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Reply #28 - 10/22/10 at 05:38:07
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Pasha wrote on 10/22/10 at 02:36:46:
@ TopNotch:  Just out of curiousity, did Vlad have any solutions to your problem; to wit: (http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1281628058)?

And if so, would you mind sharing them with the masses in your typically "lucid, intelligent, well thought-out" manner? Huh


The above link is broken; I think the poster meant http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1281628058.
  

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Re: Anti-Sicilians update
Reply #27 - 10/22/10 at 05:31:04
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Stigma wrote on 10/21/10 at 18:51:07:
Why not 1.d3 to reach either a Polar Bear (and avoid the sharp 1.f4 e5) or a Big Clamp?

There's also the possibility of playing 1.g3 to reach Big Clamp and Polar Bear (and other) positions.

White must probably be happy to play some forms of ...e5 English and a reversed Pirc/Modern too. 1.d3 gets extra credt for the confused look on many opponents' faces!  Wink

  
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Re: Anti-Sicilians update
Reply #26 - 10/22/10 at 02:36:46
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@ TopNotch:  Just out of curiousity, did Vlad have any solutions to your problem; to wit:  (http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1281628058) ?

And if so, would you mind sharing them with the masses in your typically "lucid, intelligent, well thought-out" manner? Huh

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Re: Anti-Sicilians update
Reply #25 - 10/21/10 at 18:51:07
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Why not 1.d3 to reach either a Polar Bear (and avoid the sharp 1.f4 e5) or a Big Clamp?

White must probably be happy to play some forms of ...e5 English and a reversed Pirc/Modern too. 1.d3 gets extra credt for the confused look on many opponents' faces!  Wink
  

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Re: Anti-Sicilians update
Reply #24 - 10/21/10 at 15:27:47
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It certainly is! One might argue that 1.f4 is even more precise (heh heh) as 1.e4 c5 2.d3 (2.g3 d5) Nc6 3.g3 d5 is an extra option for Black.
1.f4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 (if ...d5 White plays the Polar Bear/Leningrad Reversed) 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 and if not ...d5 then 6.e4. So White avoids the KID with colours reversed.
A good friend of mine uses this if his usual 1.e4 repertoire needs to be repaired. His results are very good, even though he for principled reasons distrusts 1.f4.
  

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Re: Anti-Sicilians update
Reply #23 - 10/21/10 at 12:15:56
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I like the September update, a nice little Big Clamp repertoire. There is not much literature on it (see also http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1263047423), so this is a welcome addition. Also useful as addition to Vigus' Polar Bear repertoire in DW: Flank Openings.
  
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Re: Anti-Sicilians update
Reply #22 - 10/18/10 at 13:59:11
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Seeley wrote on 10/14/10 at 21:59:30:
I take your point, Tony, but as the updates are currently running a couple of months late, the benefits of topicality are diluted anyway.

Except that the 'August update' contained games played at the end of September and beginning of October!
I can't wait to see the 'September update' which is promised for tomorrow! Undecided
  
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Re: Anti-Sicilians update
Reply #21 - 10/14/10 at 21:59:30
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 10/14/10 at 18:36:36:
Seeley wrote on 10/07/10 at 14:35:00:
I used to work managing a team of freelances, and one method I employed to deal with persistent stragglers was to give them deadlines a few weeks ahead of when I actually needed the work from them. 

I think that would be a bit tricky, as the updates would then be out-of-date when I finally put them online!

I take your point, Tony, but as the updates are currently running a couple of months late, the benefits of topicality are diluted anyway. My method would at least help to ensure that you have something to offer to your paying customers every month.
Anyway, I'm pleased to see that an update has finally appeared, and I hope the section soon gets back on schedule.

  
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Re: Anti-Sicilians update
Reply #20 - 10/14/10 at 18:36:36
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Seeley wrote on 10/07/10 at 12:54:14:
TalJechin wrote on 10/07/10 at 12:17:50:
How about promising to pay them, but not send any money, and when they complain, promise again?!  Grin


I like that idea!  Grin

Hmm, I might start trying that - if I don't pay anyone then the company will make lots more money!

Seeley wrote on 10/07/10 at 14:35:00:
I used to work managing a team of freelances, and one method I employed to deal with persistent stragglers was to give them deadlines a few weeks ahead of when I actually needed the work from them. 

I think that would be a bit tricky, as the updates would then be out-of-date when I finally put them online!
There are substitutes (believe it or not lots of GMs want to write for the site!), but getting them to come and do lots of late updates in short order is not always easy, and I don't like the idea of continually firing people because they are late.
Anyway, I do like John's material, he's a good writer, a strong GM who knows the Antis inside-out, so I prefer to be a little patient.
As soon as the September one goes online anyone whose sub ran out in the last couple of months can simply email support and get their sub extended. Smiley
  
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Re: Anti-Sicilians update
Reply #19 - 10/08/10 at 11:19:41
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I saw Shaw at the Olympiad, and it seemed to me that the updates were the furtherest thing from his mind. At an Olympiad players are focussed on one thing, and to tell Tony that he would do the updates on the rest day was a joke. Moreover, Shaw was testing some of these Anti-Sicilians lines at the Olympiad and getting nowhere even against much weaker opposition.

On the bright side I got to speak with Sveshnikov's son Vladimir, who actually plays the Alapin better than his father and we had a session where he shared some of his thoughts and novelties in key lines. The guy is a monster with this system, with a performance rating of at least 2600+ when using it. At the Olympiad Vladimir faced another 2.c3 expert with white, Pavasovic, and demolished him in short order. Hopefully that game will make one of the Anti-Sicilian updates, if not, just look it up in an up to date database.

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Re: Anti-Sicilians update
Reply #18 - 10/08/10 at 11:05:28
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 10/07/10 at 07:09:52:
If authors warn me in advance that they will not be able to do their update, then it is easy enough to get a substitute, but when they say they will send it and don't, then keep promising it next week, but it never comes ...  Angry

Perhaps it's time to conclude that 'next week' is never going to come and to get someone else to supply the missing updates. I extended my subscription to cover this section in mid-August and have so far not received a single update.
  
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Re: Anti-Sicilians update
Reply #17 - 10/07/10 at 16:49:08
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Anyhow, what's the plan now? Are we still waiting for Shaw to do 3 updates in 3 days or will they be assigned to 3 reserves or some other solution?
  
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Re: Anti-Sicilians update
Reply #16 - 10/07/10 at 16:23:42
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If I remember correctly this is not the first time a problem with Shaw arises. some years ago he already resigned, leaving the section with several updates behind  Cry
  
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Reply #15 - 10/07/10 at 14:35:00
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TN wrote on 10/07/10 at 13:00:01:
You could just sack them if they are more than three weeks late without a valid explanation.  Roll Eyes

I used to work managing a team of freelances, and one method I employed to deal with persistent stragglers was to give them deadlines a few weeks ahead of when I actually needed the work from them. That way, if they continued to be late, I’d still have time to commission the work from someone else without putting my employers in the position of letting down the customers – which would have been the ultimate no-no and would certainly have cost me my own job. There always came a point, though, however good the late-suppliers were, when I’d have to question whether it was worth the uncertainty and inconvenience of continuing to use their services.
  
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Reply #14 - 10/07/10 at 13:00:01
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You could just sack them if they are more than three weeks late without a valid explanation.  Roll Eyes

The bonus system doesn't seem to be enough of an incentive for some contributors. However, having a number of substitutes will ensure that recently fired authors can be replaced by the substitutes until either a new suitable author is found or the substitute agrees to write for the section on a regular basis.
  

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Reply #13 - 10/07/10 at 12:54:14
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TalJechin wrote on 10/07/10 at 12:17:50:
How about promising to pay them, but not send any money, and when they complain, promise again?!  Grin


I like that idea!  Grin
  
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Reply #12 - 10/07/10 at 12:17:50
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 10/07/10 at 07:09:52:
If authors warn me in advance that they will not be able to do their update, then it is easy enough to get a substitute, but when they say they will send it and don't, then keep promising it next week, but it never comes ...  Angry
There is a bonus system for on-time updates.


How about promising to pay them, but not send any money, and when they complain, promise again?!  Grin
  
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Reply #11 - 10/07/10 at 07:53:12
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If they won't get the bonus I think the money should be refunded to the subscribers. The product that is payed for in advance hasn't been delivered.
  

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Reply #10 - 10/07/10 at 07:09:52
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If authors warn me in advance that they will not be able to do their update, then it is easy enough to get a substitute, but when they say they will send it and don't, then keep promising it next week, but it never comes ...  Angry
There is a bonus system for on-time updates.
  
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Reply #9 - 10/06/10 at 21:10:48
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Lou_Cyber wrote on 10/06/10 at 16:01:02:
First goal should be to ensure punctual delivery, perhaps with incentives like a bonus pay, which is earned if x updates are delivered on time.

I vaguely remember reading in another thread that Tony has some system of penalising lateness. A bonus system such as that suggested by Lou_Cyber sounds like a good way of turning that system on its head, encouraging punctuality by incentivising promptness rather than punishing lateness.

Lou_Cyber wrote on 10/06/10 at 16:01:02:
But still it is better to wait for good updates than to download a sloppy one on time.

Any professional worthy of the name really ought to be able to produce work of an acceptable professional standard even when up against a tight deadline – which, let's be frank, should never be an issue with these updates, as they are due once a month, presumably on a fixed date. There's no reason why they shouldn't be prepared early in the cycle rather than left until the last moment. OK, they might lose a little topicality, but surely this would be preferable to not having any updates at all.

Hacker has hit the nail on the head: it is the paying subscribers who are put out by this. Two contributors to this thread have already indicated that their subscriptions have expired and implied that they won’t be renewing, which really ought to set the alarm bells ringing at Chess Publishing HQ. What I find most surprising of all is that no official explanation or apology has been offered, nor have we been given any assurance that these updates – which are now two-and-a-half months behind – will ever appear at all. I think Chess Publishing is a great idea and I want it to be successful, but this episode isn't a good advertisement for what it has to offer.

  
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Reply #8 - 10/06/10 at 19:53:07
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Lou_Cyber wrote on 10/06/10 at 16:01:02:
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The delays must be a nuisance to Tony, as they might deter possible subscribers and actually lose money because subscriptions won´t be renewed on time.


Stupid me. I thought it was a nuisance to the subscribers. Angry
  

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Reply #7 - 10/06/10 at 19:41:10
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Guys Tony has made clear that if you expire and they are late... you will STILL get your update. This happened with many in the KID with Golubev.
  
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Reply #6 - 10/06/10 at 16:01:02
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Reserve authors only help after the delay is caused, and they might not be too happy with the sudden task of taking over a section for one month.

First goal should be to ensure punctual delivery, perhaps with incentives like a bonus pay, which is earned if x updates are delivered on time.

The substitute or guest authors are still a good idea. Some updates relied on occasional input from guest writers, and usually they were quite good! Guest authors gives writers the chance to take a month off (or to play the Olympiad without being bothered).

They might be very useful in covering rare lines, if they happen to be an expert in these lines (TalJechin, I wouldn´t mind one or two KG specials from you!).

But still it is better to wait for good updates than to download a sloppy one on time. Quality must be the key issue. How about an annual poll on the best author, with the chance of eternal fame (and perhaps a cheque)?

The delays must be a nuisance to Tony, as they might deter possible subscribers and actually lose money because subscriptions won´t be renewed on time.
  

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Reply #5 - 10/06/10 at 12:42:42
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Maybe it could be an idea to have a reserve at each section, so that each writer has one main section and is reserve on 1 or 2 others?

It would probably help vs missed deadlines as that would not need to happen and subscribers may benefit from getting a second opinion occasionally...
  
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Reply #4 - 10/05/10 at 11:49:12
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I'm in the same boat. Subscription just expired. Shame to miss a few as I quite like this section.
  
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Reply #3 - 10/05/10 at 01:34:26
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Seeley wrote on 10/04/10 at 23:09:53:
Any sign of this yet? It's October now and we're still waiting for the August update. Missing one monthly deadline is at best a bit sloppy; being so late that a second deadline passes before even the first has been met seems deeply unfair to those of us who are paying for these updates.


Agree. Very poor show.
My subscription has expired - am owed a few updates. I would expect these to be made available as have been paid for.
  
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Reply #2 - 10/04/10 at 23:09:53
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Any sign of this yet? It's October now and we're still waiting for the August update. Missing one monthly deadline is at best a bit sloppy; being so late that a second deadline passes before even the first has been met seems deeply unfair to those of us who are paying for these updates.
  
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Reply #1 - 09/26/10 at 09:23:02
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I keep pestering John about it, and now he tells me that he will do them on his free days during the Olympiad. Undecided
  
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I guess it has been almost two months since the last update is done.Is there any information when  will it be available?
  
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