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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #428 - 04/10/16 at 06:23:31
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PatzerNoster wrote on 04/05/16 at 21:58:39:
Nice to see you are still looking for ideas and upholding the Killer Sicilan against toughest opposition!  Smiley

I do what I can. I just took a deeper look tonight to confirm, and yeah, I still don't see much of anything real for White. The positions are messy of course - it's an a-pawn vs. the center, but most Kalashnikov players should be comfortable throwing their queenside away for mobile central pawns!  Cheesy
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #427 - 04/05/16 at 21:58:39
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@Tony: 15. ... h6 is an interesting idea, it seems that Black's big pawn centre compensates for the passed a-pawn. I analysed a bit but couldn't find something convincing, maybe there is a way to a very slight edge for White, but in practice the pawn centre should be worth a lot.

Nice to see you are still looking for ideas and upholding the Killer Sicilan against toughest opposition!  Smiley
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #426 - 04/04/16 at 16:15:13
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tipau wrote on 04/04/16 at 11:11:19:
It crosses over with Tony's book in the 3...Nf6 variation, where Robin offers an interesting idea: 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d3 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.b3!?

Yes, I saw that he recommended that - I'll have to check it out! Quite an insightful idea!
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #425 - 04/04/16 at 11:11:19
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I saw a new video series on Chess24 by Robin Van Kampen on the Rossolimo variation (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5).

It crosses over with Tony's book in the 3...Nf6 variation, where Robin offers an interesting idea: 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d3 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.b3!?. At first look I quite like it. White aims to prevent Black's natural set-up of ...Nf6-d7 and ...e7-e5.

Worth checking out if you play the 3...Nf6 recommendation.
  

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Reply #424 - 03/17/16 at 14:50:54
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At first, it seems to me like White should have an edge in this line, but there is nothing really concrete from what I can tell. The a-pawn isn't that scary. Stockfish 7 seems to like 20. Bc4 in favor of 20. a5, and that adds to the impression that Black's forces are a bit uncoordinated. However, the pawn center and the knight, together with the pressure down the c-file apparently secure Black enough play.

15...h6 is interesting, a nice waiting move and prepares ...Bg5 in some cases. What about 20. b3!? EDIT: seems to me Black is ok after e.g. 20...d4 21. Bd2 e4 22. Ra2 Na5.
  
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Reply #423 - 03/17/16 at 02:46:06
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I looked at it with a friend tonight, who ran into this line in a Closed Championship a week or so ago. It is a bit hairy for Black and it does look like Negi's analysis holds up, except that he doesn't cover 15...h6, which does indeed look like a solution for Black no?

  
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Reply #422 - 03/14/16 at 22:04:12
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Any news, did you look at it? I noticed that the line has been played in a blitz game, by Negi himself, who deviated directly from his own recommendation.

It looks like White may have a small edge, but on the other hand, Black has many plausible alternatives to keep the game going.
  
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Reply #421 - 01/12/16 at 18:47:21
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No, but I need to. Perhaps I'll do that tonight, and perhaps we can discuss it here for anyone who's interested.  Grin
  
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Reply #420 - 01/09/16 at 10:34:35
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@Tony: did you already make a comparison with Negi's recommendation from his Sicilian II book?

I would be interested to hear your opinion.
  
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Reply #419 - 01/08/16 at 18:07:48
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Really glad to hear it, thanks for reaching out!  Cheesy

And do let me know when you've mastered the Kalashnikov, I'm still trying!
  
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Reply #418 - 01/08/16 at 14:21:13
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Hi Tony,

I went trough your book very fast, and I have only last chapter to do.

Overall I'm very very impressed by your effort and hopefully I will master Kalashnikov in the near future.

Keep up good work and we all do hope that you will make also 2nd edition in the future  Cool
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #417 - 12/06/15 at 07:01:01
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Yahoo! At least one person on this planet is looking at my book right now, unless they've checked it out to use it as a coaster/paperweight.

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Reply #416 - 12/06/15 at 05:12:13
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Yup, that's what I was alluding to. 

The other libraries I referred to include two mentioned at your link:  the Royal Library at the Hague, and the State Library of Victoria.
One of the two copies in Auckland is currently checked out   Smiley
  
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Reply #415 - 12/06/15 at 05:07:00
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That's awesome, I didn't know that. And if you think Cleveland has it because I live there, you might be excited to know that we have the (likely) largest collection chess literature in the world - the John G. White collection. At the very least it's the biggest public collection:

http://www.chessarch.com/archive/0006_savage/lecture.shtml

I believe it's set up with a trust/endowment that's self-sufficient, so they likely bought it when it was released!

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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #414 - 12/06/15 at 04:06:51
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I notice that the book is owned by libraries in Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands (x2), and, of course, Cleveland ...
  
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