This book looks at all of the lines that follow from this first move. This book is not intended to be a comprehensive encyclopedia but rather a guide for beginners and intermediate players. Use this e-book to become familiar with the lines and to draw some judgments about the lines you prefer.
After 1.e4, Black has two important options.
(a) Preventing 2.d4. In this group are 1...e5 (which leads to a wide variety of opening variations, including the King's Gambit, The Two Knights' Defense, The Hungarian Defense, the Ponziani, Philidor's Defense and the old and still popular Ruy Lopez), 1...c5 (The Sicilian Defense), 1…e6 (The French Defense), 1…c6 (The Caro-Kann), 1...Nf6 (Alekhine's Defense), 1…d6 (The Pirc), and 1...d5 (The Center Counter or the Scandanavian Defense).
(b) Permitting White to play 2.d4. This group includes 1...b6 (Owens Defense), 1...c6 (The Caro Kann), 1...d6 (The Pirc), 1...e6 (The French Defense), 1...g6 (The Modern), and 1...Nc6 (Nimzovitsch's Defense).
Other books in the Chess is Fun series look in far more depth at many of these lines. Think of this rather as a first step in pulling together a set of favorite opening choices and in learning more about the various alternatives and possibilities at your disposal.
For more detailed examinations of these opening variations, be sure to check out the growing number of e-books in the Chess is Fun series.
Unlike many other inexpensive chess e-books, these are fully annotated in understandable, simple language. The profuse use of diagrams make these among the first chess books that you can read WITHOUT A BOARD at your side.
Jon Edwards won the 10th United States Correspondence Championship in 1997 and the 8th North American Invitational Correspondence Chess Championship in 1999.