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Post Re: katar - 1.e4 e5 for Black: Berlin mainline [33:17]
There is a bit of propaganda and preachy tone in this video.

I'm happy to say this series is COMPLETELY DONE and clocks in at 4.5 hours. Quite a huge ambitious project for me. I will start another thread with general comments on the repertoire. PGN below.

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Post Re: katar - 1.e4 e5 for Black: Berlin mainline [33:17]
Yay! Another treat for late night viewing (after kid is asleep)!

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Post Re: katar - 1.e4 e5 for Black: Berlin mainline [33:17]
Great video, thanks.

I don't have the Cox book but it looks like the sort of thing I would like, with a lengthy discussion of general plans.

By the way, the Cox book reminds me, I wonder if anyone has ever read the old book Mastering the Spanish, which doesn't have any specific variations but is a detailed discussion of the ideas in the Ruy Lopez, and what they think of the book. I liked it a lot myself, but it is difficult to soak in all the information without a concrete repertoire to guide you.


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Post Re: katar - 1.e4 e5 for Black: Berlin mainline [33:17]
Hey katar!

Another great effort to close the book on this series. I'm starting to play most of your recommendations in CC games, so thanks much for sharing.

L8erz...
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PS -- I'm looking forward to your next series on either (1) replying to 1. d4 or (2) a repertoire for White. :D

PPS -- Feel free to take a week off before starting the next one...

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Post Re: katar - 1.e4 e5 for Black: Berlin mainline [33:17]
I would love to see follow up videos with game analysis using these openings in real life play. I've always been a fan of your analysis videos.


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Post Re: katar - 1.e4 e5 for Black: Berlin mainline [33:17]
Thanks again very good video.
This was a new line for me, and it was not as netrual play as other e5 openings. But I will try to play it in my next tournament if posible. I got tyred in my hed of all thinking while I watched it.
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Post Re: katar - 1.e4 e5 for Black: Berlin mainline [33:17]
Painkiller wrote:
I got tyred in my hed of all thinking while I watched it.


That makes 2 of us. :!:

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Post Re: katar - 1.e4 e5 for Black: Berlin mainline [33:17]
Katar - I just wanted to express my thanks for this very in-depth, well researched and explained series of videos. I have been hunting for this material online (and will likely purchase Marin's books at some point) and am very grateful to have found it. You have also inspired me to think about a series on 1. c4 repertoire for White.


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Thx and best of luck. 8)
slachterman wrote:
Katar - I just wanted to express my thanks for this very in-depth, well researched and explained series of videos. I have been hunting for this material online (and will likely purchase Marin's books at some point) and am very grateful to have found it. You have also inspired me to think about a series on 1. c4 repertoire for White.

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Post Re: katar - 1.e4 e5 for Black: Berlin mainline [33:17]
Katar, thanks as always for this terrific series. I have a few questions:

How did you go about learning this repertoire?
Do you actually "know" all these lines (a staggering amount, really) or are you still working on it?
I know you've used Chess Position Trainer in the past and you also appear to use SCID. Which program do you use to train these lines?
Wildman, in another post expressed reservations about using "flashcard" training methods- what are your views on this technique.
How long did it take you to become comfortable with this repertoire after you switched to 1...e5?
Can we look forward to a video on the Tarrasch defense in the future?
What drew you in to Dr. Tarrasch and his teaching? You certainly hear more about Nimzovich and "My System" or Vukovic/ Dvoretsky/Kotov/Silman etc. than you do about Tarrasch- he's certainly not "trendy" these days. From your proselytizing his cause, I have become interested in him too and picked up his book- I'm jsut curious as to how you became interested in him.

Hope these aren't too many to answer- TIA!

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Post Re: katar - 1.e4 e5 for Black: Berlin mainline [33:17]
Kamus,

See the "Overview" thread for more info. After making the videos, i definitely don't "train" any openings. I prob dont know the lines all verbatim, but i probably have a good enough idea to play near my rating level OTB. Worst case, i lose and learn, which i can deal with.

Nope, no videos on Tarrasch defense, lol. At 1700 you may be at a point where you might consider Nimzo/Bogo-Indian or Slav as an alternative. Just look thru some mainlines and go with your intuition, whatever looks right.

A chess player studying Tarrasch is like a composer studying Bach's 4-part chorales, even though there's more exotic or trendier stuff out there.

Incidentally,Dzindzi's 3-part DVD series on "The Russian School of Chess" echoes Tarrasch-- e.g., by ridiculing hypermodern-type openings for learning players. (eg, Hippopotamus, Caro-Kann Gurgenidze/Modern, etc.) A 1400 has no business giving up the center and getting behind in development with hopes that his subtle positional acumen will allow him to undermine the center with precise moves from a cramped position. This is inherently violative of fundamentals and virtually requires rote memorization of an ever-deepening tree! At least my repertoire gets you classically sound positions where every move is not a live-or-die situation. Less time spent on openings, the better... then you can spend that extra time on tactics, mating patterns, or even better, go outside and play frisbee. :p

Phew, this is just my patzer opinion/rant. No flames, thx.

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Post Re: katar - 1.e4 e5 for Black: Berlin mainline [33:17]
Interesting responses- thanks!

Some follow-ups:

Are you suggesting that the Tarrasch Defense is better suited to higher rated players? If so, why?

The Finegold quote is interesting- it sounds as if he has a low opinion of Silman's books- I may be mis-reading that but if that's what he's saying it would be the first high-level criticism of Silman's book's I'm aware of. I'm curious what led him to say that- do you have any background on that?

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Post Re: katar - 1.e4 e5 for Black: Berlin mainline [33:17]
cool very good!! 8)


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Post Re: katar - 1.e4 e5 for Black: Berlin mainline [33:17]
Apparently it was something Finegold said on ICC -- context unknown. At least, that was the best I could do on a quick Google search.

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