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Chess Openings For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-88239-9
388 pages
July 2010
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Improve your chess game the fast and easy way

You never get a second chance to make a first impression?especially in the game of chess! Chess Openings For Dummies gives you tips and techniques for analyzing openings and strategies for winning chess games from the very first move you make!

This friendly, helpful guide provides you with easy-to-follow and step-by-step instructions on the top opening chess strategies and gives you the tools you need to develop your own line of attack from the very start.

  • Includes illustrations to help ensure victory
  • Equips you with the tools and strategies to plan a winning strategy
  • Also serves as a valuable resource for curriculums that use chess as a learning tool

Whether you?re a veteran or novice chess player, Chess Openings For Dummies is the ultimate guide to getting a grip on the openings and variants that will ensure you have all the right moves to open and win any chess game.

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Introduction.

Part I: Principles of Play.

Chapter 1: Understanding Chess Openings.

Chapter 2: Exploring the Elements of Chess.

Chapter 3: Picking the Right Type of Opening.

Part II: Winning with Open Games.

Chapter 4: Gambling with Gambits.

Chapter 5: Opening Softly with a Big Stick: The Bishop Makes Its Move.

Chapter 6: Workin’ on Some Knight Moves.

Chapter 7: Employing the Royal Ruy.

Chapter 8: The Best of the Rest of the Open Games.

Part III: Having It Both Ways with Semi-Open Games.

Chapter 9: Sharpening the Sicilian.

Chapter 10: Parlez-vous the French?

Chapter 11: Anyone Can Caro-Kann.

Chapter 12: Rope-a-Dope with the Pirc and Modern Defenses.

Chapter 13: The Best of the Rest of the Semi-Open Games.

Part IV: Conquering with Closed and Semi-Closed Games.

Chapter 14: Offering the Queen’s Gambit.

Chapter 15: Declining with the Slav and Semi-Slav.

Chapter 16: Getting Hypermodern with the Nimzo-Indian.

Chapter 17: Fighting Back with the King's Indian.

Chapter 18: Grinding in the Grünfeld.

Chapter 19: The Best of the Rest of the Semi-Closed Games.

Part V: Advancing with Flank Openings.

Chapter 20: Speaking the King's English.

Chapter 21: Getting Réti.

Chapter 22: The Best of the Rest of the Flank Openings.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 23: Ten Common Mistakes to Avoid in the Opening.

Chapter 24: Ten Best Ways to Study Chess Openings.

Chapter 25: Ten Great Chess Web Sites.

Index.

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James Eade is a United States Chess Federation (USCF) chess master as well as a chess writer, tournament organizer, and teacher. He is the author of Chess For Dummies.
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