CHESSBOOK REVIEWS


Latest book reviews of 1 March  2017
BOOKS REVIEWS BY JOHN ELBURG.

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John Elburg



                                              Chess DVD's    


The Modern Pirc by Viktor Bologan
http://www.chessbase.com
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Price Euro 29.90
System requirements:Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard


Grandmaster Viktor Bologan   does not only explain the Modern Pirc with it’s specific strategies but provides the user of this DVD with a complete black
repertoire, and that makes it all so super to have!
Between Keen’s master work The Modern Defence and this magnificent work from Viktor Bologan lays a time zone from nearly 50 years and that can be
seen in the explanations of Bologan who has changed the Modern Pirc in a kind of Caro-Kann snake.
In big lines the user must learn to manoeuvre with the black pieces as Bologan did in the New York Open of 1997,where he won four times with the
Modern Defence!
A fine example of latest play is: Morozevich,Alexander (2683) - Bologan,Viktor (2640) [B06]
RUS-ch blitz Sochi (10.4), 04.10.2016
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.h4 d5 4.e5 c5 5.c3 Nc6 6.h5 Nh6 7.Bb5 Qb6 8.a4 Bd7 9.Nf3 cxd4 10.cxd4 Bg4 11.Nc3 Rd8 12.a5 Qc7
13.a6 Kf8 14.axb7 Qxb7 15.Qa4 Bd7 16.Qa6 Qxa6 17.Rxa6 Nb4 18.Rxa7 Bg4 19.Bd2 Bxf3 20.gxf3 Nc2+ 21.Kf1 Nxd4
22.f4 Nhf5 23.Bd3 gxh5 24.b4 f6 25.e6 Nd6 26.b5 Nxe6 27.f5 Nc5 28.Be2 d4 29.Nd5 d3 30.Bf3 Nxb5 31.Ra5 Nd4
32.Bg2 Ncb3 33.Bb4 Nxa5 34.Bxe7+ Kf7 35.Bxd8 Rxd8 36.Ke1 Nab3 37.Rxh5 d2+ 38.Kd1 Rc8 0-1
All video material is divided in 24 theory video sections plus a extra database of 96 entries, plus some self tests to test your Modern skills!
Conclusion: Magnificent! 


 

Pattern recognition and typical plans by Adrian Mikhalchishin
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Price Euro 29.90
System requirements:Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard


Grandmaster  Adrian Mikhalchishin explains in this DVD how to understand the strategies of play based on the play of famous world champions who often have a
natural talent for pattern recognition,unfortunately most of us don’t have these natural skills. But on the other hand these skills can easy be learned by
playing throw these selected games from Mikhalchishin!
Pleasant enough Mikhalchishin provides the user of this DVD with a wealth of material which will help you to develop a natural way of analogical
thinking, simple by taking up this DVD!
Running time is 6 hours and nine minutes!
Included is a extra database of 60 entries!
Conclusion: Super instructive!  


Strengthen your chess foundation
by  Nisha Mohota

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Price Euro 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 Indian chess player Nisha Mohota who was the first Woman Grandmaster from West Bengal and provides, the user of this DVD with all the necessarily
understanding of pawn structures, defences and patterns of attack.
Found,interactive positions,77 games and a extra instructive file of 78 games and positions.
All well packed in over 6 hours  highly instructive video files that insures you with all the techniques of a good chess understanding!
Conclusion: Super instructive!


How to crack the Berlin Wall with 5.Re1
by  Alexei Shirov

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Price Euro 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 phenomenal Alexei Shirov who reached the 2700 level before the age of 20 explains in his latest DVD the advantages of the move 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6
3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.Re1!
The Berlin Wall expert John Cox once wrote in his book The Berlin Wall:This continuation leads to simpler sort of game than the main endgame line.
Black’s defensive methods have neither needed nor received much refinement since the Steinitz Zukertort match of 1886.,but there are certain tactical
traps which continue to claim victims, and, as such eminent players as Peter Heine Nielsen and Jan Timman have discovered.
Pleasant to mention on this DVD are the white Shirov games as for example his games against Caruana Latvia – Italy 2014,Shirov – Kramnik
Novosibirsk 2015 {won by Shirov!}and more!
GM Alexei Shirov does not only provide you with a deadly line but above all explains all the played strategies in great detail!
Running time is 4 hours and 30 minutes!
Included is an extra database of 52 entries!
Conclusion: One of those super made ChessBase Openings DVD’s!


The Art of the Positional Exchange Sacrifice
by  Sergei Tiviakov

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Price Euro 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 great master of explanation GM  Sergei Tiviakov provides the user of this DVD with a well thought collection positional sacrifice’s ,where he learns
 us to understand and how to feel the tension of the position.
Going throw these games will help to develop a natural feeling for the position, sometimes you will have to defend and on other times you will be
able to launch a deadly attack.
A classic example of positional play is the famous game Tolush – Botvinnik of 1945,where Botvinnik later wrote in his book Botvinnik’s Best Games
Volume 2:1942 – 1956;One can only be astonished how could my opponent go in for the system I had prepared in the French Defence,without making
a serious study of this opening?
Included are 35 video files, a extra database with 50 entries en of course exercises to test your sacrifice skills.
This all is good for 4 hour and 21 minutes.
Conclusion: Conclusion: A well thought made trainings DVD!


The Dutch Stonewall - A fighting repertoire against 1.d4
by  Erwin l'Ami

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Price Euro 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 so talented GM Erwin l'Ami shows here all the latest  ideas and developments of the so reliable Dutch Stonewall,so called because
of the rigid central pawn structure, where black hopes for a door or die offensive.
So the Stonewall is a opening for warriors as we can see in the following game from the strongest player in the
worldAnand,Viswanathan (2797) - Carlsen,Magnus (2865) [A90]
Grenke Chess Classic 3rd Baden-Baden (4), 06.02.2015
1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.c4 c6 5.Nf3 d5 6.0-0 Bd6 7.b3 Qe7 8.Ne5 0-0 9.Nd2 a5 10.Bb2 Nbd7
11.Qc2 a4 12.Ndf3 Ne4 13.e3 a3 14.Bc3 Nxe5 15.Nxe5 Bd7 16.Nxd7 Qxd7 17.c5 Bc7 18.b4 h5 19.Be1 e5
20.dxe5 Bxe5 21.Rd1 Qe6 22.f3 Nf6 23.Bh3 g6 24.e4 dxe4 25.fxe4 Bb2 26.exf5 Qxa2 27.Bf2 g5 28.Rfe1 Qf7
29.Re6 Ng4 30.Bxg4 hxg4 31.Rg6+ Kh7 32.Rd7 Qxd7 33.f6 Qd1+ 34.Qxd1 Kxg6 35.Qd3+ Kh6 36.h4 gxh3 0-1.
Erwin l'Ami does not only cover latest Stonewall theory but explains it all in a very understandable way of understanding.
There are 23 video files plus a extra database of 50 entries!
Running time is 5 hours and 26 minutes!
Conclusion: Very important reference work on the Dutch Stonewall!


ChessBase Magazine issue 176
2016
February/January 2017
http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com
ISSN 1432-8992
Price Euro 19.95



ChessBase comes with a well loaded ChessBase Magazine that holds a special made World championship file which holds all the Carlsen – Karjakin games!
And they hold one for one excellent analyses! Maybe I can better say deeply analyses from players as Ponomariov,
Seirawan,Rogozenko,Nunn,Hillarp Persson,Caruana,So Wesley and Navara.
The overloaded tournament file is good for 1363 games!
But first of all let us start with the so wanted opening surveys :Papp: Caro-Kann B12
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h5 5.Bd3 Bxd3 6.Qxd3 e6 7.Bg5,Souleidis: Sicilian Defence B47 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4
4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Qd3,Szabo: Sicilian Defence B90
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Nb3,Kosintseva: French Defence C15 1.e4 e5 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4
4.Qd3,Ris: Scotch C45 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Ba6 9.Nd2,Stohl: Scotch
 C45 (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nb3,Postny: Ruy Lopez C65 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 0-0
6.0-0 d5,Kuzmin: Open Ruy Lopez C83 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.Be3 Be7 0-0 11.Nbd2 Qd7,Breutigam: Queen's Pawn Game D03 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5,and at last Karolyiwith : Queen's
Gambit 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 a6.
Other colums are:Williams: Move by Move,Rogozenko: The Classic,Marin Strategy,Reeh:Taktik,Müller: Technique in  rook
endings{With two introductory texts,27 annotatedendgames plus many trainings questions and four classic videos!
Knaak: The Openings trap, and Opening Videos!
Included is a two languages booklet!
Conclusion: This is a must for all!

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