Ideas Behind the Chess Openings: Algebraic Edition (Chess)

Ideas Behind the Chess Openings: Algebraic Edition (Chess)❮Reading❯ ➳ Ideas Behind the Chess Openings: Algebraic Edition (Chess) ➬ Author Reuben Fine – In the opening each player tries to control the center set up a flexible pawn structure develop the pieces rapidly and harmoniously sometimes even go for direct attack But there are so many complicate In the opening each player tries the Chess PDF ☆ to control the center set up a flexible pawn structure develop the pieces rapidly and harmoniously sometimes even go for direct attack But there are so many complicated variations how can you memorize them allYou can't and you don't have to If you understand the basic goals of the opening you're playing you will know which moves fit logically into its Ideas Behind eBook ä overall scheme This classic best selling volume now completely reset in modern algebraic notation explains everything you need to know to play the opening sensibly and successfullyReuben Fine an International Grandmaster is one of the world's top players and a leading theoretician of chess He is the author of over half a dozen books including the definitive Basic Chess Endings. There's been a long discussing thread this week on my review of Scott Pilgrim vs The World I started off by complaining that I found the movie hard to appreciate since I'm not part of the video game generation and the references aren't natural for me Many younger people countered by saying that they've hardly played video games at all and they completely got itWell my belief here is that you often soak up far of the surrounding cultural ethos than you realise A striking recent example when I spent a couple of weeks on Hawaii in 2008 one of the first things I did was to buy a book on Hawaiian grammar I read it every spare moment I had and by the time I left I had picked up the basics of the language and at least two or three hundred words of vocabulary Wow It was so interesting and amazingly it made sense But as soon as I'd left and was no longer in the only country in the world where Hawaiian is spoken I had trouble remembering why I'd been so fascinated The odd thing is that consciously I have hardly any memory of hearing anyone speaking Hawaiian I suspect that people born after 1980 are in a similar position with regard to video games Even if they don't play themselves they're immersed in a culture where many of the people they hang out with are players and they pick things up without realising it Which brings me to The Ideas Behind The Chess Openings the first serious chess book I ever read It was 1971 and the whole world was captured by Fischer mania Bobby had powered his way through the elimination stages of the world championship leaving several shell shocked wrecks behind him this is barely an exaggeration; now everyone was wondering if he would stay sane long enough to take the title Meanwhile lots of 13 year old kids like me decided they would study chess properlyMy father gave me this book It was written by Reuben Fine one of the greatest players of the 1930s and it had a good reputation Fine walks you through the most important openings explaining the strategic concepts Your basic goal is to do this you want your pawns here and here your ueen should go to this suare you need to transfer your knight to the king side But I found it very unsatisfying I didn't want all this strategic advice Sure ideally White wants to put the pieces where he says But supposes Black crosses his plans by doing this or maybe this? Then what? He hardly ever told youWhen Fine wrote the book he was a top Grandmaster and when I read it I was a beginner He knew a thousand times about chess than I did Having now read Kasparov's fantastic My Great Predecessors I think I can explain both why Fine's book was so good and why I was so dissatisfied with it Fine grew up influenced by Capablanca who played positions in a harmonious strategic way and tried to avoid complex tactical calculations wherever possible Fine explains Capablanca style play very well But since then things had become and concrete Of course strategic principles were still important but tactics were important I somehow knew that even though I'm sure no one had ever told me Within a couple years I was playing 1970s chess and often using concrete tactics to run rings around older players who still thought primarily in terms of abstract positional categories But it wasn't until much later that I could have described any of it in those terms I just knew the old guys were behind the times and didn't get itHuman thought patterns are changing faster than we want to believe; I've been discussing with my psychologist friend whether it's possible to use chess to investigate that change uantitatively Looking at books like this one I have a tantalising feeling of something there that's almost within our grasp Excuse me for thinking out loud at you Chess is a storied game with plenty of expert level and master level players weighing in on how to best play the game With the three major stages of the game being the Opening the Middle Game and the End Game respectively there is a lot of fertile ground to cover on how to playOne such player is Reuben Fine a Chess Grandmaster who was active during the Twentieth Century His book on the chess openings is called Ideas Behind The Chess Openings It proceeds as expected from a book on chessThe book organizes the openings into the first moves made which is an obvious thing to do I own a much longer book on the Chess Openings called Modern Chess Openings but that book has some issues that I can’t remember Ideas Behind The Chess Openings is shorter than that book and it explains the choices and main ideas utilized in each opening The problem I have with the Opening of the game is that I tend to memorize things I like the idea behind this book since it tells you why you should do this particular moveThe book begins with General Principles and moves on to the King’s Pawn Openings Following that it goes over the ueen’s Pawn Openings Some of the Openings are skipped since I don’t see why anyone would make a move like that I suppose that Mr Fine would agree with me since he doesn’t cover weird openings with any depthSo the only other problem I have with this book is that it was written in older notation I know I harp on this a lot but reading older notation is annoying to me Thankfully the book has images showing checkpoints of the game So I could play along on a physical board if I needed to Read 50% Focused on the sound openings especially the ones I play or encounter Skimmed passed the others I got limited insight into how to follow up certain openings and a few specific tricks but not much than that Occasional use of colourful language helped to liven up this inherently dry topic A good one volume short intro to the wide world of chess openings Rueben Fine does a great job of putting the most vital info into a pocket sized book This is a classic book in the chess lexicon I have the old second edition in the Descriptive Notation and one of the newer editions in Algebraic to give my well worn paperback a permanent and well deserved resting place on my bookshelf This is a classic for a reason Fine gives great insight into the openings giving the beginner and intermediate player the knowledge needed to understand the opening of their choice A bit dated but overall still relevant I imagine I'd have liked it better if I was any good at chess I guess I can add that to the list of things I thought I was good at as a kid Like skiing and skipping class I enjoyed the author's name than anything You can start calling me that if you want Reuben Fine indeed Fine can be a little dogmatic in his advice and some of the book is now dated but this is still one of the best books for understanding what openings are all about not just memorizing variations

Ideas Behind the Chess Openings: Algebraic Edition ePUB
  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • Ideas Behind the Chess Openings: Algebraic Edition (Chess)
  • Reuben Fine
  • English
  • 06 July 2015
  • 9780812917567