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Reply #124 - 07/21/08 at 19:06:28
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I must admit that I wondered if this game might all have been prep...
Afraid I didn't credit Kolev in my annotations for ChessPub, as I guess I should have done, due to still not having got around to purchasing a copy of the Easiest! Must try to pick one up soon...
  
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Reply #123 - 07/21/08 at 08:25:12
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The game Movsesian - Papadopoulos, 2008 just followed a line given in the "Easiest Sicilian"(page 58) and I am glad the young Greek player made use of my analysis.Movsesian( being a great player) just sensed that in the final position only Black has some winning chances , so wisely proposed a draw.I hope more chessplayers benefit from our effort.
  
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Reply #122 - 07/14/08 at 18:36:04
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Indeed, it was a helpful review TonyRo. It's a little scary to consider Sveshnikov Reloaded "no longer recent" since even though the Sveshnikov is ultra-theoretical, it's hard to think that a beautifully researched, detailed book from 2005 would already be outdated.

Meanwhile, I'm reading John Cox's Starting Out: Sicilian Sveshnikov, which is a wonderful introduction to the opening. I'll follow up with some combination of study in "Reloaded" and "Easiest".
  
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Reply #121 - 07/06/08 at 04:08:24
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I didn't think anyone would actually read my review, but now I've got at least one! Phew.....  Grin
  
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Reply #120 - 07/06/08 at 03:16:54
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There's a very positive review at http://jeremysilman.com/chess_gst_wrtrs/The_Easiest_Sicilian.html

I used to play the Sveshnikov, about 10 years ago, and have been considering taking it up again, which will require shaking off a lot of rust and becoming up-to-date.

I got a copy of The Sveshnikov Reloaded shortly before hearing about The Easiest Sicilian but haven't had time to read most of it yet. Both Reloaded and Easiest Sicilian seem to be fantastic books. Obviously the latter has the advantage of being completely up-to-date, but can anyone compare the two books otherwise? Would it be worthwhile to study both in combination, or more efficient to just use the newer book?
  
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Reply #119 - 05/25/08 at 20:57:52
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This is about the move 20 f3: 20.f3 Qd7!? 21.Kh1 f4! 22.Nc2 Bd8 23.Rfa1 g5 24b4 g4 with counterplay.
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Reply #118 - 05/25/08 at 20:46:35
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Thanks for the info A-Tong.

Interesting suggestion, 21...Qg7 - I guess it makes reasonable sense to put the queen on the kingside if Black is looking to attack there. It looks very unclear indeed, and having played through the sample continuation it is clear that there could be any number of possible deviations/improvements for both sides. Will be interesting to see what happens if and when this gets gets tested at high level.

Having dipped back into Anand 10, I see Khalifman also mentions another option of 20.f3, citing the game Aginian-Kucypera and offering a later improvement for White. Can I ask what Kolev gives here? I see a couple of other games have reached the same position with Black trying 20...Rb7 and 20...Bxe3+, both of which seem quite sensible as well.

Overall this variation seems to be a critical battleground for the Sveshnikov; so much tension in the position, and still plenty of room for creativity with so few games having been played.
  
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Reply #117 - 05/25/08 at 16:43:01
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IM Andrew Greet wrote on 05/25/08 at 15:08:08:
If anyone has both 'Easiest Sicilian' and 'Anand 10' I would be curious to know at precisely what point the two sets of analysis diverge.


Khalifman:

1.e4 c5 2.Sf3 Sc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Sxd4 Sf6 5.Sc3 e5 6.Sdb5 d6 7.Lg5 a6 8.Sa3 b5 9.Sd5 Le7 10.Lxf6 Lxf6 11.c3 0-0 12.Sc2 Lg5 13.a4 bxa4 14.Txa4 a5 15.Lc4 Tb8 16.b3 Kh8 17.Sce3 g6 18.0-0 f5 19.Dd3 Le6 20.Td1 Dd7 21.f3 Da7 22.Kh1 Lxe3 23.Sxe3 Lxc4 24.Txc4 with a slight advantage

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21...Dg7! an now the strongest (22.exf5 and 22.Sf1 are also on page 104)
22.Kh1 Ld7 23.Ta2 f4 24.Sc2 Ld8 25.Sa3 g5 26.Sb5 Dh6 "We think that such a position, with a clear-cut attack against the enemy king, should appeal to any Sveshnikov fan. Play might continue with:" 27.Sdc7 Tf6 28.Tad2 g4 unclear
  

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Reply #116 - 05/25/08 at 15:35:30
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IMJohnCox wrote on 05/23/08 at 12:12:46:
Surprised to hear trw say he's heard bad remarks about Belyavsky/Mikhailchishin's endgame books, I thought these were pretty good. If anyone has all three and wants to part with the one I haven't got and can never find, message me!


There was such a "bad remark" in one of Aagaard's books, hinting that the most recent "Modern Endgame Practice" had too many analytical errors. But I don't mind, I only have the first two and find lots of interesting material there.

I deduce that "Winning Endgame Technique" is the one you're missing, since the other two are listed on the London Chess Centre discount pages for £5 and £7,50 (good books don't sell, apparently!) But according to www.bookfinder.com you can still get W.E.T. used in good condition for below £20. Could be an option if nobody here on chesspub is willing to part with it.
  

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Re: The Easiest Sicilian
Reply #115 - 05/25/08 at 15:22:41
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Semko wrote on 05/23/08 at 15:50:08:
Khalifman is writing now the Dragon. The plans are for 12 books altogether in the series.


Semko, I love these books, but I have to ask whether this is realistic? If the next book is on the Dragon (presumably together with the Accelerated?) that would leave the Najdorf, Scheveningen and Classical all to be covered in a single volume! What's it going to be - 1,000 pages?  Grin (well, maybe you guys are superstitious and don't wish to publish no. 13...)

Looking back, it's rather amusing that on the back cover of the first two volumes there is a projected total of just four books! Not that I'm complaining; overall both the Anand and Kramnik series' are fabulous.
  
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Reply #114 - 05/25/08 at 15:08:08
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If anyone has both 'Easiest Sicilian' and 'Anand 10' I would be curious to know at precisely what point the two sets of analysis diverge. Presumably the 'last word' must have come from Kolev, who would have had access to Khalifman's book while writing his own. Is there some earth-shattering new idea, or perhaps just differing evaluations of a certain critical position?
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Reply #113 - 05/23/08 at 15:52:47
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OK, thanks a lot. Are there any plans for classical and Rauzer ?
Thanks in advance
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Reply #112 - 05/23/08 at 15:50:08
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Khalifman is writing now the Dragon. The plans are for 12 books altogether in the series.
  
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Reply #111 - 05/23/08 at 12:12:46
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Surprised to hear trw say he's heard bad remarks about Belyavsky/Mikhailchishin's endgame books, I thought these were pretty good. If anyone has all three and wants to part with the one I haven't got and can never find, message me!
  
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Reply #110 - 05/23/08 at 09:59:40
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I am sorry, but I do not defend any side. You are right that is someone does not work on the rpoject you have full right to remove him.
Anyway, I bought the book and I think it is very good. There are some not mentioned possibilities for both sides or some unexplained ideas and moves, but of course it is not possible to cover everything on about 250 pages. So my overal assessment of the book is 9 out of 10  Smiley.
At the same time I want to ask Semko what are the plans for future Khalifman's book "Openings according to Anand". What is expected to be included in the next volumes and how many of them there will be.
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Reply #109 - 05/22/08 at 16:25:01
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Around this time Kolev was also quite upset - because of his alleged co-author actually NOT working. I would have preferred to have on the cover page the name of Vasil Spasov, who is already 6-time Bulgarian champion. At least I could have bragged that I had tournament victories versus both of our respected authors. But Spasov has never contacted me "...by any means, in any form, electronic or mechanical...", not to mention in person.
You know, Milen, a contract has two sides: rights, but also obligations. So, the next time you decide publicly to take someone's side, perhaps it would be better first to hear out the other one, too. You have my E-mail and did not hesitate to use it a few months ago for personal reasons.
  
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Reply #108 - 05/22/08 at 11:44:38
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There are not yet any reviews on this book.
Returning back to the problem with authorship yesterday I found that in his article in NIC YB 84 (page 50 as i remember) GM Kolev mentions that at the time the article was published (mid-end of 2007) he is working on the book "The Easiest Sicilian" together with GM Vasil Spasov. So I can see why GM Spasov is upset.
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Reply #107 - 05/21/08 at 11:28:50
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Are there any reviews of this book yet? If so, would someone be able to post the link to them here?

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Reply #106 - 05/21/08 at 11:07:31
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GM Atanas Kolev plays for Nayden Voynov - my home town team
  
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Reply #105 - 05/21/08 at 10:27:10
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Hmm, Atanas Kolev plays for Nayden Voynov - the club in my home town... http://chess.bcvidin.org/team.htm He has contributed to this book.
  
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Reply #104 - 05/21/08 at 08:55:14
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Splendid debut pslavus. Welcome.

Anything at all chess-related to contribute? Specifically, The Easiest Sicilian.
  
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Reply #103 - 05/21/08 at 08:21:50
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Ametanoitos wrote on 04/17/08 at 12:53:06:
You cannot claim the history, the language or the name of another nation (that brought the lights to the Western Civilation) as yours. We are proud about the Alexander the Great the Macedonian who conquered and civilized the ancient world who of course was not a Slav but a Greek! But now everyone when hears the word "Macedonian" don't think of ancient Greeks but a Slav nation! Can 1,5 million people (that are Slavs) decide to call themselves Macedonians, that speak Macedonian and come directly from the Ancient Macedonians (which is the most ridiculus claim of course!) and 7 million people who really are Macedonians do nothing?  What about them?

And what about the claims that they want the "whole" Macedonia to get free (meaning to unite the Greek Macedonia and some small regions in Bulgaria and Albania.) Maybe you have not a problem, but i have a problem when my neighbors raise their chlids and make them believe that they are a nation who's most part is slave to Greece or Bulgaria or i don't know who else...

If someone want to be a part of the EU or the NATO or the UN or any other international organization ,has to respect the other participants.  We respect our neighbors and (although that is wrong, because their historical name is "Vardarska" or something like that...) we let them have in their name the word "Macedonia", but in a way that all the other people can seperate them from the ancient Greek nation of the Macedonia. What is wrong with that? And don't tell me that the Netherlands have such deep historical backgrounds!


  The so called macedonian nation and language ocured in the 40-50ies of 20th century, when Serbia tried to turn the slav population  in the region into serbs, without any significant result. Then to keep it`s influence in Macedonia, serbian secret sevices invented macedonian so-called scolars, who have discovered that there was macedonian language, nation and history. All this was fake, so there had to be assumed facts from the history of the neighbouring countries to be macedonian. The victims were Bulgaria and Greek. The same is with the national identity of the population.
  Today Macedonian politics and state administration keep the lie alive to get their salaires, otherwise there would not be a macedonian state.
  About the national identity of macedonians - let they decide by themselves, but they are slavs and many know their grandfathers were bulgarians.
  After all the Byzantine Imperor Vassili was called a killer of bulgarians not a a killer of macedonians.
  It is a funny story, if not the persecution of people with bulgarian conscience in Macedonia and the total cenzoreship.
   For referrence about historical facts see Encyclopeadia Britannica.
 
  
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Re: The Easiest Sicilian
Reply #102 - 05/15/08 at 18:45:00
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MilenPetrov wrote on 05/15/08 at 13:59:49:
Yesterday I got my copy of the book together with the Khalifmans volume 10 about Anand. During the weekend I will went thru them and will try to make some conclusions. Also will check some of the variations I played in my corr games.


Make sure you store the books apart, otherwise they'll start fighting each other  Wink
  

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Yesterday I got my copy of the book together with the Khalifmans volume 10 about Anand. During the weekend I will went thru them and will try to make some conclusions. Also will check some of the variations I played in my corr games.
  
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Reply #100 - 05/15/08 at 09:16:52
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Good, will be very interested to get that. See you then  Smiley.

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Reply #99 - 05/14/08 at 19:54:25
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OK, I leave this thread to you. I'm swithching to other Sicilians - on Friday should meet Delchev for a serious update of The Safest Sicilian. See you in two months at another thread.
  
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Reply #98 - 05/13/08 at 23:20:10
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Copies of The Easiest Sicilian are available in London from the London Chess Centre: http://www.ukgamesshop.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=chnew...

  

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Reply #97 - 05/13/08 at 14:28:54
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Semko wrote on 05/09/08 at 15:47:29:
It is early for a thread on Beliavsky/Mikhalcishin book.


steady on Semko - we occasionally get distracted a bit, but we´ll get back to talking about your latest fine piece of work in a minute no doubt.
  
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Reply #96 - 05/09/08 at 18:30:56
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This thread is called "The Easiest Sicilian". So it would be better to create a thread to discuss the plans and wishes about other openings with Semko.
  

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Reply #95 - 05/09/08 at 15:47:29
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It is early for a thread on Beliavsky/Mikhalcishin book.
  
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Reply #94 - 05/09/08 at 13:38:17
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trw wrote on 05/09/08 at 03:10:25:
Semko wrote on 04/30/08 at 08:01:43:
We expect from Mikhalcishin/Beliavsky a book on The Petrosian System against the Queen's Indian - 4.a3.


Bibs wrote on 04/30/08 at 08:57:31:
Mik/Bel haven't received very good reviews thus far so hope the editing hand is a firm one there.


I have Beliavsky and Mikhalchishin's two knights book and I highly recommend it. I only found very few typoes and only two variations where they didn't go deep enough. The most annoying part about these authors though is they often simply refer people to games that are unpublished and inaccessiable rather than stating the line or position they wish you to be thinking about. (i've had a dousy of a time tracking down games!). Overall though, great analysis and fun to read. I definitely look forward to their work on the Semko8 Petrosian system! (I assume bibs you are referring to the bad remarks i've heard about their endgame book?)


I have that book too and must say that its not very good at all, superficial and adding very little to the theory. A major disappointment for players of such class.

Regarding the TWO KNIGHTS DEFENCE: Pinski; Palkovi and Estrin are all better although each of them have plenty incorrect evaluations.

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Reply #93 - 05/09/08 at 03:10:25
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Semko wrote on 04/30/08 at 08:01:43:
We expect from Mikhalcishin/Beliavsky a book on The Petrosian System against the Queen's Indian - 4.a3.


Bibs wrote on 04/30/08 at 08:57:31:
Mik/Bel haven't received very good reviews thus far so hope the editing hand is a firm one there.


I have Beliavsky and Mikhalchishin's two knights book and I highly recommend it. I only found very few typoes and only two variations where they didn't go deep enough. The most annoying part about these authors though is they often simply refer people to games that are unpublished and inaccessiable rather than stating the line or position they wish you to be thinking about. (i've had a dousy of a time tracking down games!). Overall though, great analysis and fun to read. I definitely look forward to their work on the QID Petrosian system! (I assume bibs you are referring to the bad remarks i've heard about their endgame book?)
  
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Reply #92 - 05/08/08 at 23:30:33
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[quote author=belgian link=1207245342/90#91 date=1210282823
Experts generally agree that the Sveshnikov is the easiest Sicilian, because the strategic ideas in the main line are limited.

The opening is still tactically complex enough to offer winning chances for both sides, especially at "amateur" levels. [/quote]

that makes sense, it even provide winning chances at the super gm level too.
  
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Reply #91 - 05/08/08 at 21:40:23
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wcywing wrote on 05/08/08 at 18:56:26:
how easy is the easiest siclian?  considering it is the Sveshnikov i wonder if the title is an oxymoron.   Huh


Experts generally agree that the Sveshnikov is the easiest Sicilian, because the strategic ideas in the main line are limited.

The opening is still tactically complex enough to offer winning chances for both sides, especially at "amateur" levels.
  
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how easy is the easiest siclian?  considering it is the Sveshnikov i wonder if the title is an oxymoron.   Huh
  
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Reply #89 - 05/08/08 at 15:28:40
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Yeah I just got my book as well. I pretty much tore through the vast majority of the Positional Line, and I really like the suggested improvements. There are some errors common to the first edition of a book, but overall I really like the content and the format of the book. Kudos to Chess Stars! Cheesy
  
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Reply #88 - 05/07/08 at 10:57:14
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Yesterday I received my copy of the easiest Sicilian. I had no time to dig in deeper but my first impression is very positive. Very recent games, the Repertoire against the Rossolimo is also very interesting. The Coverage of the other anti-siclians is not as substantial like in te two previous books , but the Repetoire Suggestions on the Sveshnikov are superb. I noticed a interesting pawn sac in one of the main variations for example.
Will have a closer look in the next days ....
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Reply #87 - 05/07/08 at 10:04:22
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Well a lot of people go into the Vienna as a sharper QID alternative so don't have those problems - it wouldn't be a surprise if they only started after 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 d5. Still quite enough to cover for one book!

The Vienna proper I guess only really starts after 4 Nc3 dc/Bb4 5 Bg5 Bb4/dc 6 e4 etc.

4 .. dc allows various mostly non critical QGA's - 5 e3 a6 6 a4 leading to a 7 a4 QGA is probably the strongest (and perhaps a hard line to make too interesting Smiley) - while 4 .. Bb4 allows 5 cd. Still 4 .. dc is probably more Viennese and I'd expect them to use this.

I've been trying this this year and one attraction of this move order at UK club level is getting to play 5 e3 a6 6 Bxc4 b5 etc a lot. This line is interesting and pretty comfortable for black. Making me feel slightly guilty in fact....
  
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Afaik the Vienna Line is 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bb4.
I hope the book will involve an antidote against the exchange line after 4.cd5, which is quite unpleasent for black.


Thought that was the Ragozin, with the Vienna being 4..dxc4, although I suppose that the one may transpose into the other after 4..Bb4 5.Bg5 dxc4.

But the big question for me is what will they recommend on 4.Bg5?  

And, yes, I suppose this discussion, belongs in the d4 d5 section.
  
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Afaik the Vienna Line is 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bb4.
I hope the book will involve an antidote against the exchange line after 4.cd5, which is quite unpleasent for black.
  

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Is 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.e5 Ng4 6.Bc6 dc6 7.h3 Nh6 8.g4 covered? This certainly looks like a critical variation for Black.


Kolev gives 8..Bg7 9.d3 0-0 10.Qe2 Qb6 !?  "Now the bishop is pinned to c1 and White is suddenly faced with a difficult problem: how to disentangle his pieces. All plausible choices do not look encouraging."
a) 11.Bd2 b) 11.b3 and c) 11.Kf1 or 0-0  are below-mentioned with one short variation.
  

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Sure, it is covered extensively.

I'm sorry to say that the books for USA disappeared somewhere along the route and have never arrived in Boston. We are trying to trace them, but there are holidays, weekend etc.
  
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Is 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.e5 Ng4 6.Bc6 dc6 7.h3 Nh6 8.g4 covered? This certainly looks like a critical variation for Black.
  
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The Easiest Sicilian flew today to Boston. It is there.
  
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So this book will be avaliable in the US in June correct?
  
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So incredibly superiour you are Semko! Your the leading chesspublisher of the world right now.
 

True.

Novosibirsk wrote on 05/01/08 at 18:53:30:
I must also agree with an earlier post that a book on the KID would be fantastic. What about this title :

"The Kings Indian strikes back!!"     Smiley
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[quote author=Semko link=1207245342/60#71 date=1209542503] What about this title :
"The Kings Indian strikes back!!"     Smiley

I will disclose a secret: Nedev wanted a book "The Novosibirsk strikes back!!" I'm sure you would love that! But, alas, The Novosibirsk variation ended up in the back closet of The Easiest Sicilian. But of course I'm already thinking about "The Kings Indian strikes back"
  
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We expect from Mikhalcishin/Beliavsky a book on The Petrosian System against the Queen's Indian - 4.a3.
We also plan a sharp Black repertoire against 1 d4, based on the Vienna Variation. The book will include also a sharp repertoire against the Catalan. But it is still on the drawing board.


So incredibly superiour you are Semko! Your the leading chesspublisher of the world right now.

I must also agree with an earlier post that a book on the KID would be fantastic. What about this title :

"The Kings Indian strikes back!!"     Smiley

One of  your book I really love is the repertoire book based on Karpov as black. But its time for a second edition here.

Some parts can be deeper. The chapter on the english opening could have somtheing on Kostens move order

1.c4 e5 2. g3!?

Or why not a repertoire book . Karpov as white ??

Another wish I have from Ches Star opening is a very strong and annoying Bb5  repertoire against hte sicilian.

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The book is now available. Cheesy
  

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Semko wrote on 04/30/08 at 14:07:38:
When Rajabov tells me he wants to write a book on the KID, I'll let you know...

Did you ever ask him? You know: "You dont get what you dont ask for" - Khasimdzanov would be an promising alternative. Get it going - I´ll buy it  Smiley
  
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Novosibirsk wrote on 04/26/08 at 20:30:35:
Should I buy the book immediately or should I wait 6 months for the second edition ?

In both cases you will be absolutely up-to-date.



Now that is a great response.  This may well be my new favorite post.

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When Rajabov tells me he wants to write a book on the KID, I'll let you know...
  
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Look forward to the Sveshnikov repertoire text and to the Vienna repertoire tome too.

Plaudits on the continuing high standard of output by your company. Impressive.

Regarding earlier comments, I do think a KID book  would sell well, so perhaps an idea for Chess Stars to consider...?

Mik/Bel haven't received very good reviews thus far so hope the editing hand is a firm one there.

Nice reply to Novisibirsk by the way.

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We expect from Mikhalcishin/Beliavsky a book on The Petrosian System against the Queen's Indian - 4.a3.
We also plan a sharp Black repertoire against 1 d4, based on the Vienna Variation. The book will include also a sharp repertoire against the Catalan. But it is still on the drawing board.
  
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I echo someone else's sentiments when I say a great 1. d4 book would be awesome, preferably something sharp like the KID or Grunfeld. A new KID book is definitely needed anyway, all the KID books were written before Radjabov really brought it back, at least in my eyes.
  
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I am quite shure the book is excellent. Chess stars has produced so far the finest opening books available. Woulb be interesting which book was written by Beljavski/Michaltschisin. Any other books planed?
  
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Should I buy the book immediately or should I wait 6 months for the second edition ?

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I was curious to see Spasov's variations. They seem dated about as much as Rogozenko's book on the Sveshnikov and recommend in many topical lines things, that The Easiest Sicilian writes to be bad. The first example I saw was the game:

Almasi,Z (2650) - Shirov,A (2726) [B33]
Bundesliga 2004-5 Porz GER (6), 12.12.2004

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.Bd3 Be6 12.c3 Bg7 13.Nxb5 axb5 14.Bxb5 Bd7 15.exf5 0-0 16.0-0 Kh8!? 17.a4 f6...
The Easiest Sicilian proposes a totally new plan, because the one of the game is dubious.
I will leave the comparisons to the readers, because we try to produce other good books, too, and I'm rather busy.
To put an end to Spasov's insinuations, I will say that Chess Stars signs contracts with the authors and pays an advance from 6 months to even 2 years (as with Dreev's book) before a book is finally printed.
Now we expect a book from A. Mikhalcishin and A. Beliavsky and I hope that some of their club friends will not claim a part of the authorshiop.

  
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A long time ago I was approached by GM Kolev for working on a book about Sveshnikov. I was surprised when my name as a cooauthor of the this book dissappeared a couple of months ago. I was working with Kolev on the variations and some months ago I was eliminated as an author of the book. So, I decided to publish some of the work we have done together on this book. Here are the PGN files (because of restrictions i will post them in 5 posts.
GM Vasil Spasov

The truth is quite different: GM Spasov has never spoken (or written) to me - the publisher - in the last 10 or more years. Kolev himself proposed him as a coauthor more than a year ago since they used to analyse together these systems. Then last summer Kolev  complained that GM Spasov, who probably has not published a word in his life, was too lazy to write anything and was useless as an author. Then he started looking for a more conscientious worker and chose GM Nedev. That was in July 2007. Since then the book began taking shape, a lot of novelties have been discovered to meet Khalifman's idea and also Anand's idea in Linares. I was in constant touch with the authors, we analysed together as I'm an exigent editor, and I can assure you that Spasov has nothing to do with at least the most important parts of the book. Of course if I knew that he felt bitter, I would have cleared things before printing. But obviously, Spasov was too lazy even to leave me a message. 
Now you can better understand why we published 2 books on the Sveshnikov - because it is so difficult to find serious, thorough authors, that we cannot define beforehand our publishing plans. We take any valuable material, when it shows up.

  
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I have also downloaded these pgn.files of GM Spasov's. Interestingly, if these 5 files are merged into the one database, and then all the games are selected, followed by the command "Print Selection", then it would take 47 pages to print out all the information in these files, excluding diagrams.

The annotations are mainly Informator-style, with very little prose. This has the disadvantage that players at the lower-rated end of the market may find the material too advanced, but the advantage of much more detailed analyse more than compensates for this.

The only reason I can find for Kolev's controversial decision to exclude Spasov from recognition of his co-authorship in the book is the complete lack of games from 2007 in his game selection, but in my opinion this is not a serious issue, given that Sveshnikov theory has not changed tremendously in the past year.

A very bizarre decision by Kolev indeed...






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I have also downloaded these pgn.files of GM Spasov's. Interestingly, if these 5 files are merged into the one database, and then all the games are selected, followed by the command "Print Selection", then it would take 47 pages to print out all the information in these files, excluding diagrams.

The annotations are mainly Informator-style, with very little prose. This has the disadvantage that players at the lower-rated end of the market may find the material too advanced, but the advantage of much more detailed analyse more than compensates for this.

The only reason I can find for Kolev's controversial decision to exclude Spasov from recognition of his co-authorship in the book is the complete lack of games from 2007 in his game selection, but in my opinion this is not a serious issue, given that Sveshnikov theory has not changed tremendously in the past year.

A very bizarre decision by Kolev indeed...



  

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I have downloaded the pgn.files and must say that I am very impressed by the quality of the analyses in these files. Is all of the analyses in these files given in "The Easiest Sicilian"? If so, then I am surprised that Kolev did not at least mention Mr. Spasov's significant contribution to this book.
  
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A long time ago I was approached by GM Kolev for working on a book about Sveshnikov. I was surprised when my name as a cooauthor of the this book dissappeared a couple of months ago. I was working with Kolev on the variations and some months ago I was eliminated as an author of the book. So, I decided to publish some of the work we have done together on this book. Here are the PGN files (because of restrictions i will post them in 5 posts.
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To be honest I cant really see any problem with the 2 books - and Khalifman himself makes no claim he will beat the Sveshnikov, admitting the most White can hope for is a slight edge in the critical lines.
  
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How about a book like " The Mercedes Nimzowitsch" or "The Porsche Grunfeld" Wink


or "The Accepted Queen's Gambit" - available from all good Chess Stars stockists
  

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During the last 18 months I "inhaled" "The Safest Sicilian" from page 1 to page 218. With the help of databases and playing on the internet I even enlarged the given lines, for example: Part 3 6.Be3 --> 11.Qd4 (Khalifman). Books like "the easiest sicilian" or "the sharpest sicilian" are interesting for sure, but honestly I´d like to buy a book against 1.d4. How about a book like " The Mercedes Nimzowitsch" or "The Porsche Grunfeld" Wink
  

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I have seen the contents of this book on the Niggemann site, and I am quite impressed by the detail of them; for the Positional Variation, the contents page has sub-sections for move 18 and beyond!

I also can't wait to have Kolev/Nedev's recommendation against the Rossolimo - it is a very tricky line for Black players! (The Rossolimo, not their recommendation).

It's also good to note that they give plenty of back-up lines in case one of their recommendations doesn't stand the test of time.
  
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Kolevs simple solution is very interesting:

"The so-called Positional variation
against the Sveshnikov has become
lately the first choice of White
players of all levels. A quick check
in my database shows that in
2006-2008 it occurred two times
more often than the lines with 9
¥xf6. Apparently fashion, but also
fear of the sharper variations, have
a strong impact on White’s preferences.
Otherwise it is difficult to explain
this fondness of a line which is
too well explored, aspires to a small
positional edge at best, and is often
rather boring . Of course Anand
or Shirov may have every reason to
like it, provided it brings them full
points sometimes, but they have super
technique and deep analyses of
the arising positions and even endgames.
The lower the level, the worse
are White’s statistics.
Below 2400,
first players scored only about 50
percent in the last two years.
Currently I do not see any
serious theoretical problems
for Black."


And he is right !!! The "Khalifman product" tells us: "Come on buy me and I tell you how to beat the Sveshnikov.........but only if you are able to memorize a lot of information....."  (@Matemax: nice idea to give the books a voice  Smiley:-)) And if you are a fulltime-player...

Kolevs book tells us: "I only want to be a new repertoire-book about the Sveshnikov, buy me und hope to get a good game against the "normal" OTB-players .

  

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Semko wrote on 04/26/08 at 19:37:01:
Matemax, I'm confused, too, from the variety of books I see on the market.  We try to keep our titles down to 4-5 per year and publish a book only when the author has something valuable to say. It so happened that I got an interesting proposition from Kolev which competes with Khalifman's Anand 10. Actually, the two books overlap in only one chapter (about 10 pages). We do not try to impose any standpoint on our readers, so it is up to you to solve your dilemma. I suspect, that there is no absolute truth about the variations proposed in both books. Some players will feel comfortably with Khalifman's treatment, others will be happy as Black. The Easiest Sicilian will try to convert more non-Sveshnikov players to Black's camp.

Semko - thank you for your answer!

Its clear for me that a variation like the Sveshnikov will stay alive as long as people will play chess. Its neither winning nor losing - it simply has its pros and cons. On the other hand every product needs something to sell it - the "Khalifman product" tells me: "Come on buy me and I tell you how to beat the Sveshnikov". The "easy product" says: "No, no  - buy me I offer you an easy line which gives you a lot of counterplay". Thats OK! Its simply amazing that both books are coming out very close from the same publisher. Well probably simply due to the opening wings of a butterfly in our chaotic universe.

What I mean is that if you are the publisher its your responsibility to connect your products - they dont stand alone. You gave birth to the Anti-Svesh and to the Pro-Svesh - let them talk with one another!

A lot of chess books are printed every year - we, the chess apostles, are running behind them hoping for the final solution. But after running years and years wisdom finally finds its way: "There is no final solution to be found in books!" Everything is just a flash in time and therefore its up to one self to find the best way. We need books to work with, books to give ideas, books to help us asking the right questions - there will be never ever books with answers.

Conclusion: Wouldnt it be better to show one variation (eg Sveshnikov), its ideas and possibilities than bringing out two repertoire books - one for white, one for black - within a short time?

Addendum: I am sure the book itself is great (but thats not the problem concerning me)!  Smiley
  
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This sounds very good!!  I have just learned a lesson from the past.
Should I buy the book immediately or should I wait 6 months for the second edition ?
  

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Matemax, I'm confused, too, from the variety of books I see on the market.  We try to keep our titles down to 4-5 per year and publish a book only when the author has something valuable to say. It so happened that I got an interesting proposition from Kolev which competes with Khalifman's Anand 10. Actually, the two books overlap in only one chapter (about 10 pages). We do not try to impose any standpoint on our readers, so it is up to you to solve your dilemma. I suspect, that there is no absolute truth about the variations proposed in both books. Some players will feel comfortably with Khalifman's treatment, others will be happy as Black. The Easiest Sicilian will try to convert more non-Sveshnikov players to Black's camp.
  
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Bibs wrote on 04/23/08 at 07:58:42:
To translate for those unfamiliar with skateboard-speak.

'sick' = good.


Thanks Bibs, sometimes I forget that not everyone talks surfer. Cheesy
  
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On schachversand.de you can find a .pdf source with the contents and the foreword. Yes it is the Svesh all over and against the Rossolimo 3.Bb5 Nf6.
  

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Dear publisher Chess stars!

So what now?

Should I believe Khalifman proves an edge against the Sveshnikov?

or

Should I believe the Sveshnikov is easy to play and hopefully not losing?

I mean within 3 month Chess Stars brings out two books on the Sveshnikov - one claiming the white side, the other one showing blacks.

I feel confused  Huh

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The authors propose major novelties in practically all topical lines. The repertoire avoids solid, but passive variations. They are left for backup lines while the authors' recommendation goes for the most challenging options.


Hmm - so they got the Khalifman book and worked it over to make a black repertoire?

I am really confused  Shocked

But I am open for a good answer  Smiley
  
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Here is the cover of the book (and an apologise is nice too, because as an old gold member who started this thread, a bit of respect is nice, and I am not coming to foruns to tell lies or invent things. I sugest that before someone starts to attack me in the future, it is better to first see my history of posts on the forum or investigate the new books first. A private message is another option).



The book presents a Black repertoire with 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6, based on the most aggressive Sveshnikov lines. It also covers The Rossolimo (3 Bb5) and Alapin (3 c3). The material is up-to-date to April 10. The authors propose major novelties in practically all topical lines. The repertoire avoids solid, but passive variations. They are left for backup lines while the authors' recommendation goes for the most challenging options. "Currently I do not see any serious theoretical problems for Black" claims Kolev in the foreword. In the Rossolimo the authors also share completely new ideas, developed by them.

The book as a chapter on the Rossolimo (3.Bb5) and rare lines 3.c3 and 3.Cc3 Cf6 e5 too.
I am very much looking forward to this book!

 

  

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I apologise about our "historical" conversation with MNb. Semko is wright, this is not the proper place for it.
  As for the book, i assume that there will be coverage not only in the Svesh suff but on the Anti-Svesh also? We'll find out soon. The "problem" is that Chess Stars published an anti-Sveshnikov (that of Khalifman series) and a Sveshnikov book in short time, makind the Khalifman book dated so soon! (I remember also the issue about the recent 1b book of Kramnik series got dated by some Radjabov novelties....). I guess this phenomeno is unavoidable in the modern chess times!
  
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I am very much looking forward to this book! It's already been a year since the last book on the Sveshnikov was published...
  
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The book is being printed and will be ready in a couple of days. I'll put the index of variations at our site maybe tomorrow. I cannot remeber another Chess Stars book with so many major novelties in it. I t is early to say how many of them will survive the test of practice, but the authors have tried their best.
Please,moderator, sweep out the "historical stuff" from this thread. I have a diploma in history, but I would discuss such topics in other forums. Thanks.
  
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Returning to the forthcoming book "The Easiest Sicilian": What do you think the authors will recommend against the most fashionable variation against the Sveshnikov, 9.Nd5? It will be interesting to see where they improve over Khalifman's excellent analyses in OFWATA 10.
  
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Maybe my English doesn't help to express exactly what i want to say. Sad

People from FYROM do claim that Alexander the Great was not a Greek (they have named their airport after him!) and they present some biogenetical research that has come to such a conclusion! (researches that have no serious scientific backgroung).They don't claim that they are speaking Greek, but "Macedonian", a language that every serious glossologist can say that doesn't exist! Their language is a mix of Bulgarian and Serbian and the historical Macedonian language is one of the oldest forms of the Ancient Greek (that of course are not completelly different that modern Greek!)
  There is no way that a philosopher like Aristotelis would ever go to teach a "Barbarian". Athenians and other Greek considered Macedonians Greek as well, and that is well known.

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Have you done statistical analysis in FYROM/Slav Macedonia to support such a ridiculous statement?


Not a statistical analysis, but discussions with some "Slav-Macedonians" who are studing at Greek univercities that i study also. They are worried about this phenomeno also.

So my friend, at the bottom line,you think that Greece is right because we want the FYROM to be called "Slav/Nothern Macedonia" or something like that and they are wrong because thay want to be called"Macedonia" only! These serious issues can be solved with proper knowledge of history (about Netherland also), which i think that the most of people in Europe doesn't care (about history).
  
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Ametanoitos wrote on 04/17/08 at 12:53:06:
You cannot claim the history, the language or the name of another nation (that brought the lights to the Western Civilation) as yours. We are proud about the Alexander the Great the Macedonian who conquered and civilized the ancient world who of course was not a Slav but a Greek!


Shame on many Western-Europeans then, as we claim Greek history at our schools as well. I am not aware of any inhabitant of FYROM etc. claiming they are speaking Greek. As far as I know this is the official language of Hellas (in Dutch called Griekenland btw, shame on us again) and was the language of that area some 2500 years ago, though completely different from Modern Greek. Neither am I aware of anyone anywhere in the world claiming Alexander the Great not being Greek. It is interesting though that his contemporary fellow-Greeks in Athens and other cities did recognize him as a Greek.

Ametanoitos wrote on 04/17/08 at 12:53:06:
But now everyone when hears the word "Macedonian" don't think of ancient Greeks but a Slav nation!


Well, the civilians of Athens etc. did not think of Greeks either when hearing the word "Macedonian"! They thought of "barbarians".
Ametanoitos wrote on 04/17/08 at 12:53:06:
Can 1,5 million people (that are Slavs) decide to call themselves Macedonians, that speak Macedonian and come directly from the Ancient Macedonians (which is the most ridiculus claim of course!) and 7 million people who really are Macedonians do nothing?  What about them?


Yes, yes, no (their ancestors arrived in the Middle Ages), no (why?), call themselves Greek-Macedonians (or South Macedonians) and the others Slav-Macedonians (or Northern Macedonians).

Ametanoitos wrote on 04/17/08 at 12:53:06:
And what about the claims that they want the "whole" Macedonia to get free (meaning to unite the Greek Macedonia and some small regions in Bulgaria and Albania.)


One of the demands of becoming member of the EU is solving problems like this peacefully. In the same way The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany deal with their disputes and claims. Greece/Hellas is a member of both the EU and the NATO. If FYROM/Macedonia ever gets the ridiculous idea to conquer Greek/South Macedonia and the other regions by force it will suffer like Serbia not too long ago. At the other hand I don't think North/Slav-Macedonian idiots dreaming of a Greater Slav Macedonia will give up their foolish ideas if the rest of the world starts calling this country Vardarska, a name that gives my tongue severe problems.

Ametanoitos wrote on 04/17/08 at 12:53:06:
Maybe you have not a problem, but i have a problem when my neighbors raise their chlids and make them believe that they are a nation who's most part is slave to Greece or Bulgaria or i don't know who else...


Have you done statistical analysis in FYROM/Slav Macedonia to support such a ridiculous statement?

Ametanoitos wrote on 04/17/08 at 12:53:06:
If someone want to be a part of the EU or the NATO or the UN or any other international organization ,has to respect the other participants.


Sure, so no changes of borders. Accepting this idea is mandatory for Macedonia and there is nobody in the EU or NATO (probably not even in Turkey, that other old enemy) who is willing to give this up

Ametanoitos wrote on 04/17/08 at 12:53:06:
We respect our neighbors and (although that is wrong, because their historical name is "Vardarska" or something like that...) we let them have in their name the word "Macedonia", but in a way that all the other people can seperate them from the ancient Greek nation of the Macedonia. What is wrong with that?


Nothing. That's why I did proposals like Slav-Macedonia and North Macedonia.

Ametanoitos wrote on 04/17/08 at 12:53:06:
And don't tell me that The Netherlands have such deep historical backgrounds!

It has. It is just that civilization started a few ages later, about 2000 years ago when the Romans occupied the southern part of the country. But Dutchies usually do not make a fuzz about it, though there are some Dutch idiots as well (and this time I am not thinking of Wilders). Heck, we don't even make problems about the fact that English speaking people could not seperate The Netherlands (their inhabitants are officially called Nederlanders) from Germany! The people from that country call themselves Deutsche, from which the word Dutch is derived. And WW-2 is far more recent than the time some Slav tribes conquered North-Macedonia, so the Dutch have better reasons to feel hurt being called Dutch and not Netherlandish than the Greek by some Slav people calling themselves Macedonians.

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You cannot claim the history, the language or the name of another nation (that brought the lights to the Western Civilation) as yours. We are proud about the Alexander the Great the Macedonian who conquered and civilized the ancient world who of course was not a Slav but a Greek! But now everyone when hears the word "Macedonian" don't think of ancient Greeks but a Slav nation! Can 1,5 million people (that are Slavs) decide to call themselves Macedonians, that speak Macedonian and come directly from the Ancient Macedonians (which is the most ridiculus claim of course!) and 7 million people who really are Macedonians do nothing?  What about them?

And what about the claims that they want the "whole" Macedonia to get free (meaning to unite the Greek Macedonia and some small regions in Bulgaria and Albania.) Maybe you have not a problem, but i have a problem when my neighbors raise their chlids and make them believe that they are a nation who's most part is slave to Greece or Bulgaria or i don't know who else...

If someone want to be a part of the EU or the NATO or the UN or any other international organization ,has to respect the other participants.  We respect our neighbors and (although that is wrong, because their historical name is "Vardarska" or something like that...) we let them have in their name the word "Macedonia", but in a way that all the other people can seperate them from the ancient Greek nation of the Macedonia. What is wrong with that? And don't tell me that the Netherlands have such deep historical backgrounds!
  
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Ametanoitos wrote on 04/11/08 at 23:31:26:
Macedonia is a Greek name. Alexander the Greak spoke Greek. The Macedonians speak only Greek 3000 years now! There is not such a language as Macedonian! If i go to England and live there and i speak Greek in 200-300 years i'll tell everybody that my language is called "Londonian?", that's ridicullus! There are more than 6 million people in Greece that are living in a region called Macedonia in Greece and some Slavs want to persuade the whole world to believe they are the true Macedonians! How is it posible a minority to claim the whole?


Compare
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holland%2C_Lincolnshire

You won't hear complain us people from Holland (either Northern, Southern or from the rest of the country officially called The Netherlands) about this. I don't really get what the fuzz is about. But I am pretty sure you will for always prefer The Netherlands to Holland from now on.
"There is not such a language as Macedonian!"
A bit arrogant to decide for more than 1,5 million people (mainly living in FYROM or Slav-Macedonia or North-Macedonia or whatever), don't you think? Like Germans saying that a language called Dutch does not exist or Dutchies saying that a language called Frisian does not exist.
Let me tell you that one of the ideas of the EU is to grow over silly problems like this. For example hardly anyone knows anymore that The Netherlands has border conflicts with both Germany and Belgium.
  

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Hi, i am rather new to the tournament chess (less than 1 year)

I bought both of the books "the safest and the sharpest". I would like to pointout that this books not only help to learn a specific opening, but also learn to play better chess in general.

These books I have been recommend by a strong Master togheter with the book of Nimzowitch "my system". After studying hard this books I belive that this books (above all the commented games by such strong player) the starchess books helped me more to improve my chess than the famouse "my system book".

The title may seem funy but if somebody like to work hard to improve this books will help. At least I will buy the next one as well even if the title is "the most masochistic sicilian"
  
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A more accurate title would probably be "the Easiest Fashionable Sicilian", although obviously this title is not as catchy.

I can assure you that the Sveshnikov is not easy - it took me quite a few years to master it.
  

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Macedonia is a Greek name. Alexander the Greak spoke Greek. The Macedonians speak only Greek 3000 years now! There is not such a language as Macedonian! If i go to England and live there and i speak Greek in 200-300 years i'll tell everybody that my language is called "Londonian?", that's ridicullus! There are more than 6 million people in Greece that are living in a region called Macedonia in Greece and some Slavs want to persuade the whole world to believe they are the true Macedonians! How is it posible a minority to claim the whole?

How is it possible that the Sveshnikov is the "Easiest Sicilian"? I love the Svesh, i'm going to buy the book as i have done to some other exchellent books of the Chess Stars who have a high quality! But, such titles (and such ridicullus claims by FYROM) i'm afraid that are playing with our intelligence! I say again, i'm not commending on the content of the book, which i expect to be excellent, but on it's title.
  
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JEH wrote on 04/03/08 at 21:05:28:
Hmm, I wonder what's coming next in this series?

The Craziest Sicilian?
The Stupidest Sicilian?
The Coolest Sicilian?


The most underated Sicilian ? 2. ...Qc7.
  
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I personaly cannot wait to see the book, as the quality of the sicilian books was excellent. And the sveschnikov is an excellent opening
  
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The Sveshnikov is easy, in the sense that play is quite straightforward, tends to be very thematic, and there are few mysterious maneuvers / move order nuances / subtle reorganisations compared with other mainstream Sicilians. So I think the title is apt.
  

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Not fully:
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 and now White may also try (apart from 6.Nbd5):

a) 6.Nc6
b) 6.Be2
c) 6.a3


What I mean is that all the anti-sicilians are shared between the two repertoires..., that's a lot of work..., and, even more, is black the one which chooses where to go! Smiley
  

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One interesting thing about the two knights is that is fully compatible with the Sveshnikov move order as far as I can see.

Not fully:
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 and now White may also try (apart from 6.Nbd5):

a) 6.Nc6
b) 6.Be2
c) 6.a3

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I believed that the easiest sicilian was the four knights, explained a bit in the Raetsky book, meeting 1e4. One interesting thing about the two knights is that is fully compatible with the Sveshnikov move order as far as I can see.



  

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Kozul doing a Classical Sicilian repertoire would be wonderful; the "Kozul Suicide Variation" (Richter-Rauzer 7...a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 9.f4 b5) covered by the master himself!


Yes - suicide in chess is easy, I will buy the book for my WHITE repertoire   Grin
  
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Speaking about the Classical Sicilian also Kozul, Wells and Yermolinsky are good candidates for authors i think.


Kozul doing a Classical Sicilian repertoire would be wonderful; the "Kozul Suicide Variation" (Richter-Rauzer 7...a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 9.f4 b5) covered by the master himself!

But I'm not sure he is wise to reveal his analysis while still playing the line against GM opposition; as Yermolinsky wrote Black is taking a huge amount of risk. In Yermo's Explained book too, we can read between the lines that he is holding back some new ideas for Black there, since all his lines end in a White advantage. Unless he has actually given up the line, that is.
  

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I can't help frowning when the Svesj is called The Easiest Sicilian.

Well it is rather thematic and has very few sidelines (or main lines). I think there are 3 or 4 main lines and they deviate quite late. Compare this with the other sicilians with their Yugoslav/English attacks, Sozins, Karpov approaches and Bg5 or Bd3 lines.
  

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Just on the Sveshnikov- just noticed a lot of Russian games with white doing well with nd5 be7 bf6 bf6 and c4 . This seems quite a good choice as Black doesn't get to attack so much !
  
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Re: The Easiest Sicilian
Reply #19 - 04/08/08 at 06:19:03
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Speaking about the Classical Sicilian also Kozul, Wells and Yermolinsky are good candidates for authors i think. Of course I can understand that it is difficult to find not only autors, but high quality ones. So the only thing remaining is just to wait for better days.

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Re: The Easiest Sicilian
Reply #18 - 04/07/08 at 22:46:09
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Ametanoitos wrote on 04/06/08 at 23:44:06:
Macedonians live in Greece, are Greeks and speak Greek. I don't think that Nedev is a Macedonian so. I know that this is an issue that doesn't fit in this foroum, but i would like to place the things in the right order.


And Holland is situated in England, people living there speak English. This is no joke; an area called Holland does not exit anymore in The Netherlands since 200 years. Limburg is both part from Belgium and The Netherlands; Northern-Brabant and Zeeuws Flanders are Dutch but Brabant itself, Western-Flanders and Eastern-Flanders are Belgian. Also French-Flanders exists. Geldern is a town in Germany, Upper-Gelre does not exist anymore and Gelre or Gelderland is a province in The Netherlands.
So the Dutch and the Belgians have no difficulties to distinguish both Macedonia's (the Slav and the Greek one).

I can't help frowning when the Svesj is called The Easiest Sicilian.
  

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Re: The Easiest Sicilian
Reply #17 - 04/07/08 at 21:09:27
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I'm afraid that only Dreev could (and should) write the Classical Sicilian, but he has not even hinted about such intention. We can publish only things that are avialable. Sometimes I manage to persuade some players (on a friendly basis) to share the contents of their notebook with the audience, but it is hard to find writers. The problem, of course, is that the readers remained too scarse...
  
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Reply #16 - 04/07/08 at 20:53:04
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Wait to read the book and we'll speak again about the title. There is no other major Sicilian which is only one index (B33) and where you could predict with 80% probabilty what position you'll get on move 18. You read the chapter about the positional variation and there you are - ready to test it. This is the biggest plus and the biggest drawback of the Sveshnikov - it is so poor of strategical ideas, that you soon want to refresh it with another Sicilian. By the way, the repertoire is quite active and Black will hardly fail under positional press. More likely he will emerge a pawn down, but with some iniitative.
Anyway, I still have some work over the book, prepress, cover, checking etc. Save your comments for a while please.
By the way, I speak with Nedev in Bulgarian, but I do not make any fuss of that. I hope that chess is an international language.
  
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Reply #15 - 04/07/08 at 15:29:54
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In my opinion the Svech is only for exprienced players.
  
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Re: The Easiest Sicilian
Reply #14 - 04/07/08 at 10:45:28
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Hello,
I think that publishers also could think about releasing a new book about Classical Richter Rauzer Sicilian. Maybe a title like "The Hardest Sicilian" would be appropriate  Wink. There are not so many books on this interesting variation on the market. For now I know only a couple of books and here is the list:
1) The Complete Richter-Razuer - Wells, Osnos, 1998
2) Easy Guide to the Classical Sicilian - Yrjola, 2000
3) Starting Out Classical Sicilian - Raetsky, Chetverik, 2007
4) Chess Explained: Classical Sicilian - Yermolinsky, 2006
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Re: The Easiest Sicilian
Reply #13 - 04/07/08 at 09:25:24
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The Sveshnikov is really the easiest Sicilian?


I have to question the title too. I don't think it's easy at all. Maybe you could have made that claim before Kramnik, Leko, Shirov, Van Wely, and Radjabov took it up, but now?

I think his is an unfortunate choice that reflects the overall bias of the market, publishers release about three of the thrilling kind (Najdorf, Svesh, Dragon) for every one positional sicilian book. A Scheveningen book would have been interesting, or even an O'Kelly (I think that may be more deserving of the title "easiest."). AT LEAST the book should be about something like the Lowenthal or Kalishnikov (Moiseenko, baby!).

The Svesh has been losing a lot of late so I think it's an unfortunate choice, as any improvements will probably be obsolete by the time us Yanks get ahold of it!
  

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Re: The Easiest Sicilian
Reply #12 - 04/07/08 at 06:28:30
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Semko wrote on 04/06/08 at 21:30:08:
I'd like to see maybe the Scheveningen


So would I.  I nominate Movsesian and Stellwagen, just off the top of my head    Cheesy
  
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Reply #11 - 04/07/08 at 05:32:57
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Ametanoitos wrote on 04/06/08 at 23:44:06:
Macedonians live in Greece, are Greeks and speak Greek.


Those that live in the other Macedonia (the one that is a country) generally speak Macedonian (a Slavic tongue).
  
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Re: The Easiest Sicilian
Reply #10 - 04/06/08 at 23:44:06
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It sounds as an interesting book. The Sveshnikov is really the easiest Sicilian? GM Short also thought so but Shirov said that he doesn't have a clue about what is going on in some of the lines even after he read the great book of Rogozenko. I also have the same doubts whith Shirov. If Black doesn't be very well prepared he'll be positionally killed!

Also i'd like to correct this Quote:
and Nedev(a mecedonian GM)
Macedonians live in Greece, are Greeks and speak Greek. I don't think that Nedev is a Macedonian so. I know that this is an issue that doesn't fit in this foroum, but i would like to place the things in the right order.
  
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Re: The Easiest Sicilian
Reply #9 - 04/06/08 at 23:31:12
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No more sicilian books apart from the ones mentioned? I had hoped someone like Milov or Rublesky would cover the Sicilian Kan. In any case I am looking forward to an update on the Safest Sicilian and the new book the Easiest Sicilian. Semko are any books on the Petroff or French planned?
  
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Re: The Easiest Sicilian
Reply #8 - 04/06/08 at 21:30:08
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The Easiest Sicilian will be printed towards the end of April (hopefully). It is by Kolev and GM Nedev, and , indeed, it is based on the Sveshnikov - the most critical and aggressive lines for Black. There are also 40 pages on the Rossolimo - 3.Bb5 Nf6!?

NO more Sicilians are planned so far, neither stupid, or sophysticated. Unless someone decides to revive the Dragon, but I doubt it. The three books cover most of the resonable Sicilian repertoire. I'd like to see maybe the Scheveningen, but I have not had any proposition on that theme. I'll be able to present the Contents in about a week.
  
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Reply #7 - 04/05/08 at 01:31:20
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boki wrote on 04/04/08 at 11:48:49:
As this book is supossed to be written by Kolev and Nedev(a mecedonian GM) and Nedev played exclusevly the Sveschnikov in the last year I suppose it will be the Schveschnikov as an Repertoire book. Smiley


According to megabase, there's a Bulgarian player named Georgi Nedev.  Wonder if it might be him?

  
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As this book is supossed to be written by Kolev and Nedev(a mecedonian GM) and Nedev played exclusevly the Sveschnikov in the last year I suppose it will be the Schveschnikov as an Repertoire book. Smiley
  
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Reply #5 - 04/04/08 at 11:24:43
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Your timing is off by a day, unless I am not finding something on the chess-stars homepage...


Take it easy and I sugest that you watch page 2 of Niggemann store.
  

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Reply #4 - 04/04/08 at 08:45:35
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Hmmm, very strange. I tried to find information about this book, but without suscess. Where you found this info?
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Your timing is off by a day, unless I am not finding something on the chess-stars homepage...
  
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Reply #2 - 04/03/08 at 22:34:05
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Grin Grin Grin
  

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Re: The Easiest Sicilian
Reply #1 - 04/03/08 at 21:05:28
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Hmm, I wonder what's coming next in this series?

The Craziest Sicilian?
The Stupidest Sicilian?
The Coolest Sicilian?
  

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The Easiest Sicilian
04/03/08 at 17:55:42
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There is a new book called "The Easiest Sicilian" by Atanas Kolev and Nedev for Chess Stars announced for 15/5
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6

It will be Classical Sicilian?  Undecided
  

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