How to Out-Prepare Your Opponent
416 pages, paperback, New in Chess, 1. edition 2022
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.
006 Explanation of symbols
007 Foreword by Anish Giri
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