Fundamental Chess Openings, by Paul Van Der Sterren, is a popular guide for new and old chess players alike. This book covers a range of openings and sets itself apart from similar books by going through each opening then providing in-depth discussion plus analysis behind each move.
This book covers a range of openings and sets itself apart from similar chess books by going through each opening and providing in-depth discussion and analysis behind each move. Van Der Sterren goes through each move from the perspective of both sides of the board so players can understand the benefits and responses to the opening. The target audience level for this book is beginner to intermediate chess players.
In addition to just listing openings, this book offers history behind the moves it describes and provides discussion on variations for advanced players to study and learn more. This makes this book especially interesting to chess fans as it is more than just a dry, boring strategy guide and instead an interesting read about the history of the game, its most famous players and some of the theory behind how chess is played.
Fundamental Chess Openings is an excellent starter book for chess players looking to expand their game and improve their performance. Readers should reach the end of this book with a better understanding of chess openings that will stand the test of time.
About the Author
Paul Van Der Sterren is a chess grandmaster. Of Dutch origin, he is a two-time winner of the Dutch Chess Championship (1985 and 1983). In 1993, he reached the Candidates stage of the World Chess Championship but lost in the first round. He is also one of the original editors of New in Chess.