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Re: Keep It Simple 1.c4 by Sielecki
Reply #41 - 05/29/20 at 08:16:47
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hicetnunc wrote on 05/27/20 at 18:39:07:
One of the inconsistencies I have in my chessable version is that in the introduction of the line 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 Bc5, he gives 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.a3 (and stops there), while in the other ...Bc5 variations, he gives e3 without a3. If you haven't this problem in your ebook, then your version is better than mine.

I'm rather confused here -- can you or anyone else help? I'm not sure which other ...Bc5 line(s) you mean, but after 1 c4 e5 2 g3 Nf6 3 Bg2 Bc5 4 Nc3, Sielecki's Chess24 'main line'* is 4 ...0-0 5 e3 and now 5 ...c6, because, he says, after 5 ...Nc6 White can play 6 Nge2 dispensing with the inessential a2-a3 -- whereas after 4 ...Nc6 he gives 5 a3 as transposing to 3 ...Nc6 4 Nc3 Bc5 5 a3 (5 e3?! d5!). I've always found these lines rather murky: can you or anyone else tell us why ...d5 is inferior on move six with Nge2/...0-0 in? -- it's been tried by some strong players, with mixed results.


* I put 'main line' in quotes because S. chooses this in order to "stay similar to other lines", but also briefly covers 5 Nf3!?, which he suggests is perhaps theoretically strongest.

  
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Reply #40 - 05/27/20 at 18:39:07
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Michael Ayton wrote on 05/27/20 at 11:50:39:
I bought the e-book! Yes, I imagine hicetnunc must have something a bit different. Obviously I haven't got into it yet, but there seems to be plenty of material -- it looks like value for money to me.


One of the inconsistencies I have in my chessable version is that in the introduction of the line 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 Bc5, he gives 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.a3 (and stops there), while in the other ...Bc5 variations, he gives e3 without a3. If you haven't this problem in your ebook, then your version is better than mine.
  

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Reply #39 - 05/27/20 at 11:50:39
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I bought the e-book! Yes, I imagine hicetnunc must have something a bit different. Obviously I haven't got into it yet, but there seems to be plenty of material -- it looks like value for money to me.
  
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Re: Keep It Simple 1.c4 by Sielecki
Reply #38 - 05/27/20 at 11:18:23
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hicetnunc wrote on 05/27/20 at 06:23:30:
Michael Ayton wrote on 05/26/20 at 20:57:19:
I'm tempted by the Sielecki e-book on Chess 24. Has anyone got/seen this, or have any knowledge of what the Chess 24 e-books are like? For example, the e-book in this case is less then half the price of the video, so does that mean you'd get fewer lines/moves covered or mentioned, or less explanation, or less of both?

And what of Premium relative to buying an e-book? The FAQs say Premium gives you 'access' to all videos and e-books -- but does that really mean you can download/save them all, or just view them while your membership lasts?


I've bought it on Chessable and I've found it very disappointing : almost no explanations, no model games, many engine generated lines with += without any tips on how to proceed as white and at least one part where transpositions are not correctly covered (...e5/Bc5 chapter). In similar Reti lines he also doesn't explain different move-order choices.

I won't buy any of his products in the future.


I think you bought a very old product. His 1.c4 repertoire isn't out yet. His previous repertoires have a lot of explanation and practical, very well researched lines.
  
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Reply #37 - 05/27/20 at 06:23:30
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Michael Ayton wrote on 05/26/20 at 20:57:19:
I'm tempted by the Sielecki e-book on Chess 24. Has anyone got/seen this, or have any knowledge of what the Chess 24 e-books are like? For example, the e-book in this case is less then half the price of the video, so does that mean you'd get fewer lines/moves covered or mentioned, or less explanation, or less of both?

And what of Premium relative to buying an e-book? The FAQs say Premium gives you 'access' to all videos and e-books -- but does that really mean you can download/save them all, or just view them while your membership lasts?


I've bought it on Chessable and I've found it very disappointing : almost no explanations, no model games, many engine generated lines with += without any tips on how to proceed as white and at least one part where transpositions are not correctly covered (...e5/Bc5 chapter). In similar Reti lines he also doesn't explain different move-order choices.

I won't buy any of his products in the future.
  

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Reply #36 - 05/26/20 at 22:21:03
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My experience is more lines covered, but almost no explanations.
  
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Re: Keep It Simple 1.c4 by Sielecki
Reply #35 - 05/26/20 at 20:57:19
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I'm tempted by the Sielecki e-book on Chess 24. Has anyone got/seen this, or have any knowledge of what the Chess 24 e-books are like? For example, the e-book in this case is less then half the price of the video, so does that mean you'd get fewer lines/moves covered or mentioned, or less explanation, or less of both?

And what of Premium relative to buying an e-book? The FAQs say Premium gives you 'access' to all videos and e-books -- but does that really mean you can download/save them all, or just view them while your membership lasts?
  
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Re: Keep It Simple 1.c4 by Sielecki
Reply #34 - 05/11/20 at 19:16:51
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kylemeister wrote on 05/11/20 at 17:32:18:
Evidently the name has been changed to "Lifetime Repertoires: 1. c4 / 1. Nf3."

One other bit:  Sielecki says it will be a little more "main line-ish" than the earlier product.

Thats a shame. The lifetime repertoires are not really simple ones are they - so i wonder if KIS 1.C4 will appear at a later date, i hope so. Would also be keen to see what he would present as a black repertoire.
  

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Re: Keep It Simple 1.c4 by Sielecki
Reply #33 - 05/11/20 at 17:32:18
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Evidently the name has been changed to "Lifetime Repertoires: 1. c4 / 1. Nf3."

One other bit:  Sielecki says it will be a little more "main line-ish" than the earlier product.
  
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Reply #32 - 05/09/20 at 21:20:36
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TopNotch wrote on 05/09/20 at 18:48:35:
MW wrote on 05/08/20 at 05:21:19:
Stigma wrote on 05/08/20 at 02:20:53:
ou know one month of chess24 Premium membership is USD 12,99, right? If you can get all you need out of that Cuenca series (plus anything else you may be interested in) within a month, there's no need


It's a good suggestion but there is one other problem ....I don't speak Spanish!! However, if they release it in English I might just do as you suggest.


By the way, they never tell you up front that your Card will be automatically debited every month and I consider such a deliberate omission to be fraud.


It is set out in their FAQ on the same page as the Membership payment screen.

On the payment options itself it says it will be billed monthly.

Perhaps i am just used to this sort of payment option, but that to me means my card or whatever will be charged each month. I'm not expecting an email to alert me.

It might be useful, but i could see it as also being rather annoying. Perhaps it could be an option upon sign up.
  

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Reply #31 - 05/09/20 at 19:48:02
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TopNotch wrote on 05/09/20 at 18:48:35:
I tried that once and Chess24 kept debiting my Credit Card after the month was up even though I did not request renewal. I have noticed that many online businesses have started adopting that sneaky practice, and for that reason alone I have never become a Premium Member of Chess24, it just left a bad taste in my mouth. The ethical way to do business would be to send a reminder that your sub is coming to an end, and asking would you like to renew, consequently I am now wary of all paid sites. 

By the way, they never tell you up front that your Card will be automatically debited every month and I consider such a deliberate omission to be fraud.

You have a point, but this business practice is so common that it hardly raises an eyebrow anymore. Even going back to before everybody was online, I joined book and music "clubs" where they would send you the book/CD of the month and expect you to pay for it unless you did something active to cancel it. There was a mandatory returns policy, but of course they knew that many customers won't bother with that in practice.

The obvious solution is to set a calendar reminder the moment you start a monthly membership. Though I'm not going to claim I'm that structured myself. My last chess24 membership actually ended not on purpose, but because my bank sent me a new credit card and the payment from the old one lapsed! Unluckily for chess24, I then decided I could live without them for the time being...

Agreed about the pricing policy - it seems designed to make the membership option clearly the most attractive one.
  

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Reply #30 - 05/09/20 at 18:48:35
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MW wrote on 05/08/20 at 05:21:19:
Stigma wrote on 05/08/20 at 02:20:53:
ou know one month of chess24 Premium membership is USD 12,99, right? If you can get all you need out of that Cuenca series (plus anything else you may be interested in) within a month, there's no need


It's a good suggestion but there is one other problem ....I don't speak Spanish!! However, if they release it in English I might just do as you suggest.


I tried that once and Chess24 kept debiting my Credit Card after the month was up even though I did not request renewal. I have noticed that many online businesses have started adopting that sneaky practice, and for that reason alone I have never become a Premium Member of Chess24, it just left a bad taste in my mouth. The ethical way to do business would be to send a reminder that your sub is coming to an end, and asking would you like to renew, consequently I am now wary of all paid sites. 

By the way, they never tell you up front that your Card will be automatically debited every month and I consider such a deliberate omission to be fraud. Moreover, their pricing policy is all over the place, there is no consistency. I assume that's their way of trying to boost membership, good luck to them, they don't even offer free Premium Membership to IM's like most similar sites do and it makes me wonder how many titled players actually play there as compared to say Chess.Com.
  

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Reply #29 - 05/08/20 at 05:21:19
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Stigma wrote on 05/08/20 at 02:20:53:
ou know one month of chess24 Premium membership is USD 12,99, right? If you can get all you need out of that Cuenca series (plus anything else you may be interested in) within a month, there's no need


It's a good suggestion but there is one other problem ....I don't speak Spanish!! However, if they release it in English I might just do as you suggest.
  
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Reply #28 - 05/08/20 at 02:20:53
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MW wrote on 05/08/20 at 02:01:11:
Stigma wrote on 05/08/20 at 00:50:54:
I think most people just get the premum membership to watch these videos anyway. That has to make sense pricewise unless you're only interested in one or two series.


Thanks for your help.....think I might just pass and wait for KIS
1 c4 from Chessable. It is probably going to be better value as it will give a full repertoire coverage on the English for pretty much the same price!

You know one month of chess24 Premium membership is USD 12,99, right? If you can get all you need out of that Cuenca series (plus anything else you may be interested in) within a month, there's no need to worry about the individual series prices.
  

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Reply #27 - 05/08/20 at 02:01:11
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Stigma wrote on 05/08/20 at 00:50:54:
I think most people just get the premum membership to watch these videos anyway. That has to make sense pricewise unless you're only interested in one or two series.


Thanks for your help.....think I might just pass and wait for KIS
1 c4 from Chessable. It is probably going to be better value as it will give a full repertoire coverage on the English for pretty much the same price!
  
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Reply #26 - 05/08/20 at 00:50:54
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MW wrote on 05/07/20 at 20:01:27:
By the look of it the video is just over 1 hour 20 minutes long and they are asking USD29.99 for it .....or have I got that wrong?

I think most people just get the premium membership to watch these videos anyway. That has to make sense pricewise unless you're only interested in one or two series.

If you're unsure you want to be a member for a long time, you can get a membership that's renewed monthly and end it when you've had your fill of videos and ebooks.

I've never really considered buying these chess24 video series individually, though I see the prices seem to vary quite a lot. I did pick up a bundle of around 60 of them on sale from iChess a few years ago.
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MW wrote on 05/07/20 at 20:01:27:
By the look of it the video is just over 1 hour 20 minutes long and they are asking USD29.99 for it .....or have I got that wrong?


To be fair, he does speak at extreme speed.
In terms of value for money, that might be the volume of content akin to say 6-7 hours of a Tiviakov, Bologan or Marin.
  
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By the look of it the video is just over 1 hour 20 minutes long and they are asking USD29.99 for it .....or have I got that wrong?
  
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Reply #23 - 05/07/20 at 18:30:09
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AlanG wrote on 05/07/20 at 18:16:45:
It's already available, but only in Spanish I think.

Aha.  Well, he mentioned it while doing banter blitz in English, and didn't mention it being in Spanish.

I see that it is solely about this 4. e4 line in the English Four Knights.
  
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Reply #22 - 05/07/20 at 18:16:45
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kylemeister wrote on 05/07/20 at 18:03:10:
MW wrote on 05/07/20 at 17:37:31:
Don't suppose that you have seen anything since that suggests a release for this video?

No, and it has now been 37 days since he said it would be published "very soon."

It's already available, but only in Spanish I think.
  
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MW wrote on 05/07/20 at 17:37:31:
Don't suppose that you have seen anything since that suggests a release for this video?

No, and it has now been 37 days since he said it would be published "very soon."
  
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kylemeister wrote on 04/26/20 at 22:49:00:
By the way, "Pepe" Cuenca said a few weeks ago that he had just a finished a video series on 1. c4 for Chess24.  The only detail I know is that he goes with 1...e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. e4.


Don't suppose that you have seen anything since that suggests a release for this video?
  
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Reply #19 - 04/30/20 at 02:57:14
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Carsten Hansen also gives the line some coverage in his Full English Opening
  
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Reply #18 - 04/29/20 at 18:33:44
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Lanark wrote on 04/29/20 at 08:56:05:
TopNotch wrote on 04/29/20 at 05:31:18:
I tracked down the source I was thinking of, however it was a slightly different line but with the same theme, and coincidentally also employed by Carlsen:

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e4!?

The above line was the subject of a Survey in CBM 191 entitled A little new trend in the English by IM Renato Quintiliano. This article could be useful for anyone intending to test out the Idiot Proof repertoire.


Tony Kosten also analyzed this line in "Dangerous Weapons: Flank Openings" back in 2008.


Actually now that I think about it was really Tony's Dangerous Weapons chapter that triggered my memory of this line, I sorta dismissed it as a false memory because I confused Tony's earlier book The Dynamic English which does not feature that e4 line with the Dangerous Weapons one that does. Smiley
  

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Reply #17 - 04/29/20 at 08:56:05
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TopNotch wrote on 04/29/20 at 05:31:18:
I tracked down the source I was thinking of, however it was a slightly different line but with the same theme, and coincidentally also employed by Carlsen:

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e4!?

The above line was the subject of a Survey in CBM 191 entitled A little new trend in the English by IM Renato Quintiliano. This article could be useful for anyone intending to test out the Idiot Proof repertoire.


Tony Kosten also analyzed this line in "Dangerous Weapons: Flank Openings" back in 2008.
  
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Reply #16 - 04/29/20 at 05:53:49
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On a real side note, 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e4 (which was one of Nimzovich's favorite lines according to Reuben Fine) has been played in Hell.  A game between GMs Johan-Sebastian Christiansen and Sebastian Bogner at an open event in that Norwegian town last year saw 4...d6 5. d4 Bg4 (one of the old book possibilities).
  
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I tracked down the source I was thinking of, however it was a slightly different line but with the same theme, and coincidentally also employed by Carlsen:

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e4!?

The above line was the subject of a Survey in CBM 191 entitled A little new trend in the English by IM Renato Quintiliano. This article could be useful for anyone intending to test out the Idiot Proof repertoire.
  

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Reply #14 - 04/29/20 at 05:16:50
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an ordinary chessplayer wrote on 04/29/20 at 03:48:29:
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 Bb4 4.e4 looks ridiculous - but it's not! In fact my first thought was you misquoted Burgess.

I had actually wondered if Burgess might choose that.  Maybe I became aware of it from Chess Publishing, where it appeared in Dec. 2018.

an ordinary chessplayer wrote on 04/29/20 at 03:48:29:
Fritz says 4...Bc5 5.Nf3 Ng4 6.d4 exd4 7.Nxd4 Nxf2 8.Kxf2 Qf6+ 9.Ke3 Nc6 10.Ncb5 O-O 11.b4 Nxb4 12.Bb2 += , 10...Qe5 11.Kd3! +/- idea Bf4, and 10...a6 11.Nxc7+ Kd8 12.Nxa8 +-. So 4...Bc5 doesn't even qualify in the hope chess department.

Well, there is 5...Nc6, which doesn't allow Nxe5 and could transpose to some old book stuff I knew of in the line chosen by Cuenca (2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. e4).  I half-remembered a game Gulko-Karpov, and I notice that GMTonyK has been on both sides.
  
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kylemeister wrote on 04/29/20 at 00:52:13:
TopNotch wrote on 04/28/20 at 23:12:09:
That happens to be the same recommendation as Burgess in his recent Idiot Proof repertoire, just in case you are looking for other sources. I think this is also the choice of Chess-Stars two volume English repertoire series for White.

I'm afraid your memory has let you down here.  I recall seeing from Burgess 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 (and on 3...Bb4 4. e4), and from the Chess Stars book 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. e3 (with 4. d3 as a second choice).


Thanks I think you're right, but I'm sure i've seen that 4. e4 line recommended in another prominent source somewhere. When I nail down the reference I'll post it. 
  

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I recall seeing from Burgess 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 (and on 3...Bb4 4. e4), ...

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 Bb4 4.e4 looks ridiculous - but it's not! In fact my first thought was you misquoted Burgess. Showing my age, I guess. 4...Bxc3 5.dxc3 is a tempo up on what black wants in a Rossolimo Sicilian, except... 5...Nxe4!? 6.Qg4 Nf6 7.Qxg7 Rg8 8.Qh6 d6 9.Bg2 Nc6 10.Nf3 Rg6 11.Qe3 Be6 12.b3 it was still roughly equal up to here 12...Qd7? 13.Nh4 and the engine says black was lucky in Berkes - Timman, Gyorgy Marx Memorial 2010.
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4...Bc5!? caught my eye. I'm not sure if it's a novelty, but it's not in the ChessBase database. However it transposes to a bunch of games, arising from ...e7-e6-e5 rather than ...Bf8-b4-c5. Whites have even played 5.Nf3 and 5.Nge2 in that position. Unfortunately, 5.Bg2 or 5.d3 or even 5.h3!? must be good.

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Fritz says 4...Bc5 5.Nf3 Ng4 6.d4 exd4 7.Nxd4 Nxf2 8.Kxf2 Qf6+ 9.Ke3 Nc6 10.Ncb5 O-O 11.b4 Nxb4 12.Bb2 += , 10...Qe5 11.Kd3! +/- idea Bf4, and 10...a6 11.Nxc7+ Kd8 12.Nxa8 +-. So 4...Bc5 doesn't even qualify in the hope chess department.
  
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Re: Keep It Simple 1.c4 by Sielecki
Reply #11 - 04/29/20 at 00:52:13
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TopNotch wrote on 04/28/20 at 23:12:09:
That happens to be the same recommendation as Burgess in his recent Idiot Proof repertoire, just in case you are looking for other sources. I think this is also the choice of Chess-Stars two volume English repertoire series for White.

I'm afraid your memory has let you down here.  I recall seeing from Burgess 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 (and on 3...Bb4 4. e4), and from the Chess Stars book 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. e3 (with 4. d3 as a second choice).
  
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Re: Keep It Simple 1.c4 by Sielecki
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kylemeister wrote on 04/26/20 at 22:49:00:
By the way, "Pepe" Cuenca said a few weeks ago that he had just a finished a video series on 1. c4 for Chess24.  The only detail I know is that he goes with 1...e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. e4.


That happens to be the same recommendation as Burgess in his recent Idiot Proof repertoire, just in case you are looking for other sources. I think this is also the choice of Chess-Stars two volume English repertoire series for White.
  

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tracke wrote on 04/26/20 at 19:24:41:
TNich wrote on 04/26/20 at 18:24:43:
Did he happen to mention if 'Fight Like Magnus' will come out as a book?


No. In the aforementioned interview Sielecki says something about FLM as an example for opening-related middlegame training with role models. But obviously he‘s referring to the chessable product, I see no hint of a planned printed version of FLM.

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MW wrote on 04/27/20 at 03:57:06:
kylemeister wrote on 04/26/20 at 22:49:00:
By the way, "Pepe" Cuenca said a few weeks ago that he had just a finished a video series on 1. c4 for Chess24.  The only detail I know is that he goes with 1...e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. e4


4 e4 in the English would be very interesting, only pity being is that it is in video format.....could you download it so you have on your PC?


No downloading of vids there, no.
They often provide an ebook though (but it can take time to be put up). Which you can copy and paste. Text though, not pgn.
  
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kylemeister wrote on 04/26/20 at 22:49:00:
By the way, "Pepe" Cuenca said a few weeks ago that he had just a finished a video series on 1. c4 for Chess24.  The only detail I know is that he goes with 1...e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. e4


4 e4 in the English would be very interesting, only pity being is that it is in video format.....could you download it so you have on your PC?
  
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By the way, "Pepe" Cuenca said a few weeks ago that he had just a finished a video series on 1. c4 for Chess24.  The only detail I know is that he goes with 1...e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. e4.
  
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kylemeister wrote on 04/26/20 at 18:05:34:
I recall him saying (on one of his videos) that he hadn't yet chosen all the lines, but that it would basically be an updated and extended version of his earlier 1. c4 repertoire (on Chessable, I believe, but it seems to be no longer there).

The Chessable repertoire is still there for anyone who already bought it, but they stopped selling it to new users since the updated course is on its way.

The original Chessable repertoire was based on his Chess24 videos, and anyone curious about the contents can still check it out there:

https://chess24.com/en/learn/advanced/ebook/english-opening-1-c4
https://chess24.com/en/learn/advanced/video/the-english-opening/english-opening-...

Basically it's 1.c4/2.g3 against most things. One notable difference from most other repertoires with 1.c4 and 2.g3 is in the reversed Closed Sicilian: Instead of the Botvinnik system with d3 and e4 (Kosten's Dynamic English, Marin's QC books, Burgess' new Idiot-proof Repertoire) Sielecki went for an early Rb1, planning b2-b4 and keeping the knight on g1 flexible for a few moves.
  

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I wonder what he is recommending. I am curios about c5, slav, and queens gambit.
  
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TNich wrote on 04/26/20 at 18:24:43:
Did he happen to mention if 'Fight Like Magnus' will come out as a book?


No. In the aforementioned interview Sielecki says something about FLM as an example for opening-related middlegame training with role models. But obviously he‘s referring to the chessable product, I see no hint of a planned printed version of FLM.

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I recall him saying (on one of his videos) that he hadn't yet chosen all the lines, but that it would basically be an updated and extended version of his earlier 1. c4 repertoire (on Chessable, I believe, but it seems to be no longer there).
  
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Keep It Simple 1.c4 by Sielecki
04/26/20 at 17:46:21
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I‘ve just read the may issue of german chess magazine Rochade Europa. There‘s a long interview with IM Christof Sielecki about his life and chess career, about training and books and tips and other topics.
At one point Sielecki says that at the moment he‘s working on KIS 1.c4 . The belonging lectures and videos will be available at chessable in the course of this year. A book is possible but not fixed yet.

„Ich arbeite tatsächlich im Moment an diesem Projekt. Keep ist Simple 1.c4 wird im Laufe des Jahres auf der Plattform Chessable erscheinen, so wie alle meine Repertoires. Das enthält dann den Kurs zum Lernen des Repertoires und die ergänzenden Videos. Später ist auch eine Printversion möglich, aber noch nicht terminiert.“ (Rochade Europa #5/2020, p.37)

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