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1  Chess Publishing Openings / d-Pawn Specials / Re: New London DVD By GM Williams.
 on: Today at 21:46:49 
The critical sequence here is 1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bf4 a6 4. e3 e6 5. g4 Bb4 6. Nge2 O-O 7. a3 Be7 8. Rge1

Around here, at high depth Stockfish starts to agree that white is perhaps not worse after all and that maybe there are other plans than Nc1 🤭.

2  Other / Chess and Computers / Re: New version of LcO
 on: Today at 17:10:13 
IsaVulpes wrote on 11/09/19 at 23:15:56:
General benchmarks are of very little use for a comparison between RTX cards and others for Leela purposes

The RTX cards are boosted with tensor cores, which are an incredible performance boost for all machine learning applications.

RTX 2060 and GTX 1660i are at a similar pricepoint, but the former should bring out vastly more power for Leela (whether anyone needs that, is of course a different question).
RTX 2080 will outperfom any GTX card by miles. Here is a chessbase article underlining what I said

RTX2060 - 18500 NPS - $320
GTX1660ti - 8500 NPS - $260
+117% performance, for +23% price

If you want to buy a GPU for Leela, get an NVidia RTX card.

3  General / General Chess / Re: Advertisements for other sites/forums
 on: Today at 08:13:18 
fmsteva wrote yesterday at 22:15:44:
I want to make a tournament. Is this good free program :

Is there the possibility of taking a bye in the tournament? As a local chess club tournament manager (xD) is very very common.


PD: I am using right now that allows you to use byes.

4  Chess Publishing Openings / Anti-Sicilians / Re: Alapin Sicilian e6 vs d6
 on: Today at 08:02:42 
MNb wrote yesterday at 12:42:25:
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 d6 smoothly transposes to the lines I presented. To me they look like a pretty good version for Black of the Alekhine. 

Straggler wrote yesterday at 16:36:08:
Doesn't Black usually develop the c8 bishop before playing ...e6 in the Alekhine?

Usually yes. This bishop still looks good on c6, b7 or even a6 to exchange it for White's most dangerous light piece. What's more, the Chase Variation 1.e4 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.c5 Nd5 might transpose.

Stigma wrote Today at 07:13:32:
With that in mind, 5...d6 makes more sense than 5...e6.

Thiat very useful principle is why I think the early ...Nc6 inaccurate. Here it doesn't really apply. After 1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 White will play 6.Nf3 anyway.

5  Chess Publishing Openings / Open Sicilians / Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
 on: Yesterday at 20:06:26 
What does everybody think of Shaw's 7.N5c3? I suspected that I would be able to find some hole in his analysis somewhere, but so far it looks somewhat uncomfortable for Black.

6  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 - Non-Spanish / Re: Squeezing 1e4 e5 by Khalifman/Soloviov
 on: Yesterday at 12:27:49 
By the way, I never managed to find an edge for White in the following Symmetrical Variation either: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bb4 5.0-0 0-0 6.d3 d6 7.Bg5 Ne7! = For this reason I think 7.Ne2!? is a better try for a little something and I predict that the Khalifman Book will go in this direction, although secretly I hope they have found something after 7.Bg5 Ne7! as the 7.Bg5 line has such a rich history.

7  Chess Publishing Openings / Open Sicilians / Paulsen / Re: Sicilian Four Knights
 on: Yesterday at 09:56:47 
I agree that Kuljasevic's work is excellent. But his main recommendation is to transpose into a Pelikan with 6...d6 7.Bf4 e5 8.Bg5 a6 9.Na3 Be6 (rather than Sveshnikov's 9...b5). He offers 6...Bc5 as a surprise weapon for use in fast games or against weaker players, and admits that it is objectively a bit dubious.

8  Chess Publishing Openings / French / Re: Non Repertoire-based Book Recommendation?
 on: 11/16/19 at 20:36:43 

9  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 Spanish / Re: Modernised Berlin Wall
 on: 11/16/19 at 13:27:22 
An incident that is still fresh in my mind happened in the World U-16 Championship in 2009, when I was paired against an opponent who was 200 points lower rated than me. I was scared to play the Berlin as I thought he might hold me to a draw, but my coach, GM R.B.Ramesh, told me to go and play it confidently, and the result was a 31-move victory!

Here is the game. I can't do an attachment from my phone.

[Event "World Youth ch u16"]
[Site "Antalya TUR"]
[Date "2009.11.16"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Szalay, Karoly"]
[Black "Priyadharshan, K."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C67"]
[WhiteElo "2128"]
[BlackElo "2343"]
[PlyCount "62"]
[EventDate "2009.11.12"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5
8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. Nc3 Ne7 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bh4 Ke8 12. Rad1 Bg4 13. h3 Bxf3 14.
gxf3 Nf5 15. Bg3 Ke7 16. Rd3 Ke6 17. Rfd1 Be7 18. Ne2 g5 19. f4 Rad8 20. Kg2
Rd5 21. Kf3 Rhd8 22. Ke4 Bc5 23. fxg5 Nxg3+ 24. Nxg3 hxg5 25. f4 gxf4 26. Nf1
Rxe5+ 27. Kxf4 Bd6 28. Kf3 Rh8 29. Kg2 Re2+ 30. Kg1 Rg8+ 31. Kh1 Rgg2

10  Chess Publishing Openings / Daring Defences to 1. d4 / Albin / Re: The Amazing Albin Counter-Gambit
 on: 11/16/19 at 09:36:59 
If one has a closer look at any book or dvd on a risky opening variation it nearly allways comes to one clear point:

You need a mistake or at least an inaccuracy by the oponent to get things going.

With best moves you may end in problems. But as I watch, best moves doe not come in high frequency. A lot of oponents concede the needed inaccuracys...