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Re: New QualityChess Book Series on Open Sicilian
Reply #29 - 07/23/10 at 10:21:49
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Jacob Aagaard wrote on 07/23/10 at 09:00:13:
7...h5.

I am sure Milos will look at these lines too - but the immediate treatment will come in our newsletter very soon.


7. ... h5 was John Emms's recommendation in Play the Najdorf: Scheveningen Style as well. Fighting for the g4-square looks quite logical since the bishop is on e3 and 8. g5 Ng4 9. Bc1 (the only move if White wants to fight for an advantage) 9. ... Qb6 looks rather nice for Black.

So Milos will be covering the Khalifman/Saint Petersburg lines in Cutting Edge (vol. 2). Will he do the accepted Perenyi attack (Kasparov calls this the "Hungarian attack": 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e6 7. g4 e5 8. Nf5 g6 9. g5 gxf5 10. exf5 d5) as well?

Should I sign up for the newsletter or can I see it in your website?

Finally any guesstimates as to when Cutting Edge (vol. 2) and Cutting Edge (vol. 3) will come out? For volume 3 you said it would be 2011 but I hope we can get volume 2 in 2010.
  
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Re: New QualityChess Book Series on Open Sicilian
Reply #28 - 07/23/10 at 09:00:13
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7...h5.

I am sure Milos will look at these lines too - but the immediate treatment will come in our newsletter very soon.
  
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Re: New QualityChess Book Series on Open Sicilian
Reply #27 - 07/22/10 at 14:27:22
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Jacob Aagaard wrote on 07/22/10 at 13:23:28:
It is no secret that the two main lines that clash are:

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e6 7. f3 b5 8. Qd2 Nbd7 9. g4 h6 10. O-O-O b4 11. Nce2 Qc7 12. h4 d5

and

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e6 7. f3 b5 8. Qd2 b4 9. Na4 Nbd7 10. O-O-O Qa5 11. b3 Bb7 12. a3 Qc7 13. axb4 d5

Both are quite complex positions; but I think we are holding up well in both lines. We did not manage to anticipate every idea; and obviously some good ideas were bound to come from the St Petersburg Team, but overall I am more than pleased.



I see. I guess both of these will get the extended treatment in Cutting Edge (vol. 2), right?

One more thing what is Ftacnik's choice against 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e6 7. g4
  
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Re: New QualityChess Book Series on Open Sicilian
Reply #26 - 07/22/10 at 13:23:28
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It is no secret that the two main lines that clash are:

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e6 7. f3 b5 8. Qd2 Nbd7 9. g4 h6 10. O-O-O b4 11. Nce2 Qc7 12. h4 d5

and

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e6 7. f3 b5 8. Qd2 b4 9. Na4 Nbd7 10. O-O-O Qa5 11. b3 Bb7 12. a3 Qc7 13. axb4 d5

Both are quite complex positions; but I think we are holding up well in both lines. We did not manage to anticipate every idea; and obviously some good ideas were bound to come from the St Petersburg Team, but overall I am more than pleased.

  
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Re: New QualityChess Book Series on Open Sicilian
Reply #25 - 07/18/10 at 12:32:11
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Jacob Aagaard wrote on 07/18/10 at 11:14:26:
We do offer free shipping if you buy three books from our webshop inside the European postal area (not union, but Russia and Israel included, as an example). As the postage already costs more than we charge for it, we cannot do better than this.


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Jacob Aagaard wrote on 07/18/10 at 11:14:26:
I briefly saw the Khalifman book while visiting the Swedish Championship on the 6th July. He chose the critical lines against our repertoire (13.Bf4! as an example - you have to have the books to understand), it seems, and at some point deviates. I don't think they had the best options for White in some positions, but I have to analyse it deeper before I can say for sure. I am not deeply afraid of their options, but certainly this is a very serious team of analysts, so we take whatever they do very seriously.

I expect that we will have something on our website within a week.


I tried to guess the line by looking at Khalifman's table of contents and playing around with the opening explorer. Is it this one: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e6 7. f3 b5 8. Qd2 Nbd7 9. g4 h6 10. O-O-O b4 11. Na4 Ne5 12. Qxb4 Bd7 13. Bf4:

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Hopefully Khalifman's line will be addressed in print when the second volume of "Cutting Edge: Open Sicilian" comes out.
  
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Re: New QualityChess Book Series on Open Sicilian
Reply #24 - 07/18/10 at 11:14:26
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We do offer free shipping if you buy three books from our webshop inside the European postal area (not union, but Russia and Israel included, as an example). As the postage already costs more than we charge for it, we cannot do better than this.

I briefly saw the Khalifman book while visiting the Swedish Championship on the 6th July. He chose the critical lines against our repertoire (13.Bf4! as an example - you have to have the books to understand), it seems, and at some point deviates. I don't think they had the best options for White in some positions, but I have to analyse it deeper before I can say for sure. I am not deeply afraid of their options, but certainly this is a very serious team of analysts, so we take whatever they do very seriously.

I expect that we will have something on our website within a week.
  
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Reply #23 - 07/16/10 at 10:45:38
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bragesjo wrote on 07/14/10 at 15:05:11:
The book has several intresting and strong noveltys, the Dragon chapters alone are worth the money.

The problems might be that sometimes only one move in a subvariation are examened. Often the variation are given assesments that more practise are needed to draw any conclusions.


Finally took the plunge and ordered the hardcover edition!
  
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Re: New QualityChess Book Series on Open Sicilian
Reply #22 - 07/15/10 at 02:46:29
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bragesjo wrote on 07/14/10 at 15:05:11:
The book has several intresting and strong noveltys, the Dragon chapters alone are worth the money.

The problems might be that sometimes only one move in a subvariation are examened. Often the variation are given assesments that more practise are needed to draw any conclusions.


After my initial disappointment with Ftacnik's work (the whole 6. Bg5 debacle) I was thinking of buying Ftacnik's book plus the two volumes of cutting edge on Najdorf (volume 3 is dedicated to 6. Bg5 and GM Aagaard said that they will deal with Khalifman's recommendation in volume 2 which is Najdorf without 6. Bg5). And since I am an 1. e4 player I just thought why should not I get all the 3 volumes? The only problem is the price, I wish QC would give a discount when you buy more than a certain amount. Free shipping perhaps?
  
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Re: New QualityChess Book Series on Open Sicilian
Reply #21 - 07/14/10 at 15:05:11
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The book has several intresting and strong noveltys, the Dragon chapters alone are worth the money.

The problems might be that sometimes only one move in a subvariation are examened. Often the variation are given assesments that more practise are needed to draw any conclusions.
  
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Re: New QualityChess Book Series on Open Sicilian
Reply #20 - 07/12/10 at 23:30:42
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This book has been out quite a while. Can anyone who has bought it opine on the pros and cons of the book?
  
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Reply #19 - 07/08/10 at 08:06:04
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The english file isn't available anymore. Maybe you could upload it again. Thx!


Looks like there is a limit for the number of downloads at this service. I tried to post it on another one, here is the new link


Thx a lot! Smiley
  
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Reply #18 - 07/08/10 at 06:54:11
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For anyone that has Cutting Edge 1: The Open Sicilian, would you say that this book is useful for players playing the black side of the Open Sicilian(s)?
  

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Reply #17 - 06/20/10 at 20:18:46
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The english file isn't available anymore. Maybe you could upload it again. Thx!


Looks like there is a limit for the number of downloads at this service. I tried to post it on another one, here is the new link
  
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Reply #16 - 06/19/10 at 12:26:44
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ddt wrote on 06/15/10 at 07:42:52:
TN wrote on 02/03/10 at 02:38:20:
I'm also curious about the Taimanov English Attack, but mainly the 8...Be7 9.f3 variation, where I agree with De La Villa and a recent Yearbook survey that 9...0-0 is probably a better try for equality than 9...h5, but it will be interesting to see how White can obtain an advantage against 10.g4 Rd8 (instead of 10...b5), especially since this move was not covered in 'Dismantling the Sicilian', presumably due to space constraints.


I recently did a small survey of 8...Be7 variation with 10...b5, based on my own 3 games in this line. It is published as an article at Crestbook.com. Unfortunately, the text is in Russian, but I also created an archive with comments in English (hope that moderators wouldn't mind this shameless plug Roll Eyes).

I would definitely like to hear your feedback and corrections on all of this. I am sure that there are still plenty of novelties hiding in this variation Cheesy


The english file isn't available anymore. Maybe you could upload it again. Thx!
  
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Reply #15 - 06/15/10 at 07:42:52
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TN wrote on 02/03/10 at 02:38:20:
I'm also curious about the Taimanov English Attack, but mainly the 8...Be7 9.f3 variation, where I agree with De La Villa and a recent Yearbook survey that 9...0-0 is probably a better try for equality than 9...h5, but it will be interesting to see how White can obtain an advantage against 10.g4 Rd8 (instead of 10...b5), especially since this move was not covered in 'Dismantling the Sicilian', presumably due to space constraints.


I recently did a small survey of 8...Be7 variation with 10...b5, based on my own 3 games in this line. It is published as an article at Crestbook.com. Unfortunately, the text is in Russian, but I also created an archive with comments in English (hope that moderators wouldn't mind this shameless plug Roll Eyes).

I would definitely like to hear your feedback and corrections on all of this. I am sure that there are still plenty of novelties hiding in this variation Cheesy
  
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Re: New QualityChess Book Series on Open Sicilian
Reply #14 - 04/12/10 at 14:31:45
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TN wrote on 04/04/10 at 01:00:27:
The move is mentioned, but via. a different move order:
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Also 15...e4!? is possible. It is an interesting
move order from Kotronias, intending to rule
out White’s possible idea of coming quickly
with the queen to e4. White has two main
options:


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b) However, White can and should prefer
the simple 16.0–0. After 16...0–0 17.a4 Re8
18.Qg4 Kh8 the game will transpose to line
A12) below.


If the book is as promising as Quality Chess make it out to be then I'm adding it to my 'must buy' list for the end of 2010.


Actually the move order is quite important. After 16 Re8 White can play 17.Qg4 (instead of a4) threatening f6. so black need to play Kh8 and now 18.Qe4 and the e-pawn is blocked as also explained in the  "the easiest sicilian". Now white can push is queenside-pawns.
  
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Reply #13 - 04/06/10 at 05:00:55
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It's their test balloon to see if there really is a market for hard cover editions.
  
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Reply #12 - 04/05/10 at 09:07:09
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the book's also being printed hardcover. as far as i know, this is the first time Quality Chess has offered hardcover copies of their books

http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/products/1/73/the_cutting_edge_open_sicilian_1_lim...

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Printed exclusively as a very limited edition. 32 copies.

This book will not be distributed for resale.
It is available only on this web page.


Looks like there are just 28 copies left...
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Reply #11 - 04/05/10 at 06:55:24
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sounds like a book that will be out of date before it hits the presses though... can't cover that many hot lines and not expect theory to move forward faster.
  
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Reply #10 - 04/04/10 at 01:00:27
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The move is mentioned, but via. a different move order:
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Also 15...e4!? is possible. It is an interesting
move order from Kotronias, intending to rule
out White’s possible idea of coming quickly
with the queen to e4. White has two main
options:


Quote:
b) However, White can and should prefer
the simple 16.0–0. After 16...0–0 17.a4 Re8
18.Qg4 Kh8 the game will transpose to line
A12) below.


If the book is as promising as Quality Chess make it out to be then I'm adding it to my 'must buy' list for the end of 2010.
  

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Reply #9 - 04/03/10 at 11:11:53
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I am suprised that in "pdf" the move16....e4 (page 10) is not mentioned.

  
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Reply #8 - 04/01/10 at 12:15:06
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There is a pdf extract of this book: http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/CuttingEdge1.pdf

It seems to be a very good book. And, judging from Andrew Greet's introduction, probably a very interesting series of books. Like the Dangerous Weapons (DW) series form Everyman, but focused on main line and without a biais for one side or the other. I liked the DW series, but found it often too subjective to be trustful. I would be delighted if this new Cutting Edge series has the same qualities than the DW ones without its drawbacks.
  
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Reply #7 - 02/23/10 at 15:59:10
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Stigma wrote on 02/02/10 at 22:26:24:
Interesting to see the ''Kozul suicide variation" (or as Pavlovic calls it Rauzer, doubled f-pawn variation: 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0–0–0 Bd7 9.f4 b5 10.Bxf6 gxf6) in there, now that so many GMs have switched to the system with a6/Be7/Nxd4/b5.

Does he come to rescue it or to bury it, I wonder?


Isn't Kotronias still dabbling in this? I've always had a fond spot for that line as Black.
  
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Reply #6 - 02/18/10 at 20:57:53
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Looks realy interesting since the 3 most critical lines in Dragon are covered as well.
  
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Reply #5 - 02/09/10 at 21:05:53
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Hmm, interesting.  But with this plan of attack, you could imagine hundreds of eventual volumes.  I wonder when they'll get around to the Najdorf Poisoned Pawn, especially in its latter-day forms.
  

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Reply #4 - 02/03/10 at 18:02:09
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Me too.

I'm particularly curious as to why I haven't faced the English Attack as Black recently.  Does it have a bad reputation, or has there been no champion writing a book about it?

I still recommend it to my students for white because the attack is easy to understand and usually lethal (below about 1900 strength, at least).
  
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Reply #3 - 02/03/10 at 02:38:20
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MNb wrote on 02/03/10 at 02:24:22:
I am curious about the English Attack Taimanov, English Attack: 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Nf6 8.f3 Bb4 9.0–0–0 and now 0-0 10.g4 b5 11.g5 Ne8.


I'm also curious about the Taimanov English Attack, but mainly the 8...Be7 9.f3 variation, where I agree with De La Villa and a recent Yearbook survey that 9...0-0 is probably a better try for equality than 9...h5, but it will be interesting to see how White can obtain an advantage against 10.g4 Rd8 (instead of 10...b5), especially since this move was not covered in 'Dismantling the Sicilian', presumably due to space constraints.
  

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Reply #2 - 02/03/10 at 02:24:22
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I am curious about the English Attack Taimanov, English Attack: 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Nf6 8.f3 Bb4 9.0–0–0 and now 0-0 10.g4 b5 11.g5 Ne8.
  

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Reply #1 - 02/02/10 at 22:26:24
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Interesting to see the ''Kozul suicide variation" (or as Pavlovic calls it Rauzer, doubled f-pawn variation: 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0–0–0 Bd7 9.f4 b5 10.Bxf6 gxf6) in there, now that so many GMs have switched to the system with a6/Be7/Nxd4/b5.

Does he come to rescue it or to bury it, I wonder?
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02/02/10 at 21:37:37
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I just noticed a new book on the QualityChess site that looks like (another) must have for 1.e4 players:
http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/products/1/63/the_cutting_edge_1__the_open_sicilia...

I feel a mixture of joy and sadness.  Cool
  
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