The Ideas Behind The Chess Openings (Algebraic edition)

June 13, 2021
The Ideas Behind The Chess Openings (Algebraic edition)

This book presents the indispensable foundations for theunderstanding of the variations of the chess openings. It has beensaid that ideas are weapons. That is certainly as true in chess asin any other field. A mastery of a little theory which conveys realunderstanding of the game is infinitely more valuable than acarefully memorized compilation of endless moves. Paradoxically, athorough grasp of the ideas behind the openings, which arerelatively few in number, is a royal road to knowledge whicheliminates much of the drudgery associated with remembering a longseries of variations. The object in this work is to present thenecessary “ideology” as concisely as possible. This is one of thegreat classic works on chess by one of the strongest chess playersin history. All too often the most recent chess books are justdatabase dumps based on millions of chess games. Our young chessplayers often undertake the task of memorizing thousands ofvariations. Let me let you in on a little secret: The world'sleading chess grandmasters do not memorize thousands of openinglines. Rather, they study and work them out. They remember theideas behind the moves, not necessarily the moves themselves. Oncethey recall the reasons for the moves, they can work out andre-discover the best moves themselves. There are many new moves andopening variations that have become popular and fashionable sincethis book was published. However, the ideas behind these openingshave remained the same. This book is just as valid as when it wasfirst published. Reuben Fine was one of the world's strongestgrandmasters of chess.