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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%)




Total votes: 68
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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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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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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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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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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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Reply #19 - 03/13/19 at 12:57:07
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 03/13/19 at 09:13:47:
It's funny that the winning book almost didn't get nominated! Roll Eyes

True! Not sure what to make of that.

I threw it in as a last-minute nominee because I felt it deserved to be on the list. But I really didn't expect it to win (and didn't vote for it myself).

I hope Johnsen and Demuth are not too mad at me now...
  

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Reply #18 - 03/13/19 at 09:58:59
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Qwerp wrote on 03/12/19 at 15:25:41:
PS. I think that Christophe would argue that the "simple" refers to the variations being playable if you forgot the theory, not that memorizing the entire thing is simple.

Would that it were so simple...  Smiley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGpsXuMvApo
  

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It's funny that the winning book almost didn't get nominated! Roll Eyes
  
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PS. I think that Christophe would argue that the "simple" refers to the variations being playable if you forgot the theory, not that memorizing the entire thing is simple.
  
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