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1  Chess Publishing Openings / Daring Defences to 1. d4 / Grünfeld / Re: Symmetrical "Grunfeld"
 on: Today at 08:06:33 
TonyRo wrote yesterday at 15:01:32:
but there is worse. What do you play after 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7, or 1.Nf3 g6 2.g3 Bg7? I would play d4 in both cases, but then you don't get that Anglo-Grunfeld option. I could go 2.e4 against the Modern.

You also could allow yourself some hooliganry and play 1.Nf3 g6 2.h4; some pretty strong players have tried it.

TonyRo wrote yesterday at 15:01:32:
There is a mild downside that in some lines of the b3 KID you are committed to Bb2 too soon, e.g. 5...d6 6.b3 c5 7.c4! is not possible now, you'd transpose to 7.Bb2 cxd4 8.Nxd4 when if I remembering the position correctly, 8...d5! is possible. Not a big deal at all to me (I think my notes I think I thought that 9.c4!? dxc4 10.Na3 was at least interesting),

How about 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 O-O 5.Bg2 d6 6.c4 c5 (e5) 7.O-O Nc6 8.d4 ?
Or 6.d4 (iso 6.c4) c5 7.c4 (White has played Bb2 iso O-O)?
The question of course becomes what is the mildest downside; that's up to you anyhow.

2  Chess Publishing Openings / Flank Openings / Re: Chessable Botvinnik English
 on: Yesterday at 22:21:25 
This question has also been asked in the discussion section of the Chessable course.....seems that 2 e4 is the recommendation against both 1...c6 and 1....e6.

3  General / General Chess / Re: Correspondence Chess 2020
 on: Yesterday at 21:37:51 
Hi again.

I realised there was an omission on my part
ICCF Old Archives Complete (non-server) download in Pgn format
96585 games

I did not put in the database I put together (also no ICCF chess 960). Should have thought about that. In other words any ICCF number given by me earlier would be without that. I guess the only correct thing to do is to alongside the files you manage make and manage a spreadsheet of the sources for the database. Will have to do that at some point.

Have a nice day.

P.S. on ICCF there is also World Championship Finals 1-30 updated 01/01/2020 but I assumed this was in their Server Complete until 31-12-2019 file, anyone know if this is correct?

4  General / General Chess / Re: "Chess for Zebras" - $200 U.S., really?
 on: Yesterday at 09:30:08 
Thank you Seeley.

Comparing this book of Rowson with any strategy book is like comparing it with an endgame primer. Rowson is about thinking methods and learning:
Jonathan Rowson, author of the highly acclaimed Seven Deadly Chess Sins, investigates three questions important to all chess-players:
1) Why is it so difficult, especially for adult players, to improve?
2) What kinds of mental attitudes are needed to find good moves in different phases of the game?
3) Is White's alleged first-move advantage a myth, and does it make a difference whether you are playing Black or White?
In a strikingly original work, Rowson makes use of his academic background in philosophy and psychology to answer these questions in an entertaining and instructive way. This book assists all players in their efforts to improve, and provides fresh insights into the opening and early middlegame.

You can find this here If the claim of fresh insights into opening and middlegame is correct ... I don't know because I was not interested in this when reading the book. But 1) 2) 3) are treated excellent.

5  Chess Publishing Openings / Nimzo and Benonis / Re: Nimzo-Indian Huebner Variation Books
 on: Yesterday at 07:55:42 
Pavlovic's move order is 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6, so he doesn't cover this option (although you may want someone else to confirm, given my recent record with quoting from tables of contents...).

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 is covered in the recent Ragozin books by Pert and Cornette, and they both make a very good case for it.

6  Chess Publishing Openings / Open Sicilians / Najdorf / Re: Playing the Najdorf - Vigorito
 on: 09/27/20 at 19:19:50 
Leon_Trotsky wrote on 01/21/20 at 20:34:21:
IM_Serious wrote on 12/18/19 at 00:55:25:
The Moscow Variation is 6 pages of analysis on 3...Nd7.

For 3...Bd7 the reader is referred to Ftacnik, for 3...Nc6 to Kotronias.

I think that Najdorf players would have to be prepared for many of these anti-Sicilians instead of White aquiescing with 3. d4.

Which sometimes makes me wonder if playing the Najdorf (or any other Sicilian) is even worth it anymore since even elite GMs play anti-Sicilians, e.g. Carlsen and Caruana both.

Well I’ve played the Sicilian for nearly 30 years and the only move that makes me remotely uneasy is 3 d4!

I think Ant-Sicilians are an attempt to avoid preparations and theory but in reality they are pretty toothless.

7  Chess Publishing Openings / Open Sicilians / Classical / Re: Kozul on the Kozul: "The Richter Rauzer Reborn"
 on: 09/26/20 at 15:56:31 
GM Yermolinsky looks at the Kozul variation in his three part (and counting) video series on the Internet Chess Club.

A search of the ICC videos shows a Game of the Month on the 9f3 variation. It is Kurnosov-Dubov, annotated by Joel Benjamin. It continues with the obvious 9...b5. That may not be the best move, but the game itself is very good.

8  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 Spanish / Re: Will Negi's 1.e4 e5 book be one book or two?
 on: 09/26/20 at 06:57:28 
Basically Negi has still to deal with minor replies to 2.Nf3, such as the Latvian and Elephant Gambits, the Petroff, and 2...Nc6. Assuming that he will cover the Ruy, it all depends if he'll choose the main line Ruy or, for example the recently fashionable 5.d3 or similar. I suppose that it could be at least two volumes... maybe "Petroff and Ruy without 3...a6" and "Ruy with 3...a6", but it could also be a 3 volumes effort, too.

9  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 ... / Modern / Re: Modernized Modern by Fernandez
 on: 09/24/20 at 22:33:59 

I have the book. Looks good so far. Aim to go through it this weekend.

Have a nice day.

10  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. d4 d5 2. c4 / Slav / Re: Lifetime Repertoires: Chebanenko Slav
 on: 09/24/20 at 17:06:42 
tapchess wrote on 09/23/20 at 10:57:39:
Does anyone know the content of the course and has any opinion on that? I play the QGD and the QGA but always been somehow interested at the Chebanenko. I don't play it because I feel it is slightly passive but at the same time what interest me is the lack of really forcing sequences leading to "automatic draws". What's your opinion of the line / repertoire?

01 Introduction
02 Quickstarter Guide
03 The Exchange Variation
04 White plays Nf3 and Nc3
05 White plays Nc3 and e3
06 White plays Nf3 and e3
07 White plays Nf3 and Qc2
08 White plays Nf3 and Nbd2
09 White plays Nf3 and g3
10 Various second moves
11 White plays 1 Nf3
12 White plays 1 c4
13 Various first moves
14 Model Games