CHESSBOOK REVIEWS

Latest book reviews of 1 March 2011

BOOKS REVIEWS BY JOHN ELBURG.

Wilhelminalaan 33

7261 BP RUURLO

The Netherlands.John Elburg

On 23 of March Viktor Korchnoi will become 80!

By this our congratulations Viktor!

The chess publisher Olms wrote me that they are almost finished with the revised and enlarged anniversary edition of his

magnificent book`My Best Games`.

Soon more on this site!!

Geheimnisse moderner Schacheröffnungen by John Watson

2011

Gambit Publications Ltd

http://www.gambitbooks.com

E-mail info@gambitbooks.com

367 pages

Price €18,95

ISBN 978-1-906454-22-7

Funny enough this German translation, done by Hans Peter Remmler has gone to 367 pages and that is 48 pages more than the English release.

Volume four belongs to one of my favourites seen the large amount of gambit lines that are covered in it.

International master John Watson does not only explain in these Mastering the chess openings books, all major strategies but he also provides the reader with a wealth of interesting {gambit} ideas.

But first of all, a view of all lines that are covered in this book: Réti and Fianchetto Systems,Reversed Openings,

Symmetry Irregular Openings,Gambits: Primitive or Positional and Universal Openings.

For example in the Modern Defence: 1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. f4 c6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Be3 Qb6 7. Qd2 Bxf3 8. gxf3 Nd7 9. O-O-O Qa5 10. Kb1 b5 11. f5 Ngf6 12. Bd3 b4 13. Ne2 c5 14. Bh6 O-O 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16. h4 Rfc8 white is waved away with the move 17. h5!,

A old analyse from Keene,Botteril and Williams from back in 1972 went 17.b3 Nb6 18.h5 c4!

with a highly unclear counter attack.

But as Watson points out in the analyses to this game:Black would do better to divert white’s queen by 14….Bxh6! 15.Qxh6 gxf5 16.exf5 Rc8.

Great fun in this book are all the kind of gambits as the Göring and Danish gambit.

Watson writes: The Danish Gambit is a fascinating attempt to jump all over black from the outset, and you can certainly use it to play for a win, especially against opponents with in your own rating range or some what higher. It’s not the kind of opening to play casually, how ever;without a fair amount of study, there is a risk you either won’t recover your material

Or that there will be an unfavourable simplification.

Fortunately, the positional and tactical ideas are great to go over, so you’ll find your self easily motivated.

Include in this book is also the famous game:

Browne – Miles,Reno 1999,where Miles went for the wild 4…f5.

1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 3.e4 Bb7 4.Bd3 f5 5.exf5 Bxg2 6.Qh5+ g6 7.fxg6 Bg7 8.gxh7+ Kf8 9.Bg5 Nf6 10.Qh4 Bxh1 11.Ne2 Qe7 12.Nf4 Qf7 13.Ng6+ Ke8 14.Ne5 Qf8 15.Nc3 d6 16.0-0-0 dxe5 17.dxe5 Ke7 18.Rxh1 Nbd7 19.Re1 Nxe5 20.Rxe5 Kd7 21.Qh3 Re8 22.Bg6 Re7 23.Kb1 Kc8 24.Rxe6 Kb8 25.Bxf6 Bxf6 26.Nd5 Rxe6 27.Qxe6 Bg7 28.f4 Qc5 29.Qg8+ Qf8 30.Ne7 c6 31.Qe6 Qxf4 32.Nxc6+ Kb7 33.Qe7+ Qc7 34.Be4 Qxe7 35.Nxe7+ Kc7 36.Ng8 Kd7 37.Kc2 a5 38.a3 Ke8 39.Bg6+ Kf8 40.b4 axb4 41.axb4 Rxg8 42.hxg8Q+ Kxg8 ½-½.

Watson writes: The variation with 4…f5 5.exf5 Bxg2 is a testament to the

Creativity of brilliant players and analysis. Theory seems to indelicate that it comes up short for black {in fact drastically so},although I suppose that in the masses of variations he may yet find a saving grace. This all is well covered by Watson with three pages of full text!

And the stem game Browne – Miles,Tilburg 1978 is included between the lines

too: 1.c4 b6 2.d4 e6 3.e4 Bb7 4.Bd3 f5 5.exf5 Bxg2 6.Qh5+ g6 7.fxg6 Bg7 8.gxh7+ Kf8 9.Ne2 Bxh1 10.Bg5 Nf6 11.Qh4 Nc6 12.Nf4 Kf7 13.Bg6+ Ke7 14.Nh5 Qf8 15.Nd2 e5 16.0-0-0 Nxd4 17.Rxh1 Ne6 18.f4 d6 19.Ne4 Nxg5 20.Qxg5 Bh6 21.Qh4 Bg7 22.fxe5 dxe5 23.Rf1 Kd7 24.Nexf6+ Bxf6 25.Nxf6+ Kc8 26.Be4 c6 27.Qh3+ Kb7 28.Bxc6+ 1-0.

12…Nxd4 13.Ng6+ Ke8 14.Qxd4 Rxh7 15.Ne5 Rxh2 seems fine for black.

Ftacnik gives in the ChessBase Magazines only 15…Rh3!

Conclusion: This book has a high instructive value!

1001 Deadley Checkmates by John Nunn

Gambit Publications Ltd

http://www.gambitbooks.com

E-mail info@gambitbooks.com

303 pages

Price €19,95

ISBN 978-1-906454-25-8

The master of attack GM John Nunn, comes in this book with a fabulous collection of 1001 checkmates pleasantly divided in different types of check mates.

Nunn offers the reader points,between 1 and 5 all according to difficulty.

Yes this is a book where you are awarded for finding the checkmate! There is even a score-chart at the end of each chapter ,where you can fill in your score.

The aim of this book lays by novice and junior players but I would also like to recommended to local club players who would like to improve there pattern recognition.

Pleasant to mention is: That the positions have been arranged in a logical sequence so that a later position will repeat an idea from an earlier one,but with an

additional subtlety or finesse, Nunn in his introduction..

This book holds some beautiful mating combinations as the one from K.Berg against J.Kristiansen,Arhus 2009.

White: Kf1,Rc3,Ra5,Ng6, pawns a3,f5 and g3. Black:Kg8, Rb2,Bb7,Ng4,pawns e4,g7 and h6.White plays 1.Ra8+! and black resigned!

More difficult is Radziewicz – Yakovich,Rilton Cup,Stockholm 1999/2000 but this is not for nothing covered in chapter 17 of extreme mate challenge:

White:Kg1,Qh6,Ra1,Rc3,Be2,Nf5,pawns a3,b2,d5,e4,g2 and h2. Black:Kh8,Qd8,Rook g8,a8,Knights g6,c5 and pawns on a5,b6,d6,f6,f7,h7.

White finished the game by 1.Qxh7+!! Kxh7 2.Rh3+ Nh4 3.Rxh4 Kg6 4.Rh6+ and black resigned.

Included is a impressive index of players!

Conclusion: There is no better way to learn chess!

The improving annotator from beginner to master by Dan Heisman

2010

Mongoose Press

Boston

http://www.mongoosepress.com

225 pages

Price €14,95

ISBN 978-1936277049-9

Dan Heisman comes here with a expanded update of his 2002 Enterprise book,The Improving Annotator from Beginner to Master.

Heisman does not have the talent of a Kasparov but his annotated games are a fine example how a chess amateur can archive master strength.

The author describes in this book,his own development as player and analyst.

Heisman used Rijbka to completely re-analyse and annotate two of the most complicated games in the book and one of them is the following one against John Yehl with white at the Keystone State Tournament, Philadelphia of 1968: 1.e4 c5 2.d4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.dxc5 Bxc5 5.exd5 exd5 6.Bb5+ Nc6 7.0-0 Nge7 8.Nc3 Bg4 9.Re1 0-0 10.Bd3 f5 11.h3 Bh5 12.g4 fxg4 13.hxg4 Bxg4 14.Be2 Bxf2+!15.Kxf2 Ne5 16.Bg5 Qb6+ 17.Be3 Qf6 18.Rh1 Bxf3 19.Bxf3 Ng4+ 20.Ke1 Nxe3 21.Nxd5 N7xd5 22.Bxd5+ Kh8 23.Qd2 Nxd5 24.Qxd5 Qf2+ 25.Kd1 Rad8 0-1,Funny enough my Fritz gives here in place of 14…Bxf2+ 14…Qc7 as stronger,maybe even twice so strong!

By the way a pity that the misprint 11…Bh4 did slip away in the book.

Any way the game is good for nine pages of text.

Interesting to mention is game 25,Playing postal Chess with Computer help,and after Heisman computers should not be allowed in postal play.

Dunn,Dennis K.(USA) (1950) - Heisman,Dan (2223)

Correspondence game Warrington,Penna, 1989

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be2 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Kh1 0-0 9.f4 Bd7 10.Nb3 Qc7 11.Bf3 Rfd8 12.Nb5 Qb8 13.c4 a6 14.Nc3 b5 15.e5 dxe5 16.fxe5 Qxe5 17.Bf4 Qxf4 18.Bxc6 Qxf1+ 19.Qxf1 Bxc6 20.Na5 Be8 21.Qf3 Rdc8 22.a3 Bd8 23.Nb3 Bc6 24.Qe2 bxc4 25.Nd2 Nd5 26.Nxd5 Bxd5 27.Rc1 Bg5 28.Rc2 Bxd2 29.Qxd2 Be4 30.Rc1 Rab8 31.Kg1 h6 32.Qc3 a5 33.a4 Rb4 34.b3 Bd3 35.Kf2 Rc5 36.Qa1 cxb3 0-1.

Heisman ends with the words: If I want to play postal chess in the future,I will gladly do without the "burden" of the computer-and maybe I can even play in a real postal match!

Conclusion: Very entertaining!

The gambit files by Bill Harvey

2010

Mongoose Press

Boston

http://www.mongoosepress.com

155 pages

Price €13,95

ISBN 978-1936277 -11-7

The American Bill Harvey well known from his site http://wtharvey.com/ presents you in this book 237 gambit exercises, all divided from 15 gambit lines as the Lisitsin Gambit: 1.Nf3 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Ng5,Portuguesse Gambit: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4 or better known as the Jadoul Variation of the Scandinavian Defence.

Other lines are Caro-Kann Fantasy Variation: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 dxe4 4.fxe4 e5 5.Nf3 exd4 6.Bc4,Wing Gambit: 1.e4 c5 2.b4 cb4 3.d4 d5 4.e5 Nc6,Grand Prix Attack-Tal Gambit:1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 Nf6 4.Bb5+ Bd7 5.Bxd7 Qxd7 6.c4 e6 7.Qe2 Bd6,French Attack-Milner –Barry Attack:1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Bd3 Bd7 7.0-0 cxd4 8.cxd4 Nxd4 9.Nxd4 Qxd4,King’s Gambit,The Rosentreter Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.d4,Petroff’s Defence- Cochrane’s Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nxf7 Kxf7 5.d4,

The Scotch Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4,Ruy Lopez-Gajewski Gambit: 1.e4 e5 1.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 d5,Albin Counter Gambit 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5,The Winawer Counter Gambit:1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e5 4.dxe5 d4,The Geller Gambit: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.e4,The Blumenfeld Gambit: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 b5 and at last the Queen’s Indian Defence-Polugaevsky Variation:1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.d5 exd5 8.Nh4.

Every above mentioned line is covered with a collection model games,as the classic beauty

Staunton,Howard - Brodie,Alfred [C44]

London knockout London (1.1), 27.05.1851

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bb4+ 5.c3 dxc3 6.0-0 Qf6 7.e5 Qe7 8.a3 cxb2 9.Bxb2 Bc5 10.Nc3 d6 11.Nd5 Qd8 12.exd6 Bxd6 13.Bxg7 Bg4 14.Re1+ Nge7 15.Nf6# 1-0,and not to forget a lot of entertaining puzzles!

Conclusion: A very enjoyable gambit book!

Play like a girl by Jennifer Shade

2010

Mongoose Press

Boston

http://www.mongoosepress.com

100 pages

Price €11,95

ISBN 978-936277 -03-2

In this book you shall find brilliant women chess players and the positions that made them famous as for example Vera Menchik did against Sonja Graf,Austria 1937,may I give you this complete game?

Menchik,Vera - Graf,Sonja [D46]

Wch (Women) Semmering (14), 13.07.1937

1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.e3 c6 6.Bd3 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.e4 dxe4 9.Nxe4 Nxe4 10.Bxe4 Nf6 11.Bc2 c5 12.dxc5 Qa5 13.Be3 Bxc5 14.Bd2 Qc7 15.Bc3 Be7 16.Qe2 b6 17.Ng5 g6 18.Qf3 Bb7 19.Qh3 h5 20.Rad1 Ng4 21.Rd7 1-0,Menchik’s idea was the fantastic 22.Qxh5!!

Menchik's greatest success at international tournaments was Ramsgate 1929, when she finished tied for second with Akiba Rubinstein, just half a point behind former World Champion José Raúl Capablanca, and ahead of her teacher Géza Maróczy.

When you purchase Play Like a Girl!, you're also helping charity. All author royalties go to the Tucson-based non-profit organization, 9Queens. The book is edited by two-time U.S. Women's Champion Jennifer Shahade, a co-founder of 9Queens.

Conclusion: Eye catching!

Your best move by Per Ostman

2011

Everyman Chess

http://www.everymanchess.com

222 pages

Price €19,95

ISBN 978-1-85744-635-7

The Australian Per Ostman has based this book on three important key elements: first of go for the best move,use your skills and develop your chess knowledge.

In part one Ostman describes his thinking process as selecting moves with the highest level, and his technique of before you make your move goes something like this.

Start looking for the move you want to make.Calculating and evaluating several candidate moves,you select one move as your main candidate.

The selected move then has to be scrutinized, so you verify that your opponent does not have any replies which would make your choice inferior to other moves.

Also look at the move with the highest potential value first,no matter how low you believe it’s true value will prove to be.

This means you should always look at the most forcing moves.

Under Prophylactic I found: One of the most important qualities of a strong player,if not the most important, is the ability to identify the opponents possibilities, his planes and his desirable moves, and to prevent them or figure out when and how they should be met.

Covered in this book are also endings, attacks, breakthroughs, calculation, visualization,planning and so on!

All together we have here a unique learning book,which is well illustrated with instructive advises and practical examples.

As for example:It is quite common for players to make there moves in such a way that there opponents thinks they are strong.For example,they might make the moves forcefully,full of confidence,and by doing that they try to affect their opponents impression of them.

Conclusion: This book is really overloaded with instructive tips!

A ferocious opening repertoire by Cyrus Lakdawala

2010

Everyman Chess

http://www.everymanchess.com

304 pages

Price €20,95

ISBN 978-1-85744-661-6

Cyrus Lakdawala author of the London System arms the reader with a complete white repertoire with the moves 1.d4, 2.Nc3, 3.Bg5 and if possible the move 4.f3.

These moves are named after Gavril Veresov,who has contributed his moves to the theory of this opening.

Many great players have touched the Veresov as Tal,Spassky,Kasparov and even the king of blitz Nakamura,has touched the knight on c3.

Lakdawala cover all black’s main defences in this book as the Modern,Pirc and Philidor,you name it and Lakdawala comes with a promising repertoire line.

Some times it even can go sharp as we can see,after the moves: 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 Nbd7 4.f3 c5 5.e4 cxd4 6.Bxf6 exf6 7.Qxd4 Bc5 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Nxd5 Saptarshi – Goswami,Hyderabad 2006,but black has some dangerous compensation.

A weird game with queens everywhere is: Khachian,Melikset (2420) - Donchenko,Anatoly G (2405) [D01] Moscow6 Moscow (9), 1995 and model game 6 of this book:

1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 Nbd7 4.f3 c5 5.dxc5 e6 6.b4 Be7 7.Rb1 a5 8.a3 b6 9.c6 Ne5 10.b5 Bxa3 11.e4 Bb4 12.Bd2 dxe4 13.Na4 Nd5 14.c3 Bd6 15.f4 Ng6 16.g3 e3 17.Bc1 Ngxf4 18.c4 Qf6 19.Nf3 e2 20.Bxe2 Nxe2 21.Kxe2 0-0 22.cxd5 exd5 23.Kf2 Bg4 24.Rb3 Rfe8 25.h3 Bf5 26.Bf4 Re4 27.Nc3 Bc5+ 28.Kg2 a4 29.Nxd5 Qe6 30.Rb2 a3 31.Rd2 a2 32.Nc7 a1Q 33.Rd8+ Bf8 34.Nxe6 Ra2+ 35.Nd2 Rxd2+ 36.Qxd2 Qxh1+ 37.Kxh1 Rxe6 38.Rxf8+ 1-0.

Interesting to mention is the line: 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 Nbd7 4.f3 c6 5.e4 dxe4 6.fxe4 e5 7.dxe5 Qa5 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.e6 fxe6 where Lakdawala comes with the move 10.Qg4!,afther him the only move but,Nigel Davies gives in his book The Veresov as a unclear question mark.

A other interesting way to reach the Verosov is by 1.Nc3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bg5 Nbd7 4.f3 c6.

In the Pirc and even in the Modern Defence Lakdawala goes for a early Bg5 too: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 or 1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Bg5 but not in the Philidor: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 4.g4!

This work comes with a impressive collection of 105 well analysed model games!

Conclusion: A smashing repertoire book!

The Sniper by Charlie Storey

2011

Everyman Chess

http://www.everymanchess.com

174 pages

Price €19,95

ISBN 978-1-85744-643-2

The English IM Charlie Storey provides the reader in this book with a universal defence based on the moves 1…g6 2…Bg7 and 3…c5.

Now and than you have to creep around the edges with lines as we can see in the following game from Storey: 1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.e4 c5 4.d5 e5 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nf3 Nd7 7.Be2 a6 8.0-0 Ne7 9.Rb1 h6 10.Ne1 f5 11.exf5 gxf5 12.Bh5+ Kf8 13.f4 e4 14.Be3 Nf6 15.Nc2 b5 16.Bf2 Qa5 17.a3 Nxh5 18.Qxh5 Bxc3 19.bxc3 Qxc3 20.Rfc1 Qg7 21.cxb5 Nxd5 22.Qd1 Rg8 23.g3 Nc3 24.Qxd6+ Kf7 25.Bxc5 and a draw on move 71,Lawson – Storey,Sniper training match 2009. Playable after Storey is: 1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.e4 c5 4.d5 e5 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nf3 Nd7 7.Be2 f6 8.Nb5 and now8… Ke7!

Interesting to mention is the Bermuda Triangle that runs with the moves: 1.d4 g6 2.c4 g6 3.e4 c5 4.d5 e5.

A common theme in the Sniper is to sacrifice the c5 pawn as we can see in the following moves: 1.e4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.d4 c5 4.dxc5 Qa5+ 5.c3 Qxc5.

And after 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.c3 black goes for 3…d5 and if 4.Nd2 than 4…c5.

The main line runs with 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 but black must be prepared to play a Main Line of the Sicilian Dragon!

The following games gives a good idea of the black possibilities in the Sniper: Gavriel,Tryfon (2138) - Storey,Charles (2279) [B06]

GBR-ch 96th Torquay (2), 28.07.2009

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.dxc5 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 Qa5 6.Bd3 Qxc3+ 7.Bd2 Qxc5 8.Rb1 d6 9.Rb5 Qc7 10.Qa1 Nf6 11.Bh6 Rg8 12.Bd2 Nbd7 13.Ne2 Nc5 14.f3 b6 15.Qd4 g5 16.h3 h5 17.h4 gxh4 18.Qf2 h3 19.gxh3 Nfd7 20.Rg1 Rf8 21.Rg5 Ne5 22.Nf4 Ncxd3+ 23.Nxd3 Ba6 24.Rbxe5 dxe5 25.Nb4 Bc4 26.Qe3 0-0-0 27.Bc3 f6 28.Rxh5 Rg8 29.Nd5 Bxd5 30.exd5 Rxd5 0-1,please see game 15 of this book!

Storey writes after 6.Bd3: Although in my opinion 6.Bd3 is not the best move for white to meet this Sniper Sacrifice, it is probably the most aggressive. There may be some way on a ‘quantum level’ to justify black’s weak dark squares, and that is true I suspect 6.Bd3 will be the way for white to prove it. My current assessment of this position is that it is practical better for black, remembering of course that human beings are not capable of ‘quantum-level chess’, at least not with any consistency!

Fascinating are the lines with 1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.d5 Bxc3 5.bxc3 Qa5 and after Storey both 5…Qa5 and 5..f5 are played.

Interesting to mention is also the Sniper Benko that runs with the moves: 1.Nf3 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.c4 c5 4.e4 d6 5.d5 b5.

Included in this book are 70 model games.

Conclusion: This book is overloaded with fascinating lines!

Chess movies 1 by Bruce Pandolfini

2010

Russel Enterprises

www.russell-enterprises.com

208 pages

Price $19,95

ISBN 978-188869072-9

Bruce Pandolfini is a chess master and author who was famously portrayed by Ben Kingsley in the 1993 film Searching for Bobby Fischer.

Maybe Pandolfini provides in this book a complete new concept, where every move in this book is presented by a diagram and some text.

Excellent material for all starters in chess who like to play step by step through, simple but instructive chess games with out the use of a chess board.

Pandolfini handles some of the most important chess themes as double attack, fork, mating attack, pin and so on.

A fine example what the reader can expect in this book is the following short cut: Johansen,Darryl Keith (2440) - Budde,Vladimir (2345) [A03]Wuppertal Wuppertal, 1986

1.b3 Nf6 2.Bb2 d5 3.e3 e6 4.f4 g6 5.g4 Bg7 6.Be2 Nxg4 0-1.

Most games in this book are under the ten moves and that makes it all very enjoyable!

Conclusion: Highly recommend for all starters in chess!

Secrets of opening surprises 13

2011

New in Chess

http://www.newinchess.com/

246 pages

Price € 19,95

ISBN: 978-90-5691-341-0

Jeroen Bosch has managed to compile in this latest New in Chess SOS book,the following hot lines: Arthur Kogan - Sicilian Najdorf: the Czebe Attack, Jeroen Bosch - The North Sea Defence,Simon Williams - The Williams Anti-Grünfeld Variation,Konstantin Landa - The Scotch Game: Carlsen Leads the Way,

Jeroen Bosch - The Budapest Gambit Delayed,Alexander Finkel - French Defence: Obtaining Two Bishops,Glenn Flear - Grabbing a Pawn in the Réti/Catalan,

Dimitri Reinderman - Sicilian: Karma Chameleon,Jeroen Bosch - The Centre Game in Viking Spirit,Efstratios Grivas - Slav: The Easy Way,Adrian Mikhalchishin - Spanish: Kortchnoi's Idea in the Central Attack,Dimitri Reinderman - Panic in the London, Alexander Finkel - Pirc Defence - Taking off the Gloves, Jeroen Bosch - New Recipe in Old Indian,John van der Wiel - Sicilian Mission: To Boldly Go...,Ian Rogers - Surprising Sacrifice in the Giuoco Piano and not to forget Jeroen Bosch his SOS files,where I found the interesting French line with the moves: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nge2 dxe4 5.a3 Be7 6.g4 e5 7.h3 exd4 8.Qxd4 Nc6 9.Qxe4 Nf6 10.Qg2 0-0 11.g5 Nd7 12.Bd2 Nb6 13.0-0-0 Nc4 14.Bf4 Bd6 15.Bxd6 Nxd6 16.h4 Bf5 17.Ng3 Qd7 18.Nxf5 Qxf5 19.Nd5 Kh8 20.Bd3 Qd7 21.h5 Ne7 22.Nf4 Qc6 23.Qg4 f5 24.Qe2 Ne4 25.Bb5 Qb6 26.Rd7 a6 27.Bc4 Qc6 28.Rxe7 Ng3 29.fxg3 Qxh1+ 30.Kd2 Rad8+ 31.Bd3 Qg1 32.Qe5 Qf2+ 33.Kc3 Rg8 34.h6 1-0,Boris Grimberg – Ivan Farago,Deizisau 2010,please also see SOS issue 12.

The power of whites play lays in the fianchettoing of the white queen.

Brand new and nearly never played is the line of Ian Rogers: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Bxd2+ 8.Qxd2 Nxe4 9.Qe3!

Fascinating is the contribution of Alexander Finkel: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.e5 Nfd7 7.h4 c5 8.h5 and after 8…cxd4 Finkel goes for 9.Qxd4!

Conclusion: These SOS books really helps you to win from the book!

New in Chess Yearbook issue 97

2011

New in Chess

http://www.newinchess.com/

246 pages

Price € 31,95

Edition: Hardcover

ISBN: 978-90-5691-336-6

This time a beautiful made hardcover copy of New in Chess Yearbook reached me with a collection of 34 surveys reached me for review.

As a sharp player I specially enjoyed the following surveys: Sicilian Defence - Najdorf Variation 6.Bg5 - SI 4.1 from Rene Olthof with the interesting moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3, Sicilian Defence - Paulsen Variation 5.Bd3 - SI 42.2 –by Zaven Andriasian: .e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Bc5 6.Nb3 Ba7 7.Qe2 Nc6 8.Nc3 d6 9.Be3 Bxe3 10.Qxe3 Nf6 11.0-0-0 0-0 12.f4 Qc7 13.g4.

Strange looking is the survey from Endre Vegh on the Pirc Defence - Austrian Attack 5...c5 - PU 11.8: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 c5 6.dxc5 Qa5 7.Qd4!? but it makes sense!

Peter Lukacs and Laszlo dis in Kamsky’s secret weapon: 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 dxc3 12.Qd3 d4,see French Defence - Winawer Variation 7.Qg4 - FR 11.8 - Lukacs/Hazai.

A.C.van der Tak goes for the interesting 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bc4 Nb6 6.Bb3 Bg7 7.a4 in the Alburt Variation of the Alekhine: Alekhine’s Defence - Modern Variation 4.Nf3 g6 - AL 11.11 - Van der Tak.

Lev Gutman digs in the Real Fajarowicz-Richter Gambit Part IV: Various Openings - Budapest Gambit 3...Ne4 - VO 17.7 – Gutman.

Interesting also is a Gambit against the Alekhine Variation in the Queen’s Gambit Accepted:

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 a6 4.e4,please see: Queen’s Gambit Accepted - Alekhine Variation 3...a6 - QG 5.8 by Raetsky/Chetverik.

But the most amazing move in this New in Chess book goes to the move: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qc7 8.Qf3 b5 9.0-0-0 b4 10.e5 Bb7 11.Qh3 dxe5 12.Bb5+ from the Indian player B.Shankarasubbu.

This bishop check guarantees white a forced draw!

Conclusion:These New in Chess Yearbook books offer, an excellent view of latest opening developments.

The Meran & Anti - Meran Variations by Alexey Dreev

2011

Chess Stars

208 pages

Price €24,95

ISBN 978-954-8782-80-7

The former world junior champion GM Alexey Dreev,covers in this move to to move openings book The Meran & Anti-Meran variation.

Dreev concentrates in this book on the Meran with the move order:1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 and 6.Qc2.

Dreev is a expert on the Meran and has played it for over a quarter of a century.

Populair is for example the line: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 a6 9.e4 c5!? 10.d5 c4 11.dxe6 fxe6 12.Bc2 Qc7 13.0-0 Bb7 14.Nd4,

This is the main line of the Reynolds Variation,which is one of the most complex variations of the whole Meran.

As Dreev shows us after: {14…Nc5 15.Be3 0-0-0? 16.Qe2 e5 17.Ndxb5 axb5 18.Nxb5! Qf7}the novelty with 19.b3! and after 19… Nfxe4 20.bxc4 Qe6 21.Rab1 and white is on top!

Interesting to mention is also Shabalov’s move 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.g4 and after 7…h6 8.Bd2 dxc4 9.Bxc4 b5 10.Be2 Bb7 11.e4 Be7 12.g5 hxg5 13.Nxg5 c5 14.dxc5 b4 15.Na4 Rh4 and black has the initiative.Yes white has serious problems here.

The alternatives as 8…Qe7,8…a6 and 8…a5 are less active and not so reliable.

Steffen Pedersen gave once in his book,The Meran System that the move 8…Qe7 suits moves plans for white but that is the past.

The book is lovely printed but it is a great pity that the publisher made some ugly mistakes with publishing of the head lines with twice the move Nf6.

Conclusion: This book holds an excellent coverage of the Meran!

New in Chess issue 1

2011

New in Chess

http://www.newinchess.com

105 pages

Price €9,75

ISBN: 978-90-5691-347-2

I am very pleased to announce this eye catching issue of New in Chess, starting with a excellent 20 page article from Dirk Jan Geuzendam on Magnus Carlsen and his magnificent London Classic win.

A other superb read from Dirk Jan Geuzendam is his interview with Ken Rogoff,who dropped out school for chess but later gave up chess to make a impressive career in economics.

Having graduated summa cum laude from Yale,he was also Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund from 2001 to 2003.

Fun are the words from Alexander Morozevich:”Losing winning positions in one move-sometimes the only move that loses-is my exclusive talent!” Regio Emilia.

Jimmy Adams remembers Larry Evans 1932-2010,for decades one of the top players in the USA and for more than a half a century one of it’s most prolific chess writes.

Other contributions are: Hou Yifan Women’s World Champion,Forcing moves,Double punishment in London,where Jan Timman analyses two games from the London Chess Classic. Jeroen Bosch reveals the secret of the North Sea Defence,Homo Ludens,Just Checkin,Forcing moves,Worming up for a sabbatical,where Loek van Wely decided to make a last splash on the American circuit.

New is the column from Nigel Short,where he deplores the down sides of the democratisation that the computer has brought to chess.

Other readable items are Nic’s Café and not to forget the mass of excellent annotated games!

Conclusion: New in Chess is the best!

British Chess Magazine No.2

February 2011

Price: £4,20

Nigel Short lost against Carlsen direct out of the opening: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Be7 6.Bc4 Ngf6 7.Nxf6+ Nxf6 8.0-0 0-0 9.Ne5 c5 10.dxc5 Qxd1?

Other high lights in this well filled issue are Hastings 2010/2011,the 2101 Woman’s world Championship in Antalya Turkey,Russian Chess Championship, Understanding devolvement part 5 from Mihail Marin and Lasker´s Devious Defence part 2 by Neil McDonald.

Other readable contributions are Book reviews, Spot the continuation, Problem World,Lingua Franca and Win like Kasparov!

Chess DVD's

ChessBase Magazine issue 140

2011

February

http://www.chessbase.com

E-Mail info@chessbase.com

ISSN 1432-8992

Euro 19.95

ChessBase Magazine issue is this time heavily loaded with material from the Women’s World Championship in Antakya ,Turkey.

This was won by the chess queen Hou Yifan, who is just sixteen years old.

The women’s WCh was a knockout system with 64 players and good for 181 games.

Other highlights of this issue are the London Chess Classic 29 games and the famous 53rd Reggio Emilia 46 games.

The tournament file holds 92 entries where 15 of them cover annotations as for example the following one from Stohl: Grischuk,Alexander (2771) - Vitiugov,Nikita (2709) [C02]

RUS-ch 63rd Moscow (2), 12.12.2010

[Stohl]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 The Advance French has been a topical line already since the sharp polemic about its value between Nimzowitsch (a great propagator of 3.e5) and Tarrasch (an equally adamant opponent). Nowadays the system still has its fans even among the best. Grischuk plays it quite often, even more so Movsesian, for whom it's the main weapon against the French Defence. However, clearly the most committed contemporary GM is Sveshnikov - not only does he have the most games with the system in MegaBase, but he has (just as Nimzowitsch in his days) more than once written about 3.e5 as almost the refutation of 1...e6. Of course this is hardly the case, but advancing the central pawn leads to a heavy positional struggle in a typical French position with a closed centre. 3...c5 4.c3 Qb6 In accordance with Nimzowitsch, Vitiugov puts pressure on the base of the §-chain. However, modern chess is more concrete and philosophical concepts are quite often simply a burden. Although it's played less often, Black can adopt a different, but viable strategy with [4...Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 After 6.a3 he has (In this case 6.Be2 is the preferred move-order.) 6...f6!? , attacking the front §: 7.Bd3 (7.b4 fxe5 8.b5 Nxd4 9.cxd4 exd4© is perhaps not so clear, but in practice Black scores excellently with his threatening §".) 7...Qc7 8.Bf4 0-0-0 9.0-0 c4 10.Bc2 Qb6 11.b3 cxb3 12.Bxb3 g5 13.Be3 g4 14.Ne1 Na5 15.Bc2 f5 16.Nd3 Kb8 17.a4 Rc8 18.Qe2 Qa6 19.Qe1 b6 20.Na3 Bxa3 21.Rxa3 Ne7 22.Nb4 Qb7 23.Bd3 Nc4 24.Bxc4 dxc4 25.a5 b5 26.a6 Qa8 27.Qe2 Nd5 28.Nxd5 Qxd5f Van Wely,L (2655)-Topalov,V (2788)/Dortmund.2005/ For more details see the notes by Psakhis in CBM 108.] 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.a3 A favourite of both Grischuk and Svesnikov, the text-move controls the b4-square in case Black takes on d4 and also aims for a « expansion (b4). [On the other hand, Movsesian mostly prefers the developing 6.Be2 ¹cxd4 (6...Nh6 7.Bxh6 gxh6 (7...Qxb2? 8.Be3! Qxa1 9.Qc2 cxd4 10.Nxd4! and rescuing the trapped £ costs material after 10...Nxd4 11.Bxd4 Ba3 12.Bb5+ Bd7 13.Bxd7+ Kxd7 14.0-0 Qb2 15.Qa4+ b5 16.Qa6!+-) 8.Qd2 Bg7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Na3 Bd7 (10...cxd4 11.cxd4 f6 12.exf6 Rxf6 13.Nc2 a5 14.a4 Bd7 15.Bb5 Raf8 16.Bxc6 Bxc6 17.Ne5 Rf4 18.Nd3 Rxd4 19.Qe3 Be8 20.Nxd4 Bxd4 21.Qxh6 Bg7 22.Qe3 Qxe3 23.fxe3 d4 24.Rxf8+ Kxf8 25.Kf2 Bc6 26.g4± Movsesian,S (2723)-Werle,J (2574)/Bundesliga 1011/2010/; 10...f6 11.exf6 Rxf6 12.Nc2 Bd7 13.b4 cxd4 14.cxd4 a6 15.a4 Be8 16.b5 axb5 17.axb5 Rxa1 18.Rxa1 Ne7 19.Ne5 Ng6 20.Ng4± Movsesian,S (2721)-Ponomariov,R (2744)/WCh 5' Moscow/2010/) 11.Nc2 a5 12.Ne3 h5 13.Rad1 cxd4 14.cxd4 f6 15.exf6 Rxf6 16.Ne5 Be8 17.f4 Nxe5 18.dxe5 Rf8 19.Kh1 Bh6 20.g3 Bg6 21.Bd3 Rac8 22.Qe2 Rc7 23.Ng2 Rfc8 24.f5!f Movsesian,S (2723)-Berg,E (2616)/Khanty Mansiysk olm/2010/) 7.cxd4 Nh6 8.Nc3 (8.Bxh6?! Qxb2!³ doesn't work as above, here Black can free his £ in time.) 8...Nf5 9.Na4 Qa5+ 10.Kf1!? (This is more enterprising than 10.Bd2 Bb4 11.Bc3 b5 12.a3 Bxc3+ 13.Nxc3 b4 14.axb4 Qxb4 15.Bb5 Bd7 16.Bxc6 Bxc6 17.Qd2 0-0 18.0-0 Rfb8 19.Rab1 Rb6 20.Rfc1 Rab8 21.Rc2 h6 22.g3 a5 23.Kg2 a4 24.Ra1 Be8 25.h3 Bd7 26.Rac1 Rc6 27.g4 Ne7= Shirov,A (2713)-Ivanchuk,V (2711)/Monte Carlo blindfold/2005/) 10...b5 11.Nc3 b4 12.Nb1 Ba6 13.Be3 Be7 (13...Bxe2+!? 14.Kxe2 Be7 15.g4 Nh4 16.Nxh4 Bxh4 17.Qd3 f6 18.exf6 Bxf6³ Simonovic,A (2422)-Stojanovic,M (2539)/Vrnjacka Banja/2006/) 14.Nbd2 0-0 15.Nb3 Qb6 16.Bxa6 Qxa6+ 17.Qe2 Qb6 18.g4 Nxe3+ 19.Qxe3 a5 20.Kg2 Rfc8" Movsesian,S (2718)-Vitiugov,N (2689)/CZE-chT 0910/2010/] 6...c4 Releasing the " tension is certainly committal, but Black's most usual reaction is strategically justified by White's previous move. By fixing ×b3 Black's ¢ would like to feel more comfortable on the «. However, in our game king safety will prove to be only an illusion, so it's worth considering alternatives already now: [6...a5 7.Bd3 Bd7 8.0-0 (Even the restrained 8.Bc2!? enables White to fight for an opening advantage.) 8...cxd4 9.cxd4 Nxd4 10.Nxd4 Qxd4 11.Nc3 leads to a position, in which the inserted moves a3 and a5 increase White's , chances: 11...Qb6 12.Qg4 g6 13.Be3 Bc5 Shirov,A (2746)-Anand,V (2762)/FIDE WCh Tehran/2000/ For more details see notes by Ftacnik in CBM 80. 14.Qf4!?©;

More to the point seems to be 6...Nh6!? 7.b4 cxd4 8.cxd4 Nf5 9.Bb2 Bd7 10.g4 Nfe7 11.Nc3 Na5 12.Qc2 (12.Nd2 Rc8 13.Rc1 Ng6 14.Qe2 Be7 15.Qe3 0-0 16.h4 f6 17.h5 Nh8 18.Rc2 Nc6 19.Na4 Qd8 20.exf6 Bxf6 21.Nc5 e5 22.Nxb7 exd4µ Motylev,A (2632)-Ponomariov,R (2704)/WCup Khanty Mansiysk/2005/) 12...Nc4 13.Bxc4 dxc4 14.Nd2 Qc6 15.Nce4 Nc8 16.Nxc4 b5 17.Ne3 Qxc2 18.Nxc2 Bc6 19.f3 Nb6 20.Kf2 Be7 21.h4 Na4© Umansky,M (2664)-Timmerman,G (2696)/corr/2008/] 7.Nbd2 Na5 8.g3 [White used to play 8.Be2 much more often (for example this goes for Sveshnikov's earlier games), but this is not the most active post for the ¥: 8...Bd7 9.0-0 Ne7 10.Rb1 (10.Re1 Nc8 is similar and can transpose.) 10...Qc7 11.Re1 Nc8 12.Nf1 Nb6 13.Bf4 Nb3 14.Ng3 (14.N3d2 Na5 15.Ng3 Ba4 shows how the ¥e2 cramps White's £, after 16.Qc1 0-0-0 17.Nh5 Kb8 18.Nf3 Bb3!" White was already satisfied with 19.Nd2 Ba4 20.Nf3 Bb3 21.Nd2 1/2,Ni Hua (2533)-Bareev,E (2721)/Beijing/2003/) 14...Ba4 15.Bf1 0-0-0 16.Nh5 h6 17.Qe2 Na5 18.Qd2 Qc6 19.Re2 Qe8 20.g4 Be7 21.Rbe1 Qg8 22.Qc1 Qh7 23.Qb1 Qxb1 24.Rxb1 g6 25.Ng3 Bb3 26.Bh3 Na4 27.Rf1 b5 28.Be3 Nc6 29.Ne1 a5 30.f4 b4" /³,Zhigalko,S (2668)-Andreikin,D (2635)/Moscow/2010/] 8...Bd7 9.Bg2 Simple development. White mostly strives to put his ¥ on the more active h3-square, moreover he can use the g2-square to transfer his ¤ to the ideal e3-square. However, even here Black is not without ": [9.h4 0-0-0 a) 9...f5 10.exf6 Nxf6?! (10...gxf6 11.Bh3 0-0-0 -9...0-0-0) 11.Ne5 Bd6 12.Bh3 Bxe5 13.dxe5 Ng8 14.Qg4 g6 15.0-0 Ne7 16.Nf3 Nb3 17.Be3 Qc7 18.Rad1 h6 Grischuk,A (2712)-Apicella,M (2501)/FRA-chT/2003/ 19.Nd4!? Nxd4 20.Bxd4 0-0-0 21.Rb1 .b3f; b) 9...Ne7 10.Bh3 (10.h5 h6 11.Nh4 0-0-0 12.Bh3 Kb8 13.0-0 Rg8 14.Kh2 g5!? 15.Ng2 Bg7 16.Ne3 f5 17.exf6 Bxf6 18.Ng4 Bg7 19.Qe2 Nec6 20.Nf3 Nb3 21.Rb1 Be8!µ Berbatov,K (2481)-Radulski,J (2592)/Albena/2010/) 10...h6 11.0-0 Nec6 12.Re1 Be7 13.Nf1 Nb3 14.Rb1 Nxc1 15.Qxc1 0-0-0 16.Ne3 Na5 17.Qd1 Bc6 18.h5 Kb8 19.Nh2 Bd7 20.Kh1 Bc8 21.Rg1 Nc6 22.f4 f6 23.Nf3 fxe5 24.fxe5 Rdf8 25.Qe2 Qd8 26.Ng2 Bg5 27.Nfh4 Ne7 28.Rbf1 Rxf1 29.Rxf1 Rf8 30.Rf3 Qe8= Wohl,A (2452)-Eingorn,V (2595)/Bad Woerishofen/2006/; 10.Bh3 f5 11.exf6 gxf6 12.0-0 Nh6 13.Re1 Rg8 14.Rb1 (14.Nf1÷) 14...e5! 15.Bxd7+ Rxd7 16.Nf1 (16.dxe5? Rxg3+µ; ¹16.b3!?") 16...e4 17.N3h2 Vysochin,S (2599)-Ljukin,S (2365)/Zaporozhye/2004/ 17...Nf5³ ×»;

Advancing the §h2 made White's » vulenerable in some of the above lines, so he can try the immediate 9.Bh3 However, here apart from the standard plan as e.g. in Wohl-Eingorn, Black can also play 9...Be7!? (9...Ne7 10.0-0 h6 11.Nh4 0-0-0 12.Ng2 g6 13.Rb1 Qc7 14.Qf3 Rh7 15.b4 Nac6 16.Ne3 h5 17.Bg2 h4 18.Nexc4!? dxc4 19.Nxc4 Nd5 20.Bg5© Gaujens,A (2565)-Proshkin,A/corr/2001/) 10.0-0 h5 11.Qe2 (11.Bg2 Nh6 12.Rb1 0-0-0 13.Re1 Nf5 14.Bh3 (14.Nf1÷) 14...g6?! (14...g5!³) 15.Nf1 Rdg8 16.Bg5 Qd8 17.Qc1 Ba4 18.Re2 Kb8 19.Qf4 Ka8 20.Ne3 Rf8 21.Ng2² Sveshnikov,E (2536)-Rotoni,M (2133)/Cesenatico/2010/) 11...0-0-0 12.Ne1 g6 13.f4 Nh6 14.Ndf3 Nb3 15.Rb1 Nxc1 16.Rxc1 Rdg8 17.Ng5 Qd8 18.Qd2 b5 19.Nc2 Kb8 20.Rb1 Qc7 21.Nb4 Ka8 22.Ra1 a5 23.Nc2 Rb8 24.Rfb1 Rb6 25.Bg2 Kb8 26.Bf3= 1/2,Movsesian,S (2624)-Radjabov,T (2610)/Sarajevo/2002/] 9...0-0-0 10.0-0 f5?! Without the tactical chances along the 'g as in Vysochin-Lukin above, this move seems too ambitious and strategically dubious: Black will have too much trouble holding together his " and taking care of the b3 break at the same time. [Possibly the right way to go is the restrained ¹10...h6!? , introduced by Petrosian: 11.Rb1 a) 11.h4!? .h5÷; b) 11.Re1 Ne7 12.Nf1 (¹12.Rb1 still allows White to fight for an edge) 12...Nf5 13.Ne3 (13.g4 Ne7 14.Rb1 f5!?") 13...Nxe3 14.Rxe3 (14.Bxe3 Qxb2 15.Rb1 Qa2! . 16.Re2 Qxa3 17.Ra1 Qb3µ) 14...Be7 15.Re1 Qb3 16.Qe2 Ba4 17.Be3 Kb8 (17...Qc2!³) 18.Rad1 Qc2 19.Rd2 Qf5 20.Rf1 g5!? 21.h3 h5 22.Nh2 Rdg8 23.g4 Qg6 24.Bf3 (24.f4!?") 24...hxg4 25.Bxg4 Nc6 26.f3 (26.Kh1³ .f4) 26...Bd8 27.Bf2 Ne7 28.Re1 Rh6 29.Nf1 Rgh8 30.Bg3 Rxh3! 31.Bxh3 Rxh3 32.Qg2 Qh7 33.Ne3 Ng6 34.Ng4 Nf4-+ Clarke,P-Petrosian,T/Munich/1958/ A nice display of refined strategy, crowned by a positional exchange sacrifice - vintage Petrosian!; 11...Ne7 12.Ne1 Kb8 (¹12...Nf5!?÷) 13.Qf3 Be8 14.Nc2 Nb3 (14...Nf5 15.Ne3= /²) 15.Nxb3 Qxb3 16.Na1! Qa4 17.b3 cxb3 18.Nxb3 Nc6 19.Rd1 Rc8 20.Bf1 Rc7 21.Bd3 Na5 22.Nxa5 Qxa5 23.c4 dxc4 24.Bxc4 Bc6 25.d5, Sedina,E (2345)-Cugini,W (2255)/Toscolano/1996/ A model example, this time from White's point of view. Black didn't play ideally and allowed a complete break in the " (b3,c4,d5).;

10...Be7 11.h4 Kb8 12.Rb1 Rc8 13.Qc2 Nh6 14.Bh3 Nf5 15.Re1 h6 16.h5 Rcg8 17.Nf1 g6 1/2,Kotrotsos,V (2323)-Rusev,K (2516)/Plovdiv/2008/ 18.hxg6 fxg6 19.N1h2÷;

10...Nh6 11.Rb1 Kb8 12.Qc2 f6 13.exf6 gxf6 14.b3 cxb3 15.Nxb3 Ba4 16.Nfd2 Nf7 17.Qa2 Nxb3 18.Nxb3 Qc7 1/2,Scetinin,A (2315)-Naumkin,I (2500)/Cappelle la Grande/1995/ 19.Qe2 e5 20.c4!f;

10...Kb8 11.Re1 Ne7 12.Nf1 Nb3 13.Rb1 Nc6?! 14.Bf4 Ka8 15.N1d2 Nca5 16.Nxb3 Nxb3 17.Nd2 Ba4 18.Nxb3 Bxb3 19.Qd2 h6 20.Re2 Be7 21.Rf1 Qc6 22.Be3 Rh7 23.f4 g6 24.g4 h5 25.f5 hxg4 26.fxg6 fxg6 27.Bg5± Alexander,C-O'Kelly de Galway,A/Hastings/1953/ is an example of what Black should avoid - exchanging the ¤ gave White a free hand on the ».] 11.exf6 [Keeping the " closed limits White's options: 11.Rb1 Nh6 (11...h6 12.b3 cxb3 13.Nxb3 Ba4 14.Nfd2 Ne7÷) 12.b3 Qc7?! (¹12...cxb3) 13.Re1 (13.bxc4f) 13...Nf7 14.bxc4 Nxc4 15.Qb3 Nxd2 16.Bxd2 h6 17.Rec1 Kb8 18.c4± ,,Bossio,D-Hughes,C/corr/1995/] 11...gxf6 12.Re1 [12.Rb1 Ne7 (12...Nb3? 13.Nxb3 cxb3 14.Re1 Re8 15.Be3 Bh6 16.Nd2 Bxe3 17.Rxe3 Ba4 18.Bxd5! exd5 19.Qg4+ f5 20.Qxf5+ 1-0,Veroci,Z (2290)-Laakmann,A (2160)/Buenos Aires olw/1978/ 20...Kc7 21.Rxe8 Bxe8 22.Qe5++-) 13.Re1 Ng6 (13...Nec6 14.Qc2 (14.b4!?f) 14...Bd6 15.b4 cxb3 16.Nxb3 Nxb3 17.Rxb3 Qc7 18.Bh6 Na5 19.Rbb1 Nc4 20.Qa2 Rhg8 21.Nd2 b5 22.a4 Qa5 23.Ra1 Rg6 24.Be3 Nxe3 25.Rxe3 bxa4 26.Rb1 Kc7 27.c4, Buckley,G (2417)-Wheeler,D (2239)/Telford/2005/) 14.b3 cxb3 15.Nxb3 Ba4 16.Nfd2 Kb8 17.Qc2 e5 18.Qa2 Qc7 19.Nxa5 Qxa5 20.c4 Bc6 21.Re3 exd4 22.Re6 Rd6 Vihinen,T (2145)-Raaste,E (2340)/Jyvaskyla/1997/ 23.Nb3 Qc3 24.cxd5 Rxe6 25.Bd2! Qd3 26.dxc6!,] 12...Bd6N A novelty, but it doesn't solve Black's opening problems. [12...Ne7 13.Rb1² transposes to 12.¦b1;

12...Bh6 13.Rb1 Nb3? 14.Nxb3 Qxb3 15.Qxb3 cxb3 16.Bxh6 Nxh6 17.Nd2± Septien Lopez,V (1876)-Gutierrez Garcia,J (1654)/Benidorm/2010/;

12...Bg7 13.Rb1 Ne7 14.Qe2 (14.b4²) 14...Nec6 15.b4 cxb3 16.c4 Nxd4? (16...Qa6!÷) 17.Nxd4 Qxd4 18.cxd5 exd5 19.Nxb3 Nxb3 20.Rxb3 Rde8 21.Be3 Qe5 22.Rc1+ Kd8 23.Rxb7+- Pilz,D (2260)-Kranewitter,N (1925)/Wattens/1993/;

12...Nh6 13.Nf1 (13.Rb1!?²) 13...Nf7 14.Bh3 Re8 15.Ne3 Be7 (¹15...Bd6÷) 16.Ng2 Nb3 17.Rb1 Nxc1 18.Qxc1 Rhg8 19.Nf4 Bd8 Nagy,E (2305)-Rezsek,G (2085)/HUN-chT/1994/ 20.b3! cxb3 21.c4f] 13.Bh3 Bc7 [13...Re8 14.Rb1² Black can't develop his ¤g8 and 14...e5? is premature: 15.Bxd7+ Kxd7 16.Qa4+ Nc6 17.b3± /+-] 14.Rb1 Kb8 [¹14...Ne7 15.b4 cxb3 16.Nxb3 Nxb3 17.Rxb3 Qc6 18.Bf1²] 15.b4 cxb3 16.Nxb3 Ne7 [16...Ba4 17.Nfd2 (17.Nxa5 Bxd1 18.Rxb6 Bxb6 19.Bf4+ Ka8 20.Nxb7!? Bxf3 21.Nxd8 Bxd8 22.Bxe6 Ne7 23.Re3© f is interesting, but White can do without complications.) 17...e5 18.Qg4! Nxb3 19.Nxb3 Bxb3 20.Qg7 Ne7 21.Qxe7f;

16...Nxb3 17.Qxb3! (17.Rxb3 Ba4 18.Rxb6 Bxd1 19.Rxb7+ Kxb7 20.Rxd1²) 17...Qxb3 18.Rxb3 Re8 19.Rb2! .¦be2±, ×e6] 17.Nfd2 Qc6 [17...Nxb3 18.Nxb3 Bc8 19.Bd2 Qc6 20.Nc5 Nf5 (20...f5 21.Bg5 Rhe8 22.Bf1+-) 21.Rxe6!? (21.Qf3 b6 22.Nxe6+-) 21...Bxe6 22.Rxb7+ Kc8 (22...Qxb7 23.Nxb7 Kxb7 24.Qb1+ Kc6 25.Bxf5+-) 23.Rxa7 Nxd4 (23...Bb6 24.Ra6 Ng7 25.Bf1!? Rd6 26.Bf4+-) 24.cxd4 Bxh3 25.Ra6 Bb6 26.Ba5+- Rd6 27.Rxb6 Qxb6 28.Bxb6 Rxb6 29.Qc2 Kb8 30.f3+-] 18.Nc5± White strengthens his position with natural moves. 18...Nf5 [18...f5 19.Bf1 Bc8 20.Bb5 Qd6 21.Nf3+-] 19.Ndb3 Nxb3 20.Qxb3 b6 21.a4!? Swapping the ¤ for any of the ¥ gives White an advantage, but Grischuk rightly senses he can postpone this exchange and strengthen his position even without it. [21.Na6+ Kc8 22.Nxc7 Kxc7 23.a4,;

21.Nxd7+ Rxd7 22.a4±] 21...Bc8 22.a5 e5 This is the only " Black has, otherwise he would be just overrun by the «,. 23.axb6 axb6 [23...Bxb6 24.Bg2, . 24...exd4 25.Bf4+ Ka8 26.Qxb6!+-] 24.Ba3? Grischuk, possibly in his habitual time-pressure, loses control over the position and allows a tactical blow. [24.Qa2 Qa8 a) 24...Nxd4 25.cxd4 Bxh3 26.Bg5! fxg5 (26...Bc8 27.Bxf6 Qxf6 28.Ra1+-) 27.Na6+ Kb7 28.Rec1+-; b) 24...Nh4 25.Bxc8 Nf3+ 26.Kh1 Rxc8 (26...Nxe1 27.Bb7+-) 27.Re3 Ng5 (27...e4 28.Qa6+- .¦f3, ¥f4) 28.Re2 .¦eb2, £a6, ¥g5 28...Ne4 29.Nxe4 dxe4 30.d5 Qb7 (30...Qa8 31.Ra1! Qxa2 32.Rexa2 Bd6 33.Ra8+ Kc7 34.R8a7+ Kd8 35.Be3+-; 30...Qxc3 31.Be3 Kb7 32.Reb2 Ra8 33.Rxb6+ Bxb6 34.Rxb6+ Kc7 35.d6++-) 31.Be3+- ,(31.Rxe4+-) ; 25.Qxa8+ (25.Qe2!?) 25...Kxa8 26.Ra1+ Kb8 27.Na6+ Bxa6 28.Rxa6 Kb7 29.Ra2 Ng7 (29...Ne7 30.dxe5 fxe5 31.Bg5 Rhe8 32.Bg2 e4 33.c4+-; 29...Nd6 30.dxe5 fxe5 31.Rxe5 Ne4 32.Re7±) 30.Bh6 Rhg8 31.Rea1±;

24.Qa3 is almost the same as 24.£a2.;

Possibly even more incisive is the quiet 24.Bf1!?, . 24...exd4 25.Qa3 Rde8 (25...dxc3 26.Qxc3 Be5 27.Na6+ Kb7 28.Qa5 Bd4 29.Bf4 .¦ec1+-) 26.Ra1 Bb7 27.Qa7+ Kc8 28.Rxe8+ Rxe8 29.Nxb7 Re1 (29...dxc3 30.Bf4! Bxf4 31.Ba6+-) 30.Qa8+ Kd7 (30...Bb8 31.Bf4 Qxb7 32.Qxb7+ Kxb7 33.Rxe1 Bxf4 34.gxf4 dxc3 35.Bd3+-) 31.Bd2 Rxa1 32.Qxa1 dxc3 33.Bxc3 . 33...Qxb7 34.Bh3+-] 24...Nh4! 25.Bg2! T This calm move is the only sensible continuation. [25.Bxc8? Nf3+ 26.Kh1 Kxc8µ] 25...Nxg2 26.Kxg2 Rde8 27.Na4 [27.Kg1!? exd4 28.cxd4 Rxe1+ 29.Rxe1²] 27...exd4 28.Rxe8?! [28.Rec1!? d3 (28...Bf5? 29.cxd4+-) 29.Nxb6 Bf5!? (29...Bxb6 30.Qxb6+ Qxb6 31.Rxb6+ Kc7 32.Rxf6f) 30.Nxd5+ (30.Rd1 Bxb6 31.Qxb6+ Qxb6 32.Rxb6+ Kc7 33.Rxf6 Bg6² ") 30...Kc8 31.c4 d2 32.Rd1 Bxb1 33.Qxb1 Re1²;

28.cxd4 Rxe1 29.Rxe1²] 28...Rxe8 29.cxd4 Re6? Vitiugov repays the favour. [29...Bf5 was necessary: 30.Rc1 Qe6 31.Qc3 Bh3+ 32.Kg1 Bf4!? 33.Rb1 Bc7" 34.Rc1= (34.Nxb6?? Qe4 35.Nd7+ Kc8-+; 34.Nc5 Qe2 35.Qa5 Qf1+ 36.Rxf1 bxa5 37.Rb1+ Kc8 38.Rc1 Kd8 39.Nb7+ Kd7 40.Nc5+=) ] 30.Bc5+- Now Black has no " and as the §b6 falls, his position collapses. 30...b5 [30...Kb7 31.Bxb6! Bxb6 32.Nxb6 Qxb6 33.Qxd5++-] 31.Nc3 Ba6 32.Nxb5 Bxb5 33.Qxb5+ Qxb5 34.Rxb5+ Kc8 35.Bf8! The final blow, Black will lose another §. [<35.Ba3 Ra6!] 35...Bb6 [35...Bd6 36.Rb6+- (36.Bh6+-) ;

35...Re8 36.Ba3 (36.Bg7+-) 36...Rd8 37.Be7+-] 36.Rxd5 1-0.

This time the Fritztrainer column is good for four openings articles.

But first to the openings file which handle: Scandinavian B01: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bg4 by Christiann Bauer,Caro-Kann B15:1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 g6 4.e5 part 2 by Mihail Marin,Sicilian B32:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 d5 b7 Dejan Bojkov,Sicilian B33: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qb6 5.Nb3 Nf6 by Efstratios Grivas,Sicilian B66:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0 Bd7 9.f3 h6 10.Be3 b5 by Yelena Dembo,French C02:1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Bd3 with the Milner-Barry Gambit by Viktor Moskalenko,Ruy Lopez C72-C74: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6!? By Leonid Kritz,Semi Slav D43: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 e6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 7.e3 Nd7 8.Bd3 g6 9.0-0 Bg7 10.e4 dxc4 11.e5 Qe7 12.Bxc4 0-0 by Lars Schandorff, Semi-Slav D43: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 e6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 7.a3 by Laszlo Hazai and Peter Lukacs.

Queen’s Indian E15: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qa4 Bb7 6.Bg2 c5 7.dxc5 bxc5 8.Nc3 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Rd1 a6 11.Bf4 by Spyridon Skembris,Nimzo-Indian E20: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.g3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bb4+ 6.Nc3 Ne4 7.Qd3 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Be7 by Evgeny Postny,Nimzo –Indian E46: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 4.Nge2 by Alexey Kuzmin and at last the King’s Indian E80: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 c6.Be3 a6.

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