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Re: Keep It Simple 1.d4 by Sielecki
Reply #47 - 06/17/19 at 15:45:13
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winawer77 wrote on 06/14/19 at 12:07:39:
Iím very interested in this repertoire as itís a perfect way of avoiding Benko/Benoni/GrŁnfeld (among other things) without having to resort to d-pawn specials all the time. This repertoire could solve many problems for me before I† just switch to 1.c4 entirely.

However, Iíve never used Chessable, and Iíve had some difficulty in finding out what itís like. Is everything done through the MoveTrainer program, or is there any traditional analysis like you would expect in ChessPub, for example? Is there a book/index to search for a specific variation, for example?

Apologies if these questions are a little off-topic, but the website (at least to me) doesnít make it as clear as I apparently need it to be.


You can browse repertoire tree by making moves.† You can also just read the chapters without training the moves. I have two of his products, the 1.e4 and the 1...e5 Petroff repertoire but I personally use Chess Position Trainer for storing/training my repertoire.

Maybe in the future I'm going to switch to the Chesstempo opening trainer because offline software like this is getting outdated. And I absolutely hate Chessbase. (and don't understand why it hasn't got a spaced repetition training mode like CPT and Chessable).
  
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Re: Keep It Simple 1.d4 by Sielecki
Reply #46 - 06/16/19 at 20:44:00
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Stigma wrote on 06/14/19 at 09:24:43:
katar wrote on 06/13/19 at 23:16:44:
JFugre wrote on 06/13/19 at 20:36:40:
every new book immediately has tens of enormously glowing reviews
Yes, it seems an enormously glowing "review" is part of the bargain to become a "beta-tester" at Chessable.† (Beta-testers get the e-books for free.)

This is an exaggeration. There have been a number of "non-glowing" reviews from beta testers too, and the company explicitly encourages reviewers to be honest. But you have to understand the dynamic here: The beta testers volunteer for it, and usually they will volunteer only for courses they already want or are interested in, or even have in another format and already love. From that starting point they spend many hours to help improve the product. And if they have major complaints that could have resulted in a negative review, these will often be addressed and fixed before publication.

So it's not surprising that most reviews by beta testers will be very positive. Though I once helped beta test a course where the comments from us testers were negative enough that Chessable decided not to publish it in that form since it needed a lot more work from the author.

Full disclosure: I have beta tested around 7 courses for Chessable, and my reviews have been very positive. I've simply chosen to help only with courses I had every reason to believe would be excellent and relevant to me.


I fully agree. You volunteer for courses you are interested in and in my experience most issues that are raised will be  addressed during beta testing. So a >= 4 star rating should not be a surprise. But even so one of my reviews was pretty negative about the course it discussed and I also gave only one 5 star rating so far.

One additional point is that there are no guidelines I know of that tell you how to decide whether a course deserves a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4- or 5-star rating. I believe most reviewers tend to be a little bit too generous when in doubt.

My suggestion is to look at the pro and con sections most reviews contain and check other reviews by the same reviewer. Then you get a better idea of how strict or generous the given reviewer is.



  
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Re: Keep It Simple 1.d4 by Sielecki
Reply #45 - 06/15/19 at 12:19:36
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winawer77 wrote on 06/14/19 at 12:07:39:
Iím very interested in this repertoire as itís a perfect way of avoiding Benko/Benoni/GrŁnfeld (among other things) without having to resort to d-pawn specials all the time. This repertoire could solve many problems for me before I† just switch to 1.c4 entirely.

However, Iíve never used Chessable, and Iíve had some difficulty in finding out what itís like. Is everything done through the MoveTrainer program, or is there any traditional analysis like you would expect in ChessPub, for example? Is there a book/index to search for a specific variation, for example?

Apologies if these questions are a little off-topic, but the website (at least to me) doesnít make it as clear as I apparently need it to be.


Just sign up and get one of the free courses to test it out. Personally I am not a fan of the Move Trainer, I'm old school that way. On the Plus side some of the courses are quite good and some are exclusive, moreover if you really like the KIS course you could consider creating your own pgn file from it.
  

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Re: Keep It Simple 1.d4 by Sielecki
Reply #44 - 06/15/19 at 03:18:54
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winawer77 wrote on 06/14/19 at 12:07:39:
Is everything done through the MoveTrainer program, or is there any traditional analysis like you would expect in ChessPub, for example? Is there a book/index to search for a specific variation, for example?


If you mean that if they give you a .pgn or .cbv download file, no, you have to move pieces on your own each line with its programme.

I believe that there is tree section where you can look at what the lines are as an overwiew. But this is not the same as when you going through lines like in ChessBase where you scroll your cursor to get through the moves.
  
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Re: Keep It Simple 1.d4 by Sielecki
Reply #43 - 06/15/19 at 01:31:32
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Burgess has a good anti-Benoni section in his Cunning repertoire book. I use a combination of his lines, Maroczy bind lines, symmetrical English lines, and lines with ...c5 d5 and Nc3 in front of the c2 pawn to avoid it (though I used to do ok against real Benonis, I just didn't enjoy it). I'm hoping Sielecki will have something interesting to add here.
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Re: Keep It Simple 1.d4 by Sielecki
Reply #42 - 06/14/19 at 21:58:17
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I'm not so familiar with Chessable either, but this will be published in book format later this year (I assume by New in Chess) so you can have a standard paper book with this format if you can wait.
  
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Re: Keep It Simple 1.d4 by Sielecki
Reply #41 - 06/14/19 at 19:29:40
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I'm pretty sure that it allows the Grunfeld (the semi-symmetrical g3 lines), as well as many versions of the Benoni (though I'm not exactly sure what he proposes after 1.d4 c5 or 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5, so coukd be wrong).  If it converges with lines covered in Wojo's Weapons or Avrukh's books, there could be more work for White than you'd think.
  
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Re: Keep It Simple 1.d4 by Sielecki
Reply #40 - 06/14/19 at 12:07:39
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Iím very interested in this repertoire as itís a perfect way of avoiding Benko/Benoni/GrŁnfeld (among other things) without having to resort to d-pawn specials all the time. This repertoire could solve many problems for me before I  just switch to 1.c4 entirely.

However, Iíve never used Chessable, and Iíve had some difficulty in finding out what itís like. Is everything done through the MoveTrainer program, or is there any traditional analysis like you would expect in ChessPub, for example? Is there a book/index to search for a specific variation, for example?

Apologies if these questions are a little off-topic, but the website (at least to me) doesnít make it as clear as I apparently need it to be.
  
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Re: Keep It Simple 1.d4 by Sielecki
Reply #39 - 06/14/19 at 11:19:33
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katar wrote on 06/13/19 at 23:16:44:
JFugre wrote on 06/13/19 at 20:36:40:
every new book immediately has tens of enormously glowing reviews
Yes, it seems an enormously glowing "review" is part of the bargain to become a "beta-tester" at Chessable.† (Beta-testers get the e-books for free.)

I would be interested in a thorough/objective review of the new Sielecki product.† Why is it better than similar attempts, like Wojo's weapons or the older Donaldson/Hansen Strategic Repertoire (or even Avrukh for that matter)?† The video-samples are not encouraging from my point of view.† For instance, the promotional bit about the novelty played in Ding Liren - Caruana 2019 suggests to me that the repertoire is far beyond simple.† It could have been subtitled, "Keep it simple, and outprep Caruana."


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Re: Keep It Simple 1.d4 by Sielecki
Reply #38 - 06/14/19 at 10:32:22
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Thanks Stigma, that is very enlightening. It is only sensible to want to review things where you have an interest/ background expertise.
  
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Re: Keep It Simple 1.d4 by Sielecki
Reply #37 - 06/14/19 at 09:24:43
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katar wrote on 06/13/19 at 23:16:44:
JFugre wrote on 06/13/19 at 20:36:40:
every new book immediately has tens of enormously glowing reviews
Yes, it seems an enormously glowing "review" is part of the bargain to become a "beta-tester" at Chessable.† (Beta-testers get the e-books for free.)

This is an exaggeration. There have been a number of "non-glowing" reviews from beta testers too, and the company explicitly encourages reviewers to be honest. But you have to understand the dynamic here: The beta testers volunteer for it, and usually they will volunteer only for courses they already want or are interested in, or even have in another format and already love. From that starting point they spend many hours to help improve the product. And if they have major complaints that could have resulted in a negative review, these will often be addressed and fixed before publication.

So it's not surprising that most reviews by beta testers will be very positive. Though I once helped beta test a course where the comments from us testers were negative enough that Chessable decided not to publish it in that form since it needed a lot more work from the author.

Full disclosure: I have beta tested around 7 courses for Chessable, and my reviews have been very positive. I've simply chosen to help only with courses I had every reason to believe would be excellent and relevant to me.
  

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Re: Keep It Simple 1.d4 by Sielecki
Reply #36 - 06/14/19 at 01:42:18
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Being a 1 Nf3 or 1 d4 player I'm very interested in this book (in the paper format) so I'm keeping an open mind on this new work by Sielecki....Not being a 1e4 player I didn't buy Keep It Simple 1 e4 but it did win book of the year on this site and from all accounts it is excellent.

No reason at this stage to suspect this new title won't be of similar quality.
  
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Re: Keep It Simple 1.d4 by Sielecki
Reply #35 - 06/13/19 at 23:16:44
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JFugre wrote on 06/13/19 at 20:36:40:
every new book immediately has tens of enormously glowing reviews
Yes, it seems an enormously glowing "review" is part of the bargain to become a "beta-tester" at Chessable.  (Beta-testers get the e-books for free.)

I would be interested in a thorough/objective review of the new Sielecki product.  Why is it better than similar attempts, like Wojo's weapons or the older Donaldson/Hansen Strategic Repertoire (or even Avrukh for that matter)?  The video-samples are not encouraging from my point of view.  For instance, the promotional bit about the novelty played in Ding Liren - Caruana 2019 suggests to me that the repertoire is far beyond simple.  It could have been subtitled, "Keep it simple, and outprep Caruana."
  

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Re: Keep It Simple 1.d4 by Sielecki
Reply #34 - 06/13/19 at 20:36:40
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proustiskeen wrote on 06/13/19 at 02:11:53:
I suspect that by book, Tony meant 'video / lines at Chessable.'

The Chessable guys are very... aggressive in trying to get their materials publicized. I mean that in a good way... mostly.


As far as reviews go, it means that every new book immediately has tens of enormously glowing reviews that are for the most part totally uncritical.

Personally I find that this makes me less likely, not more likely, to buy something...
  
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Re: Keep It Simple 1.d4 by Sielecki
Reply #33 - 06/13/19 at 20:19:52
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 06/13/19 at 20:11:16:
proustiskeen wrote on 06/13/19 at 02:11:53:
I suspect that by book, Tony meant 'video / lines at Chessable.'

I assumed it was a book like the previous one, but apparently not (yet) Roll Eyes

They actually did it the same way the last time (KIS 1.e4). It was available online for months before New in Chess made a print book out of it. I still haven't seen the book version of that, but I assume they benefited from feedback from Chessable users to make some improvements here and there.
  

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