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1  Chess Publishing Openings / Open Sicilians / Re: Kramnik Sicilian
 on: Yesterday at 23:59:47 
Jupp53 wrote yesterday at 10:32:40:

To correct this: I'm worried to be move-ordered as black into the Taimanov.

OK, you think of yourself as a Kan player, so presumably you have the line 3.d4 cd 4.Nxd4 a6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bb4 in your repertoire.  Would you honestly rather have ...a6 than ...Nc6 on the board in that position?

2  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. d4 d5 2. c4 / Semi-Slav / Semi-Slav by GM Sam Shankland on Chessable
 on: Yesterday at 23:54:47 
Chessable lists "Lifetime Repertoires: Semi-Slav by GM Sam Shankland" on their Official 2020 publishing schedule (sorry can't post a link, my account is too new). I would expect it to be released in the first half of this year.

I know it will recommend the Slav move order and has extensive coverage of the Cambridge Springs. Aside from that I do not know exact what lines will be recommended!

3  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. d4 d5 2. c4 / QGD Intro / Re: New Tarrasch Defense Book by Kotronias
 on: Yesterday at 23:48:21 
Looks like a very thorough work by GM Kotronias, however White has excellent results after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.dxc5. I see this in the table of contents is addressed by variation M4b6 in part IIIa, however I don't own the book.

Would love to hear anything on how Kotronias handles the above line. White scores exceptionally well in my database, both at the Grandmaster level but also at the amateur level.

4  Chess Publishing Openings / Flank Openings / Re: Double Fianchetto by Hausrath
 on: 01/17/20 at 20:05:08 
Sounds good, being a 1 Nf3 player it is hard to find many books on it as I think they are tricky to write due to all the possible transpositions.

As you say GM Hausrath seems to know his away around this opening as he plays it a lot and good on Thinkers Publishing for being prepared to support him with this project.

5  General / General Chess / Re: Genderqueer chess players
 on: 01/17/20 at 18:47:35 
ReneDescartes wrote on 01/17/20 at 18:09:04:
One of the great things about chess is that it unites all kinds of different people. You go to a tournament and find ex-prisoners, emigre Russian physicists, retired people, talented girls barely peeping over the board, tough-looking biker dudes with "love" and "hate" tattooed on their fists, graduate students, grandmasters, dapper rich preppies, scruffy hairy people, etc., etc. A lot of people are nerdy or unusual -- it's a very accepting community in that way.  In the post-game discussions, all that matters is that you love chess! Smiley

I can accept all those other types you mentioned, but they should find a way to keep those grandmasters out.

6  Chess Publishing Openings / French / Re: A new french defence move by move
 on: 01/17/20 at 17:28:59 
Mtal wrote on 01/16/20 at 19:32:24:
I saw on the everyman website that there is a new French defence move by move coming out by Damian Lemos. Anyone knows what it is one? I believe there already 2, and older one on the winawer and one on the classical. Thanks.

This same author also has a recent French Deep Dive DVD for black, 7 hrs+ I think. He is an expert in the french, so unlike a lot of his other stuff this should be useful.

7  Chess Publishing Openings / Anti-Sicilians / Re: Why don't Najdorf players play 2.Nc3 Nc6?
 on: 01/17/20 at 08:01:58 
@JackHughes I agree with you on most points there. But I do disagree with you about 2...d6 3.d4 being theoretically less critical than 2...Nc6 3.Nf3 e5. I won't mention Nge2, because even I myself am not sure anymore whether e5 or Nd4 is better against it.

So firstly in the d6 d4 line, I regard the variation 3...cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Qd2 g6!? to be best. It's played less often than Nf6, but scores much better and my engine likes it more. Following 6.b3 Bh6 7.f4, Black should equalize with Nf6. But yet the positions are very dangerous, and White scores quite well.

In the Nf3 Nc6 e5 line, Black has been doing pretty well, with Carlsen winning a bunch of games. And also not many top players play this, except Nepomniachtchi. But even he hasn't really had good opening results. The engine does give White a slight edge initially, but in practice it's just equal.

8  Chess Publishing Openings / Daring Defences to 1. d4 / Grünfeld / Re: The Safest Grunfeld Reloaded by Delchev
 on: 01/17/20 at 07:40:43 
I got the book finally and have already started checking it. I really liked his line against the main 7 Bc4 Exchange, where he plays with 10...e6!? in the main position. It holds up to engine analysis, and is very rare at any levels, which makes it a great weapon.

Hope the rest of the book is this good!

9  General / General Chess / Re: Grivas Opening Laboratory
 on: 01/16/20 at 21:06:33 
Mtal wrote on 01/16/20 at 17:40:46:
What kind of game white gets playing this way? Just curious. Is it followed up with g3? Thanks.

4.Nbd2 against the Slav is often followed by a later Nf3-h4, getting the two bishops. Yes, White often does fianchetto his king's bishop as well. There is a lot more poison here than you might expect: White scores quite well, and it's been used by very strong GMs in important games.  It might be a perfect anti-Slav line for club players.

10  Chess Publishing Openings / French / Re: Winawer with b6
 on: 01/16/20 at 19:03:26 
Mtal wrote on 01/16/20 at 17:33:43:
Hi all, I was just wondering what is the current opinion of the winawer with b6? I know theres some classic games in it that are interesting but you hardly see it played.

I checked out the weekly games in TWIC for 2019 and got around 140 games where either the line with 4. .. b6 and 4. .. Qd7 were played. That included a game between Aronian and Carlsen in the London Classic in December. By contrast the Winawer with 4. e5 featured around 950.

In the absence of recent books, you would have to do your own research.