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Re: Best Queen's Gambit book?
Reply #36 - 10/09/07 at 21:02:59
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Markovich wrote on 10/09/07 at 11:35:02:
Times change, maybe because this sort of information is now much more conveniently distributed in magnetic form.  Indeed, I very often wish that chess books came with CDs inside the back cover, the way some computer books do.


Sounds a bit like what Marin has done with his book on the Open Games and the Ruy Lopez: text and discussion, and tables at the end of each chapter with theory and analysis...
  

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Re: Best Queen's Gambit book?
Reply #35 - 10/09/07 at 12:22:15
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Markovich, Willempie

Thank you to both of you for posting your views on this text. Very helpful and will venture a purchase.

Have Dembo's Grunfeld book, so the comparison gives me a fair idea. I actually liked Dembo's book.

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Re: Best Queen's Gambit book?
Reply #34 - 10/09/07 at 11:35:02
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Willempie wrote on 10/09/07 at 08:38:41:
Yes that is exactly why I dont like it. The analysis are good as far as I can tell, but I just couldnt get through it. Whence I think I loaned it out to someone.


In that case, you won't like Dembo's nice little book on the Gruenfeld.  She offers a tree of well-selected variations and some fresh ideas, but very little insight beyond such remarks as "the game is dynamically equal" or "White lacks full compensation for his pawn."  Nevertheless, I liked it for its concision; Janjgava's work similarly.  Time was, almost all theory books were written this way, especially those originating in the East.  All you needed to read a German chess book was a little chess German. 

Times change, maybe because this sort of information is now much more conveniently distributed in magnetic form.  Indeed, I very often wish that chess books came with CDs inside the back cover, the way some computer books do.
  

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Re: Best Queen's Gambit book?
Reply #33 - 10/09/07 at 08:38:41
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Yes that is exactly why I dont like it. The analysis are good as far as I can tell, but I just couldnt get through it. Whence I think I loaned it out to someone.
  

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Re: Best Queen's Gambit book?
Reply #32 - 10/08/07 at 14:32:04
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Willempie wrote on 10/08/07 at 11:35:23:
Bibs wrote on 10/08/07 at 10:43:51:
Willempie,

Was thinking of buying the Janjgava QG/Catalan book. What's wrong with it? No chess thus chessbook here so cant browse for myself.
Database dump? No explanatory text?

thank you in advance

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I certainly wouldnt call it a database dump. But it has as much explanations as a music score.


It has "explanations" that mostly are just say that one side or the other it better, or that it's equal.  It's an old style of writing openings books.  I do think that the book is valuable for the lines that it treats, which are the Tartakover; the Lasker; the black side of the Exchange; ditto the Catalan.  If I were going to take up the QDG, I'd take a serious look at it.
  

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Re: Best Queen's Gambit book?
Reply #31 - 10/08/07 at 11:35:23
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Bibs wrote on 10/08/07 at 10:43:51:
Willempie,

Was thinking of buying the Janjgava QG/Catalan book. What's wrong with it? No chess thus chessbook here so cant browse for myself.
Database dump? No explanatory text?

thank you in advance

Bibs

I certainly wouldnt call it a database dump. But it has as much explanations as a music score.
  

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Re: Best Queen's Gambit book?
Reply #30 - 10/08/07 at 10:43:51
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Willempie,

Was thinking of buying the Janjgava QG/Catalan book. What's wrong with it? No chess thus chessbook here so cant browse for myself.
Database dump? No explanatory text?

thank you in advance

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Re: Best Queen's Gambit book?
Reply #29 - 10/08/07 at 09:48:27
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TalJechin wrote on 10/07/07 at 09:52:07:
HgMan wrote on 10/06/07 at 16:13:51:
It would be very interesting to see a Black repertoire based on the Ragozin/Vienna...


Indeed, and it may be time for a white repertoire in the Catalan too. Maybe Larry Kaufman could do a new double repertoire?!  Smiley

I suggest "drawing with d4" as title Grin

But in any case it would indeed be nice to have a book which has a black repertoire based on the QGD and includes stuff as the catalan. There is one book by Jangjava, but I find it unreadable.
  

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Reply #28 - 10/08/07 at 02:51:20
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I know it's been mentioned numerous times, but Ward's book is very interesting and useful for enterprising players going for the full point.
  
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Re: Best Queen's Gambit book?
Reply #27 - 10/07/07 at 16:11:04
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Bogdan Lalic covered the Ragozin, the Westphalia and the Vienna in his book on Bg5 systems.  I don't play these, so can't speak to the quality of the coverage or whether Lalic's choices are still relevant.

More generally, Kasparov's DVD provides a good overview of the whole QGD, including a nice lecture on ..h6 and some looks at great games.

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Re: Best Queen's Gambit book?
Reply #26 - 10/07/07 at 09:52:07
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HgMan wrote on 10/06/07 at 16:13:51:
It would be very interesting to see a Black repertoire based on the Ragozin/Vienna...


Indeed, and it may be time for a white repertoire in the Catalan too. Maybe Larry Kaufman could do a new double repertoire?!  Smiley
  
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Re: Best Queen's Gambit book?
Reply #25 - 10/07/07 at 09:22:39
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HgMan,

The Tartakover is still played at high levels, but I haven't seen many Lasker variations or Pillsbury attacks.  I know the Pillsbury is still popular up to a certain level but I too look for more thorough coverage of the QGD as it's played today.  

I think I won't be much more successful than game collections such as Shirov's Fire On Board, Kasparov's My Great Predecessors Series and Khalifman's Opening for White series.

If you find a book or a series that explains the variations without just providing a database dump, let me know!

Cheers!

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Re: Best Queen's Gambit book?
Reply #24 - 10/06/07 at 16:13:51
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It would be very interesting to see a Black repertoire based on the Ragozin/Vienna...
  

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Re: Best Queen's Gambit book?
Reply #23 - 10/06/07 at 15:03:28
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I agree Mcdonald's Starting Out is a solid effort, but I had hoped for more variations and theoretical assessments (as in say Cox's Alekhine), perhaps i'm just not the target audience of Mcdonald's work. haven't seen the new Rizzitano to compare to Mcdonald's, but from the samples on the Gambit website it seems Mcdonald's gives considerably more verbal explanation than Rizzitano and will be more useful for the novice in this opening.

Actually, i'm still looking for the QG book that deals adequately with the modern lines, e.g. 5. Bf4, Ragozin, Vienna, with bang up-to-date theory. Now THAT will be one relevant book. I mean, are the old Bg5 main lines (lasker, tartakower etc) really played so much today?!
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Re: Best Queen's Gambit book?
Reply #22 - 10/06/07 at 14:22:42
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BTW,

I learned the Queen's Gambit from Alekhin's My Best Games of Chess and  a few other classic game collections.  Maybe that's still the best way to go, as others have mentioned.
  
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