Back to Basics: Openings
246 pages, paperback, Russel, 1. edition 2010
Because of the sheer volume of variations, possible transpositions and ever-changing theory, chess openings can be overwhelming - even intimidating. This book is an introduction to understanding and playing chess openings. The author, Danish Master Carsten Hansen, stresses opening play based on comprehending opening principles as well as useful, fundamental knowledge. With an overview of all the most important opening variations, examples of good and bad opening play, opening traps and problems to solve, chess openings and its major principles are covered thoroughly.
Many games are lost as a result of a player's poor grasp of even the most basic principles of opening play. This book will help you enhance your understanding and give you guidelines on how to best study and play chess openings, reaching good, playable middlegame positions.
004 Author's Dedication; Bibliography
008 1 My Own Experiences with Openings
013 2 Opening Principles
030 3 How do I Decide which opening to choose?
034 4 An Introduction to Opening Theory
039 5 The Open Games
84 6 The Semi-Open Games
141 7 The Closed Games
167 8 The Semi-Closed Games
207 9 Flank Openings
231 10 Where do I go from here?
236 Index of Names and Variations