Latest Updates:
Page Index Toggle Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 15
Topic Tools
Very Hot Topic (More than 25 Replies) The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella (Read 67912 times)
TonyRo
God Member
*****
Offline


I'm gonna crack your skull!

Posts: 1298
Location: Cleveland, OH
Joined: 11/26/07
Gender: Male
Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #215 - yesterday at 04:28:44
Post Tools
The e-mail that I got said a few weeks, which I hope means 1-2.  Grin

There are two recommendations in all the lines with 6.c4, against 7.N1c3, 7.b3, and 7.Be2 I cover the more "classical" and closed tries as well as the lines with an early ...f5. Against 7.Bd3 I cover 7...a6 and 8...Bg5 as well as the older lines with ...Nf6 and ...Nd7. I only cover 7...Be7 against 6.N1c3 but provide a short overview of the main lines with 7...b5. To cover both would basically prohibit me from covering the Anti-Sicilians due to space. It's just too much. For those lines I'd refer you to C&L's book, but it's a tough read. Very little in the way of insightful commentary, and terrible typesetting.

Even in the lines with one recommendation I frequently give extra and interesting options in  the notes. It was important for me to try and ensure that the books holds up a long time.

Wink
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
DenVerdsligeRejsende
YaBB Newbies
*
Offline


I Love ChessPublishing!

Posts: 12
Location: København
Joined: 05/16/14
Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #214 - yesterday at 00:16:00
Post Tools
How long? Also are there in general 2 or more recommendations for each of the major lines? It is good when this happens in repertoire books as it gives more options.
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
TonyRo
God Member
*****
Offline


I'm gonna crack your skull!

Posts: 1298
Location: Cleveland, OH
Joined: 11/26/07
Gender: Male
Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #213 - 11/25/14 at 19:14:55
Post Tools
Slight delay at the printers apparently.  Angry
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
TonyRo
God Member
*****
Offline


I'm gonna crack your skull!

Posts: 1298
Location: Cleveland, OH
Joined: 11/26/07
Gender: Male
Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #212 - 11/23/14 at 21:56:14
Post Tools
Hi PatzerNoster - thank you, thank you. Yes, stamina is exactly the right word. 464 pages over 4 years doesn't sound that bad, but it was a ton of work, thousands of hours, and many late nights up analyzing, writing, and playing training games and such. Hopefully it was worth it and the readers like the book!

I do think Black has reasonable winning chances in the 6.N1c3 main line with 10.g3. All things considered, by move 16 the players have only traded off two minors pieces, and play is quite imbalanced. The positions are definitely more clarified and straightforward than things like the Yugoslav Attack or the Bg5 Najdorf, but they're not totally dry. From memory, Almasi has lost more than once in this variation as White, once to Ivanchuk and once to Moiseenko, who has a really, really good score from this position as Black. Federov has some nice wins, Ikonnikov surely has a few, and I know Jan Markos has a couple as well. And these aren't just 2200 players, they are 2500-2700 players winning as Black. It's still chess, and the opening can only take you so far.

Like you said, the variation is playable for Black, and it all comes down to your philosophy - if you really think you need to play ultra sharply as Black in order to win, you might want to investigate the older 7...b5, or even something like 10.g3 h5, which I only mention in passing. I could have covered them, but I was less sure about these as equalizing tries (and that was my first priority), and I didn't want chapter 1 to balloon up to 75 pages or something. Perhaps if there's interest I can do a PGN update with my thoughts on these lines.

If you decide to buy the book (I hope you do!), let me know what you think, and happy hunting!

You're capable of finding these games yourself, but here are some black wins at the top level after 10.g3:









It's likely that your games in this variation won't be short, which can be viewed as good or bad depending on how you look at it!

Cheesy
« Last Edit: 11/24/14 at 03:05:09 by TonyRo »  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
PatzerNoster
Junior Member
**
Offline


I Love ChessPublishing!

Posts: 97
Joined: 10/22/09
Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #211 - 11/23/14 at 19:04:47
Post Tools
Dear Tony,

congratulations on finishing the book!
I can only guess how much stamina is needed to really finish such a long-lasting project!

From what I have heard it seems a fine book, I am thinking about buying it and adding the Kalashnikov to my repertoire as a surprise weapon (usually play the Dragon).
Is it possible to play the Kalashnikov occasionally without having to put in too much work to stay up to date?

My question is: do you think Black has chances to play for a win in the main variation 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 Be7 8.Nc4 b5 9.Ne3 Nf6 10.g3 at 2200+ ELO level?
The main main variation seems to be playable for black, although devoid of realistic winning chances (or am I wrong?).
It would be ok for me to play something slightly dubious if it yielded more winning chances, does such an option exist and if yes, do you treat it in the book?

I am 2300+ ELO, but as Black it seems increasingly difficult to beat (slightly) weaker, but well perpared opponents, hence my question.
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
MartinC
God Member
*****
Online


I Love ChessPublishing!

Posts: 1579
Joined: 07/24/06
Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #210 - 11/23/14 at 08:50:42
Post Tools
December according to chess and bridge. Pre Xmas at least, although I'm not quite sure how much that matters for chess books Smiley
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
TonyRo
God Member
*****
Offline


I'm gonna crack your skull!

Posts: 1298
Location: Cleveland, OH
Joined: 11/26/07
Gender: Male
Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #209 - 11/22/14 at 23:12:30
Post Tools
I guess it depends where in Europe you are and how fast your shops get the book. My understanding is that late last week the book arrived at the Everyman warehouse, but I'm not super sure how quickly they're going to get them out, etc. I hope it's this week! Everyman estimated November release in Europe, and November is quickly wrapping up!

I hope titled players will get a lot out of the book - the intro is probably too basic for players that strong, but the analysis is fairly deep. Shabalov liked it enough to write a forward for it, and he very rarely puts pen to paper.

Cheesy
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
DenVerdsligeRejsende
YaBB Newbies
*
Offline


I Love ChessPublishing!

Posts: 12
Location: København
Joined: 05/16/14
Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #208 - 11/22/14 at 22:17:36
Post Tools
Hej Tony, congratulations on your book, do you think that Europe get the book this week? I plan to order it, it looks good for titled players based on what I see on Amazon.uk preview.
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
TonyRo
God Member
*****
Offline


I'm gonna crack your skull!

Posts: 1298
Location: Cleveland, OH
Joined: 11/26/07
Gender: Male
Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #207 - 11/22/14 at 21:16:08
Post Tools
Thank you so much - would love to hear everyone's thoughts about the book - good or bad - once readers can get their hands on it.
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
RoleyPoley
Full Member
***
Offline


I Love ChessPublishing!

Posts: 101
Location: London
Joined: 12/29/13
Gender: Male
Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #206 - 11/22/14 at 19:55:39
Post Tools
Looks a terrific book. Well done Tony. I'll be picking up a copy at some point.
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
TonyRo
God Member
*****
Offline


I'm gonna crack your skull!

Posts: 1298
Location: Cleveland, OH
Joined: 11/26/07
Gender: Male
Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #205 - 11/20/14 at 14:58:59
Post Tools
The first run will arrive in Everyman's UK Warehouse today. Can't be long now for those of you across the pond.

Grin
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
TonyRo
God Member
*****
Offline


I'm gonna crack your skull!

Posts: 1298
Location: Cleveland, OH
Joined: 11/26/07
Gender: Male
Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #204 - 11/11/14 at 20:14:15
Post Tools
No problem - it was sort of hidden! It's not yet uploaded to Amazon US, and Amazon UK has two listings for it, only one of which has the "Look Inside" feature.

Shocked
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
najdorfslayer
Full Member
***
Offline


I Love ChessPublishing!

Posts: 106
Joined: 05/08/09
Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #203 - 11/11/14 at 19:21:22
Post Tools
Cheers Tony. Didn't know about the Amazon 'Look Inside'

TonyRo wrote on 11/11/14 at 18:39:02:
Not sure what kind of detail you're looking for, but the index of variations in the back of the book previewed here is relatively thorough:

The Killer Sicilian @ Amazon UK

Basically the classic main lines of the Alapin with 2...Nf6 and an early ...Nc6 and ...d6. This is mostly a repertoire-meshing choice, as that ensures that we're difficult to derail after the Smith Morra or 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3.

The Closed will be met by fianchetto systems with ...e5. Again, sort of a repertoire meshing necessity, as 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nge2 threatens 4.d4 and must therefore be met by 3...e5, after which 4.g3 would take us into a Closed Sicilian. I really like the ...e5 systems anyway and would have recommended them regardless. Again (very consistent with the rest of the book as a whole), these lines are not as popular as the ...e6 systems, but just as viable.

  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
TonyRo
God Member
*****
Offline


I'm gonna crack your skull!

Posts: 1298
Location: Cleveland, OH
Joined: 11/26/07
Gender: Male
Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #202 - 11/11/14 at 18:39:02
Post Tools
Not sure what kind of detail you're looking for, but the index of variations in the back of the book previewed here is relatively thorough:

The Killer Sicilian @ Amazon UK

Basically the classic main lines of the Alapin with 2...Nf6 and an early ...Nc6 and ...d6. This is mostly a repertoire-meshing choice, as that ensures that we're difficult to derail after the Smith Morra or 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3.

The Closed will be met by fianchetto systems with ...e5. Again, sort of a repertoire meshing necessity, as 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nge2 threatens 4.d4 and must therefore be met by 3...e5, after which 4.g3 would take us into a Closed Sicilian. I really like the ...e5 systems anyway and would have recommended them regardless. Again (very consistent with the rest of the book as a whole), these lines are not as popular as the ...e6 systems, but just as viable.
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
najdorfslayer
Full Member
***
Offline


I Love ChessPublishing!

Posts: 106
Joined: 05/08/09
Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #201 - 11/11/14 at 16:26:12
Post Tools
I wonder if you can spill the beans on the recommendations in the 2.c3 and Closed Sicilians

Look forward to receiving my copy
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Page Index Toggle Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 15
Topic Tools
Bookmarks: del.icio.us Digg Facebook Google Google+ Linked in reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Yahoo
 
  « Board Index ‹ Board  ^Top