The Open Games (those beginning 1 e4 e5) are now more topical than ever, featuring in a high proportion of elite-level games. This new user-friendly guide offers players of all levels a carefully worked-out repertoire, taking into account this wealth of new material.

Noted opening writer Sverre Johnsen has also taken a critical look at the more traditional Open Games, where theory is often based on old or obscure games. Making extensive use of modern computer engines, he has overturned ancient assessments and found new paths that breathe fresh life into positions long thought to be resolved. It is striking how often in his lines Black is able to seize the initiative.

Johnsen has chosen sound lines that are likely to surprise opponents and deny them the type of game they are seeking. He has deeply researched correspondence sources and recent books on the Open Games, and employs similar methods to those that made his earlier opening works so popular among club-level players.

Sverre Johnsen is a chess analyst, researcher, organizer, trainer and writer from Norway. He is co-author of Win with the London System and Win with the Stonewall Dutch, two of the best-selling openings books of recent years.

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“The well-known analyst Sverre Johnsen from Norway provides the reader with an impressive repertoire book based on the black lines of the Italian game. As we all know, at top level chess the Ruy Lopez is out and the Italian game is in! An important reference work!” – John Elburg,

“…written from a chess trainer’s perspective, which makes the material more relevant to over the board play… the review of previous publications is superb. For example, in the section on the Giucco Pianissimo, Johnsen points out 10…h5, a move suggested by Bologan, that for some reason has been ignored by some of the top players in the world. The author uncovers several new paths in well known positions that will pay the price of the book” – Miguel Ararat,

“The layout is easy to follow... I particularly like the fact that the author puts the main moves before sub-variations at the beginning of each new piece. This publication is intended to cater for both inexperienced players wanting first step knowledge to more experienced players who know theory but never really studied the open games. Has the author achieved his goal in this respect? I would say so in my case, yes. Recommended” – Carl Portman, OPEN FILE