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Chess Openings : Traps And Zaps - Bruce Pandolfini

Chess Openings

Traps And Zaps

Paperback Published: 15th April 1989
ISBN: 9780671656904
Number Of Pages: 256

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Fireside Chess Library

In the first completely instructional book ever written on chess openings, National Master Bruce Pandolfini teaches players how to take charge of the game's crucial opening phase.

Of the three traditional phases of chess play -- the opening, the middle-game and the endgame -- the opening is the phase average players confront most often. Unfortunately, though, many openings are not completed successfully, partly because until now most opening instruction has consisted of tables of tournament level moves that offer no explanations for the reasons behind them. Consequently, these classical opening patterns can serve as little more than references to the average player.

In "Chess Openings: Traps and Zaps, " Bruce Pandolfini uses his unique "crime and punishment" approach to provide all the previously missing explanation, instruction, practical analyses, and much, much more. The book consists of 202 short "openers" typical of average players, arranged according to the classical opening variations and by level of difficulty. Each example includes:

* the name of the overriding tactic

* the name of the opening

* a scenario that sets up the tactic to be learned

* an interpretation that explains why the loser went wrong, how he could have avoided the trap, and what he should have done instead

* a review of important principles and useful guidelines to reinforce each lesson.

Also included are a glossary of openings that lists all the classical "textbook" variations for comparison and reference and a tactical index. "Chess Openings: Traps and Zaps" is a powerful, pragmatic entry into a heretofore remote area of chess theory that will have a profound influence on every player's game.

Introductionp. xiii
Algebraic Notationp. xxi
The Early d2-d4 Complexp. 1
Center Game (1-6)p. 3
Center Gambit (7-8)p. 9
Danish Gambit (9-16)p. 11
Goring Gambit (17-18)p. 19
Scotch Gambit (19-22)p. 21
Scotch Game (23-32)p. 25
The Sister Openingsp. 35
Bishop's Opening (33-39)p. 37
Vienna Game (40-54)p. 44
The King's Gambitp. 59
King's Gambit Accepted (55-67)p. 61
King's Gambit Declined (68-74)p. 74
Falkbeer Counter-Gambit (75-80)p. 81
Unusual Openingsp. 88
Damiano Defense (81-83)p. 91
Latvian Counter-Gambit (84-86)p. 94
Queen's-Pawn Counter-Gambit (87-90)p. 97
Alapin Opening (91-95)p. 101
Ponziani Opening (96-101)p. 106
The Knight's Gamep. 112
Philidor Defense (102-107)p. 115
Petroff Defense (108-113)p. 121
Three Knights Game (114-116)p. 127
Four Knights Game (117-120)p. 130
The Italian Complexp. 134
Hungarian Defense (121-123)p. 137
Paris Defense (124-126)p. 140
Giuoco Piano (127-138)p. 143
Evans Gambit (139-141)p. 155
Two Knights Defense (143-148)p. 159
The Ruy Lopezp. 165
Without 3...a6 (149-181)p. 167
With 3...a6 (182-202)p. 200
Glossaryp. 221
Sourcesp. 233
Tactical Indexp. 237
Opening Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780671656904
ISBN-10: 0671656902
Series: Fireside Chess Library
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 15th April 1989
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 14.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1

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