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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #57 - 02/14/19 at 00:10:19
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mn wrote on 02/13/19 at 17:25:01:
Ahhhh fair enough. But after 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 d4 3 e3, Black would normally avoid 3...c5 4 b4, and play 3...Nc6 instead, right?


Yep, I think 3...Nc6 just gives black a very comfortable game after 4 exd4 Nxd4 5 Nxd4 Qxd4 6 Nc3 c6....so if you want to play the Reti you really need to be prepared to go down the 3 b4 line...as a Reti player I can say 3 b4 leads to interesting games.
  
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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #56 - 02/13/19 at 17:34:38
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That's right. After 2.c4 d4 most players have been going 3.b4, which has built up a fair amount of theory. The alternatives (3.e3 and 3.g3) have been entirely de-fanged theoretically speaking. I don't know much about the line 2.e3 c5 3.c4 d4 4.b4, but I assume Black can make his choice between either accepting a pawn for adequate compensation or play 4...Nf6 with a decent position.
  

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Reply #55 - 02/13/19 at 17:25:01
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Ahhhh fair enough. But after 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 d4 3 e3, Black would normally avoid 3...c5 4 b4, and play 3...Nc6 instead, right?
  
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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #54 - 02/13/19 at 17:19:06
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Yes 3.c4 is an option too. I was (perhaps wrongly) assuming that you wanted to avoid reversed Benoni structures, due to your aversion to 2.c4 d4.
  

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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #53 - 02/13/19 at 16:10:18
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What about 3 c4, intending 3...d4 4 b4 and 3...e6 4 cd5 ed5 5 d4 - ?
  
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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #52 - 02/13/19 at 07:05:52
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mn wrote on 02/12/19 at 19:30:30:
Question:

So let's say I want to play something similar to Cummings' proposed repertoire, but I want to avoid both 1 c4 e5 and 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 d4. So I would play 1 Nf3 d5 2 e3 and 1 Nf3 Nf6 2 c4. What are the extra lines I'd need to add (particularly in 1 Nf3 d5 2 e3, which I have almost no experience with)?


The main one I think would be 1.Nf3 d5 2.e3 c5. White then has couple of options:
1) 3.d4 with a probably transposition to the Panov-Botvinnik Caro-Kann after 3...cxd4 4.exd4 Nf6 5.c4. Here White would prefer to have played Nc3 than Nf3 but it's still playable.
2) 3.b3 with a Nimzo-Larsen where Black has played d5 and c5. The good news is that I believe most White 1.b3 players like to play against this line. The bad news is that you're playing a 1.b3 line and Black is fine.

Another way of looking at it is: do you want a reversed Tarrasch or Queen's Indian with an extra tempo?
  

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Reply #51 - 02/12/19 at 19:30:30
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Question:

So let's say I want to play something similar to Cummings' proposed repertoire, but I want to avoid both 1 c4 e5 and 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 d4. So I would play 1 Nf3 d5 2 e3 and 1 Nf3 Nf6 2 c4. What are the extra lines I'd need to add (particularly in 1 Nf3 d5 2 e3, which I have almost no experience with)?
  
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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #50 - 01/31/19 at 20:06:02
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Hi David

As ever, a very helpful reply.

On my last query, it was more how to respond if Black plays g6 and Bg7 rather than Be7? So on page 109 in the bracket for move 4, Black plays Nbd7 and then fianchettoes.

Perhaps there is possible transposition to the KID , page 353 , but Black has in addition the option to play exd4 ?

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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #49 - 01/31/19 at 08:50:28
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After a recent game I came across a transposition I don't think is covered. Hopefully I'm wrong and can be directed to the page!

I can't find mention of a Queen's Indian Defence set-up for Black. Specifically after 1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nf3 and now 4...b6!?. It's hard to see a good way for White to avoid a transposition to the e3 QID with a later d2-d4. For example 5.b3 Bb7 6.Bb2 Nbd7 7.d4 Bd6 8.Bd3 0-0 9.0-0 a6 (9...Re8!?) 10.Rc1 Qe7 11.Na4 dxc4 12.bxc4 Rad8!?

The lines covered are where Black puts the bishop less actively on e7.
  

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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #48 - 01/31/19 at 00:41:45
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Hi Krudos,

1. In the Anti Nimzo-Indian line, I have faced 6...d5 (page 300) instead of d6 or b6 approaches. Thoughts please?

I suggest 7 e3, usually to be followed by b2-b4, for example 7...c5 8 b4 Nc6 9 bxc5 Khenkin-Boehmer, Wiesbaden 2018. The early ...d7-d5 gives White’s dark-squared bishop more scope compared to the ...d7-d6 lines, but this is quite a rare line.

BTW, I’ve been reading the new book Game Changer by Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan. The Anti-Nimzo features in 11 of the AlphaZero – Stockfish games, with AlphaZero scoring 5 wins and 6 draws. Stockfish played 6...d6 or 6...a5. Interesting stuff!

2. In the 1..e5 2..Bb4 line, Semkov expands on the line in the notes to game 12 after 3 Qc2 Nf6 4 Nf3 Bxc3 with the 9...dxc4 move shown in brackets. It seems fairly equal but your sense?

I still think the resulting endgame is easier to play for White, with the two bishops and some pressure. Although Black is close to equality if he follows the engine’s top moves, Black’s king manoeuvres (in the correspondence game quoted) don’t feel very natural to me.
If you would rather avoid trading queens, the main line 1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Bb4 3 Nd5 is of course a good choice (with coverage in ChessPub Archives), although this involves a lot more knowledge.

3. After 1c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nf6 3 Nf3 d6 is quite a common reply with 4 e3 being met by Nbd7 5 d4 g6 6 Be2 Bg7 7 0-0 0-0 leading to the "poor man's KID" from Axel Smith's e3 Poison book

This move order is on page 109 of the book. After 4 d4, 4...e4 is covered in the notes, while after the most common reply 4...Nbd7, the move 5 e4 transposes to the Old Indian (pages 122-124).

I hope this helps!

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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #47 - 01/27/19 at 15:37:26
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Hi David

Can I follow on with a small number of questions:

1. In the Anti Nimzo-Indian line, I have faced 6...d5 (page 300) instead of d6 or b6 approaches. Thoughts please?

2. In the 1..e5 2..Bb4 line, Semkov expands on the line in the notes to game 12 after 3 Qc2 Nf6 4 Nf3 Bxc3 with the 9...dxc4 move shown in brackets. It seems fairly equal but your sense?

3. After 1c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nf6 3 Nf3 d6 is quite a common reply with 4 e3 being met by Nbd7 5 d4 g6 6 Be2 Bg7 7 0-0 0-0 leading to the "poor man's KID" from Axel Smith's e3 Poison book.

How would you suggest that White tackles this please?

I am now a subscriber so please feel free to point me to notes in the archives if that covers these questions.
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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #46 - 09/29/18 at 20:54:56
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Excellent, many thanks David and much appreciated.
  
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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #45 - 09/29/18 at 17:00:50
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Krudos,

Thanks – great to hear the repertoire has been working for you!

Here are my thoughts on the lines you mention:

1. 1 c4 b6 2 Nc3 Bb7 3 e4 e5!?

Funny you should bring this up as I faced this in two tournament games this year! I suggest the setup 1 c4 b6 2 Nc3 Bb7 3 e4 e5 4 Nf3 Nc6 5 g3 Bc5 6 Bg2 d6 7 a3 a5 8 d3 Nge7 9 0–0 0–0 when a good model game is Kramnik - Morozevich, Moscow 2013.  Kramnik played 10 Nh4, and later got a strong attack after Kg1-h1 and f2-f4-f5.

2. How to meet the triangle set up for Black so e6, d5, c6 and delaying playing f5 until White has committed eg by Black playing Bd6 and /or Nd7

First of all, I don’t think delaying ...f5 for too long necessarily helps Black, for example 1 c4 e6 2 Nc3 d5 3 e3 c6 4 Nf3 Bd6 5 b3 Nd7 6 Bb2 f5 can be answered by 7 Qc2 Ngf6 8 cxd5! when Black has no good recapture since 8...exd5 gives up the f5-pawn, 8...Nxd5 drops the g7-pawn, while 8...cxd5 allows 9 Nb5.

Instead, after 1 c4 e6 2 Nc3 d5 3 e3 c6 4 Nf3 Bd6 5 b3 f5 6 Bb2 Nf6 I like the idea 7 cxd5!? exd5 8 g3 0–0 9 Bg2 Nbd7 (Gritsak-Koziak, Karpacz 2008) when after 10 Ne2 White has play against the Stonewall structure, with a safe king and two well-placed bishops.

3. 1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nf6 3 Nf3 Nc6 4 e3 Bb4 5 Qc2 d6.

This is covered in the book (page 53) but has developed a lot in the two years since the book was written. I now recommend the move 6 Ne2!? (instead of 6 Nd5). If you subscribe to the ChessPub Flank Openings section, you can refer to my analysis in the games Karjakin-Vidit and Duda-Eljanov.

Hope this helps.

David
  
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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #44 - 09/29/18 at 11:23:23
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Can I thank the author for producing an excellent repertoire book. I have been playing this consistently and getting good positions and results.

Three questions about possible lines not covered:

1. 1 c4 b6 2 Nc3 Bb7 3 e4 e5!?

2. How to meet the triangle set up for Black so e6, d5, c6 and delaying playing f5 until White has committed eg by Black playing Bd6 and /or Nd7

3. 1c4 e5 2Nc3 Nf6 3 Nf3 Nc6 4 e3 Bb4 5Qc2 d6.

Thoughts as to how White can respond welcomed !

  
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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #43 - 07/28/18 at 10:24:14
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IMDavidCummings wrote on 01/28/18 at 22:19:48:
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You make some great points in your analysis - I can’t cover everything in depth here but some thoughts

Thanks for the compliment and the feedback. Hopefully you do realize that my criticism comes from my background as a corr. player. So I may be a bit unfair, because your primary goal obviously was to offer a practical repertoire. However given 1.d4 (because of Grünfeld and Slav 4...dxc4) and 1.e4 (because of Najdorf, Sveshnikov and Berlin Wall) being theoretically equal I started to wonder if your book might serve as a starting point for proving an objective opening edge for White. This means your book is actually better than you intended.

IsaVulpes wrote on 07/27/18 at 15:46:37:
Is my impression correct, and this book *does* offer a theoretically testing & varied repertoire

My answer is largely yes. At some spots I think the repertoire could be more testing and everybody should read my comments on the book from that angle.
As almost always making the repertoire more testing means more work. For instance I don't buy IM Cummings' reply to my remarks on the Symmetrical Tarrasch. I maintain that it's a short cut, that thematically fits in the repertoire, but is not as testing as for instance the QGD Exchange Variation.
Having played the Classical Dutch for almost 20 years I've also learned not to fear the move Bg5. On the contrary, as soon as White plays it I start thinking about Black's winning chances. That includes specifically White castling queenside. Of course 1.c4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 and 4.g3 is most testing.

The line that's bothering me most right now is 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e3 Bb4 5.Qc2 Bxc3 6.bxc3 (I really don't like 6.Qxc3 Qe7 7.d4 Ne4 - see the diagram on page 71: isn't that Bishop lame on c1?) e4 7.Ng5 Qe7 8.f3 exf3 9.Nxf3 and now b6 iso d6.
  

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