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Reply #334 - 03/30/18 at 06:32:53
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John, In the April 2018 Chess Life mag, I very much like how your book review column is a compare & contrast among multiple specific books.

I come away with a clearer impression of each book due to each book being gauged to a firmer reference point (another book) than can be conveyed when only a single book is judged on a presumed absolute scale.

"Opening Lines: Which opening is right for you?"

One thesis of the review is interesting too:
"... some openings are better than others if improvement ... is our goal."
  

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Reply #333 - 03/02/18 at 18:49:52
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proustiskeen wrote on 03/02/18 at 17:54:10:

I also bought and read the book. I very much liked it. A different angle of it was shown in my article http://chess-brabo.blogspot.com/2017/04/dogmas-part-2.html
  
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Reply #331 - 02/20/18 at 19:21:52
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Of potential interest to those who enjoy my writing: I was interviewed on the Perpetual Chess Podcast.

https://www.perpetualchesspod.com/new-blog/2018/2/20/episode-60-john-hartmann-bo...
  
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Reply #330 - 02/02/18 at 03:50:19
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My February review of five recent endgame books.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/eat-your-oatmeal/
  
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Reply #329 - 01/02/18 at 16:13:20
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ErictheRed wrote on 01/02/18 at 00:19:08:
Stigma wrote on 01/01/18 at 23:48:50:
But what I really want to know about Lombardy (about his final book Understanding Chess: My System, My Games, My Life, really) is whether there actually is a system there?


Has there ever been?  I don't personally think that Nimzovich had one, or Berliner, or anyone else who claims to have developed one.


Modern authors have evolved, now promoting a "Method" 

Dorfman 2001 amazon.com/dp/2957289024/

Grivas 2017 amazon.com/dp/615579300X/

Shereshevsky 2018 amazon.com/dp/9056917641/

  
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Reply #328 - 01/02/18 at 01:21:49
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Yes, it was an excellent and interesting review.

And Stigma, I wasn't dismissing your other questions by not quoting them.  I was simply responding only to the part of your post that I quoted.
  
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Reply #327 - 01/02/18 at 01:20:19
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You put a beautiful ending on your review. In a way, Lombardy's book sounds like a negative companion piece to Danny Gormally's autobiographical work, in which the author confesses his debasement and thereby rises above it (following Czeslaw Milosz's very difficult advice to writers: focus on those times when you felt humiliated).

The Nietzsche allusion is all the more surprising for the fact that William Lombardy was a Catholic priest! So Lombardy is consciously casting himself as speaking heresy in the name of egoism. A highly complex and, as Freud would say, overdetermined gesture.
  
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Reply #326 - 01/02/18 at 00:24:52
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ErictheRed wrote on 01/02/18 at 00:19:08:
Has there ever been?  I don't personally think that Nimzovich had one, or Berliner, or anyone else who claims to have developed one.

I agree, that's why I added some less grandiose questions, which you chose not to quote...

Lombardy's title suggests some sort of "system", but yeah, usually that's just a sales trick or a delusion of grandeur.
  

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Reply #325 - 01/02/18 at 00:19:08
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Stigma wrote on 01/01/18 at 23:48:50:
But what I really want to know about Lombardy (about his final book Understanding Chess: My System, My Games, My Life, really) is whether there actually is a system there?


Has there ever been?  I don't personally think that Nimzovich had one, or Berliner, or anyone else who claims to have developed one.
  
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Reply #324 - 01/01/18 at 23:48:50
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proustiskeen wrote on 01/01/18 at 21:03:50:
My January 2018 'review' of Bill Lombardy's books.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/lombardy-in-memoriam/

Sounds like a tragic end indeed.

But what I really want to know about Lombardy (about his final book Understanding Chess: My System, My Games, My Life, really) is whether there actually is a system there? A grand method of training, or at least some innovative training techniques or eye-opening concepts?

I suppose it's likely that any brilliant advances made by Lombardy have been rediscovered by others after so many years.

P.S.: He even looks angry in the cover photo!
  

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My January 2018 'review' of Bill Lombardy's books.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/lombardy-in-memoriam/
  
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Reply #322 - 12/04/17 at 14:50:35
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My December 2017 review of Alburt & Crumiller's _Carlsen vs Karjakin: World Chess Championship, New York 2016._

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2017/12/04/analyzing-the-2016-world-chess...
  
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Reply #321 - 11/04/17 at 02:26:17
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My November review of Alex Fishbein's _The Scotch Gambit: An Energetic and Aggressive System for White._

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/the-goldilocks-problem/
  
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Re: Chess Book Review blog
Reply #320 - 10/11/17 at 21:13:38
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Yes I agree. About the best that black could do is trade b-pawn for a- and e-pawns. 38...b5 39.Ke2 b4 40.Kf3!? (or 40.Rc2 b3 41.axb3 Rxb3 and the e-pawn cannot be defended for long) 40...Bg7 41.Rbxb4 Rxa2 42.Kxe3.
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Here black's remaining pawns are too weak. But I would not resign yet. I still think this is a marginally better defense than was given in the PGN. It just doesn't hold.

Actually, switching on the computer, it thinks 38...b5 is a clear mistake and suggests 38...Ke5. After thinking for a while it suggests 38...Bc5!? 39.Rxh6+ Ke5. Which says something about 37...Bc5-f8. And says something else about my supposed endgame ability.
  
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