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Re: What are good books about 1. Nf3 ?
Reply #22 - 05/20/15 at 18:57:57
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Flank Openings by GM Keene might be worth a look.
  
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Re: What are good books about 1. Nf3 ?
Reply #21 - 10/28/14 at 08:46:58
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Khalifman books (1rst edition) are superb. A lot of work (huge work), but the explanations you have in some lines are fantastic. Like if a top-GM would be next to you explaining why in the stonewall it's better to develop a bishop to f4 or not, etc...

If you play 1.Nf3 you have to ask yourself if you want to enter in pure Reti positions (not playing d4 in the first moves) or want to play the d4-d5 complex (catalan or/and queen's gambit).

Two good sorces are: in the Reti, they are interesting ideas in Alejandro Ramirez dvd (he is not covering 1.Nf3 c5, and this is a pitty). In the Nf3+d4, I like the latest Burgess work (his cunning repertoire).

To get all the profits and power of 1.Nf3 you would know to play a lot of different type of positions. When it's OK to enter in the catalan because the schemas used by Black are not good to face it, or to make your move order a little to get your opponent out of their pet defence and play the Reti or double fianchetto English, etc.... I think if you play mecanically and not having in mind all the transposition-power of move-orders, playing 1.Nf3 2.d4 no matter what... maybe will be better to play directly 1.c4 o 1.d4.

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Re: What are good books about 1. Nf3 ?
Reply #20 - 10/28/14 at 01:37:41
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Re: What are good books about 1. Nf3 ?
Reply #19 - 06/23/14 at 17:44:17
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nestor wrote on 06/23/14 at 07:31:44:
fling wrote on 06/23/14 at 04:59:01:
Isn't Burgess' latest book a repertoire with 1. Nf3 (transposing to Queen's gambit variants)? I can't tell if it is good, though, because I haven't had a look at it yet.


Burgess's repertoire starts with 1.d4. You could reach most of his lines from 1.Nf3 but he doesn't cover 1.Nf3 c5.


Ok, wasn't sure about this. Now I remember, the idea was to play 1. d4 2. Nf3 and wait with c4 until Black plays ...d5, not to start with 1. Nf3.
  
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Re: What are good books about 1. Nf3 ?
Reply #18 - 06/23/14 at 07:42:17
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Marc Benford wrote on 06/22/14 at 15:53:10:
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Khalifman finally burned out on writing books midway through that series so don't expect to see it completed. Then again, if you're not a GM in the first place, the Khalifman books aren't for you.

Really? He wrote these books only for GMs? (sounds weird since there are only a thousand GMs, which is not a very big audience)
I've already heard someone say that these books are pretty dense and are only for advanced players, I think it was on Amazon.
What do the other people here think? Are Khalifman's books on 1.Nf3 much too difficult for a 1800 rated player?


To be honest, if you are rated 1800 you are probably better off playing 1.e4 or 1.d4 - to play 1.Nf3 well you need to know a wide range of positions deeply in 1.d4 territory. But if you are using his books for the 1.d4 openings, I'd say you should use them only as a reference work, and go for a book with a simpler repertoire and more explanations.

For what it's worth, I haven't seen any repertoire books covering 1.Nf3/2.g3 with the intention of playing either a quick c4 or d4. I've found a lot of club players struggle against a Reversed Grunfeld setup like 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 c5 3.Bg2 Nc6 4.d4 (to play this you need to know some lines of the Catalan, but they are comprehensible for a club player).
  

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Re: What are good books about 1. Nf3 ?
Reply #17 - 06/23/14 at 07:31:44
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fling wrote on 06/23/14 at 04:59:01:
Isn't Burgess' latest book a repertoire with 1. Nf3 (transposing to Queen's gambit variants)? I can't tell if it is good, though, because I haven't had a look at it yet.


Burgess's repertoire starts with 1.d4. You could reach most of his lines from 1.Nf3 but he doesn't cover 1.Nf3 c5.
  
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Re: What are good books about 1. Nf3 ?
Reply #16 - 06/23/14 at 04:59:01
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Isn't Burgess' latest book a repertoire with 1. Nf3 (transposing to Queen's gambit variants)? I can't tell if it is good, though, because I haven't had a look at it yet.
  
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Re: What are good books about 1. Nf3 ?
Reply #15 - 06/22/14 at 16:50:17
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TonyRo wrote on 06/22/14 at 14:30:27:
I'm with Tony on this one.


Me too. I bought the book but didn't like it very much ...
  
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Re: What are good books about 1. Nf3 ?
Reply #14 - 06/22/14 at 15:53:10
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Khalifman finally burned out on writing books midway through that series so don't expect to see it completed. Then again, if you're not a GM in the first place, the Khalifman books aren't for you.

Really? He wrote these books only for GMs? (sounds weird since there are only a thousand GMs, which is not a very big audience)
I've already heard someone say that these books are pretty dense and are only for advanced players, I think it was on Amazon.
What do the other people here think? Are Khalifman's books on 1.Nf3 much too difficult for a 1800 rated player?
  
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Re: What are good books about 1. Nf3 ?
Reply #13 - 06/22/14 at 14:30:27
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I'm with Tony on this one.
  
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Re: What are good books about 1. Nf3 ?
Reply #12 - 06/22/14 at 10:02:39
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rukh wrote on 06/22/14 at 09:11:17:
There's also The Modern Reti. An Anti-Slav Repertoire
by Alexander Delchev. I can't tell whether it's good, though.


I was very disappointed myself, and couldn't recommend this.

Dunnington's 'Easy guide ...' book is old now (1998) but still a reasonable introduction.
  
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Re: What are good books about 1. Nf3 ?
Reply #11 - 06/22/14 at 09:11:17
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There's also The Modern Reti. An Anti-Slav Repertoire
by Alexander Delchev. I can't tell whether it's good, though.
  
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Re: What are good books about 1. Nf3 ?
Reply #10 - 06/22/14 at 05:22:46
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Khalifman finally burned out on writing books midway through that series so don't expect to see it completed. Then again, if you're not a GM in the first place, the Khalifman books aren't for you. If you've narrowed your interest down to the Catalan, there are other books on the market that are more suitable for the club player - Davies' for instance. The slightly older ChessBase CD by Marin is also excellent.
  
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Re: What are good books about 1. Nf3 ?
Reply #9 - 06/22/14 at 00:59:37
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Thank you all for your answers.

The blog was particularly helpful.

I had a look on the 3 volumes of Wojo's Weapons, they looked good, and the Catalan looks interesting, so I might give it a try.


But there's one thing I didn't understand about the Opening for White according to Kramnik series... I saw someone saying that the new edition of this series was planning to feature 10 volumes, but that there was maybe a problem and it stopped midway after only 5 volumes... Is this true? And will they remake a new edition with 10 volumes in the future? Because I don't want to buy 5 volumes if it is preferable to wait for a new and better edition to come..


And thank you BPaulsen for your reply. Getting a reply directly from the book's author, now that's cool. I will buy your book next december for Christmas holidays if it's ready then.
  
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Re: What are good books about 1. Nf3 ?
Reply #8 - 06/21/14 at 12:05:03
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Great blog about 1.Nf3! Thanks for the tip!
  
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