Chess opening book

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For the concept as used in programming computers to play chess, see Chess opening book (computers).

A chess opening book is a book on chess openings. They are by far the most common type of literature on chess. These describe many major lines, like the Sicilian Defence, Ruy Lopez, and Queen's Gambit,[1] as well many minor variations of the main lines.[2]

Types[edit]

There are several types of opening manuals:

  1. Manuals dealing with one specific opening - Often these manuals have highly optimistic titles, like Black to Play and Win with 1...g6 (Andrew Soltis),[3] but some are more modest: Starting out: the King's Indian (Joe Gallagher).[4] In general, these books are the most accessible to the general reader, and cover the most material for individual opening systems (though some also cover openings in general).[5]
  2. Manuals giving a system or repertoire - These manuals discuss two or more opening systems, often related by similar tactical themes, pawn structures, or strategic aims. The aim is generally to get the player to the middle game with a playable position without too much trouble, no matter what the opposing player does.[6]
  3. Manuals giving general opening advice and guidance - Possibly the most famous example of this type of manual (in English) is Reuben Fine's The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings. This type of book does not analyze any opening system to much depth, but teaches the ideas that will help its reader understand opening play.[7]
  4. Encyclopedic manuals that aim to be comprehensive - These manuals, from the five volume Encyclopedia of Chess Openings[8] to the single volume works like Nunn's Chess Openings[9] and Modern Chess Openings by Nick de Firmian and Walter Korn aim to cover as many opening systems as possible at the expense of understanding the ideas behind the opening. Usually, at the end of a sequence of moves provided in a theory table, the reader is told that one side stands slightly better than the other. However no information is given on what that assessment is based on or how to proceed in the game.[10][11]
  5. DVD demonstrating the openings - These DVDs are the modern idea of describing the main ideas and themes of the openings. Those are explained by strong masters, using video to explain as a teacher performs the principles.[12][13]

General chess opening books[edit]

These books cover a wide variety of chess openings. They are in English, except that the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings has no text but instead uses universal symbols to annotate moves and ideas that can be understood in many languages (see Punctuation (chess)).[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Book Openings, http://www.chess.com/openings/, 16th June 2012
  2. ^ Chess Developments: The Sicilian Dragon, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chess-Developments-The-Sicilian-Dragon/dp/1857446755/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339842904&sr=8-1, 16th June 2012
  3. ^ Black to Play and Win with 1-G6: A Complete Defensive System, http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?qwork=732801, 16th June 2012
  4. ^ Starting Out: The King's Indian, http://www.chessville.com/reviews/reviews_start_kid.htm, 16th June 2012
  5. ^ Index of Reviews, http://www.chessville.com/reviews/reviews_index.htm, 16th June 2012
  6. ^ Chess Openings Ancient and Modern, http://www.chessville.com/reviews/ChessOpeningsAncientandModern_and_ChessEndings.htm, 16th June 2012
  7. ^ Reader's guide: Fine's Ideas Behind the Chess Openings, http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/readers-guide-fines-ideas-behind-chess-openings, 16th June 2012
  8. ^ ECO - Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings, http://www.chessinformant.rs/eco-encyclopaedia-of-chess-openings, 16th June 2012
  9. ^ NUNN'S CHESS OPENINGS, http://www.jeremysilman.com/book_reviews_jw/jw_nunn_chess_opening.html, 16th June 2012
  10. ^ Chess theory tables, http://www.chessforums.org/chess-books-recommended-reading/7242-chess-theory-tables.html, 16th June 2012
  11. ^ Chess theory tables???, http://www.chessforums.org/chess-openings/7182-chess-theory-tables.html, 16th June 2012
  12. ^ Chess Opening DVDs, http://www.chesscentral.com/chess_dvds_opening_s/91.htm, 16th June 2012
  13. ^ Chess Opening DVD's, http://www.chesshouse.com/chessopeningsdvds_s/175.htm, 16th June 2012
  14. ^ Geocities Silicon Valley, http://www.geocities.com/siliconvalley/lab/7378/eco.htm, 16th June 2012
  15. ^ How to Play the Opening in Chess (Batsford Chess Library), http://www.amazon.com/Play-Opening-Chess-Batsford-Library/dp/0805029370, 16th June 2012
  16. ^ Encyclopedia of Chess Openings, http://www.chessopeningspgn.com/chess/Openings.html, 16th June 2012
  17. ^ Batsford Chess Openings: No. 2 (A Batsford chess book), http://www.amazon.co.uk/Batsford-Chess-Openings-chess-book/dp/0713460997/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339857088&sr=8-1, 16th June 2012
  18. ^ Nunn's Chess Openings, http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/85121.Nunn_s_Chess_Openings, 16th June 2012
  19. ^ Book Reviews by IM John L Watson #11, http://www.theweekinchess.com/html/twic/jwatson11.html, 16th June 2012
  20. ^ Review: Fundamental Chess Openings, http://www.chessvibes.com/reviews/review-fundamental-chess-openings, 16th June 2012
  21. ^ GAMBIT PUBLICATIONS MASTERING THE CHESS OPENINGS volume 1 (John Watson), http://www.gambitbooks.com/books/masterops.html, 16th June 2012
  22. ^ Chess Opening Essentials: 1.d4-d5 / 1.d4-various / Queen's Gambits, http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Chess_Opening_Essentials.html?id=AROMOQAACAAJ&redir_esc=y, 16th June 2012

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