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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #65 - 09/14/19 at 09:03:03
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Very clear and helpful, thanks David.
  
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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #64 - 09/13/19 at 21:34:24
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Hi Krudos,

After (1 c4 Nf6 2 Nc3 d5 3 cxd5 Nxd5 4 Nf3 g6) 5 h4 h5 6 e4 Nxc3 7 dxc3 Qxd1+ 8 Kxd1 f6, if White develops along the lines of the Robson game, then I agree that this is OK for Black.
White can, however, improve with 9 e5!, planning Bf1-d3 to target the weakened g6-pawn. It looks like White is a bit better after that, since Black's kingside structure gets compromised.

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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #63 - 08/27/19 at 07:18:14
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Hi David
I have been looking at the Pseudo Grünfeld with 5h4 and 6e4 ideas comparing it with 5e4. The theory for 5e4 I referenced is from July 2012 , the game Keklidze-Robson.

I would be interested in your thoughts of the line 5h4 h5 6e4 Nxc3 7dxc3 Qxd1+ 8Kxd1 f6 so using the Robson plan. It seems to be much better than playing 8.. Bg4 (the Forcen Esteban game on p315) and without the weaknesses after 5..h6 (p314 of your book).

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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #62 - 06/03/19 at 15:21:23
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1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4 3.Qc2 Nf6 4.Nf3 d6

This was first played (at high level) at the blitz Wch end of last year, and Van Den Doel used it in the Belgian league 3 months ago.

The computer line now is: 5.Qa4+ Nc6 6.Nd5 Bc5 7.b4 Bb6 8.Nxb6 cxb6 9.b5 Na5

But I don't think white really has anything here. The offside knight looks good but it can be fixed with a6 and after e3 Bg4 we can't play Be2 so white's pawnstructure gets busted.

I don't see any improvements over the computer line, though.
  
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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #61 - 04/15/19 at 12:03:40
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Very useful post for me - thanks David
  

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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #60 - 04/12/19 at 15:44:59
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Chess-Student,

In my opinion, the lines from the book that have developed the most are the 1.c4 e5 line and the anti-QGD setup. Both have seen many top-level games played over the last 2+ years. Here is a brief list of key games I have covered in ChessPub Updates. These include earlier game references and analysis in the notes.

After 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e3 Bb4 5.Qc2, see:
5...d6 6.Ne2 Santos Ruiz-Kevlishvili, Belgium 2019,
5...Bxc3 6.Qxc3 Caruana-Ding Liren, Batumi 2018,
5...Bxc3 6.bxc3 So-Sevian, Douglas 2018

After 1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 d5 4.e3, see:
4...Be7 Nepomniachtchi-Bacrot, Batumi 2018
4...a6 Mamedyarov-Georgiadis, Biel 2018
4...b6 (by transposition) Moroni-Brunello, Salerno 2018

mn,

If Black adopts a “QID” approach (4...b6), a popular setup for White is to go for a double fianchetto rather than a classical Queen’s Indian. For example Nakamura-Ganguly, Kolkata 2018, went 1.Nf3 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.b3 b6 5.Bb2 Bb7 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Nc3 Nbd7 8.Rc1 a6 9.d4 Bd6 10.g3 0–0 11.Bg2 Qe7 12.0–0 Rfe8 13.Nd2 Rad8 14.Qc2 c5 15.dxc5 bxc5 with a typical hanging pawns position. This structure is similar to that seen in Game 31 (Bosiocic-Caruana)  in Chapter 12 of my book. It is a useful setup to know if Black plays this solid system. See also the notes to Moroni-Brunello mentioned above.

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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #59 - 04/06/19 at 22:45:22
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Dear mister Cummings and fellow subscribers.

I'm a new subscriber here and I'm trying transitioning from playing g3-lines a la Marin to lines with an early d4 according to your repertoire (I have your book).

I've noticed in some threads here you've been giving tips on newer recommendations as well as referencing some games here, but it's a not so easy for a new subscriber. I was wondering if perhaps you (or others) could write a list of which updated games are important to look through, to make it easier to get started.

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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
Reply #58 - 04/06/19 at 22:13:17
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Different question - I see in his Black Repertoire series Jan Gustafsson suggested [1 c4 Nf6 2 Nc3 e6 3 Nf3 d5 4 e3] 4...b6!?, which as far as I can tell isn't mentioned anywhere in Cummings' text. Does White have a reasonable way of avoiding the Classical [e3] Queen's Indian?
  
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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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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
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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Re: Cummings Everyman English Repertoire
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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