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  • By Winston S on May 19, 2014

    I've been reading my copy regularly during my daily commute. I went through the Primer (on typical opening mistakes made by amateurs) as well as the specific openings that were suggested in Part II. I just wanted to say that this is really enlightening, entertaining and inspiring stuff.My favorite parts of the primer are section 28 on meeting gambits (it should convince a lot of amateurs to defend with 1. e4 e5), section 31 on meeting hedgehogs and hippos (I know I have messed up against these setups myself) and the Walter Browne quote that "a strong player was an A-player with no fear." To that end, I am going to take a long hard look at the Dutch (one of the defenses suggested in Part II) instead of my usual tame QGD. The Dutch looks like much more fun!Also included throughout the book are tidbits of chess history, book recommendations, and suggestions for general improvement. Highly recommended for club players up to about Class A.

  • By RLBell on December 20, 2015

    An excellent openings primer and repertoire for all amateurs and club players up to expert level. Lots of practical advice, do's and don'ts of opening play and recommendations on openings to play.

  • By ZDot on October 4, 2015

    I would give the kindle version zero stars if I could. It's unreadable. The chess notation is printed without the abbreviation for the the piece being moved. Instead of Nf3 or Bg2, N and B are are shown as a small square or rectangle. You can't follow the games at all, which defeats the purpose of a chess book.

  • By Ruth A. Gombas on June 13, 2014

    I gave it to my friend as a gift. Here's what he said - "It's an easy to read book with lots of explanations about openings and opening mistakes in the first part. The mistakes he picked were as though he was looking over my shoulder the past few years. I was surprised to find some interesting TNs in the primer part. The second part with all the games has some really interesting games, especially in the Sicilian and the Two Knights. I think it will help people under 1800 rating."5 stars

  • By Ryan Paul on March 17, 2015

    As an amateur, I was looking for a book that would give me a solid foundation of openings to build from, unfortunately it did not live up to this task..The book starts with a "Primer" with several good lessons, however it left me "scatter-brained", such that it was very difficult for any material to stick. The primer is a collection of very random lessons. I will say that some are useful. One covered various gambits, that was a good one.When you finally get to the second part, where he covers specific openings, there still seems to be a "scatter-brained" approach. I was hoping for something along the lines of: Here are fundamental openings you should start with, and here is thorough coverage of the main lines for each. That is not at all what this book is.I'm moving on to John Watson's "Mastering the Chess Openings Vol 1". By the table of contents, it looks like the approach is more of what I'm looking for.If you like random collections of thoughts, or you already have a rock-solid understanding of the basic openings, this book may very well be entertaining, and expand your understanding of what you already know. On that note, maybe it should have been titled: Openings for Folks who Know their Fundamental Openings.

  • By VinceC on September 5, 2014

    This is the best opening book for the average player written in the last 30 years. I wish I had this book when I was younger. I will use it now! He writes with clarity and warmth and humor and a real love of chess history. The first part goes over all our mistakes that we actually make and he goes over all our fears (how to meet gambits, hedgehog defenses, etc.) and shows you how to meet them. The second part of the book picks openings that you don't need to memorize and yet still give you a chance to win. His stuff on the Sicilian (for both sides) explains this opening so I actually understood it. The same goes for the Nimzo-indian. He can really pick instructive GM games! There's a lot on the Two Knights which I never saw before. Even in the primer section he has a line against the SCandinavian that's really sharp and then he elaborates on it later in the book. There are so many great suggestions on how to improve as a player. Just 300+ pages of great stuff. I'm buying another copy right now for a good friend as a birthday present. I bought the first one at a tournament, so I got to look through it first. I was encouraged by this review of it on a blog:

  • By Guest on August 11, 2014

    A worthy candidate for anyone's first serious chess book. It's well written by an expert instructor, laced with fun anecdotes, but it's the chess that matters. Thanks to the book, I finally know how to face the dreaded Colle System, but more than that, it's Tamburro's approach to chess that matters. Being able to understand an opening gives me a chance to understand any opening. Look at all checks and captures, avoid premature attacks, and develop meaningfully. All advice that you will find elsewhere, but here, the examples are fun and easy to understand. Highly recommended.

  • By Strawberry Eater on January 28, 2017

    I understand the idea the author was trying to implement in that the primer section prepares one for the theoretical section. I actually felt better about the primer section than the theoretical section. It seemed like the theoretical section needed to be more well rounded (the 1...e5 response got plenty of attention (and not even a Repertoire, while the other lines were fairly skimpy. If that's the case why not give several beginner lines that they can pick up off the bat, common traps (builds confidence), high yield lines, and most of all ... ideas (in case they are faced with some obscure responses). The primer section is what it is: a primer. I felt it had pretty good tips for the beginner that's easy to implement. It could have used a little more structure to give it a well rounded feeling. Overall I feel like the author poured puzzle pieces to complete opening knowledge only he was missing half of the puzzles, and we still need to find the missing pieces.

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