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Re: C12: Free MacCutcheon ebook
Reply #8 - 08/20/12 at 18:57:23
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Here's a partial game at random from later in the book. It's obviously missing formatting and diagrams but gives some idea of the level of the content.

9: De Firmian, Nick E (2547) - Nakamura, Hikaru (2644) [C12] San Diego, 2006 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e5 h6 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.bxc3 Ne4 8.Qg4 g6 9.Bd3 Nxd2

10.Kxd2 c5

Our critical position.

11.Nf3

As we have seen, the development of the knight permits White immediately to consider a plan with 12.dxc5 and 13.Nd4.

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11...c4

Black normally plays ...Nc6 or ...Bd7, but there is logic in locking the structure. The knight has now committed to f3 and will not now be able to reach d4. In addition, Nakamura hopes to hide his king on the queenside. The down side, of course, is that the locking in of the pawn structure has imprisoned Black's light-squared bishop.

12.Be2 Nd7

A relatively new but interesting idea. After ...Qe7 and a queenside fianchetto, Black will castle queenside and seek counter-play against the central structure by pushing the f-pawn. If, as expected, White captures with exf6, Black will try to play ...e5 busting up the center and releasing the light-squared bishop from its jail.

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13.h4

The obvious kingside advance, but White has another option, anticipating ...0𢠢 with 13.Rhb1 with a4.

13...Qe7 14.a3

A novelty, aiming at slowing Black's eventual counterplay with ...a5 and ...b5.

Played previously was 14.a4 which stakes a presence on the queenside, in theory slowing down the counterplay. 14...a5 Fixing the pawn, an isolated weakness, and Black will be able to attack it with ...Nb6 and ...Bd7, but meanwhile White expects to make more significant progress on the kingside. 15.Qf4 Ra6 16.Nh2 Nb6 17.Ng4 Bd7 18.Nxh6 Nxa4 19.Rhb1 Bc6 20.g4 Ra8 21.g5 b5 22.h5 Rf8 23.Qf6 Kd7 24.f4 Ra7? (24...Rab8! 25.Nxf7 Nxc3 26.Qxe7+ Kxe7 27.Kxc3 b4+ 28.Kd2 Rxf7 29.Ke3 a4 with a dynamic equality) 25.hxg6 fxg6 26.Qxg6 b4 27.f5 exf5 28.cxb4 axb4 29.Nxf5 (Even better is 29.Ng8 ) 29...Qe630.Qxe6+ Kxe6 31.Bg4 Kf7 32.Rh1 Kg6 33.Bh5+ Kxg5 (33...Kxf5 34.Raf1+ Ke6 35.Bg4+ Ke7 36.Rh7+ Ke8 37.Bh5++-) 34.Rhg1+ Kxh5 35.Rg2 10 Tseshkovsky, V (2554) - Gukasian, R (2416) Krasnodar 2002.

14...b6
  
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Re: C12: Free MacCutcheon ebook
Reply #7 - 08/20/12 at 12:29:38
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[quote]$3.11 is still a bargain if the book's any good.[/quote]
Yes indeed. Anyone got it and got a view?
  
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Re: C12: Free MacCutcheon ebook
Reply #6 - 08/20/12 at 12:17:55
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$3.11 is still a bargain if the book's any good. The extract I read is pitched at a very low level, and the author does do a lot of novice teaching elsewhere, but maybe the book gets stronger later.
  
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Re: C12: Free MacCutcheon ebook
Reply #5 - 08/20/12 at 12:08:16
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[quote author=0F0C0600610 link=1345324184/2#2 date=1345462462]It appears to cost $3.11 and be (only?) for Kindle. Is there any way of downloading it to a PC if you don't have a Kindle?[/quote]

You can install the Kindle for PC app.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_pc_mkt_lnd?docId=1000426311 , but it looks like the book is no longer free, sorry.

And there do seem to be a number of errors in the text, bad editing maybe?
  
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Re: C12: Free MacCutcheon ebook
Reply #4 - 08/20/12 at 11:45:19
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"he used it to defeat World Champion Wilhelm Steinitz in a simultaneous exhibition in Manhattan in 1885. Although Steinitz won that first encounter"

"the line has been played by Capablanca against Moroczy, ...Reti against both Bogolyubow and Reti"
  
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Re: C12: Free MacCutcheon ebook
Reply #3 - 08/20/12 at 11:38:53
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"The MacCutcheon, named for John Lindsay McCutcheon (18571905) of Philadelphia"

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Re: C12: Free MacCutcheon ebook
Reply #2 - 08/20/12 at 11:34:22
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It appears to cost $3.11 and be (only?) for Kindle. Is there any way of downloading it to a PC if you don't have a Kindle?
  
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Re: C12: Free MacCutcheon ebook
Reply #1 - 08/20/12 at 11:20:12
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I notice that he has a range of these booklets. What's the target audience?
  

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C12: Free MacCutcheon ebook
08/18/12 at 21:09:44
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I saw this free ebook at Amazon today. I don't know how long it'll be free.

The French MacCutcheon (Chess is Fun)
http://www.amazon.com/The-French-MacCutcheon-Chess-ebook/dp/B006P3MPIQ/ref=sr_1_...

The author is Jon Edwards, an apparently accomplished correspondence player. It's not a huge book at 122 pages, but if you're a French fan it's probably worth the download.
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