Chess Opening Essentials: The Ideas and Plans Behind All Chess Openings

kindaspongey
Year1993 wrote:

BTW, OP, I think the either the Starting Out series or the Chess Explained series are what you are looking for. Both of them explain the ideas/plans of both sides. ...

Might want to consider books like the much more recent: First Steps 1 e4 e5

https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/7790.pdf

AnhVanT
kindaspongey wrote:
Year1993 wrote:

BTW, OP, I think the either the Starting Out series or the Chess Explained series are what you are looking for. Both of them explain the ideas/plans of both sides. ...

Might want to consider books like the much more recent: First Steps 1 e4 e5

https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/7790.pdf

Ideas from a book expert like you are way better than mine!

AnhVanT

BTW, do you guys know which book explains the very fundamentals of opening like castling opposite side or castle queenside vs castle kingside pro and cons. When to castle, when not to...

mickynj

For a less experienced player who wants to get a basic introduction to the major openings, Yasser Seirawan's "Winning Chess Openngs" is a good--end reasonably priced--choice

kindaspongey
Year1993 wrote:

BTW, do you guys know which book explains the very fundamentals of opening like castling opposite side or castle queenside vs castle kingside pro and cons. When to castle, when not to...

Have you tried Discovering Chess Openings?

https://web.archive.org/web/20140627114655/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen91.pdf

dannyhume
CoffeeAnd420 wrote:

Not that you would do that but I'm sure you see my point. Right now, what good is the theory to you if you turn a +4 advantage into a -7 disadvantage in time trouble because you hung a piece?

 

 

Very valid point ... I think the problem comes when you are in that transition level of skill where you and your similar-rated opponents still make those kind of big errors, but far less often (certainly not the majority of your moves)... therefore, far more often, after you have ruled out the crudest and most obvious winning and losing moves, you are scratching your head trying to figure out what to do next, what side of the board to play, how to play a good quiet move that "builds your position" and stifles your opponent's goals (which you have to be able to recognize, etc.  

RussBell
kindaspongey wrote:
Year1993 wrote:

BTW, do you guys know which book explains the very fundamentals of opening like castling opposite side or castle queenside vs castle kingside pro and cons. When to castle, when not to...

Have you tried Discovering Chess Openings?

https://web.archive.org/web/20140627114655/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen91.pdf

"Discovering Chess Openings" by John Emms is the best introductory book for learning opening fundamentals and principles.  See my (RLBell) review of it here...

https://www.amazon.com/Discovering-Chess-Openings-Building-Principles/dp/1857444191/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1529787286&sr=8-1&keywords=discovering+chess+openings+john+emms