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Re: New QGA Chessbase DVD
Reply #10 - 04/10/10 at 01:40:48
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This has been a helpfull discussion.  I'm 1900 uscf and play the Tarrasch and Sicilian Kan as black.  When white plays Nf3 and e3 instead of fianchettoing in the Tarrasch I have found that black has nothing better than to transpose to a QGA to try and score the full point.  I might stick with Rizzitano's book but I thought that a dvd might hold me over until I am inspired to complete such a detailed work.  I will look forward to the comments on the Kan DVD by the same author as if I decide to just try one first that will give me some idea as which to choose.
  
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Re: New QGA Chessbase DVD
Reply #9 - 04/07/10 at 20:49:31
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This discussion on the worth of DVD's seems to pop up in almost every new DVD thread. You can normally order these DVD's fairly quickly  in the US for around US $30 from chess4less. Of course that might still be pricey for those of you that tend to consider DVD's poor value.   

If anyone cares, I  have ordered the Kan DVD by the same author and am expecting it soon. So I will share my thoughts in the relevant thread when it comes - might have some relevance here.
  

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Re: New QGA Chessbase DVD
Reply #8 - 04/07/10 at 20:10:45
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Same, especially given the Euro vs. dollar situation. Almost 30 Euros, plus shipping from Europe? Please! You spend a bunch of money, wait forever for it, and then you watch it once or twice and buy a book that's much better. I'm with Mark though - If they were on Netflix, or you could download the content for under 10 bucks, I'd own a ton of them.
  
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Re: New QGA Chessbase DVD
Reply #7 - 04/07/10 at 19:02:44
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kylemeister wrote on 04/07/10 at 18:07:00:
I've had similar thoughts, e.g. that US $20 seems about the maximum suitable price for this kind of thing.  I wonder if they are available for rent anywhere.  Though I'm not much inclined toward such videos, there are certainly a few of them I would have rented, had I come across them on Netflix or some such.


Exactly.  They are much less attractive as reference works than as educational entertainment.  If you could stream these for $4.00 apiece from Net Flicks, I would watch quite a few of them.  But to have on my shelf?  Forget it.
  

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Re: New QGA Chessbase DVD
Reply #6 - 04/07/10 at 18:07:00
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I've had similar thoughts, e.g. that US $20 seems about the maximum suitable price for this kind of thing.  I wonder if they are available for rent anywhere.  Though I'm not much inclined toward such videos, there are certainly a few of them I would have rented, had I come across them on Netflix or some such.
  
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Re: New QGA Chessbase DVD
Reply #5 - 04/07/10 at 16:52:46
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Rizzitano's book is excellent, but it's too old by now to rely upon very much.  The same goes for Semkov's (no doubt this remark will spur the issuance of Edition 4).  In fact, I wonder just what systems you can play based on some book by X, however strong X is and however good his book is.  You have to consider essentially all books to be background material and your main source has to be a database and your own analyses of the critical variations.  Or recent analysis you've found elsewhere, such as Chess Publishing.  Even then, caveat emptor.

As for audio-visual presentations, I don't see how these can be useful for any purpose other than understanding broad principles, though here my experience is less because I have shied away from these things.  So perhaps it isn't really a criticism of some QGA presentation that it doesn't treat some critical variation, so long as it isn't being sold as a complete basis for playing the QGA.

I have no doubt that watching Lilov's presentation would significantly benefit my understanding of some things, but I'm not likely to expend the 27 euro.  What a price.  Make it 17 euro and I'll think about it.
  

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Re: New QGA Chessbase DVD
Reply #4 - 04/07/10 at 16:15:09
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How could you form the opinion that a book is THE best book in a current opening and then you say that you don't know about the Rizzitano book? Semkov's book is also good even though has has holes that Avrukh discovered.
  
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Re: New QGA Chessbase DVD
Reply #3 - 04/07/10 at 15:43:51
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tracke wrote on 04/06/10 at 08:16:35:
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Well, if there is no ability or intention to see differences in quality, then of course everything is just "interesting".


Of course is interesting for the author, in MegaBase 2010 I found only 1 QGA game played by FM Lilov (as White).
What's next, Chessbase, "The Sicilian Najdorf according to Britney Spears?"  Roll Eyes

imho the best book on QGA is Sakaev-Semkov  (i don't know Rizzitano's book)
  
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Re: New QGA Chessbase DVD
Reply #2 - 04/07/10 at 11:19:31
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FM Valeri Lilov – The Queen´s Gambit Accepted
ChessBase Fritztrainer DVD ; 2010 ; € 27,50

01      (02:25)            Intro

02      (28:56)            3.Nc3 [3…a6] and 3.Qa4 [3…Nd7] (Alterman–Raetsky, Rostov 1993)
03      (10:53)            3.e3 [3…e5] (Short–Bareev, Pula 1997)

04      (11:21)            3.e4 Nc6 4.d5 (Volkov–Ibragimov, Moscow 1995)
05      (12:09)            3.e4 Nc6 4.Nf3 (Yakovich–Kharlov, Kazan 1997)
06      (11:23)            3.e4 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.Bxc4 Nc6 (Petursson–Anand, Wijk an Zee 1990)
07      (13:09)            3.e4 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.Bxc4 Nb6 (Volkov–Mikhalchishin, Batumi 1999)
08      (11:28)            3.e4 c5 (Gelfand–Anand, Linares 1993)
09      (12:52)            3.e4 e5 3.Nf3 Bb4+ (VanWely–Azmaiparashvili, Ohrid 2001)
10      (12:31)            3.e4 e5 3.Nf3 exd4 4.Bxc4 Nc6 (Karpov–Anand, Dos Hermanas 1997)
11      (11:54)            3.e4 e5 3.Nf3 exd4 4.Bxc4 Bb4+ (Vyzmanavin–Rublevsky, Moscow 1991)

12      (12:48)            3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bg4 [4…b5?, 4…a6, 4…g6] (Kasparov–Petrosian, Tilburg 1981)
13      (11:17)            3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Qa4+ [4...c6 5.Qxc4 Bf5] (Ljubojevic–Anand, Belgrade 1997)
14      (11:59)            3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 (Kasparov–Timman, Prague [1]1998)
15      (12:23)            3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bg4 (Antunes–Miles, Wijk an Zee B 1996)

16      (11:59)            3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 Nc6 (Ulibin–Raetsky, Abu Dhabi 2001)
17      (12:17)            3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 [7.a4, 7.e4] (Botvinnik–Petrosian, Moscow [10]1963)
18      (12:55)            3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 [7.Qe2] (Jussupow–Anand, Dortmund 1997)
19      (13:10)            3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 [7.Qe2] (Petrosian–Smyslov, Moscow 1950)

20      (12:57)            Model game I [7.Qe2] (Lukov–Dlugy, Palma de Mallorca 1989)
21      (11:48)            Model game II [7.Qe2] (Leitao–Ponomariov, Lausanne 1999)

22      (01:12)            Outro

total playing time 4h 23min 46sec

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Re: New QGA Chessbase DVD
Reply #1 - 04/06/10 at 08:16:35
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That new Chessbase DVD by FM Lilov doesn´t offer any hard-core theory and doesn´t recommend any specific line. Critical lines as 7.Bb3! or 7.Bd3! or 7.dxc5! aren´t mentioned at all !!
Imo this DVD is of very little or even no value for players 2000+ . For weaker players it´s maybe of some value but not really to be recommended.

Presenting 20 typical/classical/"interesting" games from 1950 to 2001 Lilov gives some positional basics and shows some methods of counterplay. Certainly a 1500-1800 newbie can easily grasp the charakter/pace of play in the QGA with this DVD but he should search for additional theory elsewhere. Lilov touches every line (except the most critical ones!) a little bit, only the old mainline with 7.Qe2 gets more attention. Against 3.e4 he shows games with 3...Nc6, 3...Nf6, 3...c5 and 3...e5 but doesn´t seem to give any preference for one of these. As long as Black avoids 3.e3 b5? and 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 b5? any line is "fine" and "comfortable" according to Lilov (even Smylov´s 4.e3 g6). And everything is "interesting"! Well, if there is no ability or intention to see differences in quality, then of course everything is just "interesting".

Imo one of the weakest DVD from Chessbase ...

tracke    Huh Sad Cry

PS: Later on (maybe tomorrow) I´ll post a TOC (if anyone still needs it).
PPS: And there is a really ridiculous historical mistake: talking about Kasparov-Timman, Prague (m/1) 1998 Lilov claims "that this was actually a world championship match game". Huh?!  Anyone seriously interested in chess (and especially a FM or the Chessbase stuff!) should know better!!!
  
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New QGA Chessbase DVD
03/31/10 at 16:14:01
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Does anyone have the scoop on this new offering?  I was wandering if the lines would mesh well with Rizzatano's QGA work?
  
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