Attacking with 1.e4, Emms John, 2001 - free download book
This is a book aimed for those who want a opening repertoire based on 1 e4. Moreover, this is an openings book for those who have neither the time nor the inclination to learn reams and reams of the latest modern opening theory. When possible, I've deliberately avoided recommending variations which require massive memorisation, or variations where the assessment changes at every super-grandmaster tournament. No main line Najdorfs. Dragons, Spanish Openings and Petroffs here!
In general I've opted for 'opening systems', in which learning the major ideas is just as important as learning the actual variations. Even though I've often steered away from main lines, I've made sure that I've chosen openings with some pedigree. Many of my recommendations have been played at one time or another by world class players (even World Champions).
I have, however, resisted the temptation for an 'all-in-one' solution. For example, the King's Indian Attack can be played against virtually every defence to 1. e4. However, it's generally thought that it's at it most effective when played against the French Defence; it's my choice here, but only against the French. I've opted for a good variety of systems, ones which will give you practice in a wide number of positions (it's generally thought to be good for your chess to familiarise yourself with different types of openings, rather than sticking to just one).
I've paid particular attention to the psychological aspect when choosing these opening systems. I've endeavoured to come up with lines which make Black feel uncomfortable (I've often drawn on my own experiences for this). I've also avoided virtually all of Black's gambits, even if they are considered incorrect at the highest levels. It's just not most players' cup of tea to win an early pawn and then try and grovel out into an ending. Playing White should be more fun than that!
Sometimes, within an opening, I've given White more than one choice of variation. I've generally done this when there is little to pick between two or three lines, or when I've decided that a particularly sharp line needs a good back-up if something new is discovered for Black. Certain lines will favour certain players: you can make your own choices.
I've opted for a Variation by variation' approach; I still believe that this is the best way of studying a new opening. I've also tried to paint as realistic picture as possible; I'll certainly say when a particular line is scoring well for White, but I'll also give the best defences for Black. If Black plays the best moves he may equalise - that's just chess for you. But even so, I've strove to ensure that Black has no easy way to reach a dull equality. Even the equal positions here give White good chances to play for the win!
I won't go into the specifics of the repertoire here. This can be discovered as you turn the pages.
Finally I would like to thank all those who have helped me in some way or another with this book. Special thanks go to Jonathan Rowson for some thoughts and recommendations.
John Emms Kent
Author: Emms John
Title: "Attacking with 1.e4"
Number of pages: 162
Size: 2 Mb