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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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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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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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I thought they mostly reworded unclear sentences?
  
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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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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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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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JFugre 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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Reply #15 - 03/12/19 at 15:08:50
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I wonder if you might have misunderstood my post.

I'll quote what New In Chess, the publisher, says:
"The major objective is to dominate Black from the opening, by simple means."

I do think the book achieves that or gets close enough, even in the exchange French. I just don't find the complete repertoire to be so simple. And I don't think it is possible in this day and age, to provide a complete repertoire, get pressure in every possible line, and keep things simple. So when one sets out to do the impossible, one will fail. But it's a very good failure, and I bought and like the book. And it probably won deservedly.

  
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Reply #14 - 03/12/19 at 14:27:37
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JFugre wrote on 03/12/19 at 13:50:48:
The problem of such a poll is always that you can only reasonably vote on books you've read, and most people won't read all books on the list, if for the simple reason that they don't play the opening covered.

A repertoire book will have slightly wider appeal in that sense. It's also been out for a while in various forms, compared to say the Ruiz 113725323040011 book.

That's not to say it isn't a deserved winner.

Making a repertoire book sound (press for advantage as white, equalize as black) and simple is an obvious impossibility. Christoph has failed there. But he has failed less badly than many before him.

I bought it and use some of the lines as alternates, so I clearly think it's good Smiley

We might as well then give up on both counts, poll and book, except that we're acting as people of this world. By the way, many past winners were books on one opening.

A repertoire is not sound unless it not obtains, but "presses for" an advantage with White? No. That equivocation hides the fact that the ideal this falls short of doesn't exist.  Should I be ashamed to say I understood Mr Sielecki to be attempting to do exactly what he said (he just seems to be that kind of guy), and that for example the Exchange French does the job?
  
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The problem of such a poll is always that you can only reasonably vote on books you've read, and most people won't read all books on the list, if for the simple reason that they don't play the opening covered.

A repertoire book will have slightly wider appeal in that sense. It's also been out for a while in various forms, compared to say the Ruiz QID book.

That's not to say it isn't a deserved winner.

Making a repertoire book sound (press for advantage as white, equalize as black) and simple is an obvious impossibility. Christoph has failed there. But he has failed less badly than many before him.

I bought it and use some of the lines as alternates, so I clearly think it's good Smiley
  
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Reply #12 - 03/12/19 at 05:36:00
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Excellent process this year, thank you Tony!
  
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Reply #11 - 03/12/19 at 00:20:48
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Congratulations to Cristoph Sielecki!

Keep It Simple: 1.e4 got the most votes, so many people thought it was the best. In the end I didn't vote for it, but it's a worthy winner and a good book that succeeds in its purpose of getting club players into playable positions where the risk of making fatal mistakes is relatively low.

Why criticize a book for not providing novelties when that simply wasn't the aim? I think this thread is best used for celebrating the winner (and the strong runners-up). Criticism could be taken in another thread. There is a dedicated thread on the book here for instance: https://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/chess/YaBB.pl?num=1531592877.
  

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Reply #10 - 03/11/19 at 23:32:01
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I agree--fair process, fair result, nice to see no monkey business.
Congratulations ChessExplained! P.S. I like your NimzoBogoBuch too!
  
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 03/11/19 at 13:15:57:
Mortal Games wrote on 03/11/19 at 01:06:12:
How can the new members to register missed the show?

Well, we have had some problems in the past due to people registering just so they can vote for their friends. Anyway, new members will be able to vote in next year's poll! Roll Eyes


Yes indeed. I used some irony because now we have a fresh air of fairness since the last years.
Congrats to Mr. Sielecki for his efforts.
  

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Wow. 

A book with a title claiming to keep things simple (while actually doing anything but offering "simple' lines) now winning here is a bell weather for how far down the ladder chess marketers have plunged in their efforts to sell books.

Congrats?  I guess. 

But .... seriously disappointing that on an opening forum such as this a book that provides zero new opening ideas and misleads its intended audiences wins.

Pathos exists in many forms.

The Modernized Reti is seminal.  This winning book, not so much.

ROCKY wins best picture over NETWORK (again).


The Modernized Reti is a great book, but I voted for the book that was, im my view, something that we rarely or never, had, up to that day: an actual attempt to provide a playable opening repertoire. I have seen hundreds and hundreds of opening books that give complex variations and advanced concepts to justify White or Black winning here and there, but that are of near zero practical value to me, simply because I cannot and will never remember all these lines, and furthermore I won't do anything good with GMs concepts. Just my $ 0.02 of course, but I guess that others voted the winning book for more or less the same reasons.
  
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Doesn't provide new ideas? Maybe.

But misleading? How so?
  
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Wow. 

A book with a title claiming to keep things simple (while actually doing anything but offering "simple' lines) now winning here is a bell weather for how far down the ladder chess marketers have plunged in their efforts to sell books.

Congrats?  I guess. 

But .... seriously disappointing that on an opening forum such as this a book that provides zero new opening ideas and misleads its intended audiences wins.

Pathos exists in many forms.

The Modernized Reti is seminal.  This winning book, not so much.

ROCKY wins best picture over NETWORK (again).
  
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Reply #5 - 03/11/19 at 13:26:59
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I voted for Adrien Demuth's work on the Reti. Fabulous book, finished 3rd (so not only me are happy with this analysis and suggestions).

Congrats to Mr Sielecki for his win.

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Mortal Games wrote on 03/11/19 at 01:06:12:
How can the new members to register missed the show?

Well, we have had some problems in the past due to people registering just so they can vote for their friends. Anyway, new members will be able to vote in next year's poll! Roll Eyes
  
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Congrats to MrChessexplained! He set out with a goal, and achieved it - not much more has to be said about that book.
  
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Wow! The three places are full of Quality. How can the new members to register missed the show? 😯
  

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Reply #1 - 03/10/19 at 17:46:53
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The poll is now closed and we have a convincing winner, many congratulations to Christof Sielecki for his book Keep it Simple: 1.e4: A Solid and Straightforward Chess Opening Repertoire for White by New in Chess.
Congratulations, too, to our galant runners-up, Sverre Johnsen and Adrien Demuth.
Now I can allow new members to register again! Roll Eyes
  
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Here is the poll for the 2018 openings book of the year. I've stopped the nominations, and I've also stopped new member registration. One vote per member, but you have one hour to change your mind!
I haven't yet fixed the time limit for votes, but I suggest two weeks?
  
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