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Reply #416 - 12/06/15 at 05:12:13
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Yup, that's what I was alluding to. 

The other libraries I referred to include two mentioned at your link:  the Royal Library at the Hague, and the State Library of Victoria.
One of the two copies in Auckland is currently checked out   Smiley
  
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Reply #415 - 12/06/15 at 05:07:00
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That's awesome, I didn't know that. And if you think Cleveland has it because I live there, you might be excited to know that we have the (likely) largest collection chess literature in the world - the John G. White collection. At the very least it's the biggest public collection:

http://www.chessarch.com/archive/0006_savage/lecture.shtml

I believe it's set up with a trust/endowment that's self-sufficient, so they likely bought it when it was released!

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Reply #414 - 12/06/15 at 04:06:51
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I notice that the book is owned by libraries in Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands (x2), and, of course, Cleveland ...
  
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Reply #413 - 12/05/15 at 20:38:15
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Thanks for reaching out with kind words and for picking up the book - I greatly appreciate both!  Grin

Would love to write a book with Nikos for Quality Chess, that would be extremely fun! Hopefully instead of a second edition, I'll just publish a PGN update for free sometime soon. Hard to find the time to work on it, but it's on my to-do list.

Best of luck to you as well.
  
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Reply #412 - 12/05/15 at 11:33:19
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Dear Tony,

More than 5 years ago I stopped to play Sicilian Najdorf, because of no ordinary reason...

I switched to 1...e5 and French, but browsing trough ChessPub and chess retailers pages I came across your book.

After carefully reading all reviews, and trying out few blitz games without a sting of theory, I decided to buy your book. I received my chessbase format copy, and the paper copy is on the way.

Herewith I want to thank you for your effort. You proved with your hard work that even amateurs can write first class books.

If you ever gonna make second edition of your Killer Sicilian, then please write it with Nikolas Ntrilis under Quality Chess flag. Such book by THE most ardent chess enthusiasts would be definitely the chess opening book trademark. Not to mention Quality Chess Team stuff and their layout format!

Thanks again and I wish you best of luck in chess and private life  Grin
  
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Reply #411 - 08/31/15 at 13:28:52
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Confused_by_Theory wrote on 08/31/15 at 12:59:58:
Hi.

19...Ned4?! 20.c3 and if the knight attempts to reroute to f4 it will be chopped off with gain of pawn for white


Black is a pawn up. Have a nice day.
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Reply #410 - 08/31/15 at 12:59:58
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Hi.

19...Ned4?! 20.c3 and if the knight attempts to reroute to f4 it will be chopped off with gain of pawn for white, otherwise the knight excursion seems meaningless.

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Reply #409 - 08/30/15 at 12:41:05
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Actually 24...f4 probably even better and looks equal to me (optimistic for the black side)
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Reply #408 - 08/30/15 at 12:11:34
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Black looks equal thanks to the synergy of the strong knight on d4 and the rook.
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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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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
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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