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Coffeehouse Repertoire 1.e4 Volume 1 by Gawain Jones

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GM Gawain Jones and GM Jacob Aagaard on Thinking Aloud in Killer Chess Training

Coffeehouse Repertoire is a 1.e4 player’s dream: an arsenal of ideas from a world-class grandmaster to surprise and confound your opponents, combining coffeehouse trickery with complete theoretical soundness.

In Volume 1, GM Gawain Jones shows how to put pressure on the Sicilian, Caro-Kann, Scandinavian and Alekhine’s Defences, using lines which feature a potent combination of surprise value, objective soundness and practical effectiveness.

The Coffeehouse 1.e4 Repertoire will be completed in Volume 2, which covers 1...e5, plus the French, Pirc, Modern, Philidor and other miscellaneous Defences.

Gawain Jones is an English grandmaster, twice British Champion and winner of the 2020 European Blitz Championship. He has defeated some of the world’s best players using the ideas recommended in this book.

432 pages - Published 30 June 2021

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-78483-145-5
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-78483-146-2

Reviews

“It seems amazing that Jones has been able to find so many coherent developing sequences that can steer an opponent away from an intended line and comfort zone. There is plenty of explanatory text woven into the pages, as each subtlety is given its cause and reason. In addition the Englishman’s own personality comes out with his pleasant, down to earth, tell it as it is, nicely formulated writing style...

So, all-in-all, I recommend it for those seeking serious fun! It’s Coffeehouse thinking, but on Quality grounds that you can instantly trust!”

GM Glenn Flear, New in Chess Yearbook

"These two volumes have numerous strengths. The author is an experienced and active grandmaster, currently rated in the high 2600s, and having previously broken the 2700 threshold. Among many other titles and tournament wins he counts two British championships.

Jones has played the majority of lines himself, often again the world’s leading players. He is assiduously careful to analyze Black’s best defenses in every line, admitting objective equality in those cases where it arises, but finding many new moves which ensure that the play will not peter out and the game will remain challenging even in the worst case... Gawain Jones has made an important addition to chess theory, and I hope that we see more of him as an author."

IM John Watson, Chess Life (full review)

"I get the distinct impression that if over-the-board chess becomes normal once more then many club and tournament players will be so relieved that they will be playing for fun rather than taking their games seriously - at least initially. This makes a 'coffeehouse repertoire' all the more appealing. Anyone who feels the same will welcome this interesting book with its fresh and intriguing lines."

Sean Marsh, CHESS magazine

"Gawain presents an overview of the ideas including a “What We’re Hoping for” section. This is the followed by detailed theory with a few illustrative games sprinkled in. The discussion and explanations are friendly, clear and pragmatic talking about the responses one is likely to face rather than a torrent of engine analysis and "best move" labelling.

It is not clear who chose to use the word “Coffeehouse” in the book’s title. The repertoire choices are most definitely not speculative or bordering on unsound. This is a extremely playable set of recommendations and most are used by elite players in the current decade... We are convinced that, despite the title, this book will be found to be extremely useful by the strongest and club players alike."

John Upham, British Chess News (full review)

GM Gawain Jones and GM Jacob Aagaard on Thinking Aloud in Killer Chess Training

Coffeehouse Repertoire is a 1.e4 player’s dream: an arsenal of ideas from a world-class grandmaster to surprise and confound your opponents, combining coffeehouse trickery with complete theoretical soundness.

In Volume 1, GM Gawain Jones shows how to put pressure on the Sicilian, Caro-Kann, Scandinavian and Alekhine’s Defences, using lines which feature a potent combination of surprise value, objective soundness and practical effectiveness.

The Coffeehouse 1.e4 Repertoire will be completed in Volume 2, which covers 1...e5, plus the French, Pirc, Modern, Philidor and other miscellaneous Defences.

Gawain Jones is an English grandmaster, twice British Champion and winner of the 2020 European Blitz Championship. He has defeated some of the world’s best players using the ideas recommended in this book.

432 pages - Published 30 June 2021

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-78483-145-5
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-78483-146-2

Reviews

“It seems amazing that Jones has been able to find so many coherent developing sequences that can steer an opponent away from an intended line and comfort zone. There is plenty of explanatory text woven into the pages, as each subtlety is given its cause and reason. In addition the Englishman’s own personality comes out with his pleasant, down to earth, tell it as it is, nicely formulated writing style...

So, all-in-all, I recommend it for those seeking serious fun! It’s Coffeehouse thinking, but on Quality grounds that you can instantly trust!”

GM Glenn Flear, New in Chess Yearbook

"These two volumes have numerous strengths. The author is an experienced and active grandmaster, currently rated in the high 2600s, and having previously broken the 2700 threshold. Among many other titles and tournament wins he counts two British championships.

Jones has played the majority of lines himself, often again the world’s leading players. He is assiduously careful to analyze Black’s best defenses in every line, admitting objective equality in those cases where it arises, but finding many new moves which ensure that the play will not peter out and the game will remain challenging even in the worst case... Gawain Jones has made an important addition to chess theory, and I hope that we see more of him as an author."

IM John Watson, Chess Life (full review)

"I get the distinct impression that if over-the-board chess becomes normal once more then many club and tournament players will be so relieved that they will be playing for fun rather than taking their games seriously - at least initially. This makes a 'coffeehouse repertoire' all the more appealing. Anyone who feels the same will welcome this interesting book with its fresh and intriguing lines."

Sean Marsh, CHESS magazine

"Gawain presents an overview of the ideas including a “What We’re Hoping for” section. This is the followed by detailed theory with a few illustrative games sprinkled in. The discussion and explanations are friendly, clear and pragmatic talking about the responses one is likely to face rather than a torrent of engine analysis and "best move" labelling.

It is not clear who chose to use the word “Coffeehouse” in the book’s title. The repertoire choices are most definitely not speculative or bordering on unsound. This is a extremely playable set of recommendations and most are used by elite players in the current decade... We are convinced that, despite the title, this book will be found to be extremely useful by the strongest and club players alike."

John Upham, British Chess News (full review)



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