A Complete Repertoire for Black after 1.e4-e5!

“1.e4 e5 is not just an opening. It is the repertoire that represents our game as a whole. It is something that players of all styles will enjoy because of the countless possibilities offered by 1...e5. Hopefully, learning 1...e5 will also make you a better player ”~ Yuriy Krykun

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One of the major problems that players face, both relatively inexperienced at the beginning of their career and experienced when they realize that their chess cravings are changing, is choosing an opening repertoire.

As a player and coach, I've seen many approaches to this question, both notable and erroneous. Some players think opening is something to ignore, that everything is decided in the middle of the game. Others think that studying the opening of traps is what wins the games.

Some tend to follow the recommendations of their favorite world-class players, while others like to bypass the well-known opening theory from the start, preferring unpopular sidelines.

For me, the opening choice is about all those decisions. I think many openings are good; there are some dubious ones, but they can also produce formidable results in general or in specific situations if chosen and handled carefully.

I strongly believe that your opening repertoire should be based primarily on your playing style and other personal traits, such as memory and work ethic. It is important that you evaluate yourself, as well as your strengths and weaknesses, so that you can build the right repertoire that not only suits you well, but also improves your chess overall.

The small detail, however, is in the word "mainly". I mean, I firmly believe that there are some classic, rock-solid openings with impeccable reputations, like 1.e4 e5 in response to 1.e4 or the Queen and Nimzo Gambit in response to 1.d4 that players of all styles and standards should try, no matter what their style. This will allow players to learn, appreciate and practice some of the key values of chess, such as the importance of space, lack of weaknesses, bad pieces and comfortable development, etc.

I myself started as an avid Sicilian gambler. Like all young people, I happily enjoyed the complications, the tactical massacres and everything else about Sicilian.

However, as I developed as a player, my style also changed. In the end, I realized I was much more successful with the positional game, so it was time to change the outfit, and 1.e4 e5 suited me.

I've used this move as a response to 1.e4 almost exclusively in recent years, both against weaker and stronger opposition, with fantastic results. If only other opportunities would give me such results too!

Not only have I studied these variations myself, but I have also shown them to numerous private students. To be honest, we have almost always focused on the most dangerous possibilities of white, like the Ruy Lopez, the Italian and the Scottish. Occasionally, we've also analyzed the sidelines, either as part of preparing for specific opponents or to make sure that my students become more versatile players and gain more comprehensive knowledge.

Eventually, I realized that the knowledge I gained from 1.e4 e5 can and should be shared with more players, and that's how my book came to life. Of course, readers will be different, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution. But, with care and diligence, I have tried to achieve the same goal I used when working with my students: to keep my recommendations both theoretically sound and practical and accessible.

I hope not only graduate players but also club players and less experienced readers will benefit equally from this book. So sometimes you'll find sharp novelties, but in many cases, we'll rely on positional understanding, typical structures and standard ideas. I believe openness is not just about memorization, so I've taken a different approach from many authors in maintaining the balance between recommending objectively good variations and making sure that an adequate amount of work is sufficient to get started. You will not need to spend years studying the material, for fear that there is still much to learn.

1.e4 e5 is not just an opening. It's the repertoire that represents our game as a whole. It's something that players of all styles will enjoy because of the countless possibilities offered by 1... e5. Hopefully, learning 1... e5 will also make you a better player. And finally, I hope that the book you now hold in your hands will not only bring you joy but also illustrate your passion for chess with the variations presented in this work.

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