Mastering the Chess Openings vol. 1

kr 285,00

For mange sjakk-spillere er åpningsstudiet rent hardt arbeid. Det er vanskelig å vite hva som er viktig og hva som ikke er, når spesifikk kunnskap er viktig, eller når en mer generell forståelse er tilstrekkelig.

Når åpningsfasen er over, vet man ofte ikke hvilken plan som skal følges, eller forstår selv hvorfor brikkene er på feltene de står på. John Watson søker å hjelpe sjakk-spillere å oppnå en mer helhetlig og innsiktsfull syn på åpningene.

Dette bindet, med fokus på kongebondeåpninger, er en bok som vil få deg til å tenke nøye om hvordan du begynner ditt parti, samtidig som den tilbyr både underholdning og utfordrende materiale for studier i åpninger som siciliansk og spansk.

I sine bøker om sjakkstrategi, Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy og Chess Strategy in Action, forklarte han viktige konsepter som tidligere bare har vært noe sterke spillere har mestret. I tillegg gjorde han det på en måte som har gjort det enkelt å forstå for klubb- og hobbyspillere. Her gjør han det samme for åpninger.

I dette store fire-volumarbeidet presenterer Watson et bredt syn på hvordan elitespillere virkelig håndterer åpningen, i stedet for en idealisert og forenklet modell.
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“The publication of this series is a bellwether event in chess publishing, and all players should avail themselves of the opportunity to read these books.” – Mark Donlan, Chess Horizons

“When your reviewer was a teenager in 1964, there were no databases, no Internet, precious few really good chess books and no DVDs. I picked up a copy of Nimzovich’s Chess Praxis and a copy of My System. Over the course of my summer vacation, I read those books. My rating jumped from 1400 to almost 1700. I actually started to understand some key chess ideas. For those of you who want a similar epiphany in the 21st century, these two volumes by Watson will do the job.” – Pete Tamburro, Chess Life

“…even better than I imagined” – Marco Milone,

“Even though volume one mostly deals with 1 e4 and volume two deals with 1 d4, the books nonetheless represent one body of work that should best be enjoyed together, and they are written by one of the finest authors of the last several decades. … To say that these books are about opening strategies or opening theory would be a disservice to the importance of the material covered in them. … I found his chosen examples excellent and his commentary instructive and very enlightening. Whether you are an inexperienced improving player or a seasoned tournament player, you will learn loads from studying these books. His discussions of pawn structures and their interconnected strategies are worth the price of both books. Even I feel as though my game has improved after having studied both volumes at length. … The books convey an understanding of the opening that even specialized opening works do not provide. … I highly recommend the two volumes of Mastering the Chess Openings to anyone who truly wants to improve their understanding of the openings and of chess in general. – Carsten Hansen,

“If you are aspiring to be a strong player you should really like this book. … I’ve been putting off writing about this book because there is so much in it to read it’s hard to figure out where to start. The section I started out with this morning was the Sicilian Poisoned Pawn, Fischer’s contributions, and latest theory (which by the way holds that Black has excellent winning chances, AND, so does White!). In fact, it seems that this is the currency of this book-openings where the better prepared player and student has chances of winning. … In the beginning he writes about ‘Fundamentals’ and covers 80 pages on that, structure, opening ideas and positional features, and the introduction to the Open Games. Here’s a thought – read those 80 pages if you read nothing else. You will learn a lot about chess and it will probably spur you on to looking at the later chapters. This section has been very ably written and it explains a lot of the things the rest of us take for granted, but for which we really don’t know all that well. Seriously, read this. … In fact, just get this book. Full retail is $29.95 and it’s worth every cent – it’ll teach you chess.” – Bob Long,

“When Chess Life asked me to review John Watson’s new opus, my reaction was that this was akin to criticizing Moses on the Ten Commandments. Aside from his almost legendary books on specific openings like the French Defense, his last two spectacular books – Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy and Chess Strategy in Action – are landmark books in their own right. All of these epic Watson works have one thing in common. You walk away after reading with a deeper understanding of chess. He does not try to tell you how to beat your opponent by the first time control. He treats the reader as an adult who is willing to work a little to find the greater richness of the royal game. Watson explains to us the value of modern grandmaster chess: the new ideas in the middle game and the new approaches to opening play. He translates what the grandmasters play into understandable concepts. …
Mastering the Chess Openings is yet another magnificent effort by arguably the most important writer in American chess history. If you are a young chess player who wishes to learn the openings in a proper way, you will give yourself a big boost toward developing into the strong player you want to be by studying this book. If you’re an older player still open to learning more about what you should already know, this is the book for you. If you simply want to understand why the grandmasters play the openings the way they do, John Watson explains why. Add this book to your ‘Watson shelf’ in your personal chess library.” – Pete Tamburro, Chess Life

“Aside from chess players, this is also a good reference material for chess coaches, too. With clear explanations, this Watson’s masterpiece can serve as the openings’ textbook used by chess coaches around the world in training with their students. This book is a highly recommended option as a reference material in chess coaching. … What more can I say, but it looks like John Watson has done it again! This is proving to be a classic already. So, wait no more, dear chess player. Just buy it! Highly recommended.” – Edwin Lam, Black & White

“[Watson] … looks at thematic lines and ideas using illustrative games. Within these games a considerable amount of theory is given, probably just enough to see a club player through the main lines. Watson has been very astute with his choice of illustrative games. As well as using recent games, there are classic games from the past (where fundamental plans are more clearly illustrated) and even one or two interesting correspondence games. It’s good work by the author to use musltiple sources – a lot of effort has gone into finding the right game to demonstrate a theme or idea.” – Munroe Morrison, Open File

“The main factor that sets this book apart and makes it unique is the way Watson explains the openings and the ideas behind the moves giving the reader a broad view of the openings and a good idea of how to play the opening and then proceed from there. Many of the works out today focus on long lines without much explanation except for short evaluations at the end of the variations. Watson’s book is the perfect manual for beginners, intermediate, and even many advanced players who are wishing to study and improve their opening! All I can say is I highly recommend this book and I am eagerly looking forward to volume 2!” – Andy May,

“International Master John Watson of Lincoln, Nebraska, is widely regarded as one of the most influential chess writers in the world. His thoughtful masterpieces Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy and Chess Strategy in Action gave contemporary players an updated Nimzowitsch’s My System and Euwe and Kramer’s books on the Middlegame combined. His latest venture is no less bold. … Mastering the Chess Openings Volume 1 is a first class production from a physical as well as chessic perspective.The two-column format is easy to read, the type-setting first rate, the paper of a good quality and the binding sturdy and ready for hard use. This is a book that belongs in every chess library. Highly Recommended.” – IM John Donaldson,

“I would like to make special mention of Mastering the Chess Openings, an important new Gambit book by IM John Watson. The renowned American author previously won prestigious awards for earlier works … and his new book will also be very well received. You’ll find interesting analysis, ideas, and strategies relating to numerous popular openings, and many mysteries will be unravelled with the help of Watson’s choice of instructive illustrative games that he has annotated with characteristic crystal-clear clarity.” – GM Paul Motwani, The Scotsman

“The author explains it best when he writes that his goals are to explain the ‘ideas, strategies, and interconnections of chess openings’ as a whole, and to give a feel for ‘the common threads that underlie opening play or the reasons why opening strategies can differ so radically,’ so that ‘regardless of the uncertainties of theory, you should be able to find your way through many of the problems posed by unfamiliar moves.’ The first of two volumes, this focuses on king’s pawn openings and should help to teach chessplayers how to think for themselves by examining openings ‘from the ground up.’ As individual variations are explored, special attention is given to move-order issues and how ‘openings and their variations fit into the general contours of a chess game.’ (Highly Recommended)” – Mark Donlan, Chess Horizons

“Put it on the Christmas list!” – John Lee Shaw,

“A major release providing a powerful but easily read insight into modern opening theory. It may finally be time to ditch that old openings book and start to use this modern coverage of the openings and strategies behind them. Watson offers an opportunity to take your play to the next level. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” – Michael Blake,

“…seems to have what it takes to become another Watson classic!” – New-in-Chess,

“…promises to unlock the mysteries of modern opening play and as usual Watson is great in explaining the fundamentals and the basic ideas.” – GM Lubomir Kavalek, Washington Post

“All openings are characterised by distinctive moves, but what Watson points out so cogently is that there are many inter-connecting ideas that apply to all these openings. The realisation of this fact by the average club player marks a tremendous leap forward in his understanding of the game. This, ultimately, is what the book is all about, and it should be high on the essential reading list of all aspiring players.” – Alan Sutton, En Passant

“A book that is overloaded with a unbelievable amount of instructive text.” – John Elburg,


Vekt0,7 kg
Dimensjoner250 × 18 × 3 cm