Monday, June 27, 2011

FCO: Fundamental Chess Openings

FCO: Fundamental Chess Openings

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.

" absolutely ideal addition to personal and professional chess reference collections, and a highly recommended acquisition for academic and community libraries as well." - James A Cox, Midwest Book Review

"...a brilliant brand-new book which does actually make a very good attempt to summarise in one single volume the most important points pertaining to all chess opening theory" - GM Paul Motwani, The Scotsman

FCO: Fundamental Chess Openings

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