How to Build Your Chess Opening Repertoire

How to Build Your Chess Opening Repertoire

by Steve Giddins
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How to Build Your Chess Opening Repertoire 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen some highly positive reviews of this book (I think both Watson and GM Sadler praised it). As some time ago I read and enjoyed the author's previous book, 101 Chess Opening Surprises, I decided to check this one out. In my view Giddins has written an incredibly valuable guide for any ambitious player. It is not about specific opening systems (though there are many examples in the book), but rather about how to structure an opening repertoire. Should you choose to study main lines or sidelines? Should you switch openings after bad results? Are move orders that important? The book is entertainingly written, with anecdotal examples throughout. Some of the most telling advice comes when Giddins recounts the (sometimes sarcastic!) comments of Belov, his Russian trainer. Pertinent quotes from top grandmasters such as Yermolinsky are also discussed. The final chapter is a treasure - the opening repertoires of 8 grandmasters are examined, illustrating how and why their repertoires evolved. In conclusion this book offers first-class advice to its target audience - club and tournament players seeking to improve to master level and beyond. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago