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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #397 - 05/18/15 at 19:44:58
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Easy-Peasy draw from Naka.  Grin Will add it to the list of games to look at for the update, however minor.
  
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Reply #396 - 05/17/15 at 15:51:48
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Today's FIDE Grand Prix featured a game relevant to this repertoire with a deviation around move 15. I figured this might be interesting for some of you. Looks like a comfortable draw for black:

http://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2015-gp-khman/04-Dominguez_Perez_Leinier-Nakamura...

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Reply #395 - 04/27/15 at 16:01:55
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Harold wrote on 04/26/15 at 01:37:44:
Please hurry with the update!  Wink   

The update will probably be in a few months - I have a few correspondence games that are worth including that I'd like to finish up, and I think that in general, it's a good idea for the book to be out a little long and for a few more reviews/impressions/criticisms to flow in before I decide that mostly everything is out there and that the update will serve it's purpose. I'd wait for the Negi/Shaw books as well, but that could be quite a while. Perhaps there will be a second update after them!

Harold wrote on 04/26/15 at 01:37:44:
...you might want to have a look at the 4 Nf3 Nc6 5 Na3...

I will check it out - somehow I feel like it can't be critical, but if it's new, I'll take a look at it nonetheless.
  
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Reply #394 - 04/26/15 at 13:34:27
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This line is also covered by Williams in Attacking Chess: The French.
  
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Reply #393 - 04/26/15 at 03:18:04
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If you are really desperate to have book coverage of the Botvinnik System vs the KIA immediately, you can look at Beating Unusual Chess Openings by Palliser (where it can arise from a 1.Nf3 c5 move order) or Anti-Sicilians: A Guide for Black by Rogozenko.

Rogozenko covers this setup from both the 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 and 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 move orders; in the latter case this ...e5 and ...Nge7 setup is perfectly playable even with a lost tempo, as kylemeister says. The recent The Most Flexible Sicilian by Delchev/Semkov also covers the "lost tempo" move order with 2...e6 3.d3 and a later ...e6-e5.
  

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Reply #392 - 04/26/15 at 02:09:40
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Black has even been known to adopt the Botvinnik setup against the KIA when it takes his pawn two steps to reach e5 (as in, there are old main book lines like that).
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #391 - 04/26/15 at 01:37:44
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TonyRo wrote on 02/22/15 at 06:31:01:
I hit some variations on the same structure with the Ng1 on e2, the Nb1 on c3, and with the pawn on f4 in the GPA, 3.Nc3, and 2.Ne2 coverage, but not the true KIA with Nf3 and the delayed development of the queen's knight. With that said, I'll tie up that loose end in an update.


Hi Tony,
Help! I got demolished last week by the KIA!    Cry  Please hurry with the update!  Wink   

TonyRo wrote on 02/22/15 at 06:31:01:
I'll surely suggest a line that I've had success with, and one that is consistent with our approach to a lot of other less testing tries, that being the kingside fianchetto combined with ...e5 and ...Nge7. Black even has the option of playing ...d5 in one go.


However, in my panic OTB, I must confess I didn't remember your recommendation and completly went away from your approach throwing in ..e6 and ..d6 and finally after casteling, ... f5, opening up my position my way too much I think.

On another line, my friend and I were studying your book last night over a couple of quite "sherbies" (Aussie slang for beer), and noted that in your chapter on the Anti-Kalashnikov Alapin (2 c3) line, you might want to have a look at the 4 Nf3 Nc6 5 Na3 ...   line for your next update (?) which is mentioned in the latest Chess Informant 123 "...Kotronias takes a quick look at the rare move 5.Na3.  White intends to challenge the Nd5 by means of the slow manoevre Na3-c4-e3 ... Black's suggested reaction is the prophylactic 5...a6".   Looks interesting.
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #390 - 04/07/15 at 19:35:57
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RoleyPoley wrote on 04/07/15 at 19:02:38:
Thought you would like to know your book has been reviewed on Chess Cafe's Checkpoint column today.

Yes, I signed up for Chess Cafe just to read it - an interesting tactic I must say!  Grin

He was very positive - I was also a fan of these, and posted them on my Facebook account as well:

- "Many chess players will not consider buying a chess book – particularly an opening book – if it is not written by a GM or an IM, but Tony’s book is clearly an exception and I hope he continues his chess writing."

- "When I started reading this book I had never heard of Tony Rotella – apparently his publisher had never heard of him either. Tony’s last name is spelled correctly on the front and back covers of the book, but on the book spine they misspelled it as “Rottella’. The good news is that after reading this book, everyone should know how to spell his name correctly."

- "Tony Rotella has written a well-researched one-volume Black opening repertoire book covering both the Kalashnikov Sicilian and various Anti-Sicilian lines. The Killer Sicilian is packed with many interesting ideas and improvements over existing opening theory."

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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #389 - 04/07/15 at 19:02:38
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Hi Tony,

Thought you would like to know your book has been reviewed on Chess Cafe's Checkpoint column today.

James Rizzatano gave your book 5 stars out of 6.

"Tony has shown that with diligent research, careful use of chess analytical engines, and good old-fashioned work ethic and determination it is possible for an untitled player to write a great chess book."

  

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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #388 - 04/06/15 at 04:40:21
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    Thank you, Tony. And, I love the fact that you are so available for comments and questions concerning your work!!
  

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Reply #387 - 04/06/15 at 03:30:41
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Hi Jon - I hope you like it - shoot me a message if you have any questions. Best of luck with the Kalashnikov!

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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #386 - 04/04/15 at 10:17:12
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I just ordered your book through Amazon.com, to be delivered to me on the big island of Hawaii, near Hilo. I'm just an old dude rated class B USCF. I had played the Scandinavian in tournaments in the mid 1990s with good results. Lately I have been playing that or the French against 1.e4. I had wanted to try the Sicilian, but, did not want a very main line system, and the Kalashnikov looks like a system that I might like to play. I enjoyed the Scandinavian, as it is a pretty forcing line for black. This system in your book, if white allows the Kalashnikov, looks pretty forcing too.

    I'll do an Amazon review after I've had time gto get into your book. I had thought about buying the Aagard/Pinski book from 2001, but I like that you get into the anti-Sicilians, and they didn't. I think Aagard is a very good chess writer also,  ut chose your book for the above reason, and the fact that it is very current.
  

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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #385 - 03/10/15 at 18:37:26
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Daniel wrote on 03/10/15 at 14:44:14:
May you tell us what Modernized gives against the Najdorf and Sveshnikov? I wasn't too impressed with the KID book.

6.h3 against the Najdorf, c4 against the Sveshnikov.

TN wrote on 03/10/15 at 14:03:25:
I haven't worked through the book cover to cover but so far I am quite impressed.

Thanks TN, really appreciate it, glad to hear!

TN wrote on 03/10/15 at 14:03:25:
I might even write a full review at some point but what impresses me the most so far is the author's mix of passion and objectivity, and the way the material has been selected, in particular how Rotella has provided good new ideas in theoretically critical lines for the high-rated readers without wasting space on irrelevant sidelines.

Would love a full review somewhere - thanks so much again!

Speaking of full reviews, one just got posted on YouTube - check it out if you're interested:

John Bartholomew reviews "The Killer Sicilian"
  
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Reply #384 - 03/10/15 at 14:44:14
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TonyRo wrote on 03/09/15 at 12:24:25:
For those of you modern bibliophiles who prefer the e-book, it's up now:

The Killer Sicilian eBook

Also, I received Modernized: The Open Sicilian on Friday, and will summarize my thoughts on their book versus my book when I get home from work tonight. I think we're doing alright. Wink


May you tell us what Modernized gives against the Najdorf and Sveshnikov? I wasn't too impressed with the KID book.
  
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Reply #383 - 03/10/15 at 14:03:25
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I haven't worked through the book cover to cover but so far I am quite impressed. I might even write a full review at some point but what impresses me the most so far is the author's mix of passion and objectivity, and the way the material has been selected, in particular how Rotella has provided good new ideas in theoretically critical lines for the high-rated readers without wasting space on irrelevant sidelines.

  

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