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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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Reply #323 - 01/01/18 at 21:03:50
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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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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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Reply #319 - 10/10/17 at 17:36:36
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This position is clearly lost after 38... b5. 39. Ke2. White will use the h4-rook to attack and take the e3-pawn. b.e.: 39... Bg7 40. Rc2 Bf8 41. Rd4
  

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Reply #318 - 10/10/17 at 17:05:33
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  1. An A player is good! Not that I am afraid of you, but sometimes your ideas will be better than mine. Once I was showing one of my pawn endgames to Pal Benko, and he made a natural move which I refuted by giving away a couple of pawns. He asked, "Are you trying to lose?" My answer was "no, I looked at this at home". He quickly agreed with my assessment, and the point is if you have done the work then your ideas are correct.
  2. When writing about thought processes, you need to use your own games. Or if you are a coach, you might use a student's games. Otherwise, how would you know what the thinking was?
  3. Your analysis looks good. But in the line, 33.Rc2 Bxc3 34.Rd1 Kxe6 35.Kf1 Bb4 36.Rd4 Bc5 37.Rh4 Bf8 38.Rb2
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    I think black can improve with 38...b5. Black doesn't even have to hurry with pushing on to b4. I'm not saying that black is holding, but R+B can put up stiff resistance vs 2R.

  
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Reply #317 - 10/10/17 at 15:43:47
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an ordinary chessplayer wrote on 10/09/17 at 20:06:31:
@proustikeen - In your first diagram, 33.Rc2 Bxc3 needs analysis. 34.Rac1 Bd2 35.Rb1 b5 36.Kf1 b4 and black might hold. Or 34.Rb1 Bd4 35.Kg2 Kxe6 36.Kf3 and white is better but is it a win for sure?

I wasn't so sure about 33.Rc2 and was looking at 33.Kf1!?. If 33...Rxc3 white can trade rooks, yes? And if 33...Bxc3 at a minimum white has 34.Rab1 Bd4 35.Rc2 transposing to 33.Rc2. So 33.Kf1 seems no worse than 33.Rc2.

Also 33.Kg2 is not totally ridiculous. Or maybe it is....

It's a good position for your illustration, that's for sure!


Thanks for taking a look at the game. I was a little hesitant to use one of my own games in the review, being a mere A player, but as you say, it does work in context.

I briefly 33...Bxc3 in the game file that was embedded in the review. Basically I thought White was very close to winning, if not fully so, after 34.Rd1. I took a deeper look after your post and after 34...Ke6 35.Kf1 Bb4! it's not an easy win but in a practical game I would think Black just has too many weaknesses to hold out forever. The f- or h-pawn will fall.

Pgn attached if you're interested!
  

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Reply #316 - 10/10/17 at 12:35:03
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GabrielGale wrote on 10/09/17 at 09:37:37:
@Seeley, for a more detailed response (from QC's Blog) dated September 5th, 2016:
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Thanks for posting this!

An aside: Does anyone know if the differences between the 1st and 2nd edition of Attacking Manual 1 are large enough to justify an "upgrade"? I have AM1 and AM2, though unfortunately the first edition of the former, which apparently has some flaws. Haven't started studying them yet.

Aside #2: The multi-author Grandmaster vs Amateur is a seriously underrated book. I have gained insights into what strong players do differently, both at the board and in training, just by browsing it. Several of the chapters are entertaining as well. QC are now offering this book as a free add-on with orders inside the EU, which probably means it hasn't sold that well. Sad!
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Reply #315 - 10/09/17 at 20:06:31
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@proustikeen - In your first diagram, 33.Rc2 Bxc3 needs analysis. 34.Rac1 Bd2 35.Rb1 b5 36.Kf1 b4 and black might hold. Or 34.Rb1 Bd4 35.Kg2 Kxe6 36.Kf3 and white is better but is it a win for sure?

I wasn't so sure about 33.Rc2 and was looking at 33.Kf1!?. If 33...Rxc3 white can trade rooks, yes? And if 33...Bxc3 at a minimum white has 34.Rab1 Bd4 35.Rc2 transposing to 33.Rc2. So 33.Kf1 seems no worse than 33.Rc2.

Also 33.Kg2 is not totally ridiculous. Or maybe it is....

It's a good position for your illustration, that's for sure!
  
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Reply #314 - 10/09/17 at 14:18:32
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No worries. I had it cut and pasted into a pdf. Like you, I dream, look at the list, and wish I can do it and dream yet more. I am still dreaming. Grin
  

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Reply #313 - 10/09/17 at 10:49:53
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Thanks for taking the time to search that out for me, GabrielGale. I wish I had both the time and the level of commitment necessary  to apply myself to the task as Aagaard suggests! Nevertheless, I do buy and read his books from time to time, and this is extremely helpful in putting them all into context.
  
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Reply #312 - 10/09/17 at 09:37:37
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@Seeley, for a more detailed response (from QC's Blog) dated September 5th, 2016:

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First off, Inside the Chess Mind and Grandmaster vs. Amateur can be read for fun and totally out of sequence. The same goes to some extent for Excelling at Chess, which is mainly meant to inspire.
Excelling at Chess Calculation is the place I would start. Read it carefully. The exercises are not that great; I could skip them.
Then move on to Calculation. The chapters are created with more and more difficult exercises. Once you get stuck; go to the next chapter. The attitude in solving is important. Do it like it is important!
Once you are well into Calculation, you can start working on Positional Play as well. Work on them side by side. It does not matter which one you do most of, but do some of each. Calculation is later replaced by Practical Chess Defence and Positional Play by Strategic Play. Of all of these books, Calculation and Positional Play are the most important to really understand well.
You can read Attacking Manual 1 and 2 when your solving is getting steady. (If you do an hour a day, you will see rapid progress. Everyone who works with these books seriously have made big progress; including in India). Attacking Manual 1 works well together with Attack and Defence. Read AM1 and get A&D; but first go through the other books. You can always read Attacking Manual 1 more than once. Actually, I strongly recommend it.
Excelling at Technical Chess can be read later; it works well Endgame Play, which is also not on your list.
And please read Thinking Inside the Box when it comes out. It will tie all of the books together.
If you go through all of these books in the way I describe, you will have more effective training than most young chess players in the World. It is by no means easy and it requires a lot of effort.
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I also strongly recommend reading my two books written together with Boris Gelfand and published under his name. Also, if you go to our blog, you will find some videos I made together with Boris at the end of July this year. One of them shows how we created the books, the two others are Q&A.

I should add to this that the Quality Chess Puzzle Book easily fits into the Grandmaster Preparation series. The exercises were collected and analysed by me and the book finished by John, so that the tone is his, but the structure and ideas are mine and the direction something John and I have always worked together on.
  

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