Publisher: New In Chess, 2008 Edition: Paperback medium ISBN: 978-90-5691-238-3 Pages: 250 Language: English
The Yearbook contains the latest news in chess openings. Each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. Not only the latest fashions are covered, the Yearbook offers fresh insights in underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons as well.
Forum: Readers from all over the world join in discussions on previous surveys. Titled players, correspondence players and club players shed their light on opening developments and search for the truth together. With contributions by Viktor Moskalenko, Nenad Sulava, Atanas Kolev, Vladimir Okhotnik, Satea Husari and many others.
Sosonko's Corner: In a special, lengthy Corner edition, Genna Sosonko studies the late Bobby Fischer's legacy in the area of openings. Some of them are well-known, some are very surprising - and only Sosonko is able to collect so much inside information on the way his Soviet colleagues looked at the American/Icelandic legend's preparation!
Book Reviews: Glenn Flear sheds his light on Karsten Müller and Rainer Knaak's amusing '222 Opening Traps' (after 1.e4), discovering some new pitfalls and adding one he fell into himself!
Ilia Odessky's 'English Defence' Flear recommends mainly for its literary qualities, whereas a more 'serious', systematized and structured job has been done by David Vigorito in 'Play the Semi-Slav', a book that made the English grandmaster 'nod in agreement on more than one occasion.'
Flear compares the 4th book under scrutiny,' The Sämisch King's Indian Uncovered' by Alexander Cherniaev and Eduard Prokuronov, with other recent King's Indian books and commends this one especially because it is explanatory rather than 'Megabasy'.
33 Surveys Sicilian Defence - Najdorf Variation 6.Bc4 - SI 13.10 - Morgado Sicilian Defence - Najdorf Variation 6.Be3 - SI 14,8 - Anka Sicilian Defence - Scheveningen Variation 6.g4 e5 - SI 20.1 - Langeweg Sicilian Defence - Accelerated Dragon 10...a5 - SI 33.7 - Fogarasi Sicilian Defence - Alapin Variation 2...Nf6 - SI 47.14 - Greenfeld French Defence - Nimzowitsch Variation 3...Nc6 - FR 4.1 - Timoshenko French Defence - MacCutcheon Variation 6.Bc1 - FR 5.3 - Finkel French Defence - Tarrasch Variation 3...Nf6 - FR 17.5 - Tiviakov Caro-Kann Defence - Advance Variation 4.h4 - CK 4.15 - Okhotnik Alekhine Defence - 4...Nb6 Line - AL 9.7-10 - Karolyi Petroff Defence - Nimzowitsch Variation 5.Nc3 - RG 3.5 - Lukacs/Hazai Petroff Defence - Jaenisch Variation 3.Ne5 - RG 6.10 - Galkin Ruy Lopez - Jaenisch Variation 4.d3 - RL 6.2 - A. Kuzmin Ruy Lopez - Berlin Variation 5...a6 - RL 7.4 - Lukacs/Hazai Ruy Lopez - Anti-Marshall 8.d4 - RL 17.2 - Panczyk/Ilczuk Italian Game - Giuoco Piano 6.Bg5 - IG 2.1 - Da Costa/Olthof Italian Game - Bishop’s Opening 5...a5 - IG 4.16 - Landa King’s Pawn Openings - Two Knights’ Defence 10...Bc5 - KP 12.11 - Van der Tak Various Openings - Marshall Opening 1...N f6, 2...d5 - VO 18.4 - Pliester Queen’s Gambit Declined - Tartakower Variation 8.Qc2 - QO 7.5 - Palliser Slav Defence - Exchange Variation 6...a6 - SL 2.1 - Andriasian Slav Defence - Chameleon Variation 4...a6 - SL 3.1 - Finkel Slav Defence - Botvinnik Variation 9.ef6 - SL 7.2 - Van der Tak Nimzo-Indian Defence - Classical Variation 4...0-0 - NI 20.15 - A. Kuzmin Nimzo-Indian Defence - Classical Variation 4...d5 - NI 23.4 - Boersma Queen’s Indian Defence - Classical Variation 4...Bb7 - QI 8.5 - Tiviakov Queen’s Indian Defence - Nimzowitsch Variation 4...Ba6 - QI 16.11 - Antic Grünfeld Indian Defence - Stockholm Variation 5.Bg5 - GI 8.7 - Grivas King's Indian Defence - Classical Main Line 9.b4 - KI 4.16 - Ikonnikov King’s Indian Defence - Gligoric Variation 9.Bc1 - KI 18.8 - Mchedlishvili Benoni Defence - Four Pawns Attack 7.f4 - BI 7.9 - Moskalenko English Opening - Four Knights Variation 4...Nd4 - EO 4.7 - Ca. Hansen English Opening - Symmetrical Variation 4...e5 - EO 45.9 - Marin
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Carsten Hansen, ChessCafe, July 2008: "There are so many ideas presented in the Surveys that it leaves you with excellent opportunities to find new surprise weapons or to update your existing repertoire. For the ambitious player and the chess enthousiast alike, the NIC Yearbook should be on your shopping list every three months."