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Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #113 - 06/29/18 at 04:16:31
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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.



  
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Reply #112 - 03/03/10 at 20:20:26
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Thank you Smyslov_Fan, I added the fen tags  Wink
  
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Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
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Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #110 - 03/03/10 at 19:35:00
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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

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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.
  
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Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #109 - 02/08/10 at 13:59:51
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Just a quick note: Personnally this book was a huge disappointment for me, I didnot like it and cannot recommend it.
  
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Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #108 - 02/08/10 at 13:33:16
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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…?

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Reply #107 - 07/05/08 at 23:05:30
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Game 19
Edmar Mednis - Alonso Zapata
Amsterdam 1986
English Opening [A26]

32...e3!!
  
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Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #106 - 06/03/08 at 02:50:02
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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.
  
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Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #105 - 06/02/08 at 20:05:01
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DrKibzwang wrote on 03/13/08 at 00:24:35:
I wonder, did the Samsa game make it into the second edition?



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Reply #104 - 03/27/08 at 06:51:06
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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;
  
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Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #103 - 03/22/08 at 04:33:48
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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.

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Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #102 - 03/13/08 at 00:24:35
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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?
  
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Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #101 - 03/12/08 at 17:49:17
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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.
  
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Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #100 - 03/08/08 at 10:51:03
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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 ...
  

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Reply #99 - 03/07/08 at 22:44:56
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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?
  
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Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #98 - 03/03/08 at 11:45:37
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OK, fair enough ...
  

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Reply #97 - 03/02/08 at 19:28:25
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alumbrado wrote on 03/02/08 at 16:28:04:
Stigma - not sure that is the case - there is also the British player Demetrios Agnos (an IM I think) who is perhaps more likely to be playing that tournament.


Well, then you need to explain why this British IM Demetrios Agnos now has no games at all in Chessbase's Mega Databases, while most of Greek GM Dimitrios Anagnostopoulos' early games in Mega 2007 (up to the mid-90s) were played in Britain, including two British Championships.

Besides Donaldson-Agnos/Anagnostopoulos, Isle of Man 1997 there is also the following example:

- Adams-Anagnostopoulos, Lloyds' Bank op (2), 1991 [B07] (source: Mega DB 2007)
- Adams-Agnos, London 1991 [B07] with the same moves up to move 10 where the variaton ends (source: Nunn/NcNab: The Ultimate Pirc)

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Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #96 - 03/02/08 at 16:28:04
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Stigma - not sure that is the case - there is also the British player Demetrios Agnos (an IM I think) who is perhaps more likely to be playing that tournament.
  

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Reply #95 - 03/01/08 at 14:06:24
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Pessoa wrote on 02/26/08 at 14:54:27:
Here I would like to address some points that, as far as I can see, haven’t been mentioned yet:
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Wow, quite a long list. Hansen the reviewer might well have pointed out many of the same problems. I also wonder if there was an editor involved at all?

The only explanation I can think of is the book was rushed to try and get it published before Christmas. But since they failed that, it would have been much better to wait and do some serious editing and blunderchecking.

I want to rectifiy the authors on one small point:

Pessoa wrote on 02/26/08 at 14:54:27:
Page 30, Game 16 (Maksimenko – Moskalenko 1995)
A fragment in the annotation to this game is quoted as "Donaldson – Agnos, Isle of Man 1997".
I assume this should read "Donaldson – Anagnostopoulos, Isle of Man 1997" (Megabase 2008).


Agnos and Anagnostopoulos are the same player, as I learned from the GM himself after he beat me in an open tournament. He used a shortened form of the name for a number of years while playing tournaments in western Europe. Probably both Donaldson's scoresheet and the databases ca. 1998 said 'Agnos'. I think we can forgive the authors for not keeping up with the changing names of European title holders! Smiley
  

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Reply #94 - 03/01/08 at 12:46:45
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After 1.Nf3 Nc6 the (not so obvious) recommendation is 2. d4 and going for the Chigorin - found at the odds and ends part of the book
  
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Reply #93 - 03/01/08 at 01:40:16
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I just received my copy. I was flipping through the whole book to see if it deals with 1.Nf3 Nc6 (yeah.. the index would certainly have been useful!)
If 1.Nf3 Nc6 2.c4 e5, it seems that Black can choose not to transpose into the reversed closed Sicilian lines since ...d6 hasn't been played. Now, if 3.Nc3 (3.g3 e4), White has to know a whole lot of 'English: Three Knights' theory, right? Just wondering if 1...Nc6 trips up the Nf3-c4-g3 recommendation.
  

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Reply #92 - 02/27/08 at 17:15:22
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Pessoa wrote on 02/26/08 at 14:54:27:
Page 128, Game 83 (Andersson – Seirawan 1983)
The book gives the text move "15...Rfc8", which is also given by Megabase 2008. However, according to Palliser (Beating Unusual Chess Openings, p. 19) Black actually played 15...Rfb8.

I have to correct myself: Megabase 2008 does give the move 15...Rfb8. But 15...Rfc8 is given in the book and also in the game collection at
http://wwwu.uni-klu.ac.at/gossimit/c/book.htm (from where I got the games from the first edition).

 
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Re: A Strategic Opening Repertoire For White, 2nd ed
Reply #91 - 02/27/08 at 09:47:22
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FM Carsten Hansen wrote on 01/24/08 at 03:39:23:
I am open to all criticism, but as mentioned above, please let it be objective and relevant, and if you feel something could be done better, please be specific so that it can be corrected for future editions.

Thanks in advance for your input.  Smiley

(… continued from Reply #90)

Page 193, Game 126 (Romero Holmes – Carrasco Martinez 2004)
Comment to 11.e4:
"An important alternative is 11.Rd1, and now:
a) 11...Bd7 12.e4 Nb6 [...] 13.Nc3 Qc7 14.Bf4 e5 15.Be3 with a plus for White, Chekhov – Sibarevic, Banja Luka 1983, but Black can improve by 14...Qe8, e.g. 15.Qe2 Na5 [...], Kavalek – Gruenfeld, Thessaloniki ol 1984."

This doesn’t make sense, because after 13...Qc7, Black cannot play 14...Qe8. It only becomes clear after looking up the game Kavalek – Gruenfeld in the database: Gruenfeld played 13...Rc8, not 13...Qc7.

Page 193, Game 126 (Romero Holmes – Carrasco Martinez 2004)
In the comment to 13...Qh5, the alternative "13...Bxb4" is analysed, but the equally possible 13...Nxb4 is not. (Only a slight irritation.)

Page 195, Game 127 (Cosma – Olivier 1998)
Comment to 17...Be8:
"This is a perfectly normal move, but Black shouldn’t play it until the position is further under control. A better try is 17...a5 to undermine White’s queenside [...]."
Actually, 17...Be8 was the only move, because White threatened to play 18.e4, winning a piece; it seems that this is what would happen after 17...a5? 18.e4! +– (Fritz).

Page 195, Game 127 (Cosma – Olivier 1998)
Comment to 22.h4:
"White can do even better with 22.Bxg7 Bc6 23.Bxh6 Qg6 24.e4! and Black’s position is a complete mess."
According to Fritz and Rybka, 22.h4 is the best move in the position, because after 22.Bxg7, Black can try 22...Rxc5. It is true that even after this White has a great advantage, but 22...Bc6 loses outright.

Page 197, Game 129 (Spangenberg – Paglilla 1998)
Comment to 37.Rd6:
"37.Rde1! Qc7 38.Qf3 is uninspiring for Black."
Another typo; this should read "37.Rde1! Bc7 [...]".

Page 198, Game 129 (Spangenberg – Paglilla 1998)
Comment to 51.Qe3:
"[...] Faster is 51.Qd7+ Kg8 52.Qe8+ Kg7 53.Bc3+ Kh6 54.Qe6+ Kh5 55.Qe2 and the coming queen exchange makes the win trivial."
True, but in this line, 54.Qh8+ is even faster, forcing mate after 54...Kg6 55.Qg7+ Kh5 56.Qg5#.

Page 200, Game 131 (Vinh Bui – Son Nguyen Ngoc Truong 2003)
Comment to 10...Bd7:
"In Capablanca – Trompowsky, Black tried 10...Bb7, but after 11.Rd1 0-0 12.Na3 Qb6 13.e4 Nf6 [...], he was in serious trouble."
Fine, but the reader (or Fritz, for that matter) wonders why White refrained from playing 11.e4, winning a piece. An interesting variation might have occurred here on the board: after 11.e4 Nb6 12.Rxd8 Nxa4 13.Rd7 Rfd8 14.Rxe7 Rd1+ 15.Bf1 Rxc1 16.Rxb7 Nc5 17.Rb4 Rd8, White is piece up, but how is he to develop his queenside? Perhaps Capablanca had seen something like this and decided to play it safe ...

Page 215, Game 139 (Hansen – Petersen, corr. 1990)
Comment to 13...h6:
"13...c5 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Ng5 fxg5 16.Bxb7±".
This seems to imply that 13...c5 is a mistake, but apparently, it is not. On 14.Bxf6, Black has two alternatives to 14...gxf6: one game was drawn after 14...Qxf6 15.Ne5 cxd4 16.Nxd7, Hoffmann (2440) – Braun (2215), Bad Wiessee 1998 (although White may be slightly better here). Another game, a truly high-class encounter, saw 14...Nxf6 15.Nxc5 Be4 16.Qc3 e5 17.e3 Bxc5 18.dxc5 Qd5, with compensation for the pawn, Kramnik – Carlsen, Moscow, 10 November 2007; but it stands to reason that this game wasn’t known to the authors when the book went to the printer.

Page 231, Game 149 (Andersson – Bergstrom 1996)
"45.f4!
Bringing up the reserves. The end is in sight and Andersson finishes off with precision.
45...Rc7 46.Rd5! a6 47.Nxe5+ Ke6 48.Nc6 axb5 49.Nd4+! Ke7 50.Rxd6! 1-0."

Well, 46.Rd5 was not the most precise, I suppose, because this gave Black the chance to play 46...Ke6!, threatening ...Nxe4, with counterplay. Instead, White should have played the preliminary 46.fxe5 fxe5, and only now 47.Rd5!  
Nor was 47.Nxe5+ the most accurate, because after 47...Ke6 48.Nc6, Black could have played 48...Nxe4, rather than blundering with 48...axb5. Again, better would have been 47.fxe5 fxe5 first, and only then 48.Nxe5+ Ke6 49.Nc6, when White, a clear pawn up, has a substantial advantage.

Page 232, Game 150 (Krogius – Matanovic 1966)
The comment to Black’s 10. move quotes a game fragment "Portisch – Timman, Wijk aan Zee 1975".
However, according to Megabase 2008, the fragment is from the game Portisch – Furman, Wijk aan Zee 1975.

Page 232, Game 150 (Krogius – Matanovic 1966).
Comment to 17...d4:
"[...] The alternative 17...Rac8 18.Nd3 d4 19.Bg5 is clearly better for White."
Fritz and Rybka don’t agree, thinking that Black is at least equal after 19...c4.
Are the engines right? Well, ask the grandmasters! Megabase 2008 contains four games in which the position after 17...Rac8 was reached:
- Dorfman (2545) – Psakhis (2525) 1983, drawn on move 23
- Podgaets (2450) – Balashov (2545) 1983, drawn on move 20
- Berkovich (2445) – Naumkin (2430) 1992, drawn on move 21
- Naumkin (2455) – Zaitsev (2430) 1994, drawn on move 19.
Dorfman and Naumkin played 18.b3 followed by 19.Rfd1, Podgaets and Berkovich played 18.Rfd1 followed by 19.b3. So, these not exactly weak masters had no problems (as Black) playing 17...Rac8, nor did they (as White) play 18.Nd3. Perhaps they had a reason?  

Page 235, Game 152 (Petrosian – Botvinnik 1963)
Comment to 11...c5:
"11...Qd7 is supposed to equalize for Black, but it is not as easy as the books claim: 12.Qxd7 Nxd7 13.cxd5 exd5 14.Bf4 c5 and now [...] White should opt for the untried 15.Ne3!"
Untried? According to Megabase 2008, 15.Ne3 was played in the games
- Trifunovic – Vukovic 1960
- Savon – Zaitsev 1969
- Ivkov – Sosonko 1977
- Gutman – Zilberman 1979,
all ending in a draw.

Page 236, Game 153 (Vladimirov – Harikrishna 2000)
The comment to Black’s 15. move contains a game fragment "Eperjesi – Petran, Budapest 1975".
I cannot find such a game in Megabase 2008; instead, the moves of the fragment correspond to the game Ivkov – Jelen, Bled 1979.

Page 243, Game 156 (Polgar – Xie Jun 1996)
The comment to Black’s 14. move contains a fragment from the game "Donaldson – David, Isle of Man 1997", resulting in the assessment: "22.Nd4± [...], and the bishop is much stronger than the knight."
I have two points to make. First, Fritz and Rybka assess the position after 22.Nd4 as almost equal, with only a very slight edge to White. (But I have to admit that this could be one of those cases when the engines are 'wrong' ...) Second, the game was drawn on move 27 (Megabase 2008).

Page 245, Game 157 (Donaldson – Cartagena 1997)
The comment to Black’s 12. move contains a game fragment "Donaldson – Goldbar (computer), The Hague 1997".
Again, I cannot find this game in Megabase 2008; instead, the fragment is from the game M.Voorn – Goldbar (computer), The Hague 1997.

Page 247, Game 158 (Kasparov – Short 1990)
The annotation contains a fragment (so it seems) from the game "Magerramov – Panchenko, Bad Worishofen 1994". It ends in the assessment "36.Rd4 +=".
I have two points to make. First, this should read "Bad Woerishofen" or, better still, "Bad Wörishofen". (Sorry for that one!) Second, after 36.Rd4 White is totally winning, and therefore Black resigned at this point (Megabase 2008).

Page 253, Game 161 (Tratar – Sveshnikov 1999)
Comment to 17...b4:
"17...Bc5+ 18.Kh1 [...] Qb6 19.fxe5 Nxe5 20.Nxh6 Kf8 21.Nf5±."
Here, 20.d4! (Fritz, Rybka) looks much stronger than 20.Nxh6.

Page 264, Game 168 (Chekhov – Spassky 1990)
Comment to 23...Rd8:
"23...Bb4 is not as good: 24.g4 Be7 25.gxh5 fxe5 26.hxg6 hxg6 27.Qe4 and White is winning."
Yes, but after 24...Re7 (instead of 24...Be7), it is Black who is winning, not White. (Fritz, Rybka)

Page 265, Bibliography
The bibliography appears to be incomplete: the first author on the list is Bosch, the last is Matanovic. What about the second half of the alphabet? Surely the books by Watson on the English Opening should have been mentioned? (At least the authors refer to them quite frequently.) And also the books by Raetsky and Chetverik on the English Opening (1.c4 e5) and the Catalan should be on the list, as well as Palliser’s important and very good Beating Unusual Chess Openings, covering a few lines advocated by Donaldson and Hansen in quite some detail.

My list ends here, but it may not be complete: so far I have only looked at about 70% of the book in some detail. It remains to be seen whether the rest contains a similar bunch of ... well, let's say, 'errors'.

That’s many negative points. Any positive ones?

Well, the positive aspects of the book have been described elsewhere, here in the forum and in Stephen Ham’s review. The book does contain much valuable information; if only it had been better organised ...

A last point:

Black_Widow wrote on 02/09/08 at 11:29:07:
The introduction to the second edition really mislead me. [...]  It is also indicated that annotations by John Donaldson are indicated by (JD). I just found  once such an annotation in the book. So why is the remark then made in the introduction? Did he not read the second edition, or are not all his annotations put in the second edition. It only raises question marks.

Actually, at least four such annotations can be found in the book: on pages 81, 96, 126, and 256.

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Much has already been said about this book, and I have to agree to most of it, positive or negative. The comprehensive review by Stephen Ham (http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review619.pdf) is excellent, and most of the (reviewing) postings in this forum are useful.

Here I would like to address some points that, as far as I can see, haven’t been mentioned yet:

- Some of the games references in the annotations are not correct.  
- Some of the annotations to the games are incomprehensible without the help of a good database.
- In some of the annotations, moves are missing.
- And last, but not least: the annotations contain quite a few blunders.

(Yes, I know, I am only what – allegedly – Khalifman has called a "patzer with a pentium", and I also know that chess engines are sometimes not very good at assessing chess positions; but clear howlers [for examples see the list below] should have been detected and deleted by the authors. These days I think one can expect a certain level of accuracy in a chess book. So it appears that much of the analysis in the book has been copied from the first edition without checking the lines with a computer. True, in places one does find comments such as "my computer indicates", or "thanks Hiarcs", and obviously there the variations have been checked, but still many have not.)

FM Carsten Hansen wrote on 01/24/08 at 03:39:23:
I am open to all criticism, but as mentioned above, please let it be objective and relevant, and if you feel something could be done better, please be specific so that it can be corrected for future editions.

Thanks in advance for your input.  Smiley

Well, below I have listed some concrete points of criticism. The list has become rather long, and so I have to split it into two postings.

If you think some of my criticism is quibbling, keep in mind what the authors of the book have to say:

Page 92:
"Don’t trust everything you read!"

Page 126:
"In ECO, Taimanov claims that after 13.Bh6 [...] White had a slight advantage in the ending, as in Smyslov – Petrosian, USSR (ch) 1974. I (JD) have two points to make. First, Smyslov and Petrosian played in the USSR Cup in Moscow in 1974, not the Soviet Championship. Second, the game was drawn after [4 more moves]."

Alright then, let this be the benchmark …

(In the following, "Fritz" and "Rybka" refer to Fritz 11 and Rybka 2.3.2.a 32-bit.)

Page 27, Game 13 (Bojczuk – Gurevich 1993)
Comment to White’s 64. move:
"64.Bd1! [...]  Bb8 65.d5 Ke5 66.Bb3 g5, and now White wins Black’s bishop by 67.d6! Bxd6 68.f4+ gxf4 69.gxf4+ Kxf4 70.Nxd6, and White should win the endgame."
I wonder where the white win is after 70...Rc7.

Page 30, Game 16 (Maksimenko – Moskalenko 1995)
A fragment in the annotation to this game is quoted as "Donaldson – Agnos, Isle of Man 1997".
I assume this should read "Donaldson – Anagnostopoulos, Isle of Man 1997" (Megabase 2008).

Page 73, Game 46 (Larsen – Karpov 1975)
In a line given in the comment to Black’s 22. move, "24. Nc4" should read "24. Nc5". (Just a typo.)

Page 76, Game 48 (Alterman – Al Modiahki 1995)
In the comment to 19...Rb8 we read:
"The idea is that 20.Qxa7?! Ra8 [...] is very good for Black."
This is accompanied by some 20 lines of analysis of alternatives to Black’s 19. move. Then the game continues with 20.Rcb2. And now the – surprising – comment follows:
"Also, 20.Qxa7 can be considered."
What is this? 'Children, did you pay attention to what the teacher said a minute ago?'

Page 77, Game 48 (Alterman – Al Modiahki 1995)
Comment to 27...dxc4:
"27...Nd4! [...] 28.Qxd5 Be6 29.Rb7 [...] Qc8 30.Qa5 [...] Nxe2 31.Kh1 Qxc4 32.Qd2 Nxg3+ 33.hxg3 Qxa4, and with two pawns for the exchange in addition to a strong pair of bishops, Black has excellent winning chances."
This may be true, but in this line both Fritz and Rybka prefer the immediate and apparently stronger 30...Qxc4.

Page 83, Game 51 (Hickl – McNab 2002)
Comment to 10.Nd2:
"In his notes to another game, Ribli offers 10.Bg5 h5 11.Bd2 a5 12.cxd5 cxd5 [...]."
I assume this should read "10.Bg5 h6 [why should White play 11.Bd2 after 10...h5?] 11.Bd2 d5" etc, because the black a-pawn was played to a5 already on move 8, while on move 10 there is nothing on the d5-square to be captured by the white c-pawn.

Page 87, Game 53 (Seirawan – Winslow 1977)
Comment to 18.c5:
"18.Rd1!? +=".
Fritz and Rybka think that after 18.Rd1 Ng4! Black has some advantage.

Page 91, Game 57 (Kramnik – Polgar 1993)
Comment to 25...Rb6:
"25...Nf5 26.Bc5 Rc2 (this is better than Kramnik’s 26...Rd2, which is supposed to equalize, but loses to 27.Nd8 Nxd6 28.Nxe6 fxe6 29.Re7.) [...]"
In the line after 26...Rd2, Fritz and Rybka think that the position is equal after 27...Bf8 (instead of 27...Nxd6).

Page 92, Game 58 (Petrosian – Planinec 1973)
Comment to 8...c6:
"In Botvinnik – Boleslavsky, Soviet Team Ch 1967, White obtained the better chances after 8...Nbd7 9.Qc1 Re8 10.Ng5 Nf8 11.b4."
The comment is not very helpful, because at this point of Game 58, the move ...Re8 had already been played (on move 7). Boleslavsky played 6...c6 and 9...Re8, so it is true that a transposition is possible here, but for the comment to make sense it should read "In Botvinnik-Boleslavsky, Soviet Team Ch 1967, White obtained the better chances after 8...Nbd7 9.Qc1 c6 (!) 10.Ng5 Nf8 11.b4."

Page 95, Game 60 (Vaganian – Kasparov 1995)
Comment to White’s 27. move:
"On 27.Qxd7, Kasparov gives [...]"
Another typo. The move 27.Qxd7 is not possible here. The comment should read "On 27.Qxd4, [...]".

Page 99, Game 62 (Lirindzakis – Kotronias 1994)
The move "27.Ne1" gets no comment, but Fritz thinks that White had the stronger, and almost winning, 27.Nb6!

Page 118, Game 75 (Frias – Frois 1996)
"1. Nf3 c5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.c4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.0-0 d6
Black plays this move here, because he wants to meet 7.d4 by 7...cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bd7. If he castled immediately, he wouldn’t have this option after 7.d4. On the other hand, the text loses some flexibility. Witness Illescas – Anand, Dos Hermanas 1996, which saw 7...0-0 8.Rb1 d5!"

A very confusing comment, if only we are not told what White played on move 7 in that game. In order to solve the puzzle, one has to look up the database to find that Illescas – Anand went 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 g6 5.0-0 d6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.a3 0-0 8.Rb1 d5.
Then Game 75 continues:
"7.a3 a6 (7...0-0 8.Rb1 d5?! [...] Donaldson – D.Gurevich 1997)"
Note that in both games (Illescas – Anand; Donaldson – Gurevich) the same position was reached after 8.Rb1, but while there 8...d5 gets a "!", here it gets a "?!". Confused?

Page 120, Game 76 (Bagirov – Suetin 1962)
Comment to 38.Ra7:
"A necessary finesse, as the immediate capture on e7 fails to 38.Bxe7 Bxe7 39.Rxe7+ Kf6, winning a piece."
Well, no, after 40.Rd7 White does not lose a piece; instead, he wins a pawn. (But it is true that 38.Ra7 is better than 38.Bxe7.)

Page 127, Game 82 (Schmidt – Stempin 1988)
Comment to 20...Rd6:
"20...Bf5 21. Bxf7 Rxf7 22.Rxf7+ Kxf7 23.Rc7+ [sic] 24.Qh6 is carnage."
Apparently this implies that White is winning in this line. I have two points to make. First, what is Black’s 23. move? (It really is not given!) Second, assuming that Black plays 23...Kg8, Fritz thinks that, after 24.Qh6 Rxb2 25.Qxh7+ Kf8, it is Black who is close to winning, not White.

Page 127, Game 82 (Schmidt – Stempin 1988)
Comment to 25...Qf3:
"25...Rxb2 26.Qe3+ Kg7 (26...g5 27.h4) 27.Qd4+ Qf6 28.Rc7+."
Here, after 26...g5, admittedly 27.h4 wins, but 27.Rc5! (Fritz) is much, much stronger ...

Page 128, Game 83 (Andersson – Seirawan 1983)
The book gives the text move "15...Rfc8", which is also given by Megabase 2008. However, according to Palliser (Beating Unusual Chess Openings, p. 19) Black actually played 15...Rfb8. This makes much more sense, because if Black had played 15...Rfc8, White could have won an exchange with 22.Bb7 (instead of sacrificing one with 22.Rxb4.)

Page 130, Game 84 (Kaidanov – Ilinsky 1991)
The annotation to this game somehow creates the impression that after White’s 28. move ("this break brings all of White’s pieces into the game") Black’s position was beyond repair. But if you believe Fritz and Rybka, Black could have played much better than he did: after 33...Nf5 (instead of 33...Nd5), Black would even have had some advantage; and after 35...Bf7 (instead of 35...Nc3), the position would have been equal.

Page 133, Game 87 (Petursson – Emms 1996)
Comment on 14.Bxf4:
"As Petursson points out in ChessBase Magazine, this position was reached with colors reversed in Korchnoi – Matulovic, Sarajevo 1969. White can also consider 14.gxf4!? to eliminate this possibility."
What possibility, please? – The answer is (almost!) given in the comment to the next move ...

Page 133, Game 87 (Petursson – Emms 1996)
Comment on 14...Rc8:
"Another possibility is 15.Qd2!? Ne6 16.Bxg5 Qxg5 ..."
Sorry? What was Black’s 14. move here? You have to guess it: 14...Bg5. (This, by the way, corresponds to the move played by Korchnoi in his game with Matulovic [i.e., he played 14.Bg4], hence 14...Bg5 was the "possibility" mentioned in the comment to 14.Bxf4.)

Page 135, Game 88 (Donaldson – Samsa 1995)
Comment to 10...Qd6:
In this comment, a subvariation surprisingly ends with the assessment "with compensation" – when material is equal (!) and Black is better (Fritz, Rybka).
In the same comment, in another line, the move "12...Bd7" gets a question mark, when 'objectively' (Fritz, Rybka) it is the best move on the board.

(to be continued ...)

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Reply #89 - 02/24/08 at 21:30:32
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Being originally a e4 player, I used other sources, to find a path through the variation-jungle. And I am especially interested in the mixture reportoire from english with d4 openings. So it would have been a great help. Apart from finding where in the book some variations were discussed.

JonHecht wrote on 02/23/08 at 19:52:02:
To be honest, I think that an index of variations goes against the spirit of the book, which is understanding, rather than memorization.


Personally I think it is even worse. Because of a lack of index, major continuations are not discussed, and other games would not have been part of the book.

Besides, if Carsten would do one of his excellent reviews on this book, I think it would be one of his main comments on the book.
  
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Reply #88 - 02/24/08 at 21:22:24
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This book was worth the price for me (for one thing it works pretty well as a lightly annotated collection of games played in a certain style) but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for a single source for a completel opening repertoire.

One major problem, as noted by a previous poster, is the strange apportionment of space to various lines.  On the one hand, you have almost 100 pages on what is essentially a not particularly promising line against Black ...e5 and kingside fianchetto defenses, and approximately 6 pages on ...d5 and ...c6 setups.  In my games with 1.Nf3, the latter actually occur at least several times as often as the former.  Moreover, the absence of any really good alternatives to transposing to Slav postions is one of the major defects in a Reti-style repertoire, and any book epousing a Reti approach against 1...d5 systems should take it seriously.

Another problem is that move-order issues are not given much attention.  A lot of the sample games use different move orders to get to the same position, but the advantages/disadvantages of various move orders are rarely discussed, and it is often unclear which move order Donaldson/Hansen are advocating.  This is troublesome in an area of opening theory teeming with move order finessess and unfavorable transpositions.

There are also a lot of omissions of viable (and sometimes even the best) moves for Black.  I realize the authors do not intend to provide ECO-type coverage of variations.  But in my opinion there are simply too many holes here, too many lines in which Black's best moves are either ingored or barely mentioned in passing without any serious analysis.

I don't want to overstate the problems.  In fact, all of the major lines in this book are probably playable, and this book does a good job of providing examples of how to succeed against inferior play.  There are a number of lines in which the theory is presented quite well, and there are some new recommendations in various places. If you are like me and already have a partal 1.Nf3 repertoire worked out and are mainly looking for some options or new ideas, then the book might be quite useful.   It's also not a bad little manual on positional play in a rather dry and technical style.  And I am all for avoiding heavy opening theory when possible.  

But when you are engaging in theory-avoidance, it is necessary to make pragamatic decisions about what lines you will avoid and why.  (E.g., "I'm not gonna play the Bayonet attack because it's too much work.  I'll play the Petrosian variation a la Palliser, which is reasonably promising and has much less theory, instead.") For those looking for a complete repertoire book, it should be understood that not quite half of this book contains detailed coverage of lines you probably won't see that often and in which Black has a number of ways to equalize.   (I really think that if you are going to spend so much space on a single opening structure such as KI set-ups and closely related set-ups for Black , you should be covering a more promising system.)  At the same time, the coverage of of the lines you may encounter more frequently is sometimes thin, incomplete, and not particularly persuasive from the aspect of modern opening theory.  If you are just looking for some options or new ideas this might be okay.  But if you are looking for a complete repertoire from one book, I wouldn't recommend it.  IMO, Nigel Davies does a better job of presenting a cogent, complete, move-order cognizant repertoire in his book.  And IMO you simply can't compare the coverage presented here with something like Richard Palliser's 1.d4 repertoire book, which iis several orders of magnitude better.

Just my opinion.
  
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Reply #87 - 02/23/08 at 20:53:47
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Yes, I gave that point serious consideration before echoing the criticism of others, but how much easier the book would be to navigate if only this index was present.  Understanding is indeed the main aim of such a repertoire, but lets remember that it is an opening repertoire rather than a middlegame manual.  Even the oft-criticised Everyman books have an index of sorts at each chapter end, a basic courtesy not offered by this book.  I learnt chess (as White) for the first time using Tony Kosten's The Dynamic English, but I think I'd have been put off if it had no index.....when I tried the Nimzo Larsen attack, or Dunnington's Reti book, I would have struggled without the indices each of the books on those openings contained; are flank openings somehow not as deserving of thorough navigation just because they aren't as sharp as Sicilians?

Once again I should say that I think it looks like a very good book, and with my existing experience of the English Opening it isn't too foreign to me in terms of concepts, but I still feel an index should be present in all opening books, however rudimentary the index or indeed content of the book is.  I think my view on this is only compounded by the fact that the author reviews chess books so well, and so often, as to make one expect such a basic inclusion; I imagine John Watson might also feel that way, knowing his own pet hate of this omission with regard to the much-maligned Everyman system of indexing mentioned earlier.

I would imagine a trawl through the archives at Chess Cafe might even reveal Carsten Hansen making the same point about the work of another, and were that the case then I would have to assume he does indeed feel (as you do, Jon) that learning an opening by understanding it thoroughly negates the need for an index and memorisation, but even if I accepted this point (which I don't) I would still like to be able to refer to the book quickly by line and move when checking it against, say, a recent loss I'd suffered in one of my own games.

Oh well, this rant may well have outweighed the good intent I had when originally posting here, that being that I think the book is definitely a worthy addition to the library of anyone interested in flank openings.  I'm certainly glad I own it despite my one criticism.

As a casual 'online' player without an ELO rating I very rarely comment on omissions of coverage in a book as they rarely trouble me due to my being either unaware of them (!) or unconcerned by them (my opponents are more or less as ignorant as me).  For this reason it could perhaps be said that such a book is intended for a more sophisticated audience than me anyway (it even says as much in the introduction, i.e. that it is aimed at players from 2000 to 2400 USCF), but that won't stop me from using it if I like the lines.  Perhaps the point Jon makes is more relevant to players at that level?  
  
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Reply #86 - 02/23/08 at 19:52:02
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To be honest, I think that an index of variations goes against the spirit of the book, which is understanding, rather than memorization.
  
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Seems a very interesting book - looks good apart from the shocking lack of an index.  I cannot understand this - Carsten writes good reviews of chess books and has doubtless critiqued hundreds in his time - I don't know why he was unable to add an index of variations to this book, something that is essential in every modern chess opening book, surely?!
  
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Alright.. I'll check out the game when my copy arrives (order status: pending... sigh). Thx.



  

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Reply #83 - 02/22/08 at 22:51:44
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In the new edition of this book, which I'm currently enjoying, Donaldson/Hansen give 1.Nf3 b5 2.e4 Bb7 3.Bxb5! - 'White is already better'.   There is a game devoted to the line, but I should refer you to the book for more details rather than reproduce anything else they have on this.
  
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Reply #82 - 02/22/08 at 20:28:40
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One might think that 2. e4 is best; I seem to recall (IM) John Donaldson giving it an exclam and opining that it is clearly better for White, though I think some sources think White's advantage isn't that large.
  
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Reply #81 - 02/22/08 at 20:20:33
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Hi,

To those who play 1.Nf3 2.c4, what line of play (for white) is best after 1.Nf3 b5?

Thanks a lot.


  

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Alias wrote on 02/20/08 at 10:15:31:
Black_Widow wrote on 02/09/08 at 11:29:07:
In the excellent Chess Cafe review of Stephan Ham, he says: A Strategic Opening Repertoire is a diamond in the rough. With an Index of Variations, and better coverage of some lines, this fine book could have been a classic.

I completely agree, it is a rough diamond. Here we are ordering a couple of copies of the book for training youth players. Who all played 1 e4. They do not like studying opening theory, so this reportoire is a nice solution. Through the contributions of Carsten, the diamond has grown, but it is still rough.

I verry much appreciate analysis of complete games. And that it is one of the few books who have the courage, to advise the Catalan and other related openings. Personally the coverage of the reversed closed english in the book is very good, but I rather would have seen the Kings Indian fianchetto lines. Since they are more ambitious, just as the catalan.

I uploaded the new games from chapter 11 and 12. The games from edition 1 can be get from ossimitz: http://wwwu.uni-klu.ac.at/gossimit/c/book.htm. What I did to solve the issue of not having an index of variations, I put all the games in a tree with chess base. And then it becomes easier to navigate the book.

The introduction to the second edition really mislead me. When I just received the book I counted the games from after 1998, which were said to be the additions. In fact there are several games more added from before 1998, so much more material then suggested. Not all the games can be found in the Megabase. It is also indicated that annotations by John Donaldson are indicated by (JD). I just found  once such an annotation in the book. So why is the remark then made in the introduction? Did he not read the second edition, or are not all his annotations put in the second edition. It only raises question marks.

So all in all, it is a very nice book, helping studying a strategic opening reportoire. But it does not give the complete reportoire, which would have made it an excellent book.



Ham repeats the thoughts by Watson and Baburin on the first edition. http://www.jeremysilman.com/book_reviews_jw/jw_strategic_opening_rep.html http://www.chesscafe.com/text/sor.txt

Diamond in the rough, some patchy sections, no index.


Dear Mr. CARSTEN HANSEN,

How possibly could you omit these things which bother you when you review openings book.

Why had you commit such omissions?

I can not understand this, believe me, I think that this is either double criterion or hypocrisy!!!
  
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Reply #79 - 02/21/08 at 23:49:36
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Thanks Alias

I was confused as most of the games given have a different move order. I guess after Nf3, c4, g3 and Bg2 black has to oppose with Bb7 in a QID setup, when d4 follows
  
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Main differences to Kramnik series:

  • KID with d3 instead of Bayonet variation.
  • Catalan instead of QGD
  • Reti instead of slav


With the move order in the book, black's bishop is already at b7 before white enters the Queen's indian.

  

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Reply #77 - 02/21/08 at 12:33:25
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What line is it exactly ?
if it's a setup where Bb4 makes no sense, perhaps Ba6 will be pointless, but please post the line if it isn't too long.

By the way, what are the main differences (in repertoire) between SOR & the Kramnik series for an ignoramus like me in flank openings ?
  
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Reply #76 - 02/21/08 at 00:55:03
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Hi everybody,

I just got my copy - through Buy.com
It looks interesting, but a couple of questions came up.
In the QID section, it recommends a g3 line - keeping in line with the repertoire, but there is no mention of black's main reply  - Ba6.
Am I missing something?
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Black_Widow wrote on 02/09/08 at 11:29:07:
In the excellent Chess Cafe review of Stephan Ham, he says: A Strategic Opening Repertoire is a diamond in the rough. With an Index of Variations, and better coverage of some lines, this fine book could have been a classic.

I completely agree, it is a rough diamond. Here we are ordering a couple of copies of the book for training youth players. Who all played 1 e4. They do not like studying opening theory, so this reportoire is a nice solution. Through the contributions of Carsten, the diamond has grown, but it is still rough.

I verry much appreciate analysis of complete games. And that it is one of the few books who have the courage, to advise the Catalan and other related openings. Personally the coverage of the reversed closed english in the book is very good, but I rather would have seen the Kings Indian fianchetto lines. Since they are more ambitious, just as the catalan.

I uploaded the new games from chapter 11 and 12. The games from edition 1 can be get from ossimitz: http://wwwu.uni-klu.ac.at/gossimit/c/book.htm. What I did to solve the issue of not having an index of variations, I put all the games in a tree with chess base. And then it becomes easier to navigate the book.

The introduction to the second edition really mislead me. When I just received the book I counted the games from after 1998, which were said to be the additions. In fact there are several games more added from before 1998, so much more material then suggested. Not all the games can be found in the Megabase. It is also indicated that annotations by John Donaldson are indicated by (JD). I just found  once such an annotation in the book. So why is the remark then made in the introduction? Did he not read the second edition, or are not all his annotations put in the second edition. It only raises question marks.

So all in all, it is a very nice book, helping studying a strategic opening reportoire. But it does not give the complete reportoire, which would have made it an excellent book.



Ham repeats the thoughts by Watson and Baburin on the first edition. http://www.jeremysilman.com/book_reviews_jw/jw_strategic_opening_rep.html http://www.chesscafe.com/text/sor.txt

Diamond in the rough, some patchy sections, no index.
  

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Reply #74 - 02/20/08 at 10:04:21
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I don't want to criticise the authors of this book, who obviously put a great deal of effort in, but wouldn't it be easier to obtain similar types of middlegame positions with the KIA? Of course, Black equalises easily in most variations, although below the international level this is not so important.

However, I would think that the author's recommendation of 1.c4, 2.Nf3 and 3.g3 offers better chances of a theoretical advantage, so I entirely agree with their choice over the KIA as being suitable for the higher-rated purchasers of this item.
  

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In the excellent Chess Cafe review of Stephan Ham, he says: A Strategic Opening Repertoire is a diamond in the rough. With an Index of Variations, and better coverage of some lines, this fine book could have been a classic.

I completely agree, it is a rough diamond. Here we are ordering a couple of copies of the book for training youth players. Who all played 1 e4. They do not like studying opening theory, so this reportoire is a nice solution. Through the contributions of Carsten, the diamond has grown, but it is still rough.

I verry much appreciate analysis of complete games. And that it is one of the few books who have the courage, to advise the Catalan and other related openings. Personally the coverage of the reversed closed english in the book is very good, but I rather would have seen the Kings Indian fianchetto lines. Since they are more ambitious, just as the catalan.

I uploaded the new games from chapter 11 and 12. The games from edition 1 can be get from ossimitz: http://wwwu.uni-klu.ac.at/gossimit/c/book.htm. What I did to solve the issue of not having an index of variations, I put all the games in a tree with chess base. And then it becomes easier to navigate the book.

The introduction to the second edition really mislead me. When I just received the book I counted the games from after 1998, which were said to be the additions. In fact there are several games more added from before 1998, so much more material then suggested. Not all the games can be found in the Megabase. It is also indicated that annotations by John Donaldson are indicated by (JD). I just found  once such an annotation in the book. So why is the remark then made in the introduction? Did he not read the second edition, or are not all his annotations put in the second edition. It only raises question marks.

So all in all, it is a very nice book, helping studying a strategic opening reportoire. But it does not give the complete reportoire, which would have made it an excellent book.

  

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alumbrado wrote on 01/31/08 at 19:39:18:
With the €:$ exchange rate being what it is, you may as well order it from the USCF site and have it shipped:

http://www.uscfsales.com/item.asp?cID=0&PID=2505

At $29.95 plus $14.95 shipping, you're still only looking at about €30.


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Reply #69 - 02/09/08 at 02:45:16
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The link to my Chess Cafe review is here:

http://www.chesscafe.com/Reviews/books.htm

The review will remain until Wednesday, when it will then be archived.

Yes, I had a lot of gripes about the book. Alas, it has no Opening Index. Nonetheless, I recommend it highly. Carsten put a great deal of effort into it.

All the best,
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Dear members,

I'm surprised that nobody has commented upon my review of this book at the Chess Cafe website. Since this is my first post, then I'm not allowed to post a link (very strange!). I'll do that on my second post though.

I think you can be proud of Carsten's fine efforts in this book.

All the best,

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@e4d6

Sorry, your right. But ordering today and recieving it within 7 days was for me available. Just look at the money you will safe. But I apologize, I overlooked the delivery date that will be next week. Sorry for that.
  
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Dear Pumi,

thanks for your reply.
Despite a lot of exclamation marks your answer is not correct:

The book is not yet available on the Niggemann shop; there is only a brand new announcement that it will be available next week.


  
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Ordering a chess book in germany is NO problem at all!!!

Your book is available by Niggemann and Dreier,so what do you want more ????
  
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now i found it: it is available here:
http://www.chessware.de
  
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Thanks for your answers.
In both cases shipping costs are relatively high to germany;
I need two copies; this results in:
NIC vs. proposal amazon nearly plus 20 Euro
USCF vs. proposal amazon approx. plus 15 Euro

This is mainly due to the shipping costs.
  
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With the €:$ exchange rate being what it is, you may as well order it from the USCF site and have it shipped:

http://www.uscfsales.com/item.asp?cID=0&PID=2505

At $29.95 plus $14.95 shipping, you're still only looking at about €30.
  

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Reply #61 - 01/31/08 at 19:37:17
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Have you tried New in Chess? The book is third on their bestselling list so they must have copies.
  
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Hi,
does anyone know how to order the book in germany ?
Then specialised chess stores don't have it.
amazon.de says delivery mid of march

Greetings e4d6
  
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Reply #59 - 01/31/08 at 14:40:19
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This book is very interesting. I have ordered it. Another interesting thing comes to my mind when speaking about white solid repertoires.
I think we all could find interesting points by studying swedish GM Ulf Anderssons games as white. Just take alook at his games against Kasparov and Karpov as white. Ulf has not lost one single game!! against either Karpov or Kasparov. He has 50 % only draws against Kaspy and  only draws against Karpov too except one game which Andersson won. Thats not bad at all!!

Ulf is very difficult to beat when he plays white. As black he is more human.

Of 1373 games as white Ulf has  63 % against blacks  37 %.  438 won games 73 lost games and 862 draws!!   Everything according Megadatabase 2008.  Smiley  I also think Ulf plays some of these openings like the Catalan english and so on (Most often plays 1. Nf3). I understand that Seirawan once complained over his difficulties dealing with Ulf Andersson.
So my point is that this book together with Ulfs games should be a nice arsenal!
  

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Reply #57 - 01/29/08 at 22:56:24
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Quick question:

In the open Catalan (...dxc4) does the second edition still focus on 10.Bf4 or the more 'fashionable' but difficult to handle 10.Bd2 line?

I have the first edition and was considering also buying the second but I really wanted more info on the Catalan since its been developing quite a lot in the past couple of years. None of the bookstores carry the second edition, so I cannot just look up the line.

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Reply #56 - 01/24/08 at 22:42:13
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There is still plenty of time for subscribers to pick up a free copy in Carsten's competition! Wink
  
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Reply #55 - 01/24/08 at 06:55:39
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Don't suppose that you want to give your recommendations against the aforementioned lines here?  Smiley Not in detail, of course. Just a little rough info.


I sincerely appreciate that you are planning on making a third edition, though.


I am not trying to be offensive, or anything, I am just trying to explain my opinion here. I am not sure that more text was necessary for the target audience. Just the right amount of text was what made the first edition so great (among other things). Honestly, the people who would need detailed explanations concerning this opening are those who would fail miserably with this opening repertoire, simply due to the nature if it.

Well, that's my opinion, at least.
  
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Reply #54 - 01/24/08 at 03:39:23
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First of all I would like to thank everybody who has commented on the book, both positively and negatively, though most of all objectively.

I would like to run a quick comparison and add a few facts that may have escaped notice. First of all, all the material, that was found in the original edition is in the second edition as well (with the exception of one main game for which the analysis was so flawed and that the actual relevance of the entire game disappeared, but part of it has been preserved in a note to another game), except more analysis, more annotations and more game references have been added to all of the games. In addition, all analytical errors (that I found) and erroneous comments have been corrected.

The number of pages in the first edition was 142, in the second edition it is 272, and the pages in the new edition are larger, thus more text per page. The number of main games in the original edition was 121, in the second edition it is 168. On a chapter by chapter basis, it goes as follows:
Ch 1: 1st ed – 8 pages – 9 games; 2nd ed – 15 pages – 10 games
Ch 2: 1st ed - 11 pages – 10 games; 2nd ed – 15 pages – 10 games
Ch 3: 1st ed - 7 pages – 8 games; 2nd ed – 15 pages – 11 games
Ch 4: 1st ed - 6 pages – 6 games; 2nd ed – 14 pages – 8 games
Ch 5: 1st ed - 9 pages – 10 games; 2nd ed – 20 pages – 14 games
Ch 6: 1st ed - 6 pages – 6 games; 2nd ed – 17 pages – 11 games
Ch 7: 1st ed - 14 pages – 11 games; 2nd ed – 15 pages – 12 games
Ch 8: 1st ed - 7 pages – 7 games; 2nd ed – 16 pages – 12 games
Ch 9: 1st ed - 16 pages – 15 games; 2nd ed – 35 pages – 21 games
Ch 10: 1st ed - 4 pages – 4 games; 2nd ed – 20 pages – 13 games
Ch 11: 1st ed - 13 pages – 10 games; 2nd ed – 22 pages – 14 games
Ch 12: 1st ed - 8 pages – 6 games; 2nd ed – 14 pages – 8 games
Ch 13: 1st ed - 11 pages – 9 games; 2nd ed – 25 pages – 14 games
For those who are counting the games, the remainder to each total can be found in the introduction.

Are there things that could have been better? Sure, some have mentioned the issues in the first edition regarding the Reti with 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 dxc4 or for that matter 2...d4, both should probably have been covered in better detail, but in general I feel I have added the majority of the new material where it was needed and where the developments in the theory and understanding of the particular information were more significant, such as for example the chapter on the Hedgehog, which grew from 16 to 35 pages.

There is a bunch of original analysis, some improvements and refutations of existing theory that hasn't been presented elsewhere.

I am open to all criticism, but as mentioned above, please let it be objective and relevant, and if you feel something could be done better, please be specific so that it can be corrected for future editions.

Thanks in advance for your input.  Smiley
  
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Reply #53 - 01/24/08 at 01:46:01
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That sound disappointing. I suppose I will just stick with my first edition.  Undecided

Are any websites planning on reviewing it?
  
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Reply #52 - 01/18/08 at 02:10:37
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I both have the first edition and since today the second edition. The first edition I really liked, but for the second edition I am really disappointed. The amount of added material is limited, and the majority of the book is a one to one copy of the first edition. Besides there is still no index of variations.

None of the holes in the first edition reportoire have been filled as far as I could check quickly. After 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 basically only 2 .. e6 is handled. Except for the notes already present in the first edition.

Also unclear to me is why some of the new games added. Do they propose improvements, alternatives, or what. The explanation value of the new games, also vary from chapter to chapter. My first impression is that some of the new additions are rushed in.

To conclude: The book is still nice, but not much nicer as the first edition.

  
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Reply #51 - 01/16/08 at 01:31:04
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"I never saw the first edition of this book, despite the fact that I have been playing a lot of the lines it seems to be talking about with White

I am interested, if anybody can tell me, what the book gives after 1.Nf3 d5. Does it recommend 2.c4 or 2.d4? And if 2.c4 what does it give against 2...d4, 2...dxc4 and 2...e6 3.g3 dxc4!? ? "

The first edition gives 1Nf3 d5 2c4

Against 2...d4, 3g3 and a reversed benoni with d3, Bg2, 0-0, e3, and either exd4 or maybe Re1. Not a lot of detail was given.

Against 2...dxc4, he recommended 3.e3 Nf6 and a QGA transposition with a delay of d4 (effectively preventing Bg4)

He recommended not allowing 2...e6 3.g3 dxc4, but playing 3 d4 instead.

One difference between this and the Pritchett book is that it steers toward the Catalan. So the 1st edition gave 1Nf3 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 g3
The Khalifman/Kramnik rep , and apparently Pritchett, gives 3Nc3 which goes towards the QGD

Also, the first edition used a reversed closed sicilian as an anti-kings indian approach

Anyway, combining Donaldson's concept with Hansen's thoughtful analysis and thorough presentation should give something really nice. I've been waiting for this one a long time.
  
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Reply #50 - 01/13/08 at 03:03:31
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Yeah, I'm thinking the same thing. I have both Davies' and Dunnington's books. My overall impression is that most tournament players wouldn't want to allow a reversed Benko or Benoni with an extra tempo for White...the QGD/Slav formations are more important.
  

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Reply #49 - 01/12/08 at 04:58:30
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I have other books that cover these gaps.  I'm ordering it as soon as it's available on Buy.com.

I can't wait to read it.
  
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Reply #48 - 01/11/08 at 20:47:10
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In spite of what you write, it does seem the type of book I am looking for... Typical positions in stead of a bunch of moveorders.
  
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Reply #47 - 01/11/08 at 02:29:17
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Received the book today.

The good: 168 games, each covering about a page and a half. The emphasis is on middlegame play: typical plans are covered but there are also plenty of game fragments and variations showing alternate ways for each side to play. The annotations are a good blend of words and variations, the two complementing each other well.

The bad: As in the first edition, coverage of some variations is poor, especially variations other than 2...e6 after 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4.  2...dxc4 and 2...d4 each receive only a paragraph in the notes to a Catalan game. The recommendations are identical to those in the first edition (based on what's been said before in the thread.)

Coverage of 2...c6 is expanded, with 6 games in ...Bg4 and ...Bf5 Reti variations. But compare those 6 games to the 75 in the Reversed Closed Sicilian -- is the King's Indian 12x more popular than the Slav on any level today?

I'm looking forward to playing through the Reversed Closed Sicilian and Catalan games which are the heart of the book. It looks to be a great textbook in positional play. But as a repertoire book it's still deficient. It's disappointing that the authors did not flesh out White responses to the variety of defenses Black has at his or her disposal.
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Reply #46 - 01/08/08 at 18:13:39
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Yes, one must wonder what they now advocate against the Slav.  As I recall, the first edition had a little material on the Reti, plus a comment like "hey, you could also try the Exchange."  I've sort of wondered if any such book might advocate the Mikhail Gurevich e3 and b3 thing.
  
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Reply #45 - 01/08/08 at 16:50:34
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"...with many more games and detailed explanations." You get more games.

"While I have gone through every page of this book, the lion’s share of the work was done by my colleague and fellow flank opening enthusiast Danish FM Carsten Hansen. I am particularly indebted to him for fleshing out the annotations to many of the games, particularly in the second half of the book."

This is the most important improvement for the 2nd edition. The 1st edition had very little on some important lines. Today, there are for instance so many players trying to achieve slav set-ups vs everything but 1.e4.

  

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Reply #44 - 01/08/08 at 14:30:21
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Eh, the "more detailed explanations" part doesn't appeal to me. I thought that the explanations were fine how they were, and anymore would be overkill for the target audience. What I would like, however, is more games, as it seemed to skimp on, and even ignore, some rather important lines.
  
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In the January 2008, "Chess Life" it is advertized as being for sale through the USCF, thus it appears that the 2nd edition has been published.   Smiley
  
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Playing a strategic repertoire requires patience, so consider the waiting part of the preparation  Wink
  

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Amazon says pre-order is available, but also says printing was the 2nd. Hmm, maybe it didn't arrive yet. Anyway, any info would be appreciated. Perhaps, dare I say, a review.
  
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After 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 dxc4 Donaldson recommended a transposition into a QGA with 3.e3, Against 2...e6 he suggested going into the Catalan, & I forget what he suggested vs. 2...c6.


Well, Donaldson really had next to nothing coverage against anything outside of  2...e6. There was some vauge suggetion of the exchange Slav as a possibility in response to 3...c6. He did mention 3 e3 in respone to 2...dxc4. But again, he presented no real coverage. There was no coverage  of 2...d4 either where White is forced to play a Benoni reversed. Personally, I never liked these reversed Benoni positions - Black gets lots of space and freedom - which is why I prefer 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 ala Kramnik rather than the Donaldson moveorder.

To his credit Donaldson did acknowledge that the first edition had inadequacies in this area. It remains to be seen if they will be properly addressed in the second edition.
  

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After 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 dxc4 Donaldson recommended a transposition into a QGA with 3.e3, Against 2...e6 he suggested going into the Catalan, & I forget what he suggested vs. 2...c6.
  
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nyoke wrote on 10/03/07 at 14:00:54:
Then what can be the problem with the ...d4 and ...dc Reti ? 1. Nf3, d5 2. d4, no ?


As far as I remember, Donaldson reccommended 1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 in the first edition. Coverage of these lines was scant. Whether this will change in the second edition, we will see.
  

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Then what can be the problem with the ...d4 and ...dc Reti ? 1. Nf3, d5 2. d4, no ?
  
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nyoke wrote on 09/18/07 at 14:48:07:
Am I right to  think it resembles Wojtkiewicz's white repertoire ?


You're right. It's even pointed out by John Donaldson in the latest JW show on chess.fm.
  

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OK ALREADY, I don't see any indication this thing is coming out so what gives?


Both authors have stated on the John Watson book show on chess.fm that it will be out soon. (Hansen also on his section here.) Just last week Hansen said that it will be out in October. I guess that Russell Enterprises just don't tell in advance that a book is about to be released.
  

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On the "Chesspublishing.com" site Carsten Hansen wrote:
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On a final note before I move over to this month's games, I can inform you that I have finally started receiving the page proofs for John Donaldson's and my "Strategic Opening Repertoire for White - 2nd Edition"; from here onwards it should be a relatively speedy process before it becomes available in stores.
  
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OK ALREADY, I don't see any indication this thing is coming out so what gives?
  

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Nyoke: Yes, it does resemble Wojo's White repertoire. In fact, in the introduction, Donaldson recommends that you study the games of a number of 1 Nf3 players. If memory serves (because I no longer have my copy) they included Wojo, Ribli, Anderssson, Kramnik, Alterman, and several others. Just to get an idea of the repertoire recommended, you could build a database of their 1 Nf3 games and scan it casually. The recommended repertoire response to a KID formation by Black is to play a Closed Sicilian Reversed (i.e. an English 1...e5 in which Black is already committed to Nf6 and g6), as in Andersson's 1980s games. I think that Wojtkiewicz regularly transposed into the KID Fianchetto Variation by playing an early d4.
  
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Am I right to  think it resembles Wojtkiewicz's white repertoire ?
  
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kylemeister wrote on 07/30/07 at 19:00:11:
The first edition recommends 2. c4.

It is extremely skimpy on 2...d4, advising a "reversed Gheorghiu Benoni" approach.  (That was also Davies' choice in his Réti repertoire book; one game he gave was Damljanovic-Kamsky 1991.)

Also has but the merest mention of what to do against 2...dc, suggesting 3. e3 with the idea Bxc4, 0-0, Qe2, Rd1 (delaying d4) à la Zvjaginsev.  (I recall that Carsten Hansen had something on that recently on Chess Pub.)

On 2...e6 it recommends 3. d4 (with the idea of aiming for a Catalan), saying that on 3. g3, dc is "a very good move." 

So surely the first two (2...d4 and 2...dc) are fleshed out in the second edition (?) ...   

Them not being fleshed out and me having issues with them is what made me stop following the repertoire recommended in the first edition.
  
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In the latest JW show on chess.fm Hansen states that the book will be out early October.
  

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The first edition recommends 2. c4.

It is extremely skimpy on 2...d4, advising a "reversed Gheorghiu Benoni" approach.  (That was also Davies' choice in his Réti repertoire book; one game he gave was Damljanovic-Kamsky 1991.)

Also has but the merest mention of what to do against 2...dc, suggesting 3. e3 with the idea Bxc4, 0-0, Qe2, Rd1 (delaying d4) à la Zvjaginsev.  (I recall that Carsten Hansen had something on that recently on Chess Pub.)

On 2...e6 it recommends 3. d4 (with the idea of aiming for a Catalan), saying that on 3. g3, dc is "a very good move." 

So surely the first two (2...d4 and 2...dc) are fleshed out in the second edition (?) ...
  
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Reply #17 - 07/30/07 at 18:53:45
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I just opened the sor.zip file without any problems. Seams like a standard *.zip file.
Did a quick search and found no games with 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 and "only" three games with 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 (e6 3.g3)
But further than that, the games dont give any answer to your questions alumbrado.

I will probably order the book when it is available as it seams to have a lot in common with the Kramnik series -which I use as a basis for my repertoire.
  
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No - although I assumed that was me being incompetent Undecided
  

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So, I guess, you could not open the sor.zip-files either ?
  
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Reply #14 - 07/29/07 at 21:26:15
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I never saw the first edition of this book, despite the fact that I have been playing a lot of the lines it seems to be talking about with White Undecided

I am interested, if anybody can tell me, what the book gives after 1.Nf3 d5. Does it recommend 2.c4 or 2.d4? And if 2.c4 what does it give against 2...d4, 2...dxc4 and 2...e6 3.g3 dxc4!? ?
  

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But where could we find a publication date ?
  
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You can find the games from the first edition here:

http://wwwu.uni-klu.ac.at/gossimit/c/book.htm

  
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By the way, what was recommended in Edition 1 against 1. Nf3 Nc6 intending 2. c4 e5 (presuming that the "strategic" move-order 1. Nf3, 2. c4, 3.g3 is meant to avoid 1. c4 e5)  ?

Sorry for asking, but the book is sadly out of print,  with few signs of a second life, unless... ???
  
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Are there same news about the date of pubblication of the book?

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Still that is a light concession, as Black (assuming, that White will not play x.d4) will have to lose a tempo with e6-e5. The same is true after 2.g3.
  

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I emailed IM Donaldson again asking for detail on the changes, specifically about the dutch since d3 has become extremely popular since the publishing of the book and this was the reply:

"There are no major changes in the repertoire. The bulk of new material is in the second half of the book where I cut some corners last time. 1.Nf3 f5 2.d3 is a promising line for White but if you play 1.Nf3 e6 2.c4 f5 Black avoids it."
  
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So, is there some serious planning for this expanded edition, or is it just prophylaxis against a possible update of English books such as Kosten's Dynamic English ?


zoo: Read the earlier posts of the thread. "...very close to going to the printers." Also, listen to Watson's show on chess.fm.
  

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I asked JD a while ago about it:


"Jonathan, a greatly revised edition co-authored with FM Carsten Hansen is due out in a few months. It will be published by Russell Enterprises (Chess Cafe).

John Donaldson"
  
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Alias wrote on 04/02/07 at 06:53:44:
Carsten wrote this on the Flank Opening page:

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I haven't seen anything on lists on forthcoming books on Gambit, Everyman or Batsford. Could it be a Quality Chess book?



That's why I was asking. I could not find anything on it anywhere at amazon.com.
  
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Carsten wrote this on the Flank Opening page:

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I should also add that the book that I have been co-writing with American IM John Donaldson, A Strategic Opening Repertoire for White, is now very close to going to the printers. For those who are familiar with the first edition, it is more along the same vein, a presentation of ideas through complete annotated games. Compared to the first edition, there will be considerably more games, more verbal explanations, more analysis, more game references and more improvements over existing theory, which overall amounts to many more pages of chess. The repertoire suggestions are, generally speaking, the same as in the first edition: the English Opening, Catalan, Réti, lines against the King's Indian, Queen's Indian, Grünfeld Indian and Dutch set-ups. That should be sufficient promotion for now.


I haven't seen anything on lists on forthcoming books on Gambit, Everyman or Batsford. Could it be a Quality Chess book?
  

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