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Re: The Modernised Reti by Demuth
Reply #64 - 04/30/19 at 12:11:06
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I was using the book to prepare for my French Cup match last Sunday and I like the material against the Capablanca System, and even more so against the Hedgehog - here he gives a very simple way to play that avoids all those tense, complicated positions where White always has to be on the lookout for ...b5 or ...d5.
I didn't actually use any of his lines, as it so happens, but did do quite a bit of new analysis, which I will put in the Symmetrical English section. Smiley
  
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Reply #63 - 04/16/19 at 07:23:34
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I hope we didn't scare you away Tony Wink

I am still curious about your experiences with Demuths book.
  
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Reply #62 - 04/13/19 at 00:08:49
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kylemeister wrote on 04/12/19 at 21:36:57:
Along those lines  ...if the page count given here for Larry Kaufman's next white-and-black repertoire book happens to be accurate, it is less than the 2012 version (which was less than the 2004 version).
https://www.amazon.com/Kaufmans-Repertoire-Black-White-User-Friendly/dp/90569186...


I'm sure that's correct as far as it goes, but the page counts don't tell the full story. The 2012 version was in the large New in Chess format with double column text, while the 2004 McKay version had smaller than usual pages and single column text with a larger font. All things considered, the 2012 version must have had twice the amount of material in the 2004 one.
  

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Reply #61 - 04/12/19 at 21:42:21
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Now off topic, but I'm excited he's switching back to 1 e4 for this volume.
  
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Reply #60 - 04/12/19 at 21:36:57
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TonyRo wrote on 04/09/19 at 14:48:22:
To me there's power in the small format opening books. I hope to one day write a white opening repertoire book that embraces this philosophy. We've swung so far in the other direction that now even white repertoire meant for actual players are 3 books long and huge. It's too much.

Along those lines  ...if the page count given here for Larry Kaufman's next white-and-black repertoire book happens to be accurate, it is less than the 2012 version (which was less than the 2004 version).
https://www.amazon.com/Kaufmans-Repertoire-Black-White-User-Friendly/dp/90569186...


  
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Re: The Modernised Reti by Demuth
Reply #59 - 04/09/19 at 23:48:24
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As we can see from current theory, 1. c4 and 1. Cf3 are not really escaping that much theory. Not only Marin have the three English books from few years ago, his new DWD on English is two volumed.

On 1. Cf3, this Modernised Réti book 2th Edition is 445 pages. True, not like Negi's six 1. e4 bricks, but Dynamic English was not a big book back in 1999.

Maybe to escape theory, 1. f4 necessary ¿¡
  
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Reply #58 - 04/09/19 at 15:22:04
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 04/09/19 at 07:47:06:
A 'Modernised Extended Second Edition'?

Smiley I think you can do even better than that. How about

Grandmaster Repertoire: Mastering the Reloaded, Modernized and Revolutionized Dynamic English Move by Move with the Read and Play Method - Improved and Extended 21st Century Edition

... and then make sure to credit the opening's amazing upsurge in popularity to Carlsen on the back cover - people do that with every opening he's ever played.
  

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Reply #57 - 04/09/19 at 15:06:48
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Speaking of The Dynamic English, I know Gambit sometimes add small theoretical updates when they republish books in their app (and maybe on Kindle too). Does anyone know if there were any updates for this one?

I've had that book almost since it came out and really liked it. There was an enthusiasm in the writing and a feeling that Tony K and the readers were on a joint mission to outsmart the hapless theory hounds.

But the opening itself seemed less exciting when I tried it out... I remember a string of boring draws with 1.c4 and a quick return to the Anti-Indian, Anti-Sicilian etc. offbeat stuff I used to play. Maybe I should try 1.c4 again now that I'm older and wiser (?).
  

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Re: The Modernised Reti by Demuth
Reply #56 - 04/09/19 at 14:48:22
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I still care deeply for my copy of Tony's book, one of my all-time favorite chess books. It was so influential for me when I was coming up the ranks. To me there's power in the small format opening books. I hope to one day write a white opening repertoire book that embraces this philosophy. We've swung so far in the other direction that now even white repertoire meant for actual players are 3 books long and huge. It's too much. No one is getting an advantage with reasonable play from your opponent anyway.
  
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Reply #55 - 04/09/19 at 12:58:21
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I second that 100%

I ordered GM2B from Avrukh together with the Modernized Reti (and the nice endgame book
Let me ask You, Do you Know...?).

Avrukh series totals around 1700 pages. Great books, but totally unpractical for my situation as in full time job with kids. I can work through the main lines of Avrukh, but the more detailed rinse and repeat is nearly impossible and my motivation drops for this immense task. Time which I can better use for other chess studies.

I got the Dynamic English and played the repertoire for a while with good succes.
Maybe it's the nature of a 1.c4 2.g3 opening that you can write such a small booklet, but it certainly worked great and I regard it as one of the best dense, yet very practical opening book ever.

So I think there is a demand for practical opening books. No GM Repertoire.
Yes it may have theoretical holes
Yes it does not have to be 100% up to date
It has to give you some guidelines how to play the resulting positions and the holes should be small enough that you end up with playable positions  Cool

I am going to give Demuth a try now  Smiley
  
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Reply #54 - 04/09/19 at 10:50:49
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 04/09/19 at 07:47:06:
A 'Modernised Extended Second Edition'? There have been so many books on the English in the last 20 years, I really don't know what I could add to all that material.


Don't think about what to add, think about what to take away Smiley One thing that made the book so popular was that it is a tiny sliver of a thing yet provided a complete and clear repertoire for white that a legion of club players used.  The biggest problem with modern books is that they are so big it's hard to go through all the material as a busy part-time player.  The idea of reading a book on the flight to a tournament and playing the opening isn't really viable anymore.

I miss books like the Dynamic English and the "Easy guide..." (to the Najdorf, Nimzo-Indian and Classical Sicilian were all classics at least).  Chess-Stars are probably closest with their "Main Ideas/Step-by-step/annotated games" breakdown but still there is still a clear gap in the market for small, simple and clear books.

The real challenge would be to write an up to date complete and practical repertoire in 144 small pages, that might not be groundbreaking or ideal for correspondence, but great for 1800-2300ish amateurs.   The Chesspub book of the year "Keep it simple: 1.e4" was something along those lines.
  
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Reply #53 - 04/09/19 at 07:47:06
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MW wrote on 04/08/19 at 20:49:32:
I looked at the Dynamic English yesterday....it's now 20 years old, time for an up-date perhaps...??

A 'Modernised Extended Second Edition'? There have been so many books on the English in the last 20 years, I really don't know what I could add to all that material.
  
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Reply #52 - 04/08/19 at 20:49:32
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 04/06/19 at 15:35:47:
Talking of move orders, in this same chapter there is no mention of my game against Nie:

Very nice game....couldn't find it in any of the data bases I use so have added to my notes in Demuth's book.

I do prefer it when an author makes a written assessment after each variation rather than simply using an Informant type symbol. Looking at a few opening books most authors seem to use a combination of both. Marin is something of an exception, he is very good at explaining the position at the end of a variation.

Speaking of books, I looked at the Dynamic English yesterday....it's now 20 years old, time for an up-date perhaps...??
  
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Reply #51 - 04/07/19 at 17:15:03
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 04/05/19 at 19:54:48:
some of the lines left me hungry for more: either more moves or some explanation at the end (like where White should put his pieces, etc.)

Page 73 is a case in point, in the note to move 13 the line ends 16 Bb2 +/-, but why? It's not immediately obvious to the naked eye (at least not to mine!) Black's knight on c2 looks silly, but so does White's on a4, and Black can capture on c5 now, leaving him with a passed pawn on d3. I suppose if I look at this with my computer I can win the d3-pawn, but still?
Then, a little bit further on, the mainline ends 19 Rxd1 with an "overwhelming advantage", but isn't White an exchange down? I suppose the a2-knight is a bit trapped and the c5-pawn is strong, but a logical continuation like 19...Rb8 20 c6 Rb2 protects the knight, and then 21 c7 (a mistake, but 'obvious') is countered by 21...Rc8 22 Ba5 d2! 23 Bh3 Rxc7! 24 Bxc7 Nc3 and Black wins! Shocked
Naturally I can look at these lines with Stockfish, but I shouldn't need to when I have the book and a chess set in front of me. Roll Eyes
  
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Reply #50 - 04/06/19 at 15:35:47
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Sometimes the move order is different, so in chapter 3 the 'Chapter Guide' gives the book's 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 e6 3 g3, and yet the sub chapters b) and c) have 1 Nf3 Nf6 2 g3 e6 3 Bg2 d5 4 c4. Is this sub-optimal? Should White play c2-c4 earlier? I think that there should be an examination of move orders earlier, and then the book should stick to one.
Talking of move orders, in this same chapter there is no mention of my game against Nie:



Still, it may not have been published anywhere. Sad I think I played this particular move order to avoid a Hedgehog, but I'm not sure.

  
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Reply #49 - 04/05/19 at 19:54:48
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I got hold of a copy and have started going through it, planning to 'cherry-pick' interesting lines for my own repertoire (which really needs some work what with the French Top12 matches coming next month).
I've only got to page 50, and so far I like it, although some of the lines left me hungry for more: either more moves or some explanation at the end (like where White should put his pieces, etc.) Of course, it's already a very big book... Roll Eyes
  
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Reply #48 - 04/03/19 at 00:22:14
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 04/02/19 at 09:43:22:
I noticed that the author thanked Pablo Ollier for his help with the 2nd edition, and as he lives in  the same town as me I asked him what had been changed. He said that the 2nd edition wasn't really 'extended' but only 'corrected'. That he had corrected some of the English, particularly where the original English was ambiguous, and some incorrect transpositions. Presumably Demuth corrected some analytical mistakes, but I don't know if he added any new material.


Although I have both editions of this book unlike the First Edition which I read pretty much from cover to cover I have only used the 2nd edition when looking at specific lines.

Apart from the much improved grammar (which provided it is understandable has never worried me in a chess book anyway) and layout I have also noticed some minor tweaking by the author...eg on page 32 he has looked at the move 13...Ne8 as faced by GM Edouard in his game against Longson 2018 and in Chapter 2 sub chapter d  he no longer recommends 10 Qb5 in note B.

So without sitting down with the books side by side and comparing each variation I'm guessing that he has taken a similar approach to other lines where he has felt the need.    

Regardless of the edition I think they are both great books.
  
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Reply #47 - 04/02/19 at 09:43:22
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MW wrote on 10/31/18 at 17:46:37:
Will probably buy the new edition but would be interested in seeing a more detailed post on what has been up-dated.

I noticed that the author thanked Pablo Ollier for his help with the 2nd edition, and as he lives in  the same town as me I asked him what had been changed. He said that the 2nd edition wasn't really 'extended' but only 'corrected'. That he had corrected some of the English, particularly where the original English was ambiguous, and some incorrect transpositions. Presumably Demuth corrected some analytical mistakes, but I don't know if he added any new material.
  
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CanadianClub wrote on 10/31/18 at 08:21:03:
It would be interesting to see if is worth getting the new edition owing the first one already. The table of contents is the same as mine. Maybe the layout is better but... in terms of chess content also?

we'll see

Same question I've been asking myself...simply aligning the indexes in the two additions there appears to be a couple of extra pages in chapters 2 and 8 plus 1 in chapter 20....what impact the layout improvements have had is hard to say...

Will probably buy the new edition but would be interested in seeing a more detailed post on what has been up-dated.
  
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Reply #45 - 10/31/18 at 08:21:03
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It would be interesting to see if is worth getting the new edition owing the first one already. The table of contents is the same as mine. Maybe the layout is better but... in terms of chess content also?

we'll see
  
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Reply #44 - 10/29/18 at 21:55:56
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An aside: I wonder what attitude Forward Chess takes to 2nd (and further) editions? AFAIK their version of Dvoretsky' Endgame Manual is still the 3rd edition even though the 4th has been out for a few years.

You'd think one of the advantages of an app over a book is it's easier to offer customers updates when a new edition of a book they already carry comes out (or discounts on the new edition for buyers of the previous one, as many software vendors practice). But at the moment it doesn't even look like getting 2nd editions published on the platform is much of a priority.
  

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Reply #43 - 10/29/18 at 19:10:25
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tracke wrote on 10/26/18 at 17:53:15:
According to german distributor Niggemann there
will be a revised & expanded 2nd edition next week.
„Expanded“ seems to mean 440 -> 448 pages.

tracke  Smiley

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Reply #42 - 10/28/18 at 00:22:48
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Michael Ayton wrote on 10/27/18 at 15:05:35:
It indeed seems a fascinating book, despite its rather urgent need for linguistic editing.

As well as upholding 2 c4 d4 3 b4!?, in the mainline Closed variation after 2 ...e6 3 g3 Nf6 4 Bg2 Be7 5 0-0 0-0 6 b3 c5, the book goes with 7 Bb2 Nc6 8 e3 (in preference to 7 cxd5, which I had thought was more approved of nowadays). Does anyone know if either of these lines have become any more highly regarded recently, and whether if so this has influenced Demuth's choice?


I believe both these lines are given in Bologan's DVD as well (he gives 7 cd5 as well). Not sure about how they're regarded outside of that.
  
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Reply #41 - 10/27/18 at 23:25:08
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Michael Ayton wrote on 10/27/18 at 15:05:35:
It indeed seems a fascinating book, despite its rather urgent need for linguistic editing.

As well as upholding 2 c4 d4 3 b4!?, in the mainline Closed variation after 2 ...e6 3 g3 Nf6 4 Bg2 Be7 5 0-0 0-0 6 b3 c5, the book goes with 7 Bb2 Nc6 8 e3 (in preference to 7 cxd5, which I had thought was more approved of nowadays). Does anyone know if either of these lines have become any more highly regarded recently, and whether if so this has influenced Demuth's choice?


In this "main" line (for me it is the most principled way of fighting White proposal) 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 e6 3 g3 Nf6 4 Bg2 Be7 5 0-0 0-0 6 b3 c5, it seems cxd5 now or after Bb2 were the way to go. A question of tastes I suppose.

I play more quietly with 3.b3 (not allowing gambiting the c4 pawn) before fianchettoing my LSB. Are the lines where Black captures on c4 (and not b3 played by White) challenging? Are they specially rare or difficult to learn?

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Reply #40 - 10/27/18 at 15:05:35
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It indeed seems a fascinating book, despite its rather urgent need for linguistic editing.

As well as upholding 2 c4 d4 3 b4!?, in the mainline Closed variation after 2 ...e6 3 g3 Nf6 4 Bg2 Be7 5 0-0 0-0 6 b3 c5, the book goes with 7 Bb2 Nc6 8 e3 (in preference to 7 cxd5, which I had thought was more approved of nowadays). Does anyone know if either of these lines have become any more highly regarded recently, and whether if so this has influenced Demuth's choice?
  
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Reply #39 - 10/26/18 at 18:08:04
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helmet wrote on 06/29/18 at 04:43:56:
What is the physical book quality? Ie binding, layout, paper etc.


I brought the book in January this year and have used it regularly, written notes in it, packed it in my suitcase when travelling and there have been no issues with binding or quality of paper.

Plus the content is excellent as well!

  
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According to german distributor Niggemann there
will be a revised & expanded 2nd edition next week.
„Expanded“ seems to mean 440 -> 448 pages.

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What is the physical book quality? Ie binding, layout, paper etc.

Often this information is missing from reviews, but after buying several books where pages fall out etc I like to buy only books that are quality materials
  
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Oddly, the book appears to be available from amazon.com but not amazon.co.uk.
  
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Reply #35 - 02/11/18 at 23:09:19
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Another interesting line  for black is the slav move order cf3 d5 c4 c6 g3 ag4. Here demuth advocates what?  Vs English symmetrical he preferred system with early d4 or g3 fianchettos ?  It's interesting because in delchevs this system was not considering it. In little words ....this book is better that delchev' s book ? that is good but necessity some updated. Ty
  
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Reply #34 - 02/11/18 at 22:59:02
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Vs 2) c4 d4 ... i've heard He advocated  Da4+ and agaisnt 2) dxc4 what reccomended?  Is it possibile have some feedback about this two variations his suggest .In previous delchev's book the modern reti is advocated Bb5+ e no da4+ , but delchev's variation has been confuteted and the plan agaisnt dxc4 i believe is not so powerful as He suggest. Another lines that in previous work not mentioned was 2)c4 d4 3) b4 ag4 that was zero theory. Demuth suggest something about that? Th
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Reply #33 - 01/31/18 at 12:17:13
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Thx, again, pioleiva.

I've got the Demuth's book and the content looks good. But as mentioned it could have been edited better. The table of contents simply lacks more details to find things, and you have to know what the 'Romanishin defence' is for instance. I was interested in the normal setup (besides early d3 variations) vs. the stonewall when the chapter "Dutch defense" (19) only deals with the Leningrad in that regard, suggesting that the stonewall was already discussed via 1...e6 move order earlier in the book. Only after some research you realise that this move order is dealt with later in the book (not earlier) in a chapter "Various first moves" (20). And there is still no Stonewall, but in a sidenote you finally get the hint to search in a sub chapter of the Slav. While this is not a totally unusual place for it (Watson has it as well via such a move order), it's really hard to get there.

Regarding the Grunfeld line here a quote from the excerpt:
"After dealing thoroughly with the various sidelines, we will eventually
work our way up to the big main line arising after 9...Re8 (variation E of Chapter 4). In GM 2 I offered 10.Re1, but a huge amount of practical testing and analysis has revealed more than one
satisfactory solution for Black. Instead I am recommending 10.Nh4!?, a recent trend which has yielded excellent results so far. Once again, I have presented a lot of original ideas and analysis to
create fresh problems for Black."

After all he seems to have some good fresh recommendations. The Grunfeld sources I've checked for instance don't deal properly with his early 5.Qa4 against the solid Grunfeld with ...c6. Svidler and Avrukh himself came closest, but naturally enough did not discuss White's improvements at that time. Still I wonder, why QC sticks to the "White has an advantage in every line" paradigm, when even Ntirlis repeats it discussing the video (he says something like "Can Black equalize in the Grunfeld/King's Indian? Given Avrukh's lines, I don't thin so."). As you said there was an astonishing number of fairly harmless lines in GM 1 and 2 including Grunfeld, Panno, Slav, Catalan, Benoni, some Stonewall setups etc. So it is to be expected Black will find antidotes. "e3 poison" btw does not follow this and doesn't claim an advantage everywhere.
  
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Reply #32 - 01/24/18 at 10:52:53
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The stem game of this Grunfeld line is Leitao-Caruana from the 2010 Olympiad. Back then there were a lot of games with this specific line of the Grunfeld.

White can deviate earlier of course, with 12.Nd2 for example, but as Nepomniachi, Vachier-Lagrave and (again) Caruana demonstrated, Black is fine here too.

I am sure Avrukh avoids this line now.
  
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an ordinary chessplayer wrote on 01/23/18 at 23:15:00:
In some contexts answering a question about Elo would be fine. In this context it seems awkward. Suppose he is a world-class GM, or suppose he has a 3-digit rating, either way how could it add to or detract from his review? Which by the way is excellent and makes me want to get yet another opening book I will not have time to read.


If he/she is a GM, he can say "I am a titled player who play basically against FM/IM/GM opposition" and this is fine for me.

It is not the same if this comments are done by an IM 2400 or by a 1800 amateur (like I am myself), even if it seems that his strength is far better than mine.

Back to the book, I am playing a team tournament right now; but when it would be finished... I think I will get a copy of the book. Especially thanks to PioLeiva words.

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In some contexts answering a question about Elo would be fine. In this context it seems awkward. Suppose he is a world-class GM, or suppose he has a 3-digit rating, either way how could it add to or detract from his review? Which by the way is excellent and makes me want to get yet another opening book I will not have time to read.
  
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Many thx, pioleiva, great review/pov !!

One single question to you: what is your actual level (in elo)?

I play and ambitious (I think it is) 1.d4 repertoire as White but I am starting to play the Reti here and there (1.Nf3 2.c4) to vary a little. Your comments seems to fit perfectly with my expectations of a repertoire book. But it would interesting to know your level (more or less) to contextualize a little the profit we can get from it  Smiley

Again, thx !
  
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Many thanks, pioleiva, for a really good overview.

I agree with you on Avrukh and what you write about Demuth's makes me looking forward to the book.

Btw., what is the famous Grunfeld Line in Avrukh's first book? I've just ordered 2A and will have a look, how he handles it now.
  
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Reply #27 - 01/22/18 at 13:10:41
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My5 cents on this book:

1.general observations
The English is bad (even for my non-native speaking standards), but at least for me the meaning is always clear.

Some headlines are mistaken: e.g. chapter 2 is titled "Systems with 2...dxc4", but that is wrong. Systems with 2...dxc4 are treated from page 205 onwards. The second chapter treats lines with 2....e6 and dxc4 at a later stage of the game (which makes a lot of sense, as the 2....dxc4 lines are very different).

To summarize: a thorough editing would have helped a lot.

2. the chess content

I am really enjoying this book!

The author is very objective and ambitious at the same time. That leads to a very balanced and objective coverage.

The author clearly states that he has not refuted any of the major black systems against the Réti. Neither the Hedgehog, nor the e6 nor c6 defenses. He even makes the case that 2....dxc4 is much better for black than recent Reti literature claims e.g. (Delchev or Bologan).
He usually explains the choice of his lines by highlighting the weak spots in other popular lines.

At the same time he shares many novelties and new ideas for White (of course)and Black. And he always seems to seek an objective evaluation, not sheering away to mention black antidotes to his improvals for White.

I am still surprised that he managed to offer a coherent and almost complete repertoire in one book. So far I have not discovered any move order issues, his selected lines fit together very nicely.

At some points he cuts the coverage saying something like: "You are very unlikely to have this position on the board, that is why I restrict myself to mentioing only the best possibilities for Black". So this is clearly a book concentrating on the

The repertoire lines chosen are not a "system approach". In some lines white has to sacrifice pawns in order to fight for the initiative (e.g. Slav lines), in others he plays calmy with a double fianchetto (e.g. symmetrical or Hedgehog). In some lines he tries to get an advantage in simple positions (e.g. some lines of the symmetrical), in other lines White has to play a full-blooded middlegame with all pieces on the board (e.g. reversed Benoni or Neo-Catalan Mainline). Sometimes White even tries to blow Black off the board (e.g. against the Stonewall or the Dutch in general or the reversed Blumenfeld Gambit). So to make the most of this repertoire you should have a flexible playing style. In my eyes this is a "real" GM-repertoire (actually the one Demuth very often plays himself).

What can I say about some specific lines?

Well, the weak spot of this repertoire clearly is the Kings Indian defence. His main recommendation is 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.b3. While this system has some sting to it (and Demuths provides lots of new ideas for White), this is the only time in the book where Black can suck the life out of the position, as one of Demuths mainlines ends in an absolutely equal position and it is even White who has to be careful to get there as there are tactical pitfalls along the way. True, this line is almost never played, but still...

As Demuth is fully aware of this problem, he covers the Anti-Grunfeld line 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 Qb3 with some nice new ideas , but he does not give a mainline against the King's Indian.

I especially like the way he treats the Hedgehog. He shows clear guidelines in this maze of move-orders and shows that black has to be very precise in order to avoid a (slightly) worse position.

As it is the backbone of his repertoire, the Neo-Catalan mainline could have seen deeper coverage in my opinion.

To summarize:
This is clearly a book for the practical player.
If you are looking for a book that claims an advantage for White in most of the lines, you will be disappointed. In fact a lot his mainlines end with equality in a complex position.

I have to add something in the end:

I enjoyed this book much more than Avrukhs work on 1.d4. Let me elaborate: Avrukh obviously has put a lot of effort in his d4 bible (overall a great book) and he found many interesting novelties. But already back then  I never believed that White is better everywhere because of his novelties. But suddenly according to his books White had an edge in all the mainlines: the Catalan, the King's Indian, the Grunfeld, the Slav and so on. It was no surprise for me that huge parts of his repertoire were neutralized quickly (e.g. in the Slav or the King's Indian) or even got completely refuted (e.g. the famous Grunfeld line that is simply better for black).
I almost felt cheated after reading Avrukh: I was sure I cannot believe all his conclusions, but I am too weak a player to detect which ones were shaky and where he really discovered something leading to a better position for white.

Demuths work is not as detailed as Avrukhs, but he really goes one step further: he shows new ideas for White and very often in turn also shows the antidote for black.


  
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There is a fair amount of explanation, I think it is a good general background for the Reti and openings that occur when you try to get a Reti. I think it is a very good first book, the English is fluent but not hugely idiomatic. He does often give reasons and he is not above giving an evaluation of equal about some lines.
There are about 30 pages on the Hedgehog if that helps TonyRo.
  
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TonyRo wrote on 01/21/18 at 19:02:52:
Am I missing something, or does he not cover the double fianchetto Hedgehog anywhere?

He analyses what he calls the reversed Double Fianchetto system, that is 4 fianchettos. I hope that answers your question, I am no expert of the Hedgehog.
  
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Am I missing something, or does he not cover the double fianchetto Hedgehog anywhere?
  
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I have the book also if anyone has questions that I can answer. I think it is a good source, lots of text and Demuth seems pretty objective.

I'd like to know if is there a lot of verbal explanation of the typical plans and ideas, tactical themes, etc. and also if the book can be considered some sort of "battle manual" for White...
  
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what is Demuth suggesting against 1...d6 and 1...g6 ?

Against 1...d6 he plays 2.d4 and against 1...g6 2.e4.
  
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He really doesn't cover 1....d6, and there are chapters about anti King's Indian and anti Grunfeld sequences, he recommends a queenside fianchetto against the King's Indian. He pretty well just recommends a standard sort of approach to counter the Grunfeld, though I haven't really gone through those chapters in detail.
  
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what is Demuth suggesting against 1...d6 and 1...g6 ?
  
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I have the book also if anyone has questions that I can answer. I think it is a good source, lots of text and Demuth seems pretty objective.
  
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Roumain is clearly on a level above mine (20xx Elo), but interesting because of the critical attitude to his own games. This teaches a lot imo. In short - something for serious work.
  

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I have ordered it and will receive it this week. Will gladly give some info in a couple of days. Simultaneously ordered Roumain's 2 books on calculation. Does anyone have an opinion on them?
  
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Surprised he didn't just plump for the Reti set-up against the Grunfeld too, since you can reach the same positions via the Slav move order.
  
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TD wrote on 01/09/18 at 14:53:20:
ghenghisclown wrote on 01/04/18 at 08:42:16:
Let me guess: Yet another book that goes for 1.Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. b4...??

Nope!


I'm also interested in what the book recommends against 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 d4. Personally I've never seen anything I'd like to play against that and it's been recommended recently in books from both QC and Chess Stars. If there was an interesting option there for White I'd seriously consider playing the Reti with more regularity.

Demuth advocates 3.b4 f6 4.e3 e5 5.c5 a5 6.Qa4+.
  
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TD wrote on 01/09/18 at 14:53:20:
ghenghisclown wrote on 01/04/18 at 08:42:16:
Let me guess: Yet another book that goes for 1.Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. b4...??

Nope!


Do tell!

Against the KID he plays 3.b3!? and a later g3 and d4. He has a second "option" because against the GID he plays 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Qb3. So in case of 3...Bg7 there follows 4.e4 d6 5.d4 0-0 and "you can now choose your own system against the KID"...
  
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ghenghisclown wrote on 01/04/18 at 08:42:16:
Let me guess: Yet another book that goes for 1.Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. b4...??

Nope!


Do tell! I'm also interested in what the book recommends against 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 d4. Personally I've never seen anything I'd like to play against that and it's been recommended recently in books from both QC and Chess Stars. If there was an interesting option there for White I'd seriously consider playing the Reti with more regularity.
  

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Let me guess: Yet another book that goes for 1.Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. b4...??

Nope!
  
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Let me guess: Yet another book that goes for 1.Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. b4...??
  

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I will wait for the release on Forward Chess.

At least then I don´t have to look at this cover on my shelf... Grin
  
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Instead of criticizing the cover: does anybody have the book yet? Comments?
  
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That has got to be the most hideous cover that ever soiled my eyes. I feel like I'm in a hospital or a prison just looking at the colors. And what is that hanging down from h2?!
  
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And now a second teaser!
  
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I know, a book shouldn´t be judged by its cover, but this is one of the ugliest I have seen in recent times.

These colours...and the pieces... Embarrassed


Totally agree Sad

I hope the contents would be slightly better Smiley

In the excerpt, at first sight there are lots of comments, not just moves and moves. Good !
  
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I know, a book shouldn´t be judged by its cover, but this is one of the ugliest I have seen in recent times.

These colours...and the pieces... Embarrassed
  
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yes, would be interesting to see what he comes up with. Was really disappointing that the Everyman project was never completed.
  

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I am interested already  Wink
  
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According to Schach Niggemann:

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announced for 2017-12-10
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https://www.schachversand.de/e/detail/buecher/15298.html

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Is there a publishing date for GM Adrian Demuth - The Modernized Reti, a full repertoire for White. Thinkers Chess Publishing?
  
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