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* The perfect survival guide to the chess openings* All openings covered* Detailed verbal explanations of plans for both sides* Up-to-date and featuring many tips and recommendations* Insights into the 'character' of each opening* Written by one of the world's foremost opening experts The first moves of a chess game define the nature of the whole struggle, as both players stake their claim to the critical squares and start to develop their plans. It is essential to play purposefully and to avoid falling into traps or reaching a position that you don't understand. This is not a book that provides masses of variations to memorize. Paul van der Sterren instead offers a wealth of ideas and explanation, together with the basic variations of each and every opening. This knowledge will equip players to succeed in the opening up to good club level, and provide a superb grounding in opening play on which to build a more sophisticated repertoire. The strategies he explains will, unlike ever-changing chess opening theory, remain valid as long as chess is played, and so the time spent studying this book will be rewarded many times over.

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Format: Broché
Certes l'ouvrage est beau et sérieux mais je dois avouer que je m'attendais à un peu plus de profondeur et surtout, à la possibilité de faire un choix de répertoire en fonction de l'adéquation caractère des ouvertures/style de jeu personnel. Pour le coup, ce livre n'est pas à suffisant dans cette optique. Un bon recueil de référence rapide mais à réserver à ceux qui veulent juste survoler les débuts.
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Par naren le 5 mars 2013
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REMARQUABLE.Je recommande fermement cet ouvrage à tous les joueurs d'ECHECS : qu'ils soient amateurs ou professionnels:-)
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Outstanding 22 novembre 2009
Par Goosemeyer - Publié sur
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Without a doubt this is the best opening book to start with, and possibly the only one you might need for quite a while. Oh how I wish this had been available when I started out. What's the first thing a beginner does (ignoring all advice)? He starts surveying all the openings to find a few that he likes (and then changes his mind repeatedly). Before this book that involved buying a book on each opening, at great expense, both of money and time. That's no longer necessary - you can buy this one and get all you need for that purpose. It does expect some experience, but no more than any opening book does.

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.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Chess openings that reads as prose 27 novembre 2014
Par Sven-Olof Jansson - Publié sur
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Books on chess openings probably always risk becoming a bit tedious by detailing moves from variation after variation of major and minor openings. This book avoids this by before going in to the details, providing the overall strategy of the openings. In addition, it reads easy, which further mitigates losing focus when trying to follow the, often many, variations presented.

It is very handy to have on the reader, when wrestling with a chess application that opens / responds with something unfamiliar.

Actually, the only complaint I have is that moves given within the running text are not set in bold. That would have made it easier to find precisely the current position facing me.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Solid Primer on All the Openings 7 janvier 2016
Par Igor Faynshteyn - Publié sur
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It really gets 4.5 stars.

This is a nice primer to all the openings, without going deep into all the variation and theories. This shouldn't be a surprise: there are so many openings, and even more variations and sub-variations to each, that it would take well over a thousand pages to cover it all in detail. This is not the intention of this book. Rather, the goal is to introduce each opening, with main variations lines to each, and supplement it with basic explanatory prose. On this score, the book achieves what it sets out to do.

The strong points of this book are primarily its prose and its organization. The prose is excellent. The author provides a nice mini history of each opening, in addition to a few sentences on the theory. He then gives main variations that are typically played, and explores each one, with a few sub-variations. Occasionally, he mentions the development of the opening variations through the years, who popularized them, who refuted them, who famously played them and etc. The prose is also sparkled here and there with some dry humor and witty commentary, which give this book a particular flavor (i.e. "this move is meant to make a knight on e2 look silly"; etc.).

The other strong point of the book is its exceptional organization. It is easy to follow all the variations and sub-variations given, because the book is nicely organized to keep the reader focused and without going into long and distracting lines of analysis. All the main variation and sub-variation lines that the author highlights are in bold and the few variants of variations/sub-variations are in normal font.

The weaker points of the book, IMO, are that the author doesn't often mention (though sometimes he does) the common traps that exist in the openings. And I also wish that more theoretical grounding was provided for the openings and its variations. To be sure, the author usually mentions a few sentences about the strengths and weaknesses of the openings, but never going much under the surface. Of course, great depth is not expected in a survey book of this sort; but some depth coverage would have been nice.

This book is geared toward intermediate players, and perhaps as a refresher course to more advanced players. It would have no use for more seasoned masters of the game, and might be a little advanced for the early beginners.

In conclusion, it's a solid primer for all the openings and provides a good introduction to each, thus serving as a starting point for further and deeper exploration of each particular opening and/or variation.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Strategy builder! 11 juillet 2014
Par Dr. Steve Smith - Publié sur
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This is a great book! I very much like the way the openings are integrated by linking them in terms of their individual strategic themes. Most of the other books that I have read on chess openings are simply catalogs of the openings in which each named opening is outlined and variations listed in tabular form. This book on the other hand introduces the opening with a bit of history then discusses it in terms of its underpinning strategic rationale. In that discussion there are hyperlinks to its mainline variations in which the variation itself as a sub-theme is discussed in the same way. This approach allows the reader to rely less on brute memory - learning by rote - and more on thematic principles.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Sound Advice for the Practical Chess Player 6 janvier 2012
Par GoBoSox - Publié sur
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This is a nice book for most players and anyone below 1800 will find very useful suggestions and lines to play. As a former master that now plays mostly online, this book is most useful when Grandmaster Paul van der Sterren is providing an opinion. He clearly states how dynamic opening lines are (this book was published in 2009 with material most likely based on theory up to 2008) and that additional homework needs to be done by the good player. Of course, even with this caveat and recognizing that short comings can be found in any book, this book is only about "Fundamentals" so it does not cover specific lines in any great detail. For example, On p121 begins the Grunfeld Defense, and p124 covers 8.Rb1 in the Exchange Grunfeld... this is a really tough line for Black to meet (which is duly noted by the author) and there are several sub-variations that are really gruesome for Black to play - unfortunately for Black, the mainline 12. Qd2 (which is pretty tough) offered by Grandmaster van der Sterren is probably even less dangerous than 12. Rb3 (not mentioned) where Black only has one reasonable continuation... I'm actually looking more closely at 9...Nd7 a move that GM Maxim Turov has rolled out a few times but unfortunately not even noted... Many other important openings are given even less coverage, the Petrov Defense gets just 6 pages - The Evan's Gambit and the Marshall Gambit in the Ruy Lopez are each given just a bit more than a page, so again, the stronger player cannot rely on anything new to try. That said, despite uncovered lines, the strong parts in the this book are the discussion of the theoretical ideas of the particular variations - given the flux of opening theory, where move or move order(s) will change over time... Which would be in agreement with former World Champion Dr. Emmanuel Lasker , where in the Preface of his book "COMMON SENSE IN CHESS" (based on a series of lectures provided in 1895) stated
"The method of enumerating all the variations thought possible, or probable, has been laid
aside, and in its place an analysis has been given, which makes use of both the consideration of
the leading variations and general principles."...

The C-player using the wisdom provided by GM Paul van der Sterren and taking to heart some of the key variations along with some additional serious study will find that 3-400 points can be gained during an active winter or summer of play.
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