The "Open Games" refer to positions arising after 1.e4,e5; - opening such as the Italian Game, the Scotch, The Two Knights Defence, the King's Gambit, the Evans Gambit, the Bishop's Opening, the Four Knights, the Petroff, the Philidor and more obscure gambits such as the Elephant Gambit and Latvian Gambit. In this book, Glenn Flear offers a good introduction to each of these 1.e4,e5; openings, introducing the key moves and ideas, and taking care to explain the reasoning behind them. He places particular emphasis on the lines that players are most likely to face. The material is presented using 68 key games, with detailed annotations, which show both sides' plans in action and explain the alternativces available move-by-move. Flear gives an objective assessment of each opening, favouring neither side and offering advice for both Black and White.
The Starting Out series is aimed at club and tournament players who wish to try a new opening. The books explain all the key ideas and principles of that opening with enough theoretical material to enable you to play the opening in your own games. These books are ideal for enthusiasts who don't necessarily have extensive knowledge of the openings in question but who wish to appreciate the essential principles behind them.
Glenn Flear is an English Grandmaster and author of several books, including the Offbeat Spanish, Open Ruy Lopez, and Main-Line Ruy Lopez.
Published 2010, softback, 318 pages.View sample pages (pdf)