- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: New In Chess (July 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9056916335
- ISBN-13: 978-9056916336
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
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My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White: A Turn-key Package for Ambitious Beginners Paperback – July 7, 2016
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"A relatively easy to learn yet reasonably sharp set of lines which could certainly be effective at a club level. Time and space are also spent on explaining key middlegame ideas and structures and I found these explanations to be clear and concise (...) Useful test positions are to be found a the end of each chapter. I like these; they are not too difficult, but will definitely help readers increase their understanding of the repertoire." (Sean Marsh CHESS Magazine (UK))
"The book has clear-cut structure. It's all about typical aggressive ideas in various opening systems. The author presents a healthy mixture of master games and games played by his pupils. He clearly shows frequent errors and motives, and one can't hardly wait to use this stuff in the next game. Highly recommended for trainers and parents of young talents." (Dirk Schuh, International Master Rochade Europa Magazine)
"This book is filled with exciting, tactical lines. While these won't fool strong players, they will often wipe the beginner opponent off the board. What I like about this book is his copious prose, which gives the reader the history of the moves and the ideas and tactics." (Jeremy Silman, International Master Chess.com)
"Simple systems for White, starting with 1.e4, about which the author explains many ideas, structures and typical manoeuvers using short games that are often played by his pupils. That's why the book is well-suited for young players, but also for older beginners and players with a rating up to 2000 this repertoire is very useful" (Florian Jacobs Max Euwe Center Amsterdam)
"A relatively easy to learn yet reasonably sharp set of lines which could certainly be effective at a club level. Time and space are also spent on explaining key middlegame ideas and structures and I found these explanations to be clear and concise (...) Useful test positions are to be found a the end of each chapter. I like these; they are not too difficult, but will definitely help readers increase their understanding of the repertoire." (Sean Marsh CHESS Magazine)
"Moret is a teacher/trainer per excellence. This volume is for White, but Black is allowed a peek. The intentions behind the moves are being explained, followed by nice exercises. Very useful for trainers of youngsters!" (B.H. Wilders Nederlands Dagblad)
"The openings are aimed at players rated 1200-1700, with lots of insight on how to play the positions. An opening repertoire book that will definitely improve your rating." (Gary Lane, International Master English Chess Federation Newletter)
About the Author
Vincent Moret (1968) has been teaching chess and training talented youngsters for more than 20 years. Many of his pupils have won important prizes and some have become Masters and Grandmasters. A second volume with a repertoire for Black will follow soon.
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The author also does a better than average job of explaining not only WHAT you should be trying to do in each line (the themes), but also takes time to clarify WHY you are making the recommended moves (as opposed to other, alternative moves), and in many cases lays out the procedure for HOW you should go about playing the lines. Many authors don't go to the same lengths to explain things as thoroughly.
Which lines are covered in the book?
White's main line in the open game will be the Italian Game - Giuoco Piano - 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5. Also presented is a response to The Two Knights Defense (3...Nf6), when White will respond with 4.Ng5.
Against the Sicilian Defense, White will head for the Grand Prix Attack - 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 - following up with a quick f2-f4.
Against the French Defense - 1.e4 e6 - White responds with the King's Indian Attack.
Against the Caro Kann Defense White will play the Advance Variation - 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 (looking to follow with e6 and the so-called "Night Attack")
Against The Pirc/Modern Defenses - 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 - White will head for the St.George Attack/Yugoslav Attack.
He briefly covers other responses by Black as well, for example The Scandinavian Defense, Philidor's Defense and Petroff Defense.
Overall this is a fun, yet effective White opening repertoire, instructively presented, which the beginner-intermediate player can quickly put to use, with "minimal" study required. This is an outstanding chess book for the intended audience. Highly recommended.
The best thing in the book: The explanation of how to play the Grand Prix Attack. Very clear, very good. I played the Grand Prix for several years and had several books on the opening, nothing explained the Grand Prix as well as the section in this book. The worst thing: Perhaps the slight coverage of the Pirc and Modern defense. I think they deserved more attention. Even the Scandinavian which was relegated to the grab bag chapter at the end got more coverage. For a junior this would be an exceptional opening repertoire. And a second volume for Black openings is planned. I am looking forward to this second volume.
Please note that this repertoire is not "Complete". It leaves plenty for the junior to do, filling in details. And also, this book is not for "beginners" at all. A true beginner would be swamped by this material. This is for an experienced player just beginning tournament play. I want to complete this review by giving some detail as to why I say this repertoire is not complete. In the coverage of the Alekhine's defense, the author proposes the line 1. e4 Nf6, 2. Nc3 d5 and 3. e5 Nfd7 allowing 4. e6 the Night Attack. He mentions that Black can play 2....e5 transposing into the Vienna Game and later 3....Ne4 instead of Nfd7. The reader is going to have to fill in the blanks here. Also in the chapter on the Grand Prix Attack there is a set-up by Black to which the best response by White is to transpose into the Closed Sicilian with the moves d3 and g3. His coverage of the closed sicilian consists of the classic game Spassky-Geller. Again the reader will have to fill in the blanks. All-in-all, still deserving of 5 stars however.