These three books are ideal for keen club players who want to improve and are seeking to better their understanding of the three key stages of a chess game: the opening, when the battle lines are drawn; the middlegame, when the armies commence hand to hand combat; and the endgame, when theoretical knowledge can make the difference between winning and losing. All three books are written in a user-friendly style with plenty of notes, tips, and warnings to illustrate key points. The authors are experienced at writing for players on all levels and are noted for their ability to explain ideas in a clear and straightforward fashion. These books are particularly useful for those players who honed their skills with the earlier books Improve Your Opening Play, Improve Your Middlegame Play and Improve Your Endgame Play:
-- A revolutionary layout that helps readers absorb the key ideas
-- Emphasis placed on the application of simple principles
-- Numerous exercises enable readers to gauge their progress
The opening phase of the game throws up difficult questions for those keen to study and improve their chess. Should I open with 1 d4, 1 e4, or something else? What is the best strategy as Black - immediate counter-attack or solid development? Should I learn numerous different systems or concentrate on a few specialist lines? In Mastering the Opening, international master Byron Jacobs asnwers these and other key questions. * Deals with every major opening * Numerous test positions enables readers to guage their progress * Revolutionary layout allows readers to absorb the key ideas
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