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Re: New Alekhine defence book
Reply #63 - 05/05/10 at 14:55:30
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Well, in the pdf-extract you can see the layout: it´s not especially narrow. And most cited games in the notes are given in full! With another layout the content could have easily been printed in (the usual) 192 pages.
Besides, some space is (imo) somewhat wasted. for example, 12 pages to show that black is fine after 4.Nf3 dxe5 5.dxe5 Bg4 ! Also the light treatise of 2.Nc3 e5 is not really necessary. Either you do this in depth or you just mention 2...e5! like Davies did.

Against 4.Bc4 Nb6 5.Bb3 Taylor recommends 5...d5 because 5...dxe5 and 5...Bf5 are "objectively inferior". I do not agree. - The chapters about Kengis and Miles/Carlsen are written in an entertaining style but I doubt if a reader of Cox or Davies, who in the last 5 years has drawn 30 seconds of attention to every GM game in these lines, learns anything substantial new. And too often Taylor says something like ~ "Don´t care about how big white´s small advantage really is - black is almost equal and your opponents will not be able to take use of their space advantage without overextending in time-trouble, you´re not playing Anand" .

It´s not a really bad or boring book but it imo doesn´t take the theory of Alekhine Defence further at any of its critical points.

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Re: New Alekhine defence book
Reply #62 - 05/04/10 at 21:37:54
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That's disappointing, tracke. I thought that surely with more pages available than either Davies or Cox, and a focused repertoire format, he must be able to provide deeper analysis!?

I was particularly looking forward to the chapters on the Kengis, Exchange and Four Pawns. Is there really no original analysis there compared to the Cox, Davies and Burgess (New Ideas) books i already have?
  

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Re: New Alekhine defence book
Reply #61 - 05/04/10 at 13:20:18
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Got my copy this morning (from Niggemann). After two hours of reading (without seriously checking lines) I´m very much dissapointed: it´s just another Starting Out without contributing real analysis in any line ... The controversial chapter about 5...g6 against 4P is maybe the most interesting: no convincing analysis but at least a collection of some slightly annotated games.
Many repertoire choices are unsual or simply strange (as strange as calling 4e4 the most critical line in the Budapest). Taylor´s chapter about 2Nc3, 2d3, 2f3[sic!] etc. makes me laughing and crying the same time.

For Alekhine beginners 1500-1800 I would rate this book 7 stars (out of 10) though the slightly outdated books from Cox or Davies would do the same job. Experienced Alekhine players 2000+ will need this book only for sake of completeness (3/10).

Maybe it´s me and I don´t understand his creative and thought-provoking style.

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Re: NEW ALEKHINE DEFENCE BOOK
Reply #60 - 04/28/10 at 17:02:31
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Looks like Taylor will focus almost entirely on the lines I have considered for Black! In my admittedly rare episodes of Alekhine's wannabe-ism, that is...

The most controversial choice is surely 5...g6 against the 4 pawns; but it's certainly combative.

Also the Miles variation has almost totally replaced the Kengis on GM level, you'd think that the Kengis must be at least somewhat inferior. In that respect I was a bit suprised to see Burgess' "New Ideas in the Alekhine" missing from the bibliography; I thought that was an essential source on the Kengis!?

At least we can rely on Taylor to provide a personal perspective and original, unbiased analysis.
  

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Re: NEW ALEKHINE DEFENCE BOOK
Reply #59 - 04/28/10 at 15:47:47
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against the exchange he proposes to take with the e-pawn
  
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Re: NEW ALEKHINE DEFENCE BOOK
Reply #58 - 04/28/10 at 13:30:28
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I ordered it from Amazon with standard delivery and they gave me a delivery date in the second half of May. 

You can go on Amazon and read some of the material in the book, including the intro.  Versus the Modern he treats the Miles and the Kengis.  I could not discern what he proposes versus the Exchange.
  

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Re: NEW ALEKHINE DEFENCE BOOK
Reply #57 - 04/28/10 at 11:47:08
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And really available?  Smiley
  

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Re: NEW ALEKHINE DEFENCE BOOK
Reply #56 - 04/27/10 at 19:42:52
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Re: NEW ALEKHINE DEFENCE BOOK
Reply #55 - 04/23/10 at 22:25:03
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Back in the 'coming soon' section now. Yawn.
  
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Re: NEW ALEKHINE DEFENCE BOOK
Reply #54 - 04/22/10 at 11:57:23
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It's best to ignore, or at least not to get excited about, all this teasing that the chess publishers do.
  

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Re: NEW ALEKHINE DEFENCE BOOK
Reply #53 - 04/22/10 at 04:27:41
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I must admit that my interest in the book has waned somewhat. We having awaiting the book for over six months and the time lapse is testing even the strongest attention span. When it is in my hands I will accept it for what it is, of late it has been nothing but anticipation and frustration. Now it has just become boring. Angry
  
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Re: NEW ALEKHINE DEFENCE BOOK
Reply #52 - 04/21/10 at 15:17:39
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I pre-ordered at Amazon. They are showing "Delivery Estimate: May 21, 2010 - May 25, 2010". This hasn't changed since I placed the order a couple of weeks ago, so hopefully it is reliable.

This book does seem to have had a difficult birth, doesn't it?

  
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Re: NEW ALEKHINE DEFENCE BOOK
Reply #51 - 04/21/10 at 10:33:14
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Really funny

Taylor's book appeared in the coming soon session.
later on we saw a pdf (interesting).
Then, in Amazon we were able to see some excerpts.

Now, the book is no longer in the coming soon section neither in the
out section.

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Re: NEW ALEKHINE DEFENCE BOOK
Reply #50 - 04/02/10 at 22:56:14
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Thanks. The book looks interesting
  
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Re: NEW ALEKHINE DEFENCE BOOK
Reply #49 - 04/02/10 at 22:38:41
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In addition to the .pdf excerpt on Everyman's site there is now a new extract on Amazon's UK site for those interested. An index of games is included, too.
  
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