In the opening, each player tries to control the center, set up a flexible pawn structure, develop the pieces rapidly and harmoniously, sometimes even go for direct attack. But there are so many complicated variations -- how can you memorize them all?
You can't -- and you don't have to! If you understand the basic goals of the opening you're playing, you will know which moves fit logically into its overall scheme. This classic, best-selling volume, now completely reset in modern algebraic notation, explains everything you need to know to play the opening sensibly and successfully.
Reuben Fine, an International Grandmaster, is one of the world's top players and a leading theoretician of chess. He is the author of over half a dozen books, including the definitive Basic Chess Endings.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I won't say best ever because I like several but it is in the top 5-10. The player beginning to stretch his wings needs basic information like this. The book starts at a point = where?= wherever the author felt comfortable in trying to make sense of the complexities of a whole region of chess knowledge. He succeeds brilliantly. There is no pretense of trying to make you tournament ready because for the higher events you need the latest and the best knowledge of specific lines. You don't know any lines? That is what this book does. It gives a general outline of what an opening (100s) is trying to accomplish and how to go about accomplishing that. A club player finds himself wondering what openings would be good for him. Open game, closed game, attacking lines, defensive lines etc. Ideas Behind The Chess Openings goes into enough detail that a player can see if the opening suits his personality. if not he can avoid it, if so he can study a line suited to him in more detail...
I get this book as a present for any developing players whom I feel needs or wants to learn about openings. The reason is because it is just about the ONLY opening book than focuses on CONCEPTS and doesn't have reams of variations where you can't see the forest for the trees. Apparently the marketplace thinks so too: Look at how long it's been around. Meaning: It's one of the few chess books that has stood the test of time.
Fine's insights into The Chess Openings is extraordinary. Although, in many respects it is very dated, the understanding he provides for the strategic and tactical ideas which underpins the Openings is timeless.
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