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Chess Opening Essentials: 1.d4-d5 / 1.d4-various / Queen's Gambits, Vol. 2 Paperback – May 10, 2009


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New In Chess,Csi (May 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9056912690
  • ISBN-13: 978-9056912697
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Timothy N. dePlume on August 22, 2010
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As its title suggest, this book (and the others in its series) provides an "essential" introduction to all the openings it covers, and it does so very well. This series does not supplant specialized openings texts. It provides main lines, albeit usually not very deep, and explains why they are the main lines. I've played tournament and online chess for 40 years, and with some success, but I admit to being largely ignorant of how best to respond in many, many opening lines. It's a good idea to know the essence of each opening you may face. I enjoy the little synopses that broadly evaluate white's and black's prospects, such as "this line offers excellent practical chances, mainly because few tournament players know the theory," or "white's piece activity looks impressive, but it's hard for him to formulate a plan and it's not clear that black has anything to fear," or "this defense is far better than its reputation would suggest." What it lacks in encyclopedic coverage it makes up for with succinct, insightful commentary. In an age of terabyte databases and hyped-up "Win with the Reverse Caro-Kan Attack" texts, the simplicity and directness of this series is a breath of fresh air.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Hunter on February 28, 2013
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The same comments apply to all four volumes, and I recommend getting them all if you get any. I don't have an official rating, but other players tell me I'd probably be around 1400-1500 so bear that in mind when reading my comments. These books go way beyond anything I will need in the near future, but they are laid out in a way that makes them easily accessible. Many chess books are so dense that you need to be an expert to keep track of what they are talking about, but these ones break the variations down into small enough pieces that you can follow each one. Each opening is subdivided in a way that makes sense, and these are books that you can actually skim through or browse without getting bogged down. I'm not expert enough to memorize dozens of openings. I play on general principles but I do want to get three or four moves into the game without falling into some obscure trap, and I think these books are good for finding a generic opening strategy that suits you and which you can adapt for when you aren't sure what to do. The one thing I really find annoying the absence of an index. For example, if there is a cross reference to the 'Tarrasch Defense' I would like to be able to find it.
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I play chess for fun and try a ton of different openings... I like to mess around with everything to see what I should focus on or play in a tournament.

This series is perfect for my needs. I reference it at least once a week for my correspondence games online and make sure I reread sections on whatever openings I plan on playing right before a tournament.

highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Almahed on March 24, 2012
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This book is not 5 stars just because it has too many annoying errors in the diagrams. Other than that, a very positive thing is the key moves and pieces in a particular position are highlighted (in orange for that matter). It also has a lot of games as example in a lot of openings, but sadly not commented. Check watson and see what fits best, since watson makes more comments (and I had the impression it covers more ground as well) but give less example games, and no highlighted key pieces in positions or any other mnemonics.

If weren't those annoying diagram erros it would be a superb book.
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8 of 31 people found the following review helpful By W. S. Mohn on June 13, 2009
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Great product, fair price, fast free delivery! This is a current chess opening manual that is concise and clear. It covers its topic well and reliably. Recommended.
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