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John M Emms
Number of games in database: 387
Years covered: 1985 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2488 (2447 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2537

Overall record: +140 -87 =158 (56.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (60) 
    B22 B30 B40 B90 B45
 Ruy Lopez (34) 
    C90 C78 C67 C84 C89
 French Defense (33) 
    C05 C07 C03 C10 C09
 French Tarrasch (29) 
    C05 C07 C03 C09 C04
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (20) 
    C90 C84 C89 C95
 Caro-Kann (11) 
    B18 B17 B12 B13 B10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (53) 
    B40 B44 B42 B47 B22
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    A45 A46 A40 D02 D04
 English, 1 c4 c5 (17) 
    A36 A37 A33 A35 A31
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E32 E53 E46 E20 E38
 Modern Benoni (16) 
    A70 A64 A62 A75 A61
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C78 C84 C90 C86
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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 Anand, 1986 1-0
   Emms vs S Williams, 2001 1-0
   Chandler vs Emms, 1997 0-1
   D P Wheeler vs Emms, 2005 0-1
   Emms vs Arkell, 1999 1-0
   Emms vs P K Wells, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Emms vs L Trent, 2006 1-0
   R Lau vs Emms, 1992 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1998/99 (1998)
   British Championship (2005)
   British Championship (2014)
   British Championship (2017)
   British Championship (2004)
   British Championship (2016)
   British Championship (2019)
   Gibraltar Masters (2004)
   British Championship (2015)
   British Championship (2013)
   British Championship (2018)

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

   🏆 British Championship
   J Emms vs R Haria (Aug-04-19) 0-1
   D Eggleston vs J Emms (Aug-03-19) 0-1
   J Emms vs Justin Tan (Aug-02-19) 1/2-1/2
   J Emms vs A G Ashton (Aug-01-19) 1-0
   J C Pigott vs J Emms (Jul-31-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Mar-14-1967, 52 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. Emms is also a prolific chess author.

Wikipedia article: John Emms (chess player)

Last updated: 2017-08-05 04:13:51

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 387  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Emms vs A Kosten  0-1321985BCF-chC05 French, Tarrasch
2. J Emms vs Anand 1-0471986OakhamC28 Vienna Game
3. Blatny vs J Emms  1-0391986OakhamB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. J Emms vs Adams ½-½571986OakhamB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
5. J Emms vs J C Hawksworth 1-0201986BCF-chC23 Bishop's Opening
6. Plaskett vs J Emms 1-0411986BCF-chD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. J Emms vs P Cramling  0-169198610th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB40 Sicilian
8. J Emms vs C Franklin  1-0461987?A45 Queen's Pawn Game
9. J Emms vs D Coleman  1-0391987SwanseaB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
10. Joel Benjamin vs J Emms  1-060198711th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
11. J Emms vs I L Thomas  ½-½511987BCF-chC23 Bishop's Opening
12. J Emms vs P K Wells ½-½451989BCF-chC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
13. J Emms vs T Fatin 0-111198913th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB30 Sicilian
14. A Kosten vs J Emms  ½-½391989BCF-chC53 Giuoco Piano
15. J Emms vs M Palac  0-1321990Toulouse opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. P Haba vs J Emms  0-1601990Toulouse opC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. Krasenkow vs J Emms  1-0321990Hastings Challengers 1990/91E12 Queen's Indian
18. Suetin vs J Emms  1-0431990Hastings Challengers 1990/91C90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. P K Wells vs J Emms  1-0311990?A17 English
20. L A Janjghava vs J Emms  0-1461990Lloyds Bank op 14thE17 Queen's Indian
21. C W Kennaugh vs J Emms  0-155199014th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC30 King's Gambit Declined
22. J Emms vs Speelman ½-½39199014th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
23. J Emms vs D Norwood  ½-½371990BCF-chB08 Pirc, Classical
24. W Watson vs J Emms  ½-½291990BCF-chC28 Vienna Game
25. J Emms vs Adams  ½-½251990BCF-chC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
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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

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  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.

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.
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  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.#

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  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.

Dec-13-09  waustad: Any of his losses could lead to a Bad Ems pun.
Feb-15-10  notyetagm:

<<<<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>

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  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.

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  wordfunph: <k.khalil> my sympathy, normal for chessplayers after losing a game.
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  Nightsurfer: Congrats to <> 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:

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>! :-)

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  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.
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  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!!! =))

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  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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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, John Emms.
Aug-05-17  JimNorCal: GM Emms doing well in the British this year. Best wishes!
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Happy Birthday.


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  HeMateMe: does he play in the British senior championships?
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