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Reply #5 - 10/02/09 at 22:28:34
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I tried the open using Krasenkov's book which I thought was good. However, I never got to play the actual open so now I'm playing the Schliemann.
  

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Reply #4 - 10/02/09 at 20:37:23
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TonyRo wrote on 10/02/09 at 15:00:48:
Hello all,

I've recently been test driving 1...e5 in some blitz games and some informal correspondence games, and I was just curious about some theoretical questions. Most books on the Open are probably a little bit dated, and so I figured I might get some more informative responses from people who keep their theory up to date. After 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. 0-0 Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6

1. In the 9. Nbd2 Nc5 10. c3 d4 11. Bxe6 Nxe6 12. cxd4 Ncxd4 13. a4 line, what do you guys think the healthiest move is? I think I read in my latest Yearbook a while back that their was a survey on 13...Bb4, but I also recall analyzing Topalov - Anand, Dos Hermanas 1996 when Black played 13...Bc5 and the game continued 14. Ne4 0-0 15. Nxc5 Nxf3+ 16. Qxf3 Nxc5 17. axb5 axb5 18. Bg5 Rxa1 19. Bxd8 Rxf1+ 20. Kxf1 Rxd8 21. g3 Ne6 with a fortress (hopefully). Given all that, 13...Be7 is the most played in my database, with around 125 games, but I haven't really looked into that move all that much yet.

2. Against 9. c3, how is 9...Bc5 doing? I quite like the silly double capture on f2 line. Has White proved anything in this line, and are there better ways to play for White after 9. c3 Bc5?

3. I have Flear's book on the Open, but is it worth picking up the older Krasenkow book? Is there any other worthwhile material on this line anywhere?

Thanks!


I have Krasenkov's book and I think it's pretty good.  It gives useful info and insights.  It's out of date, but so is Flear's.

The Dilworth is O.K. but you should not expect to achieve an attacking game against a good player using it.   It's just a way of entering a rather definite ending, which you'd better know how to play.
  

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Reply #3 - 10/02/09 at 19:35:13
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I have the Krasenkov book in addition to Flear's and it's good.  Of course it is pretty old by now but that doesn't matter so much at my level.  It is well-written and has good explanations, and it's always nice to see two different authors' take on the same subject.
  
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Reply #2 - 10/02/09 at 19:20:41
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If you want to play the Open Ruy Lopez I think you have to become a ChessPublishing.com 1 e4 e5 subscriber.  Mikhalevski plays it himself and the coverage of it here is outstanding.
  
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Reply #1 - 10/02/09 at 15:29:25
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My impression has always been that White started playing 9.Nbd2 primarily to avoid the Dilworth Attack, the double capture on f2 line that you mention.   By implication it must be in decent theoretical shape.

I don't know about the latest theory after 9.Nbd2 so it will be up to others to help you out on that one.
  
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10/02/09 at 15:00:48
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Hello all,

I've recently been test driving 1...e5 in some blitz games and some informal correspondence games, and I was just curious about some theoretical questions. Most books on the Open are probably a little bit dated, and so I figured I might get some more informative responses from people who keep their theory up to date. After 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. 0-0 Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6

1. In the 9. Nbd2 Nc5 10. c3 d4 11. Bxe6 Nxe6 12. cxd4 Ncxd4 13. a4 line, what do you guys think the healthiest move is? I think I read in my latest Yearbook a while back that their was a survey on 13...Bb4, but I also recall analyzing Topalov - Anand, Dos Hermanas 1996 when Black played 13...Bc5 and the game continued 14. Ne4 0-0 15. Nxc5 Nxf3+ 16. Qxf3 Nxc5 17. axb5 axb5 18. Bg5 Rxa1 19. Bxd8 Rxf1+ 20. Kxf1 Rxd8 21. g3 Ne6 with a fortress (hopefully). Given all that, 13...Be7 is the most played in my database, with around 125 games, but I haven't really looked into that move all that much yet.

2. Against 9. c3, how is 9...Bc5 doing? I quite like the silly double capture on f2 line. Has White proved anything in this line, and are there better ways to play for White after 9. c3 Bc5?

3. I have Flear's book on the Open, but is it worth picking up the older Krasenkow book? Is there any other worthwhile material on this line anywhere?

Thanks!
  
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