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Re: Pert on the Ragozin - new book from QualityChess
Reply #36 - 08/21/17 at 18:37:37
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The authors recommend very different lines in some cases. For example, after 5.Bg5 Pert transposes to the Vienna with 5...dxc4, whereas Cornette analyzes the mainline with 5...h6. Also, after 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 Pert gives both the old line with 6...h6 7.Bh4 Nbd7 and ...g5 and the rare 6...Qd6!?, whereas Cornette recommends both Leko's 6...h6 7.Bh4 0-0!? and the even trendier 6...h6 7.Bh4 Bf5!? There are other differences as well, but those are the ones that stand out.

It has to be said that Cornette's book is formatted just awfully and can be a real pain to read. Also, Pert includes decent lines against the Catalan and some other early deviations on the way to the Ragozin. On the other hand, Cornette's analysis is extremely thorough.

In summary, Pert's book is the better produced of the two, although I personally like many of Cornette's recommendations more. Buy both Cheesy
  
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Reply #35 - 08/21/17 at 07:11:38
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A friend told me he liked Cornette's book even better, though it had the advantage of being published later, and I haven't yet bought the Cornette book to compare for myself. I believe they recommend quite different lines, so there should be something to suit all tastes between the two books!

Re the e-books: In principle it makes sense to 'add value' as one can see all the moves in each video by dragging to the end of the video in any case.

  

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Reply #34 - 08/18/17 at 08:15:27
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I find that it depends on who made the video series. Gustafsson's e-books tend to be lines only (no comments). I suppose it's so that he can use the same version for English and German e-books. There's also no real extra information compared to what he proposes in the videos. Other authors that I've seen (Svidler, Van Kampen) have additional information in the e-book, as well as instructional text.
  

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Reply #33 - 08/17/17 at 13:47:45
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IsaVulpes wrote on 08/13/17 at 23:41:40:
The "ebooks" are 99% pointless to me. I basically just transcribed the videos into my own files, without even looking at the accompanying ebooks.
For the most part they're just files without any comments whatsoever, which isn't really useful for anything (for me, anyways).


mn wrote on 08/13/17 at 23:52:33:
The e-books are meant to be a bit more detailed, I think.


Yes, they are - take for instance Svidler on the Gruenfeld. And it's easier to transcribe from the e-book anyway as you can at least copy and paste the spoken text (it's there!) and even lines if you do a little pgn text editor editing.

  
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Reply #32 - 08/13/17 at 23:52:33
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The e-books are meant to be a bit more detailed, I think.
  
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Reply #31 - 08/13/17 at 23:41:40
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The "ebooks" are 99% pointless to me. I basically just transcribed the videos into my own files, without even looking at the accompanying ebooks.
For the most part they're just files without any comments whatsoever, which isn't really useful for anything (for me, anyways).
  
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Reply #30 - 08/13/17 at 22:10:24
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Hmm, I understand why they did that, but it's a bummer. Thanks for explaining!
  
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Reply #29 - 08/13/17 at 22:05:23
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You have to log in the page and navigate through variations with the browser. Two panels, one with a board and the other with moves and comments.

You can copy-paste each variation to a local document, by the way.
  
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Reply #28 - 08/13/17 at 19:44:09
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So what do you view them on?  Do you need a special app?  Do you mean that they won't work with Chessbase?  That's a bummer, if so.
  
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Re: Pert on the Ragozin - new book from QualityChess
Reply #27 - 08/13/17 at 18:39:15
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chess24 has its own format for their playable ebooks. It is a little annoying but also understandable that these cannot be downloaded.
  
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Re: Pert on the Ragozin - new book from QualityChess
Reply #26 - 08/13/17 at 16:26:15
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Out of curiosity, how do you rate the companion ebook that comes with Gustafsson's video series?  Is it a pdf, pgn, something else?  Some other video series from chess24 still don't have their promised ebooks, so I've been hesitant to buy anything from them, though the authors are really top-notch.
  
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Reply #25 - 08/13/17 at 10:59:53
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ErictheRed wrote on 07/24/17 at 19:50:17:
The crux of the matter, for me, is whether 6...Qd6!? and the Vienna hold up and suit me, but my initial impression is very positive.  I've played the Noteboom/Triangle and Semi-Slav in the past, so I'm familiar with similar positions, and I see many of the less critical lines as improved forms of the Noteboom or Semi-Slav.  I'll have to learn the Vienna variation now, but, I've been looking for a new defense to 1.d4 for years, and this seems to be it.

Just as a quick sidenote:
- If you do turn out to dislike the Vienna, you can of course always play ..h6 instead of ..dc4:, still a perfectly valid line that's played at 2800+ level (although I suppose its most recent outing in Aronian-So isn't the best advertisement). Shying away from the Vienna doesn't mean you have to give up the Ragozin as a whole!
- If you turn out to not-hate the Vienna, but are unhappy with some of the selections, Gustafsson has an excellent video series on the Vienna proper on chess24, which transposes into the Ragozin-Vienna lines if White so chooses. Personally, I much prefer the lines Gustafsson gives over those in the Pert book, and just use Pert for the Ragozin proper.
  
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Reply #24 - 08/06/17 at 08:20:40
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On 5 Nf3 (transposing to his chapter on 4 Nf3 Nf6 5 e3), Pert suggests 5...0-0 6 Bd3 b6 7 0-0 Ba6!?

On 5 Bd3, he gives 5...e5(!).
  
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Reply #23 - 08/06/17 at 07:12:28
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After 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 Nf6, which transposes into the NID, what main lines does Pert recommend against 4.Nf3 and 4.Bd3?
  
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Reply #22 - 07/26/17 at 21:42:55
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FreeRepublic wrote on 07/26/17 at 20:16:53:
After 1d4 d5 2c4 e6 3Nc3 Nf6 4Nf3 Bb4 5cxd exd 6Bg5, what move does Pert suggest?


Qd6 and h6 (two different chapters). Both Interesting.

Qd6 has less theory, is easy to play and Black is absolutely OK, the only drawback (imho) is that White can simplify too much if he wants to. But it's a tricky and "different" line.

h6 is the main line for sure. Very unbalanced play, sharper then Qd6, with more theory to know and with complex positions to handle. More interesting, and the way to go if winning is a must.

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