- Taschenbuch: 144 Seiten
- Verlag: Everyman Chess (August 2001)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1857442679
- ISBN-13: 978-1857442670
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,2 x 15,6 x 0,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 201.660 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Attacking with 1 e4 (Everyman Chess) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – August 2001
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Fed up with having to learn so much theory? Struggling to keep up with all the latest developments? Then this book will be the answer to all your problems. Grandmaster John Emms offers a new arsenal of opening weapons with which to attack your unsuspecting opponents. Starting with the move 1 e4, the reader is armed with systems against all possible black defenses. In each case learning ideas is more important than memorizing long variations, so this repertoire should be ideal for players who don't have the luxury of being able to spend countless hours studying theory. Each line is easy to learn and play, but will still pose your opponent difficult problems to solve over the board. (6 1/4 x 9 1/4, 160 pages, b&w diagrams)
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
John Emms is one of Britain s strongest Grandmasters and is a member of the English national team. He has also carved out a reputation for being an excellent chess writer and has many works under his name. He is co-author of the very popular openings bible Nunn s Chess Openings."
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Vorliegendes Buch verfolgt einen anderen Ansatz: Es wird ein Vorgehen gegen jede denkbare Verteidigung auf 1.e4 vorgestellt. Dies ist der richtige Ansatz, da gute Spieler auf jeden Fall verschiedene Eröffnungen beherrschen sollten.
Gut gefallen haben mir das Kapitel über das Läuferspiel und den geschlossenen Sizilianer (mit Le3). Mit Erfolg habe ich bereits die vorgeschlagene Variante gegen die Aljechin Verteidigung (1.e4 Sf6 2.e5 Sd5 3.c4 Sb6 4.d4 d6 5.e:d)angewandt. Auch die Le3- Variante gegen Pirc werde ich demnächst probieren.
Emms propagiert erfrischendes Offensiv-Schach ohne übertriebene Risiken. Die von ihm vorgeschlagenen Varianten sind oftmals nicht die Hauptvarianten, wurden aber bereits von namhaften Grossmeistern gespielt. Auch wenn dem Leser einzelne Kapitel nicht behagen mögen (mir gefällt der Königsindische Angriff gegen Französisch nicht, die Ausführungen hierzu sollen aber qualitativ hochwertig sein), kann man viele Anregungen in einzelnen Eröffnungen finden.
Das Buch beinhaltet viele Diagramme und viel Text. Besonders positiv ist, dass wesentliche Ideen nach jedem Kapitel zusammengefasst werden.
Da auch ein mir bekannter FM dieses Buch kaufen will, würde ich sagen, dass es für Spieler mit DWZ 1800-2300 geeignet ist...also letztlich für die meisten Spieler.
Ein rundum gelungenes Buch zu einem fairen Preis.
1) gegen Sizilianisch: die geschlossene Variante mit 2. Sc3 und 3. g3
2) gegen 1. ...e5: das von Bent Larsen, Ian Rogers und John Nunn oft gespielte Läuferspiel mit 2. Lc4
3) gegen Caro-Kann: 2. c4
4) gegen Pirc: 4. Le3
5) gegen die moderne Verteidigung: Aufbauten mit 2. d4, 3. Sc3 und 4. f4
6) gegen Französisch: den Königsindischen Angriff
7) Hauptvarianten gegen Skandinavisch
8) Die beliebte Abtauschvariante e4 Sf6, e5 Sd5, d4 d6, c4 Sb6, ed6: gegen die Aljechin-Verteidigung
9) gesunde Aufbauten gegen seltene Abspiele
Wie bei den meisten anderen Repertoir-Büchern kann man den Titel des Buches auch hier anfechten - inwiefern handelt es sich wirklich um "attacking lines"? Dies einmal beiseite gestellt: es werden doch alle Varianten von Grossmeistern gespielt. Natürlich handelt es sich nicht um die kritischen Varianten der
Eröffnungstheorie, aber gerade darauf kommt es ja bei Repertoirbüchern an: dem Leser Systeme in die Hand zu geben, die nicht eine Woche nach Herausgabe des Buches schon wieder widerlegt sind und die dennoch Substanz haben.
Wie in fast allen seiner Bücher gelingt dies John Emms vorbildlich. Ich jedenfalls war noch von keinem seiner Bücher je enttäuscht! Er beschreibt gut die resultierenden Mittelspiele und geht ausreichend intensiv auf alle Haupt- und Nebenvarianten ein.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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This is a repertoire book for White (Emms gives suggested lines to play as White against the various defences that Black can employ). Suggestions are given for all the main defences, as well as a few less used ones (1...Nc6, 1...b6 and 1...a6). Emms largely avoids main lines in an effort to avoid theory, but virtually all of his suggestions have a good pedigree and have been played by various World Champions at one time or another.
The basic repertoire is as follows:-
- Against the Sicilian, the closed variation (as played by Spassky): 2 Nc3, followed by a kingside fianchetto and generally gaining space on the kingside with an attack on the Black king's castled position.
- Against 1...e5, the Bishop's Opening (played by Kasparov and Larsen): 2 Bc4, followed by Nc3, d3 and if possible f4-f5, with a large space advantage on the kingside and again a powerful attack if Black is careless, or else active piece play in the centre.
- Against the French, the King's Indian Attack (Fischer's favourite): 2 d3, followed by Nf3, Nbd2, a kingside fianchetto and often e5 with a kingside attack.
- Against the Caro-Kann, 2 c4, with the idea of transposing into a favourable Panov Attack (as played by Botvinnik) by delaying d2-d4.
- Against the Pirc and Modern defences, the 150 Attack (played by Kasparov and Anand, amongst others): 2 d4, 3 Nc3, 4 Be3, with a possible Qd2 and Bh6 to exchange Black's defensive Bishop and h4-h5 with a massive kingside assault.
- Against the Scandinavian, Emms recommends 3 Bb5+ against 2...Nf6, with a later d4 and c4 to build a big centre while avoiding the Portuguese Gambit. Against 2...Qxd5 and 3...Qa5, Emms' idea is to force a pawn weakness in Black's kingside with a later Ne4xf6.
- Against the Alekhine, the solid but dangerous Exchange variation is recommended (c4 and d4, then exd6), as played by Alekhine and Fischer.
The lines suggested for White are not the most aggressive available, but I think that the title of the book is quite justified - Emms has struck a nice balance between active and solid play here. Certainly Emms' effort to ensure that "Black has no easy way to reach a dull equality" has paid off. That was one of the gripes I had with playing 1 c4 in some lines, but all of the suggestions in this book at least reach complex positions with chances for both sides.
The repertoire is presented in a 'variation by variation' layout, with one or two games mentioned for each minor Black sideline along the way. This is one of the better approaches to learning an opening in my opinion, even if it does take a little getting used to, and it enables the reader to easily look up lines from his own games to see where play diverged from the book. I am pleased to say that Emms is objective with his assessments, recognising that Black can achieve equality in some lines if he plays accurately, but also giving possible improvements of his own for White in these cases.
Personally I like the suggested repertoire very much. I have found the lines quite quick and easy to learn, with understanding of ideas often being more important than knowledge of variations. They are solid yet dynamic, largely avoid deep theory and will give you positions which you will likely know better than your opponent.
I should make a few things clear at this point however.
Firstly, as I have said, although this book is called 'attacking with 1 e4', Emms has chosen objectively sound lines which have stood up to grandmaster scrutiny, so I'm afraid fans of wild 19th century gambit play are out of luck!
Secondly, this book may not be suited to an absolute novice. While it provides a good and complete system for White, there is not a great deal of prose explaining the plans for both sides. Many lines are given without comment, just an assessment at the end. This is fine for seasoned players with a deeper understanding of the position, but beginners may well have difficulty understanding why a particular line given as better for White is so, or how to continue after the line in the book runs out.
Thirdly, following the repertoire will land you in a wide range of different types of positions - closed, open, isolated queen's pawn, opposite side castling, etc. This is undoubtedly good for one's chess development in the long run, but some players may, for example, dislike playing closed positions, or have a particular aversion to taking on an IQP. In this case they may prefer to pick only the lines that suit them. If you hate playing the King's Indian Attack, by all means play 2 d4 against the French, but stick to the Bishop's Opening if you don't like the Ruy Lopez! In my case the 150 Attack is a bit sharp for my liking, so I prefer to play 2 Nc3 and then either play the Classical or the Fianchetto variation, or transpose into a Closed Sicilian after 2...c5.
Emms covers the Closed Sicilian, the Bishop's Opening and the King's Indian Attack in particular depth, so even if you only want to play one of these lines, this book is well worth a look. The only (tiny) hole I have found in the repertoire thus far is in the main line of the Scandinavian, where I believe Black can avoid Emms' suggested Ne4xf6, weakening Black's kingside, by delaying ...Nf6 until ...c6, ...Bf5 and ...e6 have been played, making it more difficult for White to make progress. But of course White still gets the more active position with best play.
All in all then, an excellent book, and sufficiently comprehensive for most amateur players. I recommend that anyone who plays, or is thinking of playing 1 e4 at least take a look at this book, even if you think you know your stuff already! A little bit more prose would make this a definite 5 star book, but as it is it's a high 4. For a 5 star repertoire book, have a look at Tony Kosten's 'The Dynamic English' - but sadly that covers 1 c4, not 1 e4! :-)
Let's say your White repertuar is rock solid, what do you play against e4 as Black? Wouldn't you want to know what your future opponent (who is reading this book right this minute) will play against you?
My friends and foes know that I have reached my level, won many tournaments and have beaten several elite GMs without solid openings. So when few days ago my student, who is preparing to battle for $10,000 top prize at the World Open, was showing me his line against 1.e4, he was shocked when, instead of usual high level strategic questions, I pulled the Emms book and said what about this Emms recommendation. Well, you probably guessed -he got the book and now playes another line, where Emms comments were less clear.
I didn't give the book maximum stars, because Emms doesn't provide sufficient recommendations. In many instances he simply says White is better or slightly better. You will have to figure out on your own, what the plan should be.
Overall, very cheap book for a volume of opening preparation you get. Remember to practice your lines against "Fritz", before playing expert Fritzman next Sunday.
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But if you are like me, you'll appreciate the organization of this book. Each defense is laided out by the major choices each side can make, discussing the implications and plans of each. The book is not variation free, as the author does note variations and outcomes from recent games.
The defenses covered are: Closed Sicilian; 1...e5; French; Caro-Kann; Pirc; Modern; Scandinavian; and the Alekhine Exchange Variation. At the end of the book there is a 2 page reference with the move sequences all summarized. Essentially, this book enables functional use of e4 openings in months rather than years.
The opening's that Jon Emms recommends are all very good starter points. You may want to tweak them a bit for your own personal taste, for instance, Emms recommends playing the closed Sicilian against 1...c5. Some people like to go into mainline theory and dislike closed positions, so this may not be for them. I personally don't care since I like playing new openings and finding new ideas in all positions. So for me, Emms' book was perfect. He gives a nice, compact strategy for almost every reply to 1.e4 and seems to avoid a lot of main stream theory. I recommend this for anyone looking to expand their opening repertoire.