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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #407 - 08/30/15 at 12:05:55
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@befuddled: generals considerations should be on second place, concretes  considerations should be on the first place while analysing! In general consideration we can say something for White too: d4 square not for Black after c3, f5 square for a knight, the d5 square available "forever", more active rooks...
  
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Reply #406 - 08/30/15 at 11:46:22
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Confused_by_Theory wrote on 08/30/15 at 07:26:17:
Hello.

befuddled wrote on 08/29/15 at 12:31:51:
Just from a glance at the final position the d4 and f4 squares seem to be calling the Black knights eg 17...Ne6 18.Ne2 Ncd4

Those are nice squares for the knights, but they do not enjoy absolute stability on either square and moving around the knight enables white to get his pieces to better squares as well.


They are almost optimal squares, close to the White king and shutting down white play, especially f4. Black has two knights which can target f4, while White has only one, so there is absolute stability at f4 except in the case of an exchange sacrifice.
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #405 - 08/30/15 at 07:26:17
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Hello.

befuddled wrote on 08/29/15 at 12:31:51:
Just from a glance at the final position the d4 and f4 squares seem to be calling the Black knights eg 17...Ne6 18.Ne2 Ncd4

Those are nice squares for the knights, but they do not enjoy absolute stability on either square and moving around the knight enables white to get his pieces to better squares as well.

TonyRo wrote on 08/29/15 at 19:51:52:
I'll look into this one when I get home - there was a line in the 3.Nc3 chapter that Arkhein pointed out was worse for Black. Might be the same one - I'll have to check!

ArKheiN wrote on 08/29/15 at 22:06:56:
Yes indeed, I sent a private message some month ago to Tony, the final recommanded line is simply bad for Black, I won that position playing White in a correspondance game some years ago.

I see. Spent a bit of time yesterday checking the lines after 17.Kh2, but can't say I was overly happy with the result (see PGN).


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Reply #404 - 08/29/15 at 22:06:56
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Yes indeed, I sent a private message some month ago to Tony, the final recommanded line is simply bad for Black, I won that position playing White in a correspondance game some years ago.
  
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Reply #403 - 08/29/15 at 19:51:52
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I'll look into this one when I get home - there was a line in the 3.Nc3 chapter that Arkhein pointed out was worse for Black. Might be the same one - I'll have to check!
  
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Reply #402 - 08/29/15 at 12:31:51
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Just from a glance at the final position the d4 and f4 squares seem to be calling the Black knights eg 17...Ne6 18.Ne2 Ncd4
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #401 - 08/29/15 at 11:18:19
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Hi.

Got the book and found it to be very good.

In one of the Anti Sicilian lines (see mainline of attached PGN) I did not like where black ended up after the book's recommended moves. Basically I'm not sure why black should be OK in that specific line. Any thoughts? Or ideas on alternatives? Some things I included in the PGN to show what I've looked at.



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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #400 - 08/28/15 at 11:06:33
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TonyRo wrote on 08/28/15 at 04:21:19:
Hope you enjoy the book, and don't hesitate to message me with questions, criticism, or (preferably) praise!


I've got one serious complaint so far, and that's because I've been spending quite a few months this year developing an 1. ...e5 based repertoire, and now I want to play the Sicilian  Wink. Last time I played it, it was the Dragon of my teens.

From my skim reading so far, what strikes me is that you've poured into this book what me as a keen amateur wants to see, fighting chess, verbal explanations, summaries and a repertoire for the Anti-Sicilians.

I'm expecting these will be >50% of what actually gets played against me going c5. The later is what I've been looking at, especially the Rossolimo, which I've played myself.

It was mentioned on this thread that the King's Indian Attack wasn't mentioned in the book. Not a problem for me, as I play the KIA myself. The biggest problem players have when facing the KIA is which of the many equalising systems to chose against it. I would recommend, especially for d4 players, to take advantage of what playing a Nc6 Sicilian offers you, and play the reversed KID with c5/Nc6/d5/e5/pick your white system. Alternatively, Richard Palliser's suggestion in "Beating Unusual Chess Openings" I think would work nicely.
  

Those who want to go by my perverse footsteps play such pawn structure with fuzzy atypical still strategic orientations

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Reply #399 - 08/28/15 at 04:21:19
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JEH wrote on 08/27/15 at 13:52:21:
I have been going through this thread, having got the book. Who'd have thought starting from this   Cool

Man, so long ago. One day I'll read through this entire thread again and chuckle. Probably 25% of it is people asking me why I'm taking so long - a totally fair question!

JEH wrote on 08/27/15 at 13:52:21:
Best not to talk about chess with the muggles  Grin

Yeah I can't tell you how many mob jokes I've had to endure, and how much times I've had to explain how you could write 400 pages on a small subset of opening theory, etc. They keep coming, and the answers are never easy!

Hope you enjoy the book, and don't hesitate to message me with questions, criticism, or (preferably) praise!

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Reply #398 - 08/27/15 at 13:52:21
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TonyRo wrote on 04/19/10 at 19:03:17:


I have been going through this thread, having got the book. Who'd have thought starting from this   Cool

Seeing my parcel arrive from the Book store at work, one of my colleagues asked to see what I was reading at the moment, so I showed him.

"Is it about the Mafia?" he asked.

Best not to talk about chess with the muggles  Grin


  

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Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, stuck in the middlegame with you
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Reply #397 - 05/18/15 at 18:44:58
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Easy-Peasy draw from Naka.  Grin Will add it to the list of games to look at for the update, however minor.
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #396 - 05/17/15 at 14:51:48
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Today's FIDE Grand Prix featured a game relevant to this repertoire with a deviation around move 15. I figured this might be interesting for some of you. Looks like a comfortable draw for black:

http://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2015-gp-khman/04-Dominguez_Perez_Leinier-Nakamura...

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Reply #395 - 04/27/15 at 15:01:55
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Harold wrote on 04/26/15 at 00:37:44:
Please hurry with the update!  Wink   

The update will probably be in a few months - I have a few correspondence games that are worth including that I'd like to finish up, and I think that in general, it's a good idea for the book to be out a little long and for a few more reviews/impressions/criticisms to flow in before I decide that mostly everything is out there and that the update will serve it's purpose. I'd wait for the Negi/Shaw books as well, but that could be quite a while. Perhaps there will be a second update after them!

Harold wrote on 04/26/15 at 00:37:44:
...you might want to have a look at the 4 Nf3 Nc6 5 Na3...

I will check it out - somehow I feel like it can't be critical, but if it's new, I'll take a look at it nonetheless.
  
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Reply #394 - 04/26/15 at 12:34:27
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This line is also covered by Williams in Attacking Chess: The French.
  
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Reply #393 - 04/26/15 at 02:18:04
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If you are really desperate to have book coverage of the Botvinnik System vs the KIA immediately, you can look at Beating Unusual Chess Openings by Palliser (where it can arise from a 1.Nf3 c5 move order) or Anti-Sicilians: A Guide for Black by Rogozenko.

Rogozenko covers this setup from both the 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 and 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 move orders; in the latter case this ...e5 and ...Nge7 setup is perfectly playable even with a lost tempo, as kylemeister says. The recent The Most Flexible Sicilian by Delchev/Semkov also covers the "lost tempo" move order with 2...e6 3.d3 and a later ...e6-e5.
  

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