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Playing 1.e4 - Caro-Kann, 1...e5 and Minor Lines by John Shaw


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Developing a punchy repertoire with 1.e4 requires extensive research, mixed with fine judgement and a good deal of creativity. In this two-volume work, GM John Shaw supplies an ambitious and dynamic arsenal of ideas for White. The repertoire is built around main lines, with many innovative suggestions that will cause no end of trouble to your opponents.

This volume covers the Caro-Kann, 1...e5 and various minor openings. The repertoire will be completed by Playing 1.e4 - Sicilian & French.

John Shaw is a grandmaster and three-time Scottish Champion.

ISBN: 978-1-907982-22-4 - 632 pages - Published 29 June 2016

Reviews of the author’s previous work:

“John Shaw’s long-awaited Magnum Opus The King’s Gambit is an impressively objective attempt at covering one of the sharpest openings.”
GM Michael Adams, Daily Telegraph

“The King’s Gambit is a fantastic publication that is clearly the result of a tremendous amount of work by Shaw, for which he deserves immense credit.”
GM David Smerdon, ChessVibes

“It took the author five years to write this book... It’s truly a work of love.”
GM Hans Ree, New in Chess


"So a couple of gripes there, but they shouldn't detract too much from the excellence of the book in general. Viewed in the light of the French sun (37C and rising!) this was worth 4 stars!"

GM Mathew Sadler, New in Chess

"This massive book – which could, quite easily, have been split into three volumes – comes dangerously close to swamping the reader with too much information. However, Shaw's skill as an author keeps things from tipping too far.

The book is structured very well and the conclusions at the end of each chapter are very welcome, allowing the reader to consolidate some of the material in an orderly and succinct fashion."

Sean Marsh, CHESS

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