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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #347 - 02/10/15 at 01:23:55
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My brief thoughts on the a3 plans in this Rossolimo line are attached!  Grin
  

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Reply #346 - 02/09/15 at 21:49:09
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Jumping on the bandwagon I just ordered the book. Not really planning on picking up the Kalashnikov but really interested in the anti-sicilian section and also want to stay updated for my white repertoire even though I never ever encountered the Kalashnikov in a rated game.
Thrilled to browse through it in my vacation next week  Cheesy
  
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Reply #345 - 02/09/15 at 21:34:14
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I just looked at the beginning of the last game, with no sound. However, I do like that line with just short castling instead of defending the pawn on d6 with ...Be7 (as in the game).
  
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Reply #344 - 02/09/15 at 20:24:49
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A few Kalashnikovs today on Christoph Sielecki's YT Channel:

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Will take a look at the Rossolimo line tonight - been busy catching up on a few ICCF games I've been lagging behind on...
  
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Reply #343 - 02/09/15 at 11:56:17
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Pessoa wrote on 02/04/15 at 18:06:40:
This nice book has renewed my interest in 3…Nb6 after 3.Bb5. And it contains some useful notes on some lines in this variation given by Kolev and Nedev (K&N) in their book “The Easiest Sicilian.”

However, I wonder why in “The Killer Sicilian” no mention is made of a certain recommendation by Gawain Jones (as given in his book “How to Beat the Sicilian Defence”). I.e., after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.h3 Bg7 7.d3 0-0 8.Be3 b6 9.Qd2 e5, Jones endorses 10.a3!? (in the chapter on 3…g6, where the above position occurs via a different move order).

In contrast to Rotella, K&N mention this move and offer 10…a5 11.0-0 a4 12.Rae1 Re8 13.Nh2, and here they improve upon Jones’ line with 13…c4! (if I remember the moves after 10…a5 correctly).

Now I have a question to Tony Rotella (or any other expert on the Rossolimo): Would you, after 10.a3!?, also play 10…a5? And if so, what would you then do after the slightly irritating 11.Na4, which appears to be a standard way for White to prepare b2-b4?


The final position in Jones' analysis is completely equal, and Black can improve at a previous stage, as you have already hinted.
I found an interesting new idea for white (the antipositional 12.Nxe5!?) which did not give me any real advantage. With a little help from my opponent I won a pawn way after the opening phase, but this was not enough. Oh, and I wouldn't expect a move like 11.Na4 becoming trendy, or anything close to that...

  
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Reply #342 - 02/07/15 at 03:22:24
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Yes - I think that 10.g3 with the relatively unknown 16.c3!? or the last line of Chapter 3 are White's best bets. As Black against the former, you can try either Isikgeit's solid 21...Qe7 or my more active 21...Qc7!? - White has some slight pressure but must play very precisely to get anything, and Black's play is thematic nonetheless.

I have an ongoing ICCF game where my opponent tried the slightly shocking 21.h4!?, which doesn't look bad. White reasons (as I said in the book) that any move like Rd1, Qc2, cxb4, etc, has noticeable drawbacks and opens up options for Black, and so he focuses on Black's kingside dark squares and king for a second, leaving everything else intact.
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #341 - 02/06/15 at 21:57:17
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Actually I like the paper, but I like hellere the paper where it is smooth rather than rough, think of the Quality Chess paper, but the paper is definitely better than the previous paper, that was a bit hard and coarse.

Would you say, Tony, that the line that ends on page 64 is the most critical line of the entire book? This looks like the most forcing line and I like that theoretical equality is besought in this line than trying for a deviation that may offer more chances but would probably be much more dangerous to play against titled opposition. In any case, when I played 1. e4, I never could do anything against the Kalashnikow main lines, disregarding the times where I got plastered by move 15-20 in this line (like in my other thread Smiley).
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #340 - 02/06/15 at 20:40:09
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fling wrote on 02/06/15 at 13:17:04:
So far I have flipped through the book and looked at a few lines. I really like it, and a good thing is that there are recommendations against both Dismatling the Sicilian, Experts vs the Sicilian and Experts on the Anti-Sicilian (in which Cornette writes about 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Bb5, not the former one Wink ).


Thanks for the nice comments and support, I really appreciate you picking up the book! Yes - the good thing is that that Khalifman, De La Villa, Experts, etc, were written before 7...Be7 became popular, so it wasn't too hard to come up with improvements. Negi and Shaw's books will be tougher, but practically it probably won't matter much - I rarely find people stepping down the main lines or meeting 4...e5 with tons of preparation regardless.

fling wrote on 02/06/15 at 13:17:04:
The only small complaint I have so far is the size. It is bigger than most of my other Everyman books.


Yeah, their new format is interesting. The type is definitely larger and easier to read, but the physical size is definitely imposing. Tougher than hell to carry and store (I still have 5 review copies I'm looking to rid myself of!), but it is nice to read. I like the paper a lot (and with Everyman using some bad papers in the past, e.g. Gambiteer II, I'm lucky), but the physical profile of the book is a bit larger than I'd like. I thought the size used for books like Vigorito's KID series or Palliser's Anti-Sicilians book was optimal.

Thanks again, and do stop in later if you have more comments or compliments!  Grin
  
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Reply #339 - 02/06/15 at 13:17:04
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So far I have flipped through the book and looked at a few lines. I really like it, and a good thing is that there are recommendations against both Dismatling the Sicilian, Experts vs the Sicilian and Experts on the Anti-Sicilian (in which Cornette writes about 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Bb5, not the former one Wink ).

I agree with Cox here AFAIK. The detail is good, yet the explanations make me able to guess what moves Black ought to play in many lines. Also, speaking of the line above, it is good that it is summarized in a few pages for Black, as the book has more than 80 pages covering it!

The only small complaint I have so far is the size. It is bigger than most of my other Everyman books. Because I have a limited physical space for my books, this means less room for other books  Cheesy On the other hand, it makes it quite comfortable to read, when the pages are not totally packed with letters.
  
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Reply #338 - 02/04/15 at 18:11:34
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Hi Pessoa,

Let me check it out in some detail and get back to you. Thanks for checking out the book and really looking in depth!

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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #337 - 02/04/15 at 18:06:40
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This nice book has renewed my interest in 3…Nb6 after 3.Bb5. And it contains some useful notes on some lines in this variation given by Kolev and Nedev (K&N) in their book “The Easiest Sicilian.”

However, I wonder why in “The Killer Sicilian” no mention is made of a certain recommendation by Gawain Jones (as given in his book “How to Beat the Sicilian Defence”). I.e., after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.h3 Bg7 7.d3 0-0 8.Be3 b6 9.Qd2 e5, Jones endorses 10.a3!? (in the chapter on 3…g6, where the above position occurs via a different move order).

In contrast to Rotella, K&N mention this move and offer 10…a5 11.0-0 a4 12.Rae1 Re8 13.Nh2, and here they improve upon Jones’ line with 13…c4! (if I remember the moves after 10…a5 correctly).

Now I have a question to Tony Rotella (or any other expert on the Rossolimo): Would you, after 10.a3!?, also play 10…a5? And if so, what would you then do after the slightly irritating 11.Na4, which appears to be a standard way for White to prepare b2-b4?
  
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Reply #336 - 01/31/15 at 06:35:56
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TN wrote on 01/31/15 at 06:30:21:
Just thought I'd mention that I ordered the book.  Smiley


Looking forward to hearing what you think of it. Wink
  
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Reply #335 - 01/31/15 at 06:30:21
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Just thought I'd mention that I ordered the book.  Smiley
  

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Reply #334 - 01/31/15 at 06:24:24
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That's awesome! Besides the horrific spelling error on the spine, the cover art is really awesome. Perfect for such a book!
  
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Reply #333 - 01/31/15 at 03:15:04
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Othy wrote on 01/31/15 at 02:55:05:
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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