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  cormier: AR say's there is a better move than 25.Qc5 ...
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  cormier: the best move is 25.Qa7!!
Oct-29-10  Knight13: If you've already read <How To Reasses Your Chess> by Silman, is it still necesary to get <My System> by Nimzovich? After seeing how thick <Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy: Advances Since Nimzovich> by John Watson is, I'm wondering if reading <My System>'ll right after HTRYS will actually hurt your chess? Afterall, Silman DID leave <My System> out of his "Recommended Reading List." You'd think he would have a good reason.
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  jessicafischerqueen: <kormier> tks mstr

This is a fascinating position-

25.Qa7 is much better than 25.Qc5?- I agree, the Queen swap favors Black.

25.Qa7 poses immediate tactical problems for Black.

However, 25.Qa7 is not a knock out blow- it gives White advantage but it's not a won game by any means.

Black has the resource

24.Qa7 e4

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Which provides useful interference on the a8-h1 diagonal.

How would white proceed from here?

We've got a real chessgame from this position unless I missed something.

What lines does <Romero> give after 25.Qa7?

tks mstr

Oct-30-10  Knight13: My last post sucks. Don't know what I was thinking.


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  cormier: solution 25.Qa7,e4(best try was to cut the diagonal) 26.Bxe4,Qxe4 27.Qxb7,Qxe2 28.Qxa6 =

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Analysis by Fritz 12:(dpa 20)

1. = (0.03): 28...Nc3 29.Qb6 Rd2 30.Qb8+ Kf7 31.Qb7+ Kg6 32.Qf3 Ra2 33.Kg2 Qxf3+ 34.Nxf3 Rxa3 35.Nd4 Kf7 36.h3 Kg6 37.h4 h5 38.Re1 Ra4

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  cormier: <<jessicafischerqueen>> hi have a good day mam ... yes i was happy to begin the chapter 16 but i was press by my shedule .... yet if this book is not reviewed i't very good worth a great deal it's price ..... tks ps. Soon i will list the name of the chapter, i hope tonight then everyone will have a better idea
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  cormier: <Creative Chess Strategy> by Alfonso Romero. In this book we examine many typical positions of the sort that can arise in practice. Control of light/dark squares, explotation of weaknesses, generalthemes with the IQP, blocade - are some of the fundamental topic examined throughly. Alfonso has chosen gameswhich are most instructive, and feature original idea by GMs. He offer his personal his reflections on the positions studied, going into depth in the fashionable world of strategic analysis. Knowing how to weight the advantages and disaventages of a position, and reaching an appropriate decision, is one of the most difficult topics in chess. So hefound this necessary to analyse some games to great depth and present his conclusions over many pages. While each chapter is focused on one main strategic subject, there is much more describe in them. Awell-fought game inevitably includes many positional and tactical ideas and strategic plans, and they need tobe considered as a whole. So enjoy... etc.... the solutions of the best GMs.
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  hms123: <cormier> You are an expensive poster. I just ordered the Romero book. thanks--hms
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  cormier: <hms123> well for a thematic player it would be mostly 75% of seen stuff but interesting enought to be bought ..... tks
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  ChessBookForum: Here is a beautiful piece of chess history work:

<"Kingscrusher" (Tryfon Gavriel)> has combined text narration with photographs and many video analysis of games in his ambitious <Evolution of Style> series, which you can navigate easily from this one link here:

You can give <Kingscrusher> feedback, ask him questions, or contribute to the discussion of the "Evolution of Chess Style" right here at in his forum: kingscrusher chessforum

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  cormier: chs:_ 1. Pawn Structure_ 2. Space Advantage_ 3. Strong Center_ 4. Bishop-Pair_ 5. Blocade_ 6. Isolate Queen Pawn_ 7. Control of Light(or Dark) Squares_ 8. Attaking a Weak Center_ 9. Open and Semi-Open Files_ 10.Positional Exchange Sacrifices 11.Positional Sacrifice of Two Pawns 12. Coordinating a Rook and a Knight_ 13. The Dead Bishop_ 14. Lack of Communication_ 15. The Crazy World of Attaking without Rules_ 16. Knowledge of Position.
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  ChessBookForum: An investigation of this book:

<Think Like A Grandmaster:
Algebraic Edition
Alexander Kotov >

User: kingscrusher has done a very thorough critical analysis of this book, including video analysis of many of the games <Kotov> uses as examples.

<Kotov's Candidate Move System critically examined>

Nov-02-10  LIFE Master AJ: Just went to my P.O. Box.

Got the book, "Paul Morphy, American Spy." I guess I am supposed to review it.

I have spent years researching Paul Morphy's life. I own every book in print that I could find on Morphy. I have gone to dozens of libraries to read everything I could find on Paul Morphy. This includes libraries in New York, Washington D.C. (Library of Congress); and many, many others.

If Paul Morphy was a confederate spy, its news to me.

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  jessicafischerqueen: <AJ> be sure to let us know where the review is published after you write it.
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  amadeus: Intermezzo:)
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  wwall: This was reported in the New York Times on Jan 25, 1863 about Paul Morphy.

"Since my arrival, I have met with Mr. Paul Morphy, the famous American chess player, about whose doings and whereabouts such contradictory reports have been circulated in the United States. Mr. Morphy has not been on any rebel General's staff, nor has he taken any part in the war. He left New-Orleans long after the capture of the city by the Federal forces, and went to Havana, taking passage thence to Cadiz, and reached Paris a few days ago."

Nov-15-10  erikido: Just looked over the intro to play the dutch. Looks like a good book. Actually has words that describe the moves and typical ideas of the opening. Anyone actually have it. If so, what do youthink?
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  wordfunph: Book Watch!

+ The Modern Scandinavian by Matthias Wahls, Karsten Muller & Hannes Langrock (New In Chess)

+ Counterplay - An Anthropologist at the Chessboard by Robert Desjarlais (University of California Press)

+ The Joys of Chess - Heroes, Battles and Brilliances by Christian Hesse (New In Chess)

+ Grandmaster Chess Strategy by Jurgen Kaufeld & Guido Kern (New In Chess)

+ Improve Your Chess Tactics by Jakov Neishstadt (New In Chess)

Nov-22-10  VladimirOo: Hi,

Can anyone compare NCO (Nunn's Chess Openings, 1999) and BCO (Batsford's Chess Openings, 2009 BY nick Firmian [CAREFUL! I speak of the latest BCO]). I found this work nowhere on the internet.

John Watson compared Nunn's NCO and previous Firmian's work (MCO, Modern Chess Openings) and came to the conclusion that Nunn's NCO was to be prefered for Firmian's MCO did not treat fashionable and recent openings like the Chebanenko etc.

How really is Firmian's BCO? Is it simply latest BCO where he just added the new openings (Chebanenko) without modifying the previous analysis? Does it goes beyond Nunn's NCO (Firmian's book is much bigger but that does not mean a lot)? Is it more accurate than Nunn and alii's (really good openings specialist Emms, Burgess, Galagher) work?

To summarize, which one is really better? Nunn's is very complete, treat every situations and openings, provides an excellent basis its only disadvantage is that it is from 1999 (openings evolve really fast, but basics may not and stay still, aren't they?) and much harder to find than Firmian's BCO.

Thank you!

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  wordfunph: is this for real?

Fischer vs. Kasparov - The 12 Secret Games? The story of a mysterious gift and an incredible day with GM Eduard Gufeld by Mark Anthony

Dec-13-10  MaxxLange: GM de Firmian has edited the MCO for some years now - did he also do a new BCO? Cool.

Sight unseen, if I can only buy one book, I'd buy the 2009 BCO over 1999's NCO. It's from an experienced editor of one volume opening reference books, from a good publisher, and it is 10 years more recent.

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  wordfunph: Book Watch!

+ The Rossolimo Sicilian - A Powerful Anti-Sicilian That Avoids Tons of Theory by Victor Bologan

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  hms123: This game collection is now complete: Game Collection: How to play dynamic chess (Valeri Beim)
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  wordfunph: Book Watch!

+ The Grandmaster Battle Manual by GM Vassilios Kotronias (Quality Chess)

+ Tragicomedy in the Endgame - Instructive Mistakes of the Masters by Mark Dvoretsky (Rusen)

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