Building a repertoire from basic principles
Published in 2006
There's no denying that the opening is one of the most daunting phases of the game for newcomers to chess. There are literally hundreds of different opening lines, many with unusual sounding names, and some of these go up to twenty or so moves of theory. What is a chess player supposed to do: memorise countless variations?
Don't panic! In Discovering Chess Openings John Emms argues that studying openings doesn't have to be hard work at all – indeed, it can be both enjoyable and enlightening. The key to successful opening play is not simply learning lines off by heart; instead it's the understanding of the basic principles, and here the reader is guided through the vital themes: swift development, central control and king safety. An appreciation of these principles and their many offshoots will actually allow readers to recreate and discover opening theory, giving them the opportunity to choose the most suitable lines to play in their games.
- A complete introduction to opening play
- Written by an opening expert
- Ideal for beginners and improving players
John Emms is one of Britain’s strongest Grandmasters and is a member of the English national team. He has also carved out a reputation for being an excellent chess writer and has many works under his name. He is co-author of the very popular openings bible Nunn’s Chess Openings.
"Opening concepts and rules that most players take for granted have to be broken down and explained step-by-step being careful not to leave anything out, no matter how “obvious” it may be. Emms does a good job of not only doing that in this book, but of also keeping the reader engaged with his friendly commentary throughout..."
"Selbstredend führt Emms auch Varianten und Partie-Ausschnitte vor, gelegentlich auch vollständige Partien (insgesamt 14), jedoch immer wohldosiert und auf das Hauptsächliche begrenzt. Wesentlich erscheinen ihm ausführliche Erklärungen der Grundprinzipien, was ihm wirklich sehr gut gelungen ist. So kann das Buch allen J üngern Caissas, welche gerade das riesige Labyrinth der Eröffnungstheorie betreten wollen (und auch noch die englische Sprache verstehen), als roter Ariadne (Leit)-Faden guten Gewissens empfohlen werden."
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