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1  Chess Publishing Openings / Nimzo and Benonis / Nimzo / Re: The Strategic Nimzo by Sokolov
 on: Yesterday at 15:35:30 
CarriedbyGg wrote on 05/28/17 at 15:49:33:
Does anyone know the reason why the second volume was never published? It's a shame because the first one was so superb. Maybe not enough copies sold? It's hard because it is so often mentioned in the text that something will be covered in the second volume that it seemed like Sokolov already worked out most of the material. So why was it never published?

Looks like it, or at least a version of it, has finally seen the light of day:
Never has Chessable's "buy" button seemed so alluring, especially at the introductory price.

2  General / General Chess / Re: Rakhmanov's Opening Preparation
 on: Yesterday at 15:29:31 
It's a game collection where the author explains his laid back philosophy and shares some opening analysis.

He has a very dry and technical style (Ulf Andersson type), so if you enjoy this kind of chess, it's a nice collection with tons of subjective += lines. At least it shows you can reach 2600 elo without playing very ambitiously in the opening.

3  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 ... / Modern / Re: 3 Nc3 d6 4 Be3 a6 5 Qd2 b5 6 0-0-0 Nd7 7 h4 h6!?
 on: 09/17/21 at 16:30:48 
I'd prefer 7.Bd3 but even more so 6.h4 or 5.h4.
I intended to buy the volume with the Pirc as well, but am not so sure now.

4  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 ... / Modern / Re: 3 Nc3 d6 4 Be3 a6 5 Qd2 b5 6 0-0-0 Nd7 7 h4 h6!?
 on: 09/17/21 at 12:57:37 

I notice Gawain Jones, in his Cofeehouse repertoire, simply plays f3 if:
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 a6 5.Qd2 b5 6.0-0-0 Bb7
gets played. I think I will go buy those books later today.

Edit: second volume not yet out. Do'h!

Have a nice day.

5  General / General Chess / Re: R.I.P - GM Evgeny Sveshnikov
 on: 09/17/21 at 11:34:06 
SWJediknight wrote on 09/16/21 at 15:21:15:
I'd just been thinking, one underrated contribution to chess from Sveshnikov might be the modern popularity of the old Italian Game lines with d4 followed by e5, specifically the Giuoco Piano (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.e5) and to a lesser extent the Two Knights Defence (3...Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.e5).  He often reached both of these lines via the Scotch Gambit, and they form part of a coherent opening repertoire that is set to be recommended in Gawain Jones's Coffeehouse Repertoire.

The Giuoco Piano line was long dismissed as only leading to equality with few positive chances for White, but it has increasingly been used even by the top GMs in recent years.  While Sveshnikov didn't invent these lines, he was a rare GM who regularly used them in his games even when they weren't highly regarded, and contributed a number of ideas.

Very true, he won many interesting games in these lines

6  Chess Publishing Openings / Nimzo and Benonis / Nimzo / Re: Nimzo 4.f3 d5 - main line 8.dxc5 Qa5
 on: 09/17/21 at 06:43:20 
Yeah, but unfortunately Black can improve as well by playing ...h6 a move earlier and inviting a transposition the Spassky game: 11...h6 12.Bxf6 gxf6 and now White has to do something better than 13.Ng3 and 13.Nf4.
Still thanks, after reading your comment it crossed my mind that White can postpone castling a bit and play 9.e4 first. That will keep me busy for a while.

7  General / General Chess / Re: Game analysis - request
 on: 09/17/21 at 06:16:45 
Paul Garcia wrote on 09/16/21 at 08:48:18:
Can you say how my plan should look like  after 16. a5 ?

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game after 16.a5

Your idea ...f7-f6, ...e6-e5 looks like it would just lose the d5-pawn for not very much. The engine likes 16...Bb5, which is good but not yet connected with any plan. I would choose to maneuver the knight from e7 to d6, with the most likely followup ...f7-f5, ...Nd6-e4.

8  General / General Chess / Re: Rakhmanov's Opening Preparation
 on: 09/16/21 at 18:44:53 
It's not a repertoire book. Mainly a games collection by the author with his favorite opening lines. He tends to be very solid in his choices. He gets not too deep in his analysis, but emphasis is on ideas and the reasons he plays this or that line. Overall I think it is a good book, maybe not the book of the year, but an original effort.

9  Chess Publishing Openings / Nimzo and Benonis / Nimzo / Re: Nimzo 4.f3 d5 - main line 8.dxc5 Qa5
 on: 09/16/21 at 17:11:43 
MNb wrote on 09/16/21 at 16:25:48:
What bothers me at the moment (from White's perspective) is a plan with castling queenside, eg Geller-Spassky, USSRch 1955. Three years later GM Geller did much better by following Jon. Tait's advise.  Cheesy

According to "Raymundo" Keene in his 1. d4 repertoire book from the '80s, Geller improved on the Spassky game later in the same event against Lisitsin (with 12. Nc1"!" instead of 12. Ng3"?").

10  Chess Publishing Openings / French / Advance / ChessPublishing eBook, Sep 2021
 on: 09/16/21 at 16:44:04 
There is a new Ebook available on the Advance variation. It is available in PDF and CBV formats. Also out this month is their volume on the Classical and Rubenstein variations.

It's available for free to Gold Plus subscribers. I do not know if it is available to someone who only subscribes to the French section.