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This book offers an introduction to all the major chess openings beginning with 1.e4, 1.d4, 1.c4 and 1.Nf3. The more obscure flank openings are restricted to a brief mention.
Whereas reference works such as Modern Chess Openings offer only lists of moves with no explanation, here we find a mixture of ideas and explanations together with the basic variations of each opening. This approach will allow club level players to gain a good understanding of the point of each opening and it's main variations and easily find which openings will suit their style of play. Later on more specialised study will allow them to build a more sophisticated repertoire in a chosen opening.
In addition, the strategies van der Sterren 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.
Grandmaster Paul van der Sterren has won the Dutch Championship on two occasions, and in 1993 reached the Candidates stage of the World Chess Championship. He is an internationally renowned chess writer and editor: he was one of the founding editors of New in Chess, for whose Yearbooks he has contributed more than 150 opening surveys.
Published 2009, softback, 479 pages.