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Publisher: Gambit, 2009 Edition: Paperback medium ISBN: 978-1-906454-13-5 Pages: 480 Language: English
The perfect survival guide to the chess openings
* All openings covered * Detailed verbal explanations of plans for both sides * Up-to-date and featuring many tips and recommendations * Insights into the 'character' of each opening * Written by one of the world's foremost opening experts
The first moves of a chess game define the nature of the whole struggle, as both players stake their claim to the critical squares and start to develop their plans.
It is essential to play purposefully and to avoid falling into traps or reaching a position that you don't understand.
This is not a book that provides masses of variations to memorize. Paul van der Sterren instead offers a wealth of ideas and explanation, together with the basic variations of each and every opening.
This knowledge will equip players to succeed in the opening up to good club level, and provide a superb grounding in opening play on which to build a more sophisticated repertoire.
The strategies he explains will, unlike ever-changing chess opening theory, remain valid as long as chess is played, and so the time spent studying this book will be rewarded many times over.
Grandmaster Paul van der Sterren has won the Dutch Championship on two occasions, and in 1993 reached the Candidates stage of the World Chess Championship.
He is an internationally renowned chess writer and editor: he was one of the founding editors of New in Chess, for whose Yearbooks he has contributed more than 170 opening surveys.
Index of Openings:
1. d4 Queen’s Gambit Declined Slav and Semi-Slav Queen’s Gambit Accepted Other 1 d4 d5 Openings Nimzo-Indian Defence Queen’s Indian Defence Bogo-Indian Defence King’s Indian Defence Grünfeld Defence Benoni and Benko Other 1 d4 Nf6 Openings Dutch Defence Other 1 d4 Openings
Flank Openings Symmetrical English Reversed Sicilian 1 c4 Ìf6 and Other English Lines Réti Opening Other Flank Openings
1. e4 Ruy Lopez Italian Game Scotch Opening Four Knights Game Petroff Defence King’s Gambit Other 1 e4 e5 Openings French Defence Caro-Kann Defence Sicilian Defence Alekhine Defence Pirc Defence Other 1 e4 Openings