New July 2005

New Books


Known as “The Father of Modern Chess” and “The Stormy Petrel of the Chess World,” Aron Nimzovich (1886–1935), transformed his greatest performance into a brilliantly eccentric and entertaining book. In this account of his victory at the 1929 Carlsbad Tournament, Nimzovich offers a captivating retrospective of his triumph over some of the best of his contemporaries: Capablanca, Spielmann, Maroczy, Rubinstein, Marshall, Euwe, Bogolyubov, Tartakower, Sämisch, and ten others. A tart analysis of Carlsbad’s 30 best games includes the author’s tense duel with Capablanca (drawn), and the brilliancy prize game between Sämisch and Grünfeld.

Carlsbad 1929 - Nimzovich $19.95

"This book should take its place among first-rank historical chess works."--USA Today Sports Network
"Macon Shibut has clearly done a marvelous job of historical research...lovers of the royal game owe him a debt of gratitude."--Chess Horizons
Book about the best chess player of the nineteenth century analyzes his games and positions in depth, discusses other players of the period (Adolph Anderssen and Wilhelm Steinitz), Morphy's rare blunders and omissions, as well as selected endgames and openings. Diagrams.15 halftones.

Morphy Evolution - Shibut $29.95

Known as Wei Ch'i in China, where it originated 4,000 years ago, the territorial board game of Go is enjoyed today by millions of people the world over. Its rules are simple, but it bears endless possibilities for complex strategic maneuvers--in fact, it's reputed to be beyond the capacity of computers! Manuals for Go are hard to come by; this introduction initiates newcomers and also helps experienced players to hone their skills. "Go is for everyone," notes the author. "Judgment and experience are at least as important in Go as mental agility, and young and old are equally represented at even the highest and most strenuous levels of the game." This easy-to-follow guide assures players of a fresh appreciation for an ancient game. 124 diagrams.

Invitation to Go - Fairbairn $9.95

Best introduction in English to a great Japanese game. Detailed instructions provide valuable information on basic patterns, strategy, tactics, analyzed games. Used as text by generations of Americans, Japanese. 72 diagrams. "...clearly written diagrammed primer..."—New Yorker.

Go & Go-Moku (back in stock) - Lasker $16.95

Chess expert helps beginning players grasp essentials of playing chess to win. Over 100 diagrams.

101 Chess questions answered (back in stock), algebraic, best introduction book (300 copies arrived July 2005) - Wilson $4.95


(due end of July)

Combinations Motifs by Maxim Blokh, Languages: English, German and Russian together. 305 pages. Soft cover. Moscow, 2000. $39.95

A chess manual written by an experienced coach, International Grandmaster of ICCF, containing 600 exercises precisely arranged after various combinational motifs.

English, Russian and German languages. Foreword in English and Russian. 96 pages. Soft cover, Moscow, 2001.

Combinations Motifs - 305p - Blokh-Moscow 2000 $39.95

600 combinations by Maxim Blokh, English, Russian and German languages. Foreword in English and Russian. 96 pages. Soft cover, Moscow, 2001.  $14.95

A chess manual written by an experienced coach, International Grandmaster of ICCF, containing 600 exercises precisely arranged after various combinational motifs.

English, Russian and German languages. Foreword in English and Russian. 96 pages. Soft cover, Moscow, 2001.

600 Combinations - Blokh-Moscow 2001 - 96p $14.95


The fourth book of the series is devoted to opening schemes, which arise after the moves 1.e4 d6, or 1.e4 g6. These systems have proved their right of existence, despite the numerous attempts to refute them once and for all. The positions are so diverse strategically and so rich tactically that they deserve a separate volume. Black avoids early clashes and narrows his “sphere of influence” to only three ranks. However his harmonious development enables him to attack often White’s powerful centre successfully.

The 14th World Champion Khalifman recommends against the majority of the flank systems schemes with f2-f4 which provide additional control over the centre. He included in this fundamental work plenty of new and original analyses which surely will cause Black a lot of trouble!

Opening for white according to Anand 1.e4 Volume 4 (2005) $45.95


Among the first books ever published was the 1474 translation of the Game and Playe of the Chesse. Over the next 400 years, significant chess books would appear, but the overwhelming number of titles on the subject appeared in the 20th century and continue unabated. By 2003, over 35,000 volumes on chess in a variety of languages had been published, with approximately 14,000 English language works published from 1960 onward.

For the librarian, collector, or chess enthusiast, the immediate task comes in finding which of these many volumes are worthwhile. This work provides an objective and informative look at some of the best chess books published in the period 1901 through 2000—and gives numerous examples of the games, with diagrams that appear in them. Inclusion criteria were popularity, longevity, critical acclaim, influence, definitiveness, historical importance, authorship and reputation. All were published in English (or use figurine notation). Each entry includes bibliographic details followed by a description of the book, with information on the author or authors, why the book is important, and background information on the publication.

Great Chess books of the 20th century - Dunne (2005) $49.95

New in Chess

NIC Forum
YB/75: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 for the truth together. With contributions by Ruslan Scherbakov and an afterthought by Viktor Kortchnoi, who solves an intriguing riddle around a 1963 game against Matanovic!

Sosonko's Corner
YB/75:In this extended column, Genna Sosonko provides us with a bird’s eye view of the enormous impact that Garry Kasparov has had on opening theory. From his younger years, through his famous World Championship matches with Karpov, right to his last novelties in Linares 2005. Kasparov’s theoretical approach was revolutionary. He used the computer but did not overestimate its abilities. The man from Baku could beat all his rivals with his home preparation, which was an extraordinary broad mixture of modern, ancient and half-forgotten opening lines. Kasparov has stopped playing chess, but his work could keep top grandmasters, who cannot sit still for one week as it is, busy for years. And like many of his colleagues, Sosonko doesn’t rule out a comeback…

Book Review
YB/75:Supply and demand has motivated proficient writer Stefan Kindermann to write his ‘The Spanish Exchange Variation’ in English instead of his mother tongue, as Glenn Flear explains. Admiring its clarity, Flear regrets that this book is too thin! In Konstantin Sakaev and Semko Semkov’s profound ‘Latest Trends in the Semi-Slav: ANTI-MERAN’, Flear has spotted some amazing insights. And he finds Gary Lane’s ‘Ideas Behind Modern Chess Openings: Black’ more relevant than Lane’s version for White.
Who could better review ‘Play the Sicilian Dragon’ by Edward Dearing than our guest author Sergey Tiviakov? Read his expert opinion, but perhaps you should read the book first!
33 NIC Surveys Yearbook 75
Sicilian Defence: Moscow Variation 3...Bd7, by Boersma
Sicilian Defence: English Attack 6.Be3, by L'Ami/Smeets
Sicilian Defence: Sozin Variation 6.Bc4, by Van der Weide
Sicilian Defence: Rauzer Variation 9...h6, by Avrukh
Sicilian Defence: Rossolimo Variation 3...g6, by Greenfeld
Sicilian Defence: Taimanov Variation 5...a6, by Langeweg
Sicilian Defence: Paulsen Variation 6...Qb6, by Fogarasi
Pirc Defence: Shirov Gambit 5.g4, by Olthof
Pirc Defence: Austrian Attack 6.e5, by Afek
Pirc Defence: Austrian Attack 6.Bd3, by Tzermiadianos
King's Fianchetto: Anti-Maroczy 4...d6, by Marin
French Defence: Rubinstein Variation 4...Nd7, by Fogarasi
Ruy Lopez: Anti-Marshall 8.d4, by Karolyi
Ruy Lopez: Breyer Variation 9...Nb8, by Olthof
Ruy Lopez: Open Variation 9.Be3, by Van der Tak
Scotch Opening: Mieses Variation 8...Nb6, by Van der Wiel
Scotch Opening: Classical Variation 4...Bc5, by Panczyk/Ilczuk
Two Knights Defence: 5...Nd5, by De Zeeuw
King's Gambit: Bishop's Gambit 3...Nc6, by Narings
Various Openings: English Defence 3.e4, by Stohl
Various Openings: Chigorin Defence 3...e5, by Karolyi
Queen's Gambit Declined: Blackburne Variation 5.Bf4, by Karolyi
Queen's Gambit Declined: Anti-Tartakower Variation 8.Qc2, by Morgado
Slav Defence: Chameleon Variation 4...a6, by Lukacs/Hazai
Slav Defence: Krause Variation 6.Ne5, by Lukacs/Hazai
Slav Defence: Meran Variation 8....Bb7, by Nikitin
Nimzo-Indian Defence: Classical Variation 4...c5, by Anka
Nimzo-Indian Defence: Classical Variation 4...d5, by Van der Stricht
Nimzo-Indian Defence: Queen-Nimzo Hybrid 6.Nd2, by Scherbakov
Bogo-Indian Defence: 4.Bd2 Qe7, by Hansen
Grünfeld Indian Defence: Exchange Variation 7.Nf3, by Van der Tak
King's Indian Defence: Fianchetto Variation 3.g3, by Dautov
English Opening: Double Fianchetto Variation, by Marin

NIC Yearbook Vol 75 (2005) $51.95

Amended prices

Morphy's Games of Chess - Sergeant $26.95

Tartakover 500 chess games $37.95

Reinfeld Games of Capablanca $18.95


In the training questions, the new function Multiple Choice also allows questions to be set about the evaluation of positions, or for example what chance is there of an attack on the king. Possible answers are always suggested and the training is done by clicking on what you consider to be the correct solution. But things do not have to be simple… The author has provided 555 game fragments with training questions and divided the material into six chapters:

Chessbase - Test your Chess - Schlossner $49.99