GM Justin Tan – 1.e4! The Chess Bible – Volume 1 – A Complete Repertoire for White – 464 pages – ISBN 9789464201123. A fully theoretically updated new work, 3 Volumes in total for 2021.
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I have chosen 1.e4 for various reasons. First and foremost, it is the move I have played for the entirety of my chess-playing life. In the database, I have recorded approximately 400 white games, of which 350 began with 1.e4! I have also heavily researched the openings covered in this volume, through my column ‘1.e4’ for ChessPublishing.
Secondly, I believe that Black has a wider margin of error in the closed games than in the open games. Even if they do not know all the details of a certain line in the former case, they will end up with only a slight disadvantage in the majority of cases. The same cannot be said about the defenses to 1.e4. In this book you will find that Black must tread carefully if they play an offbeat system, as I have discovered several refutations to the most popular and widely accepted lines within them.
For every opening, I have adopted the same method of research. Firstly I undertake a detailed examination of human games, alongside correspondence/email games, with particular regard to the highest percentage of White wins and the number of games played. The human games allowed me to gain a natural feelings for the practical elements of the opening in question, while the correspondence games (essentially human-assisted engine games) covered the necessary element of objectivity.
The next stage consisted of my own engine analysis, using the Chessbase Engine Cloud to examine critical but unexplored positions. Finally, I engage as critically as possible with the existing literature, as I hope others will do with my work in the future.
At the beginning of every chapter is an overview of the opening, which serves to give the reader some basic foundations and highlights the general concepts, extracted from the analysis section. If the reader is in need of a brief summary of a particular opening, I suggest you focus on the overviews.
The analysis section contains the main body of work. The reader is not expected to memorize everything by heart; in fact, that is probably not a productive exercise. When going through a variation, it is best to stop at a point you think is appropriate, and that should always be the point at which you find that you have fully understood the position.
Each subchapter ends with a model game, which gives the reader a simplified picture of the variation at hand. Similar to the overview chapter, this section is largely illustrative.
Luis Gouveia (verified owner) –
Gary (verified owner) –
Really pleased with the book. Delivery to the UK was quick too given the covid situation . Thank you
Michel Barbaut (verified owner) –
(Very) Interesting stuff only a rating of “4” because I do not check everything but my first impression is this book is a good one 😉
Antonio Sala Espí (verified owner) –
Stefan Boehm –
This book really deserves its title! The quality of the recommended lines is very high. But how will this be continued? I am very curious about the next volumes. What will be the recommendations against the Sicilian, Caro-Kann, French and what is best agianst 1…e5?
I can recommend Volume 1 of the announced 3 Volumes and will for sure buy the next 2 volumes as well!
Philip Carl Pedersen (verified owner) –
I am very happy for the purchase of the book The book fulfilled all expectations and – wow – very fast deliverance ! Ordered the book on a friday and I already got the book on the tuesday . So absolutely satisfied !
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