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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #23 - 10/15/19 at 20:38:28
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Another random thing I notice is that he gives 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 (or vice versa, as I played it) 3...g6 4.Bb5 (page 141), which I played once 20-odd years ago (winning!), but afterwards concluded it's pretty much nothing for white, so 4.d4 is required. After 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 the old good moves were 4.O-O and 4.c3. Nowadays everybody plays 4.Bxc6, so who knows, maybe 4.Nc3 is also good? Except his line ends with "(+0.09)" so I don't see this as much of a recommendation.

On the same page he gives 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 (in my opinion the one good move) 4...cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.f3 with (A1) 6...e6 and (A2) 6...e5, but no mention at all of 6...g6, which is a pretty big transpositional hole in his repertoire.

His (A1) ends with "+= (+0.23). This knight vs bad bishop endgame clearly favors White.". This seems to me an unfortunate use of the word "clearly".
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #22 - 10/15/19 at 18:51:16
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So,

French Tarrasch
Italian + d3 Spanish
Sicilian with both 2 Nc3 and 2 Nf3 (+ Bb5?)

with Black he seems to be giving all of the Breyer, Marshall/Anti-Marshall and Moller against the main line Spanish.

Looks interesting.
  
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Reply #21 - 10/15/19 at 18:13:54
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One random thing I notice is that he gives 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 a6 3. Nge2 d6 4. g3 Nf6 5. Bg2 Nc6 6. O-O e6 7. d4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bd7 9. Re1 Be7 10. Nxc6 Bxc6 11. a4 Qc7 12. a5 0-0 13. Be3 Nd7 14. Na4 Rae8 15. Nb6 f5 16. Nxd7 Qxd7 17. Qd3 fe 18. Bxe4 Bxe4 19. Qxe4 as +=.  That's a line I recalled as considered equal by old theory (for instance in the first Yearbook from 1984, in which 14...Rae8 and 15...f5 were adorned with exclamation marks).
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #20 - 10/15/19 at 17:46:47
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Sample pages for this book are now up on the New In Chess website. No change on delivery date yet.
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #19 - 10/15/19 at 17:45:43
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Ray F wrote on 04/29/19 at 21:00:54:
It appears that there will be a new Kaufman repertoire book:

on Amazon search for:
Kaufman's New Repertoire for Black and White

It also appears that he has gone back to e4 as white.

Anyone have any more information on this? The target release date is Oct 20. Given that they have page count already, I can't see why it should take 6 months to publish.  No confirmation on the NIC site.

  
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Reply #18 - 07/04/19 at 17:37:35
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This book has made it to the "coming soon" section of the New In Chess website.

There doesn't appear to be any additional information available other than that the release date appears to have slipped by a month or two (Nov, Dec). No excerpt yet.
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #17 - 06/22/19 at 22:20:28
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If this book is anything like the last two (and the f3 KI/Gr book), he will have something interesting to say about the practical implications of his selections in getting better positions and winning games.  That is more important to me than the actual lines as a reason to buy the book.  You can draw analogies to your repertoire.

After all, it isn't obvious that what is numerically best for Komodo MCTS from a CCRL ELO perspective is best or even all that relevant for human tournament play between 1800 and 2300 FIDE, for example.  If he can blend the type of analysis he had in the earlier repertoire books  with some of the explanations in the fashion of the Sadler/Regan Alpha Zero book this should be worth reading even if many of the actual lines aren't of interest.  For example, I can't see moving to e4 and playing the Bb5 Sicilian complex myself if that is indeed what he recommends.
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #16 - 06/22/19 at 10:02:36
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Pawnpusher wrote on 06/22/19 at 09:24:50:
I don't know if current ELO of an author has that much impact on his analysis, especially when every serious author uses some engines to check.

It should certainly have a major impact on his judgement of the strategical aspects of a position, but not much on any tactics these days.
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #15 - 06/22/19 at 09:24:50
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There are authors who probably never were 2500. I don't know if current ELO of an author has that much impact on his analysis especially when every serious author uses some engines to check.
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #14 - 06/21/19 at 08:58:57
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Pawnpusher wrote on 06/20/19 at 10:58:29:
Kaufman is also a legit GM who is involved with probably the 3rd ranked computer chess program. So he is worth a listen/read.


No comment on the quality of Kaufman's work, but your 'legit GM' comment may raise some eyebrows - he was awarded the title for winning the World Seniors, and is currently rated 2200.
  

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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #13 - 06/20/19 at 10:58:29
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I didn't look at the first edition, but I didn't think of the 2nd as dry. I don't know of any author who wouldn't check his work with a computer now, why would you? Kaufman is also a legit GM who is involved with probably the 3rd ranked computer chess program. So he is worth a listen/read.
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #12 - 06/20/19 at 00:01:13
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Well is not Kaufman the co-writer of a computer programme ¿ Naturally would have input from computer  Cheesy

It would be interesting to try Petroff. Any more advertisement for Berlin Wall will further destroy chess creativity. At least Petroff is more popular now and is actually can be very sharp, like in opposite castling main line variation.
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #11 - 06/19/19 at 22:21:19
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Another dry book with computer assisted lines?
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #10 - 05/24/19 at 12:36:37
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RoleyPoley wrote on 05/24/19 at 08:27:18:
nocteus wrote on 05/24/19 at 08:14:24:
Against 1.e4, he seemed to have an indéfectible faith in 1...e5 in his last two books and I understand the wording of the excerpt on Amazon as pointing towards refinements, not a radical change. Maybe he will choose another system against the Spanish...
Against 1.d4, he always seemed less committed, I would not be surprised to see him change again. And he mentioned in the excerpt the Ragozin along side the Grunfeld as the reasons he moves away from 1.d4 as white.

I would think he would continue with the Berlin given it still features heavily in top level play and remains largely bullet proof. 

Did he give the Grunfeld in an earlier book?

in the edition from 2012 he gave the Grünfeld and the Breyer
so maybe he'll go back to the Berlin from the first edition
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #9 - 05/24/19 at 08:27:18
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nocteus wrote on 05/24/19 at 08:14:24:
Against 1.e4, he seemed to have an indéfectible faith in 1...e5 in his last two books and I understand the wording of the excerpt on Amazon as pointing towards refinements, not a radical change. Maybe he will choose another system against the Spanish...
Against 1.d4, he always seemed less committed, I would not be surprised to see him change again. And he mentioned in the excerpt the Ragozin along side the Grunfeld as the reasons he moves away from 1.d4 as white.

I would think he would continue with the Berlin given it still features heavily in top level play and remains largely bullet proof. 

Did he give the Grunfeld in an earlier book?
  

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