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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
In the FORUM Section, René Olthof analyses a spectacular game by Russian GM (and Yearbook author!) Alexander Predke which might just feature the best novelty of 2021. Han Schut investigates Magnus Carlsen’s combination of 4.h4 with Nadanian’s old bizarre move 6.Na4 in the Grünfeld – is it worth a try? And Viktor Moskalenko is back – not, this time, with a French novelty, but with a special twist to a well-known gambit in the Trompowsky. There are also new insightful letters by Wayne R.Gradl and Rafal Ogiewka.

From Sadler’s Engine Room
Matthew Sadler’s second column on computer chess openings focuses on the famous TCEC SuperFinals between the Stockfish and Leela Zero engines. We get a glimpse (well – an extensive look) behind the scenes of which openings are chosen for these SuperFinals by Jeroen Noomen and… Matthew Sadler! As always, the top engines have their own, often quite surprising, approaches to these opening lines.

 

Reviews
Glenn Flear reviews a new book on the hot London System by Oscar de Prado – the Spaniard’s second work on this opening, this time with a quite different angle, is called The London System in 12 Practical Lessons. Fabiano Caruana has turned his DVD Navigating the Ruy Lopez into a book called Caruana’s Ruy Lopez, and it features some extremely instructive explanation from the World’s No. 2. Of course Flear also had to find out what his compatriot Gawain Jones had made of the attractive-sounding concept of Coffeehouse Repertoire (Volume 1), and finally he compares Mihail Marin’s two recent books on one opening: Leningrad Dutch and Dutch Sidelines.

1.e4 openings
Sicilian Defence - Moscow Variation 3..b5+ - Ganguly
Sicilian Defence - Najdorf Variation 6..g5 - Zwirs
Sicilian Defence - Dragon Variation 9.0-0-0 - Golubev
Sicilian Defence - Sveshnikov Variation 9..d5 - Van der Wiel 
Caro-Kann Defence - Advance Variation 4..f3 - Rodi
Ruy Lopez - Berlin Defence 4.d3 - Warmerdam
Ruy Lopez - Berlin Defence 6..a4 - Timman
Ruy Lopez - Møller Variation 5....c5 - Flear
Ruy Lopez - New Arkhangelsk Variation 6....c5 - Gupta
Ruy Lopez - New Arkhangelsk Variation 6....c5 - Ris
Ruy Lopez - Zaitsev Variation 12.a3 - K.Szabo
Italian Game - Giuoco Piano 6...d5 - Pijpers
Italian Game - Giuoco Piano 6..g5 - Ganguly
Vienna Game - Azerbaijan Variation 3.d4 - Ponomariov

1.d4 openings
Queen’s Gambit Declined - Early Divergences 4...dxc4 - Vilela
Slav Defence - Slow Slav 4.e3 - Panczyk and Ilczuk
Tarrasch Defence - Semi-Tarrasch 6.e4 - Mchedlishvili
Queen’s Gambit Accepted - Two Knights Variation 4..c3 - Ikonnikov
Queen’s Gambit Accepted - Classical Variation 7..c3 - Adams
Grünfeld Indian Defence - Exchange Variation 5..d2 - Olthof
Grünfeld Indian Defence - Exchange Variation 7..f3 - Vigorito
King’s Indian Defence - Early Divergences 3.h4 - Sokolov
Queen’s Pawn Openings - 3.g3 Line - Fogarasi
Queen’s Pawn Openings - 3.g3 Line - Gledura

Others
Réti Opening - Early Divergences 2....d7 - Karolyi

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ISBN 9789056919627
Author/s New in Chess
Pages 251 pages
Publication Date Mar 16, 2022
Notation Type FAN - Figurine
Popular Series New in Chess Yearbooks
Book Binding Type Paperback
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NIC Yearbook 141 - PAPERBACK EDITION