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  • Paperback: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman Chess (15 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857443497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857443493
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is the second chess book I bought, having started out with the more general "The right way to play chess" by D.Brine Pritchard. While that was a good introduction, it left me with a lot of questions about how to confidently start out a game and what to expect from my opponent. Pritchard recommended getting a book on openings and the reviews of this one persuaded me it was the right choice and I was not disappointed.

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.
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I found myself laughing outloud at the anecdotes Yasser describes in the first few chapters. He has a great sense of humor but also delivers the goods when it comes to teaching chess. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is new to chess (may be too easy for advanced players).
I don't know Yasser, or affiliated with MS Press, I genuinely think this is a great book.
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I agree wholeheartedly with the review by Mr G.A. Ellis. I've purchased and read one of Yasser's other books in the series, the one on Tactics, which I thoroughly enjoyed and felt that was laid out much better. This book on openings I don't feel goes deep enough into the reasons for the opening moves and the games described do not flow very well.
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First things first - I find Yasser Seirawan's books to be excellent. They are very readable and unpretentious - unlike a lot of chess literature.

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.
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All 5 books in the series are extremely good. Although this book is not as detailed of an opening book as many others; however, it is probably the best beginner's book on the topic when used as a supplement with the other 4 books. Every beginning chess player should read these book before all others: Playing Winning Chess, Winning Chess Openings, Winning Chess Tactics, and Winning Chess Strategies.
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Sierawan's "Winning Chess Openings" is a book that focuses on players of intermediate strength. He takes a main line with the four main openings (King's pawn, Queen's pawn; both white & black) and explains and illustrates why and how a position is reached.
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.
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GM Seirawan entertains and educates on many common openings and the ideas behind the openings in this book. I enjoyed it because as a beginner, I want to know what openings he likes and what his experiences are with the openings. I think more experienced players may find the information basic, but it's perfect for beginners.
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