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1  Other / Chess and Computers / Stockfish 11
 on: Today at 14:42:05 
This has been released and is available at the usual haunts!

2  General / General Chess / Re: Playing tournament chess with mental disorders
 on: Today at 02:15:10 
Having had depression, playing chess (more accurately, trying to play chess) made the depression worse. Actually I think it was all the study that was to blame, but I could never play tournaments without studying. Quitting chess cold-turkey for a while was instrumental in turning things around. To be clear, chess did not cause my depression, but it was a hindrance in recovery.

For the other conditions you mentioned, I have no experience, and don't want to speculate.

3  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 - Non-Spanish / Italian / Re: A Complete Guide to 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4
 on: Yesterday at 21:19:16 
Somehow I forgot to mention that ChessPublishing provides pgn and CBV files to subscribers. All past files are easily available to Gold Plus subscribers. They are readily imported to ChessBase, Chess Opening Wizard, etc. It's a great resource!

4  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. d4 d5 2. c4 / Semi-Slav / Re: Semi-Slav by GM Sam Shankland on Chessable
 on: Yesterday at 00:36:00 
For me it's an interesting prospect to see what he has to say about the Cambridge Springs.  I've long had something of a liking for it (and once had a student who combined it with the Meran, on my suggestion), although perhaps it has mostly been regarded as a "+= with best play" kind of thing.

5  Chess Publishing Openings / Open Sicilians / Re: Kramnik Sicilian
 on: 01/18/20 at 23:59:47 
Jupp53 wrote on 01/18/20 at 10:32:40:

To correct this: I'm worried to be move-ordered as black into the Taimanov.

OK, you think of yourself as a Kan player, so presumably you have the line 3.d4 cd 4.Nxd4 a6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bb4 in your repertoire.  Would you honestly rather have ...a6 than ...Nc6 on the board in that position?

6  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. d4 d5 2. c4 / QGD Intro / Re: New Tarrasch Defense Book by Kotronias
 on: 01/18/20 at 23:48:21 
Looks like a very thorough work by GM Kotronias, however White has excellent results after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.dxc5. I see this in the table of contents is addressed by variation M4b6 in part IIIa, however I don't own the book.

Would love to hear anything on how Kotronias handles the above line. White scores exceptionally well in my database, both at the Grandmaster level but also at the amateur level.

7  Chess Publishing Openings / Flank Openings / Re: Double Fianchetto by Hausrath
 on: 01/17/20 at 20:05:08 
Sounds good, being a 1 Nf3 player it is hard to find many books on it as I think they are tricky to write due to all the possible transpositions.

As you say GM Hausrath seems to know his away around this opening as he plays it a lot and good on Thinkers Publishing for being prepared to support him with this project.

8  General / General Chess / Re: Genderqueer chess players
 on: 01/17/20 at 18:47:35 
ReneDescartes wrote on 01/17/20 at 18:09:04:
One of the great things about chess is that it unites all kinds of different people. You go to a tournament and find ex-prisoners, emigre Russian physicists, retired people, talented girls barely peeping over the board, tough-looking biker dudes with "love" and "hate" tattooed on their fists, graduate students, grandmasters, dapper rich preppies, scruffy hairy people, etc., etc. A lot of people are nerdy or unusual -- it's a very accepting community in that way.  In the post-game discussions, all that matters is that you love chess! Smiley

I can accept all those other types you mentioned, but they should find a way to keep those grandmasters out.

9  Chess Publishing Openings / French / Re: A new french defence move by move
 on: 01/17/20 at 17:28:59 
Mtal wrote on 01/16/20 at 19:32:24:
I saw on the everyman website that there is a new French defence move by move coming out by Damian Lemos. Anyone knows what it is one? I believe there already 2, and older one on the winawer and one on the classical. Thanks.

This same author also has a recent French Deep Dive DVD for black, 7 hrs+ I think. He is an expert in the french, so unlike a lot of his other stuff this should be useful.

10  Chess Publishing Openings / Anti-Sicilians / Re: Why don't Najdorf players play 2.Nc3 Nc6?
 on: 01/17/20 at 08:01:58 
@JackHughes I agree with you on most points there. But I do disagree with you about 2...d6 3.d4 being theoretically less critical than 2...Nc6 3.Nf3 e5. I won't mention Nge2, because even I myself am not sure anymore whether e5 or Nd4 is better against it.

So firstly in the d6 d4 line, I regard the variation 3...cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Qd2 g6!? to be best. It's played less often than Nf6, but scores much better and my engine likes it more. Following 6.b3 Bh6 7.f4, Black should equalize with Nf6. But yet the positions are very dangerous, and White scores quite well.

In the Nf3 Nc6 e5 line, Black has been doing pretty well, with Carlsen winning a bunch of games. And also not many top players play this, except Nepomniachtchi. But even he hasn't really had good opening results. The engine does give White a slight edge initially, but in practice it's just equal.

11  Chess Publishing Openings / Daring Defences to 1. d4 / Grünfeld / Re: The Safest Grunfeld Reloaded by Delchev
 on: 01/17/20 at 07:40:43 
I got the book finally and have already started checking it. I really liked his line against the main 7 Bc4 Exchange, where he plays with 10...e6!? in the main position. It holds up to engine analysis, and is very rare at any levels, which makes it a great weapon.

Hope the rest of the book is this good!

12  General / General Chess / Re: Grivas Opening Laboratory
 on: 01/16/20 at 21:06:33 
Mtal wrote on 01/16/20 at 17:40:46:
What kind of game white gets playing this way? Just curious. Is it followed up with g3? Thanks.

4.Nbd2 against the Slav is often followed by a later Nf3-h4, getting the two bishops. Yes, White often does fianchetto his king's bishop as well. There is a lot more poison here than you might expect: White scores quite well, and it's been used by very strong GMs in important games.  It might be a perfect anti-Slav line for club players.

13  Chess Publishing Openings / French / Re: Winawer with b6
 on: 01/16/20 at 19:03:26 
Mtal wrote on 01/16/20 at 17:33:43:
Hi all, I was just wondering what is the current opinion of the winawer with b6? I know theres some classic games in it that are interesting but you hardly see it played.

I checked out the weekly games in TWIC for 2019 and got around 140 games where either the line with 4. .. b6 and 4. .. Qd7 were played. That included a game between Aronian and Carlsen in the London Classic in December. By contrast the Winawer with 4. e5 featured around 950.

In the absence of recent books, you would have to do your own research.

14  Other / Chess and Computers / KingBase site is down?
 on: 01/16/20 at 11:59:01 
It is a great source to get a free updated chess database. In my case, using scid as I use, it would be even easier because they provide a scid-compatible version (not need to convert from chessbase or pgn).

Do you know if it's something punctual or the site is definitely down?  Undecided

Thx !

PD: Alternatives in case of real showdown? My base is of january2019 so... not so old. But I wanted to renew it.

15  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 - Non-Spanish / Kings Gambit / Re: King's Gambit unamed variation
 on: 01/15/20 at 18:04:19 
RoleyPoley wrote on 01/15/20 at 17:05:45:
Gallagher doesnt appear to have covered the line in his book, just one game with 2...d6 which he says is likely to be played by Philidor devotees and white has no difficulty in reaching a pleasant position (example he gives has black play Nd7 and Ngf6.)

Databases have plenty of games on record, but hardly any played by elite players.

I doubt there's much difficulty for White in reaching a pleasant position, but what's the optimum and how does Black best defend?

Interesting thought that a Vienna move order is also possible and that authors on the Vienna may cover it in footnotes.

16  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 ... / Modern / Re: Another Lakdawala Modern Repertoire
 on: 01/15/20 at 13:01:49 
Although Lakdawala recommended against the Austrian a Gurgenidze without Bg7, on pages 387ff he advocated the Gurgenidze against 1. f4, but this time the Gurgenidze with Bg7 and h5 or with Nh6. Especially his remark about the Bg7 and h5 Gurgenidze is enthusiastic. I do not understand why he recommended three different Gurgenidze systems against the Austrian instead of only one, for example the system with Bg7 together with Nh6. What is really worse, he just mentioned them without giving the reader any idea how to play both lines against Nc3 by white. Obviously the repertoire suggestion by the author against the Austrian is a little bit topsy-turvy.

17  Chess Publishing Openings / Anti-Sicilians / Re: Recent sources on the Antis for Black (2..d6)
 on: 01/15/20 at 08:35:52 
Concerning chessable, there is  a new course by Colovic on Anti-Sicilians.
It is meant to compliment his Najdorf course, so it is specifically desinged for the Najdorf move-order covering everything between 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cd4: 4.Nd4: Nf6 with 5.f3 as the last deviation.

2nd moves are of course also covered.
Does anyone have the course yet?

Would be interested what he recommends against the Moscow after 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7, if it is 4. ... Qd7:or 4. ... Nd7:

18  General / General Chess / Re: Startling Opening Repertoire - New Edition
 on: 01/14/20 at 09:49:13 
How big are updates? Some new critical lines, or cosmetic changes? I have 1st edition, is 2nd better and worth buying? What they recommand against Alekhine?

19  General / General Chess / Re: Bobby Fischer - The Final Years
 on: 01/13/20 at 11:01:00 
From what I know Sverrisson, had closest contact with Fischer than Olafsson. I haven't read Olafsson's book. Both should be interesting. I'd buy both and draw my conclusions. Smiley

20  Chess Publishing Openings / Anti-Sicilians / Morra / Re: Supposed refutation
 on: 01/13/20 at 02:38:08 
Not such a big fan of the 2...Nf6 Alapin for Black, yeah the positions are mostly equal but as Dorian Rogozenko so adeptly put it in his Alapin Chessbase DVD back in the day, it's an equality slightly better for White Smiley. If you choose this route you let White off the hook and are essentially saying I consider the Morra Gambit dynamically equal so better transpose to a different line. I play the Alapin quite often as White, and consider the 2...Nf6 lines to offer Black zero winning chances if you know your stuff.

If Black really wants to fight for the win he has to accept the Morra, just ask Vishy Anand. There are plenty good rational lines in the Morra accepted for Black to choose from and he should do so.

21  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 - Non-Spanish / Petroff / Re: Playing the Petroff by Dhopade
 on: 01/13/20 at 02:35:34 
MW wrote on 01/13/20 at 00:57:10:
The two Lakdawala books are also very good reads and I was impressed with the fact that there was little cross over of material between the two books. But in the Opening repertoire edition if you look at the "new main line" as he calls it, he offers a number of different lines for black resulting in the level of depth in each option being a little on the thin side for a repertoire.

I suppose so. I analysed the Petroff and made my own personal files for analysis. I spent probably one whole month on this opening, analysing it everyday, so yes if I did this maybe he could have added more analysis in his book.

Also, I analysed the line with 8...b6 in the New Main Line myself, and it seems like Black has to know what he is doing to avoid getting attacked. The queenside fianchetto means that Black lags in development, especially since he already has castled kingside.

22  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 Spanish / Re: Modern Chess: Open Ruy López by Marin
 on: 01/11/20 at 17:54:16 
stockhausen wrote on 01/03/20 at 12:02:27:
I know 6...Be7 was played by some strong players recently, but it looks silly. What's the concept behind it?

I think the idea is that if White plays 7 dxe5, you don't need to play b7-b5 and can play 7... Nc5 or possibly 7... 0-0 8 c3 d5

Or 7 Re1 b5 8 Bb3 d5 9 dxe5, White is forced into an Open Ruy Lopez with Re1 which is not considered the most critical.

So often White is going for 7 Re1 b5 8 Rxe4 d5 9 Nxe5 Nxe5 10 Rxe5 bxa4 with a unique position ... there is a fair bit of analysis on the main site.

23  Chess Publishing General / Discussion / Re: Games download 2019
 on: 01/10/20 at 17:55:54 
GMTonyKosten wrote on 01/10/20 at 13:09:38:
GMTonyKosten wrote on 01/14/19 at 01:00:11:
I've just uploaded the 2018 games download to Gold Plus, and updated the other downloads so they are now all up-to-date and contain all the games so far (up till and including the December 2018 updates)

I've just put the games up till the end of 2019 online. Please let me know if there is a problem.

This last year the player with the most ChessPub annotated games (by far) was ... the World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

Fantastic - thanks looking forward to updating my database!

24  Chess Publishing General / Discussion / Re: Playable e-book (cbv format)
 on: 01/10/20 at 12:56:34 
sanaz wrote 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.

We only update the newer-style ones, I'm afraid. We could always do some more if there was enough demand, but they only seem to appeal to a limited number of subscribers, most prefer to use the Guides in PGN form.

25  Chess Publishing General / Discussion / Re: Site needs clean up badly!
 on: 01/10/20 at 12:48:44 
PatzerNoster wrote on 12/27/19 at 13:22:35:
@Tony: there is a discussion going on about the Accelerated Dragon where we established that Chris Ward so far has not looked at a very critical attempt by White in the Classical Maroczy, namely 10.h3:

It would be great if he could cover this in one of the future updates, I think there should be no shortage of recent games.

I've only just noticed this, I will ask Chris to look at it. Smiley