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Re: Wojo´s Weapons 3
Reply #48 - 02/18/16 at 19:58:42
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kylemeister wrote on 05/23/13 at 18:19:13:
Er, it says that 10. a4 has never been tried in a game, but NIC's online database has a couple of games with it (one of them between two GMs in the Bundesliga in 2008).


I wanted to update my repertoire a bit and had a look at this line. It turns out 10. a4 was played already in 1994, between Nigel Davies and Eran Liss (IM at that time) and this game is referenced by Dembo. As far as I can see, there is nothing mentioned on this line at all in the file (only 10. a4 Qxd1 11. Rxd1 Bxc3, which incidentally does not look like much of an edge for White either). I can't find anything substantial in the rest of the offered extra analysis either, as already mentioned by others.

I guess the way to try to obtain an advantage is by 10. Nh4!? as in the thread http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/chess/YaBB.pl?num=1426877642/5
or any other suggestion?
  
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Reply #47 - 10/11/13 at 16:53:23
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I am still on my first pass through WW III. After starting with the the Hedgehog etal chapter, I have gone back to the beginning.

The Gruenfeld section seems good with Hilton's addendum, above (thanks   Smiley)

I think the coverage of the Maroczy Bind is light, too. I find 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 to be very common.

I am supplementing with "Starting Out: The Accelerated Dragon" as a start.
  
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Reply #46 - 09/17/13 at 21:02:55
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Book III came during a period where I was changing my black repertoire (which I am still working on)

I put my own together against the Grunfeld from Avrukh as preparation for a team match, and have faced the hedgehog many times and am still struggling against it. I wish there was more coverage of it in WWIII, as it is very popular around here.
  
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Reply #45 - 05/23/13 at 19:34:15
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Jonathan_Hilton wrote on 05/23/13 at 17:48:42:
Greetings all,

For those of you who have made the comment about the Grunfeld move order with an earlier ...Nc6 instead of castling, I have attached Dean's analysis. It was a shame that this line was not included in the book, and I want to thank everyone who pointed this out.

In the end, it appears that with best play, Black has good chances of equalizing. We would particularly like to point your attention to our idea of 10.a4!?, however, a novelty which ought to be able to yield a decent winning percentage for White.

Best regards,
Jonathan Hilton


Thx, Mr. Hilton!
I hope the WW-series was a success for you and your publisher.

Are any updates to WW1 in scheduling?
  

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Reply #44 - 05/23/13 at 18:19:13
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Er, it says that 10. a4 has never been tried in a game, but NIC's online database has a couple of games with it (one of them between two GMs in the Bundesliga in 2008).
  
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Reply #43 - 05/23/13 at 17:48:42
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Greetings all,

For those of you who have made the comment about the Grunfeld move order with an earlier ...Nc6 instead of castling, I have attached Dean's analysis. It was a shame that this line was not included in the book, and I want to thank everyone who pointed this out.

In the end, it appears that with best play, Black has good chances of equalizing. We would particularly like to point your attention to our idea of 10.a4!?, however, a novelty which ought to be able to yield a decent winning percentage for White.

Best regards,
Jonathan Hilton
  

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Reply #42 - 04/24/13 at 15:52:30
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SteelyDanIII wrote on 04/24/13 at 15:22:29:
The second line is in the Symmetrical. After 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nf6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Nc3 and now 6...g6 is not mentioned. After 7.OO Bg7 8.Nxd5 Qxd5 9.d3 OO we have an important position which in my rather small database has over 400 games when White's most promising continuation seems to offer a pawn with 10.Be3 but Black seems to be doing rather well. This position often arises from an Anti-Grunfeld move order (1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.g3 Bg7 6.Bg2 OO 7.OO c5 8.Nxd5 Qxd5 9.d3 Nc6).


Not to mention that, I believe, the possibility of Black going for this line has been considered a reason for White to prefer 6. d4 instead of the old standard move order 6. 0-0 after 1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. Nf3 Nf6.

(Semi-offhand observation regarding 10. Be3:  I notice that in NIC's online database, 10...Bd7 [which I seem to recall being given as "!" decades ago] scores over 50% for Black.)
  
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Reply #41 - 04/24/13 at 15:22:29
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First off, I really like this book and the series as a whole. The method, format and presentation are ideal for a club player learning an opening, although for me personally three volumes was somewhat of an overkill. I would just like to point out two rather obvious omissions.

As pointed out by Pessoa (one of my favourite authors by the way!) in the Open Fianchetto Grunfeld Black can simply delay castling and avoid the lines with 9.d5. This seems to be the main line these days and all my four sources on the Grunfeld (Dembo, Delchev, Kaufman and Jansa: Dynamic Chess Strategy) recommend it,  which makes the omission all the stranger.
For example 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.OO Nb6 and white has to go for either 7.d4 Nc6 8.e3 which lays outside of the repertoire or 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.d3 which is not covered either.
Or 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.d4 Nb6 7.Nc3 Nc6 when 8.d5 is met with 8...Bxc3+ and 8.OO with 8...Nxd4 which again leaves 8.e3.

The second line is in the Symmetrical. After 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nf6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Nc3 and now 6...g6 is not mentioned. After 7.OO Bg7 8.Nxd5 Qxd5 9.d3 OO we have an important position which in my rather small database has over 400 games when White's most promising continuation seems to offer a pawn with 10.Be3 but Black seems to be doing rather well. This position often arises from an Anti-Grunfeld move order (1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.g3 Bg7 6.Bg2 OO 7.OO c5 8.Nxd5 Qxd5 9.d3 Nc6).
  
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Reply #40 - 03/18/13 at 17:20:18
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I think the Bogo-Indian was used as a surprise weapon in the first round games by both Carlsen and Radjabov. It's safe enough for doing that. Not that this opening would become their first choice afterwards..  Wink
  
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Reply #39 - 03/18/13 at 15:11:48
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I'm reminded of a World Cup event (when Ippolito was about 10, and Hilton not yet born) in which the Bogo was played in half of the games that reached the position after 3. Nf3.
  
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Reply #38 - 03/18/13 at 15:02:31
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Pessoa wrote on 02/19/13 at 09:50:18:
I, for one, have not been able to find the slightest remark about what the authors suggest White should do after 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d5 (before castling!).

Just as to illustrate my point, in round 3 of the current Candidates Tournament for the World Chess Championship, Grischuk played …d5 before …0-0 against Kramnik. See? (And, by the way, the game ended in a draw on move 35.)

One more comment on the book:

In the introduction to the Bogo-Indian (page 383), with some amusement one reads:
"It seems strange to us that players of Black would want to try to steer the game towards the Bogo-Indian: very few players believe it to be that good of a choice for Black, anyway. After the simple 4.Bd2, Black will lose time when he exchanges on d2. […] The Bogo-Indian was often just seen as a way for Black to play creatively and avoid theory and perhaps introduce new ideas – not as a theoretically serious equalizing attempt."

Er, what? Not a theoretically serious equalizing attempt? It seems Carlsen and Radjabov don't agree, as they both used the Bogo-Indian in their first-round games of said tournament (Aronian-Carlsen, Gelfand-Radjabov). Carlsen "lost time" playing …Bb4 and …Bxd2, and Radjabov "lost time" playing …Bb4 and …Be7. Still, both games ended in a draw. Aronian and Gelfand must be real patzers as they didn't manage to profit from such gambling by Black …  Roll Eyes    
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Reply #37 - 03/10/13 at 08:17:21
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Reply #36 - 03/09/13 at 17:49:54
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TD wrote on 02/10/13 at 08:45:36:
LostTactic wrote on 02/09/13 at 22:16:31:
As these Wojo books are the way I want to study and learn openings.

I completeley agree with you!

The English lines are a lot like Khalifman's: e.g. 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4 (which I don't play). The Half-Maroczy is the line with 6.d4 and 10.Qd3. Does it have an "official name"?

They treat the Leningrad Dutch with b2-b4 and the other lines look pretty normal to me (I don't play d2-d4 against the Dutch).

can I ask what they give against the Hedgehog? 7.d4 or 7.Re1? thanks
  
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Reply #35 - 02/19/13 at 15:07:55
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I notice that regarding Anic-Nataf, ECO had this:  12...Na6! 13. h3 Nd7! 14. f3 Nb4! 15. Ra4 a5, equal according to Nataf.
  
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Reply #34 - 02/19/13 at 09:50:18
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STEFANOS wrote on 11/21/12 at 20:56:09:
Writing a book, it is not something easy, needs time, study and the writers are humans. The only we may blame an author it is if he/she/they delivered on us a bad book, because we gave our money, that's it. Chess is a noble game and we must be noble as well, the specific books are of high quality and I have nothing else to say than a great thanks to the authors for the good work.

Many positive things about the Wojo’s Weapons series have already been said elsewhere; no need to repeat those here.

So I go immediately for the quibbles (concerning Volume 3):

The blurb on the back of the book tells us, the authors "claim to have found a sure route to an advantage against the Grünfeld". Well, the authors do make such a claim, but I cannot really agree with them, for two reasons:

First:
The authors claim White gets an advantage in the line 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.d4 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.0-0 Nb6 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.d5 Na5 10.Qc2!? Even if that might be the case: In the introduction to Chapter 2 ("The Fianchetto Grünfeld, Main Line with 10.Qc2!?") they say "Rowson [in his book on the Grünfeld] goes so far as to try to avoid 10.Qc2 altogether by playing …d7-d5 and …Nf6xd5 before castling."
It is perhaps not without reason that also Dembo and Delchev recommend the same strategy to Black in their respective books on the Grünfeld, and indeed it appears to avoid the variation put forward by Hilton and Ippolito. What’s strange is that this strategy is not at all mentioned in their book any further. I, for one, have not been able to find the slightest remark about what the authors suggest White should do after 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d5 (before castling!). MegaBase 2013 has 4 games in which this position was reached with Wojtkiewicz playing White; twice he played 5.d4, twice 5.cxd5. Of these 4 games Wojo (ca. 2575 ELO) managed 'only' 1 win (in a blitz game against Kempinski 2528) and 3 draws, admittedly against decent opposition (Jasnikowski 2425, Schmidt 2440, Stohl 2578). 

Second:
As for "Black’s Solid Grünfeld with …c7-c6" the authors claim that the line 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.d4 c6 6.Nc3 d5 7.Qb3 is "almost certainly plus-over-equal for White". Then they devote Chapter 8 of their book to the "drawish move" (their own words) 7…Qb6 and call it "Black Grovels with 7…Qb6". The implication seems clear …
However, listen to what Boris Avrukh (Quality Chess, 2011) has to say about 7…Qb6: "This is a thematic (!) response to White’s queen sortie in positions with a Slav pawn structure, and it works well for Black (!) here."
If we now compare Hilton and Ippolito’s recommendation against 7…Qb6 with Avrukh’s recommendation against this, we get 'best play from both sides', ending up with the line 8.Nc3 Rd8 9.Rd1 Bf5 10.Ne1 Be6 11.c5 Qxb3 12.axb3 Nbd7 13.b4 (Hilton and Ippolito: "[this] was a little better for White in Anic–Nataf, Vichy 2000") 13…a6. (Avrukh: "Black had absolutely no problems in Anic–Nataf, Vichy 2000"). – Make sense who may. Judging fom the course of the game mentioned (drawn on move 48), Avrukh appears right. The only other game in MegaBase 2013 to reach the position after 13…a6 was Borovikov (2586) – Heimann (2459) 2012, drawn on move 15.
I should add that, for some reason, Hilton and Ippolito do not list Avrukh’s essential work on the Grünfeld in their bibliography …

That’s my main point with the pure chess contents so far, although there are a few more things one could point out, mainly interesting set-ups for Black that are not mentioned in the book, such as 15…e6 with the idea …Be5 in the Maroczy (instead of 15…Qb6 which is, admittedly, the main line, but even this main line is 'treated' only in a short note to the rare 15…b6 played in one of the main games in the book).

What I find more disturbing is that the proofreading has been done either very badly or not at all. I have found numerous typos and illogical comments. Here goes:

Page 131: After the first moves of the game Wojtkiewicz–Möhring 1988 (1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.g3 c6 5. Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 d5 7.Qb3 Qb6 8.Nc3 Qxb3 9.axb3 Na6) we find the following note: "Less attractive is 9…Bf5, when here White gets a small advantage without a fight: 10.Ne5 Rd8 (10…Qxb3 11.axb3 transposes to 8…Bf5 9.Ne5 Qxb3 10.axb3, given in Tregubov–Bezemer below)". – Sorry, I don’t get that, as in the main game Black has played …Qxb3 already on move 8. 

Page 137, note to 9…e6: "(12…cxd5 13.Bxd5 Nc6 14.Be5)". – Here 14.Be5 is not possible, as the bishop is still on c1. This should probably read "(12…cxd5 13.Bxd5 Nc6 14.e3)".

Page 139, note to 17.a3: "The alternative 17.Bc7 Rdc8 18.Bd6 …". – This makes no sense, as there is no black rook on d8 and, according to my engine, after 17.Bc7 Black would get a huge advantage after 17…b5. Presumably this note was meant to go with the move 17.a3 as played in the game Alekseev-Shirov, given in the note to the move 16…b5.

Page 141, note to 8…Qxb3: "(17…Nc6 18.Bxc6 bxc6 19.Nxc6 Kf8 20.Rxa7 just gives White a slight edge)". – This should probably read "(17…Nc6 18.Bxc6 bxc6 19.Nxc6 Kf8 20.Nxd8 Rxd8 21.Rxa7 just gives White a slight edge)", as 20.Rxa7?? would lose to 20…Rxa7 21.Nxa7 Rxd4.

Page 141, note to 8…Qxb3: "(20.Rc1 Bxd4 Nbd7 21.Rbc7)". – This should read "(20.Rc1 Nbd7 21.Rbc7)", Bxd4 being a 'superfluous move'.

Page 143, note to 17…e6: "not 18…Nh5? 19.Bc7! Rdc8 20.Nfd5". – This should read "not 18…Nh5? 19.Bc7! Rdc8 20.Nxd5".

Page 146, note to 12…Na6: "And 12…Na6 11. [sic] Ng5 Nac7 12.e4 Nb6 13.f4 gave White a big pawn center in V.Jürgens–A.Conny [sic], Chemnitz 1999". – This should read  "And 12…Na6 13.Ng5 Nac7 14.e4 Nb6 15.f4 gave White a big pawn center in V.Jürgens-C.Auer, Chemnitz 1999".

These findings are all taken from Chapter 8 ("Black Grovels with 7…Qb6"), the only one into which I have looked in some detail so far. It is to be feared that more of such misprints / errors are to be found in other chapters of the book, too.

A further note, on the organization of chapter 8. It starts with the sub-heading "Black Takes First: …Qxb3". This theme is then correctly illustrated by the game Wojtkiewicz–Möhring 1988. The next sub-heading is "White Takes First: […]", correctly illustrated by the game Mikhalevski–Vydeslaver 1996. The confusing bit is that, still under the same subheading, there follows the game Tregubov–Bezemer 2004, in which we again find Black taking first, playing 8…Qxb3. – I don't exactly like such things ...
  
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Reply #33 - 02/10/13 at 22:58:32
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TD wrote on 02/10/13 at 08:45:36:
LostTactic wrote on 02/09/13 at 22:16:31:
As these Wojo books are the way I want to study and learn openings.

I completeley agree with you!

The English lines are a lot like Khalifman's: e.g. 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4 (which I don't play). The Half-Maroczy is the line with 6.d4 and 10.Qd3. Does it have an "official name"?

They treat the Leningrad Dutch with b2-b4 and the other lines look pretty normal to me (I don't play d2-d4 against the Dutch).


Sounds good, not to familiar with b4 against Leningrad so will be interesting to take a look at that.

Greg Shahade also said he enjoyed the Wojo book's style: http://main.uschess.org/content/view/11614/141/ (point 1 at the bottom of the article)
  
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Reply #32 - 02/10/13 at 08:45:36
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LostTactic wrote on 02/09/13 at 22:16:31:
As these Wojo books are the way I want to study and learn openings.

I completeley agree with you!

The English lines are a lot like Khalifman's: e.g. 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4 (which I don't play). The Half-Maroczy is the line with 6.d4 and 10.Qd3. Does it have an "official name"?

They treat the Leningrad Dutch with b2-b4 and the other lines look pretty normal to me (I don't play d2-d4 against the Dutch).
  
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Reply #31 - 02/09/13 at 22:16:31
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TD wrote on 02/06/13 at 16:55:40:
I've got it in the mail today and it looks pretty good (again)! So the next couple of days I'll be busy trying to incorporate Wojo's lines in my repertoire...


TD can you say your opinion on their English lines and also what they recommend against the Dutch? I just ordered mine from ChessDirect so likely have 3-5 days to wait... Love the first 2 books and hope this lives upto my high expectations.

I also emailed Mongoosepress a couple months back, asking them to try and get the authors to do a similar style repertoire book for Black, possibly Wojo's or someone else with a strong black repertoire for weekend tournaments. They said to me they would discuss this with the authors after this 3rd book had been published so I hope they do that. As these Wojo books are the way I want to study and learn openings.
  
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I've got it in the mail today and it looks pretty good (again)! So the next couple of days I'll be busy trying to incorporate Wojo's lines in my repertoire...
  
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Reply #29 - 11/22/12 at 06:16:08
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See http://www.uschess.org/content/view/7913/381/ and http://www.uschess.org/content/view/8117/431/ for two articles about Wojo's repertoire against 1.e4.
  
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Reply #28 - 11/21/12 at 22:24:33
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I also need to update my defenses to 1.e4, so I hope that is book 4  Cheesy [/quote]

From what I understand, GM wojo's black repertoire vs. 1.e4 was very similar to ftacnik's "grandmaster repertoire: the najdorf" book. You might want to give that a try.
  
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A sample is now available on the mongoose press website.

http://www.mongoosepress.com/downloads/wojo3-sample.pdf
  
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Reply #26 - 11/21/12 at 20:57:52
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STEFANOS wrote on 11/21/12 at 20:56:09:
I do not play competitive chess, I play just for fun. Even for an amateur like me it is very difficult to understand how the delay of a chess book can affect to the worse my opening repertoire and my results in total, let's be serious. Writing a book, it is not something easy, needs time, study and the writers are humans. The only we may blame an author it is if he/she/they delivered on us a bad book, because we gave our money, that's it. Chess is a noble game and we must be noble as well, the specific books are of high quality and I have nothing else to say than a great thanks to the authors for the good work.

  
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I do not play competitive chess, I play just for fun. Even for an amateur like it is very difficult to understand how the delay of a chess book can affect to the worse my opening repertoire and my results in total, let's be serious. Writing a book, it is not something easy, needs time, study and the writers are humans. The only we may blame an author it is if he/she/they delivered on us a bad book, because we gave our money, that's it. Chess is a noble game and we must be noble as well, the specific books are of high quality and I have nothing else to say than a great thanks to the authors for the good work.
  
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Reply #24 - 11/18/12 at 22:49:05
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Markovich wrote on 05/27/12 at 01:51:13:
TonyRo wrote on 05/27/12 at 00:12:48:
If you guys knew anything about the author's personal lives, you'd think a bit differently I'm sure.

I also enjoy the notion that it's impossible to construct a repertoire by one's self, do any of the analytical work yourself, or use Volume 1 as a standalone Catalan reference, Volume 2 as a standalone Fianchetto KID reference, and so on.

The Wojo books are also substantially larger - I'm not sure how typesetting and stylistic choices affect the page count in both cases, but Hilton's works stand to be quite a bit longer in total.

I'm not saying that any of the above justify the delays, but I also think it quite ridiculous to expect 1000+ pages of absolutely current and top-notch chess material plunked onto your doorstep at one time either.


You comment assumes that the antiquated methods by which repertoire references are produced are the only ones available. I predict the emergence of technologies whereby repertoires can be created, viewed, shared and
updated online, and downloaded for local analysis if need be. I think the paper repertoire book is about to become obsolete. I wouldn't want my money in traditional chess publishing at this moment. There is no more buggy whip industry, you know.


Long lists of lines, each finishing with a sterile evaluation are not what sub-master level players need. I think the Wojo's weapons series are great for class players, because they contain whole games and are annotated well into the middle game and sometimes into the endgame.

This is exactly what I need to help me understand these openings. It gives me a foundation of ideas from which I can expand/diverge by using current games as time goes on.

I am eager for book 3. I have lines that have worked ok against the Grunfeld, but I could use a better understanding of those positions. I really need some help against the hedgehog like games that show up more often in the local club.

I have had plenty of work to do on the middlegame and endgame, while I waited for the next Wojo book.

I also need to update my defenses to 1.e4, so I hope that is book 4  Cheesy
  
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Jonathan_Hilton wrote on 10/10/12 at 18:48:54:
Greetings all,

First, I am delighted to see the interest out there in our books on Aleks. Second, I apologize for all the grief and pain I have caused you for the delays. I can assure you that the third manuscript is being typeset at this very moment and will be printed and shipped as soon as possible.


Thank you for the update, and the table of contents. Looks very interesting. I've always found 1...c5 to be a very challenging response to 1.Nf3, and I look forward to your analysis. As a Dutch player I'll also be intrigued to see your recommendations after 1.Nf3 f5.

I do think the 'Wojo's Weapons' series is one of the best White repertoires out there; an achievement made more remarkable given your illness. Thanks for letting us know how the project is going.
  
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For those who are interested, here is the Table of Contents for Volume III:

Contents

Bibliography
Introduction

Part I: The Open Fianchetto Grünfeld
Chapter 1: An Introduction to the Fianchetto Grünfeld: Wojo’s Dynamic System with 11.Bg5
Chapter 2: The Fianchetto Grünfeld, Main Line with 10.Qc2!?
Chapter 3: The Open Grünfeld with 7...c5
Chapter 4: Black Strengthens White’s Center by Taking on c3
Chapter 5: 7...c6 and Black’s Other Tries

Part II: Black’s Solid Grünfeld with ...c7-c6
Chapter 6: Black Bolsters the Center with ...e7-e6
Chapter 7: Black Takes with 7...dxc4, Struggling for Active Piece Play
Chapter 8: Black Grovels with 7...Qb6
Chapter 9: Odds and Ends: Black Moves His a-Pawn

Part III: The English Opening
Chapter 10: The MaroczyMaróczy Bind
Chapter 11: The Half-MaroczyMaróczy bind
Chapter 12: Black Plays for ...e7-e6 and ...d7-d5
Chapter 13: Queen’s Indians, Hedgehogs, and the Rubinstein Variation

Part IV: The Dutch Defense
Chapter 14: The Leningrad Dutch
Chapter 15: The Dutch StonewallStonewall Dutch
Chapter 16: Other Dutch Defenses

Part V: Odds & Ends
Chapter 17: The Old Indian
Chapter 18: Other Odds and Ends with ...d7-d6 and ...e7-e5
Chapter 19: Other Tricky Systems
  
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Greetings all,

First, I am delighted to see the interest out there in our books on Aleks. Second, I apologize for all the grief and pain I have caused you for the delays. I can assure you that the third manuscript is being typeset at this very moment and will be printed and shipped as soon as possible.

Those who know me well know that I was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disease, at the beginning of my freshman year of college, around November of 2009. (See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myasthenia_gravis). For those chess history buffs out there, yes, this is the same disease that forced GM Henrique Mecking to withdraw from the 1979 Interzonal in Rio de Janeiro. (He did not return to competitive chess until after over a decade of treatment.)

The illness has at times disrupted my education, not to mention my chess writing. A lot of people don't realize that I suffer sporadic problems with motor control and am in constant pain, which can sometimes make writing challenging. Unlike other works, chess books cannot easily be dictated. That said, I have had some successes. I managed to write all three Wojo books, a total of well over 1100 pages, in a period of about four years, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA, studying abroad six times, managing my illness, learning three foreign languages, and continuing my volunteer work on pro bono immigration and asylum cases.

I do realize that some of the material on the first book may already be a bit dated by the time Volume III is in your hands. That said, I do not think our theory is that far behind the times. Many IMs and GMs have come up to Dean and me to express how pleased they were with the caliber of our analysis. In reality, our lines are holding up to the test of theory--and they are still winning tournaments. In most of our analysis (in all three volumes), Dean and I have been ahead of the curve. This means that many of the ideas in Vol. 1 are just now gaining recognition. Hence, the books are still quite topical, even four years later.

That said, if anyone has an outdated line from the book that they would like for Dean and me to take a look at, we'd be happy to see about publishing some new analysis online. Consider it a "theory warranty." If our recommendation is behind the curve, contact us about it, and we'll do our best to find you something else to play.

Best regards,
Jonathan Hilton
  
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At last the book has been announced on the Mongoose website.
Hooray!
But slated for a November/December release.
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It does, but only because that's not only what's prevalent today, but what's in question in this thread. If anything, my posts encourage something totally different - cloud repertoires are quite welcome in my opinion! Grin
  
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TonyRo wrote on 05/27/12 at 00:12:48:
If you guys knew anything about the author's personal lives, you'd think a bit differently I'm sure.

I also enjoy the notion that it's impossible to construct a repertoire by one's self, do any of the analytical work yourself, or use Volume 1 as a standalone Catalan reference, Volume 2 as a standalone Fianchetto KID reference, and so on.

The Wojo books are also substantially larger - I'm not sure how typesetting and stylistic choices affect the page count in both cases, but Hilton's works stand to be quite a bit longer in total.

I'm not saying that any of the above justify the delays, but I also think it quite ridiculous to expect 1000+ pages of absolutely current and top-notch chess material plunked onto your doorstep at one time either.


You comment assumes that the antiquated methods by which repertoire references are produced are the only ones available. I predict the emergence of technologies whereby repertoires can be created, viewed, shared and
updated online, and downloaded for local analysis if need be. I think the paper repertoire book is about to become obsolete. I wouldn't want my money in traditional chess publishing at this moment. There is no more buggy whip industry, you know.
  

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If you guys knew anything about the author's personal lives, you'd think a bit differently I'm sure.

I also enjoy the notion that it's impossible to construct a repertoire by one's self, do any of the analytical work yourself, or use Volume 1 as a standalone Catalan reference, Volume 2 as a standalone Fianchetto KID reference, and so on.

The Wojo books are also substantially larger - I'm not sure how typesetting and stylistic choices affect the page count in both cases, but Hilton's works stand to be quite a bit longer in total.

I'm not saying that any of the above justify the delays, but I also think it quite ridiculous to expect 1000+ pages of absolutely current and top-notch chess material plunked onto your doorstep at one time either.
  
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TonyRo wrote on 05/25/12 at 17:52:26:
His point still stands though, in that you've had 2 years to update book 1 on your own, and about a year or so to update book 2, no?



I'm paying money to have repertoire and I dont want to wait for each volume for years. Look at GM series by Quality Chess: Gruenfeld volumes were published in the same year! That means you can play Gruenfeld just from this books and you dont need to update vol 1 because its outdated when vol 2 is out. And WW1 was published in 2010 and vol2 year later! So in 2010 you have Catalan repertoire, but to play kings indian you need to wait more than a year and to complete repertoire 2,5 years! Do you think I want to pay for Catalan book and do rest of "job" myself? Tehre are other openings than Catalan and to play them you need to use other books or analyse on your own. So whats the point of buying WW then? Its better to stick to QC books since they dont have so much delays, and delays and delays.... They deleyed vol2 many times and vol3 even more times.


I completely agree in principle. I think a possible reason for it though is they didn't know whether the first book was going to be successful or not, and to release 3 volumes at once with unproven authors is quite risky. I think I'd have still bought the books though even knowing in hindsight this would happen, as I mix and match my white repertoire from various sources.

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His point still stands though, in that you've had 2 years to update book 1 on your own, and about a year or so to update book 2, no?



I'm paying money to have repertoire and I dont want to wait for each volume for years. Look at GM series by Quality Chess: Gruenfeld volumes were published in the same year! That means you can play Gruenfeld just from this books and you dont need to update vol 1 because its outdated when vol 2 is out. And WW1 was published in 2010 and vol2 year later! So in 2010 you have Catalan repertoire, but to play kings indian you need to wait more than a year and to complete repertoire 2,5 years! Do you think I want to pay for Catalan book and do rest of "job" myself? Tehre are other openings than Catalan and to play them you need to use other books or analyse on your own. So whats the point of buying WW then? Its better to stick to QC books since they dont have so much delays, and delays and delays.... They deleyed vol2 many times and vol3 even more times.

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Is there any more information about the book?
  

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His point still stands though, in that you've had 2 years to update book 1 on your own, and about a year or so to update book 2, no? It's unrealistic for the authors and publishers to wait 3 years and publish them as a set - you might never get them, as the author would have to go back and rewrite half of book 1 again anyway, by the time he was done with that, book 2 and 3 would need updating, and so on.
  
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But this is not one book, but 3 books which should be a repertoire. It's  not the case when I cannot play all lines athe the same year, but i need to wait more thanb 2 years to complete repertoire, which partly is outdated already!

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The point of vol 3 is that there is no overlap with vols 1 and 2.  Wink

What's the point of publishing opening books at all since they soon will be outdated?

Any good opening book gives the ideas and plans and gives the current situation of important lines. Then it's up to the reader to check and update lines as the opening develops over time.
  

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Vol 1 is already outdated so they should publish them in like 1 year, maybe with help of other writers. Whats the poitn of buying vol 3 if vol 1 is outdated?
  

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What is the old time schedule?
  

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The book is listed on London Chess Centre "Coming Soon". It has a green cover.


Yes I noticed that too....but perhaps they follow the old time schedule ? I will mail London chess center and ask .
  

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I was mailing Mongoose press about volume 3 of Wojos weapons: I got this answer :

Dear ******,

Thank you for your interest in our books!
The third volume of Wojo's Weapons was planned for late spring of 2012, but it is being delayed.
Unfortunately, one of the two co-authors has been seriously ill and unable to work for several months.
He (Jonathan) seems to be doing better, but not quite back to normal.
We are hoping to release the book in the Fall, but, for obvious reasons, it is not firm at this point.
We will definitely try to do what we can to bring this concluding volume of the series to the market as quickly as possible.

Best,

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Is there any new development on the status of this book? Is it still to be published this spring?
  

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The slav is dealt with in vol. 1. It will be fianchetto Grünfeld (obviously!).
  

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So what is left after Wojo 3? Depending on the responses they choose that might be the final book. Like Marin they could give pure English lines (aka anti-lines) against Slav, semi-Slav, Gruenfeld, ...
  
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Seems about right. Dean answered in the thread about Wojo 2 that he is busy working on the book.
  
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I did send a mail to Mongoose Press about when the third volume of Wojos weapons will be released.

This is their answer :

Dear *******,

Thank you for contacting us.

The authors are working of the third volume which would complete the White repertoire. The book should come out in late Spring of 2012.

Best,

Mongoose Press team



This volume will mainly be about the english opening.
  

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