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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #106 - 10/24/08 at 01:31:05
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Jacob Aagaard wrote on 08/23/08 at 13:53:10:
I have uploaded an excerpt. You can either find it on our site, or go directly through http://www.qualitychessbooks.com/uploadimages/39683.36646664351TheBerlinWallInte...

  The link does not work. Do you have a good one, as the book is not yet available in the US.
  
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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #105 - 10/24/08 at 01:16:07
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Jacob Aagaard wrote on 10/07/08 at 15:22:10:
If you are in the US you can usually buy our books from Chess for less at their publication.


 The book is still not out in the US. Amazon does not have it.
  
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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #104 - 10/19/08 at 22:04:58
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slates wrote on 10/17/08 at 23:07:33:
My copy arrived in the post today and it looks superb.  I'm ditching my Caro Kann and recently bought Marin's Open Games 2nd edition book in preparation for this as I'm determined to follow the commonly offered advice that learning 1...e5 should be something all chess players undergo.  


Ditching the Caro-Kann? That sadens me  Sad
  

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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #103 - 10/18/08 at 15:09:49
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I'll receive my copy for Christmas  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
  
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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #102 - 10/17/08 at 23:07:33
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My copy arrived in the post today and it looks superb.  I'm ditching my Caro Kann and recently bought Marin's Open Games 2nd edition book in preparation for this as I'm determined to follow the commonly offered advice that learning 1...e5 should be something all chess players undergo. I am confident that once I stop losing to the Kings Gambit et al (and I'm slowly improving in that area) this mighty tome will be the one that I refer to again and again. It really does look fantastic.  
Shame about the 'missing' introduction, and the lack of semi colons that John Cox pointed out is indeed rather odd but quite insignificant; the chess content is mouth watering.  
  
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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #101 - 10/17/08 at 22:41:49
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My copy arrived this week, and it certainly lives up to my expectations.
The book is bound to be a classic.
The ideas in the Berlin are set out in the first 135 pages.
The second part consists of 180 pages of a more theoretical nature.
But even in the second part there is a thematic approach with ample explanation of ideas.
It seems that the reader gets two books for the price of one  Smiley
This might well be the book of the year 2008

Of course I also wondered a bit if some part of my analyses on the Parker-Howell game had landed in the book.
Actually it is not in the analyses of the Parker-Howell game,
but in the annotations on Fritz-Kramnik (note to move 24).
There you can find one of the variations (variation II.2 C.1)

http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1201632403/#12

Since John was probably pressed for space (despite having 318 pages) the explanation of the line is a bit sparse.
So the Berlin student should find some additional material in the
endgame thread above.
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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #100 - 10/07/08 at 15:22:10
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If you are in the US you can usually buy our books from Chess for less at their publication.
  
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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #99 - 10/07/08 at 05:05:28
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all this praise and I still have to wait another month before amazon sends me my copy... grrr  Cry
  
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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #98 - 10/07/08 at 01:39:14
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I noticed also that 13.Be3 is an improvement on 13.b4 i gave in an earlier post but i don't think tha things are so easy! OK, there in not a draw after 13...Ba6 14.Rd1 (14.Re1?! Nxc5 15.Rd1!? Ne6 16.Qxd5?? Rad8! -+) 14...Be2 15.Re1 Ba6 16.Nd2 but i think that 14...Qg6! is pretty strong! Be2-Bf3 is a serious threat and i see here good compensation for Black (15.Nd2 doesn't seem to stop this idea).
 At least this variation is very interesting, with huge practical value (lots of traps) and it is unclear to me how white can claim a safe advantage.
 I think i made a little contribution to an exchellent work on the Berln (in a "fantasy" second edition maybe you will mention 8...Nxe4! Smiley).

The Endgame section is undoubtly an outstanding piece of work. You should be proud about that mr Cox!
  
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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #97 - 10/06/08 at 18:45:24
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Ametanoitos, returning to your 8...Nxe4, I think you are right that the tactics work for Black. Especially 9 dc Re8 10 Qd4 Qe7 11 Nxc6 Qe6 12 Nb4? Nxf2+ 13 Kxf2 Qe2+ 14 Kg3 Re4 15 h3 Rxd4 16 cxd4 Bxh3! and so on.

I think White must settle for 12 00 Qxc6 13 Be3, but is that such a bad result? White is a pawn up, after all, and the tactics have come to an end. I would say White has some advantage.

On a happier - well, a different - note, I noticed that Black lost in the 4NCL game Emms-Ledger at the weekend by making exactly the mistake I warned against in Chapter 2 when discussing Palac-Hracek, and also that the game Jakovenko-Alekseev concluded with Black losing the same endgame, although arrived at by a different route so that perhaps Black couldn't have saved himself late on. The pawn ending which ended this game is also in the book, under Deep Fritz-Kramnik, but I think Black may have just been lost anyway even when he allowed it.
  
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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #96 - 10/05/08 at 22:02:51
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proustiskeen wrote on 10/02/08 at 14:59:35:
I have the book.  I don't have the 2nd edition.  The pdfs were up there for people like me who bought the book before the 2nd edition came out.  Why the snark?  (Or why not just read my request before the snark?)


Sorry; as I read your post, it looked like you were one of those who fairly frequently come here to beg for information from the pages of books they don't own.  It's a fine line between that and just asking what is covered in a book of course.  Anyway, sorry again for misunderstanding.
  

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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #95 - 10/05/08 at 20:43:46
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Antillian wrote on 10/03/08 at 18:55:42:
Jacob Aagaard wrote on 10/03/08 at 07:53:04:
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I look forward to Jan Markos: Beat the KID. Will this be on the Makogonov?


Still, it's a good question...
  

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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #94 - 10/04/08 at 10:08:05
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It would better to create a thread called: "Quality chess, hello J.Aagaard, please give informations about your books..."
  

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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #93 - 10/03/08 at 18:59:23
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My friends, i think this post is about the Berlin!
  
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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #92 - 10/03/08 at 18:55:42
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Jacob Aagaard wrote on 10/03/08 at 07:53:04:
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I look forward to Jan Markos: Beat the KID. Will this be on the Makogonov?
  

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