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Reply #23 - 07/31/15 at 22:44:42
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As for Bologan's DVD on the Dragon (no. 2), he underestimates Black's chances in the 16...h6 & 17...f5 plan after 9.0-0-0 d5 10. Qe1 e5...16. h4 or 16. g4 main line. I checked it with Stockfish 6 extensively and found equality, although both sides may go wrong in many ways in the complicated battle that arises. Aren't we looking for such play in the Dragon?

That's why I believe that this is the way to go for Black. And it's no point for him to wait until White will control the kingside with h4-g5 pawn chain, securing the e4 sguare as the outpost for a knight and blockading the Dragon dark squares bishop (this kind of kingside structure should be called "the Dragon torture").

Similarly in 9.0-0-0 d5...12. Bd4 variation, 12...Bxd4 is the new main line, which is quite logical: it's better to trade the bishop than blockade it with 12...e5, when h4-h5 attack is quick and dangerous for Black, besides h4-g5 pawn chain "killing the Dragon bishop" lines. And there aren't any good ways to liven the Dragon bishop here - there are some lines with f5 thrust but they're known to be not enough for equality.
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Re: Bologans new Beating the Sicilian DVD
Reply #22 - 07/15/15 at 23:09:48
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Thank you for sharing! A fantastic game by both players! Believe it or not - for Stockfish 6 it's a complete draw (0.00) after 19...Rf4!!!
They played perfectly (like machines: 0.00 !) until 49. Re5? and 51. Kc1?, when unfortunately GM Jones missed 51...Qxg2 -+ and later went wrong with 60...Qf8? when in the final position Black has a problem with f4 pawn but it's probably not enough for White to win the game.
It looks like as in "Modernized: Open Sicilian" they are simply wrong to claim that after 18. Ne4! it's +/=.
  
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Re: Bologans new Beating the Sicilian DVD
Reply #21 - 05/16/15 at 17:42:45
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By the way, here is Jones' latest outing against 14. Kb1, varying from the 18...Be6 he played against Edouard.



  
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Reply #20 - 04/02/15 at 19:08:22
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Yes the book goes 14 Kb1 line.
  
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Reply #19 - 04/01/15 at 18:30:19
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Re 14. Kb1, I suppose the game Edouard-Jones from last November probably appears in the book.  Chris Ward in Chess Publishing guessed it was about equal after 19 moves.
  
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Reply #18 - 04/01/15 at 17:42:48
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It seems that one should probably buy "Modernized..." to be up to date with the theory.

I've been always playing 10...e5 after 10. Qe1. What's the problem with 10...e5? Is it 14. Kb1 line advocated in Modernized book?
  
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Re: Bologans new Beating the Sicilian DVD
Reply #17 - 04/01/15 at 13:23:17
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Ironcially enough the new book "Modernized: The open sicilian" also goes for 9 0-0-0 with d5 10 Qe1 and has Peter Heine Nielsen disc in bibiliografy.
  
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Re: Bologans new Beating the Sicilian DVD
Reply #16 - 04/01/15 at 09:24:05
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AJZ wrote on 03/31/15 at 20:30:25:
Is it worth buying the DVD? Are lines in 9.0-0-0 d5 10. Qe1 variation deeply analised? Or maybe it's better to wait for the book by Carsten Hansen, having hope he answers Bologan ideas. Do you know if Nielsen DVD already did it?


PHN deals with the 10.Qe1 line offering 10...e6, and his analysis looks mighty good to me.
  
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Reply #15 - 03/31/15 at 20:30:25
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bragesjo wrote on 09/02/12 at 15:58:23:
I think hes recommendation against Dragon proper with 9 0-0-0 meeting d5 with Qe1 is a line that it is difficult to play for black in and a critical line. About acceleretaed Dragon variation, Marocy is of course a very critical variation but I am not shure if he plays the most challening moves against in all subvariations. I dont remember exactly what he advocated against other sicilian variations,  I can look it up if I find the DVDs.


Is it worth buying the DVD? Are lines in 9.0-0-0 d5 10. Qe1 variation deeply analised? Or maybe it's better to wait for the book by Carsten Hansen, having hope he answers Bologan ideas. Do you know if Nielsen DVD already did it?
  
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Re: Bologans new Beating the Sicilian DVD
Reply #14 - 09/02/12 at 15:58:23
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I think hes recommendation against Dragon proper with 9 0-0-0 meeting d5 with Qe1 is a line that it is difficult to play for black in and a critical line. About acceleretaed Dragon variation, Marocy is of course a very critical variation but I am not shure if he plays the most challening moves against in all subvariations. I dont remember exactly what he advocated against other sicilian variations,  I can look it up if I find the DVDs.
  
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Reply #13 - 09/02/12 at 12:35:55
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BUMP

Any views, reviews of Bologan's Anti-Sic main line trilogy?

May return to proper lines again having just returned to OTB chess after a several year break.

Thoughts on choices?
Lines that work?
Lines that now need a wee update?
Thanks y'all.
  
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Re: Bologans new Beating the Sicilian DVD
Reply #12 - 07/13/11 at 04:20:16
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I mean.. he is going in depth in Rauzer sideliens which nobody will ever play again so omitting this line seemed kinda inconistent to me.
Anyway, all that matter is quality of stuff he has to offer in critical variations. This is too early too judge for me but I kinda like the setups he has chosen.
  
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Re: Bologans new Beating the Sicilian DVD
Reply #11 - 07/13/11 at 03:11:15
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punter wrote on 07/12/11 at 23:55:44:
There is also nothing vs Nc6, Nf6 and g6 which may not be critical but still is a line sometimes played.

A glance in your database (there are several books too) should be enough to learn that 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.e5 Ng8 8.Bc4 is the way to go. White wins almost 60% of the games. I can understand that Bologan doesn't pay attention to this line. The same can be said of 2...Nc6; 5...a6; which has an amazing amount of 1230 games in my database. Black scores even relatively better than 5...g6/8.Bc4.
The rest of your criticism sounds valid and serious enough.
  

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Re: Bologans new Beating the Sicilian DVD
Reply #10 - 07/12/11 at 23:55:44
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Well, I am a bit disappointed for now. It seems he hasted through some lines once even missing obvious win in one move (b4 in Sveshnikov vs Qa5 in one of the lines).
There is also nothing vs Nc6, Nf6 and g6 which may not be critical but still is a line sometimes played.
I am also not too impressed by his Maroczy coverage. After watching it I am still not comfortable entering it vs good player.
I am quite happy about the variation vs Sveshnikov but again it could be done in more instructive fashion.
Maybe I am spoiled by amazing quality of Gustaffson work but I really expected more from VB here. I will forgive him if his coverage on main systems is good though.
  
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Reply #9 - 07/12/11 at 19:53:38
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It is a bit strange to see Bologan recommend f4 against some Classical lines, as he is a big expert in the f3 lines. Guess I should wait for some reviews before buying it.
  
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Re: Bologans new Beating the Sicilian DVD
Reply #8 - 07/12/11 at 18:37:03
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From the chessbase site:

Open Sicilian for White Vol.1: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 2.Nc6
01: Introduction
02: 2...g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.c:

Maroczy Systems: 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.c4
03: 5...Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 Ng4
04: 5...Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0
05: 5...Nf6 6.Nc3 d6 7.f3

Richter Rauzer: 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5
06: 6...a6 / Qb6
07: 6...Bd7 7.Qd2 Rc8
08: 6...Bd7 7.Qd2 h6
09: 6...Bd7 7.Qd2 Nxd4 8.Qxd4 Qa5 9.Bd2
10: 6...e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 9.f3 Side lines
11: 6...e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 9.f3 Main lines
12: 6...e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.0-0-0 Qb6
13: 6...e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.0-0-0 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 a6 10.f4 b5
14: 6...e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.0-0-0 0-0 9.f4 Nxd4 10.Qxd4 h6
15: 6...e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.0-0-0 0-0 9.f4 Nxd4 10.Qxd4 Qa5 11.Bc4 Bd7
16: 6...e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.0-0-0 0-0 9.f4 Side lines
17: 6...e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.0-0-0 0-0 9.f4 Nxd4 10.Qxd4 Qa5 11.Bc4 Rd8

Löwenthal: 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5
18: 5.Nb5 a6
19: 5.Nb6 d6 6.c4

Sveshnikov: 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5
20: 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 Be6
21: 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Qa5+
22: 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c4

3.d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Qb6
23: 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qb6
  
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Re: Bologans new Beating the Sicilian DVD
Reply #7 - 07/12/11 at 18:27:05
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As an Open Sicilian player I'm also interested in the DVD. What does he recommend against the Classical Variation? His trademark systems with f3 instead of f4 (as also De la Villa in Dismantling the Sicilian)?
  
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Reply #6 - 07/12/11 at 15:10:37
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f3 plus Be3 is an old main line.
  
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Re: Bologans new Beating the Sicilian DVD
Reply #5 - 07/12/11 at 13:44:51
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Be3 is the most common move in these structures but Bg5 is also a mainline, including systems where white plays the queen at e3. I have not played accelerated Dragon for over a decade but I think the point is to control the b6 square after any further Nd5 where black often has moved the a pawn to a6 or a5.
  
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Reply #4 - 07/12/11 at 13:32:25
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Me not being a GM would prefer 9.Bg5 0-0 10.Qd2. What exactly is the Bishop on e3 doing here? Isn't exploiting square d5 one of the main ideas of the Maroczy Bind?
Of course Black can chase the Bishop away with 9...h6 10.Be3 0-0 11.Qd2 Kh7 but then White has almost won a tempo.
  

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Reply #3 - 07/12/11 at 12:40:13
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Sorry made a misspell. It is of course Viktor Bologan.

Am not sure how many discs it will be, but maybe 3 or 4 and only part 1 has been released yet. This disc covers Accelerated Dragon where he suggests Maroczy Bind, Classical sicilian with Bg5,  Lövental and after Qf6 he plays Qd2 and follows up with c4, Sveschnikov where plays the positional 9 Nd5 line and Be7 Bxf6 Bxf6 he plays c4, c4 is played vs Kalaschnikov, and Nc6 Qb6 Sicilian is covered.
  
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Reply #2 - 07/12/11 at 11:20:33
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"Bologan" means large rock in Romanian, so perhaps bologon is such an irregular shape.
  
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Reply #1 - 07/12/11 at 10:50:47
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How many sides does a Bologon have?

Victor Bologan perhaps.

I look forward to later volumes. Liked his autobio/best games, his Rossolimo text.
  
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Bologans new Beating the Sicilian DVD
07/12/11 at 10:28:51
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I have a copy of volume 1 that is about all open Sicilians with 2 .. Nc6 from whites point of view. If any Accelerated Dragon player has any question about a particular line I can answer it here in this thread. I have only taken a hasty look at Nf6 d6 Nxd4 system and I am not too impressed by one of the new suggestions. He advocates

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 d6 7. f3 Nxd4 8.Qxd4 Bg7 9. Be3 O-O 10. Qd2 a5 11. Na4 Nd7 12. Be2 Nc5 13. Nxc5 dxc5 14. Qxd8 Rxd8 15. Bxc5 Bxb2 16. Rd1 as better for white not sure why but he is a GM. Engines call it dead equal.
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