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Latest book reviews of 1 May 2009
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Der internationale Schachkongress zu St.Petersburg 1909 by Emanuel Lasker
2009
Edition Olms
http://www.olms.de
240 Pages
Euro 25,00
ISBN 978-3-283-01010-2


Edion Olms is known as publisher from high quality chess books but they are also famous for there historical reprints {The Tschaturanga reprints}, there latest work “Der internationale Schachkongress zu St.Petersburg 1909” was the first tournament book that was edited by a world champion who also was a participant in that tournament.
Lasker was convinced that his analyses could stand the test of time and was not shy to show that in this book.,but for a long time Lasker’s analyses where better than anything else,and that makes this book in our time of modern computer analyses very unique.
Sensational was the win from Rubinstein on Lasker: Rubinstein,Akiba - Lasker,Emanuel [D32] St Petersburg St Petersburg, 1909
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Bg5 c5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Nc3 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Nc6 8.e3 Be7 9.Bb5 Bd7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.Nxd5 Bxd4 12.exd4 Qg5 13.Bxc6 Bxc6 14.Ne3 0-0-0 15.0-0 Rhe8 16.Rc1 Rxe3 17.Rxc6+ bxc6 18.Qc1 Rxd4 19.fxe3 Rd7 20.Qxc6+ Kd8 21.Rf4 f5 22.Qc5 Qe7 23.Qxe7+ Kxe7 24.Rxf5 Rd1+ 25.Kf2 Rd2+ 26.Kf3 Rxb2 27.Ra5 Rb7 28.Ra6 Kf8 29.e4 Rc7 30.h4 Kf7 31.g4 Kf8 32.Kf4 Ke7 33.h5 h6 34.Kf5 Kf7 35.e5 Rb7 36.Rd6 Ke7 37.Ra6 Kf7 38.Rd6 Kf8 39.Rc6 Kf7 40.a3 1-0
Later the two tied up for the first place but interesting to mention is that both lost from Dus Iwanowitsch - Lasker,
St Petersburg St Petersburg, 1909
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Bd3 c6 8.Qc2 dxc4 9.Bxc4 Qa5 10.0-0 Nd5 11.Bg3 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Nf6 13.Bd3 h6 14.Ne5 Qd8 15.f4 Nd5 16.Rf3 c5 17.e4 Nf6 18.Bf2 cxd4 19.cxd4 Bd7 20.Nxd7 Qxd7 21.h3 Rac8 22.Qe2 Rc7 23.f5 Nh7 24.e5 exf5 25.Bxf5 Qd8 26.Rd1 g6 27.Bc2 Qc8 28.Bb3 Rc1 29.Kh2 Ng5 30.Rfd3 Rxd1 31.Rxd1 Bd8 32.h4 Ne6 33.d5 Nf4 34.Qe4 Qg4 35.g3 Bxh4 36.gxh4 Rc8 37.Rd3 Rc1 38.Qf3 Qf5 39.Rd4 g5 40.e6 Qe5 41.Re4 Qd6 42.e7 1-0
and Rubinstein - Dus Chotimirsky,St Petersburg St Petersburg, 1909
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 c5 3.c4 e6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nc3 Be6 6.g3 Nf6 7.Bg2 Nc6 8.0-0 c4 9.Bg5 Be7 10.Ne5 Qb6 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Nxc4 dxc4 13.d5 0-0 14.dxe6 Qxb2 15.exf7+ Kh8 16.Nd5 Rab8 17.Rb1 Qe5 18.Qa4 c3 19.Rfc1 b5 20.Rxb5 Rxb5 21.Qxb5 Nd4 22.Qe8 Nxe2+ 23.Kf1 Nxc1 24.Nxe7 Qe2+ 25.Kg1 Qd1+ 26.Bf1 Qd8 27.Qxd8 Rxd8 28.Nc6 Rf8 29.Bc4 Ne2+ 0-1.
Said enough this great player is nearly forgotten.
This book holds 175 games and they are all annotated by the great Lasker but this tournament book doe not hold all the games, only a selection of the amateur tournament which was won by Alekhine.
Nenarokow left the tournament with out any reason but his games where not counted but this did not hold  Lasker for analysing his  remaining games  for this book.
Conclusion: One of those tournament books you must have on your book shelf!


Zeit-Schachspalten by Helmut Pfleger
2009
Edition Olms
http://www.olms.de
240 Pages
Euro 16,80
ISBN 978-3-283-01012-6


GM Helmut Pfleger became famous with his chess games on the German television, where he instructively  explained the games of chess to the visitors of his popular chess TV program.
Many will remember Pfleger describing  the computer match,in 1979  between David Levy and the chess killing machine 4.8.Nearly every interested chess player who had a opportunity to receive the ZDF transmitions, where hanging all on the lips  from the well speaking  Pfleger.
GM Helmut Pfleger is besides an excellent TV presenter, also a very strong chess player who was feared by some of the best players  in the world as we can see in the following game against Mihail Tal: Pfleger,Helmut - Tal,Mihail [B06]
Tallinn Tallinn (1), 1973
1.d4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.e4 d6 4.Be2 c5 5.dxc5 Qa5+ 6.Nbd2 Qxc5 7.0-0 Nf6 8.c3 0-0 9.Nb3 Qc7 10.Qc2 Nbd7 11.h3 b6 12.Re1 Bb7 13.Bf1 e5 14.Bg5 d5 15.exd5 Nxd5 16.Rad1 h6 17.Bc1 Rad8 18.Nbd2 N5f6 19.b3 Rfe8 20.Nc4 Bf8 21.Nfxe5 Nxe5 22.Rxd8 Neg4 23.hxg4 Rxe1 24.Qd2 Nxg4 25.Rxf8+ Kxf8 26.Ba3+ Kg8 27.Bd6 Rxf1+ 28.Kxf1 Qd7 29.f3 Qf5 30.Ne3 Qb1+ 31.Ke2 Nxe3 32.Kxe3 Qg1+ 33.Qf2 ½-½
Helmut Pfleger has given up tournament chess,but as you can see in this book his writings are from a very high standard.
For many years he has a regular column in the impressive magazine  “Die Zeit “,which has over more the 1.43 million readers!
Helmut Pfleger describes in a one of his columns “Levys Liebe” {Levy’s Love}the evolution of human robots relationships, where Levy believes that humans are going to get married with robots in the year 2050,but as Pfleger amusingly writes, the computer played impressively against Levy at the ZDF studio in Hamburg,but to fall in love with the one arm machine?
This nicely printed work from Olms holds 120 of Pfleger his columns which he had written for “Die Zeit” are pleasantly indexed with name, and all  taken from the years 2005,2006,2007 and 2008.
Conclusion: It is not easy to put this book down!

Schach in 40 stunden by Rudolf Teschner
2009
Edition Olms
http://www.olms.de
240 Pages
Euro 16,80
ISBN 978-3-283-01011-9


It is nearly unbelievable what Rudolf Teschner did manage to press in this 40 hours  chess learning course book,the late great international master takes you by the hand and learn you in no time the first steps of modern chess play.
This sixth, updated and expanded edition  is divided in chapters and hours, so you are able to learn from hour to hour,or day to day.
Included also is some chess theory,where the reader shall find major chess openings as the Alekhine and Pirc defence.
Fun is the game 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 Bg7 5.f4 0-0 6.e5 Ne8 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h4 h6 9.h5 hxg5 10.Nxg5 Nb6 11.Bd3 f6 12.hxg6 fxg5 where white manages to win the game with the amassing move 13.Rh8+ and it is checkmate in 11 move! {13.Rh8+ Bxh8 14.Qh5 Rf7 15.gxf7+ Kf8 16.fxe8Q+ Qxe8 17.Qxh8+ Kf7 18.Qh7+ Kf8 19.Qh6+ Kg8 20.Bh7+ Kh8 21.Bg6+ Kg8 22.Qh7+ Kf8 23.Qh8# }
Nettheim – Hamilton,Australia 1958.
As all players of the time of Teschner there is enough attention to endgame explanations.
Conclusion: A very pleasant book to take up chess!                   

Chess DVD's

Opening Encyclopaedia 2009
2009
ChessBase http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com 
Price € 99,90 There is also a upgrade price of € 49.90,but than send the DVD  as a letter and not give a value for it,as this lead to customs problems.
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM,Windows XP or Windows Vista, Windows Media Player 9.0, DVD drive. 

This ChessBase Opening Encyclopaedia DVD holds over 3.35 million games, exactly counted 3,355793 games, where 79000 of them are annotated, over 4500 opening surveys,437 theory databases and a 2.2 Gigh  CTG openings key for a an excellent overview of  openings lines  and not to forget, this DVD offers you fantastic statistics of players and openings lines.
For the good order this Openings key is larger than the FritzPowerbook one!
Included is a ChessBase 9 Reader which gives you an excellent access to all data files on this DVD.
As usually the material on these Opening Encyclopaedia’s are truly impressive as we can see in the large amount of latest developments, but above all I would buy this DVD for the impressive openings surveys.
But first a view of one of  the analysed games: Almasi,Zoltan (2663) - Marin,Mihail (2556) [B07]
Reggio Emilia-A 51st Reggio Emilia (2), 28.12.2008
[Marin,M]
1.e4 d6 Almasi had defeated me in the Ruy Lopez twice already, so I felt like resorting to my trusted Pirc.
 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 Bg7 5.Qd2 h6 6.Bh4 g5 7.Bg3 Nh5 8.0-0-0 So far, no surprises. We both had this position in our repertoire. 8...Nc6 [Previously, I had played 8...Nd7 in a couple of games, but then I abandoned it because of the pawn sacrifice 9.e5!? dxe5 10.dxe5 designed by no other than... Almasi!!! I also tried the greedy 10...Nxg3 (At first, Black rejected the sacrifice with 10...e6 11.Qe2! (This is a strong improvement over the initial game, which continued with 11.Be2 Nxg3 12.hxg3 Qe7 13.f4 Nb6 14.Nf3 Bd7÷ and Black was OK in Almasi,Z (2595)-Beliavsky,A (2665)/Niksic 1997/EXT 2002 (1/2, 36)) 11...Nxg3 12.hxg3 Qe7 13.f4² with a passive position for Black in Motylev,A (2570)-Marin,M (2604)/Bucharest 2001/CBM 082/[Finkel,A] (1-0, 30)) 11.hxg3 Bxe5 12.f4 gxf4 (After 12...Bg7 , which prevents the opening of the third file, I would be afraid of 13.fxg5 hxg5 14.Qxg5!?,) 13.gxf4 Bg7 14.Rh3! This move was played by Iulia Ionica against my wife, in a game that remained unrecorded, unfortunately. Black has huge problems completing his development. (Prior to that, I had faced the less dangerous 14.Ne4 c6 15.Qe1 Qc7 16.Nd6+ Kf8 17.Nxc8 Rxc8 18.g3 Nf6 19.Nf3 Rd8 20.Rxd8+ Qxd8 21.Bc4 1/2 Vallejo Pons,F (2635)-Marin,M (2556)/Mondariz 2002/CBM 091 ext) 14...e6 15.Rd3 0-0 Otherwise, it is not easy to make a move with Black. 16.Rxd7 Bxd7 17.Qxd7 Qxd7 18.Rxd7 Rac8² Black does not have sufficient compensation for the sacrificed material, Korneev,O (2657)-Peralta,F (2574)/Barcelona 2006/CBM 115 (1/2, 81)] 9.Nge2 Almasi took his time before playing this move. [In an old game, he had tried 9.Bb5 Bd7 10.Nge2 e6 11.Rhe1 (I was going to play following the model of the next game: 11.f3 Nxg3 12.hxg3 a6 13.Bxc6 Bxc6 14.g4 Qe7 15.Ng3 Rg8 16.Rhe1 0-0-0 17.Nh5 Bh8 18.Nd5 Qf8 19.Ne3 Kb8 with a solid position for Black, Tiviakov,S (2655)-Markowski,T (2530)/Polanica Zdroj 1995/CBM 049/[Hecht] (0-1, 81)) 11...0-0 (This looks risky, but is not without sense after the rook's departure from h1. I would have tried to transpose above with 11...a6 ) 12.f3 Nxg3 13.hxg3 a6 14.Bxc6 Bxc6 15.g4 b5 16.Ng3 b4 17.Nce2 a5 18.Rh1 Bb5 19.Nh5 Bh8 20.Qe3 Qe7 21.e5 dxe5 22.dxe5 Rfd8 23.Nd4 Rd5 24.f4 gxf4 25.Qxf4 White has made some strategic concessions and his attacking chances are not too clear yet. In the game Almasi,Z (2590)-Markowski,T (2470)/Odorheiu Secuiesc 1995/CBM 047 (1-0, 41) Black could have tried 25...Bxe5 and if 26.Qxh6 then 26...Bxd4 27.Rxd4 Qg5+ 28.Qxg5+ Rxg5³] 9...Bd7 10.f3 [Since this is a family opening, my wife had once faced 10.Qe3 e6 (Chernin recommends 10...e5!? ) 11.h4 Nxg3 12.Nxg3 Rg8 13.Nh5 Bh8 14.g3 Qe7 15.f4 gxf4 16.gxf4 0-0-0 17.e5 Nb4÷ Fluvia Poyatos,J (2480)-Marin,L (2166)/Banyoles 2007/CBM 119 ext (1-0, 38)] 10...Nxg3 11.hxg3 e6 12.f4 This is a solid positional approach. [12.d5 is more ambitious, but has the drawback of weakening the long diagonal. 12...Ne7 13.Nd4 Ng6 14.Bc4 Qf6 15.Ncb5 (15.Ndb5 Bxb5 16.Bxb5+ Ke7 17.e5!? Nxe5 18.Ne4©) 15...0-0 16.dxe6 Bxb5 17.Bxb5?! The position is enormously complicated, but White goes astray now. (17.exf7+ Kh7 18.Bxb5 c5 19.Rxh6+!! admittedly, not an easy move to find. 19...Bxh6 20.Nf5© Ne7T 21.Qxd6 Qxd6 22.Nxd6© White has a lot of pawns for the sacrificed rook and may get some more soon.) 17...c5 18.e5 Qxe5 19.e7 Rfe8µ L'Ami,E (2438)-Nyback,T (2459)/Hengelo 2002/CBM 089 ext (0-1, 26)] 12...Qf6 This move was recommended by Chernin in the book Pirc Alert! [12...Qe7 13.d5 exd5 14.Nxd5±] 13.e5 dxe5 14.fxe5N [I remember that, when I analyzed this line several years ago, I was more worried about 14.dxe5 , but then discovered that 14...Qe7 15.Ne4 0-0-0 16.N2c3 Kb8! is OK for Black. In the meanwhile, the following game has been played: 17.a3 Bc8 18.Bd3 and now, in Horvath,T (2435)-Leib,A (2230)/Saas Almagell 2005/CBM 107 ext (1-0, 53) Black should have played 18...b6=] 14...Qe7 Chernin ends his analysis here. [During the game, I also considered  14...Qg6!? briefly, with the aim of preventing an early knight move to e4. I rejected it mainly because of my great respect for Chernin, but also because I was too lazy to calculate whether my queen gets into danger after 15.g4 0-0-0 16.Ng3 Apparently, Black is doing well after 16...f6 17.Bd3 Qf7"] 15.Ne4 0-0-0 16.N2c3 f5T Black has to open the centre before White completes his development, otherwise he would remain passive for the rest of the game. [16...Kb8 17.Qf2² ×f6] 17.exf6 Bxf6 18.Nxf6 Qxf6 White's more compact structure is compensated for by his slight lag in development.
 19.Ne4 Qf5 20.Nc5 [20.Bd3 Qd5! ×d4, a2] 20...Qd5 21.c4 Qd6 White has been moving around with his knight, but his development is incomplete still and his d4-pawn relatively weak.
 22.Qe3! [22.Ne4 Qe7 23.Be2 Kb8 24.Qe3 Bc8" .£g7] 22...Ne7?! My first really long thought of the game produced an unfortunate move. The plan illustrated with arrows is just too slow. [22...Kb8?! 23.d5! exd5? 24.Rxd5+-;
I rejected 22...e5! 23.d5 Nd4 for subjective reasons. One day earlier, Almasi had defeated Landa by slowly advancing his kingside majority (4§s vs 3§s). Now, the situation would be reversed in the mirror and I did not want to give him the opportunity to demonstrate a similar plan on the queenside. However, Black seems to be fine after 24.Ne4 (24.Nd3 Rhe8 25.Nxe5? c5! 26.dxc6 Bxc6µ) 24...Qb6 25.Kb1 (25.Bd3?? Nb3+!) 25...Rhf8 26.Bd3 Bf5÷] 23.g4 Kb8 24.Be2 Bc8 25.Rd3! b6 26.Bf3!² Unfortunately, Black cannot activate his bishop so easily, because of the exposed position of his king. 26...Ng6 27.Kb1! [27.Ne4 Qf4=] 27...Nh4 28.Be4 e5 The only way to complicate the game. 29.Nb3" Almasi played this move instantly, since he started being short of time. [I had been calculating something along the following lines, hoping the endgame would not be too difficult to defend. 29.dxe5 Qxe5 30.g3 Ng6 (30...Rhe8 31.Rxd8 Rxd8 32.Nd3 Qd4 33.Qxd4 Rxd4 34.Nf2 Rxe4 35.Nxe4 Bb7 36.Kc1 Bxe4 37.Re1±) 31.Bxg6 Qxe3 32.Rxe3 Rd6! 33.Be4 bxc5²] 29...Rhe8?" [29...Bxg4!÷] 30.d5?! Finally, Almasi has got his favourite structure, with a mobile majority on the wing where the kings have castled... [However, I was more afraid of 30.Na5! and rightly so! 30...Bd7 (30...exd4 31.Rxd4 Rxe4 32.Qxe4!+-) 31.g3±] 30...Bxg4! Black can fight on, but now we were getting into mutual time trouble, which explains the frequent mistakes from both sides.
 31.c5 bxc5 [31...Qd7!? 32.d6 Nf5÷] 32.Na5?! [32.Nxc5!±] 32...Nf5 33.Rb3+ Ka8? Not a good square for the king, obviously... [33...Kc8!÷] 34.Qd3 [34.Qc3 Rb8] 34...Nd4 35.Nb7 Be2? [35...c4! 36.Qxc4 Nxb3 37.Qxb3 Qb6 38.Nxd8 Qxb3 39.d6+ c6 40.axb3 Rxd8 41.Bxc6+ Kb8 42.Rxh6 Bf5+ 43.Ka1 Rc8 44.Bb5 e4"] 36.Qc3+- Qa6 37.Nxc5 Qc4 38.d6+ c6 39.d7 Nxb3 40.dxe8Q Rxe8 41.Qxc4 Bxc4 42.Bxc6+ Kb8 43.axb3 1-0
Conclusion: The best loaded DVD that you can lay hands on!


The Closed Sicilian by Nigel Davies
2009
ChessBase http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com 
Price € 26,99
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM,Windows XP or Windows Vista, Windows Media Player 9.0, DVD drive. 

GM Nigel Davies explains you in this latest Fritztrainer openings DVD the flexible Closed Sicilian, highly recommended for all for those who do not have time or interest  to learn a mass of  latest lines.
Davies explains with understandable words the secrets of the Closed Sicilian where he relays on  knowledge and understanding of the strategies and tactics,of this opening above latest developments.
Going throw the Closed Sicilian you will discover that it is a opening for life where white can go for a king’s side attack but it is also no problem to switch over to a suddenly queen side pawn attack.
But first of all it is very important to understand the typical pawn structures as we for example can see in the classic midel game, Beliavsky,Alexander G - Hendler [B25]
URS-ch U18 Yerevan, 1969
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 d6 6.Nc3 e5 7.0-0 Nge7 8.Nh4 0-0 9.f4 Nd4 10.f5 gxf5 11.exf5 Nexf5 12.Nxf5 Bxf5 13.Rxf5 Nxf5 14.Qh5 Ne7 15.Bg5 f6 16.Be4 Ng6 17.Be3 Qd7 18.Rf1 Rae8 19.Rf3 Qd8 20.g4 f5 21.Bd5+ Kh8 22.Rh3 Bh6 23.Qxh6 Qd7 24.Qxg6 1-0,
Where white plays a Closed Sicilian with his knight on f3!
And not bad play for the 16 year old Beliavsky.
Interesting are the setups where white moves his knight to h3 as the following game shows us : Bilek,Istvan - Gheorghiu,Florin [B25] Bucharest Bucharest, 1968
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.f4 e5 7.Nh3 Nge7 8.0-0 0-0 9.f5 gxf5 10.exf5 Bxf5 11.Rxf5 Nxf5 12.Be4 Nfd4 13.Qh5 Re8 14.Qxh7+ Kf8 15.Bg5 Qd7 16.Nd5 Re6 17.Rf1 Nxc2 18.Bg6 N2d4 19.Bh6 Bxh6 20.Qh8# 1-0.
But 6.Be3 is the move here! The bright Gary Lane wrote in his book The Ultimate Closed Sicilian: This is the new main line and is the reason why the Closed Sicilian is being played at international level.
But Davies discusses this move in the following game too: Hjartarson,Johann (2605) - Castaneda,Nelson (2310) [B26]
World op Philadelphia (7), 1997
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.h3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nd4 9.Nce2 e5 10.c3 Nc6 11.g4 Qa5 12.Ng3 b5 13.N1e2 b4 14.0-0 bxc3 15.bxc3 Ba6 16.Rfd1 Rab8 17.Nc1 Bb5 18.Nb3 Qc7 19.Rab1 Rb7 20.d4 exd4 21.cxd4 c4 22.Nc1 Ba6 23.Nce2 Rxb1 24.Rxb1 Rb8 25.Rxb8+ Nxb8 26.Nc3 Nbd7 27.f4 Nb6 28.e5 Ne8 29.Nge4 Bf8 30.Qc1 Bb7 31.Qb1 Nd5 32.Nxd6 Bxd6 33.Bxd5 Bxd5 34.Nxd5 Qb8 35.Qxb8 Bxb8 36.Kf1 Kf8 37.Ke2 Ng7 38.Kd2 Ne6 39.Kc3 1-0.
As we can see in these few games,which I have taken from the 19 model games which you shall find on this DVD,the material is all very all-round,from modern to classic as the following beauty: from Smyslov who understood this opening as no other.
 Smyslov,Vassily - Denker,Arnold Sheldon [B24] URS-USA Moscow (1), 1946
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 e6 6.Be3 Nd4 7.Nce2 d6 8.c3 Nc6 9.d4 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 e5 12.Be3 Ne7 13.Ne2 0-0 14.0-0 Be6 15.Qd2 Qc7 16.Rfc1 f5 17.c4 fxe4 18.Nc3 Nf5 19.Nxe4 Nxe3 20.Qxe3 h6 21.Rd1 Rfd8 22.Rac1 Rac8 23.b3 b6 24.Nc3 Qe7 25.Bd5 Kh7 26.Bxe6 Qxe6 27.Rd3 Rc7 28.Rcd1 Rf7 29.Ne4 Bf8 30.Rd5 Qg4 31.R1d3 Be7 32.Nxd6 Bxd6 33.Rxd6 Rdf8 34.Qxe5 Rxf2 35.Rd7+ R8f7 36.Rxf7+ Rxf7 37.Rd8 Rg7 38.Qe8 g5 39.Qh8+ Kg6 40.Rd6+ Kf7 41.Qxh6 Qf5 42.Rd1 Qc5+ 43.Kg2 Qe7 44.Rf1+ Kg8 45.Qf6 Qe8 46.Qf5 g4 47.Rf2 Qe7 48.Qd3 Rg5 49.Re2 Qf8 50.Qe4 Rg7 51.Qd5+ Qf7 52.Re6 Qc7 1-0,is included.
The running time is over 4.5 hours.
Conclusion: A life time opening explained by one of the greatest experts of this line!

Daniel King Power Play 9:
Major Pieces VS.Minor Pieces

2009
ChessBase http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com 
Price € 29,95
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM,Windows XP or Windows Vista, Windows Media Player 9.0, DVD drive. 


GM Daniel King looks in his latest made Power Play DVD in all kind of major piece against all kind of minor piece endings as queen against rook and bishop.
A funny example on this DVD is the game van Baarle vs Daniel King where van Baarle had three pieces for a queen,as we can see in the following model game: Van Baarle,C John (2315) - King,Daniel J (2430) [D40] Amsterdam Amsterdam (8), 1982
1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 e6 4.e3 d5 5.d4 Nc6 6.a3 Be7 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.b4 Bd6 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Nb5 Bb8 11.Nbd4 Bg4 12.Be2 0-0 13.Bb2 Re8 14.Rc1 Ne7 15.0-0 Nc8 16.Qc2 Nd6 17.Rfd1 Nde4 18.Nb5 Qe7 19.Nc7 Rc8 20.Bxf6 Nxf6 21.Nxa8 Rxc2 22.Rxc2 g6 23.Rdc1 Bf5 24.Rc8+ Bxc8 25.Rxc8+ Kg7 26.Rxb8 Ne4 27.Rc8 Qf6 28.Rc2 Qa1+ 29.Bf1 Qd1 30.Rc7 Qb1 31.Re7 Qc2 32.Bb5 Qxf2+ 33.Kh1 Qxe3 34.Rxe4 dxe4 35.Ng1 Qc3 36.Bd7 Qd4 37.Bg4 Qd6 38.a4 Qb8 0-1.
Indeed a fine example of a powerful queen play!
Daniel King handles over 49 games and positions in these 4.15 hour of video entertainment and I can insure these are one for one highly instructive,well explained  video files.
With King you are forced to think and if possible work with the board!
Pleasant to mention is that King works throw whole games as for example the classic beauty,between Jose Capablanca and Edward Lasker,New York National New York (8), 1915
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 exd4 7.Re1 d5 8.Nxd4 Bd6 9.Nxc6 Bxh2+ 10.Kh1 Qh4 11.Rxe4+ dxe4 12.Qd8+ Qxd8 13.Nxd8+ Kxd8 14.Kxh2 Be6 15.Be3 [15.Nc3 f5 16.Bf4 c5 17.a3 c4 18.Rd1+ Ke7 19.Bg5+ Kf7 20.Bd7 h6 21.Be3 Rad8 22.Bxe6+ Kxe6 23.Rxd8 Rxd8 24.Na4 g5 25.g3 Kd5 (25...Rd1) 26.Nb6+ Ke6 27.Nxc4 Rc8 28.Na5 Rxc2 29.Nxb7 Rxb2 30.Nc5+ Kf7 31.Nxa6 Ra2 32.Nb4 Rxa3 33.Nc2 Rc3 34.Ne1 Kg6 35.Bd2 Rb3 36.Be3 Kh5 37.Nc2 Kg4 38.Nd4 Rb2 39.Ne6 Kf3 40.Nd4+ Kg4 41.Ne6 Rb3 42.Kg2 Rb7 43.Kh2 Re7 44.Nd4 f4 45.Bd2 e3 46.f3+ Kh5 47.g4+ Kg6 48.Be1 Rd7 49.Ne2 Rd1 50.Bc3 Rf1 51.Nd4 e2 52.Nxe2 Rf2+ 53.Kg1 Rxe2 54.Kf1 Re3 0-1 Harasimovic,P-Blazek,P/Brno 1996/EXT 99 (54)] 15...f5 16.Nc3 Ke7 17.g4 [17.Bb3 Kf7 18.g4 g6 19.g5 Rad8 20.Ne2 Rd7 21.c4!? b5 22.Rc1 Rhd8 23.Nf4 Bxc4 24.Bxc4+ bxc4 25.Rxc4 Rb8 26.b3 Rb7 27.Ne2 Ke8 28.Nc3 Kd8 29.Kg2 Rb8 30.Bf4 Kc8 31.Na4 Rf7 32.Rc6 Rb5 33.Rxa6 Kd7 34.a3 1-0 Nisipeanu,L-Dumitrache,D/Herculane 1996/CBM 56 ext (34);
17.Rd1 Kf7 18.g4 g6 19.g5 Rhd8 20.Rh1 Rac8 21.Bb3 Rd7 22.Kg3 Rh8 23.Ne2 Bxb3 24.axb3 Ke6 25.Nf4+ Kf7 26.Ne2 Ke6 27.Nf4+ Kf7 28.Rh6 Kg7 29.Bd4+ Kg8 30.Bxh8 Kxh8 31.Ng2 c6 32.Ne3 Kg7 33.Rh1 Re7 34.Kf4 Re6 35.Rd1 Re7 36.Rd6 1-0 Repplinger,M-Simon,P/Bad Bertrich 1997/EXT 2002 (36)] 17...g6 [17...fxg4 18.Nxe4] 18.Kg3 [18.gxf5 gxf5 19.Ne2;
18.g5!?] 18...h5 19.gxf5 h4+ 20.Kh2 gxf5 21.Ne2 b5 22.Bb3 Bxb3 23.axb3 Rhg8 24.Rd1 Rad8 25.Rxd8 Kxd8 [25...Rxd8 26.Bg5+] 26.Nd4 Kd7 [26...Rf8 27.Ne6+] 27.Nxf5 a5 28.Nxh4 a4 29.bxa4 bxa4 30.Ng2 Rb8 31.Bd4 Rb4 32.Bg7 Rc4 33.Ne3 Rc6 34.c4 Rg6 35.Bc3 Kd6 36.Bd4 Kd7 37.Nd5 Rc6 38.c5 Rg6 39.Be3 c6 40.Nc3 Ke6 41.Nxa4 Rg8 42.b4 Ke5 43.Nb6 Rg7 44.Nc4+ Kd5 45.Nd6 Rg8 46.b5 cxb5 47.Nxb5 Rg6 48.Nc3+ Ke5 49.Ne2 Ra6 50.Nd4 Kd5 51.c6 Ra7 52.Kg3 Rg7+ 53.Kf4 Rf7+ 54.Kg5 Rg7+ 55.Kf6 Rh7 56.Kg6 Rc7 57.Bf4 Rc8 58.Be3 Rc7 59.Kf5 Rf7+ 60.Kg4 Rg7+ 61.Kh3 Rh7+ 62.Kg2 Rg7+ 63.Kf1 Ra7 64.Ke2 Ra2+ 65.Kd1 Kc4 66.c7 Ra8 67.Nf5 Kd3 68.Nd6 Rh8 69.Kc1 1-0.
Edward Lasker described this game in his book Chess Secrets: The time limit in this tournament was 15 moves every hour-not 30 moves the first two hours and 15 moves hourly thereafter,as was the usual custom. A player who was an hour late for his game therefore automatically lost it.
When it was Capablanca’s turn to play me in the second round,he did not appear at the game was supposed to start. Naturally,the tournament director set his clock in motion.After a half-an-hour had elapsed, told the director that I did not want to win my game by default, and that I would try to reach Capa at his hotel.I thought  he might still be asleep, since he always went to bed very late.
The director asked me not to worry,Capablanca was a very fast player and he often came late to the play room.
But when his clock showed an elapsed time of 50 minutes,I could not stand it any longer and I rushed to the telphone.Capablanca actually answered. I said: “For heaven’s sake, where are you? They are going to forfeit your game in another nine minutes. Did you oversleep?”
He replied: “I was just ready to leave.I shall be right over. You should not have phoned me. This makes me lose a minute!”
Going throw these video files you will be able to recognize particular type of minor positions.
Conclusion: These Power Play DVD's are so unbelievable instructive!      

ChessBase Magazine extra issue 128
April  2009
Sergey Karjakin wins his first super-tournament
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ChessBase Magazine issue 129 is overloaded with latest analysed games as from Wijk aan Zee,Linares and all games of the Candidates match,Topalov – Kamsky etc.
To open this all,just click on the introductory video of the legandary endgamer GM Karsten Müller.
And please don’t forget to play throw his eight endgame video files,they truly belong to the most instructive ones that you can lay hands on.
For all who are only interested in openings files please the smashing contribution of Oliver Reeh and Pascal Simon who dig in the Sveshnikov line with the interesting sacrifice on b5.
{1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 f5 11.Bd3 Be6 12.c3 Bg7 13.Nxb5 axb5 14.Bxb5}
This positional piece sacrifice leads to an interesting play. For more information about the line, see the game Koch,J-Philippe,C/Bischwiller 2003 from ChessBase Magazine 94.
The game from Simon continued: Simon - Herbold [B33]Hamburg, 2009
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 f5 11.Bd3 Be6 12.c3 Bg7 13.Nxb5 axb5 14.Bxb5 Bd7 [14...Rc8 15.Qa4 Bd7 16.exf5] 15.exf5 Rb8 [15...0-0 16.Qg4 (16.0-0 Rb8 17.a4 Re8 18.Qg4 Kh8 19.Qe4 f6 20.b4 Ne7 21.Bxd7 Qxd7 22.Nxe7 Qxe7 23.a5) 16...Kh8 17.0-0 Ne7 18.Qxg7+ Kxg7 19.f6+ Kh6 20.fxe7 Qa5 21.exf8Q+ Rxf8 22.Bxd7 Qxd5 23.Rfd1 Qc5] 16.a4 Qg5 17.0-0 Qxf5 18.f4 Kf8 19.fxe5 Qxe5 [19...Qxe5] 20.Qf3 f6 21.Rae1 Qg5 22.Nxf6 Qxf6 23.Bxc6 Rd8 24.Qd5 1-0.
Other interesting {CBH} opening surveys are: A87, 1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.c4 Bg7 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nf3 0-0 7.0-0 Qe8 8.Re1 Qf7
  by Martin Breutigam,Centre Counter B01,1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qe5+!?,Pirc Defence B08,1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be2 0-0 6.0-0 Bg4 7.Be3 Nc6 8.d5 Nb8 by Mihail Marin.
Anti-Najdorf system B20,1.e4 c5 2.Ne2 d6 3.g3 by Alexey Kuzmin,A repertoire for black against the Tarrasch-Part 4:1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Be7 4.c3 c5,French Defence C18, 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 Qc7 8.Qxg7 Rg8 9.Qxh7 cxd4 10.Ne2 Nbc6 11.f4 Bd7 12.Qd3 dxc3 by Knut Neven.
The Smyslov variation Part 1 C93: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d6 9.h3 h6 10.d4 Re8 11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.Nf1 Bd7 by Mihail Marin.
Blackmar Diemer Attack D00: 1.d4 d5 2.e4  dxe4 3.Nc3  Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 by Lubomir Ftacnik.
Chigorin Defence Part 2 D07: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 by Lubomir Ftacnik,Slav Defence D15: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.a4 e6 6.g3 dxc4 7.Bg2 c5 8.dxc5 Qxd1 9.Nxd1 by Evgeny Posty and the Semi Slav D45: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 bd6 7.g4 by Michal Krasenkow.
Other files are Oliver Reeh: Tactics {In one of his video he discusses his favourite combination},Peter Wells: Strategy,Daniel King Move by Move,Rainer Knaak: Opening Trap,Fritztrainer {With a total of five videos!}Telechess {With 8025 new games!} and more!
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