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Re: Modern Benoni Epishin Variation
Reply #2 - 12/16/08 at 21:27:14
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Klick wrote on 12/16/08 at 11:45:19:
Obviously you should use another database, for instance http://www.chesslab.com/Positionsearch.html. This yields many more results. With regards to the theoretical status of the Epishin-variation it seems to me that it`s a decent white try, but I`ve just started looking at it and don`t know it very well. Anyway, I think one should look at 2500+ games, 2300+ is too low.


I used the online ChessBase database.  When I search for games
by White players rated FIDE 2300+, ChessBase gives 9 games played
from 2006 to present (7 of which were played from played from
April 2006 to present, as I mentioned earlier).  When I do a
comparable search at the website that you have recommended,
for games by players rated FIDE 2300+, ChessLab gives 14 games
played from 2006 (ChessLab does not seem to specify the months)
to present.  ChessLab's additional games seem somewhat useful.
But ChessLab's 14 games vs ChessBase's 9 games played from
2006 to present does not seem to be 'many more results', as you
have claimed. 

If I search for games played only by players rated 2500+, the
samples are small: ChessBase shows only 3 games and ChessLab
shows only 8 games played from 2006 to present.

I am more interested in the more recent games than in the
earlier games, when evidently White's results were better.
  
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Re: Modern Benoni Epishin Variation
Reply #1 - 12/16/08 at 11:45:19
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Obviously you should use another database, for instance http://www.chesslab.com/Positionsearch.html. This yields many more results. With regards to the theoretical status of the Epishin-variation it seems to me that it`s a decent white try, but I`ve just started looking at it and don`t know it very well. Anyway, I think one should look at 2500+ games, 2300+ is too low.
  

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Modern Benoni Epishin Variation
12/16/08 at 03:19:33
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1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 d5 e6 4 Nc3 exd5 5 cxd5 d6 6 e4 g6 7 Nf3 a6
8 Qe2 has been played by GM Epishin with success (+4 =1 -0).
It was suggested by GM Emms in his 'Dangerous Weapons' book.
But in a sample of FIDE 2300+ players for White since April 2006
8 Qe2 scores (+0 =2 -5), only 1/7 (including a draw by Epishin).

So what's the current theoretical status of 8 Qe2?
Is it considered dubious?  Is it considered refuted?
Or would it still be worth trying in a slow game?
  
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