Because of the sheer volume of variations, possible transpositions and ever-changing theory, chess openings can be overwhelming – even intimidating. This book is an introduction to understanding and playing chess openings.
The author, Danish Master Carsten Hansen, stresses opening play based on comprehending opening principles as well as useful, fundamental knowledge.
With an overview of all the most important opening variations, examples of good and bad opening play, opening traps and problems to solve, chess openings and its major principles are covered thoroughly.
Many games are lost as a result of a player’s poor grasp of even the most basic principles of opening play. This book will help you enhance your understanding and give you guidelines on how to best study and play chess openings, reaching good, playable middlegame positions.
Danish FIDE Master Carsten Hansen is a well-known chess writer with many well-received books on chess openings and positional play to his credit. He is a regular columnist at ChessCafe.com, where he specializes in reviewing new opening books.
Edward Scimia, About.com:
„For beginners and most class players, 'Back to Basics’ delivers a focused, frank discussion of what they should (and shouldn’t) be doing to begin studying openings, and provides the basic material for study in the same book.”