The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal. Mikhail Tal. The Middle Game in Chess. John E. Littlewood. My Chess Tactics - The Definitive Book Of Chess. First impression: John Watson's "Mastering the Chess Openings - Volume 1" seems to have what it takes to become another Watson classic! For many chess-players, opening study is sheer hard work. John Watson seeks to help chess-players achieve a more holistic and insightful view of. For many chess-players, opening study is sheer hard work. John Watson seeks to help chess-players achieve a more holistic and insightful view of the openings. vital concepts that had previously been the domain only of top-class players.
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GAMBIT. Mastering the Chess. Openings. Volume 1. John Watson. Unlocking the For many chess-players, opening study is sheer hard work. It is difficult to. org/web//medical-site.info The four volume series "Mastering the Chess Openings" by John. Mastering the Chess Openings Volume 4 John WatsonUJAI~IBIITI First published in the UK by Gambit Publications Ltd 2.
Such a concept has been used before, but Watson takes it to a more sophisticated level, offering not only a detailed description of plans and ideas on an opening-by-opening basis, but also emphasising the interrelations between one system and another. We know we are in for something different when the first few chapters, up to page 86, describe the general principles of opening play without considering any particular opening in detail at all.
We learn how opening ideas often apply not only to one particular opening, but across a whole range of openings, establishing a thread which Watson picks up at various stages of the book. After these elementary chapters, we move on to cover each opening in more detail. This first volume covers everything after 1 e4; the second volume, due to appear in February , will deal with all the other openings. In each chapter, the basic plans and ideas behind the particular opening are described in detail, sometimes using illustrative games.
Some detailed analysis of critical lines is presented, but this is not intended to be comprehensive; rather it aims to show how the general themes play out in concrete lines.
For most players rated up to Elo the answer to the first question is definitely yes. The answer to the second question probably depends on the opening concerned and the depth to which the reader wishes to study it.
However, even though the book weighs in at a chunky pages and only covers half the openings, many lines in sharper openings are covered scantily and for these openings some supplementary material is probably necessary — for example, one of the many ChessBase CDs and DVDs dealing with specific openings.
Perhaps because of this assertive posture, the Open Ruy has been the playground for some of the sharpest tacticians in history. For instance, the inverted moves Instead, 7 d4 d5 transposes to the main line, and 7 Re1 d5 8 Nc3 Nxc3 9 dxc3 Be6 10 a4 b4 11 a5!?
This is somewhat unclear but difficult for Black. After 7 a4, the play might go: a Rb8 8 axb5 axb5 9 Re1 d5 10 Nc3! Nxc3 11 dxc3 Be6 12 Ra6 Qd7 13 Rxc6! Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings - Volume D. Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings - Benoni A The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings: Algebraic Notation.
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Recommend Documents. Modern Chess Openings DB Ube la Ideas Behind the Modern Chess Openings Unlocking the Mysteries of the Modern Chess Openings,". Your name. Nxd4 g6 , the Four Knights Nc3 Nc6 , Paulsen The book concludes with chapters on the Caro-Kann 1. Nc3 g6. Nc3 and the almost main line with 2. The long accepted main lines, which go 3. Nc3 dxe4, are not covered.
As might be expected, the French receives better coverage Watson has written numerous books on the defense , with 41 pages covering the key lines after the main responses 3.
It is notable that the author also spends a fair amount of time on 3. In any number of places, the author suggests improvements or areas for research that might alter current assessments.
It is, unfortunately, not the norm among authors.
In a work with this much depth and discussion of so many variations, it is easy to lose sight of key themes and concepts. Watson is the rare author who can present detail without overwhelming the reader. Of course, there are a few disappointments along the way.
In a book that stresses popular structures, I was surprised at the relative lack of coverage for important center-relinquishing lines in the French such as 1.