Do you need a well-deserved break from your normal chess openings? Are you tired of constantly having to keep up with modern chess theory? Or perhaps you simply wish to try out something new and inspiring, but cannot decide amongst the embarrassment of choices available? Look no further for the answer!
In Dangerous Weapons: 1 e4 e5, opening experts John Emms, Glenn Flear and Andrew Greet take a revolutionary look at one of the most famous and widely-played chess openings. Instead of travelling down well-trodden and analysed paths, the authors concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations, selecting a wealth of 'dangerous' options for both colours. Whether playing White or Black, a study of this book will leave you confident and fully-armed, and your opponents running for cover!
Dangerous Weapons is an exciting series of opening books which supply the reader with an abundance of hard-hitting ideas to revitalize his or her opening repertoire. Many of the carefully chosen weapons are innovative, visually shocking, incredibly tricky, or have been unfairly discarded; they are guaranteed to throw even your most experienced opponent off balance.
- Open Games in a completely new light
- Packed with original ideas and analysis
- A large array of weapons to shock your opponents
Openings after 1 e4 e5 are amongst the first that every chessplayer encounters when he or she is learning the game. They also have a longer history than other major openings, with several lines having been analysed more than a hundred years ago by some of the strongest players at that time.
In some ways finding suitable Dangerous Weapons after 1 e4 e5 represents quite a test. It's true that there are a great number of sharp, ambitious or unusual lines from which players can choose. On the other hand, many of these openings have already amassed an astronomical amount of theory over the years, and some possibilities had to be rejected due to this. Nevertheless, it has been a challenge Glenn Flear, Andrew Greet and I have greatly relished, and I do hope you find within this book plenty of new ideas for both White and Black, and have as much fun trying them out in your own games as we have had researching, studying and writing about them.
As to who wrote which sections, Glenn Flear was responsible for Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6,9 and 12; Andrew Greet wrote Chapters 13,14 and 15; and I contributed Chapters 1,2, 7, 8,10 and 11.
Finally, I would especially like to thank my co-authors for all their hard work throughout this project. I would also like to give thanks to Stefan BŁcker, John Cox, Richard Palliser and Jonathan Tait for their invaluable advice and help.
007 Series Introduction
011 1 The Max Lange Gambit
(1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 0-0 Nf6 5 d4)
043 2 Reviving the Max Lange Attack
(1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 0-0 Nf6 5 d4 exd4 6 e5 d5 7 exf6 dxc4 8 fxg7)
063 3 Calming the Romantics
(1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 c3 Nf6 5 d4 exd4 6 cxd4 Bb4+ 7 Bd2 Nxe4 and 4 b4 Bxb4 5 c3 Ba5)
085 4 L'Oiseau
(1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nd4)
103 5 Twenty Years of Obscurity
(1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Bc5)
119 6 Facing up to the Exchange Variation
(1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Bxc6 dxc6 5 0-0 Be7)
132 7 Denying Black his Fun
(1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bb5 Nd4 5 0-0)
152 8 Livening up the Three Knights and Scotch
(1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Nc3 g6 and 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 g6)
169 9 Don't be Boring against the GŲring!
(1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 exd4 4 c3 Nf6 5 e5 Ne4 and 3 c3 Nf6 4 d4 exd4 5 e5 Ne4)
179 10 Fighting the Pseudo King's Gambiteers
(1 e4 e5 2 Bc4 Nf6 3 d3 Bc5 4 Nc3 0-0)
202 11 The Vienna Poisoned Pawn
(1 e4 e5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 Qg4 Nd4)
216 12 Play like a Victorian: The King's Bishop's Gambit
(1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Bc4)
234 13 The Centre Game Revealed: Part I
(1 e4 e5 2 d4 exd4 3 Qxd4 Nc6 4 Qe3 Nf6 5 Nc3 Bb4 main line)
275 14 The Centre Game Revealed: Part II
(1 e4 e5 2 d4 exd4 3 Qxd4 Nc6 4 Qe3 Nf6 5 Nc3 others)
304 15 The Centre Game Revealed: Part III
(1 e4 e5 2 d4 exd4 3 Qxd4 Nc6 4 Qe3 others)