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Chess Opening Essentials, Vol. 1: The Complete 1.e4 27.95EUR
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Chess Opening Essentials, Vol. 1: The Complete 1.e4
The Ideas & Plans Behind ALL Chess Openings
by Dmitry Komarov, Stefan Djuric, Claudio Pantaleoni
Chess Opening Essentials, Vol. 1: The Complete 1.e4

Publisher: New In Chess, 2007
Edition: Paperback large
ISBN-13: 978-90-5691-203-1
Pages: 360
Language: English

Most chess opening books are either too detailed or too shallow.

Chess Opening Essentials has exactly the right balance and is an accessible primer and a reference book at the same time.

It gives a flavour of how every opening works and explains the similarities with other openings, as well as the differences. In addition, it also points at the various middlegame plans that apply after the opening has ended.

Beginning and improving chess players should get this powerful book before they buy ANY other chess opening book!

Chess Opening Essentials:
* Helps beginners to develop a solid understanding of fundamental opening ideas
* Gives casual players the ability to choose the opening that suits their style and taste
* A tool for club players to test and review their opening repertoire
* A reference book to which advanced players keep returning

The authors do not propagate forcing tactical variations to be memorized mechanically, but explain what you should actually be trying to achieve when playing the opening of your choice. They include the main alternative responses and give clear indications for further study.

* Comprehensive: covers all main variations likely to arise
* Easy-to-use: important moves and key positions are highlighted in colour
* Long-lasting: it doesn’t outdate because it is about basics – not the latest fashions
* Complete: explains the plans and counterplans for both Black and White
* Down-to-earth: simple, verbal introductions (not a database dump full of dead trees)
* Convenient: every opening is illustrated with a number of instructive games
* Prize-winning: received the Golden Award of the Italian Chess Federation

Chess Opening Essentials helps you to get out of any opening in good shape. This thorough, understandable, and very readable manual gives you a foundation on which to build your repertoire.

"I don't think something like 'Chess Opening Essentials', in this size, yet exists. For players with a rating up to 1900 this book covers a large part of the road."

British Chess Magazine:
"It gives an outline of each opening and major variation in turn, explaining the ideas and most popular choices for the benefit of elementary players. The reviewer was impressed by the practical advice given in the notes in this well-produced volume."

"The amount of information available on chess openings is so gigantic that one gets almost suffocated. In this book all 1.e4 systems are clearly listed and presented, without losing itself in endless variations."

GM Paul Motwani, The Scotsman:
"Full of great ideas, clear explanations and instructive games (...) I have frequently enjoyed browsing through the beautifully-presented volume."

Dennis Monokroussos, The Chess Mind:
"Along with Andy Soltis's 'Pawn Structure in Chess', I think this is one of the few nearly indispensable works on the openings that belong in every amateur's library."

Dr Erik Rausch, Rochade Europa Magazine:
"When you open this fat paperback for the first time, you will be surprised: colour! Compared with this, books from Everyman, Gambit or Olms look like black-and-white television. (...) [T]he introduction to the Sicilian Najdorf is a small masterpiece. In general, the chapters on the big systems like the Ruy Lopez, French and the Sicilian are the best. Not only is the main line explained and the reader made hungry for more, but he gets enough strategic knowledge and insider-tips to get, even if he plays the opening for the first time, into the middlegame safely."

Nederlands Dagblad:
"It is about the basics of the opening, about ensuing middlegame positions, and about the plans one should pursue. Ideal for the club player who wishes to improve."

Thomas Berens, Chess-International:
"At the beginning of each major variation there is an extensive exposition of ideas, structures and plans. Often, the accompanying diagrams have colourful arrows showing the typical developing lines of the pieces and the pawn advances (...) The games do give a good impression of the style of a particular opening system and will help the student to decide if he feels 'at home' in the positions."

John Elburg Chess Reviews:
"A complete overview of all 1.e4 openings, well explained with a large amount of readable text. Buy it for the clear cut explanations!"

Pekka Pakarinen, Suomen Shakki Magazine (Finland):
"A patzer like me, let alone someone with an Elo under 1700, should not buy a complex monography on the Najdorf before getting this instructive opening book."

This product was added to our catalog on Friday 10 October, 2008.
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