John Emms (chess player)

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John Emms
John Emms (2001).jpg
John Emms (2001)
Full nameJohn Michael Emms
Country England
Born (1967-03-14) 14 March 1967 (age 55)
TitleGrandmaster (chess)
FIDE rating2478 (May 2022)
Peak rating2586 (July 1999)

John Michael Emms (born 14 March 1967) is a chess player who has earned the rank of Grandmaster. This English player was the 2002 captain of the English Olympiad team. He tied for first in the 1997 British Championship.[1] In October 2004, he also coached a woman's team in the 36th Chess Olympiad in Calvià, Majorca.[2] He is also a prolific chess author.


  • Emms, John (1998), Easy Guide to the Nimzo-Indian, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-513-9
  • Emms, John (1998), The French Tarrasch, Batsford, ISBN 0-7134-8461-6
  • Emms, John (1999), Easy Guide to the Ruy Lopez, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-220-2
  • Nunn, John; Gallagher, Joe; Emms, John; Burgess, Graham (1999), Nunn's Chess Openings, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-221-0
  • Emms, John (1999), The Survival Guide to Rook Endings, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-235-0 Reissued by Gambit in 2008, ISBN 978-1-904600-94-7
  • Emms, John (2000), The Ultimate Chess Puzzle Book, Gambit Publications, ISBN 1-901983-34-X
  • Emms, John (2000), Most Amazing Chess Moves of All Time, Gambit Publications, ISBN 1-901983-29-3
  • Emms, John (2000), Play The Open Games As Black, Gambit Publications, ISBN 1-901983-27-7
  • Emms, John (2001), Simple Chess, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-238-5
  • Emms, John (2002), Sicilian Kan, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-302-0
  • Emms, John (2002), Starting Out: The Sicilian, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-249-0
  • Emms, John (2003), Play the Najdorf: Scheveningen Style, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-323-3
  • Emms, John (2003), Concise Chess, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-327-6
  • Burgess, Graham; Nunn, John; Emms, John (2004), The Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games (second ed.), Carroll & Graf, ISBN 0-7867-1411-5
  • Emms, John (2004), More Simple Chess: Moving on from the Basic Principles, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-343-8
  • Emms, John (2004), Attacking with 1e4, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-267-9
  • Emms, John (2004), Starting Out: The Queen's Indian, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-363-2
  • Emms, John (2004), The Scandinavian (2nd edition), Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-375-6
  • Emms, John (2004), Starting Out: Minor Piece Endgames, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-359-4
  • Emms, John (2005), Starting Out: King's Indian Attack, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-394-2
  • Emms, John (2005), Starting Out: The Scotch Game, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-387-X
  • Emms, John (2006), The Survival Guide to Competitive Chess, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-412-4
  • Emms, John (2006), Discovering Chess Openings : Building a repertoire from basic principles, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-419-1
  • Emms, John (2006), Dangerous Weapons: The Sicilian, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-423-X
  • Emms, John (2006), Dangerous Weapons: The Nimzo-Indian, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-424-8
  • Emms, John (2007), Eröffnungsreihe STARTING OUT Sizilianische Geheimnisse, Everyman Chess
  • Emms, John (2007), The Survival Guide to Competitive Chess : Improve Your Results Now!, Everyman Chess, ISBN 978-1-85744-412-4
  • Emms, John (2007), Eröffnungsreihe STARTING OUT Geheimnisse des königsindischen Angriffs, Everyman Chess
  • Wells, Peter; Emms, John; Palliser, Richard (2009). Dangerous Weapons: Anti-Sicilians. Everyman. ISBN 978-1857445855.


  1. ^ Everyman Chess Bio Archived 6 April 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Chess UK Archived 12 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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