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Reply #107 - 01/02/13 at 02:32:35
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yeah you are right of course, just taking the mick  Smiley
  
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Reply #106 - 01/01/13 at 17:40:55
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Perhaps I should clarify. The position at the end doesn't distinctly favour either side, but the evaluation by computers is highly volatile and fluctuates every move. So I think labelling it 'unclear' is completely justified given the character of the position.

Katalyst wrote on 01/01/13 at 14:04:10:
James wrote on 12/30/12 at 22:30:09:
...with a fascinating position. I think the assesment may well be unclear although it'd require a lot of analysis!  Grin  [/b]


Amateurs.  You wouldn't believe how little analysis it takes me to give an unclear assessment.

  
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Reply #105 - 01/01/13 at 15:42:16
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Katalyst wrote on 01/01/13 at 14:04:10:
James wrote on 12/30/12 at 22:30:09:
...with a fascinating position. I think the assesment may well be unclear although it'd require a lot of analysis!  Grin  [/b]


Amateurs.  You wouldn't believe how little analysis it takes me to give an unclear assessment.


1. e4 ∞
  

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Reply #104 - 01/01/13 at 14:04:10
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James wrote on 12/30/12 at 22:30:09:
...with a fascinating position. I think the assesment may well be unclear although it'd require a lot of analysis!  Grin  [/b]


Amateurs.  You wouldn't believe how little analysis it takes me to give an unclear assessment.
  
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Reply #103 - 12/31/12 at 19:07:38
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I ordered, but I'm not confident I'm going to receive it any time soon. I'll let everyone know how it looks.
  
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Reply #102 - 12/31/12 at 12:11:52
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I noticed a new book in French on the Kalashnikov, from the Chess Evolution stable, which now seems to be available. It's "Dégainez la Kalachnikov" by  Cornette and Libiszewski. Has anyone seen it yet? If so, any opinions on it?

PS I hope it is better organized and designed than their recent publication on the Slav (by Sakaev)!
  
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Reply #101 - 12/30/12 at 22:30:09
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Aha yes, I think I looked at Re8 before, it's quite an interesting idea and I certainly agree with the line given that Black should be alright. I think more dangerous tries are 17. f4 and 17.b4 On 17.f4, Black is probably alright with some precision: 17.. Bxd5 Nxd5 Nc6 looks playable e.g. Nxf6 Bxf6 f5 d5 I believe should give Black sufficient counterplay in the centre. However I'm not sure yet what Black should try on 17.b4 (though the position is playable.)

Another consideration for Black in this line is 16.. Qd7!? Against wet moves, I think Black can just continue with Bd8, looking to exchange on d5 and eventually bring the bishop to b6. So probably 17.f4 is critical and now I think the way to go is the computer inspired 17..Bxd5 Nxd5 Ne6 fxe5 dxe5 Bxb5 (not forced but on other moves, Black can always resort to playing Nxd5 exd5 Nf4 with good chances to hold an opposite coloured bishop position) Qxb5 Nxe7+ Kh8 Rxf6 gxf6 with a fascinating position. I think the assesment may well be unclear although it'd require a lot of analysis!  Grin 

In any case, certainly some ideas to play around with, Let me know if you have any thoughts on the lines! Smiley

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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #100 - 12/30/12 at 02:44:02
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Hi James,

Thanks for your interest! This is actually an interesting development. In my manuscript, I didn't believe this line was anything particularly noteworthy based on quite a few games, e.g. Naiditsch - Hracek, European Champs 2010 and Bacrot - Ikonnikov, Bundesliga 2009. Upon looking at it, 13.a3 seems to be an improvement, but all is not lost.

For instance, the line 13...Nc6 14.Ned5 Nd4!? is probably about equal, and intuition tells me this is the way to go. Maybe White has the tiniest of nibbles, e.g. 15.Bd3 Rb8 16.Be3 Re8!? 17.Qd2, but I think 17...Nxd5! 18.Nxd5 Nf5! is about equal.

I tried this line out, and my computer thinks 19.Nxe7+ Nxe7 20.a4 is best, but Black gets in 20...d5! 21.exd5 Qxd5 22.axb5 axb5, when he looks mostly okay.
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #99 - 12/26/12 at 11:07:36
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Hey,

Am new to these forums.. particularly interested in this thread as I'm very fond of the kalashnikov and have researched some of the mentioned lines for my own use..

Tony- I imagine you've probably already found some effective solutions but I wanted to mention one of the lines that I've had trouble trying to find equality in:

6. Nc3 a6 Na3 Be7 Nc4 b5 Ne3 Nf6 Bd3!? (I think this is a better try then g3) 0-0 0-0.. Here of course things deviate but I haven't yet found a convincing solution.. Some tries: 11.. Rb8 a4 b4 Ncd5 Nxd5 Nxd5 Bg5 for a while seemed to me like a reasonable way to equalise.. however I think Black has problems after the novelty [/b] Bxg5 Qxg5 a5! [/b] Alternatively.. 11.. Nb4 Be2 Be6 (Bb7 a3 Nc6 Nf5 is clearly decent for White) a3 Nc6 Ned5 and it seems to me that White is better. Radjabov has tried in a blitz game 11.. Be6 but after [/b] a4 b4 Ncd5 a5 (Nd7 Bd2 a5 c3 looks like an edge) c3 [/b] and again I think White is on top.

I'd be very interested to see if there's some improvements for Black somewhere in these lines as generally the Be7 complex seems quite healthy!

Thanks,

James
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #98 - 10/31/12 at 10:42:54
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Now it says :

"Expected release February 2013" on both the NIC site, and also Everyman.

So well well... We`ll still  have to wait  Undecided

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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #97 - 08/07/12 at 07:01:55
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1.e4 has a hard time against Petroff, RL-Berlin and now has to deal with the "Killer Sicilian" - 1.e4?!
  

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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #96 - 08/06/12 at 17:05:30
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TonyRo wrote on 08/06/12 at 01:50:14:
I have.  Grin


Just gotta hope nobody plays it against me between now and November then  Tongue
  
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Reply #95 - 08/06/12 at 07:55:01
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Thanks TN, and Thanks Tony. The excitement's mounting! ...
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #94 - 08/06/12 at 01:50:14
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I have.  Grin
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #93 - 08/05/12 at 16:37:18
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I'm eager to know if Tony has found a good way of meeting f4 in the following line?

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 d6 6. c4 Be7 7. N1c3 a6 8. Na3
f5 9. Bd3 f4 10. g3 Nf6 11. gxf4 exf4 12. Bxf4 O-O 13. Bg3 Ng4 14. f4!
Huh
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