Latest Updates:
Page Index Toggle Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 8
Topic Tools
Very Hot Topic (More than 25 Replies) A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed (Read 71606 times)
helmet
YaBB Newbies
*
Offline



Posts: 27
Location: christchurch
Joined: 05/09/04
Gender: Male
Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #113 - 06/29/18 at 04:16:31
Post Tools
Have been using the book for around Ten years now, and OTB it works terrifically. Yes there are omissions etc but as the book was intended for players over 2000 im sure the authors felt, quite rightly that the intended audience was quite capable of filling any gaps.
    Not an easy repetoire to understand, however hard work will pay off, so unlike many who picked it up, tried it for a few weeks then condemned it I can speak as someone who has read it Twentyy times, learnt the nuances, followed more recent important games, studied them and generally made a repetoire from the book that I am now very comfortable with.

I know the thread is ages old, but thought it might be worth pointing out that to get real value from an opening book the real test is how it workd out after years of practicing it.



  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Igor
Junior Member
**
Offline


Schild und Schwert der
Partei!

Posts: 79
Joined: 04/12/09
Gender: Male
Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #112 - 03/03/10 at 20:20:26
Post Tools
Thank you Smyslov_Fan, I added the fen tags  Wink
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Smyslov_Fan
God Member
Correspondence fan
*****
Offline


Progress depends on the
unreasonable man. ~GBS

Posts: 6902
Joined: 06/15/05
Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #111 - 03/03/10 at 20:10:13
Post Tools
* * * * * * * *
* * * * * * * *
* * * * * * * *
* * * * * * * *
* * * * * * * *
* * * * * * * *
* * * * * * * *
* * * * * * * *
*

Was this the diagram?
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Igor
Junior Member
**
Offline


Schild und Schwert der
Partei!

Posts: 79
Joined: 04/12/09
Gender: Male
Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #110 - 03/03/10 at 19:35:00
Post Tools
Agree, it's a typical "ctrl c+v"  book
Here just a random example

White: Ehlvest,J (2650)
Black: Karpov,An (2725)
Event: Reggio Emilia
Date:  1991

* * * * * * * *
* * * * * * * *
* * * * * * * *
* * * * * * * *
* * * * * * * *
* * * * * * * *
* * * * * * * *
* * * * * * * *
*
...

Informator 51/33
13. Nd2 (13 b5?! Nd4 14 Nxd4 exd4 15 Na4 c6 =  )

* in the book:
Karpov's idea is to meet 13. b5 by Nd4 14 Nxd4 exd4, when the position is equal. Karpov is Karpov, but after 15. Na4 intending 16. c5, White is for choice.

or (after 13. h6 14. Kh2 Nd4)

Informator:
15. e3! +/- (15. b5 Nd4 /\ Ne6, g5)

in the book:
15. e3
Black was stil hoping for 15.b5, when he planned 15. ...Nd4, followed by ...Ne6. (...) (g5 idea is even omitted by the two "analysts")

informator's symbols are simply translated in this primitive "positional" stuff, the variations heavily pasted and... another  book is ready!  Smiley

There is no index of variation, and the repertoire is simply poor - what's the first move after all? 1. Nf3? and after 1. ... d5? 2. c4 e6 is considered a key position of this repertoire. Advices in the book:

1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 Nf6 4.Bxc4 c5 5.O-O e6 6.Qe2
followed by Rd1 and d4. "Yes, there is no white bishop on g2 but you don't have to learn too much theory to master this line of QGA (no ...Bg4 lines -  Grin) - , QGA is not covered in the book

or "Finally, 2 ...d4 is possiblle, although it is seldom seen outside GM practice. (...) It is better to play 3.g3, steering for a reversed Benoni. This is a bit beyond the subject of this book..." (why? it's move 3!  Roll Eyes)

after 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4, 2. ... c6 can transpose into a Reti (poorly covered by 2-3 games at the end)  or "White can also consider 3.cxd5, heading for the dependable exchange variation of the Slav." (obviously not covered )

Imho a waste of money. A good DB (Informator for example), ctrl+F - eco codes A26, A30, A37 etc and the 3rd edition is ready for free.
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
boki
Full Member
***
Offline


I Love ChessPublishing!

Posts: 181
Joined: 04/02/08
Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #109 - 02/08/10 at 13:59:51
Post Tools
Just a quick note: Personnally this book was a huge disappointment for me, I didnot like it and cannot recommend it.
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
bohdan
YaBB Newbies
*
Offline


I Love ChessPublishing!

Posts: 12
Joined: 04/11/07
Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #108 - 02/08/10 at 13:33:16
Post Tools
Good afternoon all,

Could some one tell me, please, in what way this book is extended regarding the Catalan. Is it mostly for the main line or there are also more advises on side steps. Playing internet chess I often get into the line 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.d4 cxd4 5.Qa4+ Bd7, which was not mentioned in the first book. The only 5th black alternative, which is considered, is 5…Qd7.
Is the line with 5 …Bd7, and others 5th moves, now in the 2d edition of the Strategic Opening…?

Thanks in advance,
Bohdan
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
ehpotsirhc
YaBB Newbies
*
Offline



Posts: 39
Joined: 01/12/07
Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #107 - 07/05/08 at 23:05:30
Post Tools
Game 19
Edmar Mednis - Alonso Zapata
Amsterdam 1986
English Opening [A26]

32...e3!!
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
LeeRoth
God Member
*****
Offline


I love ChessPublishing.com!

Posts: 1381
Joined: 10/22/05
Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #106 - 06/03/08 at 02:50:02
Post Tools
Just to clear this up, the Samsa game is not a Kafka reference.  Greg Samsa is a US player who has been North Carolina state champion a number of times.
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
drkodos
God Member
*****
Offline


I see....stars.

Posts: 778
Location: Jupiter, and beyond
Joined: 03/29/07
Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #105 - 06/02/08 at 20:05:01
Post Tools
DrKibzwang wrote on 03/13/08 at 00:24:35:
I wonder, did the Samsa game make it into the second edition?



Yes.
  

I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission.
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
e4d6
YaBB Newbies
*
Offline



Posts: 40
Joined: 01/31/08
Gender: Male
Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #104 - 03/27/08 at 06:51:06
Post Tools
I agree to a lot of negative facts mentioned, but overall ...
the good is good in explaning the strategic ideas of the openings (especially the first part of the book positions with e5); and this is most important for the average players;
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
leavenfish
YaBB Newbies
*
Offline


I Love ChessPublishing!

Posts: 21
Joined: 03/22/08
Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #103 - 03/22/08 at 04:33:48
Post Tools
It seems to me like using 'illustrative games' alone in this day in age is simply asking for trouble - too much theory and too many transpositions. I hate to say this about some of my favorite writers, (so I won't name any names) but it's almost an excuse to be 'lazy'. Anyone can annotate a sampling of games and call it an opening book. Look at Karpovs recent 'English' book. Oops, I named a name...

Clearly, something like Hansen did with his multi-volume work on the English is the way to go. That way you can catch all manner of sidelines in your net and still find some space to explain how to play later in the game. Remember, these ARE opening books. Buyer beware when it comes to one volume opening books...it's just becoming a hard thing to do in this day and age.

---Leavenfish
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
DrKibzwang
YaBB Newbies
*
Offline


The execution soon gets
worse than the threat.

Posts: 26
Joined: 01/27/07
Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #102 - 03/13/08 at 00:24:35
Post Tools
IMRichardPalliser wrote on 03/12/08 at 17:49:17:
Not strictly relevant to the whole thread, but just to clear up one small point: Agnos and Anagnostopoulos are definitely one and the same player, just like Nenashev and Graf.


Apropos of names in this book, there was a strange coincidence with one of the games in the first edition. One of the players was listed as Greg Samsa. I initially thought that this was a joke, as Gregor Samsa is the name of the character in Kafka's Metamorphosis who awakens one morning to find himself transformed into a gigantic insect. I had heard that authors of compendia (e.g. old-style logarithm tables) deliberately seeded a few errors to protect against copyright infringement, so maybe Donaldson was doing the same thing but tipping his hand. But it turned out that the gentleman really exists and is an FM and USCF life master from North Carolina. (My apologies to him if he reads this and is sick of a lifetime of comments about his Kafkaesque name. It's really very cool.) I wonder, did the Samsa game make it into the second edition?
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
IMRichardPalliser
Senior Member
****
Offline



Posts: 305
Location: York
Joined: 03/23/04
Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #101 - 03/12/08 at 17:49:17
Post Tools
Not strictly relevant to the whole thread, but just to clear up one small point: Agnos and Anagnostopoulos are definitely one and the same player, just like Nenashev and Graf.
  
Back to top
WWW  
IP Logged
 
alumbrado
God Member
*****
Offline


Esse quam videri bonus
malebo

Posts: 1418
Location: London
Joined: 02/17/03
Gender: Male
Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #100 - 03/08/08 at 10:51:03
Post Tools
Quote:
After 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 c6 3 g3, what does the book recommend against 3...Bg4 and 3...Bf5. Also, after 3...Nf6 4 Bg2 what does the book recommend against 4...dxc4, 4...Bg4, and 4...Bf5?  


There are a few games featuring the standard Réti set-up against ...Bf5 and ...Bg4 (double fianchetto and d3 instead of d4) but lines with ...dxc4 seem to be ignored. In fact, it is noticeable that the 'anti-Slav' games (for want of a better way of putting it) all begin with a 1.Nf3, 2.g3 order, with c4 following later - in most cases after b3 or d3 has been played ...
  

If sometimes we fly too close to the sun, at least this shows we are spreading our wings.
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Anonymous
Ex Member


Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #99 - 03/07/08 at 22:44:56
Post Tools
After 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 c6 3 g3, what does the book recommend against 3...Bg4 and 3...Bf5. Also, after 3...Nf6 4 Bg2 what does the book recommend against 4...dxc4, 4...Bg4, and 4...Bf5?
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Page Index Toggle Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 8
Topic Tools
Bookmarks: del.icio.us Digg Facebook Google Google+ Linked in reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Yahoo