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Reply #54 - 04/21/11 at 19:13:13
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The c4 thing strikes me as unlikely to be a worry.  I think Black's play in this game looks rather plausible.

[Event "Kapfenberg ch-EUR tt"]
[Site ""]
[Date "1970.??.??"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Bellon Lopez, Juan-Manuel"]
[Black "Pedersen, Karl"]
[Result "0-1"]
[NIC "SO 2.5"]
[ECO "C47"]
[PlyCount "56"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nd5 Be7 6. Bc4 O-O 7. O-O d6 8. Nxd4
Nxd5 9. Bxd5 Nxd4 10. Qxd4 Bf6 11. Qd3 Re8 12. c3 Qe7 13. f3 c6 14. Bb3 Be6 15. c4
Rad8 16. f4 Bc8 17. Re1 Bf5 18. Bc2 d5 19. cxd5 cxd5 20. Qb5 Bxe4 21. Ba4 a6 22.
Qa5 b5 23. Bb3 Qd7 24. h3 d4 25. Qxa6 Bb7 26. Qa5 Qc6 27. Rxe8  Rxe8 28. Qd2 d3 0-1
  
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Reply #53 - 04/21/11 at 18:38:12
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Hi, i was playing on ICC and i encountered the following line:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd5 5.Nd5 Be7 6.Bc4 0-0 7.0-0 d6 8.Nxd4 Nxd5 9.Bxd5!? (i had actually remembered Gustafsson's suggestion here of 5...Be7 and played the next moves naturally which is also considered best by him, however 9.Bxd5 goes unmentioned!) Nxd4 10.Qxd4 Bf6 11.Qd3 and i got attacked on the kingside with c3,Bb3-c2 and etc and lost.

Obviously i shouldn't have allowed the attack, but i looked at this after and wondered what to do. In fact i still don't know since i considered something like ...c6 and ...Be6 but white doesnt even have to exchange he can play c4!? in reply to any ...Be6 (after ...c6 Bb3). Any ideas ladies and gents?

  
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Reply #52 - 03/21/11 at 02:42:41
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I just got this DVD.  I've only browsed through most of it, but I put some time into the Spanish Exchange, and the presentation of that line is terrific. 

Gustafsson starts off by surveying some of the main lines and telling you why he opts for ..Qf6.  I had previously looked at ..Qf6 after Davies recommended it in one of his books, but back then the line was relatively new and unexplored.  With some additional praxis now in the books, Gustafsson is able to make a better case for playing it. 

He covers a lot of ground in the Exchange video, and has a nice, conversational presentation style.  He's clear ans easy to understand.  At the end he comments that he went quickly, but I didn't find this to be the case at all, and was able to follow along without having to pause or rewind the DVD.  Overall, you get done with the video feeling like you've just had a personal lesson with him.   

There are a few things that make the video stand out.  First, he presents his analysis of the lines, rather than showing a model game.  I prefer this as I think it allows for a more objective view.
 
Second, he doesn't just show the moves, but shares his thoughts and advice on playing the lines in question.  He tells you what the plans are, where the pieces will go, and which pieces you want to trade or keep.  For example, in some of the key lines, Black permits the trade of dark-squared bishops, giving up the bishop pair.  Gustafsson comments that this may seem odd, but points out that Black's remaining Bishop will still be stronger than a remaining White Knight and shows enough of a Magnus Carlsen game to prove it.

Third, Gustafsson gives cutting edge analysis, recommending that when White avoids capturing on e7 and playing the Bishop back to e3, that Black play ..Nh6 and ..f5.  This is a familiar motif in some lines of the Exchange, but doesn't -- at least according to my database -- appear to have been played in the positions that Gustafsson analyzes.  So he seems to be sharing his own home-cooking here.

The accompanying analysis file isn't actually disorganized, but it should have been cleaned up.  In particular, some text, evaluation symbols, and game cites could have been added.  I suspect that you are supposed to watch the video first before you dive into the analysis file, and I recommend doing that unless you are a strong player or already familiar with the lines.  Indeed, the video will be all that a lot of players need, in which case the analysis file is simply an extra.
And a good one at that.  Having the analysis file helps to bridge the gap between DVD and book in that you get the detailed analysis that is often lacking on some of the ChessBase DVDs.

The DVD does not come with a separate game file of relevant games.  I like getting this extra file, which often included games annotated by the author, but have never been sure if the games you get are any different than what you already have in MegaBase.  Maybe ChessBase has stopped doing this on the Fritztrainers?

I haven't gotten to the rest of the DVD yet, but so far, so good. 
  
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Reply #51 - 03/01/11 at 11:10:34
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very nice work by Gustafsson. Quality product!
  
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Reply #50 - 02/23/11 at 16:31:08
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The book had been published in the 1990´s in german. It even had a foreword by GM Kevin Spraggett. And no, I don´t have this book. It´s just what Amazon tells me.

I wasn´t aware of the video but am not surprised to see who the author was: Andrew Martin!  Wink
  
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Reply #49 - 02/23/11 at 06:07:15
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Fllg wrote on 02/21/11 at 19:02:07:
There has been a whole book written about 1.e4 e5 2.Bb5 called the Portuguese Opening if I remember correctly.

Still I don´t think it is necessary to cover something like that in a book or DVD offering a repertoire for Black.

Sometimes one just has to play chess. You cannot (and shouldn´t!) prepare against everything.


A whole book on the Portuguese? I thought it was just a Foxy video.
  

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Reply #48 - 02/22/11 at 01:07:09
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i agree that sometimes you can't prepare against everything, however i think today's standards pretty much mean you can. For instance Avrukh's two volume d4 works, pretty much have a answer for almost anything up to about move 12 or 13 in the mainlines, and cover almost all the weird sidelines. I think it covers things such as 1.d4 a6. To be honest, Gustafsson seems like the first one to give his analysis in his chessbase opening DVD (at least the ones i've seen) and my hat goes off to him for that. I think i'm just a lazy perfectionist and want to get a repertoire which covers everything written before (at least from all the major sources) so i don't have to do any work.

  
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Reply #47 - 02/21/11 at 19:02:07
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There has been a whole book written about 1.e4 e5 2.Bb5 called the Portuguese Opening if I remember correctly.

Still I don´t think it is necessary to cover something like that in a book or DVD offering a repertoire for Black.

Sometimes one just has to play chess. You cannot (and shouldn´t!) prepare against everything.
  
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Reply #46 - 02/21/11 at 12:28:03
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So I very much like Gustafsson's DVD in the open games. There were a could of things i thought could have been done better though;
-There was at least one thing missing from SOS that i saw, namely, 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Be2!? I don't think this is theoretically dangerous or anything, but it must have some bite since it was in SOS. I think there was another, but i'm not sure.
-I was also wondering why there was (in the analysis) one comment in german and then another in english directly afterwards.
-Also i was curious about the transpositions in the Italian and i don't think they were noted

However i do like pretty much all of the lines he recommends, and i also like his humour since he doesnt change expression. There is a name for that. Dry humour?
Anyway, i was also wondering about a possible update for 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qa4!? in SOS. Again, obviously not dangerous i just hate being out of theory on move 4.

  
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Reply #45 - 02/18/11 at 10:13:12
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Ametanoitos wrote on 02/18/11 at 06:03:16:
ECO doesn't think highly of this move but i remember that it was among my PC's first choices. If you think that it is interesting then i should take a closer look at it. Thanks!


Then note the transposition 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Nd4 5.Nxe5 Bc5 (usually Qe7 is preferred) 6.0-0 0-0.
  

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Reply #44 - 02/18/11 at 06:03:16
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ECO doesn't think highly of this move but i remember that it was among my PC's first choices. If you think that it is interesting then i should take a closer look at it. Thanks!
  
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Reply #43 - 02/17/11 at 23:35:22
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Ametanoitos wrote on 02/17/11 at 11:03:19:
even then Black can play for the win, so 4...Bc5 is a winning attempt after all. Dvoretsky in his "Analytical Manual" also expresses the same opinion.

If that's the case - I think 4...Bc5 5.O-O O-O 6.Nxe5 Nd4 more interesting than 6...Nxe5.
  

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Reply #42 - 02/17/11 at 19:00:35
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It does. After 8... Bc5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.d4 Black has

I. 10... Bd6 11.dxe5 (11.f4 Nc4) Bxe5 12.Ne2 which may turn out better for White 

II. 10... Bxd4 11.Qxd4 d6 12.f4 Nc6 13.Qd3 0-0 14.0-0 Re8 with counterplay based on the possibilities Na5, Bb7, c5

What do you think about 6... b5 7.Bb3 Na5 as I mentioned above?
  
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Reply #41 - 02/17/11 at 17:24:10
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Just thinking of it blind. Doesn't 8...Bc5 allow Nxe5?
  
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Reply #40 - 02/17/11 at 17:09:30
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Ametanoitos wrote on 02/17/11 at 08:15:18:
4...Bd6 5.d3 a6 6.Ba4 h6 7.a3! b5 (7...O-O 8.g4!) 8.Bb3 Bb7 9.Be3! is the clever sequence given by Emms and i haven't found a way to combat it yet.


As I have learned from Gustafssons presentation playing the bishop to b7 is generally not a good idea. A possible improvement might be 8.Bb3 Bc5!? which has some similarities with the line 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.Nc3 d6 8.Nd5 h6 as recommended by Gustafsson. Of course here White has the move a3 for free but Blacks position looks solid to me either way.

Also earlier on instead of 6.Ba4 h6 Black might consider 6... b5 7.Bb3 Na5 since 8.Bg5 h6 does not seem to be a problem.
  
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Reply #39 - 02/17/11 at 12:43:54
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Ametanoitos wrote on 02/17/11 at 11:03:19:
4...Bc5 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.d3 O-O (or 6...Bd6) 7.h3!? (Pinski) 7...Bd6!? and does White has an advantage? Usually the Nc3 beongs on c4 (Nbd2-Nc4 is played in those structures) so i don't really believe that this extra White's tempo (Nb1-Nc3) over the delayed exchange Spanish variation is a great gain. Black will continue with b6+c5+Nd7+Nb8 as usual and even if somehow White gets an edge it will not be significant and even then Black can play for the win, so 4...Bc5 is a winning attempt after all. Dvoretsky in his "Analytical Manual" also expresses the same opinion.


Agreed, Black should be OK, but it's an unbalanced game that might suit some Whites. It's worth noting that both Capablanca and Nimzowitsch were fond of the white side of this structure (around 1914) and both won some classic positional games with it.
  
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Reply #38 - 02/17/11 at 11:03:19
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4...Bc5 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.d3 O-O (or 6...Bd6) 7.h3!? (Pinski) 7...Bd6!? and does White has an advantage? Usually the Nc3 beongs on c4 (Nbd2-Nc4 is played in those structures) so i don't really believe that this extra White's tempo (Nb1-Nc3) over the delayed exchange Spanish variation is a great gain. Black will continue with b6+c5+Nd7+Nb8 as usual and even if somehow White gets an edge it will not be significant and even then Black can play for the win, so 4...Bc5 is a winning attempt after all. Dvoretsky in his "Analytical Manual" also expresses the same opinion.
  
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Reply #37 - 02/17/11 at 10:19:56
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MNb wrote on 02/17/11 at 01:13:52:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Be3 followed by Qd2 and 0-0-0 is good for White.


Fllg wrote on 02/17/11 at 05:38:22:
I thought Black is okay here because he hasn´t played ... d6 and so has the chance to play ... d5 in one go.

On the other hand 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nxc6! doesn´t look so rosy for Black after 7... bxc6 8.e5 Ng8 9.f4. While playable White seems to have the better game after the further Qf3 and 0-0-0.


And if Black avoids this with 6...d6 7.Qd2 Nf6 8.0-0-0 (8.f3 again d5) 0-0 White happily plays 9.f3. So you nicely confirm my remark:

MNb wrote on 02/17/11 at 01:13:52:
White has to figure out when exactly to play f2-f3 in all three lines because of early counterstrokes in the centre, but as soon as these are avoided White's prospects are excellent.


1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 is no punishment as after exf4 White can't prove an advantage in neither the Steinitz Gambit, nor the Hamppe Allgaier, nor the Pierce.

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bc5 5.Bxc6 is very much in the spirit of this opening.
  

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Reply #36 - 02/17/11 at 08:15:18
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4...Bd6 5.d3 a6 6.Ba4 h6 7.a3! b5 (7...O-O 8.g4!) 8.Bb3 Bb7 9.Be3! is the clever sequence given by Emms and i haven't found a way to combat it yet.

I fed Houdini last night with the position after 4...Bc5 5.O-O
(5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.d3 is critical and better for White according to Pinski. I'm not sure about that but there is a problem when White plays Be3. Black probably has to play ...Bd6 and lose a tempo compared with those delayed exchange spanish variations)
5...O-O 6.Nxe5 Nxe5 7.d4 Bd6 8.f4 Nc6 9.e5 Be7 10.d5 Nb4 11.exf6 Bxf6 and after some hours of analysis it thought that Black is absolutely equal (< 0.10 is all variations). I can post some analysis if someone is interested.
  
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Reply #35 - 02/17/11 at 05:38:22
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MNb wrote on 02/17/11 at 01:13:52:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Be3 followed by Qd2 and 0-0-0 is good for White.


I thought Black is okay here because he hasn´t played ... d6 and so has the chance to play ... d5 in one go.

On the other hand 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nxc6! doesn´t look so rosy for Black after 7... bxc6 8.e5 Ng8 9.f4. While playable White seems to have the better game after the further Qf3 and 0-0-0.

Against the Spanish Four Knights ... 4... Bd6!? is probably the most combative choice.
  
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Reply #34 - 02/17/11 at 03:19:37
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Plus there's a move order issue I brought up in another thread, related to the fact that White (ok, he may not be this clever) can play 2.Nc3 before Nf3. The strongest way to combat this move would be to play Nf6 in order to get d5, in particularly against the Vienna Gambit. Gusta also recommends the Nf6 and d5 plan against the g3 Vienna. But if you play this then the g6 plan is out. 2...Nc6 can be punished with a better version of the Vienna Gambit with 3.f4 as played against Kosteniuk by Ivanchuk, for example.
  

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Reply #33 - 02/17/11 at 01:13:52
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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Be3 followed by Qd2 and 0-0-0 is good for White. This can lead to 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 Bg7 5.Qd2 0-0 6.0-0-0 Nc6 7.f3 e5 8.Nge2 exd4 9.Nxd4 which is not exactly the most popular way to combat White's setup. Formal classification wants us to call it the Larsen Variation because of 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 etc.
White has to figure out when exactly to play f2-f3 in all three lines because of early counterstrokes in the centre, but as soon as these are avoided White's prospects are excellent.
In the Three Knights version Black can play ...Nge7, but that doesn't improve his/her chances.
  

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Reply #32 - 02/16/11 at 14:05:21
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Not 100% sound i'm afraid. For example look at NCO's suggestion against it and use a PC to analyse this exact line. Black seems not to be in best shape!
  
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Reply #31 - 02/16/11 at 13:53:05
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How about 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 as also analysed in DW 1.e4 e5?
I've only had a brief look at it and don't really formed an opinion on its merits.
  
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Reply #30 - 02/16/11 at 12:55:45
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Against this Emms gives a fine recommendation again in the DW 1.e4 e5 book
  
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Reply #29 - 02/16/11 at 12:17:53
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Ametanoitos wrote on 02/16/11 at 10:53:15:
The thing with the Spanish 4 Knights is that i don't want to give White chances to kill the game quickly.

Have you considered 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bd6!? ? Last time I checked Black was doing OK here and if White tries to simplify it only seems to backfire.
  
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Reply #28 - 02/16/11 at 10:53:15
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In the Spanish 4 Knights Gus gives 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Nd4!? but in the variation recommended by GM Emms in the "Dangerous Weapons: 1.e4 e5" book 5.O-O! Nxb5 6.Nxb5 c6 7.Nc3 d6 8.d4 Qc7 he just says that it is equal but Black has the potential to become better because of the 2 Bishops. This lines seems to have many similarities with some Trompowky lines where White gives the B-pair to gain superiority in the center. Here White plays a4+h3+Re1+Qd3 probably and i quite like his chances for a slight opening advantage as GM Emms does also. So i believe that Gus had to give something more here to persuade us that Black is fully OK.

The thing with the Spanish 4 Knights is that i don't want to give White chances to kill the game quickly. For example 4.Bb5 Nd4 5.Nxd4+e5 is the "famous drawing variation" and after 4...Bb4 5.Bxc6 now or after 5.O-O O-O 6.Bxc5+Nxe5 is the other "famous drawing variation". So, i want to study 4...Bc5!? which seems not to allow these "dead draw" situations. I see at Dvoretsky's Analytical manual the variation 5.Nxe5 Nxe5 6.d4 Bd6 7.f4 Nc6! 8.e5 Bb4 9.d5 Ne4 10.Qd3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 and now 11...Be7= and 11...Ba5!=/+ (Dvoretsky) while there is also 9...Qe7!? But the "problem" is that White usually plays first 5.O-O! and after 5...O-O 6.Nxe5 which i have never face in practice till now and to be honest i really haven't studied it and i don't know what to do. Probably because no strong opponent has played the 4 knights against me untill now (i have faced only 6.d3 and 6.Bxc6 from weak opponents).

So, after 6.Nxe5 Nxe5 7.d4 Bd6 8.f4 Nc6 9.e5 i see that 9...Be7 is the main line but what is wrong with 9...Bb4 as in the above "Dvoretsky line"? So, after 9...Be7 10.d5 Nb4 11.exf6 Bxf6 12.Bc4! was recommended by GM Emms in the DW book and 12...c6 13.d6 Qb6 14.Kh1 Qd4 is what my PC suggests here.

Is out there an expert on this variation to give us his lights? I know that Markovich has some analysis in his old Hard Chess page but i guess that some lines are dated nowdays. In general, do you think that 4...Bc5 is OK for Black in theory?
  
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Reply #27 - 02/14/11 at 02:29:45
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After comparing the two lines:

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ne5 Nf6 6. Bc4 d5 7. exd5 and now 7..Bd6 vs. 7..Bg7

I agree with micawber, 7..Bg7 looks quite a bit simpler to play for Black. Looking at it with the computer, I haven't found a downside to  playing 7..Bg7 yet. I'd appreciate any input though!

So far, regarding the King's gambit, I've found one line missing from Gus's notes, and barely mentioned in the video.

After: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5 Nf6

He doesn't mention 6.Nxg4 in the notes, which could transpose to another can of worms if Black plays the safe looking 6..d6. 

Playing the more aggressive 6..Nxe4,  the line I worked out with the computer goes:

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5 Nf6 6.Nxg4 Nxe4 7.d3 Ng3 8.Bxf4 Qe7+ 9.Be2 Rg8!? 10.Bxg3 Rxg4 11.Bxc7 d6 12.Nc3 Rxg2 13.Bxb8 Rxb8 14.Kf1 Rg3

Black could be winning here, but there are some alternative moves for White along the way.

In the video, Gus does mention the line up to 7..Ng3 as being very comfortable for black without giving additional moves. I neglected the line initially, because it wasn't in the notes.

Black might find some of these initial moves after 6.Nxg4 otb, but it might be hard to resist making a meal of that rook on h1 if they haven't looked at the lines before. 9..Rg8 may be worth remembering, as there's only one game that took that route (Khouri 2208 vs Amin 2568 (2010)), and most the other games from this position turned out badly for Black.
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Reply #26 - 02/06/11 at 09:42:20
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On the KG-remarks


1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ne5 Nf6 6. Bc4 d5 7. exd5 Bd6 8. d4 Nh5 9. Nc3 0-0

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Now:

10.Ne2?! was refuted on the chesspubsite by Craig Evans in 2008:. The lines are exactly the same as those provided by Gustafsson, so sorry but nothing new there.
Subscribers to the Chesspub 1.e4,e5 area, might have pulled them out of my 2009 KG-Survey.

10....Qe7! with the point that
11.Nxf4,Ng3! (Craig Evens confirmed by Buecker)
and
11.0-0 f3! (Buecker)

10.Ne4! (recommended by Jon Tait is best. Heavy analytic work on these lines was carried out by Michael Jenssen, David Flude - who provided some key ideas and mostly by Stephan Buecker)
10.....Re8! (10....f5 is very complex and offers White good winning chances according to Kaissiber 32,33/Buecker)
[11] 0-0!,Bxe5
[12] dxe5,Rxe5
[13]Ng5
          (Hanison Lomis, quoted by Jon Tait)
[13]       , Qd6! iso 13...h6? played by Loomis
[14]Qd4,Nc6
[15]Qf2,
[15]      ,Nb4
  15....Ne7!= (Was the first recommendation in my KG-survey for chesspub )
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[17]Qxf4,Bf5
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With the point
19.Nxf7,Kxg7 20.Bd3,Ne3=
This was my second improvement over the Kaissiber-analysis.
I published it at the beginning of 2009 in my KG survey for Chesspub (subscribers area where it still can be downloaded)
Both improvements have been confirmed in corr. games since 2009.

Only 18....h6? was cited in Kaissiber (Eberl-Kayis, ICCF, 2007)



My own take on this is that Black is OK in this line, as long as he knows what he is doing.
Personally I prefer to answer Bc4,d5 exd5 with the old ....Bg7 over Bd6.
  
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Reply #25 - 02/06/11 at 08:36:41
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The DVD is great (White players - dont buy it - I want your points!).

The Kings Gambit is definitely in trouble (at least theoretically speaking) after Gustis analysis!
  
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Reply #24 - 02/05/11 at 22:49:36
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Gusti posted an update on the Scotch part of his DVD on his blog. It deals with the latest developments in Wijk. Black is still fine.
  
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Reply #23 - 01/28/11 at 15:12:02
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I think this dvd is very good.
Gustafsson tries to put maximum pressure
on White and to build up a consistent repertoire.

An example for consistence:
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nf3
and now 4...Nc6 is very solid reaching 
the 2-knights. But this would be inconsistent
with his repertoire choice of the Italian game.
Therefore he suggests the interesting
4...Bc5. For instance Black can stabilize the Nf6
with Nd7 against the Bg5-pin.   

I noticed one serious omission in the Scotch:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6
5.Nxc6 bxc6 5.Bd3 d5 and now he only
considers 6.exd5 but neither 6.e5!?
(recommended in Barski's recent Scotch
repertoire-book) nor 6.Qe2.
I think 6.e5!? is dangerous because
if Black doesn't play agressively, then White will
get a Mieses variation without the Bf1 blocked
by Qe2, which is therefore very easy to play for White.
Even 6.Qe2 is not so easy to counter over the board. 

I think this dvd is especially useful for starters 
of 1...e5 with Black:   
He points out what you have to remember and
what you might find over the board.
He presents many  examples how Black can
exploit plausible errors by White. These examples
are excellent to teach the open game in general.

Sometimes he is happy with deadly drawish
positions which is maybe okay for his level but
disappointing if you face a much weaker
opponent. 

1) 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Nd4 .
I think 4...Bd6 is a better winning try.   
Gustafsson mentions this move but doesn't give
any further hints (important games etc.).

2) 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nd4 Nf6 5.Nc3
If you must win, then d6-ideas are interesting,
but he only goes for the mainline which could be
very drawish. 

One weakness  of the dvd is that there are no
complete games. I would have been very happy
if the files were organized like the playable e-books
of ChessPub.

Another weakness is that there seems to be no
serious proofreading by Chessbase. Gustafsson
called the Moeller attack of the Italian game
Max Lange. Correct names are of course irrelevant
for playing chess well.
(To google something they could be quite useful.)
Nethertheless a competent editor would have
corrected this mistake.
I am very afraid about the quality of dvd's
produced by weaker players than Gustafsson
if there is no serious editing.

Finally I would say that despite some minor flaws this
dvd is impressive and a very good appetizer to start
playing 1...e5!

 
 
  
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Reply #22 - 01/09/11 at 21:32:08
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I liked the fairly fast pace of videos and the author's obvious confidence as he went through the lines.

The annotations seem very detailed too me, but could have used more evaluation symbols at the end of the lines. Pretty minor gripe though.

Comparing the two dvd's (Marshall and Open games) to others I've purchased, these rate very high. I prefer the faster paced presentation (like on these dvds), since it's simple enough for me to pause the video if I need more time to understand what's going on. Slower paced videos can get very boring to the point of distraction for some of us, and it's not easy to speed them up without potentially missing something. The author's knowledge of the lines was self-evident and this has not always been the case on other dvd's I've purchased in this format.

The author stepped right into a lot of main lines rather than skirt around the issues with early deviations by Black. Thus, he expounds the King's gambit accepted, Nf6 against the Bishop's opening, Nf6/d5 vs the Vienna etc etc. This means more theoretical knowledge required to play the lines, but it also means that once you know them, they are unlikely to be outdated.

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Reply #21 - 01/03/11 at 17:56:11
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Hi Jan,

thank you for your response and clarification. It´s always nice to hear the opinion of the author himself.

Overall I like your choices and presentation on this DVD. But your files could have used a little editing before publishing Wink. This would have made the navigation a little easier.

Keep up with the good work.

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For everyone owning this DVD I have done some copying and pasting from Thomas Johansson's excellent website:

9.Nc3 0-0 10.Ne2! ... Gossip,G -Steinitz,W/London 1870

Has been around on internet for at least 8 years.


10 Ne4 is better, I think; e.g.

[Event "Chess World 263653 Tourney 4389"]
[Date "2003"]
[White "Hanison, Bernard"]
[Black "Loomis, Howard F"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C39"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ne5 Nf6 6. Bc4 d5 7. exd5 Bd6 8. d4 Nh5 9. Nc3 0-0 10. Ne4 Re8 11. 0-0! Bxe5 12. dxe5 Rxe5 13. Ng5! h6? 14. Nxf7! Kxf7 15. Bxf4 Nxf4 16. Qd4! Qd6 17. Qxf4+ Rf5 18. Qxg4 1-0
  

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Hi guys,

being an egomaniac of course I google myself daily to see if theres any feedback on the DVDs and thus I hit on this thread.

As for the kings gambit, its true, I dont consider it a very good opening. Ill admit ive never seen that 10.Ne2 move before, but I had a quick look now and it doesnt seem overly scary to me: 10...Qe7 11.Nxf4 (im guessing thats the idea, 11.0-0 f3 doesnt look good) 11...Ng3! (more clearcut than Nxf4 12.Bxf4 f6 13.0-0 fxe5 14.Bg5! with compensation) 12.Ne6! seems like only move fxe6 13.Qxg4+ Qg7 14.dxe6 Qxg4 15.Sxg4 Kh8 16.Rg1 b5! 17.Bb3 Nc6 it looks to me like white is fighting for survival and I cant spot any promising ways to deviate on the way.

What can I say, I wouldnt count on scoring lots of easy points here as white.

Obviously I didnt consider all the sources there are, but I have covered all the lines to the best of my knowledge and do hope that the material is reasonable quality and can be helpful. Yup, the files are a bit disorganized here and there since they are my own, im hoping the videos will be a guide through that stuff.

Anyways, Ill keep lurking here once in a while just to check if my repertoire gets into trouble , I like chesspublishing!

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Fllg wrote on 01/02/11 at 17:13:55:
Only 10.Nxg4 Ng3 leading to a clear advantage for Black.


This is excellent as I have been planning to take up the KG again; this could give me a number of relatively easy points from confused black players!  Wink
  
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For everyone owning this DVD I have done some copying and pasting from Thomas Johansson's excellent website:

9.Nc3 0-0 10.Ne2! f6
(10...Re8 11.Nxf4 Nxf4 12.Bxf4 Nd7 13.Qxg4+ Kh8 14.Qe2! ± Keres.) 11.Nd3 Qe8 12.0-0 f3 13.Nef4 Ng3?! 14.Re1 Ne2+ 15.Nxe2 fxe2 16.Qxe2 Qh5 17.Bf4 Qxh4 18.g3 Qh5 19.Bxd6 cxd6 20.Nf4 Qg5 21.Ne6 Bxe6 22.dxe6 Re8 23.e7+ Kg7 24.Qe6 Nc6 25.Qxd6 h5 26.Re6 Rac8 27.Rf1 Qd2 28.Bd3 (28.Rfxf6! Qxd4+ 29.Qxd4 Nxd4 30.Rg6+ Kf7 31.Ref6+ Kxe7 32.Rf7+ Kd8 33.Rd6# would have been a suitable finish.)

28...Qb4 29.Qxb4 Nxb4 30.Bb5 Nc6 31.d5 Rxe7 32.Bxc6 Rxe6 33.Bxb7 Rc7 34.dxe6 Rxb7 35.Rd1 Kf8 36.b3 Ke7 37.Rd5 Kxe6 38.Rxh5 f5 39.Kf2 Rc7 40.c4 Rd7 ½-½ Gossip,G -Steinitz,W/London 1870

Has been around on internet for at least 8 years.
  

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Only 10.Nxg4 Ng3 leading to a clear advantage for Black.
  
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Fllg wrote on 01/02/11 at 11:31:03:
After the further moves 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5 Nf6 6.Bc4 d5 7.exd5 Bd6 8.d4 Nh5 9.Nc3 0-0 the probably best 10.Ne2 (! Bücker) isn´t mentioned by Gustafsson.


So which 10th moves for white does he take into account?
  
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najdorfslayer wrote on 01/02/11 at 10:20:02:
e) 3...d5 in the Glek


Gustafsson actually recommends 3... d5/4... d5 vs. the Vienna with g3/Glek in the video. The file about the Vienna with g3 is misleading since there 3... Bc5 is given as the mainline while the analysis of 3... d5 appears only in the sidelines.

I have taken a look at his recommendation against the King´s Gambit and am pleased to see that he goes straight for the critical 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5. But comparing his presentation with the Chesscafe article by Stefan Bücker from 2008 shows he has not taken every available sources into account. After the further moves 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5 Nf6 6.Bc4 d5 7.exd5 Bd6 8.d4 Nh5 9.Nc3 0-0 the probably best 10.Ne2 (! Bücker) isn´t mentioned by Gustafsson. I´m no expert here with either colour but since this is a logical continuation of Whites strategy to get f4 it should have been covered. Also someone who plays the King´s Gambit on a good level is likely to have prepared something like this. But as Black you are left alone here.

Overall Gustafsson doesn´t believe the KG to be a correct opening but his analysis isn´t enough to prove this.
  
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I was going to buty this, however as I play;

a) The Two Knights
b) 4...Bb4 in the Four Knights
c) 4...Bc5 in the Scotch
d) 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 exf4 in the King's Gambit
e) 3...d5 in the Glek
f) 3...f5 in the Ruy Lopez

It is probably not worth my time or money now!!

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MNb wrote on 12/31/10 at 20:33:40:
Fllg wrote on 12/31/10 at 14:54:06:
Spanish Four Knights - 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Nd4

So Gustafsson is satisfied with dead equality after 5.Nxd4.


......yes he is......!

But apart from that I like this DVD very much and I learned a lot!

Happy new Year!

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Fllg wrote on 12/31/10 at 14:54:06:
Spanish Four Knights - 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Nd4

So Gustafsson is satisfied with dead equality after 5.Nxd4.
  

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Continuing the TOC from above:

Scotch - 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Ba6
Scotch Four Knights - 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 (5.Nd5 Be7) Bb4
Spanish Four Knights - 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Nd4
Ponziani - 3.c3 d5
Bishop´s Game - 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nc3 Na5
Vienna - 3.f4 d5
             3.g3 Bc5
             3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d3 c6
King´s Gambit - 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5
                                     3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 c6
Centre Game - 2.d4 exd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qe3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4
Goring Gambit - 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 d5

My first impression is that the files are very disorganized.

I haven´t had time to look at the videos which I hope will serve as a guide through the jungle of variations  Cheesy
  
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The only lines I know more is that Gus choice against the Scotch is 4...Nf6 and against the King´s Gambit he accepts the pawn.
  

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Sorry, the lazer of my dvd finished is life and it´s impossible for me to see now.  Cry
I need to buy another one for my computer soon.
  

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The other lines? Smiley
  
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Mortal Games wrote on 12/21/10 at 22:48:07:
So far, I only saw 8 chapters of 19 and I must say Gus DVD is very good on presentation and analysis and he joins my top 3 (from the ones I have) with Kazim on the KID and Ziegler on the French.
Here are the variations of the first 8 chapters:

- 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 d6
- 5.d3 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5
- 5.Qe2 b5 6.Bb3 Be7 7.c3 d5 like Marshall
- 5.0-0 Be7 6.Qe2 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5
- 0-0 Be7 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.d3
- 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 Qf6 A matter of taste. He mentions 5...f6 and 5...Bg4 too.
- 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 a66.Bb3 d6 7.0-0 Ba7 8.Be3 0-0 9.Nbd2 h6 10.h3 Re8 A position wich is more about plans than knowing variations because someone goes nuts by trying to know all that stuff.
- 4.b4 Evans Bxb4 5.c3 Be7
- 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4

Tomorrow I will put here the rest. There are several sidelines inside these variations on the DVD.
ghenghisclown, in the Italian after 4.0-0 Gus gives d6! (because after 4...Nf6 5.d4!?)   




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Mortal Games wrote on 12/21/10 at 22:48:07:
So far, I only saw 8 chapters of 19 and I must say Gus DVD is very good on presentation and analysis and he joins my top 3 (from the ones I have) with Kazim on the KID and Ziegler on the French.
Here are the variations of the first 8 chapters:

- 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 d6
- 5.d3 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5
- 5.Qe2 b5 6.Bb3 Be7 7.c3 d5 like Marshall
- 5.0-0 Be7 6.Qe2 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5
- 0-0 Be7 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.d3
- 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 Qf6 A matter of taste. He mentions 5...f6 and 5...Bg4 too.
- 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 a66.Bb3 d6 7.0-0 Ba7 8.Be3 0-0 9.Nbd2 h6 10.h3 Re8 A position wich is more about plans than knowing variations because someone goes nuts by trying to know all that stuff.
- 4.b4 Evans Bxb4 5.c3 Be7
- 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4

Tomorrow I will put here the rest. There are several sidelines inside these variations on the DVD.
ghenghisclown, in the Italian after 4.0-0 Gus gives d6! (because after 4...Nf6 5.d4!?)   



Ok, thank you.  I've heard enough to buy it.  Several of those lines aren't relevant to me as I don't play the Marshall, but I think there'll still be enough useful material.
  
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Mortal Games wrote on 12/21/10 at 15:41:53:
I only received the Gus DVD this morning due to bad weather! I was hoping for the DVD before Christmas! I will watch it in the next hours and days and then give my view here. I finish seeing the intro only and it seems very good. Gus says in the introduction: "First, I introduce myself in case you commited a crime of not buying my first DVD!"  Smiley


Yeah, funny. He's sort of into comedy. I was surprised that on his website he posted tribute videos of recently deceased American Stand-up Comedian Greg Giraldo.
  

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Re: Gustafsson's Open Games DVD
Reply #3 - 12/21/10 at 22:48:07
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So far, I only saw 8 chapters of 19 and I must say Gus DVD is very good on presentation and analysis and he joins my top 3 (from the ones I have) with Kazim on the KID and Ziegler on the French.
Here are the variations of the first 8 chapters:

- 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 d6
- 5.d3 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5
- 5.Qe2 b5 6.Bb3 Be7 7.c3 d5 like Marshall
- 5.0-0 Be7 6.Qe2 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5
- 0-0 Be7 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.d3
- 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 Qf6 A matter of taste. He mentions 5...f6 and 5...Bg4 too.
- 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 a66.Bb3 d6 7.0-0 Ba7 8.Be3 0-0 9.Nbd2 h6 10.h3 Re8 A position wich is more about plans than knowing variations because someone goes nuts by trying to know all that stuff.
- 4.b4 Evans Bxb4 5.c3 Be7
- 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4

Tomorrow I will put here the rest. There are several sidelines inside these variations on the DVD.
ghenghisclown, in the Italian after 4.0-0 Gus gives d6! (because after 4...Nf6 5.d4!?)   


  

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Re: Gustafsson's Open Games DVD
Reply #2 - 12/21/10 at 15:41:53
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I only received the Gus DVD this morning due to bad weather! I was hoping for the DVD before Christmas! I will watch it in the next hours and days and then give my view here. I finish seeing the intro only and it seems very good. Gus says in the introduction: "First, I introduce myself in case you commited a crime of not buying my first DVD!"  Smiley
  

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Re: Gustafsson's Open Games DVD
Reply #1 - 12/20/10 at 23:06:30
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Mortal_Games ordered it. Still waiting to here his appraisal. I have the Marshall Attack one and I think its pretty good.
  

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Gustafsson's Open Games DVD
12/20/10 at 19:13:43
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I'm considering purchasing Jan Gustafsson's DVD 'Black Repertoire against 1.e4 Vol. 2: Open Games'.  Does anybody have it, and if so, what do you think of it, and could you give me an idea of what sorts of lines he recommends?

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