Mastering the Chess Openings, Volume 1: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Modern Chess Openings

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For many chess-players, opening study is sheer hard work. It is difficult to know what is important and what is not, and when specific knowledge is vital, or when a more general understanding is sufficient. Tragically often, once the opening is over, a player won't know what plan to follow, or even understand why his pieces are on the squares on which they sit. John Watson seeks to help chess-players achieve a more holistic and insightful view of the openings. In his previous books on chess strategy, Secrets of ...

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Overview

For many chess-players, opening study is sheer hard work. It is difficult to know what is important and what is not, and when specific knowledge is vital, or when a more general understanding is sufficient. Tragically often, once the opening is over, a player won't know what plan to follow, or even understand why his pieces are on the squares on which they sit. John Watson seeks to help chess-players achieve a more holistic and insightful view of the openings. In his previous books on chess strategy, Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy and Chess Strategy in Action, he explained vital concepts that had previously been the domain only of top-class players. Moreover, he did so in ways that have enabled them to enter the general chess consciousness of club players. Here he does likewise for the openings, explaining how flexible thinking and notions such as 'rule-independence' can apply to the opening.

In this major four-volume work, Watson presents a wide-ranging view of the way in which top-class players really handle the opening, rather than an idealized and simplified model. This volume, focusing on king's pawn openings, is a book that will make chess-players think hard about how they begin their games, while offering both entertainment and challenging material for study in openings such as the Sicilian and Ruy Lopez.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904600602
  • Publisher: Gambit Publications, LTD
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 593,927
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

International Master John Watson is one of the world's most respected writers on chess. His groundbreaking four-volume work on the English firmly established his reputation in the 1980s, and he has produced a string of top-quality works since. In 1999, Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy, Watson's first book for Gambit, won the British Chess Federation Book of the Year Award and the United States Chess Federation Fred Cramer Award for Best Book. His former pupils include the 1997 World Junior Champion, Tal Shaked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2008

    An opening book for the more advanced play that contains the 'ideas'

    This is a rare book. It is directed at the more advanced player who wants to gain more of an understanding of the ideas behind the opening moves. Doesn't contain many opening variations (not the intent of this book). Can be a bit difficult at times to follow, unless you are already on a higher level. If you are a novice or more of an average player then consider getting Sam Collins 'Understanding the Chess Openings' instead along with 'Winning Chess Traps' (to learn the critical opening tactics). However, as an advanced player Master the Chess Openings is a good choice.

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