The 1...e5 variation of the English Opening, sometimes referred to as the reversed Sicilian, leads to a diversity of stimulating positions. From wild tactical melees to slow positional battles, there are variations here to suit all styles. These opening lines provide the battle scene for many top Grandmaster clashes, including those of Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand and others belonging to the world's elite. In this book, Alexander Raetsky and Maxim Chetverik explain in detail the positional and tactical possibilities for both White and Black. Using illustrative games, Raetsky and Chetverik outline the current fashions in both the main variations and the tricky sidelines. Whether as Black or White, this book is crucial reading for those wishing to play this opening. *Up-to-date coverage of a fascinating opening *Written by leading openings experts *An ideal battle manual for competitive players
Alexander Raetsky is a Russian International Master and an experienced competitor on the chess tournament circuit. He's also a skilled writer and has been a frequent contributor to the famous Russian magazine 64 and the internationally renowned publication New In Chess. His first book for Everyman, Meeting 1 e4, was very well received by the chess-playing public. Maxim Chetverik, also from Russia, is a FIDE Master and a renowned openings theoretician. This is his first major work for Everyman.