There's no denying that the opening is one of the most daunting phases of the game for newcomers to chess. There are literally hundreds of different opening lines, many with unusual sounding names, and some of these go up to twenty or so moves of theory. What is a chess player supposed to do: memorise countless variations?
Don't panic! In Discovering Chess Openings John Emms argues that studying openings doesn't have to be hard work at all - indeed, it can be both enjoyable and enlightening. The key to successful opening play is not simply learning lines off by heart; instead it's the understanding of the basic principles, and here the reader is guided through the vital themes: swift development, central control and king safety. An appreciation of these principles and their many offshoots will actually allow readers to recreate and discover opening theory, giving them the opportunity to choose the most suitable lines to play in their games.
- A complete introduction to opening play
- Written by an opening expert
- Ideal for beginners and improving players
John Emms is one of Britain's strongest Grandmasters and has represented England in numerous team tournaments, including Chess Olympiads. He is also a renowned coach who has worked with many top junior and senior players. Previous works for Everyman Chess include Simple Chess and Concise Chess, while he is also a co-author of the very popular openings encyclopaedia Nunn's Chess Openings .
007 1 Central issues
015 2 Introducing Development
046 3 King Safety
060 4 Delving Deeper
118 5 Pawn Play
174 6 Chess Openings in Practice
230 Solutions to Exercises
247 Index of Openings