CHESSBOOK REVIEWS


Latest book reviews of 1 November 2010
BOOKS REVIEWS BY JOHN ELBURG.

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                                 Chess Books & Magazine's


Chess Informant 107
2010
Beograd
http://www.sahovski.com
299 pages
Price  £ 20.50

Chess Informant issue 107 comes with 295 annotated games and 440 game fragments, all played between September and December of 2009.
Some call it is a magazine others a book but I can insure it is the best printed chess publication that money can buy!
The Informator is the champion of the contributors and it is a must for every serious interested chess player.
Throw the years it has been improved with new sections as The best of Chess Informant which is this time divided to wonder boy Magnus Carlsen.
One of his first Informator publications was his game against S Ernst: Carlsen,Magnus - Ernst,Sipke [B19]
Wijk aan Zee Corus66 (12), 2004
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bf4 Ngf6 12.0-0-0 Be7 13.Kb1 Qa5 14.Ne5 0-0 15.Ne4 Rad8 16.Nxf6+ Nxf6 17.Qe2 c5 18.Ng6 fxg6 19.Qxe6+ Kh8 20.hxg6 Ng8 21.Bxh6 gxh6 22.Rxh6+ Nxh6 23.Qxe7 Nf7 24.gxf7 Kg7 25.Rd3 Rd6 26.Rg3+ Rg6 27.Qe5+ Kxf7 28.Qf5+ Rf6 29.Qd7# 1-0,yes it is rare to  find in the Informator a classic checkmate and still one of his best games.
Quite new in the Informator’s  are the theory surveys as in this issue I found: B01: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3,B76:
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5 and  D85:1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5  4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bd2.
Some players manage to play outstanding moves as the 2189 player Denisov: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Qe2 0-0 9.Bb3 a6 10.0-0-0 Qc7 11.Rhg1 Nd7 12.g4 Nc5 13.Nf5 b5 14.Bd5 Ra7 15.Bh6!! But he did not win the game with it: Denisov,Ivan (2189) - Wittmann,Walter (2272) [B89]
Budapest FS05 IM Budapest (7), 09.05.2009
8/9  1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Qe2 0-0 9.Bb3 a6 10.0-0-0 Qc7 11.Rhg1 Nd7 12.g4 Nc5 13.Nf5 b5 14.Bd5 Ra7 15.Bh6 Bf6 16.Bxc6 b4 17.Na4 Qxc6 18.Nxc5 gxh6 19.g5 hxg5 20.Qh5 exf5 21.Rxg5+ Kh8 22.Rg3 dxc5 23.Rh3 Bxb2+ 24.Kxb2 Qg6 25.Qh4 f6 26.Rg3 Qe8 27.Rdg1 fxe4 28.Qh6 Raf7 29.Rg7 Bf5 30.h4 Qe7 31.R7g3 a5 32.Kb1 a4 33.Qh5 Qe6 34.Qh6 Qe5 35.Qe3 c4 36.a3 Rb8 37.Ka2 b3+ 38.cxb3 axb3+ 39.Kb1 c3 40.Qxc3 e3+ 41.Kb2 Qxc3+ 42.Kxc3 0-1.
This game is good for over one page of text!
The most important novelty of the preceding volume goes to Morozevich – Vachier – Lagrave,Biel 2009,that runs with the interesting moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f3 e6 7.Be3 b5 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.g4 h6 10.0-0-0 b4 11.Nce2 Qc7 12.h4 d5 13.Nf4! Sasa Velickovic has included in this issue of the Informator a extra 4 page theoretical survey!
Conclusion: A must for all chess players!


Chess Periodicals by Gino Di Felice
2010
McFarland & Company,Inc.,Publishers Box 611
Jefferson,North Carolina 28640.
http://www.mcfarlandpub.com
347 pages
Price $49,95
ISBN 978-0-7864-4643-8


The Italian Gino Di Felic,well know from his excellent Chess Results books, shows us here in his Chess Periodical a other piece of excellent research.
During Gino Di Felic archival research for his Chess Results he realized, as he writes in his introduction: That periodicals were the main
sources to which one could refer for information on chess competitions, and that no comprehensive international list of these periodicals existed.
Focussing at first only on those publications most relevant to the task at hand, before long ot occurred to me that I might do a service
 for researchers in other areas of chess such as theory, studies, problems, correspondence, and history in general.
Gino Di Felic has divided the material in two parts where the first 239 pages are compiled into magazines, commercial periodicals identified
by issue number and/or date of publications; bulletins, i.e., periodicals published by various organizations, also identified by issue number and/or date; and
newsletters,ie.,letters or reports that are circulated periodically identified by date.
The remaining pages hold all other print publications that perhaps might not properly be called periodicals as for example
almanacs, yearbooks, circulars, pamphlets and so on.
This all did result in 3163 entries and cross references.
From every entry you will find year and country of publication, frequency, sponsor, publisher etc,
Included is a index of periodicals by country and a general index of periodicals.
It is surprising to see that Gino Di Felic did dig up various chess club magazines even from small chess clubs as the Schaak Niews uit Doetinchem 1958 - ? Or
the Gambit magazine Randspringer: 1984 - ? RandSpringer was the work from the chess master Rainer Schlenker, He made the most unorthodox chess magazine that I have ever seen. The outlay of the magazine was very  primitive but his ideas where brilliant!
So there goes a story behind all these publications.
Conclusion: Fascinating material!

Matten Schaakverhalen
Nummer 8

2010
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
127 pages
Price €11,95
ISBN 978 90 56913311


The Dutch chess magazine ‘Matten” doesn’t cover any games and it is even difficult to find a chess diagram, but I can insure you some fascinating reads!
What about a 63 page coverage from Genna Sosonko on the chess genius Mikhail Tal,who could play chess as no other.
A strong point of this magazine are the rare and seldom photographs, as the one from Tal and the Dutch chess master Gert Ligterink.
The story behind this photo is small but not less interesting.
Interesting is the story of Martin van Neck who manages to find a first days envelope of the Candidate tournament of Curacao,with the signature of the great Bobby Fischer!
What a lucky man!
Conclusion: Buy it for the fascinating read on Mikhail Tal!

Dynamic Chess Strategy by Mihai Suba
2010
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
206 pages
Price €17,95
ISBN 978 90 5691325-0


Suba was one of the first authors who understood to explain with words  the use of dynamic evaluation in chess,yes I am aware it is all a matter of going for the initiative, but as  Suba writes in this book it is all a matter of strategic concepts, and dear reader these techniques and more are all well explained in this extended update!
All material is divided in eight chapters, and well: Dynamic Chess Strategy, Revised, The beginning, Why Rethink chess strategy, What is strategy, Dynamic strategy in attack and defence, Lets we forget the classics, Black wins after all and Quiz solutions.
Dynamic strategy lies between science and art and one of the first players who knew to make  use of psycho physiology  was Alekander Alekhine,this great player understood as no other the use of alytical approach.
Suba has included in this book a lot of his own games, and that makes a learning book really inviting, as we can see in the following game against his rival, Jan Timman,who had for a long while a winning position: Suba,Mihai (2525) - Timman,Jan H (2600),Las Palmas Interzonal Las Palmas (9), 1982
1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Nb6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.d3 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.a3 a5 10.Be3 Re8 11.Rc1 Bg4 12.Ne4 Nd4 13.Bxd4 exd4 14.Re1 a4 15.Qc2 c6 16.Nc5 Bc8 17.Qd2 Bf8 18.Rc2 g6 19.h4 h6 20.Rb1 Bg7 21.b3 Qe7 22.Nh2 axb3 23.Rxb3 Na4 24.Nxa4 Rxa4 25.Qc1 Be6 26.Rxb7 Qxb7 27.Bxc6 Qa7 28.Bxe8 Rxa3 29.Nf1 Ra1 30.Qf4 Qa5 31.Bxf7+ Bxf7 32.Rc8+ Bf8 33.Qd6 Qa3 34.Rxf8+ Kg7 35.Qxa3 Rxa3 36.Rd8 Ra2 37.Rxd4 Rxe2 38.Ne3 Be6 39.Re4 Re1+ 40.Nf1 Rxe4 41.dxe4 Kf6 42.f4 g5 43.hxg5+ hxg5 44.Kf2 1-0,and this game is good for around five pages of impressive text!
Suba is a man of educative words as for example after the move 17.Qd2 he writes :I finally understood that I was on the defence. My plan was to place one rook on c2 to protect e2 from a less passive position, and the other rook on b1,intending to open the b file. Whether my plan was enough to hold – I believed not, and this game me the freedom to bluff.
From this game we can learn chances  do not come themselves you must create them!
This book was original published back in 1991 and shortly after rewarded as Best Chess Book of the Year award for 1992.
And I can insure this book really helps you to become a master player in chess!
Conclusion: One of the best strategy books that I, ever have lay hands on!

The KGB plays chess by  Boris Gulko,Vladimir Popov,Yuri Felshtinsky & Viktor Kortschnoi
2010
Russel Enterprises
176 pages
Price $19.95
ISBN 978-188869075-0

Vladimir Popov reveals in this book the true story of the KGB with it’s Soviet secret grandmasters as Tigran Petrosian,Lev Polugaevsky,Yuri Balashov,Rafael Vaganian,Eduard Gufeld and Nikolai Krogius.
After Popov a quite number of Soviet grandmasters where state security agents,the KGB made use of these people in working on the case of Korchnoi  and his
circle to prevent hem to become world champion in chess.
Korschnoi’s son Igor was put in prision,as well as Boris Gulko ,who  fought for years to leave the USSR.
In working on ways to neutralize Viktor Kortschnoi,the KGB determined that among the people who where close to him,was Petra Leeuwerik,a Swiss citizen who
was already well known to Soviet state security. In the post war years,Petra  Leeuwerik had been a university student in Leipzig,which was within the Soviet
occupied zone. Soviet military intelligence opened a file on the suspicion that she was working as a spy for Western intelligence.
The work on Petra Leeuwerik’s case culminated in her arrest and deportation to the Soviet Union,where she was convicted of espionage by the
military collegium of the Supreme court of the USSR and sentenced to ten years in  a labor camp.
Petra served he entire sentence in a labor camp in Vorkuta,where during the winter the temerature fell to-40c.In the camp,state security organs
continued working on her,hoping to get her collaborate.
But this all and much more can also be found in the extra contributions of this book written by Boris Gulko,Yuri Felshtinsky and Viktor Kortschnoi!
Official access to KGB files is not allowed in Russia but some other
secret service archives in other former communist countries are  open, for example such as the Stasi-archives of East Germany.
Interesting to mention is that Yuri Felshtinsky claims that former IOC President, Juan Antonio Samaranch, was a member of the KGB!
Conclusion: A schokking read!              


British Chess Magazine No.9
Volume 130
October  2010
Price: £4,05


This latest issue of the British Chess Magazine holds a ten page tribute to the late Bent Larsen,who passed away at the age of 75.
Larsen suffered from a cerebral haemorrhage, after which he was taken into hospital for an operation. But he never  really recovered.
Larsen became an International Grandmaster in 1956,he was for a long time number three in the world but he never became world champion.
Other contributions are: Hikarua Nakamurs wins the final NH tournament,Interview with Michael Adams,The day I played the Albin {Part 2},Games Department by Grandmaster Sergey Shipov,Letters to the editor,Understanding Devolpment {part2}News in Brief etc.
Conclusion: Buy it for the excellent contribution on Bent Larsen!        



Chess DVD's

ChessBase 11 
http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail
info@chessbase.com

ISBN 978-3-86681-204-8
Euro 179.90
System requirements. Minimal: Pentium III 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Windows 7, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX9 Graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows-Media Player 9 and internet connection to activate access to the online database and updates


The last week I had the opportunity to play and use ChessBase 11,the installation on my Windows Vista was smoothly and I had direct access to all my engines and that was included my latest  chess engines as my favorite Fritz12.
To use a engine just access kibitzer and there you shall find a list of all your engines,my ChessBase 11 package only came with the engines Fritz 6 and Crafty.
Eye catching are the new icons as for example a small hart for all my games,by the way all databases where automatically opened and provided with a large amount of icons,yes
ChessBase 11 has included a lot of extra icons,pleasant if you like to make use of different databases.
ChessBase 11 is proved with the Microsoft Office interface and that insures the user with the so called direct key information.
When I opened my correspondence data base I was able with one click to see the direct  theoretical novelty of that played line,and that is one of the best novelties that I have ever seen a in ChessBase database program.
Finding the latest novelty in a game  is now a piece of cake!
For example after the moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 it gives: Relevant: 10.Nxe5N Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Be3 Bg4 16.Qd3 Rae8 17.Nd2 Qh5 18.Bc2 f5 19.f3 Bh3 20.Bf2 Nf4 21.gxf4 Bxf4 22.Bg3 Qg5 23.Bb3+ Kh8 24.Nf1 h5 25.Qc2 h4 26.Qf2 Bxf1 27.Qxf1 hxg3 28.Qh3+ Qh6 29.Qxh6+ gxh6 30.hxg3 Bxg3 31.Re6 Rxe6 32.Bxe6 Re8 33.Bxf5 Re2 34.a4 Rxb2 35.axb5 axb5 36.Ra6 h5 37.Rxc6 h4 38.Rb6 Kg7 39.Bd7 Be1 Shirov,A (2749)-Aronian,L (2783)/Shanghai 2010/CB35_2010/½-½, this was done by accessing the direct ,ChessBase online database which is good for over million games.

Saving or replacing games is done by clicking  with your mouse in the left corner,and you will see a lot of eye catching saving possibilities.
Also it is possible here to do transfer you moves by email,also it keeps automatically record of your game history.
ChessBase 11 holds a lot of other useful utilities as you hold down the mouse button,the program will indicate the best replay with a small arrow.
In the past a game was really deleted in ChessBase but now it is related to the recycle bin and that means that a deleted game is not directly lost.
Included also is a embedded board for smoother overview of all games,where all four arrow keys can be used to search through a database without opening a board window.
In reference games,we can easy recognize the most important played line.
Pleasant to mention is the possibility to place icons to quick access as for example replacing games or including engines.
When I compare ChessBase 10 with ChessBase 11 than I can say,ChessBase 11,does not only offer so much more, but above all, I was very pleased with the  better performance and higher stability!
Engines run very smoothly, and my computer can handle more actions when ChessBase 11 is running on the background.
One thing is sure: ChessBase 11 is the best thing a player can get for his or her chess development.
Included  is a over 4 million database,Big database with 4463291 entries plus a large playerbase
Conclusion: ChessBase 11 really offers you a lot of value for your money!

Jan Gustafsson
Black repertoire against 1.e4
Vol.1:The Marshall Attack

2010
http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail
info@chessbase.com

ISBN 978-3-866812062
Euro 32,90
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard


The Marshall expert GM Jan Gustafson provides  the black player on this DVD with a comprehensive repertoire for black against the Ruy Lopez, built around black’s counter attacking system the Marshall Gambit.
The Marshall Attack is in as we can see in latest various chess books as Attacking the Spanish,Fighting the Ruy Lopez and Marshall Attack from Gogdan Lalic, is in.
Jan Gustafsson does not run throw some model games but explains you on this DVD complete openings surveys with latest developments!
The Marshall is the perfect weapon for the tactician who likes open lines and a lot of piece pawn!
The price for this all is a small sacrifice which can offer black excellent winning chances if white is not well prepared!
In the old main line Jan Gustafsson goes for the reliable 17…Qh5 and prefers the alternative move 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Be3 Bg4 16.Qd3 Rae8 17.Nd2 Qh5 18.a4 Re6 19.axb5 axb5 20.Qf1 Bh3!
Included between the Anti Marshall lines is the interesting game Adams,Michael (2694) - Gustafsson,Jan (2627) [C88]Gibraltar Masters playoff 8th Caleta (1.2), 04.02.2010
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.d4 Nxd4 9.Nxd4 exd4 10.e5 Ne8 11.c3 dxc3 12.Nxc3 d6 13.Qf3 Be6 14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.Bxd5 Rb8 16.e6 fxe6 17.Bxe6+ Kh8 18.Qh3 g6 19.Bd2 Bf6 20.Re4 Ng7 21.Bd5 Qc8! 22.Qb3 Qd7 23.Rc1 c5 24.Rce1 c4 25.Qg3 Qf5 26.Bc6T Bxb2 27.Bb4 Rb6 28.R4e2 Rxc6 29.Rxb2 Kg8 30.Rbe2 Rcc8 31.Qxd6-+ Bangiev 31...Rce8 32.h3 Rxe2 33.Rxe2 Re8 34.Rxe8+ Nxe8 35.Qe7T Qf7 36.Qe5µ Ng7 37.Bc3 h5 38.f3 Qa7+ 39.Kh1 Kh7µ 40.a3 Qd7 41.Kh2 Qf7 42.g4 Kg8 43.Kg2 hxg4 44.hxg4 Kh7 45.Qd6 Qe6 46.Qc7 Qg8 47.Qh2+ Nh5 48.gxh5 gxh5+ 49.Kf2 Qg6 50.Qc7+ Kg8 51.Qd8+ Kf7 52.Qd5+ Ke8 53.Qe5+ Kf7 54.Bb4 Qc2+ 55.Kg3 Qg6+ 56.Kh2 Kg8 57.Kh3 Qf7 58.Qg5+ Kh7 59.f4 Qe6+ 60.Kh4 Qe3 61.Qxh5+ Kg8 62.Qd5+ Kh7 63.Qf5+ Kg8 64.Qg6+ Kh8 65.Bd6 Qe1+ 66.Kg5 Qg3+ 67.Kf6 1-0, Gustafson did manage to loose this but there was nothing wrong with his excellent openings play!
The line with 8.d4 is after Gustafson very playable for black and gaining in popularity for white.
Well explained by the young author is the exciting 9.Bxf7!? but black does not have to fear it but must be aware of the tricky lines in it.
Running time is 3hrs and 45 minutes.
Conclusion: One of the best studies that I have ever seen on the Marshall Attack! 


ChessBase Tutorials Openings # 01
2010
 http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail
info@chessbase.com

ISSN 1432-8992
Euro 29.90

System requirements: PC with Windows XP (SP3), Vista or Windows 7, Windows Media Player and DVD-Drive.

These new eye catching Tutorials van ChessBase don’t offer you a mass of variations to memorize, but the four authors,
 Lawrence Trent,Valeri Lilov,Lars Schandorff and GM Andrian Mikhalchishin offer
 
you a wealth of ideas and strategies to play and understand the following openings: King’s Gambit,Vienna Opening,Bishop’s Opening,Centre Game,Italian Game,Evans Gambit,Four Knights Game,Two Knights Defence,Scotcg Game,Ruy Lopez,Petroff Defence and the Philidor but no Latvian Gambit.
For example the Greco Möller attack is covered by Valeri Lilov and he digs till the move: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Nxe4 8.0-0 Bxc3 9.d5 Bf6 10.Re1 Ne7 11.Rxe4 d6 12.Bg5 Bxg5 13.Nxg5 h6 14.Qe2 hxg5 15.Re1 Be6 16.dxe6 f6 17.Re3 and suggest now for black 17..Kf8 18.Rh3 Rxh3 19.gxh3 g6 20.Qf3 Kg7 21.Qxb7 Qb8 22.Qe4 c6.
Alternatives to the headlines are instructively covered and the reader is provided on this DVD with a excellent grounding of the offered  material.
Included is on this DVD some historical background information of the played openings as
GM Andrian Mikhalchishin does on the Ruy Lopez as the good old marshall Gambit,which gets a very important turn! As we can see in these text files,which are all memorized by Mikhalchishin!:
Spanish - Marshall Attack
[Adrian Mikhalchishin]
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 [8.d4 d6 a) 8...exd4; b) 8...Nxd4 9.Nxd4 (9.Bxf7+ Rxf7 10.Nxe5) 9...exd4 10.e5 Ne8 11.Qxd4 b1) 11.c3 d5 (11...dxc3 12.Nxc3 d6 13.Bf4) 12.cxd4 c6 13.Bc2 g6 14.Bh6 Ng7 15.Nc3 f6; b2) 11.c3 dxc3 12.Nxc3 d6 13.Bf4; 11...Bb7 12.Qg4 (12.c4) 12...c5 13.c3 d6 14.exd6 Bxd6 15.Bg5 Nf6!?N (15...Qc7) ; 9.c3 Bg4;
8.a4 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.Nc3 Nd4 11.Nxd4 exd4 12.Ne2 c5] 8...d5 9.exd5 [9.d4 exd4 10.e5 Ne4 11.cxd4 Bg4 12.Nc3 Bxf3 13.gxf3 Nxc3 14.bxc3 f5 15.Kh1 Na5 16.Rg1 Kh8N (16...Qd7) ] 9...Nxd5 [9...e4 10.dxc6 exf3 11.d4 (11.Qxf3 Bg4 12.Qg3 Re8) 11...fxg2 12.Qf3] 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 [11...Bb7 12.d4 Qd7 13.Nd2 Nf4 14.Ne4 Bd6 15.Nxd6 cxd6 16.Rg5 Ng6 17.Rg3! (17.Be3) ;
11...Nf6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Ng4 14.h3 Qh4 15.Qf3 Nxf2 16.Bd2 Bxh3 (16...Bb7) 17.gxh3 (17.Qxf2? Bg3 18.Qf1 Bg4-+) 17...Nxh3+ 18.Kf1] 12.d4 [12.d3 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Re4 Qf5 16.Nd2 Qg6 17.Re1 f5 (17...Qxd3 18.Bc2) 18.a4 Rb8 19.axb5 axb5 20.Ra7!?N (20.Ne4) 20...Kh8 Morozevich,A (2718)-Grischuk,A (2702)/Dubai ] 12...Bd6 13.Re1 [13.Re2 Bg4 (13...Qh4) 14.f3 Bh5 15.Bxd5 cxd5 16.Nd2 f5 17.Qb3 Re8!? N (17...Bf7 18.f4!? Bxf4 19.Nf3 Bd6 20.Ne5²) 18.Rxe8+ Qxe8 19.Nf1 1/2 Kotronias,V (2550)-Nunn,J (/] 13...Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Be3 [15.Re4 g5 16.Qf3 Bf5 17.Bxd5 cxd5 18.Re3 Rad8 19.Nd2 Rfe8 20.b3 (20.a4 53/(340)) 20...Kg7!N (20...Be6; 20...Be6 21.Bb2 f5) 21.Bb2 1/2 Leko,P (2745)-Adams,M (2746);
15.Bxd5 cxd5] 15...Bg4 16.Qd3 Rae8 [16...f5 17.f4 Kh8 18.Bxd5 cxd5 19.Nd2 g5 (19...Bc7) 20.Qf1 Qh5 21.a4! N 21...bxa4 22.fxg5 (22.c4) 22...f4 23.Bxf4 Rxf4 24.gxf4 Rf8 25.Re5] 17.Nd2 Re6 [17...f5] 18.a4 f5 [18...Qh5 19.axb5 axb5] 19.Qf1 Qh5 20.f4 bxa4 21.Rxa4 g5 22.Rxa6 gxf4!? [22...Kh8]  Line
Learning from video files offer much  more than going throw a openings book, just let these video files come at you and you will be surprised what you will be able to remember at the board!
With ChessBase Tutorials you have some private chess teachers who are never tired to repeat there moves!
All together there are 24 video files with a running time of five hours,plus a extra game file from 101 entries and of course a ChessBase reader!
All files are in the English and German language!
Conclusion: Honest there is no better way to learn and understand chess openings!

Corr Database 2011
2010
http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail
info@chessbase.com

ISBN 978-3-86681-2003-1
Euro 89.90

System requirements: Pentium PC, XP, 32 MB RAM, CD-ROM drive, ChessBase 9.0, hard disk spacerequirements: 350 MB.

This new updated and expanded correspondence database 2011 is good for 834849 entries and that is over 160000 more correspondence  games than it’s
previous  2009 edition.
But still 246927 correspondence  games less than Harding’s latest Ultra-3a that we had some time ago on our site,but Tim Harding
has withdrawn his sales and I fear it could be the end of his Ultra collections.
So this is at the moment the one and only available correspondence database!
It is not easy to lay hands on ICCF correspondence games and this DVD offers you a unique insight in to the fascinating world of correspondence chess.
Nowadays correspondence players are usually  engine chess players and these correspondence games are often overloaded with latest novelties.
For example in the Poisoned Pawn variation of the Najdorf,{ 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 }I found 3360 entries!
But there are also some strange mistakes as for example Alexander Alekhine is still playing correspondence chess in the year 1988: Alekhine,Alexander - Carls,Carl [B50]
corr corr, 1988
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.b4 Nf6 4.bxc5 Nxe4 5.cxd6 e6 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.Nc3 Bxd6 8.Rb1 Nc6 9.Ne4 Be7 10.0-0 0-0 11.Re1 b6 12.Nfg5 Nxe4 13.Bxe4 Bxg5 14.Bxc6 Rb8 15.Ba3 Be7 16.Bb2 Bb7 =
Bit this is the game Alekhine,Alexander - Carls,Carl Johan Margot [B50]
Cracow-Warsaw Cracow/Warsaw (2), 1941
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.b4 Nf6 4.bxc5 Nxe4 5.cxd6 e6 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.Nc3 Bxd6 8.Rb1 Nc6 9.Ne4 Be7 10.0-0 0-0 11.Re1 b6 12.Nfg5 Nxe4 13.Bxe4 Bxg5 14.Bxc6 Rb8 15.Ba3 Be7 16.Bb2 Bb7 17.Be4 Bf6 18.Ba3 Be7 19.Rb3 Bxa3 20.Rxa3 Bxe4 21.Rxe4 Rb7 22.Rg3 g6 23.h4 Rd7 24.d3 Rd4 25.Rge3 Rxe4 26.Rxe4 Qd5 27.Ra4 Qd7 28.Qg4 Rc8 29.Rd4 Qe7 30.Qe2 Rc5 31.g3 Qc7 32.c4 h5 33.Qf3 Rf5 34.Qa8+ Kh7 35.Re4 Qc5 36.Re2 Qd4 37.Qe4 Qxe4 38.Rxe4 Ra5 39.Re2 Kg7 40.d4 Kf6 41.Rc2 Ke7 42.Kf1 Kd6 43.Ke2 ½-½.
Included on this DVD are all the games of the correspondence world championships,E mail tournaments plus a very usefull correspondence chess playerbase,which includes over 71000 names!
Conclusion: Certainly a must have chess DVD!

Nigel Davies
Tricks & Traps Vol.1
1.e4 Openings

 2010
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GM Nigel Davies provides the reader with a lot of useful traps and tricks where you as chess player have to be aware of.
Davies has filled the VDV with instructive examples as the following game from Jonathan Speelman against John Fletcher,
BCF-ch U14 Rhyl, 1969
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Ke6 8.Nc3 Ncb4 9.d4 c6 10.Qe4 Kf7 11.a3 Qa5 12.axb4 Qxa1 13.Nxd5 Qxc1+ 14.Ke2 Qxh1 15.Nc7+ Ke7 16.Qxe5+ Kd7 17.Nxa8 Qxg2 18.Qc7+ Ke8 19.Bf7#
As Davies explains, Fletcher could easy have made a draw with the good old  Fegatello {Fried Liver} Attack,but the 14 year old Speelman played a brilliant game!
The Fried Liver Attack takes us back to the time of Polerio – Domenico,Rome 1600!
But the following game from Davies is not bad either: Von Heydebrand und der L,Tassilo - Mayet,Carl, Berlin, 1839
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Ke6 8.Nc3 Nce7 9.d4 b5 10.Nxb5 c6 11.Nc3 Qb6 12.dxe5 Bb7 13.Ne4 Qb4+ 14.Bd2 Qxc4 15.Qg4+ Kxe5 16.f4+ Kd4 17.c3+ Nxc3 18.Bxc3+ Kxe4 19.f5+ Kd5 20.0-0-0+ Kc5 21.b4+ Kb5 22.a4+ 1-0,
Interesting is black’s pawn sacrifice 9…b5,as Davies explains after 11…Ng6 it  is all very unclear.
I would like to end with a shortcut from the great Lasker and missing in Graham Burgess his ook: The Quickest Chess Victories of all time: Lasker,Emanuel - Radsheer ,
NED tour sim Netherlands, 1908
1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Ne5 Bh7 8.Qh5 g6 9.Bc4 e6 10.Qe2 Bg7 11.Nxf7 Kxf7 12.Qxe6+ Kf8 13.Qf7#
These games and all the others more on this DVD will help you to sharpen your tactical skills, specially with the instructive video explanations from Nigel Davies!
Conclusion: This DVD will certainly help you to sharpen your tactical skills!


Nigel Davies
Bamboozle
Your opponents with 1.g3!

 2010
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Grandmaster Nigel Davies digs this time in the old pet line of  the great Bent Larsen,with the move 1.g3!?
Exciting is the set-up with a kind of Alekhine Defence reserved as we can see against his game against  Jan Hein Donner: Larsen,Bent - Donner,Jan Hein [A00]
Zuerich 1959
1.g3 e5 2.Bg2 d5 3.Nf3 e4 4.Nd4 c5 5.Nb3 c4 6.Nd4 Bc5 7.c3 Nc6 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.0-0 Ne7 10.b3 Ba6 11.Ba3 Qb6 12.bxc4 Bxc4 13.Bxc5 Qxc5 14.d3 exd3 15.exd3 Ba6 16.Re1 0-0 17.d4 Qd6 18.Nd2 c5 19.Qa4 cxd4 20.cxd4 Bc8 21.Rac1 Bd7 22.Qa5 Be6 23.Nb3 Rfb8 24.Qc7 Rd8 25.h4 Kf8 26.Qc3 Bf5 27.Nc5 Rdb8 28.Qf3 Rb4 29.Rxe7 Qxe7 30.Qxf5 Kg8 31.Nb3 1-0,as Davies so well explains on this DVD 18…c5 is the mistake.
Larsen has analysed this game also in his book; Larsen’s Selected Games Of Chess 1948-1969
And he writes after move 18…c5? Dangerous. True, it is tempting to trade off one of the pawns that are fixed on the wrong colour in related to the bishops. Also the black knight gets the square QB3,where it can attack the white Queen’s pawn.
But the white Bishop grows much stronger now. It was biting on granite and did not do much more than defend the king; now it will threaten the isolated black queens pawn.
In addition, the control of the king’s file, which looked like a merely temporary advantage for white, now becomes very important.
Larsen played 1.g3 with a lot of success but he later preferred more experimental lines as his  game against Lehman : Larsen,Bent - Lehmann,Heinz [A00] Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca (12), 1968
1.g3 g6 2.Bg2 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.d3 Nc6 5.a3 Nf6 6.Rb1 a5 7.a4 0-0 8.Nf3 d6 9.0-0 Ne8 10.Be3 Nd4 11.Bxd4 cxd4 12.Nb5 e5 13.c3 Bd7 14.cxd4 Bxb5 15.axb5 exd4 16.Qa4 Qd7 17.Rfc1 Nc7 18.Nxd4 Bxd4 19.Qxd4 Nxb5 20.Qa4 Rfd8 21.e3 Ra7 22.h4 Nc7 23.Qd4 Nb5 24.Qb6 Rb8 25.Bc6 Qc7 26.Qxb5 bxc6 27.Qxc6 Qxc6 28.Rxc6 a4 29.Ra1 Rxb2 30.Ra3 d5 31.d4 Ra5 32.Rc7 h5 33.Kg2 Kg7 34.Kf3 Kf6 35.Rc1 Ke6 36.Rca1 Rb4 37.Kf4 f6 38.f3 Ra8 39.Rc1 Kd6 40.Rc5 Rc4 41.Rb5 Kc6 42.Rb1 Re8 43.g4 hxg4 44.fxg4 Re4+ 45.Kg3 f5 46.gxf5 gxf5 47.Rh1 f4+ 48.exf4 Rcxd4 49.Rf3 Re8 50.h5 Rg8+ 51.Kh4 a3 52.h6 a2 53.Rf2 Ra4 54.Ra1 Kd6 55.Kh5 Ra3 56.Rh2 Ke6 57.h7 Rh8 ½-½
1.g3 offers the white player a lot of interesting key concepts and there is still a lot of scope for new ideas!
Running time is 4 hours!
Conclusion: Well done Nigel Davies!   

Fit for the French
My complete white repertoire by Viktor Bologan

 2010
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GM Viktor Bologan presents you in Fit for the French with a complete repertoire for white against the French Defence,where Bologan is not shy to share his secrets with you!
Now and than he even tries to help you  to improve the lines on this DVD with  the help of computer and database.
Repertoire lines are all ways a matter of tastes but if you ask me there is nothing wrong with  games as: Bologan Victor Viorel (MDA) - Rasidovic Sead (BIH) [C18]
open Sarajevo (BIH) (4), 08.05.2010
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Ne7 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.Qg4 Kf8 [7...Qa5 8.Bd2 Kf8 (8...Ng6 9.h4 h5 10.Qg3 c4 11.Be2 Nc6 12.Qg5 Qd8 13.Bxh5 Qxg5 14.hxg5) 9.a4 Nbc6 10.Nf3 Qb6 11.dxc5 Qxc5 12.Bd3 h6 13.0-0 Qb6 14.Rfe1 Bd7 15.c4 Qc7 16.cxd5 exd5 17.Qf4±;
7...Nf5 8.Bd3 h5 9.Qf4 cxd4 (9...Nc6 10.Nf3 Nce7 11.dxc5; 9...Qh4 10.Ne2 %04! 10...Qxf4 11.Nxf4± Tal M - Petrosian T, 1983 USSR (ch)) 10.cxd4 Qh4 11.Qxh4 Nxh4 12.Bg5 Nf5 13.Ne2 Nc6 14.c3 Na5 15.Nf4 Ne7 16.Be2 g6 17.Bf6 Rh7 18.Nh3 Ng8 19.Bg5;
7...cxd4 8.Bd3 (8.Qxg7 Rg8 9.Qxh7 Qc7) 8...Qa5 (8...Qc7) 9.Ne2 Nbc6 (9...Ng6 10.Bd2 dxc3 11.Bxc3 Qc7 12.h4 Nc6 13.f4 h5 14.Qg5) 10.Bd2 dxc3 11.Bxc3 Qc5 12.Qxg7] 8.Qd1 Qc7 9.Nf3 b6 10.a4 Ba6 11.Bxa6 Nxa6 12.0-0 Rc8 13.a5 b5 14.Qe2 cxd4 15.Qxb5 Nc5 16.cxd4 Ne4 17.Ba3 f6 18.c4 dxc4 19.exf6 gxf6 20.Rfe1 f5 21.d5 Kg7 22.d6 1-0.
Included is the sharpest and most dangerous line of the Winawer,where white goes for the pawn on g7,lines we don’t see much anymore  in the modern  repertoire books:
Shirov Alexei (ESP) (2692) - Ganguly S (2695) [C18]
Edmonton Edmonton, 2009
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Ne7 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.Qg4 Qc7 8.Qxg7 Rg8 9.Qxh7 cxd4 10.Ne2 Nbc6 11.f4 Bd7 [11...dxc3 12.Qd3 d4 Kamsky2009 a) 12...Nf5 13.Nxc3 Ncd4 14.Bb2 Bd7 15.0-0-0 Qc5 (15...Rc8 16.Rd2 Qc5 17.g3±) 16.Nxd5 exd5 17.Bxd4 Nxd4 18.Qxd4 Qxa3+ 19.Kd2 Qa5+ 20.Ke3 Rc8 21.Ra1 Qc7 22.Bd3±; b) 12...b6 13.Nxc3 Nf5 14.Bb2 Na5 15.0-0-0 Nc4 16.Ne4±; 13.Nxd4 Nxd4 14.Qxd4 Bd7 15.Rg1 Nf5 (15...0-0-0 16.Qxa7 Qc6 17.Be3) 16.Qf2 Qc6 17.Bd3 Rh8 (17...Qd5 18.Rb1 Bc6 19.Rb3 0-0-0 20.Rxc3 Kb8 21.g3 Nd4 (21...b6 22.Be3 Bb7 23.g4±) 22.Be3 Nf3+ 23.Kd1±) 18.h3 Qd5 19.Rb1 Bc6 20.Rb3 Nh4 21.Kf1 Qa5 Goloshchapov,A (2536)-Liepold,S (2258)/Bad Wiessee 2002 22.Qd4 !$16] 12.Qd3 dxc3 13.Qxc3 0-0-0 14.Rb1 Nf5 15.Rg1 d4 [15...f6 16.g4 Nh4 17.exf6 e5 18.f7 Rh8 19.f5 Rdf8 20.Bg5 Rxf7 21.Qg3 Nxf5 22.gxf5 Bxf5 23.Rb5 d4 24.Bg2 Bxc2 25.Bd5 Rff8 26.Bxc6 bxc6 27.Rxe5±] 16.Qd3 Na5 [16...f6 17.g4 Nh4 (17...Ne3 18.exf6 e5 19.Bxe3 dxe3 20.f5 Nd4 21.Nxd4 exd4 22.Bg2 Bc6 23.Bxc6 Qxc6 24.g5±; 17...Nh6 18.exf6 Rxg4 19.Rxg4 Nxg4 20.f7± e5 21.Bg2) 18.exf6 e5 (18...Be8 19.Rg3 Bg6 (19...e5 20.f5 Bf7 21.g5 Bd5 22.g6) 20.f5 exf5 21.Bf4 Qd7 (21...Ne5 22.Bxe5 Qxe5 23.Qc4+ Qc7 24.Qxc7+ Kxc7 25.g5±) 22.g5 Bh5 23.Kf2 Ng6 (23...Rge8 24.Bd2 Ne5 25.Qb5 d3 26.cxd3 Qxb5 27.Rxb5 Nxd3+ 28.Kg1 Rxe2 29.Bxe2 Bxe2 30.g6+-) 24.Qd2±) 19.Kf2 Be6 (19...e4 20.Qxe4 Rxg4 21.Rxg4 Bxg4 22.Ng3±) 20.Bh3 Rh8 21.c3 Qf7 22.cxd4 exd4 23.g5 Bxh3 24.Qxh3+ Kb8 25.Qb3 Qd7 26.g6 Nf5 27.g7± Kurnosov Igor 2556 - Vitiugov Nikita 2596 , Êóáîê Ðîññèè ïî øàõìàòàì ñðåäè ìóæ÷èí;
16...Be8 17.g4 Nfe7 18.Rg3 f6 19.exf6 Nd5 20.g5 Bg6 21.Qc4 Rge8 22.Bd2 e5 23.Bh3+ Kb8 24.f5 Bh5 25.Bg2 e4 26.Bf4 Nxf4 27.Nxf4 Bf7 28.Ne6± Timman Jan H (NED) 2665 - Martin Benjamin (NZL) 2358, Manila (Philippines) 1992] 17.Rb4 Nc6 [17...a6 18.g4 Nh4 (18...Ne3 19.Bxe3 Bb5 20.Qd2 dxe3 21.Qxe3 Qxc2 (21...Nc6 22.Re4±) 22.Nd4 Rxd4 23.Rxd4) 19.Nxd4 Bb5 !? 20.Qe4± Nc6 21.Nxb5 axb5 22.Rxb5±;
17...Bc6 18.g4 Nh4 19.Rg3 Bd5 20.Nxd4 Nc6 21.Nxc6 Bxc6 22.Qc3 Qd7 23.Rd3+- 1-0 Smirnov,P-Kazakov,P/Russian Cup Tomsk 2002] 18.Rc4 Be8 [18...f6 19.g4 fxe5 20.gxf5 Rxg1 21.Nxg1 exf5 22.fxe5] 19.g4 Nh4 20.Rg3 f6 21.exf6 Bg6 22.Rxc6 ! 22...Qxc6 23.Nxd4 Qh1 24.f5 exf5 25.Bf4 Be8 26.Qc4+ Bc6 27.Qe6+ Bd7 28.Rc3+ 1-0 Shirov,A (2732)-Ganguly,S (2637)/Edmonton 2009 1-0.
Not only very instructive but also overloaded  with latest devolvement!
Running time is 5hrs and 20 minutes!
Conclusion: A very instructive Chess DVD!                  

Chess Endgames 6 by Karsten Müller
2010
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The phenomenal endgame professor Grandmaster Karsten Müller, explains in his outstanding Chess Endgames 6 the endgame techniques from
domination, prophylaxis, Zugzwang, schematic thinking and more.
Schematic thinking is related to the horizon of the computer, and here is the human brain still superior! But as Karsten Müller explains
but schematic thinking can not replace concrete calculation!
When we look at the position Bisguier – Mednis,USA Championship from 1969 we can learn to take your time and not to play as Bisquer did with his hasty 52.g4?
With this move white destroys his dominated commanding  position. Winning was after Müller the move 52.Be4 Bd2 53.Rb7+ Kh6 54.Rf7 Nh7 55.h4 etc.
Under  prophylaxis, I found this golden beauty from Botvinnik: 06.11 Botvinnik,Mikhail - Alekhine,Alexander [D41]AVRO Holland (7), 15.11.1938
[Müller,Karsten]
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 c5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e3 Nc6 7.Bc4 cxd4 8.exd4 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Re1 b6?! 11.Nxd5 exd5 12.Bb5 Bd7? 13.Qa4 Nb8 14.Bf4 Bxb5 15.Qxb5 a6 16.Qa4 Bd6 17.Bxd6 Qxd6 18.Rac1 Ra7 19.Qc2 Re7 20.Rxe7 Qxe7 21.Qc7 Qxc7 22.Rxc7 f6 23.Kf1 Rf7 24.Rc8+ Rf8 25.Rc3! g5 26.Ne1 h5
1n3rk1/8/pp3p2/3p2pp/3P4/2R5/PP3PPP/4NK2 w - h6 0 0
27.h4!! Nd7?! [27...Kf7!? 28.Rc7+ Kg6 29.hxg5 fxg5 30.Nf3 Kf5 (30...g4?! 31.Nh4+ Kg5 32.g3 Rf6 33.Rg7+ Kh6 34.Rb7+-) 31.Rh7 g4 32.Rxh5+ Ke4 33.Rh4 Rf4 34.Ne5 Kxd4 35.Nxg4±] 28.Rc7 Rf7 29.Nf3! g4 30.Ne1 f5 31.Nd3 f4 32.f3!? [32.Nb4 Nf6 33.Nxa6 f3] 32...gxf3 33.gxf3 a5 34.a4 Kf8 35.Rc6?! [35.b4!? Kg7 36.bxa5 bxa5 37.Kf2 Nb6 38.Rc5 Nxa4 39.Rxd5+-] 35...Ke7 36.Kf2 Rf5 37.b3 Kd8 38.Ke2 Nb8?! 39.Rg6! [39.Rxb6? Kc7 40.Rg6 Nc6"] 39...Kc7 40.Ne5 Na6 41.Rg7+ Kc8 42.Nc6 Rf6 43.Ne7+ Kb8 44.Nxd5 Rd6 45.Rg5 Nb4 46.Nxb4 axb4 47.Rxh5 Rc6 [47...Rxd4 48.Rf5 Kc7 49.h5+- (Kasparov)] 48.Rb5 Kc7 49.Rxb4 Rh6 50.Rb5 Rxh4 51.Kd3 1-0,Borvinnik later wrote in his book: Botvinnik’s Best Games,Volume 1:1925-1941:This is one of those endings where there are no brilliant moves or complicated calculations; all the moves seem simple,but not one of them can be excluded, since they are all solidy interlinked. It is this that constitutes their real strength.
Had it not been for this game,after the tournament I would not have dared beginning discussions with the World Champion about a match.
Fascinating is the position: 09.03 Karpov – Kasparov,
World Championship (9), 1984
[Karsten Müller]
Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual (Russell 2008); Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual (Russell 2003); Mihail Marin in Learn from the Legends, Quality Chess 2004; Tibor Karolyi's,  Endgame Virtuoso Anatoly Karpov, New in Chess 2007; Power Chess with Pieces by Jan Timman, New in Chess 2004,:{ 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.g3 Nf6 6.Bg2 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.Bg5 cxd4 10.Nxd4 h6 11.Be3 Re8 12.Qb3 Na5 13.Qc2 Bg4 14.Nf5 Rc8 15.Bd4 Bc5 16.Bxc5 Rxc5 17.Ne3 Be6 18.Rad1 Qc8 19.Qa4 Rd8 20.Rd3 a6 21.Rfd1 Nc4 22.Nxc4 Rxc4 23.Qa5 Rc5 24.Qb6 Rd7 25.Rd4 Qc7 26.Qxc7 Rdxc7 27.h3 h5 28.a3 g6 29.e3 Kg7 30.Kh2 Rc4 31.Bf3 b5 32.Kg2 R7c5 33.Rxc4 Rxc4 34.Rd4 Kf8 35.Be2 Rxd4 36.exd4 Ke7 37.Na2 Bc8 38.Nb4 Kd6 39.f3 Ng8 40.h4 Nh6 41.Kf2 Nf5 42.Nc2 f6 [42...Bd7² Geller] 43.Bd3 g5 44.Bxf5 Bxf5 45.Ne3 Bb1 46.b4} 1...gxh4? 2.Ng2!! hxg3+ 3.Kxg3 Ke6 4.Nf4+ Kf5 5.Nxh5 Ke6 6.Nf4+ Kd6 7.Kg4 Bc2 8.Kh5 Bd1 9.Kg6 Ke7! 10.Nxd5+? [10.Nh5! Bxf3 11.Nxf6 Be4+ 12.Kg5 Bd3! 13.Ng4! Bf1 14.Ne5 Bh3 15.Kg6! Ke6!? 16.Nc6 Kd6 17.Na5 Ke7 18.Nb3 Bd7 19.Nc5 Bc8 20.Kg7? Bf5! 21.Nxa6 Bd3] 10...Ke6?! 11.Nc7+ Kd7?! 12.Nxa6 Bxf3 13.Kxf6 Kd6 14.Kf5 Kd5 15.Kf4 Bh1 16.Ke3 Kc4 17.Nc5 Bc6 18.Nd3 Bg2 19.Ne5+ Kc3 20.Ng6 Kc4 21.Ne7 Bb7? [21...Bh1!=] 22.Nf5 Bg2?! [22...Kd5!? 23.Kd3 Ke6 24.Ng7+! Kd7 (24...Kd6 25.Ne8+ Ke7 26.Nc7 Bc6 27.d5+-; 24...Kd5 25.Ne8+-; 24...Ke7 25.Nh5+-) 25.Nh5 Bg2 26.Nf4! Bf1+ 27.Ke4 Kd6 28.Ke3 Bc4 (28...Kc6 29.d5+ Kd6 30.Kd4 Bc4 31.a4+-) 29.Ne2+-] 23.Nd6+ Kb3 24.Nxb5 Ka4 25.Nd6 1-0,splitup in 3 different instructive video files!
Conclusion: This DVD will help you to improve your endgame knowledge in a impressive way!

ChessBase Magazine issue 138
2010
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Again there is a heavy loaded tournament file covering games from,latest tournaments as  Shanghai,Amsterdam, Dortmund, Bie, Pamplona,Britsch Championship  and more!
Included are excellent analysed games as for example the following one from Michael Adams,(2706) - Conquest,Stuart (2523) [B12]
GBR-ch97th Canterbury (8), 03.08.2010
[Adams,M]
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Nd7 6.0-0 Bg6 7.c3 Nh6 [I noticed that Stuart normally doesn't challenge the centre directly on the Black side of the Caro-Kann. Here he chooses an interesting way to mobilise Black's minor pieces. If instead 7...Ne7 White has the option to go after the light squared bishop with 8.Nh4 . Taking the knight on h6 immediately didn't look promising to me although it's the most common choice. However it's a nice option to have available so I gained some space on the queenside.] 8.a4 Rc8 [I was expecting 8...a5 , the rook move isn't justified in the game as Black isn't able to make the c5 break.] 9.a5 a6 [There was a case for not fixing the queenside structure and playing 9...Be7 ] 10.Bf4 Be7 [At the moment the opening of the centre following 10...c5 11.c4 looks very dangerous for Black.] 11.Re1 0-0 12.b4 [I had hoped not to have to spend a tempo on this now but 12.Nbd2 c5 13.c4 Nf5! is fine for Black.] 12...f6 13.exf6 Rxf6 [I thought White had a small edge after 13...Bxf6 14.Bd3 Qe7 but it's not easy to say which capture is stronger.] 14.Bg5 It's important to drive the rook to a worse square. 14...Rf7 15.Bxh6 gxh6 16.Bd3 Bh5 [The most ambitious move 16...Rf6 17.Bxg6 (17.Ra2 Bd6 18.Rae2 Qe7 19.Bxg6 hxg6 20.Nbd2 Rcf8 is nothing special despite the apparently efficient manner in which I doubled my rooks.) 17...hxg6 18.Nbd2 Bd6 19.Nb3 Qe7 20.Nc5 is only a liitle better but will make for an unpleasant defensive task for Black.] 17.Nbd2 Nf8 [I felt this was the key moment in the game, now I get a grip on the position that I was able to maintain to the end of the game. Instead I was anticipating 17...Rf6! Stu was concerned about 18.Qc2 but (The computer suggestion 18.Re3 is stronger 18...Bd6 19.Qe1 Qe7 20.Ne5 but much less clearcut than the game.) 18...Bd6! giving up a pawn for activity isn't that clear 19.Bxh7+ (or 19.Ne5 Qc7 20.Ndf3 Rcf8! (we checked 20...Kh8 21.Nxd7 Qxd7 22.Ne5 Qg7 23.Re3 in the post mortem but the rook move is stronger) ) 19...Kh8 20.Ne5 Qc7 21.Nxd7 Qxd7 22.Bd3 Rcf8 and in both cases Black's forces are coordinating very well.] 18.Re5 Breaking the pin is very strong, all my pieces can mobilise freely and Black's structure starts creaking. 18...Bg6 [My opponent played this quite fast but 18...Bg5 was worth considering 19.h4 (19.Qf1 Bxf3 20.Nxf3 Rxf3 21.gxf3 Qf6 also makes White show some precision.) 19...Bxd2 20.Rxh5 Bxc3 21.Rb1 Qe7 doesn't look very healthy but Black will certainly get some material for his troubles.] 19.Bxg6 hxg6 20.Re3 [Retreating the rook is an important finesse as 20.Qc2 Bd6 21.Re2 Qf6 22.Rae1 is not so effective.] 20...Bd6 21.Ne5 Rf4 [Understandably Stuart didn't want to part with his best piece but 21...Bxe5 22.Rxe5 Qf6 does improve his coordination.;
I was thinking about 21...Rf5 but the longer rook move aims to provoke g3 cutting off my rook's access along the third rank.] 22.Qe2 Rc7 23.Ndf3 Rf5 24.Re1 Rg7 25.g3 [I had an interesting alternative in 25.Nd3 Qe7 26.Nfe5 but thought that simpler measures were also strong.] 25...Be7 26.Kg2 Qc8 27.Qd2 Aiming to force the move h5 which gives my knights another outpost on g5. 27...Kh7 28.R3e2 Qd8 29.h4 h5 Black has to acquiesce as ¤g4 was threatened.
 30.Nd3 Rgf7 31.Nfe5 Rg7 32.Nf4 Qc8 [The desperate sacrifice 32...Bxh4 33.gxh4 Qxh4 shouldn't work but there is some activity 34.Nh3 g5 35.Rh1 Ng6 36.Nxg6 Qg4+ 37.Kf1 Rxg6 38.Qd3 should be good enough.] 33.Nh3 [Maybe 33.Ned3 Rf6 34.Nh3 was more precise.] 33...Kg8 34.Re3 The rooks creep forward again so White's pieces can triple on the e-file in the right order. 34...Qc7 [Now was a good moment to try a break out 34...g5 35.Nxg5 Bxg5 36.hxg5 Rgxg5 37.Rf3 Qd8 38.Rxf5 Rxf5 was the best practical chance.] 35.Nf3 Rgf7 36.R1e2 [The rooks beat the queen after 36.Nfg5 Bxg5 37.Nxg5 Rxf2+ 38.Qxf2 Rxf2+ 39.Kxf2 but there is no reason to allow this.] 36...R7f6 [The e-pawn's number is also up after 36...Qc8 37.Qe1] 37.Nfg5 Qd7 38.Qe1 Bd6 39.Nxe6 Nxe6 40.Rxe6 Rxe6 41.Rxe6 Kf7 A pawn down with a pretty rotten position I thought the game would be over soon but Stuart puts up stiff resistance.
 42.Re3 Be7 43.Qe2 [For some reason I considered 43.Nf4 for a while before realising 43...Bxh4 was possible.] 43...Bd8 44.Qd3 [I could have got on with it with 44.f3 but I thought that changing the order of my major pieces and introducing the possibility of £h6 would be enough to cause a collapse.] 44...Be7 45.Re2 Bf6 46.Qe3 Qe7 47.Qd2 Qf8 48.Nf4 [Now would have been a good moment for 48.f3 ] 48...Qc8 49.Nh3 [Both 49.Nd3 and;
49.Ne6 were pretty good but I decided to go back to my previous idea.] 49...Kg7 [Stuart decides to vary as 49...Qf8 50.f3 Bd8 51.Qe3 Kg8 52.Nf4 Rxf4 53.Qxf4 Qxf4 54.gxf4 Kf7 55.f5 gxf5 56.Re5 Bf6 57.Rxf5 Kg6 58.Re5 is an easy win.] 50.Qe3 Qd7 [If 50...Kf7 51.Nf4 is deadly.] 51.Qe8 [51.Nf4 was still strong here.] 51...Qc7 [After 51...Qxe8 52.Rxe8 the b-pawn can't be protected.] 52.Re6 Qf7 53.Qc8 g5 [The last throw of the dice as 53...Be7 54.Re2 Bf6 55.f3 leaves Black move bound.] 54.Re2 [The alternative 54.hxg5 Bxg5 55.Rd6 Be7 56.Rd7 wasn't bad.] 54...Kg6 55.hxg5 [I pondered 55.f3 but the clinical way to take advantage of Black's cornered rook was;
55.g4! hxg4 56.h5+ , exchanging everything is good enough.] 55...Bxg5 56.Nxg5 Rxg5 57.Qe6+ Kg7 58.Qxf7+ Kxf7 59.Re5 1-0.
The theory files handle: Anic: Old Indian Defence A55,
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 4.e4 e5 5.Nf3 Be7 6.Be2 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.Qc2 a6 9.Rd1 Qc7
10.Bg5 Re8 11.Rac1 Qb8,Knaak: Nimzowitsch Defence B00,
1.e4 Nc6 3.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.d5 Nb8,Kritz: Caro-Kann B12
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.Be3,Karolyi: Sicilian B92,
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Kh1 Nc6,Ftacnik: Sicilian
B96,1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Nc6,Stohl:Ruy Lopez C92,
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Bb7 10.d4 Re8
11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.a4,Postny: Slav Defence D18,
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Nh4 e6 7.Nxf5 exf5 8.e3 Bb4 9.Bxc4 0-0 10.0-0 Nbd7,Kuzmin: Catalan E01
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Bd6 6.Bg2,Krasenkow: Queen's Indian Defence E12 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Qc2 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Be7 9.e4 0-0 10.Bd3 c5 11.0-0, Grivas: Sicilian B33,1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qb6 5.Nb3 Nf6 6.Nc3 e6 7.Be3 Qc7
 and at last Schipkov with the good old King's Indian Defence E81,
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 c5 7.Nge2 Nc6 8.d5 Ne5 9.Ng3.
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