Den perfekte overlevelsesguiden til alle sjakkåpninger, skrevet av en av verdens fremste åpningseksperter.
Alle åpninger er dekket og det er detaljerte forklaringer av begge siders planer i åpningene.
Forslagene er moderne og har mange tips og anbefalinger, i tillegg får du innblikk i hver åpnings særegne karakter.
De første trekkene i et sjakkparti definerer hele kampens karakter, da begge spillerne prøver å ta kontroll over de dominerene feltene for å utvikle sine planer. Derfor er det viktig å spille målrettet og unngå få havne i feller, eller i en stilling du ikke forstår!
Dette er ikke en bok som gir mange variasjoner å huske! Paul van der Sterren tilbyr i stedet et vell av ideer og forklaringer, sammen med de grunnleggende variasjonene i hver åpning.
Denne boken er flott for spillere som vil opp til et godt klubbnivå, og for å legge kunnskapen som kreves for et mer sofistikert repertoar senere.
Strategiene han forklarer vil, i motsetning til den stadig skiftende sjakkåpningsteorien, forbli gyldig så lenge sjakk spilles. Derfor vil denne boken, og tiden du bruker på den, være vel anvendt tid!
Fra forlagets beskrivelse av boken (engelsk):
«What this book does do is to give you ideas about how to direct your opening studies. If you fancy taking up an opening, then there is plenty of material here to allow you to research it. For juniors embarking on this exciting hobby, then it is a wonderful ‘one stop shop’ tour of chess openings without young players needing to resort to an encyclopaedic maze of variations. Another impressive feature of this book is the index of variations, and more importantly, the index of named variations – allowing players to find out exactly what the basic theoretical standing of almost any variation happens to be. I feel this book does fill a large gap in chess literature» – Munroe Morrison, Open File
«I picked up some tips in openings which I had never fully understood» – GM Ian Rogers, The Byron Shire Echo
«…an absolutely ideal addition to personal and professional chess reference collections, and a highly recommended acquisition for academic and community libraries as well.» – James A Cox, Midwest Book Review
«A brilliant book…» – Bob Long, Gilbert & Lange
«…a brilliant brand-new book which does actually make a very good attempt to summarise in one single volume the most important points pertaining to all chess opening theory» – GM Paul Motwani, The Scotsman
«It has been a daunting task to squeeze all chess openings into one book and explain them well. One of the best books on the subject, The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings, was written by American grandmaster Reuben Fine 66 years ago. … The Dutch grandmaster Paul van der Sterren has taken Fine’s idea into the 21st century. His book FCO: Fundamental Chess Openings, … is double the size of Fine’s book. The Dutchman, one of the best opening experts, has observed trends for the last three decades. His book reflects the current standing of each opening and explains it logically in a nice, readable style. Variations are kept to a minimum, but there are enough of them to underscore the main ideas. The book should be an eye-opener for any chess player who is interested in openings and curious about how far they have progressed and where they are going.» – GM Lubomir Kavalek, Washington Post
«The format of the book is very friendly, openings very clearly set out and identified, with the variations touched upon in short and sweet sections. It is nicely written, does not bombard the reader with theory or lengthy variations (which I think is wonderful as one should not try to run before one can walk) yet it informs and guides at base level. A nice feature is the opening key at the back, classified under the name of the opening, and indexed with the covered variations. I am also impressed by the neutral approach of Paul van der Sterren, an experienced chess writer, who steers away from leading the reader in preference for objective guidance. … should you wish to gain a fundamental overview of the vast array of chess openings at base level, this book just might be the best investment you could make currently. This is precisely what it was intended to do» – John Lee Shaw, Chess Check E-zine
«This door-stopper of a tome is an overview of all chess openings by the Dutch grandmaster author who provides a textual explanation of each system in turn, giving a thumbnail of the available variations. … a good introductory text for elementary or club players who want to sample the range of openings. Readable and comprehensive.» – John Saunders, BCM
«An extensive work… the author doesn’t drown us in hundreds of opening variations, but explains the many ideas behind them, and the strategies that flow from them. Van der Sterren’s point is that whilst an opening’s theory can change, the general principles and character of the opening don’t» – Bab Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad
«…because of the focus on textual explanation rather than detailed analysis it is very readable. It is clearly aimed at less experienced players who wish to acquire an overview of chess opening theory, and gives a good general grounding for those wanting to launch off into more detailed study of a particular opening. A further point in its favour is that because it sticks to general principles rather than concentrating on the latest theory it will not become outdated almost before it has reached the shelves.» – Alan Sutton, En Passant
«In concise language, the author describes the origins and ideas of all the openings, giving players a solid grasp of what they mean in broad terms. This is really an ideal kind of book for the player who is new to tournaments and wants to get on an even keel with most club players. Without worrying about the latest variation in the Sveshnikov Sicilian that was just unearthed in a tournament last month, the reader can instead try to grasp the ideas behind the major openings and be prepared to face positions that might arise from them.» – Cecil Rosner, Winnipeg Free Press
«Usually, opening tomes with three-letter acronyms (‘MCO’, ‘BCO’, ‘ECO’, ‘NCO’) focus are top heavy with variations at the expense of explanatory notes. FCO boldly goes the other way. … an excellent opportunity to learn the strategies and plans behind the openings rather than merely learn large chunks of apparently motiveless moves.» – Sean Marsh, marshtowers.blogspot.com
«A modern day version of Reuben Fine’s Ideas Behind the Chess Openings, Fundamental Chess Openings primarily uses words to describe the ideas and motivations behind different opening systems. The emphasis is on understanding rather than memorization with van der Sterren rarely going beyond move ten. The contents page shows that all major openings are covered.» – IM John Donaldson