208 Seiten, kartoniert, New in Chess, 1. Auflage 2010
Against most Sicilian variations, White's sharpest and often best weapon is queenside castling, a strategy that frequently leads to spectacular fireworks. Regrettably, these powerful charges have never been properly categorized. Until this book.
In Sicilian Attacks, Grandmaster Yuri Yakovieh, who has more than thirty years of experience with complex Sicilian systems, analyses the Najdorf, the Scheveningen, the Dragon, the Taimanov and the Richter-Rauzer Variations. He teaches how their pawn structures dictate typical methods of attack for White, but he also gives the best defending techniques for Black.
This book provides cutting-edge analysis full of original ideas, but also contains useful verbal guidelines to help you to recognize typical Sicilian plans and counlerplans. An abundance of highly instructive games illustrate the various strategic and tactical themes. At the end of each chapter you will find practical conclusions.
007 Preface by Sergey Rublevsky
008 Introduction - A Fight to the Death
011 Part 1 - Scheveningen Structure: Black Pawns on d6 and e6, White Pawn on e4
095 Part 2 - Taimanov Structure: Black Pawns on d7 and e6, White Pawns on e4 and f3
105 Part 3 - Rauzer Structure: Black Pawns on c6, d5 and e6, White Pawn on e4
111 Part 4 - d6/e5 Structure: Black Pawns on d6 and e5, White Pawn on e4
137 Part 5 - dragon Structure: Black Fianchettoes his Bishop to g7
203 Index of Players
207 List of Games
Grandmaster Yuri Yakovich explains in this book the secrets of the Najdorf, Scheveningen, Dragon, Taimanov and the Richter Rauzer.
All discussed lines are well analysed with a lot of move to move annotations, where a major part of these analyses cover useful explanations of played strategies.
This all makes this book very instructive, especially with the 32 heavy loaded model games, where some of them are good for over 11 pages of instructive text!
Yuri Yakovich really explains with words and lines for example how to play and understand the Dragon, sometimes even with new ideas as the following line:
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.0-0-0 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Rxc4 14.h5 Nxh5 15.g4 Nf6 16.Kb1 Re8 17.e5, where Yakovich suggests the move 17 ... . dxe5; where he writes after White has achieved good results with 17.e5!?, but frankly speaking I cannot understand what is wrong with the natural replay 17 ... .dxe5!, which for some reason has not been seen in practice. Neither 18.Nb3 Rc6!, with the idea of meeting 19.g5 with 19 ... Rd6, nor 18.Nf5 gxf5 19.g5 Ng4!? 20.fxg4 Rd4 21.Bxd4 exd4 promises white the advantage.
On page 92, Yuri Yakovich explains why I lost the following correspondence game:
Polakovic,Pavol - Elburg,John [B89] EU/FSM/64-1, 2002
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Qe2 a6 9.0-0-0 Qc7 10.Bb3 0-0 11.Rhg1 Nd7 12.g4 Nc5 13.Nf5 b5 14.Bd5 Bb7 15.g5 Rfc8 16.Rg3 Bf8 17.Nh6+ Kh8 18.Bxc6 Bxc6 19.Qf3 Be8 20.Bd4 b4 21.Rh3 e5 22.Nd5 Qc6 23.Bxc5 Qxc5 24.Rd2 Ra7 25.Ng4 f6 26.Ngxf6 gxf6 27.Qxf6+ Kg8 28.Qe6+ Kh8 29.Qf5 Bg6 30.Qxg6 1-0.
Indeed 17.Nh6+!! is winning!
After 17.Qh5 the game will end in a perpetal check known ever since the game Rogers - Lanka, Linz 1997: 17 ... g6 18.Nh6+ Kh8 19.Qh4 b4 20.Rh3 bxc3 21.Ng4 f5 22.Nf6 h6 23.Qxh6+ Bxh6 24.Rxh6+ Kg7 25.Rh7+ Kf8 26.Rh8+ ½-½.
Conclusion: This book really explains you the so typical counter lines!
John Elburg, www.chessbooks.nl