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Re: New Reti DVD by Bologan
Reply #31 - 07/14/17 at 19:57:50
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OK, I have to ask.  What does Bologan say about the Wojtaszek-Rublevsky game?  I assume that he thinks White is a little better, since he's doing a White repertoire DVD, but does he explain why? 

It all seems pretty level to me.  Especially after 16.Ne5 and the subsequent piece exchanges, I can't see Black having much to worry about.  I would have thought 16.d4 more thematic.  It seems to be the main idea in these structures. 

I'd also be interested in whether Bologan comments on 28.Qxb5 -- is it the culmination of White's queenside play or an ingenious pawn sac on Black's part?  After 28..Bd4 29.Kh1, it seems to me that Rublevsky could have followed up with 29..e5! 30.Bc1 Bf2, when Black is practically winning?    

  
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Reply #30 - 07/12/17 at 17:52:45
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CarriedbyGg wrote on 07/12/17 at 10:46:46:
I just wonder: is 9. g3 Bxf3 a move here? It really, really damages White's pawn structure, but ok you give up the bishop pair and your queenside becomes a bit weak. Looks interesting though.


It looks interesting to me, but the fact that ~20 GMs in my database passed on the opportunity is telling.
  
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Re: New Reti DVD by Bologan
Reply #29 - 07/12/17 at 10:46:46
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I just wonder: is 9. g3 Bxf3 a move here? It really, really damages White's pawn structure, but ok you give up the bishop pair and your queenside becomes a bit weak. Looks interesting though.
  
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Reply #28 - 07/12/17 at 10:38:26
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Even then - the machine won't tell you which plans to consider. They only prevent you from losing in one move (also called blunders).
  

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Reply #27 - 07/12/17 at 07:33:01
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Unless you want to use these lines in corr chess of course.
  
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Reply #26 - 07/12/17 at 03:00:52
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mn wrote on 07/11/17 at 20:11:04:
I can appreciate that White has easy play on the Queenside.

The Réti is not for me, but apparently your eyes don't work the same way as mine.
At move 15 I see that Bb2 is more active than Be7 and Ne3 is more active than Nd7. I also see that White has some pressure against g7. The game is an example of Black trading one weakness for another, each new one being worse than the previous one. I often wish I could play like that, because I know from experience how terrible it is to be at the receiving end.
Without any analysis (and certainly without turning the machine on) I wonder if 12...h6 wasn't a mistake; I think Black should have neutralized the pressure on the long diagonal by playing ...Bf6 or ...Bg7 one way or another and then ...h6 is a superfluous move at best.
Amet is completely right; in such positions silicon evaluation means zilch.
  

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Reply #25 - 07/12/17 at 02:29:21
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The game reminds me of this instructive lecture a little:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWovc0cfwsE&list=PLVWaFpMwtaGhsypsRRhk_Q0Y56EsTuF...

If you don't want to play those sorts of positions, then the Reti isn't for you.
  
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Reply #24 - 07/11/17 at 20:11:04
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Fair enough - at a cursory glance it looked like Black had no problems and the engine agreed. That being said, looking at it in more depth I can appreciate that White has easy play on the Queenside, and Black doesn't have anything obvious to do in the meantime.
  
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Reply #23 - 07/11/17 at 12:31:41
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The game you posted is a typical case of a small and safe edge for White. Engines will always call these things equal. If you want to play the Reti, you will have to  use them less.
  
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Re: New Reti DVD by Bologan
Reply #22 - 07/03/17 at 22:45:23
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I've just had a look at the 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 dxc4 chapter, and am about to delve into the 2...e6 Pseudo-Catalan complex. I'm excited to see what Bologan thinks about the latter, because this is what I play myself from the Black side.

Regarding the Pseudo-QGA, the coverage of 3 Na3!? is pretty good, albeit nothing that makes me particularly want to switch away from my usual choice of 3 e3.

His main line is the following game, which, despite the result, to my eyes and the computer's, White didn't really have anything out of the opening.


  
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Reply #21 - 07/03/17 at 16:41:49
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mn wrote on 07/03/17 at 13:14:38:
A more serious omission within the 1 Nf3 c5 2 c4 Nc6 line is 3...e5, which after a quick perusal I haven't been able to find an advantage for White in (4 e3 Nf6 5 d4 cxd4 6 exd4 e4 7 Ne5 Bb4 8 Be2 Qa5 9 0-0! is scoring well, but what about 5...e4!? -?)


This line 3...e5 is the main reason I play d4 myself as soon as Black plays Nc6 (threatening e5). At my level is very popular, aimed to some kind of Botvinnik setup (g6-Nge7-Bg7-d6 etc).

Would be interesting to see what is supposed to be played in the lines with Nf6 - e6   - d5 - Be7 - 0-0 - c5 followed by d4 by Black in the variations where White plays this b3 to cover c4 (but allowing d4). Some kind of reversed Benoni is impossible to avoid (clips #17 and #18). I see a quick cxd5 is given also (in video #19), like chessexplained did in his series on the English for chess24 (the more I check his lines, the more I appreciate how good his videos are).

I like Bologan style (not the most precise English speeching, but very classical-logical-reasonable variations and usually with some hints/assessments on the final positions).

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Re: New Reti DVD by Bologan
Reply #20 - 07/03/17 at 16:08:38
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I'm not a big fan of his approach after 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 d4 (although this may just be a matter of taste), which is essentially to play 3 b4 and play a Benoni or Benko position with an extra tempo. Personally I would've preferred coverage of the sharp stuff (3 b4 f6 4 e3 e5 5 c5 etc.), but alas.

Anyways, after 3 b4 f6 (on other moves, he tends to continue g2-g3 and claim some advantage), he suggests 4 Na3!?, which is admittedly scoring quite well in limited practical tests so far. He gives the game Aronian-Topalov, Paris Rapid 2016 as Black's current best try, assessing it as equal. He mentions that White can try to improve, but doesn't give anything specific.

It looks to me like decent coverage if you like playing these Reversed Benonis, although there are some gaps to fill (3...g6 and 3...g5, as mentioned above).

Anyways, that's just about all the time I have to waste on chess for now, perhaps I'll be able to peruse the DVD a bit more in the evening.

  
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Re: New Reti DVD by Bologan
Reply #19 - 07/03/17 at 15:05:23
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Thanks for these, mn -- keep up the good work! It'd be interesting too to know what you reckon about his sections on 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 e6/d4/dc -- e.g. does he claim any real edge or add to coverage by Dunnington, Davies, Delchev?
  
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Reply #18 - 07/03/17 at 14:34:39
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I haven't yet watched any more clips, but I've clicked through most of the analysis files. Here is my summary of lines that are missing:

  • Everything after 1 Nf3 g6 2 e4 that isn't 2...c5 (Pirc, Modern etc.)
  • The Classical Maroczy with ...Bd7-c6
  • 1 Nf3 c5 2 c4 Nc6 3 Nc3 e5
  • 1 Nf3 c5 2 c4 Nc6 3 Nc3 Nd4 (Admittedly Minor)
  • The Four Knights English with 4...g6 (A huge omission - another file nobody remembered to attach)
  • The Four Knights English with 4...e6 (i.e. Tarrasch, Semi-Tarrasch etc.)
  • The Chigorin with 3...Bg4
  • 1 Nf3 b6 2 e4 Bb7 3 Nc3 c5!? (Admittedly Minor)
  • The Dutch via 1...d6 or 1...e6
  • 1 Nf3 d6 2 d4 (Assuming this is what he'd choose) 2...Bg4
  • He covers 1 Nf3 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 but not the King's Indian (starting with, e.g. 3...Bg7), but this is fair enough because he gives 3 b4 as an alternative and the KID is a huge subject.
  • 1 Nf3 Nf6 2 c4 b6 3 g3 Bb7 4 Bg2 e6 5 0-0 Be7 6 Nc3 0-0 (instead of 6...c5 7 d4)
  • 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 e6 3 b3 Be7-f6 and other deviations mentioned by Stigma earlier in the thread
  • 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 d4 3 b4 g6 and 3...g5
  • Possibly others I've missed

    Yikes.

  
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Re: New Reti DVD by Bologan
Reply #17 - 07/03/17 at 13:14:38
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The two chapters on 1 Nf3 c5 2 c4 Nc6 3 Nc3 g6 4 e3 Nf6 5 d4 cxd4 6 cxd4 d5 7 cxd5 Nxd5 8 Qb3 were excellent IMO. Detailed enough, good strategic explanations, and so on. I would've like a bit more than 30 seconds worth of coverage on various subpar deviations (e.g. 4...Bg7 5 d4 d6), but as Bologan says, these are just better for White anyways.

A more serious omission within the 1 Nf3 c5 2 c4 Nc6 line is 3...e5, which after a quick perusal I haven't been able to find an advantage for White in (4 e3 Nf6 5 d4 cxd4 6 exd4 e4 7 Ne5 Bb4 8 Be2 Qa5 9 0-0! is scoring well, but what about 5...e4!? -?)

  
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