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1  Chess Publishing General / Discussion / Re: Site needs clean up badly!
 on: Today at 12:17:59 
GMTonyKosten wrote Today at 11:14:40:
I will ask him Wink

Apparently, Daniel's  current thinking is that 6...Qxd4 is not at all clear, and he won't be recommending it in the 2nd edition of his book next year.
He may give some of his analysis next month.

2  Chess Publishing Openings / Open Sicilians / Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
 on: Today at 09:58:37 
This is after 6 c4 Be7 I guess? Not really the sort of thing you're going to bust.

One of LC0's two favourite moves there (joint with N1c3). Seems to sit pretty firmly on the fun early f5 ideas in a very simple, logical way - LC0 is distressingly good at doing that sort of thing.

So you'll have to play slowly instead - white gets a few extra ideas over N1c3 then but black isn't committed to playing a6 which must help slightly.
(tempo saved, Qside weakness)

Not tragic overall I'd think. I didn't remember 7 N1c3 f5 being quite totally sound either?

3  General / General Chess / Re: State-run chess book publishing industry
 on: Today at 09:47:48 
Leon_Trotsky wrote Today at 00:48:27:
In my own blog, I write a lot about the creation of state-run public chess book libraries to help low-income chess players, especially low-income youth players, to improve their game.

I recently had read about how communist Hungary, i.e. People's Republic of Hungary, or Magyar Népköztársaság (1949-1989) had a state-run book publishing industry. The government subsidised this industry by giving stipends to the working class to write and publish their own books, as well as controlling the price of books so that ordinary working people would be able to buy books without them being expensive.

So I was wondering, does any country right now have a state-run chess book publishing industry like Hungary did. Or at least something similar.

I ask because Í often think about writing a chess book, for example on my favourite Winawer with 7...0-0. But I really dislike the idea of writing books for a private publisher. I would feel much better if the publisher were a government entity like in Hungary.

I havent heard of any. An alternative would be to self publish.

4  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. d4 d5 2. c4 / QGD Intro / Re: New Tarrasch Defense Book by Kotronias
 on: Today at 09:46:16 
Leon_Trotsky wrote Today at 02:49:12:
Tauromachie wrote yesterday at 23:34:08:
Is there some update regarding the publication date ? My amazon order still mentions that it should be delivered roundabout this weekend (23/24th of november) but it was not shipped yet according to amazon.. Is it true that it will be delayed ? Sad

Like I said, I tend not to trust Amazon's publication predictions...

More often than not they are correct, and are worth following as a guide. However, they rely on publishers to supply them with the products and the correct dates of publication, so they are not always going to be right 100%

5  General / General Chess / Re: ChessBase to Latex file for printing?
 on: Today at 07:13:28 
Both Scid and ScidVsPc can export to LaTeX. So procedure would be to export from Chessbase to pgn, load it in one of those two, and then export LaTeX.  I've used this for a few things, including producing tournament bulletins for each round for the participants.

If you are using a lot of non-pgn/scid supported things they could get lost in the translation, but if you are only using the standard things that you get a book it should be fine.

6  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 Spanish / Re: Modernised Berlin Wall
 on: Today at 06:40:44 
On a side note, I don't know what the latest greatest thinking on 7. a4 d6 is, but it will always remind me of Halprin-Pillsbury (described as "Prepared Analysis vs. Genius!" in The Golden Treasury of Chess, a book I acquired as a child).

7  Chess Publishing Openings / Flank Openings / Re: The Reti Opening Move by Move
 on: Today at 04:58:50 
A question for IM Sam Collins....see your book on the Reti Opening has been further delayed ....So is it ever going to get published or is it dead in the water ?

8  General / General Chess / Re: Chess Book Review blog
 on: Yesterday at 23:04:30 
proustiskeen wrote yesterday at 21:29:02:
Slightly out of cycle (I still have to post my November column) but some will find these useful, perhaps:

Thanks as always for the reviews.

Shame you werent able to post these last week - Chessbase had a 24 hour sale which i think may have included the latest Fritz and other stores had been running a pre-order discount before that.

9  Chess Publishing Openings / French / Re: Non Repertoire-based Book Recommendation?
 on: 11/19/19 at 23:15:42 
MCO-15 is from 2008. I have no idea if this type of dead tree openings encyclopedia still makes money, which would be the main driver of De Firmian's decision. I note that MCO-15 is as up-to-date as anything. The most recent ECOs also came out in 2008.

Anyway, I was referring to the updated in 2011 CDs by Kalinin and Kalinichenko. Sorry I wasn't clear about that.

10  Chess Publishing Openings / Nimzo and Benonis / "The Modernized Delayed Benoni" by Ivan Ivanisevic
 on: 11/19/19 at 17:45:45 
(this actually straddles the Benoni and KID)

I had noticed Ivanisevic playing into the ancient line 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 d6 6.Bd3 e6 7.h3 O-O 8.Nf3 ed 9.ed Re8+ 10.Be3 Nbd7 11.O-O a6 12.a4 Nh5.  (With ...a6/a4 occurring earlier, that position came up for instance in Drazen Marovic's An Active Repertoire for Black from 28 years ago.)

11  Other / Chess and Computers / Re: New version of LcO
 on: 11/19/19 at 14:21:22 
The german newspaper ct' has in its current edition (24/2019; till this weekend) a proposal for a silent pc fitting to these ideas. I think if you don't want to play competitive correspondence chess on highest level one RTX 2070 or 2060 model are sufficient for having good support in working for yourself.

The pc is cheaper with two GPUs than my first one 36 years ago and I had less money than. So power efficiency for the climate is my main concern meanwhile.

12  Chess Publishing Openings / d-Pawn Specials / Re: New London DVD By GM Williams.
 on: 11/18/19 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 🤭.

13  General / General Chess / Re: Advertisements for other sites/forums
 on: 11/18/19 at 08:13:18 
fmsteva wrote on 11/17/19 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.

14  Chess Publishing Openings / Anti-Sicilians / Re: Alapin Sicilian e6 vs d6
 on: 11/18/19 at 08:02:42 
MNb wrote on 11/17/19 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 on 11/17/19 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 on 11/18/19 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.

15  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 - Non-Spanish / Re: Squeezing 1e4 e5 by Khalifman/Soloviov
 on: 11/17/19 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.

16  Chess Publishing Openings / Open Sicilians / Paulsen / Re: Sicilian Four Knights
 on: 11/17/19 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.

17  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...

18  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 ... / Modern / Re: Another Lakdawala Modern Repertoire
 on: 11/16/19 at 08:05:55 
Straggler wrote on 11/15/19 at 15:43:35:
especially since there doesn’t appear to be an ebook version

it's just been finished and should be up pretty soon

19  Other / Chess and Computers / Re: Fat Fritz
 on: 11/15/19 at 16:36:04 
This ChessBase article is highly relevant. There is a promise of a followup article discussing complete systems.

20  Chess Publishing General / Discussion / Re: Playable e-book (cbv format)
 on: 11/15/19 at 12:57:37 
Some ebooks are over 15 years old. I hope you guys will update them soon, I love them.

21  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 - Non-Spanish / Scotch / Re: Black against the Scotch
 on: 11/15/19 at 08:18:09 
MNb wrote on 11/14/19 at 15:13:46:
Yeah, that might be worth a try, though probably not in corr. games. Black can play it in two ways: play ...Kd8, grab pawn e4 and hope to survive White's quick development or allow the fork Nxc7+ and try to prove sufficient compensation. I remember (if my memory doesn't fail me) GM Paul Motwani discussing a game like that in Schaaknieuws. I can't find it though. It made me buy GM Lev Gutman's book on 4...Qh4 many years ago. Unfortunately exactly in the spectacular lines his analysis contains quite a few flaws. After 5.Nb5

a)5...Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Bc5 doesn't make much sense to me, while Qxe4+ 7.Be2 is not exactly my cup of tea

I think you have to take the e4-pawn – otherwise what's the point of ...Qh4 at all? Thus 5 Nb5 Bb4+ 6 Bd2 Qxe4+ 7 Be2 Kd8 8 0-0 Bxd2 9 Nxd2 Qf4 and so on. But yes, you have to want to play like this Wink

22  Chess Publishing Openings / Anti-Sicilians / Re: Beating the Anti-Sicilians by Kotronias
 on: 11/15/19 at 06:59:28 
Straggler wrote on 11/13/19 at 08:41:52:
Someone (TN, I think) pointed out that his lines with 2...Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 (or 2...d6 3.Bb5+ Nc6) don't inspire confidence if you compare them with Neiksans' recommendations for White.

In other words, it seems like what I have looked at might not be a coincidence and a small mistake, but rather that the whole work unfortunately is not up to standards.

23  Chess Publishing Openings / Anti-Sicilians / Re: Recent sources on the Antis for Black (2..d6)
 on: 11/15/19 at 05:32:23 
1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 Nf6 4.Bb5+ Bd7 5.Bxd7 Qxd7

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 a6 and then in p. much all lines a very early ..b5, often mixed with e6d5, eg 3.f4 b5 4.Nf3 Bb7 5.d3 e6 6.Be2 d5

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.g3 Nf6 4.d3 e5

In the Open with 4.Qxd4 he claims equality after the very Rauzer looking 4..Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nc6 7.Qd2 e6 8.0-0-0 h6 9.Bh4 Be7 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Nd4 Nxd4 12.Qxd4 b5 - I have no idea how to judge these positions, but recall this structure is rarely comfortable for Black

Morra the usual exd Nf6 Nd5 Alapin transpo

2.Nf3 3.c3 he does some Dragon looking setup and against standard White play goes over into a Ruy with 8..e5!?

In the standard Alapin line (e4c5 c3Nf6 e5Nd5 d4cxd cxdd6 Nf3Nc6 Bc4), he goes for 7..dxe5

In the Alapin-"Gambit" (e4c5 c3Nf6 e5Nd5 d4cxd Nf3Nc6 Bc4Nb6 Bb3), he gives 7..d6, instead of the far more common & better scoring 7..d5 (perhaps for repertoire cohesiveness? The game count in the DB jumps up after a few more moves, so we are transposing somewhere into something)

3.Bb5+ he wants to play some ..e6 system after 3..Nd7, but as said, I think I'll just go ..e5; I have some clue about this as I play it from the White side, and play the Ruy with Black, so I should just do fine I'd think

He also covers some of the "bogus" (2.b4, 2.Ne2,etc although no 2.Be2 which was mentioned in the thread) - Anything among this that is common/good/unnatural enough that it's worth to have a look at?

^ That's the core part of the rep, from a glance at the ebook. Anything that jumps out as a poor option? 7..dxe5 in the Alapin is massively "underplayed" (780 vs 4800 games with 7..Nb6), any particular reason for that? DB scores seem good.

If this all looks decent, I can just use it as a base, and worst case later switch around/update the lines a bit (as one does anyway..), but having a starting point would already be incredibly helpful.
Didn't really catch the videoseries prior to opening the thread, as I had only searched for English videos; simply forgot other languages would be an option.

The Lakdawala/Ftacnik options I shall have a look at, I hate the former guy so doubt that'll stick, but Ftacnik I wasn't aware of - I looked at so many Sicilian books, which either ignored the Antis entirely or just gave them a cursory glance, that I kinda gave up on them.

24  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 Spanish / Re: Caruana's 3 DVD's on Ruy López for White
 on: 11/15/19 at 02:07:56 
kylemeister wrote on 11/15/19 at 02:02:20:
That would still be (German IM) Oliver Reeh, not (Dutch GM) Hans Ree.

Quite right sir. That's always the danger when posting on the fly Smiley

25  Chess Publishing Openings / Open Sicilians / Najdorf / Re: New Najdorf Book 😞
 on: 11/14/19 at 19:29:59 
Stigma wrote on 11/14/19 at 01:58:07:
I get confused just browsing this thread. It says "New Najdorf Book" (singular) and from the start it turns out that's the one by Bryan Smith. No wait, it switched to Doknjas and Doknjas. No, there's a reference to Pavlovic!? And the last few posts are evidently about the Vigorito book...

Wouldn't it be better to have one thread for each book?

Edit: At least the Pavlovic book has its own thread:

Yes, sorry. I put the Vigorito book in this thread because i saw other books being discussed in this one and i didnt have much to say about this book.