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Re: Palliser's Anti-Sicilians book
Reply #78 - 08/29/09 at 20:54:29
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The move 6. c4 after 1 e4 c5 2 b4 cb4 3 a3 d5 4 ed5 Qd5 5 Nf3 e5 is not covered in Palliser's book. He only deals with 6 Bb2 Nc6 7 c4, where he recommends 7... Qe4 (Palliser: !)
My question: What should Black do after 6 c4 ? 6... Qe6 looks natural, but after 7 Bb2 Nc6 we are back to 6 Bb2 Nc6 7 c4 Qe6, a position Palliser tried to avoid.
6... Qe4 could have have his drawbacks, as the bishop may be better on c1 than on b2 in this variation.
  
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Reply #77 - 08/03/09 at 21:22:34
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thanks for the anwser.
  
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Reply #76 - 08/03/09 at 06:31:18
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schtroumfechecs wrote on 08/02/09 at 19:12:25:
Hi,

Did the palliser's book covers 1.e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 ?


Yes.  In brief.
  
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Reply #75 - 08/02/09 at 19:12:25
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Hi,

Did the palliser's book covers 1.e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 ?
  
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Reply #74 - 04/08/08 at 11:01:38
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In response to Templare2, do I really recommend 11 Be3 Bd6 12 Qb3 Qb4 13 Qxb4 Bxb4, rather than 13...Nxb4 which I'm sure that I gave (and also 13 g4 Bg6 14 Qxb4 Nxb4)? This recapture still looks best to me, although whether 13...Bxb4 14 g4 Bg6 15 Ne5 0-0 is so bad I'm not sure. After 16 Nxc6 bxc6 17 Rac1 Rfd8 18 Bf3 Rac8 Black looks pretty solid and it's not easy for W to increase the pressure. The alternative is 16 Nxg6 hxg6, but what does Sveshnikov want to do next? Black again looks solid and OK to my eye: ...Ne7-d5 and doubling rooks on the d-file are two plans.
  
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Reply #73 - 04/02/08 at 02:03:17
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Richard's Bg4xf3 idea in the Closed has been played many times on the White side of the English (more commonly against KID setups where White plays d3 instead of d4, but also where Black puts the pawn on f5 in one move).

I am not sure how helpful it is to think of the sicilian as a reverse English or vice versa. The structures are of course similar, but the objectives are fundamentally distinct - in the English white should be looking for an edge, in the Closed Sicilian Black should be looking to equalise. The extra move changes the character of the position (and the risks the position can sustain) quite dramatically.

If you start reasoning by analogy on anything beyond structural considerations you are likely to find yourself in trouble pretty fast.
  
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Re: Palliser's Anti-Sicilians book
Reply #72 - 03/28/08 at 16:23:00
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I’d also like to put in a word for this highly practical and instructive book.
Perhaps I am biased, being a Pirc player, but I like the …Nf6 basis of the recommendations against the Closed Sicilian. I am finding it interesting to read this book in conjunction with Donaldson and Hansen’s new ‘Strategic Opening Repertoire for White’, which recommends similar lines to Palliser against the King’s Indian, with colours reversed. When Palliser mentions the interesting and little-known line 1 e4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 g3 g6 4 Bg2 Bg7 5 d3 d6 6 f4 Nf6 7 Nf3 Bg4!? he says it borrows an idea from the Pirc Austrian Attack, but you could equally say it’s borrowed from the English; D&C have a whole section on this bishop-swap idea and even give a game in the Closed Sicilian.
Sometimes, even direct transpositions are possible. For example, take a plausible line that could arise from D&C’s repertoire, 1 Nf3 d6 2 c4 e5 3 Nc3 f5 4 g3 Nf6 5 Bg2 g6 6 0-0 Bg7 7 d3 0-0. D&C don’t consider this position, but it’s a logical way for Black to play. Now something like 8 b4!? e4 9 Nd4 c5 10 Nc2 looks plausible. I haven’t really examined this, it’s just a thought – but  now we have a position that Palliser gives as satisfactory for Black (i.e. in this case White!) – in my example Black has played …c5 in one go whereas in Palliser White has spent a move on c3 first.
Incidentally, in his review on chesscafe, Hansen has come up with an interesting objection to one of Palliser’s lines – in the Closed Sicilian with Be3.
We’re used to thinking of 1 c4 e5 as a reversed Sicilian – maybe we should start thinking of 1 e4 c5 as a reversed English…
  
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Re: Palliser's Anti-Sicilians book
Reply #71 - 03/28/08 at 01:36:41
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I thought I might be able to add something to this discussion.

Richard does seem to be producing a lot of books these days, but then again he likes what he is doing and takes pride in the quality of his books, so it is wrong to judge the quality of his books by reference to the quantity he is producing.

Bottom line: this is a guy who could have gone on to become an academic and write tedious history articles that future Oxford undergrads would be forced to read, summarise and reluctantly critique (at Cambridge they would of course be discrediting rather than critiquing). Instead he has directed his academic interests toward chess literature, and I for one think we are considerably better off for it.

The anti-sicilian book is pretty damn good, as is his beating unusual openings effort (these are the only of Palliser's works which I have recently purchased - of his older works Play 1.d4 and Tango are both very good also).

I think that it is also important, when considering chess books, to view each work in the correct context. Some books are written from the heart with a lot of passion (Ward's first book on the Dragon, my own work on the Dragon, Wells' work on the Semi-Slav, Rowson's Grunfeld book are just a few that spring to mind) whereas other books are written to fill a hole in the market and are largely functional. Very few people are going to have several years' experience in particular anti-sicilian lines that they are just bursting to share, if only because it is not worth investing the same amount of preparation time in developing stunning novelties (the pay-off is just too low when there are several good routes to playable positions).

If the book is functional the task then becomes one of identifying which lines are strong/interesting, researching them thoroughly, explaining the concepts underlying such systems, checking for novelties and errors in the analysis, and finally presenting the information in an accessible and engaging fashion. Coming from the academic background that he does Richard is unusually good at this.

Another point, which I think is often overlooked, is that a strong player can produce something along the lines of a "Starting Out in the Najdorf" guide relatively quickly - if they are already familiar with the theory and the ideas, then actually this is a relatively short job (the hardest task is probably working out what you can legitimately leave out of the book so as to keep things simple!). That doesn't in any way diminish the quality of the book, nor does it undermine the larger projects that an author may be working on - it is simply a different product that must be judged on its own merits.

Anyway, that's my bit for this discussion.

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Reply #70 - 03/19/08 at 15:04:32
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I've a question for Mr. Palliser about His book "Fighting the Anti-Sicilian".

The  Alapin/Sveshnikov  is the most annoying line in the Sicilian at club level ( and may be at the international level too) so Your Line A is a welcomed suggestion.

But after 1. e4 c5  2. c3 d5   3. exd5 Qxd5  4. d4 Nc6  5. Nf3 Bg4  6. Be2 cxd4  7. cxd4 e6  8. h3 Bh5  9. Nc3 Qa5  10. 0-0 Nf6  11. Be3 Bd6 ( or Be7) Your main line for White is 12. a3 and in the note "a" You analyse   12. Qb3 Qb4  13. Qxb4 Bxb4

In this particular position You look only at 14. Nb5 but Sveshnikov in his book suggests 14. g6 Bg6  15. Ne5 0-0 ( if 15.., Bxc3  16. bxc3 Nxe5  17. dxe5 Nd5  18. Bd2 +=) and now  16. Nxc6 and 16. Nxg6 are both favourables to White according to Sveshnikov.

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Reply #69 - 03/14/08 at 07:55:02
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I'm considering buying this book.  Against the open sicilian, I always play the Dragon.  Would I be able to use the lines in this book without having to worry about White move-ordering me into playing some sort of non-Dragon open sicilian?  Thanks.
  
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Reply #68 - 10/04/07 at 15:01:59
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Palliser deserves his good reviews. He appears conscientious, is very thorough indeed and has a clear writing style.

Only minor downside in all his books so far was that the anti-anti-sicilian book omitted too many lines for my liking.
But this is compared with the many, many positives.

Regarding output. Certain other writers appear to have let things slide as their output grows, but Palliser appears to be keeping his end up very well. 'Productive' perchance, rather than prolific.

Re: British unis. I went to 2. No, antillian, you dont have to work too hard. Amazing how many games of pool you can play.
  
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Reply #67 - 10/04/07 at 02:25:58
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Yep....indeed, unfortunately "prolific" is a bad, bad word when used to refer to a chess writer. However, having said that, I have three of Palliser's books and another book partly  written by him.

So far, I must say I am not dissappointed. And he seems to get glowing reviews with all his books. How does he do it? I wonder sometimes.

I think I read somewhere that Palliser is a university student? But i stand to be corrected. Perhaps this is proof that British universities aren't as tough anymore as they pretend to be  Grin




Disclaimer: I am not British, but I am a commonwealth citizen and I did do my postgraduate education at a British university so I am allowed to poke fun  Tongue
  

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Reply #66 - 10/03/07 at 22:35:39
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bulgroz wrote on 09/20/07 at 10:28:41:
Mr Palliser is simply unbelievable...
He has just finished a theoretical book on the Anti-sicilian that another one is ready to be published.

See for yourself: http://www.everymanchess.com/display.php?id=449

I think he must have entered the fourth dimension where a day is not 24h but extends to a mere 30 or 40h  Grin

I have bought some of his books at the beginning (Play 1.d4), but now I refrain from doing so anymore...


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Reply #65 - 10/03/07 at 22:03:44
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bulgroz wrote on 09/20/07 at 15:04:45:
Hi Alumbrado.
Glad to see i'm not the only one !
Well, Mr Palliser has released none less than 6 books in 2007, as a quick search in amazon.com will tell you.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_adv_b/?search-alias=stripbooks&field-keyw...

5 of them were opening books, 2 on the sicilian defence !


2 of them were the new Everyman CDs, containing the chessbase files of books previously published i.e. not written this year.  Beating Unconventional openings (a good book, btw) would have been written last year to be released so early this year.

So, as a full time working in chess publishing the output for 2007 is:

1 starting out guide (SO the Colle)
1 puzzle book
1 repertoire book (Fighting the Anti-Sicilians)

That certainly doesn't feel like a tremendous amount to me for a year's output.

Bear in mind that a strong player and theoreotician like Richard who has played the Sicilian for years will have a lot of analysis on Anti-Sicilian lines already.

For what it's worth, I also think Fighting the Anti-Sicilians is an excellent book - if you liked Richard's previous works that you have, and given the fact that everyone who has read it praises it - if you are interested in the subject material, you should give it a go.
  
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Re: Palliser's Anti-Sicilians book
Reply #64 - 09/27/07 at 22:35:48
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bulgroz wrote on 09/26/07 at 13:40:33:
I have bought Palliser's Tango and Play 1.d4 books, and they are quite good.
But these ones have been produced at the beginning of Mr Palliser chess books writing career.

Not when he releases 6 books a year.


Bulgroz,

You're assuming that quantity means a lack of quality.  It may sometimes, but not in this case.  Fighting the Anti-Sicilians is also quite good.

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