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Re: Georgiev/Semkov on English
Reply #9 - 07/25/18 at 18:57:23
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IM Cummings actually recommends 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.e3 because compared to 3.Nf3 f5 4.d4 e4 5.Ng1 he wants to win two tempi. Unfortunately one of several flaws in his book (it's pretty good, but not as good as gillbod seems to suggest above) is he not recognizing that the variation is a joy killer with colours reversed: 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.f4 d5 4.Nf3 dxe4 5.Nxe4. So he doesn't consider 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.e3 f5 4.d4 and now the simple Nf6.
So I strongly consider buying Georgiev/Semkov's book as a complement.
  

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Re: Georgiev/Semkov on English
Reply #8 - 07/25/18 at 17:38:11
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Speaking of e3, you can even play it a move earlier.  (Dennis Monokroussos on an article in Informant 135:  "GM Ivan Ivanisevic offers a compact white repertoire in the English built on 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.e3. He doesn't promise an advantage, but the positions are fresh and not easy for Black to solve at the board - especially if he doesn't play the Sicilian with White, as many of the positions transpose into reversed Sicilians.")
  
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Re: Georgiev/Semkov on English
Reply #7 - 07/25/18 at 17:25:58
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Leon_Trotsky wrote on 07/24/18 at 22:10:38:
I noticed that the English without fianchetto is getting more popular. Is there a reason for this, or people just not like the fianchetto variations anymore ¿


Wasn't that the basis of David Cumming's book?  I suspect that's the primary reason, at least among amateurs.
  
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Re: Georgiev/Semkov on English
Reply #6 - 07/25/18 at 13:08:43
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Antillian wrote on 07/25/18 at 12:51:39:
Leon_Trotsky wrote on 07/24/18 at 22:10:38:
I noticed that the English without fianchetto is getting more popular. Is there a reason for this, or people just not like the fianchetto variations anymore ¿

It may be a reaction to an explosion of theory in the g3 lines since Marin helped to populize them.


This and perhaps a reaction by those following Tony's book and facing the c6 lines that came out in the dangerous weapons one as an antidote?

Also, could transpositions have anything to do with this?
  

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Re: Georgiev/Semkov on English
Reply #5 - 07/25/18 at 12:51:39
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Leon_Trotsky wrote on 07/24/18 at 22:10:38:
I noticed that the English without fianchetto is getting more popular. Is there a reason for this, or people just not like the fianchetto variations anymore ¿

It may be a reaction to an explosion of theory in the g3 lines since Marin helped to populize them.
  

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Re: Georgiev/Semkov on English
Reply #4 - 07/25/18 at 11:43:38
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Chess Stars stuff is generally good, so this is welcome news.

Cummings's book is really good, though, so I'm not sure whether I would pull the trigger on this.

Given that the theory on these lines is not so developed (though surely being developed very quickly given the current popularity!), I wonder what to make of a multi-volume tome. Will the extra space be spent on analysis, or explanation? I would generally favour the latter for these lines.
  
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Re: Georgiev/Semkov on English
Reply #3 - 07/24/18 at 23:12:16
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I recall a different view from Timman some months ago (YB 126).  The article was about this 4. e3 line (which he faced from Korchnoi, Miles and Keene 41 years ago ...), and he wrote something like:  I expect to see more of g3, since Black has been doing so comfortably here.
  
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Re: Georgiev/Semkov on English
Reply #2 - 07/24/18 at 22:10:38
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I noticed that the English without fianchetto is getting more popular. Is there a reason for this, or people just not like the fianchetto variations anymore ¿
  
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Re: Georgiev/Semkov on English
Reply #1 - 07/24/18 at 20:52:32
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This sounds interesting. It should be a good complement to David Cummings' Opening Repertoire: The English.
  

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Georgiev/Semkov on English
07/23/18 at 08:36:04
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Chess Stars Publishing has announced a new book on the English,
(obviously the first volume in a whole series on 1c4 for White)

The Modern English Volume 1: 1.c4 e5
by Kiril Georgiev and Semko Semkov
expected in September

The book is written by White's standpoint and covers non-g3 set-ups:
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.e3 as a main weapon and 4.d3 as an alternative.
Some notable exceptions are 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 d6 3.g3, although 3.Nf3 and 3.d4 are also analysed.
The book goes beyond a straightforward repertoire, and covers different approaches.
Thus it should serve well players with both colours.


Imo Semkov´s books are always very readable, practical and useful!

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