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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #317 - 01/17/15 at 12:43:10
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #316 - 01/17/15 at 12:33:50
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bragesjo wrote on 01/17/15 at 11:08:17:
PatzerNoster wrote on 01/17/15 at 09:57:20:
In my tournament games the use of Anti-Sicilians has declined in the last two years:

Out of 23 games, I got:

  • 14 "real" Dragons
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cd4: 4.Nd4: Nf6 5.f3 - 2 games
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ - 1 game
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 - 1 game
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d3 - 1 game
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 - 1 game
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.c3 - 1 game
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 g6 3.f4 (GPA) - 1 game
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Ne2 (but transposed to a mainline Maroczy) - 1 game


The average rating of my opponents was slightly below 2300, so I guess it's not true that you get more Open Sicilians only on Grandmaster level.

Though 2. ... Nc6 might be a different story, as there 3.Bb5 is really really popular...


I have also noticed that anti sicilians are  less common in the last two years. But these days I play e6 based sicilians and not Dragon.


Come play the Kalashnikov! (Tony,you have my permission to use that title for your next book! Hell! lets plug the series to Everyman!) It's where all the ex dragon afficianados seem to hang out these days!!  Grin
  

"As Mikhail Tal would say ' Let's have a bit of hooliganism! '"

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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #315 - 01/17/15 at 11:08:17
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PatzerNoster wrote on 01/17/15 at 09:57:20:
In my tournament games the use of Anti-Sicilians has declined in the last two years:

Out of 23 games, I got:

  • 14 "real" Dragons
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cd4: 4.Nd4: Nf6 5.f3 - 2 games
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ - 1 game
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 - 1 game
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d3 - 1 game
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 - 1 game
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.c3 - 1 game
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 g6 3.f4 (GPA) - 1 game
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Ne2 (but transposed to a mainline Maroczy) - 1 game


The average rating of my opponents was slightly below 2300, so I guess it's not true that you get more Open Sicilians only on Grandmaster level.

Though 2. ... Nc6 might be a different story, as there 3.Bb5 is really really popular...


I have also noticed that anti sicilians are  less common in the last two years. But these days I play e6 based sicilians and not Dragon.
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #314 - 01/17/15 at 09:57:20
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In my tournament games the use of Anti-Sicilians has declined in the last two years:

Out of 23 games, I got:

  • 14 "real" Dragons
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cd4: 4.Nd4: Nf6 5.f3 - 2 games
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ - 1 game
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 - 1 game
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d3 - 1 game
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 - 1 game
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.c3 - 1 game
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 g6 3.f4 (GPA) - 1 game
  • 1.e4 c5 2.Ne2 (but transposed to a mainline Maroczy) - 1 game


The average rating of my opponents was slightly below 2300, so I guess it's not true that you get more Open Sicilians only on Grandmaster level.

Though 2. ... Nc6 might be a different story, as there 3.Bb5 is really really popular...
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #313 - 01/17/15 at 05:20:53
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It is true, this book is quite unique that it has a broad range of audience, I am someone who only has goals of IM by norms and hopefully better even, and it has good coverage for this cause. Usually opening books are either little detailed for higher rated players, or too detailed for lower rated players, but this one seems to have good balance. Even in open tournaments, you know that you need at least 5,5/9 with a 2400 performance to get rewarded an IM norm, thus you need good materials to help you. I like to think about opening books in that category: which ones really help to achieve norms after study, and which not, and I find that this one falls into the first category.

Regarding anti-Sicilians, I think not that it is that people are just more interested in the anti-Sicilians, but unfortunately that is how it goes, any Sicilian player knows that they usually get more anti-Sicilians, unless they are 2500+. Even then, Zwiagintszew, Swidler, even Carlsen play anti-Sicilians sometimes, not always, but still. However, I find that if one plays in closed tournaments, less people play anti-Sicilians against you.
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #312 - 01/17/15 at 03:13:18
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The book made me an offer I could not refuse.  I am making the book my new wartime consigliere.

I've had it for a few days now and have had decent chance to get into it.  I've played a lot of Sveshnikov's over the years, became an 1...e5 player last five but have been looking for a second weapon to keep the rep from getting stale.

So I jumped right in and started playing some training games using just the shallow understanding I grabbed in a few hours of reading and found some great positions coming up on the board.  Now making a more studious effort to learn and work through it and put Kalashnikov in repertoire for the upcoming US $$ tournaments that lead up to the World Open.

I'm not sure what the Everyman target demo is but fwiw I am playing in the 'expert' sections.... u/2200 (in the lower half of that rating bracket).

Its a real good book.   Smiley  Thanks for your efforts.
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #311 - 01/16/15 at 00:06:47
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Thanks a lot John, you just made my day - means a lot coming from the man who wrote The Berlin Wall.

IMJohnCox wrote on 01/15/15 at 23:08:10:
It also introduced me to the expression 'go to the mattresses', whose derivation I defy anyone who doesn't know it to guess. Worth the purchase price for that alone.


This is what happens when you let an Italian-American write a chess book.  Grin  Wink  Shocked
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #310 - 01/15/15 at 23:08:10
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I'd just like to say I think this is a really good book. Congratulations to TonyRo.

I qualify that by saying that don't know enough about the material to say whether there are things omitted, or whether the analysis is correct.

What is obvious though is that the explanations are very good, in my opinion striking exactly the right balance between words and moves, that the lines chosen are interesting, the level of detail just right, and that the book is well-written and organised. That's a hell of a good start, placing it immediately in the top 10% at least of opening books.

It also introduced me to the expression 'go to the mattresses', whose derivation I defy anyone who doesn't know it to guess. Worth the purchase price for that alone.
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #309 - 01/13/15 at 20:57:30
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DenVerdsligeRejsende wrote on 01/13/15 at 20:39:25:
To be honest I think that I might also study your 2...Nf6 but for the Morra...

This is one pro of playing this line - I used to always accept the Morra with 2...cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 d6 6.Bc4 a6 and still do on occasion, but with the Esserman and Langrock books being published and relatively popular, I like transposing to the c3 lines to try and annoy them more these days.

DenVerdsligeRejsende wrote on 01/13/15 at 20:39:25:
The material is absolutely in depth for someone like me, and much higher. I think that Radjabow could learn a lot from your book  Smiley

I decided to err on the side of over-analyzing, or just analyzing deeply. My thought was thought lower rated players could read the intro and just play through the bold lines while reading the commentary, then use it as a reference, while stronger players could deepen their knowledge and delve into the analysis more diligently. We'll see how people like it.

And if you're reading this thread Teimour (Wink), message me and tell me what you think!  Grin

  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #308 - 01/13/15 at 20:53:10
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So then you will have three (quite) different variations of the Sicilian in addition to the Pirc, French and Caro-Kann?
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #307 - 01/13/15 at 20:39:25
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To be honest I think that I might also study your 2...Nf6 but for the Morra, which I have no idea what to do since no one plays it to me, bit then it lind of just makes sense to apply it tp 2. c3 too  Smiley. I have your book in my rucksack to bring to read in between rounds for next tournaments, I see the Kalashnikow very rarely even at my level 2300-2350 and even when I see boards near me, I think that I shall add this to my Najdorf and Kan. Been avwhile since I tried any 2...Nc6 Sicilians. I should add that this is an advantage of your book. The material is abbsolutely in depth for someone like me, and much higher. I think that Radjabow could learn a lot from your book  Smiley
  
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Reply #306 - 01/13/15 at 20:32:48
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Yes, if you play the French that's certainly a promising way to play. Not all of us are so talented!  Cheesy
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #305 - 01/13/15 at 20:28:37
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Personally I just play 2...e6 when people play 2. c3. Thos aims to transpose into the French advance which is fine because I play both Sicilian and French. Buy I doubt that very many do this. If 3. d4 d5 4. exd5 exd5 this is just a good version of the 4...£xd5 French Tarrasch. Nothing for White here, and I won against 2250 and 2300 here, first time within 25 moves (this time I was not the one to lose as White so fast!) but still your 2...Nf6 repertoite is solid and good for those who do not play both Sicilian and French.
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #304 - 01/13/15 at 18:46:55
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Bibs wrote on 01/13/15 at 12:21:16:
Look at the strap on your left wrist Tony, as a committed 2...Nc6ite.
WWID
What would Ikonnikov do?
What do the leading lights do in such circumstances?


It's funny how many times I actually asked myself that during the writing of the book. It would not be a stretch for me to have written in the intro that this is a repertoire inspired by the games of V. Ikonnikov. Not only is he probably one of the greatest 7...Be7!? experts on the planet, but he's also used the Anti-Kalashnikov, Alapin, Grand Prix Attack, and Closed Sicilian recommendations. And if you're thinking that's basically the whole book - it pretty much is!

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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #303 - 01/13/15 at 12:21:16
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Look at the strap on your left wrist Tony, as a committed 2...Nc6ite.
WWID
What would Ikonnikov do?
What do the leading lights do in such circumstances?

The immediate ...e5 line as covered latterly in Dangerous Weapons is a good tool at club level (say, below 2000). Played it for many years.
1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. ed Qd5 4. d4 e5.
Club level players always end up having to give the pawn back and have the king stranded. Quick wins for black.

Agree, the Bf5 lines are useful for livening things up.

Unlike 2..d6 players we have to have lines also managing to meet 2.Nf3, 3. c3 too of course.

Oh, and my strap has WWJD of course. What would Jack (Bauer) do?
  
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