Winning Chess Openings (Winning Chess Series) Paperback – 15 Jul 2003
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From the Back Cover
Start every game with confidence!
The two greatest challenges for beginning chess players are not only to survive the openings phase, but also to choose appropriate attack and defense formations in the process. Winning Chess Openings shows you how to do both. In Yasser Seirawan's entertaining, easy-to-follow style, you're shown formations that can be used with other White or Black pieces.
Winning Chess Openings explains how to: build a safe house for a king; estimate losses of ten moves or fewer; utilize the elements: time, force, space and pawn structure; plan strategy based on time-tested opening principles; employ a defense for Black against any White opening; apply an opening for White used by World Champions.
Winning Chess Openings will help you develop a solid understanding of opening principles that you can apply to every game you play - without having to memorize a dizzying array of tedious and lengthy opening lines.
About the Author
Yasser Seirawan is the highest-rated American chess professional on the Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE) rating ladder and the first American to vie for the World Championship title since Bobby Fischer. He is a three-time U.S Champion, the 1989 Western Hemisphere Champion and an eight-time member of the U.S chess Olympiad team. Currently one of the worlds top-ranked chess players, he is one of only a handful of players to have defeated world champions Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov in tournament play.
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Top Customer Reviews
Yasser Seirawan has a very friendly and relaxed style which makes this book an interesting read in spite of the dry subject matter. He tells a lot of stories about his early games and how he learnt the hard way why some opening moves are better than others, so by the time you get to the step by step run through of each opening you understand the principles behind the moves.
It is also satisfying that he has a definitive recommendation for the best way to start any game, which saves you having to learn the hundreds of different variations open to you, but is instead based on logic and sound principles.
I've only given it four stars because there are a number of typographical errors which really should have been picked up by a proof reader. These are largely in the chess notation, where it looks like someone was reading the author's handwriting and didn't really understand what they were typing. This does however keep the reader on their toes and makes you think about the moves you're reading, rather than accepting them unquestioningly, so maybe it's a good thing!
I've since gone on to buy "Winning Chess Tactics" by the same author, which I would also recommend.
I don't know Yasser, or affiliated with MS Press, I genuinely think this is a great book.
So why am I only giving 3 stars for this book? Because the print quality in my copy is dire. Text is not crisp, and the diagrams look like poor photocopies. For some reason the front matter and introduction look OK, but it goes downhill after that. Clearly something has gone wrong in the production of this print run, as my other books in the Winning Chess series look fine, with clear, crisp printing.
Update: I returned this book for a replacement. The replacement does have better print quality, although still not quite as good as the other books in the series. Also, the chess diagrams use a different set of symbols to the other books I have, which are not as easy to read. I noticed this book was printed by a different company to the other books in the series, so presumably this is the reason for the difference in quality.
One draw back is that there are many variations to each "main line." While this may be good, I thought each variation should have had it's own section to avoid confusing the reader.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, comms re urgent delivery were brilliant, thank you so much.Published 21 months ago by Stuart G T Lyddall
Essential reading for greater depth of understanding the fundamentals on which the game is based as all future play in a game rests upon a successful or otherwise opening. Read morePublished on 19 July 2013 by J vincent
Even though they recommend that you study the end game before putting time into openings, I wanted to read and study this book. Read morePublished on 9 April 2013 by J
Its not often that you will start to read a book on chess openings and end up enjoying a good belly laugh. Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2006
Though not strictly a review a dear friend recommended this book to me, I've read other books by yasser and his explanations are very clear. Read morePublished on 21 July 2001
This book really helped understand the why and how of the classical openings. Yasser explains in detail to the reader the strategies behind the openings. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 1999