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Re: Info about Experts vs The Sicilian
Reply #39 - 04/07/16 at 12:19:50
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TopNotch wrote on 05/15/05 at 21:26:52:
I would not be surprised at all if Bg5 suddenly became all the rage again, especially as the reason given for its decline, namely the Poisoned Pawn, is getting severely hammered of late.


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Reply #38 - 11/27/08 at 21:51:11
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Right.
Suppose White wants to play the system with c4 & Nc2, and Black plays like this : 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cd 4. Nxd4 g6 5. c4 Bg7 6.Nc2 d6 7. Be2 Nh6 and e.g. 8. 0-0 0-0 9. Nc3 f5, which seems OK for Black.
does White have a better option after Nc2, or is there a way for him to use the early Bg7 ?
  
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Re: Info about Experts vs The Sicilian
Reply #37 - 11/27/08 at 09:07:22
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About Dragon line I consider this line to be one of the most critical lines but there is at least one major improvemt for black (in of of the notes) at move 23 that changes the evalution to at least equal.

About accelerated Dragon, I made the same conclusions but Nh6 is not avalable if black wants to play d6 Nf6 Nxd4 system.
  
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Reply #36 - 11/20/08 at 22:03:38
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...continued :

Dragon : is that 9.000 line really scaring Black nowadays ? at least not on this forum!

Accelerated Dragon : Nielsen's plan with early Nc2 and then b4 is indeed fantastic, but he failed to mention Black's counter with Nh6 & f5, which is clearly the antidote against his Nc2.

Taimanov : a small note in Experts 2nd edition with something like "yes, it seems that Mr Delchev has defused our idea".
  
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Re: Info about Experts vs The Sicilian
Reply #35 - 11/20/08 at 09:14:45
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Hello Mr. Aagard: Next Round please!

An updated version would be on top of my chess wishing list. I still like the book, but think that some improvements are needed:

Najdorf:
I grumbled first, but learnt to like the 6.Bg5 suggestion against the Najdorf. Only Luthers treatment of the PP fell short of the standard, he gave only one game. But recently he played a theoretical importent game in the 10.e5 variation, so this might be a good way to go.

Shesnikov:
I play this from the black side and was anxious to know what Mr. Aagard recommended against the Svesh. Strangely his reference to my preferred line was something like "...so currently the ball seems to be in whites court". I don´t mind this from the black side of view, but I guess this may not be enough for white players looking for a convincing line.

  

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Re: Info about Experts vs The Sicilian
Reply #34 - 10/26/06 at 08:38:37
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Alumbrado - don't worry about the Khalifman lines against the Pirc. The main suggestions against 5...c5, 5...0-0 & 6...Nc6, and 5...0-0 & 6...Na6 all have there problems. Do a little work on the key positions and you'll see that things really aren't so bad for black.
  
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Reply #33 - 10/14/06 at 15:58:13
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Hi All,

I had a chat with Aagard on ICC and reminded him of the fact that his anti Sveshnikov was not so great. He graciously acknowledged that Leko (v Anand) creamed it.

What change has happened in this chapter.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.

Andrew


In EVTS2 Aagaard sticks with the main line he gave in EVTS1. He discusses how this Bxf6 main line has been developing since the publication of the first volume, and in particular he considers Anand-Leko Wijk aan Zee 2005.

[Event "Corus A"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "2005.01.16"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Anand, V."]
[Black "Leko, Peter"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B33"]
[WhiteElo "2786"]
[BlackElo "2749"]
[PlyCount "114"]
[EventDate "2005.??.??"]
[EventType "game"]
[EventCountry "NED"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8.
Na3 b5 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Nd5 f5 11. c3 Bg7 12. exf5 Bxf5 13. Nc2 O-O 14. Nce3
Be6 15. Bd3 f5 16. O-O Ra7 17. a4 Ne7 18. Nxe7+ Rxe7 19. axb5 axb5 20. Bxb5 d5
21. Ra6 f4 22. Nc2 Bc8 23. Ra8 Qd6 24. Nb4 Bb7 25. Ra7 d4 26. Ba6 Bxg2 27. Bc4+
Kh8 28. Ra6 Qc5 29. Kxg2 f3+ 30. Kh1 Qxc4 31. Rc6 Qb5 32. Rd6 e4 33. Rxd4 Bxd4
34. Qxd4+ Qe5 35. Qxe5+ Rxe5 36. Nc2 Rb8 37. Ne3 Rc5 38. h3 Rxb2 39. c4 Rg5 40.
Kh2 Kg8 41. h4 Rg6 42. Kh3 Kf7 43. Nf5 Rc2 44. Ne3 Rd2 45. c5 Ke6 46. c6 Rg8
47. c7 Rc8 48. Kg3 Rxc7 49. Kf4 Rd4 50. Ra1 Rf7+ 51. Kg3 Rd8 52. Ra6+ Ke5 53.
Ng4+ Kd5 54. Nf6+ Rxf6 55. Rxf6 Ke5 56. Rh6 Rg8+ 57. Kh3 e3 0-1

He agrees with Rogozenko's assessment that after 22 Rxe6 Rxe6 23 Qxd5 Qxd5 24 Nxd5 the game should probably be drawn but "only White can play for a win". 

Instead of Anand's 24 Nb4, Aagaard suggests 24 Re1 and concludes "of course Black has compensation here, but it seems to me that the danger for him of being a pawn down is greater than White's perils".

So, maybe a nibble for White, but nothing stunning I admit; White has these two possible impovements over Anand-Leko which apparently leave White not worse and Black still with something to prove.

At lower levels of over the board chess I guess White still has plenty of chances with 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Nd5 f5 11. c3 Bg7 12. exf5 Bxf5 13. Nc2 O-O 14. Nce3 Be6 15. Bd3 f5 16. O-O, since one is unlikely to be facing anyone as strong and well prepared as Leko.

But to get closer to the ultimate truth we might have to wait until the attention of the elite turns away from 9 Nd5 and back to 9 Bxf6.
  
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Re: Info about Experts vs The Sicilian
Reply #32 - 10/14/06 at 14:41:27
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Hi All,

I had a chat with Aagard on ICC and reminded him of the fact that his anti Sveshnikov was not so great. He graciously acknowledged that Leko (v Anand) creamed it.

What change has happened in this chapter.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.

Andrew
  
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Re: Info about Experts vs The Sicilian
Reply #31 - 10/10/06 at 12:57:50
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MarinFan wrote on 10/09/06 at 14:07:04:
Hello,

Thanks for nice review. The impression I get is that the book has not changed that much. Just thinking for people like me with first edition, is it worth getting the second?

Bye John S


I wouldn't say that the changes are revolutionary but there has definitely been some further work put in, in some areas more than others (mainly in the "big" chapters such as the Sveshnikov, Dragon, Richter Rauser...). Personally I'm very pleased indeed to have the second edition.
  
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Re: Info about Experts vs The Sicilian
Reply #30 - 10/09/06 at 14:07:04
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Hello,

Thanks for nice review. The impression I get is that the book has not changed that much. Just thinking for people like me with first edition, is it worth getting the second?

Bye John S
  
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Re: Info about Experts vs The Sicilian
Reply #29 - 10/09/06 at 13:08:45
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Here's my review of the 2nd edition. Inevitably it's briefer than I would have liked - every chapter deserves a detailed review!

Experts vs. the Sicilian (2nd Edition) by Jacob Aagaard & John Shaw (editors), Quality Chess, (http://www.qualitychessbooks.com), 228 large pages £16.99
The first edition of this book was a great success. Quality Chess have taken the opportunity of a second edition not only to provide some updating, correcting and expansion of the contents but also to re-format it to comply with what has evolved quite rapidly into their house style – handsome, large format books, well designed and on good paper. The result is a book that is both pleasant to handle and easy to work with.

For anyone who missed the first edition, here is what the fuss is all about: the aim is to provide an aggressive repertoire for White using the Open Sicilian against all Black’s options (except 2…Nf6 and 2…a6 which require special treatment). The publishers have engaged a number of experts each to write a chapter, so for instance we have Mikhail Golubev on the Dragon and Peter Wells on the Richter-Rauser. Whilst one could argue with some of the repertoire choices, the overall impression is very favourable indeed. There is some terrific stuff here and a keen player with a good memory will find some formidable weapons.

I did notice some problem areas though:
a ) I found Pinski’s treatment of the so-called Kalashnikov rather superficial and dismissive; the main games are well chosen and instructively annotated, but this line is still being actively developed by Sveshnikov and others and Pinski fails to mention for instance the interesting 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 d6 6. N1c3 a6 7. Na3 Be6 8. Nc4 Rc8!? – I have over forty examples of this in my database played in the period 2004-2006 (including two wins by Sveshnikov himself) and Black has been scoring about 50%, so whatever the objective merits of 8…Rc8, I think it deserved some attention by Pinski.

b) in Thomas Luther’s chapter dealing with 6 Bg5 against the Najdorf (possibly the most controversial repertoire choice in the whole book), against 6…e6 7 f4 Be7 8 Qf3 Qc7 9 0-0-0 Nbd7 he recommends 10 g4 (50 years old and still going strong!) 10…b5 11 Bxf6 Nxf6 12 g5 Nd7 13 f5 and now his main line game goes 13…Nc5, whereas I know from my own experience and study that 13…Bxg5+ can be a very tough nut to crack if Black knows his stuff; even Luther admits that this move is “the principled reaction”, but there is a lack of detail here that could prove fatal to the unwary.

c) Luther’s treatment of the Poisoned Pawn variation seems over-optimistic, if my own experience is anything to go by; I followed Guseinov-Villaviciencio 2002 (page 33-4) in an email game and ran into a major improvement: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Qb6 8. Qd2 Qxb2 9. Nb3 Qa3 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. Be2 h5 12. O-O Nd7 13. f5 Be7 14. Qd4 b5 15.Rf3 Bb7 16. fxe6 fxe6 17. Rh3 Bd8! N 18. Kh1 Bb6 19. Qd2 O-O-O 20. Rf1 Kb8 21.Rxh5 Bc7 22. Rh6 Rxh6 23. Qxh6 b4 24. Nb1 Qxa2 25. N1d2 Qb2 26. Bc4 Qe5 27. Bd3 d5 28. Nf3 Qd6 29. exd5 Bxd5 30. Nbd2 f5 31. Bc4 Bxc4 32. Nxc4 Qd5 33. Qh4 a5 34. Re1 Nb6 35. Nxb6 Bxb6 0-1 (- my own fault of course – I should have checked the line far more thoroughly before firing it out against a strong correspondence player).

Nevertheless, my overall impression of this book remains very favourable – no opening book is perfect and you should always supplement it with personal research using a database, a chess engine…oh, and your human brain!

Verdict: A seriously good repertoire book. Highly recommended. **** (4 out of 5 stars)


  
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Re: Info about Experts vs The Sicilian
Reply #28 - 09/08/06 at 12:08:04
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Hello,

Don't have the 2nd Edition yet, but downloaded the updates to the 1st Edition, which was on the Quality site for a bit. (Maybe still is, but can't find it). Most likely there are more changes than this in the new edition.

Bye John S
  
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Re: Info about Experts vs The Sicilian
Reply #27 - 09/08/06 at 09:56:59
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Regarding Experts - can anybody comment if the 2nd Edition has many changes in the recommended lines - or have some errors been caught?

Presumably the publishing company will make the corrections available to us guys who bought the first edition  Huh
  
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Reply #26 - 08/22/06 at 04:17:09
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TopNotch wrote on 05/17/05 at 10:55:19:
Lastly, there is a Najdorf book written by GM Danny King or GM Daniel King, I can't recall the title at the moment, but it has an excellent chapter on the Be2 variation, with lucid explanations of all the key moves and plans for both sides. This is a good book overall, and if you like me, appreciate a nice balance between theory and excellent verbal explanation then this book is a must have.


Its called Winning With The Najdorf.  I may sound like a broken recored already always mentioning it every now & again recommending this book! Its a must have for evryone wanting to learn the Najdorf. Its far more helpful than Nunn's book..... but of course the target audience is different. Proceed to Nunn after digesting King or even Palliser thoroughly 1st.

  

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Reply #25 - 08/21/06 at 14:39:53
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New and revised edition is out 23 August 2006.

"This edition is a re-typeset version of the 2004 title into a bigger format. In the process about 75-100 changes, additions and updates of the theory has been added"
  

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Reply #24 - 05/17/05 at 11:50:53
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Thanks
  

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Reply #23 - 05/17/05 at 10:55:19
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I'm afraid the Barlov and Jovicic is mainly 'stuffed' with variations and Light on explanation/wording.  Grin

However there are some introductions to each of the lines they reccomend and though the book is mainly analysis based they don't overwhelm you with superfluous information.

More bad news, the Barlov book like most repertoire books on the Sicilian reccomend the Keres Attack against the Schevenigen. While the Keres is indeed perhaps the most promising line against the Schevenigen, I appreciate that it would not be to everyone's taste.

Now some good news  Cheesy John Nunn's very first 'Beating the Sicilian' manual along with the Keres Attack also recommends Be2! against the Schevenigen. Admittedly the book is rather old now, but the wording/explanatory prose is 'TopNotch'. If you are really keen on the Be2 system, that is the book to get, bearing in mind that over time analysis and evaluations may change but the important themes, ideas and plans seldom do.

If you are looking for a complete repertoire against the Sicilian featuring predominantly Be2, then I strongly recommend you study the games of the late great GM Efim Geller, as this was his weapon of choice.

Lastly, there is a Najdorf book written by GM Danny King or GM Daniel King, I can't recall the title at the moment, but it has an excellent chapter on the Be2 variation, with lucid explanations of all the key moves and plans for both sides. This is a good book overall, and if you like me, appreciate a nice balance between theory and excellent verbal explanation then this book is a must have.

That reminds me, I gotta get that book back from the guy I lent it to some years ago. I could do with a refresher course myself.

I hope that helps

Over and out

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Reply #22 - 05/17/05 at 03:32:25
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Postscript: What kind of info are you looking for Willempie?

I mainly want to know the type of book it is, stuffed with variations or with some decent wording to go with it. Plus I'd really like to know what they recommend against the scheveningen.
So far I dont get the feel for the Keres attack, so I keep switching between the Bg5 and Be2 (btw it is a pity there are no books with a Be2 repertoire) systems against the Najdorf/Classical. Because against the scheveningen I have nothing else than play with Be2 at this moment.
For all the other lines in the sicilian I quite like the suggestions in the experts book, but to make the repertoire with white consistent I need something against the scheveningen (or understand a bit more about the Keres attack).
  

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Perhaps I will eventually get into the nitty gritty of why I think Bg5 is so great against the Najdorf.  Grin

But for now and unlike in my Dragon thread I will withhold the fruits of my analytical labor till I rake in some of the elo benefits and perhaps norm possibilities.

In the meanwhile you should heed the implications of GM Kosten's post.

Bg5! is a sleeping killer just waiting to be reawakened, there is little more I can add to what I have already posted. And I well and truly stand by it.

I hope Tony shares the content of Vigorito's email in his next update, as it sounds as if it could be a bombshell.

Bye bye for now.

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Reply #20 - 05/16/05 at 05:33:41
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Is 6 Bg5 so bad? I received a really interesting email from IM David Vigorito pointing out that the line I mentioned with 11...Nc5 in the Navarra-Adly game is refuted! Embarrassed
Does this mean that 11 h4 wins for White?
P.S. Yes, I will share the email, of course!
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Reply #19 - 05/16/05 at 04:13:35
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The very fact I have been playing 6.Bg5 and the KG for 30+ years shows that instead of following the whims of fashion I happen to be quite stubborn.

For the 6.Bg5 discussion to be of value, either its basic philosophy or concrete variations should be discussed.

Let's consider the Sicilian Defence developments:

5...a6 was born as a means of playing ...e5 without allowing a knight to b5. So 6.Bg5 was developed as a means of avoiding ...e5 (it is the only white 6th move, together with 6.Bc4 that achieves this).

Decades of practice has shown both moves to put everything on the attack. If the attack fails, white's position has problems.

The g4 push came later. As it turns out, the g5 bishop is on the way...

I did a list of my white losses in the last 10 years. Loads of KG's and 6.Bg5 Najdorfs... Funnily, the overal score with the KG remained like 60-70%, I could not say the same about 6.Bg5...

Although I must admit I would love something better than the lines I have studied as an alternative to it... Embarrassed

As far as variations, the 7...Be7 line could be an starting point....
  

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Reply #18 - 05/15/05 at 21:26:52
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Actually it is not really my intent to be controversial, I just find it neccessary to state my views when it differs strongly with the ones expressed.  Grin

When I totally agree with everthing said I usually just shut up and stay in the background. Or every now and again I would post an endorsement Smiley
I don't agree that Bg5 against the Najdorf is dead at all, to my mind its just a consequence of fashion. People just want to follow what ever the elite is playing at a given time.

Bg5 is extremely, extremely dangerous against the Najdorf and as far as I am concerned it poses the most problems for black. Black has to be extraordinarily well prepared just to survive and even then I have my doubts that he can manage it.

When I played the Open Sicilians I had a perfect record with Bg5, although my opponents were not Gelfand or Novikov. To be quite honest I feel that if an attacking 1900 rated player prepared Bg5 well enough against the Najdorf he would never lose regardless of the opposition. Fashion does not influence or impress me, it is way too fickle for that. At the moment Be3 against the Najdorf is the flavor of the month, and for the life of me I don't know why.

If you want to turn Bg5 into a deadly weapon against the Najdorf, then the players games to keep a careful eye on are Thomas Luther, Vasilios Kotronias, Rodrigo ('Kastor' on ICC) Vasquez, Peter Leko and recently Teimour Radjabov.

I would not be surprised at all if Bg5 suddenly became all the rage again, especially as the reason given for its decline, namely the Poisoned Pawn, is getting severely hammered of late.

Controversially yours

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Re: Info about Experts vs The Sicilian
Reply #17 - 05/15/05 at 09:38:06
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Let's face it, 6.Bg5 is pretty dead. There were a lot of Nd5 sacrifices that scared ****less a lot of black players due to the level of understanding of previous decades, but currently is suffering badly in many lines.

I view it as the King's gambit. Black has to know extremely well not to get blown off the board, but his position is sound enough, and can choose between a number of interesting and promising lines...

My problem is that 6.Be3 has tons of theory. But it is certainly what top players are ALL playing at the moment

TN: I reckon you just love to be controversial and step in when everybody else is stating otherwise  8)  Kiss
  

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Reply #16 - 05/15/05 at 08:16:36
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However and this may seem strange considering the many critcisms, but I believe the Najdorf chapter done by Thomas Luther to be one of the best in the book.

Luther does not mix matters or waste words he delves right into the lines that are on the cutting edge of Bg5 theory and promise White the best chances of an advantage. However in order to do this effectively he has had to make some compromises, such as dispensing with a lot of old theory or explaining what has lead to the selected lines being considered the most effective.  

When I played the Open Sicilian as White, which I rarely do these days, I also employed the Bg5 line vs the Najdorf. So you could say that I am also sort of  specialist in it, and trust me on this when I say that there is enough dynamite in Luther's Najdorf chapter  to level a City block. For instance the risky Polugayevsky variation which is still popular at Club level is delt a death blow, the coverage there alone is worth the price of admission.

Those of you new to the Bg5 line vs the Najdorf  will definetly need to supplement this chapter with other sources in order to fill in the blanks. Nevertheless this is your luck day, as I will tell you where you can find the information to fill in the blanks so that you may playing Bg5 vs the Najdorf with confidence:

"The Complete Najdorf by John Nunn" - This is a must have for Bg5 practitioners, do not let the title fool you, its all about the Bg5 line. Here you will find all the information neccessary to supplement Luther's work.

"How to play against the Sicilian Defence" by Dragan Barlov and Milos Jovicic - This one is not a must have, however it is an excellent repertoire booklet which has quite a good chapter on the Bg5 line. Despite its small size it is jammed pack with powerful ideas and analysis, you would not be disappointed.

Well I must indeed revise my opinion on the Najdorf chapter a bit. In the last month I had to play against 2 much higher rated known Najdorf players. I decided not to play my standard Be2 setup, but to follow the lines suggested. Got me 1.5 points, one played the poisoned pawn and got blown away, the other I played Timman's line with Bxb5 and let it slip to a draw in the endgame. It seems that as white you indeed need to know a lot, but it is a lot less critical than when you play black.

@TN do you have some info on the Barlov/Jovicic book?
  

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I have seen this thread from time to time, but could not make up my mind whether to respond or not. Ok here goes.  Grin

Experts vs The Sicilian is an absolutely fantastic book!!
If I had an extra thumb, I would give it three thumbs up.

Unfortunately there is no pleasing all chessplayers. Chessplayers expect so much from a single book that it is ridiculous. Alrighty now that I have got that off my chest I will make some observations and points regarding this book.

With 10 different authors each assigned a chapter devoted to creating headaches for Sicilian practitoners, there is bound to be a clash of writing styles and inconsistency regarding depth of coverage.

Overall this books presumes a high level of chess understanding and in some cases knowledge of the lines presented. This is not 'A Starting Out' book, although some of the authors try to strike a balance between explanation of the typical plans and actual analytical content.

The Accelerated Dragon was particularly well done by Peter Heine Nielsen. Mikhail Golubev also did and excellent Job with the Dragon.

I was also particularly impressed with Sune Berg Hansen's treatment of the Taimanov and Kan set ups. However and this may seem strange considering the many critcisms, but I believe the Najdorf chapter done by Thomas Luther to be one of the best in the book.

Luther does not mix matters or waste words he delves right into the lines that are on the cutting edge of Bg5 theory and promise White the best chances of an advantage. However in order to do this effectively he has had to make some compromises, such as dispensing with a lot of old theory or explaining what has lead to the selected lines being considered the most effective.  

When I played the Open Sicilian as White, which I rarely do these days, I also employed the Bg5 line vs the Najdorf. So you could say that I am also sort of  specialist in it, and trust me on this when I say that there is enough dynamite in Luther's Najdorf chapter  to level a City block. For instance the risky Polugayevsky variation which is still popular at Club level is delt a death blow, the coverage there alone is worth the price of admission.

Those of you new to the Bg5 line vs the Najdorf  will definetly need to supplement this chapter with other sources in order to fill in the blanks. Nevertheless this is your lucky day, as I will tell you where you can find the information to fill in the blanks so that you may playing Bg5 vs the Najdorf with confidence:

"The Complete Najdorf by John Nunn" - This is a must have for Bg5 practitioners, do not let the title fool you, its all about the Bg5 line. Here you will find all the information neccessary to supplement Luther's work.

"How to play against the Sicilian Defence" by Dragan Barlov and Milos Jovicic - This one is not a must have, however it is an excellent repertoire booklet which has quite a good chapter on the Bg5 line. Despite its small size it is jammed pack with powerful ideas and analysis, you would not be disappointed.

To conclude it is my opinion that "Experts vs The Sicilian" is to date by far the most powerful, effective and convincing repertoire book available to combat 1...c5. And I say this having read all three of John Nunn's 'Beating the Sicilian' series and Nigel Davies 'Taming the Sicilian' among others.

I hope this post has proved useful

Best regards

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Sveshnikov: 9 Bxf6
Taimanov: 6 Be3 7 Bd3
Kan: 5 Nc3 6 Bd3
  

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Can someone tell me what is reccomended against the Svesh and the Kan/Taimanov please.
  
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Isn't it true for all major openings that you can't prove that black is equal in every line and you can't prove that white has an advantage in every line?
  

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Alumbrado has described the book very well, a collection of ideas, not as consistent as Beating the Sicilian (3) . (Number 3 is the only I have!) Although there, 6.f4 against the Najdorf was perhaps not the best choice...

These days of super specialisation it looks like white has to find his/her own way through databases and various sources. A truly comprehensive book is impossible, even for black! (Repertoire books are getting more and more usual)

But really, short cuts as white (2.Bc4 against 1...e5, 2.Nc3 in the sicilian, etc... like Lane advocates) are rather lame. Although I used his beating the French for a while, the Advance is quite OK for black....

I am afraid Khalifman is not going to provide (at least me) the answer to many sicilians. He is already struggling with other defences.... (theoretically the Sicilian volume was due in 2004)
  

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Yes, but what about 7..Be7!? This move seems to be the modern way to handle the position with black.BTW i prefer Be3 insted of Nc3.This position is reached via the Taimanov Sicilian move order also.
  
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It should not be very surprising that he goes for 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 b5 8.Nd5 with c2-c4 to follow.
  

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I am very curius about the recomendation of mr Pinski in the book against the Kalashnikov...
  
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Check the publisher's webpage, under news for american readers - they seem to have a reseller in the US.

http://www.qualitychessbooks.com/
  
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I have not yet discovered how to obtain this book in the U.S.  Does anyone know that?


Hi Mark,

At the time I had to order mine through NIC and it took about 3-4 weeks for delivery, although the option for expedited delivery was available. As far as I know it's not yet available on this side of the pond.  Sad
  
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I have not yet discovered how to obtain this book in the U.S.  Does anyone know that?
  

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Reply #4 - 03/08/05 at 05:36:49
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I am not sure about this book.

Although I have played mostly the Pirc against 1.e4 in recent years, and QP and flank openings with White, I have, in my time, played a number of Sicilian variations with Black, before I decided I had to do some real (paid) work occasionally, and still play the Classical from time to time (especially now I am dissatisfied with the Pirc).  I also played Open Sicilians as White for quite a while in my youth (again, work commitments made me decide to play less theoretical stuff).

Some of the lines in the book look distinctly unthreatening, especially some of the stuff against the Taimanov.  Perhaps it is because they are jumping through hoops to avoid Black transposing to a Scheveningen, because they only recommend the Keres Attack against that.

It is better viewed as a collection of interesting ideas and games rather than a water-tight repertoire, imho.

Can't wait to see what Khalifman comes up with in his Opening for White According to Anand series, although since he still has to wade through the French, the Alekhine and the Pirc/Modern complex (which, I fear, may spell curtains for Black in the Austrian Attack Sad ), it may be a while before we get to the Sicilian  Undecided
  

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Reply #3 - 03/07/05 at 16:45:56
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I have this feeling that, considering the tools available at the time, Beating the Sicilian 3 was a better effort... Of course the lines given in experts better nowadays, but time has improved research capabilities enormously (like looking in Chess Publishing forums! Cheesy )

I may be wrong of course, but things seemed better explained, and, of course, more consistant (less authors)
  

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Looking at the same problem and having the book. The repertoire is consistant, so you wont run into holes by smart black players, as an example both the BG5 systems against the najdorf and classical, dont leave holes as far as I can see. I liked the book but I have to say some chapters are far more useful than others. The dragon, acc dragon, classical and the minors are pretty useful if not very useful, but the parts on the najdorf, Schwesnikow and scheveningen left me with a lot of questions (1900 player), though in the latter case that has most to do with black reaching a scheveningen via a non-standard move order. Other chapters sometimes take that into account and sometimes less.
But anyway it is a good book and it is a complete repertoire though you sometimes have to check for Scheveningen move orders, but they're there.
  

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Against Najdorf 6.Bg5, and the lines I have been playing for 30 years... not specially good chapter, although it has been praised by a.o. Rowson. But I think the coverage is inadequate

Against Dragon 9.0-0-0 written by Golubev himself... well I have only browsed through it (12.Kb1 would be one of my preferences)....

Against Sveshnikov, Aagaard suggestion looks reasonable (I play the same line, he varies at move 17, which I played against GM Pablo San Segundo)

Others, I'll tell you later...
  

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I am looking to find out what info is in this book.  What lines or moves do the writers reccomend against all of blacks moves.  I have heard this is a good book, but I wanted to order it and I cant find any info about it regarding specifics.
  
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