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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #452 - 12/04/19 at 14:41:36
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grandpatzer wrote on 12/03/19 at 21:37:58:
Greetings TonyRo, isnt' the original Publisher interested in a second, updated and revised, edition?

They haven't contacted me about it. I'm sure after the 4 year wait for the first one they're not super excited about getting more work out of me. Cheesy
  
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Reply #451 - 12/03/19 at 21:37:58
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Greetings TonyRo, isnt' the original Publisher interested in a second, updated and revised, edition?
  
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Reply #450 - 11/26/19 at 13:15:22
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I will take a deeper look at it when I get the chance over the Thanksgiving holiday. Smiley
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #449 - 11/21/19 at 09:58:37
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This is after 6 c4 Be7 I guess? Not really the sort of thing you're going to bust.

One of LC0's two favourite moves there (joint with N1c3). Seems to sit pretty firmly on the fun early f5 ideas in a very simple, logical way - LC0 is distressingly good at doing that sort of thing.

So you'll have to play slowly instead - white gets a few extra ideas over N1c3 then but black isn't committed to playing a6 which must help slightly.
(tempo saved, Qside weakness)

Not tragic overall I'd think. I didn't remember 7 N1c3 f5 being quite totally sound either?
  
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Reply #448 - 11/21/19 at 06:22:51
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@TonyRo...

Any authorial thoughts there good sir re: Shaw's suggestion?
  
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Reply #447 - 11/17/19 at 20:06:26
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What does everybody think of Shaw's 7.N5c3? I suspected that I would be able to find some hole in his analysis somewhere, but so far it looks somewhat uncomfortable for Black.
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #446 - 08/25/18 at 06:42:52
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Dear Tony,

Like many other chess fans I'm also very proud that you, our fellow amateur player, wrote such a good book on Kalashnikov.

I wish that you write 2nd edition for Quality Chess publishing house, and if you could, get Nikolaos Ntrilis as a contributing author. I9m assured that together you will write a timeless masterpiece.

Regarding content, you should add about 100 exercises minimum, plus many rules of thumb, conclusions, suggestions etc. Especially be alert on various Anti-Sicilians etc.

Best of luck  Smiley
  
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Reply #445 - 08/23/18 at 08:21:06
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I suspect it would be easier in terms of copyright to go with Chessable. Certainly, looking at other authors and other stuff there, other folk have not been bothered by copyright at all across the platforms.
I'll be buying if you do plonk the K there!
  
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Reply #444 - 08/22/18 at 12:11:45
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RoleyPoley wrote on 08/22/18 at 09:40:11:
Does that mean the other publisher is no longer considering it?

It's a contractual issue. As you might expect it's hard to publish second editions with someone else.

RoleyPoley wrote on 08/22/18 at 09:40:11:
Chessable sounds a good option that is growing in popularity. Would you consider doing other opening repertoires too?

I have quite a few ideas, who knows if they'll ever come to fruition. Working on my White repertoire pretty hard right now, that would likely be my first "release" if I ever go that route.
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #443 - 08/22/18 at 09:40:11
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TonyRo wrote on 08/06/18 at 19:19:00:
Thanks MNb, I'll take a look! I also had a game after the book was published that cast doubt on this approach to 10.g3 for Black. I have a few new ideas in this line that deviate quite a bit earlier - I have been meaning to share them on my YouTube channel for a while now, but also somewhat holding out due to the fact that a 2nd edition was briefly discussed with another publisher, and a possible Chessable repertoire is bouncing around in my dome.

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Does that mean the other publisher is no longer considering it? Chessable sounds a good option that is growing in popularity. Would you consider doing other opening repertoires too?
  

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Reply #442 - 08/06/18 at 19:19:00
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Thanks MNb, I'll take a look! I also had a game after the book was published that cast doubt on this approach to 10.g3 for Black. I have a few new ideas in this line that deviate quite a bit earlier - I have been meaning to share them on my YouTube channel for a while now, but also somewhat holding out due to the fact that a 2nd edition was briefly discussed with another publisher, and a possible Chessable repertoire is bouncing around in my dome.

Cheesy
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #441 - 08/03/18 at 17:08:47
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Lahdenmäki,L - MNb
ws H/673 ICCF, 2018


0–1

With 16.c3 my opponent chose the critical continuation. When I meet the Kalashnikov as White I'll probably play it myself. TonyR's recommendation 16...a5 did not satisfy me, because way too often Black ended up in a simplified position with a queenside majority - pawn a2 and b2 vs. pawn b4, with pawn d6 remaining backward for a very long time.
So I decided it was better to saddle White with an isolated c-pawn by 16...bxc3. That was not the end of the problems. The first one was 20.Rfb1, when I had to demonstrate it's nothing but a transposition to Cipressa-Rotella, corr. 2010. The second one was the clever novelty 27.Qa3. After several days of examining it I think I can add something to TonyR's explanation on page 58.
27.Qa3 is probably an improvement. As long as the third row remains cleared Her Majesty always can quickly turn to the kingside, so the plan f2-f4-f5 and g3-g4 is just as strong. Moreover Black feels the pressure on the a-pawn, but less clear but at least as annoying also indirect pressure on pawn d6. The line 27...Nd4 28.Kh1 f6 29.f4 a5 30.f5 Ba6 31.g4 Rd7 32.Qa4 Bc8 33.Rxd6 makes this clear. In some other lines the sac Nxf6+ immediately decides the game, as mentioned by TonyR.
So I think the plan ...a5 and ...Ba6 is not the most urgent. To avoid disaster Black must force the trade of his bishop against White's dominant knight on d5; that's first priority. As I could not find a way to do this after 27...Nd4 I decided that this obvious candidate was inferior. Of course 27...Ra5 28.Qe3 seems to win a tempo, but that's unclear after Nd4 29.f4 f6 30.R1b2 Be6.
Apparently my opponent just assumed I had played 27...Nd4 indeed. Well, a win is a win, no matter how cheap, but it's in a way a pity that I must remain inconclusive on the question if 16...bxc3 is really better than 16...a5.
  

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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #440 - 01/25/17 at 08:43:21
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I very vaguely recall that van der Wiel interview, I think it was in the Dutch chess periodical Schaaknieuws, and it was because the opening was from Russia and dangerous. And of course the -shnikov ending that makes it resemble Sveshnikov probably played a role, but I don't remember if he mentioned that.
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #439 - 01/25/17 at 01:26:23
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MNb wrote on 11/10/14 at 00:31:13:
It's a bit of a pity that you don't mention GM John van der Wiel in your introduction. He invented the name The Kalashnikov in the second half ofthe 80's. There are some obscure Dutch sources to prove this.

http://www.volkskrant.nl/dossier-archief/schaken-handige-knoeier-laat-fritz-spel...

"een heel andere variant die van John van der Wiel de naam 'Kalasjnikov' heeft meegekregen."
An entire differnt variation which received frm John van de Wiel the name "Kalasjnikov".


All the way back from 2014.  Grin
  
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Re: The Killer Sicilian by Tony Rotella
Reply #438 - 01/24/17 at 23:57:40
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Named after Bob Kalashnikov. So I understand. Anglo-Russian chess and firearms enthusiast. Died a tragic early death after losing against the Rossolimo. Shot himself.
'Those who live by the gun, so shall they die by it.'
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