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Re: "Beating Unusual Chess Defences: 1 e4" - out soon.
Reply #36 - 03/24/12 at 11:21:54
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Hi
New Alekhine game from the European championship. Interesting is the fact that Black with less 300 ELO won the game.

Black's 9th move is new? Carlsen played 9....Bxf3 and
A. Greet also recommends 8. Ne5

[Event "13th EICC"]
[Site "Plovdiv BUL"]
[Date "2012.03.22"]
[Round "3.85"]
[White "Smeets, Jan"]
[Black "Schroll, Gerhard"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B04"]
[WhiteElo "2610"]
[BlackElo "2388"]
[PlyCount "94"]
[EventDate "2012.03.20"]

1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 dxe5 5. Nxe5 c6 6. Be2 Nd7 7. Nf3 N7f6 8.
O-O Bg4 9. h3 Bh5 10. c4 Nb6 11. b3 e6 12. Be3 Nbd7 13. Nc3 Bb4 14. Qc2 Bg6 15.
Qb2 Qa5 16. Nb1 Bd6 17. Nh4 Qc7 18. Qd2 Ne4 19. Qc1 c5 20. Bf3 Nef6 21. Nc3 a6
22. dxc5 Nxc5 23. Nxg6 hxg6 24. Rd1 O-O 25. b4 Ncd7 26. c5 Bh2+ 27. Kf1 Ne5 28.
Be2 Nc6 29. Rb1 Be5 30. Bf3 Rad8 31. Ne2 Rxd1+ 32. Qxd1 Rd8 33. Qc2 Nd5 34. Bd2
Nf4 35. Bxf4 Bxf4 36. Bxc6 bxc6 37. Qc4 Bg5 38. Qxa6 Rd2 39. a4 Qd7 40. f4 Bh4
41. g3 Qd5 42. Kf2 Qd4+ 43. Kf1 Qd5 44. Kf2 Rd3 45. gxh4 Qf3+ 46. Ke1 Qh1+ 47.
Kf2 Rf3# 0-1

  
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Re: "Beating Unusual Chess Defences: 1 e4" - out soon.
Reply #35 - 03/03/12 at 21:29:37
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Interesting today with the Alekhine

Kurnosov,Igor (2657) - Aloma Vidal,Robert (2408) [B04]
28th Cappelle-la-Grande Open Cappelle la Grande/France (1), 03.03.2012
[Robot 4]

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 dxe5 5.Nxe5 c6 6.Be2 Bf5 7.0-0 Nd7 8.Nf3 h6 9.c4 Nb4 10.Nc3 Nc2 11.Rb1 Nb4 12.Ra1 Nc2 13.Rb1 Nb4 14.Be3 Bxb1 15.Qxb1 g6 16.Ne5 Nxe5 17.dxe5 Bg7 18.e6 0-0 19.exf7+ Kxf7 20.Qe4 Qc7 21.a3 Na6 22.Bd3 Qd6 23.c5 Qf6 24.Qc4+ e6 25.Ne4 Qe5 26.Nd6+ Kg8 27.Bxg6 b5 28.Qg4 Nxc5 29.Bxc5 Qxc5 30.Qxe6+ Kh8 31.Bd3 Qd5 32.Qg6 Qg8 33.Ne4 Rad8 34.Bb1 c5 35.Nxc5 Rd2 36.Nd3 Qf7 37.Qe4 Re8 38.Qb4 Ree2 39.Qxb5 Bxb2 40.Nxb2 Rxb2 41.Qc6 Kg7 42.Be4 Rb6 43.Qc3+ Qf6 44.Qc7+ Qf7 45.Qg3+ Kf8 46.Qd3 Reb2 47.Qd8+ Kg7 48.Bd5 Qf6 49.Qg8# Qf8 1-0

On move 15 Black played 15...g6 a move suggested by IM Andrew Greet on his book (Note move numbers do not match with Greet's book because White have repeated),

White did not reply his suggestion, 16 Nh4 !.
It would be interesting to see what Black has prepared.
White played 16. Ne5 and got beetter after the opening. Then the position become equal close to the
time limit move and later white won (probably due to the nearly 200 Elo point sof difference).

I dont think 16. Ne5 refutes the line. I think Black could improve on move 18, perhaps 18...Qd6 and also
on move 20, perhaps 20...e6 giving back the exchange or 20...Qa5.

Anyway, pity that White did not try Nh4.

I still think we are back to IM Greet's analysis
  
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Re: "Beating Unusual Chess Defences: 1 e4" - out soon.
Reply #34 - 01/02/12 at 19:49:03
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I also am really enjoying the book - really well written, have to investigate Andrew's other books now.
  
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Re: "Beating Unusual Chess Defences: 1 e4" - out soon.
Reply #33 - 12/05/11 at 00:15:40
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IM Andrew Greet wrote on 12/02/11 at 14:58:55:
Glenn Snow wrote on 11/28/11 at 16:23:50:
I really like the book the book and definitely recommend it to anyone facing these defences but did want to mention a couple items. First, it would have been nice to have seen some coverage of 1.e4 e6 2.d4 c5.  Of course an open Sicilian player can play 3.Nf3 but isn't this a slightly inferior opening after 3.d5?  Secondly, he covers the North Sea Defence but after 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.d5 he only covers 4...Nh5 yet I've seen 4...Ne4!? given as better and being listed as "=".  Just food for thought.


Fair points Glenn. It never even occurred to me to cover the Franco-Benoni, as I'd mentally written off 1...e6 as the French. I was barely even aware that 4...Ne4 was a move in the North Sea, but again I should have included it. I've never seen any analysis on this line but I would find it surprising if White couldn't get some advantage after exchanging on e4.


Thanks for the response.  I'd say you did an excellent job including as many obscure defences as you did.  An author has to draw the line some where but for the record there is also, 1.e4 e6 2.d4 b5?!, and 1.e4 c6 2.d4 b5?!, 1.e4 d6 2.d5 f5, and....
  
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Re: "Beating Unusual Chess Defences: 1 e4" - out soon.
Reply #32 - 12/02/11 at 14:58:55
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Glenn Snow wrote on 11/28/11 at 16:23:50:
I really like the book the book and definitely recommend it to anyone facing these defences but did want to mention a couple items. First, it would have been nice to have seen some coverage of 1.e4 e6 2.d4 c5.  Of course an open Sicilian player can play 3.Nf3 but isn't this a slightly inferior opening after 3.d5?  Secondly, he covers the North Sea Defence but after 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.d5 he only covers 4...Nh5 yet I've seen 4...Ne4!? given as better and being listed as "=".  Just food for thought.


Fair points Glenn. It never even occurred to me to cover the Franco-Benoni, as I'd mentally written off 1...e6 as the French. I was barely even aware that 4...Ne4 was a move in the North Sea, but again I should have included it. I've never seen any analysis on this line but I would find it surprising if White couldn't get some advantage after exchanging on e4.
  
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Re: "Beating Unusual Chess Defences: 1 e4" - out soon.
Reply #31 - 11/28/11 at 16:23:50
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I really like the book the book and definitely recommend it to anyone facing these defences but did want to mention a couple items. First, it would have been nice to have seen some coverage of 1.e4 e6 2.d4 c5.  Of course an open Sicilian player can play 3.Nf3 but isn't this a slightly inferior opening after 3.d5?  Secondly, he covers the North Sea Defence but after 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.d5 he only covers 4...Nh5 yet I've seen 4...Ne4!? given as better and being listed as "=".  Just food for thought.
  
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Re: "Beating Unusual Chess Defences: 1 e4" - out soon.
Reply #30 - 11/08/11 at 10:25:01
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My first impressions: this book is excellent. It really promises what is written by the author in the introduction, i.e.: "My approach has been to meet each of these openings in a principled manner, choosing well-established main lines for White. Generally we will be looking to seize space in the centre and pursue the initiative in whichever way best meets the demands of the position."

I would add that this repertoire also focuses on getting the bishop pair. Of course, it's impossible to get anything (space, initiative and/or the bishop pair) for free, even if it's probably possible to get something for free against these second-rate openings. Apart from having to study theory, the price to pay is mainly some long term (small) weaknesses. But there is no obvious way to exploit them. Of course, if the black player is (much) stronger than white, I think he'll eventually outplay white: the repertoire is definitively not risk free for white. But that's chess, and I'm fine with it!

The purpose of this repertoire is to get you out of the opening phase with some small but concrete advantages, and to be able to play a chess game by yourself from an interesting and promising position. This repertoire is not based on tricks and/or surprises: it's not a "Dangerous Weapons" or "Secrets of Opening Surprises" repertoire, meaning that your opponents should be prepared to face this repertoire. But by studying this book, we should be ready for an interesting chess fight, and that's all I'm asking for from a good repertoire book.
  
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Reply #29 - 11/08/11 at 04:48:00
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Gorath wrote on 11/08/11 at 03:53:24:
Does anybody already have Andrew's book? What's your impression?


I now have the book and although I'm no theoretical expert on most of these openings it seems quite thorough and well researched to me. 
  
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Reply #28 - 11/08/11 at 03:53:24
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Does anybody already have Andrew's book? What's your impression?
  
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Re: "Beating Unusual Chess Defences: 1 e4" - out soon.
Reply #27 - 10/14/11 at 17:51:05
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Andrew

Thank you. Book was already ordered.

I was able to see a few more pages in Amazon and by matching game pages with section pages I was able to see that against the Alburt you suggest 7.exd6. It seems a "sober" choice. Although i was not expecting 7. Ng5 neither 7. a4 (I have seen a few correspondence games and Black seems to be doing Ok), somehow,, my guess would have been for the 7.Qe2 lines.

In amazon's option "get a surprise" I was able to see some pages of the middle of the book:

With respect to the Miles, i saw a page on the beginning of a game where Mirzoev plays Black. Unfortunately, i was not able to see more than one oage but this
game illustrates the main variation and I am curious to see what you suggest since there is a recent NIC yearbook article where we get the idea that Black is OK; Taylor shows one game on this variation but his analysis seems too brief for me

The game on the 4...Nb6 variation seems to be a abd choice from Balck's point of view; I hope middle analysis is also given

Anyway, what I saw of the Alekhine and the other defences /eg., Scandinavian) seems to put this book with the same high standards of any other previous book from you in Everyman
  
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Reply #26 - 10/13/11 at 13:17:16
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A quick update: the book now exists, I received my author's copies yesterday, so I guess it will be on the shelves any time now.

Now, to answer the couple of questions that have appeared since my last visit:

1) PatzerKing - firstly I'm glad you liked the Acc. Dragon book! As for this 12...Rc8 move (your move numbering was off by one, after giving 8.Qd2 instead of 7.Qd2), I checked Vigus's book and considered this suggestion. I didn't analyse it in detail but did extend the line a little further and concluded that White's chances were higher.

2) lg - Against the Miles Variation (4...dxe5 5.Nxe5 c6) I recommend 6.Be2; against the Kengis (4...dxe5 5.Nxe5 g6) it is 6.Bc4 (although I believe 6.g3 is equally strong and I mention this in the book); and as for the Alburt, I don't know which line you mean so you'll have to give me the moves.
  
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Re: "Beating Unusual Chess Defences: 1 e4" - out soon.
Reply #25 - 10/03/11 at 16:27:57
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IM Andrew Greet wrote on 09/20/11 at 19:47:39:
Okay, I see there were a few comments about the Philidor queenless middlegame. I'm certainly not claiming anything huge for White, but I think the small lead in development and Black's slightly misplaced king should count for a little something. The main divergence from Khalifman occurs after 6.Bg5 Be6 (6...c6 is another serious option of course) when I recommend the interesting 7.g3!?, supporting the planned f4 and holding back castling in order to keep an eye on the sensitive f2-pawn.


I like that 7.g3!? idea. Its a very solid defence so getting something substantial will be tricky, but this line seems very dangerous positionally. In the other lines after 7.0-0-0+ Black is always ready to meet f4 with the recapture and everything seems to be well worked out for him.
  
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Reply #24 - 09/27/11 at 15:58:32
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Dear Mr. Greet

would it be possible that you give some hints of what
your book will have against Miles, Kengis and Alburt
of the Alekhine?

Thank you, L
  
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Reply #23 - 09/27/11 at 12:59:23
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Bresando wrote on 09/23/11 at 22:18:14:
motörhead wrote on 09/23/11 at 21:57:17:
Btw. 1.e4 d6 2.d4 e5 in my eyes is fully playable too. No need to laugh about it, eh.

Isn't this move order a bit pointless? after 3.Nf3 we have the same position we could have reached via 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4, with 3.dxe5 as an extra option and without having avoided anything. What am i missing?

Well, you've avoided 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4, for example. Whether it's worth avoiding is another question.
  
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Re: "Beating Unusual Chess Defences: 1 e4" - out soon.
Reply #22 - 09/27/11 at 08:21:12
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Hi Mr. Greet,

first of all thanks for writing the book. I enjoyed reading the acc Dragon book so I am very interested in your new book.
1. Against the Scandinavian I also play 3.Nf3 with 6.Be3 because I don´t believe any more in 6.c4 due to the mentioned variation by TopNotch.
2. Two years ago I switched to Pirc with Black and your proposal 6.dxc5 Qa5 7.Qd4!? aganist 5...c5 is a good choice. Don´t like the position with black but this could be because I don´t like queenless middlegames. I try to remember what I wanted to play against 7.Qd4 and I think it was the plan with Bc8-d7-c6.
Nevertheless I play 5....0-0. I think you follow the most important game in this variation -> Inarkiev-Peralta: 1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be3 b6 (7. Qe2 Ba6) 8. Qd2 Bb7 9. e5 Ng4 10. O-O-O c5 11. dxc5 bxc5 12. Bxc5 Nd7 13. Ba3?! when Bg1 is an improvement. In Vigus book "Pirc in Black and White" he mentioned the untested Umansky proposal 13...Rc8!?. I tried to analyze it but the position is full of ideas and tactical strikes so that I stopped analysing it after a while.
Do you cover Rc8!? ?
I hope "No" because then I can use my analysis. But I also hope "Yes" to see your assessment of the position.  Smiley
  
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