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Reply #105 - 11/05/19 at 19:54:42
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You're right!

By the way, his Play the London is one of the better Lakdawala books and one of the better London books for amateurs.
  
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Reply #104 - 11/01/19 at 09:56:45
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VGA wrote on 10/31/19 at 23:09:10:
His "opening repertoire e4" is good but there is also "Keep it Simple e4" by Sielecki.


But the lines are so different. There aren't so many e4 repertoires out there with a thematic consistency of gaining space, which is what Lakdawala's is.

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I *think* his Caro Kann book is good but there are also Jovanka Houska's books. And so on and so forth... the Veresov book is one of his badly received ones.


But Houska is basing her lines on 4...Bf5 lines, whereas Lakdawala focuses on the Smyslov. Again, I think he brought something new to the table.
  
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Re: Two new 1 d4 2 c4 Repertoires
Reply #103 - 10/31/19 at 23:09:10
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Dink Heckler wrote on 10/31/19 at 16:00:43:
No comments on the chess, but Lakdawala's frankly cringeworthy prose is the type of nonsense you'd only expect to see in self-published literature. Whatever about the author, do they not utilise editors at any of these publishing houses?!

I guess his books sell and he is on schedule and reliable. I don't get what the huge deal is, there are alternatives to most of his books.

His Petroff books are good but there is also the "vigorous" repertoire against e4. His "opening repertoire e4" is good but there is also "Keep it Simple e4" by Sielecki. His Qd6 Scandinavian book is good but there is also "The Safest Scandinavian" by Kotronias. I *think* his Caro Kann book is good but there are also Jovanka Houska's books. And so on and so forth... the Veresov book is one of his badly received ones.

One thing I would say is that I would only buy an opening book of Lakdawala, no game collection, no stategy book and no endgame book  Grin
  
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Reply #102 - 10/31/19 at 19:15:35
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an ordinary chessplayer wrote on 10/30/19 at 22:34:33:
Ha! Yes, I guess a dilettante could grasp things very easily, at least Dunning & Kruger said so.


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Reply #101 - 10/31/19 at 16:00:43
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No comments on the chess, but Lakdawala's frankly cringeworthy prose is the type of nonsense you'd only expect to see in self-published literature. Whatever about the author, do they not utilise editors at any of these publishing houses?!
  

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Reply #100 - 10/31/19 at 07:31:55
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RoleyPoley wrote on 10/30/19 at 22:17:52:
... might help him speed up the writing process.

Superficiality also helps. Example from the one and only Lakdawala book I own:



Krug-Tiemann, Dresden 2008.

Even Fritz 5 in a splitsecond finds 14.Nd6!
This is not an incident or accident. In one of his notes IM Lakdawala presents the game Krug-Bracker, Willingen 2006:



and recommends 15.a3, totally missing Nc5! while Fritz 5 again finds it immediately.
This kind of oversights is OK with me in a book on the Veresov. But there is no way I'm going to trust this author when writing about serious openings, as I wrote before.
  

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Reply #99 - 10/30/19 at 22:34:33
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Ha! Yes, I guess a dilettante could grasp things very easily, at least Dunning & Kruger said so.

Google says:
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dil·et·tante
/ˌdiləˈtänt,diləˈtäntē/
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noun: dilettante; plural noun: dilettantes; plural noun: dilettanti

- a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge.

- "a wealthy literary dilettante"

Similar: dabbler potterer tinkerer trifler dallier amateur nonprofessional nonspecialist layman layperson
Opposite: professional

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- a person with an amateur interest in the arts.
  
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Re: Two new 1 d4 2 c4 Repertoires
Reply #98 - 10/30/19 at 22:17:52
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an ordinary chessplayer wrote on 10/30/19 at 16:55:43:
ReneDescartes wrote on 10/30/19 at 01:07:52:
A question for my fellow members: Do you trust Lakdawala to be thorough and thoughtful, given the volume of his output?

This is a totally fair question. My opinion is no. Forty-three books so far, and if anything his output is accelerating. I would be interested to follow his working method from start to finish. A lot of it must be purely mechanical.


I think in his interview on the perpetual podcast he said he was a chess dillitant (not sure if that is the correct word - most likely the wrong spelling too!) so he could grasp things very quickly. I think he said that he didnt sleep much because of his back problems so often worked on one book when in bed and another during the day?

Perhaps because a lot of what he writes is based on his own experience with an opening, and his games in particular that might help him speed up the writing process. Also, his chatty style may come naturally to him and not take any time at all to write (and if editors arent stripping it out or sending back for re-writes it doesnt add any delays).
  

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Reply #97 - 10/30/19 at 22:10:17
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Jonathan Tait wrote on 10/30/19 at 20:20:04:
Cyrus is very hard working. He seems to be writing all the time. Yes, his style is... shall we say... quirky — which he attributes to his being autistic.

Where his earliest books edited more than his more recent ones? The 'quirkiness' has increased significantly since the first ones he wrote.
  

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Reply #96 - 10/30/19 at 22:06:12
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an ordinary chessplayer wrote on 10/30/19 at 21:42:24:
Did he really write that? "Shaky bridge" is totally unrelated to the meaning of the song.


No, I was just attempting to give an example of similar things that he has written, lots of hyperbole and metaphor mixed in with references to politics or popular culture.

I myself could not come up with writing the way that he does, because to use the amount of literary devices that he does when writing instead of just being literal and straightforward is too much for me.
  
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Re: Two new 1 d4 2 c4 Repertoires
Reply #95 - 10/30/19 at 21:42:24
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Leon_Trotsky wrote on 10/30/19 at 20:33:07:
Instead of writing for example something like, "Black finds himself on a shaky bridge, which reminds me of Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water", ...

Did he really write that? "Shaky bridge" is totally unrelated to the meaning of the song.
  
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Reply #94 - 10/30/19 at 20:33:07
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Jonathan Tait wrote on 10/30/19 at 20:20:04:
Cyrus is very hard working. He seems to be writing all the time. Yes, his style is... shall we say... quirky — which he attributes to his being autistic.


I myself have Asperger's, but I find his style very hard to read. It is not straightforward to the point, but uses all sorts of literary devices. Instead of writing for example something like, "Black finds himself on a shaky bridge, which reminds me of Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water", it would be easier to just write, "Black is worse in this position."

In any case, I bought the book at a bookstore. The lines are indeed very aggressive, which is unlike his previous books.
  
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Cyrus is very hard working. He seems to be writing all the time. Yes, his style is... shall we say... quirky — which he attributes to his being autistic.
  

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Reply #92 - 10/30/19 at 18:33:53
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I think that this was discussed few times, but his writing style using all sorts of hyperbole and metaphor is seriously annoying to me.

I personally prefer straight to the point, even better if the author writes more robotically.
  
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Reply #91 - 10/30/19 at 16:55:43
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ReneDescartes wrote on 10/30/19 at 01:07:52:
A question for my fellow members: Do you trust Lakdawala to be thorough and thoughtful, given the volume of his output?

This is a totally fair question. My opinion is no. Forty-three books so far, and if anything his output is accelerating. I would be interested to follow his working method from start to finish. A lot of it must be purely mechanical.
  
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