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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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Reply #382 - 03/09/15 at 15:38:43
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fling wrote on 03/09/15 at 12:35:15:
I also checked Rossolimo and friends and it seems like your suggestion is not considered.

#Winning

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Enjoy!  Grin
  
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Reply #381 - 03/09/15 at 14:19:51
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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

My dream has come true!  Smiley
  
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I also checked Rossolimo and friends and it seems like your suggestion is not considered.
  
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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
  
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Reply #378 - 03/04/15 at 07:56:31
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rotten wrote on 03/01/15 at 08:39:43:
Tony Rotella's Killer  Sicilian is one of the best opening books i ever read.

Wow, thank you!  Shocked

rotten wrote on 03/01/15 at 08:39:43:
Great work!!!

And thanks again!

I hope you continue to enjoy it, cheers!  Grin Cheesy
  
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Reply #377 - 03/01/15 at 08:39:43
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Tony Rotella's Killer  Sicilian is one of the best opening books i ever read. Complete repertoire, great analysis, verbal explanations and two choise for black (one more positional, one more sharp) when it's possible.
The Anti-Sicilian part of the book is so good, give a player a solid repertoire. In fact someone can choose the book only for this part (if have no interest in Kalashnikov) and still worth the money!
Great work!!!
  

I always play 1.d4. The rest of the game is a huge effort to achieve e4!
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #376 - 02/23/15 at 01:34:51
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MNb wrote on 02/22/15 at 23:51:26:
Excellent book.

Thank you sir!  Grin

MNb wrote on 02/22/15 at 23:51:26:
I superficially read through it yesterday evening (still took me more than two hours) and I have noted that it will require a lot of work by me. And that's the way I like it. I also like it that you put the difficult stuff immediately at the forefront in chapter 1.

It was a lot of work for me too!  Cheesy

But depending on whether or not you plan to use the repertoire for OTB or correspondence play, the workload will be greatly diminished. I find that very few of my OTB games go particularly far into the book and a ton of them end up in Chapters 2 or 10, but now that it's out, I expect a greater number of my correspondence games to go much deeper. In fact, one has already, all the way up to 16.c3 a5 17.Qa4 Bd7 18.Rfd1 Qd8 19.Rd2 g6 20.Rc1 Kg7 of Chapter 1. Not sure if my opponent found the idea by himself or he grabbed a copy of the book quickly after it came out, though it doesn't much matter.

I debated for a long time about the order of the chapters actually. One of the most influential chess books of my career, Dearing's Dragon book, ordered them exactly the opposite - with increasing level of sophistication by White. I can't quite put my finger on why 8.Nc4! had to be Chapter 1, but I like the ordering as it is - it would be weird to me for Chapter 2 to be Chapter 1. Doesn't smell right.

MNb wrote on 02/22/15 at 23:51:26:
As a result I for the time being have doubts on 7...Be7 and especially 12.a4 on page 38. It doesn't seem like this will give me more winning chances than ...Kf8 lines in the French Winawer (I have a perfect score with it - five games, five draws).

It's certainly a principled line, though I haven't found anything concretely better for White. If you have I'd love to see it and a take a look myself. Black is very solid, and has very Kalashnikov-esque kind of play, if that makes sense. Harvey Williamson has been playing a few Kalashnikovs and Anti-Kalashnikov over here while competing in the WBCCC 2015 Side Event, and his games have been going swimmingly so far. By chances there's a game that features 12.a4:



16.g4!? was certainly creative, but one could argue that might have been played if White couldn't find more conventional routes to an advantage. Who knows!

Is the comment about winning chances with respect to correspondence? It's tough to find openings that give winning chances for Black in that domain. There are only a few real openings that can confuse computers enough to allow Black to create real chances reliably there, at least in my opinion. The Winawer is one of them, the KID is another (and only in a few lines), perhaps some of the more closed variations of the Ruy Lopez (I have been thinking about supplementing my Kalashnikovs and Sveshnikos with this line for that reason). Anyway, I would not fault you for sticking to the Winawer in that case. I know that playing 1...e6 probably meshes better with your Dutch repertoire as well. I'd like to hear you thoughts on Black repertoires in CC anyway, but perhaps that's a discussion best left for a separate thread.

MNb wrote on 02/22/15 at 23:51:26:
Of course as a Dutchman I already have minor complaints. On page 33 Hans is not the surname - the game was P.Cijs-H.P. Lüddeckens.

This is a weird screw-up actually, and one that I don't think has anything to do with me being American. In the database that I'm currently using as a reference, I would have not made that mistake. The game is correctly listed, and the surname and first names are very easy to distinguish and list correctly. I have (and Palliser as well, my editor) found a few weird game references, similar to these. I wonder if it's due to the fact that my old database had some screwups (it was Opening Master, and I wouldn't put that past them). It's also possible that it was late at night, I was in a hurry, or I was just being particularly thick that day. All of those things are certainly possible as well.

I can always count on you and Stefan to keep me on my toes with regards to chess history and naming.   Grin

I hope you continue to enjoy the book as you delve deeper.  Smiley
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #375 - 02/22/15 at 23:51:26
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Excellent book. I superficially read through it yesterday evening (still took me more than two hours) and I have noted that it will require a lot of work by me. And that's the way I like it. I also like it that you put the difficult stuff immediately at the forefront in chapter 1. As a result I for the time being have doubts on 7...Be7 and especially 12.a4 on page 38. It doesn't seem like this will give me more winning chances than ...Kf8 lines in the French Winawer (I have a perfect score with it - five games, five draws). As my first look at 7...b5 seems to confirm that Black has problems I can't decide yet.
So your book is going to keep me busy for a long time.
Of course as a Dutchman I already have minor complaints. On page 33 Hans is not the surname - the game was P.Cijs-H.P. Lüddeckens.

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Reply #374 - 02/22/15 at 06:31:01
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Hi HighPockets,

It wasn't a conscious decision, more of a miss. 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.

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. For what it's worth, White scores terribly after 5...e5 & 6...Nge7 in my database. I'll post a bit of analysis and some illustrative games to get you and your friend started tomorrow, for right now it's quite late in Cleveland!

Thanks to you and your friend for the compliments and support. I hope you're enjoying the book!
  
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Reply #373 - 02/21/15 at 10:14:40
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Hi there, A friend and myself have bought two copies of your most excellent book and we are delighted with your treatment and your systematic approach.  We are wondering why, however, you (decided?) excluded coverage of the King's Indian Attack (KIA) under the Anti-Sicilian heading?

Love Your Work.
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Reply #372 - 02/18/15 at 23:37:13
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ArKheiN wrote on 02/18/15 at 22:19:43:
I have ordered your book, it will arrive soon Wink

Great, can't wait to hear what you think! Thanks for the support!  Wink

ArKheiN wrote on 02/18/15 at 22:19:43:
One question, did you check the 2012 french book from GM Cornette and GM Libiszewski "Dégainez la Kalashnikov"?

I did in fact. It might not be in the bibliography as such, because it was eventually released (with a few very small updates iirc) under the name The Complete Kalashnikov. The book itself is solid - I think they miss some details in some important lines (as one example, I don't recall them covering 16.c3!? from my Chapter 1, which I consider to be critical) and it suffers from ridiculously bad formatting and typesetting (it's hard to navigate), but overall I like it. One thing it has going for it is that it covers both 7...Be7 and the older 7...b5, which I didn't have space to do, and perhaps there's a little bit more analysis overall, just because of space considerations. Well worth checking out, and I said so in my book as well.
  
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Reply #371 - 02/18/15 at 22:19:43
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Hello TonyRo,

I have ordered your book, it will arrive soon Wink

I will tell you later what I think of it. One question, did you check the 2012 french book from GM Cornette and GM Libiszewski "Dégainez la Kalashnikov"? Here is a link if you didn't: http://chess-evolution.com/download/samples/Degainez%20la%20Kalachnikov-Promotio...

I have not this book (yet), a shame for someone speaking French!
  
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