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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #332 - 01/31/15 at 02:55:05
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First review courtesy of my three-year-old when I opened the box:

"Wow! It's so beautiful! A red book. Look, Dad, a pawn! It's really beautiful!"

She then claimed the book as her own. I may need to order another copy for myself.
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #331 - 01/26/15 at 21:22:55
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TonyRo wrote on 01/26/15 at 18:57:38:
You can get it for a few dollars cheaper than that from Chess4Less I'm guessing.


Good call. I just placed an order and should be holding the book in my hands around this time next week!

TonyRo wrote on 01/26/15 at 18:57:38:
The book itself is $27-30 here in the US no matter what, with shipping it will be closer to $40 than not unfortunately.


Quite right. I use Amazon Prime in America, which includes free 2-day shipping on all Amazon-shipped items, so I'm a little spoiled.

Supporting you and getting a great new book is worth the extra $10-15.  Grin

Now I have a week to review the databases and acclimating myself to the positions before the books arrives and I can really get to understanding things. Maybe the line will even find its way into one of my tournament games at the end of February.

And I will of course have feedback for you (and Amazon review authoring pen at the ready) when I've made my way through and formed some solid impressions.
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #330 - 01/26/15 at 18:57:38
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Othy wrote on 01/26/15 at 18:36:06:
This still isn't available through any American booksellers yet (except those with exorbitant shipment fees attached). Ordering direct from Everyman's warehouses will run me ~$40. I'm tempted to pony up the cash!

You can get it for a few dollars cheaper than that from Chess4Less I'm guessing. The book itself is $27-30 here in the US no matter what, with shipping it will be closer to $40 than not unfortunately...I think @ Chess4Less will ship USPS for aorund $5-6, but that's from memory, not something I looked up.

Othy wrote on 01/26/15 at 18:36:06:
How long does it typically take Everyman to release ebook formats after initial publishing?

The eBooks probably vary according to how much work there is in converting whatever the author submits in Chessbase to an eBook that's identical to the printed work. I know that my files of analysis I turned in are organized well and mostly complete, but there are definite differences in the writing and analysis. Some of what's in the book is different than what's in the CB file, and vice versa. The commentary is definitely different - I did a lot of revisions there after I had already ported everything over to MS Word. The book is quite large anyway - I would say it might be a few months, possibly more. Really no idea. It really depends on when they get around to it - I don't have any involvement with the eBooks.

Othy wrote on 01/26/15 at 18:36:06:
I am so looking forward to this book, Tony. I have kept up with your hard work on the forums here. I would buy the book just out of appreciation of your accomplishment.

Thanks a ton - the support and kind words definitely make the 4 years it took me to write this paperweight worth it!

Othy wrote on 01/26/15 at 18:36:06:
But it so happens I have been looking for a complementary variation for my Acc. Dragon as well. Wink

The Kalashnikov is a good compliment - might get you out of studying 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 too, as you could always just play 3...g6.

Othy wrote on 01/26/15 at 18:38:14:
And in line with the current discussion topic, as a player who alternates between fianchetto setups with ...e6 or ...e5, I'm also looking forward to your take on the latter.

If you end up tracking down a copy of TKS, let me know what you think!  Grin
  
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And in line with the current discussion topic, as a player who alternates between fianchetto setups with ...e6 or ...e5, I'm also looking forward to your take on the latter.
  
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This still isn't available through any American booksellers yet (except those with exorbitant shipment fees attached). Ordering direct from Everyman's warehouses will run me ~$40. I'm tempted to pony up the cash!

How long does it typically take Everyman to release ebook formats after initial publishing?

I am so looking forward to this book, Tony. I have kept up with your hard work on the forums here. I would buy the book just out of appreciation of your accomplishment. But it so happens I have been looking for a complementary variation for my Acc. Dragon as well. Wink

Congrats!
  
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Reply #327 - 01/26/15 at 18:32:58
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It does go back quite a ways, but I do think I put a fresh spin on it.  Grin

I also don't fault the reviewer, as the 6...e5 Fianchetto line hasn't been popular for a very long time...
  
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Reply #326 - 01/26/15 at 05:30:59
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It is perhaps adorable that the reviewer thinks you have advocated "a fairly new approach" against the Closed Sicilian.  (As far as I know you opted for 6...e5 stuff which off the top of my head goes back six decades ...).
  
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Reply #325 - 01/26/15 at 05:00:08
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First review at Amazon UK is up! Five stars!

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One star for each ten pound note I slipped the author.

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Reply #324 - 01/22/15 at 22:34:55
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Deal.  Grin
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #323 - 01/22/15 at 21:38:38
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TonyRo wrote on 01/22/15 at 04:13:20:
A small request - If any of you guys genuinely enjoyed/are still enjoying The Killer Sicilian, please write a review the next time you stop into Amazon - it'd be a big help! Thanks!

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A small request - If any of you guys genuinely enjoyed/are still enjoying The Killer Sicilian, please write a review the next time you stop into Amazon - it'd be a big help! Thanks!

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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #321 - 01/17/15 at 17:18:53
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tony37 wrote on 01/17/15 at 12:43:10:
Kalashnikov spotted in Carlsen-Hou


Larsen_fan wrote on 01/17/15 at 15:14:55:
Hou looks fine and Carlsen is taking a lot of time trying to come up with something (move 17 - 18).


Yes, interesting game. I looked at this 9...Bg5 line against 6.c4 Be7 7.N1c3 a6 8.Na3 Be6 9.Nc2! for TKS, but I didn't find the positions particularly easy to play or evaluate. Black is super solid, and indeed Hou looked fine in this game, even up to move 25-30 or so. But when I was working on these positions, I could never find any good ways to really improve my position - computers will shuffle Black's pieces around efficiently and not let White make any marked progress, but to me that seemed like a terrible way to play the game, or at the very least a terrible repertoire choice.

This game reminds me of one of the chapter's from Axel Smith's award-winning Pump Up Your Rating - "No Pawn Lever - No Plan". These kinds of positions are probably not the greatest choice against Magnus, and indeed, past move 30 Magnus out-maneuvered Hou quite badly, and by move 40 or so she looked markedly worse, and probably lost after 44.c5!.

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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #320 - 01/17/15 at 17:10:46
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RoleyPoley wrote on 01/17/15 at 12:33:50:
Come play the Kalashnikov! (Tony,you have my permission to use that title for your next book! Hell! lets plug the series to Everyman!)


I like the name, but even thinking about another book right now makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit.  Cry

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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #319 - 01/17/15 at 17:09:33
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barnaby wrote on 01/17/15 at 03:13:18:
The book made me an offer I could not refuse.  I am making the book my new wartime consigliere.


I see what you did there.  Grin

barnaby wrote on 01/17/15 at 03:13:18:
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.


barnaby wrote on 01/17/15 at 03:13:18:
Its a real good book.   Smiley  Thanks for your efforts.


I'm glad you like it - thanks for the support, and good luck in your tournaments! I was thinking about traveling to the World Open, just to check it out this year - maybe I'll see you there!

DenVerdsligeRejsende wrote on 01/17/15 at 05:20:53:
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.


Thanks! If I recall I said in the introduction that I tried to give stronger players a lot of detailed analysis (it's still possible to give too much - that's something that an author really needs to think about), and club players reasonable explanations. I think the intro and "key takeaways" help there. Club players can always just study the book less deeply than titled players, but if the detailed analysis is not there, stronger players will never use your book!
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #318 - 01/17/15 at 15:14:55
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Hou looks fine and Carlsen is taking a lot of time trying to come up with something (move 17 - 18).
  
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