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Subject: Re: Most brilliant novelty from cct7 Witchess-Arasan

Author: Vasik Rajlich

Date: 02:34:37 02/15/05

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On February 14, 2005 at 19:54:03, Peter Berger wrote:

>On February 14, 2005 at 19:38:12, Arturo Ochoa wrote:
>>Not really. It is  presmise already debated previously. It doesnt provide a new
>>light about the thopic. Sorry.
>OK, one more (and no, I never claimed to have any special skills and ideas in
>this area at all, that was you and Vincent :) ).  One of the poor programs
>provided with a book by me and playing with the black pieces will be out of book
>after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. cxd5 as happened for Crafty against Diep last year ,
>if I hadn't thought of this possibilty before - isn't that just awful ? I don't
>think so, it's just logical. Control has become a major point IMHO , the engines
>don't do too bad on their own. Of course it is better if you thought of some
>potentially relevant line like this, but better nothing than random grandmaster
>lines. Yes, you opposed this point of view multiple times before in discussions
>with Uri , but I think you never managed to score. I'd accept a challenge btw -
>over a good bottle of wine, champaigne, or so.

Yes, this is an interesting point. A lot of "theory" is almost never played -
everybody knows the refutations, so there are no games. A thorough book author
will include these known refutations in his book.

Your not being ready for 3. cxd5 goes in this category, since the move is a
blunder. The problem with 3. cxd5 immediately is that after 3. .. exd5 4. Nc3
c6! black will take control of the b1-h7 diagonal with either 5. .. Bf5 or, if
white tries 5. Qc2, 5. .. Ne7 followed by 6. .. Bf5. When white correctly delays
cxd5, he will get this diagonal himself.

For what it's worth, neither the Junior nor the Shredder book has this piece of


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