Author Tim Sawyer gives his commentary on 1.e4 e5 chess opening games that he played and games of others that he analyzed. This 2018 Second Edition has 285 games. Tim tells personal stories, describes chess history and explains the strategy and tactics he has seen his play vs masters, experts, and club players. The author provides you with opening insights from main lines to offbeat wild gambits. This 2018 Second Edition has updated commentary and an index of player names to the games. The 1.e4 e5 King Pawn defenses include Open Games like Bishops Openings, Vienna Game, King’s Gambit, Elephant Gambit, Latvian Gambit, the Philidor Defence, Petroff Defence, Scotch Game, Italian Game, and Ruy Lopez. You can find checkmate themes in all these openings. To help you, related games are grouped together. You will find games full of interesting ideas from years of the author’s own writing. They provide creative ideas and ways to improve. Consider new strategies and tactics and your interest will soar! When the author tried new variations many years ago, it turned his own career around and led to higher ratings. You are going to win games that you want to show your friends. Stay excited. Play chess and have fun. Try this book!