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1  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 Spanish / Re: The Rosen variation...but one move early.
 on: Yesterday at 23:33:27 
You didn’t complete the rest of the line - 10. Nxf7?! Kxf7 11. e5 Bg4 12. exf6 Bxd1 13. Rxe7+ Kf8 14. fxg7+ Kxe7 15. Bg5+ Kf7 16. Bxd8 and Black loses the Queen.

2  General / General Chess / Re: Is CT-ART 6.0 Worth it?
 on: Yesterday at 22:50:45 
A reasonable reply and I have no major quibbles with it. Thank you for your considerate reply.

The major point for me though is how strongly I feel that the MDLM's of this world are a vile and ancient breed best left twisting in the wind. I have no sympathy for them whatsoever. The fact that so many today lionize these vermin is a sad and cynical observation on human nature  - in my own humble opinion, of course!

3  Chess Publishing Openings / Flank Openings / English 1...Nf6 / Re: Flohr-Mikenas System
 on: 08/11/20 at 10:38:36 
TD wrote on 08/11/20 at 09:33:19:
Lanark wrote on 08/11/20 at 09:30:19:
I think the most recent book covering the Flohr-Mikenas from the white side is "The Modern English Volume 2" by Georgiev and Semkov (2019).

Ah yes, I know that book. Thank you very much!

They think that black is fine and suggest 3.Nf3 + 4.e3 as an uncritical alternative to Mikenas (objectively best is 4.d4.)

4  Other / Chit Chat / The REAL Secret to Chess Mastery is,...
 on: 08/10/20 at 12:09:24 
Drinking beer, talking shit with your friends and listening to Eminem while doing Lichess on-line. Here's the proof:

Eminem etc, at approx. 41mins in.

Lips Sealed Undecided Roll Eyes

5  Other / Endgames / Re: Nunn‘s Endgame Exercises
 on: 08/09/20 at 20:55:23 
Now the app version and a free pdf preview are available!

tracke  Smiley

6  Chess Publishing Openings / King's Indian / Re: Resources on the Saemisch for White?
 on: 08/09/20 at 02:37:36 
After:  6.Nge2 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Ng3 exd5 9.cxd5 a6 10.a4 h5 11.Be2 Nh7 12.Be3 h4 13.Nf1, and now instead of 13...Nd7, John Doknjas in his Opening Repertoire: Modern Benoni book recommends the immediate 13...f5 and if 14.exf5 he gives the novelty 14...Bxf5 with very complicated play but perhaps satisfactory for Black.

7  General / General Chess / Re: Correspondence Chess 2020
 on: 08/08/20 at 23:30:14 

Quick update. Games are progressing. I have like two black games where I worry. In one I didn't find a good reply to the opponents opening play (sort of highly critical line) and in the other I chose a totally new system where I am either totally fine or totally busted; one can hope the former of these. Conversely I have probably two white games where I should really be better.

Somewhat feel like playing more games. As mentioned earlier correspondence is kind of stimulating.

Have a nice day.

8  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 Spanish / Open / Re: Krykun on 1.e4 e5! with Open Spanish
 on: 08/08/20 at 12:14:03 
Never thought about 6. ...Qg6, but as expected, the engine came up with some weird moves and suddenly it's playable:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Be3 Qf6
6. c3 Qg6 7. Nb5 Bxe3 8. Nxc7+ Kd8 9. Nxa8 Bh6

9  Chess Publishing Openings / Open Sicilians / Najdorf / Re: Najdorf Poisoned Pawn Repertoire Books
 on: 08/07/20 at 20:59:23 
I think the most recent you're going to get is Georgiev and Kolev's The Sharpest Sicilian 2012. I'm not sure I'd feel confident relying on an eight-year-old book in a line as sharp as the Poisoned Pawn, but YMMV, of course.

10  Other / Chess and Computers / Re: Stockfish NNUE
 on: 08/06/20 at 10:46:28 
From what I read, NNUE is widely considered to be a significant gain in ELO. The Stockfish developers are now producing versions of NNUE almost daily and new nets are being produced daily as well. As you would suppose there is a great amount of testing but a large majority of testers find large gains over Stockfish 11. I think maybe the next tests should pit NNUE and Leela and/or Allie.

11  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. d4 d5 2. c4 / QGD Mainline / Re: Lasker Variation -Sam Collins DVD
 on: 08/05/20 at 18:47:50 
As far as I can see, this DVD was released very early in 2016: not later than March, maybe already in February!?
There are many games included from the Olympiad in Tromsoe (August 2014), the very last game cited on the DVD seems to be Carlsen-Aronian (draw, 84) from the 2nd Sinquefield Cup played on September 5th 2014?!
IMO this DVD is still the best introduction to the Lasker as there have not been any bigger theoretical developments since the Candidates 2011.

tracke  Smiley

12  Chess Publishing Openings / Open Sicilians / Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
 on: 08/05/20 at 18:08:50 
doefmat wrote on 08/05/20 at 07:15:27:
What do you guys think of the fact they go for 1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nc6
5. Nf3 Bg4 6.dxc5 instead of 6.Be2?

An IQP is not a stable long-term positional asset, while dxc5 achieves a queenside pawn majority more in the spirit of "squeezing."

13  General / General Chess / Re: ChessPub Book of the year 2019
 on: 08/04/20 at 18:26:37 
Thanks for keeping the vote open. I only noticed it when it got top billing! I have now voted.

14  General / General Chess / Book of the year poll is up--vote now while you ca
 on: 08/04/20 at 15:58:56 
Can. Hi everyone, just a heads up if you intended to vote in the Book of the Year contest. The poll was originally closed on Aug.2, but it's now open again briefly so that people who missed it can vote. The thread is pinned above.

15  Chess Publishing Openings / Flank Openings / Re: Odessky again on b3 & b6
 on: 08/04/20 at 15:07:57 
I only took a look at the pdf preview, so maybe what im about to say is not reflected in the actual book.  It is weird that the games don't have any game information listed. The player names are not listed, date, tournament etc...

I just find this weird, i know that it doesn't really have any impact on the quality of the book. I do think it is a sign of a book being rushed to print, in other words missing the small details.

keep in mind this is a small complaint, and really only a deviation from a common practice.

16  Chess Publishing Openings / Open Sicilians / Re: Beating the Sicilian by Hacker
 on: 08/03/20 at 09:32:15 
If one believes at all in nominative determinism, I would have supposed that someone with such an utterly splendid chess name would be more forthright, writing about some of the wilder main lines.

Wonder how this text may differ from the earlier one by Kasparov (S), 'Steamrolling the Sicilian'.

17  Chess Publishing Openings / Daring Defences to 1. d4 / Grünfeld / Re: Modernized Grünfeld by Zherebukh
 on: 08/02/20 at 19:59:12 
Wow, thanks BigTy that is a very comprehensive response and much appreciated. I think I'll take your advice and get the two books that I don't already have... 
All the best

18  Other / Chit Chat / I used to tell a joke about Orpheus & Eurydice
 on: 08/02/20 at 19:07:08 
But looking back, it was not a great idea.

19  General / General Chess / Re: The Abysmal Depths of Chess
 on: 08/01/20 at 13:13:11 
Laramonet wrote on 08/01/20 at 09:03:58:
It will be nice to follow your efforts on the Yusupov challenge.
One idea to increase the numbers - split up GB or is that too nationalist ? Extra views from Wales anyway !

I think I'm going to need some cheerleading with Yusupov - but that's one of the reasons why I decided to write about it. Don't want to wimp out in public.

Re: splitting up GB. I would happily cheat my way to four extra countries this way but unfortunately I'm reliant on blogger for the stats and they only list "United Kingdom" rather than England/Scotland/Wales/Norther Ireland.

I'm up to 54 now, by the way. Thailand and Serbia joined the club yesterday.

20  General / General Chess / Re: Botvinnik Triangle Against Bc4/Bc5 - Good or Bad?
 on: 07/31/20 at 23:31:33 
Ok wow! I guess I should look at these positions some more. Thanks.

21  Other / Chit Chat / Re: Not a joke, but a question about one
 on: 07/31/20 at 18:19:25 

22  General / General Chess / Re: Game collections
 on: 07/30/20 at 18:30:08 
To many posts to read but Zurich 53 books are a bit speical. There exist no less than 4 book about it. Bronsteins version, Najdorfs version, Euwes version and Ståhlbergs version. I have manage to get lucky to own a copy of each of them. However Euwes verson and Ståhlbergs verson are not in english, Ståhbergs are in swedish and Euves version in some other language. Bronsteins vesion is the most classical of the books.

23  Chess Publishing Openings / Open Sicilians / Re: Open Sicilian Chessable Course
 on: 07/28/20 at 20:46:28 
Yeah! The first volume contains everything but the Classical, Dragon and Najdorf (the second volume should come out in a month, give or take a couple weeks).

- Four Knights Sicilian (6 Ndb5)
- Taimanov (6 Be2)
- Scheveningen (covered in two forms; via 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nc6 5 Nc3 Qc7 6 Be2 a6 7 0-0 Nf6 8 Be3 Be7 9 f4 d6, its standard Qe1-g3 stuff, via 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 d6, it’s 6 Be2, e.g. 6...Nc6 7 Be3, with an aim to castle long under the right circumstances).
- Kan (6 Be2 against both 5...Qc7 and 5...a6
- Accelerated Dragon (good ol’ Maroczy Bind, different repertoire from both Shaw and Illingworth for the most part)
- Lowenthal (Queen swap)
- Kalashnikov (the main line with 5 Nb5 d6 6 N1c3)
- Sveshnikov (Old Main Line with 11 c4)

The planned systems in Volume 2 are the 6 f3 Classical (inspired by Shaw’s coverage but with some differences), 9 0-0-0 d5 10 Kb1 Dragon and 6 Be2 Najdorf.

24  General / General Chess / Re: Pattern Recognition and Intuition
 on: 07/27/20 at 22:22:40 

25  Chess Publishing Openings / Daring Defences to 1. d4 / Dutch / Re: Playing the Stonewall Dutch
 on: 07/27/20 at 19:02:15 
Playing the stonewall continuously for more than 20 years against masterlevel I was of course also eager to buy this book. Today I finally received my copy and immediately started to check the analysis.

Overall I am satisfied with the book. At many points Sedlak recommends lines for black which I considered myself already as mainline but he also brings new interesting solutions which I didn't check yet.

Still the big problems I see with the stonewall are not solved or at least Sedlak is far too optimistic in his evaluations. Now you probably wonder which lines I mean but I hesitate to give here many details as some of my future opponents (FMs, IMs) are also reading this forum so I prefer to just point to the chapters if it is still part of my repertoire.
1) Chapter 2 - Fianchetto with Bf4 page 67. Sedlak doesn't mention a very strong novelty for white at move 11 by Leela which looks very sad for black.
2) Chapter 4 - 7.Nc3 page 111. Again Sedlak doesn't mention a very strong novelty for white at move 11 by Leela which I already analyzed deeply and looks not good at all for black. However at page 117 Sedlak already warns the reader that the line is still extremely fresh and new ideas are bound to emerge for both sides.
3) Chapter 6 - 5.Nh3 page 198 Sedlak is far too optimistic in the evaluation of the 10.Nf3 line. He ends the line in which Leela and Stockfish are still showing a clear edge for white. I also want to indicate that 11.Qd1 is interesting with the idea of 11...dxc4 12.Ne5 and also white's play can be improved in the line 12.Qxc4 Qd5 13.Rfc1. This definitely doesn't improve on the 9...h6- line which I have played several times but doesn't fully equalize either.
4) Chapter 9 - Move Orders page 253 A2) 3.Bf4
Only a half page for this system which nowadays have become extremely popular even at a high level. Also the coverage of it is far too optimistic. First it often makes sense to wait or even not play h3. Next often white plays Nfd2 with the idea of retaking with the queen so the other knight can be put at the much more active c3 square. These positions are very hard to play and probably don't equalize for black which is also why I stopped playing them. Nothing of this is is mentioned in the book.
5 ) Chapter 9 - Move Orders page 278 A2) 2.Bg5
I am happy to see Sedlak chooses 2...h6 as that is also what I play but the coverage is rather bad.
In B71) 4.e3 Sedlak refers to the correspondence game Ingersol - Bokar for the 7.h5-line but at move 16 where he breaks off Stockfish and Leela give about +1 for white and they show several promising continuations for white. This is not what I would like to sign for with black.
In B722) 4.e4 Nf6 5.e5 e6 6.Bg3 has several issues.
First nothing mentioned about 7.Be2 with which Leela scored a crushing win in 2019. Also after 7.Bd3 Rg8 there is nothing mentioned about 8.Nh3 which the engines favor a lot and looks very grim for black. Anyway I play other lines here.
6) Chapter 10 - 1.c4 and 1. Nf3 page 303
I played this system for several years but stopped playing it as I couldn't find any good patch for the line B321) 7.cxd5 exd5 8.d3. At the end of the chapter Sedlak warns the reader that he usually avoids it and plays something different so I am not surprised to see that engines give +1 what he evaluates as normal play for black (see line 9.Nb5N). A pawn down I don't consider normal play even for a stonewall.

There are many more smaller details but above are the bigger issues I noticed in just 2 hours while checking against my own notes.

Again this doesn't mean that this is a bad book. There is a plenty of good stuff that I hoped not to see as now it will be also available for others.