Opening Moves Made Easy
This book has many large clear color diagrams. You do not need a chess set and board to read this book. It is designed to be read several times. Each time it is reread, you may grasp points that were previously obscure to you.
Most opening books concentrate on concrete variations. One shortcoming of knowledge of a concrete variation is that a move might be valid in one position, but even if another position has only one small difference then the same move may be a terrible blunder.
Understanding of ideas is more valuable than memorisation of specific moves. Ideas can often be applied in different situations. It does not matter how much opening theory you know, you will always get into opening positions you have never reached before. The ability to improvise is valuable.
There is an article titled 'My First Chess Tournament' on the Melbourne Chess Club website by a committee member, Simon Dale.
His son Ari is now an IM (International Master). Here is part of his article.
I was most nervous about losing in 10 moves, so I asked Bill Jordan, a coach at Melbourne Chess Club,
to 'show me chess openings'. I am well known at the club because of my children and I am a volunteer committee member,
so Bill was very happy to help. His one hour accelerated opening course was about opening principles, he did not teach
me a single opening, but rather gave me confidence to just play with general ideas. This was brilliant because I did not
have to learn anything and had the bonus of taking the experienced players out of theory pretty quickly. In my opinion this
was a very solid approach for the beginner.
This book is inspired by that lesson.
The book examines standard opening principles and explores their strengths and weaknesses.
This book examines likely moves in the opening, including the 20 possible moves in the initial position. It looks at the strong and weak points of each move.
This is he bulk of the book.
There are numerous example positions from real openings.
There are over 250 large clear color diagrams. Enjoy!
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