MNb wrote on 09/30/09 at 11:49:12:

It amazes me that Keano, usually a very sensible and reasonable guy, defends this book. He neglects the two main complaints: the three authors systematically evaluate equal positions as slightly better for White way too easy. The three authors haven't done any reasonable effort to present optimal play for Black.

A typical example is the line which was tested in Hübner-Timman, Bugojno 1982. Even Schiller in White to play 1.e4 and win, who recommends the same variation, admits that Black has equality. COWE gives a game Dzjindzji-Karpov, suggests an "improvement" that would have lead to a winning attack - but only if Black cooperates like the authors expect him to do. As a consequence they rate the position around move 15 as slightly better for White. In reality, if anyone has an edge, it's Black (minority attack).

MnB - this is a line I have no personal experience with, but you may be interested in this - this morning I did a database search for recent games by 2500+ players with this line - I came up with only 2 - one by Aagard as White where he won with a Bg5 plan, but the other one is the one that is interesting - I´ll paste it below. It seems that GM Lie has followed the Dzindzi line exactly and wins without any real exertion... Maybe we can discuss improvements for Black in this line and come up with the critical line, I confess I havent seriously investigated it:

[Event "TCh-NOR 2006-7"]

[Site "Oslo NOR"]

[Date "2007.??.??"]

[White "Lie,K"]

[Black "Ogaard,L"]

[Round "8"]

[Result "1-0"]

[WhiteElo "2529"]

[BlackElo "2394"]

[ECO "D00"]

1. d4 d5 2. e4 c6 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3

Nf6 6. Bf4 Bg4 7. Qb3 Qc8 8. Nd2 e6 9. Ngf3

Be7 10. O-O O-O 11. Ne5 Bh5 12. Rae1 Nxe5 13. Bxe5

Bg6 14. Bxg6 hxg6 15. Qd1 b5 16. Re3 a5 17. h4

(the whole plan 15.Qd1,16.Re3,17.h4 is from the Dzindzi book)

17...Ra6

(the Karpov game was 17...b4 when Dzindzi continues with 18.Rh3(!))

18. Rh3

(Interesting - Lie plays exactly the same plan recommended by Dzindzi)

b4 19. h5 bxc3 20. bxc3 Rc6 21. hxg6

fxg6 22. Qc2 g5 23. Qg6 Qe8 24. Qxg5 Qf7 25. Qh4

Qg6 26. Rb1 Qc2 27. Bxf6 Rxf6 28. Rb8+ Kf7 29. Qh8

Rf5 30. Qg8+ Kg6 31. Qh7+ Kf7 32. Rg3 Qd1+ 33. Nf1

1-0

(White has won the game following a set plan against a decent 2394 player without too much effort - MnB maybe this could be the line to recommend to your son! I intend to investigate it myself, at the moment I play main-lines against the Caro)

Even if we find a good way for Black here, you cant deny that this is an interesting and appealing idea - I dont deny the book has holes but for me the inspiring ideas more than make up for it. Backed up with some independent research there are the makings of some dangerous weapons here. Watson gives zero credit however which in my view is very disingenuous.