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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #167 - 07/11/14 at 21:30:57
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TonyRo wrote on 07/11/14 at 16:27:34:
If anyone was curious about the recommendations covered in the book, here they are, by chapter (I'm bored at work, and simply need something to take up my time) - page numbers are approximate and taken from the raw manuscript, which may be way off in terms of final count:

Introduction (17 pages):

a) Short History/Prominent Players (3)
b) Why Play the Kalashnikov? (1)
c) Discussion of pawn structures and common positional/tactical themes (11)
d) First Moves/Organization of Book (1)
e) Last Notes About the Book (how to use it and study it, my thoughts on repertoire choices, etc.) (1)

Kalashnikov (216 pages):

1. 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 Be7 8.Nc4! Main Lines, with a very short overview of the older 7...b5 (32 pages)
2. 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 Be7 - Other 8th Moves like 8.Nd5, 8.Bd3, etc. (25 pages)
3. 6.c4 Be7 7.N1c3 a6 8.Na3, covering 8...f5, 8...Be6, and the move order with 8...Nf6 (51 pages)
4. 6.c4 Be7 7.Be2, covering both 7...Nf6 and 7...f5 (18 pages)
5. 6.c4 Be7 7.b3, covering both 7...Nf6 and 7...f5 (18 pages)
6. 6.c4 Be7 - Everything else, examining both 7.Bd3 a6 and 7.Bd3 Nf6 (20 pages)
7. White's Other 6th Moves (6.Bc4, 6.a4, 6.Be3, etc) (24 pages)
8. Other Knight Hops on Move 5 (29 pages)

Anti-Sicilians (175 pages):

9. The Anti-Kalashnikov - 3.Nc3 e5 (17 pages)
10. The Rossolimo - 3.Bb5 Nf6!? (37 pages)
11. The Alapin - 2.c3 Nf6, heading straight down the ...d6/...d5 main lines (25 pages)
12. The Closed - examining ...g6 with ...e5 systems (28 pages)
13. The GPA and Related Systems - Recommending 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.O-O e6!? and 5.Bc4 e6 6.f5 exf5!?  (36 pages)
14. White's Other Second Moves (2.a3, 2.b4, 2.Ne2, 2.b3/g3, etc.) (33 pages)

Please let me know if there are any more detailed questions.  Wink


Looking forward to it Tony.

I have a question about a line in the Rossolimo. Had a game on RHP a few years ago against a 2300+ player.

He played a line NOT in Richard Palliser's 3.Bb5 book, but seems to give White interesting play?

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.Nc3 Qc7 5.0-0 Nd4 6.Re1 a6 7.Bc4 Ng4 8.Bxf7+!? not in Richard Palliser's book and haven't found much on it. (not looked to hard to be honest). Kxf7 (forced)  9.Nd5 Qd6 10.Ng5+ Kg8 11.Qxg4

Have you seen this and how would you evaluate this position for Black? Reckon it's okay for Black but will have to play accurately to equalise.

  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #166 - 07/11/14 at 16:27:34
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If anyone was curious about the recommendations covered in the book, here they are, by chapter (I'm bored at work, and simply need something to take up my time) - page numbers are approximate and taken from the raw manuscript, which may be way off in terms of final count:

Introduction (17 pages):

a) Short History/Prominent Players (3)
b) Why Play the Kalashnikov? (1)
c) Discussion of pawn structures and common positional/tactical themes (11)
d) First Moves/Organization of Book (1)
e) Last Notes About the Book (how to use it and study it, my thoughts on repertoire choices, etc.) (1)

Kalashnikov (216 pages):

1. 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 Be7 8.Nc4! Main Lines, with a very short overview of the older 7...b5 (32 pages)
2. 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 Be7 - Other 8th Moves like 8.Nd5, 8.Bd3, etc. (25 pages)
3. 6.c4 Be7 7.N1c3 a6 8.Na3, covering 8...f5, 8...Be6, and the move order with 8...Nf6 (51 pages)
4. 6.c4 Be7 7.Be2, covering both 7...Nf6 and 7...f5 (18 pages)
5. 6.c4 Be7 7.b3, covering both 7...Nf6 and 7...f5 (18 pages)
6. 6.c4 Be7 - Everything else, examining both 7.Bd3 a6 and 7.Bd3 Nf6 (20 pages)
7. White's Other 6th Moves (6.Bc4, 6.a4, 6.Be3, etc) (24 pages)
8. Other Knight Hops on Move 5 (29 pages)

Anti-Sicilians (175 pages):

9. The Anti-Kalashnikov - 3.Nc3 e5 (17 pages)
10. The Rossolimo - 3.Bb5 Nf6!? (37 pages)
11. The Alapin - 2.c3 Nf6, heading straight down the ...d6/...d5 main lines (25 pages)
12. The Closed - examining ...g6 with ...e5 systems (28 pages)
13. The GPA and Related Systems - Recommending 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.O-O e6!? and 5.Bc4 e6 6.f5 exf5!?  (36 pages)
14. White's Other Second Moves (2.a3, 2.b4, 2.Ne2, 2.b3/g3, etc.) (33 pages)

Please let me know if there are any more detailed questions.  Wink
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #165 - 07/04/14 at 23:57:39
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Not positive. I asked John about this very thing, so I'll keep you guys updated once I hear back. I'm anxious myself!
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #164 - 07/04/14 at 22:52:18
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So is it an Oct 2014 publication or maybe earlier?
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #163 - 07/04/14 at 20:12:45
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Bibs wrote on 07/04/14 at 15:20:29:
A book on The Tromp would be suitable then.
THE book on that has still not yet been written....

Many congrats on finishing!
Treat yourself to the Hawaiian tourney in March 2015, which looks to be a cracker.


Thanks! Great idea - and thanks for your help along the way sir!

Lauri Torni wrote on 07/04/14 at 19:20:06:
Ordered!


Hope you like it!
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #162 - 07/04/14 at 19:20:06
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Ordered!
  

1.Nf3! -  beat your opponent by killing his zest for life.
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #161 - 07/04/14 at 15:20:29
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A book on The Tromp would be suitable then.
THE book on that has still not yet been written....

Many congrats on finishing!
Treat yourself to the Hawaiian tourney in March 2015, which looks to be a cracker.
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #160 - 07/04/14 at 08:24:22
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Much easier to write, much shorter, and much more depressing for Black

Grin

A long break will be nice. Perhaps I can get better at this game, and learn how to play with the White pieces!

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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #159 - 07/04/14 at 04:09:16
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Congrats! Kalashnikov is nice! Now you start your next projevt which is a book on the Löfwentahl. Probably easier to write. Smiley But you might have a break I guess!
  

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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #158 - 07/01/14 at 17:10:10
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LGXIII wrote on 07/01/14 at 15:26:24:
gewgaw wrote on 06/30/14 at 13:15:43:
Congrats, Tony!

Hopefully you double checked your lines with SF5?  Wink


I started to play CC chess relatively recently but I have noticed that getting "proper" results requires incredible cpu time (and not with infinite analysis).

Since SF5 is really recent I am not sure that double-checking a book with SF5 will add any value to the work certainly done while writing the book  Smiley


It's way too late. If there's anything I've learned while writing the book and reading so many others, it's that no opening book will ever hold up completely. People always find new ideas and disagree on assessments. The reality is simply that for a book of this size (my manuscript was 417 pages when I turned it), you can't spend days analyzing every little line and detail. There's just simply too much there.

I think people will like the book a lot. I know that at my level, very people know what the hell they're doing vs. the Kalashnikov, and I always get fully playable positions out of the opening with little effort.

I'd say about 90% of my games after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 continue 3.Bb5 Nf6 or 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 Be7!? 8.Nd5 Nf6!, both of which I feel very comfortable in.
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #157 - 07/01/14 at 16:47:59
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Congrats, Tony.
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #156 - 07/01/14 at 15:26:24
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gewgaw wrote on 06/30/14 at 13:15:43:
Congrats, Tony!

Hopefully you double checked your lines with SF5?  Wink


I started to play CC chess relatively recently but I have noticed that getting "proper" results requires incredible cpu time (and not with infinite analysis).

Since SF5 is really recent I am not sure that double-checking a book with SF5 will add any value to the work certainly done while writing the book  Smiley
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #155 - 07/01/14 at 01:00:02
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I always found Houdini to understand the Kalashnikov positions the best, but I haven't been using SF5 for too long now!
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #154 - 06/30/14 at 13:15:43
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Congrats, Tony!

Hopefully you double checked your lines with SF5?  Wink
  

The older, the better - over 2200 and still rising.
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #153 - 06/30/14 at 10:59:11
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Congratulations, Tony! Smiley

Must be a great relief.
I look forward to seeing the book when it comes out.
  

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