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Re: Repertoires for Black vs. the English / Flank Op.
Reply #10 - 09/17/20 at 12:26:43
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Straggler wrote on 09/17/20 at 12:02:47:
As I recall, Mikhalevski’s repertoire with 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 allows White to transpose into a Q.I.D. where Black is committed to ...Bb7 rather than ...Ba6. That’s fine if you prefer ...Bb7, but annoying if you don’t.

Yes, you're absolutely right about this. In the intro, the author recommends that ...Ba6 players learn something about the ...Bb7 lines in order to use his recommendations, writing that 'trying to cater for all possible repertoire choices within the Queen’s Indian would be a step too far.'

Just to correct a piece of incorrect information that has been repeated several times in this thread, this book covers 1.Nf3 Nf6 and 2...b6, not 1.Nf3 Nf6 and 2...e6.
  
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Reply #9 - 09/17/20 at 12:02:47
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As I recall, Mikhalevski’s repertoire with 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 allows White to transpose into a QID where Black is committed to ...Bb7 rather than ...Ba6. That’s fine if you prefer ...Bb7, but annoying if you don’t.
  
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Re: Repertoires for Black vs. the English / Flank Op.
Reply #8 - 09/17/20 at 00:06:44
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What is your normal repertoire against 1.d4? Which book offers the best coverage depends very much on that since there are so many transpositional possibilities between 1.d4, 1.c4, and 1.Nf3.

Mikhaelvski's GM Repertoire book covers the most ground, offering analysis on 1.Nf3 d5, 1...Nf6 2.c4 g6, and 1...Nf6 2.c4 e6, as well as 1.c4 e5 if I remember correctly. I think that Mikhaelvski analyzes 1.c4 e5 2.g3 c6, which I like, but I'm not a big fan of his choice of 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4. Mikhaelvski also covers a bunch of offbeat openings, including 1.b3 and 1.f4.

Demko and Semkov's book covers the reversed Rossolimo vs. 1.c4, which I personally like the most. The authors only cover 1.Nf3 d5, which will obviously only work for you if 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 is in your normal repertoire against 1.d4.

Avrukh's Modern Chess repertoire is based on the (formerly?) trendy 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 Bc5!?. It's a decent source if you like that line, but the analysis is outdated in some places at this point. I don't remember much about the rest of the repertoire.
  
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Re: Repertoires for Black vs. the English / Flank Op.
Reply #7 - 09/16/20 at 23:50:48
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If you have patience, Chessable have a "Lifetime Repertoire: Symmetrical English" by David Vigorito in the pipeline.

All I have seen is a call for beta testers, so I have no information on the contents. Nor on the quality obviously, but off the top of my head I can't recall any opening works by Vigorito that weren't well received.
  

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Re: Repertoires for Black vs. the English / Flank Op.
Reply #6 - 09/16/20 at 21:13:02
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whatteaux wrote on 09/16/20 at 00:07:40:
If you find Mikhalevski's book heavy going (it's a QC GM Rep book), then Attacking the English/Reti (Delchev & Semkov, Chess Stars, 2016) might be more digestible.

I wouldn't dispute this, but the potential drawback of the Chess Stars book is that it only examines 1.Nf3 d5, so if your opponent decides not to play a Reti after all but to continue with 2.d4, you might find that you've been move-ordered away from what you usually play against 1.d4. As nestor indicates above, Mikhalevski provides coverage of a greater variety of options for Black.
  
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Reply #5 - 09/16/20 at 19:56:36
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Modern-chess.com has a three-part, Hedgehog-based repertoire against 1.Nf3 by Marin. He doesn't cover 1.c4.
  
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Re: Repertoires for Black vs. the English / Flank Op.
Reply #4 - 09/16/20 at 15:36:06
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In addition to what has already been mentioned, with respect to 1..e5: 

Kotronias's Beating the Flank Openings used to be very good, but it is now almost 25 years old and I don't know if it has held up.

There are two chessable courses that recommend 1..e5 for Black, one by Bojkov and the other by Barrish.  I don't have either and would appreciate hearing from anyone who can comment.

It does seem that most of the sources on 1..e5 are avoiding the old main lines of the Reverse Dragon.  Is there a problem with the Reverse Dragon or are there other reasons for doing this?

I ask about other reasons because, in general and not just related to the English, one does get the feeling that, when it comes to repertoire books and courses, there's a trend these days for authors to opt for comparative sidelines to save space, cut down on theory, or just offer something new.  Yes, there's occasionally something interesting, but if you want to stick to the tried and true, you have to turn to a general book on the opening, check the White repertoire books, and/or keep up to date with chesspublishing.com.   



  
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Re: Repertoires for Black vs. the English / Flank Op.
Reply #3 - 09/16/20 at 00:07:40
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If you find Mikhalevski's book heavy going (it's a QC GM Rep book), then Attacking the English/Reti (Delchev & Semkov, Chess Stars, 2016) might be more digestible.
  
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Re: Repertoires for Black vs. the English / Flank Op.
Reply #2 - 09/15/20 at 15:56:52
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nestor wrote on 09/15/20 at 15:26:51:
if you want to play a reversed Dragon, you are probably better off with Avrukh's two-part database from Modern Chess.

Be aware, though, that Avrukh only advocates a reversed Dragon after 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3, when after ... d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2, he opts for the recently popular 6...Bc5 rather than the traditional 6...Nb6. He doesn't examine the reversed Dragon after 1.c4 e5 2.g3 (when he gives ... c6), or after 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 (when his recommendation is Bb4).
  
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Re: Repertoires for Black vs. the English / Flank Op.
Reply #1 - 09/15/20 at 15:26:51
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If you want to play 1. c4 e5, the obvious answer is Beating Minor Openings by Victor Mikhalevski (Quality Chess, 2016). This book also provides three separate responses to 1. Nf3 based on 1...d5, 1...Nf6 2. c4 e6 and 1...Nf6 2. c4 g6, and covers all of the minor first moves. The main 1. c4 e5 coverage is based on an early ...Bb4; if you want to play a reversed Dragon, you are probably better off with Avrukh's two-part database from Modern Chess.

If you want to play a hedgehog set-up, then definitely The Hedgehog vs The English / Reti by Lysyj and Ovetchkin (Chess Stars, 2017). This book only covers 1. c4 and 1. Nf3. It assumes the move order 1. Nf3 c5, which doesn't help if you would be caught out after 2.e4; however the repertoire also works with 1. Nf3 Nf6 in my experience.

If you like a standard symmetrical English with 1. c4 c5, the older book Beating Unusual Chess Openings by Richard Palliser (Everyman, 2006) should still be good enough almost everywhere. It covers all of the minor first moves in addition to 1. c4 and 1. Nf3, and is very good on early move orders. However you would need to update for recent discoveries in the sharpest lines, e.g. after 1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Qb6 5. Nb3 e6 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. g3.

I dare say Sam Shankland's database Black vs The English, Reti and Sidelines (Chessable) is very good, but I haven't seen it myself.
  
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Repertoires for Black vs. the English / Flank Op.
09/15/20 at 11:15:49
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As subject above, what are the best repertoire books vs. the English and eventually other Flank Openings?
  
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