Latest Updates:
Normal Topic The Nimzo-Indian Bible for White: Volumes 1 and 2 (Read 1705 times)
Kerangali
Full Member
***
Offline


I am every one and every
zero

Posts: 167
Joined: 02/12/22
Re: The Nimzo-Indian Bible for White: Volumes 1 and 2
Reply #4 - 05/13/23 at 12:43:42
Post Tools
And now Pavlovic writes the Bible. What a man!
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Nernstian59
Full Member
***
Offline


I Love ChessPublishing!

Posts: 189
Joined: 12/15/21
Re: The Nimzo-Indian Bible for White: Volumes 1 and 2
Reply #3 - 05/13/23 at 02:32:40
Post Tools
kylemeister wrote on 04/01/23 at 19:20:04:
Since 4. Bd2 always reminds me of its appearance in the Petrosian-Portisch candidates match of 49 years ago, I'm a bit curious as to whether/how that game is mentioned.

Now that I have the books, I'm in a position to say that there's sadly no mention of that game. The Petrosian-Portisch game went 4.Bd2 0-0 5.Nf3 c5 6.dxc5 Bxc5. Pavlovic's choice after 4...0-0 is 5.e3. In addition, he recommends a3 as the thematic reply whenever Black plays ...c5, aiming to get the bishop pair without having to accept doubled pawns. His preferred approach for White is quite different from what Petrosian played. Thus there's no opportunity to cite that game.

Pavlovic doesn't entirely ignore historic antecedents. He notes that 4.Bd2 was played by Tartakower and Marcel Duchamp, and says that some of the latter's games are included in the book. Given the lack of a game or player index, I haven't been able to find any of those yet.
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
kylemeister
God Member
*****
Offline



Posts: 4928
Location: USA
Joined: 10/24/05
Re: The Nimzo-Indian Bible for White: Volumes 1 and 2
Reply #2 - 04/01/23 at 19:20:04
Post Tools
Since 4. Bd2 always reminds me of its appearance in the Petrosian-Portisch candidates match of 49 years ago, I'm a bit curious as to whether/how that game is mentioned.
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Nernstian59
Full Member
***
Offline


I Love ChessPublishing!

Posts: 189
Joined: 12/15/21
Re: The Nimzo-Indian Bible for White: Volumes 1 and 2
Reply #1 - 04/01/23 at 18:57:36
Post Tools
For those who might be interested, Thinkers Publishing has posted excerpts (they call them "teasers") from both books on their website.
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Nernstian59
Full Member
***
Offline


I Love ChessPublishing!

Posts: 189
Joined: 12/15/21
The Nimzo-Indian Bible for White: Volumes 1 and 2
03/25/23 at 21:39:24
Post Tools
I just noticed that Thinkers Publishing's The Nimzo-Indian Bible for White: Volumes 1 and 2 by Milos Pavlovic are available as pre-order items on the Chess4Less website.  The two books haven't yet appeared on other sites such as Niggemann or chess.co.uk, but they're already available on Forward Chess.

This last site has the tables of contents for both books as well as sample pages.  From this information, it looks like Pavlovic covers 4.Bd2 and the Classical 4.Qc2 in Volume 1, while Volume 2 is devoted to the Rubinstein (4.e3).  The title pages shown for both books include the sub-title, "A Complete Opening Repertoire for White".

Based on its table of contents, Volume 2 only analyzes 4...0-0 and 4...b6 against 4.e3.  Pavlovic apparently doesn't treat 4...c5, which he himself advocated in his 2018 book, The Modernized Nimzo-Queen's Gambit Declined Systems, also from Thinkers Publishing.  In the foreword to Volume 2, Pavlovic mentions having covered some material in his earlier work, though he doesn't specify that this is the reason for omitting 4...c5.  Nor does he say that this earlier analysis was from Black's point of view, not White's.

Out of curiosity I checked one of Pavlovic's lines in the Volume 2 sample against Igor Lysyj's analysis in The Modern Nimzo-Indian, published last year by Chess Stars.  Both writers begin with 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 Re8 6.Nge2 d5 7.0-0 Nbd7, and now Pavlovic's repertoire suggestion is 8.e4.  He only treats 8...dxc4, giving a couple lines that lead to a White advantage after 9.Bxc4 c5.  However, Pavlovic doesn't give anything on 8...dxe4, which is recommended by Lysyj, who says Black achieves equality after 9.Nxe4 Nxe4 10.Bxe4 e5.  Stockfish agrees with this evaluation and also has 8...dxe4 as its top choice (along with 8...Nxe4, which transposes).  In contrast, the engine doesn't approve of 8...dxc4, so why did Pavlovic choose this line as the only one to analyze?  Admittedly this is just a single variation, and it may not represent the overall quality of Pavlovic's analysis.  

One other thought - I haven't seen any advance notice that these two Nimzo-Indian "bibles" were coming.  This sort of thing seems to happen with some regularity with Thinkers Publishing.  They'll have books that stay in the "Expected' section of their website for months, if not years, while other works appear seemingly out of nowhere without having appeared in that section.  Of course, publishers are under no obligation to keep potential buyers informed about upcoming developments, but it would seem to be good for business to do so. 
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Bookmarks: del.icio.us Digg Facebook Google Google+ Linked in reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Yahoo