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Sun Dec 2 2007 6:57AM | edited: 7:00:48 | MsgID: 8132267

I present my review of the following book:

Chess Openings: Traps And Zaps (Fireside Chess Library)
By Bruce Pandolfini, Publisher:Fireside

I picked this book up a few years ago upon a recommendation from someone at a chess shop.

While the back cover says it's the first book ever written on chess openings, it becomes obvious early on that much of the book analyzes what [i]not[/i] to do in openings, and the consequences of bad moves/ideas. So it's important to understand the angle this book takes on openings study with regards to it's title.

As an Intermediate level player studying openings, I often cannot see why certain ideas (that are variations of the accepted/approved lines in opening play) fall short of their mark, and playing out the scenerios in Pandolfini's book provides me with a, "that's why THIS move doesn't work" perspective that is valuable to those newer to opening theory and practice.

In that respect the book offers some valuable tactical information, as the reader sees how errors can be exploited, however some situations are quite imaginative; where either side has made numerous bad moves. In all likelihood players of beginner to intermediate level and up may not encounter the majority of blunders found in Traps and Zaps, but it doesn't hurt to play these out and learn how and why exactly some moves lead to disadvanages.

It has more than a few errors, for sure. But overall, I find it strengthens one's understanding of the openings covered, as by learning what not to do improves our understanding of what [i]to[/to] do and why it's done.

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Best wishes

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Best wishes