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1  Chess Publishing Openings / Dragon Sicilians / Re: Dragon repertoar by Marin from ModernChess
 on: Today at 03:23:15 
Straggler wrote yesterday at 17:33:42:
Bibs wrote yesterday at 14:24:49:
If there is a special hell designated for chess writers, the first to burn in caissic eternal damnation are the ghastly triumvirate of Keene (plagiarism), Schiller (just plain bad), Lakdawala

Now that is harsh. Keene and Schiller both wrote at least one decent book.

I don't even look at Schiller's books. Guess why?

2  Other / Chess and Computers / Re: Stockfish suing ChessBase
 on: Yesterday at 19:20:59 Peter Doggers put up a text with the odd Chessbase quote

"One can righteously criticize the articles about Fat Fritz on which constituted an unacceptable belittlement of Stockfish. The reverse belittlement of Albert's innovations by SF does not balance this, even if they now seem to follow his path with SF 14."


3  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. d4 d5 2. c4 / Semi-Slav / Re: Looking for resources on 6...Nbd7 in Anti-Moscow
 on: Yesterday at 00:58:22 
Yes, the plan with g5 and Nh5 is specifically want I want to understand better.

4  Other / Chit Chat / What is the difference,..
 on: 07/22/21 at 12:35:25 
What is the difference between an Indian restaurant and a Vietnamese restaurant?

The Indian one is naan profit and the Vietnamese one is pho profit.

5  General / General Chess / Re: I Decide To Go To War
 on: 07/21/21 at 09:53:58 
cathexis wrote on 07/18/21 at 23:16:55:
For right now, the club I joined in June this year meets on-line only although it has been around almost 70 years. Like many clubs, they are dependent on others for a physical location for OTB play & meetings. So those places must fully open first. They hold weekly Ladders & Quads on I confine myself to a free membership on since I need something to play. No surprise, I am both a novice and unrated. I couldn't care less about the ratings these sites offer: There's only one rating that will matter to me and I look forward to earning it.

On this forum, besides help with openings, most of my help has come from the General board here. This includes several members who've given me personal help and advice that I value highly. It is hard for a newbie to understand they are asking the wrong kind of question, or assuming the wrong kind of answers, when they just don't know better. True in life, doubly so in chess. I mean myself, if no one else. could boot me tomorrow and I promise you I have so much other material still to cover I would just soldier on until things opened back up. I would also continue to ask questions here on any chess topic, not just openings. As elsewhere in my life, I've often found it helpful to recall the old saying, "Save the drama for your mama." (Though I admit it has sometimes been a post-facto recall).


I appreciate you taking the time.  Cool

Without drawing too much attention to the matter or going into great detail: Things are resolved. My USCF is linked to both my ICC account and a account. I agree with you, however - there is just endless material available to us today, especially if we spend a few dollars here and there, and losing access to only one outlet wouldn't entirely derail anyone. As of now, I don't have to worry about that again.

I'm getting much better. After my 1st round draw in T4545 play, I won the other day in round 2. I was black, got into the Richter-Rauzer in the Sicilian, and my opponent resigned on move 19 after a tactical exchange where he blundered early and things liquidated into a pretty lost endgame for him. I also ended the game with ~49 minutes and he was under 20. The fact that, for a second game in a row, I was way ahead on time is a massive improvement for me. This was another board 1 game and prior to it we were tied 1.5 - 1.5 for the match so it also gave us the match win. My team has a bye this week.

Most of my study material right now is ChessTempo, ICC, and the International Chess School I subbed to. I'm also going to be starting to do more tactics and review of games OTB as directed by the study material. And, most importantly: No drama. Whatever occurs. It's simply not worth the wasted time and energy and I thank you for reminding me of that. I haven't posted anything anywhere lately other than on this forum and while on ICC. Well, I'm also commenting on CT tactics a bit again now, too. I think in depth discussion of individual tactics is actually a really underrated method of improvement.

6  General / General Chess / Re: Cheating scandal in Anand's online charity simul
 on: 07/20/21 at 23:39:18 
trw wrote on 06/30/21 at 06:47:27:
Billionaire does not automatically mean moral, ethical or deserving of our respect.

More likely for it to automatically mean the opposite of those things  Smiley

7  Chess Publishing Openings / Anti-Sicilians / Re: What move 2 is best vs the anti sicilians
 on: 07/20/21 at 14:09:06 
In my opinion, 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 limits White's options the most.  A wise philosopher once said:
mn wrote on 07/18/21 at 11:55:08:
- 2...e6 is a good choice if you don't mind having your pawn on e6

8  Other / Endgames / Re: Carlsen is human too
 on: 07/18/21 at 09:56:15 

It's on my list to analyze. I was surprised too.

9  Other / Chess and Computers / Re: Stockfish 14
 on: 07/17/21 at 10:25:21 
No contempt

10  General / General Chess / Re: Startling Opening Repertoire - New Edition
 on: 07/17/21 at 00:30:52 
Bibs wrote on 07/16/21 at 22:17:11:
The 1.e4 e5 line is just very equal due to the Qd7 move.

Agreed. Nor does white have an advantage after 8...Qh5. Probably the long-time main move 8...Qa5 is also equal.

I concluded that the anti-Max Lange variation was equal decades ago. That does not stop people from winning or losing with the line in casual play. After 12Nxd4 Bd7, Fishbein continues with 13Nc3 or 13Nb5. Baker and Burgess examine 13Nc3, 13Nb3, and 13Re3. A startling move is 13.Qh5. I don't see anything wrong with 13c3.

Just because the game is equal, that does not mean that the game must come to an end. Familiarity with the line, combined with the likelihood that you will actually see the line you prepared, are also important considerations, especially in casual play. By all means though, everyone (but me) should just ignore this innocuous line.

11  Chess Publishing Openings / Open Sicilians / Sveshnikov / Re: Kalashnikov Resources?
 on: 07/16/21 at 22:18:26 
mn wrote on 07/16/21 at 14:10:55:
You're referring to the white repertoire by Sethuraman, yes?

Aha, sorry my booboo and a severe lack of clarity. Sorry.
Yes, the Seth monster sized rep (2).

12  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 - Non-Spanish / Re: Chessable - Grandmaster Gambits 1.e4 (2021)
 on: 07/16/21 at 15:33:56 
Eric Rosen has had a number of fine attacking wins in the Stafford Gambit at blitz, and on it's scored quite well for Black, so maybe it's good in the right hands as a blitz weapon.  When his opponents find one of the several "refutations", he ends up a pawn down for not much, but that's often just a slight disadvantage in blitz.  But it's telling that he doesn't use the line in serious tournament games, like at the recent Las Vegas tournament where he preferred to defend a slightly offbeat line of the Scotch Game.  I think in tournament games you run the risk of having many depressing losses where you never really had much for the pawn, and unlike at blitz, you have to suffer for quite some time.

Like the Halloween Gambit for White, it's one of those lines that I'm happy to try at blitz or in casual games from time to time for a bit of fun, but I'm having too much fun with the rather sounder gambits and attacking lines arising from the Two Knights Defence, the Ruy Lopez Modern Steinitz and the Scandinavian lines advocated by David Smerdon to make the Stafford a regular part of my repertoire.

Another line that can be a lot of fun in blitz is the Nakhmanson Gambit for White, 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.Nc3?! (instead of 6.Re1 d5 7.Bxd5 Qxd5 8.Nc3 as discussed earlier).  White gets a strong attack after 6...dxc3 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Qd5+, followed by Re1 and then taking on e4.  The main problem with it is that Black can play 6...Nxc3 or 6...Nd6, and end up with an extra pawn for just half a pawn's worth of compensation.  Again, at blitz and in casual games this line can provide some players with a lot of fun, but in classical tournament chess it's too risky.

In contrast the anti-Lange lines with 5...Nxe4 6.Re1 d5 7.Bxd5 Qxd5 8.Nc3 are sound, the problem with them is rather that they're equal and that in practice Black scores well, and at higher levels it can be hard to create winning chances.

13  General / General Chess / Re: Coffeehouse 1.e4 Repertoire by Gawain Jones
 on: 07/16/21 at 03:20:19 
The new Milner-Barry v French appears to be kinda expected. As has been covered here prior. He has played this.

And I would expect the Scotch Gambit line he plays (see e.g. Jones - l'Ami).

14  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 Spanish / Re: Caruana's 3 DVD's on Ruy López for White
 on: 07/14/21 at 10:09:37 
I think many openingbooks today suffer from TMI, Too Much Information (at least to me) to be really useful. If I need more reference material I can easily get relevant games from the databases.

Maybe it's a good idea for a writer to first make 10-12 hours of video's and then transcribe it to book format to keep the amount of information just right Wink
That way you can condense the information to the essential stuff.
It sounds silly of course in the above way, but I think opening books can be made more manageable for the average chess player.

I was interested in the DVD's to hear a top player speak about an opening, but this book sounds even better!

15  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 - Non-Spanish / Scotch / Re: Book about 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 line
 on: 07/13/21 at 20:38:03 
MNb wrote on 07/13/21 at 17:31:22:
Sandman wrote on 07/13/21 at 13:24:16:
I’m sure I have to be overlooking it but I’ve scanned through the book multiple times without seeing it.

However in this case there is a justification: after 6...Ne4 White is nearly winning with 7.Re1.
A bit worse is that 6...Ng4 is missing too; it should be answered with 7.Bf4.

Re1 is what I played in my game. It was between that, Qe2 or Bd5 so your statement gives me confidence in my choice.

16  Chess Publishing Openings / French / Re: Beat the French with 3.Nc3 by Harikrishna
 on: 07/13/21 at 10:49:31 
I do have the book, and I like it a lot. There is a section about f4.

17  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 ... / Scandinavian / Re: The Scandinavian for Club Players
 on: 07/10/21 at 12:32:53 
There's a new course on chessable that recommends this line for Black as well. It also covers the same five moves mentioned by MW above.

18  General / General Chess / Re: The Lasker Method - Welling / Giddins
 on: 07/09/21 at 15:11:11 
cathexis wrote on 07/07/21 at 22:56:53:
I'm beginning to think the the word, "sensualist" is entering the realm of equivocation since the image of a sadistic, gloating chess player as Bond villain can be nothing but sensual. But I'm not going to start parsing every nuance of the term. What I can do is acknowledge the better knowledge of Lasker and Alekhine you and AOC hold against my less-informed opinions and thank you for enlightening me - again. But I could (in good humor) suggest you also check out Matthew Gregory Lewis' "The Monk" for yourself

Well, you're welcome.. And that's quite the gothic plot. A capable man, a demon, and an innocent young woman interact with catastrophic results--where had one heard that before? (The Urfaust was published six years earlier.)

But now I must defend the honor of my writing! I wrote that Alekhine was not a sensualist and compared him to a James Bond villain. You responded as above. But "sensualist" has always meant simply one who pursues the low pleasures of the body--gustatory and especially sexual. Since the 1500s, the root word "sensual" has consistently referred to lechery or unchastity. In his 1755 dictionary, Samuel Johnson defined "sensualist" as "one devoted to corporal pleasure; a carnal person." Nothing has changed since then: there is no ambiguity and little nuance, only correct usage.

Cruelty, egotism, selfishness, greed, betrayal, ruthlessness, reveling in power--the most lurid combination of these traits does not make a sensualist. James Bond is a sensualist; a James Bond villain is not. Tal, whom even Botvinnik couldn't bring himself to dislike, was a sensualist; Alekhine was not. On the other hand, there's Caligula, who was all of the above in one insane package.

But what an aristocratic, strangely-charged manner Alekhine had! Look at him at 1:20 and forward in the following video:

Honestly, the footage makes me want to study his games more  (Best Games of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, with self-mythologizing annotations by the Master--what a delectable prospect).

19  Chess Publishing Openings / Daring Defences to 1. d4 / Re: Coverage of the Blumenfeld
 on: 07/06/21 at 17:38:33 
Refuted it is not. GM Salgado's recommendation looks reasonable: 5.e4 Nxe4 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.Nc3 (7.O-O) bxc4 8.Bxc4 Ba6 9.Bxa6 Nxa6 10.O-O (10.Nc3) Qc8 11.Bg5 (11.Ne5) Be7 12.dxe6 fxe6 13.Bg5 (13.Ne5). Now four corr. games saw ...Qb7 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 and all of them were drawn. As White's compensation looks sufficient it should be a potent weapon to draw many opponents out of their comfort zone.

Perhaps White can build an ambitiour gambit repertoire around 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 combining this with the d4-d5 gambits in the QID.

20  General / General Chess / Re: Keep It Simple: 1.e4 by IM Sielecki
 on: 07/06/21 at 13:34:10 
I just noticed a move order problem after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 c5.

If you are familiar with Benoni structures, you should probably play 3.d5, but if not, it does not make sense to learn all this for a line you will maybe never face. I suggest to play 3.c3. This is the most practical choice. We just transpose into our line against the Sicilian starting with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 ...
--page 226

From the "French" move order, 3.c3 transposes after 3...d5 4.exd5 exd5 5.Nf3 --page 126, or 4...Qxd5 5.Nf3 --page 131. But it doesn't transpose after 3...Nf6 4.e5 Nd5. The point is that in the Sicilian move order Sielecki avoids the immediate d4: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.g3!? --page 135. Not the end of the world, but it shows once again how hard it is to make a coherent repertoire accounting for all possible transpositions.

White could play 1.e4 e6 2.Nf3, I think this move order stays in Sielecki's repertoire against all black tries.
  • 2...d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.d4 is the Exchange French (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3).
  • 2...c5 3.c3 is the Anti-Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3).
  • 2...b6 3.d4 Bb7 4.Bd3 is Owen's Defense (1.e4 b6 2.d4 Bb7 3.Bd3 e6 4.Nf3 --page 321).

21  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. d4 d5 2. c4 / QGA / Re: Modernized QGA
 on: 07/06/21 at 12:15:12 
Still no new infos about this one?

22  Chess Publishing Openings / Dragon Sicilians / Re: Lifetime Repertoires: Dragon Sicilian
 on: 07/05/21 at 10:11:12 
Thanks!! Vive l'Amerique!

23  General / General Chess / Re: Black Opening Repertoire vs d4 for Online g/ 10 0
 on: 07/04/21 at 01:25:01 
No idea Smiley

24  Chess Publishing Openings / Anti-Sicilians / 2 c3 Sicilian / Re: source on 1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Nf6
 on: 07/03/21 at 17:59:07 
I wanted to mention a miniature that I played with black on line. It was a bullet game. But worth mentioning. 1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Nf6 4.d4 cxd4 5.c4 e6 6.Qxd4 Nc6 7.Qe3 Nb4 8.Na3 Qa5 9.Bd2 Bc5 10.Qg3 Ne4 11.Qxg7 Nc2+!! 12.Ke2 [12.Nxc2 Qxd2#] Qxd2+ 13.Kf3 Qxf2+ 14.Ke4 exd5+ [14...Qf5#] 15.Kxd5 Be6+ 16.Ke4 Qf5# 0-1

25  Chess Publishing Openings / 1. e4 e5 - Non-Spanish / Re: Alternatives for Ruy Lopez for Blitz/Rapid/Surpris
 on: 07/02/21 at 15:04:59 
No problem, Jupp. I know you had the best intentions!  Smiley

I really appreciate your contributions here too.