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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #44 - 11/02/19 at 22:47:18
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I have the book, and like his last one, I intend to use it as a springboard. As in, the lines recommends as a skeleton/base and then I can investigate his recommendations on ChessBase independently to form more detailed analyses. Not as a single source repertoire solely from this book.

Also, when I was last in Paris, I saw an old woman walk a cat on a leash right on the street near the Opéra Garnier. It was an overweight cat, but was walking obediently anyway. So that does happen.
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #43 - 11/02/19 at 19:26:31
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #42 - 11/02/19 at 19:12:53
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Dink Heckler wrote on 03/08/12 at 13:22:11:
Reading a Kaufman book is like taking your cat for a walk.

Nothing to do with chess -- Every day in the local park, a guy takes his three dogs and his cat for a walk. Only one of the dogs is on a leash, the other three animals do whatever they want. I'm pretty sure the cat thinks it's a dog.
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #41 - 11/02/19 at 17:32:06
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I bought the book on Forward Chess, in part because I'm a sucker for complete repertoire books, and in part because I actually quite like these Kaufman books as a sort of compendium of recent ideas in various openings. I've been looking at the Moller chapter, and after 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Bc5 6 c3 b5 7 Bb3 d6 8 a4 Bb7 9 d3 h6, he only gives 10 Re1 (So-Anand, Stavenger 2019, which was solid for Black). 10 Nh4 seems to have been tried a lot in practice, and my computer thinks it's promising for Black as well. The old Panczyk/Emms book gives 10...Ne7 11 Qf3 Bc8, when my computer flags up 12 d4!? as being strong. After letting it sit for a while, Komodo wants to play 10...Bc8!?. Is there a known solution to this line or is it just annoying for Black?
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #40 - 11/02/19 at 15:40:27
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From the long thread about Kaufman 2:

Dink Heckler wrote on 03/08/12 at 13:22:11:
He seems to get distracted by wrinkles. So, he has an idea for a repertoire, but then gets waylaid because White has an interesting idea on move 12 of some line played in a recent game, which seems to give promising play. So that gets lumped in.
You can't organise a repertoire for amateurs on the basis of the latest wrinkle. Next month, there'll be another one and then what? Reading a Kaufman book is like taking your cat for a walk.

I think that just about sums it up. I bought the first one and then (like an idiot) the second, but I won't be fooled a third time.
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #39 - 11/01/19 at 21:05:31
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Re that 7. c3 in the C-K, I suppose it's not surprising that he doesn't mention 7...Bg4 8. h3 Bxf3 9. Qxf3 e6, which has been played by such as Smyslov, Karpov (in one of two games in which he faced 7. c3 in the 1987 WC match), Ivanchuk and Ding Liren.
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #38 - 11/01/19 at 19:43:22
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mn wrote on 11/01/19 at 17:45:46:
It looks like the minor openings and Caro-Kann chapters are both available in full (as far as I can tell) on Amazon look inside.


Thanks for the heads up! I was interested in the book as I am pondering switching back to 1.e4 so it was good to see most chapters for free Smiley unfortunately I doubt I'll go on to buy this now.

Some interesting ideas in there, and I'm happy to see his improvement over Sielecki in the Two Knights Caro-Kann, which I would probably not have noticed myself. Also in the Caro-Kann, 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Nxf6+ Nxf6 7.c3! was going to be my secret weapon but now Kaufman has drawn some attention to it.

Still for many lines it is gobsmackingly superficial. I'm in a bit of shock of his non-analysis of 4.exd6 cxd6 Exchange Alekehine.  And the Scandinavian analysis feels like the first draft layout of the repertoire, not the actual analysis.
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #37 - 11/01/19 at 18:25:59
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mn wrote on 11/01/19 at 17:45:46:
Actually, upon closer inspection, the Exchange Variation, Classical Main Line (incl 4...Bf5 5 Qf3!?) and the Two Knights are all there.


I really don't see the point of giving multiple alternatives against the same defence when he's trying to cover a full repertoire for Black and White in one book. You'd rather think he was pushed for space.

The previous Kaufman repertoire books may have had state-of-the-art engine analysis, but when he combined that with the superficial coverage such a project inevitably entails, it leaves a strange impression. A bit like trying to park a limousine in a small, regular garage.
  

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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #36 - 11/01/19 at 17:52:28
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Hmm, with (4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Nf6) 6. h3 ...but evidently with no mention of (the old book answer) 6...e5.
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #35 - 11/01/19 at 17:45:46
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Actually, upon closer inspection, the Exchange Variation, Classical Main Line (incl 4...Bf5 5 Qf3!?) and the Two Knights are all there.

It looks like the minor openings and Caro-Kann chapters are both available in full (as far as I can tell) on Amazon look inside.
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #34 - 11/01/19 at 17:35:19
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Shucks, I was rather hoping you would prove correct in predicting the Exchange C-K.
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #33 - 11/01/19 at 17:23:39
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Bb5(+) Sicilians
Italian and d3 Spanish (5 Re1 Berlin)
French Tarrasch
Two Knights Caro-Kann
Bf4 Pirc
Be3 Modern
3 Nc3 Scandinavian
Exchange Alekhine
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #32 - 10/29/19 at 19:42:24
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Ray F wrote on 10/29/19 at 01:53:53:
Just an FYI, this book is now available for pre-order in the US from chess4less.com. (I"m not associated with this company or site).


For those who have it, an outline of the suggested lines in the repertoire would be much appreciated.
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #31 - 10/29/19 at 01:53:53
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Just an FYI, this book is now available for pre-order in the US from chess4less.com. (I"m not associated with this company or site).
  
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Re: New (2019) Kaufman Repertoire?
Reply #30 - 10/17/19 at 09:13:25
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grandpatzer wrote on 10/17/19 at 07:49:27:
I meant in the sense that if I remember well the first repertoire has some sort of claim to be the best moves according by an engine!?


His repertoires are chosen so white gets the most advantage possible, even if black defends best. The opposite for black: white gets the most minimal advantage possible.

You need a combination of engines and a backtracking analysis GUI for that. ChessBase doesn't support this, but ChessAssistant/Aquarium do. That's the general idea - I think he does use some personal judgement for some lines.

This structure also means that if there's a good defense for black or an improvement for white found, the repertoire will shift around entirely (as it has done 1. e4 -> 1. d4 -> 1. e4).

  
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