Quality: John Shaws "Playing 1.e4 - ...." serie


John Shaw har lavet en fantastisk serie på tre bøger med et repertoire forslag for hvid med 1.e4.

Min vurdering af målgruppen for disse bøger er dels den seriøse turneringsspiller i rating intervallet 1800-2400, der søger gennembearbejdede våben til at variere med.
Dels den øvede klub/turnerings spiller, der af mange gode årsager i livet (arbejde, familie, andre hobbies) ikke har tiden til dybtgående teoristudier, men søger et repertoire til den ugentlige skakaften.

John Shaw gør ikke noget halvt, hvilket de mange gennemarbejdede sider vidner om. 

Som typisk for Quality bøger, så er fremkomsten af bøgerne en teamindsats. I dette tilfælde af GM Jacob Aagaard, IM Andrew Greet og Nikos Ntirlis.  

I serien er udkommet:
- "Playing 1.e4 Caro-kann, 1.-,e5 & Minor Lines"

- "Playing 1.e4 French Defence & Sicilian Sidelines"

- "Playing 1.e4 Sicilian Main Lines"


Ole Knudsen



"I recommend, for most ordinary players who lack extraordinary powers, to instead base their White repertoire around the John Shaw series. His lines are more likely to highlight manoeuvres and positional plans plus the inherent value of the pieces and structure. It helps us mere mortals when there is more margin for the occasional imprecision. As for the fact that the three volumes together add up to over 1400 pages, well I suppose that if something is worth doing, it's worth doing well! Shawly!?"

GM Glenn Flear, New in Chess Yearbook

"I am highly recommending this series - I had used so many of these lines and have gotten good positions in virtually all the time where I have tested the theory coverage from these books. Shaw's writing style is fun to read, with flecks of dry humour littered throughout the book... these books have attained 'must-have' status for all 1.e4 players."

IM Kevin Goh (full review)