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Mastering the Chess Op. vol 1, 2, 3, 4

Post  jiri on Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:59 am



Mastering the Chess Op. vol 1, 2, 3, 4

First impression: John Watson's "Mastering the Chess Openings - Volume 1" seems to have what it takes to become another Watson classic! 

Watson starts with 86 pages of general opening advice, especially focusing on 'structure'. He then moves on to extensively explaining the ideas behind the open games and semi-open games and 'interconnects' to other openings while explaining the subject opening. A revolutionary concept!

For many chess-players, opening study is sheer hard work. It is difficult to know what is important and what is not, and when specific knowledge is vital, or when a more general understanding is sufficient. 

Tragically often, once the opening is over, a player won't know what plan to follow, or even understand why his pieces are on the squares on which they sit. John Watson seeks to help chess-players achieve a more holistic and insightful view of the openings. 

In his previous books on chess strategy, Secrets of Chess Strategy and Chess Strategy in Action, he explained vital concepts that had previously been the domain only of top-class players. Moreover, he did so in ways that have enabled them to enter the general chess consciousness of club players. Here he does likewise for the openings, explaining how flexible thinking and notions such as 'rule-independence' can apply to the opening.

In this major two-volume work, Watson presents a wide-ranging view of the way in which top-class players really handle the opening, rather than an idealized and simplified model. 

This volume, focusing on king's pawn openings, is a book that will make chess-players think hard about how they begin their games, while offering both entertainment and challenging material for study in openings such as the Sicilian and Ruy Lopez.

International Master John Watson is one of the world's most respected writers on chess. His groundbreaking four-volume work on the English firmly established his reputation in the 1980s, and he has produced a string of top-quality works since. 

In 1999, Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy, Watson's first book for Gambit, won the British Chess Federation Book of the Year Award and the United States Chess Federation Fred Cramer Award for Best Book. His former pupils include the 1997 World Junior Champion, Tal Shaked.

In this highly-acclaimed series, John Watson helps chess-players achieve a more holistic and insightful view of the openings. 

He explains not only the ideas and strategies behind specific openings, but also the interconnections of chess openings taken as a whole. By presenting the common threads that underlie opening play, Watson provides a permanent basis for playing openings of any type.

This final volume draws together many themes in a wide-ranging discussion of general opening topics. By looking at familiar situations from new angles, Watson helps us greatly increase our understanding of them. 

In the process, he covers a wide variety of opening structures and variations not seen in the earlier volumes and presents a great wealth of original analysis.

* Réti and Fianchetto Systems 
* Reversed Openings 
* Symmetry 
* Irregular Openings 
* Gambits: Primitive or Positional 
* Universal Openings

In the final two chapters, Watson presents his views on the importance of opening study and explains how players should best prepare and choose their openings for the level at which they play. 

He looks at the future of chess openings and explains which skills will be most important as chess evolves in the forthcoming decades.

International Master John Watson is one of the world's most respected writers on chess. In 1999, his Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy won 'Chess Book of the Year' awards in the USA and the UK. 

He reviews chess books for The Week in Chess and hosts a weekly radio show on the Internet Chess Club. As a trainer, he has worked with many talented pupils, including Tal Shaked.

For most chess-players, opening study is sheer hard work. It is hard to know what is important and what is not, and when specific knowledge is vital, or when a more general understanding is sufficient. 

Tragically often, once the opening is over, a player won't know what plan to follow, or even understand why his pieces are on the squares on which they sit. John Watson seeks to help chess-players achieve a more holistic and insightful view of the openings. 

In his previous books on chess strategy, he explained vital concepts that had previously been the domain only of top-class players. Here he does likewise for the openings, explaining how flexible thinking and notions such as 'rule-independence' can apply to the opening too. 

Watson presents a wide-ranging view of the way in which top-class players really handle the opening, rather than an idealized and simplified model.

This volume, focusing on queen's pawn openings, is a book that will make chess-players think hard about how they begin their games. It also offers both entertainment and challenging study material in openings such as the Nimzo-Indian, King's Indian and the entire Queen's Gambit complex.

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Re: Mastering the Chess Op. vol 1, 2, 3, 4

Post  DrLucifer on Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:00 pm

Thank you sir

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Kindly upload the PGN

Post  isolatedplayer on Tue May 22, 2018 4:24 am

Kindly upload the pgn of the above books ...

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Re: Mastering the Chess Op. vol 1, 2, 3, 4

Post  camerasrepairman on Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:58 am

jiri wrote:

thank you very much!!!!

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Re: Mastering the Chess Op. vol 1, 2, 3, 4

Post  Yatil on Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:25 am

Thanks a lot! I look forward to read the part on the Reti.

jr.

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Re: Mastering the Chess Op. vol 1, 2, 3, 4

Post  Tommy_H on Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:42 pm

Classic books from excellent author. I have them already, just want to recommend them to everybody. Last volume also has very good recommendations and suggestions how to actually build your personal opening repertoire. study

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