Bored with the same old openings? Worried about having to learn too much theory? Then this book will come as a godsend. Aaron Summerscale presents a set of exceptionally dangerous opening weapons for White. Each recommended line is based on a solid positional foundation, yet also promises long-term (and short-term!) attacking chances. The variations are not just easy to learn and play, but they also set Black complex problems.

* A queen's pawn repertoire based on rapid piece development
* Reveals many lethal attacking ideas and traps
* Features the legendary '150' and Barry Attacks

For this new edition, the publishers enlisted the help of hotshot opening writer Sverre Johnsen, who has updated the coverage where necessary, while retaining the spirit, charm and aims of Summerscale's original work. The killer repertoire remains easy to learn, and is now more dangerous than ever!

Grandmaster Aaron Summerscale is a prominent figure in UK chess, who won the British Rapidplay Championship in 2000. He is also a renowned chess trainer, and has been involved in coaching some of England's best junior players. Sverre Johnsen is from Norway, and an enthusiastic chess analyst, researcher, organizer and writer.

Gambit books by Sverre Johnsen: A Killer Chess Opening Repertoire - new enlarged edition with Aaron Summerscale; The Ruy Lopez: a Guide for Black with Leif Johannessen; Win with the London System with Vlatko Kovačević; Win with the Stonewall Dutch with Ivar Bern and Simen Agdestein.

Download a pdf file with a sample from the book.

Visit Sverre Johnsen's website, Sverre's Chess Corner.

"A well-rounded repertoire after 1 d4." - Uwe Bekemann, Deutscher Fernschachbund

"...a repertoire for club players" - Frank Große,

"For those of you who are unfamiliar with the original book, the repertoire is based on 1 d4, and the proposed lines are designed to counter any Black reply. Rather than sticking to main line theoretical variations, the emphasis is on somewhat offbeat lines which are easy to learn and not liable to be demolished overnight. (About one third of the book is taken up with the 150 Attack and the Barry Attack.) The emphasis is on explaining the ideas behind the variations, rather than on presenting masses of analysis. The book is aimed at club players who want to build up a solid repertoire as White and as such does what it says on the cover" - Alan Sutton, En Passant

"Johnsen has chosen to build on the first edition, addressing the areas where theory has substantially changed or Summerscale's original coverage needed expanding. There are seven new model games (68 overall) which strike a good balance between explanatory prose and concrete variations. The present edition is approximately 50 pages longer than the first but the reader gets more than this as the Gambit format uses a slightly smaller font style than the original. All the analysis has been blunderchecked by Rybka 3. ... offers a nice mix for the player who doesn't like to study theory too much but still wants a chance to come out of the opening with chances for an advantage. The proposed repertoire also offers a variety of middle game pawn structures (for and against the isolated queen pawn, hanging pawns, Benoni structures, etc...) that promise to keep things fresh. The price of this book, is $19.95, the same cost as the original. There can't be many items for sale that are improved and still cost the same as they did a dozen years ago. This book is a bargain in 2010." - IM John Donaldson

"The first edition of this book was very influential on club players. Learning lines against the Colle-Zukertort suddenly became an essential part of one's preparation back in 1998. ... Sverre's introduction to the new edition makes it quite clear what changes have been made. One of the original main games has been relegated to a side note and six new games have been added. Numerous notes have been expanded and recent games have been added to the notes. ... Opening the book at random, I discovered an average of five post-1998 game references per double-page spread. Despite the outward appearance, showing (at first glance) the book to be more or less the same as the old edition, it is clear that Sverre has put a lot of work into creating this new edition, while keeping his footsteps very discrete. ... This is a neat little book which can provide serious ammunition for keen club players." - Sean Marsh,

"The authors present a number of aggressive openings for White. The intention is not to immediately wipe the opponent off the board, but rather to exploit White's initiative until Black cracks under the pressure. One such example is the so-called 150-Attack (the 1800-elo attack to us in Holland)..." - Bab Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad