Winning Chess Openings

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The two greatest challenges for beginning chess players are not only to survive the openings phase, but also to choose appropriate attack and defense formations in the process. Winning Chess Openings shows you how to do both. In Yasser Seirawan's entertaining, easy-to-follow style, you're shown formations that can be used with other White or Black pieces. Winning Chess Openings will help you develop a solid understanding of opening principles that you can apply to every game you play -- without having to memorise...
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Overview

The two greatest challenges for beginning chess players are not only to survive the openings phase, but also to choose appropriate attack and defense formations in the process. Winning Chess Openings shows you how to do both. In Yasser Seirawan's entertaining, easy-to-follow style, you're shown formations that can be used with other White or Black pieces. Winning Chess Openings will help you develop a solid understanding of opening principles that you can apply to every game you play -- without having to memorise a dizzying array of tedious and lengthy opening lines.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857443493
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: Winning Chess - Everyman Chess
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 695,902
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Yasser Seirawan is the highest-rated American chess professional on the Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE) rating ladder and the first American to vie for the World Championship title since Bobby Fischer. He is a three-time U.S Champion, the 1989 Western Hemisphere Champion and an eight-time member of the U.S chess Olympiad team. Currently one of the worlds top-ranked chess players, he is one of only a handful of players to have defeated world champions Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov in tournament play.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Introduction vii
Chapter 1 Early Days 1
Chapter 2 Basic Opening Principles 25
Chapter 3 Classical King Pawn Openings 33
Chapter 4 Classical Queen Pawn Openings 73
Chapter 5 Modern King Pawn Defenses 101
Chapter 6 Modern Queen Pawn Defenses 153
Chapter 7 An Opening Solution 199
Chapter 8 A Solution to the Queen Pawn Opening 213
Chapter 9 A Solution to the King Pawn Opening 223
Glossary 239
Index 251
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2008

    Not the best book of it's kind

    Compared to 'UNDERSTANDING THE CHESS OPENINGS' this book overall doesn't compare. Not enough lines and misses out on some very important basic openings. When it comes to covering the ideas behind the move it does compare. Doesn't show any of the common tactical mistakes like 'WINNING CHESS TRAPS' (the main focus of that book). It isn't that this book is poorly written, it is just that there are better out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

    Rather limited and general guide to the openings

    Winning Chess Openings contains a general guide to the more common openings. Not a bad book for a player who has already read a solid introductory book who wants to get a general idea of how to play the opening. However, I have found that rather than study opening lines that going over well annotated games using the openings you are interested in is one of the best ways to gain an understanding of the ideas behind the openings, learn the lines themselves and see what kind of middlegames they lead to! Most books that focus specifically on the openings are short sighted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2006

    Good General Book and Guide to the Openings

    This is one of the better 'general survey' type of books that gives you some idea of what is happening in the opening along with a modest number of variations. This type of book is good for a player who is still searching for an opening to fit their style of play. Would recommend getting a good book on Chess Traps to go along with a general book on the openings so that you can gain a further understanding of what kind of tactics you are going to come across in a specific opening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2006

    Good General Overview of major openings

    'Winning Chess Openings' provides a good general overview of the major openings. Not sure what to play? Not sure what the ideas are behind a specific opening? Well then this is the type of book you should be looking at along with a book that has the specific tactics on the opening (consider adding on a traps book as well).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2006

    Great and easy-to-understand book!!

    This book is a great help to just about everyone, whether you're just starting out, trying to improve your game, or tweaking your favorite openings while understanding different variations. The notation is also what you'd see in most chess programs or sites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2005

    Great for Getting Familiar with Openings

    Although the endgame is the most important part of the game, you must get there starting with a strong opening. This book will help you get to a solid middle and endgame. Goes failrly deep into the various King pawn, Queen pawn, and unusual openings. My game greatly improved after reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2001

    Excellent book for beginners as well as the experienced

    Opening being the most important part of the game of chess, I recommend this book for all who want to improve their overall game. Very thorough in the basic concept of openings as wells as an easy to read text.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2000

    Great Book

    This book really teaches you openings that are great. It teaches you the basics and goes into more depth opennings. This is a great book for beginners and for advanced players. There is something to learn from this book, even if a GM

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