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Re: New Book on the Samisch
Reply #40 - 07/23/17 at 17:49:37
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Unfortunately I don't know, though I've been told that it should be published in early September, so I think that an excerpt should be up soon.  I know that a prominent GM author and editor for Everyman, who was going to be working on my book, left the company (on good terms) just before I submitted my manuscript.  So I suspect that they were down an editor for a short time.  I really wanted to have it out by this summer for all of those summer events that people play in, but such is life.  And I turned my manuscript in so late that I can't complain about any delays on the publisher's end!
  
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Re: New Book on the Samisch
Reply #39 - 07/23/17 at 10:04:15
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Any idea as to when a PDF excerpt will be available? The last time I looked the Everyman website had a link to Houska's Caro Kann book excerpt instead!
  
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Re: New Book on the Samisch
Reply #38 - 07/20/17 at 17:12:00
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MarinFan wrote on 07/20/17 at 11:48:33:
Kotronias suprisingly doesn't use 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 0-0 5.f3 c5 6.d5 d6 7.Bg5 e6 8.Qd2 h6, when I thought white couldn't prevent transposing to lines with be3 and h5, instead considers 8...pxp 9c4xd5 a6.


Does he continue 10.a4 h6?  I need to just buy a copy.

There are some subtle move order nuances here that I cover in my book, depending on the exact lines each side is trying to reach or avoid.  I cover both 10.a4 and 10.Nge2!? for White in detail in mine, so the reader can choose to play whichever one suits them more, or mix and match as I have over the years.
  
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Re: New Book on the Samisch
Reply #37 - 07/20/17 at 11:48:33
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Kotronias suprisingly doesn't use 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 0-0 5.f3 c5 6.d5 d6 7.Bg5 e6 8.Qd2 h6, when I thought white couldn't prevent transposing to lines with be3 and h5, instead considers 8...pxp 9c4xd5 a6.
  
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Re: New Book on the Samisch
Reply #36 - 06/20/17 at 17:52:27
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ruhroh wrote on 06/19/17 at 22:29:00:
Congratulations, Eric, from a former student who saw the first few pages back when Smiley


Thank you so much!  And check your email Smiley.
  
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Reply #35 - 06/19/17 at 22:29:00
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Congratulations, Eric, from a former student who saw the first few pages back when Smiley
  
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Re: New Book on the Samisch
Reply #34 - 06/12/17 at 18:42:26
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Though I mention some places where White can consider playing x...h6 y.Bxh6, in general I avoid those positions because if Black knows what he's doing he can avoid them completely (as Topnotch points out).
  
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Re: New Book on the Samisch
Reply #33 - 06/12/17 at 07:30:05
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kylemeister wrote on 06/11/17 at 22:23:09:
But 8...h6 9. Be3 ed 10. cd just transposes to 8...ed 9. cd h6 10. Be3, so I don't get the relevance of that first line.


In this move-order 8...exd5 9.cxd5 h6 White can now play 10.Bxh6 instead of 10.Be3 after which, as expressed in my previous post, its not clear to me that Black fully equalises. In any case playing 8...h6 first makes the issue moot.

Eric's book sounds interesting, looks like I may have to pick that one up as well.
  

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Re: New Book on the Samisch
Reply #32 - 06/12/17 at 01:45:49
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befuddled wrote on 06/12/17 at 01:27:39:
I like the Saemisch and am curious what the author plays against 1...d5 and other 1...Nf6 lines.


I don't have any overall system or scheme of development that I play against everything.  For instance unlike the "Wojo's Weapons" series of books, I don't always fianchetto.  But I play the Catalan and related lines against ...e6 lines, 3.e4 against the QGA, and against the Grunfeld I play various lines of the Exchange variation or 4.Bg5 depending on mood.  Mostly the Exchange, though.  I also often play 3.Nc3 against the Slav. 

My choices all make tons of sense to me, but there's no single theme uniting them all.  Which I think is the best approach to openings: you should treat each position concretely and specifically.  I also think that in general, you should try not to give your opponent what he wants.
  
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Re: New Book on the Samisch
Reply #31 - 06/12/17 at 01:37:23
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Stigma wrote on 06/11/17 at 23:12:32:
TopNotch' 13...Nxe4 does look strong. I guess that means White should either allow ...b5 or prefer Ng3 to Nc1 in that specific move order? Though ...Nxe4 might even be playable one move earlier, without 12..a6 13.a4.

I have played the Sämisch a few times, but usually against lower-rated opponents where I could get by without really knowing the theory. I really need this book...

ErictheRed wrote on 06/09/17 at 18:02:14:
In the end I might not want to or need to change anything; Kotronias obviously hasn't seen my analysis, either! 

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I have a lot of improvements over older analysis from players like Sadler, Lautier, Kasparov, Dreev, etc. in my book; obviously I'm aided by strong engines, and every line was thoroughly checked, so I'm not worried.

I like the attitude!


Obviously White has to avoid the position after 13...Nxe4! that Toppy gave.  I first discovered that possibility about 3 years ago while looking through a correspondence database and was very surprised by it; it's since been published in other places (I was hoping to be the first to reveal it to the general public, but was too slow). 

White has plenty of other ways to pose Black problems, though the specifics depend on move order.  In the move order that Topnotch gave, Carlsen showed my preferred method, though I offer multiple solutions most of the time.  White should actually not be in a rush to put the knight on g3 in many lines; I do need to refer people to the book at some point though, I wrote it so that I didn't have to write hundreds of posts on here explaining everything Wink.   
  
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Re: New Book on the Samisch
Reply #30 - 06/12/17 at 01:27:39
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I like the Saemisch and am curious what the author plays against 1...d5 and other 1...Nf6 lines.
  
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Re: New Book on the Samisch
Reply #29 - 06/11/17 at 23:12:32
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TopNotch' 13...Nxe4 does look strong. I guess that means White should either allow ...b5 or prefer Ng3 to Nc1 in that specific move order? Though ...Nxe4 might even be playable one move earlier, without 12..a6 13.a4.

I have played the Sämisch a few times, but usually against lower-rated opponents where I could get by without really knowing the theory. I really need this book...

ErictheRed wrote on 06/09/17 at 18:02:14:
In the end I might not want to or need to change anything; Kotronias obviously hasn't seen my analysis, either! 

[...]

I have a lot of improvements over older analysis from players like Sadler, Lautier, Kasparov, Dreev, etc. in my book; obviously I'm aided by strong engines, and every line was thoroughly checked, so I'm not worried.

I like the attitude!
  

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Re: New Book on the Samisch
Reply #28 - 06/11/17 at 22:23:09
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But 8...h6 9. Be3 ed 10. cd just transposes to 8...ed 9. cd h6 10. Be3, so I don't get the relevance of that first line.
  
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Re: New Book on the Samisch
Reply #27 - 06/11/17 at 21:38:27
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ErictheRed wrote on 06/11/17 at 01:20:10:
TopNotch wrote on 06/10/17 at 18:01:12:
Regarding 6.Bg5 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Qd2 exd5 (I think 8...h6! is more accurate here and should be preferred). Do you reach the same conclusion in your review.


How do you intend to follow up?  There are many different systems possible; Black can play a quick ...h6-h5 like Bologan recommended in his repertoire book from a few years ago.  Play is also different depending on whether Black plays ...a6 or not. 

Because of numerous transpositional possibilities, I've essentially divided the Benoni chapter into lines where Black plays ...a6 but not ...h6, ...a6 with ...h6 (but not ...h5), ...h6 and ...h5 without ...a6, etc, etc.  Move order is important; a game from the current world champion in this line contains an important nuance for White, for instance.  It's all a little confusing; see my book for details, of course!

But I think that I probably agree with you, Topnotch.


I had this kinda follow up in mind: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 0-0 5.f3 c5 6.d5 d6 7.Bg5 e6 8.Qd2 h6 9.Be3 exd5 10.cxd5 Re8 11.Nge2 Nbd7 12.Nc1 a6 13.a4 Nxe4!=/+

Essentially if Black can play 8...h6 without any downside then he should do so, as it could win a tempo in some lines and in general provides Black with more tasty possibilities as illustrated in the above example.

Another compelling reason to play h6 on move 8 rather than 9 is that it completely neutralises Bxh6 ideas, after 9...h6 10.Bxh6 it is not 100% clear to me that Black completely equalises, whereas after 8...h6 9.Bxh6 Black has the convincing rejoinder: 9...Nxe4 10.Nxe4 Qh4+ 11.g3 Qxh6 12.Qxh6 Bxh6 13.Nxd6 Na6! = This key idea does not work if you include 8...exd5 9.cxd5 as it would be well met by Bxa6.

Kotronias' thoughts on these lines would be interesting to comment on, but that will have to wait till I have his new KID book in my hands.
  

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Re: New Book on the Samisch
Reply #26 - 06/11/17 at 01:20:10
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TopNotch wrote on 06/10/17 at 18:01:12:
Regarding 6.Bg5 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Qd2 exd5 (I think 8...h6! is more accurate here and should be preferred). Do you reach the same conclusion in your review.


How do you intend to follow up?  There are many different systems possible; Black can play a quick ...h6-h5 like Bologan recommended in his repertoire book from a few years ago.  Play is also different depending on whether Black plays ...a6 or not. 

Because of numerous transpositional possibilities, I've essentially divided the Benoni chapter into lines where Black plays ...a6 but not ...h6, ...a6 with ...h6 (but not ...h5), ...h6 and ...h5 without ...a6, etc, etc.  Move order is important; a game from the current world champion in this line contains an important nuance for White, for instance.  It's all a little confusing; see my book for details, of course!

But I think that I probably agree with you, Topnotch.
  
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