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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #50 - 08/05/20 at 18:08:50
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doefmat wrote on 08/05/20 at 07:15:27:
What do you guys think of the fact they go for 1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nc6
5. Nf3 Bg4 6.dxc5 instead of 6.Be2?

An IQP is not a stable long-term positional asset, while dxc5 achieves a queenside pawn majority more in the spirit of "squeezing."
  

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Reply #49 - 08/05/20 at 07:44:24
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tp2205 wrote on 08/05/20 at 07:41:17:
Do the comments refer to 6.Be2 or 6.dxc5?
6.dxc5
  
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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #48 - 08/05/20 at 07:41:17
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kylemeister wrote on 08/05/20 at 07:36:51:
doefmat wrote on 08/05/20 at 07:15:27:
What do you guys think of the fact they go for 1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nc6
5. Nf3 Bg4 6.dxc5 instead of 6.Be2?
Seems much more complicated to me. (not to mention then I miss some surprisingly common cheesy blitz wins with 6. Be2 cxd4 7. cxd4 Bxf3 8. Bxf3 Qxd4 9. Bxc6+ lol).

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"!?" -- Sveshnikov, 1997
"one of my favourite lines for White" -- David Smerdon (Chess Publishing, 2014)

Do the comments refer to 6.Be2 or 6.dxc5?
  
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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #47 - 08/05/20 at 07:36:51
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doefmat wrote on 08/05/20 at 07:15:27:
What do you guys think of the fact they go for 1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nc6
5. Nf3 Bg4 6.dxc5 instead of 6.Be2?
Seems much more complicated to me. (not to mention then I miss some surprisingly common cheesy blitz wins with 6. Be2 cxd4 7. cxd4 Bxf3 8. Bxf3 Qxd4 9. Bxc6+ lol).

Two historical bits:
"!?" -- Sveshnikov, 1997
"one of my favourite lines for White" -- David Smerdon (Chess Publishing, 2014)
  
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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #46 - 08/05/20 at 07:15:27
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What do you guys think of the fact they go for 1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nc6
5. Nf3 Bg4 6.dxc5 instead of 6.Be2?
Seems much more complicated to me. (not to mention then I miss some surprisingly common cheesy blitz wins with 6. Be2 cxd4 7. cxd4 Bxf3 8. Bxf3 Qxd4 9. Bxc6+ lol).
  
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Reply #45 - 08/04/20 at 17:00:55
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doefmat wrote on 08/03/20 at 20:13:53:
Looks promising indeed! Very curious what lines they will go for in the Caro-Kann book.


If I had to bet, I would say the 2N variation. We'll see...
  
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Reply #44 - 08/03/20 at 20:13:53
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Looks promising indeed! Very curious what lines they will go for in the Caro-Kann book.
  
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Reply #43 - 08/03/20 at 19:19:18
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Moderators: could you please move this thread to the relevant anti-Sicilian section? (When I started it, I did not know what line the authors were going to recommend)
  
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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #42 - 08/03/20 at 19:02:20
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ehpotsirhc wrote on 08/03/20 at 18:19:33:
They recommend 6. Nbd2, followed by Bc4 in most cases (for example after 6...cxd4).

Kind of a blast from the past ...I associate that line with the 1990s, when it occurred in such games as Shirov-J. Polgar and Adams-Huebner (in which Black went very wrong on move 8).
  
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Reply #41 - 08/03/20 at 18:19:33
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mn wrote on 07/27/20 at 21:49:35:
I wonder what they'll give against 2...d5 3 exd5 Qxd5 4 d4 Nf6 5 Nf3 Bg4, which always annoyed me.


They recommend 6. Nbd2, followed by Bc4 in most cases (for example after 6...cxd4). I just got the book from Forward Chess (looks like it got released a bit early). At first sight, it looks very promising (on par with Squeezing 1. e4 e5)
  
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Reply #40 - 08/01/20 at 23:35:40
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Looks like the book will be available soon. ForwardChess expects to have it on Aug 5.
  
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Reply #39 - 07/27/20 at 21:49:35
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I wonder what they'll give against 2...d5 3 exd5 Qxd5 4 d4 Nf6 5 Nf3 Bg4, which always annoyed me.
  
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Reply #38 - 07/27/20 at 06:08:40
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MW wrote on 07/26/20 at 19:27:05:
doefmat wrote on 07/26/20 at 07:20:33:
[quote author=4B41513337060 link=1583451861/31#31 date=1595716218]

For most big courses they also release free 'short and sweet' versions of the course. There are quite a view lines in there. Also, sometimes the video introduction is free.



Yes, they usually do this for the larger courses but for the courses of around 300 trainable variations there is often nothing and it can be very difficult to get a response to your questions as I have found out with 4 Qb3  against the Slav.....so I haven't brought it.


Yes, that's true. I will go for the Khalifman book anyway. I really liked their 'Squeezing' book on 1.e4 e5 so I'm happy to support them and hope they continue this series.
  
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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #37 - 07/26/20 at 19:27:05
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doefmat wrote on 07/26/20 at 07:20:33:
[quote author=4B41513337060 link=1583451861/31#31 date=1595716218]

For most big courses they also release free 'short and sweet' versions of the course . There are quite a view lines in there. Also, sometimes the video introduction is free.



Yes they usually do this for the larger courses but for the courses of around 300 trainable variations there is often nothing and it can be very difficult to get a response to your questions as I have found out with 4 Qb3  against the Slav.....so I haven't brought it.
  
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Re: Squeezing the Sicilian — Khalifman/Soloviov
Reply #36 - 07/26/20 at 14:26:42
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Stigma wrote on 07/26/20 at 04:40:03:
TopNotch wrote on 07/26/20 at 02:10:29:
doefmat wrote on 07/25/20 at 13:41:16:
Chessable is also coming with a course on the Alapin from GM Johan-Sebastian Christiansen, based on his and Jorden van Foreest's experiences in this opening. It currently goes into beta testing.
The timing is a bit unfortunate. I wonder what the best product will be. Who would you put your trust in if you have to choose blindly?


I couldn't find any mention of this on the Chessable Website, what is your source.


They posted a call for beta testers for it a couple of days ago:

https://www.chessable.com/discussion/thread/236553/looking-for-span-classhighlig...


Wow thanks for the link Stigma, very interesting discussion there.
  

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