FCO - Fundamental Chess Openings (Anglais) Broché – 1 octobre 2009
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Un grand souhait ici: que toutes les
Encyclopédies comportent désormais plus d'explications: ces ouvrages ne doivent pas devenir de simples aide-mémoires!
Bravo à l'auteur:)
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The book reminds me alot of Watson's Mastering the Chess Openings, except that it's much broader and less deep. It's far less selective and sophisticated than Watson, but it's not superficial at all given the target audience. It gives very good explanations of the general themes, historical development, and early move orders of pretty much every opening you could want, although it does have a strong focus on mainlines. For a beginner or intermediate, this book will give you enough theory to get started - your first half dozen moves with some deviations - but not enough to distract you from tactics and endgames. Coaches should love it. I'm sure they would tell you it's all you need until you are an expert.
The book is targeted at non-Masters. It's perfect for beginners to intermediates - I would say this is an essential book for beginner to Class C. Higher class players would still get a lot of value as a reference for unfamiliar openings they encounter and for broadening their repertoires, but I suspect an Expert would get diminished value from it. It has 450 some pages of large page size and has a huge amount of prose for each bit of analysis.
I bought this expecting to be disappointed by superficiality, but I was wrong. After the fact, it's hard to imagine this book hasn't existed until now. Thank you Grandmaster van der Sterren. Thank you Gambit.
Update: I find myself immersed in this thing all the time - it's addictive. I defy anybody in the target audience to read about their favorite opening and not learn something.
Many chess players (improvers and club players) have bought a book on a given opening, for later find that opening not suitable for them, a waste of money. So in the beginning of your chess career, you should instead buy only one book.
As an example, this book will probably give you the same introduction and plans in the Sicilian opening, as Emms "Starting Out-The Sicilian", "Fundamental chess openings" contains almost 60 pages with plans and information about the Sicilian opening. That's more than enough for player rated below 1800.
Unfortunately, though, as a lower rated player (1400 USCF), I find that opponents either 1) go out of book very quickly or 2) play side lines in the openings that are highly tactical. For example, I've faced the Scandinavian defense countless times since I started playing tournament chess, yet it only gets about 2-3 pages of coverage here. Van Der Sterren insists that the Scandinavian defense doesn't deserve the treatment that the "more developed" openings get, despite the fact that several lines have been popularized recently. The same goes for Alekhine's defense, where the author writes that (what I know to be) the Modern variation is considered the main line, and only briefly covers the Exchange variation, which I find to be much more common.
It's hard to complain too much, though, considering one of the author's main goals was to give general knowledge of each opening. This book accomplishes that well, but be prepared to look beyond this book for more detailed information on sidelines and less-common openings.
[...] usually supply a "download .pdf" link so you can see sample pages. Its a shame they don't show the d4 and e4 chapters. Every night I have been reading those two chapters (around 3-4 pages each) and now I have a great picture in my head of the differences between the standard openings and the ideas behind them. I could never achieve this with other opening books.