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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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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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Re: Chess Book Review blog
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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Re: Chess Book Review blog
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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