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Re: The Modernized Semi-Slav
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kylemeister wrote on 07/10/24 at 13:30:09:
So it would seem that it advocates the Orthodox with early ...c6, allowing a main line Exchange on the way, and covers that in 20 pages with a lot of diagrams and white space. 
                   

kylemeister - I posted a long-winded comment on the 5.Bg5 section of Pavlovic's book in another thread titled "Is the QGD Orthodox still alive?"

https://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/chess/YaBB.pl?num=1653043491

It seemed more appropriate to comment there since my remarks tied into several other posts in that thread.

Pavlovic does indeed go for the Orthodox with an early ...c6. I didn't find the book to have an excessive amount of white space, but Pavlovic didn't cover a well-known theoretical counter to one of his proposed lines. One might also contend that there's padding when he cites games past move 20, yet doesn't comment on many of these later moves. Between such padding and omissions, I think there's a legitimate concern about covering the subject sufficiently in just twenty pages since Pavlovic has to deal with the QGD Exchange Variation in addition to the Orthodox within this chapter.
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Re: The Modernized Semi-Slav
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cathexis - I noticed that Thinkers Publishing is releasing several new books soon, and they're all hardcovers except for one on puzzles/tactical exercises, which presumably has a wider audience. As I recall, books from this publisher were always paperbacks until a few months ago.  Maybe they recently decided to adopt the boutique model.

Quality Chess used an approach such as the one you describe where certain books, such as the series authored by Boris Gelfand, were first released as hardcovers for those who had to have them immediately. Paperback versions would follow about a year later for those who preferred to wait.  We'll have to see if any of these hardcovers from Thinkers eventually come out in paperback.
  
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Re: The Modernized Semi-Slav
Reply #3 - 07/10/24 at 13:30:09
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So it would seem that it advocates the Orthodox with early ...c6, allowing a main line Exchange on the way, and covers that in 20 pages with a lot of diagrams and white space.
  
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Re: The Modernized Semi-Slav
Reply #2 - 07/10/24 at 12:53:21
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Perhaps that's the reason. IIRC, the usual tradition in book sales is to issue a limited run of HC for a given title, then follow with PB based on sales numbers. Another thing that is more common today than years ago is the rise in the number of "boutique" publishers who basically issue limited print runs of pricier titles whose "special" qualities justify a higher price. A little bit like those Steel-Book video sales; the actual movie is the same, you're just paying for the fancy clamshell case and maybe video extras.

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They're trying to justify that price. Sounds boutique-ish to me. Wink
  
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Re: The Modernized Semi-Slav
Reply #1 - 07/10/24 at 09:07:37
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He avoids 5.Bg5 stuff with.... Nbd7, followed by Be7 opting for kind of standard QGD play.
  
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The Modernized Semi-Slav
05/16/24 at 21:04:25
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Thinkers Publishing will soon be releasing an addition to their "Modernized" series of opening books. It's The Modernized Semi-Slav by Milos Pavlovic. The book is in the "Announcements" section of the Niggemann site, which also offers a sample that includes the book's Preface and Table of Contents, plus a preview of the chapter dealing with the Meran Variation. Based on the page count shown in the ToC, the Meran section is the longest in the book. Among other chapters are those on the 6.Qc2 Anti-Meran, other White 6th moves, and the Marshall Gambit. 

In his Preface, Pavlovic notes that he doesn't analyze the Botvinnik Variation in response to 5.Bg5. I found his reason for this avoidance to be a bit odd, namely that he had already published various ideas on the Botvinnik in several magazines. Pavlovic doesn't specify what his recommendation is - only that it's "a modern approach". Whatever it is, it allows him to cover 5.Bg5 in about 20 pages. This relative brevity on what would otherwise be a lengthy subject results in a 176-page book, according to the information provided by Amazon. 

Given this rather slender volume, I was surprised to see the price listed in the $45-$49 range for pre-order from various sites. I then noticed that the book is offered as a hardcover only, which apparently accounts for its higher than expected price. The publisher's other recent opening book, The Modernized Queen Gambit Declined, is also only available in hardcover. I wonder if this is a new strategy from Thinkers Publishing, where declining sales of opening works is addressed by switching to hardcovers, whose higher price allows the publisher to build in a larger profit per book sold.
  
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