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John Emms
Number of games in database: 329
Years covered: 1986 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2456 (2462 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2537
Overall record: +118 -76 =135 (56.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (55) 
    B22 B30 B40 B90 B88
 Ruy Lopez (28) 
    C90 C67 C88 C78 C84
 French Defense (27) 
    C07 C03 C05 C10 C06
 French Tarrasch (24) 
    C07 C03 C05 C06 C09
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (18) 
    C90 C88 C84 C89 C95
 Caro-Kann (11) 
    B17 B18 B14 B19 B12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (47) 
    B44 B40 B22 B42 B47
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    A45 A46 A40 E10 D04
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E32 E54 E53 E30 E52
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C78 C90 C88 C86 C84
 Modern Benoni (13) 
    A70 A64 A61 A62 A75
 English, 1 c4 c5 (13) 
    A36 A33 A37 A34 A31
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Emms vs A Blees, 1996 1-0
   Emms vs V Tukmakov, 1996 1-0
   Emms vs P Wells, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Emms vs S Williams, 2001 1-0
   Emms vs Anand, 1986 1-0
   D P Wheeler vs Emms, 2005 0-1
   Emms vs Arkell, 1999 1-0
   Emms vs N Berry, 2002 1-0
   Emms vs S Knott, 2005 1-0
   Emms vs A Walton, 2005 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Smith & Williamson British Championships (2005)
   Hastings 1998/99 (1998)
   British Chess Championships (2014)
   Smith & Williamson British Championships (2004)
   Gibraltar Masters (2004)
   100th British Championship (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings Premier 1998/9 by protean

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JOHN EMMS
(born Mar-14-1967, 47 years old) United Kingdom

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John Michael Emms was awarded the Grandmaster title in 1995. He tied for 1st in the 1997 British Championship.

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 329  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Blatny vs Emms  1-039 1986 OakhamB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. Emms vs J C Hawksworth 1-020 1986 BCF ChC23 Bishop's Opening
3. Emms vs Anand 1-047 1986 OakhamC28 Vienna Game
4. Plaskett vs Emms 1-041 1986 BCF-chD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Emms vs P Cramling  0-169 1986 Lloyds BankB40 Sicilian
6. Emms vs Adams ½-½57 1986 OakhamB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
7. Emms vs I Thomas  ½-½51 1987 Ch Great BritainC27 Vienna Game
8. J Benjamin vs Emms  1-060 1987 01, London LloydsE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
9. Emms vs C Franklin  1-046 1987 ?A45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Emms vs D Coleman  1-039 1987 SwanseaB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
11. Emms vs P Wells ½-½45 1989 BCF-ch 76thC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
12. A Kosten vs Emms  ½-½39 1989 Plymouth (England)C50 Giuoco Piano
13. Emms vs T Fatin 0-111 1989 London (04)B30 Sicilian
14. Emms vs Speelman ½-½39 1990 London (England)B08 Pirc, Classical
15. Krasenkow vs Emms  1-032 1990 Hastings CHALLE12 Queen's Indian
16. C Kennaugh vs Emms  0-155 1990 LondonC30 King's Gambit Declined
17. Emms vs M Palac  0-132 1990 Toulouse opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. W Watson vs Emms  ½-½29 1990 Ch Great BritainC28 Vienna Game
19. Emms vs Arkell  0-140 1990 Ostend InternationalB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
20. P Haba vs Emms  0-160 1990 Toulouse opC88 Ruy Lopez
21. Emms vs D Norwood  ½-½37 1990 Ch Great BritainB08 Pirc, Classical
22. Suetin vs Emms  1-043 1990 Hastings ChallengersC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Emms vs Adams  ½-½25 1990 EastbourneC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
24. P Wells vs Emms  1-031 1990 ?A17 English
25. Emms vs Hebden  0-154 1991 Hastings ChallengersC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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Jun-21-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  jahhaj: <Knight13> Michael Stean wrote a book called Simple Chess. It is a classic, but misunderstood because of the title. The idea was to teach positional concepts by using games which illustrated those concepts in purest form with no distractions (e.g. tactics). The idea was that these games would be simple enough for even average players to understand.

Michael's book improved my grade by about 30 BCF (maybe 250 ELO). Is John's book related?

Jun-22-05  Knight13: <jahhaj> I don't know anything about Michael Stean's "Simple Chess." But Simple Chess by John Emms also uses games played by masters to teach all kinds of stuff like Outposts, The Bishop Pair, Strong Pawns and Weak Pawns, etc. and the "More Simple Chess" by John Emms is about more complicated stuff like Problem Pieces, Trading, Minor Importance, Rampant Rooks, etc.

They're good ideal books for Club Players and Tournament Players. But sadly I've never seen these two books in book stores but in 1 library.

Jun-22-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  jahhaj: <Knight13> Sounds exactly like Michael's book. The games from Michael's book can be found here Game Collection: "Simple Chess" by Michael Stean. Are they the same?

One criticism of Michael's books was that though they contained a lot of good material they placed too much emphasis on static positional features. Sounds like "More Simple Chess" might remedy that somewhat.

Sure there's no plagerism here, sounds like the publishers asked John to update Michael's book.

Jun-22-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  jahhaj: <Knight13> Did a bit of research on http://www.amazon.com. John's book is inspired by but not otherwise related to Michael's book. Opinion is divided as to which is the better book.
Jun-28-05  Knight13: <jahhaj>
<The games from Michael's book can be found here Game Collection: "Simple Chess" by Michael Stean. Are they the same?> No. They are not the same. <John's book is inspired by but not otherwise related to Michael's book. Opinion is divided as to which is the better book.> I think Both books are good. Neither one is better. :)
Jun-28-05  Knight13: John Emms (born 14 March 1967) is a British chess grandmaster and writer. He tied for first in the 1997 British Championship. Emms was a contributor to the book Nunn's Chess Openings and the author of The Survival Guide to Chess Endings.

--- Wikipedia

Jun-28-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: You know, it amazes me that Emms would not have a biography.
Aug-13-05  Knight13: I just bouught the book "Starting out: The Sicilian" written by John Emms. It's a very good book for thoes who want to get an understanding of the Sicilian Defense Black usually answers after 1. e4. A very enjoyable-learning book. I like it! :)
Aug-13-05  midknightblue: I have John Emms book on The Sicilian Kan by Everyman Chess Publications. Now I have Experts vs the Sicilian, and it is interesting to see how this new book recommends for white to counter many of the interesting lines that I learned from Emms book. Anyway, Emms book is really fantastic. It doesnt cover the Taimanov, although certainly the lines do sometimes transpose. One awesome thing about the book is that the first part of the book focuses on pawn structures and ideas. Such as whether to set up a hedgehog structure or a schevenigen pawn structure in various situations. These ideas are very usefull as you go through the specific variations throughout the book.
Oct-28-05  Dionyseus: Everyone should go buy The Ultimate Chess Puzzle Book by John Emms. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...

The book has 1001 puzzles, all of the puzzles come from actual games and the players, location, and year of the game is always indicated in the puzzle solution. His puzzles come from three sources, his own games, games from the years 1998-2000 that are in The Week In Chess and Megabase 2000, and games from old soviet tournaments. The book is pleasantly wide and contains 8 high quality print puzzles per page.

In chapter 1, he introduces the tactical ideas and terms that will be used in the book.

In chapter 2, there are over 100 level 1 puzzles. He describes level 1 puzzles as a starting block for those who have little experience in dealing with chess puzzles. The first 34 problems give you a hint under the diagram, those are the only puzzles in the book in which you are given a hint. I actually like that because when you are playing a real game you are never given hints, so I believe this format prepares you better.

In chapter 3 there are 66 checkmate puzzles that range in difficulty from 1-4, with the most difficult puzzles appearing towards the end. He descrives level 4 puzzles as puzzles that even grandmasters would have trouble with.

Chapter 4 has 272 medium difficulty puzzles (difficulty levels 2-4) .

Chapter 5 is a self-test. 16 puzzles, two are level 1, four are level 2, six are level 3, two are level 4, two are level 5. This test should take about 1-2 hours to complete. There's a Test Score To Elo Points Conversion Chart, in which you tally up your points and depending on how many points you get you can see what your elo performance was (ranges from 1000 to 2600+) .

Chapter 6 has 86 puzzles from the Soviet Championships from 1947-67, the difficulty of these puzzles range from level 2-4.

Chapter 7 has 44 "Find The Wrong Move" puzzles. This chapter was intended to teach you how to spot a blunder from your opponent.

Chapter 8 is a self-test. 16 puzzles, two are level 1, four are level 2, six are level 3, two are level 4, two are level 5. This test should take about 1-2 hours to complete. There's a Test Score To Elo Points Conversion Chart, in which you tally up your points and depending on how many points you get you can see what your elo performance was (ranges from 1000 to 2600+) .

Chapter 9 has 80 puzzles that range in difficulty from level 2-4.

Chatpter 10 is a self-test. 16 puzzles, two are level 1, four are level 2, six are level 3, two are level 4, two are level 5. This test should take about 1-2 hours to complete. There's a Test Score To Elo Points Conversion Chart, in which you tally up your points and depending on how many points you get you can see what your elo performance was (ranges from 1000 to 2600+) .

Chapter 11 has 101 puzzles of level 5 difficulty.

Here's an example of a level 1 puzzle:
41b (black to play):


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Here's an example of a level 5 puzzle:
973w (white to play):


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Dec-18-05  Greginctw: If anyone is looking for a good repertoire you have to get Attacking with E4. It is a ridiculously good book. Except for the KIA french i enjoy playing all the lines (i also play the ruy lopez on occasion). I wouldnt recommend it to those below 1600.
Dec-18-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: A fine author: His 'Simple Chess' and 'More Simple Chess' books are a great strategy primer.
Dec-18-05  WMD: When last I saw John over ten years ago, his hair was already thinning. He must now be as bald as a coot.
Apr-26-07  ianD: John features in this BBC video re chess and how to fool the mind.#

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evZm...

Feb-07-08  James Demery: Does anybody have any of his Survival Guide Books? I have one on Rook endgames and I just ordered one on the middlegame.
Dec-13-09  BIDMONFA: John M Emms

EMMS, John M.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/emms_john.htm
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Dec-13-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Any of his losses could lead to a Bad Ems pun.
Feb-15-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: http://www.everymanchess.com/chess/...

<<<<Attacking with the Isolated Queen's Pawn>>>

John Emms

The Isolated Queen's Pawn arises in countless chess positions, because this pawn structure can be reached via a host of popular openings: the Sicilian, the Caro-Kann, the French, the Queen's Gambit and the Nimzo-Indian to name a few. Love them or hate them, these positions are very difficult to avoid, so you really need to know what to do when you get them.

In this book, John Emms examines the key tactical and positional ideas in IQP positions, with an emphasis on how to attack and how to defend. In addition, he also explores openings which lead to IQPs, and suggests repertoire options which make sure you reach the positions you desire.

A Grandmaster's guide to IQPs
Includes practical tips on opening choices

Ideal for improvers, club players and tournament players.

Published May 2010 EU, April 2010 US |
ISBN 9781857446289
Format Paperback, 192 pages>

Mar-14-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: may you have more chess books to write..

happy birthday GM John Emms!

Jul-03-12  k.khalil: I got checkmated by him today.

It's 1.14 am and I can't sleep.

Jul-03-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <k.khalil> my sympathy, normal for chessplayers after losing a game.
Dec-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Nightsurfer: Congrats to <ChessGames.com> that you have nominated John M Emms to be <Player Of The Day December 13th, 2012>!

I have learned a lot by the nominee's very instructive book <"Easy Guide To The Nimzo-Indian">, Cadogan, London 1998 (that book has received a favourable review by John L Watson, please read the article as follows: http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/jwatson...).

Before I read that book I had assumed that the basic Black strategy in the Nimzo-Indian was to try to conquer one (or two ...) of White doubled Pawns c3 & c4, but after I have read John M Emms 's manual <"Easy Guide To The Nimzo-Indian">, I do know better now, since there are a lot of <"tricks on the kingside"> that Black can apply, just read the very inspiring pages 46 and 47 <in: "Easy Guide To The Nimzo-Indian"> by John M Emms !

I have been impressed by the <"snap mate"> - as it has been dubbed (and demonstrated) by John M Emms on page 46 of <"Easy Guide To The Nimzo-Indian"> - , a finish that can occur as a follow-up of the position as follows ...


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... namely after White quite logical kicking Black Queen with <11.g3? ...> and Black nonchalantly ignoring that threat with <11. ... Ng5!>, please see the diagram as follows ...


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... and please compare page 46 in John M Emms 's <"Easy Guide To The Nimzo-Indian">.

I have memorized that trap - with the eventual consequence <12.gxh4?? Nh3#>, herewith the corresponding diagram ...


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... - over and over again, and one day before <Christmas 2006> that memorizing paid off, by a funny replay of John M Emms 's snap mate as follows, please see the diagram as follows ...


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... as being the result of the moves <13.gxh4?? Nh3#> in M Boskan vs R Gralla, 2006 !

Since that very day of December 23rd, 2006, today's <Player Of The Day December 13th, 2012> John M Emms is my personal <God Of The Nimzo-Indian>! :-)

Dec-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: I played a game of blitz with John Emms a few days back at the London Chess Classic. It was a Sicilian and he caught me at the end with a double attack by his queen. Fun game.
Dec-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <Check It Out> Were you the white side or black side? Do you remember any moves? Taimanov? Najdorf? Richter-Rauzer?

Any idea(s) of what the key (blunder) move was/were?

Enquiring minds want to know!!! =))

Dec-14-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: I was black, I think I played a Scheveningan with the e6-d6-a6 pawn formation. Don't remember where it all went wrong, but I went for a last ditch kingside attack which fizzled out, leaving me wide open for his Qe7, attacking my rook on d8 and threatening mate on g7 with his rook on g1. I remember that part clearly.

John Emms played blitz in the main hall for 6 hours straight, taking on all comers, and he did not lose a single game (according to him). That's impressive because there were some strong players in the room.

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