Updated 23rd March 2006


Chess Explained: The Classical Sicilian


(Alex Yermolinsky) - $39.95
112 pages (248 mm by 172 mm). ISBN 1 904600 42 5.

Chess Explained is a new series of books about chess openings. They are not theoretical works in the traditional sense, but more a series of lessons from a chess expert with extensive over-the-board experience with an opening. You will gain an understanding of the opening and the middlegames to which it leads, enabling you to find the right moves and plans in your own games. It is as if you were sitting at the board with a chess coach answering your questions about the plans for both sides, the ideas behind particular moves, and what specific knowledge you need to have.

The Classical Sicilian is one of the most popular and respected systems of the Sicilian, and has been used frequently by players such as Anand, Kramnik and Shirov. Black develops his pieces more quickly than in many Sicilian systems, and intricate piece-play often results. White's most popular and critical response is the Richter-Rauzer Attack, and recent years have seen a diversification in the plans for both sides in this perennially popular line. Against White's alternatives to the Rauzer, Yermolinsky covers lines that retain the independent significance of the Classical move-order, such as 6 Bc4 Qb6 - a line in which he is a leading specialist.

Grandmaster Alex Yermolinsky is one of the strongest players in the United States. He was US Champion in 1996, and won the US Open Championship in 1995 and 1997. His credentials as a teacher are no less impressive. He assisted Irina Levitina in her bid for the Women's World Championship in 1982-4, while his former pupils include several top-class grandmasters and a US Junior Champion. His previous book for Gambit, The Road to Chess Improvement, won the USCF Cramer Award for best instructional book.

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Yearbook 78 NIC 2006) - $51.95

Publisher: New In Chess, 2006
Edition: Paperback large
ISBN10: 90-5691-159-7
Pages: 248
Language: English


Readers from all over the world join in discussions of previous surveys. Both (grand)masters and club players shed their light on new opening developments and search together for the truth. With contributions by Eric Pri, Richard Palliser, Bogdan Lalic, Pavel Skatchkov/Dmitry Frolyanov, Ashot Nadanian and many others.

Sosonko's Corner
Genna Sosonko's imagination was tickled by Vadim Zviagintsev's bizarre knight move 2.Na3 in the Sicilian. It made Alexander Khalifman laugh, but not for long... The rim knight brought back some sweet memories to our Editor and stirred up some old stories, which does not mean that it has no future! Besides becoming immensely popular on the ICC and in the Moscow Blitz Championship, in a regular game such moves can be a tremendous psychological blow.

Book Reviews
Not quite mainstream either are the openings treated in Glenn Flear's Review section this time. After all, you don't encounter Christan Bauer's favourite 1...b6 every day. The French GM's monograph on this English Defence (!) gets many points for its thorough and original content, though it leaves something to be desired in the structure department.
Next is James Rizzitano's 'Repertoire book' (we get many of those these days) against 1.d4. A robust tome, although doubts remain if Rizzitano can fulfill his promise of 'beating' White's solid first move. Maybe that's just to much to ask... or is it?
The unlikely author couple Sverre Johnsen and Vlatko Kovacevic also want to 'Win' with the London System, but our reviewer found their book to be quite balanced and objective. It's ideal for the stronger club player who wants a solid system without studying day and night.
Boris Schipkov's CD on the A80-A85 Dutch contains by nature much more material than a book, but also more mistakes. A nice feature is the Training Database with useful exercises.

32 NIC Surveys Yearbook 78
Sicilian Defence: Najdorf Variation 6.Be3 Ng4, by Lukacs/Hazai
Sicilian Defence: Najdorf Variation 6.Be3 e6, by Nikitin
Sicilian Defence: Grivas Variation 4...Qb6, by Grivas
French Defence: Tarrasch Variation 4.ed5 Qd5, by Anka
Caro-Kann Defence: Advance Variation 4.c4, by Boersma
Caro-Kann Defence: Classical Variation 4...Bf5, by Olthof
Petroff Defence: Steinitz Variation 3.d4 Ne4, by Fogarasi
Petroff Defence: Jaenisch Variation 6...Be7, by Kuzmin
Ruy Lopez: Neo-Steinitz Variation 6...Nge7, by Karolyi
Ruy Lopez: Neo-Arkhangelsk Variation 6...Bc5, by Kuzmin
Ruy Lopez: Closed Line with 9.d4, by Marin
Italian Game: Evans Gambit 4.b4, by Van der Tak
Scotch Opening: Mieses Variation 8...Ba6, by Van der Weide
Philidor Defence: Antoshin Variation 5...Be7, by Abeln
Queen's Gambit Declined: Blackburne Variation 5.Bf4, by Agrest
Slav Defence: Krause Variation 6.Ne5, by Greenfeld
Slav Defence: Marshall Gambit 4.e4, by Van der Tak
Slav Defence: Meran Variation 8.Be2, by Afek
Queen's Gambit: Accepted Classical Variation 7.Bb3, by Dautov
Nimzo-Indian Defence: Kmoch Variation 4.f3, by Cebalo
Nimzo-Indian Defence: Vienna Variation 7.e5, by Lukacs/Hazai
Grnfeld Indian Defence: Exchange Variation 7.Nf3, by Avrukh
Grnfeld Indian Defence: Makogonov Variation 6.b4, by Panczyk/Ilczuk
King's Indian Defence: Classical Variation 7...Na6, by Mikhalevski
King's Indian Defence: Four Pawns Attack 5.f4, by Vaisser
Benoni Defence: Fianchetto Variation 11.Bf4 Qe7, by Kapengut
Benoni Defence: Volga Gambit 3...b5, by Gavrilov
Queen's Pawn Opening: Trompowsky Attack 2.Bg5, by Tzermiadianos
Queen's Pawn Opening: Pri Attack 2.a3, by Pri
Queen's Pawn Opening: Reversed Albin 3.e4, by Greenfeld
Dutch Defence: Classical Variation 7...Ne4, by Williams
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation 3...b6, by Langeweg

50 ESSENTIAL CHESS LESSONS (Steve Giddins, 2006) - $44.95
160 pages (248 mm by 172 mm). ISBN 1 904600 41 7.

Steve Giddins has chosen 50 supremely instructive games - some old, some new, and including many that few readers will have seen before. He has annotated these games in detail from a modern perspective, explaining the useful lessons that can be learnt from them, while avoiding the harmful dogma that characterized many older works of this type. Topics include: Attacking the King, Defence, Piece Power, and Endgame Themes. Each game is followed by a recap of the main lessons to be learned.

Giddins writes in a highly accessible down-to-earth style that appeals to club players seeking to improve their understanding of practical chess. His knowledge of Russian-language chess literature has enabled him to find many excellent examples that have not appeared in previous western literature.

Steve Giddins is a FIDE Master from England who plays regularly in international events and has frequently contributed to the British Chess Magazine. He has gained a reputation as a writer who provides useful, no-nonsense advice on topics of genuine practical importance. This is his third book for Gambit: see also 101 Chess Opening Traps and How to Build Your Chess Opening Repertoire.

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UNDERSTANDING THE KING'S INDIAN (Mikhail Golubev, 2006) - $43.95
208 pages (248 mm by 172 mm). ISBN 1 904600 31 X.

Despite its sharp and aggressive nature, the King's Indian is an opening that lends itself well to discussion in terms of plans, ideas and pawn-structures. Those who are familiar with these underlying themes will enjoy an enormous practical advantage when facing those who lack this understanding, even if they are theoretically well-prepared. Golubev is ideally qualified to provide a realistic and informative guide to the King's Indian: he has played it for the whole of his chess career, scoring many devastating victories. He draws upon this extensive experience to choose the most instructive games and positions, and to provide a wealth of insightful tips.

Mikhail Golubev is a grandmaster from Odessa, Ukraine, who plays regularly in tournaments in eastern and central Europe. He is a noted expert in several sharp and aggressive opening systems, including the King's Indian and the Dragon. His previous book, The Sicilian Sozin, has been praised for the quantity and quality of its original analysis, and for Golubev's objectivity in identifying the critical lines.

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Linares (Mar 2006, all games) $4.95 - Kerr

British Chess Magazine bound volumes 1947 to 2005 (complete set, 59 years, good condition, very a rare).

Offers above $5,000 considered

Kasparov: How to play the Najdorf Vol. 2 - $52.95
The Najdorf system in the Sicilian Defence has a legendary reputation as a defensive weapon for Black. It is an opening where people often strive for a full point, instead of simply defending the position with the black pieces. Many great players have contributed to the development of this complex opening. There were two world champions who formed much of their careers using the Najdorf system as their weapon of choice against 1.e4: Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. Both players celebrated spectacular successes with it, both used the Najdorf (pronounced nigh-dorff, rhyming with high-dwarf) during their child prodigy years and retained it as an important part of their repertoire during their entire careers.

For Garry Kasparov this added up to experience with the Najdorf at the very highest levels of chess. For chess amateurs and professionals alike it is a great moment when the worlds leading expert shares all the secrets in his favourite opening. In part one Garry Kasparov introduced the various subsystems of the Najdorf, including the central Poisoned Pawn variation. Part two is devoted to the main lines against 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4. This includes the legendary Polugaevsky Variation. The DVD contains more than two hours of first-class private tuition. The package includes the latest Chess Base 9.0 Reader, a big reference database featuring all relevant Najdorf games, as well as a complete opening book that can be used to practice what you have learnt with Fritz.

System requirements: PC (minimum 233 MHz and 32 MB RAM, recommended 1 GHz, 256 MB), DVD drive, Windows98 SE, ME, 2000 or XP, Sound card, Windows Media Player 9 or higher (for the multimedia lessons).

The Immortal Game - The Movie (PAL Version) - $39.95
The Immortal Game - The Movie presents the dramatic development from attack to defense, fromloss to profit, from triumph to agony. We experience chess from an unique, an unusual visual angle in the midst of the event.
Trailer 1:24

Director Michael Mertineit used an exquisite set of military pieces from the 19th century to animate the game, which ends in the figure of Napoleon expriencing his Waterloo.

The chess sequence is an animation without words. It depicts the course of the game.

A triumph for chess lovers everywhere! Tina Bidari, Las Vegas - USA

Karl Ernst Adolf Anderssen (1818 - 1879) was a famous classical chess master from Germany and is world famous for his brilliant play even today. In 1851 he received an invitation to be the standard-bearer for German chess at the world's first international chess tournament in London. At that tournament, Anderssen defeated Jzsef Szn , Staunton, Marmaduke Wyvill and Lionel Kieseritzky, winning the tournament to everyone's surprise. Anderssen is
celebrated particularly for two of his casual chess games in which he was
victorious through combinations involving heavy sacrifice of the pieces.

An immortal little movie! Kevin Weiming Goh, Singapore

Lionel Adalbert Bagration Felix Kieseritzky (1806 - 1853) was a mathematics teacher like Anderssen. Kieseritzky lived in Paris as a chess professional, giving lessons or playing games for five francs an hour, and editing a chess magazine. In 1851 he surpassed Phillidor's record by playing and winning four blindfold games
simultaneously. Kieseritzky's combinations were outstanding, and a variant of King's gambit was given his name. He was one of the finest players of the so-called romantic epoch in chess.
Blood chilling thriller!!! Marko Honkanen, Helsinki - Finland

The Immortal Game  was an informal match played between these two great players at the
Simpson's-in-the-Strand Divan in London. Despite losing, it was in fact Kieseritzky who recorded and published the game during his period as editor of La Regence.

It is beautiful, in a poetry way. Terrence L. Foster, East Hartford - USA

The Immortal Game - The Movie takes us back to the times when wild, romantic inspirations dominated the boards. The game is an excellent demonstration of the earlier style, when rapid development and attack seemed to be the most successful way to win, when gambits and counter-gambits were offered and not accepting them was considered ungentlemanly-like.

Academy Award for Napoleon's madame! Alessandro Tronca, Rome - Italy

The Immortal Game - The Movie depicts this famous game from the annals of chess.
The Immortal Game - The Movie presents the dramatic development from attack to defense, fromloss to profit, from triumph to agony. We experience chess from an unique, an unusual visual angle in the midst of the event.

System requirements: Standard DVD Player and TV set (PAL). Alternatively: PC (minimum 233 MHZ and 32 MB RAM, recommended 1 GHZ, 256 MB), DVD drive, Windows 98 SE, ME, 2000 or XP, Sound card and software DVD Player.