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   Oct-25-14 Fischer vs J B Bednarski, 1966 (replies)
Shams: <Garech> Seems to me that at top level, the most popular move lately has been 6.h3-- a move Fischer himself went 4-0 with in the early 60s: Repertoire Explorer: Robert James Fischer (white)
   Oct-24-14 FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014) (replies)
Shams: <kappertjes> I don't disagree with any of that.
   Oct-24-14 FSR chessforum (replies)
Shams: I'm amazed how many people meet the Marshall Gambit online with 5.Nxe4 Nf6. I see it at least five times as much as 5...Bb4. I even see 4...Nf6 a bit.
   Oct-24-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Shams: <Petrosianic> Is Jeb even running?
   Oct-24-14 Louis F Stumpers (replies)
Shams: <al wazir> My ears prick up whenever you say a problem is "really easy". Thanks for the Monday-level puzzle.
   Oct-24-14 Karpov vs Yusupov, 1989 (replies)
Shams: Two amusing lines on this thread. Thanks <Sally Simpson> and <sfm> for the laughs.
   Oct-24-14 A Veingold vs D Fridman, 1998 (replies)
Shams: <17thPawn> 4...dc would be the Noteboom I believe. And thanks for bringing this fantastic game to my attention!
   Oct-23-14 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Shams: <chancho> Well played!
   Oct-23-14 Kasimdzhanov vs Jobava, 2014 (replies)
Shams: Not being able to crack the Fort Knox is one thing, but losing to it must be painful. Earlier this year Karjakin tried 12.Nd4, drawing against Jobava in the only other high-level game in this line. Karjakin vs Jobava, 2014
   Oct-22-14 Carlsen-Anand World Championship (2014) (replies)
Shams: <Sally Simpson> How about holding it by the Sea of Rains? They'd save money by not having to build a soundproof room. :)
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  parisattack: Grazie! I'll pull my 1. ...b6/English books in the AM, go over this. Thanks for the viewer, too. I've seen ...Ne7 but not sure at that exact point.

(New 1. ...b6 book out soon in the Move-by-Move series.)

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  parisattack: Found this one is all on Chesslab -

"Cordara,Michele"] [Black "Dausch,Rene"] [Round "4"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A10"] 1. c4 b6 2. Nc3 Bb7 3. e4 e6 4. Bd3 Ne7 5. Nge2 d5 6. O-O d4 7. Nb5 Nec6 8. f4 a6 9. Na3 Nb4 10. Qb3 N8c6 11. Nc2 Na5 12. Qa3 Nac6 13. Nxb4 Nxb4 14. Qb3 a5 15. a4 Bc5 16. Kh1 Qh4 17. Bb1 O-O-O 18. d3 f5 19. Ng3 h5 20. Bd2 Nc6 21. Qd1 Qf6 22. e5 Qe7 23. Ne2 h4 24. h3 Rdg8 25. Qe1 Bb4 26. Bxb4 axb4 27. Qf2 g5 28. a5 g4 29. Ng1 Nxa5 30. hxg4 0-1

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  parisattack: The English Defense - Keene, Plaskett, Tisdall gives Watson-Schussler, NY 1978 "4.Bd3, Qg5!; 5. Qf3, Nc6; 6. Qg3?, Qg3; 7. hg, g6! and Black's grip on the d4 square gives a tangible edge. Schussler suggests 6. Nh3 when he intended 6. ...Qh4 with unclear play."
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  parisattack: I played over your game; thanks. I think you did well <Shams>, put up a good fight. I am not a 1. ...b6 guru but not sure about allowing d4 with the N on g6?
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  Shams: <parisattack> I'm sure you're right. The whole Ne7-g6 scheme of development is not something I understand; I know players sometimes follow with ...Nh4 trading off White's knight but there's surely more to it than that. A lot of strong 1...b6 players play it, so I guess I did the same in the spirit of exploration.

I like that Schussler idea. Thanks for that.

One advantage to my current repertoire (forgive me if I mentioned this to you before) is that because I now play the French, I can meet 1.d4 with 1...e6 if I wish, intending 2.e4 d5 or 2.c4 b6 whereby I'll see a lot of French and English Defense games. So at least I'd get to drill on it a lot, at the cost of getting reps in my beloved Benko but oh well.

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  parisattack: Hi <Shams>

Concur on 1. ..e6. Wonderful repertoire move. You can go all sorts of ways - French/Dutch, English/...b6, Sicilian Kan/Taimanov, Franco-Benoni, QGD...

Surprised it doesn't warrant more books - 1...d6 and 1...Nc6 many books.

I am also playing the French tho my heart is still with the Robatsch. I may just not be the 'breed apart' sort of player but I am having decent results with French...esp the Mac against 3. Nc3.

Keep us in the loop on your new tournament career!

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  moronovich: <One advantage to my current repertoire (forgive me if I mentioned this to you before) is that because I now play the French, I can meet 1.d4 with 1...e6 if I wish, intending 2.e4 d5 or 2.c4 b6 whereby I'll see a lot of French and English Defense games. So at least I'd get to drill on it a lot, at the cost of getting reps in my beloved Benko but oh well.>

When 1.d4-e6 it is seldom people go 2.e4 as far as my experience goes,also with strong(er) players.

One of my former students was to play at the national championship and we decided to go for 1.b6,especially against 1.d4.And in 3 games nobody ! went 2.e4 which is both the principal move and part of how to refute the whole Owens defence.They all went 2.c4.

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  parisattack: <moronovich - When 1.d4-e6 it is seldom people go 2.e4 as far as my experience goes,also with strong(er) players.>

Very true! If you are willing to go Dutch then 2. c4 by White gives Black some options as opposed to the standard 1. d4, f5 course of withholding c4 for a few moves.

Owens/English - My sense is Black has to play them very aggressively...much more so than the Robatsch where he can get away with a little rope-a-dope sometimes.

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  moronovich: <Very true! If you are willing to go Dutch then 2. c4 by White gives Black some options as opposed to the standard 1. d4, f5 course of withholding c4 for a few moves.>

Shure.And if Black wants to avoid the
Stauntongambit,1.d4-e6 is a way to go.
And an interesting moveorder is a black setup with e6,d5,c6 and first now 4-f5!? aiming for a stonewall where White sometimes doesnīt play the optimal setup and will be surprised by 4-f5 as he was dreaming about Queens Gambit in the first place.

Re:Owens.I played it occasionally(with great succes,70% vs 2350 opposition in 10 games) and studied it(all on my own)intensively for hundreds of hours:It would enriching the whole game it was 100% sound.But unfortunately it isnīt. But close too ;)Larsen told me there are 2 refutations.And I know of one,but not the other one.

Which aggressive continuation(s)do you consider ?.

All the best - moro.

Oct-15-14  Pulo y Gata: Hi, Shams.

I have a copy of 1Q84 but it's not on my priority shelf. I guess I have to mention my Murakami reading progression to give you some idea: The Elephant Vanishes, Kafka on the Shore, Sputnik Sweetheart, Norwegian Wood, South of the Border, West of the Sun, and his latest book, Colorless Tsukuru Tasaki and his years of pilgrimage.

I really enjoyed Kafka but thought he was showing off and that the ending didn't complete the whole experience for me. Sputnik I liked for its economy, the tightness of the whole yarn where things are just enough and Murakami didn't caper to such extravagance as he did in Kafka. After this South and Sputnik were really underwhelming and I ceased to read him for a while until Colorless came out. It was ok for me and so 1Q84, which I have been postponing reading had to take a farther back seat to my already long list of to-read books.

Thanks for the Wind-up push, that might be my next Murakami read.

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  Shams: <Pulo Y Gata> I liked Kafka on the Shore well enough but literally nothing about it has stayed with me.

What is funny is that you have read just about everything except what I'd consider to be his best books-- all of them are in the vein of dreamlike fantasy. Leaving non-fiction and short stories out of it, here is my list of his best:

1. Wind-up Bird
2. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
2a. 1Q84
3. Wild Sheep Chase
4. Dance Dance Dance

So, if you like any of the first three of these, then I envy you since you have a lot of fun waiting for you. Let me know what you think. The last third of 1Q84 is also the weakest, on the other hand, it actually has an ending whereas some of these other ones just sort of stop.

Murakami is hard for me to figure. I think he breaks-- boldly so, repeatedly and unapologetically-- several of what I'd consider cardinal rules of fiction (and dialogue). But for some reason it all holds together for him and even seems to work in his favor.

Oct-15-14  Pulo y Gata: <Shams> Yes, my random pickings weren't so lucky perhaps. Thanks for that list. I'll try 1 first and I'm quite sure I'll like it as people whose recommendations I trust liked it a lot.

In reading so many different authors, I couldn't help but think that somehow Murakami has stagnated. There are flashes of brilliance but nothing really sustained- with saying that, I hope to be proven totally wrong. All this Nobel hoopla must be taking ts toll, too. His publishers seem to schedule the release of his recent works around it (a short work was even in New Yorker on the week of the announcement!); somehow, I suspect it affects his creativity. Colorless was quite predictable and too wordy.

He has a weird way of plodding along with the actual writing (look up his past interview with the Paris Review if you haven't done so yet), relying much on dreams and intuition. Sometimes, he said, he just wait, wait for the story to flow.

Compare this with Garcia Marquez and many other writers and his professed approach is quite rare.

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  Shams: Wait, is he in line for a Nobel? I hadn't heard that. I've actually been a bit out of touch with the literary world for a few years.
Oct-15-14  Pulo y Gata: He's been one of the nominees for several successive years already, if I'm not mistaken.

This year's Nobel Prize in Literature went to French writer Patrick Modiano, who I haven't read or heard of until he was announced as the winner of the prize.

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  Shams: <Pulo y Gata> I thought they didn't release the names on the shortlist? I guess it gets leaked out.

Do you read the Spanish language translations or the English?

Oct-16-14  Pulo y Gata: Yes, it gets leaked out as the names are reported every time.

I can only read English, alas! I had several units of Spanish in college but I can hardly read, what more speak, it now. That's one of my regrets, not taking Spanish seriously-- only later would I realize how wonderful Latin American literature is. (I also had units in Chinese, bdw.)

I plan to take up Spanish language courses again. Right now I am reading Edith Grossman's English translation of Carmen Laforet's Nada, which won the first Premio Nadal in 1944. I also have with me a Spanish original copy of the novel.

What do you read nowadays, if I may ask? :-)

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  FSR: <parisattack: Hi <Shams>

Concur on 1. ..e6. Wonderful repertoire move. You can go all sorts of ways - French/Dutch, English/...b6, Sicilian Kan/Taimanov, Franco-Benoni, QGD...

Surprised it doesn't warrant more books - 1...d6 and 1...Nc6 many books.>

Here's one coming out: But it apparently doesn't cover the French - the authors have another book on that opening. Incidentally, Langrock and Watson have a book coming out on the Rubinstein French. That line has the virtue of being the same against both 3.Nc3 and 3.Nd2. The only other important line you have to learn is the Advance Variation.

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  parisattack: The Modern Bogo looks pretty sexy. I have it on my Christmas 'buy' list of chess and go books. "The Fighting French" by Soltis is good...ditto Short's little tome on the French.

I've been trying to play it Nimzo/Petrosian/Heidenfeld style and getting my you-know-what kicked.

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  Shams: <Pulo y Gata> <What do you read nowadays, if I may ask?>

Here are most of the books I've read recently, fiction and non-fiction:

Longitude, Dava Sobel NF
Sabbath's Theater, Philip Roth F
Lost at Sea, Jon Ronson NF
The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson NF
The Kiss, Kathryn Harrison NF (the reader will wish it were F) 1Q84, Haruki Murakami
Kicking and Dreaming, Ann and Nancy Wilson NF
The Safety of Objects, A.M. Homes F
The Man Who Loved China, Simon Winchester NF
The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown NF
Fleshmarket Alley, Ian Rankin F (plus two others in the series) The Devil in the White City, Erik Larsen NF
A Sport and a Pastime, James Salter F
The Devil's Snake Curve, Josh Ostergaard NF
Roger's Version, John Updike F
The Education of a Coach, David Halberstam NF

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Oct-22-14  Pulo y Gata: <Shams> Interesting title, and I only have Salter's. Would you cite some favorites, past or present? I always find gems in what other people read or recommend.

Some of my favorites:

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Die Blendung by Elias Canetti
Silk by Alessandro Baricco
The Body Artist by Don DeLillo
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
The Roots of Heaven by Romain Gary
Hiroshima by John Hershey
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Atomised by Michel Houellebecq
Hunger by Knut Hamsun
Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago
One Hundred Years of Solitude by G.G. Marquez
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Storyteller by Mario Vargas Llosa
The Vice-Consul by M. Duras
The Tunnel by Ernesto Sabato

Some chess-related favorites:

The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte
King's Gambit by Paul Hoffman
The Luzhin Defense by Vladimir Nabokov
Chess by Stefan Zweig
The Luneburg Variation by Paolo Maurensig
The Chess Artist by J.C. Hallman
The Immortal Game by David Shenk

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  FSR: <Shams> You should read <Thinking, Fast and Slow>. Not a fast read, but a fascinating and very important book.
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  FSR: What do you play after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6! ? I've been allowing the Nimzo-Indian, but I'm not very happy with that. 3.Nf3 is also possible, obviously, but the Queen's Indian is also a good opening - not to mention 3...d5 and White has been move-ordered out of the best QGD Exchange lines. The Catalan is a decent opening, but Black can meet 3.g3 with 3...c5!, when he has already equalized. Black gets a plus score after 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 b5! or 5...d6, Opening Explorer, and also after 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Qc7, Opening Explorer.
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