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Re: New Open Games book
Reply #76 - 04/28/16 at 15:52:44
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Thanks a lot, IMJohnCox,  it means a lot coming from such a respected author as yourself.

For anyone looking for a great book against the Ruy Lopez, John's book on the Berlin Wall is by far the best work ever on the Berlin.  Smiley

  
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Reply #75 - 04/09/16 at 00:12:11
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To add my own two pence, I think this is a remarkable good book, inasmuch as it opens some rooms we haven't been in yet (to use Anand's phrase), which is a very rare and important thing for an opening book to do.

You could criticise the balance in spots (more on this, less on this - for me, I would prefer more on the Two Knights and Scotch, maybe a bit less on the Four Knights with 4 a3, for example), and you could certainly say that the English isn't always perfect (and why would it be?), but the above is a shining quality which would make up for much worse quibbles than any I might make. Nils Grandelius was quite right to highlight this same quality in his foreword.
  
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Reply #74 - 03/28/16 at 18:19:36
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ghenghisclown wrote on 03/27/16 at 21:25:37:
Tauromachie wrote on 11/24/15 at 13:11:54:
To be honest  I am not a huge fan of the reviews of Uwe Bekeman in general.



Yeah, I think online reviews in general have suffered greatly in the last 8 years or so.


It's sad that so many of the sites that provided reviews have stopped.

proustiskeen wrote on 03/28/16 at 00:36:29:
I agree. They all stink.


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Reply #73 - 03/28/16 at 00:36:29
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I agree. They all stink.
  
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Re: New Open Games book
Reply #72 - 03/27/16 at 21:25:37
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Tauromachie wrote on 11/24/15 at 13:11:54:
To be honest  I am not a huge fan of the reviews of Uwe Bekeman in general.



Yeah, I think online reviews in general have suffered greatly in the last 8 years or so.
  

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Re: New Open Games book
Reply #71 - 02/25/16 at 04:04:47
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To answer my own issue of completeness against the Danish move order, I think Black can play:

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Bc5!? 5.Bc4 d6

and now 6.Nf3 Nc6 transposes to the text (p.334). (No Bxf7+ tactics and mainline Goering theory! Yay.) I just had this random thought while driving home during a storm for some odd reason...

This is a minor point that maybe no one cares about, but there it is.

Now there's Ntrilis' repertoire book to read. Great books on the open games are coming out fast.

On a side note about the Danish, the minor line 3...d5 4.exd5 Nf6!? mentioned by Bologan looks like a interesting and logical way to avoid mainline theory as well. From a quick search on the online Chessbase database, it appears to score well too (44%). This recently occurred to me during a session with a student who likes the 2...Nf6 Scandinavian.
  
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Reply #70 - 01/01/16 at 20:44:37
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Purchased this book and personally I love it.  Emphasis is on playing ambitiously for a win against 1.e4, a rare approach among 1e4 e5 books for Black.  Compared to Bologan's fine work, Lokander's presentation is streamlined/simpler and less cluttered or "busy."  I find there is enough detail for my taste, but not too much.  I am happy with the dynamic imbalances in almost every chapter.  Perhaps White is "slightly better" here and there, but Black always has trumps and I find such fascinating positions quite fun to play.  I think a book like this can really inspire and contribute to a person's enjoyment of the game.  Wish this book existed when I started out in chess - 10+ years ago now, wow...
Everyman should be commended for its latest opening books including Sielecki on Nimzo-Bogo, Rotella on Kalashnikov, Smerdon on Scandinavian, and Houska on CK (though I don't have personal experience with all of them).  Probably more I am forgetting.  Anyway, this is not a "review" but I just wanted to share my enthusiasm and positive reaction to Mr. Lokander's effort.  Happy New Year!  Yay! Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley
  

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Reply #69 - 12/04/15 at 06:10:30
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Cool book. I really like the recommendations. Practical, but does not shy from complications to play for a higher reward when there is an opportunity.

One thought that occurred while reading:

I like the idea of accepting the Danish and Goering and have independently investigated these lines for Black. However, there may be a small move order problem in terms of completeness. Against the Danish move order, 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Bc4 is not mentioned. If Black attempts to transpose to the book's recommendation with 5...Bc5, then he would meet the unpleasant 6.Bxf7. I think Black can play for advantage in the main line with 5...Bb4 if he gets the timing on Bxc3 right. This is a detail that is missing in Kaufman's repertoire. If this is not appealing, there is also 3...Qe7.
  
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Reply #68 - 12/01/15 at 13:48:18
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Interestingly, two days ago a Swedish IM pointed out the same omission. I do not know why or how I didn't mention 11.O-O (and only 11.c3). It's not a huge challenge (the variation Mr. Schuh mentions is very appealing for Black), but of course this is something I should have mentioned.

Otherwise, I'm glad to see that the reviews are generally positive. Of course, they do mention that I'm only an FM but I believe there are several untitled authors who wrote excellent opening books lately. For example, Nikos books for Quality Chess and Tony Rotella's book on the Kalashnikov are really excellent. During my work with this book I've gone from 2300 to 2400 and acheived both my IM-norms in 2015, so maybe I need to write more books!?  Wink

  
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Reply #67 - 12/01/15 at 10:29:40
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Maybe later, I'm at work. Anyway the main point of his criticism is that treatment of lesser moves and errors by White is lacking; in the line he gives, 12.c3 is given as "basically necessary" (because of the ...Qd4 threat attacking both f2 and e5) but the database shows that 12.0-0 was also played 51 times, the book gives no guidance about it and this IM says he wouldn't find the refutation over the board. So you have to do a lot of work yourself on these minor moves.

But besides that, he still says the theoretical content in the main lines is "wirklich top", really top, and hopes that a book on the Ruy will follow, with improved didactical style.
  
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Re: New Open Games book
Reply #66 - 12/01/15 at 09:59:37
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If someone could translate the german text in this topic? Thanks!
  
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Reply #65 - 12/01/15 at 07:06:02
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Here is another on, critical more, from Niggemann Germany:

Martin Lokander fiel mir zuerst 2011 beim Czech Open in Pardubice auf. Mit damals 2044 Elo verdarb er einigen Titelträgern das Turnier. Mittlerweile ist er Fidemeister und bringt eine Elo von 2358 auf die Waage. Zudem hat er bei Everyman Chess jetzt sein erstes Schachbuch mit dem Titel "the Open Games with Black" veröffentlicht. Dies zeugt von gewissem Mut, da sich die meisten Fidemeister, die auf dem Büchermarkt aktiv werden wollen, einen Großmeister an Land ziehen, dessen Name mit dem ihren auf dem Cover prangt, damit die Qualität dessen nicht angezweifelt wird. Ich selbst bin auch nur Internationaler Meister, aber sollte nach der vorherrschenden Meinung wohl zumindest noch ein wenig besser als Autor geeignet sein als ein Fidemeister, was natürlich Quatsch ist. Ich kenne einige Fidemeister, die im Eröffnungsbereich bärig stark sind, aber danach viele Chancen vergeben, während ich zum Beispiel von Eröffnungen eher im allgemeinen Sinne Ahnung habe.

In dem Buch werden die offenen Spiele nach 1.e4 e5 abgehandelt. Dabei fehlt allerdings die Spanische Eröffnung, was verständlich ist. Ansonsten wäre das Buch nämlich sicher doppelt so dick geworden.

Warum aber sollte man dieses Buch kaufen, wo doch gerade in diesem Eröffnungsbereich mit Büchern von GM Bologan, GM Davies, GM Emms und anderen einige starke Vorlagen vorhanden sind?

Die Antwort ist relativ einfach. Nach 1.e4 e5 gibt es soviele Möglichkeiten, dass man all die genannten Bücher besitzen und in diesem doch neues entdecken kann.

Sehr gut gefällt mir dabei, dass sich der Autor darum bemüht, ausgetretene Pfade zu vermeiden und unbekanntere Ideen mit viel Potential aufzeigt. Als Beispiel gebe ich meine alte "Remiswaffe", das Schottische Vierspringerspiel, an. Nach den Anfangszügen 1.e4 e5 2.Sf3 Sc6 3.Sc3 Sf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Sxd4 Lb4 6.Sxc6 bxc6 7.Ld3 0-0 8.0-0 d5 9.exd5 cxd5 10.Lg5 ist hier c6 der absolute Hauptzug, mit dem man aber schwerlich gegen einen erfahrenen Weißspieler gewinnen wird. Der Autor hingegegen votiert für 10. ...Le6, der wegen 11.Sb5 als ungenau gilt, zeigt hier aber lockeren Ausgleich auf, bei dem Schwarz gutes Gegenspiel besitzt. Gegen die Schottische Eröffnung empfiehlt er nach 1.e4 e5 2.Sf3 Sc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Sxd4 das kämpferische Sf6 und auch gegen Italienisch strebt Schwarz nach 1.e4 e5 2.Sf3 Sc6 3.Lc4 mit Sf6 nach schnellem Gegenspiel. Dabei werden auch Modeerscheinungen der letzten Zeit beachtet.

Die Empfehlungen erscheinen mir sehr gut geeignet und einige konnte ich schon mit Erfolg im Blitzschach ausprobieren. Ein Problem habe ich eher mit der Didaktik. Auch aufgrund der Fülle an verschiedenen möglichen Systemen, die nach 1.e4 e5 auf das Brett kommen können, ist es wichtig, dass man das wesentliche aufzeigt. Dazu gehören natürlich auch häufige weniger gute Züge bzw. Fehler des Gegners. In diesem Bereich ist das Buch leider etwas schwach. Auch hier gebe ich ein Beispiel. Im empfohlenen Zweispringerspiel im Nachzug nach 1.e4 e5 2.Sf3 Sc6 3.Lc4 Sf6 5.Sg5 d5 6.exd5 Sa5 7.Lb5+ c6 8.dxc6 bxc6 9.Le2 h6 10.Sf3 e4 11.Se5 wird Lc5 empfohlen. Der Zug droht Dd4 mit der Doppeldrohung gegen f2 und e5. Nun wird nur 12.c3 angeben und damit kommentiert, dass der Zug mehr oder weniger notwendig ist. Laut der Megabase 2015 wurde 51mal die kurze Rochade gespielt und es wäre nicht schwer gewesen, diesen natürlichen Zug kurz zu würdigen. Am Brett würde ich nach 12.0-0 Dd6 13.Sg4 Lxg4 14.Lxg4 h5 mit der Idee 15.Le2 Sg4 16.g3 Sxh2 mit durchschlagendem Angriff nach Kxh2 h4 nämlich nicht finden. Hier versucht der Autor zu sehr, nur die kritischen Varianten zu klären und überlegt gar nicht, welche natürlichen, aber weniger guten Züge Leute spielen würden, die theoretisch nicht so bewandert sind. Dadurch muss der Leser bestimmte Varianten immer wieder selbst prüfen, was auf Dauer störend wirkt. Sehr gut ist hingegen, dass er erklärt, warum er welche Nebenvariante den Hauptabspielen vorzieht und dies sehr gut mit kurzen Varianten belegt.

Insgesamt ist das Repertoire in den Hauptvarianten wirklich top und gibt Schwarz stets Stellungen, in denen er auf Gewinn spielen kann. Ich würde mir wünschen, dass Martin Lokander noch ein Buch gegen die Spanische Eröffnung mit einem aber weiterentwickelten Stil schreiben darf.

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Re: New Open Games book
Reply #64 - 11/25/15 at 23:26:22
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Yeah, although the review seemed positive and for that I'm grateful, I look forward to see some reviews that actually try to challenge my ideas.

Sure, some might not like the structure of the book or find linguistic errors, but my main focus has been on the actual chess analysis  Smiley

  
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Reply #63 - 11/24/15 at 13:11:54
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To be honest  I am not a huge fan of the reviews of Uwe Bekeman in general. As you can see he does not even look at any line in the book and thats a thing which i recognize in almost all of his reviews  (please correct me, if I am mistaken).
I really hope there will be more "scientific" reviews which dare to question some of the choices of Mr. Lokander and aim to challenge his approaches in a theoretical sense. That's of course not meant in a bad way, as I pointed out earlier i really like his work and therefore it absolutely deserves to be treated in that way.

Reviews like the one of Uwe Bekeman are of course positiv advertisement and i am sure Mr. Lokander is happy to see that but this work needs to be discussed in more Detail as the author put a lot of effort in it and some lines are theoretical so fresh that the real discussion is just about beginning.

  
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Reply #62 - 11/21/15 at 12:39:25
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Here's first review! Please comment!

"the Open Games with Black“ des schwedischen IM Martin Lokander ist eine Neuerscheinung von Everyman Chess, die sich an den Schwarzspieler richtet. Sie bietet ihm ein Repertoire für den Einsatz nach 1.e4 e5 an, sofern Weiß nach dem Aufzug der beiden Königsbauern nicht in die Spanische Partie überleitet. Das von Lokander angebotene Eröffnungsspektrum ist breit, fußt aber insbesondere auf dem Zwei- und dem Vierspringerspiel, Schottisch sowie dem Königs- und dem Mittelgambit. Gestreift werden auch seltener gewählte Spielweisen wie beispielsweise Ponziani und Portugiesisch.

Als Grundlage aller Darstellungen dienen grundsätzlich Partien aus der Turnierpraxis. Nur ausnahmsweise, und dies gilt dann für die Exoten unter den Eröffnungen, begnügt sich das Werk mit einer Thematisierung in der Form einer Variante. Die wichtigen Eröffnungen werden zunächst über eine kurze Darstellung der Basistheorie eingeführt, bevor die Erörterung über die genannten Partien in die Details geht.

Insgesamt finden sich 71 Partien im Buch, von denen einige auch im Fernschach gespielt worden sind. Die meisten Duelle stammen aus den jüngst vergangenen Jahren, vereinzelt hat Lokander aber auch auf ein paar ältere "Schätzchen“ zurückgegriffen. Die Kommentierung orientiert sich natürlich am Ziel, die Theorie an den Leser zu bringen, entsprechend ist sie inhaltlich gestaltet. Unterhaltende Elemente sind nur sehr zurückhaltend eingesetzt. Lokander legt sehr viel Wert auf Textkommentierung. Varianten über Partiefragmente und Analysen beschränken sich in der Regel auf eine Tiefe, die auch einem noch nicht allzu erfahrenen Spieler nicht zu viel abverlangt. Ausnahmsweise arbeitet das Werk auch mit einem Variantengeflecht, dann aber schon an entsprechend gelagerten Stellen mit beachtenswerten Verzweigungsmöglichkeiten.

Abschnittsweise hält eine wertende Zusammenfassung für den Leser das komprimiert fest, was dieser in den Bereich der "großen Leitentscheidungen“ aufnehmen kann. Unter "wertend“ verstehe ich bei diesem Buch, dass Lokander neben Abschätzungen zu sachlichen Fragen durchaus auch schon mal sehr subjektive Aussagen einstreut, also beispielsweise zu eigenen Vorlieben. Mir gefällt diese Art der Gestaltung durchaus; gerade auch bei einem Repertoirebuch spielt die persönliche Vorliebe und Abneigung des Autors gegenüber sachlich ähnlich zu bewertenden Alternativen eine nicht unerhebliche Rolle. Es kann dem Leser nicht schaden, wenn er hierzu etwas aus dem Nähkästchen des Autors erfährt.

Nach meiner Einschätzung ist das Repertoire für einen Einsatz bis ins Klubspiel gut geeignet, es ist teilweise wie eine Grundausstattung zu verstehen. Der Spieler erhält kein vollständig abgesichertes Repertoire, das seinem Gegenüber ein sorgenarmes Überwechseln in durchaus aussichtsreiche Varianten verwehrt. Allerdings kann man einen solchen Anspruch an ein Buch wie dieses auch nicht stellen, das eben ein Grundrepertoire zusammenstellt, und dies für die breite Palette der Möglichkeiten nach 1.e4 e5 und dann abseits der Spanischen Partie.

Lokander hat bei seiner Auswahl viel Wert darauf gelegt, dass Schwarz möglichst schnell zu einem aktiven Spiel und Initiative kommt. Dafür ist er auch Zugeständnisse einzugehen bereit, beispielsweise hinsichtlich des Positionsspiels. Nach seinen Angaben ist er mit diesem Prinzip in seinen eigenen Partien gut gefahren, weshalb er es entsprechend weitergibt.

Die Buchsprache ist Englisch. Wenn der Leser über Fremdsprachkenntnisse auf Schulniveau verfügt, sollte er recht "geschmeidig“ mit dem Werk arbeiten können.

Im Bereich der letzten Seiten des Buches bietet sich dem Leser ein ausführliches Variantenverzeichnis an, das ihm eine einfache Navigation über die Buchinhalte hinweg erlaubt.

Fazit: "the Open Games with Black“ ist ein “Allrounder”, der dem Leser ein Repertoire anbietet, das bis in den Bereich des Klubspiels hinein eine gute Grundausstattung liefert. Es basiert auf den offenen Eröffnungen abseits der Spanischen Partie.

Uwe Bekemann

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Reply #61 - 11/20/15 at 10:15:01
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Nice to see 1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Nf3 Nf6 recommended in the King's Gambit. So many repertoire authors opt for a "practical" counter, when there are far more interesting variations to choose from... such as the Schallopp Smiley
  

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Reply #60 - 11/13/15 at 16:10:53
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Anders wrote on 11/13/15 at 15:55:02:
Sauron wrote on 11/13/15 at 09:51:04:
Where did you get it. Amazon seems to sell them only to UK. (I'm from Finalnd)


I got my copy earlier this week to Sweden from  www.newinchess.com. Should work for Finland as well I assume.


Thanks! I ordered it Smiley
  

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Reply #59 - 11/13/15 at 15:55:02
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Sauron wrote on 11/13/15 at 09:51:04:
Where did you get it. Amazon seems to sell them only to UK. (I'm from Finalnd)


I got my copy earlier this week to Sweden from  www.newinchess.com. Should work for Finland as well I assume.
  
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Reply #58 - 11/13/15 at 11:47:54
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ruzomberok wrote on 11/12/15 at 23:53:50:
Thanks for your feedback!


Dear Martin,

When I firstly recognized that you are the author of upcoming 1... e5 book I was very suspicious at first  Sad

I thought that you're not on the same level as Bologan or Quality Chess authors, on the grounds that you work alone without strong helpers, but purely relying on engines and previously published literature on Open games  Undecided

But after reading an excerpt of your book, most importantly the intro by GM Grandelius, I immediately change my prejudice about your book. I saw that you're aspiring player with 2 IM norms, and currently being Elo 2358.

What we expect, and what we get from you, is a diligent repertoire for Black!

You're not on par with GM Bologan whose excellent two books I have (Bologan’s Ruy Lopez for Black and Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games), but honestly this time I don't care so much because I have faith in you.

I'll order my copy of your book in few weeks  Cool

I wish you all best  Grin
  
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Reply #57 - 11/13/15 at 09:51:04
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wolfsblut wrote on 11/07/15 at 20:20:16:
I get it today and browsed here and there......I' am really impressed.This seems a very fine book and I really looking forward to going deeper.....
Thanks Mr. Lokander Smiley


Where did you get it. Amazon seems to sell them only to UK. (I'm from Finalnd)
  

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Reply #56 - 11/12/15 at 23:53:50
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Thanks for your feedback!

Regarding the 6.Nc3 d6 7.a4/a3 Be6-variation, I agree that I could've clarified it more. I don't, however, believe it's very logical to take on e6 since the knight on c3 would be misplaced, but I could have made that clearer.

I can't do much about any eventual forced draws Smiley After all, it's a book for Black.

I thought a lot about whether I should go for the Complete Game-format, but I'm quite happy I did. The downside is, like you say, that sometimes the most critical variations is analyzed in the notes instead of the main lines, but I also thought it was quite important in many cases to show entire games. As you probably noted, after the opening phase my comments are very brief during the rest of the game.

Regarding the single columns, I have absolutely no idea Smiley
  
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Reply #55 - 11/12/15 at 19:24:32
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I like the book too but will mention just a few unorganized points of (minor) criticism:

Tauromachie wrote on 11/11/15 at 18:28:09:
For example in the "quiet two knights" (4.d3) he prefers to avoid the exchange ..Be6 Bxe6 fxe6 in general. While other sources claim this exchange and the arising pawn structure to be completely unproblematic for black (based on the potential counterplay along the f-file) i agree with the author.


About that I am a little puzzled that after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.Nc3 (a rare line, but still...) d6 7.a3 or 7.a4 Be6 is the only recommendation without even mentioning the possibility of capturing on e6 for White?!

In the Two Knights after 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 there are a few forced draws making it to my taste a bit unpractical for regular use.

Time and again I have seen that the best moves (for both sides) are "hidden" in the notes. This is due to the format with complete games of course. That makes a book sometimes a bit impractical to study regarding the "critical" lines.

And I really don´t understand why Everyman is so fond of the single column format. Again this is a book with a lot of blank space which could probably be avoided with double columns.


  
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Reply #54 - 11/12/15 at 13:19:55
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Tauromachie wrote on 11/11/15 at 18:28:09:
What i found good however was that he is giving quite a lot of original analyses, not just "copying" the recommendations of Bologan


Thanks for the review. Looks like it will be nice to have more options  Cool
  

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Reply #53 - 11/11/15 at 21:36:35
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Thank you for all your feedback!

Regarding my variation against the Scotch Gambit, you're absolutely right. I was not aware that this book covered the Scotch Gambit, and James Schuyler should be fully credited for the 8...cxd6-idea. My bad!

I was not aware of Buecker's 12.Bg5-line against 5.O-O either. It certainly looks like a fascinating variation. From a purely theoretical view it seems to me like Black should be fine. Maybe 12...Rd5!? is an interesting approach. I'm just throwing it out there without having analyzed it very deeply, but it looks interesting. 

Regarding the Scotch with 4...Bb4+, as I said in the introduction I tried to make Vaibhavs 11...d5 work, but White probably keeps some advantage there. It's of course possible to play these variations (after 7.Nf5) more solidly with ...d6, but I've never been to fond of playing these types of positions where White seemingly has a bind on the centre. It just seems more comfortable for White.
Eventually, when I found a few ideas in the 4...Nf6-lines I started analyzing that instead and was very happy with what I discovered.

I'm very glad about the positive feedback I've received! Thank you!  Smiley
  
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In the Two Knights after 8. Bd3, I thought 8...Nd5 has been quite a main move (so I don't know why it would get "!?").


My fault. It is actually given as 8..Nd5!
  
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In the Two Knights after 8. Bd3, I thought 8...Nd5 has been quite a main move (so I don't know why it would get "!?").
Versus 8. Qf3, I'm kind of interested to see that this author chose 8...Rb8, which I think of as the old main move (e.g. it was "!" in a Tim Harding book of over 40 years ago ).
  
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Received my copy yesterday Smiley Some remarks after brief reading:
(If i am giving to many secrets away feel free to delete this post!)

First of all i have to say that i really like Mr.Lokanders explanations about how he came to prefer certain lines or structures over (sometimes by theory more established) others.
For example in the "quiet two knights" (4.d3) he prefers to avoid the exchange ..Be6 Bxe6 fxe6 in general. While other sources claim this exchange and the arising pawn structure to be completely unproblematic for black (based on the potential counterplay along the f-file) i agree with the author. Just not my cup of tea.

I was also pretty stunned to see the refinement in the 6.Bb3 line (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.Bb3) with 6..d6 7.c3 d5!?. A typical nice creative idea from GM Romanishin which was completely new to me. The point is to get an improved version of the known Marshall-Gambit idea with Re1 Bg4 h3 Bh5 g4 etc., arguing that the extra move 7.c3 is not at all useful for white because it weakens the d3-pawn and - even more important - stops the knight heading to c3. I used to play it the bold way with 6..d5 (mainly in Blitz with i have to say decent results but it really seems a bit shaky objectively) but i guess i will switch to 6..d6! Nice work!

The chapter on the "pure" 2 knights seems pretty decent too.
As I play the Ulvestad-Variation (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.ex b5!?) - which Mr.Lokander dismisses as beeing better for white (  Cry ) - i am not booked up enough to dare to say something about his choices. What i found good however was that he is giving quite a lot of original analyses, not just "copying" the recommendations of Bologan's but going his own way.
Ie. 8.Bd3 Nd5!? (8..Ng4 Bologan) and 8.Qf3 Rb8 (8..Be7 Bologan). He is also giving 6..Bd7!? as an underestimated back-up line. All in all pretty nice variety !

Chapter 3 is about the remaining 2 Knights (in particular 4.d4 of course). In the line 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd 5.0-0 he is going for the theoretical equalizer 5..Nxe4 (I would have loved to see 5..Bc5 recommended which is sharper as it leads to the Max-Lange Attack but well.. You can't have it all Smiley) 6.Re1 d5 7.Bxd5 Qxd5 8.Nc3 .. Bologan prefers the "old" and reliable 8..Qa5 whereas Lokander goes for the arguably sharper 8..Qh5 ( also making a point for 8..Qd7 btw) which is also my prefered choice. 9.Nxe4 Be6 10.Bg5

- 10.Neg5 0-0-0 11.Nxe6 fxe6 12.Rxe6 Bd6 with a nice kindside initiative is rightly better for black.
But what about 12.Bg5 ?, an old idea of FM Stefan Buecker which has been discussed years ago at this forum. The idea is 12..Re8 13.Re4!? and starting a kindside offensive with moves like a3,b4 and pressurizing the e5/d4 pawns. This plan works out pretty nicely in blitz games but of course it is some kind of backwater theory so i am not complaining that it is not included in the book. Don't get me wrong Smiley

It's not easy at all to get some excitement going in the 5.0-0 line but the author finds a nice way of unbalancing in recommending 10..Bd6 (I prefered 10..Bb4 but if white finds 11.Nxd4 the game gets pretty technical). No boring stuff, that's for sure.

Next the Scotch Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.e5). Once again Mr.Lokander points out why he dislikes certain lines for black. The established mainline with 5..d5 is one of them as - while beeing equal of course - it gives white an easy attacking plan on the kingside. Instead he opts for the enterprising 5..Ng4!?, which is even nowadays quite underestimated. Maybe this book will change that ?
As far as i can tell the analyses is pretty good, i like it. At one point i have to disagree with Mr Lokander though.. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.e5 Ng4!? 6.0-0 Be7 7.Re1 d6 8.cxd6 cxd6
"[..]Neither have i found it mentioned in any books or analysis, so for once I can credit this idea to myself[..]"
I'm sorry to curb your enthusiam ( i really am ), but as far as I know this idea was pointed out earlier by James Schuyler in his book "The dark knight system". It's not a e5-Repertoire book, as it covers the scotch gambit via transposition (1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e5 3.Nf3). Maybe that is the reason it was not on your radar ?

Against the Scotch 4..Nf6 is recommended. In the introduction you said you first wanted to recommend 4..Bb4+!?, a line I play myself. May i ask what line did put you off of this idea ? Smiley

Would have been really amazing to see this line in a repertoire book as it is both theoretical fresh with a huge room for new ideas and creativity and tricky to handle for the opponent because it gets white out of his comfort zone. 

His recommendations against the Scotch 4 Knights / Spanish 4 Knights are pretty unique and i especially enjoyed the chapter about 4..Bc5 in the Sp. 4 Knights, very good stuff ! Smiley

Now to arguably the most controversial choice in the entire book.. Kudos to you for going the greedy way against the Danish gambit !
It is really the first time I see this recommended in a repertoire book for the open games. All sources i know are showing the easy way of equality with 3..d5!. ..But there is not much scope for outplaying the opponent.
I don't have a clue about the Danish Gambit Acc. from the white perspective to be honest so my choice of 3..d5 (Or 3..Ne7 in a "must win situation") was born out of pragmaticism.
I am in general a great believer in dynamic potential but your antidote seems both just so easy to learn and sound that i will maybe change (after some more investigation) from 3..d5 to 3..dxc3!

To wrap-up ( and i did not even scratched the surface of the book) a nice work by Mr. Lokander for everyone who is looking for a somewhat more enterprising way of playing 1.e4 e5 Wink










  
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I get it today and browsed here and there......I' am really impressed.This seems a very fine book and I really looking forward to going deeper.....
Thanks Mr. Lokander Smiley
  
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All in all, it may be better to wait for the book to be available. Then the lines can be discussed and dissected.
I look forward to getting my hands on Mr Lokander's book and having a wee look myself....

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If you want to discuss the King's Gambit, check out the section devoted to it. If you have special lines that you play, they have probably already been mentioned there. We have several authors who have written extensively on the King's Gambit. I'm sure they'd love for you to share your ideas!

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I recommend 2...exf4 for sure. I have a few relatively unusual recommendations against 3.Nf3 and 3.Bc4  Wink
  
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Another question by an impatient reader: What do you recommend against the King`s Gambit?
  
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I recommend 4...Nf6 against the Scotch.  Smiley
  
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I recommend the traditional 5...Na5, where I think Black is doing well. Smiley
And I'm glad to hear that my double-edged approach in this book appeals to you.



Ok it seems very interesting. Can you tell us what are you recommanding against the scotch ?
  
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The excerpt looks pretty good ! As i play both 5..Ng4!? in the 2 Knights and 5..Bc5!? in the spanish 4 Knights myself i will definitely buy this book.

May i ask what your recommendation will be against the “exciting 2 Knights“ ? The traditionell 5..Na5 ? The crazy 4..Bc5 ? Or maybe even 5..b5! ?
In the last case, i would pretty much fall in love with this book Smiley

I am also very fond of your concept going for sharper approaches instead of seeking early boring equality.

Looking forward for this one !


  
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I agree that it might seem strange, perhaps I could've formulated myself better. I simply wanted to write about my own 1.e4 e5 journey, in which Gustafsson's DVD was very inspiring.

I can only hope that my own work will inspire some readers as well as Gustafsson inspired me a few years ago  Smiley

Perhaps I should add that the lines I recommend are not the same as Gustafsson's.

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Sample looks promising.  Oddly, the intro is just an advertisement for Jan Gustafsson's chessbase DVDs.
I'm glad there are finally several good treatments of 1.e4 e5 for black on the market, which was not the case several years ago.
  

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Alias wrote on 06/05/13 at 20:57:16:
At the Everyman page, Hawkins is no longer the author and the publication date is moved a year away.


Later it was assigned to Matthew Sadler(!) but the author now seems to be Martin Lokander. https://www.everymanchess.com/opening-repertoire-the-open-games-with-black

Lokander is not a bad player. He drew me as white last year. Smiley I think he has two IM norms.
  

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September, 2014 is a long time to wait for repertoire guidance, especailly when it excludes how to handle the Spanish.  My advice to anyone wanting to take up 1...e5 is to plunge in now with his own studies.
  

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SO...

The book that Hawkins was supposed to write is cancelled??
  

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Tried to register but system of passkeys is so complicated that they won't get any registrants, let alone subscribers.


Please say or send me a message explaining your trouble with the passkeys.  Personally I send them to a webmail account, then just cut and paste each new passkey into the login.  Nothing could be simpler, at least for me.

The website is intended to store valuable user data; so it seems very important to make sure that every account is safe from brute-force break-in attempts.  Assuming that the user's email account has not been hacked (or is not otherwise accessible to an untrusted party), the passkey essentially guarantees that.  It would be a disaster, for instance, if someone's repertoire became visible to his competitors. 

P.S. Right now we have slightly over 100 registrants; not entirely satisfactory, but we hope to add more as we add more public repertoires and openings analyses.
  

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I am apparently the only ChessPub user who managed to register with no problems. I have it all to myself!

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SteelyDanIII wrote on 07/10/13 at 14:54:47:
Scarblac wrote on 07/09/13 at 20:47:10:
I was confused at first, but the key is that "the indicated move" is the move that happens in the distorted diagram when you click "Play". I thought they wanted the obviously best move, or so...

Exactly what I missed too, thanks for that


Yes, I think that the passthrough process is far too cumbersome and confusing, as is entering the move.  Markovich, I strongly suggest simplifying it, perhaps only have a user enter the final square ('c5,' for example) of a move.  'R' 'a' '2' 'x' 'd' '2' '<blank>' '+' is just too much.  And is there a reason that the diagram is so distorted?  I've never seen a more cumbersome passthrough on any website.


You find those squiggly nonsense words easy to read, do you?

There are about 8500 different short-algebraic moves in the passthrough data set, which is all the different moves played in 1.47 million games of chess in the data base.  The passthrough would not be worth very much if it had only 64 possible solutions.  Too easy to enter by brute force.

The diagram is skewed for the same reason the nonsense words in a run-of-the-mill capcha are squiggly.

If you don't like it, just register, a free procedure, and you'll never have to bother with the passthrough again.


  

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Scarblac wrote on 07/09/13 at 20:47:10:
I was confused at first, but the key is that "the indicated move" is the move that happens in the distorted diagram when you click "Play". I thought they wanted the obviously best move, or so...

Exactly what I missed too, thanks for that


Yes, I think that the passthrough process is far too cumbersome and confusing, as is entering the move.  Markovich, I strongly suggest simplifying it, perhaps only have a user enter the final square ('c5,' for example) of a move.  'R' 'a' '2' 'x' 'd' '2' '<blank>' '+' is just too much.  And is there a reason that the diagram is so distorted?  I've never seen a more cumbersome passthrough on any website.
  
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I was confused at first, but the key is that "the indicated move" is the move that happens in the distorted diagram when you click "Play". I thought they wanted the obviously best move, or so...

Exactly what I missed too, thanks for that
  
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LeeRoth wrote on 06/22/13 at 16:38:07:
The pass through works for me too.  You just have to be precise.  The site looks very promising. In the 4.Ng5 Two Knights, the main line (i.e., the top choice in the analysis tree) appears to follow the game Morozevich-Graf, Alushta 1994. 




Note that after 18.Qe1, the move 18..Rfe8 may be an improvement over Graf's 18..c5. 

After 18..c5, a later game showed that White could play 19.Nxe4 and trade down to a favorable ending. 

Also, after the game continuation 18..c5 19.Kh1, the improvement Bb7! was better than Graf's 19..Nc6, at least according to Morozevich and Blatny.   



If you have any further ideas about 18...Rfe8, this would be an excellent occasion for your submitting a brief (or not so brief) analysis.  I would be happy to make you a charter (permanent) member of the working group, if you would message me privately.

However, if you look here:

https://1e5.chesstheory.org/p.php?z=pt&a=39801&b=0&c=39801&d=0

you will see that 18...Rfe8 has been played in four games, and the various continuations.  It's possible that you may have to register (a free procedure) to see this, because mere guests are not allowed to see the tree to its full extent.

The line that you mention (18...c5) is indeed found on the most frequently played (top) path, but it is not part of the public repertoire (visible if you use Settings and set "highlight something" to "public repertoire for Black), which uses 10...Bc5.
  

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Also, you have to enter it in short algebraic notation although it looks like they want long.


It does say, short notation. But we will have to put our minds to making it easier. Still, if you register (a free procedure), you never have to use the passthrough.
  

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The 1.e5 (except Spanish) public repertoire is complete. I plan next to supply a Spanish repertoire, which will incorporate the Open, but reached via 3...Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 a6.
  

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Also, you have to enter it in short algebraic notation although it looks like they want long.
  
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How does the passthrough work? I got frustrated after some ten failed attempts.

I was confused at first, but the key is that "the indicated move" is the move that happens in the distorted diagram when you click "Play". I thought they wanted the obviously best move, or so...
  
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There is another book on the horizon: A vigorous chess opening repertoire for Black: Tackling 1.e4 with 1...e5 but the author is a mystery. 



Wait.  ...This is the "vigorous" Petrov???
  

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The pass through works for me too.  You just have to be precise.  The site looks very promising. In the 4.Ng5 Two Knights, the main line (i.e., the top choice in the analysis tree) appears to follow the game Morozevich-Graf, Alushta 1994. 




Note that after 18.Qe1, the move 18..Rfe8 may be an improvement over Graf's 18..c5. 

After 18..c5, a later game showed that White could play 19.Nxe4 and trade down to a favorable ending. 

Also, after the game continuation 18..c5 19.Kh1, the improvement Bb7! was better than Graf's 19..Nc6, at least according to Morozevich and Blatny.   

  
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Markovich wrote on 06/21/13 at 02:04:18:
For those interested, the is a freely available 1...e5 repertoire for Black available at https://1e5.org . It includes the Two Knights. It does not cover the Spanish, a Black repertoire versus which will eventually be available at https://ruylopez.org.


How does the passthrough work? I got frustrated after some ten failed attempts.

It worked just now for me. Did you read the instructions?
  

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As a fan of your YouTube videos I hope that you can find the time to do both books. I would like to see some of the lines being played in your videos.

Chessexplained wrote on 06/21/13 at 08:43:19:
The planned Everyman book should have the two knights - at least it was planned that way some months ago. Back then I was deciding between doing this book or the Nimzo/Bogo one I am in fact writing now. At the time it was planned as being a bit more aggressive than some more solid choices other books offer. 

  
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Markovich wrote on 06/21/13 at 02:04:18:
For those interested, the is a freely available 1...e5 repertoire for Black available at https://1e5.org . It includes the Two Knights. It does not cover the Spanish, a Black repertoire versus which will eventually be available at https://ruylopez.org.


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The planned Everyman book should have the two knights - at least it was planned that way some months ago. Back then I was deciding between doing this book or the Nimzo/Bogo one I am in fact writing now. At the time it was planned as being a bit more aggressive than some more solid choices other books offer. 
  
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For those interested, the is a freely available 1...e5 repertoire for Black available at https://1e5.org . It includes the Two Knights. It does not cover the Spanish, a Black repertoire versus which will eventually be available at https://ruylopez.org.
  

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Reply #15 - 06/20/13 at 19:43:10
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katar wrote on 06/07/13 at 16:32:58:
The book really needs to cover the Two Knights defense.
The last 3 sources have all covered 3...Bc5 (Gustafsson DVD, Lysyj & Ovetchkin for ChessStars, and Kaufman Repertoire).


Mikhalchishin has some good Two Knights material on his recent Chessbase DVD.
  
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Mortal Games wrote on 06/14/13 at 18:43:55:
There is another book on the horizon: A vigorous chess opening repertoire for Black: Tackling 1.e4 with 1...e5 but the author is a mystery. 

David Vigorito would be  a good choice, if only to justify the title.
  

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Reply #13 - 06/18/13 at 15:54:34
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BabySnake wrote on 06/18/13 at 14:09:51:
Who will publish that one?


According to Amazon it will be published by New in Chess.
  
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Mortal Games wrote on 06/14/13 at 18:43:55:
There is another book on the horizon: A vigorous chess opening repertoire for Black: Tackling 1.e4 with 1...e5 but the author is a mystery. 


Who will publish that one?
  
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There is another book on the horizon: A vigorous chess opening repertoire for Black: Tackling 1.e4 with 1...e5 but the author is a mystery.
  

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katar wrote on 06/07/13 at 16:32:58:
The book really needs to cover the Two Knights defense.
The last 3 sources have all covered 3...Bc5 (Gustafsson DVD, Lysyj & Ovetchkin for ChessStars, and Kaufman Repertoire).

you forgot Marin
  
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The book really needs to cover the Two Knights defense.
The last 3 sources have all covered 3...Bc5 (Gustafsson DVD, Lysyj & Ovetchkin for ChessStars, and Kaufman Repertoire).
  

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Reply #8 - 06/07/13 at 14:27:01
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Alias wrote on 06/05/13 at 20:57:16:
At the Everyman page, Hawkins is no longer the author and the publication date is moved a year away.


I would like to see Emms write it, he did a good job on The Open Games for Black (Gambit)
  
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At the Everyman page, Hawkins is no longer the author and the publication date is moved a year away.
  

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Reply #6 - 06/05/13 at 19:41:51
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On this wepsite it isn't a problem, but after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4: c3 Nf6 5: d4 exd4 5: cxd4 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Bxd2 7. Nxd2 d5 8. exd5 Nxd5 9. Qb3, he gives 9.. Na5, which indeed equalises after 10. Qa4+ Nc6 11. Qb3 Na5, but he gives no lines if black has to play for a win. And he is generally glad to go into drawish endgames. Not that its not possible to lose, but the draw is probably most likely.
  
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Reply #5 - 04/25/13 at 12:27:30
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Yeah, but not in a lot of detail!


Schaakhamster wrote on 04/25/13 at 08:08:39:
ghenghisclown wrote on 04/24/13 at 20:35:38:
Yeah, the same old recipe against the KG. I would rather the book look at g5 or my personal preference, 3...Ne7 ideas.


Sakaev looks at g5 in his petroff repertoire book

  
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ghenghisclown wrote on 04/24/13 at 20:35:38:
Yeah, the same old recipe against the KG. I would rather the book look at g5 or my personal preference, 3...Ne7 ideas.


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Reply #3 - 04/24/13 at 21:04:46
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This repertoire has been done by Chess Stars very recently. Their Giuoco Piano stuff was based on early ...d5 lines, maybe this will have ...d6 lines instead?

However you could argue that the Two Knights and 2...Bc5 against the King's Gambit was done by Nigel Davies in Everyman's Play 1...e5 book.



Fllg wrote on 04/24/13 at 20:26:37:
Seemingly not if it´s based on Hawkins´ own opening repertoire.

Then it will be 3...Bc5 vs. the Italian, 2...d5 3 exd5 exf4 vs. the King´s Gambit etc. His choices are mostly solid as far as I can see. That´s not bad of course.

But I would love to see a good recent work covering the Two Knight´s, 3...g5 vs. KG and so on.
  
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Reply #2 - 04/24/13 at 20:35:38
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Yeah, the same old recipe against the KG. I would rather the book look at g5 or my personal preference, 3...Ne7 ideas.
  

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Seemingly not if it´s based on Hawkins´ own opening repertoire.

Then it will be 3...Bc5 vs. the Italian, 2...d5 3 exd5 exf4 vs. the King´s Gambit etc. His choices are mostly solid as far as I can see. That´s not bad of course.

But I would love to see a good recent work covering the Two Knight´s, 3...g5 vs. KG and so on.
  
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04/24/13 at 17:57:30
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http://www.everymanchess.com/chess/books/Opening_Repertoire%3A_The_Open_Games_wi...

Hope the book offers different linesto recent books on the subject
  
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