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Re: Caruana's 3 DVD's on Ruy López for White
Reply #37 - 12/21/19 at 08:44:15
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IsaVulpes wrote on 12/18/19 at 13:50:47:
But then eg in the good old Steinitz defence, after 1.e4e5 2.Nf3Nc6 3.Bb5d6 4.d4exd4 5.Nxd4Bd7 6.0-0, he somehow only goes over 6..g6 followed by ..Ne7, not even mentioning the by far most popular Black setup (of 6..Nf6 followed by ..Be7); 8..Bd7 after 7..d6 8.a4 missing was mentioned in this thread already;

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Pretty disappointed that I still don't even have a convincing solution that punishes Black for 3..d6 Sad


I haven't seen the videos, but thanks for the comments on them.

Anyhow, as far as I can tell, the new book "Squeezing 1. e4 e5: a Solid Strategic Approach" deals with the Steinitz Defence (after transposition). But I haven't checked the analysis to see what the authors recommend.
  
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Re: Caruana's 3 DVD's on Ruy López for White
Reply #36 - 12/18/19 at 13:50:47
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In general this DVD set seems to have a bunch of holes in places, which is a shame.

The things Caru talks about things are all excellent (ok, he doesn't go into super depth and eg doesn't cover Gustafssons recommendation against 8.a4, but naturally you can't go over everything ever); if you actually do get one of his lines, you are good to go.

But then eg in the good old Steinitz defence, after 1.e4e5 2.Nf3Nc6 3.Bb5d6 4.d4exd4 5.Nxd4Bd7 6.0-0, he somehow only goes over 6..g6 followed by ..Ne7, not even mentioning the by far most popular Black setup (of 6..Nf6 followed by ..Be7); 8..Bd7 after 7..d6 8.a4 missing was mentioned in this thread already; and this feels like it carries through every line.

A random click into the first best video, accompanied with a DB: Open Spanish;
9.Qe2 has 407 games in the Lichess Master DB. 71x (2nd most popular move) 9..Bc5, 26x 9..Nc5.
9..Nc5 gets 25 minutes of coverage in the first video of the Open Defence; 9..Bc5 apparently deserves roughly 5 seconds ("10.Be3 Bxe3 Qxe3, Rd1 to follow" is all that Caru gives, with 10..Bxe3 already only being the third most popular move, at 11/55 games).

It's a treat to hear an SGM talk as always, but this certainly does not feel like a standalone complete repertoire.

Perhaps the series would've worked out a bit better if Caruana had focussed on actually laying out a repertoire, instead of talking at length about why he didn't choose variation X - so eg in the Open Spanish vid, there's 1.5 minutes of talk on current developments in 9.Nbd2; I personally would much rather have those 1.5 minutes spent on 9.Qe2 Bc5, something I will actually play and potentially encounter.
On the other hand, that type of general knowledge is of course always good to have, so who knows..

Overall, the Spanish is thankfully an opening, where omissions of concrete theory are rarely going to backfire badly for White, but I do think an Opening series shouldn't immediately leave me with a feel of "I would have liked better coverage of.. everything"
Perhaps it doesn't help that Spanish Mainline content has been undergoing an untterly dry spell, so rather than "I got 90% covered, and want some updates/alternatives on the critical lines", this was more of a "I want to learn everything" type of deal for me, but I do think that eg the Black series by Gustafsson vs 1.d4 @chess24 does its job of educating the viewer much better.
Pretty disappointed that I still don't even have a convincing solution that punishes Black for 3..d6 Sad

I do have to say though, that the original fear of Caruana lacking explanations and making a phonebook file series that's impossible to enjoy at sub-GM level was entirely unfounded.
Guidance is plenty, and following it is a breeze. He does a very good job at keeping the viewer engaged & able to watch multiple vids in a row, while retaining information & without breaking into a sweat.
  
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Re: Caruana's 3 DVD's on Ruy López for White
Reply #35 - 12/18/19 at 04:56:20
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Does Caruana cover the old 6...Bb7 Archangel line? I don't see it listed in the contents on Chessbase.
  
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Re: Caruana's 3 DVD's on Ruy López for White
Reply #34 - 12/03/19 at 20:38:55
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How is Caruana's cocerage of the Berlin? I'm interested in the opening for black and I want to know if this is something worth looking at.
  
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Re: Caruana's 3 DVD's on Ruy López for White
Reply #33 - 11/15/19 at 02:07:56
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kylemeister wrote on 11/15/19 at 02:02:20:
That would still be (German IM) Oliver Reeh, not (Dutch GM) Hans Ree.


Quite right sir. That's always the danger when posting on the fly Smiley
  

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Reply #32 - 11/15/19 at 02:02:20
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That would still be (German IM) Oliver Reeh, not (Dutch GM) Hans Ree.
  
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Re: Caruana's 3 DVD's on Ruy López for White
Reply #31 - 11/15/19 at 00:45:40
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wolfsblut wrote on 11/14/19 at 22:28:52:
Hi,
so Caruana recommends 8.a4 against the classic setup- but why is there no coverage of 8....Bd7? What do I overlook?


The DVD's are great overall, but I also noticed that strange omission as well as some others. For instance: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Bc5 is not covered [A funny exchange happens on the Berlin DVD, where Caruana mentions that 4...Nxe4 is not the only option and seems about to elaborate on 4...Bc5 presumably when Hans Ree Oliver Ree annoyingly interrupts, and the other options that Caruana alluded to never get mentioned again]

In general I dislike this dual commentary format, time gets wasted and lines get overlooked more than usual, often due to the distraction of the lesser commentator at inopportune times. A player of Caruana's class and a native English speaker to boot does not need the hand holding of a Hans Ree Oliver Ree, moreover it is clear from viewing the DVD's that Caruana is exceptional at communicating ideas to all levels of player. His exposition of the tactical and strategic themes that determine the essence of the various lines he espouses are crystal clear, while the background info he gives on why he has settled on a given line over another is both insightful and breathtakingly impressive.

On a side note I am proud to say that I reached the identical conclusion as Caruana regarding the weakness of the deferred Smyslov line: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 (3...g6 is the standard Smyslov) 4.Ba4 g6 5.d4 exd4 6.Nxd4 Bg7 7.Nxc6! and White is better as explained by Caruana on the DVD. I also posted the same explanation given by Caruana on this forum over a year ago, along with some analysis to prove it, in the hopes that Mikhalevski would respond since he often employed the line successfully as Black and commented those games in his monthly updates. Mikhalevski never responded, and judging by his monthly updates over the years it is unclear to me if he ever reads the forum anyway. However, in a cruel twist of irony the following happened: 

Zeller,F (2383) - Mikhalevski,V (2557) [C70]
GRENKE Chess Open 2018 Karlsruhe GER (3.19), 30.03.2018

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 g6 5.d4 exd4 6.Nxd4 Bg7 7.Nxc6! bxc6 8.0-0 Ne7 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Bb3 d6 11.Be3 Kh8 12.Qd2 Ng8 13.Rad1 f5 14.Bd4 Bxd4 15.Qxd4+ Qf6 16.Rfe1 Qxd4 17.Rxd4 Nf6 18.e5 Re8 19.f4 Bb7 20.Rb4 Ra7 21.Ba4 Re6 22.Re2 Nh5 23.exd6 Rxe2 24.Nxe2 cxd6 25.Rb6 c5 26.Rxd6 Be4 27.c4 Re7 28.Bd1 Bc2 29.Kf2 Bxd1 30.Rxd1 Re4 31.Rd8+ Kg7 32.Rd7+ Kh6 33.g3 Nf6 34.Ra7 Ng4+ 35.Ke1 Nxh2 36.Rxa6 Rxc4 37.Kd1 Ng4 38.Ra3 Nf2+ 39.Ke1 Ne4 40.Kd1 Rb4 41.Kc2 Rb7 42.Re3 Kh5 43.a4 Ra7 44.Ra3 Ra5 45.Kd3 Nd6 46.Kc3 Kg4 47.b4 Ne4+ 48.Kc4 Nd2+ 49.Kc3 Nb1+ 50.Kb3 Nd2+ 51.Kc3 Ne4+ 52.Kc4 Nd6+ 53.Kb3 cxb4 54.Kxb4 Rd5 55.a5 Rd2 56.Nc3 Rb2+ 57.Kc5 Nb7+ 58.Kd4 Nxa5 59.Rxa5 Kxg3 60.Nd5 Rb7 61.Ra3+ Kg4 62.Ke5 1-0

Surprisingly or Unsurprisingly the above game never made any of his updates, but I did notice that Mikhalevski hasn't employed that move-order since. Smiley    

Postscript: For those who are interested, here is the link to the thread I mentioned https://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/chess/YaBB.pl?num=1522608448 quite prophetic I would say.
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Re: Caruana's 3 DVD's on Ruy López for White
Reply #30 - 11/14/19 at 22:28:52
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Hi,
so Caruana recommends 8.a4 against the classic setup- but why is there no coverage of 8....Bd7? What do I overlook?
  
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Re: Caruana's 3 DVD's on Ruy López for White
Reply #29 - 09/30/19 at 09:14:41
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JFugre wrote on 09/27/19 at 08:07:18:
https://en.chessbase.com/post/windows-mac-new-generation-fritztrainers-fabiano-c...

I'm guessing it's a promotion to advertise the availability on more platforms, incl. macOS, Android and iOS.


That looks interesting, so possibly the FritzTrainer app could run on a Smart TV I guess? If not now then in future.

Finally, finally, maybe Chesbase are waking up and smelling the coffee.
  
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Re: Caruana's 3 DVD's on Ruy López for White
Reply #28 - 09/27/19 at 20:21:05
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JFugre wrote on 09/27/19 at 08:07:18:
https://en.chessbase.com/post/windows-mac-new-generation-fritztrainers-fabiano-c...

I'm guessing it's a promotion to advertise the availability on more platforms, incl. macOS, Android and iOS.


Thats fantastic news! I wonder if they will make the older titles compatible with the other platforms too? I'm hoping to buy a tablet soon and having the choice between an IPAD, Android or windows tablet would make things so much easier.
  

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Re: Caruana's 3 DVD's on Ruy López for White
Reply #27 - 09/27/19 at 08:07:18
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https://en.chessbase.com/post/windows-mac-new-generation-fritztrainers-fabiano-c...

I'm guessing it's a promotion to advertise the availability on more platforms, incl. macOS, Android and iOS.
  
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Reply #26 - 09/26/19 at 22:07:40
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Thanks @Straggler, @Stigma, I had never realised. I'll keep an eye out for that from now on.
  

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Reply #25 - 09/26/19 at 13:43:31
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Yes, it's well worth checking every week. The DVDs on offer are usually the older ones that are not in much demand any more. I don't recall them doing this on a new one (though they sometimes have a sale that applies to everything). Perhaps Caruana isn't selling quite as well as they hoped?
  
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Re: Caruana's 3 DVD's on Ruy López for White
Reply #24 - 09/26/19 at 12:50:21
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RoleyPoley wrote on 09/26/19 at 12:03:30:
Straggler wrote on 09/26/19 at 10:14:31:
The whole set is currently ChessBase's Deal of the Week. Personally I'm doubtful about splashing out on all three without being able to see any clips other than the introduction. I'm not keen on the two-presenter format and I'd like to see how well it works in this case.

I'm not familiar with Chessbase having deals of the week - is that really a thing?


Yes. If you go to their shop frontpage and scroll down just a bit, there's a "Deal of the Week" section.

I think they sometimes skip it for a week or two, but it's worth checking out. I used to check both the English and German shops every week, as the deals are sometimes different.

Now I had forgotten about these deals for a few months, so thanks are due to Straggler for reminding me.  Smiley
  

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Reply #23 - 09/26/19 at 12:03:30
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Straggler wrote on 09/26/19 at 10:14:31:
The whole set is currently ChessBase's Deal of the Week. Personally I'm doubtful about splashing out on all three without being able to see any clips other than the introduction. I'm not keen on the two-presenter format and I'd like to see how well it works in this case.

I'm not familiar with Chessbase having deals of the week - is that really a thing?
  

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