Publisher: New In Chess, 2006 Edition: Paperback medium ISBN10: 90-5691-159-7 Pages: 248 Language: English
Forum 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 Prié, 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 Grünfeld Indian Defence: Exchange Variation 7.Nf3, by Avrukh Grünfeld 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: Prié Attack 2.a3, by Prié 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