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Reply #32 - 08/14/17 at 00:52:33
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The e-books are meant to be a bit more detailed, I think.
  
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Reply #31 - 08/14/17 at 00:41:40
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The "ebooks" are 99% pointless to me. I basically just transcribed the videos into my own files, without even looking at the accompanying ebooks.
For the most part they're just files without any comments whatsoever, which isn't really useful for anything (for me, anyways).
  
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Reply #30 - 08/13/17 at 23:10:24
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Hmm, I understand why they did that, but it's a bummer. Thanks for explaining!
  
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Reply #29 - 08/13/17 at 23:05:23
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You have to log in the page and navigate through variations with the browser. Two panels, one with a board and the other with moves and comments.

You can copy-paste each variation to a local document, by the way.
  
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Reply #28 - 08/13/17 at 20:44:09
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So what do you view them on?  Do you need a special app?  Do you mean that they won't work with Chessbase?  That's a bummer, if so.
  
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Reply #27 - 08/13/17 at 19:39:15
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chess24 has its own format for their playable ebooks. It is a little annoying but also understandable that these cannot be downloaded.
  
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Reply #26 - 08/13/17 at 17:26:15
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Out of curiosity, how do you rate the companion ebook that comes with Gustafsson's video series?  Is it a pdf, pgn, something else?  Some other video series from chess24 still don't have their promised ebooks, so I've been hesitant to buy anything from them, though the authors are really top-notch.
  
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Reply #25 - 08/13/17 at 11:59:53
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ErictheRed wrote on 07/24/17 at 20:50:17:
The crux of the matter, for me, is whether 6...Qd6!? and the Vienna hold up and suit me, but my initial impression is very positive.  I've played the Noteboom/Triangle and Semi-Slav in the past, so I'm familiar with similar positions, and I see many of the less critical lines as improved forms of the Noteboom or Semi-Slav.  I'll have to learn the Vienna variation now, but, I've been looking for a new defense to 1.d4 for years, and this seems to be it.

Just as a quick sidenote:
- If you do turn out to dislike the Vienna, you can of course always play ..h6 instead of ..dc4:, still a perfectly valid line that's played at 2800+ level (although I suppose its most recent outing in Aronian-So isn't the best advertisement). Shying away from the Vienna doesn't mean you have to give up the Ragozin as a whole!
- If you turn out to not-hate the Vienna, but are unhappy with some of the selections, Gustafsson has an excellent video series on the Vienna proper on chess24, which transposes into the Ragozin-Vienna lines if White so chooses. Personally, I much prefer the lines Gustafsson gives over those in the Pert book, and just use Pert for the Ragozin proper.
  
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Reply #24 - 08/06/17 at 09:20:40
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On 5 Nf3 (transposing to his chapter on 4 Nf3 Nf6 5 e3), Pert suggests 5...0-0 6 Bd3 b6 7 0-0 Ba6!?

On 5 Bd3, he gives 5...e5(!).
  
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Reply #23 - 08/06/17 at 08:12:28
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After 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 Nf6, which transposes into the NID, what main lines does Pert recommend against 4.Nf3 and 4.Bd3?
  
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Reply #22 - 07/26/17 at 22:42:55
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FreeRepublic wrote on 07/26/17 at 21:16:53:
After 1d4 d5 2c4 e6 3Nc3 Nf6 4Nf3 Bb4 5cxd exd 6Bg5, what move does Pert suggest?


Qd6 and h6 (two different chapters). Both Interesting.

Qd6 has less theory, is easy to play and Black is absolutely OK, the only drawback (imho) is that White can simplify too much if he wants to. But it's a tricky and "different" line.

h6 is the main line for sure. Very unbalanced play, sharper then Qd6, with more theory to know and with complex positions to handle. More interesting, and the way to go if winning is a must.

Salut,
  
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Reply #21 - 07/26/17 at 21:16:53
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The Ragozin system appeals to me for a couple of reasons. First, it seems like a natural twin to the Nimzo-Indian. 1d4 Nf6 2c4 e6 3Nf3 d5 4Nc3 Bb4 almost feels like a Nimzo variant.

Secondly, it is useful for someone who plays the Queen's Gambit Declined. 1d4 d5 2c4 e6 3Nc3 Nf6 4Nf3 Bb4 is an alternative to 4...Be7 5Bf4!? when black usually chooses between the too sharp 5...c5 or the too slow 5...Nbd7. My opinions of course.

As far as I can tell, the Vienna (1d4 d5 2c4 e6 3Nc3 Nf6 4Nf3 Bb4 5Bg5 dxc) offers black good chances. So I think white does better to play 5cxd exd 6Bg5. At this point, black seems to have three main choices. 6...h6 is the true Ragozin move, in my opinion. 6...Nbd7 is the Manhattan variation. 6...0-0 is a relatively new move, which I became aware of due to Barsky's book. This is a rich position which leads to a maze of variations. Sometimes I find a line that I like for black. The next time I look at it, it seems insufficient.

After 1d4 d5 2c4 e6 3Nc3 Nf6 4Nf3 Bb4 5cxd exd 6Bg5, what move does Pert suggest?

  
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Reply #20 - 07/26/17 at 03:23:08
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In this line, it used to be thought that 4.e3 was slightly more accurate than 4.a3, as it avoided some of Black's ..Ne7 ideas.  Today, I don't think there is a preference.

For example, the line 4.a3 Bxc3 5.bxc3 c5! 6.cxd5 exd5 7.e3 Nc6 8.Bd3 Nge7 9.Ne2 c4 10.Bc2 Bf5 was thought to be equal/good for Black.  But, as Schandorff points out,  9.Rb1 may have kept an edge for White in Grachev-Bakre, Biel 2011.   
      
  
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Reply #19 - 07/25/17 at 19:41:30
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http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/chess/YaBB.pl?num=1496869530

I tried to analyse this a bit, but back then I did not know that it is a transposition to the Marshall Gambit.
  
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Reply #18 - 07/25/17 at 18:00:32
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This may not be the best version of the Marshall Gambit for White, and Black may be fine in theory, but if a Black player stumbles into this position never having played a Marshall Gambit in his life, he's likely to be destroyed.  The statistics are very good for White, which is all the more troubling considering all of those games came from the Triangle move order where the Black players, presumably, had prepared for a Marshall. 

Anyhow in the end no book is perfectly complete and this isn't his main recommendation anyway, but it's something that people should be aware of.
  
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