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Ideal for those wanting to understand the basics of the English Opening. The English is a sophisticated and popular opening system that is suitable for all types of players and can lead to both positional and tactical middlegames. Many of the world s top players, including Kasparov and Kramnik, include the English in their openings weaponry. In this groundbreaking book, Grandmaster Neil McDonald revisits the basic principles behind the English and its many variations. Throughout this easy-to-read guide the reader is aided by a wealth of notes, tips and warnings from the author, while key strategies, ideas and tactics for both sides are clearly illustrated. This book is ideal for the improving player. * Written by an openings expert * All the important lines are covered * A back-to-basics look at one of the most important openings"

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28 internautes sur 30 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
good book for getting an overview about english opening 10 octobre 2003
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I bought this book facing the fact there really wasn't a general book telling me about the english opening. This book gives fairly balanced guidelines for both white and black about different english systems, many other books on market concentrate on specific lines. Although I'm still reading it and playing games with board, I guarantee you won't waste your money if you get a copy. I'm a 1500 player so I can't really say about the lines and if they are a little bit out-dated (as some reviews tell you), but I think for me this is just a good book. I like the idea that you can learn a solid opening and yet the opponent is not always so happy to face 1.c4. The layout of the book is not the most pleasant to my eyes (single column), but as a bonus you got plenty of space to write your own thoughts. There are a lot of guidelines along the journey, telling sometimes very general and useful things. I like the annotations of the selected games, and it's nice to study those playing the moves with board. This book is somewhat bigger than in other Starting Out -series, so you'll find here a lot to study.
Nice book indeed.
15 internautes sur 18 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Really good if you want to learn about the English 26 septembre 2005
Par Elías Lombardo - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
If you are looking for a new opening (as white), and are thinking about the English, then this is the perfect book for you. It covers the fundamentals of almost all main variations in a clear and concise way. Instead of a lot of lines, you will find strategic ideas and motives founded on the current position. This helps a lot, because even if you actually don't get the book's lines on the board, you can find what to do.

Moreover, the majority of the illustrative examples (illustrative indeed) are Grand Master's games (Karpov, Kasparov, Anand, etc.) with no stupid dumb blunders (but instructive positional ones). You can easily spend a lot of time reading this book.

Now, maybe this is a bad book if you are already familiar with the English opening and want to improve your game. In that case, you need an English Opening Repertoire Book (with specific variations, and a lot of lines and analysis!). This book only covers the `sharpest' lines in each variation.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Wrong variations discussed for beginners 3 septembre 2014
Par Eric Martin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Bulk of the book is about the symmetrical English, which no-one but grandmasters play. 2 ... e5 is treated as an afterthought, even thought that's what you'll see 95% of the time in class tournaments. The book thus fails as a "starting out" book.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Great book that covers many of the most important lines. 25 février 2014
Par Erik C. Knudsen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I own several of the "Starting Out" books and they do a nice job of laying out the basics and then analyzing some of the more important games for a given opening system. I think these books are excellent in terms of building an understanding instead of getting bogged down with tons and tons of analysis.

The hardest part of the English Opening is dealing with the transpositional possibilities. You can walk into lines of the King's Indian, Queen's gambit declined, certain variations of the Sicilian Dragon and so on. Other books (or software) recommend 1 c4 and then 2 g3 no matter what Black plays. This book really focuses on the Main Lines (usually the second move is Nc3 or Nf3).

I wish the book had more coverage of the Mikenas system because I think most players on the black side won't be very prepared for it.

Overall you get what you pay for here and this can be said about the "Starting Out" series in general. In one book you get some exposure to many of the major systems. The downside is that if you want more in depth coverage, you may need to augment this book with others. Still if one takes the time to just play over the games (don't worry about reviewing all of the side lines in detail) I think you'll come away with some understanding of where the pieces go and you'll have some idea of the basic plans for this opening.
6 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Okay 20 septembre 2009
Par Chess reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This book covers some lines of the English. That's all. Although other reviewers have claimed it to be a "comprehensive guide to the English" that isn't true. First, this book is very thin. Seeing all the transpositions in the English, which McDonald mentions without telling anything about them, it makes more sense to make a longer book dealing with positional ideas in all sections of the English. Speaking of positional ideas, this is where McDonald does a good job. In the first 3 chapters McDonald explains about the Symmetrical English, giving lines, well-annotated illustrative games (Andersson-Seirawan is particularly good), and well-written summaries of plans for white and black. After this, however, McDonald loses his interest. If the rest of the book had been like the first 3 chapters, it would be 100 pages longer and I would have given it 5 stars. However, after writing extensively on transpositions and almost every move white or black can play in the Symmetrical English, in the later sections McDonald gives critical lines as merely possible, and gives 1 measly illustrative game for each section of the Nimzo-English, even for some of the sharpest and most complicated lines. After seeing white demolish black readers with barely any of the annotations McDonald is most famed for, readers are left wondering if this line isn't simply a forced win. McDonald seems to imply that black has chances, without describing what they are. After mentioning some lines (1.c4 f5 and 1.c4 c6) he goes on to the next chapter assuming he has covered them without so much as a single illustrative game. Maybe I am being a bit harsh. McDonald has produced a fine book, but it is not in the league of his other works.
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