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Win with the Stonewall Dutch by Agdestein et al.    
  17 (32.7%)
The English Opening, V. 1 by Marin    
  19 (36.5%)
Playing the Queen's Gambit by Schandorff    
  16 (30.8%)




Total votes: 52
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Re: Opening book of the year
Reply #115 - 02/24/10 at 12:33:18
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Nice to see my Idea grown up. I am curious about the final result, although I have a clear favourite!! Cheesy
  
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Re: Opening book of the year
Reply #114 - 02/24/10 at 09:48:33
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Re: Opening book of the year
Reply #113 - 02/24/10 at 00:44:25
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Yes, there are only three options because these are the three finalists.  You must vote in this poll for your vote to count even if you voted in the earlier poll.
  
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Re: Opening book of the year
Reply #112 - 02/23/10 at 22:50:11
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Why are there only three options? Weren't there a lot more at one stage?
  

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Re: Opening book of the year
Reply #111 - 02/23/10 at 19:41:43
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Re: Opening book of the year
Reply #110 - 02/20/10 at 12:30:46
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TN wrote on 02/20/10 at 12:26:35:
I was originally intending to vote for Marin's work but changed my mind shortly after I learned that Marin's 1.c4 repertoire will be in 3 volumes


Why would this make you change your mind?
  

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Re: Opening book of the year
Reply #109 - 02/20/10 at 12:26:35
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Bumping the thread again, to ensure it doesn't disappear from the top 20 threads during the voting period.

For the record, I voted for Agdestein's Stonewall book. I was originally intending to vote for Marin's work but changed my mind shortly after I learned that Marin's 1.c4 repertoire will be in 3 volumes (not that I have anything against this decision).

Obviously we can't see the votes, but I suspect that it will be a rather close poll.
  

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Re: Opening book of the year
Reply #108 - 02/15/10 at 20:46:00
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Re: Opening book of the year
Reply #107 - 02/14/10 at 00:12:53
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I only own one of these books so feel it unfair to vote against the others (which I haven't read).
Two are repertoire books with different first moves, so I'm guessing a lot of people, like me, wouldn't own them both. The third is a bit specialist.

Maybe it's possible to vote as a 'fan' of a book (that you own) or system rather than the actual worth of the book in comparison to the others. But not sure 'book of the year' is usually a popularity contest.
My guess is Marin's English book will win  Roll Eyes.
  
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Re: Opening book of the year
Reply #106 - 02/13/10 at 22:17:34
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Voting about Linares is easier than voting about books I haven't read.  Wink
  

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Re: Opening book of the year
Reply #105 - 02/13/10 at 20:46:35
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Smyslov_Fan wrote on 02/13/10 at 18:15:21:
This is weird, but there are fewer votes so far than in the Linares poll.  Where is everyone?  (Or does limiting it to members really make that much of a difference?)


I haven't bought any of these books, so I didn't vote.
  

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Re: Opening book of the year
Reply #104 - 02/13/10 at 18:15:21
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This is weird, but there are fewer votes so far than in the Linares poll.  Where is everyone?  (Or does limiting it to members really make that much of a difference?)
  
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Re: Opening book of the year
Reply #103 - 02/13/10 at 16:30:14
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Smyslov_Fan wrote on 02/13/10 at 15:48:02:
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I dont think this promising chinese youngster is in the list
  

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Re: Opening book of the year
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Re: Opening book of the year
Reply #101 - 02/12/10 at 07:52:29
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There are many aspects of an opening book.

  • Does it cover all the variations its supposed to do?
  • Is it up to date?
  • Does it contain original analyses?
  • Are the analyses good?
  • Are there lots of explanations?
  • Is it well written?
  • Is the format good?
  • Does it handle transpositions well?
  • Is the opening itself good (theoretically)?
  • Is the opening good for you (at your level, for your style)?
  • Is the book good for you at your level?
  • Is the layout of the book good?


The Stonewall book has an interesting format and is written in an engaging style, which I think makes it a very attractive book.

I also like de la Villas engaging style and format. The brief summaries are quite useful.

In the Chesscafe competition (of all books, not just opening books) the Zuke 'em book was included. I assume it has an attractive format for the intended audience.
  

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