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Reply #450 - 11/10/19 at 02:17:34
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I had two hesitations about the book.

(1) The review raises a lot of interesting topics, but it was hard for me to decide to what depth the book deals with those topics. If they only get a casual mention in the book, then I don't need the book, because I already saw the casual mentions in the review!

(2) It's hard for me to believe that the author was sincere in his dedication to the game. One or two years is a trivial amount of time to "devote" oneself to any worthwhile endeavor. (People on chesspub have devoted decades to the game, most without any pretence of "going pro".) From the review, all I can detect is a kind of box-ticking exercise. So the first suspicion is that the whole thing was just material for the book, which is a fine topic, but if the author was not sincere then I think it should have been done as journalism instead of memoir. Also I don't understand the review's footnote about feature writing. Why wouldn't this be in the book? After all, the features were about chess, and this is one of the basic ways that pros have always paid the rent. My guess is that it would have undermined the "obsession" angle.

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Stranger still is the decision Chapin makes to travel to Hyderabad, ...

The unkind part of me wonders whether the author had an assignment to cover the tournament.

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change pretense to pretence -- I forgot where chesspub is hosted!
  
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Reply #449 - 11/10/19 at 00:55:37
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I have neither read the book nor listened to the podcast episode yet, but after looking up the author (since I had never heard of him), I find it strange that someone with so little tournament experience would write a chess memoir. Provided I found the right guy, he has a Canadian rating in the 1300s based on just 20 games, a USCF rating in the 1400s based on a similarly small number of games, and no FIDE rating.

Note that I'm not knocking Chapin's playing strength here; 1400 isn't bad at all for someone that new to tournament chess. But why write a memoir when you've only just started playing serious tournaments? Why not try playing for a few years and get in some good training between battles, to get a more realistic view of your prospects?
  

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Reply #448 - 11/09/19 at 23:21:05
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What a pompous author (by the sounds of it)

There is little room for that on the chess board. This reminds me of that guy who would try to become a chess master in a couple of months, then supposedly created an engine to help him learn ... and then got his chance to play against Magnus and immediately blundered the simplest of tactics.
  
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Reply #447 - 10/27/19 at 15:38:36
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My October review of Sasha Chapin's All the Wrong Moves: A Memoir about Chess, Love, and Ruining Everything.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2019/10/27/quest-or-obsession/
  
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Reply #446 - 09/30/19 at 21:15:39
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My September review of two new works by Romain Edouard. French players will want to pay special attention to this column.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2019/09/30/multi-tasking-to-the-max/
  
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Reply #445 - 09/01/19 at 01:08:50
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My August review, posted just in the nick of time!

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2019/08/31/data-driven-chess/
  
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Reply #444 - 07/16/19 at 14:45:58
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Here's my July review of Vladimir Tukmakov's new book, Coaching the Chess Stars.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2019/07/16/trainer-to-the-stars/
  
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Re: Chess Book Review blog
Reply #443 - 07/13/19 at 13:40:22
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Nickajack wrote on 07/13/19 at 05:05:21:
kylemeister wrote on 06/26/19 at 17:08:49:
Pantu wrote on 06/26/19 at 11:21:14:
The example given there is 1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nf3 d4 5.d3 c5 and now apparently 6.e4! is the move - if 6...dxe3 white is just better and otherwise 7.e5 followed by Qe2/Nbd2 with a good version of the KIA.
I wonder if that is really just good for White ...in the introduction/overview of the latest update, IMDavidCummings didn't appear to think so.



I am quite surprised that IM Cummings would not like 6.e4!, since it is a thematic move in this Benoni Wall (reversed) type of structures. It's an idea that comes up in similar lines of the English/Reti. Here it looks like the perfect time to play it


To set the record straight, I do like this move! With hindsight, my conclusion “Food for thought for Reti Players!” was a bit too modestly worded, but I didn’t think it would be controversial  Smiley My analysis in the PGN gives the nod to White, so the onus is on Black to find improvements.

First of all, 6 e4 was a great find by GM Donchenko, apparently uncovered using LC0 (indeed it is Leela’s first line). When researching games for the June ChessPub Update, his move really stuck out for its originality. In this opening, White, including recent games from the likes of Aronian, Nakamura, Wei Yi, Ding Liren etc., had almost always gone for a reverse Modern Benoni structure (most often with 5 0-0 and 6 e3). In the database, there are hundreds of games with e2-e3 and only five games with 5 d3 and 6 e4.

The point is not to play the reversed KID/Benoni wall, but the King’s Indian Attack structure after 6 e4 Nc6 7 e5, since Black can’t prevent 7 e5 in this line. Now, if Black continues with standard development, White does indeed get a good version of the KIA. See Donchenko-Villegas – a convincing win for White. In Donchenko-Oleksienko, Black varied with an early ...Ne7-g6 followed by trading White’s important f4-bishop. Black was actually better after 15 moves, so analyze this game before declaring victory! As mentioned in my article, White has earlier improvements such as 11 b4. I’ve since done some more analysis here and will update this game in the PGN Archives next month. Analyzing this game using LC0 and SF10 side-by-side is fascinating, they have clearly diverging evaluations in many places.

Coming back to the earlier comments in the thread, I agree that we will see many more LC0-inspired novelties in the coming months!
  
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Re: Chess Book Review blog
Reply #442 - 07/13/19 at 11:24:32
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I am entirely in agreement with Descartes, I have played some ganes where the other fellow simply understood the ideas in the position and I suffered. Not that there was a huge difference in strength, he just had a better idea about where the pieces should go.
  
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Reply #441 - 07/13/19 at 05:05:21
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kylemeister wrote on 06/26/19 at 16:08:49:
Pantu wrote on 06/26/19 at 10:21:14:
The example given there is 1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nf3 d4 5.d3 c5 and now apparently 6.e4! is the move - if 6...dxe3 white is just better and otherwise 7.e5 followed by Qe2/Nbd2 with a good version of the KIA.

I wonder if that is really just good for White ...in the introduction/overview of the latest update, IMDavidCummings didn't appear to think so.



I am quite surprised that IM Cummings would not like 6.e4!, since it is a thematic move in this Benoni Wall (reversed) type of structures. It's an idea that comes up in similar lines of the English/Reti. Here it looks like the perfect time to play it.
  

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Reply #440 - 06/26/19 at 17:39:05
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ReneDescartes wrote on 06/26/19 at 15:22:11:
this is a limitation of GM-Rep-style books, and perhaps of theory, as such!

GM-Rep-style books are written to give the reader a solid base for a repertoire which can be used for many years at a high level (even 2500 elo). So modest lines will be disregarded for more critical ones. Also these books must be pushing the theory further in many lines or at least give an up to date view of the theory (gigantic research is critical).

Players should of course first try to master the books covering their repertoire before making any analysis themselves. As the books are the base for any further work, it is very important that the quality of them is as high as possible.
  
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Reply #439 - 06/26/19 at 16:08:49
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Pantu wrote on 06/26/19 at 10:21:14:
The example given there is 1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nf3 d4 5.d3 c5 and now apparently 6.e4! is the move - if 6...dxe3 white is just better and otherwise 7.e5 followed by Qe2/Nbd2 with a good version of the KIA.

I wonder if that is really just good for White ...in the introduction/overview of the latest update, IMDavidCummings didn't appear to think so.
  
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Reply #438 - 06/26/19 at 15:22:11
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That is a good illustration and supports your point well regarding ability.

I would only add that since one has to spend the time to understand how the plan works, learning such a line is not nearly as simple as learning an engine-generated tactical refutation. Faced with a GM-Rep book with many, many such lines, it would be hard in practice to learn the repertoire.

Some time ago, I myself did research into how to play a not-particularly-impressive line in the French which I found interesting. Beyond a point, there were not many games played with it, so I used an engine (not a new linear-algebra engine, but a regular one) to investigate and acquire a strategic understanding of this modest line. As a result, I have had success with it. The point is that investing the time to understand an equal line strategically will pay off even when that line is not shocking, doesn't have to be discovered by an engine, and is somewhat rare, but not new. And one can't expect this kind of education from a detailed repertoire book--this is a limitation of GM-Rep-style books, and perhaps of theory, as such!
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Re: Chess Book Review blog
Reply #437 - 06/26/19 at 11:02:22
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Pantu wrote on 06/26/19 at 10:21:14:
Heh, I cheated slightly, but 0-0!? looks fun. Or is there something else?

Dorfman makes the same argument as brabo in this interview, specifically with regards to AlphaZero/Leela: https://chess24.com/en/read/news/dorfman-the-real-talent-is-the-ability-to-work-...

The example given there is 1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nf3 d4 5.d3 c5 and now apparently 6.e4! is the move - if 6...dxe3 white is just better and otherwise 7.e5 followed by Qe2/Nbd2 with a good version of the KIA.

Consider this: if you have the resources, and are interested in what to do in a variation, let's say the 7.Nd5 Sveshnikov that Carlsen has been playing.  You then set Leela0/AlphaZero to play against itself continuously, learning and improving, for a week from that starting position.  You then check the games and analysis and you find a completely new approach along with a couple of near perfectly played games.  You then prepare this before your next game against a Sveshnikov player and get to display some cutting edge stuff.

The advantage of this approach is that it's fairly effortless - the machine generates ideas. It also tells you if they are worthwhile or not, and demonstrates how to play. A bunch of human grandmasters could generate the same but horribly inefficiently (and much more expensively). 

For the top-level we could see a return to the early computer era where how efficiently you work with the engine (and how big your team working behind it) is a big factor.  Games like Kasimdhzanov-Kasparov, Linares 2005, where 17...0-0!! basically put a line out of commision for white, that was suggested by the engine to Kasparov.  Nowadays the top players have all learned how to use normal engines to find/avoid this stuff, but the next wave is showing another level.

P.S. to Brabo - I appreciate your English language blog and do follow it. 

0-0 is indeed the right answer. My opponent almost fell of his chair when he saw me playing that ridiculous move. I already published the game on my Dutch blog and will later translate it.

The last decades we saw engines becoming continously stronger tactically. Many openinglines were refuted as tactical flaws were discovered.
Today we see indeed a second wave which starts to question also the openings strategically. Till only a couple of years ago it was impossible to get good answers from engines for many strategic problems. You don't need to be a super strong grandmaster to benefit from the second wave.
  
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Re: Chess Book Review blog
Reply #436 - 06/26/19 at 10:21:14
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Heh, I cheated slightly, but 0-0!? looks fun. Or is there something else?

Dorfman makes the same argument as brabo in this interview, specifically with regards to AlphaZero/Leela: https://chess24.com/en/read/news/dorfman-the-real-talent-is-the-ability-to-work-...

The example given there is 1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nf3 d4 5.d3 c5 and now apparently 6.e4! is the move - if 6...dxe3 white is just better and otherwise 7.e5 followed by Qe2/Nbd2 with a good version of the KIA.

Consider this: if you have the resources, and are interested in what to do in a variation, let's say the 7.Nd5 Sveshnikov that Carlsen has been playing.  You then set Leela0/AlphaZero to play against itself continuously, learning and improving, for a week from that starting position.  You then check the games and analysis and you find a completely new approach along with a couple of near perfectly played games.  You then prepare this before your next game against a Sveshnikov player and get to display some cutting edge stuff.

The advantage of this approach is that it's fairly effortless - the machine generates ideas. It also tells you if they are worthwhile or not, and demonstrates how to play. A bunch of human grandmasters could generate the same but horribly inefficiently (and much more expensively). 

For the top-level we could see a return to the early computer era where how efficiently you work with the engine (and how big your team working behind it) is a big factor.  Games like Kasimdhzanov-Kasparov, Linares 2005, where 17...0-0!! basically put a line out of commision for white, that was suggested by the engine to Kasparov.  Nowadays the top players have all learned how to use normal engines to find/avoid this stuff, but the next wave is showing another level.

P.S. to Brabo - I appreciate your English language blog and do follow it.
  
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