CHESSBOOK REVIEWS


Latest book reviews of  July  2018
BOOKS REVIEWS BY JOHN ELBURG.

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John Elburg





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Applying Logic In chess by Erik Kislik
2018
Gambit Publications Ltd
http://www.gambitbooks.com
E-mail info@gambitbooks.com
319 pages

Price £21.50
ISBN 978-1-911465-24-9


Applying Logic in Chess is a highly interesting written trainings manual written by Erik, Kislik who is an International Master from San Mateo, California and so far I am aware of the only IM in the world who was a beginner as an adult (at age 18) and still became an IM.
Going throw this book you will understand how Erik Kislik did mange it to become such a strong chess player.
These 317 pages are highly instructive packed with topics which I have never seen before.
For example you can learn a lot from your blitz games, although hardly anyone does,World elite blitz players have told Erik that they focus on concrete moves first in their fast games.This makes sense, because positions are very often concrete and seeing threats and specific ideas is very important with low time.
For players who see things slowly,this is certainly something they can consider working on and applying.
Gradually, one’s awareness of concrete relevant moves and tactical possibilities must improve with consistent work. Having a very tightly worked out opening  repertoire is also very useful for blitz, even if you do not actively seek out an advantage in most of the games.
Like max Euwe, Erik Kislik does not see much  in memorizing grandmaster games
In opening play,it is much better to focus on it’s understanding.
Try to guess the moves and understand why they were played!
The whole idea of memorizing openings is usually counterproductive at lower levels.
People who memorized book analysis from 10 years ago have to forget the majority of what they learned.A lot of those lines have been overturned or refuted.
Erik Kislik also explaines:I mostly remember openings due to their logic and strategic ideas.
I used to have a problem with forgetting opening lines,but I always realized when I forgot the line that I never understood it in the first place.
That is a major reason why fundamentally we need to understand our openings,there aims,and the intentions behind our moves.
This all and more is well packed in 14 highly instructive sections!
Conclusion: Unique work!


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Komodo 12
2018
http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com
Price Euro 89.95
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System requirements:
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9 and internet access.
Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet access.
System requirements for ChessBase Account: Internet access and up-to-date browser, e.g. Chrome, Safari. Runs on Windows, OS X, iOS, Android and Linux.


The two elements of artificial intelligence and human understanding have been the success of the Komodo chess engines.
This new Komodo 12 comes with a brand new Fritz 16 program interface, with all the lovely utilities as the direct made access to the ChessBase play server.
Dear reader please take care you don’t become as many of us  a victim to bullet chess addiction!
But there is more as a ChessBase Video- Portal, LiveDatabase,and much more.
And we all want to have to have the improved Komodo 12 multi-processor engine and his small brother the Komodo 12 “Monte Carlo” engine based
on the latest techniques of Alpha Zero and Leela!
Komodo is a three-time TCEC champion and current World Computer Chess Champion. Komodo 12 is an improved version of the one which
won both the 2017 World Computer.
It plays now more aggressively and more human like and not to be compared of any other commercial chess engine of this time!
The developing team of computer expert Mark Lefler and his companion chess grandmaster Larry Kaufman has lifted the power
strength of this program in an impressive way!
I can only say import your Komodo engine into your  ChessBase database program and you will be impressed about his strength and playing speed!

Conclusion: With Komodo12 we reach a complete new dimension in commercial computer chess! A engine which searches for candidate
 moves in an revolutionary new way!



A Classical Guide to the French Defence
by  Yannick Pelletier

2018
http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com
Price Euro 29.90
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet access for program activation.



The top grandmaster Yannick Pelletier belongs to one of the happy view who are able to win from regaining world champions, but this chess genius has more talents as he speaks fluent several language as French, English, German, Spanish and Russian, and belongs to one of the most appreciated live commentators that we have in the chess world.
This well thought made DVD from Yannick Pelletier is based on understanding above memorizing, so the reader will learn to play and to understand the secrets of the French Defence in no time,and this all is pleasantry packed in two downloads plus a extra database of 170 entries where nearly all of these games are analysed by Pelletier him self!
Running time is around 4hours and 27 minutes!
Also included as a French setup download file!

Conclusion: This DVD has a high instructive value!   


ChessBase Magazine issue 184
2018
June/July 2018
http://www.chessbase.com
E-Mail info@chessbase.com
ISSN 1432-8992
Price Euro 19.95

System requirements
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet access for program activation.



The European Championship files is good for over 1600 entries and the highly regarded tournament files holds a impressive 530 entries.
Included is also a data collect file from over 2295 plus uncountable annotated games.
All fans of wonder boy Magnus will enjoy his Fischer random match games against Nakamura!
The theory files hold:
Papp: Caro-Kann B15 (Recommendation for White and Black)
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ exf6 6.c3 Bd6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.Ne2 Re8,
Ris: Sicilian B92 (Recommendation for White)
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nf3,
Moskalenko: French C18 (Recommendation for Black)
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.Qg4 Kf8,
Kuzmin: Vienna Game C28 (Recommendation for White)
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Bc5 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.f4,
Breutigam: Two Knights Defence C55 (Recommendation for Black)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Be7,
Szabo: Ruy Lopez C74 (Recommendation for Black)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.c3 f5 6.exf5 Bxf5 7.0-0 Bd3 8.Re1 Be7,
Marin: Ruy Lopez C79 (Recommendation for Black)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.c3 Bd7 6.d4 g6 7.0-0 Bg7 8.Re1,
Postny: Ruy Lopez C92 (Recommendation for Black)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Bb7 10.d4 Re8 11.Nbd2 exd4 12.cxd4 Nd7
13.Nf1 Na5 14.Bc2 Bf6 and at last Stohl: Queen's Gambit D37 (Recommendation for Black)
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 c5 7.dxc5 Bxc5.
Other contributions are:Opening videos:Daniel King Breyer Variation a la Carlsen,Yannick Pelletier: Queens Gambit and Jonas lampert handles the Sicilian Four Knights.
Endgames from Karsten Müller who belongs to one of the best endgame columns in the world,for example holds 24 annotated endgames, numerous training questions and four classic videos. In addition the endgame genius from Hamburg has recorded two endgame clips in the interactive format.
Other contributions are: Williams:Move by Move,Rogozenco The Classic,Marin Strategy,Reeh:Tactics,Knaak: Recent opening traps and more.
Included is a eye catching booklet in two languages!
Conclusion:This is must have material! 




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