Ideas Behind the Chess Openings: Algebraic Edition
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Ideas Behind the Chess Openings: Algebraic Edition

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In the opening, each player tries to control the center, set up a flexible pawn structure, develop the pieces rapidly and harmoniously, sometimes even go for direct attack. But there are so many complicated variations -- how can you memorize them all?

You can't -- and you don't have to! If you understand the basic goals of the opening you're playing, you will know which mov...more
Paperback, Large Print, 192 pages
Published August 22nd 1990 by Random House Puzzles & Games
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Sep 08, 2010 Manny rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in the history of chess
Recommended to Manny by: My father
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Cormac Zoso
A good one-volume short intro to the wide world of chess openings. Rueben Fine does a great job of putting the most vital info into a pocket-sized book. This is a classic book in the chess lexicon. I have the old second edition in the Descriptive Notation and one of the newer editions in Algebraic to give my well-worn paperback a permanent and well-deserved resting place on my bookshelf.
I imagine I'd have liked it better if I was any good at chess. I guess I can add that to the list of things I thought I was good at as a kid. Like skiing and skipping class. I enjoyed the author's name more than anything. You can start calling me that if you want. Reuben Fine, indeed.
Serge Pierro
This is a classic for a reason. Fine gives great insight into the openings, giving the beginner and intermediate player, the knowledge needed to understand the opening of their choice. A bit dated, but overall still relevant.
Mar 10, 2011 Corey rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Fine can be a little dogmatic in his advice, and some of the book is now dated, but this is still one of the best books for understanding what openings are all about-- not just memorizing variations.
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