|Sat Jan 12 2008 7:50PM | edited: 7:54:23 | MsgID: 8421230|
I present my review of the following book:
Mastering the Chess Openings: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Modern Chess Openings, Volume 2
By John Watson, Publisher:Gambit Publications
Volume 2 is devoted to 1d4 and divided into two sections. Section 1 is 113 pages dealing mostly with versions of QGD. About 40 of the 113 pages are devoted to Slav and Semi-Slav. Section 2 addresses Indian Defences to 1d4. The book gives good information toward understanding these openings. One could do well combining this book with MCO. My only criticism is writing style. As with so many chess books I often find myself lost in the multitude of variations and analysis going many moves deep. I think a book on this subject, an overview of openings, is of interest mostly to beginners and intermediate level players. The depth of analysis is not only unnecessary but makes the book hard to read and the enjoyment is lost. Professionals would do well to remember most players of do this for fun and books directed to the nonprofessional should not be like work to read.
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