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Re: Again on the Kalshnikov
Reply #26 - 09/10/10 at 06:47:50
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Schaakhamster wrote on 09/10/10 at 06:28:16:
Who's the publisher?


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Re: Again on the Kalshnikov
Reply #25 - 09/10/10 at 06:28:16
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Re: Again on the Kalshnikov
Reply #24 - 09/10/10 at 04:21:02
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Aha. I had you as an opening enthusiast rather than expert though.
If you need help, give me a shout. Busy, but can try.I made it into Neil Mcdonald's Kalashnikov book, many moons ago! Best of luck. Why not collaborate with Neil btw?
  
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Re: Again on the Kalshnikov
Reply #23 - 09/10/10 at 03:12:30
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Who!? Cmon - I'm insulted!  Grin
  
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Re: Again on the Kalshnikov
Reply #22 - 09/10/10 at 02:52:54
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Mortal Games wrote on 09/09/10 at 21:28:46:
There is a new book for 2011 on the Kalashnikov Sicilian called: The Killer Sicilian: Fighting 1e4 with the Kalashnikov by Tony Rotella

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Are you searching for a new weapon against 1 e4? Look no further - choose the Killer Sicilian!

In this book, opening expert Tony Rotella presents a Sicilian repertoire for Black, the backbone of which consists of the Kalashnikov Variation. The Kalashnikov is an ideal choice for those looking to take up the Sicilian. Black follows an easy-to-learn system of development, with clear strategic aims. What's more, in many lines Black can choose between aggressive and positional options. It's no coincidence that the Kalashnikov has attracted such attacking talents as World Championship candidate Teimour Radjabov and multi-time US Champion Alexander Shabalov.

Rotella critically examines the main lines and lucidly explains the key positional and tactical ideas for both sides. He also shows what Black should do against White's various Anti-Sicilian options. Read this book and unleash the Killer Sicilian!

◦A Killer Sicilian repertoire for Black
◦Also includes Anti-Sicilian coverage
◦Packed with new ideas and critical analysis.


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Reply #21 - 09/10/10 at 01:29:33
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Yeah, and I expect this book will be well worth having, as well as interesting to read.
  

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Reply #20 - 09/09/10 at 21:28:46
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There is a new book for 2011 on the Kalashnikov Sicilian called: The Killer Sicilian: Fighting 1e4 with the Kalashnikov by Tony Rotella

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Are you searching for a new weapon against 1 e4? Look no further - choose the Killer Sicilian!

In this book, opening expert Tony Rotella presents a Sicilian repertoire for Black, the backbone of which consists of the Kalashnikov Variation. The Kalashnikov is an ideal choice for those looking to take up the Sicilian. Black follows an easy-to-learn system of development, with clear strategic aims. What's more, in many lines Black can choose between aggressive and positional options. It's no coincidence that the Kalashnikov has attracted such attacking talents as World Championship candidate Teimour Radjabov and multi-time US Champion Alexander Shabalov.

Rotella critically examines the main lines and lucidly explains the key positional and tactical ideas for both sides. He also shows what Black should do against White's various Anti-Sicilian options. Read this book and unleash the Killer Sicilian!

◦A Killer Sicilian repertoire for Black
◦Also includes Anti-Sicilian coverage
◦Packed with new ideas and critical analysis.


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Re: Again on the Kalshnikov
Reply #19 - 07/30/10 at 07:54:03
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TonyRo wrote on 07/29/10 at 17:38:29:
It's not particularly easy for White to gain an edge against any of Blacks' options. He's quite solid. I wonder why you'd choose to play this line instead of just learning a bit of stuff against the Sicilians that you're trying to avoid?


Its a valid question, I dont always play 3.Nc3 but it does manage to avoid 2 important lines: Sveshnikov & early Qb6 system (which is under-estimated in my view) At top level its also popular so its worth having it in your repertoire.

Also the thing is against 3.Nc3 I think 3...e5 is a solid line theoretically for Black, but its not to everybodys taste to play those positions, and White is very safe, whereas 3...Nd4 I just don't believe in.
  
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Re: Again on the Kalshnikov
Reply #18 - 07/29/10 at 21:32:47
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That's a good idea! Why not?
  

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Reply #17 - 07/29/10 at 17:38:29
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It's not particularly easy for White to gain an edge against any of Blacks' options. He's quite solid. I wonder why you'd choose to play this line instead of just learning a bit of stuff against the Sicilians that you're trying to avoid?
  
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Re: Again on the Kalshnikov
Reply #16 - 07/29/10 at 08:33:08
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As White I play 3.Nc3 myself - have to admit I always considered 3...Nd4 as complete junk until one day I saw an IM playing it in a tournament (to be honest I didn't even know such a move could exist). I did a database search and discovered it is not so easy for White to get an advantage here, although like Markovich said earlier, the move just doesnt "smell right" to me.
  
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Re: Again on the Kalshnikov
Reply #15 - 07/28/10 at 17:16:03
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Keano,

I have to admit, 3. Nc3 is annoying, but if you're a normal club player, it's very unlikely that you'll see more than 5 3. Nc3's in a given year. I very, very rarely see it, and so it's fine for me to venture into 3...e5 or 3...Nd4. Also worth consideration is 3...d6!?, mentioned to me by John, which looks for Kalashnikov-esque play after 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 e5. I think Radjabov has recently ventured this against Kramnik. It's interesting and uncharted, although I can't help but feel that it's a bit too much work to analayze all the knight moves (and 4. Bb5 is no laughing matter) just to avoid 3...e5 or 3...Nd4 in very rare circumstances.

Michael,

I'm slowly working my way through the Kalashnikov complex, one variation at a time. I probably have around 85 pages in word already! I am getting there, and expect to be done with all of my analysis within about a month and a half. I haven't made it to 6. c4 and 7. N1c3, mostly because it's big and I want to knock everything else out first. I will without question look at these ideas once I get there, which I anticipate being quite soon.

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Re: Again on the Kalshnikov
Reply #14 - 07/28/10 at 16:13:19
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Yes, I saw this game as well. The Kalashnikov seems in good shape at the moment -- has been for some time, I think, so I imagine that's why Adams tried it rather than 'cos anything terribly new has been found, but who knows ...?

TonyRo -- did you come to any conclusions re my earlier points, I wonder?
  
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Re: Again on the Kalshnikov
Reply #13 - 07/28/10 at 16:03:55
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See Mickey Adams has been giving the Kalashnikov a bash recently, that is definitely a bit of a strange one. Has he just got bored or has there been some new developments here? Have to admit the 3.Nc3 move-order mentioned earlier kind of puts a downer on the whole thing for me, since I dont really fancy playing those positions after 3...e5.
  
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Re: Again on the Kalshnikov
Reply #12 - 06/21/10 at 12:55:54
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