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New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings. Each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess opening theory. Have a look at what this issue has to offer.

Forum
The Forum section contains a lot of material from the Tata Steel Chess Tournament which ended just before our deadline. You can find hot ‘Tata’ contributions by Han Schut, René Olthof and Frank Erwich, besides an impressive analysis by young player Artem Odegov, an SOS line versus the Najdorf employed by Nakamura against MVL no less than 10 times in the chess.com Speed final (written by Peter Boel) and a baffling opening discovery by new grandmaster Max Warmerdam who was also the second of Tata winner Jorden van Foreest.

From Our Own Correspondent
Our GM correspondent Erwin l’Ami dives deep into five openings again with the help of correspondence chess games. You’re getting the latest on the English Attack vs the Najdorf, a new path for Black in a difficult King’s Indian/Benoni hybrid, a sharp attacking game with the Shirov/Shabalov Slav, a new blow for the Blumenfeld Gambit, and another blow for a much-applauded Bobby Fischer idea for Black in the Benoni.

Reviews
Glenn Flear sees Magnus Carlsen’s influence on opening theory grow and grow. He reviews two books on variations named after the World Champion: Carlsen’s Neo-Møller by Ioannis Simeonidis and The Carlsen Variation by Carsten Hansen – the inventor of which variation, by the way, is ‘close by’! Flear also takes a look at an impressive tome on a very obscure variation: The Exhilarating Elephant Gambit by Jakob Aabling Thomsen and Michael Agermose Jensen, and first but not least at a French opening – another novelty in the Yearbook! It’s called Jouez la Française and it’s by GM Manuel Apicella.

Surveys

1.e4 openings
Sicilian Defence - Najdorf Variation 6..d3 - Olthof
Sicilian Defence - Scheveningen Variation 6..e2 a6 - Szabo
Sicilian Defence - Sveshnikov Variation 7..d5 - Bosch
King’s Fianchetto - 4..e3 Variation - Vilela
French Defence - Advance Variation 6..d3 - Jones
French Defence - Tarrasch Variation 3....f6 - Tzermiadianos
Caro-Kann Defence - Early Divergences 2..f3 - Ponomariov
Caro-Kann Defence - Fantasy Variation 3.f3 - Ilczuk and Panczyk
Caro-Kann Defence - Exchange Variation 4..d3 - Rodi
Caro-Kann Defence - Advance Variation 4..c3 - Stohl
Ruy Lopez - Berlin Defence 4.d3 - Saric
Ruy Lopez - Early Divergences 4...f5 - Ris
Italian Game - Giuoco Piano 6.b4 - Krykun
King’s Pawn Openings - Scotch Gambit 5.e5 - Kuljasevic

1.d4 openings
Queen’s Gambit Declined - Early Divergences 4...a6/3 ...a6 - Olthof
Slav Defence - Exchange Variation 6..f4 a6 - Fogarasi
Slav Defence - Meran Variation 5.b3 - Sokolov
Tarrasch Defence - - Semi-Tarrasch 4..f3 c5 - Ikonnikov
Queen’s Gambit Accepted - Central Variation 3.e4 - Flear
Nimzo-Indian Defence - Rubinstein Variation 5..d2 - Ikonnikov
Grünfeld Indian Defence - Exchange Variation 7..c4 - Gledura

Others
English Opening - Symmetrical Variation 3.g3 d5 - Timman
Réti Opening - Réti Gambit 4...dxc4 - Adams
Opening - Early Divergences - Lukacs and Hazai

New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings. Each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess opening theory. Have a look at what this issue has to offer.

Forum
French guru Viktor Moskalenko shows two recent OTB games in the Forum Section, in which he was successful with some great ideas he presented in his latest book The Fully-Fledged French. One is a piece sac that gained him a 13-move win with black! Bogdan Lalic takes a look at another surprising black piece sac, in the King’s Indian this time. The Forum also contains some novelties from the World Cup, presented by Luis Rodi, Peter Boel and Frank Erwich.

From Sadler’s Engine Room
Matthew Sadler is our new columnist! He will alternate with Erwin l’Ami’s ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ column. The English grandmaster is well-known for the best-seller Game Changer he wrote with Natasha Regan, about computer chess. His new column will be on opening treatment by the top engines, and in his first instalment Matthew shows that these beasts are not at all averse to some offbeat opening play!

Reviews
Four books are reviewed this time – all of them with a quite original angle. The Modernized Italian Game for White by Alexander Kalinin & Nikolai Kalinichenko is more about understanding than learning lines by heart, and we know that it’s the same with Viktor Moskalenko’s books. With The Fully-Fledged French, the Ukrainian grandmaster has produced a new shoot on his favourite French opening, with a lot of brand new ideas. The didactic approach of Thomas Willemze in The Scandinavian for Club Players is really something else, and of course we couldn’t ignore the Iron English by the creative English duo Simon Williams & Richard Palliser.

1.e4 openings
Sicilian Defence - Najdorf Variation 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.f4 - Van der Wiel
Sicilian Defence - Najdorf Variation 6.b3 - Bosch
Sicilian Defence - Rauzer Variation 6.Bg5 - Ntirlis
Sicilian Defence - Four Knights Variation 6.a3 - Olthof
Sicilian Defence - Four Knights Variation 6.Nxc6 - Gupta
Sicilian Defence - Taimanov Variation 7.g4 - Szabo
Sicilian Defence - Closed Variation 2.Nc3, 3.d4 - Ganguly
Caro-Kann Defence - Advance Variation 4.Nf3 - Rodi
Scandinavian Defence - Main Line 4.g3 - Willemze
Alekhine’s Defence - Modern Variation 4...g6 - Ilczuk & Panczyk
Ruy Lopez - Classical Defence 3...Bc5 - Caruana
Italian Game - Giuoco Piano 4.c3 - Flear
Various Openings - Double Queen’s Gambit 2...c5 - Ponomariov

1.d4 openings
Queen’s Gambit Declined - Early Divergences 4.Nf3 h6 - Ikonnikov
Slav Defence - Moscow Variation 6.Bh4 dxc4 - Timman
Queen’s Gambit Accepted - Central Variation 3.e4 b5 - Ris
Queen’s Gambit Accepted - Classical Variation 7.Nc3 - Adams
Catalan Opening - Bogo-Indian Variation ...Bb4+ - Doknjas
Nimzo-Indian Defence - Classical Variation 4...b6 - Flear
Nimzo-Indian Defence - 4.Nf3-Variation 4...0-0 - Vilela
King’s Indian Defence - Classical Main Line 9.Ne1 - Sokolov
Queen’s Pawn Openings - London System 3.Bf4 Bf5 - Kuljasevic

Others
English Opening - Reversed Sicilian: Other Lines 2.b3 - Fogarasi
Réti Opening - 2...e6 and 4...Be7 - Jones
Réti Opening - 2...e6 and 4...dxc4 - Cummings

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Shopworn No
ISBN 9789056919603
Pages 253 pages
Publication Date Jan 9, 2022
Notation Type FAN - Figurine
Popular Series New in Chess Yearbooks
Book Binding Type Paperback
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NIC Yearbook 140 - PAPERBACK EDITION