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Re: C10: The Rubinstein-Variation - Books for Black
Reply #18 - 06/02/18 at 23:15:00
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It says June, but I have not seen the title on Coming Soon section of chess shop yet. Is there any news lately ?
  
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Re: C10: The Rubinstein-Variation - Books for Black
Reply #17 - 03/22/18 at 11:22:42
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Hallo!

Russell Enterprises has announced a second edition of Langrock´s book for June 2018
"revised and expanded with 35% more material" , 278 pages (instead of 208), $25

https://www.russell-enterprises.com/upcoming-publications/french-defensebthe-sol...

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Re: C10: The Rubinstein-Variation - Books for Black
Reply #16 - 09/27/15 at 20:17:57
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Sylvester wrote on 09/27/15 at 01:49:26:
But the fact that it will be and the fact that this thread will be around after it does makes your comment stagnant. These threads are not so time dependant.


Took me a minute or two to realize that this was actually initiated by me once upon a time. I ended up never playing the rubinstein french but instead picked up the petroff which still serves me well Smiley. I got the book in question as a gift but only used to it to check if my preparation with white is in any danger ...
  
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Re: C10: The Rubinstein-Variation - Books for Black
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But the fact that it will be and the fact that this thread will be around after it does makes your comment stagnant. These threads are not so time dependant.
  
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Re: C10: The Rubinstein-Variation - Books for Black
Reply #14 - 08/06/14 at 19:48:11
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tracke, as you know that won't be published until October. Hard to recommend a book that hasn't been published yet.
  
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Re: C10: The Rubinstein-Variation - Books for Black
Reply #12 - 03/27/13 at 17:21:17
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I've been using Vitiugov's book as my primary source on the French for some time now, and I really like the style in which it presents information. I can't comment directly on the quality of the lines in the Rubinstein, but for everything else in the book he does an excellent job at providing you with enough useful information to explain the positions. The explanations themselves aren't so useful, but the non-bold annotations addressing why moves are played are usually there at right times.
I'd recommend it to any French player.
  
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Re: C10: The Rubinstein-Variation - Books for Black
Reply #11 - 03/09/13 at 00:19:20
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fling wrote on 02/21/13 at 08:15:48:
Be aware that the DVD is not actually about the Fort Knox-variation, but rather just the pawn structure, e6-c6 for Black vs c4-d4 for White. It can be, and is often, reached even via Queen's pawn openings.

I can add that Lars Bo Hansen's book "How Chess Games are Won and Lost" also discusses this pawn structure in some detail.  LBH says he preferred to aim for that structure as Black so he may be a potential role model if that's what you're going for.  Probably Soltis's Pawn Structure Chess covers it too, but that is a book I'm not familiar with.

Speaking of Soltis, he wrote the old book "Fighting French" covering 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.QN-x dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 covering structures with Nxf6 or Bg5xf6 and gxf6.  Blacks plan is f5, Bb7 (after either b6 or Morozevich's a6 and b5), often with Nd7 and c7-c5.
  

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Re: C10: The Rubinstein-Variation - Books for Black
Reply #10 - 03/08/13 at 19:58:33
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Fromper wrote on 03/08/13 at 19:30:47:
Maybe 10 years ago, I picked up a book called "Action Chess" by CJS Purdy, which is a collection of his articles where he recommended an opening repertoire that could be learned quickly and easily without much study. His recommendation included the Rubenstein French, but with a very early Be7 that I haven't seen anywhere else. The line is 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3/d2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Be7. Anyone know about this line? Has it stood the test of time?


I know that it has been addressed by such sources as ECO, NCO and Psakhis.  I believe that, not surprisingly, it is generally regarded as leading to "+=" with best play and as sometimes transposing to 4...Nd7.
  
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Re: C10: The Rubinstein-Variation - Books for Black
Reply #9 - 03/08/13 at 19:30:47
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Since everyone's focused on McDonald's book and the Fort Knox variation, what about other lines of the Rubenstien?

Maybe 10 years ago, I picked up a book called "Action Chess" by CJS Purdy, which is a collection of his articles where he recommended an opening repertoire that could be learned quickly and easily without much study. His recommendation included the Rubenstein French, but with a very early Be7 that I haven't seen anywhere else. The line is 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3/d2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Be7. Anyone know about this line? Has it stood the test of time?

Personally, I stopped playing the Rubenstein because I found it boring, and stick to the MacCutcheon/Steinitz these days.
  

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Re: C10: The Rubinstein-Variation - Books for Black
Reply #8 - 02/21/13 at 23:40:01
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katar wrote on 02/19/13 at 22:23:27:
Pale Horse, Pale Rider wrote on 02/19/13 at 20:11:30:
I know that McDonald deals with it in "How to Play against 1 e4" reaching a Fort-Knox-Position. Is it enough for up to 2000 or rather not?

Yes, of course, the McDonald book is plenty more than enough.  Any more than that and you would defeat the reason why you say you want to play it (i.e., to save time on opening "theory").  There are better questions to ask, as WSS alluded to, but only you can decide how/why you want to approach your chess openings or why even bother to play chess at all.  I don't think the Fort Knox will position you to challenge and defeat your rivals, but my opinion is irrelevant compared to your personal enjoyment.  GL


Just wanted to mention that McDonalds book, while quite good, doesn't mention 5.c4!?, after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7, which is TZermiadianos' recommendation in his book how to beat the French defence.
  
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Re: C10: The Rubinstein-Variation - Books for Black
Reply #7 - 02/21/13 at 20:21:59
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fling wrote on 02/21/13 at 08:15:48:
Be aware that the DVD is not actually about the Fort Knox-variation, but rather just the pawn structure, e6-c6 for Black vs c4-d4 for White. It can be, and is often, reached even via Queen's pawn openings.


Probably learning about typically pawn structures and their evaluation is probably more useful than learning variations in openings anyway. So i guess this is a useful way to deal with new openings ...
  
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Re: C10: The Rubinstein-Variation - Books for Black
Reply #6 - 02/21/13 at 08:15:48
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Be aware that the DVD is not actually about the Fort Knox-variation, but rather just the pawn structure, e6-c6 for Black vs c4-d4 for White. It can be, and is often, reached even via Queen's pawn openings.
  
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Re: C10: The Rubinstein-Variation - Books for Black
Reply #5 - 02/20/13 at 19:34:47
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Thanks everyone for the replies.

I'm aware of the fact that learning openings will probably not get me very far. I'm trying not to spend too much time on openings and have been sticking to my repertoire for more than two years without changes and like most users here (i guess) I have a thing for opening theory. Generally reading into openings keeps me motivated for the game in general.

At the moment i play the (hyper)accelerated dragon mostly according to A. Greet, so I have a good choice for playing actively and winning games with black which i can still use. Sometimes tho, not loosing can be more important than winning, for example in team events, and I figure the Rubinstein might be a good choice for this?!  I generally don't mind defending slightly worse but overall very solid positions if need be. I would really love to play "proper" variations against 3. Nc3 and 3. Nd2, but I guess getting ready to play 1. e6 would cost an awful lot of time in that case ...


katar wrote on 02/19/13 at 22:23:27:
Yes, of course, the McDonald book is plenty more than enough.  Any more than that and you would defeat the reason why you say you want to play it (i.e., to save time on opening "theory").


That's a good and probably very valid point. Thanks for pointing that out. So i guess the McDonald book and maybe the Collins-DVD fling mentioned would be enough material overall.

  
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Re: C10: The Rubinstein-Variation - Books for Black
Reply #4 - 02/20/13 at 15:23:46
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Pale Horse, Pale Rider wrote on 02/19/13 at 20:11:30:
... my question: Which works cover the Rubinstein from Blacks point of view. I know that McDonald deals with it in "How to Play against 1 e4" reaching a Fort-Knox-Position. Is it enough for up to 2000 or rather not?


I second the suggestion that McDonald's book is more than enough - although you may want to do an internet search (and look for threads on this very forum) for an update to his analysis of one of the sharp Neg5 lines.

Something like 40-50 annotated games in the Chesspub database - that would also be a good choice if you think you'll be able to sift through the material yourself and pick out what you need.

Actually, The Knox not exactly being the most strategically complex of openings, you can probably go a long way without buying anything.  Try doing an internet search to see what material is out there (there's plenty, as I found myself) and you can also search the public databases for games of those know to play it.


Fort Knox definitely not an opening that tries to rest the initiative from White.  I disagree, however, that means it can't be played to win, for example if up against lower-rated opposition. There are GMs - Arkell, McDonald and Rustemov spring to mind - who do exactly that.

  

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