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Quick Kills: Practice Crushing Your Opponent Out Of The Opening - Alapin Sicilian by [Harvey, Bill]
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Length: 834 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
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  • File Size: 43774 KB
  • Print Length: 834 pages
  • Publisher: Mongoose Press (February 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007A2SQP2
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By G. Gifford on December 27, 2012
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I bought this for my Kindle and at 99 cents it found it to be quite a bargain. The book contains many short games of Alapin (c3) Sicilians... these typically begin 1. e4 c5 2. c3... but sometimes White plays Nf3 before pushing the pawn to c3. White wins most of the games in the book, but losses some of the games, so when playing from the White side of the board you can watch out to avoid some inferior moves that might actually look good at first. White certainly has a lot of quick kill results, as the title suggests. You can play each game up to its diagram (where a winning move can be made)... or you can just look at the diagram and try to find the best move. You can use this book to see if you like the c3 Sicilian --- and if you don't you will at least save yourself a lot of money on buying a $20 plus book.... and if you do like it you can use it as a springboard to other books dedicated to the c3. I do have one minor criticism of the book, the same diagram repeats twice for each game... it is only needed once. In closing, this book convinced me to play the Alapin (c3) Sicilian and also inspired me to get the heavy duty book, The Complete c3 Sicilian, by Sveshnikov.
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This is really an exercise book to sharpen one's tactical vision, given the diagramming at the critical juncture of each game. The several hundred games are well worth the 99 cents. However, there are occasional annoying typos,including inversion of lines of moves (games 17, 39, and 66 in the first 100 games) and missing moves from immediately after the diagram (games 33, 35, 84, and 85 in the first 100). So, if you don't expect perfection, you will enjoy the exercise!
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Nice compilation of tactical shots selected from actual games played on the Alapin Sicilian. Very useful for focused tactical training. The book IS NOT a manual of tactics for beginners, but a source of practice problems for intermediate players who are already familiar with tactical motifs and is looking for a source of problems from real games. There are no explanations of tactical motives. A diagram of the critical position is presented (alongside with the beginning moves of the game) in one page and the answer/continuation is presented in the following making it easy to read (no flipping back to the end of the book for answers). Excellent for training; I wish the author would publish similar books on more openings.
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I don't understand this book. Every time I follow a game on my board the game doesn't really end in a checkmate, so I'm confused. Also, sometimes there are moves in the middle of games that don't make sense,, like white will castle kingside when there is a queen in the way? Also, when they present the solution there are like many different variations or something I don't know. It's confusing to me so I don't find it all that helpful.
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