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1  Chess Publishing Openings / Dragon Sicilians / Re: Dragon repertoar by Marin from ModernChess
 on: Yesterday at 23:39:00 
bragesjo wrote on 12/07/21 at 13:30:37:
Game became draw but my improvent line is inpractical in over the board play but easy draw in Correspondence Chess if one has tablebases. I dont know if I can post any concrete moves either untill the event is complete.

I do not think that if would hurt just to post the line and your ideas. Do not post the whole game to avoid complaints.

2  General / Chess Tournaments / Re: Carlsen- Nepo WC match, Nov 26 start
 on: Yesterday at 16:55:41 
I think that he's throwing in the towel, a couple of easy draws and going home is all the Nepo wants at this point.

3  Chess Publishing Openings / Dragon Sicilians / Accelerated / Re: New accelerated Dragon books
 on: Yesterday at 16:41:05 
TD wrote yesterday at 16:27:33:
RoleyPoley wrote yesterday at 16:24:44:

I saw you were a beta tester on the Accelerated Dragon Lifetime repertoire by Plichta. Just wondering what your thoughts are and how it handles the most challenging lines that people have been discussing in these threads?

(I haven't played the Accelerated Dragon before, but have been thinking of doing so or returning to Dragon proper).


For free!

Thanks TD. I've already got that but not looked at it yet.

4  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 Spanish / Re: Thank you Victor Mikhalevski!
 on: Yesterday at 13:23:36 
Victor has done a great job at ChessPublishing.

I also have his book on the Open Ruy Lopez. I pored over his coverage of the Bernstein variation, 9Nbd2, in particular the endgame that emerges after 12cxd.

I looked at several continuations and a pattern emerged. Victor claims black will equalize the game. The engine indicates an advantage to white, and continues to do so for several moves. Then. suddenly, it recalibrates and indicates equality. These are clear cases of Victor's understanding trumping the computer's scoring of tens of millions of positions. By the way, at my level either side can win that endgame.

5  General / General Chess / Re: How to Improve - non exhaustive list.
 on: Yesterday at 05:20:47 
research on getting Iossif Dorfmans books on the middlegame:

"The Method in Chess" and "The Critical Moment"

if you cant find them in english you can sure find the pdfs online and you could print a pdf for less than $20 USD at websites such as

6  General / General Chess / Re: Help for a problem with development ?
 on: Yesterday at 04:24:42 
it is a battle of tempos the development game. a side which pushes more pawns than what hes suppose to can very quickly come to fall into an inferior position.

7  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. d4 d5 2. c4 / QGD Mainline / Re: Why do people still avoid the Exchange QGD?
 on: 12/07/21 at 20:03:43 
TonyRo wrote on 12/06/21 at 19:09:32:
Food for thought.


1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. cd5 ed5 5. Bg5 c6 6. e3 h6 7. Bh4 Be7 8. Bd3 O-O 9. Qc2 Re8 10. Nge2 a5!?
The idea seems to be to follow-up with ...b5 at some point.
11. O-O Nbd7 12. f3 not forced, but somewhat thematic for Nge2 lines.
12...b5 13. e4 b4 14. Na4 de4 15. fe4 Ne4 16. Be7 Qe7 17. Qxc6 Nd2!? unclear. Black's rook hangs, but he threatens Qe3ch winning the bishop in addition to the rook.
Is this any good? Unless your name is Alekhine, you might want to consult an engine.
18. Qa8 Nf6 19. Nf4 Qe3 20. Kh1 Bd7 21. Rfe1 Qe1 22. Re1 Ra8 23. Nb6 Re8 24. Re8 Be8 25. Nfd5 Nd5 26. Nd5 Kf8.
Black is worried that his knight will be trapped.
27. Kg1 Bc6 28. Ne3 g6. Black will play ...f5 and ...Ne4.
Stockfish still favors white a little (SF +23) but I think the game is as equal as it looks.

8  Chess Publishing Openings / Daring Defences to 1. d4 / Dutch / Re: 2100 refute the dutch
 on: 12/07/21 at 17:12:17 
Sinn wrote on 12/07/21 at 15:56:01:
1. d4 f5 2. Bg5 h6 3. Bh4 g5 4. e3 Bg7 5. Bg3 c5 6. c3 d5 7. h4 g4 8. Ne2 Nf6 9. Nf4 Nc6 10. Nd2 O-O 11. Be2 e6 12. O-O

I found this back in my notes of 2019 and stopped here. I thought at that time it could be an alternative for Qb6 but only as a second choice.

9  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. d4 d5 2. c4 / Re: Georgiev on Slav Gambits & Catalan
 on: 12/06/21 at 14:32:41 
The second volume (Ragozin, Vienna, Chebanenko, Tarrasch, Schara-Hennig, QGD 3…a6 or 3…Bb4)
is now announced for January 15th.

There‘s an interesting pdf sample (15 pages) at -> Future Plans .

tracke Smiley

10  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 - Non-Spanish / Vienna / Re: Best coverage of 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4?
 on: 12/05/21 at 20:27:34 
grandpatzer wrote on 12/05/21 at 14:43:49:
an ordinary chessplayer wrote on 12/04/21 at 22:03:17:
Yes, Lane covers this, chapter 7, nine games, 14 pages. His words are encouraging for white, but his moves are not.

Is he covering all of Black's plausible replies?

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4
It depends what you consider plausible, which in turn depends on the level of your opponents. Lane covers 3...exf4 (eight games) and 3...Bc5 (one game) in chapter 7. That seems about right. If weaker moves than that are plausible, Lane's book is more than good enough for your needs. After 3...exf4 Lane is covering three white systems: Hamppe-Allgaier Gambit 4.Nf3 g5 5.h4 (two games), Pierce Gambit 4.Nf3 g5 5.d4 (five games), and Steinitz Gambit 4.d4 (one game).

MNb wrote on 12/04/21 at 17:40:03:
There are no new developments in the KG Declined with 3...Bc5 4.Nf3 d6 5.Bb5 (5.Bc4 Bg4 6.Na4 exf4) Nge7 either.

Lane doesn't consider 5...Nge7 at all.  Sad

grandpatzer wrote on 12/04/21 at 14:27:23:
Is there a good (fairly recent) book about the Gambit line 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4?

If you are considering getting Lane, and are really keen on the Vienna Game, then perhaps you will be interested in the Fritztrainer CD: Gregory Huber (2005) The Vienna Game. It's not a book, but since you don't seem to care about the "recent" requirement, maybe you also don't care about the "book" requirement.

This is my last post on Gary Lane's book. If @grandpatzer has any more questions about it, someone else will have to answer.

11  Other / Chess and Computers / Re: Stockfish 14.1
 on: 12/05/21 at 09:22:09 
Meanwhile I just finished testing on my strongest/newest PC the latest version of Leela. Also for that engine I don't notice any (serious) progress since July.

Stockfish 14 - Lc0 july (v027 with highest ordo-network at that time available) : 53,5 - 46,5

Stockfish 14.1 - Lc0 july (v027 with highest ordo-network at that time available) : 52,5 - 47,5

Stockfish 14 - Lc0 december (v028 with highest ordo-network now available): 55 - 45

Conclusion I stick for my analysis with the engines I am working since July.

Coincidence or not but TCEC only organized this year 1 full season while previous years we had multiple seasons.
- Lack of financial support? New hardware and electricity became much more expensive.
- There is a waning interest of the organizers for this kind of championships?
- A minimum of rating-gain was not achieved last half year by the developers of the top-engines to start a new season?

12  Other / Endgames / Re: Easy to Read Endgame Books
 on: 12/04/21 at 20:09:14 
iggistiv wrote on 12/04/21 at 18:34:26:
Thanks for all your suggestions.  The Snape and Pandolfini books look like they'd be great for this little exercise.  I was hoping to get some visualization training while doing this, so I'm staying away from the forward chess, but a tablet with some sort of kindle is a fantastic idea.  Those Ken Neat books rare and kinda expensive, but they look pretty good too.

I have a Kindle Fire 10 HD and use it as described.  The current version is typically about $100 when on sale. If you sideload the Google Play store you can add Forward Chess etc. (or anything built for "real" Android phones and tablets).  Good luck with brushing up on your endgames!

13  Chess Publishing General / Discussion / Re: Chesspublishing on Gchess
 on: 12/04/21 at 10:03:54 
mattchess wrote on 12/04/21 at 05:15:12:
I have been very happy with GChess - they have been adding features at a pretty amazing pace.

Yes, I agree, for anyone who plays serious online blitz it is a remarkable resource.

14  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 - Non-Spanish / Re: A disreputable opening repertoire by Jonathan Tait
 on: 12/03/21 at 22:40:18 
grandpatzer wrote on 12/02/21 at 22:09:32:
Anyway, the volume for Black vs. other moves than 1.e4 should be a good follow up! I always wondered if there is a way to play very boldly vs. the Reti, Double Fianchetto, English, Larsen, etc. etc...

I usually answer 1 Nf3 with 1...Nc6. If White then plays 2 e4 you won't need another book Grin

15  Chess Publishing Openings / Nimzo and Benonis / Re: Nimzo and Queen’s Indian book by Nigel Davies
 on: 12/03/21 at 17:37:12 
Yes, it should be very interesting to know the suggested lines for Black...

16  General / General Chess / Re: Grandmaster Gambits: 1 e4 Palliser Williams
 on: 12/03/21 at 17:34:23 
It looks like this book is now widely available

17  Other / Chess and Computers / Re: Please! Tell me I'm not screwed.
 on: 12/03/21 at 15:28:14 
Any other comments are welcome, but I can work with that. Thx!

18  General / General Chess / Re: Iossif Dorfman-- Outposts.
 on: 12/02/21 at 02:32:43 
A classic example of this problem occurs with the word "combination." Some people (like Soltis) use it to denote long attacking sequences, but not flurries of minor tactics; some (like Lasker or Capablanca) use it as a synonym for any good tactical find beyond the simplest ones; and Botvinnik tried to alter the definition by fiat to include only sequences with a sacrifice, i.e. at least one moment in which you give up material. Beim devotes a number of pages to this definition in his calculation book and comes up with some interesting ideas, but his is more a psychological than a linguistic investigation.

I think it's fine to use the expression flexibly. No one is deceived, no one confused if it is used in any of the above ways, but to attempt to define a word is to suggest that others use it the way you have in mind. If you are not a patriarch and you want to get a good reception, the suggestion had better be (1)natural, (2)useful, and (3)not confusing.

When I read "advanced outpost," I just think of some outpost that is relatively far up the board in the given situation. To distinguish blockading outposts, eternal outposts, double-protected outposts, dominating or imprisoning outposts, etc. (just to make up a few) is possible but perhaps best done in the ordinary course of one's prose without making a definition.

19  General / General Chess / Re: forum doesnt have the option to input a board?
 on: 11/30/21 at 20:43:02 
there it is. it works, pretty nice.

20  Other / Chess and Computers / Re: Where can download engines rated 2300, 2400, 2500?
 on: 11/30/21 at 07:30:32 
i have fritz, but i think the best is to download rated engines in the 2300, 2400, and 2500 category.

21  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 Spanish / Re: Caruana's 3 DVD's on Ruy López for White
 on: 11/30/21 at 06:35:57 
bragesjo wrote on 11/29/21 at 05:24:06:
The book and DVDs has the same omitions since the book is a transcription of the DVDs and no updated lines. There are even more lines  not covered, I discovered it in Correspondence Chess games. One example are Berlin with Bc5 are not covered at all, and some lines Bc5 lines where Nge7 was not covered only Nf6 (not that he line is good I got 1.5 of 2 vs the same even rated player in Correspondence Chess, I was close to win both). I was preparing for a game at local club and the Jänisch covered dissmissed an entire sub variation with a single correct start move move, but I met him before so I knew theory and won anyway.

But dont get me wrong I realy like the book, its deadly in over the board games and playable in Correspondence Chess as well but possible complement are advised in Correspondence Chess.

Thanks. I'll probably get the book but keep my other Ruy Lopez books I have that cover lines that Caruana missed.

22  General / General Chess / Re: Openings with Piece Sacrifices - list
 on: 11/29/21 at 21:14:28 
this is a chaotic line which starts with a nice sacrifice of the knight on f7:

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5 9. Ne5 Bb7 10. Be2 Nbd7 11. O-O Bg7 12. Nxf7 Kxf7 13. e5 Nd5 14. Ne4 *

23  Chess Publishing General / Discussion / Publications ala old website
 on: 11/29/21 at 03:08:50 use to publish books based on entries to their blog columns, how about creating a publication based on the very best of chess publishing during a year?

24  General / General Chess / Re: Coffeehouse 1.e4 Repertoire by Gawain Jones
 on: 11/28/21 at 23:23:43 
Thanks CbT and Zarvox. I had similar impressions. It is safe enough, white is unlikely to get into trouble, but it is a bit dry too. Handy as a low-theory way to play a game, perhaps.

Fantasy, Advance with Short (Nf3, Be2) or Tal (h4, Bd3), or straight Nd2-b3. Ah, choices...

25  General / General Chess / Re: fastest ways to become GM
 on: 11/28/21 at 19:37:36 
i find this to be entirely true.