Chess Openings, Paperback
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"Chess Openings" explains the principles which underlie correct opening play and shows how they can be developed to produce strong positions for attack and defense in different situations.

Mike Basman consolidates these lessons by investigating five classic openings--the Queen's Gambit, Giuoco Piano, Nimzo-Indian, Morra Gambit, and Sicilian Dragon--which together can be used to form the basis of a formidable opening repertoire.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, 100d.
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd
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  • Category: Chess
  • ISBN: 9780946284740



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I like Mike Basman's chess games but frankly I was a little disappointed in this book. Basman is very well known for using unorthodox openings and I was hoping that the book would be about his unusual style. In fact it's more of a simple introduction to opening principles and it also covers a very few openings (Giuoco Piano, Nimzo-Indian, Sicilian Dragon, Smith-Morra gambit) in a little more detail. And I do mean a little.But it's not his fault. It's an old book from 1987 and the target reader is probably a beginner - and for a beginner it would be a good introduction to chess openings.