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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #25 - 10/28/19 at 23:41:02
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As far as I can see, he doesn't even cover Ntirlis's main variations. And here's this too:

kylemeister wrote on 10/15/19 at 00:52:28:
Speaking of Lemos and the Exchange QGD, it appears from the sample at Amazon that he doesn't address 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cd ed 5.Bg5 c6 6.Qc2 Be7 7.e3 Nbd7 8.Bd3 0-0 9.Nge2 Re8 10.0-0 Nf8 11.f3 g6 (considered "!" in Chess Publishing three years ago, and seen in two Mamedyarov-Radjabov games at the recent World Cup).


Really, it's not conceptual enough to be a good introduction for weaker players (Neil Macdonald and Nigel Davies are better for that) and too much like Swiss cheese to produce any confidence in stronger players.
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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #24 - 10/19/19 at 20:39:17
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tracke wrote on 10/19/19 at 09:56:27:
In the Tarrasch with 9Bg5 c4 10Ne5 Be6 11Nxc6 bxc6 12b3 Lemos only examines the older 12..Qa5 but not 12..h6 (Aagaard/Ntirlis).


I find that very weird that he does not analyse 12...h6. One could argue that the entire Tarrasch hinges on the evaluation of 12...h6. To omit what is essentially the main line does not make much sense.
  
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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #23 - 10/19/19 at 09:56:27
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Nice and practical repertoire book but neither overwhelming nor theory-changing.

From the preface: „My goal was to create a repertoire that allows us to reach the middlegame with a solid foundation while not depending too much on exact theory. Instead, the focus is on strategic plans and positional understanding.“ 
That‘s why Lemos often goes for side-variations within the main lines. He doesn‘t seem to care for other authors and there‘s no bibliography. He only mentions Mega 2018 and CB Online Database.

Indeed, against the triangle he recommends 4e4 dxe4 5Nxe4 Bb4+ 6Bd2 (Carlsen-Anand 2013) but concedes some black possibilities to gain equal/unclear play.
In the QGA with 3e4 e5 4Nf3 exd4 5Bxc4 Nc6 60-0 Be6 he has the interesting 7Nbd2!? which is not mentioned by Rizzitano or Semkov. But here Lemos neglects 7...Qf6!? as played in some corr games and also in Grischuk-Radjabov (Gashimov Memorial 2019, 3 months before Lemos‘ preface).
In the Tarrasch with 9Bg5 c4 10Ne5 Be6 11Nxc6 bxc6 12b3 Lemos only examines the older 12..Qa5 but not 12..h6 (Aagaard/Ntirlis).

I could go on and on with such little inaccuracies.
The general presentation with plans and motifs to play for seems very good, especialy the chapters on QGE and Slav Exchange on the whole are fine, not only because of the well chosen games! But the devil is in the detail, and despite some interesting lines and a little bit of original analysis stronger players will dislike several parts of the book.

It‘s certainly a good book (4 / 5 stars ?!) for 1600-1900 players who want to start with a 1d4 mainline repertoire with much but not too much theory.
It‘s probably no must-by (2,5-3,5 / 5 stars?!) for stronger players.

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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #22 - 10/14/19 at 07:48:09
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What it the recommendation against the Triangle, 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6? He recommends the Exchange against both Slav and QGD but this isn't considered the best move to play 4.cxd5, does he go for 4.e4 to avoid transpositions back?
  
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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #21 - 08/15/19 at 23:23:54
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It seems to me that 5. Af4 and 5. Ag5 main lines in QGD are basically =. White just tries something new and then Black gets antidotes. Ntirlis's choices against both seem like cleanest equalisers in both lines. Marin had just released QGD databanks, maybe he even has more equalising lines. To prove advantage in 5. Af4 or 5. Ag5 would probably be a pain from White's point of wiew.

With the Exchange Variation, even if Black gets equality or close, sometimes psychologically for some it feels harder to play as Black. Similar mindset for people who play Catalán. At least, that was my guess.
  
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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #20 - 08/15/19 at 20:58:15
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MW wrote on 08/15/19 at 18:31:15:
Moskalenko's recent book on attacking with 1 d4 also uses the exchange QGD. Playing both sides of 1 d4 d5, I face the exchange a lot but I also play it, so I guess it is very popular at club and week-end tournament level and this is probably the target audience of these three books??


It was also given in Chess Stars 1 d4 repertoire books and Quality Chess Queens Gambit book. Are the lines with Nf3/Bg5 really that toothless?
  
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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #19 - 08/15/19 at 18:31:15
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Moskalenko's recent book on attacking with 1 d4 also uses the exchange QGD. Playing both sides of 1 d4 d5, I face the exchange a lot but I also play it, so I guess it is very popular at club and week-end tournament level and this is probably the target audience of these three books??
  
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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #18 - 08/15/19 at 15:41:55
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Jonathan Tait wrote on 08/09/19 at 08:38:55:
MW wrote on 08/09/19 at 01:43:33:
Don't know how others feel but I find it pretty frustrating when the excerpt for an opening repertoire book gives little clue as to what lines the author is proposing. Is he recommending the exchange variation, or 4 Bg5 or 4 Nf3 and 5 Bf4 against the QGD and what is he proposing against the Slav?

I won't be buying it until I have a better idea of what lines he is proposing!


1. QGD: 3...Nf6 4 cxd5 exd5 5 Bg5 (or 3...Be7 4 cxd5 exd5 5 Bf4)
2. Tarrasch: 9 Bg5
3. Slav: 3 cxd5 cxd5 4 Bf4
4. QGA: 3 e4
5. Chigorin: 3 cxd5 (with 7 bxc3)
6. Albin: 5 a3
7. other defences


The Exchange QGD again 🙄

Wouldn’t this have been a good opportunity to give a line with Nf3?

Lakdawala give this already in OR 1 d4 2 c4
  
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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #17 - 08/09/19 at 09:37:51
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Thank-you Jonathan, that's great..
  
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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #16 - 08/09/19 at 08:38:55
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MW wrote on 08/09/19 at 01:43:33:
Don't know how others feel but I find it pretty frustrating when the excerpt for an opening repertoire book gives little clue as to what lines the author is proposing. Is he recommending the exchange variation, or 4 Bg5 or 4 Nf3 and 5 Bf4 against the QGD and what is he proposing against the Slav?

I won't be buying it until I have a better idea of what lines he is proposing!


1. QGD: 3...Nf6 4 cxd5 exd5 5 Bg5 (or 3...Be7 4 cxd5 exd5 5 Bf4)
2. Tarrasch: 9 Bg5
3. Slav: 3 cxd5 cxd5 4 Bf4
4. QGA: 3 e4
5. Chigorin: 3 cxd5 (with 7 bxc3)
6. Albin: 5 a3
7. other defences
  

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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #15 - 08/09/19 at 03:32:56
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I do find it weird by some excerpts have no Index of Variations. I would think that it would increase their sales, if anything.

In the old days, you had to go to the store and look through the book itself, but still  Cheesy

I would find it hard to get real advantage in Queen's Gambit now. I wonder also what he recommends against the Slav and QGD.
  
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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #14 - 08/09/19 at 01:43:33
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Don't know how others feel but I find it pretty frustrating when the excerpt for an opening repertoire book gives little clue as to what lines the author is proposing. Is he recommending the exchange variation, or 4 Bg5 or 4 Nf3 and 5 Bf4 against the QGD and what is he proposing against the Slav?

I won't be buying it until I have a better idea of what lines he is proposing!
  
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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #13 - 08/08/19 at 18:20:31
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According to the Everyman homepage it’s out now and according to german Shop Niggemann it will be available next week.
It’s a white repertoire book with 256 pages and costs £19 / $28 / €22 .
The pdf preview (16 pages) shows preface and some parts of 3 e4 against the QGA.

Looks like a reasonable repertoire book: not overwhelming but fine!

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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #12 - 09/09/18 at 23:22:43
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Is this book a Black repertoire ¿ Was it not called Queen's Gambit before instead of Queen's Gambit Declined ¿
  
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Reply #11 - 08/03/18 at 18:44:05
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The book says 2019 some places but on Everyman pdf schedule it says Aug 2018. Anyone know anything about the book ¿
  
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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #10 - 11/22/16 at 15:05:37
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VKap wrote on 11/21/16 at 21:08:09:
Lemos is probably the shadiest of authors..
I dont trust anyone related to OnlineChessLessons or whatever its called now.


Why do you say that about Lemos? I think his first book and videos that I've seen are decent.
  
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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #9 - 11/21/16 at 21:08:09
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Lemos is probably the shadiest of authors..
I dont trust anyone related to OnlineChessLessons or whatever its called now.
  
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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #8 - 11/20/16 at 22:10:08
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Respectfully, that is incorrect usage of the term.

Check a dictionary. There are plenty online for free.
Check also one of the online corpora for examples of usage.
Ask an educated friend.

You omitted 'political' from the 'definition' provided. Deliberately? Source of the definition? Or is it your own definition? Words have commonly understood meanings - it is how language can function.

The term is not used in marketing products, but in the political sphere.

It baffles me that a player can be upset by a publishing house being candid with their customers. I get the disapppointment, when one is excited about a forthcoming book, but not the anger.
  
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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #7 - 11/20/16 at 21:34:24
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Bibs wrote on 11/20/16 at 02:31:54:
barnaby wrote on 11/17/16 at 15:00:36:
Straggler wrote on 11/17/16 at 13:03:53:
Indeed. The website was still giving the publication date as 15 Nov right up to that date. Quite a contrast with the way Quality Chess (for example) keep their customers informed.


Quality does put out good books but their propaganda arm on that blog is not reliable as far as dates are concerned.

Don't believe their hype.


Bizarre. 'Propaganda arm'??! It is a chess book publisher, not the old Soviet Union. That's a bit tin foil hat, chemtrails type thinking to talk in such a way. Oh, do behave.

I find QC to be refreshingly candid and honest, myself. They have massively raised the chess publishing quality bar. They put out darned good books. Everyman, hmm, well. Sometimes very good (notably Rot't'ella, Scherbakov), sometimes less so.

Anyway, chess books come out when they come out. It's a board game, and these are books about a board game. It's a big universe....




Get over it and yourself. 

Propaganda is information that is not impartial and is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda.

That is a viable, working definition of the word.

"Quality Chess is full of chess propaganda on their self serving blog," is both a valid opinion and statement and I stand by it.






  
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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #6 - 11/20/16 at 02:31:54
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barnaby wrote on 11/17/16 at 15:00:36:
Straggler wrote on 11/17/16 at 13:03:53:
Indeed. The website was still giving the publication date as 15 Nov right up to that date. Quite a contrast with the way Quality Chess (for example) keep their customers informed.


Quality does put out good books but their propaganda arm on that blog is not reliable as far as dates are concerned.

Don't believe their hype.


Bizarre. 'Propaganda arm'??! It is a chess book publisher, not the old Soviet Union. That's a bit tin foil hat, chemtrails type thinking to talk in such a way. Oh, do behave.

I find QC to be refreshingly candid and honest, myself. They have massively raised the chess publishing quality bar. They put out darned good books. Everyman, hmm, well. Sometimes very good (notably Rot't'ella, Scherbakov), sometimes less so.

Anyway, chess books come out when they come out. It's a board game, and these are books about a board game. It's a big universe....

  
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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #5 - 11/19/16 at 13:52:46
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Unreliability is one thing; continuing to state a publication date long after you know you can't possibly meet it is another.
  
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Reply #4 - 11/17/16 at 15:00:36
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Straggler wrote on 11/17/16 at 13:03:53:
Indeed. The website was still giving the publication date as 15 Nov right up to that date. Quite a contrast with the way Quality Chess (for example) keep their customers informed.


Quality does put out good books but their propaganda arm on that blog is not reliable as far as dates are concerned.

Don't believe their hype.
  
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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #3 - 11/17/16 at 13:44:06
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Yes, well, I'm not sure QC is a completely positive example where delaying books is concerned Smiley
  
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Reply #2 - 11/17/16 at 13:03:53
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Indeed. The website was still giving the publication date as 15 Nov right up to that date. Quite a contrast with the way Quality Chess (for example) keep their customers informed.
  
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Re: Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
Reply #1 - 11/15/16 at 13:59:19
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Postponed to 31 Mar 2017   Sad
  
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Queen's Gambit book by Lemos
10/10/16 at 22:38:59
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Apologies if this is common knowledge, but I've just noticed that next month (or January in the US) Everyman are publishing a Queen's Gambit repertoire book for White by Damian Lemos. What interests me about this is that, though there is as yet no indication of the lines he will recommend, Lemos himself doesn't seem to go in for the exchange variation: in fact he usually plays Nf3 before c4. So hopefully this won't be yet another book recommending the exchange.
  
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