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Re: New Edition of "Dynamic English"
Reply #42 - 05/25/22 at 12:36:26
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CanadianClub wrote on 05/23/22 at 08:57:55:
My two main concerns (in advance) would be ..... and basically, the e5-Nc6-f5 complex (trying to double my pawns with Bb4 and Bxc3).

As Black I'd fear 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Nc3 f5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.d4 e4 6.Nh4 most.
So I prefer 1.c4 e5 2.g3 f5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 d6.

Another way to take the sting out of ...Bb4 is answering ...f5 with d2-d3, intentding x...Bb4 y.Bd2.
Eg 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 f5 3.d3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bd2.
You should take a look at move order issues in the Sicilian Grand Prix Attack and especially notice the differences. Black being a tempo down far from always benefits White. Of special interest to you is 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bb5 Bd7.
  

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Re: New Edition of "Dynamic English"
Reply #41 - 05/23/22 at 08:57:55
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Hi, someone here ready to use this old (but very good!) book as my main reference in my repertoire (occasionally, I'd have to say). The few times I am going to use 1.c4 in important games it's not worth to get a massive "up-to-date" repertoire source. This one is perfect because it's direct, easy and to the point.

Any major change I would have to consider? At my level of opposition (mainly <2000 fide OTB) I don't expect great refutations, I only want playable games knowing plans, typical structures, pawn breaks to accomplish, etc. I basically want to use the 1.c4 e5 part (part 1 if I am not mistaken) and some ideas in the part 3 (other responses but 1...e5 and 1....c5).

Right now I am using it exclusively in blitz (all my games start now with 1.c4), and getting good positions. I am in training mode Smiley

My two main concerns (in advance) would be the c6 systems (2...c6 / 3...c6) and, mainly and basically, the e5-Nc6-f5 complex (trying to double my pawns with Bb4 and Bxc3). Happily for me, not seen in any single game. Very few 1.c4 e5 games, btw. Lots of 1.c4 Nf6 and 1.c4 c6.

thx !
  
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Reply #40 - 12/31/21 at 16:50:08
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So Tony, any chance of a new edition of "The Dynamic English"?
  
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Re: New Edition of "Dynamic English"
Reply #39 - 12/30/21 at 14:13:12
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TonyRo wrote on 12/28/21 at 13:17:35:
I imagine Tony's home desk is made out of copies of The Dynamic English. They're just everywhere.  Grin

Well, I do have quite a few copies, but only of the original printing where a couple of pages were in the wrong order, I don't know why I kept them. They immediately destroyed this print run and corrected the mistake back in 1999.  Roll Eyes
  
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Re: New Edition of "Dynamic English"
Reply #38 - 12/30/21 at 09:48:40
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MicahSmith wrote on 12/30/21 at 02:18:49:
My guess is they are re-printing the books that sold best but how many people are going to buy these extremely out-of-date opening books now?

If The Cambridge Springs is being re-printed I will definitely buy it.
  
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Reply #37 - 12/30/21 at 02:18:49
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MW wrote on 12/27/21 at 00:16:54:
Great book in its day, but I'm not sure why you would re-print an opening book 7-8 years old without a major up-date. No doubt some marketing guru will provide the answer, because I don't get it!

The book is actually over 20 years old (it came out in 1999)! They are also re-printing Win With the London System and Win with the Stonewall Dutch, two other very out-of-date opening books. My guess is they are re-printing the books that sold best but how many people are going to buy these extremely out-of-date opening books now?
  
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Re: New Edition of "Dynamic English"
Reply #36 - 12/29/21 at 11:02:23
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Paddy wrote on 12/28/21 at 00:13:11:
TonyRo wrote on 12/27/21 at 01:53:42:
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I actually also really think opening books are getting too big and unwieldy, and that the small format of The Dynamic English is due for a comeback!


I couldn't agree more Tony. The trend towards encyclopedic coverage is an unwelcome (and unhealthy) one. The Dynamic English is just a perfect size and format for me.

I felt much the same about the first edition of Donaldson's small book "A Strategic Opening Repertoire" and was very disappointed to see the second edition had been so bulked out with games that IMHO added little to the reader's understanding (but I suppose it was still a reasonably small book by modern standards).



Definitely - they've started putting so much detail in, and while its nice to know that it exists you've got no chance of remembering it/will basically never see it in practice.

Can mostly replicate it with engines anyway/even punch minor holes of course. Must be what sells, I presume.
  
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Re: New Edition of "Dynamic English"
Reply #35 - 12/28/21 at 13:17:35
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I imagine Tony's home desk is made out of copies of The Dynamic English. They're just everywhere.  Grin
  
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Re: New Edition of "Dynamic English"
Reply #34 - 12/28/21 at 11:29:53
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tracke wrote on 12/21/21 at 13:10:00:
This and four other Gambit titles have been reissued in print format and are available from Amazon.

I'll have to look at my original contract, I might be due some free copies! Smiley
  
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Re: New Edition of "Dynamic English"
Reply #33 - 12/28/21 at 00:13:11
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TonyRo wrote on 12/27/21 at 01:53:42:
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I actually also really think opening books are getting too big and unwieldy, and that the small format of The Dynamic English is due for a comeback!


I couldn't agree more Tony. The trend towards encyclopedic coverage is an unwelcome (and unhealthy) one. The Dynamic English is just a perfect size and format for me.

I felt much the same about the first edition of Donaldson's small book "A Strategic Opening Repertoire" and was very disappointed to see the second edition had been so bulked out with games that IMHO added little to the reader's understanding (but I suppose it was still a reasonably small book by modern standards).

  
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Re: New Edition of "Dynamic English"
Reply #32 - 12/27/21 at 01:53:42
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I have owned 3 copies and gave away two to other players who wanted to know where I learned how to play the English!

I'd volunteer to do a joint effort with Tony for an updated edition - I am not sure there's an opening book as close to my heart or as pivotal to my development as a player. The world could use a second edition! Grin

I actually also really think opening books are getting too big and unwieldy, and that the small format of The Dynamic English is due for a comeback!
  
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Re: New Edition of "Dynamic English"
Reply #31 - 12/27/21 at 01:38:46
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Without a major up-date something of a commercial risk I would have thought .....if it still sells after 8 years without an up-date imagine how well it would do with an up-date.

I still have my original copy so I won't be tempted!
  
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Re: New Edition of "Dynamic English"
Reply #30 - 12/27/21 at 01:01:34
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Because when people continue to buy copies, Gambit continues to make money?  Grin
  
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Re: New Edition of "Dynamic English"
Reply #29 - 12/27/21 at 00:16:54
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Great book in its day, but I'm not sure why you would re-print an opening book 7-8 years old without a major up-date. No doubt some marketing guru will provide the answer, because I don't get it!
  
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Re: New Edition of "Dynamic English"
Reply #28 - 12/21/21 at 13:10:00
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This and four other Gambit titles have been reissued in print format and are available from Amazon.
http://www.gambitbooks.com/

Seems to be a reprint!? At least no phantasy prices anymore …

tracke  Smiley
  
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