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Reply #28 - 02/18/10 at 14:39:45
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Reply #27 - 02/09/10 at 21:42:14
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I loved his How to Cheat at Chess! I still have it on the top of my chess book case.  (Ok, that's where I keep my miscellaneous titles, and not where I keep my best ones.  But still.)

One of his recommendations, on how to beat a strong player in a two-game simul, still worries me as a correspondence strategem.

I know the amazing thing about my statement is that I have only one book case devoted to chess books. Cry
  
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Reply #26 - 02/09/10 at 20:31:46
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Phil Adams wrote on 02/09/10 at 16:29:24:
Memories are so short... When he was an active player, Bill Hartston (sic) was an IM of GM strength. He won the British Championship twice (1973 and 1975).  Black against 1 d4, he specialised in the Gruenfeld and the Czech Benoni and wrote good books on each of these. He also annotated games very instructively for the British Chess Magazine for many years.

Not to forget his excellent How to cheat at chess and not quite so funny follow-up! Wink
  
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Re: Czech Benoni
Reply #25 - 02/09/10 at 16:29:24
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Bibs wrote on 02/04/10 at 11:49:12:
Dink Heckler wrote on 02/03/10 at 19:03:13:
Hartson is from the '70s. But its useful for this sort of stuff, which was much more prevalent back then.


For those looking for this source, it may be Bill Hartston, presenter of Play Chess.
The only notable Hartson I know of was a professional footballer.


Memories are so short... When he was an active player, Bill Hartston (sic) was an IM of GM strength. He won the British Championship twice (1973 and 1975).  Black against 1 d4, he specialised in the Gruenfeld and the Czech Benoni and wrote good books on each of these. He also annotated games very instructively for the British Chess Magazine for many years.
  
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Reply #24 - 02/04/10 at 13:34:01
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OK, it seems my memory failed me.

A search at Amazon shows some chess books by William Hartson, but they all seem to be misspelled.
  

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Reply #23 - 02/04/10 at 13:14:57
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No, Harts[i]t[/i]on and Wa[i]s[/i]on is correct.
  
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Reply #22 - 02/04/10 at 13:12:28
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No, that's the same Hartston...Wason looks like he may be missing a 't' as well  Smiley
  

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Reply #21 - 02/04/10 at 12:47:07
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As a matter of fact there is an author with that name who has written a chess book: 'Psychology of Chess' (W.R. Hartson and P.C. Wason, Batsford 1983).
  

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Reply #20 - 02/04/10 at 11:55:18
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Funny stuff...I thought it might be Hartston before I posted...Googled 'Hartson Benoni' to be conscientious...and the results indicated that that was my man...still never did look quite right  Smiley
  

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Reply #19 - 02/04/10 at 11:49:12
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Dink Heckler wrote on 02/03/10 at 19:03:13:
Hartson is from the '70s. But its useful for this sort of stuff, which was much more prevalent back then.


For those looking for this source, it may be Bill Hartston, presenter of Play Chess.
The only notable Hartson I know of was a professional footballer.
  
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Reply #18 - 02/04/10 at 08:37:42
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f4 is one popular idea. Except, it should be added, against 4...Ne7, when you need some other idea.
  

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Reply #17 - 02/04/10 at 05:31:04
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MNb wrote on 02/04/10 at 01:16:04:
Dink Heckler wrote on 02/03/10 at 17:04:58:
This is the Old Benoni.

Books: Raetsky / Chetverik, and Hartson's Benoni books both deal with all the odds-and-ends Benonis.


There is also a book by Kondratjew and Stoljar that deals with it. It is in German. From the diagrammed position they give no less than 6 options for Black: 4...Be7; 4...g6; 4...a6; 4...Ne7; 4...Nf6 and 4...Nd7.
They also give the options 4.f4, 4.Bd3 and 4.Be2 for White.
I have no idea what White's best setups are these days. I suppose that a database research is the quickest way to get a few ideas.


I believe White's most common plan is to play f4, sometimes with Bb5+ thrown in. Black does obtain an outpost on e5, but I believe this isn't a problem if White plays actively in the centre and in several instances the queenside. E.g. 4...Be7 5.f4 ef4 6.Bf4 Nf6 7.Nf3 with e5 ideas, or 5.Bb5 Kf8 6.f4 ef4 7.Bf4 Nd7 8.Nf3 and I would rather be White here.
  

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Reply #16 - 02/04/10 at 01:16:04
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Dink Heckler wrote on 02/03/10 at 17:04:58:
This is the Old Benoni.

Books: Raetsky / Chetverik, and Hartson's Benoni books both deal with all the odds-and-ends Benonis.


There is also a book by Kondratjew and Stoljar that deals with it. It is in German. From the diagrammed position they give no less than 6 options for Black: 4...Be7; 4...g6; 4...a6; 4...Ne7; 4...Nf6 and 4...Nd7.
They also give the options 4.f4, 4.Bd3 and 4.Be2 for White.
I have no idea what White's best setups are these days. I suppose that a database research is the quickest way to get a few ideas.
  

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Reply #15 - 02/03/10 at 19:03:13
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Hartson is from the '70s. But its useful for this sort of stuff, which was much more prevalent back then.
  

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Re: Czech Benoni
Reply #14 - 02/03/10 at 18:40:34
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I don't know the theory of this, but when I face it I assume my KN belongs on c4.
  

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