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Posted December 25, 2011
I'll be honest, this book does show exactly what the tagline on the front cover says: "What the Chess Openings Look Like". That however is the main downfall of this book.
The author really works up an appetite for the rest of the book with his descriptive and intriguing accounts of his chess life, which led to his learning of chess openings in the first place. But then he gets to the openings themselves, and the book falls flat. I mean, flatter than a pancake under an anvil.
Each opening is described as follows: Number of opening, name of opening, move one, why move one was made, move two, why move two was made, move three, why move three was made, move four, why move four was made, move five, why move five was made. Then it's on to the next opening.
No commentary on where the opening got its name. No basic idea behind the opening in the first place. No how to continue properly with the given opening. Just next opening.
If you're looking for meat with your opening study, this is not the place to look.
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