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Playing 1.e4 – French Defence & Sicilian Sidelines – excerpt

Update: I have just heard from the printer that printing is going to be slightly slower than hoped. For the two Playing 1.e4 books – French Defence & Sicilian Sidelines and Sicilian Main Lines – plus Jaan Ehlvest’s Grandmaster Opening Preparation, the publication date will be May 30th. This is a week later than recently announced. Apologies for the delay.

An excerpt of  Playing 1.e4 – French Defence & Sicilian Sidelines is now available at the following link.

I would be most interested to know what you think, but right now there is another book I need to finish.

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  1. jerome
    April 26th, 2018 at 16:17 | #1

    This book looks very good but I would love to access page 380 to see what’s covered in the Sicilian sidelines.

  2. Ray
    April 26th, 2018 at 17:05 | #2

    Counting down… This is going to be a long summer 🙂 .

  3. mn
    April 26th, 2018 at 19:54 | #3

    Any chance of an index?

  4. HiddenDragon
    April 26th, 2018 at 21:52 | #4

    Any plan to sell your books via chessable? I love your books and almost exclusively use quality chess books so I own a hardcover copy of most of your books, the forword chess app copy for travel but now with the chessable training formula I would love to purchase them all again so that I might actually train thru all of them properly

  5. Johnnyboy
    April 27th, 2018 at 06:38 | #5

    In 1983 when Dutch author Tim Krabbé saw the Yarosh study https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babson_task in Soviet publication 64, he records that the realisation that somebody had at last solved the Babson task had the effect upon him as if he had “… opened a newspaper and seen the headline ‘Purpose Of Life Discovered’.”
    Well I’ve lived to see Playing 1.e4.
    I’m sure Krabbé checked the solution just to make sure- when I get the physical copies of 1.e4 in my hand I can now die happy.

  6. Seth A.
    April 27th, 2018 at 08:55 | #6

    FINALLY! How long have we waited JUST for a small excerpt?

    That being said, I can’t wait for the books to be published! 😀

  7. John Shaw
    April 27th, 2018 at 09:40 | #7

    @jerome

    @mn

    We will likely update the excerpt with an abridged variation index – in similar style to what we did with Avrukh’s GM Repertoire 2A – King’s Indian and Grunfeld. But right now we are concentrating on getting the books exactly as we want them.

  8. The Lurker
    April 27th, 2018 at 16:32 | #8

    Johnnyboy :
    when I get the physical copies of 1.e4 in my hand I can now die happy.

    You really need to get out more!

  9. mn
    April 28th, 2018 at 00:58 | #9

    @John Shaw Understandable, thanks for the reply.

  10. Franck steenbekkers
    April 28th, 2018 at 20:57 | #10

    I Am very curious What will be move 6 in the so called guimard variation versus the tarash french

  11. mn
    April 28th, 2018 at 21:56 | #11

    My prediction is 6 Nb3

  12. Jacob Aagaard
    April 29th, 2018 at 01:27 | #12

    @Franck steenbekkers
    I did the main analysis there. Everything is playable on some level, but this line is only playable for Black in one way and that way is very unpleasant for him as well. I will consider this one sort of busted.

  13. Franck steenbekkers
    May 2nd, 2018 at 22:09 | #13

    When Will the exerpt of the Sicilian book be published

  14. Jacob Aagaard
    May 3rd, 2018 at 06:00 | #14
  15. kutlu hasan
    May 3rd, 2018 at 17:59 | #15

    Any news on the woodpecker

  16. Jacob Aagaard
    May 4th, 2018 at 08:20 | #16

    @kutlu hasan
    When finishing Playing 1.e4 today, John will take an unscheduled week or so off, for the first time since the 2016 Olympiad, and then get right on it.

  17. Tournesol
    May 4th, 2018 at 12:56 | #17

    For me most interesting what will be suggested against 3…Be7. Tiviakov, on his chessbase DVD some years ago, said he couldn’t find a really promising way for White.

  18. jerome gavand
    May 5th, 2018 at 18:06 | #18

    To me the decisive factor to buy this book is the chosen variation for the Najdorf

  19. Jayaram
    May 6th, 2018 at 08:20 | #20

    Waiting for the book in stores

  20. Fer
    May 7th, 2018 at 09:03 | #21

    Do you have a planned date for the excerpt of “Grandmaster Opening Preparation by Jaan Ehlvest”, I’m curious about it.

    Thx

  21. Jacob Aagaard
    May 7th, 2018 at 09:09 | #22

    @Fer
    Read my post, up in a few minutes…

  22. JB
    May 7th, 2018 at 17:53 | #23

    https://twitter.com/anishgiri/status/993466019678228482/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2F2700chess.com%2F

    Very disappointed John went for the dull 5.Nf3 line instead of this obvious masterstroke

  23. Johnnyboy
    May 7th, 2018 at 17:56 | #24

    JB :
    https://twitter.com/anishgiri/status/993466019678228482/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2F2700chess.com%2F
    Very disappointed John went for the dull 5.Nf3 line instead of this obvious masterstroke

    Fully expecting 1.e4 c5 2. g4!? analysis running to 400 pages in the second volume…

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