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This is the first part of a major two volume work on chess openings which emphasises the ideas, strategies and connection between various different chess openings. Volume one is devoted to e-pawn openings and aims to give players of all strengths an idea of the way each opening is played, what to aim for and what can go wrong.
In the first three chapters of the book Watson explains the Nature of Chess Openings, Opening Ideas and Positional Features and the Significance of Structure. The rest of the book is devoted to an examination of various e-pawn openings; their ideas, themes and an explanation of the most important lines of play in each opening.
The two main sections cover open games and semi-open games and the extent to which pawn structures from different openings can overlap is also discussed. The book is not comprehensive in that only certain openings and variations are discussed. The emphasis is on providing a good grounding in opening play rather than an encyclopaedic coverage of variations.
International Master John Watson is one of the world's most respected writers on chess. In 1999, Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy won the British Chess Federation Book of the Year Award and the United States Chess Federation Fred Cramer Award for Best Book.
Published 2006, softback, 335 pages.