||Author: New In
|Reviewed by: Erik
||Date: 22/11 2002
This edition of the Yearbooks is of the same high standard as I have previously described in reviews here at Seagaard Chess Reviews. A very nice layout, and a collection of new opening articles by competent authors.
- Sicilian: Najdorf Variation 6.Rg1, by Dorian Rogozenko
- Sicilian: Dragon Variation 9.0-0-0, by Van der Weide
- Sicilian: Classical Variation 6.Be2 Nd4, by Van der Weide
- Sicilian: Rauzer Variation 7...Be7, by Karolyi
- Sicilian: The Anti-Sveshnikov System 3...e5, by Rogozenko
- Sicilian: Taimanov Variation 7.Qd2, 8.0-0-0, by Fogarasi
- Pirc: Classical Variation 4.Nf3, by Nadyrkhanov
- French: MacCutcheon Variation 4...Bb4, by Almasi
- French: Rubinstein Variation 3...de4, by Van der Wiel
- Caro-Kann: Smyslov Variation 4...Nd7, by Stohl
- Alekhine: Larsen Variation 4...de5 5.Ne5 c6, by Bosch
- Petroff: Marshall Variation 6...Bd6, by Boersma
- Petroff: Jaenisch Variation 6...Be7, 7...Nc6, by Morgado
- Ruy Lopez: Bird Defence 3...Nd4, by Van der Tak
- Ruy Lopez: Berlin Variation 3...Nf6, by Almasi
- Ruy Lopez: Worrall Variation 6.Qe2, by Fogarasi
- Italian Game: Giuoco Piano 4.c3, 5.d3, by Lukacs/Hazai
- Scotch: Belgrade Gambit 5.Nd5, by Van der Tak
- Four Knights: Rubinstein Variation 4...Nd4, by Lukacs/Hazai
- Two Knights: Rare moves against 5...Ng4, by Panczyk/Ilczuk
- Queen’s Gambit Declined: Blackburne Variation 5.Bf4, by Pliester
- Queen’s Gambit Declined: Tartakower Variation 7...b6, by Pliester
- Queen’s Gambit Declined: 4.Nf3 Nbd7, by Pelletier
- Slav: 4.Qc2, by Karolyi
- Slav: Krause Variation 7...Nd5, by Karolyi
- Tarrasch: Rubinstein Variation 7.dc5, by Bosch
- Queen’s Gambit Accepted: Central Variation 3.e4 Nf6, by Lukacs/Hazai
- Nimzo-Indian: Rubinstein Variation 5.Bd3, by Rogozenko
- Nimzo-Indian: Rubinstein Variation 5.Ne2, by Shulman
- Grünfeld Indian: Russian Variation 7...a6, by lthof
- King’s Indian: 4...0-0, by Gufeld
- King’s Indian: Smyslov Variation 5.Bg5, by Langeweg
- Volga Gambit: Main Line 5.ba6, by Fogarasi
- English: Symmetrical Variation 4.e4, by Van der Sterren
- Réti: King’s Indian Reversed, by Langeweg
- Glenn Flear reviews 4 books and Jeroen Bosch an opening video.
- Genna Sosonko writes about the theme from various openings of playing a7-a6 to provoke a2-a4 and then answer a6-a5.
- 8 contributions in the Forum pages commenting on earlier yearbook surveys.
The late Eduard Gufeld contributed with a very interesting article on how to play the Kings Indian by avoiding or at least delaying d7-d6. An excellent work by an expert of this opening. See i.e. this idea: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 0-0 5.f3 c5 6.dxc5 b6!? Or what about 5.f4 c5 6.d5 b5!? 7.e5 Ne8 8.Nxb5 d6 9.Nf3 Nd7 planning 10.exd6 a6! 11.Nc3 Nxd6 with equality. Gufeld also covers Lev Gutmans 5…c6 and 6…d5 patent against either 5.Nf3, 5.Bg5 or 5.f3. He scores very well with it!
In general the opening surveys are not made by the greatest of today’s players, but by average GM’s and good IM’s, often of Dutch or Hungarian origin. But when the surveys are as well researched as the general level of YB64, and presents new ideas from top-class games, it is just fine.
A good example of this is Van der Wiel’s survey on the variation which Kasparov beat Ponomariov in Linares 2002: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Nxf6 Nxf6 7.c3 c5 8.Ne5!? The very thorough comments of both
Kasparov's second Dokhoian and Van der Wiel is given the conclusion is that Black ought to be all right after the correct 8…a6, but has to be very careful.
The English Attack
Now the top players have started to play the English Attack set-up even against the Taimanov Sicilian. An unthinkable idea just 5 years ago! An example: Vallejo – Miladinovic, Leon 2001:
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qc7 5.Nc3 e6 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Nf6 8.0–0–0 Bb4 9.f3 b5 10.Bf4 Ne5 11.Nc6! Nd3+ 12.cxd3 Qxc6 13.Kb1 0–0 14.Rc1 Qb7 15.Qf2 Be7 16.d4 with a promising position for White. Or an example of our favourite Topalov at his best against Movsesian in Sarajevo 2001:
The Spanish Bird variation 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 is probably in for a revival after Khalifman dared to try it twice against Kasparov in rapid chess in Moscow 2002. It was in the side line 4.Nxd4 exd4 5.0-0 c6!? 7.Bc4 d5. Even though it resulted in a loss in the second game, improvements are apparently to be found.
The Reviews, the Forum pages and Sosonko's Corner are entertaining to read and fits well in with the surveys.
Simply a very good book in the Yearbook series well worth buying for those of us who likes to study opening theory. Mainly for players from ELO 2000 and up.