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How to Out-Prepare Your Opponent


416 pages, paperback, New in Chess, 1. edition 2022

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The number of hours you can spend on opening preparation is endless. Books, videos and databases offer hundreds of ever-widening variations. But how do you find your way through this labyrinth? Where do you start? And, maybe even more importantly: where do you stop?

International Master Jeroen Bosch provides a solution to those questions. He presents a structured approach to the study of openings and the preparation for a club match or a tournament game.

Every time-strapped chess improver will love Bosch’s approach: instead of studying more hours or memorizing more lines he advises you to start making smart choices. The goal is not to reach a slight advantage in every possible line. The goal is to dictate what will happen on the board. You want to get a position you understand and are happy to play, and make your opponent feel uncomfortable.

Jeroen Bosch provides you with all the tools you need to dominate the opening phase of the game: how to use move order and how to use tactics. He explains when to play a main line, when to come up with an opening surprise, or when to risk a gambit. And much, much more.

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Weight 500 g
Manufacturer New in Chess
Width 17 cm
Height 23,5 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2022
Author Jeroen Bosch
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 9789056919993
Pages 416
Binding paperback

006 Explanation of symbols

007 Foreword by Anish Giri

009 Introduction

013 Chapter 1) Tactics in the opening

032 Chapter 2) Move order and the art of interpolating moves

055 Chapter 3) Novelty!

083 Chapter 4) Preparing for a specific opponent or situation

118 Chapter 5) Deep opening preparation (is 0.00 equal?)

137 Chapter 6) Gambits: love them or hate them

164 Chapter 7) Surprise variations: the benefit of playing your own systems

202 Chapter 8) Entering the main lines

281 Chapter 9) Magnus Carlsen’s opening strategy

357 Chapter 10) FAQ: everything you always wanted to know about the opening, but were afraid to ask

405 Index of openings

406 Index of names

414 Bibliography