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Post  jiri on Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:33 pm





Kotronias on the King's Indian Vol 1 to 4 - Vassilios Kotronias (4 books, Paperback)
Fianchetto Systems, Mar del Plata I, Mar del Plata II, Classical Systems

4 x Paperbacks, 1784 pages combined!

The King’s Indian Defence is one of Black’s most dynamic responses to 1.d4. A favourite weapon of both Fischer and Kasparov, it remains a popular choice at all levels of play.

Volume 1 of the series, Kotronias examines all the major set-ups featuring an early g2-g3. These fianchetto systems are considered by many King's Indian players to be awkward to meet, as they aim to exert positional pressure while thwarting Black's traditional kingside attack. With a repertoire based on ...Nbd7 and ...e5, Kotronias shows how Black can obtain middle game positions that are both theoretically sound, and rich in tactical and counterattacking resources.

Volume 2 Kotronias turns his attention to the main line of the famous Mar del Plata variation, which arises after the opening moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 e5 7.0–0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1. This leads to some of the most complicated and theoretically challenging positions in the King’s Indian, but Kotronias provides a world-class repertoire for Black, including a wealth of original ideas and analysis.

Volume 3 presents the second part of his world-class repertoire against the famous Mar del Plata variation, starting from the position after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 e5 7.0–0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7, with the focus on 9.b4, 9.Nd2 and all other sensible alternatives to 9.Ne1. Once again, Kotronias provides a turbo-charged repertoire for Black, with a plethora of novelties and original analysis.

Volume 4 tackles a variety of White’s attempts to challenge his favourite opening, starting with the sequence 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6. The all-time greats Petrosian and Gligoric lend their names to systems examined after the further 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 e5, with 7.d5 and 7.Be3 respectively, while the dreaded Exchange Variation 7.dxe5 is also discussed and dismantled. Dynamic coverage of Makogonov’s 5.Nf3/6.h3, Karpov’s 5.h3/6.Be3, Larsen’s 5.Nf3/6.Be3 and Averbakh’s 5.Be2 completes this extensive work.

Throughout the work, the author shares his considerable knowledge of typical positional motifs, while providing plenty of ammunition should the game erupt into the full-blooded warfare that is the hallmark of the King’s Indian. A special selection of test positions is provided, enabling the reader to sharpen his tactical skills and improve his middlegame understanding.

Vassilios Kotronias has been Greek Champion ten times. He is feared for his profound opening preparation, and is one of the world’s foremost experts on the King’s Indian Defence.

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In this, the fifth and final volume of the epic Kotronias on the King’s Indian series, Grandmaster Vassilios Kotronias completes his masterpiece by tackling all major variations after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 which were not covered in the previous volumes. Starting with 3.f3 and working through numerous set-ups including the Smyslov, Sokolov and Seirawan Systems, followed by the Four Pawns Attack and culminating in the mighty Sämisch System, Kotronias has produced perhaps the finest book of his career.

As in previous volumes, the author supplements the hard analysis by sharing his expert knowledge of typical manoeuvres and positional motifs. Once again, a selection of test positions has been provided, enabling the reader to sharpen his tactical skills and improve his middlegame understanding.

Vassilios Kotronias has been Greek Champion ten times. He is feared for his profound opening preparation, and is one of the world’s foremost experts on the King’s Indian Defence.

ISBN: 978-1-78483-035-9 - 560 pages - Published 7 June 2017

Kotronias on King's Indian Vol. 5 Sämisch & The Rest (2017) - Vassilios Kotronias
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Paperback: 560 pages
Publisher: Quality Chess (August 7, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1784830356
ISBN-13: 9781784830359
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Re: Kotronias on the King's Indian Vol 1 to 5 - Vassilios Kotronias (5 books, Paperback)

Post  LANDRO on Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:50 am

yo my man Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy thank you Very Happy Very Happy hope more to come !!
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Time to read

Post  bishop7 on Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:04 pm

I have to make time to read these! Thanks
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Post  LANDRO on Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:08 pm

any chance you have " Modernized: The King's Indian Defense" by metropolitan chess publishing? Very Happy Very Happy
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Re: Kotronias on the King's Indian Vol 1 to 5 - Vassilios Kotronias (5 books, Paperback)

Post  jiri on Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:57 am

LANDRO wrote:any chance you have " Modernized: The King's Indian Defense" by metropolitan chess publishing? Very Happy Very Happy



Modernized: The King's IndianDefense A Remarkable Journey in the KID! by Dejan Bojkov 2014

Grandmaster Dejan Bojkov of Bulgaria loves the King'sIndian Defense. Having played it from his youth after reading Bronstein's great book on the Zurich 1953 Interzonal Tournament, his love for the KID is on display throughout this volume, which is filled with creative ideas and strategies, tactics, and especially those shocking shots characteristic of the King's Indian. The lines recommended to you often involve giving up the center with ...e5xd4 and then using ...c7-c6 and eventually ...d6-d5 to break it all open at the right moment. The variations covered are: 1. The Classical Variation. 2. The Samisch Variation 3. The Four Pawns Attack 4. The Averbakh System 5. The Bagirov Line 6. The Fianchetto System Welcome to your journey in the King's Indian Defense!

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Perfect Paperback: 365 pages
Publisher: Metropolitan Chess Publishing; First edition (April 2, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0985628103
ISBN-13: 978-0985628109

One of the most original King's Indianrepertoire books to appear in print is GM Dejan Bojkov's Modernized: The King's Indian Defense (Metropolitan Chess Publishing, 2014), which can be purchased from USCF Sales or via Amazon. I was so taken by the repertoire that I decided to check out some of GM Bojkov's games with the lines he recommends, and I have written up Dejan Bojkov Plays the Modernized KID (PGN / Replay) to give you an overview of his system. You can also find a "sneak peek" at Chess.com.

Most repertoire books lead KID players toward a closed center to play for an attack on the kingside, as in the Mar del Plata Variation, which is most amateurs' idea of the King's Indian. But many different ways of playing the King's Indian have emerged over the years. In my own quest to bring the KID back into my repertoire, I have been exploring a wide range of flexible systems, so I guess I have been very well prepared psychologically -- sufficiently "modernized" you might say -- to understand and appreciate a repertoire that focuses exclusively on fighting for the center, always seeking to blast open lines with pawn advances or sharp sacrifices there. And while some of the lines where Black breaks in the center can result in potentially lifeless equality, they are clearly quite principled.

The Table of Contents and a Sample can be viewed online, and each chapter deserves some discussion:

Introduction (pp. 5-14)
The introduction might have been a good place to explain why Bojkov eschews more familiar KID territory for the "modernized" approach. Instead, he gives what reads like a personal argument for the beauties of the King'sIndian, commenting on the brilliant games Skembris - Van Wely, Skei 1993; Naumkin - Smirin, Ischia 1995; Kamsky - Kasparov, Manila ol 1992; Kotov - Gligoric, Zurich 1953; Avery - Gligoric, USA 1971; Miroshnichenko - Bojkov, Plovdiv 2008; Piket - Kasparov, Tilburg 1989; and Kramnik - Kasparov, Munich blitz 1994. While some of the lines and ideas in those games are reflected to some extent in the system that follows, fewer than half are directly relevant to the repertoire. So this chapter, while interesting in its own right for anyone who loves the KID, feels to me like a missed opportunity to present Bojkov's brilliantly original concept of the book as a whole. A more focused introduction, in my view, might have pointed to the fight for the center theme and perhaps analyzed two great games of Kramnik's: Kramnik - Ponomariov, Dortmund 2011 (annotated by Gustafsson!) and Gustafsson - Kramnik, Dresden 2012 (one of the very few times Kramnik played the Black side of the KID, and annotated at ChessBase and by Claus Jensen on YouTube); both games nicely illustrate the way the center-focused approach can be used against White's Classical set-up. 

1. The Classical Variation: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 e5 (pp. 15-120)
The focus on blasting open the center is most clear in Bojkov's approach to the important Classical Variation, where he shows Black surrendering the center with ...exd4 with the plan later to blast through with ...c6 and an eventual ...d5. The Classical Variation makes up the core of the book and comprises about a third of its pages. Main sample games include Fier - Bologan, Aeroflot Open Moscow 2011; Eljanov - Bologan, Croation Team Championship Sibenik 2010; Kramnik - Ponomariov, Dortmund 2011; Shankland - Vorobiov, Dresden 2011; Popov - Giri, Olginka 2011; and Onischuk - Bacrot, Poikovsky 2011 among many others. I think the book is worth having for this section alone, which will repay close study by players of either Black or White.

2. The Sämisch Variation - 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 c5 (pp. 121-188)
Bojkov offers excellent coverage of this standard gambit line, which is widely recommended and very likely responsible for sending the Sämisch into retreat at the GM level. However, other than its invitation to play a wide-open position with the center blasted to bits, it does not seem thematically related to the rest of the repertoire. What's more, White has several ways to respond (grabbing the pawn with 7.dxc5, maintaining the center with 7.Nge2, or closing the center with 7.d5), each of which leads to completely different types of positions. I think a better fit for the repertoire and a more original approach to the Sämisch would have been the Byrne System with ...c6, ...a6, and ...b5, where Black often is able to clear the way for a later ...d5 advance. But this is my personal prejudice. Those who like the ...c5-gambit approach to the Sämisch will find this chapter valuable.

3. The Four Pawns Attack - 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 O-O 6.Nf3 e5!? (pp. 189-212)
Though I was persuaded by Bojkov's ChessBase DVD "A Modern Way to Play the King's Indian" to play 6...Na6 against the dangerous Four Pawns, I mostly liked the lines (such as 6...Na6 7.Be2 e5!) where Black goes for a quick pawn break, immediately challenging White's giant center. So it makes sense to look again at the gambit 6...e5!? This line was discussed in Dangerous Weapons: The King'sIndian, where the illustrative game Mamedyarov - Svidler, Baku 2008 shows how play might tend toward a draw between very well-prepared opponents -- but a less prepared opponent would definitely be in some danger. Main sample games here include Jobava - Jianu, Brasov 2011 and Bromberger - Nyzhnyk, Bahia Feliz 2011, both very deeply annotated. This is another excellent chapter.

4. The Averbakh System - 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 O-O 6.Bg5 Na6 (pp. 213-236)
Here Bojkov returns to his other "modern" approach with ...Na6, presenting games where Black plays ...c6 and then often brings the Na6 to c7 and then e6 to harrass the Bg5. In several games, Black also plays a ...d5 break as well, as in Dumitrache - Golubev, Bucharest 1996. An interesting approach.

5. The Bagirov Line - 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.h3 Na6!? (pp. 237-272)
Again, the early Na6 returns, to be followed by an ...e5 break.

6. The Fianchetto System - 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 O-O 5.g3 d6 6.Bg2 c6 7.O-O Qa5 (pp. 273-306)
Bojkov recommends the Kavalek System, which I discussed in a previous post. Main games are Laznicka - Vachier-Lagrave, Sestao 2010 and Harikrishna - Radjabov, Khanty-Mansiysk 2010. Rather than playing the main lines (covered in my bibliography), Bojkov chooses a different idea with 8...e5 to be followed by ...exd4, ...Nbd7-e5, and possibly an early ....d5 push, which resembles his approach against the Classical.

Solutions to the Exercises (307-354)
When Al Lawrence designed Alburt and Chernin's excellent Pirc Alert! book, he set the standard for effective opening training manuals. Modernized is the first I have seen, besides Lawrence's other work for Alburt and company, to adopt some of those innovations -- especially lots of diagrams, including "memory markers" and tactical exercises at the end of each chapter to assist with training. I especially appreciate the great tactical exercises, which are important for a repertoire build around tactical and positional themes. 

Overall, this is a very exciting book. And while I might wish it had a more inspired introduction, maybe a better cover (why lettering in all caps and dark against a dark background? and what is the cover image supposed to represent?), and one or two different sub-variations in the repertoire, I think it is a very sturdy and well-analyzed opening book -- one that would be useful for players at all levels.



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