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The Modernized Reti by Demuth    
  10 (14.7%)
Bc4 Against the Open Games, Delchev    
  2 (2.9%)
The Sicilian Najdorf by J & J Dojknas    
  4 (5.9%)
First Steps: 1.e4 e5 by Emms    
  4 (5.9%)
How to Beat the Open Games by Johnsen    
  11 (16.2%)
Trompowsky Attack by Kryakvin    
  2 (2.9%)
Leningrad Dutch DVD, Pruijssers & Williams    
  2 (2.9%)
French defence  and Sicilian Sidelines Shaw    
  5 (7.4%)
Sicilian main lines by Shaw    
  3 (4.4%)
Keep it Simple: 1.e4 by Sielecki    
  14 (20.6%)
Chigorin bible by Sokolov and Salgado Lopez    
  8 (11.8%)
GM Repertoire: Queen's Indian Defence, Roiz    
  3 (4.4%)




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Reply #34 - 03/27/19 at 07:41:25
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If this is the case it might just have slipped through my attention...
I was mainly picking specific lines from the index.
This is a strange concept anyway as the main book is in tree format.
  
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Reply #33 - 03/26/19 at 21:17:56
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FightingDragon wrote on 03/26/19 at 20:46:26:
That's more or less what I thought.
I have the first edition of "The Hyper Accelerated Dragon" by Panjwani, which is a great book.

After browsing the second edition at a bookstall, I was not able to find any changes at all! I specifically checked some lines where I knew that there were theoretical developments, but couldn't make out any changes.

So far it looks to me like a marketing trick to release the same book with very minor changes one year later.

How closely did you look at the book? I heard from reliable sources that the Panjwani 2nd edition has a new 20-page afterword by Edouard with analysis of 11 recent games in the repertoire lines. Though the original book text is supposedly unchanged. It's an unusual and maybe not optimal way to update a book, but it's not fair to say there are no changes.

I also have the first edition and still haven't made up my mind whether to upgrade. I don't know much about how good or detailed the new analysis is or which of the original evaluations need to be changed in view of it.
  

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Re: ChessPub Book of the Year 2018
Reply #32 - 03/26/19 at 20:46:26
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Konstriktor wrote on 03/16/19 at 22:16:28:
Stigma wrote on 03/15/19 at 21:43:47:
Konstriktor wrote on 03/15/19 at 19:19:26:
I thought they mostly reworded unclear sentences?

OK. Did they say so themselves somewhere, or have you compared the editions?

Frankly it's strange and misleading to call it a "second extended edition" if that's all they've done.


Well... I don't know for sure! But I thought I read it somewhere.

If you get the first edition on a sale it is not too bad I hope for An Ordinary Chessplayer.



That's more or less what I thought.
I have the first edition of "The Hyper Accelerated Dragon" by Panjwani, which is a great book.

After browsing the second edition at a bookstall, I was not able to find any changes at all! I specifically checked some lines where I knew that there were theoretical developments, but couldn't make out any changes.

So far it looks to me like a marketing trick to release the same book with very minor changes one year later.
  
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Re: ChessPub Book of the Year 2018
Reply #31 - 03/26/19 at 12:25:59
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Thanks a lot for voting for my book! I just learned that it won the Book of the Year 2018 vote and I am happy that many people liked it. There was some good competition of which I liked the Reti and Chigorin books best (not knowing all the others of course). I also think that the Shaw books are excellent if you started out with some of my lines and want to sharpen it up in a still reasonable way. Again, thanks for including me in the poll and for the votes, it is very much appreciated.
  
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Reply #30 - 03/17/19 at 06:49:04
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Congratulations to Christof for winning the award! I will have to check out his repertoire, I could do with some simplicity in my chess life Wink
  

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Reply #29 - 03/16/19 at 22:16:28
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Stigma wrote on 03/15/19 at 21:43:47:
Konstriktor wrote on 03/15/19 at 19:19:26:
I thought they mostly reworded unclear sentences?

OK. Did they say so themselves somewhere, or have you compared the editions?

Frankly it's strange and misleading to call it a "second extended edition" if that's all they've done.


Well... I don't know for sure! But I thought I read it somewhere.

If you get the first edition on a sale it is not too bad I hope for An Ordinary Chessplayer.
  
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Re: ChessPub Book of the Year 2018
Reply #28 - 03/15/19 at 22:03:20
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Great poll. I did not vote because I only owned one book on the list (Johnsen), so I had no good basis for comparison. Sielecki and Demuth were on my radar already. Now that they have been voted highly in this poll, I did some internet research, and ended up ordering them (the 2017 edition for Demuth - thanks Konstriktor).
  
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Konstriktor wrote on 03/15/19 at 19:19:26:
I thought they mostly reworded unclear sentences?

OK. Did they say so themselves somewhere, or have you compared the editions?

Frankly it's strange and misleading to call it a "second extended edition" if that's all they've done.
  

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Re: ChessPub Book of the Year 2018
Reply #25 - 03/15/19 at 18:28:05
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an ordinary chessplayer wrote on 03/15/19 at 14:18:18:
The first edition came out in 2017, the second edition in 2018. If you see a discounted price online, it's probably for the first edition.


Hmm, does that mean it shouldn't have been eligible for this poll for 2018? I know we've discussed whether to allow new editions in the past, but I can't remember what we concluded.

I delayed buying the Modernized Reti long enough that I ended up getting the second edition. I'm happy with that of course, but one annoyance (especially for those who already have the first edition) is it's not at all obvious what and how much has been changed/updated. A brief paragraph pointing to the most significant changes would have been nice, but I haven't found anything like that so far. So it's virtually impossible to tell whether it's worth upgrading from the first edition.
  

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Reply #24 - 03/15/19 at 14:18:18
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IM_Serious wrote on 03/15/19 at 01:59:52:
To those who were disappointed that "The Modernized Reti" didn't win.

You can try again next year with "The Modernized Reti, extended second edition" (2019)

I can't help but feel betrayed that my shiny new purchase is already out of date.


The first edition came out in 2017, the second edition in 2018. If you see a discounted price online, it's probably for the first edition.
  
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Reply #23 - 03/15/19 at 04:37:15
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If you bought it on FC, you can download the updated version for free (same as with the second edition of Panjwani's "The Hyper Accelerated Dragon").
  
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To those who were disappointed that "The Modernized Reti" didn't win.

You can try again next year with "The Modernized Reti, extended second edition" (2019)

I can't help but feel betrayed that my shiny new purchase is already out of date.

  
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Reply #21 - 03/13/19 at 14:46:19
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I voted for the Queens Indian, because it is the only one above I own! Currently purchased The Modernized Reti, but was considering a 1e4 repertoire.
  
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Re: ChessPub Book of the Year 2018
Reply #20 - 03/13/19 at 14:39:31
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For once the book I voted for won Smiley

Kidding aside, my vote was based on that the repertour seems practical and manageable, but I have not read many of the books that was nominated and I was about to vote for Shaws Sicilian mainline book first before I changed my mind. I will however not follow the books repertouar competly since I am used to Open Sicilian positions but I already had several lines like Nc3 vs Petroff and Four Knights game in my repertouar and the book even had a new plan in a position in Nc3 Petroff that I was not aware of that I am currently trying in a rated correspondence chess game at ICCF.


  
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