I am shocked! This gets more replies than any of my purely chess threads.
I guess scandal really does sell.
OK ... I will spill the beans.
Yesterday, I received Chess Openings For Black Explained 2nd Edition.
I had borrowed the first edition from a friend and knew what it was like.
Let me quote a line from the introduction to the 2nd edition:
"We discuss how to play after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 against rare (but tricky) third moves, such as 3.g3 and 3.a3. And there are many more updates."
I have searched all over the place, even going page for page to find these variations. They are not in the index. Unless they are hidden somewhere in the text, they didn't include them at all.
My next step was to contact someone. The only email I could fine (and a logical one) was for Al Lawrence.
"We invite you to let us know how you liked the book and share your discoveries for the next edition by sending an email to al@outexcel
Guess what? My email was returned. I got a failure to deliver message (twice), which means that email isn't valid. I guess there won't be a 3rd edition, or they don't really care.
Next step ...
I saw an ad in the book. "Keep Up to Date at ChessOpeningsExplained.com!"
Here you can ask questions about the lines in the book and so on.
There is only one problem ... All the site says is "coming soon".
I guess my phantom Catalan analysis will never be found. I'm not saying the book is bad in general, but it would have been nice if there was someone to contact and ask about this.
I think the publisher (Chess Information And Research Center / LOL) has really dropped the ball here.