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Quality Chess Newsletter – Ntirlis week – Playing 1.e4 e5 and a Tarrasch update

Dear Quality Chess Reader,

3rd February was the official publication date of Playing 1.e4 e5 – A Classical Repertoire by Nikolaos Ntirlis. This book offers a complete repertoire for Black against 1.e4 based on 1…e5, with the Breyer Variation against the Spanish the backbone of the repertoire. Ntirlis’s previous books have been well received, and we think this is his best work yet. An excerpt can be read here.

Since my last newsletter, we have also published Grandmaster Repertoire – 1.e4 vs The Sicilian II by GM Parimarjan Negi and Grandmaster Repertoire 6A – Beating the Anti-Sicilians by GM Vassilios Kotronias.

Those of you who enjoyed Ntirlis’s earlier work Grandmaster Repertoire 10 – The Tarrasch Defence (co-written with GM Jacob Aagaard in 2011) will be particularly interested in the chess files below. In the pdf Ntirlis updates The Tarrasch Defence to show how the repertoire has stood the test of time. The pgn file gives the games referred to in the pdf.

Regards,
John Shaw
Chief Editor

Quality Chess

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  1. February 23rd, 2016 at 13:23 | #1

    For amateurs the biggest problem is the line 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 c5 4 cd ed 5 Nf3 Nc6 6 dxc5!? as proposed by Kornev.

  2. Thomas
    February 23rd, 2016 at 14:24 | #2

    Because of this line I stopped playing the Tarrasch.

  3. Jacob Aagaard
    February 23rd, 2016 at 16:52 | #3

    @Phil Collins
    As mentioned in the book as well. We popularised that line, which indeed is a bit dull.

  4. RB
    February 23rd, 2016 at 19:15 | #4

    @JacobAagaard When can we see the 2016 catalogue?

  5. February 23rd, 2016 at 21:16 | #5

    @Jacob Aagaard
    In the pre-comnputer era it was possible to play the line like 5.dxc5 and it was fun to play.
    In my opinion it’s now to easy for white to play for two results.

  6. Grant
    February 24th, 2016 at 03:04 | #6

    Of course below 2000 ELO all three results are possible even in lines such as dxc5. The Tarrasch book is great and the update welcome.

    That being said is the Nimzo book a 2016 project?

  7. Ray
    February 24th, 2016 at 06:55 | #7

    @ Thomas: Which opening did you switch to? Not the KID I assume, because of the dreaded exchange variation?

  8. Ray
    February 24th, 2016 at 06:57 | #8

    @ RB: It seems QC has a new policy to improve the accuracy of the estimated publication dates: they will from now on publish the schedule after the books have been published.

  9. LE BRUIT QUI COURT
    February 24th, 2016 at 07:00 | #9

    On Niggemann site you have Nikos’ review:

    “Insgesamt ist dies eines der besten Bücher, die ich je in Händen gehalten habe. Durch die vielen Erklärungen erscheint dieses Buch sehr angenehm leicht und der Schreibstil des Autoren weiß ebenfalls zu unterhalten.

    IM Dirk Schuh

    Februar 2016”

  10. Thomas
    February 24th, 2016 at 07:37 | #10

    @Ray: I don’t see the KID-Exchange as a big problem, there’s enough play left.
    But as I fail to understand most of the Kingsindian my main opening to 1.d4 is the Nimzoindian/Modern Benoni. By the way, Petrovs book is excellent.
    Unfortunately there’s not much on the Semi-Tarrasch besides Pinters two volumes. Might be a good opening. Maybe someday I switch to the Cambridge-Springs or Orthodox or something like that.

  11. Valoche
    February 24th, 2016 at 09:30 | #11

    Quality Chess has covered all mains openings against 1.d4. Grünfeld, King’s Indian, Slav and Semi-slav. But what about the Nimzo-Indian ? Il would be great to have a repertoire on this essential classical opening…

  12. Ray
    February 24th, 2016 at 10:15 | #12

    @ Thomas: I agree Petrov’s book is excellent. I also play the Modern Benoni, but not the Nimzo-Indian. The Semi-Tarrasch and QGD are too passive for my taste.

  13. Ray
    February 24th, 2016 at 12:20 | #13

    @ Thomas: PS: how often did you encounter 6.dxc5 in your Tarrasch games? E.g. in the French I rarely encounter the Exchange Variation. I.m.o. white has nothing in the 6.dxc5 variation, the only problem for black is that it’s difficult to win. But I would expect that ambitious white players wouldn’t play 6.dxc5, or am I wrong?

  14. Thomas
    February 24th, 2016 at 12:46 | #14

    @Ray: I never encountered it in a tournament game – probably people want to win against me 🙂 . But still I don’t want to allow it. It’s not the only reason for giving up the Tarrasch. A later dxc5 is also not too much fun for black. Unfortunately White is not forced to play 9. Bg5.

    I never had problems with black in the exchange french but I agree I didn’t see it very often in serious games.

    Is the Semi-Tarrasch really that passive? I liked Naiditschs win against Kramnik!

  15. Jacob Aagaard
    February 24th, 2016 at 13:39 | #15

    @RB
    I am working on it – and about 8 books…

  16. Jacob Aagaard
    February 24th, 2016 at 13:40 | #16

    @Grant
    Yes, Michael Roiz is on the final chapters. This book will now finally definitely happen.

  17. Wolfsblut
    February 24th, 2016 at 14:35 | #17

    @Jacob Aagaard
    ? that are a lot of books….. I’ am looking forward to them…☺

  18. Gollum
    February 24th, 2016 at 14:46 | #18

    Yeah! A Nimzo book!!!

    You will have in me a customer, even if I do not know if I’ll be able to study the material. I’ve always got the feeling that the nimzo is something you need deep positional understanding to play well, so I always wanted to play that defense in order to gain such a knowledge.

  19. John Shaw
    February 24th, 2016 at 15:25 | #19

    LE BRUIT QUI COURT :
    On Niggemann site you have Nikos’ review:
    “Insgesamt ist dies eines der besten Bücher, die ich je in Händen gehalten habe. Durch die vielen Erklärungen erscheint dieses Buch sehr angenehm leicht und der Schreibstil des Autoren weiß ebenfalls zu unterhalten.
    IM Dirk Schuh
    Februar 2016”

    Thanks for bringing that to our attention.

    “Overall, this is one of the best books I’ve ever held in my hands.”

    Sounds like a promising review.

  20. Cowe
    February 24th, 2016 at 16:58 | #20

    > “Overall, this is one of the best books I’ve ever held in my hands.”

    as ‘Shuh’ means ‘shoe’ in german, i would take this review with a pinch of salt.

  21. Ray
    February 24th, 2016 at 17:01 | #21

    @Cowe
    🙂

  22. Jacob Aagaard
    February 24th, 2016 at 18:06 | #22

    I just have a feeling to say this publically. I am a John Shaw fan and really looking forward to seeing Playing 1.e4 in print. Especially after what he found today!

  23. Wolfsblut
    February 24th, 2016 at 18:25 | #23

    @Jacob Aagaard
    That is not nice!:@
    We are all John Shaw Fans….so you don’t have to make us even more suffer… But you can make up for it : Just give us little new informations about the book….;-)

  24. Jacob Aagaard
    February 24th, 2016 at 19:07 | #24

    @Wolfsblut
    John found a novelty over a corr. game that seems to kill an entire book… What more can I say? Only that this is the final line in the book done. And he did it in his lunch break. What a monster!

  25. Anssi Manninen
    February 24th, 2016 at 19:17 | #25

    Jacob, do meant that John found a refutation of the line he was going to recommened and now he has to go back to the drawing board..?

  26. Nikos Ntirlis
    February 24th, 2016 at 19:33 | #26

    Hello guys. Yes, 6.dxc5 is a boring line, but latest evidence show that Black has easy equality here. I didn’t want to put that line as well in the newsletter so not to make it very big and unreadable.

    By the way, one friend GM emailed me after reading the newsletter that “if i have to play this 9.dxc5 against the Tarrasch to get an edge, i’d rather play 1.e4 and fight for more against the Najdorf!”

  27. Ray
    February 24th, 2016 at 20:27 | #27

    @Jacob Aagaard
    The supense is killing me… Very much looking forward to 8 QC new books! Shaw 1+2, Avrukh 1B, Razuvaev, Mikhalevski, Kotronias on the KID volume 4, Negi Scilian volume 3 – and what’s number 8? Maybe Gelfand+Aagaard volume 2?

  28. Ray
    February 24th, 2016 at 20:28 | #28

    O no, I forgot Roiz, so at least one of my guesses is wrong 🙂

  29. Ray
    February 24th, 2016 at 20:30 | #29

    @Nikos Ntirlis
    Thanks! I guess basically your initial analysis on 6.dxc5 still holds?

  30. Tobias
    February 24th, 2016 at 20:59 | #30

    John didn’t find a refutation of Nikos’ book, did he? Like 1. d4 ? 😉

  31. Jacob Aagaard
    February 24th, 2016 at 21:17 | #31

    @Anssi Manninen
    Killed a recent book by a competitor. I was helping and after a few days I found nothing. He came up with the solution in his lunch break…

  32. Jacob Aagaard
    February 24th, 2016 at 21:25 | #32

    @Ray
    I am happy to say which 8 books I am working on. Gelfand 2 is a major book of course, it is also the main thing on my mind right now. Smirin’s book. Helping Tiger a little bit, just conversations really. Yusupov’s new book, which is basically ready for publication, just needs a check and a bit of indexing. 2x John, KID 4 and one of my own books.

  33. RB
    February 24th, 2016 at 21:41 | #33

    @JacobAagaard But when can we expect a new catalogue and a new pub. schedule? Next week or in two weeks? We are all very excited, and didn’t see a schedule since November…

  34. Ed
    February 24th, 2016 at 21:49 | #34

    @Jacob Aagaard
    @Jacob Aagaard
    Is this in the Caro kann variation for white?

  35. Anssi Manninen
    February 24th, 2016 at 22:25 | #35

    @Tobias. HAH HAH! 😀

  36. Ed
    February 24th, 2016 at 22:29 | #36

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Was the refutation found while working on the Caro kann?

  37. Jacob Aagaard
    February 24th, 2016 at 23:28 | #37

    @Ed
    No

  38. TonyRo
    February 25th, 2016 at 02:07 | #38

    I hope and pray it’s not my book. 🙂

  39. Thomas
    February 25th, 2016 at 04:57 | #39

    Ilya Smirin?? Tell us more!

  40. Nico
    February 25th, 2016 at 07:19 | #40

    Tiger is working on a new book? I’m a dedicated fan of his – please tell us more 🙂

  41. Thomas
    February 25th, 2016 at 07:23 | #41

    And what about Axel Smith’s new book?

  42. The Doctor
    February 25th, 2016 at 07:27 | #42

    @Ed
    I reckon it’s in the Scandinavian!

  43. Ed
    February 25th, 2016 at 08:50 | #43

    The Doctor :
    @Ed
    I reckon it’s in the Scandinavian!

    I think you would probably be right.
    If so I think I know which book too,
    although I think it is a good book,
    but this would only be speculation.

  44. Bebbe
    February 25th, 2016 at 09:03 | #44

    Are there any plans for GM repertoire 6b?
    The 6.Bg5, Nbd7 chapter really needs to be updated.

    I did not like Ftacnics recommendation in the 6.Bg5, e6 7.f4, h6 line.
    In the most critical variation white has an extra pawn in the endgame
    with good winning chances. This is suffering for black.

  45. Ray
    February 25th, 2016 at 09:09 | #45

    I’m betting John refuted a line in the Scotch from Lokander or Bologan’s book.

  46. Ray
    February 25th, 2016 at 09:13 | #46

    @ Jacob Aagaard: Thanks, that’s some exciting news! Looking forward to hearing more about the books of Smirin and Tiger (maybe a book on the Reti?!), as well as your own book (Thinking inside the Box? – or do you have another project going?)

  47. Bebbe
    February 25th, 2016 at 09:17 | #47

    Maybe John refuted the Caro-Kann during his lunch break.

  48. Thomas
    February 25th, 2016 at 09:18 | #48

    @Ray
    Maybe in the Scotch, maybe in the Qd6 Scandinavian.

  49. Bebbe
    February 25th, 2016 at 09:24 | #49

    Tigers books are always interesting. This is exciting!

  50. Jacob Aagaard
    February 25th, 2016 at 09:42 | #50

    @Thomas
    I will tell more about Smirin’s book when I have a cover

  51. Jacob Aagaard
    February 25th, 2016 at 09:44 | #51

    @Nico
    Tiger has not even been able to clarify to himself what the book is about, but a lot has been written already. This is really happening, after 10 years of pushing.

  52. Jacob Aagaard
    February 25th, 2016 at 09:44 | #52

    @Bebbe
    For various reasons, they have been pushed to the autumn.

  53. Ed
    February 25th, 2016 at 09:46 | #53

    Next survey:
    Which opening did John find a refutation for a line:
    A Scotch
    B Scandinavian
    C Sicilian
    D French
    E Caro Kann
    F Pirc/modern
    G Alekhine
    H other

    I can’t decide between A or B at the moment.

  54. Jacob Aagaard
    February 25th, 2016 at 09:47 | #54

    @Ray
    Yes, I am working on and off on Box, but also on about 10 other books of my own. I still collect exercises all the time, especially because Boris and Sam keep demanding new material.

    A curious thing. I was crushed completely in the 4NCL by a young talented English junior of Chinese heritage, who after the game told me that all the top Chinese players use my training books, even the ones that speak no word of English. I don’t really get upset losing anymore, but in this case I was actually standing up from the board in absolute joy!

  55. Ray
    February 25th, 2016 at 10:14 | #55

    @ Jacob Aagaard
    Wow, that’s a lot of books in the pipeline! I guess it’s always nice for a master if his pupil defeats him 🙂

  56. Bebbe
    February 25th, 2016 at 10:18 | #56

    My guess is that Smirin will write a book about the Sicilan Kan.

    Tigers book will be something original and not about openings.

    What happened with Marins new project?

  57. Bebbe
    February 25th, 2016 at 10:27 | #57

    Kotronias on the Sämisch Kingsindian is also something to look forward to.
    6.-e5 which he usually plays seems to be in some kind of crisis lately.

  58. Bebbe
    February 25th, 2016 at 10:42 | #58

    6.Bg5 in the Najdorf is giving me a headache.
    Want to avoid forced draws.

    How is 6.-e6 7.f4, Qc7 holding up these days?
    I consider meeting 8.Bxf6, gxf6 9.Qd2 with the dynamic 9.-b5.

    What about 9.Be2? Can black play 9.-b5 here too or is the less
    dynamic 9.-Nc6 mandatory? Maybe 10.Bh5 is a problem.

  59. Bebbe
    February 25th, 2016 at 11:04 | #59

    Maybe black can play 9.Be2, h5!?.
    On 10.Bxh5 follows 10.-Qb6 with threats Rxh5 and Qxb2.
    On 11.Nb3 follows 11.-Qe3+.

  60. Cowe
    February 25th, 2016 at 11:07 | #60

    Jacob Aagaard :
    @Wolfsblut
    John found a novelty over a corr. game that seems to kill an entire book… What more can I say? Only that this is the final line in the book done. And he did it in his lunch break. What a monster!

    This mother of all teasings may buy you another year of waiting, but I wish John would have found a keyboard instead 🙂

    Putting jokes aside, do you think a subscription model (sort of kickstarter) can be interesting for launching some books, hire writers etc ? this is quite different from classic editor job waiting for authors to come with a book, and you shouldn’t get uberized as the editing part in your books is very consistent and valuable.

  61. Andre’
    February 25th, 2016 at 11:12 | #61

    @Ed;
    If I was a betting man my money would be on a bust in Smerdon’s Scandinavian.

  62. Ray
    February 25th, 2016 at 12:13 | #62

    @ Bebbe
    That’s funny – Negi is going out of his way to avoid forced draws for white in the 6.Bg5 Najdorf. As long as both sides want to avoid a forced draw, I guess there is no problem 🙂 . I think generally the type of player who plays the Najdorf as black or the 6.Bg5 variation as white are both bloodthirsty and not looking for a forced draw.

  63. Ray
    February 25th, 2016 at 12:18 | #63

    By the way, I like the delayed Poisoned Pawn. You then avoid the forced draws in the f5-variation, and against the line with e5 I like Andriasyan’s recommendation with …Nd5!? There doesn’t seem to be an easy forced draw for white there, but i.m.o. it’s a draw all the same. Maybe you should play a less forcing opening (e.g. the Modern Tiger) if you don’t like forced draws. If you play a really forcing opening such as the Najdorf, in most lines it will turn out that either it’s a (forced) draw or it’s winning for white or black.

  64. Jacob Aagaard
    February 25th, 2016 at 12:28 | #64

    @Bebbe
    Marin is an experienced author that does not need his hand held…

  65. Jacob Aagaard
    February 25th, 2016 at 12:30 | #65

    @Andre’
    No, not that one. Smerdon’s book is quite good actually; he takes a line that is entirely s*** and almost makes it playable. But of course, take the money and run works against gambits from time to time. But there is always counterplay.

  66. Bebbe
    February 25th, 2016 at 12:38 | #66

    Ray,

    I have played people who plays 6.Bg5 to draw.
    Where is the forced draw after 7.-Qc7?

  67. Bebbe
    February 25th, 2016 at 12:42 | #67

    I want to keep the Najdorf in my repertoire.
    It keeps you young and test the tactical ability and your memory.
    This is good to avoid Alzheimer.

  68. Jacob Aagaard
    February 25th, 2016 at 12:54 | #68

    @Bebbe
    Don’t eat sugar if you want to avoid dementia. Glucose intolerance in the brain is a big contributor.

  69. Bebbe
    February 25th, 2016 at 12:57 | #69

    Jacob,

    Thanks for the advice. I did not know that you are a dietist.
    Is the Najdorf good too?

  70. Jacob Aagaard
    February 25th, 2016 at 13:12 | #70

    @Bebbe
    Absolutely!

  71. Ray
    February 25th, 2016 at 13:13 | #71

    @Bebbe

    I don’t know if there is a forced draw after 7…Qc7, but I don’t like it. I guess you have studied Negi’s book?

  72. Jacob Aagaard
    February 25th, 2016 at 13:13 | #72

    @Bebbe
    I think you can also know that you should not step in front of a running train without being a train driver 🙂

  73. Bebbe
    February 25th, 2016 at 13:27 | #73

    Ray,

    No I have not, but I will purchase it soon to make up my mind on what to choose.
    I guess it will be rather difficult to decide.

  74. February 25th, 2016 at 14:41 | #74

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Sam Shankland?

  75. Ray
    February 25th, 2016 at 14:51 | #75

    @ Bebbe
    You should definitely buy Negi’s book on the Najdorf; no serious Najdorf player can do without it i.m.o. Then it’s simply a matter of choosing which of the critical Negi lines you like best from the black point of view.

  76. Jonas
    February 25th, 2016 at 15:59 | #76

    @Jacob Aagaard
    But sugar intake and glucose intolerance is not directly linked. A very complex subject like chess. Read some of Jacob Guardiol’s articles on the matter. Btw, the brain needs glucose to function well.

    (Maybe you mean food with lots of refined sugar)?

  77. Jonas
    February 25th, 2016 at 16:05 | #77

    Sorry, more correctly, blog posts, not actual articles.

  78. Topnotch
    February 25th, 2016 at 16:23 | #78

    @ The Doctor

    I Think it’s The Scandanavian also. I have been discussing the merits of the mainline offered in the newest repertoire Book on the Scandi on another website, and what was apparent to me is that the line seems to be hanging by a thread.

    Curiously Tiviakov himself did a video in Chessbase Magazine # 167 concluding that the Scandi with 3…Qd6 was no longer playable.

    Food for thought.

  79. The Doctor
    February 25th, 2016 at 16:52 | #79

    @Ray

    I would be surprised if it was a lot be i the Scotch.
    But you never know?

  80. The Doctor
    February 25th, 2016 at 16:53 | #80

    A line in the Scotch….damn predictive texts ?

  81. Ray
    February 25th, 2016 at 17:45 | #81

    @The Doctor
    Maybe you’re right – it could also be Kotronias’s recent book ‘The safest Scandinavian’..

  82. Anssi Manninen
    February 25th, 2016 at 18:00 | #82

    @ Jonas, any glucose brain needs can be made from non-carbohydrate molecules (amino acids, etc).

  83. The Doctor
    February 25th, 2016 at 18:00 | #83

    @Ray
    Yeah I was thinking that or the Smeardon book. But Jacob squad it’s not the Smeardon one?

  84. The Doctor
    February 25th, 2016 at 18:04 | #84

    @Anssi Manninen

    Gluconeogenesis ?

  85. Thomas
    February 25th, 2016 at 18:10 | #85

    @Ray I was thinking of S. Kasparov on the same matter.

  86. Ray
    February 25th, 2016 at 18:22 | #86

    @Thomas
    Well, the Scandinavian seems like a safe bet then 🙂

  87. Jonas
    February 25th, 2016 at 18:41 | #87

    I think the Scandinavian is a candidate. But in that case it could be refutation of two books, right (Kotronias’ and Kasparov’s)?

  88. Jonas
    February 25th, 2016 at 18:44 | #88

    @Anssi Manninen
    Yes, I know. I spent 6 years for a Ph D basically on glycosylation of proteins. Bacteria can also make gold:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cupriavidus_metallidurans

  89. Thomas
    February 25th, 2016 at 18:51 | #89

    I doubt they recommend the same lines

  90. February 25th, 2016 at 18:58 | #90

    Whilst I hope I’m proved wrong in the very near future, we have been waiting for John’s books for so long that the question remains will this novelty ever see the light of day anyway….in the meantime I don’t think Quality Chess should be making comments suggesting the refutation of lines in other publishers works without being more explicit especially when it can, as it has done here, create speculation around a book from an author that also writes for Quality Chess….

    Jacob would be the first to jump and down if someone passed such comment about a future book from Quality Chess!

  91. Tom
    February 25th, 2016 at 19:14 | #91

    Great books are to be expected from QC soon. Is there perhaps any forecast when the last Karolyi volume (part 3 on Tal’s games) will become availabel?

  92. mehmet
    February 25th, 2016 at 19:36 | #92

    Maybe Tarrasch defence would stay popular had Kasparov not abandoned it at a point in his career.I think it is a bit interesting but there are not many top players who play it.

  93. Jacob Aagaard
    February 25th, 2016 at 21:47 | #93

    @Jonas
    http://www.uctv.tv/skinny-on-obesity/ – This is where I have this from. When I say sugar, I mean this not as a Doctor talking at a conference (I am neither), but as a lay person talking normal language, where sugar simply means free sugars.

    Fruit is known to be good for you and is full of sugar, but it is all bound up in fibre. I am sure we will agree entirely on this?!

  94. Jacob Aagaard
    February 25th, 2016 at 21:49 | #94

    @Michael
    The book is written. This was the end. And no, I do not think anyone should lecture on how we are allowed to speak in our own house about ourselves; but I guess I am just misreading you.

  95. The Doctor
    February 25th, 2016 at 22:37 | #95

    @Jonas

    Bloody hell 6 yrs!! How the heck did you get the funding
    Mine took just 3!

  96. Jonas
    February 25th, 2016 at 22:58 | #96

    The Doctor :
    @Jonas
    Bloody hell 6 yrs!! How the heck did you get the funding
    Mine took just 3!

    Well, I guess my supervisor after 4 years didn’t feel like not letting me graduate after spending a fortune on me :–D

  97. February 25th, 2016 at 23:30 | #97

    @Jacob Aagaard
    You should be PROUD Jacob! If your opponents kills you at the board… with the best weapon available at the whole Universe… it must be Quality Chess (weapon). It must be really funny to be crushed by the ideas your are working hard with your colleagues (and published these as GM’s rep books).

    BTW. I will not be very surprised if after the next World Championship – the challenger says: “Yes, I won the title due to using Quality Chess books, ideas and books – you cannot ask for better quality and creativity source” 🙂

  98. John Johnson
    February 26th, 2016 at 01:50 | #98

    I am just looking at the new Ntirlis book, and am very impressed at the research he did. I am only as far as the Vienna section, but I thought the Modern Vienna Chess Stars book was sort of a hidden treasure, and Ntirlis quotes it and the Lokander book. Again that is a very high standard of research.

  99. James
    February 26th, 2016 at 02:48 | #99

    @Jacob Aagaard Very happy to hear about the Nimzo book. Will there be a companion volume offering someone against 3.Nf3 and the Catalan?

    Also regarding the refutation of a competitor author’s book, is it the Flexible Sicilian by ChessStars?

  100. edgarallanpoe
    February 26th, 2016 at 06:52 | #100

    Maybe it is in the Alekhine and the book refered to is the shveshnikov’s book?

  101. Ray
    February 26th, 2016 at 07:00 | #101

    @John Johnson
    I fully agree – it’s a great repertoire with splendid explanations! Only the Breyer is not really to my taste, so I play the Open Spanish instead, using Mikhalevski’s repertoire..

  102. Ray
    February 26th, 2016 at 07:10 | #102

    By the way, @ Nikos: Am I wrong, or is the Scotch Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Bc4) missing from your book? I can’t find it in the index, but maybe I’m looking wrong? If it’s missing, I think it should have been added.

  103. Nikos Ntirlis
    February 26th, 2016 at 07:23 | #103

    @Ray
    The line you give is not the “Scotch Gambit”, but a weird, rare (and very bad?) gambit. The real Scotch Gambit 🙂 comes after 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 and this is covered in the 2Knights section, a transposition i am sure it is mentioned in the text.

  104. Thomas
    February 26th, 2016 at 07:27 | #104

    @Ray I never saw that line with 4. Sxd4 and 5. Bc4. Looks strange.

  105. Ray
    February 26th, 2016 at 07:49 | #105

    @Nikos Ntirlis
    Sorry, you’re right of course. I guess it’s too early in the morning to make smart comments 🙂 Thanks for your quick reaction though!

  106. Gollum
    February 26th, 2016 at 08:07 | #106

    @James

    Is it possible to answer the Catalan with the Tarrasch? For example something along the lines of:

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Nf3 c5

    To me it looks like a Tarrasch where Black for some reason has rushed to play Nf6 but it does not seems to matter much as White has committed to a g3 scheme already.

    The QI move order is more troublesome for me, as a transposition to a Tarrasch is not possible:

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5

    and now White has 4.Bg5 and I don’t know if we can transpose to lines covered in the nimzo by playing 4…Bb4 or we have to settle for a classic QGD line.

  107. Bebbe
    February 26th, 2016 at 09:16 | #107

    James,

    You can play the Benoni against both 3.Nf3 and 3.g3.
    Then you have Petrovs excellent book.

    If you want something more solid the Bogoindian can
    be played against both 3.Nf3 and 3.g3.

    Or play 3.-d5 against both. If white plays 3.Nf3, d5 4.Nc3 then play 4.-Bb4.

  108. Bebbe
    February 26th, 2016 at 09:49 | #108

    A fourth repertoire is to play the black knights tango 3.-Nc6 against both 3.Nf3 and 3.g3.

    A fifth is to play the Queens indian against 3.Nf3 combined with any of the alternatives mentioned against 3.g3. Or to play the original Budapest-like 3.- e5!? 4.dxe5, Ng4 against 3.g3.

  109. Jacob Aagaard
    February 26th, 2016 at 10:12 | #109

    @James
    Nothing fixed and obviously not telling.

  110. Bebbe
    February 26th, 2016 at 10:12 | #110

    A sixth option is to play the Blumenfeld gambit 3.Nf3, c5 4.d5, b5 combined with 3.g3, c5 4.d5, exd5 5.cxd5, b5.

  111. Jacob Aagaard
    February 26th, 2016 at 10:14 | #111

    @Gollum
    Yes, the move order I have used in the past is 4…Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 c5

  112. Bebbe
    February 26th, 2016 at 10:42 | #112

    A seventh choice which I am not recommending to serious players is to play the Snake Benoni against both 3.Nf3 and 3.g3. 3.Nf3, c5 4.d5, exd5 5.cxd5, Bd6 or 3.g3, c5 4.d5, exd5 5.cxd5, Bd6.

  113. Bebbe
    February 26th, 2016 at 10:49 | #113

    “Tired of good positions. Try the offbeat lines!”

    Low Quality Chess

  114. Tom Tidom
    February 26th, 2016 at 15:31 | #114

    @Nikos Ntirlis
    Playing 1.e4 e5 looks like a really great book and I will use it as my guideline against 1.e4 in the next future.

    A few minor lines I haven´t found covered, perhaps intentionally:

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Be2 heading for a reversed Philidor after 3…Nf6 4.d3
    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.d3 with similar intentions
    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Nd2 hoping for an improved version of 6.Bd3
    1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e5 Nh5 5.Qe2 intending to go for g2-g4 later. Probably not good but maybe not so easy to deal with unprepared.

  115. Topnotch
    February 26th, 2016 at 16:25 | #115

    @Jacob Aagaard
    “John found a novelty over a corr. game that seems to kill an entire book… What more can I say? Only that this is the final line in the book done. And he did it in his lunch break. What a monster!”

    This book was not on my to buy list, but after the above teaser, I simply have no choice now. 🙂

  116. February 26th, 2016 at 18:08 | #116

    Hi Mr. Aagaard,

    I know, this is not the right blog for my question, but after successfully reviving the Tarrasch, is it possible to revive the classical Sicilian, too?

  117. Steven S.
    February 26th, 2016 at 21:04 | #117

    Saying that John found a novelty on his lunch break that ” kills an entire book” is for my taste a bit too much. Most well respected authors do not write an entire book based on one or two suspicious moves. While this ” novelty” may bust a line, we have seen this for years and will continue to do so. Such is the nature of finding improvements. Novelties as well often have a one use shelf life and usually are refuted in days or weeks in general as strong responses are sought. I think the author as well if the “killed book” may have a word or two to say, not only in his defense but also as to the nature of possibly finding strong responses to this new novelty. The jury is still out until we can compare material and see what all the fuss is about .

  118. Topnotch
    February 26th, 2016 at 22:36 | #118

    @Steven S.

    “Saying that John found a novelty on his lunch break that ” kills an entire book” is for my taste a bit too much.”

    I don’t think that Jacob meant that John found the novelty on his lunch break, but only that he managed to finish the final chapter during it.

    Perhaps the 3…Qd6 Scandi isn’t unplayable as Tiviakov himself suggests, but the evidence shows that is rather unpleasant for Black.

  119. Ed
    February 26th, 2016 at 23:50 | #119

    The line refuted could also be in the Philidor.

  120. Ed
    February 27th, 2016 at 07:01 | #120

    Possible book: ‘A cunning chess opening for black’ by S. Kasparov

  121. Thomas
    February 27th, 2016 at 07:08 | #121

    It also might be “Die Verteidigung des Damengambits” by Sigbert Tarrasch.

    I hope that wasn’t bad taste .

  122. Ray
    February 27th, 2016 at 07:28 | #122

    @Thomas
    🙂 I’m betting on ‘ Die hypermoderne Schachpartie’ by Tartakower – after all, recently an English translation has been published by NIC, so it fits the description.

  123. Ed
    February 27th, 2016 at 07:57 | #123

    ‘A Cunning Chess Opening for Black’ by S Kasparov.
    The book is about reaching a philidor by pirc move order initially:
    So 1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 3Nc3 …
    Now instead of normal pirc of 3. …. g6
    The whole idea of the book is 3 ……e5 to reach a philidor opening,
    saying that white will respond with 4. Nf3.
    However I believe this move order is refuted by white playing 4. dxe5.
    so that 4. ……dxe5 5. Qxd8+ Kxd8 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Bb5 Bd6 8 Bxc6 bxc6.
    White has superior position.
    Please comment I am curious what does everyone think?
    Have I missed something Nikos or John?

  124. SimonB
    February 27th, 2016 at 08:20 | #124

    @Ed
    First point.
    Well, yes, you are stating that a particular opening is a particular opening. Equally 1 e4 c5 is not the French 1. e4 e6. And cooking my breakfast omelette is not abseiling.
    The book about that opening is about that opening. It is, yes.
    Second point.
    No. It’s a bit more complicated than that. Fortunately. A respectable line is unlikely to be so readily refuted by two moves of simple development. Do you think?
    Bologan did a decent ChessBase DVD on this line some while back. Have a look – it’s good, and you’ll learn plenty.
    Third point.
    Respectfully, it really is better that they focus their time and energies on writing theoretical chess books than answer such asinine questions.

  125. Ed
    February 27th, 2016 at 08:57 | #125

    @ Simon B
    First point
    The philidor is normally arrived by 1.e4 d6 2. Nf3 d6
    The book is about arriving at that opening by arriving at a different move order.
    As stated above.
    Second Point
    Thank you for your reference to the bologan DVD.
    The title I have found is ‘The Fighting Philidor’.
    I did not know it was a respectable line.
    I feel humbled by your advice, clearly you are a superior player than I.
    Third Point
    I take back placing their names in the blog as I agree their time is best spent on theoretical books.
    I was trying to create discussion about something I found interesting.
    Chess is a game which is great when people discuss and give opinions.
    I never said or thought I was right, but was trying to create discussion among fellow bloggers to learn. I could have learnt a lot from you if you have a few moves and ‘very briefly’ explained why I was wrong.

  126. Ed
    February 27th, 2016 at 09:01 | #126

    Sorry Philidor is normally reached by
    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6

  127. Gollum
    February 27th, 2016 at 15:32 | #127

    @Ed

    Negi in his first book about 1.e4 does advice this exact move order for Black if they want to play the Philidor, and says something along the lines that the line you propose is believed now not to give White an advantage, so he prefers to play Nf3 and Bc4.

  128. Ed
    February 27th, 2016 at 16:07 | #128

    Thanks Gollum

  129. Jacob Aagaard
    February 27th, 2016 at 19:47 | #129

    @Topnotch
    Yeah, it worked!

  130. Jacob Aagaard
    February 27th, 2016 at 19:48 | #130

    @gewgaw
    Maybe, but we cannot do everything 🙂

  131. Jacob Aagaard
    February 27th, 2016 at 19:50 | #131

    @Steven S.
    I agree. This claim will hopefully look much better in a six weeks or so when we publish.

  132. Jacob Aagaard
    February 27th, 2016 at 19:51 | #132

    @Ed
    We not Bd6 before Nc6? Just asking blindfolded.

  133. PaulH
    February 27th, 2016 at 20:37 | #133

    @Jacob Aagaard
    “6 weeks or so when we publish…..”

    Does this mean an excerpt is imminent? Presumably you will still publish the 2 vols with a gap between?

  134. Jacob Aagaard
    February 27th, 2016 at 21:25 | #134

    @PaulH
    Yeah, volume 2 will be coming some later. A lot is written, but much more is needed.

    I think we are maybe 2-3 weeks from an excerpt. I hope to publish a new publishing schedule soon, probably next week. We have editorial on Monday, then I will know where we are.

  135. February 27th, 2016 at 21:39 | #135

    Would you be discussing the new title of GM Thomas Luther chess book? :). I am looking forward what title will be chosen… and who will be immortalized at your book as a “chess title advisor” 😉

  136. Sanrensei
    February 27th, 2016 at 21:58 | #136

    @JacobAagaard: being very curious of Smirin writing a book – as I really enjoy his play – could you just say if it’s a book on openings or something else? This teasing is unbearable 🙂

  137. Jacob Aagaard
    February 27th, 2016 at 22:00 | #137

    @Tomasz Chessthinker
    Hahaha. I am sure there is still room for a good suggestion!

  138. trandism
    February 28th, 2016 at 14:15 | #138

    @Ed re Philidor

    Philidor for years now is reached via the 1…d6 move-order because the “normal” move-order is almost busted.

    6…Nc6 in your line is very bad. And 6.Nf3 is not even the critical test.

  139. The Doctor
    February 29th, 2016 at 07:53 | #139

    Is it me or does anyone else think it’s a bit odd that 3 of the major publishing houses (QC, New in Chess, Chess Stars), have not written books on the Black side of the Queen’s Gambit Declined. Strange considering you could argue it’s one of Black most popular defences over recent years.

  140. Torkil
    February 29th, 2016 at 09:37 | #140

    Absolutely agree with The Doctor! John Cox’ “Declining the Queen’s Gambit” (everyman) from 2011 is the latest book from a Black’s viewpoint, and while I like it quite a lot I would be very interested in QC style “bible” on the subject.

  141. kirpan
    February 29th, 2016 at 09:55 | #141

    @The Doctor
    yes indeed doc strange do jacob………..

  142. TD
    February 29th, 2016 at 10:12 | #142

    The Doctor,

    ChessBase just published a DVD!

  143. The Doctor
    February 29th, 2016 at 11:05 | #143

    @TD

    Thanks, but I don’t do DVD’s really

  144. Jacob Aagaard
    February 29th, 2016 at 12:48 | #144

    @The Doctor
    Files exist and long term (within a year) we will have a book on this.

  145. MR
    February 29th, 2016 at 13:07 | #145

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Betting 200 elopoints this isn’t related to Smirin 🙂

  146. The Doctor
    February 29th, 2016 at 13:19 | #146

    U@Jacob Aagaard

    Thanks for the reply ??

  147. Gollum
    February 29th, 2016 at 14:28 | #147

    @Jacob Aagaard

    A book about the QGD? Can you reveal if it will be 3…Nf6 & 4…Be7 or other lines? It would be great to have the classical QGD, as I’ve played it for quite. Another MUST BUY book…

  148. Bebbe
    February 29th, 2016 at 14:37 | #148

    Maybe the Tartakower with the moveorder 3.Nc3, Be7.

  149. Ben
    February 29th, 2016 at 15:17 | #149

    Would be really nice to have a good QC book based on the Tartakower variation 🙂

  150. Jacob Aagaard
    February 29th, 2016 at 15:47 | #150

    @MR
    Yeah, the Smirin book will be with the word Warfare in the title…

  151. Tom Tidom
    February 29th, 2016 at 16:39 | #151

    “King´s Indian Warfare” would be suitable from this author. 😉

  152. RB
    February 29th, 2016 at 16:45 | #152

    @JacobAagaard Is the schedule going to come this week?

  153. Jacob Aagaard
    March 1st, 2016 at 09:37 | #153

    @RB
    Yes

  154. Ray
    March 1st, 2016 at 10:22 | #154

    YES!

  155. Thomas
    March 1st, 2016 at 12:04 | #155

    Yes?

  156. FredPhil
    March 11th, 2016 at 11:25 | #156

    @Nikos Ntirlis or @Jacob Aagaard

    Very interested in 1.e4 e5 from black point of view.
    If I want to play 1…e5 but without big lines in RL (for the moment) what should I play after 3.Bb5 ?
    3…Bc5?…Nf6?…Ng-e7?…g6?

  157. Jacob Aagaard
    March 11th, 2016 at 13:26 | #157

    @FredPhil
    3…a6 4. Ba4 Nge7 is a fun decent line.

  158. Nikos Ntirlis
    April 25th, 2016 at 05:16 | #158

    @FredPhil
    Follow Onischuk on 3…a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Bc5!? could be an idea.

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