How to Beat the Open Games: 1 e4 e5: Sizzling Ideas for Black! - Sverre Johnsen (K-5444)

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The Open Games (those beginning with 1.e4 e5) are now more topical than ever, featuring in a high proportion of elite-level games. This new user-friendly guide offers players of all levels a carefully worked-out repertoire, taking into account this wealth of new material.

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Language versionsEnglish
Available in the setNo
Author / AuthorsSverre Johnsen
PublisherGAMBIT
Publication date1st edition 2018
Pages256
ISBN9781911465232
HardcoverNo
PaperbackYes
DownloadableNo
Width17.2 cm / 6.77 inch
Height24.4 cm / 9.61 inch

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Noted opening writer Sverre Johnsen has also taken a critical look at the more traditional Open Games, where theory is often based on old or obscure games. Making extensive use of modern computer engines, he has overturned ancient assessments and found new paths that breathe fresh life into positions long thought to be resolved. It is striking how often in his lines Black is able to seize the initiative.

  • A full repertoire for Black with 1.e4 e5 when White avoids the Ruy Lopez
  • ...Bc5 and ...Nf6 systems both fully covered after 3.Bc4
  • Each chapter starts with a ‘Memorable Game’ to inspire and set the scene

Johnsen has chosen sound lines that are likely to surprise opponents and deny them the type of game they are seeking. He has deeply researched correspondence sources and recent books on the Open Games, and employs similar methods to those that made his earlier opening works so popular among club-level players.

Sverre Johnsen is a chess analyst, researcher, organizer, trainer and writer from Norway. He is co-author of Win with the London System and Win with the Stonewall Dutch, two of the best-selling openings books of recent years.

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How to Beat the Open Games: 1 e4 e5: Sizzling Ideas for Black! - Sverre Johnsen (K-5444)

How to Beat the Open Games: 1 e4 e5: Sizzling Ideas for Black! - Sverre Johnsen (K-5444)

The Open Games (those beginning with 1.e4 e5) are now more topical than ever, featuring in a high proportion of elite-level games. This new user-friendly guide offers players of all levels a carefully worked-out repertoire, taking into account this wealth of new material.

Content

003 Foreword
004 Scoring System
PAWN ENDGAMES
005 Lesson 1 Pawn vs. Pawn
013 Lesson 2 2 Pawns vs. 1 Pawn
020 Lesson 3 2 Pawns vs. 2 Pawns
027 Lesson 4 3 Pawns vs. 2 Pawns
033 Lesson 5 3 Pawns vs. 3 Pawns
038 Lesson 6 Opposition
044 Lesson 7 Distant Opposition
053 Lesson 8 Distant Passed Pawn
058 Lesson 9 The Magic Square
065 Lesson 10 The Power of Separated Pawns - "Electric Pawns"
073 Lesson 11 Triangulation
080 Lesson 12 Instrcetive Positions - Recapitulation
087 Lesson 13 Stalemate Salvation!
MINOR PIECE ENDGAMES
093 Lesson 14 Knight vs. Pawn
101 Lesson 15 Knight vs. Knight
105 Lesson 16 Knight Dominates Bishop
113 Lesson 17 When is a Knight Stronger than a rook?!
118 Lesson 18 Knight Endgames - Stalemate Salvation!
122 Lesson 19 Bishop vs. Pawns
128 Lesson 20 Bishop vs. Bishop (Bishops of the same colour)
135 Lesson 21 Bishops of the Opposite Colours
143 Lesson 22 The Wrong Bishop
150 Lesson 23 Bishop Dominates Knight
158 Lesson 24 When is a Bishop Stronger than a Rook?!
165 Lesson 25 Bishop Endgames - Stalemate Salvation!
ROOK ENDGAMES
169 Lesson 26 Rook vs. Bishop
176 Lesson 27 Rook vs. Knight
182 Lesson 28 Rook vs. Pawn
191 Lesson 29 Rook vs. Two Connected Pawns
199 Lesson 30 Rook and Pawn vs. Rook
208 Lesson 31 Rook and Pawn vs. Rook and Pawn
215 Lesson 32 Rook and Two Pawns vs. Rook and pawn
222 Lesson 33 Rook Endgames with Equal Number of Pawns
228 Lesson 34 Rook Endgames with an Extra Pawn
233 Lesson 35 How to Get a Draw Being Two Pawns Down
241 Lesson 36 Stalemate Salvation!
QUEEN ENDGAMES
247 Lesson 37 Queen vs. Queen
252 Lesson 38 Queen vs. Pieces
261 Lesson 39 Queen vs. Pawn on the 7th Rank
267 Lesson 40 Stalemate Salvation!
USEFUL ENDGAME MOTIFS AND TRICKS
273 Lesson 41 How to Create a Passed Pawn?
279 Lesson 42 A Key Square Blockade
285 Lesson 43 Minor Promotions
297 Lesson 44 How to Avoid a Stalemate?
303 Lesson 45 A Pawn in the Starring Role!
307 Lesson 46 A Knight in the Starring Role!
313 Lesson 47 A Bishop in the Starring Role!
319 Lesson 48 A Rook in the Starring Role!
324 Lesson 49 Starring - Her Majesty, the Queen
329 Lesson 50 Starring - His Royal Highness, the King
335 Lesson 51 Do not be greedy!
341 Lesson 52 How to draw a chess game?
348 About the Author

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