New in Chess Yearbook vol. 55: The Ultimate Truth

9781588630551: New in Chess Yearbook vol. 55: The Ultimate Truth

These days an increasing number of opening variations are dissected to the very bone. Join the search of our contributors for the ultimate truth, including:

NIC Forum:

SI 19.16 Sicilian English Attack 11.h4 b4 12.Nb1
PU 14.2 Classical Variation 5.Be3
FR 11.1 Winawer Variation 6...Nh6
FR 19.3 Tarrasch Variation 4...Qd5
VG 2.3 Reversed Ruy Lopez
VO 13.2 Austrian Defence 2...c5
NI 20.5 Classical Variation 7...Ba6
GI 4.14 Grnfeld Modern Exchange 12...Nd7


Devotees of the French Defence will be pleased with the last two items in this FORUM installment, as both deal with a successful black 'dream novelty' in their favourite opening (FR 11.1 and FR 19.3) By now Stefan Bcker's name will be familiar to every FORUM reader. His penchant for slightly suspect openings makes for interesting (and contrversial) contributions (VO 13.2). Further contributions from Igor Stohl, Eduard Gufeld, Jeroen Noomen, Ross Amann and A.C. van der Tak.


Editor-in-chief Genna Sosonko gives his personal view on the chess opening. In this installment he deals with the early bishop sortie into space. Such a move runs contrary to classical principles, but is still a frequent guest in the modern arena.

NIC Surveys:

SI 02.06 Sicilian: Hungarian Variation 10.Qd3
SI 04.06 Sicilian: Najdorf Variation 7...Nc6
SI 11.04 Sicilian: Najdorf Variation 8...Be6
SI 33.04 Sicilian: Accelerated Dragon 8...a5 9.0-0
SI 34.6-8 Sicilian: Four Knights Variation 8.Ne4
SI 40.02 Sicilian: Taimanov Variation 6.Be3, 7.Qd2, 8.f3
FR 05.02 French: Burn Variation 7...a6
FR 10.04 French: Winawer Variation 5...Ba5 6.b4 cd4 7.Qg4
FR 11.06 French: Winawer Variation 7...cd4 8.Bd3 Qc7
FR 17.06 French: Tarrasch Variation 9.Nf4
CK 03.07 Caro-Kann: Panov Variation 9...Nb6 10.d5 Nd4 11.Bb5
SD 07.15 Skandinavian: Marshall Gambit 2...Nf6 3.d4 Nd5 4.Nf3
RG 04.07 Petroff: Marshall Variation 6.Bd3 Bd6, 12.Rb1
RL 07.04 Ruy Lopez: Berlin Defence 7...Ne4
SO 01.02 Scotch: Krause Variation 5...Qe7
SO 05.04 Scotch: Classical Variation 5...Qf6 6.c3 Qg6
KP 03.13 Philidor: Larsen's Variation 4...g6
KP 12.03 Two Knights: Traxler Variation 4...Bc5 5.Nf7
VO 19.05 English Defence: Bunzmann's Line 3.a3 Bb7 4.Nc3 f5
QO 07.10 Queen's Gambit: Tartakower Variation 10.Bg3
QO 11.14 Queen's Gambit: Exchange Variation 11.h3 g6
SL 04.04 Slav: Krause Variation 14.Kc2
SL 07.02 Slav: Botvinnik Variation 9...Nd5
QG 10.03 Queen's Gambit: Steinitz Variation 6...Nc6, 10.Nc3
CA 04.08 Catalan: Closed Variation 9...Ba6
NI 22.04 Nimzo-Indian: Steiner Variation 5...Bc3
QI 14.05 Queen's Indian: Nimzowitsch Variation 5.Nbd2 c5
GI 04.03 Grnfeld: Exchange Variation 7.Nf3 c5 8.h3
GI 04.14 Grnfeld: Exchange Variation 12.0-0 Bg4
GI 04.14 Grnfeld: Exchange Variation 12.0-0
KI 70.05 King's Indian: Fianchetto Variation 8.h3 Rb8 9.e4
KI 80.17 King's Indian: Reversed Tarrasch 9.Re1
QP 12.8-9 Queen's Pawn: Richter-Veresov 3.Bg5 Nbd7
HD 03.11 Dutch: Stonewall Defence 5.Nh3
HD 06.14 Dutch: Leningrad Variation 8...Na6 9.Rb1
EO 14.07 English: Botvinnik System 8...a6
EO 20.08 English: Reversed Sicilian 4...Bc5 5.e3 d5
EO 38.15 English: Symmetrical Variation 7.Qa4


The 17th Ciudad de Linares tournament marked the start of a new era in the theory of the Modern Grunfeld Exchange. Enjoy Alexander Khalifman's unique Old Notebook Story and learn all about the ultimate truth!


Ever since Karel Traxler first played his brilliant sacrifice in 1886, there have been countless attempts to refute 4...Bc5. See what the ultimate refutation looks like.


9...Nd5 in the Botvinnik Semi-Slav is usually called after Vladimir Alatortsev, but Adrian Mikhalchishin now reveals that Richard Rti was its ultimate inventor. In 1920! Is this Rti Variation still alive 80 years on?

The harvest of 2000 includes monographs by Jesus de la Villa Garcia, Jacob Aagaard, John Emms, Bogdan Lalic, Matthew Sadler, Steffen Pedersen and Eduard Gufeld.

New in Chess Yearbooks supplement the news and personality coverage of New in Chess Magazine. They are devoted to the study of opening variations. Experts prepare database suveys and theoretical articles with the aid of computers and the most detailed classification system ever devised. A forum section enables readers to respond. Reviews cover new monographs and other chess information tools. NIC Yearbooks have appeared 4 times a year since vol. 10. Each volume includes a cumulative index of games.

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