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Starting Out: The Scotch Game [Anglais] [Broché]

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good, but confusing layout 28 octobre 2005
Par Phil Freihofner - Publié sur
This is a decent entry into the "Starting Out" series, with the typical strengths and weaknesses. Initial moves are very well explained, with good care going into the refutations of tricky but "bad" moves. Reading through this section has been helpful, especially for handling crazies playing online blitz chess. And it seems Emms does a good job of going into the main lines and explaining what is going on strategically, about what one has come to expect from this approach to chess books.

I had some difficulty finding certain lines. Each section starts with an overview discussion of the lines, followed by a discussion of how theoretical the line is and the current database statistics. Then come sample games and a closing "points to remember." However, the opening overview often seems to function more like additional sample game than an orienting summary. Thus, if you are in the middle of a sample game, the statistics precede. If you are in the "overview," they follow. But since it is hard to tell what is overview and what is sample game, it becomes a bit of a nuisance to locate these sections.

Also, it is not always clear if a line is discussed in the initial summary or one of the sample games. For example, Emms made the noteworthy suggestion of 5...Bc5 (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 ed 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 Bc5) as a reply to the Scotch Four Knights in "Play the Open Game as Black". In that book, White's two main replies, 6 Be3 and 6 Nxc6 are clearly given as lines "B1" and "B2."

In "Starting Out: The Scotch Game" the 6 Bd3 line is dealt with exclusively in the initial summary. Then there are two intervening sample games NOT involving 5..Bc5 (10 and 11) before the other main reply, 6 Nxc6 is discussed in game 12. The index wasn't helpful as it cited the summary (pg. 46) for the 6 Ncx6 line, rather than the sample game where this line is discussed in detail (pg. 55).

Side note: there's not much in terms of new info on these lines, compared to the first book, and Kaufman's suggestions and analysis tends to be ignored.

I play Kaufman's suggested line in the "Mieses" variation, and was looking forward to learning if it was holding up in Emms new book. Emms tersely cites the line (without mentioning Kaufman) on page 111 in a footnote, up to move 17, stating ONLY that this "again gives us the typical ending discussed in more detail in the next theoretical section." Thus, to find out more about this type of position, I had to search for the previous reference and the "next theoretical section" which turned out to be on pg. 126. From there I was referred to yet another location, Game 28.

The discussion there, once found, was somewhat helpful, but the position differed from Kaufman's, starting with Black's pieces being in slightly worse locations.

It seems Emms could have troubled himself to deal more explicitly with the Kaufman lines, since "Chess Advantage in Black and White" is having such a large impact.

My last quibble is that while there is much made of Kasparov's contribution to the Scotch, and there are references to his games interspersed, good luck actually trying to find them! There is only one game cited in the index, for a sideline. There is one sub-section titled "7...Be6 and Kasparov's 8 Na4," but the subsection titles are NOT included in the table of contents. There are scads of other references, such as his games with Short and Karpov in the text, but you'll have to hunt for them. Also, quite tellingly, we never hear why Kasparov STOPPED playing the Scotch. A truly objective book would have dealt with this issue.

Thus, while I am happy to own the book, I think Emms to a minor degree, and his publishers (and their poor editorial support) to a large degree are to be faulted.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Scotch Bible 21 février 2009
Par A-player - Publié sur
I have to disagree with the 3 star reviewer from awhile ago - this is THE book to have if you want to play the scotch game (which isn't everybody). Like all books I own by John Emms (four now) it is excellently researched, well written and reads well besides (an appropriate amount of wit sprinkled in). I am rated 1800 and I find the book has more than enough detail on all possible lines arising from the Scotch, in fact I think this book would be appropriate through master level because it delves deeply at times into the theoretical lines. On the other hand, Emms does not get lost in a maze of variations without commentary as so many opening books do. I own six books from the 'Starting out' series, and I consider it to be the best amongst the, far better for example than Chris Ward's starting out:the nimzo-indian book which, while somehow being approximately the same page length, manages to convey about half the useful information. Starting out:the scotch game is a book I return to again and again to get new ideas and to understand where I go wrong in my games. The Everyman Chess format in this book is pleasant to the eye, and the quality of the analysis matches appearance. If you have any doubts, look at reviews for other John Emms books such as the easy guide to the nimzo-indian, his french tarrasch book, or the survival guide to rook endings. You will not be disappointed.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good for 1...e5 players too. 24 février 2009
Par SJA - Publié sur
I don't play the Scotch as White, but as a 1...e5 player, I often run into it as Black. This is a great book for helping a 1...e5 player prepare against the Scotch - in particular, there is some good, solid insight into some of White's early move (6th, 7th, 8th...) deviations from the main lines.

It seems like most opening books are geared toward one side or the other (White or Black). This is not one of those books. As a non-Scotch player, I can't attest to the quality of the analysis for White (but this is Emms, so I would expect that it's top-shelf), but again, this is a good solid book for the Black side, and if you play 1...e5, this is stuff you need to know.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Where was the editor? 12 avril 2009
Par Patrick Walsh - Publié sur
This book has a lot of wonderful information and analysis for players just beginning to learn the Scotch. I do not play the Scotch as a rule, but use it to avoid the Russian Defence by switching into the Scotch Four Knights, e.g. 1. e4 e5; 2. Nf3 Nf6; 3. Nc3 Nc6; 4. d4. My usual weapon of choice is the Spanish Game.

However, the layout is very disorganized and careless. Moves are missing. In one of the sample games, the opening moves are 1. e4 e5; 2. Nf3 Nc6; 2. d4 3. Nxd4. Black doesn't get a move on move 3, and White gets to take his own pawn?

There are frequent grammatical errors in this book. A common pattern is "such and such variation will studied in Game/Section ..." If this was a Russian author I would understand one or two instances of this in an entire book, but John Emms is an English grandmaster. There are at least 20 examples of this pattern in the book. Further, the book is riddled with word choice problems. "It a way it is..." and so on. Apparently the spellchecker was working fine, but the editor did not bother to make sure the right correction was made. Even English tabloids have better grammar than this.

These flaws indicate to me that, as the content is useful, it has been thrown together rather haphazardly and this lowers my confidence that the analysis is thorough and complete. As one reviewer mentions, Emms touts Kasparov's contribution to the Scotch, but then one cannot find them easily in the book and Emms never mentions why Kasparov no longer plays the Scotch.

Like I said, it is not my main weapon in the open game. I use it against Russian Defense players to get them out of theory into a simple, straightforward line with some teeth in it that can bite if they are in unfamiliar territory.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great gift! 12 janvier 2013
Par Eva - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I bought this book for a friend for Christmas and I've heard nothing but great things about it. He said that it's improved his chess game significantly.
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