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Latest book reviews of 1 April 2011
BOOKS REVIEWS BY JOHN ELBURG.

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Sicilian Attacks by Yuri Yakovich
2011
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
208 pages
Price € 19,95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-13-328

Grandmaster Yuri Yakovich,explains in this book the secrets of the Najdorf,Scheveningen,Dragon,Taimanov and the Richter Rauzer.
All discusses lines are well analysed with a lot of move to move annotations, where a major part of these analyses,cover useful explanations of played strategies.
This all makes this book very instructive, specially with the 32 heavy loaded model games, where some of them  are good for over 11 pages of instructive text!
Yuri Yakovich really explains you with words and lines how for example to play and understand the Dragon, sometimes even with new ideas as the following line:
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.0-0-0 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Rxc4 14.h5 Nxh5 15.g4 Nf6 16.Kb1 Re8 17.e5,where Yakovich suggest the move 17…. dxe5;where he writes after White has achieved good results with 17.e5!?,but frankly speaking I cannot understand what is wrong with the natural replay 17….dxe5!,which for some reason has not been seen in practice.Neither  18.Nb3 Rc6!,with the idea of meeting 19.g5 with 19…Rd6,nor 18.Nf5 gxf5 19.g5 Ng4!? 20.fxg4 Rd4 21.Bxd4 exd4 promises white the advantage.
On page 92, Yuri Yakovich, explains me why I lost the following correspondence game:
Polakovic,Pavol - Elburg,John [B89] EU/FSM/64-1, 2002
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Qe2 a6 9.0-0-0 Qc7 10.Bb3 0-0 11.Rhg1 Nd7 12.g4 Nc5 13.Nf5 b5 14.Bd5 Bb7 15.g5 Rfc8 16.Rg3 Bf8 17.Nh6+ Kh8 18.Bxc6 Bxc6 19.Qf3 Be8 20.Bd4 b4 21.Rh3 e5 22.Nd5 Qc6 23.Bxc5 Qxc5 24.Rd2 Ra7 25.Ng4 f6 26.Ngxf6 gxf6 27.Qxf6+ Kg8 28.Qe6+ Kh8 29.Qf5 Bg6 30.Qxg6 1-0.
Indeed 17.Nh6+!! is winning!
After 17.Qh5 the game will end in a perpetal check known ever since the game Rogers – Lanka,Linz 1997:17… g6 18.Nh6+ Kh8 19.Qh4 b4 20.Rh3 bxc3 21.Ng4 f5 22.Nf6 h6 23.Qxh6+ Bxh6 24.Rxh6+ Kg7 25.Rh7+ Kf8 26.Rh8+ ½-½.
Conclusion: This book really explains you the so typical counter lines!



The wonderful Winawer by Viktor Moskalenko
2011
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
272 pages
Price € 21,95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-13-274

Grandmaster Viktor Moskalenko provides the reader with a detailed coverage of the Winawer Variation which is called after Simon Winawer,a Polish player who was born in Warsaw on 6th March 1838 and died on the 29 of November 1919.
Winawer made his début with the following game: Steinitz,William - Winawer,Szymon [C01]
Paris Paris, 27.06.1867
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.exd5 exd5 5.Bd3 Be6 6.Nf3 h6 7.0-0 Bxc3 8.bxc3 Nd7 9.Rb1 Nb6 10.Ne5 Ne7 11.f4 Bf5 12.Bxf5 Nxf5 13.Ba3 Nd6 14.f5 Ne4 15.f6 g6 16.Qg4 Qc8 17.Qxg6 Qe6 18.Qg7 0-0-0 19.Nxf7 Nxc3 20.Nxd8 Rxd8 21.f7 Nd7 22.Rbe1 Ne2+ 23.Kh1 c5 24.Bxc5 Qe4 25.f8Q Nxf8 26.Rxf8 Ng3+ 27.Qxg3 Rxf8 28.Bxf8 1-0,but the chess genius Cecil De Vere, played it before Winawer!
Steinitz,William - De Vere,Cecil Valentine [C01]
London handicap London (1), 1866
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.exd5 exd5 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.0-0 0-0 8.Ne2 Ne7 9.Ne5 Ng6 10.f4 Ne4 11.c3 Ba5 12.Bxe4 dxe4 13.Ng3 Nxe5 14.fxe5 Bb6 15.Be3 f5 16.exf6 Rxf6 17.Qh5 g6 18.Qh6 Bf5 19.Bg5 Qf8 20.Qh4 Re6 21.Rxf5 gxf5 22.Rf1 e3 23.Rxf5 Qd6 24.Bf6 1-0.
Moskalenko covers with readable words the history of the Winawer, and has divided his book into the following lines:1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Main Lines,the Open Winawer with : 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bd2,or 4.a3 4.Qg4,and the Semi-Winawers,run with the moves 5.Bd2 and 5.Qg4.
After Viktor Korctchnoi,in his foreword to this book; It is an interesting but rather complicated system.
This work from Moskalenko is overloaded with interesting ideas and suggestions as for example in the so called Tait line,a aggressive idea from the English correspondence chess master Jonathan Tait: {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 13.Rb1 0-0-0 14.h4 d4 15.h5 Nf5 16.Rg1 f6 17.g4 fxe5 18.gxf5 exf5 19.Rxg8 Rxg8}the move  20.h6! and now 20…Qd8 and not as I once played 20… e4 21.Qc4 Qd8 22.Nxd4 Qh4+ 23.Kd1 Qh5+ 24.Qe2 Qxh6 25.Be3 Rg3 26.Nxc6 Bxc6 27.Rb3 Qf6 28.Qe1 Qd6+ 29.Kc1 Rg6 30.Bh3 Rf6 31.Qxc3 a6 32.Rb4 Qe6 33.Bc5 Rf7 34.Qh8+ 1-0,Simmelink – Elburg,corr.1999.
With 20.Qc4 we reach the book game: Harding,Timothy David (IRL) (2380) - Arounopoulos,Stephan (GER) (2445) [C18]
Wch22 sf05 corr ICCF, 1997
 20…Qd8 21.fxe5 Qh4+ 22.Kd1 Rg4 23.e6 Be8 24.Qb5 Qf2 25.Qxb7+ Kd8 26.e7+ Nxe7 27.Qa8+ Kd7 28.Qxa7+ Ke6 29.Qa6+ Kf7 30.Bh3 Qf3 31.Qc4+ Kg7 32.Bd2 Qxh3 33.Bxc3 dxc3 34.Qxc3+ Qxc3 35.Nxc3 Rg1+ 0-1.
As Moskalenko writes after 21.fxe5?? It’s unbelievable, but this is the losing move-there is no time for taking pawns.21.Kd1!? Rg4 22.Qd5 {22.fxe5?? Qh4!}Qh4 23.Rxb7 Kxb7 24.Qxd7+ Kb6 25.a4 Qf2 26.a5+ gives a perpetual check,Bergmann – Neven,WC IECG 2006.
Yes the Winawer is strategically seen somewhat illogical but on the other hand fascinating, specially this read from Moskalenko!
This book  is overloaded with sparkling ideas!


The Black-Diemer Gambit by Christoph Scheerer
2011
Everyman Chess
http://www.everymanchess.com
336  pages
Price €20,75
ISBN 978-1-85744-598-5


The Blackmar - Diemer gambit has the reputation to being unsound, but Christoph Scheerer shows us ideas in this 336 page heavy weight ideas that  never have  seen paper before.
Correct or not many lines in this book are fascinating as for example the Lemberger Counter Gambit,that runs with the moves: 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nge2!? f5.
Scheerer writes: Neither Lane nor Sawyer mentions the move 4…f5,which is surprising as it is rather natural to protect the e-pawn that way.
It is also Cox’s choice in his Dealing with d4 Deviations, so it is certainly worth a closer look.
5.Be3! Not mentioned by Cox.Instead,after 5.dxe5 Qxd1+ we have once more entered the realms of the Endgame Variation, except the moves Nge2 and f7-f5 are included.
It is not difficult to see that this favours black,as …f7-f5 protects the black e-pawn,while Nge2 doesn’t do the same for  the white e-pawn.After 6.Kxd1 {Nxd1 Nc6 7.Bf4 Be6 leaves e5 horrible weak;one example being 8.Ndc3 0-0-0 9.Rd1 Rxd1 10.Kxd1 Nge7 from G.Stibal- N.Pripoae,correspondence 2005}6….Nc6 7.Nb5 {7.Nd5 Kd8 8.Bg5+ Nge7 archives nothing for white}7…Kd8 8.Bf4 a6 9.Nbd4 Nge7,black plans to proceed with …Nxd4 and …Ng6,hoping to prove e5 is weak.All in all,black’s prospects are quite reasonable.
Many authors as Joe Gallagher and James Ritzzitano have recommended the Euwe Defence as a good weapon against the Blackmar – Diemer,1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 e6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Qd2,this move has gained inpopularity white wants to castle long.
7…0-0 8.Bd3 c5 and now some words from our instructive author:This move is recommended by Gallager and Rizzitano.In fact,I think it is so strong that white should not play 8.Bd3 at all!
Amusing are the Blackmar-Diemer games between Diemer and his close friend Gunderam,who’s name carries the defence with the moves 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bf5,and after Scheerer,Gunderam’s 5…Bf5 is a critical defence to the Blackmar-Diemer.
I would like to end with some wise words from Andrew Martin: The Blackmar -Diemer Gambit can seriously damage your rating. As I believe I have said before, it's an ideal training ground to sharpen up your tactical vision, but please don't sacrifice a pawn like this if you are serious about chess.
Conclusion: This book is a gift for all lovers of the Blackmar – Diemer Gambit!




Mein Besten Kämpfe by Viktor Kortschnoi
2011
Edition Olms
http://www.olms.de

432 pages
Price € 19,95
ISBN 978-3-283-01018-8

On the 23 of March,Viktor Korchnoi will become 80 and there for,has Olms  updated and expanded Kortchnoi his books My Best Games
volume 1&2 from 2001, into this lovely printed one volume,eye catching anniversary edition.
All together there are 110 excellent analysed games and that means that this new update is good for ten extra Korschnoi,games and of course all very readable analysed by the great Viktor Korchnoi himself.
It is not for nothing that the British Chess federation rewarded the book Viktor Korchnoi,My Best Games with white, as best book of the year.
Korchnoi born 23 march 1931 has been one of the world’s leading players for nearly a half of a century. This man is known for his intensive fighting spirit but he is also the greatest player who never managed to win the World Championship.
“Mein Besten Kämpfe” covers a collection games that covers his whole chess career starting with his 1951 game against Kamyshov,and the last game in this book holds the game Stefansson – Kortschnoi Reykjavik 2003.
All games in this are covered with a introduction text as the following one,extra included for this anniversary print, against the former chess prodigy Henrique Mecking.
Henrique Mecking and the central game of the 1974 match
One of the wonders of chess history was the appearance in the chess arena in the mid-20th century of a young Brazilian, who in a few years acquired sufficient strength and experience to fight for the title of world champion. In Brazil, a country famous for its football but with a lack of chess traditions, there emerged a youngster who at the age of 13 scored 50% in a very strong grandmaster tournament, the so-called ‘Interzonal’ in Sousse in 1967. The youngster did not rest on his laurels, and in 1973 he won the Interzonal Tournament in Petropolis! Looking at the history of chess competitions, I have to conclude that Mecking’s successes were exceptional. I consider the Brazilian player’s talent to be comparable with that of the brilliant individuals Mikhail Tal and Magnus Carlsen.
In the world championship qualifying series I had to play a match with Mecking. The winner was to be the first to win three games, not counting draws, with a maximum of 16 games. The match took place in the city of Augusta, in the State of Georgia, in January 1974. The youngster prepared excellently for the match. He found and studied 1200 of my games. He took as his helper a subtle expert on the endgame – Ulf Andersson. A serious battle was in prospect. It would appear that the youngster slightly overrated his chances. He pressed with both White and with Black, but he lacked skill in analysing adjourned positions and he was the first to lose a game (the 5th). But the main battle, a fiercely-contested one, occurred in the central game of the match – the 7th.
Kortschnoi – Mecking,Augusta 1974,
1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 c5 3.Bg2 Nc6 4.d4 e6 5.0-0 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Bc5 7.Nb3 Bb6 8.c4 Nf6 9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.Na3 0-0 11.Nc4 Bc7 12.Ne3 Qe7 13.Nxd5 exd5 14.Be3 Rd8 15.Qd2 Bg4 16.Rfe1 a5 17.Bg5 f6 18.Bf4 Bb6 19.Qd1 a4 20.Nc1 Kh8 21.Nd3 Ne5 22.a3 Nc6 23.Kf1 Qe6 24.Rc1 Qf5 25.f3 Bh3 26.b4 axb3 27.Qxb3 Ba5 28.Red1 Bxg2+ 29.Kxg2 Qe6 30.e4 Nd4 31.Qxb7 dxe4 32.Qxe4 Qxe4 33.fxe4 Ne2 34.Rc4 Nc3 35.Rd2 Nxe4 36.Rdc2 Nxg3 37.Nc5 Nh5 38.Be3 Re8 39.Kf3 Bb6 40.a4 g6 41.Bf2 Re7 42.Rb2 Bd8 43.Rb7 Kg8 44.Nd7 f5 45.Rb8 Rxb8 46.Nxb8 Bc7 47.Nc6 Re8 48.a5 Bxh2 49.a6 Kf7 50.a7 Ra8 51.Rd4 g5 52.Rd8 Rxa7 53.Bxa7 g4+ 54.Kg2 Bf4 55.Rd7+ Kg6 56.Bd4 h6 57.Rd5 Bg5 58.Ne5+ Kh7 59.Rd7+ Kg8 60.Nf7 Nf4+ 61.Kh2 Ne2 62.Nxg5 hxg5 63.Be5 1-0.
One of my favourite games in this book is his 1962 fight against Tal: Korchnoi,Victor - Tal,Mikhail [A62]
USSR-ch30,Yerevan,1962
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nf3 g6 7.g3 Bg7 8.Bg2 0-0 9.0-0 Na6 10.h3 Nc7 11.e4 Nd7 12.Re1 Ne8 13.Bg5 Bf6 14.Be3 Rb8 15.a4 a6 16.Bf1 Qe7 17.Nd2 Nc7 18.f4 b5 19.e5 dxe5 20.Nde4 Qd8 21.Nxf6+ Nxf6 22.d6 Ne6 23.fxe5 b4 24.Nd5 Nxd5 25.Qxd5 Bb7 26.Qd2 Qd7 27.Kh2 b3 28.Rac1 Qxa4 29.Bc4 Bc8 30.Rf1 Rb4 31.Bxe6 Bxe6 32.Bh6 Re8 33.Qg5 Re4 34.Rf2 f5 35.Qf6 Qd7 36.Rxc5 Rc4 37.Rxc4 Bxc4 38.Rd2 Be6 39.Rd1 Qa7 40.Rd2 Qd7 41.Rd1 Qa7 42.Rd4 Qd7 43.g4 a5 44.Kg3 Rb8 45.Kh4 Qf7 46.Kg5 fxg4 47.hxg4 Bd7 48.Rc4 a4 49.Rc7 a3 50.Rxd7 Qxd7 51.e6 Qa7 52.Qe5 axb2 53.e7 Kf7 54.d7 1-0.
Korchnoi gives the move 31.Bxe6! but in the mammoth book of the greatest chess games by Burgess,Nunn and Emms a question mark!
31.Bxe6 gives black a chance to get back in the game by reviving his inactive pieces.Taimanov  gives 31.Qd3 Bd7 32.Bh6,when it is unlikely that black will survive for too long.
But Korchnoi explains as only  that 29…Bc8?! Is the decisive mistake.
This move,like the previous one,was made quickly by my opponent, without thinking.
Conclusion: A classical masterpiece that belongs in every chess library!



My Best Games by Viktor Kortschnoi
2011
Edition Olms
http://www.olms.de

434 pages
Price € 19,95
ISBN 978-3-283-01019-5

This revised and enlarged anniversary edition from Korchnoi is now also available in the English language.
Fine translated and edited by no less than Ken Neat.
Seen the prices from chess books in the UK I can only say these €19,95 is a real bargain!
This games in this book cover Korchnoi’s entire career included his win against Bobby Fischer from Curacao 1962!
Fischer,Robert James - Kortschnoj,Viktor [B09]
Candidates Tournament Curacao (5), 09.05.1962
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 c5 7.dxc5 Qa5 8.0-0 Qxc5+ 9.Kh1 Nc6 10.Nd2 a5 11.Nb3 Qb6 12.a4 Nb4 13.g4 Bxg4 14.Bxg4 Nxg4 15.Qxg4 Nxc2 16.Nb5 Nxa1 17.Nxa1 Qc6 18.f5 Qc4 19.Qf3 Qxa4 20.Nc7 Qxa1 21.Nd5 Rae8 22.Bg5 Qxb2 23.Bxe7 Be5 24.Rf2 Qc1+ 25.Rf1 Qh6 26.h3 gxf5 27.Bxf8 Rxf8 28.Ne7+ Kh8 29.Nxf5 Qe6 30.Rg1 a4 31.Rg4 Qb3 32.Qf1 a3 0-1,interesting to mention is that Kortschnoj writes after 21.Nd5?
Here white should have regained part of the material,i.e.captured on a8!
After 21.Nxa8 Rxa8 22.fxg6 fxg6 23.Qf7+ Kh8 24.Qxe7 Qa4 he stands much worse,but 23.Qb3+ Kh8 24.Qxb7 is stronger.The position after 24…Rf8 25.Rxf8 Bxf8 26.Qc8,in view of the queen at a1,is very drawish.24…Rg8 is better.Then after both 25.Qxe7 and 25 Qb3 white has good chances of saving  the game.
In Viktor Kortschnoi Meine Beste Kämpf,from Walter Verlag 1979,Korchnoi believed that Bobby could easy hold a draw with a pawn down,seen his excellent endgame technique.
Conclusion: This book is a truly masterpiece!


Schach Zeit - Knaller by Helmut Pfleger
2011
Edition Olms
http://www.olms.de

159 pages
Price € 16,80
ISBN 978-3-283-01017-1

Grandmaster Helmut Pfleger has for over 30 years a chess column in the highly rewarded “Die ZEIT” magazine.
Soon his 1500 “ZEIT” column will be released, for all interested chess lovers this will be in the summer of 2011.
There for Edition Olms has released this anniversary edition with a collection of his 120 best time crackers!
It is nearly unbelievable but “Die ZEIT” magazine is read by over 1.43 million readers,yes there are not all chess players but I am sure that a lot of these readers have read Pfleger’s column, because it is readable even for not chess players.
As for example Pfleger his column on George Koltanowski,who just became 93.
The reader will find no complete games in these pages but every chess column in this book holds one diagram plus a mass of readable text!
Pleasant to mention is the interview with Helmut Pfleger who has no problems to find material for his contributions.
Conclusion: Highly enjoyable read!



 
New in Chess Yearbook issue 98
2011
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
246 pages
Price € 26,95
ISBN: 978-90-5691-337-3

The chess genius Anish Giri holds the cover of this brand-new Yearbook, which is well filled with 31 latest opening surveys.
My personal  interest went to the Pirc Defence ,with The 150 Attack 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6  4.Be3,by Alexander Finkel.The King’s Fianchetto - North Sea Variation,part II 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.e5 Nh5 by  Panczyk & Ilczuk.
The Ruy Lopez - Jaenisch Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 by Harika  Dronavalli.
The Anti-Marshall Variation 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 by Lukacs &Hazai.
Fun to mention is the Halloween Gambit contribution by Leon Pliester:1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nxe5,where Pliester writes: Sacrificing the knight on e4/e5 is an interesting idea after black has played his g-pawn.The Halloween Gambit turns out to be a child with a pumpkin on its head:it looks scary but is not dangerous. As long as you don’t try to molest the child,you are safe.
Very interesting is the truth about the real Fajarowicz-Richter Gambit part V by Lev Gutman:
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.a3 b6,in recent years 4...b6 !? has established itself as black’s most popular move, although some of the fascinating variations that makes this gambit are missing {Gutman}
Lovely sharp is the contribution from A.C.van der Tak on the Four Pawns Attack: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 Bg7 8.Nf3 0-0 9.Be2 Re8 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 Ng4.
Included in this survey is the following latest game: Sarkar,Justin (2378) - Weeramantry,Sunil (2201) [A69]
Gibraltar Masters 8th Caleta (8), 02.02.2010
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 0-0 6.Nf3 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Be2 exd5 9.cxd5 Re8 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 Ng4 12.e6 fxe6 13.d6 Qb6 14.Ng5 Nf6 15.0-0 Bd7 16.Bc4 Nc6 17.Na4 Qa5 18.Bd2 Nb4 19.a3 b5 20.Nxc5 Qb6 21.Bxb4 bxc4 22.Kh1 a5 23.Rxf6 axb4 24.Nxd7 Qd8 25.Nxe6 Qxd7 26.Nxg7 Qxg7 27.Qd5+ Kh8 28.Rf7 Qxb2 29.Raf1 bxa3 30.d7 Rg8 31.Qd6 a2 32.Qe7 Rg7 33.d8R+ Rxd8 34.Qxd8+ Rg8 35.Rf8 1-0
Conclusion: There is no better way to sharpen your openings knowledge, than with these heavy loaded  New in Chess Yearbooks!



Sicilian Najdorf by Milos Pavlovic
2011
Quailty Chess
216 pages
Price €21,99
ISBN 978-1-906552-58-9

The Serbian opening theoretician,Grandmaster Milos Pavlovic handles in his second cutting edge book the English Attack,that starts with the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 and is named  after a group of then young English Grandmasters, Short,Chandler and Nunn who employed it with great success in the 1980s.
Many authors consider the move 6.Be3 as the mainline of the Najdorf because it is nowadays more seen as the older main line with  6.Bg5.
Pavlovic covers in this book the following lines:
• Topalov: 6...e6 7.f3 b5 8.Qd2 b4 9.Na4 Nbd7
• Topalov: 6...e6 7.f3 b5 8.g4 h6 9.Qd2 b4 10.Nce2 e5
• Perenyi Attack: 6...e6 7.g4 e5 8.Nf5
• Perenyi Attack: 6...e6 7.g4 h6 8.Bg2
• Perenyi Attack: 6...e6 7.g4 h5 8.g5 Ng4 9.Bc1 Qb6 10.h3 Ne5 11.Nb3
• Main line: 6...e6 7.f3 b5 8.g4 h6 9.Qd2 Nbd7 10.0–0–0 Bb7 11.h4 b4 12.Na4 Qa5 13.b3 Nc5 14.a3
• Main line: 6...e6 7.f3 Nbd7 8.Qd2 b5 9.g4 Nb6 10.a4
• Scheveningen: 5...Nc6 6.Be3 e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.0–0–0 0–0 9.f3 d5 10.Be2!?
• 6...e5: Positional line: 7.Nf3
• 6...e5: Vallejo Pons variation: 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Be7 9.Qd2 0–0 10.0–0–0 Nbd7 11.g4 b5 12.g5 b4 13.Ne2 Ne8 14.f4 a5 15.f5
• 6...e5: line with 10...a5: 7.Nb3 Be7 8.f3 Be6 9.Qd2 0–0 10.0–0–0 a5
• 6...e5: Topalov variation: 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Nbd7 9.Qd2 h5
• 6...e5: f2-f4 lines.
When I compare lines from Sammalvuo his book on The English Attack with this one from from Pavlovic,than we can see that there are many latest developments, as for example in the following line,where theory slowly moves to move 30.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be3 a6 7.f3 b5 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.g4 h6 10.0-0-0 Bb7 11.h4 b4 12.Na4 Qa5 13.b3 Nc5 14.a3 Nxa4 15.axb4 Qc7 16.bxa4 d5 17.e5 Nd7 18.f4 Nb6 19.Rh3 Nxa4 20.Bf2 Rc8 21.c4,interesting are the words from Pavlovic here:
I find such a move rather shocking, but as I said earlier, this is a typical example of modern chess.In a way it reminds me of the chess from Morphy’s era.when players fanatically analysed the sacrifice of a knight on f7 in the King’s Gambit,trying to determine whether it won or not.Such devotion to analysing sharp positions later faded,as more solid,positional chess took over,only to be rediscovered, but first when Tal appeared and than once more at the dawn of the 21st Century.
After 21…dxc4 22.Qc2 Bc6 23.Be1 Bb5 24.f5 Be7 25.fxe6 0-0 26.Qe4,Pavlovic comes with the new move 26…Qb6!Which is an improvement over 26…f6 27.Nf5 Kh8 28.Nd6 where white had the better chances in Straka – Jandek,corr.2002.
All together there is between the move 21.c4 and 26…Qb6,3 pages of full text!
Included throw this book is the use of latest correspondence games and that makes this work really superb.!
Conclusion: This openings book is really overloaded with latest developments on the move 6.Be3!




Calculate like a grandmaster by Danny Gormally
2010
Batsford Ltd, London
http://www.Batsford.com
256  pages
$19,95
ISBN 978-1-906388-69-0

The British grandmaster Danny Gormally provides the reader with a smashing collection attacking games.
Gormally starts in the book with the games of Mikhail Tal,who paved after Gormally the new generation of attacking players like Shirov and wonder boy Carlsen.
The 39 model games in this book are all well packed with readable words,where some as the game Averbakh – Tal,USSR Championship Riga 1958 is good for nearly 11 pages of instructive text: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.Be2 Bg7 8.Nf3 0-0 9.0-0 Re8 10.Qc2 Na6 11.Bf4 Nb4 12.Qb1 Nxe4 13.Nxe4 Bf5 14.Nfd2 Nxd5 15.Bxd6 Nf6 16.Bf3 Nxe4 17.Nxe4 Bxe4 18.Bxe4 Qxd6 19.Qc2 Re7 20.Bf3 Rae8 21.Rad1 Bd4 22.a4 b6 23.b3 Re5 24.Rd2 h5 25.Re2 Rxe2 26.Bxe2 h4 27.Kh1 Qf4 28.g3 Qf6 29.Qd1 Rd8 30.Bg4 Bxf2 31.Qe2 Rd2 32.Qe8+ Kg7 33.gxh4 Qd4 34.Bh3 Qd3 35.Bg2 Rd1 0-1.
Gormally does not only help you,with instructive advises to develop your tactical skills,but he also describes de playing style of the player.
As for  example some words from Gormally on the attacking genius Tal:Althrough I believe Tal’s style would have scored very badly against computers, in a practical game, against flesh and blood opponents,with the ticking of the clock and the inherent tension involved,he didn’t do too badly! So much  of Tal’s play was intuitive,and of course he was disposed towards sacrifices and attacking play.But he allied to a razor sharp calculation ability which meant that any ‘refutation{assuming there was one}of his play was no means easy.
15.Bxd6? is the critical position and Gormally spends around one page of text on it.
Interesting are the words from Gormally on Topalov and the age of computers:I think the catalyst for the increadable high level in top chess these days was the series of matches between Kasparov and Karpov,one of the most epic rivalries in the history of world sport.
These two mental gladiators were taking lumps out of each other over a prolonged period of time,and as Kasparov himself said,it was only the new generation,the Anands and the Kramniks,who were able to take the new ideas from those match games forward,while the older generation was essential left behind.
However,I don’t share some people’s opinions that players like Capablanca and Steinitz were weak – a strong grandmaster once said that Capablanca was at the level of a current 2200 player.Certainley some of the players around that time were at a horrible level.
Conclusion: Incredible good read!


1000 checkmate combinations by Victor Henkin
2011
Batsford Ltd, London
http://www.Batsford.com
336  pages
$21,95
ISBN 978-1-906388-70-6

 
There is no better way to develop your tactical skills as with exercises specially with this golden classic, from the Russian Grandmaster Viktor Henkin.
So far I have never seen such a creative guide into the world of chess combinations.
Henkin advises the reader to read this book without the use of a chess board,this will help you to develop your tactical vision!
Entire combinations, repeat themselves in chess practice, often at intervals so it is all a matter of Recognizing  mating patterns but as Henkin writes, limit your daily ration to two or three dishes.
All material is divided up into 14 chapters and the introduction of this book comes from no less as the great Mikhail Tal.
The aim of this book is at the broad spectrum of chess amateurs and can be used for independent study and by chess teachers as text book.
Conclusion: A very instructive exercise book!   


British Chess Magazine No.3
Volume 131
March 2011
Price: £4,20


This March issue of the British Chess Magazine holds the following major issues:
Nakumura wins Wijk aan Zee and the ninth Gibraltar festival, where Nigel Short played a magnificently tournament dropping only  a single draw, apart from his defeat against Ivanchuk.
Another man who draw headlines here was Viktor Korchnoi!
He came within a whisker of making plus for unbeaten and only a last round loss to Vallejo.
Other readable contributions are: Contemporary Opening Theory,where Neil McDonald handles part three of the Lasker Defence.
Book reviews, Positional lessons at the 4NCL,Harry Golombek by Bernard Cafferty,The Queenside majority,News in brief etc.
Conclusion: One of those chess magazines that you must have read!   


Chess DVD's



Hiarcs 13
2011
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ISBN 978-3-86681-228-4
Price €49,90

System requirements: Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1.5 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), Windows 7, DirectX9 graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows-Media Player 9, internet access (playchess.com, updates and activation). Recommended: PC Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.4 GHz, 3 GB RAM, Windows 7, DirectX10 graphics card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD ROM drive and internet access (playchess.com, updates and activation)

Hiarcs is famous for its human-like playing style,and it  has the ability to learn from the positions which he is analysing, the so called intelligent learning possibilities, Engine book learning and position learning capabilities
This is an essential feature for all chess players interested in analysing games, studies, positions and  openings play.Hiarcs 13.2 is an intelligent chess partner that learns and improves together with you!
Garry Kasparov once said about Hiarcs,that this engine is much better positionally than Deep Blue!
Many love Hiarcs for it’s great attacking skills but personally I prefer it for it’s  positional understanding of pawn structures,indeed this engine understands more about strategies than any other chess engine that  I ever had on my computer!
Hiarcs 13.2 is around 100 elo points stronger than Hiarcs 12 and it won in 2009 the 9th International CSVN Tournament in Leiden.
The following game comes from this tournament and shows us some of Hiarcs 13 positional
endgame skills:
HIARCS 12.280 MP - Herman
9th International CSVN Tournament 2009 Leiden, The Netherlands (1), 05.06.2009
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.d3 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Re4 Qf5 16.Nd2 Nf6 17.Re1 Qxd3 18.Ne4 Qxd1 19.Nxf6+ gxf6 20.Bxd1 Be6 21.Bf3 Rac8 22.Be3 Rfd8 23.a4 b4 24.Bb6 Rd7 25.Rad1 bxc3 26.bxc3 Be5 27.Rxd7 Bxd7 28.Re3 Be6 29.a5 Bd6 30.Be2 Ra8 31.f4 f5 32.Bf3 Rc8 33.Rd3 Be7 34.Kf2 Kg7 35.h4 Kf8 36.h5 Kg8 37.Rd1 Kg7 38.Bd4+ Kg8 39.Rb1 Bc4 40.Rb6 c5 41.Bb7 Rf8 42.Be5 Bd8 43.Bc6 Be7 44.Bd7 Bd3 45.Bd6 Bxd6 46.Rxd6 Be4 47.Bc6 Bxc6 48.Rxc6 Rd8 49.Rxc5 Rd2+ 50.Ke3 Rg2 51.Rc6 Rxg3+ 52.Kd4 Rf3 53.Ke5 Rh3 54.c4 Rxh5 55.Rxa6 Rh1 56.c5 Kg7 57.c6 Re1+ 58.Kd6 h5 59.c7 Re6+ 60.Kd7 Rxa6 61.c8Q Ra7+ 62.Qc7 Rxc7+ 63.Kxc7 h4 64.a6 Kg6 65.a7 Kh5 66.a8Q Kg4 67.Qg2+ Kxf4 68.Kd6 Ke3 69.Kd5 1-0,it is nearly unbelievable that white is winning after 20.Bxd1.
But black was probably out of his openings book, otherwise he would have played 15…g5!
Hiarcs 13 comes with a impressive made improved openings book,hugh database and a 12 months access to the Playchess.com sever.
This all is well packed in Fritz 12 user interface that offers the user besides high quality 3 D chess boards also excellent training possibilities.

Conclusion: This chess engine is really super intelligent!

 
Hiarcs 13 openings book
2011
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ISBN 978-3-86681-230-7
Price €27,50 

System Requirements: Pentium 1 Ghz, 512 RAM, Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP (SP2), CD ROM Drive, Deep Hiarcs 13, Hiarcs 13, Fritz 12, Rybka 4, Junior 12, Shredder 12.


The secret of this strong Hiarcs Book lays in the use of latest played high class correspondence games,strong over the board games and engine games.
This last is getting more and more important in the developing of modern chess theory.
All together there are over 680000 games packed in this DVD and that is good for over 2,925,276 positions, 382,899 variations and statistics.
This openings book is written by no less than Mark Uniacke, the author of Hiarcs, and has been supported by
Correspondence IM Harvey, Williamson and computer chess expert Eric Hallsworth.
This power book will increase your Hiarcs with around 50 Elo points.
To keep abreast of new material start with mid December,games from the London Chess Classic and Moscow tournaments have been included!
The following picture shows some possibilities in the Sicilian Najdorf Poisoned Pawn:
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
which is very popular under correspondence players with there latest chess engines!

Conclusion: This openings book is overloaded with latest developments!


Unorthodox Chess Openings by Valeri Lilov
2011
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ISBN 978-3-86681-230-7
Price €27,90
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard


Valeri Lilov handles on this DVD all kind of rare and seldom play openings as the Latvian Gambit, Elephant Gambit, Sokolsky, Dunst, Double Fianchetto,Wing Gambit,Fanatsy Variation,Chigorin Defence,Center Game,Danish Gambit,Budapest Gambit,Tango,Englund Gambit,Polish Defence,Albins Counter Gambit,Hippopotamus and so on.
Lines that you only see in Gambit magazines as for example from Rainer Schlenker his Rand Springer magazines, but Lilov does more in every covered line you will find some interesting suggestions as for example in the Latvian Gambit he comes with the ugly looking knight move: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 d6 5.Nc4 fxe4 6.Nc3 Qg6 7.f3 Be7 8.fxe4 Nh6!?
This line was once successful played by the Latvian Gambit expert Alejandro Melchor.
One of the most interesting openings of all is the Hippopotamus Defence which you can play against all kind of moves.
Well explained in this file is the following game from Miles: Baburin,Alexander (2590) - Miles,Anthony J (2584) [A40]
BCF-chT 0001 (4NCL) Birmingham (2.2), 24.09.2000
1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 3.a3 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 Ne7 6.Nf3 Bb7 7.Bd3 d6 8.0-0 Nd7 9.Re1 h6 10.h3 a6 11.Be3 g5 12.Rc1 c5 13.d5 Ng6 14.Bc2 Qe7 15.Qd2 0-0 16.Rcd1 Nde5 17.Nxe5 Bxe5 18.Bd3 Qf6 19.Na4 Rab8 20.Nxb6 Bc8 21.Na4 Bd7 22.Nc3 Rb3 23.Rb1 Rfb8 24.Nd1 exd5 25.cxd5 Nf4 26.Bxf4 gxf4 27.Bc2 Rxh3 28.gxh3 Kh8 29.f3 Rg8+ 30.Kh1 Qh4 0-1.
Gambit lines give a lot of fun, specially when you out play your opponent with it!
And this well filled DVD from Valeri Lilov does not need much memorizing at all!
Video running time is Video running time: 5 hrs 16 min!
Conclusion: This DVD makes really fun!

Open Ruy Lopez by Andrew Martin
2011
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ISBN 978-3-86681-232-1
Price €29,90
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard


International master Andrew Martin digs in this Fritztrainer Openings DVD in the Open Ruy Lopez,that runs with the moves:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5.
Here white has a kingside majority with an advanced pawn on e5,and black has as compensation, a d pawn with queenside majority.
A great number of historical matches have included important games from this variation and I have only to mention the World champion matches between Karpov -  Korchnoi and Kasparov –  Anand.
Andrew Martin always prefers latest games but he did included two classic beauties, from Viktor Korchnoi and Jan Timman who by the way always prefers the more critical lines of this defence.
A fine example of modern play on this DVD is the following game between: Smirin,Ilia (2668) - Amin,Bassem (2544) [C82]
WchT 7th Bursa (1), 05.01.2010
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Bc5 10.Qd3 0-0 11.Nbd2 Nxd2 12.Bxd2 Qd7 13.a4 Ne7 14.Be3 Bxe3 15.Qxe3 Nf5 16.Qf4 c5 17.Bc2 h6 18.b4 cxb4 19.cxb4 bxa4 20.Bxa4 Qb7 21.Bc2 Ne7 22.Nd4 Nc6 23.Nxc6 Qxc6 24.Bd3 Qc3 25.Bxa6 Rfb8 26.Rac1 Qxb4 27.Qxb4 Rxb4 28.Bd3 g5 29.f3 Ra3 30.Rfd1 Kg7 31.Rd2 h5 32.Kf2 h4 33.g3 Rbb3 34.Rcd1 hxg3+ 35.hxg3 Rc3 36.Be2 Re3 37.Rd3 Raxd3 38.Bxd3 Rxe5 39.Rh1 d4 40.f4 Re3 41.Rd1 Bg4 42.Rd2 gxf4 43.gxf4 Kf6 44.Kg2 Rf3 45.Bc4 Rxf4 46.Kg3 Kf5 47.Bxf7 Rf3+ 48.Kg2 Ke5 49.Bc4 Re3 50.Bd3 Kf4 51.Kf2 Rf3+ 52.Ke1 Rh3 53.Bf1 Re3+ 54.Kf2 Ke4 55.Ra2 Rf3+ 56.Ke1 Rb3 57.Kd2 Bf3 58.Bc4 Rb4 59.Bd3+ ½-½
But one of my favourites stays with Korchnoi: Karpov,Anatoly (2700) - Kortschnoj,Viktor (2695) [C82]
World Championship 30th Merano (6), 15.10.1981
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Bc5 10.Nbd2 0-0 11.Bc2 Bf5 12.Nb3 Bg6 13.Nfd4 Bxd4 14.cxd4 a5 15.Be3 a4 16.Nc1 a3 17.b3 f6 18.exf6 Qxf6 19.Ne2 Nb4 20.Bb1 Qe7 21.Qe1 Rfe8 22.Nf4 Bf7 23.Qc1 c5 24.dxc5 Qf6 25.Bxe4 Rxe4 26.Ne2 d4 27.Ng3 Ree8 28.Qd2 Nc6 29.Bg5 Qe5 30.Rac1 d3 31.Rfd1 Bg6 32.Be3 Re6 33.Bf4 Qf6 34.Re1 Rae8 35.Rxe6 Rxe6 36.Rb1 h5 37.h3 h4 38.Bg5 Qd4 39.Be3 Qd5 40.Nf1 Be4 41.Bf4 Bxg2 42.Ne3 Qf3 43.Nxg2 Re2 0-1,indeed Korchnoi is a prolific analyst and great pioneer of the Open Ruy Lopez!
Video running time: 3 hrs 40 min.
Conclusion: A very well made openings DVD!


A modern way to play the King's Indian by Dejan Bojkov
2011
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ISBN 978-3-86681-219-2
Price €29,90
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

The Bulgarian crack GM Dejan Bojkov  provides the user of this DVD with a complete black repertoire on the King’s Indian Defence.
For example in the good old Sämisch system black goes as many other King’s Indian experts for the Benoni set-up with the the  moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 c5!
With 7.d5 white will reach an inferior Benoni line so he is forced to take the pawn on d8.
Bojkov provides the black player on this DVD with a original repertoire line that needs not to much memorizing as we can see on the lines below but I can promise you there are a of original analyses on this DVD  and some times even brand new  novelties!
In the Averbakh System 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Bg5 Bojkov goes for the trendy 6….Na6!
And that is much better that Bobby Fischer once played against the great  Averbakh himself:
With the cramped move 6…h6 and after 7.Be3 c5 8.d5 e6 and Bobby reached a kind of Benoni position.
Bojkov gives after the common response: 7.Qd2 the moves:7… e5 8.d5 c6 9.f3 cxd5 10.cxd5 Bd7 11.g4 h6 12.Be3 h5 13.Bxa6 bxa6 14.h3 a5 15.Nge2 a4 16.Bg5 Qb6 17.Ng3 Rab8 18.Rb1 a3 19.b3 Rfc8 Line.
But Viktor Bologan in his book The King’s Indian prefers for white the stronger move 11.Bd1! Qb6 12.a3! Nh5 13.Nge2 f5 14.Be3 Qd8 15.exf5 gxf5 16.0-0 Be8 17.f4 Bg6 18.Rc1 with a slight advantage!
In the classic mainlines Bojkov goes  for the knight move to the corner : 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 Na6!?
Yes even against the Four pawn attacks he goes again  for the knight to a6: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 0-0 6.Nf3 Na6.
And in the Fianchetto he prefers the Queen move: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.g3 0-0 5.Bg2 d6 6.Nf3 c6 7.0-0 Qa5.
Video running time is over 5 hours!
Conclusion: GM Dejan Bojkov  offers the user of this DVD, a super strong easy to  learn
King’s Indian repertoire defence!

Strategy University
Vol.2: Preparation in chess by Adrian Mikhalchishin

2011
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ISBN 978-3-86681-217-8
Price €29,90
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

GM Adrian Mikhalchishin explains you in this DVD what you exactly need to know about prevention and preparation in chess.
But there is a lot  more to learn from Mikhalchishin,as for example prophylactic problems in champion games.where Mikhalchishin digs in the classic game Fischer- Smyslov,Vassily of the Capablanca Memorial Havana game of  1965
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.c3 Be7 7.Nbd2 0-0 8.Nf1 b5 9.Bb3 d5 10.Qe2 dxe4 11.dxe4 Be6 12.Bxe6 fxe6 13.Ng3 Qd7 14.0-0 Rad8 15.a4 Qd3 16.Qxd3 Rxd3 17.axb5 axb5 18.Ra6 Rd6 19.Kh1 Nd7 20.Be3 Rd8 21.h3 h6 22.Rfa1 Ndb8 23.Ra8 Rd1+ 24.Kh2 Rxa1 25.Rxa1 Nd7 26.b4 Kf7 27.Nf1 Bd6 28.g3 Nf6 29.N1d2 Ke7 30.Ra6 Nb8 31.Ra5 c6 32.Kg2 Nbd7 33.Kf1 Rc8 34.Ne1 Ne8 35.Nd3 Nc7 36.c4 bxc4 37.Nxc4 Nb5 38.Ra6 Kf6 39.Bc1 Bb8 40.Bb2 c5 41.Nb6 Nxb6 42.Rxb6 c4 43.Nc5 c3 1-0’.
After 8.Nf1 Mikhalchishin explains these openings moves are all prophylactic played,but Bobby described it as: White’s strategy is to defer castling and possible institute a K-side attack with h3,g4,etc.Futhermore,this knight can be deployed to e3 or g3 immediately with out having to waste a tempo with Rc1.
Under tactical prophylactics I found the well explained game from the great Nakamura:
Kasimdzhanov,R (2690) - Nakamura,H (2648) [D45]
Corsica Masters Bastia FRA (4.1), 30.10.2007
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.e4 dxe4 8.Nxe4 Nxe4 9.Qxe4 Bb4+ 10.Bd2 Bxd2+ 11.Nxd2 c5 12.dxc5 Qa5 13.a3 Qxc5 14.b4 Qe7 15.Bd3 a5 16.Rb1 axb4 17.axb4 Nf6 18.Qe3 0-0 19.0-0 Rd8 20.Nf3 Qc7 21.Ne5 b6 22.Rfd1 Bb7 23.Bf1 Be4 24.Nd3 Ra3 25.Ra1 Rc3 26.Qf4 Qxf4 27.Nxf4 Rxd1 28.Rxd1 g5 29.Nh3 g4 30.Nf4 Kg7 31.h3 h5 32.hxg4 hxg4 33.Rd6 e5 34.Ne2 Rxc4 35.Rxb6 Bd3 36.Ng3 Rc1 37.Rd6 e4 38.Nf5+ Kg6 39.Ne3 g3 40.fxg3 Bxf1 41.Kf2 Bd3 42.Nd5 Kg5 0-1.
Interesting to mention on this DVD are the strategies as limit the activity of opponent’s pawn structure,inprovement of King’s Position and specially problems of young player’s with the opponents plan.
This last subject is seldom seen in the strategy books.
Video Running time is 3 hrs and 30 minutes.
Conclusion: Overloaded with instructive middlegame strategies!

Strategy University
Vol.3: Positional pawn sacrifice  by Adrian Mikhalchishin

2011
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ISBN 978-3-86681-235-2
Price €29,90
System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard

GM Adrian Mikhalchishin covers on this DVD positional pawn sacrifices all pleasantly  divided in different themes as real pawn sacrifices, developing an attack after sacrificing a central pawn, modern typical positional sacrifices on the c7 pawn, different positional pawn sacrifices in the direction of the opponents king, positional pawn sacrifices, piece activity and pressure on different parts of the board as compensation for the pawn, centralisation as compensation for the pawn, complicated positional pawn sacrifices etc.
A beutifull short cut comes from Salem against  Beliavsky,[A81]
39th Olympiad Men Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (9.23), 30.09.2010
1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.c4 Bg7 5.b4 Nc6 6.Nc3 Nxb4 7.Rb1 Nc6 8.Nf3 0-0 9.0-0 d6 10.e3 e5 11.dxe5 Ng4 12.Ba3 Re8 13.Qb3 Ngxe5 14.Nxe5 dxe5 15.Rfd1 Qf6 16.Bd5+ Re6 17.Nb5 Ne7 18.Bxe6+ Bxe6 19.Nxc7 1-0,Mikhalchishin describes this game under the section you always sacrifice a pawn!
Again Adrian Mikhalchishin comes with new attacking topics as the above mentioned, modern typical positional sacrifices on the c7 pawn where I found the following game example: Zhu Chen - Xu Yuhua [E32] FIDE GP w Nanjing CHN, 2009
1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 d5 7.cxd5 Ne4 8.Qc2 exd5 9.Bf4 Bf5 10.Qxc7 Qxc7 11.Bxc7 Rc8 12.Bf4 Nc6 13.f3 Nf6 14.g4 Bc2 15.e3 Na5 16.b4 Nb3 17.Ra2 Nc1 18.Rb2 Nxg4 19.e4 Nd3+ 20.Bxd3 Bxd3 21.Kd2 Nf2 22.Be3 Bf1 23.Bxf2 Bg2 24.exd5 Rd8 25.Ke3 Rxd5 26.Ke4 Rh5 27.Bg3 Re8+ 28.Kf4 Bxh1 29.h4 g6 30.Kg4 Rf5 31.Bf2 Rc8 32.Rd2 h5+ 33.Kg3 Bxf3 34.Nxf3 Rc3 35.Kg2 Rfxf3 36.a4 Rfd3 37.Re2 Rc4 38.Rb2 f5 39.a5 Kf7 40.Kh2 Rdc3 0-1,after 7…Ne4!? Mikhalchishin explains:
Very risky idea and I must say completely in Chinese style!
This DVD is divided in 25 sections where some games are modern and others golden classics as the game Tal,M - Larsen,B [B04]
Eersel , 1969
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.c4 Nb6 6.e6 fxe6 7.h4 e5 8.d5 Nd4 9.Nxd4 exd4 10.Bd3 Qd7 11.Bg5 h6 12.Bd2 Qg4 13.Be2 Qe4 14.0-0 Bf5 15.Na3 Qxh4 16.Nb5 d3 17.Nxc7+ Kd8 18.Nxa8 dxe2 19.Qxe2 Nxa8 20.c5 Qe4 21.Qb5 Qxd5 22.Ba5+ b6 23.Rfd1 Qe5 24.a4 Bd7 25.cxb6 axb6 26.Bxb6+ Ke8 27.Qa6 Nxb6 28.Qxb6 g5 29.Re1 Qf4 30.a5 Bg7 31.Qb8+ Kf7 32.Qb3+ e6 33.Qb7 Ke7 34.Re4 Qd2 35.Rae1 Be5 36.a6 Qxb2 37.Rb4 Qa2 38.a7 Bc3 39.Rbb1 Bxe1 40.Rxe1 Rf8 41.Qb6 Qd5 42.Rc1 Rc8 43.Rxc8 Bxc8 44.Qc7+ Bd7 45.f3 g4 46.Kf2 gxf3 47.gxf3 e5 48.Kg3 h5 49.Qc1 h4+ 50.Kxh4 Qxf3 0-1.
Running video time is 4hrs and 15 minutes.
Conclusion: There is no better way to learn the secrets of attack!    


ChessBase Magazine extra issue 140
March  2011
Videos by Leonid Kritz  and  Valeri Lilov
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The main file on this ChessBase Magazine is good for 19.190 edited games,and all  played between December 2010 and February 2011.
Again superb. material taken from top tournaments as Rilton-Cup Stockholm,Keres Memorial,the match Karjakin-Nepomniachtchi, Turkish Championship etc.
The eye catching video files go to Leonid Kritz,who  presents the 6th game from the World championship match, Botvinnik-Tal, Moscow 1960,pleasse also see the book Tal – Botvinnink Russel Enterprises,1970,1972,1976,1996 and 2000.
And Valeri Lilov is responsible for three recorded three Nimzo-indian games.
In the main file there is always something what you like,as for example I am collecting for years Latvian Gambit games,and I am pleased to include 15 new ones.where the following
One from ,Andrew Karklins is worth showing: Landaw,Julian W (2285) - Karklins,Andrew (2198) [C40]
North American op 20th Las Vegas (7), 29.12.2010
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 d6 5.Nc4 fxe4 6.Nc3 Qg6 7.Bf4 Nf6 8.d5 Be7 9.Qd2 0-0 10.h3 Nbd7 11.0-0-0 Nb6 12.Nxb6 axb6 13.Kb1 Bd7 14.g4 Ra5 15.Bg2 Rfa8 16.Qd4 Qf7 17.g5 Nh5 18.Be3 Nf4 19.Bxf4 Qxf4 20.h4 Rf8 21.Qxe4 Qxe4 22.Nxe4 Rf4 23.Rd2 Ra4 24.Nc3 Rac4 25.Re2 Bd8 26.Be4 h6 27.gxh6 gxh6 28.Rg1+ Kf8 29.h5 Bf6 30.f3 Rh4 31.Nd1 Rxh5 32.b3 Rd4 33.c3 Rdxd5 34.Bxd5 Rxd5 35.f4 b5 36.Kc1 Kf7 37.Rg3 h5 38.Nf2 h4 39.Rge3 Rh5 40.Nh3 Rc5 41.Ng5+ Rxg5 42.fxg5 Bxg5 43.Kd2 h3 44.Rh2 Kg6 45.Ke2 Bxe3 46.Kxe3 Kg5 47.Rh1 Kh4 48.Kf4 Bc6 49.Rg1 Bg2 50.Re1 h2 51.Re8 Bf3 0-1
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