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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #39 - 01/26/18 at 11:48:38
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Demuth in his Reti book does much the same if I remember correctly (I don't have the book at hand). There has to be a decent alternative, but maybe it is the best try?
  
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Reply #38 - 01/25/18 at 23:00:47
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I might take up some of these lines myself, just for variety.  As a long time Taimanov player, I already play similar positions with colors reversed.  I had a quick look at the store the other day and the book seemed very good.  I could still play my beloved Samisch against the King's Indian, as well!

So for me, this would mostly be something new to use against Slav and Grunfeld players, which I've been looking for (though I've always done well with 4.Nf3 and 5.Bg5 against the Grunfeld).
  
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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #37 - 01/25/18 at 22:05:13
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Being a corr. player and tired of the Najdorf plus Berlin Wall and also of the Grünfeld and the Slav I wondered if 1.c4 would suit me. So recently I bought the book for inspiration.
It does some excellent work on the Grünfeld and the Slav problem. Also my skepticism regarding 1.c4 e5 and 5.Qc2 is well met. Still I have three minor complaints and one biggie.

1. Against the GPA with colours reversed 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 f5 (not mentioned in the Index of Variations; it's on page 104) the recommendation is the usual 3.d4 taking advantage of the extra tempo (compare 1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nc3) with exd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6?! 5.Qe3+.  Unfortunately Black can improve as Qd4 doesn't exactly run away. After 4...Nf6 intending 5...Nc6 it's much harder to prove anything for White.

2. The book doesn't mention 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.e3 f5 4.d4 Nf6 (this is very much like the Hebden Variation of the Sicilian GPA: 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.f4 d5 4.Nf3).

3. The interesting recommendation against the Dutch is 1.c4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.d4 e6 (the Anti-Leningrad system 3...d6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.Qc2 g6 6.h4 is very much to my taste) 4.Qc2. Imo best is b6 and after 5.Bg5 Bb7 6.e3 the transposition Bb4. Then the bishop is not optimally placed on g5. Compare 7.f3 (after 5.Nf3 Black wins the fight for square e4) O-O 8.Bd3 c5 9.Nge2 Nc6 10.a3 cxd4 with 4.e3 b6 5.Bd3 Bb7 6.f3 Bb4 7.Qc2 O-O 8.Nge2 c5 9.a3 cxd4 10.axb4 (page 383 via transposition).

4. My main complaint is that the Anti-Queen's Gambit System is not an Anti-Queen's Gambit system at all - it's just the Symmetrical Tarrasch. Granted, the book recommendation 7.Bb5 of Carlsen-Radjabov, Stavanger 2013 is a NID, Rubinstein Variation with colours reversed. The extra tempo must count for something; clever. However the important possibility (the words of author himself, page 232) 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 e6 4.e3 d5 (page 129) 5.cxd5 exd5 6.d4 a6 7.b3 (7.g3 is the other option, but Black can avoid it via 1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nf3 a6 5.b3 c5 6.cxd5 exd5 7.d4 Nc6) Nc6 8.Bb2 (page 231) doesn't get much attention. It's not even mentioned in the Index of Variations. Imo the author should have included another entire annotated game for this specific line. This becomes even more urgent on page 235, the note 7...exd4 8.d4 Nc6 9.Be2 "similar to Carlsen-Radjabov" (see just above). Well, the bishop being on e2 iso b5 makes quite a difference; worse, with this specific move order 9.Bb5 (iso the recommended 9.Be2) does not necessarily transpose. And of course there is 8...a6 again. It's true that in the Symmetrical Tarrasch Black usually plays ...Bd6 iso ...Be7, but as soon as White plays the common dxc5 that doesn't matter anymore. If we also realize that in a way White is playing against his/her own variation (the Semi-Tarrasch with ...Nxd5), as  the author remarks on page 259, there is quite some food for thought here.
Of course corr. players don't really need shortcuts like the Symmetrical Tarrasch. 1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 (or 2.Nf3) d5 3.d4 and 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 are respectable options. It also means allowing the NID though with 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 e6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bb4 and I'm not sure if that one has enough punch for a corr. game. It's this or 4.e3 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.d4 a6 7.g3.
  

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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #36 - 10/25/17 at 20:32:23
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Can you give the moves leading up to this position?
  
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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #35 - 10/25/17 at 16:31:26
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It appears on this forum at least that I may be the first to notice something:

In the 'Old Indian' section, Cummings gives 'forcing line' by Demuth which begings with 11. Ne5!? concluding "and White is playing for two rsults, with Rook and two minor pieces for the queen and 2 pawns".

However, that may be a bit misleading. Formally the count is correct, but as Black has not traded his Ra8 yet...perhaps he need not and can make use of it or trade it under more favorable circumstances?

Sorry, have the electronic version, not sure what page it is on.

In any case, White is not exactly better...and that helper for the Queen should not be discounted.

And in the line suggested, Black could opt for 13...dc3 which is pretty equal.

I would suggest not going into the line: White is better developed, has a better center....why opt for that line?

If White really wants to play for two results in that line....19 Qe3 would seem to be the way to go about it.
  
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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #34 - 09/30/17 at 14:13:06
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I can say that at beginning I did not like the variations of the book but now reading also what the "e3 poisson" suggests I suggest it
  
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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #33 - 09/05/17 at 20:27:53
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I agree with Canadian Club. There is certainly some venom is what Cummings suggests, and the positions are non-standard for what some black players might be expecting.

However, there is a decent amount of work involved in getting to play this stuff competently. There are a variety of structures: e.g. reversed Sicilian Taimanov type structures, KIDs, Maroczy Binds, play with and against the IQP.

Good book though. Definitely happy to recommend.
  
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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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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
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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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
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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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
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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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
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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