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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #440 - 01/25/17 at 08:43:21
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I very vaguely recall that van der Wiel interview, I think it was in the Dutch chess periodical Schaaknieuws, and it was because the opening was from Russia and dangerous. And of course the -shnikov ending that makes it resemble Sveshnikov probably played a role, but I don't remember if he mentioned that.
  
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Reply #439 - 01/25/17 at 01:26:23
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MNb wrote on 11/10/14 at 00:31:13:
It's a bit of a pity that you don't mention GM John van der Wiel in your introduction. He invented the name The Kalashnikov in the second half ofthe 80's. There are some obscure Dutch sources to prove this.

http://www.volkskrant.nl/dossier-archief/schaken-handige-knoeier-laat-fritz-spel...

"een heel andere variant die van John van der Wiel de naam 'Kalasjnikov' heeft meegekregen."
An entire differnt variation which received frm John van de Wiel the name "Kalasjnikov".


All the way back from 2014.  Grin
  
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Reply #438 - 01/24/17 at 23:57:40
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Named after Bob Kalashnikov. So I understand. Anglo-Russian chess and firearms enthusiast. Died a tragic early death after losing against the Rossolimo. Shot himself.
'Those who live by the gun, so shall they die by it.'
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Reply #437 - 01/24/17 at 15:36:29
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Anyone know where the Kalashnikov gets its name?  I can't seem to find anything about a chess player named Kalashnikov.

Is it named after the gun (because it's aggressive!)?


I am using 'Killer Sicilian' as my repertoire vs 1. e4 and it's been absolutely transformational for my play.  -- In the past I have eschewed active play as black and this is really helping me at the club level.
  
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Reply #436 - 01/07/17 at 12:29:33
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Hi Tony!

How are you doing? And how is sales of Killer Sicilian going?

Did you consider to make 2nd edition with Nikolaos Ntrilis from Quality Chess on book called like Playing The Kalashnikov?


  
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Reply #435 - 08/13/16 at 20:38:40
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*Thumbs up*  Grin Wink
  
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Reply #434 - 08/13/16 at 18:00:43
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I never had such an easy draw against a higher rated opponent (90 ELO points) before.

De Heer,H - MNb [B32]
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Reply #433 - 05/23/16 at 09:34:19
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Small advantages like that from computers quite often mean utterly nothing Smiley Its when they start building/switching evaluation etc that you really need to pay attention.
  
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Reply #432 - 05/23/16 at 09:23:47
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You are right! I analysed only e4 or Ne7.
but Nd4! really looks like an opposite bishop's ending with a complete equality (even though Komodo gave 0.4 advantage for white  Undecided don't know why)
  
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Reply #431 - 05/20/16 at 09:24:49
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Hi.

MartinC wrote on 05/19/16 at 12:48:42:
Maybe I'm missing something but I'd have thought you could just camp the knight on d4 and be happy?

Exactly. Black has no problems after this.



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Reply #430 - 05/19/16 at 12:48:42
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Maybe I'm missing something but I'd have thought you could just camp the knight on d4 and be happy?

  
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Reply #429 - 05/19/16 at 09:45:53
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15...h6!? is very interesting response to 15.a4!
My problem is that in this position:

After black plays best (I thing)-I can't found equality Undecided
  
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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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