Originally posted by Arctic Jack
How would I go about learning an opening? I've no idea where to start. I know the real basics like control the centre, knights before bishops etc but I always end up in trouble early on against anyone half way decent. Is there a book recommended that runs through openings in general that gives you information on each one. Sort of like a stepping stone before you actually choose an opening.
I think this may be what you're looking for...
How to Build Your Chess Opening Repertoire
-- Steve Giddins, Gambit Publications
from the back cover
All chess-playres who have progressed beyond beginner level need an opening repertoire. However, there are many different types of repertoire, and dozens of opening to choose between. From novice to grandmaster, a player's basic task when choosing a repertoire is the same: he needs to select opening that suit his playing style and that he can play with confidence. The repertoire should not require more memory work and study than he is capable of, or has time for. In this book, the first to focus on these issues, Steve Giddins provides common-sense guidance on questions such as:
*Whether to play main lines, offbeat openings or universal systems
*How to avoid being 'move-ordered'
*How to use computers
*If and when to depart from or change your repertoire
The book is rounded offwith an investigation of the use of role models and a close look at the repertoires of leading players past and present. Steve Giddens is a FIDE Master from England who plays regularly in international events and has frequently contributed tot he British Chess Magazine
.This is his second book for Gambit.