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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #32 - 09/04/17 at 10:10:35
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I have the book. I got it because of some anti lines (slav or qgd or grunfeld...). The book is very good, imho. The big plus of theese lines is that black players are not so uses to face theese e3 lines., and in a world where all the normal openings are equal, this is a real plus.

Playable? Of course. Great advantage? If Black knows what he is doing, not much. An edge even in theoretically equal or +/= positions? For sure. There are more venom that it seems in the lines suggested by Mr Cummings.
  
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Reply #31 - 09/03/17 at 18:00:27
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Hello guys!

How well did you fare in practice using repertoire carved by IM Cummings?

From 1 to 5, how many stars would you appoint to the book, and why?
  
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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #30 - 02/27/17 at 17:50:32
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Mr TopNotch: as a reader and follower of some of your own suggestions here (and elsewhere) and with all proper respect, do you feel a player of Black 1 .... e5 should purchase this book to fill in some new areas that may be presented?

OR: Are there serious improvements in the non-g3 lines that should worry Black?

Thank you for your time and consideration on this matter.

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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #29 - 02/25/17 at 22:51:27
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IMDavidCummings wrote on 02/20/17 at 15:17:47:
Hi TopNotch,

Thanks for your feedback on the book and for highlighting the KID move-order issue in your earlier post. I’ve been mulling over this line and wanted to post some thoughts and a recommendation.

After 1 c4 Nf6 2 Nc3 g6 3 e4 d6 4 d4 Bg7 5 Nf3 0-0 6 Be2 Na6 7 0-0, the move 7...c6 was championed by GM Glek in the late 90s/early 2000s and played occasionally by others. It is indeed rare (played in around 5% of games after 7 0-0), but I agree it is helpful to give advice on what to do if Black delays ...e7-e5. Now White often plays 8 Be3 or 8 Re1 which usually transpose to mainline 6...Na6 lines – if White was prepared to enter those anyway there is less incentive to vary.

White actually has a wide choice of other decent moves however, for example 8 h3, 8 Qc2 and 8 Rb1, but the one I like is 8 Bf4!?. This is an unusual placement for the bishop in the KID, but is justified by the knight on a6. If Black wants to play ...e7-e5 he needs to move  the f6-knight, meanwhile White will develop quickly by playing Qd1-d2 and centralizing the rooks. In the game Shchekachev-Glek (St. Petersburg 1998), Black played 8...Nh5 but ended up worse. Later, he tried 8...Nd7 in Chuchelov-Glek (Bad Zwesten 2000) and Hoffmann-Glek (Bundesliga 2004) but White was again slightly better from the opening. Also, in MegaBase, there are some instructive annotations by King and Chuchelov to the first two of these games.

David


Thanks for your reply David, somehow I figured you would settle on the very interesting 8.Bf4!? as your recommendation as it seems to best fit the ethos of your book, while at the same time avoiding many tricky theoretical transpositions to lines not covered after 7...Na6.

Kudos on a very well written, fresh and instructive repertoire book which hopefully will prove an excellent companion to the soon to be released e3 poison by Quality Chess.
  

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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #28 - 02/24/17 at 23:49:39
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There is nothing wrong with the Mikenas (I've covered it several times in the Chess Publishing Flank Updates), but in the book I recommend the Anti-Nimzo system 1 c4 Nf6 2 Nc3 e6 3 Nf3 Bb4 4 Qc2. I believe this offers White a good game, and usually a clear theme of playing to exploit the two bishops, but with less memorization of concrete lines than the Mikenas.

As noted, if Black wants to play a QGD structure, he can play 1...e6 and 2...d5, so White needs to have an answer for this in any case.
  
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Reply #27 - 02/24/17 at 22:35:13
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TN wrote on 02/21/17 at 03:31:34:
I imagine the logic is that after 1.c4 e6, 2.Nc3 d5 move orders Black out of the Mikenas


It does, but Black could also play 1. c4 Nf6, 2. Nc3 e6, reaching the Mikenas. Cummings then recommends 3. Nf3, which could transpose to his anti-QG line after 3...d5 (instead of 3...Bb4). I assume that using both lines would be more cumbersome. That being said, for someone who plans to play the QGD exchange, as I do, the Mikenas would seem to be fairly good for White.
I was basically curious to know if there are any concerns in Cummings' (or yours or anyone else's) with playing the Mikenas these days.
  
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Reply #26 - 02/21/17 at 03:31:34
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Marcellus wrote on 02/20/17 at 18:07:20:
A quick question on the repertoire for IM Cummings (I've purchased the ebook version from Everyman): your move order permits the Mikenas Attack, but you avoid it by attempting to transpose into your preferred line vs the QGD. Did you avoid the Mikenas for reasons of economy, or do you not like it (and if so, why)?


I imagine the logic is that after 1.c4 e6, 2.Nc3 d5 move orders Black out of the Mikenas,  while 2.Nf3 f5 move orders Black out of the recommended counter to the Dutch. In any case, Adams demonstrated an interesting alternative to the repertoire in his recent game against Salem:

  

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Reply #25 - 02/20/17 at 18:07:20
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A quick question on the repertoire for IM Cummings (I've purchased the ebook version from Everyman): your move order permits the Mikenas Attack, but you avoid it by attempting to transpose into your preferred line vs the QGD. Did you avoid the Mikenas for reasons of economy, or do you not like it (and if so, why)?
  
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Reply #24 - 02/20/17 at 17:52:02
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Incidentally 8. Bf4 is also the move pointed at by Panczyk/Ilczuk in their Classical KID book of 2009, with similar comments (a rather unusual post, but ...) and citing Chuchelov-Glek. 
  
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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #23 - 02/20/17 at 15:17:47
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Hi TopNotch,

Thanks for your feedback on the book and for highlighting the KID move-order issue in your earlier post. I’ve been mulling over this line and wanted to post some thoughts and a recommendation.

After 1 c4 Nf6 2 Nc3 g6 3 e4 d6 4 d4 Bg7 5 Nf3 0-0 6 Be2 Na6 7 0-0, the move 7...c6 was championed by GM Glek in the late 90s/early 2000s and played occasionally by others. It is indeed rare (played in around 5% of games after 7 0-0), but I agree it is helpful to give advice on what to do if Black delays ...e7-e5. Now White often plays 8 Be3 or 8 Re1 which usually transpose to mainline 6...Na6 lines – if White was prepared to enter those anyway there is less incentive to vary.

White actually has a wide choice of other decent moves however, for example 8 h3, 8 Qc2 and 8 Rb1, but the one I like is 8 Bf4!?. This is an unusual placement for the bishop in the KID, but is justified by the knight on a6. If Black wants to play ...e7-e5 he needs to move  the f6-knight, meanwhile White will develop quickly by playing Qd1-d2 and centralizing the rooks. In the game Shchekachev-Glek (St. Petersburg 1998), Black played 8...Nh5 but ended up worse. Later, he tried 8...Nd7 in Chuchelov-Glek (Bad Zwesten 2000) and Hoffmann-Glek (Bundesliga 2004) but White was again slightly better from the opening. Also, in MegaBase, there are some instructive annotations by King and Chuchelov to the first two of these games.

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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #22 - 02/20/17 at 00:00:03
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CaptainCarrot wrote on 02/13/17 at 21:22:49:
Stigma wrote on 02/13/17 at 20:18:42:
Has anyone had a chance to study this and try out the lines yet?

I'm thinking of picking it up for the KID and Symmetrical English parts (I don't play 1.c4 much). In particular, are Cummings' Symmetrical English lines compatible with a 1.Nf3 move order?


Yes it's compatible with the 1.Nf3 move order, as he recommends 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3


As posted, there are important gaps in his coverage.
  

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Reply #21 - 02/13/17 at 21:22:49
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Stigma wrote on 02/13/17 at 20:18:42:
Has anyone had a chance to study this and try out the lines yet?

I'm thinking of picking it up for the KID and Symmetrical English parts (I don't play 1.c4 much). In particular, are Cummings' Symmetrical English lines compatible with a 1.Nf3 move order?


Yes it's compatible with the 1.Nf3 move order, as he recommends 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3
  
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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #20 - 02/13/17 at 20:18:42
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Has anyone had a chance to study this and try out the lines yet?

I'm thinking of picking it up for the KID and Symmetrical English parts (I don't play 1.c4 much). In particular, are Cummings' Symmetrical English lines compatible with a 1.Nf3 move order?

I've been looking at The Fianchetto Solution, but am struggling to find any mention of what happens if Black plays it like (any kind of) Symmetrical English in that book.
  

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Reply #19 - 01/25/17 at 16:41:39
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I like this book by Mr. Cummings, it is refreshing divergence from the usual 1.c4 followed by g3 offerings. However I noticed in the KID section that the following move order was missing: 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.e4 d6 4.d4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 Na6 7.0-0 and now the book does not consider 7...c6, which poses some problems for readers following this repertoire. Essentially black holds back e5 for a move and White now has to think for himself, and before someone comments that c6 is rare, let me add that this move has been used by very strong players and it usually transposes to the normal 6...Na6 lines, however the recommended Petrosian setup is no longer viable. 

Perhaps Everyman will publish an update to rectify this omission in the future.

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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #18 - 12/24/16 at 14:41:25
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While I also enjoy the options to transpose to non-fianchetto 1.d4 variations the variation 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bb4 5.Qc2 worries me. With colours reversed White does extremely well: compare 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Bb5 Qc7 5.O-O Nf6.
Indeed drawing rate is high in the 4.Bb4 5.Qc2 variation.
  

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