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Keep It Simple 1.e4

368 pages, paperback, New in Chess, 1. edition 2018.

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International Master Christof Sielecki has created a reliable set of opening lines for chess players of almost all levels. The major objective is to dominate Black from the opening, by simple means. You don’t need to sacrifice anything or memorize long tactical lines. Unless Black plays something stupid, when tactics are the simplest punishment.

Sielecki developed this repertoire working with students who were looking for something that was easy to understand and easy to learn. Most of the lines he selected are occasionally played by grandmasters, but on the whole they lie outside the mainstream of opening theory. That means that there is hardly any need to monitor theoretical developments.

Sielecki always clearly explains the plans and counterplans and keeps you focussed on what the position requires. Ambitious players rated 1500 or higher will get great value out of studying this extremely accessible book.

Christof Sielecki is an International Master from Germany. He has been teaching and training chess for many years, and runs a popular YouTube channel called ChessExplained .


Language English
Author Sielecki, Christof
Publisher New in Chess
Edition 1.
Medium Book
Weight 850 g
Width 17 cm
Height 24 cm
Pages 368
ISBN-13 978-90-5691-805-7
Year of Publication 2018
Binding paperback


007 Preface

Part I: Open Games: 1.e4 e5

009 Introduction

012 Chapter 1: 2.Nf3: rare lines

016 Chapter 2: Philidor's Defence: 2.Nf3 d6

024 Chapter 3: Petroff Defence: 2.Nf3 Nf6

028 Chapter 4: Three Knights Game: 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3

033 Chapter 5: Scotch Four Knights: 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4

041 Chapter 6: 4...exd4 5.Nxd4

046 Chapter 7: 4...exd4 5.Nxd4 Bb4

053 Chapter 8: 5...Bb4 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.exd5 cxd5 9.0-0 0-0 10.h3

060 Sample games

Part II: Sicilian Defence: 1.e4 c5

081 Introduction

085 Chapter 9: Rossolimo Variation: 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5, sidelines

092 Chapter 10: Rossolimo with 3...g6

099 Chapter 11: Rossolimo with 3...e6

105 Chapter 12: Rossolimo with 3...d6

109 Chapter 13: Moscow Variation: 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7

113 Chapter 14: Moscow Variation with 3...Bd7

124 Chapter 15: 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3

138 Chapter 16: 2.Nf3: other lines

148 Sample Games

Part III: Caro-Kann Defence: 1.e4 c6

185 Introduction

187 Chapter 17: 2.Nc3: sidelines

191 Chapter 18: Two Knights: 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4

196 Chapter 19: Two Knights with 3...Bg4

204 Chapter 20: Two Knights with 3...Nf6

210 Sample games

Part IV: French Defence: 1.e4 e6

223 Introduction

226 Chapter 21: Exchange Variation: 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3, rare lines

231 Chapter 22: Exchange Variation with 4...Bd6

240 Chapter 23: Exchange Variation with 4...Nf6

249 Chapter 24: Exchange Variation with 4...Bg4/4...Nc6

256 Sample games

Part V: 1.e4: other moves

267 Introduction

270 Chapter 25: Pirc Defence: 1...d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6

278 Chapter 26: Modern Defence: 1...g6

284 Chapter 27: Philidor and rare lines after 1...d6

294 Chapter 28: Scandinavian: 1...d5 2.exd5, rare lines

299 Chapter 29: Scandinavian: 2...Qd5 3.Nc3 Qd8

304 Chapter 30: Scandinavian: 2...Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5

312 Chapter 31: Alekhine's Defence: 1...Nf6

320 Chapter 32: 1.e4: rare lines

328 Sample Games

359 Index of players

361 Explanation of symbols

363 Bibliography

365 Author's biography


Keep It Simple 1.e4