Thrilling courses

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5/14/2008 – Former world-champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov has proven a highly entertaining author in the Fritz trainer format. He recorded several DVDs and regularly contributes to ChessBase Magazine. John Elburg, chess reviewer for more than ten years now, watched his DVDs on 'Anti-Moscow Gambit' and 'Strategy'. Conclusion: Simply thrilling! Buy them now or read this review with samplers.

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Rustam Kasimdzhanov: 'Anti-Moscow Gambit' and 'Strategy - step by step'

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Rustam Kasimdzhanov:
Anti-Moscow Gambit.

In this latest Fritz trainer opening DVD The great Rustam Kasimdzhanov explains the latest secrets of the Anti-Moscow Gambit, a line that became populair after the game Radjabov against Anand in the Mainz tournament of 2006: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Ne5 Bg7 12.Nxd7 Nxd7 13.Bd6 a6 14.Bh5 Bf8 15.Bxf8 Rxf8 16.e5 Qb6 17.Ne4 0-0-0 18.Nd6+ Kb8 19.Nxf7 Rxf7 20.Bxf7 Nxe5 21.Qh5 Rxd4 22.Bxe6 c5 23.Qxh6 Ka7 24.Rae1 Nd3 25.Re3 Rd6 26.h4 Nf4 27.hxg5 Nxe6 28.f3 b4 29.Kh2 Qc7 30.Kg1 Nf4 31.Qf8 Rd2 32.Re7 Qd6 33.Qf7 Ne2+ 34.Kh1 Ng3+ 35.Kg1 Qd4+ 36.Kh2 Qh4+ 0-1. This and 16 other games are all well explained in words by the former FIDE world champion.







Between these games are four from the year 2008, and that includes the hot game: Radjabov,Teimour (2735) - Anand,Viswanathan (2799) [D43] Corus Wijk aan Zee (1), 12.01.2008

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Ne5 Bg7 12.Nxd7 Nxd7 13.Bd6 a6 14.Re1 Bf8 15.Bg3 Bg7 16.Bd6 Bf8 17.Bxf8 Rxf8 18.b3 b4 19.Na4 c3 20.a3 a5 21.d5 Qe7 22.d6 Qf6 23.e5 Qf4 24.Bd3 bxa3 25.Qe2 Qd2 26.Rxa3 Qxe2 27.Rxe2 g4 28.Nxc3 Rg8 29.Ne4 Kd8 30.Nd2 c5 31.Bb5 Bd5 32.Nc4 Rg5 33.Rea2 Nxe5 34.Nb6 Rb8 35.Rxa5 Be4 36.Ra7 f6 37.R2a6 Rg8 38.Rc7 Rf8 39.Rxc5 Rf7 40.d7 Nxd7 41.Nxd7 Rxd7 42.Bxd7 Kxd7 43.Rc3 f5 44.Ra7+ Kd6 45.Rh7 Bd5 46.Rxh6 Bxb3 47.h3 gxh3 48.Rhxh3 Bd5 49.Rc2 Ke5 50.f3 Kf6 51.Kf2 Rb4 52.Re2 Kg6 53.Kg3 Ra4 54.Rh4 Ra7 55.Rb2 Kf6 56.Rhb4 Ke5 57.Re2+ Kf6 58.Rd2 Ke5 59.Re2+ Kf6 60.Kf4 Ra3 61.Rd2 Ra5 62.Re2 Ra3 63.Kg3 Ra8 64.Rc2 Ke5 65.Rh4 Rg8+ 66.Kh2 Ra8 67.Re2+ Kf6 68.f4 Ke7 69.Rh7+ Kd6 70.Kg3 Rg8+ 71.Kh3 Rg4 72.g3 Rg8 73.Rd2 Rc8 74.Kh4 Rc3 75.Rg7 Ra3 76.Rc2 Bc6 77.Rc1 Rb3 78.Rg1 Bd5 79.Kg5 Kc5 80.Kf6 Kd4 81.Re1 Rb6 82.Rd7 Rc6 83.Ke7 Ra6 84.Rd6 Ra7+ 85.Kf6 1-0

This system is also examined by GM I.Stohl in ChessBase Magazine 118 and by GM D.Rogozenko in ChessBase Magazine 120. This DVD from Rustam Kasimdzhanov offers more information, for example the book 'Play the Semi-Slav' from David Vigorito, Quality Chess 2008. Running time is nearly four hours.

Conclusion: Thrilling!

Rustam Kasimdzhanov:
Strategy - Step by Step.

GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov invites you to a small four-hour chess course, taking you into the world of chess strategy with its specific terms, such as dark squares, initiative, pawn majorities, outposts, etc. This all is well explained in Kasimdzhanov's own games, where he provides the user with six impressive examples, starting with his impressive win over Anand. As Kasimdzhanov instructively explains, in these games it is all a matter of controlling the squares. For the interested reader here are the games (without the notes from our old world champion).

Kasimdzhanov,Rustam (2670) - Anand,Viswanathan (2788) [B90] FIDE-Wch San Luis (4), 01.10.2005 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 Ng4 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Bg3 Bg7 10.h3 Ne5 11.Nf5 Bxf5 12.exf5 Nbc6 13.Nd5 e6 14.fxe6 fxe6 15.Ne3 0-0 16.Be2 Qe7 17.0-0 Rad8 18.Bh5 Kh8 19.Re1 d5 20.a4 Nc4 21.Nxc4 dxc4 22.Qg4 Qb4 23.Qxe6 Rd2 24.Rad1 Nd4 25.Qe4 Nf5 26.Be5 Rxf2 27.Bf3 Rd2 28.Bxg7+ Kxg7 29.Qe5+ Rf6 30.a5 Nh4 31.Qc7+ Rf7 32.Qe5+ Rf6 33.Bh5 Ng6 34.Bxg6 Rxd1 35.Rxd1 Kxg6 36.Qe4+ Kg7 37.Rd7+ Kg8 38.Qh7+ 1-0

Besides the natural ideas in this game please also see the move 18.Bh5! This position is clearly explained with a lot of instructive words. In his home preparation Rustam Kasimdzhanov came up with this brilliant winning move. Ftacnik wrote at the time in ChessBase Magazines: Kasimdzhanov has done his homework and is well informed about the nuances of the position. His new move strives to prevent relocation of the black knight to f4 square. This is certainly one of Kasimdzhanov’s ever best games!

Typical isolated pawn positions are instructively explained in the game Kasimdzhanov against Viktor Bologan, Pamplona, 27.12.2002 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 0-0 7.e3 b6 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.Nxd5 exd5 11.Rc1 Be6 12.Qa4 c5 13.Qa3 Rc8 14.Be2 a5 15.dxc5 Rxc5 16.0-0 Nc6 17.Qa4 Rc8 18.Rxc5 Qxc5 19.Bb5 Na7 20.Ba6 Rd8 21.Qh4 Re8 22.Bd3 Nc6 23.a3 b5 24.h3 b4 25.a4 b3 26.Bb5 Rc8 27.Qf4 Qc2 28.Bxc6 Qxc6 29.Nd4 Qc7 30.Qxc7 Rxc7 31.Ra1 Kf8 32.Nxb3 Rb7 33.Nxa5 Rxb2 34.Nc6 Bd7 35.Nd4 Ke7 36.a5 Kd6 37.g4 Kc7 38.Rc1+ Kd6 39.Ra1 Kc7 40.Kg2 Kb7 41.Rc1 Ra2 42.Rc5 Be6 43.Kg3 Ka6 44.Rc7 1-0

As with the game Kazimdzhanov-Anand this game is also split into two large multimedia files.

Conclusion: GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov had managed to create a highly instructive strategy course where all important strategy points get full attention!

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