Originally posted by kmac27
has anyone ever read this book? whats its approach to teaching it? is this the best one of its kind or is there a better one?
I think it's kinda boring and so I didn't read much of it. Maybe because it says so little about my favorite openings. Also probably because he says some things which are common sense (to me at least) like "White may may not touch the Queen, as his Bishop Pawn is pinned" or "Three pieces now attack the helpless Knight", "black must recapture or lose a pawn" etc. It's a good book though it has some good explanations and pointers in it but I just found it too boring for me too continue. If you have a lot of patience too read through all the common sense comments and you like the openings he talks about then it's worth the read i guess.
Personally i prefer Jeremy Silman's books:
How to Reassess you chess, Complete Endgame manual, Amateur's mind. Tony Kosten's "Dynamic English", "MCO". Reinfeld's puzzle books.
I feel those books tell me more of what i need/want too know.
these are all the openings that he mentions in the book:
(I own the older version of it though. 1957(c) Bought at used book store. Maybe revised edition has more openings?)
Center counter gambit (pg.192)
English opening (pg. 67)
French Defense (pg. 40,57,72,77)
Giuoco Piano (pg. 9,17,32)
King's Gambit Declined (pg. 27)
Queen's Gambit Accepted (pg. 90)
Queen's Gambit Declined (pg. 98,108,115,121,136,162,182,200)
Colle System (pg. 21,44,62,130)
Nimzo-Indian Defense (pg. 155,219)
Stonewall Attack (pg. 36,50,84)
Sicilian Defense (pg. 172)