Chess openings can be overwhelming - even intimidating. The sheer volume of variations, possible transpositions and ever-changing theory can make it difficult to know where to start.
In this book, author and Danish FIDE Master Carsten Hansen, addresses opening play based on comprehending opening principles and offers useful fundamental knowledge.
With an overview of all the most important opening variations, examples of good and bad opening plays and opening traps and solutions, the author covers chess openings and its major principles thoroughly.
Carsten Hansen is a well-known chess writer with many well-received books on chess openings and positional play to his credit. He is a regular columnist at Chesscafé.com, where he specialises in reviewing new opening books.
Who should read this book?
Like all the "Back to Basics" books, this book is intended for players not far past the beginner stage. The book offers an introduction to understanding and playing chess openings and provides a solid foundation to opening play.
Many games are lost as a result of a player's poor grasp of even the most basic principles of opening play. This book will help you enhance your understanding of chess and give you guidelines on how to best study and play chess openings, reaching good, playable middlegame positions.