Anyway I decided to follow my preparation. Dies hatte ich bei Jakovenko zuvor noch nicht gesehen, daher war ich etwas überrascht. Bald fiel mir ein, dass Grischuk bei der Weltmeisterschaft gegen Gelfand auch so gespielt hatte, also musste Jakovenko für die Hauptabspiele mit c5 gut gewappnet sein. Trotzdem beschloss ich, meiner Vorbereitung zu folgen. 4...c5 5.g3 cxd4 6.Nxd4 0-0 7.Bg2 d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Qb3 Qa5 10.Bd2 Nc6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.0-0 Bxc3 13.bxc3 Ba6 14.Rfd1 Qc5 [14...Rab8 15.c4 Qc5 16.cxd5 Rxb3 17.axb3 and bzw.;
14...Bxe2 15.c4 are both known to give White relatively risk-free pressure. gibt Weiß bekanntlich relativ risikofreien Druck.] 15.e4 Bc4 16.Qa4 Nb6 17.Qb4 Qh5 18.Bf4 c5 [18...Be2 19.Re1 c5 20.Qb3 e5 21.Bc1 was the Grischuk-Gelfand game, where White developed some pressure. war die Grischuk-Gelfand-Partie, wo Weiß einigen Druck entwickelte.] 19.Qb2 [19.Qa5 was Cheparinov-Carlsen from the World cup. This game was played only a little more than 3 weeks later (but still in Russia!). After playing a few more moves relatively quickly I realised that there was an embarrassing flaw in my preparations, after which I had to defend an endgame a pawn down, which I luckily managed to do. The former game continued war Cheparinov-Carlsen aus dem World Cup. Diese Partie fand nur etwas mehr als 3 Wochen später statt (aber noch immer in Russland!). Nachdem ich relativ schnell ein paar Züge gemacht hatte, dämmerte mir, dass meine Vorbereitungen ein peinliches Loch hatten, wonach ich ein Endspiel mit Minusbauern verteidigen musste, was mir glücklicherweise gelang. Weiter ging es mit 19...e5 20.Be3 Be2 21.Re1 Nc4 22.Qa6 Nxe3 23.Rxe2 Nxg2 24.Kxg2 The position is quite symmetrical, but the black pawns are weaker than the white ones, and one of them is bound to fall fairly soon, which did indeed happen in the game. Die Stellung ist ziemlich symmetrisch, aber die schwarzen Bauern sind schwächer als die weißen, und einer von ihnen muss ziemlich bald fallen, was auch tatsächlich in der Partie geschah.] 19...Rad8 This appears to be a novelty. I had indeed prepared the move at home, but it's probably the most natural move anyway, so I guessed that Jakovenko had taken it into account Dies scheint eine Neuerung zu sein. Tatsächlich hatte ich den Zug zu Hause vorbereitet, aber es wahrscheinlich sowieso die natürlichste Fortsetzung, daher vermutete ich, dass Jakovenko ihn auf dem Zettel hatte. 20.Re1 He spend some time for this move, which was a surprise for me. Anyway I couldn't remember what to do against it anyway, so I think we were both on our own from now on Für diesen Zug brauchte er einige Bedenkzeit, was mich überraschte. Wie dem auch sei, ich konnte mich sowieso nicht mehr daran erinnern, was dagegen zu tun war, also denke ich, von jetzt an waren wir beide auf uns allein gestellt. [20.Rxd8 Rxd8 21.h3 and und;
20.f3 were two of the most important alternatives. waren zwei der wichtigsten Alternativen.] 20...Rd7 I liked this move, which prepares the doubling of the rooks, while at the same time protecting the a-pawn, enabling me to meet £a3 with ¦c8. Apparently, Black has no problems here.
 Dieser Zug gefiel mir - er bereitet die Turmverdopplung vor und deckt gleichzeitig den a-Bauern, was mir ermöglicht,  £a3 mit ¦c8 zu begegnen. Offenbar hat Schwarz keine Probleme hier.
 21.h3 A natural move, giving the king some air and preparing g4 in some lines. Ein natürlicher Zug, dem König wird etwas Luft verschafft und in manchen Abspielen g4 vorbereitet. 21...h6 I decided to make a useful waiting move, since Ich beschloss, einen nützlichen Wartezug zu machen, denn [21...Rfd8 22.Qa3 isn't really desirable; the rook will have to go to c8 anyway. ist nicht wirklich wünschenswert; der Turm wird sowieso nach c8 gehen  müssen.] 22.a4 My opponent probably felt that since he didn't have many useful moves he had to do something active. Da er nicht viele nützliche Züge hatte, glaubte mein Gegner vermutlich, etwas Aktives unternehmen zu müssen. 22...Ba6! I have to make space for the knight. I like this move better than ¥d3, as the bishop seemed to be a little loose there in some lines.
 Ich muss Platz für den Springer machen. Dieser Zug gefällt mir besser als ¥d3, denn dort schien der Läufer in manchen Varianten etwas in der Luft zu hängen.
 23.Qa2 The sharpest move, but probably not the best one, as Black seems to benefit from the coming complications. I think my opponent offered a draw here (or maybe on the next move), but since I was ahead on time and liked my position, I declined Der schärfste Zug, aber wahrscheinlich nicht der beste, da die kommenden Komplikationen Schwarz zu begünstigen scheinen. Ich glaube, hier (oder im nächsten Zug) bot mein Gegner Remis an, aber da ich in der Bedenkzeit vorn lag und mir meine Stellung gefiel, lehnte ich ab. [23.g4 Qh4 24.Red1 was safer and probably better, but Black is certainly not worse in any case. war sicherer und womöglich besser, aber so oder so steht Schwarz bestimmt nicht schlechter.] 23...Rfd8 24.a5 Nc4 25.Bf1 [25.e5 This move, preventing e5, was an important alternative, I would then have had to play the energetic Dieser Zug, der e5 verhindert, war eine wichtige Alternative; darauf hätte ich das energische 25...g5! 26.g4 (26.Bc1? Rd1 27.Ba3 Rxe1+ 28.Rxe1 Rd1 29.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 30.Kh2 Qa4-+) 26...Qg6 27.Be4 Qg7 28.Bg3 Nd2 with very active play and probably the better chances. spielen müssen, mit sehr aktivem Spiel und wahrscheinlich den besseren Chancen.] 25...e5 26.g4 Practically forced as Praktisch erzwungen, denn [26.Bc1 Rd1 27.g4 Rxe1! 28.gxh5 Rdd1 is disastrous for White. ist katastrophal für Weiß.] 26...Qg6 27.Bxc4 exf4! [27...Bxc4 28.Qxc4 exf4 29.Qxc5 Rd3 with good counterplay for the pawn was possible, but rather drawish-looking. I wanted more at this point. mit gutem Gegenspiel für den Bauern war möglich, sah aber ziemlich remislich aus. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt wollte ich mehr.] 28.Bd5 The logical follow-up. Die logische Folge. 28...f3 The key move. Black is just in time to prevent White from playing c4 with the better position. h6-h5 is a big threat now.
 Der Schlüsselzug. Schwarz kommt gerade rechtzeitig, um Weiß daran zu hindern, c4 mit besserer Stellung zu spielen. Jetzt ist h6-h5 eine schwere Drohung.
 29.c4? White simply doesn't have time for this. Dazu hat Weiß einfach keine Zeit. [29.Re3 Be2 30.Rxe2 fxe2 31.Qxe2 Rb8 is not very pleasant for White, but it does give him reasonable chances for survival due to his strong bishop. ist nicht sonderlich angenehm für Weiß, gibt ihm angesichts seines starken Läufers aber doch ordentliche Überlebenschancen.] 29...h5 30.Kh2 Qf6! Threathening £f4 in some lines, and quite importantly, attacking the apparently well protected a1-rook.
 Droht in einigen Abspielen £f4 und greift, ganz wichtig, den scheinbar gut gedeckten Turm a1 an. 31.Rg1 hxg4 32.Rab1? The final mistake. White had to try Der letzte Fehler. Versuchen musste Weiß [32.Rxg4 Bxc4 33.Qxc4! (33.Bxc4 Rd2 34.Qa4 (34.Qa3 Rxf2+ 35.Kg1 Qd4-+) 34...Rxf2+ 35.Kg1 Rfd2! with the lethal threats of £d4+ and £e5-h2. mit den tödlichen Drohungen £d4+ und £e5-h2.(35...Qd4?? 36.Bxf7+!+-) ) 33...Qxa1 34.Qxc5 with some saving chances. mit einigen Rettungschancen.;
32.Rac1 Qf4+ 33.Kh1 Qh6! was certainly not better than the game. war bestimmt nicht besser als die Partie.] 32...Bxc4! I guess my opponent missed this stroke, which combines a couple of tactical motifs.
 Ich schätze, diesen Schlag, der einige taktische Motive miteinander kombiniert, hatte mein Gegner übersehen.
 33.Qxc4 Qf4+ 34.Rg3 Rxd5 35.Qxd5 Rxd5 36.exd5 c4 The simplest. White has such bad coordination that it's hard to stop the c-pawn.
 Am einfachsten. Weiß hat eine derart schlechte Koordination, dass es schwer ist, den c-Bauern aufzuhalten. 37.Rd1 A desperate attempt. But White was lost anyway. Ein verzweifelter Versuch. Aber Weiß war sowieso verloren. 37...c3 38.d6 c2 39.Rd3 Qc4 [39...c1Q 40.d7 Qc2 41.d8Q+ Kh7 42.Qh4+ Qh6 would also have won, but I tried to be precise till the end. hätte ebenfalls gewonnen, aber ich versuchte, bis zum Ende genau zu spielen.] 40.Re3 Qc6 [40...c1Q 41.d7 Qd2 was quicker, but the text is more than sufficient. ging schneller, aber der Textzug ist mehr als ausreichend.] 41.Rd3 Qc5! And since 42.¦d2 c1=Q would attack the white rook White has no sensible way to protect f2, so he resigned. My only victory in the Tal memorial so far, but a very pleasing one! Und da 42.¦d2 c1=Q den weißen Turm angreifen würde, hat Weiß keine vernünftige Möglichkeit, f2 zu decken, daher gab er auf. Mein einziger Sieg im Tal Memorial bislang, aber ein sehr angenehmer! 0-1
Included is a heavy big tree from all the games on this DVD and that is over 3 Gigh and that is even more as the heavy loaded Fritz Powerbook!
All together it is difficult to imagine how much chess information that there is on this DVD because it can not be compared with any printed book.
One hundred chess Informators is around 40 MB so it is not difficult to get a idea what 4.17 Gigh means in printed books.
The quality of the ChessBase Magazines is very high and this Openings Encyclopaedia offers you a interesting opportunity  to obtain these highly wanted files for a very interesting price.
Conclusion: A must for every ChessBase user!

Anti-Moscow Gambit by Rustam Kasimdzhanov
2008
Fritztrainer opening
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2008
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The great Rustam Kasimdzhanov explains you in this latest Fritz trainer opening DVD the latest secrets of the Anti-Moscow Gambit, a line that became populair after the game Radjabov against Anand,of the Mainz tournament of 2006:
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Ne5 Bg7 12.Nxd7 Nxd7 13.Bd6 a6 14.Bh5 Bf8 15.Bxf8 Rxf8 16.e5 Qb6 17.Ne4 0-0-0 18.Nd6+ Kb8 19.Nxf7 Rxf7 20.Bxf7 Nxe5 21.Qh5 Rxd4 22.Bxe6 c5 23.Qxh6 Ka7 24.Rae1 Nd3 25.Re3 Rd6 26.h4 Nf4 27.hxg5 Nxe6 28.f3 b4 29.Kh2 Qc7 30.Kg1 Nf4 31.Qf8 Rd2 32.Re7 Qd6 33.Qf7 Ne2+ 34.Kh1 Ng3+ 35.Kg1 Qd4+ 36.Kh2 Qh4+ 0-1
Of course this game and 16 other games are all well explained in words  by the former FIDE world champion.
Between these games are four ones from the year 2008 and that is included the hot game: Radjabov,Teimour (2735) - Anand,Viswanathan (2799) [D43]
Corus Wijk aan Zee (1), 12.01.2008
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Ne5 Bg7 12.Nxd7 Nxd7 13.Bd6 a6 14.Re1 Bf8 15.Bg3 Bg7 16.Bd6 Bf8 17.Bxf8 Rxf8 18.b3 b4 19.Na4 c3 20.a3 a5 21.d5 Qe7 22.d6 Qf6 23.e5 Qf4 24.Bd3 bxa3 25.Qe2 Qd2 26.Rxa3 Qxe2 27.Rxe2 g4 28.Nxc3 Rg8 29.Ne4 Kd8 30.Nd2 c5 31.Bb5 Bd5 32.Nc4 Rg5 33.Rea2 Nxe5 34.Nb6 Rb8 35.Rxa5 Be4 36.Ra7 f6 37.R2a6 Rg8 38.Rc7 Rf8 39.Rxc5 Rf7 40.d7 Nxd7 41.Nxd7 Rxd7 42.Bxd7 Kxd7 43.Rc3 f5 44.Ra7+ Kd6 45.Rh7 Bd5 46.Rxh6 Bxb3 47.h3 gxh3 48.Rhxh3 Bd5 49.Rc2 Ke5 50.f3 Kf6 51.Kf2 Rb4 52.Re2 Kg6 53.Kg3 Ra4 54.Rh4 Ra7 55.Rb2 Kf6 56.Rhb4 Ke5 57.Re2+ Kf6 58.Rd2 Ke5 59.Re2+ Kf6 60.Kf4 Ra3 61.Rd2 Ra5 62.Re2 Ra3 63.Kg3 Ra8 64.Rc2 Ke5 65.Rh4 Rg8+ 66.Kh2 Ra8 67.Re2+ Kf6 68.f4 Ke7 69.Rh7+ Kd6 70.Kg3 Rg8+ 71.Kh3 Rg4 72.g3 Rg8 73.Rd2 Rc8 74.Kh4 Rc3 75.Rg7 Ra3 76.Rc2 Bc6 77.Rc1 Rb3 78.Rg1 Bd5 79.Kg5 Kc5 80.Kf6 Kd4 81.Re1 Rb6 82.Rd7 Rc6 83.Ke7 Ra6 84.Rd6 Ra7+ 85.Kf6 1-0 This system is also examined by GM I.Stohl in CBM 118 and by GM D.Rogozenko in CBM 120.
This DVD from Rustam Kasimdzhanov offers more information as for example the book,Play the Semi-Slav from David Vigorito,Quality Chess 2008
Running time is nearly four hours.
Conclusion: Thrilling!

Strategy step by step by Rustam Kasimdzhanov
2008
Fritztrainer strategy
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2008
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GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov invites you in a small four hour chess course in to the world of chess strategy with it’s specific terms as dark squires, initiative, pawn majorities, outpost  etc.
This all is well explained at the own games of  Kasimdzhanov,where he provides the user of this strategy course with six impressive games,starting with his impressive win on Anand.
As Kasimdzhanov instructively explains in this games it is all a matter of controlling the squares. For the interested reader here is the games but without out the notes from our old worldchampion.
Kasimdzhanov,Rustam (2670) - Anand,Viswanathan (2788) [B90]
FIDE-Wch San Luis (4), 01.10.2005
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 0-0 16.Be2 Qe7 17.0-0 Rad8 18.Bh5 Kh8 19.Re1 d5 20.a4 Nc4 21.Nxc4 dxc4 22.Qg4 Qb4 23.Qxe6 Rd2 24.Rad1 Nd4 25.Qe4 Nf5 26.Be5 Rxf2 27.Bf3 Rd2 28.Bxg7+ Kxg7 29.Qe5+ Rf6 30.a5 Nh4 31.Qc7+ Rf7 32.Qe5+ Rf6 33.Bh5 Ng6 34.Bxg6 Rxd1 35.Rxd1 Kxg6 36.Qe4+ Kg7 37.Rd7+ Kg8 38.Qh7+ 1-0
Besides the natural ideas in this game please also see the move 18.Bh5! This position is clearly explained with a lot of instructive words.
In the home preparation Rustam Kasimdzhanov came op with this brilliant winning move.
Ftacnik wrote that time in the ChessBase Magazines: Kasimdzhanov has done his homework and is well informed about the nuances of the position. His new move strives to prevent relocation of the black knight to f4 square.
This is certainly one of Kasimdzhanov’s ever best games!
Typical isolated pawn positions are instructively explained in the game Kasimdzhanov against Viktor -Bologan,Viktor,Pamplona , 27.12.2002
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 0-0 7.e3 b6 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.Nxd5 exd5 11.Rc1 Be6 12.Qa4 c5 13.Qa3 Rc8 14.Be2 a5 15.dxc5 Rxc5 16.0-0 Nc6 17.Qa4 Rc8 18.Rxc5 Qxc5 19.Bb5 Na7 20.Ba6 Rd8 21.Qh4 Re8 22.Bd3 Nc6 23.a3 b5 24.h3 b4 25.a4 b3 26.Bb5 Rc8 27.Qf4 Qc2 28.Bxc6 Qxc6 29.Nd4 Qc7 30.Qxc7 Rxc7 31.Ra1 Kf8 32.Nxb3 Rb7 33.Nxa5 Rxb2 34.Nc6 Bd7 35.Nd4 Ke7 36.a5 Kd6 37.g4 Kc7 38.Rc1+ Kd6 39.Ra1 Kc7 40.Kg2 Kb7 41.Rc1 Ra2 42.Rc5 Be6 43.Kg3 Ka6 44.Rc7 1-0
As the game Kazimdzhanov – Anand this game is also split-up into two heavy loaded  multimedia files.
Conclusion: GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov had managed to create a highly instructive strategy course where all important strategy points get a important turn!

Power Play 6
Pawns,Pieces & Plans by Daniel King

2008
Fritztrainer power play 6
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The educative ChessBase movie star  GM Daniel King explains you on this DVD in two languages everything you need to know about pawns,pieces and plans.
For example Daniel King digs for example in central passed pawn which are usually found on d5 as we know in the Semi –Tarrasch opening where white always end with a giant of a pawn,as we can see in the famous  game Petrosian – Kortschnoj,Candidates match 1977.
Petrosian,Tigran V (2645) - Kortschnoj,Viktor (2645) [D41]
Candidates,(6), 1977
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 d5 4.Nc3 c5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e4 Nxc3 7.bxc3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2 0-0 11.Bc4 Nc6 12.0-0 b6 13.Rfe1 Bb7 14.Rad1 Ne7 15.d5 exd5 16.exd5 Nf5 17.Ne5 Nd6 18.Nc6 Bxc6 19.dxc6 Nxc4 20.Qf4 Nd6 21.Rxd6 Qc7 22.g3 h6 23.Qe5 Rac8 24.Qd5 Kh7 25.Re4 Kg8 26.Kg2 a6 27.h4 b5 28.g4 Kh7 29.Re2 Kh8 30.g5 h5 31.Rd2 Rfe8 32.Qf3 g6 33.R2d5 Rf8 34.Rf6 Qe7 35.Rd7 Qe8 36.Rxg6 Qe5 37.Qxh5# 1-0
King does not only handle the passed pawn in this position but also covers interesting alternatives in this instructive expplaned  game.
The pawn storm from Petrosian is very instructive to follow black had no chance against Prophylaxis play,it is by the way very interesting to compare King his notes with the ones from Ray Keen and Julian Simpole in there book Petrosian vs the Elite,Batsford 2006.
When I may compare than please give me the  instructive notes from Daniel King!
With Daniel King you have to think and solve instructive exercises all to see if you have learned from his lessons.
Running time of this DVD is around five hours.
Conclusion: A top learning chess DVD !            

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 122
March 2008
Fritz trainer videos with Rainer Knaak
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This time I found exactly counted 23752 games on this ChessBase extra magazine.
For the new reader under us it is a game collection without any annotations to the games.
The first games on this file come from the French Championship,and all the fun on this CD ends with the games of Sofia ZSKA.
Again there is a lot of hot stuff on this CD as the famous MasCutcheon Variation where the big boys play 7..Kf8 as the following game: Kargin,Arseny (2386) - Volkov,Sergey (2623) [C12] Moscow op-A 04th Moscow (1), 02.02.2008
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e5 h6 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.bxc3 Ne4 8.Qg4 Kf8 9.Qf4 c5 10.Bd3 Nxd2 11.Qxd2 Nc6 12.Nf3 c4 13.Be2 Ke7 14.a4 Kd7 15.0-0 Kc7 16.Qc1 Bd7 17.Nd2 Rc8 18.Qb2 Kb8 19.Kh1 f6 20.exf6 gxf6 21.f4 e5 22.Nf3 exd4 23.cxd4 Qe7 24.Rf2 c3 25.Qxc3 Nb4 26.Qb3 Rxc2 0-1
And the young ones prefer the classic line with 7..g6.
Ackermann,Johannes (1904) - Hobusch,Alexander (2011) [C12]
GER-ch Clubs U20 Kelheim (5), 29.12.2007
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e5 h6 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.bxc3 Ne4 8.Qg4 g6 9.Bd3 Nxd2 10.Kxd2 c5 11.Nf3 c4 12.Be2 Nd7 13.h4 Qe7 14.Rhb1 Qa3 15.Qf4 Rb8 16.Nh2 Nb6 17.h5 Na4 18.Qg3 g5 19.Ng4 b5 20.Qf3 a5 21.g3 Rb6 22.Bd1 Ba6 23.Qe3 Ke7 24.f4 gxf4 25.gxf4 Rg8 26.Bf3 Rh8 27.Be2 Rhb8 28.Nxh6 Rh8 29.f5 Rxh6 30.Qxh6 Qxc3+ 31.Kc1 Qe1+ 32.Bd1 exf5 33.Qd2 Qh1 34.c3 Rb8 35.Qg5+ Kd7 36.Qxf5+ Ke8 37.Qf3 Qe1 38.Kc2 b4 39.cxb4 axb4 40.Be2 b3+ 41.axb3 cxb3+ 42.Rxb3 Rc8+ 0-1
Pleasant to mention are the four Latvian games where black did manage to win three of them!
Montsma,Foppe Jan (1959) - Bondick,Karl Heinz (2168) [C40]
EU-chT Seniors 10th Dresden (3.4), 13.02.2008
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Nc6 4.Nxc6 dxc6 5.Bc4 Nf6 6.exf5 Bxf5 7.d3 Qd4 8.Be3 Qh4 9.Qd2 a5 10.a4 Bb4 11.Nc3 0-0-0 12.0-0-0 Rhe8 13.Bg5 Qh5 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.f3 Bg6 16.Qf2 Kb8 17.g4 Qg5+ 18.Kb1 Qf4 19.Rhf1 f5 20.gxf5 Bxf5 21.Ne4 Rf8 22.Qg3 Qh6 23.Qg5 Qxh2 24.c3 Be6 25.Qg1 Qf4 26.Qg5 Bh3 27.Rh1 Qxf3 0-1
Only poor Schlenker went down: Huschenbeth,Niclas (2437) - Schlenker,Joerg (2297) [C40]
GER-ch Bad Woerishofen  (2), 16.02.2008
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.Nc4 fxe4 5.Nc3 Qf7 6.Ne3 c6 7.d3 exd3 8.Bxd3 d5 9.0-0 Bc5 10.Na4 Bd6 11.c4 d4 12.Nc2 c5 13.b4 cxb4 14.Nxd4 Nc6 15.Nb5 Bb8 16.c5 Nf6 17.Re1+ Kf8 18.Nd6 Bxd6 19.cxd6 Ng4 20.f3 Nge5 21.Be4 Bf5 22.Nc5 b6 23.Bd5 Qg6 24.Bf4 bxc5 25.Bxe5 Nxe5 26.Bxa8 Nd3 27.Qe2 Qf7 28.Bd5 Qd7 29.Qe7+ Qxe7 30.dxe7+ Ke8 31.Bc6+ Bd7 32.Bxd7+ Kxd7 33.Rad1 c4 34.Re4 Rc8 35.e8Q+ 1-0
For the interested reader11…d4 is a ugly mistake!
The multimedia files go this time to Rainer Knaak and some pleasant memories.
Conclusion:These ChessBase magazines are the modern chess theory tournament books of today! 

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British Chess Magazine No.4
Volume 128
April 2008
Price: £3.70


This issue of the British Chess Magazine starts with Morellia/Linares where favourite Viswanathan Anand wins the tournament and wonder boy Magnus Carlsen finishes second.
Ian reports the tournament with nearly 13 pages of text.
Other reports are Corus B where I found a smashing Evans Gambit between Short and Sargissian,John Saunders reports on the third and fourth weekends of the British Team Championship. Here I found a exciting game from Chris Ward with 1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 f5 3.h3 Nf6 4.g4!?
Mikhail Marin continues on his chess meetings with the great Lajos Portisch and that game  is good for nearly six pages of text!
The great Gary Lane digs in Chess Questions Answered in the weird line 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c4 and after 4..e6 you must play 5.cxd5!?
And what do you think about Scotch on the rocks? 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 e5 3.d4 Nf6!?
A suggestion of the Australian GM Darryl Johansen.
Superb.is the contribution  from Jonathan Speelman who looks at the game Leko – Anand from Morelia/Linares.
Conclusion: It is not easy to find a better magazine!

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