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In this highly-acclaimed series, John Watson helps chess-players achieve a more holistic and insightful view of the openings. He explains not only the ideas and strategies behind specific openings, but also the interconnections of chess openings taken as a whole. By presenting the common threads that underlie opening play, Watson provides a permanent basis for playing openings of any type.
In this final volume Watson examines the Reti Opening as well as some other less popular flank openings and defences such as Bird's Opening, the Modern Defence and queenside fianchetto. He also draws together many themes in a wide-ranging discussion of general opening topics - opening themes such as gambit play and symmetry. In the process, he covers a wide variety of opening ideas and variations not seen in the earlier volumes.
* Réti and Fianchetto Systems
* Reversed Openings
* Irregular Openings
* Gambits: Primitive or Positional
* Universal Openings
In the final two chapters, Watson presents his views on the importance of opening study and explains how players should best prepare and choose their openings for the level at which they play. He looks at the future of chess openings and explains which skills will be most important as chess evolves in the forthcoming decades.
International Master John Watson is one of the world's most respected writers on chess. In 1999, his Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy won 'Chess Book of the Year' awards in the USA and the UK. As a trainer, he has worked with many talented pupils, including Tal Shaked and Hikaru Nakamura.
Published 2010, softback, 319 pages.