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1  Chess Publishing Openings / Dragon Sicilians / Accelerated / Re: Maroczy Bind Qb6
 on: Today at 16:34:09 
For what I know, if white follows 7.Nb3
7...Qb4+ 8.Bd2 Qb6
and 7...Qd8 Nd4
Are just straight draws so gotta mind who you're playing this against.
7...Qc7 8.Qd2 Nf6 9.Nc3
Normally white would have to worry about Ng4 at some point, but with the queen on c7 Bf4 will set up c5 and greatly nullify the whole manouvre.

Besides that there is of course 7...Qd8 8.Nc3
Where black ought to take on c3, if the queen isn't proveked to d2 early, the essential Ng4 resource will again get stifled. Certainly need to handle these lines with care.

I'm not sure where 7...Qd8 8.Qd2 Nf6 9.Nc3 Ng4
leads, but on a vibes basis it fits the direct nature of this line better than 9...d6

2  General / General Chess / Re: Looking for catalog of calculation errors
 on: Today at 13:05:06 
Go figure! I too found a copy on Internet Archive (I know you might not approve) and noodled around using the same tools on whether it would be do-able and worth it. I got well over a hundred pages into it by a very laborious process, but that did not bring over any of the vital illustrations with it. Also, the formatting of the book(sort of half-page double-column text) was the devil to work with and basically doubled the pagination. So, with my limited skills, perhaps do-able. But your follow-up post confirms to me this Sysiphean labor is best put aside.

3  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. d4 d5 2. c4 / QGA / Re: What do QGA players do against 1.d4 2.Nf3 or 1.c4?
 on: 04/13/24 at 20:20:05 
Kerangali wrote on 04/09/24 at 12:05:02:
didn't mean to sound dismissive of the QGA. It is indeed narrow, but GM Bacrot (who plays both QGA and QGD) has a good piece of advice for practical play around QGA for Black:


So basically it's the QGA against 1.d4 d5 2.c4, and ...Bf5 systems against deviations not threatening an immediate Qb3. It is surprisingly efficient, e.g. 1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 Bf5 is totally OK for Black.

Interesting. Where did Bacrot recommend this?

4  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 Spanish / Archangel / Re: Opinions of Arkhangelsk DVD by Mikhalchishin
 on: 04/12/24 at 22:27:29 
Thanks to you both!

5  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. d4 d5 2. c4 / QGD Intro / Re: QGD Exchange Variation
 on: 04/11/24 at 15:43:38 
Cmarcolino wrote on 04/10/24 at 20:35:48:
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.e3 Be7 7.Bd3 0-0 8.Qc2 h6 9.Bh4 Ne8

8...h6 9Bh4 Ne8 is new to me. According to Chess Assistant, it was first played in 1990:

[Event "It (open)"]
[Site "Tampere (Finland)"]
[Date "1990.??.??"]
[White "Maki-Uuro Miikka (FIN)"]
[Black "Ronkko Seppo"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D35"]
[WhiteElo "2282"]
[BlackElo "0"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.cxd5 exd5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 O-O 7.Bd3
c6 8.Qc2 h6 9.Bh4 Ne8 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.Nxd5 cxd5 12.Qxc8 Nc6 13.Qxa8 Nf6 14.Qxf8+ Kxf8 15.Nf3 Qb4+ 16.Nd2 Ng4 17.Rb1 Nxf2 18.Kxf2 Qxd2+ 19.Be2 Ke7 20.Rhd1 Qc2 21.Rdc1 Qf5+ 22.Ke1 Qe4 23.Kd2 Qh4 24.h3 Kd6 25.Rf1 Qd8 26.b4 f6 27.h4 Ne7 28.h5 Qd7 29.b5 Qc7 30.Rb2 Qa5+ 31.Kc2 Qa4+ 32.Kb1 Qa5 33.Rc1 Nf5 34.Rb3 Qd2 35.Rc2 Qe1+ 36.Kb2 Ng3 37.b6 Nxe2 38.bxa7 Qa5 39.Ra3 Qb4+ 40.Rb3 Qa5 41.Rxb7 Ke6 42.Rxe2 Qa6 43.a8Q Qxa8 1/2-1/2

From 1990 to 2023 =17, +35, -25.
Recent games (Dec 2023, 2024 so far), =3, +9, -9

10Bxe7 and 10Bg3 are almost equally popular, but White has done better with 10Bg3.

Carlsen has played Black three times.

6  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 ... / Re: More on 3. h3!? against the 2...Qxd5 Scandi
 on: 04/09/24 at 14:10:32 
Thank you, Kerangali!

7  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. d4 d5 2. c4 / QGD Mainline / Re: Cambridge Springs - Panczyk and Ilczuk
 on: 04/08/24 at 22:06:39 
For the record, here are the games referenced by FreeRepublic and kylemeister.

8  General / Chess Tournaments / Re: Candidates 2024 (Toronto, CAN 2-25/4)
 on: 04/07/24 at 17:46:56 
an ordinary chessplayer wrote on 04/04/24 at 15:13:58:
chess24 became part of Play Magnus later and finally closed.

So sad that the chess commentary world is entering a dark age. Chessbomb gone, chessgames owners died, ICC team has been gone for ages, chess24 was the last bastion and it sold to like so many before it.

I guess all we have now official website relays until someone spins up something again.

9  Chess Publishing General / Forum / Topic Not Visible
 on: 03/31/24 at 20:34:25 
I was intending to post to the existing topic titled The French Defense Revisited but did not see it in the normal view of the French section of the forum. The topic is easily found with a search, but it still doesn't show up in the French section, even though the file hierarchy shown for the topic suggests it should be there. I seem to recall one or two other instances where I didn't see a topic I knew to exist.  In those cases, I just thought I was looking for them in the wrong place. Is there any setting I should change to see the "missing" topic, or is this just a forum idiosyncrasy that pops up occasionally?

10  Chess Publishing Openings / Nimzo and Benonis / Modern Benoni / Re: The Modernized Modern Benoni by Alexey Kovalchuk
 on: 03/28/24 at 21:46:05 
AJWZ wrote on 12/28/23 at 23:48:29:
Hello! I'm recently interested in Modern Benoni and try to find good sources. What do you think of Kovalchuk's book on Modern Benoni? How good is it when comparing to Petrov's, Doknjas' or Pavlovic's works? How good is his Anti-Benoni section, which distinguish it form the above mentioned books? Is it worth buying?

I haven't really played the Modern Benoni for over a decade when it was my regular line against 1.d4 and am now looking to get back to it.

I have all of those books you mentioned except Pavlovic's books which I have purposely avoided because it looks like an unpleasant data dump (I'm probably being unfair on the author but I much prefer books that provide textual explanations to accompany analysis).

I like the Donkjas book which I think got very good reviews but personally prefer the Kovalchak one (I'm getting old so it might be just the bigger text making it the easier to read), which is also the newest one of the books you listed. I also have his Benko books.

Depending on the level you play any of the books that you find easy to understand is worth getting even if it is an older book because it is such a thematic opening.

11  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. d4 d5 2. c4 / QGD Mainline / Re: Tartakower against 5. Bf4?
 on: 03/26/24 at 18:44:07 
Ntirlis Playing 1.d4 d5 is a great book, and I liked his coverage of 6...b6 very much. After the critical Nxd5 8.Nxd5 black has to remember 8...Qxd5 9.Bc7 Nc6 intending Bb7, Bb4+ and sometimes a N sac on d4, but other lines are generally calmer.

12  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. d4 d5 2. c4 / QGD Mainline / Re: QGD Vienna Variation 6.Bxc4 question, 8...Bd6
 on: 03/26/24 at 01:07:53 
Some authors recommend that Black accept this gambit. I put it in the "too hot to handle" category.

There is an alternative line that has done well for Black in practice:  1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dc4!? 5. e4!? b5!? 6. e5 Nd5 7. Nb5 Nb6. It looks like a mess.

13  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. d4 d5 2. c4 / QGD Mainline / Re: The Refined Ragozin by GM Parligras
 on: 03/25/24 at 20:05:50 
After the moves 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bb4, White can play 5Qa4ch avoiding the Ragozin, Vienna, and Manhattan variations.
After 5. Qa4 Nc6 6. e3 O-O, 7. Qc2 has become popular. Many responses have been recommended.

My notes on this position follows:
ChessPublishing does a great job of covering multiple variations. Kuljasevic likes 7...Re8. Sielecki, Chessable, continues w. 7...b6. Pert chapter 9, continues  with 7...dxc4, 7...Re8!?, and 7...Bd6!?. Parlingras continues with 7...dxc4 and 7...Qe7 - which is new to me.

Another notable position occurs after the moves 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. cd5 ed5 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4

Here Kuljasevic, MC, continued with 7...0-0 and if 8e3 Bf5!? Parlingras follows Pert in recommending 7...Nbd7, a noncommittal move.

There are other moves that cannot be ruled out either:  7. Bh4 g5 8. Bg3 Ne4 9. Nd2 Ng3 10. hg3 c6 and 7...c5

14  Chess Publishing Openings / Dragon Sicilians / Re: Chessable Dragon Course Wing attack Williams
 on: 03/21/24 at 15:44:10 
semper_fidelis wrote on 03/19/24 at 16:45:48:
Im his latest course for Modern Chess, IM Krishnater gives a move order for White to avoid Hungarian Dragon (there's free chapter on Dragon). Namely, (after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cd 4.Nd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6), he starts with 6.Bc4 and after Bg7 continues 7.f3 0-0 8.Be3 Nc6, transposing to main lines. I don't see any obvious flaw in such move order, while 6...Nc6 (heading for Hungarian Dragon) allows 7.Nxc6 bc 8.e5. There is 7...Qb6, but whether it is better than main lines after, let's say 8.Bb5+ Bd7 9. Be3, is not clear to me. Can whole variation can be just bypassed by this move order?

I have an acount at ModernChess as well for several years. Bougt base as well as this threads base at Chessable. The author ar ModernChess base  writes that the move order is designed to rule out this very procative line. So the question if black is ready to met Bc4 after all having at least avoided 900 yugoslav if the endgame is not the players tase? A side note the new ModernChess base looks better than Cheparinovs ModernChess base.

15  General / General Chess / Re: Tie-breaks
 on: 03/19/24 at 13:24:20 

FIDE's technical comission (TEC) just published a big and pretty comprehensive document of practical examples for tie-break calculation:
The new tie-breaks are supposed to take effect in FIDE-rated competitions 20240401. Previously they were only for FIDE-events under the aegis of the events commission or the Global strategy commission.
The new settings are called "Baku 2023" in Swiss manager. It's the place and year of the meeting where the new tie-breaks got approved.

Enjoy the reading.

16  Chess Publishing Openings / King's Indian / Classical / Re: Dangerous Weapons: 7…Nbd7 in the Classical
 on: 03/18/24 at 15:26:17 
TopNotch wrote on 04/17/09 at 02:42:55:
Fide Master vs Toppy - Rapid Tourney (E94) 12/04/09

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nbd7 8.Be3 Re8 9.d5 Nh5

This position, and others arising after 7...Nbd7, are covered in the latest (March 2024) issue of Chesspublishing.

17  Chess Publishing Openings / Open Sicilians / Sveshnikov / Re: Modernized Sveshnikov by Ris
 on: 03/18/24 at 12:30:53 
This book seems very interesting with lots of playable variations that are relatively low theory like the both cited above, and 12...Bb7 instead of mainline 12...Ra4 against the 9.Bxf6 gf 10.Nd5 f5 11.Bxb5 sac. Other, a bit odd, choice, is 10...Qxe7 after 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Nxe7. One would think 10...Nxe7, with a improved 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 Ne7 would be the obvious choice.
Since I am new to Sveshnikov (just played my first OTB game this saturday) this is a very interesting proposition.

18  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 Spanish / Open / Re: Modernized Open Ruy
 on: 03/17/24 at 14:17:10 
Speaking of modern, the March 2024 chesspublishing column on 1e4 e5 contains an Open Ruy Lopez game. Harry Grieve thoroughly analyzes the game Lamard, Guillaume-Sasikiran, Krishnan Cappelle-la-Grande, 2024-03-06.

It commences 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. de5 Be6 9. c3 Be7 10. Bc2!?  Bg4!. The game continued with 11Qe1!? 0-0!? with sharp play and a piece sacrifice accepted on move 16. White has options on move 11. Harry provides options for Black on move 11.

I always liked the Dangerous Weapons series and think 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. de5 Be6 9. c3 Be7 10. Bc2!?  Bg4! qualifies as a dangerous weapon.

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19  Chess Publishing Openings / Anti-Sicilians / Interesting variation with Bishop e2 and then f4
 on: 03/16/24 at 08:18:43 
A good read (free Ebook) with many games' analysis is "Gagner avec Zébulon".

20  Chess Publishing General / Discussion / Re: Chesspublishing on Gchess
 on: 03/14/24 at 16:00:27 
I have been a lifetime sub to GChess as well and I especially liked that the chesspublishing material and the NIC Yearbook surveys were available in an easy way (I sold my collection of Yearbook hardcover editions two years ago  Embarrassed)
GChess now offered me a chessable yearly subscription first and later a quite generous voucher on
But I still decided to take just the refund.

21  Chess Publishing Openings / Flank Openings / Réti / Historical note re Mamedyarov game in March update
 on: 03/14/24 at 00:35:02 
In Mamedyarov vs. Laurent-Paoli after 1. Nf3 d5 2. b3 Nf6 3. Bb2 e6 4. c4 b6 5. g3 Bb7 6. Bg2 Nbd7 7. 0-0 Be7 8.  cxd5 exd5, "White uncorked the cute idea 9 Nd4!? 0-0 10 Nf5."

That gave me a flashback to one of my earliest chess books, Fred Reinfeld's Learn Chess from the Masters (previously published as Chess by Yourself). It included a game in which Reinfeld played such a Nd4-f5 in 1931, against an opponent named Orkild: 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. g3 Nbd7 5. Bb2 Be7 6. Bg2 b6 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Nd4 Bb7 9. Nf5 0-0 10. 0-0 (transposing to the Mamedyarov game). Here Reinfeld, who had given Black's sixth a question mark, made the odd claim that Black's position is very unpleasant. After 10...Re8 (played in both games), Reinfeld didn't grab the bishop as Mamedyarov did, but rather went 11. Nc3 Bf8 12. d4. The rest was: 12...Ne4 13. Nxe4 dxe4 14. Qc1 c5 15. dxc5 Rc8 16. Rd1 Rxc5 17. Qf4 Rd5 18. Rxd5 Bxd5 19. Rd1 Bb7 20. Nh6+ gxh6 21. Rxd7 1-0.

22  Other / Chess and Computers / Re: Poor ChessBase 17 stability
 on: 03/13/24 at 17:55:58 
Can you still click on the game links and get the annotated games to popup in the ChessPub eBooks with CB17? In the last version of CB16 (version 23) this now seems to open the online database instead, which is rather stupid.
I suppose it's a new bug?!

23  Chess Publishing Openings / French / Re: Modern French Defense by IM Kushager Krishnater
 on: 03/05/24 at 22:19:20 
FreeRepublic - I recently mentioned this new French database in the thread on The French Defense Revisited and was informed by nestor that Krishnater's recommendation in the Winawer is 6...Nc6.  As I noted there, this variation has become popular in the last couple years. 

24  Chess Publishing Openings / Flank Openings / Réti / Question re: reversed classical KID per Ganguly
 on: 03/04/24 at 19:40:04 
I see that in a new Chessable course (Lifetime Repertoires: Sidelines and Flank Openings for Black), Surya Ganguly goes for a reversed Exchange: 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 c5 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. 0-0 e5 5. d3 d5 6. e4 de4 7. de4 Qxd1 8. Rxd1 Bg4. He notes that he is eschewing the engine-preferred 6...d4 (as well as the second choice of 6...Be7), and comments about avoiding going into a main line a tempo down. This makes me curious as to what he advocates against 6. Nbd2. (Also, does he still go for some kind of reversed Exchange against 6. Na3?)

By the way, re 6...d4, an ancient bit of theory is comparable to an old main line of the Petrosian: 7. Nbd2 Bg4 8. h3 Bh5 9. g4 Bg6 10. Nh4 Nd7 11. Nf5 h5 (Doda-Korchnoi, Leningrad 1967), unclear according to Uhlmann.

25  General / General Chess / Re: New insane ICCF Rating system
 on: 03/04/24 at 12:56:50 
I dont think the calculalation uses intergers since it has decimals.
Exemple from my forcast  namr irrelevant and 0.5 is result of game

2286 (77)      2421 (64)      0.0434      -0.0572      0.5