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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #121 - 09/14/09 at 13:33:02
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The book has been nominated for the ECF's Book Of The Year Award for 2009
  
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Reply #120 - 08/22/09 at 11:58:23
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I am not a big fan of the Berlin but it seems that the recents results are really bad at high level! I don't have a list in front of me but there were 2 games by Carlsen, Vachier-Lagrave against Caruana, Smeets - Mc Shane at the Staunton Memorial, and somes other games.
  
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Reply #119 - 02/21/09 at 11:23:37
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A great book! Respect!
  
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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #118 - 01/29/09 at 20:27:52
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Greetings,

I see that there are two editions mentioned on this site:
The Cheapest Book

Does this mean the second edition - or, at least, printing - will include the corrigenda (puctuation, missing Introduction) and, perhaps, addenda (additional material from the above-mentioned ChessPub thread)?

Between this book and Emms' Play The Open Games As Black, 1...,e5 players are "sorted"!  Cool

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Reply #117 - 11/21/08 at 02:04:20
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I just got my copy from ChessCafe / USCF Sales yesterday -- very speedy delivery (to the East Coast anyway) but no real savings, even for USCF members (especially considering the shipping fees).  ChessCafe's service is always excellent, though, so if you don't mind the price I can recommend them.
http://uscfsales.com/item.asp?cID=0&PID=2782
Looks like a very balanced portrait of the opening with lots of very interesting endgames.  In fact, I think White wins most of the games in the book, which is probably accurate to reality but not a great selling point for the opening.
  
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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #116 - 11/18/08 at 00:05:24
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Amazon did finally send me my copy of the book on friday 11/14 so I got it two full weeks after promised deliver and a month after they charged me for it. Anyways, it looks AWESOME I can't wait to start reading it after work tomorrow so I recommend you rush find a way to get it Smiley
  
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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #115 - 11/17/08 at 18:34:31
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I've never encountered a book so hard to order before! Cheesy

Had it preordered at browseforbooks, when suddenly they realise they can't provide it...

Checked a danish game store in Cph and then skaksalg online - nothing.

Then tried amazon, only to find out it wouldn't arrive until April/May 2009.

Saw this thread and then went for schachdepot, only to finally run into: "Zur Zeit bieten wir Ihnen nur eine Versandart an. Deutsche Post Deutsche Post Es ist leider kein Versand in dieses Land möglich"

-Doesn't Deutsche Post know where Sweden is?? Merkwürdig  Shocked

And now I'm tired of wasting time registering for online stores that can't deliver.


Hey John, still wanna trade?  Wink
  
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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #114 - 11/04/08 at 18:18:24
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Forget Amazon...I got this book two days after it was published.
  

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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #113 - 11/03/08 at 07:04:51
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cma6 wrote on 11/02/08 at 19:22:28:
Today Amazon no longer has the book eligible for pre-order. The book is no longer available at all from Amazon.



that is not good... because I preordered it 6 months ago and it was supposed to be here yesterday but I don't even have a tracking number... its still listed in my account as 'deliver by 11/1' and they've already charged my credit card.
  
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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #112 - 11/02/08 at 19:56:52
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Then just try http://www.qulitychess.co.uk or http://www.newinchess.com
On both places the book is available

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Reply #111 - 11/02/08 at 19:22:28
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Today Amazon no longer has the book eligible for pre-order. The book is no longer available at all from Amazon.
  
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Reply #110 - 10/24/08 at 14:55:59
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I got my copy of the book today and was amazed. Still did not have time to check in depth the content but for me it looks like the author raised up the level of all opening books which will be published in the future.
I quite like the style and cross my fingers that in the future we will have more books like this. After looking inside and checking some of the lines where i have some ideas i will share my thoughts.
Anyway, I want to congratulate Jacob & Co and of course the author of the book for the great work they have done.
Now i start wondering when a simmilar book about my belowed Sicilain Rauzer will appear  Roll Eyes Undecided
I am ready to help the potential author with some ideas and pure technical stuff for free, just to have such a book about that variation Wink

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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #109 - 10/24/08 at 12:40:56
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cma6 wrote on 10/24/08 at 01:31:05:
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.


Try this:

http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/productimages/cms/pdf/opening/39683.36646664351The...
  
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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #108 - 10/24/08 at 11:02:02
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cma6 wrote on 10/24/08 at 01:16:07:
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.


Are you sure? It seems "orderable" from Chess4less:

http://www.classicalgames.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=00...
  

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Re: "Berlin Wall" by John Cox
Reply #107 - 10/24/08 at 01:33:17
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A-Tong wrote on 09/27/08 at 08:17:53:
Yesterday I bought this book in a shop. If you take a look to the content:

 https://shop.schachdepot.de//catalog/product_info.php?products_id=2037&osCsid=a6...

you see that Cox had written a book mainly about the endgame- and middlegame structures of this system. So you buy not a repertoirebook. It`s a nice book but not a "normal" openingbook.  

   That is OK, since this "opening" is mostly about the endgame anyway.
  
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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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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.  


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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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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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Reply #100 - 10/07/08 at 15:22:10
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I look forward to Jan Markos: Beat the KID. Will this be on the Makogonov?
  

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Reply #91 - 10/03/08 at 08:55:37
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It's out of main theme, but I have to ask:

WHEN WILL BE FINALY "KINGS GAMBIT" OUT?????? Huh Huh Huh
  
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Reply #90 - 10/03/08 at 08:46:39
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It seems that the issue with 8...Nxe4 is forgotten...Nevertheless this move survived the critical test of analysis with the best players of the club (which speaks of it's practical value!)
   We looked first at 9.dxc5 Re8 10.Qd4 Qe7 11.Bf4 when 11...f6 and 11...Qf6 looked adequate. Then we looked at 11.f3 Qh4+ 12.g3 (which is forced) 12...Qh5 13.Bf4 which seems that allows the strong 13...f6.
   At the end almost everybody decides that 11.Nxc6 has to be best. We concluded that Black's only move is 11...Qe6 and after 12.0-0 Qxc6 13.b4 white has an extraq pawn and maybe is a bit better but....13...Ba6 14.Re1 Nxc5! is nice and 14.Rd1 Be2! 15.Re1 Ba6 again with the threat Nxc5 maybe forced a draw by repetition after 16.Rd1 Be2 etc. Ofcourse Black can play 16...Qg6! with the idea of Be2-Bf3! while also Nxc5 is a threat with the rook on e1.
   By that time there was late and many players decided to go home(!), but everyone had the belief that Black was at least OK. Maybe 13.Be3 is better but the trick with Nxc5 again works and this position with the opposite-colored bishops and the attacking chances with Black cannot be the critical test of 8...Nxe4 and 10...Qe7. What do you think? Smiley
  
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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?)
  
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proustiskeen wrote on 10/02/08 at 06:42:52:
Jacob - any chance you could post the sample chapter on the Evans Gambit from BTOG 2nd ed. on the new website?  I have the first edition, but if I remember, the new version is much more complete.

Thank you.  Sorry for hijacking the thread.


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Reply #85 - 10/02/08 at 10:54:03
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As we are changing the website it will take some weeks before we get the PDF's up again. We have higher priorities, including finishing other books. We are after all a very small company and have to make priorities constantly.
  
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Jacob - any chance you could post the sample chapter on the Evans Gambit from BTOG 2nd ed. on the new website?  I have the first edition, but if I remember, the new version is much more complete.

Thank you.  Sorry for hijacking the thread.
  
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Reply #83 - 10/01/08 at 17:45:18
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Sets a very high standard of opening explanation- I'd suggest that players might like to look at Kaufman initially then look at John's book for the detail. Highly recommended.
  
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Reply #82 - 10/01/08 at 11:58:56
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Two topics

1) Website - we were changing server. www.qualitychessbooks.com will be down another 48 hours - but all it will do after then is to point to www.qualitychess.co.uk, which is up now.

2) Missing pages. $&#!@$(. I hate when it happens. We ditched our printer in 2004 because of this. In the 80.000 books or so we have printed since then, this is only the second time I have heard of this.

Obviously we will replace the book, but there must be some kind of control system. The correct way is to make the shop you bought aware of it and they will replace it. We will then reimburse them.

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Reply #81 - 10/01/08 at 11:30:09
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Yikes. In that case there are some pages missing in your copy and Jacob will need to take this issue up. Mine are fine; I forget how many pages there are but there's definitely a long index of variations and it doesn't end in the middle of a game.

I'll get back to you on 8...Nxe4.
  
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As for the pages "missing" issue. My last page is no312 ending with the move 10...Kg7 without the result of the game, without any conclusions (there is one conclusion after each game) and there are no indexes, no "books to come" as there is in every other qualitychess book i have (for instance i ordered also Questions of Modern Chess theory which haves all these things at the back). So, i suspect that there are some pages missing (maybe only in my copy?  Sad )
  
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OK, i see now the point! I checked with the computer only the lines we analysed at the board. But there is another interesting idea here wich maybe is strong! 9.dxc5 Re8 10.Qd4 Qe7!? now there is no 11.Nf3 trick because of 11...Nd2+ and after 11.f3 (what else? 11.f4 is worse after again 11...Qh4+) 11...Qh4+ 12.f3 Qh5! creating a "deadly" support point for a rook at e2 and protecting f7 at the same time! We analysed then 13.fxe4 Rxe5 14.Nd2 (14.O-O? Rxe4 15.Qf2 Bh3 and 16...Re2 is easy because White is getting mated after 16.Re1 Rxe1 and Qf3!) and now we didn't believed in Black's compesation, but it seems that there is an almost forced win here after 14...Ba6! 15.Qe3 (how to cover e2?) 15...Rae8 16.Kf2 Rxe4 nevertheless!
   Again, i wouldn't mind to play either 8...Bb6 or 8...Bd6 but i think Black has something after 8...Nxe4. The white's position seems a bit suspicious to me, but if tactically doesn't work....that's chess!

Thank's mrCox for your reply. I have enjoyed everyone of your books, and the Berlin Wall raises the stardards of your future works!!!
  
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Reply #78 - 10/01/08 at 08:53:35
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Ametanoitos:

Thanks for your comments.

1.   There aren't any pages missing at the end in the sense of having been accidentally omitted. Why do you think so?

2.    I hope that any references of the type 'the Ivanchuk game' are to a game of Ivanchuk's given in the notes immediately above the reference, earlier in the illustrative game in question. If there are such references that can't be easily traced like this then I agree with you that there shouldn't be.

3.   I agree this is a critical line (4 d3 Bc5 5 c3 00 6 Bc6 dc6 7 Ne5 d5 8 d4 are the moves), but I did think of 8...Nxe4 and I don't think it quite works. After 9 dc Qe8 10 Qd4 f6 11 Nf3 Ng3+ 12 Be3 Nxh1 13 Nbd2 followed by 000 and picking up the knight White is better, and the same after 9...Re8 10 Qd4 Qf6 11 Nf3 Qxd4 12 Nxd4 Ng3+ 13 Be3 Nxh1 14 Kf1 and so forth. I don't think what I gave does necessarily amount to a slight advantage for White though: most people think Black was OK in Volokitin-Cheparinov (presumably including the Topalov/Cheparinov team, since I think this was after Someone (Anand?)-Topalov), which is the other reference I give.
  
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Yes you're right! 10.Qd4 Qf6 11.f3 is not answered by 11...f6 which is illegal ofcourse, but by 11...Rxe5 winning? In this line 9...Qe8 is pretty straightforward with no comlicated lines and after 9...Re8 Black may be better already! I'd like to see your analysis with "the doomed knight on h1". It seems that the critical line is 9.O-O Bd6 10.f3 f6! (this is the sourse of the above typo!) 11.Nd3 Ng5 or the more critical 11.Nxc6 Qe8 12.fxe4 Qxc6 13.exd5 Qxd5 and Black is in excellent shape!
   Analysisng this position at the club we decided that exchanging Queens has to be almost forced for White and we were at first sceptical about Black's compensation after 14.Qb3 Be6! 15.Qxd5 Bxd5 but white has co-ordination problems here and after 16.Nd2 Re8 again Black has to be more than fine! At least we didn't find anything in our "hand-made" analysis and nor did the computer afterwards! Am i missing something?
  
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I don't often post on forums but picked up this book yesterday and have to say it is an absolutely staggering achievement. The layout, the detail, the explanations (135 pages of thematics before you even get to game 1 says it all) and it completely sets the standard that all opening books must aspire to.

With regards to the above posters comment on the 8.d4 Anti-Berlin line I havent looked at this in any detail but it should be said that it has been played by the likes of Anand so it shouldnt be that surprising if there is no guaranteed easy equaliser that early in the game! It's also not clear that 8...Nxe4 is the answer. (in fact one of the lines given by the above poster is even illegal) After 8...Nxe4 there are some sharp lines where if he's not careful Black goes an exchange up but with a probably doomed knight on h1. In fact I'd be quite happy playing the position after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. Bxc6 bxc6 7. Nxe5 d5 8.d4 Bd6 (Vallejo Pons's move) 9. exd5 cxd5 10. O-O Re8 11. Bf4 Ng4 12. Re1 Qf6 13. Bg3 and now maybe Bf5 and it's just a game.

Once again, an outstanding book.

  
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Ametanoitos wrote on 09/30/08 at 23:00:49:
I received my copy yesterday and i'm very pleased with the book. Gongratulations mr Cox and mr Aagard! But, i think that i have some observations to make:

1) It seems that some pages are missing at the end of the book!
2) I'd like to see more new analysis and suggestions at the critical lines of the theory and  more "easy to follow" comments. For example mr Cox says in many places "like the Kramnik game" or "like the Shirov game" for instanse. I' like to see "like the Game ThisGM-ThatGM in page xxx".

3)At a very critical position in the Anti-Berlin at page 280 mr Cox analyses 8.d4 for White and believes that White has a slight advantage, So, this means that Black cannot fully equalise in the d3 anti-Berlin. I'd like to see the author to try hard to discover something "more playable" for Black here and offer us a good suggestion. After some minutes of analysis i found out that in this position Black is not obliged to play 8...Bb6 or 8...Bd6 (the only moves given) but has a nice tactical resourse 8...Nxe4!! with the idea 9.dxc5 Qe8 (9...Re8 may be more promising 10.Qd4 Qf6 11.f3 f6!) and has at least equalised! I would like to see many more of this kind of work and i am dissapointed i didn't....

But i have to admit that the work and effort put in this book (the endgames section is fantastic!) is colossal!



excellent review, I can't wait to get my copy Smiley
  
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I received my copy yesterday and i'm very pleased with the book. Gongratulations mr Cox and mr Aagard! But, i think that i have some observations to make:

1) It seems that some pages are missing at the end of the book!
2) I'd like to see more new analysis and suggestions at the critical lines of the theory and  more "easy to follow" comments. For example mr Cox says in many places "like the Kramnik game" or "like the Shirov game" for instanse. I' like to see "like the Game ThisGM-ThatGM in page xxx".

3)At a very critical position in the Anti-Berlin at page 280 mr Cox analyses 8.d4 for White and believes that White has a slight advantage, So, this means that Black cannot fully equalise in the d3 anti-Berlin. I'd like to see the author to try hard to discover something "more playable" for Black here and offer us a good suggestion. After some minutes of analysis i found out that in this position Black is not obliged to play 8...Bb6 or 8...Bd6 (the only moves given) but has a nice tactical resourse 8...Nxe4!! with the idea 9.dxc5 Qe8 (9...Re8 may be more promising 10.Qd4 Qf6 11.f3 f6!) and has at least equalised! I would like to see many more of this kind of work and i am dissapointed i didn't....

But i have to admit that the work and effort put in this book (the endgames section is fantastic!) is colossal!
  
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Maybe this is offtopic, but I am trying to reach quality chess web site in order to buy this book. Unfortunatelly the site is not available and I can not order it from there. I know there a a lot of other sites, but i would prefer to buy the book from the publisher.

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The books were received by Schackbutiken on the 24th at 11:10 according to UPS. Signed by Fredin, which I assume is Gunnar!?
  
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I have processed an order for Schackbutiken and sent it to our warehouse together with all other orders. It might be in transit. I will investigate it.

I have not yet found those sentences that does not make sense, so hopefully the book will make sense to most readers. We are very proud of it.
  
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Is the book available now at your "warehouse"? Our swedish bookshops insists that the book is not yet out! "Svenska Schackbutiken" says that they have order it and it should have arrived last week but it still not available. Do you know if there are some problems in the delivery?
  
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Well, I hope it's both. There are 135 pages about typical endings and structures, and 180 or so giving the theory, admittedly on the basis of illustrative games rather than variation trees.
  
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Yesterday I bought this book in a shop. If you take a look to the content:

 https://shop.schachdepot.de//catalog/product_info.php?products_id=2037&osCsid=a6...

you see that Cox had written a book mainly about the endgame- and middlegame structures of this system. So you buy not a repertoirebook. It`s a nice book but not a "normal" openingbook.  



I think this is an excellent approach and here is why:

Seems a much more flexible way to go about insulating a book from being functionally obsolete as the vagaries of fashion and newer analysis in repertoire specific lines will change almost before a book hits the shelves these days.
  

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yes this book excites me more than any other opening book has like micawber said.
  
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I am also waiting for my copy.
In reply to the last mail, the fact that the main body of this book is not a repertoire is a big plus for me. It means it will keep its value somewhat longer. There is little risk that a hundred pages of variations will lose its value because of one good opening novelty.
(As Topnotch commented on the novelty that made three chapters and a 100 pages of analysis on the centre gambit rather obsolete).
  
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Yesterday I bought this book in a shop. If you take a look to the content:

  https://shop.schachdepot.de//catalog/product_info.php?products_id=2037&osCsid=a6...

you see that Cox had written a book mainly about the endgame- and middlegame structures of this system. So you buy not a repertoirebook. It`s a nice book but not a "normal" openingbook.
  

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IMJohnCox wrote on 09/26/08 at 15:21:31:
Well, my copies have arrived and it all looks lovely to me.

There has been a bit of glitch in the production process as a result of which my introduction has fallen out, and since I did intend in that to thank the readers of this forum for their support (bibs and micawber in particular for a couple of very helpful suggestions) I'll do that now. The same glitch has also removed all semi-colons from the book, which means there are a number of sentences which now look as though the author had never heard of capital letters of full stops, which really isn't the case.

Apart from that though it looks very good and I look forward to hearing what people think of it.


I look forward to sharing opinion as soon as my copy swims across the pond.  Amazon (US) still gives October 30 as their target shipping date.... Embarrassed


same for me.
  
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IMJohnCox wrote on 09/26/08 at 15:21:31:
Well, my copies have arrived and it all looks lovely to me.

There has been a bit of glitch in the production process as a result of which my introduction has fallen out, and since I did intend in that to thank the readers of this forum for their support (bibs and micawber in particular for a couple of very helpful suggestions) I'll do that now. The same glitch has also removed all semi-colons from the book, which means there are a number of sentences which now look as though the author had never heard of capital letters of full stops, which really isn't the case.

Apart from that though it looks very good and I look forward to hearing what people think of it.


I look forward to sharing opinion as soon as my copy swims across the pond.  Amazon (US) still gives October 30 as their target shipping date.... Embarrassed
  

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Well, my copies have arrived and it all looks lovely to me.

There has been a bit of glitch in the production process as a result of which my introduction has fallen out, and since I did intend in that to thank the readers of this forum for their support (bibs and micawber in particular for a couple of very helpful suggestions) I'll do that now. The same glitch has also removed all semi-colons from the book, which means there are a number of sentences which now look as though the author had never heard of capital letters of full stops, which really isn't the case.

Apart from that though it looks very good and I look forward to hearing what people think of it.
  
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Perhaps the Teutonic edifice was accelerating in the wrong direction if brakes be required.
  
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I'm very interested for it, and I have organized many engine tournaments under the hitman name "Brake the Berlin Wall"


And ? Did the Berlin Wall fall ?


Actually not. You should see high performance by Rybka 3. I'm very satisfied with high level engine play. And Berlin Wall did not fall, and I wish that's the case even today. Long live DDR  Wink
  
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On the following scale Berlin Wall fits in?


I would say strategical but in the sense of being a strategic defence, not really an active strategy.
But I dont understand why strategical =  Smiley Smiley and highly tactical =  Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley I would have choosen it the other way around  Wink

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I'm very interested for it, and I have organized many engine tournaments under the hitman name "Brake the Berlin Wall"


And ? Did the Berlin Wall fall ?
  
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I should get my copy today, which means that most shops in Europe will have it already. I am quite excited.
  
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Hey my friends, do you have a book?

I'm very interested for it, and I have organized many engine tournaments under the hitman name "Brake the Berlin Wall".

Excellent performance by engines.

Thanks Rybka 3  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
  
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I too preordered (with Amazon UK, although strangely it is showing as unavailable there again since I placed my order) but am content in my anticipation of this book.  I noticed the website issues Jacob referred to - they don't appear to have much luck in that area, do they? What with that and the black day Chesspub suffered, could it be that there's an anonymous disgruntled chess website vandal out there somewhere?
  
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Jacob Aagaard wrote on 09/12/08 at 08:19:42:
The Berlin is in transit from the printer to our warehouse.

Our website is in trouble Sad



This is not good news as I preordered this morning!
  
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Jacob Aagaard wrote on 09/12/08 at 08:19:42:
The Berlin is in transit from the printer to our warehouse.


Where, hopefully, it will not catch fire or be eaten by rats.
  

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Our website is in trouble Sad
  
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Hello Mr. Aagaard, Mr. Cox, where is the book?

By the way, Mr. Shaw, where is KING'S GAMBIT?

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So tomorrow is book out  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
  
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I don't get this. Since when are strategy and endgame easier than tactics and combinations? You might very well turn it around. Let me learn all the relevant stuff of the hightly tactical Muzio Gambit by heart and my chances to draw against Kramnik dramatically improve, with either colour!

You dont expect Kramnik to play 1.e4 e5 2.f4, do you?  Grin
  
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I don't get this. Since when are strategy and endgame easier than tactics and combinations? You might very well turn it around. Let me learn all the relevant stuff of the hightly tactical Muzio Gambit by heart and my chances to draw against Kramnik dramatically improve, with either colour!
  

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In my opinion 1½  Smiley.


This means that even better player has many problems in outplaying weaker opponents on the White side!
  
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In my opinion 1½  Smiley.
  

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On the following scale Berlin Wall fits in?

Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley  highly tactical (aka Janisch, Open Ruy)
Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley     tactical (aka Archangelsk, Moller)
Smiley Smiley Smiley         medium (aka Chigorin, Breyer)
Smiley Smiley            strategical
Smiley                endgame-ish

Please explain your attitude.  Cool Cool Cool
  
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I have uploaded an excerpt. You can either find it on our site, or go directly through http://www.qualitychessbooks.com/uploadimages/39683.36646664351TheBerlinWallInte...




this looks so dreamy... I can't wait to get this.
  
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Reply #43 - 08/23/08 at 13:53:10
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Any coverage of the SOS 4.d3 Ne7!? ?


I thought this was bad because of 5.d4  Huh
  
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Any coverage of the SOS 4.d3 Ne7!? ?
  
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Reply #39 - 08/21/08 at 00:18:03
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On a side note, it would be nice if Mr. Shaw supplied a few more updates for the anti sicilian section. The few he did before Mr. Martin returned were quite excellent and provided some invaluable insights.

Regarding the Berlin repertoire book, I hope close attention was paid to the increasingly popular anti Berlin lines starting with 4.d3. In one of his updates Mr. Kosten opined that 4.d3 Bc5 5.0-0?! was slightly dubious because of 5...Nd4! however I have had this position recently as Black vs Julio Beccerra and after 6.Ba4 (Tony's opponent Mr. Handke played 6.Nxd4 Bxd4 7.c3?! and eventually lost, but 7.Nd2 is much better, when once again White should be able to maintain a slight plus) White was able to maintain a slight advantage and later won.

Another rare but rather dangerous anti Berlin line that I hope made the Book goes:   1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Ba4!? A favorite of oldie but goody Harry Nelson Pillsbury, who seems to have adopted the line after having to defend against it vs Jackson Showalter back in the 19th Century.

Here is a modern example of some of the dangers awaiting Black in this underrated line: 

Ganguly,S (2579) - Ismagambetov,A (2420) [C67]
4th Parsvnath Open New Delhi IND (5), 17.01.2006

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Ba4 exd4 7.c3 Be7 8.cxd4 0-0 9.Nc3 Nf5 10.d5 Nb8 11.d6 Nxd6 12.Bc2 Ne8 13.Nd5 Nc6 14.Re1 g6 15.Bh6 Ng7 16.Rxe7 Nxe7 17.Bg5 Re8 18.Nf6+ Kh8 19.Qd4 Rf8 20.Nxh7 Kxh7 21.Qh4+ Kg8 22.Bxe7 Qe8 23.Ng5 Nh5 24.Qxh5!! Sweet 1-0

I have not seen a recent practical example of the mating pattern pulled off in this game, other than in the contests between the masters of the distant past.

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Reply #38 - 08/20/08 at 23:38:06
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@John Shaw,

I have great confidence in your efficiency  Wink

Just hope that the author did incluse chesspub as one of his sources  Smiley
  
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I believe the author of the King's Gambit will finish in a few weeks. The exact publication date will rely on his efficiency.
  
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Reply #36 - 08/20/08 at 19:48:48
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Well Mr. Aagaard I'm very very disappointed with your attitude towards KING'S GAMBIT  : Tongue

Why are you delaying it constantly, and where's the problem?

What's the exact publishing date?
  
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Reply #35 - 08/20/08 at 16:36:19
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When the sample PDF is up on the website I will include the index as usual.
  
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Can we know table of contents?
  
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Reply #33 - 08/20/08 at 06:22:33
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We now have a confirmed date from the printer.

We will have THE BERLIN WALL in our warehouse on the 16th of September. The same goes for questions of modern chess theory.
  
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Reply #32 - 08/13/08 at 15:23:19
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They will be ready on our website next week, just like there are samples for most of our books.
  
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It would be good if you can give us some sample pages in pdf.
  
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Reply #30 - 08/12/08 at 18:00:43
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I forgot to say, that it starts with 3...Nf6 as a repertoire, but majority of the book is working on the endgame. 1/3 of the book is about understanding the positions, which is very relevant in this line, but would be less so in a book on the Najdorf.
  
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Reply #29 - 08/12/08 at 14:27:13
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Yes.. As Rossia says this could not only be an opening book, but also an ending book.. I'm wondering how much space is devoted to the berlin endgame itself with general ideas about it and not only concrete variations..
  
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Jacob Aagaard wrote on 08/11/08 at 18:12:20:
No. This is only the "Wall" with 5...Nd6. The book will be big enough as it is. I will finish it in 2-3 days, but it looks like almost 320 pages.


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Excellent.

I'll buy it even I play Ruy according to Marin's repertoire book.

I just hope that I can get some tactics.

And by the way I'm working on endings so queens-off strategy is also fine for me.  Wink
  
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No. This is only the "Wall" with 5...Nd6. The book will be big enough as it is. I will finish it in 2-3 days, but it looks like almost 320 pages.
  
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is the variation with 5... Be7 also included?
  
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Reply #24 - 08/11/08 at 16:47:00
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Thx mr.Aagaard and mr. Shaw!
Good news all around.
As I said before I am sure to order a copy.
(no doubts about the quality of Quality Chess here  Wink )

  
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Not knowing what John will say, I can say that Kramnik did not write "From London to Elista" and that what he said to his seconds in 2000 is maybe less important than the many top players playing the line in 2008 - and winning?
  
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rossia wrote on 08/04/08 at 11:01:17:
Well John Cox,

How can you convince me that I play Berlin, cause I like open/tactical positions.

Even Kramnik and his seconds state in book "From London to Elista" that the Berlin is a real torture for Black and very hard opening.

As we are both lawyers, I'm awaiting with delight how you'll try to make me buying your book  Cheesy



Can you please reply  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
  
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I hate to correct Mr Aagaard, but those games will be mentioned in the book.
  
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Unfortunately they will not make the book, though it will be pretty up-to-date.
  
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Reply #18 - 08/09/08 at 19:25:17
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oh man I hope John saw the Svidler-Ivanchuk game today on Sochi.

Man the Berlin is seeing alot of use here! This is great not only that but Black is on top with 3 wins and 2 draws! Poor Svidler has been a victim twice now.

Svidler - Cheparinov 0-1
Karjakin - Wang Yue .5
M Al-Modiahki - Aronian 0-1
V Gashimov - Aronian .5
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Reply #17 - 08/08/08 at 11:22:35
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September 2nd or 9th in our warehouse in Poland. It will usually take another 6-8 weeks for the book to arrive in the US.
  
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Reply #16 - 08/08/08 at 00:37:09
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Jacob Aagaard wrote on 08/04/08 at 12:01:10:
I expect the book to go to the printer on Monday. This probably means that it will be ready at the end of the month.

Jacob Aagaard


  I just checked Amazon again but no sign of availability. Do you expect the book to actually be available by Setptember?
  
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Markovich wrote on 08/04/08 at 11:41:10:
And 24 euros.  At the rate the dollar is falling, that'll be a month's salary for an American.


Where do you live, in Columbia?


No, Columbus, Ohio.  That was a joke about one whole month's salary; not about the falling dollar, unfortunately.
  

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Markovich wrote on 08/04/08 at 11:41:10:
And 24 euros.  At the rate the dollar is falling, that'll be a month's salary for an American.


That is indeed rather freakish: Whenever I decide to obtain a chess book, buying it at eBay (or any other US store) and letting it ship over from the US is (shipping cost included!) only about three quarters of the price I pay when buying it in a regular book store here in Germany.

Sick.


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And 24 euros.  At the rate the dollar is falling, that'll be a month's salary for an American.


That is indeed rather freakish: Whenever I decide to obtain a chess book, buying it at eBay (or any other US store) and letting it ship over from the US is (shipping cost included!) only about three quarters of the price I pay when buying it in a regular book store here in Germany.

Sick.
  

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And 24 euros.  At the rate the dollar is falling, that'll be a month's salary for an American.


Where do you live, in Columbia?
  
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I expect the book to go to the printer on Monday. This probably means that it will be ready at the end of the month.

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rossia wrote on 08/04/08 at 11:01:17:
Well John Cox,

How can you convince me that I play Berlin, cause I like open/tactical positions.

Even Kramnik and his seconds state in book "From London to Elista" that the Berlin is a real torture for Black and very hard opening.

As we are both lawyers, I'm awaiting with delight how you'll try to make me buying your book  Cheesy



What, he not only has to write this monograph, but also convince you that the subject is worthy of study?  Give me a break.

It's not as it the Berlin is not a topic of great interest, or as if there are many other books about it.

Corny subtitle though.  Some editor's idea, I rather suspect.  And 24 euros.  At the rate the dollar is falling, that'll be a month's salary for an American.
  

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Well John Cox,

How can you convince me that I play Berlin, cause I like open/tactical positions.

Even Kramnik and his seconds state in book "From London to Elista" that the Berlin is a real torture for Black and very hard opening.

As we are both lawyers, I'm awaiting with delight how you'll try to make me buying your book  Cheesy

  
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The book comes: http://www.qualitychessbooks.com/default.aspx

The Berlin Wall - The Opening that brought down Kasparov by John Cox

The Berlin variation of the Spanish is one of the most popular openings among world class players. After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 Black can play a completely sound opening based mainly on understanding rather than memorizing theory. Many opening books make this claim, but the scarcity of forcing lines in the Berlin mean that in this case it is true. The trick is to gain the requisite understanding, and this is where John Cox’s eloquent prose comes into its own. After reading his explanations it will be clear why this robust opening has gained the nickname The Berlin Wall.

· Expert guidance on one of the soundest openings
· Play the opening that Kramnik used to dethrone Kasparov
· A trustworthy opening that requires little memorization of theory

John Cox is a lawyer and International Master from London. He is an experienced author whose previous books have received high praise.


Publication Date
21 August 2008

ISBN: 978-9185779024
     Price: €23.99
  
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Should go to the printers next week. You'd have to ask Jacob how long it usually takes after that.
  
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I sure will order a copy!
  
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Blimey, I don't know why they're saying that.

Quality and myself are just finishing it off and it should go to print within the next few weeks.


They are saying that just because they are confusing John Cox book with the other book (Berlin Wall by Aagard and Lund) that was cancelled long time ago.  Wink
  

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Blimey, I don't know why they're saying that.

Quality and myself are just finishing it off and it should go to print within the next few weeks.


Thank, John, since Amazon is perhaps the biggest bookseller, I'll try to let them know that the book should again be available for pre-order.
  
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Blimey, I don't know why they're saying that.

Quality and myself are just finishing it off and it should go to print within the next few weeks.


Yeah, I was trying to think what could have caused this:

1. A dog ate the manuscript.

2. A magnetic meteor passed over Britain on the precise course necessary to fry not only all of Quality's data but yours as well.

3. A forklift ran into the galleys smashed them all (wait, they don't use galleys anymore).

4. The editors said, "John, this is pure crap, there's no way we can print it."

5. Quality is bankrupt.

6. Quality decided to let Anonymous review the galley proofs, and he decided that you missed too many important ideas.
  

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Blimey, I don't know why they're saying that.

Quality and myself are just finishing it off and it should go to print within the next few weeks.
  
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Amazon has just informed me that the book will not be available at all.
 Can John or anyone give an update on status of publication or who is selling it now?
  
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