|Sat Jan 12 2008 8:16PM | edited: 8:17:50 | MsgID: 8421347|
I present my review of the following book:
Mastering the Chess Openings: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Modern Chess Openings, Volume 1
By John Watson, Publisher:Gambit Publications
Volume 1 devotes 86 pages to fundamentals of openings in general, positional features, and significance of structure. I found these 80+ pages to be highly valuable. The rest of the book addresses 1e4 openings. The currently popular Lopez and Sicilian openings are given emphasis. The book gives good information toward understanding these and seven more openings including the French and Caro-Kan. 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 do this for fun and books directed to the nonprofessional should not be like work to read.
Feedback welcome from all