Mastering the Chess Openings vol. 2

255.00 kr

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 dronningbondeåpninger, 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 nimzo-indisk, kongeindisk og alt rundt dronninggambit.

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

“The book has convinced me entirely! Watson has managed to present the most important openings after 1 d4 and analyses them in detail as well as explaining the backgrounds. When he describes the Sämisch Variation in the King’s Indian in nearly 8 pages you have the feeling you are holding a real classic in your hand. It may sound exaggerated, but I believe Watson is a sort of modern Aaron Nimzowitsch. Absolutely recommended!” – Martin Rieger,

“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,

“Suitable for players with a wide range of experience … Watson doesn’t attempt to cover all openings, but covers a limited number to ensure they are covered in greater depth. A fine general opening treatise – very highly recommended” – Paul Dunn, Australian Chess

“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,

“In his introduction, Watson states that his approach to the book (as it was in volume 1) has been to start from the ground and work upwards. He certainly does just that, beginning by explaining the fundamental differences between 1.e4 and 1.d4. Some basic yet important principles and nuances, that can take many players a long time and many games to realise, (and some never do!), are explained within a couple of pages. Already, the reader is being primed to greater understand the elements of his or her repertoire. Watson then moves on to the more ‘meaty’ part of the book. … It is authoratively and pleasantly written, which makes reading it not only productive but also very enjoyable. I applaud it, as I did its older sibling, and eagerly await Watson’s next offering! Any chance of a flank edition volume 3 John?” – John Lee Shaw,

“…it is clear that Watson digs deeper in this book than only on the vital concepts of modern play! Conclusion: Buy it for the highly instructive explanations from John Watson!” – John Elburg,

“If you read my reviews regularly you will be aware of how highly I rate John Watson as both a writer and communicator. He has the happy knack of being able to get to the very essence of his subject matter, and present it in a clear and logical manner, something which can not be said of many other chess authors today. Though relatively more expensive than many, these two volumes alone are as useful and informative as a dozen dedicated opening monographs and figure very highly on my recommended reading list for all aspiring players.” – Alan Sutton, En Passant

“Although Watson leaves out a few openings (a6 slav for example), what he does cover, he does well. Explaining the first moves of the openings and then showing top level games and some other possible ideas from that position. Just like the first volume, he does a nice job of explaining the openings and giving the reader a good feel for the position. If you liked the first volume or are just wishing to learn more about the d4 games in general, this is an excellent choice.” – Andy May,

“One of the strongest chapters in Mastering the Chess Openings Volume 2 is the one on the Queen’s Gambit Declined. I particularly liked Watson’s treatment of the Exchange variation which he divides into the Carlsbad ( Nf3) and Modern (Nge2) variations. Not so long ago White either castled short and played for a minority attack with b4-b5 or castled long and went for a kingside attack. Today add the plan of playing in the center with e3-e4 – sometimes in conjunction with b4 ( see Kasparov-Short from their 1993 World Championship match) and prophylactic moves like a3 and h3.” – IM John Donaldson,


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Dimensjoner 25 × 18 × 4 cm








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