Winning in the Opening

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9781857442007: Winning in the Opening

This wonderfully presented book explains the importance of basic chess openings principles, how to recognize when an opponent has broken them, and then shows the reader how to capitalize on the opponent's error. Every important theme is explained simply and clearly, and then the reader is tested with a series of find the right move combinations -- including some exceptions where the theme is apparent but doesn't quite work.

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Do you want to win quickly in the opening? Learn basic development principles? Sacrifice for the initiative? Spot danger signals? In this entertaining and instructional book, especially written for young and novice players, John Walker explains how games are won - and lost - in the vital opening phase of a chess game. The layout of the book, incorporating exciting illustrative games and test positions, is clear and simple. Topics covered include getting castled - fast, control of the central squares, the importance of development, dangers of pawn grabbing and minimising pawn moves. John Walker, several times Chess Champion of Oxfordshire, is a school teacher who hs taught chess to children for many years. He is also the author of several other popular Cadogan instructional works, including Attacking the King and Chess Openings for Juniors.

About the Author:

Walker is a London film critic.

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