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Mastering Opening Strategy

365 pages, paperback, Everyman, 1. edition 2012.

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Study brings wisdom. Practice brings perfection.

This is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Johan Hellsten's acclaimed Mastering Chess Strategy. In this new book Hellsten focuses exclusively on opening play. He examines a wide variety of key subjects, including development, the centre, attack and defence, pawn breaks, typical mistakes and how to punish them, and opening preparation, providing the reader with a vital foundation in opening strategy. Just like his previous book, Mastering Opening Strategy is a product of Hellsten's many years' work as a full-time chess teacher, and is specifically designed as part of a structured training programme to improve strategic thinking. In addition to the many examples there's an abundance of carefully selected exercise games which allow readers to monitor their progress and put into practice what they have just learned. Following such a course is an ideal way for players of all standards to improve. Although designed mainly for students, this book is also an excellent resource for chess teachers and trainers.

  • An essential course in opening strategy
  • Contains over 350 pages of Grandmaster advice
  • Includes over 200 examples and exercise games

Johan Hellsten is a Grandmaster, a former Swedish Champion and a European Team Championship individual gold medallist. He's a renowned chess teacher and has firmly established himself as a writer with outstanding credentials.

Language English
Author Hellsten, Johan
Publisher Everyman
Edition 1.
Medium Book
Weight 670 g
Width 17 cm
Height 24 cm
Pages 365
ISBN-13 978-1857446920
Year of Publication 2012
Binding paperback

005 Bibliography

007 Introduction

0091. The Nature of Development
009 Introduction

010 The king and other weak points

016 Pawn advances

022 Causes of a delayed development

036 The development factor after mutual castling

041 A defender's perspective

047 Exercises

070 Solutions

0902. Crime and Punishment
090 Introduction

091 Early pawn-grabbing

096 Early queen raids

100 Multiple moves with the same piece

105 Exposure of the king

110 Premature attacks

113 Extravagance

119 Ignorance and indifference

129 Exercises

149 Solutions

1663. The Battle for the Centre
166 Introduction

166 Pawn centre

180 Centre controlled by a piece

198 Centre controlled at distance

210 Pawn breaks

217 Flank advances

224 The role of the centre

235 Exercises

257 Solutions

2864. Restriction
286 Introduction

286 Restriction of castling

296 Restriction of specific pieces

303 More restriction methods

310 Restriction of plans

317 Exercises

331 Solutions

3475. A Few Words on Opening Preparation
347 Building an opening repertoire

350 Plans, set-ups, guidelines and move orders

352 Maintaining your repertoire

353 Preparing for your opponents

355 Index of players

364 Index of openings

Mastering Opening Strategy