THE WEEK IN CHESS 101                    14/10/96        Mark Crowther

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1) Introduction
2) Fontys International Tournament in Tilburg
3) FIDE Elections Yerevan 1996
4) 5th Monarch Assurance Open by Bjarke Kristensen
5) First Saturday Tournaments from August and September.
6) Busless Montenegro Banka out of the European Club Cup by Sinisa Joksic
7) On-Line Chess under attack
8) Italian Chess News by Avv. Marco Martini
9) ECI Tournament by B J Blakmoor
10) The Czech System - 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6!? - Part I by Avv. Marco Martini
11) Books, books ... (12) by Bertrand Weegenaar

GAMES Section.


It, Tilburg NED 1996          24
op, Isle of Man 1996         104
ch-ARG, Saenz Pena 1996       16
(remaining games)

TWIC101F.PGN (First Saturday Section)

FSGM Aug, Budapest HUN 1996   91
FSIM Aug, Budapest HUN 1996   91
FSGM Sept, Budapest HUN 1996  66
FSIM Sept, Budapest HUN 1996  66

1) Introduction

My thanks to Roberto Alvarez, TASC for the games from Tilburg, Bertrand Weegenaar,
Avv. Marco Martini, B J Blakmoor, Sinisa Joksic and Bjarke Kristensen. Also to
Phil Haley who corrects a comment I made in the last issue and provides a sidelight
on the FIDE elections, also to Soren Bech Hansen who gives his account of Yerevan and
to Ian Rogers who asked Karpov some questions for TWIC.

Bertrand Weegenaar has produced some nice additional information for his books columns
in html which will appear at the TWIC site later in the week.

Hope you enjoy this issue


2) Fontys International Tournament in Tilburg

Just as Lloyds Bank was London, Interpolis was Tilburg. 18 years of sponsorship
came to an end in 1994 and Tilburg disappeared from the tournament calendar.
Just two years later, out of the ashes and with the retained knowledge of organiser
Mrs Barbara Schol Tilburg is back and with a new sponsor Fontys. Fontys is the
largest educational institution in the Netherlands as a result of a merger in
1992. It provides full-time and part-time professional education and market
orientatd services both at home and abroad.

The Dutch always try to find a nice twist to their invitations. They don't always
choose the most obvious players for their tournaments which can lead to interesting
chess. Karpov is the main attraction of the tournament. In the end he almost always
offers excellent value as he usually wins at least three or four games in these
tournaments. He is prone to take the odd day off with a short draw these days also.

Jeroen Piket and Loek Van Wely are the local representatives. Loek is now the top
rated Dutch player although Piket and Timman are the more established names.

Originally Vladimir Kramnik was invited, I'm not sure at what point he withdrew but
Boris Gelfand is a good substitute as he was with the VSB tournament earlier in the
year when he replaced Ivanchuk.

Shirov, Judit Polgar, Michael Adams and Lautier were other established names to
be invited. The rest are young players with reputations to make, Zoltan Almasi,
Peter Leko, Emil Sutovskij, Peter Svidler, and Peter Leko.

There will be www coverage on my site and also

where Yvette Nagel is in Tilburg for Inside Chess Online Magazine and also where TASC who are providing the
electronic demonstration boards cover the event.

The play itself has been patchy. Rounds 1 and 2 were interesting rounds 3
and 4 less so. The tournament kicked off with a surprise. Karpov lost to
Zoltan Almasi. Almasi put a lot of pressure on Karpov's Caro Kann. Karpov
thought 24 minutes over the anti-positional 12. ...c4 and Karpov's position
deteriorated. So much that Karpov chose to sacrifice the exchange. In fact
the position was so lacking in counterplay that he almost looked to have
simply blundered the exchange. He did get some counterplay as Almasi played
safe but really the point was not in much doubt.

Adams a piece up after eight moves ought to have won. However some inaccuracies
along with Van Wely's determination allowed the Dutchman to draw.

Round 2 also saw some lively play. Lautier with no problems out of the opening
decided to play the position tactically and this allowed Karpov quite an easy
win, in the end Lautier traded into a totally lost endgame.

Shirov won his second game in a row to take the lead in the tournament with

After two fairly content rich rounds the players became much more cautious
in rounds 3 and 4. Judit Polgar lost two fairly bad games and Van Wely beat
Almasi. This quiet period often comes early in a tournament, the players
will have Tuesday off and it is quite normal for the real start of fireworks
to start there.

Round 1 (1996.10.11)

Adams, Michael  - Van Wely, Loek   1/2   59  A45  Queen's pawn
Lautier, Joel   - Sutovskij, Emil  1-0   55  A68  Modern Benoni
Leko, Peter     - Shirov, Alexei   0-1   89  C78  Ruy Lopez
Piket, Jeroen   - Gelfand, Boris   1/2   25  E97  Kings indian; Main line
Almasi, Zoltan  - Karpov, Anatoly  1-0   53  B17  Caro-Kann
Polgar, Judit   - Svidler, Peter   1/2   26  B09  Pirc; Austrian

Round 2 (1996.10.12)

Shirov, Alexei  - Almasi, Zoltan   1-0   36  C67  Ruy Lopez
Gelfand, Boris  - Adams, Michael   1-0   38  B07  Pirc
Van Wely, Loek  - Leko, Peter      1/2   60  A48  Queen's pawn
Karpov, Anatoly - Lautier, Joel    1-0   41  D43  Semi-Slav
Svidler, Peter  - Sutovskij, Emil  1/2   30  B31  Sicilian
Polgar, Judit   - Piket, Jeroen    1/2   50  C45  Scottish

Round 3 (1996.10.13)

Adams, Michael  - Polgar, Judit    1-0   82  B54  Sicilian
Lautier, Joel   - Shirov, Alexei   1/2   32  A21  English; 1.c4 e5
Leko, Peter     - Gelfand, Boris   1/2   28  B50  Sicilian
Piket, Jeroen   - Svidler, Peter   1/2   28  E95  Kings indian; Classical
Almasi, Zoltan  - Van Wely, Loek   0-1   60  B90  Sicilian; Najdorf
Sutovskij, Emil - Karpov, Anatoly  1/2   18  B17  Caro-Kann

Round 4 (1996.10.14)

Shirov, Alexei  - Sutovskij, Emil  1/2   62  E44  Nimzo indian
Gelfand, Boris  - Almasi, Zoltan   1/2   21  A17  English; 1.c4
Van Wely, Loek  - Lautier, Joel    1/2   29  E15  Nimzo indian
Piket, Jeroen   - Adams, Michael   1/2   36  A21  English; 1.c4 e5
Svidler, Peter  - Karpov, Anatoly  1/2   27  B17  Caro-Kann
Polgar, Judit   - Leko, Peter      0-1   61  B17  Caro-Kann

Tilburg (NED), X 1996.                             cat. XVI (2648)
                                1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
 1 Shirov, Alexei   g ESP 2685  * . . . . = 1 . . 1 = .  3.0  2810
 2 Gelfand, Boris   g BLR 2665  . * . 1 . . = = . = . .  2.5  2732
 3 Van Wely, Loek   g NED 2605  . . * = . = = . . 1 . .  2.5  2742
 4 Adams, Michael   g ENG 2685  . 0 = * . . . = . . . 1  2.0  2628
 5 Karpov, Anatoly  g RUS 2775  . . . . * 1 . . = 0 = .  2.0  2622
 6 Lautier, Joel    g FRA 2620  = . = . 0 * . . . . 1 .  2.0  2657
 7 Leko, Peter      g HUN 2630  0 = = . . . * . . . . 1  2.0  2655
 8 Piket, Jeroen    g NED 2580  . = . = . . . * = . . =  2.0  2666
 9 Svidler, Peter   g RUS 2650  . . . . = . . = * . = =  2.0  2646
10 Almasi, Zoltan   g HUN 2655  0 = 0 . 1 . . . . * . .  1.5  2595
11 Sutovskij, Emil  m ISR 2565  = . . . = 0 . . = . * .  1.5  2595
12 Polgar, Judit    g HUN 2665  . . . 0 . . 0 = = . . *  1.0  2443

3) FIDE Elections Yerevan 1996

It was very difficult to make sense of yet another complicated FIDE Presidential
election. Further stories and accounts are now available. Also the women's round
6 games and corrections will appear in next week's issue of the TWIC. Last
week I criticised Phil Haley on the basis of a reported comment he didn't make,
below he talks a little about his impressions of the FIDE elections.
FIDE delegate Soeren Bech Hansen gives his account of the elections in Yerevan.

Willy Icklicki gives an interesting account of some of the behind the schenes
negotiations on His final comment about not understanding
what political game Steven Doyle was playing seems a Universal one.

Last week the most detailed source available was that of Carol Jarecki. I added
a lot of material to that from people who were also there. She quoted Phil Haley as
saying something like, " I didn't vote for you but you won fair and square".
With Phil Haley's previously very strong views about corruption in FIDE I found
this a puzzling remark. The answer is that he never said any such thing. In a letter
to me he has clarified what was said in this exchange.

"I absolutely did not say "but you won fair and square" . I congratulated Kirsan and
added that I did not vote for you but I wish you success.  She [Carol Jarecki] also said
that Haley and others who fought for reform were happy that things ended up in the way
they did.  This is pure fiction."

Phil Haley in fact was one of the most tireless supporters of Sunye Neto and one
of the few who challenged what was going on. He made it very clear in at least
two addresses to the General Assembly that he found it "disgraceful that for
the third year in a row secret discussions were going on well into the night."
He tried hard to get motion introducing a system of voting for each individual
position and although this got a majority it did not get the 2/3rds required
to pass.

He adds:
"In spite of what seems like a large majority win for Iljumzhinov
I believe that it was quite possible for Sunje-Neto to have won with a concerted
effort by all who took part in the Utrecht meeting as each vote that changed
sides has an impact of two votes on the final result.   In defense of David
Jarrett, he is capable, independent and intelligent and he sought my input
before making his own decision as did Pedro Barrera.  I believe that if we had
to lose then we at least [should] have an honest and capable person as treasurer
On the other hand I was shocked to hear President Iljumzhinov announce the appointment
of Steven Doyle as vice-president as I would have expected him to have told me
in advance... I had observed that Doyle was being uncharacteristically quiet at
the General Assembly."

Phil Haley is Canada's Zone President and FIDE delegate and will be writing a full
report upon the Yerevan elections.

Kasparov vs Karpov the re-match?

Last weekend saw the start of the Spanish Team Championships (which should have
concluded on Thursday or Friday of this week). Ian Rogers drew with Anatoly Karpov
on the first day, Karpov just played a couple of games over the first weekend.
Before Karpov left for the Fontys International Tournament in Tilburg Ian asked
Karpov about the document Andrei Makarov was waving about during the General
Assembly in Yerevan. [See TWIC 100]

"Karpov said the document Makarov presented in Yerevan was an edited version of a private,
not-for-publication agreement he had signed directly with Kasparov. Karpov said
that it was his signature on the second page of the agreement but that it had
been altered by Makarov; in particular with regard to him being 'only' FIDE
Champion and Kasparov being the World Champion."

In addition Ian Rogers learned that

" Karpov has so far been paid only a tiny part of his prize from Elista. He
had a call from Illumzhinov on Monday to assure him that everything was now in
order and he can expect the money soon(!) Karpov now believes that the Elista
organisers simply did not have the money when the match was being held."

Out of interest Ian said he was asking on TWIC's behalf. Karpov had never
heard of TWIC. So I guess I can say what I like about Karpov......

The FIDE Congress in Erevan - by Soren Bech Hansen

I arrived in Erevan with some enthusiasm. I was going to represent
Denmark as a FIDE-delegate at the FIDE congress. Furthermore, I was
looking forward to be a spectator at the chess olympiad, should I have
the time. I was also a little nervous as I have had some bad travelling
experiences in the past - east of the iron curtain before it fell.

It did not begin so badly. I arrived in Erevan together with a Danish
Grandmaster when the olympiad was six rounds old. The Grand Master had
one of his legs in a plaster cast which had made the journey a little
difficult but we were picked up in the airport by the Danish team captain
and taken to hotel "Ani", where all the vikings from Denmark resided.

The election in Armenia held on the 24th of September resulted in big
trouble in the capital. Citizens were demonstrating in the streets and
they were shot at by the authorities. Some chessplayers heard the shots
in the night, some saw fresh blood in the streets. Asking an Armenian
soldier about what was going on I was told that everything was quiet in
Armenia. In the days that followed the election, we were accompanied by
three heavily armed soldiers in the buses that took us from the hotel to
the playing site and back. Later on, this was throttled down to one
soldier for each bus, but the Armenian authorities definately did take
good care of us. The Armenian capital was crowded with tanks and

The meetings of the various committees within FIDE developed well and
piecefully. The Danish title applications were all approved and at the
interesting meetings of the Rules Commission the new version of the laws
of chess was thoroughly discussed - it will come into effect from the 1st
of July 1997.

Almost every Dane became sick during the stay in Erevan. I had one and a
half day where I could not keep food or water within me for long and an
entire week with stomach problems.

The meetings of the FIDE Central Committee were surprisingly pieceful.
It opened with a serious half-day clash between Florencio Campomanes and
Steven Doyle (the US FIDE delegate) concerning the world famous
ex-gratia payments. Apart from this, the agenda for the General Assembly
almost had the full attention of the meeting - very appropriate.

A lot of unofficial meetings concerning the FIDE elections were held due
to the coming elections at the FIDE General Assembly. Denmark supported
the Brazilian candidate for FIDE president, Jaime Sunye Neto, and we did
so all the way from the Utrecht meeting in April 1996 to the end of
the congress in Erevan. I took part in some of these meetings myself,
mostly in the night. Possible compromises between the various coalitions
were discussed, and in the start a compromise between president
Iljumzhinov and Sunye Neto seemed likely - a compromise where Sunye Neto
would get the major influence, Iljumzhinov the title of president, and
the people on Sunye's list the positions in the Presidential Board.
Nobody seemed to care a lot about FIDE statutes or the agenda - the
common attitude is that with a two thirds majority at the FIDE General
Assembly you can do whatever you please.

The original list of Sunye Neto had eight names as candidates for the FIDE
Presidential Board as a team. This list was smashed. Shortly before the
congress, a very nasty letter from Nigerian Emmanuel Omuku was
distributed in which he strongly opposed the Sunye Neto list. Mr. Omuku
was on the Sunye list himself and he had had no objections to it at the
meeting in Amsterdam held in July 1996, where the list of Sunye Neto was
put together and Mr. Omuku was present. I wonder what made Omuku change
his mind in the way he did. Russian Andrei Makarov was also on Sunye's
list, and he suddenly left it during the congress in Erevan. Thereby,
the original list of Sunye Neto was dead as only one name is allowed to
be changed. The other list with French Bachar Kouatly as presidential
candidate was also smashed. Hence we had chaos. As in Paris one year ago
the new leadership of FIDE would have to be born out of negotiations
behind closed doors, chaos, evil rumours and sudden surprising

Besides the elections for the FIDE leadership, item 7 on the agenda,
there were approximately 50 other items on the agenda. These were
given very low priority by the chairman of the meeting. Two and a half
days out of the total three days at the FIDE General Assembly were used
on the election process and did therefore not deal with real chess

As I experienced it, several times, president Iljumzhinov tried to be
re-elected in a few seconds. An example of this was when Andrei Makarov
suddenly read aloud a contract, apparently signed by both Karpov and
Kasparov, claiming that a match between these two K's should be played
for the world championship title. Andrei Makarov ended his speech by
saying that only Iljumzhinov could make this happen and that he
(Makarov) hoped for a re-election. This speech was immediately followed
by the following comment from the FIDE President, chairing the meeting:
"Any other suggestions for FIDE President?". I had the impression that
the delegates had to be very quick to prevent this kind of "blitz
elections". Actually, Florencio Campomanes was elected a full member of
the Presidential Board in exactly this way. It was suggested by
Professor Kurt Jungwirth, the European continental president, and
followed by a "Comments? No, next one!" from the chairman of the meeting.
I believe it took less than five seconds from the time of the suggestion
to when Campo was elected. By the way, it was later reported that
FIDE World Champion Anatoly Karpov had not signed the contract read loud
by Makarov - I still do not know if this is true.

In the evening on the second day of the FIDE General Assembly, a FIDE-
delegate apparently disappeared, namely Ignatious Leong from Singapore.
There was a rumour that he had been approached by two of Iljumzhinov's
bodyguards and that he had signed documents moving four proxies.
Bachar Kouatly made a lot of noise about this at the meeting while
Campomanes (chairing the meeting at that time) tried to stop him. This
resulted in a razor-sharp speech from FIDE president Iljumzhinov in
which he stated that this was an insult against his people and that he
was willing to abdicate(!) if he was not wanted in FIDE. After this
speech, the FIDE President declared the meeting adjourned until the
next morning and left the room. As the lights went out and the micro-
phones stopped working, the meeting in fact did adjourn. That night,
various FIDE delegates did not sleep in their own hotel rooms. It seemed
evident to me that over the night president Iljumzhinov would put
together a new ticket and find the needed support among the delegates.
That night, two tickets were made, one with Iljumzhinov as presidential
candidate and one with Sunye Neto as presidential candidate. As the
General Assembly had decided that only five names should be on the
tickets, amongst others Einar S. Einarsson (the Nordic zonal president
from Iceland) was no longer on Sunye Neto's list.

The next day, Ignatious Leong showed up again. I was told that the
four proxies had been moved back to where they were and that the US
Embassy in Erevan took care of Leong's protection.

That morning, I discovered that the British FIDE delegate was on
Iljumzhinov's ticket. I consider this inappropriate as the British Chess
Federation was present both at the meeting in Utrecht (and voted for the
resolutions) and at the meeting in Amsterdam in July when Sunye Neto's
original ticket was confirmed. I had the feeling that the USCF also
changed attitude to the advantage of Iljumzhinov.

We finally had the election which was convingly won by the Iljumzhinov
ticket that received 87 votes against the 46 votes for the Sunye Neto

Hence, Kirsan Iljumzhinov continues to be FIDE President with a
leadership that looks as follows:

FIDE President           Kirsan Iljumzhinov            Russia
Deputy President         Georgios Makropoulos          Greece
Vice President           P.T. Ummer Koya               India
General Secretary        Noureddine Tabbane            Tunisia
Treasurer                David Jarrett                 England

After the election, Iljumzhinov proclaimed the following four FIDE Vice

Vice President           Pedro Barreras                El Salvador
Vice President           Steven Doyle                  U.S.A.
Vice President           Andrei Makarov                Russia
Vice President           Vanik Zakarian                Armenia

One of the first acts of the re-elected FIDE president after the
elections was to announce the postponement of the World Championship
Knock-out tournament with a 5.000.000 USD prize fund originally
scheduled for december 1996. Iljumzhinov mentioned december 1997 as a
possible time for the tournament. This resulted in quite a few questions
from the delegates that represent countries that expected to organize
zonal tournaments in 1997 - Denmark is one of these countries.
Considering the current state of the FIDE World Championship, Denmark
will not organise a new zonal tournament in the near future. Those who
qualified in the zonal tournament held in Reykjavik in February 1995
still do not know what to do with their qualification. The World
Championship of FIDE seems like a total mess to me.

Most likely, Kirsan Iljumzhinov will remain FIDE President for quite
some time. He has been elected for two years and the next election in
1998 (for four years) will be in Elista, the capital of his own country.
Iljumzhinov is very good at financial promises which a lot of the FIDE
member countries like. It seems to me as if only parts of Western Europe
and parts of America have problems trusting him. I believe FIDE will
continue to exist as a whole, as Russia, England and presumably U.S.A.
chose to support Iljumzhinov in Erevan. As I see it, the critical
opinion of Denmark is mainly shared by Germany, Iceland, Sweden and

We will have to see what the future brings. If the newly elected
FIDE leadership works well, things will definately improve.

Søren Bech Hansen (President of the Danish Chess Federation).

4) 5th Monarch Assurance Open


Vladislav Tkachiev won the 5th Monarch Assurance International on the Isle
of Man.

The small independent island - the Isle of Man - may be best known for its
annual motorcycle racing competition and tail-less cats but it is in fact
also home of, if not the strongest, then one of the strongest Opens in
Great Britain, the International Monarch Assurance tournament at the small
village Port Erin on the south coast on the island.

This years tournament, the fifth in a row, hasn't grown as much in strength
as expected though, which probably has to do with the fact, that the
tournament began only a couple of days after the end of the Olympiad in
Armenia. Still, with 12 GMs and 10 IMs in a field of 54 players the
tournament easily match the Hastings Challengers, if not the Hastings

The history of the Monarch Assurance tournament is, as all local folklore
and history on the picturesque island, rather peculiar. When Mr. Dennis
Hemsley retired after watching after the lighthouse on a small island to
the south of the Isle of Man for nearly two decades. He obviously needed
something new to do, and so got the idea to stage an annual chess
tournament. At first he was met with little more than a laugh and a
friendly "Come on!" or worse at the local chess club (humor tends to be
pretty rough among locals). But Dennis Hemsley happens to be the kind of
person who isn't easy to stop once he has put his mind to something, and
five years later the Monarch Assurance tournament has grown to a very
healthy event.

The tournament exists only due to the kind support of the
sponsors: Mr. Patrick Taylor M/D of Monarch Assurance P.L.C.; The Isle of
Man Tourist Boards; Special Events Unit Manx Airlines and the Cherry
Orchard Hotel and Timeshare.

Fellow journalists around the World (!) should pay special attention to
Julian Hodgsons win against Keith Arkell in Round 6. "I felt really
inspired!" said Julian after the game.

Beating up four grandmasters in a row had given the English IM Andrew
Ledger a 0,5 point lead over Tkachiev going into the final round on
Saturday morning at the Cherry Orchard Hotel in Port Erin. But here Ledgers
impressive winning streak came to a halt when he was convincingly outplayed
by the young GM from Kazahkstan who, in the words of several other
grandmasters, clearly proved to be the best player in the field. Luckily
for Ledger he had already achieved his first GM-norm no matter what the
result of the final game was. And Vladislav Tkachiev surely deserved to
win, considering that he didn't win a single game from the opening, but
slowly outmanoeuvered his opponents in the middle and endgame. Add a little
more aggressiveness and this style may take his much further than his
present ELO 2620 (plus 12 from this tournament).

In second place Andrew Ledger had to share the glory with Alexander Baburin
whom he'd beaten in the 8th round. The Russian-turned-Irishman again proved
to be a steady performer when he easily punished Keith Arkell in the final

Tied on 4th place you'll find a handful of players who performed very
differently on the way to their 6-3 score. Most significantly Michail
Brodsky came from behind playing a field of an average ELO of just 2323
while Julian Hodgson fell from the top where he'd played a field of 2502.
Sharing 9th place you should notice Harriet Hunt who met very tough
resistance on her way to her third though not last WGM-norm. In the final
round Harriet came very close to beating GM Jonny Hector, and still only
18-years-old she'll be interesting to follow in coming years.

The prize-giving on Sunday evening was a usual ... not a usual affair. The
local cheerleaders made a show that surely made most of the participants
reserve the date October 3-11, 1997 ... so that they may take part in next
years version of what is probably the most cosy tournament around - the
Monarch Assurance International!

Bjarke Kristensen


                              Nat Ti FIDE   R  O  U  N  D  S
Pos Player                    lty tl Rtng   1     2     3     4     5     6    7     8    9    Score
  1 TKACHIEV,Vladislav....... KAZ gm 2620  b21+  w12+   b2=  w18+   b9=   w8=  b6=  w10+  w3+  7
  2 BABURIN,Alexander........ IRL gm 2545  b23+  w15+   w1=   b6=  w14=  b10+  w7+   b3-  w9+  6.5
  3 LEDGER,Andrew............ ENG im 2415   w6-  w43+  b36+   w8=   b4+  b14+  w12+  w2+  b1-  6.5
  4 BRODSKY,Michail.......... UKR gm 2510  w11-  w25+  b45=  b46+   w3-  w43+  b24+  w6+  b8=  6
  5 HEBDEN,Mark.............. ENG gm 2530  b19+   w8=   b9-  w44+  b13=   w7-  b45+ w29+ b21+  6
  6 HODGSON,Julian........... ENG gm 2550   b3+  w14+  b18=   w2=   b7=   w9+   w1=  b4- w20+  6
  7 KRISTENSEN,Bjarke........ DEN im 2420  b27=  w44=  w42+  b11+   w6=   b5+   b2- w13= b23+  6
  8 NOVIKOV,Igor............. UKR gm 2585  w16+   b5=  w10=   b3=  w20+   b1=  w17+  b9=  w4=  6
  9 ARKELL,Keith............. ENG gm 2545  w20+  b10=   w5+  b27+   w1=   b6-  w22+  w8=  b2-  5.5
 10 EMMS,John................ ENG gm 2500  b13+   w9=   b8=  w45+  b12=   w2-  w27+  b1- w16+  5.5
 11 FORSTER,Richard.......... SUI fm 2320   b4+  w18-  b52+   w7-  b42+  w21=  b25+ w23= b15=  5.5
 12 HECTOR,Jonny............. SWE gm 2525  w22+   b1-  b44+  w23+  w10=  b17=   b3- w19+ b13=  5.5
 13 HUNT,Harriet............. ENG wm 2315  w10-  b40=  w33+  b38+   w5=  b16+  w20=  b7= w12=  5.5
 14 NORWOOD,David............ ENG gm 2520  b24+   b6-  w32+  w25+   b2=   w3-  b23- w30+ w27+  5.5
 15 WARD,Chris............... ENG gm 2460  w29+   b2-  w26+  b16=  w17-  b46=  w41+ b22+ w11=  5.5
 16 BLEES,Albert............. NED im 2415   b8-  w42+  b43+  w15=  b18=  w13-  b37+ w32+ b10-  5
 17 BUCKLEY,Graeme........... ENG im 2370  b18-  w30+  b41=  w50+  b15+  w12=   b8- w21- b32+  5
 18 GOFSTEIN,Leonid.......... ISR gm 2545  w17+  b11+   w6=   b1-  w16=  b22-  w28+ b20- w36+  5
 19 HARTMAN,Christer......... SWE im 2370   w5-  b28+  w31=  b41=  w26+  b29-  w46+ b12- w33+  5
 20 KOURKOUNAKIS,Ilias....... GRE im 2400   b9-  w45=  b51+  w35+   b8-  w30+  b13= w18+  b6-  5
 21 MARKOV,Yuri.............. RUS    2420   w1-  b26+  w40+  b22=  w27=  b11=  w29= b17+  w5-  5
 22 SAHU,Sekhar Chandra...... IND im 2340  b12-  w47+  b50=  w21=  b25+  w18+   b9- w15- b37+  5
 23 TZERMIADIANOS,Andreas.... GRE im 2375   w2-  w36+  b30+  b12-  w31+  b27=  w14+ b11=  w7-  5
 24 BEAUMONT,Chris........... ENG    2330  w14-  b46+  w38=  b31=  w28=  b44+   w4- b27- w40+  4.5
 25 COLEMAN,David............ ENG    2280  w48+   b4-  w34+  b14-  w22-  b31+  w11 -b40= w38+  4.5
 26 FARLEIGH,Richard......... BER    2200  b37+  w21-  b15-  w39+  b19-  w36=  b30- w42+ b45+  4.5
 27 HARTOCH,Rob.............. NED im 2295   w7=  b38+  w29+   w9-  b21=  w23=  b10- w24+ b14-  4.5
 28 HASLINGER,Stewart........ ENG    2195  b47=  w19-  b39=  w52+  b24=  w45=  b18- w35+ b29=  4.5
 29 RICHARDSON,John.......... ENG    2310  b15-  w39+  b27-  w36+  b45=  w19+  b21=  b5- w28=  4.5
 30 SPANTON,Tim.............. ENG    2050  w52+  b17-  w23-  b32=  w40+  b20-  w26+ b14- w41+  4.5
 31 WHITEHEAD,David.......... ENG          b42-  w54+  b19=  w24=  b23-  w25-  b49= w47+ b43+  4.5
 32 COLLIER,David O.......... ENG    2225  b36-  w37+  b14-  w30=  bye=  w49+  b35+ b16- w17-  4
 33 FURNESS,Robert M......... ENG          b43-  w35=  b13-  w37=  b34=  w50+  b36= w44+ b19-  4
 34 JOHNSON,Paul A........... ENG          w41=  w50=  b25-  b42-  w33=  b40-  w39= b48+ b51+  4
 35 NICHOLSON,John........... IRL    2065  w38-  b33=  w48+  b20-  w49=  b52+  w32- b28- w46+  4
 36 PALLISER,Richard J....... ENG          w32+  b23-   w3-  b29-  w39+  b26=  w33= w49+ b18-  4
 37 WHITEHEAD,Mark A......... ENG    2010  w26-  b32-  w49=  b33=  w47+  b51+  w16- b46+ w22-  4
 38 CHAMBERLAIN,Thomas....... ENG          b35+  w27-  b24=  w13-  b43-  b47=  w52+ w45= b25-  3.5
 39 EDWARDS,Simon R.......... ENG          w46=  b29-  w28=  b26-  b36-  w48=  b34= w52+ b44=  3.5
 40 ELLISON,D George......... ENG    2100  b50=  w13=  b21-  w43=  b30-  w34+  b42= w25= b24-  3.5
 41 GILL,Neville BK.......... ENG    2050  b34=  bye=  w17=  w19=  b44-  w42+  b15- w43= b30-  3.5
 42 KARGIN,Arseny............ RUS          w31+  b16-   b7-  w34+  w11-  b41-  w40= b26- w50+  3.5
 43 MCLEAN,John.............. SCO    2130  w33+   b3-  w16-  b40=  w38+   b4-  w44= b41= w31-  3.5
 44 ROSTEN,Oliver............ ENG    2215  w49+   b7=  w12-   b5-  w41+  w24-  b43= b33- w39=  3.5
 45 SEDGWICK,David........... ENG    2115  w51+  b20=   w4=  b10-  w29=  b28=   w5- b38= w26-  3.5
 46 CHURM,Rohan.............. ENG    2120  b39=  w24-  b47+   w4-  b50+  w15=  b19- w37- b35-  3
 47 GROSSET,Duncan........... SCO          w28=  b22-  w46-  b48=  b37-  w38=  w51= b31- b52+  3
 48 WILLIAMS,Douglas......... ENG    2030  b25-  w51=  b35-  w47=  b52-  b39=  w50= w34- b49+  3
 49 BENSON,Paul J............ ENG    2010  b44-  w52-  b37=  w51+  b35=  b32-  w31= b36- w48-  2.5
 50 MOSKOVICH,Daniel......... ISR          w40=  b34=  w22=  b17-  w46-  b33-  b48= w51= b42-  2.5
 51 PUGH,Philip R............ ENG          b45-  b48=  w20-  b49-  w53+  w37-  b47= b50= w34-  2.5
 52 WAGENBACH,Janos J........ ENG          b30-  b49+  w11-  b28-  w48+  w35-  b38- b39- w47-  2
 53 ROTHWELL,K............... ENG                                  b51-                        0
 54 WEEBER,R................. ENG                b31-                                          0

5) First Saturday Tournaments from August and September.

First Saturday August Tournament

The August First Saturday Tournaments saw an IM norm for Oleg Gladyszew of
Poland who scored an impressive 9.5/13 in the IM event.

Budapest HUN (HUN), VIII 1996.                               cat. VIII (2437)
                                       1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
 1 Dao Thien Hai           g VIE 2535  * = = 1 1 = = = 1 1 1 = 1 =  9.5  2604
 2 Keitlinghaus, Ludger    m GER 2515  = * 0 = = = = 1 1 1 1 = = 1  8.5  2540
 3 Lukacs, Peter           g HUN 2475  = 1 * = 0 = = = 1 1 0 1 = 1  8.0  2520
 4 Kumaran, Dharshan       m ENG 2495  0 = = * 1 1 1 0 = = = 1 = 1  8.0  2519
 5 Stocek, Jiri            m CZE 2460  0 = 1 0 * 1 = 1 0 0 1 1 1 =  7.5  2492
 6 McDonald, Neil R        m ENG 2500  = = = 0 0 * = 1 = 1 1 = = =  7.0  2460
 7 Csom, Istvan            g HUN 2460  = = = 0 = = * = = = = 1 = 1  7.0  2464
 8 Aagaard, Jacob            DEN 2370  = 0 = 1 0 0 = * 0 1 0 1 1 =  6.0  2412
 9 Miltner, Arndt          f GER 2330  0 0 0 = 1 = = 1 * 0 0 = 1 1  6.0  2416
10 Haub, Thorsten-Michael  f GER 2310  0 0 0 = 1 0 = 0 1 * 1 0 1 1  6.0  2417
11 Szabolcsi, Janos        m HUN 2425  0 0 1 = 0 0 = 1 1 0 * 1 0 0  5.0  2350
12 Arnold, Lothar          f GER 2375  = = 0 0 0 = 0 0 = 1 0 * 1 1  5.0  2354
13 Fogarasi, Tibor         m HUN 2505  0 = = = 0 = = 0 0 0 1 0 * =  4.0  2290
14 Hoang Thang Trang       m VIE 2360  = 0 0 0 = = 0 = 0 0 1 0 = *  3.5  2267

Budapest HUN (HUN), VIII 1996.                                 cat. II (2284)
                                      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
 1 Anka, Emil             m HUN 2400  * = 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1  12.0  2675
 2 Madl, Ildiko           m HUN 2385  = * = = 1 1 1 = = 1 1 = 1 1  10.0  2486
 3 Gladyszew, Oleg          RUS 2310  0 = * = = = 1 1 1 1 = 1 1 1   9.5  2456
 4 Zimmerman, Yuri        m RUS 2445  = = = * = 0 1 = = 1 1 = 1 1   8.5  2381
 5 Kahn, Evarth           m HUN 2380  0 0 = = * = 1 1 1 1 = 1 = 1   8.5  2386
 6 Farago, Sandor         m HUN 2285  0 0 = 1 = * 0 = = 1 1 1 = 0   6.5  2283
 7 Vukovic, Ivo           f CRO 2310  0 0 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 1   6.0  2252
 8 Kaeser, Udo              GER 2275  0 = 0 = 0 = 1 * = = 0 1 = 0   5.0  2197
 9 Lamprecht, Mark          GER 2210  0 = 0 = 0 = 0 = * 0 = = = 1   4.5  2179
10 Antal, Gergely           HUN 2195  0 0 0 0 0 0 1 = 1 * 1 0 = =   4.5  2180
11 Mosna, Stefano           ITA 2225  0 0 = 0 = 0 0 1 = 0 * 0 1 =   4.0  2147
12 Kasantsev, Anatolij B    RUS 2225  0 = 0 = 0 0 0 0 = 1 1 * 0 =   4.0  2147
13 Behl, Torsten            GER 2135  0 0 0 0 = = 0 = = = 0 1 * =   4.0  2154
14 Zucchelli, Massimo       ITA 2190  0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 = = = = *   4.0  2149

First Saturday September

Budapest (HUN), IX 1996.                             cat. VIII (2428)
                                       1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
 1 Kalinitschew, Sergey    m GER 2515  * = = 1 1 = 1 = 1 1 1 0  8.0  2594
 2 Legky, Nikolay A        g UKR 2540  = * = 1 0 = = 1 1 1 1 1  8.0  2592
 3 Aagaard, Jacob            DEN 2370  = = * 0 1 1 = = 0 1 1 1  7.0  2534
 4 Peter, Ambrus           m HUN 2435  0 0 1 * = = 1 1 = 1 = 1  7.0  2528
 5 Schebler, Gerhard       m GER 2425  0 1 0 = * = = = 1 1 1 =  6.5  2492
 6 Almasi, Istvan          m HUN 2425  = = 0 = = * = = 1 0 = 1  5.5  2427
 7 Lukacs, Peter           g HUN 2475  0 = = 0 = = * = = = = 1  5.0  2387
 8 Acs, Peter              f HUN 2410  = 0 = 0 = = = * 0 = 1 1  5.0  2393
 9 Varga, Zoltan           g HUN 2450  0 0 1 = 0 0 = 1 * 0 1 1  5.0  2389
10 Haub, Thorsten-Michael  f GER 2310  0 0 0 0 0 1 = = 1 * 1 1  5.0  2402
11 Sukharisingh, Ralf        GER 2400  0 0 0 = 0 = = 0 0 0 * 1  2.5  2219
12 Fang, Joseph            f USA 2375  1 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 0 *  1.5  2123

Budapest HUN (HUN), IX 1996.                          cat. III (2321)
                                   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
 1 Bigaliev, Renat     f RUS 2430  * = = 1 1 = 1 = 1 1 1 1  9.0  2572
 2 Dudas, Janos        f HUN 2395  = * 1 = = = = 1 1 1 1 1  8.5  2525
 3 Seres, Lajos        m HUN 2450  = 0 * 1 1 = = 1 1 1 1 1  8.5  2520
 4 Richardson, John R    ENG 2310  0 = 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 = 1  8.0  2496
 5 Jovanovic, Sasa D   f CRO 2370  0 = 0 0 * 1 = 1 1 1 1 1  7.0  2418
 6 Farago, Sandor      m HUN 2285  = = = 0 0 * = = 0 1 1 1  5.5  2324
 7 Payen, Arnaud       f FRA 2280  0 = = 0 = = * 0 = = 1 =  4.5  2259
 8 Eperjesi, Laszlo    m HUN 2395  = 0 0 0 0 = 1 * 0 = = 1  4.0  2212
 9 Kiss, Gedeon          HUN 2190  0 0 0 0 0 1 = 1 * 0 1 =  4.0  2230
10 Gara, Anita           HUN 2235  0 0 0 0 0 0 = = 1 * = =  3.0  2153
11 Kopisch, Martin       GER 2220  0 0 0 = 0 0 0 = 0 = * 1  2.5  2119
12 Galyas, Miklos      f HUN 2290  0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 = = 0 *  1.5  2014

6) Busless Montenegro Banka out of the European Club Cup by Sinisa Joksic

Yugoslav team "Montenegro banka" from Podgorica withdraw after
first round of the semi-final The Europian Cup because local
criminals stole their bus. The chess players refused to negotiate with
them about ransom. It was in Kranevo small place near by Albena in
"Montenegro banka" played first round 3:3 with "Alkaloid", Skopje,
FYROM. "Alkaloid" pass next step.

7) On-Line Chess under attack

Well known chess services such as ICC and FICS were brought to their
knees in September by a new technique. The culprit has proved extremely
hard to catch and instead methods have been found to counteract the

The Chess servers have found themselves bombarded with hundreds of
instructions per second all coming from false addresses. The computer
tries to send a response to these addresses and more and more of the
system resources are taken up with trying to deal with these false
instructions instead of those from real users. The result was that the
servers became unusable. Some people are so juvenile.

8) Italian Chess News by Avv. Marco Martini

Italian Rapid Chess Championship 15'

IM Bruno Belotti won the Italian Rapid Chess Championship in
Salsomaggiore Terme on the 15 September 1996. The Champion scored 7.5/8.
The second place was been for Marco Albano after a tie-break.
To the competition ware been 376 players.

Final Standings:
1-2 IM Bruno Belotti, Marco Albano 7.5/8
3-9 Aldrovandi, Lanzani, Nelli, De Santis, Cazzaniga,
    IM Contin, Pennazzato          7.0/8

Porto San Giorgio Open

Porto San Giorgio (ITA)  - VIII 1996

Open  - 9 rounds - 88 players

 1.     GM      Drazen          SERMEK          SLO     7.5
 2.     GM      Vadim           MILOV           SUI     7.5
 3.     GM      Milan           DRASKO          YUG     6.5
 4.     GM      Igor            KHENKIN         ISR     6.5
 5.     GM      Dimitri         KOMAROV         UKR     6.5
 6.     IM      Aleksandar H.   WOHL            AUS     6.0
 7.     IM      Volodia         MALAKOV         RUS     6.0
 8.     GM      Arkadij         ROTSTEIN        UKR     6.0
 9.     GM      Igor            EFIMOV          ITA     6.0
10.     IM      Alfredo         GIACCIO         ARG     6.0
11.     IM      Milan           MRDJA           CRO     6.0
12.     GM      Dragan          BARLOV          YUG     6.0
13.     FM      Aleksandar      COLOVIC         FRM     6.0
14.     IM      Claudio Javier  MINZER          ARG     6.0
15.     IM      Nenad           ALEKSIC         YUG     6.0
16.     IM      Michele         GODENA          ITA     6.0
17.     IM      Boro            MILJANIC        YUG     6.0
18.     IM      Zdravko         VUKOVIC         YUG     5.5
19.     IM      Elena           SEDINA          UKR     5.5
20.     MF      Diego           SEBASTIANELLI   ITA     5.5
21.     IM      Spartaco        SARNO           ITA     5.5
25.     IM      Tullio          MARINELLI       ITA     5.5

9) ECI Tournament by B J Blakmoor

The ECI-tournament this year took place for the 23rd time in August. The event is
staged alternately in Belgium and The Netherlands, this time in Sas van
Gent (NED).

The IM-group was a closed invitation tournament, in which Belgian and
Dutch players have a chance to score IM-norms. This year, Johan
Goormachtigh (BEL) has succeeded in doing so.
The tournament has been named after the former Dutch world champion Prof.
dr. Max Euwe. The list of previous winners:

1985: Mark Ginsburg (US)
1986: Frans Borm (NED)
1987: Gunther Deleyn (BEL)
1988: Helmut Cardon (NED)
1989: Mark Ginsburg (US)
1990: Adrian Mikhalchishin (UKR)
1991: Adrian Mikhalchishin (UKR)
1992: Paul Motwani (SCO)
1994: Kalle Kiik (EST)

The International Youth group is a 9-round Swiss event, for which players
under 21 are invited. Previous winners are:

1974 David Goodman (ENG)
1975 John van der Wiel (NED)
1976 Harry Schuessler (SWE)
1977 Darco Supancic (SLO)
1978 Erik Pedersen (DEN)
1979 Klaus Bisschoff (GER)
1980 Michaele Godena (IT)
1981 Helmut Cardon (NED)
1982 Bruno Cvetanovski (YUG)
1983 Marek Piorecki (POL)
1984 Bruno Belotti (IT)
1985 Philip Schlosser (GER)
1986 Alexandre Boog (SUI)
1987 Mark van der Werf (NED)
1988 Marjan Mitkov (YUG)
1989 Inon Boim (ISR)
1990 Jonas Barkhagen (SWE)
1992 Aleksej Aleksandrov (BLR)
1994 Pascal Deslandes (FR)

(In 1978 the tournament hosted the World Championship under 17 and in
1992 the European Championship under 21).

Final rankings 10th Prof. Dr. Max Euwe Memorial:
           1.       Martin Martens                  6.5
           2.       Paul Motwani                    6
           3.       Johan Goormachtigh              6
           4.       Geert Vanderstricht             5
           5.       Jrgen Stanke                   5
           6.       Alexander Krays                 4.5
           7.       Ivo Timmermans                  4
           8.       Karel van der Weide             4
           9.       Johan de Wolf                   2
          10.       Dharma Tjiam                    2

Final rankings 23rd ECI International Youth tournament:

           1.       Jan Gustafsson                  7
           2.       Mikael Agopov                   6
           3.       Andreas Moen                    6
           4.       David Bekker-Jensen             5.5
           5.       Rowan Brown                     5.5
           6.       Carlos Dantas                   5.5
           7.       Stefan Schneider                4.5
           8.       David Martin                    4.5
           9.       Ralf Gommers                    4.5
          10.       Harvey Meyer                    4.5
          11.       Maarten Solleveld               4.5
          12.       Georg Bonstingl                 4.5
          13.       Neil Berry                      4
          14.       Jean-Paul Pettinger             4
          15.       Seppe De Vreesse                3.5
          16.       Evelien de Pater                3
          17.       Sven Stange                     2.5
          18.       Jordi Gernaert                  1.5

10) The Czech System - 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6!? - Part I
By Marco R. Martini (ITA) - Email:
                          - WWW  : htpp://

The Czech System is new line of play which stems from the Pirc defence.
Although the opening moves are the same there is a substantial difference
in the strategic ideas employed.

In the Czech System the Black doesn't develop the King's Bishop to g7 and
instead pushes the c6 pawn on the third move. This characterizes all lines
of the system. This has the idea of preparing an immediate and effectual push
in the center. Although the exact nature of the counterplay will depend upon
white's moves.

The principal Black idea in the Classical Variation (4.Nf3) is the
rapid development of the Bishop from c8 in g4. This is followed by the push
e7-e6 and hopefully d6-d5.

Black's idea is to play a kind of French defence without the bad bishop.

Naturally the resolution of the problem of the Bishop on c8's development
doesn't come without a price. In this case White has a space advantage usually
sealed with the advance e4-e5. This can lead to a strong King's side attack
for white, especially if Black plays passively.

For this reason Black must immediately place pressure on the centre and get
counterplay on the Queenside. This is usually achieved by c6-c5 and also pressure
along the C-file.

One of the latest ideas in the Czech system is not to exchange with Bxf3 after
Black challenges the Black bishop with h3. This is because the Bishop can be
very useful as a defender of the f7 and h7 squares and exert pressure along
the b1-h7 diagonal.

White's most violent attempt to refute Black's play is with 4.f4. This wing
attack must be met most energetically both with pressure on White's d4 pawn
and with pressure down the c-file. Black must defintely not castle too early.
Often both plans are realised together but, in every case, the play that results
produces great complications.

In the last ten years this opening's systen has been played by many Grandmasters,
especially (but not exclusively by the Czech school: Pribyl, Morky, Miles,
Malaniuk, Rivas Pastor, Dorfman, Hodgson, Agreest, Izeta, Adams, Kramnink,
Jansa and Sokolov are only some of the players who have used this system.

The theory of this opening is still developing and will do for some time
due to the variety of strategic ideas that Black has available. Below
is one of 27 lines discussed in the electronic book "The Czech System"
available in ChessBase or ChessAssistant.

Contact (Base version $15 or DM 19 or Professional
version (which has updates every two months for a year) $29 DM 39.

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6 4.a4 a5
     5.Nf3 (5.Bxa6
   bxa6 6.Nf3 g6 7.0-0 Bg7 8.a5 0-0 9.Re1 Rb8 10.h3 Ne8 11.Qd3 Nc7 12.Ne2
   Ne6 13.c3 c5 14.d5 Nc7 15.Nd2 e6 16.Nc4 e5 17.f4 f5 18.fxe5 fxe4
   19.Qxe4 Bf5 20.Qf3 1/2-1/2 Bogumil,Pavel-Bereziuk,Sergey/Bela Crkva (07)
   1990) Bg4 6.Be2 e6 7.0-0 Be7 8.h3 Bh5 9.Be3 d5 10.exd5 Bxf3 11.Bxf3
   Nxd5 12.Nxd5 exd5 13.Be2 Nc7 14.Bd3 0-0 15.c3 Bd6 16.Qg4 g6 17.Bh6 f5
   18.Qd1 Rf7 19.f4 Ne6 20.Qe1 Qf6 21.Qg3 Re8 22.Rae1 Qd8 23.h4 Ng7
   24.Bg5 Qb8 25.Rxe8+ Qxe8 26.Re1 Qd7 27.Re3 Nh5 28.Qe1 Kg7 29.Re8
   Meyer,H-Breutigam,M/BL 88\89 Lasker-Delm 1989/0-1 (43)]
     A) 5.Nf3
      e5 (5...Bg4
      6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 e5 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Bc4 Be7 10.g4 0-0 11.h4 b5 12.Bb3
      b4 13.Ne2 c5 14.g5 Nfd7 15.Bd5 Nc6 16.g6 hxg6 17.h5 g5 18.Qf5 Qd6
      19.Bxg5 Rae8 20.Rg1 Kh8 21.0-0-0 Nd4 22.Nxd4 cxd4 23.Bxe7 Rxe7
      24.Rg6 Qxd5 25.Rxg7 Kxg7 26.exd5 Rh8 27.d6 Re6 28.Qg5+ 1-0
      Zapata,A-Rivas Pastor,M/Salamanca (08) 1991) 6.h3 (6.Bc4
      Bg4 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.h3 Bh5 9.Qe2 Bb4 10.Bd2 Nbd7 11.0-0 0-0 12.Bd3 a5
      13.g4 Bg6 14.Nh4 Nc5 1/2-1/2 Sanz Alonso,FJ-Rivas Pastor,M/Salamanca
      (10) 1991) Nbd7 7.Be3 b6 8.Bc4 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Qe2 a6 11.Rfd1
      Bb7 12.Bb3 b5 13.axb5 axb5 14.Rxa8 Bxa8 15.dxe5 dxe5 16.Nh4 Nc5
      17.Bxc5 Bxc5 18.Nf5 Rd8 19.Rd3 Rxd3 20.Qxd3 Bf8 21.Qf3 g6 22.Nh6+
      Bxh6 23.Qxf6 Bb7 24.Ne2 Bg7 25.Qf3 c5 26.Bd5 Bxd5 27.exd5 Qb7 28.g4
      Qa6 29.Kg2 Qa4 30.b3 Qb4 31.d6 Qa5 32.Qc6 Bf8 33.Qe8 Qd2 34.d7 Qxe2
      35.d8Q Qe4+ 36.Kf1 Qh1+ 37.Ke2 Qe4+ 38.Kd2 Qf4+ 39.Kc3 1-0
      Delekta,Piotr-Gawronski,M/Mikolajki tt (03) 1991;
     B) 5.h3 e5 6.Nge2 Be6 7.g3 d5 8.exd5 Nxd5 9.Ne4 Nd7 10.Bg2 N5f6
      11.Ng5 Bd5 12.Bxd5 Nxd5 13.0-0 Be7 14.dxe5 Nxe5 15.Nf4 Nf6 16.Qe2
      0-0 17.Re1 Nfd7 18.Nd3 Bxg5 19.Bxg5 Nxd3 20.Qxd3 Nc5 21.Qc4 Ne6
      22.Be3 Rfd8 23.Red1 Rd7 24.Rxd7 Qxd7 25.Ra3 Nc7 26.Rb3 Nd5 27.Qd3
      Qe7 28.c4 Nxe3 29.Qxe3 Qxe3 30.fxe3 Gutman,Lev-Gavrikov,Viktor/
      Lugano open (08) 1989/1/2-1/2 (42)]
     5.f3 Bh5 6.Bf4 e6 7.Nge2 d5 8.Bxb8 dxe4 9.Bg3 exf3 10.gxf3 Bxf3
   11.Rg1 Bb4 12.Bf2 Bh5 13.Qd2 Qa5 14.Nf4 0-0-0 15.Nxh5 1/2-1/2
   Noble,Mark-Ravikumar,Vaidya/Eastbourne ch-GB 1990]
   [4...e5 5.Bc4 (5.dxe5 dxe5 6.Qxd8+ Kxd8 7.Bc4 Be6 8.Bxe6 fxe6 9.Nf3
   Bd6 10.Be3 Nbd7 11.Nd2 Ke7 12.f3 a5 13.Nc4 Bc7 14.Ke2 Rhb8 15.Na3 Ne8
   16.b3 Nd6 17.Nc4 Nxc4 18.bxc4 Bb6 19.Bg5+ Ke8 20.Rab1 Bd4 21.Nd1 Nb6
   22.c3 Bc5 23.Nb2 Nd7 24.Nd3 Bd6 25.Be3 c5 26.Rb2 b6 27.Rd1 Bc7 28.Ne1
   h6 1/2-1/2 Bos,Iwona-Krasenkov,Mikhail/Wisla BES (01) 1992) Qa5 6.f3
   Be7 7.Nge2 Nbd7 8.Bd2 exd4 9.Nd5 Qd8 10.Nxe7 Qxe7 11.Nxd4 Nb6 12.Bd3
   d5 13.0-0 dxe4 14.fxe4 Qc5 15.c3 0-0 16.Rxf6 gxf6 17.Bh6 Re8 18.a5 Re5
   19.axb6 Rh5 20.Be3 Qe5 21.Nf3 Qd6 22.e5 Qe7 23.Rxa7 Rb8 24.e6 Bxe6
   25.Nd4 Re5 26.Nxc6 Qe8 27.Nxe5 fxe5 28.Qh5 1-0
   Grosshans,Ralf-Schubert,Gerhard/Baden Baden open (09) 1991]
   [5.g3 e5 (5...Nbd7 6.Bg2 e5 7.Nge2 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.h3 Qc7 10.Kh2 Re8
   11.f4 exd4 12.Nxd4 Nc5 13.Re1 Bf8 14.b3 Bd7 15.g4 h6 16.Kh1 d5 17.exd5
   Rxe1+ 18.Qxe1 Re8 19.Be3 Bd6 20.Qd2 h5 21.dxc6 bxc6 22.Nf5 Bf8 23.Bf3
   Bxf5 24.gxf5 Qc8 25.Kh2 Rd8 26.Qg2 Qxf5 27.Ne2 Nce4 28.Kh1 c5 29.Re1
   g6 30.Nc1 Vrana,Frantisek-Karnik,Pavel/Praha ch-CS (08) 1992/0-1 (40)
   ) 6.Bg2 Be7 7.Nge2 0-0 8.h3 Na6 9.0-0 Re8 10.Be3 Nb4 11.Qd2 exd4
   12.Bxd4 d5 13.exd5 Nfxd5 14.Nxd5 Nxd5 15.Rad1 Bg5 16.f4 Bf6 17.Nc3
   Nxc3 18.Qxc3 Bxd4+ 19.Rxd4 Qb6 20.Rf2 Bf5 21.g4 Be6 22.f5 Bd5 23.Bxd5
   cxd5 24.Rxd5 Re4 25.Rc5 Rae8 26.Rc8 h5 27.Rxe8+ Rxe8 28.Kg2 hxg4
   29.hxg4 Re3 Barlov,Dragan-Soltis,Andrew/New York open (02) 1988/1-0
   [5.h3 Nbd7 6.Nf3 e5 7.Bc4 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Re1 exd4 10.Nxd4 Ne5 11.Ba2
   Re8 12.Bf4 Qb6 13.Re3 Ng6 14.Bh2 Bf8 15.Bb3 Bd7 16.Qd3 Rad8 17.Rd1 Bc8
   18.Kh1 d5 19.exd5 Rxe3 20.fxe3 Nxd5 21.Nxd5 cxd5 22.Nb5 Re8 23.Qxd5
   Be6 24.Qe4 Bxb3 25.Qxe8 Bxa4 26.Rd5 Qc6 27.Qxc6 bxc6 28.Nc3 cxd5
   29.Nxa4 Nh4 Pribyl,Josef-Pribyl,Martin/Praha Vysehrad-A (05) 1990/1/2-1/2
5...Bg4 6.Be2
   [6.h3 Bh5 7.Bg5 e6 8.g4 Bg6 9.Nh4 Be7 10.Nxg6 hxg6 11.f4 Qb6 12.Qd2
   Nbd7 13.0-0-0 0-0-0 14.Bc4 d5 15.exd5 exd5 16.Be2 Rde8 17.Bf3 Kb8
   18.f5 gxf5 19.Qf4+ Ka8 20.Qxf5 Nf8 21.Bg2 Ne6 22.Be3 Ref8 23.Qd3 Bb4
   24.Ne2 Ne8 25.Nf4 Nxf4 26.Bxf4 Bd6 27.Bd2 Bb4 28.Bf4 Bd6 29.Bd2 Nc7
   30.Kb1 Ne6 Prie,E-Gazik,I/Val Maubuee op 1989/0-1 (43)]
6...e6 7.Bg5
   [7.0-0 Be7 8.Be3 (8.h3 Bh5 9.Be3 0-0 10.g4 Bg6 11.Nh4 d5 12.Nxg6
   hxg6 13.e5 Nfd7 14.f4 c5 15.Nb5 cxd4 16.Nxd4 Nc6 17.c3 g5 18.f5 exf5
   19.Nxf5 Ndxe5 20.Qd2 Bf6 21.Rad1 Nc4 22.Bxc4 dxc4 23.Qc1 Qc7 24.Bxg5
   Be5 25.Bh4 f6 26.Rf3 Rad8 27.Rdf1 Qd7 28.Ne3 Qe6 29.Rf5 Rd3 30.R1f3
   Ne7 31.Rh5 Rfd8 32.g5 fxg5 33.Rxg5 Bf6 34.Rg4 Bxh4 35.Rxh4 Rd1+
   36.Nxd1 Qe1+ 37.Rf1 Qg3+ 38.Kh1 Qxh4 39.Qe3 Rd3 40.Qe6+ Kh7 0-1
   Polak,Tomas-Pribyl,Martin/Brno jr (04) 1990) d5 9.e5 Nfd7 10.Ne1 (
   10.Nd2 Bxe2 11.Qxe2 Qb6 12.Rab1 Qa6 13.Qg4 g6 14.Bg5 h5 15.Qf4 Bxg5
   16.Qxg5 Qb6 17.Nb3 Qb4 18.Rfe1 Na6 19.Re3 Nc7 20.Rd1 Qe7 21.h4 Qxg5
   22.hxg5 Ke7 23.Ne2 Ra6 24.Nc5 Rb6 25.Nxd7 Kxd7 26.b3 Ra6 27.Nf4 Ra7
   28.Rh3 Raa8 29.Kf1 Na6 30.Ke2 Ke7 31.Rdh1 Rhg8 32.Nd3 b6 33.Rh4 Rac8
   34.c4 Rgd8 Salai,Ladislav-Pribyl,Josef/Brno ch-CS (06) 1990/0-1 (61)
  ) Bxe2 11.Qxe2 Bb4 12.Qg4 g6 13.Nd3 Nb6 14.Ne2 Be7 15.Bh6 N8d7 16.Qh3
   Rg8 17.b3 Bg5 18.Bxg5 Qxg5 19.Qxh7 Ke7 20.Qh3 Rh8 21.Qg3 Qf5 22.h3
   Rag8 23.Qg4 Qxg4 24.hxg4 Rc8 25.f3 Na8 26.Kf2 Nc7 27.c3 Na6 28.b4 Nb6
   29.b5 Nb8 30.Nc5 Rc7 31.Rfb1 Nc4 Morovic-Guirado/Alicante 5 1989/1-0
7...h6 8.Bh4 Nbd7 9.0-0 Be7 10.Nd2 Bxe2 11.Qxe2 0-0 12.Kh1 d5 13.e5 Ne4
14.Bxe7 Nxc3 15.bxc3 Qxe7 16.Rfb1 b6 17.c4 f6 18.cxd5 cxd5 19.exf6 Qxf6
20.Nf3 Rac8 21.Re1 Rc6 22.Qb5 Rfc8 23.Re2 Nf8 24.Qb2 Ng6 25.Ne5 Nxe5
26.dxe5 Qf4 27.h3 Qc4 28.Rd2 Rf8 29.f3 1-0 Kraut,R-Vonthron,H/BL 88\89
Solingen-Ki 1988

11) Books, books ... (12) by Bertrand Weegenaar


With the onset of Autumn the publishers start to release their
Winter collections.

I have still to receive my first book on the Karpov-Kamsky match even
though I read somewhere that the first book was finished before the
closing ceremony of the match. However I look forward to a book
with well thought out analysis.

The coverage in New in Chess (1996/5) gave good analyses by Timman, Kamsky
and Karpov. In the same issue Kramnik's recent victories in Dortmund tying with
Anand and in Dos Hermandos tying with Topalov are covered. Another Kramnik victory,
in Horgen, is covered by a superb new tournament book. Then the man played in the
Yerevan Olympiad  [where he performed very disappointingly. ed.]. Cardogan have just
released a number of educational books.

My highlights from the new releases:

Play the Noteboom, Mark van der Werf & Teun van der Vorm, Cadogan 1996

Credit Suisse Masters Horgen 1995, Andre Behr, Edition Olms 1996

Self Test books and educational:

Chess Challenge, Garry Kasparov, Cadogan 1996, 96 pages (ISBN 1-85744-197-
4) Price: $14.95

I recently had a chat with my (chess) bookseller asking him what the
best selling books are. The answer was unexpected. Any book with Garry's
name on it. I don't know how this book will do its subject is about
sacrificing. It contains 6 Chapters arranged by the different pieces
sacrifices. Each chapter has examples and the book has 84 game positions.
All contain a quiz question.

The introduction starts with two examples of how Kramnik was beaten by Kamsky
(in New York) and of course once by Kasparov (in Novgorod). There will be a day
they play a match.

Quick Chess Knockouts, Julian Hodgson, Cadogan 1996, 142 p. (ISBN 1-85744-
045) Price: $17.95

This is about quick wins starting from move 1, and is aimed at the lesser
skilled player. It teaches about traps, how to set and avoid them. The
variations are arranged by opening, starting with 1.e4 e5, then Sicilian and
so forth. Most examples include grave errors by the losing party, and
seldom brilliant moves by the winner. Three random examples as a quiz (I
don't give the last move.

If you can't find them then you should buy this book:
Two Knights Defence: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 ed4 5.c3 dc3 6.e5
CaroKann: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 de4 4.Ne4 Nd7 5.Bd3 Ndf6 6.Ng5 Qd4??
BenOni: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 cd4 4.Nd4 e5 5.Nb5 d5 6.cd5 Bc5 7.d6 Ne4

Chess Middlegames, Essential Knowledge, Yuri Averbakh, Cadogan 1996, 112 p.
(ISBN 1-85744-125-7)
Price: $14.95

In this more serious book the author, known to me for his brilliant books
on rook endgames, categorises the different themes which are essential to
the middlegame. Although his examples are somewhat ancient, they perfectly
illustrate the points the teacher wants to make. All 19 examples add something new
to your knowledge starting with tactical and strategic basics, via Reciprocal
Double Attack and finishing with the Strategy of Attack.  Very useful if you want
to master the basics before starting on the more heavy stuff like Dvoretsky, or
understand the mysteries the GM's like to unfold in their analysis.

Positionelles Schach, Mark Dworetski & Artur Jussupow, Edition Olms 1996,
230 p. (ISBN 3-283-00322-X)
Price: DM 39.80
(text in German)

Recently (TWIC 90) I reviewed this book when published by Batsford under
the title Postional Play. Edition Olms publishes it in their succesful series
PraxisSchach with the subtitle Wie man sein Stellingsgefuhl trainiert (How
to train Postional feeling). Apart from some small alterations the material is
the same. The book is beautifully laid-out and created for long and intensive
use. [I think it might be interesting to see how close the books are in detail. I
understand that Batsford might have introduced quite a few changes and that
the original manuscript was not up to the usual Dworetski standard. I liked the
Batsford book a lot though. Ed.]

Credit Suisse Masters Horgen 1995, Andre Behr, Edition Olms 1996, 141 p.
(ISBN 3-283-00321-1)
Price: DM 39.80
(text in German)

I spot a new trend: publishing great looking tournament books. When you just
understand English (or German, French etc.) you miss a lot. This book is in
German and covers the Horgen 1995 tournament won by Kramnik and Ivanschuk.
Kasparow failed after a recent win over Anand for the PCA WM. Most top games
are analysed by the players. Round by round coverage of the main and
secondary tournament (won by Almasi in front of Hogdson). Nice photographs and
perfect hardcover layout gives a lasting memory to this tournament.
Also a part of the PraxisSchach-series.

Chess Wizardry: The new ABC of Chess Problems, John Rice, Batsford 1996,
352 p. (ISBN 0-7134-8013-0)
Price: British Pounds 17.99

After introductary books on correspondence chess and endgame studies, this
is the third Batsford volume on a lesser known chess subjects. This book is
an update of a 1970 classic "An ABC of Chess Problems".
After an useful introduction, a magical World unfolds. Starting with
Albino, and ending with Zepler-doubling, mystery after mystery is presented and
explained. To me the book is like a colourful cookbook where the picture
creates an appitite and I wanted to jump straight into the kitchen to try out the recipes.
For you the book ends with 250 problems to be solved, but you can also
start to practice some composing.

Play the Noteboom, Mark van der Werf&Teun van der Vorm, Cadogan 1996, 128
p. (ISBN 1-85744-108-7)
Price : $19.95

Don't be fooled by the title, you get more then just the Noteboom (1.d4 d5
2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.a4 Bb4 Mainline). Also anti-Noteboom variations
are given such as the Slav Exchange and the Marshall-gambit (I found this more to
the point then the Konikowski book). Never a dull moment when going through
the game. The Noteboom got its his name from a Dutch player who lived from
1911-1932. The plan is quite simple: after winning the pawn, Black get's
a lot of space on the Queenside. White thinks to win the centre (and most
of the time he get's lot's of material in that area) but in the meantime,
Black earns himself a win, most of the time after a complicated middlegame
to a favourable endgame with a pawn extra on... the queenside. The Noteboom is
very known in Dutch CC-circles (Peter Boll, A.Mooren, Sprenger) with whom
I have contact. They both have played the line for years at a high
international level. Recently the line has been played freqently by
Kramnik, Sherbakov, Piket, Svesnikov and yes... Kasparov.
It's great fun and gives you a lot of pleasure both in serious games and
in speedchess, or correspondence chess. [I have played this for quite
a while myself with reasonable results. Ed.]

Emil Joseph Diemer, Ein Leben fur das Schach im Spiegel seiner Zeit, Georg
Studier, Schachverlag Madler 1996, 280 p. (ISBN 3-925691-18-9)
Price: DM 29.80
(text in German)

E.J.Diemer (1908-1990) has his name linked to that of A.E.Blackmar who
played the gambit 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.f3 first. Diemer played
it a slightly differently and added Nc3 to the system, thus creating the
Blackmar-Diemer Gambit or BDG. This opening has a lot of devotees around
the world with a lot of specialists. Theory around the move order (1.d4 d5
2.Nc3 Nf6 3.e4 dxe4 4.f3) the pure BDG is still evolving. Interested readers
can see my review on the Batsford book (1995). It's one of the little
openings which has its one two-monthly magazine: Blackmar Diemer Gambit
World. edited by Tom V.Purser, PO Boxx 66, Headland, AL 36345 USA, tpur-
The author of this German book also is a great BDG-devotee who has known
Diemer for decades, personally as well as chessplayer. Diemer has published
extensively on his findings in opening theory.
In this book the author puts the biography of Diemer in it's historical
context, as well as in his development as a chessplayer. The first chapter
gives some historical background on Blackmar and von Popiel (1.d4 d5 2.e4
de4 3.f3 e5!), then there are 5 chapters on Diemers life: 1908 - 1930 his
youth, 1931 - 1944, on the time the Nazi's ruled Germany, 1945 - 1952,
1953 - 1970 in Exile, 1966 - 1990 work in a foster home for elderly.
From every year the most important historical dates are mentioned.
A clear picture is given on the historical development on Diemer's ideas of
his opening.

The book concludes with 56 critical games for Diemer's chess career (the
first 8 on the Blackmar).