6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not very useful,
This review is from: Mastering the Chess Openings - Volume 1 (Paperback)
There are two ways to approach openings. One is to discuss the ideas about an opening. The other is to discuss variations. Both approaches have their strengths and weaknesses, and good opening books, in my opinion, use a combination of both.
In view of the scope of the book, I had expected that the discussion of ideas would dominate. That is however not the case. Maybe that is not so strange, as Watson in his other books tends to emphasize the exceptions to ideas that occur in many positions. (Rule-independence is a term, I think, that often pops up.) So there are many variations, but, as the number of pages is limited, not enough to get anything but a superficial discussion of each of the various openings in the book. This does not make it a bad book, Watson is a much too good author for that, but neither is it a very useful book.