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Mastering the Chess Openings: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Modern Chess Openings, Volume 2 [Paperback]

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Presents information on the ideas and strategies for chess openings.

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Pages   318
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 30, 2007
Publisher   Gambit Publications
ISBN  1904600697  
ISBN13  9781904600695  

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International Master John Watson is one of the world's most respected writers on chess. In 1999, his Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy won 'Chess Book of the Year' awards in the USA and the UK. He reviews chess books for The Week in Chess and hosts a weekly radio show on the Internet Chess Club. As a trainer, he has worked with many talented pupils, including Tal Shaked.

John Watson was born in 1930.

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Concepts behind the openings  May 18, 2008
This volume covers the QP openings.

Like Volume 1 it explains the concepts concerning pawn structure and piece placement, rather than give variations to memorize.

If you want to understand WHAT to do in an opening, rather than HOW to do it, these are the books for you.
In Depth  Nov 2, 2007
Very thorough book. I have yet to finish it, but studying the techiniques takes time. If your a chess enthusiast and want to expand your knowledge of chess openings then I would recommend this book.
Most Excellent Work!!  Jul 20, 2007
First, I must confess that I have only read the chapters on the Queen's Gambit Declined and the King's Indian Defense.

Queen's Gambit Declined chapter
He gives detailed descriptions of the major themes of both the classical and exchange variations. I especially liked his discussion of the Tartakower Defense. I found his discussion of move orders to be quite interesting, subtle and useful.

I should mention that the section, "Declining the Gambit; Other Second Moves", provides important information about the Marshall Defense, Baltic Defense, Albin Counter Gambit and Tchigorin Defense. In my view, the entire Queen's Gambit chapter is a "must read" for anyone who plays this opening or for all players who really wants to deepen their chess knowledge.

King's Indian Defense chapter

I have played the Strongpoint Variation (page 208) for many years but was not aware of many of the themes in this line. Watson's clearly describes various strategies that Black has used against 8.Be3, 8.Re1, and 8.d5. Again, a "must read" in my opinion.

To conclude, as always, Watson has a wonderful knack for describing specific strategies of openings and their variations while also providing interesting example games that illustrate these strategies.
Masterful  Jul 20, 2007
Well, I followed my own advice and got this book, even though I haven't
played 1.d4 in about 20 years. I wasn't disappointed. Just as in
Volume 1, this book is full of good practical knowledge and deep
insights, tying the 1.d4 openings to fundamental principles, and to
important concrete ideas. Through the theme of "cross-pollination,"
we can see the give and take between different opening systems. As
always with Watson, it is also beautifully written and a pleasure to
read. This book helps me to prepare lessons for my students, and who
knows, maybe I'll dust off that Queen's Gambit sometime.
Finally!  Jul 18, 2007
This is the book I've been waiting for. The usual approach to chess openings is to memorize piles and piles of endless variations, and hope to outbook your opponent. But we all realize how futile and unsatifsying that really is. Finally we have a book here that truly explains the ideas behind the moves. It also explains why certain moves are not played. It connects different openings to each other, so that you know what to do when your opponent inevitably veers away from theory. And furthermore, it helps you to handle tricky move-orders, which were always confusing to me before. With this book and his Strategy books, I think I'm starting to understand chess.

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