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Le livre est très intéressent et il donne des solutions pour le casse tête de certaines apertures avec D4 en blanc. Pour le joueur intermédiaire que veut améliorer son jeu avec des solutions efficaces et pas beaucoup de travail. Il faut travailler et étudier, mais il réduit le champ d'étude.
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This is a book that keeps growing in value over time. Already the first edition authored by Aaron Summerscale in 1998 was a most valuable contribution to the range of resources at the disposal of amateur club players (and beyond: in some instances Grand Masters too have been known to either succumb or make use of those resources.) It gained in stature when it was completely revised and updated by Sverre Johnsen in 2010 (he quite modestly refers to himself as an "updater", but in fact did a lot more to to preserve the rating of the book as a first-rate tool (for use by the same target group.) Further significant finishing touches were brought to bear in 2012 by the publishers of the electronic edition, so that it now constitutes a very finely honed repertoire for players with a penchant for d-pawn attacks, written from the point of view of White.
One niggle: it would appear that the Kindle edition can be neither printed out nor converted into a format (e.g. PDF) that can. This is a nuisance since at times it may be useful to have a printout of the odd game for study while away from the computer or smartphone.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Repertoire Book! 25 juin 2010
Par RS - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is a great repertoire book. I was very glad to see the re-release and update, as I had lost my original copy (it's probably in a box somewhere). I'm a fan of repertoire books, but readily admit that many of them are rather disingenuous and lacking in substance. Summerscale's _A_Killer_Chess_Opening_Repertoire_, however, is quite exceptional.

The Colle-Zukertort has a lot of bite to it and the 150 Attack is one of the most flexible and viable approaches against the Pirc (James Vigus agrees--see his _The_Pirc_in_Black_and_White_). While the Barry is capable of putting the unsuspecting or unprepared KID player in quite a pickle, when posed against a well prepared black player expect a fairly sedate and equal game that emphasizes queenside maneuvering and central play. The latter is not necessarily a bad thing from a psychological standpoint, since many KID players are looking for a big fight and a vicious kingside attack. The best things about this book are its presentation of ideas through games and Summerscale's accessible coverage of themes. While theoretically responsible, this is not a theory tome.

Sverre Johnson's update is useful and insightful without being intrusive. He updates the book mostly by adding in some newer games and some more recent analysis. A key example of this is his addition the the Bg5 section against the Dutch. His analysis here is consonant with that which he provides in his own book's coverage (_Win_with_the_Stonewall_Dutch_) of anti-Dutch systems.

If you're a "C" to "A" player who's looking for a repertoire and who works 40+ hours a week, but still loves to play in tournaments, then this is the book for you.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Accurate analysis, but cut short in all the wrong places - more of a "feel good" book for White 28 avril 2014
Par Patrick J. McCartney - Publié sur
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First a little background and why I bought this book.

I'm a 2100 player who has played almost every opening under the sun. If it's a "normal" opening not named the London System, I've probably played it. Open Sicilian, Closed Sicilian, Queen's Gambit, Torre Attack, Trompowsky, Colle, English, Orangutan, Bird's Opening, Grob, 1.Nc3, etc. You get the point. I'm well rounded in openings.

Recently, I've been going thru "The Torre Attack: Move by Move" by Palliser (for when Black plays 1...Nf6 and 2...g6 or 2...e6) and "The Colle: Move by Move" by Lakdawala (for when Black plays an early ...d5). In the case of the latter book, while he covers both the Koltanowski and the Zukertort, clearly he thinks Mr Koltanowski comes from San Francisco and Mr Zukertort must come from podunk Nebraska because Lakdawala's heart is clearly in the Koltanowski and he just doesn't show the same love for the Zukertort. He dedicates a full chapter, decently written, on the Zukertort, but in all other lines, like cases where Black plays an early ...c5, he resorts to c3 for White, and if Black transposes after that with ...e6, there is no recourse for Zukertort players.

So that's what lead me to pick up this book. It's main line is the Colle Zukertort. First thing I look at is the lines it recommends against 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 c5 and 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 c5, and he goes for an early dxc5 approach. Went thru some of the analysis, and was satisfied by what I saw. Next I look at the Zukertort, and this is the first place that I start noticing the bad layout of the book. Let's take game 25, Hoffmeyer vs Krause. After White's 12th move, the author mentions that this used to be the critical line, but is not really any more because White has been scoring so well. Well, Black plays an inferior move here. Why did the author choose this game over a game where Black plays more accurately in the opening? Shouldn't you be analyzing what to do when Black plays correct, not wrong? 12...a5, 12...Qb2, and 12...Nxe5 all appear better than 12...Qa5. I don't like 12...Qd6 for Black, and 12...Bd7 appears ok, but seems to be one of those lines that's currently under a cloud, but bound to come back with new ideas for Black, kinda similar to the 4...Nd7 lines of the Caro-Kann Defense. The author removed 1 game from the original edition, and put it as notes instead (Game 46 of the original edition). He needed to do the same thing with Game 25 and instead put in one of the games from the mid-2000s analyzed in the notes. Why did he not? I'll bet I know why. If you look up the games in the notes in their entirity, Abergel-Lutz, Belfort 2004 ends up a dull and equal Rook and Minor piece endgame and a draw. Tibensky-Veselovsky, Brno 2005 sees White making a mistake on move 22 (god forbid White make an error), and Black errors on move 16. This would have been a good selection as the author could go deeper then with what Black should do move 16, and how White executes with the correct 22nd move instead of giving a 1-mover. Abergel - Olivier, Nice 2003 actually ends in a win for White, but Black's errors aren't in the opening right out of the gate. Another better candidate than the main game. Abergel-Karpman, Israeli Team Championship 2008 ended in a fair quick 26 move draw, but how play should continue after that could easily be elaborated on. All four games would have been better choices. None of them were available when the original edition was written, but that's why we have updates like this one. Change game 25 to one of the four noted here, and put game 25 as a note to Black's 12th move.

So then I look at some of the other lines, and this same problem continues to occur. Take, for example, Game 3 in the chapter on the Barry Attack. On, Palliser, in the February 2014 update, talks about how the Tarzan Attack (5.Qd2 instead of 5.e3) is losing respect. I look to see what they recommend in this book, and the author does mention that he chose to keep away from this line. However, what he does fail to do again is elaborate on Black's best lines, and cuts them short with a few moves and assess as equal. The reader needs to know what to do in this equal positions as if they play anybody that has a clue on how to defend the Barry, this is what they need to know. Not just how to smash Black in older lines that are no longer best. The author talks briefly, and references many games where Black plays an early ...Bg4, and then proceeds to trade the Bishop for the Knight with 6...Bxf3. All of these lines lead to equal positions. One of the games referenced in the note to Black's 4th move should have been made into a full game with full analysis, and placed between games 3 and 4. 6 or 7 other games were added to the original work. Why not one of these? The answer is probably because it leads to drawish positions, and they want to make White believe that he's going to do nothing but win win win!

I do have to applaud the author for including a game where White gets smashed to actually show why the crude h4 thrust doesn't really work against quick attacks at the center by Black with 6...c5. However, there needs to be more honest coverage of what to do when Black plays right, and less elaborate analysis of gross blunders by Black. What to do when Black goes wrong should definitely be included in the notes. Not like Carlsen is the one reading this book. Amateurs are. So they need to know what to do when Black goes wrong. But the bulk of the analysis should be where Black plays right with the side notes being when Black goes wrong, and not the other way around, which is the way this book appears to be written.

In summary, I think the best part of the book is the sidelines and the coverage on the QID and Slav. The Barry, 150, and Colle chapters are ok, but highly misleading. The analysis appears to be very accurate. Haven't found any flaws. But the layout of it and selection of which lines to cut short and which ones to elaborate on are highly skewed in favor of White and give a misleading impression in the first 3 chapters. It's almost like the author is trying to cheer White up after a really bad divorce.

I would recommend this book to people rated over 2000 who can weave out the truth from the notes (e.g. Games 3 and 25). Lower rated players in the 1500 to 1700 category should probably look elsewhere as they would probably have more of a tendency to observe the main games and maybe some of the shorter notes, and be given the wrong impression that this opening just completely busts Black, and it doesn't. If it did, GMs would be all over the Barry and Zukertort!

The accuracy is why I didn't give it a 1. The layout is why I didn't give it a 5.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 An opening repertoire for the club player who HAS LOTS of spare time to study 2 septembre 2012
Par Pedro Moreira - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I have some issues regarding the book's objectives. Whilst the original book was a 144-page very useful manual that provided a good repertoire for those with limited time to study, this update does exactly the opposite! I believe it lacks important strategical explanations and gives too many (random?) variations.
For instance, I was following game 18, on the 150 attack. After move 6...b5 he gives variations a), b), b1), b2), b3), c), c1), c2), c21), c22), c221), c222). After move 7...Bg4, we get a), b), b1), b2), c), c1), c2), c21), c22) - No strategical explanations given! Thus making this game almost impossible to follow. Hell, ECO is easier to follow!
I guess that if, for the sake of completion, these moves had to be given, he could've included more games, as the positions of these sidenotes give rise to strategically different positions altogether. But be advised, this happens in countless games throughout the book.
So if you have a good memory and LOTS of time to study opening theory you can buy this book. But you'd be better off studying mainline theory, which is actually more rewarding - you'll get better positions! Try Kaufman repertoire - for the same amount of time spent you'll learn the respectable queen's gambit, etc, and not the rather dull and quiet Colle-Zukertort!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Terrific! 13 janvier 2013
Par Chess Warrior - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
If you play 1. d4 as White and do not have the time to study the massive amount of theory behind 2.c4, but still want to play sound, generally active chess (especially against the Indian defenses), or are interested in gaining a better understanding of some important themes in key positions in closed games in which White refrains from 2. c4, then you should consider buying this great book. Summerscale explains the plans very clearly and, very importantly, he is honest and unbiased in his evaluations. The lines suggested are sound. Sometimes, they do not provide an advantage against best play, but they are not easy for Black to face during live play (thus making it unlikely that best responses are found), and even against best responses White reaches sound positions with clear plans to follow, thus making it quite likely to outplay an opponent who is less well-prepared in lines that, seen from Black's perspective, are clear sidelines to which very little attention has been paid during home preparation. Sverre Johnsen's update has been unobtrusive, allowing the soul of the book to stay intact while simultaneously adding substantial new information in the least disruptive way. Five stars!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Killer Chess Opening Repertoire: This is a great book. It has the Colle-Zukertort and many other great openings. 19 mars 2015
Par kindlle customer/ paperback - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle
I found the book excellent. The other attacks in the book were great. It's always good to learn and upgrade your opening technique. The expert on the Colle-Zukertort system is David Rydel. He wrote " Zuke 'Em; the Colle system revolutionized ". I ordered his book. Every book including this one: A killer repertoire. Aaron Summerscale has a great book. He not only explains thourally the Colle system, he goes further into a chapter in anti- Colle system lines and explains going through the queen's indian, and the anti-benoni and the anti dutch (the stonewall). The book is a treasure and see how the Colle-Zukertort systems is a goog queen pawn opening and each chapter goes through 8-11 complete games start to finish. Aaron Summerscale just doesn't show you the opening and leave you hanging. All games will show you how the game and opening works out in play. I give this book 5 stars. I recommend getting this book and checking out all 192 pages. You won't be disappointed. I''m glad to have a book like this one, There is a book out " A Ferocious Opening Repertoire " I've seen good reviews on that book. I got that book on order,too. John from Detroit
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