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Think that a $30 opening book is good enough to trust 100% for correspondence use is insanity.
In the history of chess, there hasn't been a single opening book that didn't have mistakes in it, and you're supposed to do your own work with them.
Shamash, you claimed that Schandorff's book on the Queen's Gambit is better. It's an excellent book, but it is much less detailed as a repertoire book and also has numerous little flaws. Pfren has suggested that the Queen's Gambit Exchange variation, which forms the backbone of Schandorff's book, does not give white an advantage in key lines that Schandorff doesn't even cover properly. I'm not sure about PFren's evaluation of the QGD Exchange, but he's right that Schandorff doesn't really deal with that key variation.
Again, Schandorff's book is also excellent, but I'd rather a book be wrong about a sideline that can be fixed than for it to be wrong about its main premise.
Jeremy Silman has an excellent book review which discusses the strengths of these two books. He agrees they are both fantastic. He says,
"[t]o call Avrukh conscientious would be an understatement. ... There is no question that Avrukh’s book features an unusual level of detail, and the claim by the publisher’s that it "will certainly be read by grandmasters” is right on the mark...
Silman's conclusion makes an important point:
"One last and very important point is to consider your playing strength when considering whether to buy either or both of these books. They are principally aimed at players over 2200 on up (no limit!). Players from 2000-2200 will definitely have their hand full whether it is trying to learn to play the many types of middle game positions that offer White small advantages that Avrukh recommends or the main line theory of Bg5 against the Semi-Slav or 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 lines in the Slav advocated by Schandorff. Those below Expert level should concentrate on improving their overall game before taking on such demanding material. (Emphasis added.)
The entire review can be found here: http://www.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Playing-The-Queens-Gambit-p3542.htm
Well to be fair to Schandorff the QGD line Pfren complains about a lot (with h6-g5-Nh5) practically didn't exist 2 years ago and really only started popping up after someone was promoting it on chesspub.
Maybe there are other problem lines that go back to some discussion I don't remember, but I'm guessing that's the one you're talking about.
Funny you should mention #5 which is rife with errors and has led to the author and many players who follow the book being taken apart by friends of mine. GMs Shulman and Akobian have both found numerous issues with Vigorito's Play the Semi-Slav. Especially in his coverage of the Slav Exchange, his analysis is not so accurate.
I have another Vigorito book (on the Marshal) which is worth little more than pulp. At least Milos Pavlovic has many errors in his own Marshal book, but he has done some remarkable work and personal analysis.
Marin's books also have several errors, but they are hands down the best opening manuals out there. You just have to know HOW to read them.
pfren, what do you think about Sabino Brunello's book Attacking the Spanish? It's a bit dated now but it has some interesting analysis and ideas...
The most interesting part in Brunello's book was about the Gajewski, which unfortunately is borderline playable. The Jaenish part was just OK (Sokolov's stuff on the gambit is just superb), and the Marshal one below par (but still much better than the Vigorito book).
When I started this thread I was debating a white d4 repertoire for the future. For now I am going to play the Veresov, if and when I ever crack 2000 I think I will play the Queens Gambit...
I just started a Vereesov group for anyone that is interested.
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