Playing 1.e4 e5 – A Classical Repertoire


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ISBN: 978-1-78483-014-4 – 384 pages – Published 3 February 2016


4/5 Stars “It’s probably pretty much the ideal repertoire for a player wanting to take up 1.e4 e5 without having to learn the whole world! … Ntirlis does his normal thorough, creative job.”

GM Matthew Sadler, New in Chess

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Playing 1.e4 e5 – A Classical Repertoire every chess player needs a high-quality answer to 1.e4, and

there is nothing more reliable than 1…e5. Black stakes a claim in the centre and prepares to deploy

his pieces on good squares. The challenge nowadays is to build a robust repertoire without being

overwhelmed by the volume of material and continual advances in opening theory.

Nikolaos Ntirlis

Playing 1.e4 e5 – A Classical Repertoire, Nikolaos Ntirlis offers the best of both worlds: a

complete repertoire against 1.e4, built on sound positional principles, which does not require

excessive memorization. Against the Spanish the author recommends the Breyer System, one of the

most stable, computer-proof options at Black’s disposal. The Scotch, Italian, Four Knights and

various other sidelines and gambits are handled with the same clarity and efficiency.

A Classical Repertoire

Nikolaos Ntirlis is an opening expert and adviser to numerous GMs. He is

an avid researcher, and in this book he draws on masterly insights from

chess legends such as Capablanca and Smyslov, as well as the latest

analytical tools that modern technology has to offer.

“The proposed lines, drawn from the Two Knights complex and Breyer, are certainly sharp and

principled, but they are not outlandishly so. Ntirlis has read everything relevant, cites most of it, and

distills the typical plans brilliantly… This is a very advanced book, but for those looking for a one-stop

solution to 1.e4, it might be just what the doctor ordered.”

Nikolaos Ntirlis

“It’s a guide that is both practical and theoretically robust, and it will be of interest to grandmaster

readers as well as amateurs.

Overall, I found the book to be thorough, high-quality and surprisingly easy to read. I say

‘surprisingly’ because, as I mentioned, I half-expected Ntirlis’ correspondence background to hamper

his efforts to recommend a practical repertoire, but he’s really done a good job. Despite having read

several books on 1…e5, this is the first that almost convinced me to take it up myself. And who knows…!

Playing 1.e4 e5

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