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    Quote Originally Posted by LyudmilTsvetkov View Post
    if I go to play now, I will easily pass 2500, no effort on my part at all, and spending half the time of my opponents.
    for higher ratings, it takes effort and concentration.

    if you think 9 dollars is a high price for 290 pages large format and over 500 diagrams within, as well as featuring 5 times more chess knowledge terms any other
    book has presented, then you might easily skip the buy.
    No worries bud, I'll leave it with you.
    meep meep

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyudmilTsvetkov View Post
    if I go to play now, I will easily pass 2500, no effort on my part at all, and spending half the time of my opponents.
    Please come back after you have proved it in rated games. I couldn't imagine a better proof of your system.
    “If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.” — Abba Eban on the UN general assembly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    Please come back after you have proved it in rated games. I couldn't imagine a better proof of your system.
    this takes time though, at least 2 or 3 years to get a GM title.
    alternatively, I could play a match against Stockfish or Komodo chess engines, win the match,
    and then you will be convinced.

    anyway, I had a nice stay here, thanks to all well-inclined and ill-inclined kangaroos for their feedback.

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    "if you're a 2200 player who studies a lot and doesn't play, you're still a 2200 player. Sure maybe you understand things that the GMs don't. The chess world is full of people who think they know more than GMs, but just can't seem to produce the results to prove it."

    So true, road runner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyudmilTsvetkov View Post
    alternatively, I could play a match against Stockfish or Komodo chess engines, win the match,
    and then you will be convinced.
    If you could do this under properly controlled conditions (arbiter, video, no possibility of looking up programs while playing) I'd be very impressed. But I don't think that will ever happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    If you could do this under properly controlled conditions (arbiter, video, no possibility of looking up programs while playing) I'd be very impressed. But I don't think that will ever happen.
    I'd also be impressed, subject to KB's caveats about it being demonstrably genuine. But someone with a good knowledge of computer chess algorithms and plenty of practice can optimise their play against them and be confident of not getting too many surprises. In terms of demonstrating the viability of a technique valid for practical tournament play I would rather see a demonstration against a range of human players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyudmilTsvetkov View Post
    this takes time though, at least 2 or 3 years to get a GM title.
    OK, just play in any FIDE-rated tournament of 9+ rounds with an average rating around your last published rating, and score a 2600 performance.
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    I am so happy, the first review for 'The Secret of Chess' has appeared,
    and by none other than Australian GM and book reviewer David Smerdon:
    http://davidsmerdon.com/?p=1970

    Thank you, David!

    The review is also available on the chess.com blog of the grandmaster:
    https://www.chess.com/blog/smurfo/the-secret-of-chess

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyudmilTsvetkov View Post
    I am so happy, the first review for 'The Secret of Chess' has appeared,
    and by none other than Australian GM and book reviewer David Smerdon:
    http://davidsmerdon.com/?p=1970

    Thank you, David!

    The review is also available on the chess.com blog of the grandmaster:
    https://www.chess.com/blog/smurfo/the-secret-of-chess
    Look at number 5: https://www.amazon.com/Chess-Board-G...UTF8&node=4406

    Chessbase reprinted David Smerdon's review, and some people have hurried to buy the book, true, for each ebook purchase, I am getting just a bit more than 2 dollars.

    Chess Base: https://en.chessbase.com/post/the-secret-of-chess

    PS. For the record, currently the book is number 1 in chess books in the Kindle store.
    That will last just moments, though, until the article is fresh.

    Seemingly, that David is a magician, and ChessBase even more so...

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    Here another review, very short: https://www.welshccf.org.uk/article/325
    by Russell Sherwood of the Welsh Corresponcence Chess Federation(thanks Russell).

    It is for the first time someone puts me on the Fringe, I am very happy.
    'The Secret of Chess' convincingly beats ARB and Berliner, on equal terms with Shashin.

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    One more review has appeared, by IM Gerard Welling from the Netherlands:
    https://www.chess.com/blog/Swordfish...ecret-of-chess

    Maybe it is time to buy the book.

    https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Chess-.../dp/1522041400

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    One more review is available, by IM Herman Grooten of the Netherlands:
    http://www.secretofchess.com/files/1...of%20Chess.pdf

    So far, we have 4, and, although not all are ecstatic, all are largely positive.
    Maybe the bigger number of reviews can help you make up your mind better.

    I would be very happy for anyone considering the book, when it is in a slump:
    https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Chess-.../dp/1522041400

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    Came here just to post 2 games with SF - my first handicap win and my first draw.
    I don't have much time to play now, better results in the summer.
    The concepts in my book help me play well against the top engines.

    [Event "Blitz 2m+2s"]
    [Site "Microsoft"]
    [Date "2018.02.06"]
    [Round "?"]
    [White "Lyudmil Tsvetkov, owner"]
    [Black "Stockfish 9 64 POPCNT"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [Annotator "owner"]
    [SetUp "1"]
    [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pp1p1ppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"]
    [PlyCount "77"]
    [EventDate "2018.??.??"]
    [TimeControl "120+2"]

    {512MB, OWNER-PC} 1. e4 {0} Nf6 {2.40/22 12} 2. Nc3 {3} Nc6 {1.75/21 7} 3. Nf3
    {2} d5 {1.97/20 3} 4. exd5 {2} Nxd5 {2.15/22 5} 5. Nxd5 {1} Qxd5 {2.09/22 3} 6.
    d4 {2} Bf5 {1.92/23 3} 7. c3 {2} Be7 {2.01/20 4} 8. Bd3 {2} O-O {2.02/21 3} 9.
    Bxf5 {3} Qxf5 {2.17/19 2} 10. O-O {2} Rfe8 {2.09/22 3} 11. Be3 {2} Bf6 {2.23/
    23 22} 12. Qb1 {2} Qd5 {2.07/22 0} 13. Qd3 {3} Rad8 {2.19/20 4} 14. Rfe1 {6} g6
    {2.32/21 7} 15. Bd2 {5} Ne5 {2.30/19 3} 16. Nxe5 {3} Bxe5 {2.25/22 2} 17. b3 {
    16} b5 {2.18/21 6} 18. Qf1 {0} h5 {2.42/22 19} 19. Rad1 {0} Bf6 {2.70/24 11}
    20. Rxe8+ {2} Rxe8 {2.89/23 2} 21. Be3 {0} Rc8 {2.86/24 5} 22. Qd3 {6} Qf5 {3.
    01/25 0} 23. Qxf5 {0} gxf5 {3.17/23 3} 24. Rc1 {5} Kf8 {3.24/25 9} 25. c4 {14}
    bxc4 {2.46/22 1} 26. Rxc4 {4} Rxc4 {2.79/25 0} 27. bxc4 {1} f4 {3.07/24 4} 28.
    Bxf4 {2} Bxd4 {3.31/24 4} 29. Be3 {2} Bb2 {4.06/29 9} 30. Bxa7 {3} Ke7 {5.02/
    30 12} 31. Kf1 {9} Kd7 {4.44/28 4} 32. Ke2 {1} Be5 {5.18/28 7} 33. h3 {3} Bd6 {
    4.98/23 2} 34. g4 {7} hxg4 {6.03/26 6} 35. hxg4 {1} Ke6 {6.35/26 2} 36. Kd3 {2}
    f6 {7.18/25 3} 37. Be3 {8} f5 {7.21/21 0} 38. gxf5+ {4} Kxf5 {10.49/27 0} 39.
    c5 {3} 1-0

    [Event "Blitz 2m+2s"]
    [Site "Microsoft"]
    [Date "2018.02.05"]
    [Round "?"]
    [White "Stockfish 9 64 POPCNT"]
    [Black "Lyudmil Tsvetkov, owner"]
    [Result "1/2-1/2"]
    [ECO "D94"]
    [Annotator "owner"]
    [PlyCount "111"]
    [EventDate "2018.??.??"]
    [TimeControl "120+2"]

    {512MB, OWNER-PC} 1. d4 {0.55/22 17} d5 {2} 2. c4 {0.51/22 8} c6 {3} 3. Nf3 {
    0.54/23 8} Nf6 {2} 4. e3 {0.31/24 16} g6 {2} 5. Nc3 {0.59/21 3} Bg7 {2} 6. Be2
    {0.45/23 6} O-O {2} 7. O-O {0.35/21 3} Bg4 {3} 8. a4 {0.53/21 5} a5 {0} 9. b3 {
    0.47/22 7} e6 {11} 10. Ba3 {0.44/28 0} Re8 {2} 11. h3 {0.39/25 4} Bxf3 {3} 12.
    Bxf3 {0.33/24 1} Bf8 {5} 13. Bb2 {0.42/22 2} Na6 {0} 14. Qc2 {0.34/21 3} Nb4 {3
    } 15. Qb1 {0.35/22 13} Nd7 {23} 16. Na2 {0.24/28 0} f5 {11} 17. Nxb4 {0.31/24
    11} Bxb4 {1} 18. g3 {0.66/19 2} Nf6 {3} 19. Kg2 {0.38/25 23} Ne4 {14} 20. Qd3 {
    0.17/26 0} Qg5 {10} 21. Rh1 {0.48/22 10} h5 {2} 22. h4 {0.67/17 1} Qh6 {10} 23.
    Rhc1 {0.57/22 3} Rf8 {0} 24. Qc2 {0.57/26 5} Rf7 {3} 25. Rh1 {0.49/25 13} Raf8
    {2} 26. Be2 {0.40/20 3} Kh7 {0} 27. Bd3 {0.39/22 2} Qg7 {9} 28. Qd1 {0.39/25 3}
    Qh6 {2} 29. Bc1 {0.39/26 6} Qg7 {2} 30. Qc2 {0.39/25 0} Rd7 {4} 31. Bb2 {0.39/
    27 2} Rfd8 {4} 32. Rhc1 {0.39/23 3} Nf6 {4} 33. Be2 {0.39/20 4} Rg8 {9} 34. Bf3
    {0.39/20 2} Qh6 {5} 35. Qe2 {0.39/20 2} Rdg7 {8} 36. Rf1 {0.39/22 2} Rd7 {9}
    37. Rac1 {0.39/23 3} Kh8 {4} 38. Rh1 {0.39/23 2} Kh7 {4} 39. Bc3 {0.55/19 1}
    Bxc3 {0} 40. Rxc3 {0.41/24 1} Ne4 {5} 41. Rd3 {0.41/21 2} Ra8 {6} 42. Rb1 {0.
    41/22 1} Ra6 {3} 43. Qb2 {0.40/23 3} Rb6 {3} 44. Qc2 {0.36/21 3} Rb4 {5} 45.
    Rf1 {0.12/23 2} Kg8 {9} 46. Rdd1 {0.12/21 1} Rf7 {0} 47. Be2 {0.12/25 2} Qf8 {
    17} 48. Bd3 {0.11/35 0} Qd6 {3} 49. Ra1 {0.11/25 2} Rg7 {7} 50. Rab1 {0.11/24 2
    } Kh8 {0} 51. Rfe1 {0.11/26 3} Qb8 {12} 52. Qb2 {0.11/21 2} Rf7 {2} 53. Rg1 {
    0.11/27 2} Kh7 {3} 54. Qc2 {0.11/27 2} Qd6 {2} 55. Rgc1 {0.11/27 2} Rf8 {5} 56.
    Qd1 {0.11/27 4} 1/2-1/2

    Now, I could not find the pgn tags, I can find nothing these days, if someone could put a diagram, I would be grateful.
    Sorry, I am in an awful hurry, if I missed/skipped something.

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    The second volume of 'The Secret of Chess', containing example games, is out.
    803 games in total.
    The games follow the Table of Contents of the first volume, covering each and every term.
    Some terms are covered by a single game, while others, more important ones, by as much as 15.
    The volume features 5 world champions, among which Carlsen, Kasparov and Fischer, 3 top engines, Stockfish, Houdini and Komodo, as well as a number of other players.
    I have browsed 15 000 games to carefully select those 803.
    All games are tactical and positional masterpieces.

    The book is available here: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Chess-...70_&dpSrc=srch

    I guess everyone, programmer or chess player, who has found the first volume interesting or would like to clear his ideas on the concepts, should have a look at this one.
    For the time being, the games are unannotated. It will take couple of years to fully comment 800 games, so I wanted to have this consolidated version out.
    I guess at some point there will be also a volume with annotated example games, but this will not be too soon. And I am not certain what portion of the games will be featured there, probably just a smaller one.
    The main reason for releasing this volume is that many people asked me for illustrative games to better comprehend the concepts. Initially, I had not considered this at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyudmilTsvetkov View Post
    the book comprises some 300+ terms, all diagrammed.
    it is specified which terms are good and which bad.
    when you remember those 300 terms, whenever you encounter them in a real game, you will be able
    to assess your position much better.
    That is much easier way to learn than browsing through thousands of games, with unclear notions about
    what is going on.

    concerning theory, you are right, that would be interesting, but should be dealt separately.
    so far, greatly thanks to Stockfish and Komodo, I have ascertained that:
    - the Grob is lost
    - almost all black gambits are lost, for example the Budapest, Benko, etc.
    - mainline KID seems to be lost for black, but very good for black, on the other hand, if white does not play perfectly, allowing
    black to build a longer pointed chain
    - the Alekhine is almost certainly lost
    - the French Winaver is lost, if black castles short, etc., etc.

    that is based on thousands of hours of manual analysis with Stockfish and Komodo.
    I am only a low player but came to the same conclusions as this mammoth scientific book on two openings by just playing against one of each opening - the Grob and Benko. Never having come across these two openings previously (and since) but having won both games (on this site) against lot higher rated players who had mastered these openings I confined both these openings to the trash bin. I don't believe massive study of all openings is necessary if one has acquired good basic skills, knowledge and experience of the game. I first met the Dutch against an ex-Australian champion and after a few hours playing only losing by a pawn he advised me that I did not need to study it. The Alekhine I studied when Fischer was at his top and gave it away before even playing it in one competition game and the French I have only casually browsed over and also gave away without even studying.

    I qualify this "advice" by adding if one is happy to stay below titled level but achieve club champion titles.
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