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Superb mix of Openings and Strategy,
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This review is from: Mastering the Chess Openings - Volume 1 (Paperback)
This is an openings manual, but with a difference. John Watson provides coverage of many of the top King's Pawn opening variations, but more than this, he provides details of the strategies connected with each line. The first third or so of the book is devoted to strategic ideas, and it is this feature which makes this book so worthwhile. The market has no shortage of openings manuals, some better than others, but most have little or no coverage of strategy, which means that the reader is given little idea of why he is playing the moves in the book. Watson's aim is to tie in the recommended moves with the strategies behind the openings, and the explanation is detailed but clear and very easy to follow. This is the openings book that many of us have been waiting for. Watson has written accounts of strategy before, so he really knows what he's talking about, and I really can't recommend this book enough. I'm eagerly awaiting the second volume.