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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Book review: Opening Preparation by Mark Dvoretsky and Artur Yusupov

This book was written before computer databases became mainstream, but it has remained surprisingly relevant until now. It is based on the lectures done in Dvoretsky’s school in the early nineties, and covers different aspects of opening preparation:

  1. General principles of the opening – how to develop pieces, secure the king, etc, but described from the Grandmaster’s point of view for a somewhat advanced audience
  2. How to choose an opening repertoire – this is something every player has to do, and there is little written about it
  3. How to prepare for a specific tournament game. There is a balance between trying to memorize too much, and not knowing anything about your opponent, so Yusupov reveals his secrets
  4. How to study ideas behind a couple of specific opening setups – with less focus on memorization

As you can see, the tools you use – Fritz, Chessbase, etc. may have appeared, improved and changed dramatically since early nineties, but a chess player’s memorization capabilities, understanding of basic principles, tastes for certain structures  - they still follow the same laws and have the same limitations, so this book is still to be highly recommended for chess players rated 1700-2300.


1 comment:

  1. Hi! I just find that book from a place in my local library where people can leave books and take them for free. I am not a club player, but last year I won an tournament of about 20.000 peoples firm. I guess that if I study this book I will renew my looks interesting. Thanks for you rewiev and greetings from Finland!


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