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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #175 - 08/12/14 at 15:52:00
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Haha, oh geez. Needless to say, don't buy this.

I just received a wonderful foreword from a multiple time US Champion, and a man who learned the Kalashnikov from Sveshnikov himself! He did a great job, and it will add that special touch!

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Reply #174 - 08/12/14 at 11:19:11
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http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/1857446658/ref=tmm_other_meta_binding_n...

Seems a bit pricy, but I suppose the time machine has to be paid for somehow...
  
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Reply #173 - 07/29/14 at 15:31:04
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hennie286 wrote on 07/29/14 at 15:23:11:
The book looks very interesting especially the anti-sicilian part since I play every line of it Cheesy A pity to wait so long...


We agree on all points! Hopefully it'll be worth the wait!
  
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Reply #172 - 07/29/14 at 15:23:11
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The book looks very interesting especially the anti-sicilian part since I play every line of it Cheesy A pity to wait so long...
  
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Reply #171 - 07/17/14 at 14:48:28
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Update on the schedule: my book is close to second in line for editing. It will be something like 9 weeks until editing is complete, then another 3 or so for typesetting and final checks. Then it's off to the printers. I'm not sure if there's a queue and a delay there as well, or if that's already scheduled.

If you do the math that's October, which is what's on the Everyman site.
  
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Reply #170 - 07/12/14 at 18:18:07
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Nada yet, will keep everyone in the loop.
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #169 - 07/12/14 at 09:45:14
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TonyRo wrote on 07/11/14 at 23:37:50:
Interesting line - never seen it, as I prefer 4...g6!?.

Taking a look in my database, there have been two games, which I've posted below. I'd be happy to take Black after 11...h6 (which seems nearly forced) in both an OTB or Correspondence game, but I have little regard for king safety!

Objectively White probably has enough for the pawn/exchange that will fall after ...Nxc2 though - note that this opinion is based on 10 or 15 minutes of noodling around in Chessbase, not an extensive investigation into the massive complications that are about to break out!







Ah so you recommend 4...g6 then. Any news on the date?
  
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Reply #168 - 07/11/14 at 23:37:50
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Interesting line - never seen it, as I prefer 4...g6!?.

Taking a look in my database, there have been two games, which I've posted below. I'd be happy to take Black after 11...h6 (which seems nearly forced) in both an OTB or Correspondence game, but I have little regard for king safety!

Objectively White probably has enough for the pawn/exchange that will fall after ...Nxc2 though - note that this opinion is based on 10 or 15 minutes of noodling around in Chessbase, not an extensive investigation into the massive complications that are about to break out!





  
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Reply #167 - 07/11/14 at 22:30:57
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TonyRo wrote on 07/11/14 at 17:27:34:
If anyone was curious about the recommendations covered in the book, here they are, by chapter (I'm bored at work, and simply need something to take up my time) - page numbers are approximate and taken from the raw manuscript, which may be way off in terms of final count:

Introduction (17 pages):

a) Short History/Prominent Players (3)
b) Why Play the Kalashnikov? (1)
c) Discussion of pawn structures and common positional/tactical themes (11)
d) First Moves/Organization of Book (1)
e) Last Notes About the Book (how to use it and study it, my thoughts on repertoire choices, etc.) (1)

Kalashnikov (216 pages):

1. 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 Be7 8.Nc4! Main Lines, with a very short overview of the older 7...b5 (32 pages)
2. 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 Be7 - Other 8th Moves like 8.Nd5, 8.Bd3, etc. (25 pages)
3. 6.c4 Be7 7.N1c3 a6 8.Na3, covering 8...f5, 8...Be6, and the move order with 8...Nf6 (51 pages)
4. 6.c4 Be7 7.Be2, covering both 7...Nf6 and 7...f5 (18 pages)
5. 6.c4 Be7 7.b3, covering both 7...Nf6 and 7...f5 (18 pages)
6. 6.c4 Be7 - Everything else, examining both 7.Bd3 a6 and 7.Bd3 Nf6 (20 pages)
7. White's Other 6th Moves (6.Bc4, 6.a4, 6.Be3, etc) (24 pages)
8. Other Knight Hops on Move 5 (29 pages)

Anti-Sicilians (175 pages):

9. The Anti-Kalashnikov - 3.Nc3 e5 (17 pages)
10. The Rossolimo - 3.Bb5 Nf6!? (37 pages)
11. The Alapin - 2.c3 Nf6, heading straight down the ...d6/...d5 main lines (25 pages)
12. The Closed - examining ...g6 with ...e5 systems (28 pages)
13. The GPA and Related Systems - Recommending 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.O-O e6!? and 5.Bc4 e6 6.f5 exf5!?  (36 pages)
14. White's Other Second Moves (2.a3, 2.b4, 2.Ne2, 2.b3/g3, etc.) (33 pages)

Please let me know if there are any more detailed questions.  Wink


Looking forward to it Tony.

I have a question about a line in the Rossolimo. Had a game on RHP a few years ago against a 2300+ player.

He played a line NOT in Richard Palliser's 3.Bb5 book, but seems to give White interesting play?

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.Nc3 Qc7 5.0-0 Nd4 6.Re1 a6 7.Bc4 Ng4 8.Bxf7+!? not in Richard Palliser's book and haven't found much on it. (not looked to hard to be honest). Kxf7 (forced)  9.Nd5 Qd6 10.Ng5+ Kg8 11.Qxg4

Have you seen this and how would you evaluate this position for Black? Reckon it's okay for Black but will have to play accurately to equalise.

  
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Reply #166 - 07/11/14 at 17:27:34
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If anyone was curious about the recommendations covered in the book, here they are, by chapter (I'm bored at work, and simply need something to take up my time) - page numbers are approximate and taken from the raw manuscript, which may be way off in terms of final count:

Introduction (17 pages):

a) Short History/Prominent Players (3)
b) Why Play the Kalashnikov? (1)
c) Discussion of pawn structures and common positional/tactical themes (11)
d) First Moves/Organization of Book (1)
e) Last Notes About the Book (how to use it and study it, my thoughts on repertoire choices, etc.) (1)

Kalashnikov (216 pages):

1. 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 Be7 8.Nc4! Main Lines, with a very short overview of the older 7...b5 (32 pages)
2. 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 Be7 - Other 8th Moves like 8.Nd5, 8.Bd3, etc. (25 pages)
3. 6.c4 Be7 7.N1c3 a6 8.Na3, covering 8...f5, 8...Be6, and the move order with 8...Nf6 (51 pages)
4. 6.c4 Be7 7.Be2, covering both 7...Nf6 and 7...f5 (18 pages)
5. 6.c4 Be7 7.b3, covering both 7...Nf6 and 7...f5 (18 pages)
6. 6.c4 Be7 - Everything else, examining both 7.Bd3 a6 and 7.Bd3 Nf6 (20 pages)
7. White's Other 6th Moves (6.Bc4, 6.a4, 6.Be3, etc) (24 pages)
8. Other Knight Hops on Move 5 (29 pages)

Anti-Sicilians (175 pages):

9. The Anti-Kalashnikov - 3.Nc3 e5 (17 pages)
10. The Rossolimo - 3.Bb5 Nf6!? (37 pages)
11. The Alapin - 2.c3 Nf6, heading straight down the ...d6/...d5 main lines (25 pages)
12. The Closed - examining ...g6 with ...e5 systems (28 pages)
13. The GPA and Related Systems - Recommending 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.O-O e6!? and 5.Bc4 e6 6.f5 exf5!?  (36 pages)
14. White's Other Second Moves (2.a3, 2.b4, 2.Ne2, 2.b3/g3, etc.) (33 pages)

Please let me know if there are any more detailed questions.  Wink
  
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Reply #165 - 07/05/14 at 00:57:39
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Not positive. I asked John about this very thing, so I'll keep you guys updated once I hear back. I'm anxious myself!
  
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Reply #164 - 07/04/14 at 23:52:18
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So is it an Oct 2014 publication or maybe earlier?
  
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Reply #163 - 07/04/14 at 21:12:45
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Bibs wrote on 07/04/14 at 16:20:29:
A book on The Tromp would be suitable then.
THE book on that has still not yet been written....

Many congrats on finishing!
Treat yourself to the Hawaiian tourney in March 2015, which looks to be a cracker.


Thanks! Great idea - and thanks for your help along the way sir!

ako wrote on 07/04/14 at 20:20:06:
Ordered!


Hope you like it!
  
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Reply #162 - 07/04/14 at 20:20:06
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Ordered!
  

1.Nf3! -  beat your opponent by killing his zest for life.
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Reply #161 - 07/04/14 at 16:20:29
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A book on The Tromp would be suitable then.
THE book on that has still not yet been written....

Many congrats on finishing!
Treat yourself to the Hawaiian tourney in March 2015, which looks to be a cracker.
  
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