First Steps: The Queen's Gambit

First Steps: The Queen's Gambit

by Andrew Martin


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First Steps: The Queen's Gambit by Andrew Martin

The Queen’s Gambit is one of the great classical openings. All the world champions and elite players have played this opening – most of them for both sides.

In this book the highly experienced coach international master Andrew Martin explains the basic ideas behind all the different variations you can encounter after 1 d4 d5 2 c4. This includes the classical defences (such as the Orthodox, the Lasker and the Slav) as well as the weird and wonderful (such as the Albin Counter-Gambit, the Hennig-Schara Gambit and Marshall's Defence).

First Steps is a new opening series and is ideal for improving players who want simple and straightforward explanations. First Steps emphasizes:
·the basic principles
·the basic strategies
·the key tricks and traps

First Steps books are based around carefully selected instructive games which demonstrate exactly what both sides are trying to achieve. There is enough theory to enable the improving player to get to grips with the opening without feeling overwhelmed. If you want to take up a new opening, First Steps is the ideal place to start.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781943809
Publisher: Everyman Chess
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,220,920
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Andrew Martin is a FIDE Senior Trainer and International Master. He is the current Head of the newly-formed ECF Academy, which provides elite training for strong, young players. He teaches in twelve schools, is an experienced chess writer and has produced numerous chess DVDs.

Table of Contents

About the Author 3
Bibliography 5
Introduction 7

1 Piece Deployment for White 8
2 Piece Deployment for Black 18
3 Exchange Systems 29
4 The Queen’s Gambit Accepted 70
5 The Queen’s Gambit Declined 98
6 The Slav 126
7 The Semi-Slav and Meran 145
8 The Tarrasch Defence 163
9 The Semi-Tarrasch Defence 174
10 Less Common Ideas for Black 186

Index of Variations 216
Index of Complete Games 223

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