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Latest book reviews of 1 November  2013
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Steamrolling the Sicilian
Play for a Win with 5.f3!
by Sergey Kasparov

2013
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
239 pages
Price € 23,95
ISBN: 978-90-569-1435-6





Grandmaster Sergey Kasparov comes with a detailed move to move openings book on the exciting but less explored 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3.
The move 5.f3 is labelled under the name Prins Variation,called after Lodewijk Prins 1913-1999,who was known as a very original player.
The main line of this book runs with moves as; 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3 e5 6.Nb3 Be6 7.c4 Nbd7 8.Nc3 Rc8 9.Be3 Bxc4 10.Bxc4 Rxc4
11.Qd3 Rc6 12.Bxa7 b6,
And Sergey writes:13.0-0 it advisable to evacuate the king.In principle,one shouldn’t hurry with the bishop’s release there is enough time to save it.
With 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3 e5 6.Bb5+ we reach the Venice Attack  and after 6…Nbd7 7.Nf5 d5 we reach a highly unclear pawn sacrifice
 as we can see in the following game where Valeri Yandemirov manages to outplay a 2500 plus player: Yandemirov,Valeri (2379) - Bukavshin,Ivan (2517) [B55]
Privolzhskogo FO-ch Kazan (7), 04.03.2012
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3 e5 6.Bb5+ Nbd7 7.Nf5 d5 8.exd5 a6 9.Ba4 b5 10.Bb3 Nc5 11.Ne3 Nxb3 12.axb3 Bc5 13.c4 b4 14.Qe2 e4
15.f4 h5 16.Nd2 0-0 17.Ndf1 h4 18.g4 Bd6 19.Nf5 Bxf5 20.gxf5 Nd7 21.Be3 Qf6 22.Rg1 a5 23.Qf2 Qxf5 24.Qxh4 Qh7 25.Qxh7+ Kxh7 26.f5 Be5
27.Rg2 Rfc8 28.Ng3 a4 29.Rxa4 Rxa4 30.bxa4 Rxc4 31.a5 b3 32.a6 Ra4 33.a7 Ra1+ 34.Ke2 Bxb2 35.Nxe4 Be5 36.Nd2 b2 37.Rg4 Bc3 38.Rh4+ Kg8
39.Nb1 Be5 40.Rc4 Kh7 41.Nd2 Ra2 42.Nb1 Ra1 43.Rh4+ Kg8 44.Rb4 Kh7 45.Nd2 Bc3 46.Rb3 Bxd2 47.Kxd2 Ne5 48.d6 Nc4+ 49.Ke2 Nxd6
50.Rxb2 Nc4 51.Rb7 Ra2+ 52.Kd3 Ne5+ 53.Ke4 Nc6 54.Rxf7 Ra4+ 55.Kd5 Nb4+ 56.Kc5 Nc2 57.Kb5 Rb4+ 58.Ka5 Rb2 59.Bc5 Na1 60.Rxg7+ Kh8 1-0.
Included is a chapter on the alternative 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.dxc5,where black has the lines 4….Qa5+ and 4….Nxe4.
Part 3 of this book hold all kind of Hedgehog systems but black can also go for a direct struggle for 9…d5 as the great Bobby Fischer
once did: Lombardy,William James - Fischer,Robert James [B54]
USA-ch (Rosenwald 7th) New York (2), 19.12.1960
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3 Nc6 6.c4 e6 7.Nc3 Be7 8.Be3 0-0 9.Nc2 d5 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Nxd5 Nxd5 12.Qxd5 Qc7 13.Qb5 Bd7 14.Rc1 Nb4 15.Nxb4 Qxc1+ 16.Bxc1 Bxb5 17.Nd5 Bh4+ 18.g3 Bxf1 19.Rxf1 Bd8 20.Bd2 Rc8 21.Bc3 f5 22.e5 Rc5 23.Nb4 Ba5 24.a3 Bxb4 25.axb4 Rd5 26.Ke2 Kf7 27.h4 Ke6 28.Ke3 Rc8 29.Rg1 Rc4 30.Re1 Rxc3+ 31.bxc3 Rxe5+ 32.Kd2 Rxe1 33.Kxe1 Kd5 34.Kd2 Kc4 35.h5 b6 36.Kc2 g5 37.h6 f4 38.g4 a5 39.bxa5 bxa5 40.Kb2 a4 41.Ka3 Kxc3 42.Kxa4 Kd4 43.Kb4 Ke3 0-1.
All together there are 167 model games in this book,and all well explained with highly instructive words.
Conclusion: One of those super reads from New in Chess!


Techniques of Positional Play
45 Practical Methods to Gain the Upper Hand in Chess
by Valeri Bronznik & Anatoli Terekhin

2013
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
254  pages
Price € 24,95
ISBN: 978-90-569-1434-9




Valeri Bronznik and the famous chess trainer Anatoli Terekhin dig in the world of positional play and explain at the hand of 45 methods the secrets of positional play.
Included are highly instructive game positions from Alexander Alekhine and Bobby Fischer, but also from Mikhail Botvinnik and the great Capablanca.
It results in highly instructive sections as the famous game position between Lasker and Capablanca of St.Petersburg of 1914 where Lasker
went for the Spanish Exchange: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d4 exd4 6.Qxd4 Qxd4 7.Nxd4 Bd6 8.Nc3 Ne7 9.0-0 0-0 10.f4 Re8 11.Nb3 f6
Both authors write:What we have here is a positional typical of the Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez.White has the better pawn structure, but in return black has the bishop pair.
To understand Lasker’s next move, we have to think prophylactic ally.
What is black planning to do next?
Of course he wants to develop his Bc8.The option ..Lc8-d7 looks a bit passive, but the two alternatives ..b7-b6,..c6-c5 and then …Bc8-b7 with
pressure against e4 or Bc8-e6 looks good.
In addition in the last case white also has to recon with..f6-f5,as a result of which black forces the exchange or the advance of the pawn e4 and
consequently wins the d5 square for his pieces.It can be sensed that black has come out of the opening well and even can hope to seize the initiative after a few more moves.Naturally Laker senses that too and at this point he takes a very interesting decision.
12.f5!
A other highly instructive  section is” The precautionary evacuation of the King”,where I found some interesting game positions from the great Nimzowitsch as his game against Becker where he went for 13…Kd7! Nimzowitsch wrote later in his book My System”I love it when the king goes for a walk”.
Conclusion: This book truly helps you to understand chess!


Sacrifice and Initiative in Chess
Seize the Moment to Get the Advantage
by Ivan Sokolov

2013
New in Chess
http://www.newinchess.com/
254  pages
Price € 24,95
ISBN: 978-90-569-1431-8




The great Ivan Sokolov explains and covers in this book the fascinating techniques of attacks,all explained at the hand of 92 well analysed model games.
Between these games I found smashing attacks from players as Mikhail Tal and  Bobby Fischer,but the games from Ivan Sokolov are certainly worth playing throw too!
A classic sacrifice that gets a lot of attention from Sokolov is the move order with
12.Nd5 as we can see in the following game from Velimirovic: Velimirovic,Dragoljub (2500) - Ljubojevic,Ljubomir (2550) [B99]
YUG-ch Umag (6), 1972
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0-0-0 Nbd7 10.Bd3 b5 11.Rhe1 Bb7 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.exd5 Bxg5 14.Rxe6+ fxe6 15.Nxe6 Qa5 16.Qh5+ g6 17.Qxg5 Rg8 18.Rd2 Nf8 19.Nxf8 Qd8 20.Nxh7 Qxg5 21.fxg5 Kf7 22.Nf6 Rh8 23.g3 Bc8 24.h4 Bf5 25.Bxf5 gxf5 26.h5 Ra7 27.Rf2 1-0,Sokolov writes after 12.Nd5!
Velimirovic loved such sacrifices! Quite ofthen,if the position allowed it and the knight on d5 was ignored, he would jump with his other knight to f5 and have two hanging knights in the centre, allowing his opponent a choice of which to make.
When Velimirovic was my chess coach in 1987,we had many such analyses where he would show how to sacrifice the Sicilian knight on d5 or f5,storming the barricades.I was very privileged to learn this from him and I will never forget those lessons.
A other interesting Nd5 sacrifice comes from the legendary Tal: Tal,Mihail - Johansson,Martin Sr [B94]
Stockholm 6061 Stockholm (8), 05.01.1961
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Bc4 Qa5 8.Qd2 e6 9.0-0-0 b5 10.Bb3 Bb7 11.Rhe1 Be7 12.f4 Nc5 13.Bxf6 gxf6 14.Kb1 b4 15.Nd5 Nxe4 16.Rxe4 Bxd5 17.Bxd5 Qxd5 18.Qe2 Qb7 19.Re3 d5 20.Qh5 Kf8 21.Rxe6 fxe6 22.Nxe6+ Kg8 23.Rd3 1-0.
Interesting are the words from Sokolov on Tal,Mikhail Tal’s sacrifices have a reputation that there was a significant amount of bluff involved, and before I started working on this book and had a serious look at his sacrifices, I was inclined to concur to this general opinion.
But nothing could be further from the truth! Even if you give then enough time to run,computer engines are not able to refute 90% of Tal’s sacrifices!
Conclusion: This book will truly help you to improve your attacking skills!


Grandmaster Repertoire 14 - The French Defence Volume One by Emanuel Berg
2013
Quality Chess
324 pages
Price €24,99
ISBN 978-1-907982-40-8



Grandmaster Emanuel Berg introduces in Grandmaster Repertoire 14 – The French Defence 1,a move to move  repertoire book based on
the good old  Winawer Variation,where the reader shall find a mass of interesting moves,but except 7.Qg4
Which will receive a special coverage in Volume Two.
Emanuel Berg has a interesting style of play and does not fear to suggest unexplored moves as 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Nf3 h6 !?
Yes this move is not even mentioned on the Chess.Pub site!
But first some instructive words from our author: 7…h6!? An important moment.This is far from the most popular option, and the reader may be forgiven for
wondering why we should play such a move.I will answer this question in two parts: firstly by explaining the useful aspects of the move …h6 itself, and
secondly by mentioning some of the drawbacks of black’s more obvious moves.
Starting at the most basic level, black’s last move guards the g5 square,preventing any attacking ideas based on Ng5 followed by Qh5.This plan caused
considerable problems by Qh5.This plan caused considerable problems even for Magnus Carlsen in a game against Caruana at the 2012 Grand Slam
Final,which you find referenced shortly.
The move ..h6 also has some subtle prophylactic uses,and on page 236 you shall find nearly three pages of text on this interesting subject.
Uncountable are the novelties in this book as 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.Qg4 Ne7 6.dxc5 Nbc6 7.Bd2 0-0 8.Bd3 f5 9.exf6 Rxf6 10.0-0-0
 h6 11.Qh5 Bd7 12.Nf3 Bxc5!
This simple move improves over black’s play in Bengtsson – Renman,Linkoping 1984,in which 12…Qf8 occurred.
Pleasant to mention are the all kind of side lines as for example the line 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3 5.bxc3 dxe4 6.f3?,this line is known as
the “Das Winckelmann – Reimer –Gambit”but our considers 6.f3 as a very weak move and prefers 6.Qg4.
All material is well packed in 23 chapters.
Conclusion:A wish book for every 1.e4 e6 player!



Pump Up Your Rating by Axel Smith
Quality Chess
324 pages
Price €24,99
ISBN 978-1-907982-73-6



Alex Smith does not only exclaim in this trainings manual, the secrets of play with highly instructive games but he also digs in the psychological aspects of chess and
provides the reader with a wealth of instructive explanations,so as remembering and Smith interestingly  writes:
Passive and active memory are two different things-recognizing something and recalling it.In chess games,the two memories are combined.The next moves  need not be remembered until the position is on the board,but by then you have no further hints.You practise the passive memory when you click through the opening.Instead,I think it’s important to recall the moves while preparing.This is done most easily with the Training function in ChessBase.Also remember to see the board from the same side as in the upcoming game.Personally,I like to print out my opening files and study them on a real board.
A little further Smith writes:Before a tournament, it may be useful to think about the choice of openings.If some special openings are planed, it’s good to use one day to rehearse them. It also gives the mind some time to adapt to the style of play.
Most chess players can be proud of their memory, even if they complain about it.But rehearsing in a more structured way should get even better result.
One of my favourite games in this book comes from the great Ulf Andersson against the best correspondence chess player of the world:
Timmerman,Gert Jan (2725) - Andersson,Ulf (2620) [B81]
corr NOR jub50 corr, 15.10.1994
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.g4 h6 7.h4 Nc6 8.Rg1 d5 9.Bb5 Bd7 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nxd5 exd5 12.Be3 Be7 13.Qd2 0-0 14.Nf5 d4 15.Bxh6 Bb4 16.c3 dxc3 17.bxc3 Ne5 18.Be2 Re8 19.Kf1 Bf8 20.Bf4 Qa5 21.Rg3 Rad8 22.Nd4 Ba4 23.h5 Nc6 24.Be3 Nxd4 25.Bxd4 Re4 26.Qb2 Bc5 27.Rb1 Bxd4 28.cxd4 Bc6 29.Rd1 Rf4 30.d5 Rxd5 31.Rgd3 Qc5 32.f3 Rxd3 33.Rxd3 Qg5 34.Ke1 Rc4 35.Kf2 Qh4+ 36.Ke3 Rc5 37.Rd1 Qg3 38.Rd8+ Kh7 39.Bd3+ f5 40.Qd4 Qxf3+ 41.Kd2 Qg2+ 42.Ke3 Qg3+ 43.Kd2 Qh2+ 44.Be2 Re5 45.Qc4 Bf3 46.Qg8+ Kh6 47.Qh8+ Kg5 48.Qxg7+ Kh4 49.Qf6+ Kh3 0-1.
A pity that Smith did not analyse the interesting alternative 30.Qd2!
A other fine Andersson can be find on page 57,on the subject Fair Exchange is no robbery:
Andersson,Ulf (SWE) - McNab,Colin Anderson(SCO) [B08]
NPSF-50 corr, 1994
1.d4 d6 2.e4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bf4 c6 6.h3 Qa5 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.Qd2 e5 9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0 exd4 11.Nxd4 Re8 12.Rfe1 Qc7 13.a4 Nc5 14.Bh6 a5 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.b3 Bd7 17.Rad1 Re7 18.Qf4 Nh5 19.Qe3 Rae8 20.Nf3 b6 21.Qd4+ Nf6 22.Ng5 h6 23.Nh7 Kxh7 24.Qxf6 d5 25.Re3 dxe4 26.Nxe4 Nxe4 27.Bxe4 Bc8 28.Rde1 Kg8 29.Bxc6 Rxe3 30.Rxe3 Rxe3 31.fxe3 Bf5 32.Bd5 Bxc2 33.e4 Kh7 34.Kf2 g5 35.Ke2 Bb1 36.Kf3 Bc2 37.Bxf7 Bd1+ 38.Kf2 Qc2+ 39.Kg1 Qxe4 40.Be6 Qe3+ 41.Kh1 Qf4 42.Bf5+ Kg8 43.Qg6+ Kf8 44.Qxh6+ Kf7 45.Qe6+ Kf8 46.Qc8+ Kg7 47.Qd7+ Kf6 48.Qe6+ 1-0.
Two things decided the game; the small weakness on the small weakness on the kingside after the exchange of dark-squared bishops and, later, the square on d5.Nothing else; it was enough.
Maybe it was better for black to accept playing a pawn down with 31...Be6. But such a decision takes good nerves and patience in a correspondence game. Now Andersson uses his masterly precision to end the game.
A good advice from our young on blitz games: Limit the number of blitz games to a maximum of five per day.
Blitz can be a good form of training if you are fully concentrated, but it is often played just as a routine. In addition, in internet blitz a lot of time is wasted, not only waiting to start games,but also playing uninteresting positions, for example when it’s high time for one of the players to resign.
I also recommend using some minutes after each blitz game to check the openings and think if there is something that you don’t understand.
Conclusion: Buy this book if you have inspirations for becoming a chess master in chess!









Chess DVD's


ChessBase Magazine issue 156
2013
October/November
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ISSN 1432-8992
Price Euro 19.95
 


The main file Tournaments is good for 206 games where a small 12 of them are well analysed.
Impressive is the following game from Emanuel Berg with the Morra Gambit:
Berg,Emanuel (2539) - Rocha,Sergio (2414) [B21]
POR-chT Porto (2.1), 18.08.2013
[Berg,E]
1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3!? The Morra Gambit, is that still playable? Well, having buried it back in the days of my youth in 1992 it came as a surprise both to me and my opponents when I revived it more than 20 years later. The unleashing came about a week before this game during the Manhems GM-Tournament in Gothenburg where I had the delight to try it even twice over the nine rounds. It is no secret that the book "Mayhem in the Morra" by IM Marc Esserman bears all the guilt for my recent reintroduction to this opening. 3...dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 d6 6.Bc4 a6 This is a smart move order for Black as [6...Nf6 7.e5! gives White a good game;
while 6...e6 deprives the bishop on c8 of going to g4.] 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Bf4! [In my first encounter with this line in 2013 I played 8.h3? preventing ...¥g4. This was obviously too slow which I also knew. However being slightly surprised I decided just to play a practical move. After 8...e6 9.Bf4 Be7 10.Qe2 b5 11.Bb3 Na5 12.Rfd1 Qb6 13.Bc2 Bb7 Berg,E (2539)-Hillarp Persson,T (2529) Gothenburg 2013; Black had definitely succeeded in the opening in achieving a slight advantage. White's activity still gives some compensation but not quite enough to compensate for the pawn. ] 8...Bg4 9.h3 Bxf3 This is clearly the most popular reply. [However 9...Bh5 is given as the main alternative in Esserman's book and is also the move slightly favoured by my computer engine.] 10.Qxf3 e6 11.Rfd1 Qc7?! This move is given as dubious by Esserman. Indeed the queen comes quickly under attack on c7 bu it will have to movet somewhere and White get some active counterplay in all cases. [The other options are 11...Qb8 ;
11...Qb6;
and 11...Qa5 ] 12.Rac1 Be7 13.Bb3 Preparing to go with the knight to d5. 13...Rc8 [After 13...0-0 the following line is given by Esserman 14.Nd5 exd5 15.exd5 Nxd5 16.Bxd5 Rac8 17.b4 This might well need a closer look, but White certainly has good compensation for the pawn here which the computer engine also agrees with when giving White a slight advantage.;
13...Qb8!?N is possible but seems like a waste of time first going to c7 and then to b8. The advantage however compared with 11...£b8 is that now Black has the bishop developed to e7 and is just a move away from castling. White has basically won the extra tempo of ¥b3 which perhaps might not be that important. A logical continuation is 14.Na4 Trying to make use of the weak b6-square. Then Black does best in returning with 14...Qc7 when it's up to White to find something better than a repetition.] 14.Nd5! This is a temporary piece sacrifice which is a common theme for the Morra Gambit as a whole. 14...exd5 15.exd5 Ne5 With this move Black hangs on to the extra piece for the moment but will sooner or later have to give it back anyway.
16.Qe3?! A slight inaccuracy. When trying to remember the book lines I simply forgot to consider White's optimal setup if Black decided not to accept the piece sacrifice. [A stronger move is 16.Qg3! which puts further pressure on Black's position. After 16...Qd7 17.Rxc8+ Qxc8 18.Bxe5 White is better placed with his pieces than in the game. The main line follows 18...dxe5 a) In the event of 18...0-0 play is similar to the game but better for White. Now perhaps the strongest option is 19.Bc3!?² keeping the two bishops and a stable grip on the position.(However grabbing a pawn by 19.Bxd6 is also possible when 19...Ne4 20.Qe5 Bxd6 21.Qxe4 Re8" is better for White but should give Black enough counterplay to maintain a draw if he defends well.) ; b) 18...Qd7 defends the pawn on d6 but is rather slow. White is doing well after 19.Bc3 (The speculative 19.Qxg7!? is exciting but not too good after 19...Rg8 20.Bxf6 Rxg7 21.Bxg7© when I believe White has sufficient compensation but not more.) 19...0-0 20.Bc2² with a stable advantage for White thanks to the active position and the strong pair of bishops. Now lifiting the rook to d4 is an interesting idea aiming for a straight forward attack against Black's king.; 19.d6 Bd8 20.Qxe5+ Kf8 21.d7! Qc6 22.Qb8 Qb6 23.Bc4! intending b4 and ¦d6 when White will win back the sacrificed material with a better endgame in the worst case. Esserman gives the possible line 23...Rg8! 24.b4 Qc7 25.Qxc7 Bxc7 26.d8Q+ Bxd8 27.Rxd8+ Ke7 28.Rxg8 Nxg8 29.Kf1² when indeed White has a pleasant endgame with good winning chances due to the bishop being superior to the knight when there are pawns on both wings.] 16...Qd7 17.Rxc8+ Qxc8 18.Bxe5 0-0 A good practical decision as my opponent was getting slightly low on time while I was up till now more or less in my preparation. [After 18...dxe5 19.d6 Bd8 (19...Bxd6 20.Rxd6 0-0 21.Qxe5 Re8 22.Qd4²) 20.Qxe5+ we are back to the line arising after 16.£g3! 20...Kf8 21.d7 Qc6 22.Qb8 Qb6 23.Bc4! Rg8 24.b4 Qc7 25.Qxc7 Bxc7 26.d8Q+ Bxd8 27.Rxd8+ Ke7 28.Rxg8 Nxg8 29.Kf1² Esserman] 19.Bf4 This move is aimed to attack the weak d6 pawn. Now White can also join the attack with the queen to b6 at some point. [Also interesting was 19.Bd4!?² centralising the bishop. White keeps good control and is slightly better. ] 19...Qd7 20.Rc1 Bd8 Black is somewhat passive but remains solid.
21.Qd4 Preparing the queen manoeuvre to b4 when Black will have problems defending both b7 and d6. 21...Re8 22.Qb4 Be7 23.Ba4 Played after thinking far too long in a critical position. Indeed Black is now forced to some weakening of his pawn structure but on the other hand White loses important time for this achievement. [My original plan 23.Qb6 seems like a better option when Black needs to take care about inviting the rook on to c7. During the game I was slightly concerned about 23...Bf8!? when Black can get active counterplay on the kingside. However White can play calmly by (The passive 23...Rb8 was mentioned by Rocha. Although this defends for the moment it's extremely passive and White has a clear advantage. Now the brave 24.g4! to control important squares for Black is well justified after which Black will have a difficult time defending.) 24.Be3 when after 24...Rc8 25.Rxc8 Qxc8 26.a4 Black is still under pressure without active counterplay.] 23...b5 24.Bb3 Rc8 Black simplifies the position and defends his d6-pawn by tactical means.
25.Rxc8+ [25.Re1!? was probably a better way to play the position. White has the more active pieces and stands slightly better.] 25...Qxc8 26.a4 [Grabbing the pawn would give Black active counterplay after 26.Bxd6 Qc1+! (Another option is 26...a5 but then 27.Qf4 a4 28.Bd1 Nxd5 29.Qe5 Qe6 30.Qxe6 fxe6 31.Bxe7 Nxe7 32.Kf1² gives White the better prospects in the endgame.) 27.Kh2 Ne4! 28.Qxe4 (28.Bxe7 Qf4+= leads to perpetual checks) 28...Bxd6+ 29.g3 g6 White is a pawn up, but the opposite coloured bishops should secure a draw for Black since he has the more active bishop and an exchange of queens will more or less be a dead draw despite the extra pawn for White.(29...Qxb2?? loses to 30.Qe8+ Bf8 31.Kg2 Qf6 32.d6+-) ] 26...Qc5 A tricky move when approaching time trouble.
27.Qe1 [Perhaps the endgame after 27.Qxc5 dxc5 28.d6 Bd8 29.Bd1 would have offered better winning chances for White. However I felt that Black's king was a bit too close and could not see any clear way to improve my position while the d6-pawn eventually might become weak.] 27...Kf8 28.Be3 Qc7 29.axb5 axb5 30.Qb4 Qb7 31.g4 [31.Qc3!?] 31...h6 32.Qd4 [32.Qc3 Qa8 33.Kh2²] 32...Nd7 33.Qe4?! [Better was 33.Qc3!² preventing ...¥f6 due to £c6! At the same time setting a trap as 33...Nc5 loses a pawn after 34.Bxh6! f6 (34...Nxb3?? 35.Bxg7+! Kg8 36.Bh6+-) 35.Be3±] 33...Bf6! Now Black is in control and holds an easy draw.
34.Qb4 Qa6 35.Bc2 Ne5 Now White should be slightly careful in view of possible back rank attacks by Black's knight and queen. 36.Kg2 [36.b3 preventing ...¤c4 looks slightly risky following 36...Nf3+ 37.Kg2 Nh4+ with active counterplay for Black.] 36...Nc4 37.Bc1 g5?! [37...Qb7 38.Be4 Qb6= was to be preferred.] 38.Bd3? [A stronger attempt was 38.b3² Qa1 39.Bxg5! hxg5 40.bxc4 bxc4 41.Qxc4² leaving White a pawn up with some practical winning chances.] 38...Qa1 39.Bxc4 bxc4 40.Qxc4 [40.Qxd6+ Kg7 41.Be3 Qb1!= This is the simplest way forcing a draw by perpetual checks after ...£e4 next.(41...Qxb2 42.Qc6 c3 43.d6 Qb3 44.d7 Qd1=) ] 40...Bxb2 41.Be3 Bf6 42.Qc8+ Kg7 43.Qf5 White can perhaps claim he has the better bishop but since Black will not allow an exchange of queens this is not relevant.  43...Qc3 44.Qe4 Qb2 45.Qf5 Qc3 46.Qe4 Qb2 47.h4 A last try to complicate matters but Black remains solid until the end. 47...gxh4 48.Qf4 Qe5 49.Qxh6+ Kg8 50.Kg1 h3 51.Qxh3 (=) ½-½.
Besides the various columns and video files there are eleven openings reports:
Georgiev,V: Budapest Gambit A52 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Lf4 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bb4+ 6.Nc3 Qe7 7.Qd5,Postny: Sicilian Kan B48 1.e4 c5
 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Nf6 8.0-0-0 Be7 9.f3,Kritz: French C10 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5
3.Nc3 a6,Breutigam: King's Gambit C34 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Ne7,Pavlovic: Ruy Lopez C78 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6
4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5,Krasenkow: Ruy Lopez C84 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d4,Marin: Queen's Gambit D36 1.d4 d5
2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nbd7,
Stohl: Grünfeld Defence D97 1.d4 Sf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4,Arnaudov: Tango E10 1.d4
Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.a3 d6,Schipkov: King's Indian E87 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 e5 7.d5 Nh5 8.Qd2 f5 and at last Szabo: King's Indian E97 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7
4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 Ne8.
Included is a eye catching booklet in to languages.
Conclusion: Super material for a bargain price!  



How to combat rare lines as Black
by Sergei Tiviakov

2013
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Price Euro 27.90
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Grandmaster Sergei Tiviakov provides the user of this DVD with a complete repertoire defence against lines as 1.Nf3, 1.f4, 1.g3, 1.Nc3, 1.b3, 1.b4 and 1.g4.
I even saw on this DVD lines as 1.a3 and a4!
But the major part of this DVD handles 1.Nf3.
These lines are perfectly playable unorthodox openings lines and it is pleasant to see a player as Sergei Tiviakov tackling  them.
The Swiss player Henry Grob played hundreds of games with the move 1.g4 but Tiviakov waves it all away with lines as :1.g4 e5 2.Bg2 Bc5 3.c4 d6 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Qa4 Bd7 6.Qb3 Rb8 7.h3 Qf6 8.Ne4 Qg6 9.Nxc5 dxc5 10.Nf3 Nf6 11.Qe3 Qe4 12.Qxc5 Nd4 13.Nxd4 Qxg2 14.Rf1 exd4 15.Qxc7 0-0 16.f3 Rfe8 17.Rf2 Qh1+ 18.Rf1 Qxh3 19.Qc5 Qh4+ 20.Kd1 d3 21.exd3 Qh2 22.Kc2 a6 23.Qd4 Qe5 24.Qg1 Qg5 25.b3 h6 26.Bb2 Nh7 27.Qd4 Re2 28.Rad1 Bc6 29.Qd6 Rd8 30.Qg3 Qg6 31.f4 Rg2 32.Qh4 Qxd3+ 33.Kc1 Be4 0-1,
Fodor,A - Majancsik,G [A00] Sarospatak open, 1992.
Included on this DVD are a small million smashing games where many of them have never seen daylight before.
This DVD is even more interesting than all the gambit magazines I have seen before!
Conclusion: Smashing material!   



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