Attacking with 1e4 (Everyman Chess)
Everyman Chess | ISBN 1857442679 | 2001-08-01 | PDF | 169 pages | 3.31 MB
I am an amateur player (I would estimate my rating to be somewhere around 1800-1900) who like many players started off with 1 e4 as White, but I have been playing 1 c4 for quite a while now. I have had this book for a couple of years and didn't use it much, until recently when I decided I would like to try out more direct openings with White and got it out to see if 1 e4 might be suitable for me. Before I go into the specifics of the content, I'll mention that the overall quality of the product is good, with a nice glossy cover, quality paper and binding and clear print and diagrams, although there are a fair number of (largely excusable) typos.
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.