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Re: Chetverik's Alekhine
Reply #23 - 08/08/18 at 11:32:33
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[Please note that I‘m no specialist for recent theory of the Alekhine!
10-30 years ago I played some games in the Alburt system]

Chetverik‘s book is probably a good summary of existing theory up to 2014(!),
covering the complete Alekhine Defense. Slightly biased for Black but objective.
Maybe mainly aimed for club and expert players (1700-2100?!) but not really
contributing to topical theory discussions in the critical Miles system.

The book as book is a good one: hardcover, nice paper, good layout &print,
index of players, table of content, obviously a good translation without
much cruelties for native speakers ...

The bibliography lists all important sources from Alburt/Schiller85 and
Bagirov87 to Bogdanov09, Greet11 and Taylor11.
(Chetverik refers a lot to Taylor, mostly agreeing with him). At one point
in the Voronesh (p311) Chetverik mentions a suggestion of Lakdawala.
As I don’t have Lakdawala14 at hand I can’t verify if this book is meant,
at least it’s not listed in the bibliography. Neither Shaw14 is.
So this English edition from 2018 is essentially a non-updated translation
from the Russian original 2015?!? There IS a small update giving 5 slightly
annotated games from 16/17 but (as far as I can see!) these games don’t
reflect the developments/discussions since 2015!?! Maybe the whole sense of
this update was the advertising effect of having an updated translation!?!
Nevertheless it’s still good to have a complete „encyclopedia of the Alekhine“
(that was the subtitle of the russian editio!) the way theory stood in 2014/15!?
Probably especially useful for players who only have repertoire sources so far
and want to look at other systems of the Alekhine.
Chetverik has many interesting comments and suggestions here and there
but my impression(!) is that these are no ground breaking improvements or the latest
twinkles in critical variations!? Generally he doesn’t question the general += .
Though he doesn’t use symbol evaluation but the usual phrases like
Black‘s position is very hard to break or Black can draw at best but this seem
to be achievable
(the last sentence is the overall conclusion on the Voronezh)

A good source up to expert level but should not expect the solution to the question
how Black can minimize his problems around move 20 on master level.
Probably that’s not a problem of the book but of the opening!?

I noticed two unproblematic typos:
p.371, right column: name „Cholmov“
p.508, left column: it’s not 12...Nf6xd5 but 12...Nb6xd5

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Re: Chetverik's Alekhine
Reply #22 - 08/08/18 at 10:54:59
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MW wrote on 08/06/18 at 19:58:57:
Has anyone had the chance to have a good look through this book? If so does it breath any new life into the Alekhines?

Chetverik doesn’t clearly summarize his opinions on every line nor make repertoire recommendations but browsing his comments and conclusions, I must say I see no miracle. Life still doesn’t seem easy in the Alekhine from a theoretical point of view.
On the main line Nf3 he considers the de5 systems (Miles and Kengis) are the closest to equal with just the usual space advantage. No surprise there. The Flohr too looks respectable in the book, but I checked some critical lines and I’m not at all convinced. Other systems are more or less playable but the book doesn’t make them very attractive.
More surprising, for me, is his high respect of the set up with Bd3, Ne2 in the ed6 exchange. He clearly prefers to face the Voronez and play cd6. It’s full of tricks but black can have a reasonable game with good preparation.
Other systems don’t promise much for white according to Chetverik.
Somewhere he states the Alekhine isn’t a second rank opening but the impression left by the book is that we aren’t in the world of e5 or c5, looking for clear equality or unclear balanced play. Clearly the Alekhine isn’t as popular for good reasons and you play it if you like some original positions even at the price of some concessions. This is fine for me as I only use the Alekhine on occasion when I want to make my (often unprepared) opponent think by himself other the board and solve unusual positional problems.
  
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Re: Chetverik's Alekhine
Reply #21 - 08/06/18 at 19:58:57
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Has anyone had the chance to have a good look through this book? If so does it breath any new life into the Alekhines?
  
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Re: Chetverik's Alekhine
Reply #20 - 06/28/18 at 08:10:49
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In the classical 4.Nf3,

4.-Bg4 is obviously better for white as is 4.-g6. 4.-de is the best bet, but also +=. Does the book give anything to challenge this view?
  

1.Nf3! -  beat your opponent by killing his zest for life.
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Re: Chetverik's Alekhine
Reply #19 - 06/27/18 at 21:52:50
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RoleyPoley wrote on 06/25/18 at 21:06:35:
Thanks @lg.

I saw this was available at chess and bridge in London. Hardback at £31 feels a bit pricey. Not sure how they are expecting to sell their 23 copies, i only know 3-4 players locally who use this opening (including myself!)....

I'll pop down this week and have proper ganders at it.

Had a quick look this afternoon and it appears quite good. Reminds me of the complete Alekhine but with a bit more explanation.

I generally prefer a bit more white space on the page but the explanations look really good and it seems that the author has tried to put the lines into historical context throughout not just in the historical introduction at the front. It's definitely got me thinking about playing the Alekhine for another season.
  

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Re: Chetverik's Alekhine
Reply #18 - 06/25/18 at 21:06:35
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Thanks @lg.

I saw this was available at chess and bridge in London. Hardback at £31 feels a bit pricey. Not sure how they are expecting to sell their 23 copies, i only know 3-4 players locally who use this opening (including myself!)....

I'll pop down this week and have proper ganders at it.
  

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Re: Chetverik's Alekhine
Reply #17 - 06/25/18 at 20:07:47
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RoleyPoley:

There are good explanations, not as "extensive" as in the recent book by Ladkawala, Smiley.
Every line is well introduced and there are some variations in many games which i have seen here for the first time

RivertonKnight:
Part 2 (19 pages) describes 1 e4 Nf6 2 Nc3 d5 3.e5 (in fact it even contains a game by A. Karpov playing Black)
Part 3 (23 pages) describes 1 e4 Nf6 2 Nc3 d5 3.exd5

As far as I see, no reference to 2.f3, but a short chapter on 2.Bc4 and d3.
  
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Re: Chetverik's Alekhine
Reply #16 - 06/25/18 at 14:32:45
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How much verbal explanation is provided?
  

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Re: Chetverik's Alekhine
Reply #15 - 06/24/18 at 23:07:34
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How are 1 e4 Nf6 2 Nc3 and 1 e4 Nf6 2 f3 dealt with, Thanks!
  
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Re: Chetverik's Alekhine
Reply #14 - 06/24/18 at 11:13:13
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Hi

I have the book (English version).
I like it although VERY recent variations are not discussed there (e.g., recent updates on the Miles, the "irritating" (named by Tony Ro) in the Alburt, etc.
But many known games are discussed in the book, some of them are quite recent.
From an historical point of view it is also interesting.
I liked this book more than other (not named) recent ones on the defence.
i am willing to try to naswer more "focused" questions from interested members
  
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Re: Chetverik's Alekhine
Reply #13 - 06/21/18 at 17:54:10
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Chess4less has it advertised as well. No way to look at content tho' so I may wait until I see a bit more.
  
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Re: Chetverik's Alekhine
Reply #12 - 06/21/18 at 12:54:04
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Lanark wrote on 06/21/18 at 12:27:19:


The blurb on that Niggemann page reads like a Google Translate hack job. I wonder why they would publish that if they're trying to sell the book...

Let's hope the English translation in the actual book is fine.
  

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Re: Chetverik's Alekhine
Reply #11 - 06/21/18 at 12:52:59
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Contents here, delivered old school with photographs!
http://www.chess.co.uk/downloads/alekhine-defense-russian-house-contents.pdf

543 pages. Quite the doorstop.

How new is this material...?
  
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Reply #10 - 06/21/18 at 12:27:19
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Re: Chetverik's Alekhine
Reply #9 - 03/24/18 at 12:48:57
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Hi

puzzled that this book (the english translation) has not appeared in the regular chess book sites or even in Amazon.

Is is a special edition? I dont even know the translator
  
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