February 24, 2010 5 comments

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Categories: General

February 17, 2012 1 comment

Unfortunately I’ve been neglecting the project for a long time while working on school and math research papers.  I wouldn’t say that the project is completely stopped, but it may be quite a long time before any more updates.  The earliest I could start working on this again would be April after my PhD thesis is submitted, but no guarantees about that.

Hopefully the variations that are covered are still useful.  As far as I know, nothing major in my “published” analysis has been overturned by recent games.  If you know of games/analysis that overturn anything in the current version of the book, I would be greatly appreciative it if you could post a link to it in the comments, and I’ll make updating that a priority (relatively speaking).

Categories: Yugoslav Attack

New Chapter Added: Introduction to 13.Bg5

May 25, 2011 1 comment

This chapter covers several different minor lines after 13.Bg5 Rc5!.  The one with the best reputation is 14.Rhe1, where I advocate 14…Qa5! 15.Kb1! Re8! as the smoothest equalizer, rather than the more complicated 14…b5!?.  After the line 14.Kb1 Re8! 15.Rhe1 of the Karpov Variation, we’re going to follow Kasparov and play 15…Qa5!, reaching the same position, so from an efficiency standpoint our choice is forced.  (The Karpov Variation will be covered in a later chapter.)  The part of the new chapter that most interested me was the move 14.Rdg1!?, which I think is severely underrated.  I’ve included some improvements on old analysis and games to show that White appears to get real chances at an advantage after the standard move 14…b5 (recommended by Dearing and played the most frequently).  Instead I suggest the rare 14…Qa5!, and best play seems to lead to one forced draw or another, or an even but kind of unclear endgame if Black wants.  Perhaps 14.Rdg1!? would be a good surprise weapon if prepared well.  It may be just a draw, but I doubt that any other 14th move wins by force, so why not give it a shot?

Also, I’ve updated a couple random things in other chapters.  The one significant thing I remember is in the ultra-trendy and critical 10.Kb1!? main line.  (Well, it’s the main line now that Radjabov and Carlsen have endorsed it.)  In the Nisipeanu-Radjabov game, there’s a new try 18…Be6!? that recently came to my attention.  Though it didn’t fare so well in its one outing, it looks like Black gets pretty decent play for the exchange, and there are no forced draws to worry about.  It’s a hard one to evaluate, though.  We’ll need some more high-quality games to see if the idea stands up.  I’ve included some preliminary analysis.

Categories: Yugoslav Attack

Good news and bad news

May 8, 2011 Leave a comment

The good news is that I moved the file to a place where you don’t have to go through any advertisements or anything to download it.  The bad news is that a reader has pointed out that ChessBase Reader seems to not be able to figure out a lot of the links in the file, and while I have been able to confirm this error, unfortunately I have no idea how to fix it.  (I tried some things like recreating the file with different names, packing the database, creating a new database and copying everything over, etc., to see if that would randomly fix it, but none of that worked.  It also appears that the various Fritz GUI’s throw the same errors, but my ChessBase 10 reads it fine.)  However, I can offer the slightly annoying work around that the games are mostly in a logical order and one can probably manually find the game file that the link is supposed to go to.  Sorry that this is all I can do at the present.

Categories: Yugoslav Attack

Book available again

March 18, 2011 11 comments

I’m attending a regional math conference right now, so I don’t have time to do much fancy, but I took a moment to upload the file with the whole book somewhere.  I took down the links for the individual chapters since I started thinking that maybe that was confusing and redundant to have the whole book plus individual chapters both available.  (And it’s less work for me to keep one file updated instead of several.)  Let me know if you have any opinions on this one way or the other.

I’ll say this for anybody new to the way that I’ve got the book set up.  The way to make sense of how it’s organized is to find the entry “table of contents” (hopefully it’s listed at the top when you open up the database and it lists all the games) and then follow links from there.

Categories: Yugoslav Attack

Technical Issues

March 11, 2011 2 comments

It was just brought to my attention that the server hosting the files for this site has been down.  I will fix this as soon as I can, which unfortunately can’t be today since I’m out of town and don’t have access to my computer with the chess files.  In the mean time, does anybody have any suggestions about a free place where I can put the files?

Categories: Yugoslav Attack

New Chapter on Soltis 13.Bh6!? Available

January 25, 2011 1 comment

As usual, you can download the chapter by itself in the link on the right, or download the latest version of the whole book.

I’m kind of confused why 13.Bh6!? is so much less popular than 13.Bg5.  If White knows the theory, he can force Black down a very narrow path, and take his choice between unclear tactical complications and a slightly better (though drawn with careful play) rook vs. bishop endgame.  By transposition, he can arrive at a position suggested for White in Khalifman’s repertoire.  (In a feature game, I show how Black can equalize through exceptionally energetic play, but it’s safe to say that I’d be doomed if I had to figure that out over the board.)  That being said, 13.Bg5 is certainly a pretty good move too, and there are some interesting transpositional possibilities involving a later Bg5-h6.

Categories: Yugoslav Attack

New Chapter (finally!!!) Released

January 23, 2011 Leave a comment

This massive chapter is on the position arising after 10.h4 Ne5!? 11.Bb3 Rc8 12.0-0-0 h5! 13.Kb1.  There are some important transpositional opportunities here.  After 13…Re8, we reach the position usually seen after 10.0-0-0 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.Kb1! Re8 13.h4 h5 (the “refined prophylaxis” line recommended by Dearing), while 13…a6!? leads us to a position from the Carlsen Variation.  Since both positions have been hotly debated in the last couple years, I offer some analysis and sample games showing why I think Black is in trouble after both moves.  Instead, he should rely on the old-fashioned 13…Nc4! 14.Bxc4 Rxc4, when I think that after the critical 15.Nb3 the very rare 15…Qb8!? looks promising, and the traditional 15…Qc7, while solid, might give a patient White player some chances of a slight edge.

As usual, let me know if the links are broken.  (You can find the new chapter in the links on the right, or download the whole book in one file.)

During the past year I’ve gotten absorbed in things other than chess, and have only passively been following the game.  The sad truth is that this chapter was very nearly completed several months ago, but I got too distracted to finish it up. I think there should be some material of interest to both colors, despite the analysis coming out months later than it should have.  I’m not sure whether the future will see me get back to the old pace I was working at.  I’ve got another chapter on 13.Bh6 that I wrote probably over a year and a half ago and just need to reformat and update with any new games, so that will be what I’ll post next.

Categories: Yugoslav Attack