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Reply #48 - 05/09/18 at 23:41:51
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Fllg wrote on 02/05/18 at 05:30:13:
you need a second weapon if White starts with 1.Nf3 or 1.c4.


I've played 1. ..b6 from time to time with the idea of entering Hedgehog lines. 1. .. Nf6 and 2. .. b6 is also possible but has a greater chance of entering normal Queens Indian variations. Delaying .. Nf6 has the possible advantage in flexibility in being still able to adopt Dutch or Hippo structures, depending on White's response.

I did recently reach a position I had never seen before at move 2. The game started 1. c4 b6 2. b4 .
  
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Reply #47 - 05/09/18 at 23:05:10
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Against the catalan if want too can play the 4..Be7,  5...0.0, 6...pxp lines which is move-order proof. It's probably the most reliable line of the lot, but a little drawish.
  
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Reply #46 - 02/06/18 at 08:42:57
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Fllg wrote on 02/05/18 at 05:30:13:
My main problem is that White can avoid it by holding back d2-d4 which means you need a second weapon if White starts with 1.Nf3 or 1.c4.


I think when we play our main weapon against 1.d4 vesus 1.Nf3 / 1.c4 we are entering in HIS territory. 1.Nf3, for example, works very well against Queens Gambit lines, against QGA lines, against Dutch sometimes, there are lots of interesting anti-Grunfelds, etc...

My advice is to give to 1.Nf3 and 1.c4 the credit they deserve as a primary main lines openings and work a little against them. For example, study some 1.c4 e5 or 1.Nf3 c5 or whatever suits your style and options against 1.d4. But as a 1.Nf3 player myself I am always happy to see QGA lines against my non-d4 structures.

The only difference, I think, is the Kings Indian, that works pretty well against every non-1.e4 opening by White.
  
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Reply #45 - 02/05/18 at 05:30:13
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I think it is good if you are happy to play Stonewall structures.

My main problem is that White can avoid it by holding back d2-d4 which means you need a second weapon if White starts with 1.Nf3 or 1.c4.
  
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Reply #44 - 02/05/18 at 00:49:35
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I am not really a Ragozin player, but I have this book. How does those that have the book find the quirky yet interesting 5...Ad6 line in the Catalan?
  
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Reply #43 - 02/04/18 at 06:02:40
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It's covered via the move order 5 Qa4+ Nc6 6 Bg5 dxc4
  
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Reply #42 - 02/04/18 at 01:53:37
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Somehow I missed or am book-blind to Pert's recommendation for Black after:

1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 Nc3 Bb4 5 Bg5 dxc4 6 Qa4+

I have tried to work with what he said re 5 Qa4+ but the center formation is altered enough with the pawn capture that I need some help.

Thanks.
  
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Reply #41 - 08/29/17 at 07:25:25
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Commenting on the QC blog probably wouldn't be a bad way to do that.
  
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Reply #40 - 08/29/17 at 01:47:44
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Was there a way to send Errors to QC somewhere?

On pg.101, Pert states that Gustafsson "only considers 13.Bc4:" in the line 5.Bg5 dc4: 6.e4 c5 7.dc5: Qd1:+ 8.Rd1: Nbd7 (not Pert's recommendation) 9.Bd2 Bc3: 10.Bc3: Ne4: 11.Bg7: Rg8 12.Bd4 Ndc5: 13.Ne5(!), but Gustafsson doesn't get there at all, playing 12. ..Nec5: instead - after which indeed 13.Bc4: looks like the only sensible move
  
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Reply #39 - 08/23/17 at 09:21:57
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BadDays wrote on 08/21/17 at 19:37:37:
It has to be said that Cornette's book is formatted just awfully and can be a real pain to read. Also, Pert includes decent lines against the Catalan and some other early deviations on the way to the Ragozin. On the other hand, Cornette's analysis is extremely thorough.

In summary, Pert's book is the better produced of the two, although I personally like many of Cornette's recommendations more. Buy both Cheesy


This hits the nail. I fully agree.
  
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Reply #38 - 08/23/17 at 03:55:58
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BobbyDigital80 wrote on 08/22/17 at 23:03:00:
What Nimzo line does Cornette recommend transposing to if White plays 5.e3?


His main line runs 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.e3 0-0 6.Bd3 dxc4!? 7.Bxc4 c5 8.0-0 Nc6 9.a3 Ba5!? It's an interesting line that I hadn't actually considered before reading his book.

For what it's worth, Pert analyzes 6...b6 7.0-0 Ba6!?, and Roiz analyzes the Karpov System in his recent book on the Nimzo. There are so many good systems for black in the 4.e3 Nimzo that it's really a matter of taste.

By the way, if anybody can show me how to embed .PGNs that would be a huge help to me.
  
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Reply #37 - 08/22/17 at 23:03:00
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What Nimzo line does Cornette recommend transposing to if White plays 5.e3?
  
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Reply #36 - 08/21/17 at 19:37:37
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The authors recommend very different lines in some cases. For example, after 5.Bg5 Pert transposes to the Vienna with 5...dxc4, whereas Cornette analyzes the mainline with 5...h6. Also, after 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 Pert gives both the old line with 6...h6 7.Bh4 Nbd7 and ...g5 and the rare 6...Qd6!?, whereas Cornette recommends both Leko's 6...h6 7.Bh4 0-0!? and the even trendier 6...h6 7.Bh4 Bf5!? There are other differences as well, but those are the ones that stand out.

It has to be said that Cornette's book is formatted just awfully and can be a real pain to read. Also, Pert includes decent lines against the Catalan and some other early deviations on the way to the Ragozin. On the other hand, Cornette's analysis is extremely thorough.

In summary, Pert's book is the better produced of the two, although I personally like many of Cornette's recommendations more. Buy both Cheesy
  
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Reply #35 - 08/21/17 at 08:11:38
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A friend told me he liked Cornette's book even better, though it had the advantage of being published later, and I haven't yet bought the Cornette book to compare for myself. I believe they recommend quite different lines, so there should be something to suit all tastes between the two books!

Re the e-books: In principle it makes sense to 'add value' as one can see all the moves in each video by dragging to the end of the video in any case.

  

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Reply #34 - 08/18/17 at 09:15:27
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I find that it depends on who made the video series. Gustafsson's e-books tend to be lines only (no comments). I suppose it's so that he can use the same version for English and German e-books. There's also no real extra information compared to what he proposes in the videos. Other authors that I've seen (Svidler, Van Kampen) have additional information in the e-book, as well as instructional text.
  

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