Practical Chess Openings

    Practical Chess Openings
    img
    Our Price: $25.95

    Catalog Product Code: B0205IS

    *Eligible for Media Mail Shipping Details
    In Stock Ready To Ship
    Share product with a friends & opponents!
    img img img img
    Publication Date: January 8, 2013
    Notation Type: DN - Descriptive
    Page Count: 470

    Practical Chess Openings is a basic openings book covering all the major openings, in alphabetical order. At the beginning of each section is a general description of the opening and its history, including the names of famous players who played it. The opening lines are in Descriptive Notation and are arranged in columns from the most popular to the least popular. Nowadays chess grandmasters do not study opening books. Instead they work with computer databases with millions of games in them, and then run them through chess analysis programs like Fritz, Houdini and Rybka, searching for new ideas and for flaws in their rival grandmaster's analysis. Amateur chess players cannot compete against this. We must just play for the enjoyment of the game without any hope of ever making grandmaster status. Having a book with the latest most up to date lines is of no added value. A serviceable, shorter and highly readable book like Fine's “Practical Chess Openings” is just as good and perhaps even better than a new book crammed with all the latest stuff.

    Reuben Fine was born on October 11, 1914 was still only 23 at the time of his victory at AVRO 1938. There is little doubt that he could have and probably would have become the World Chess Champion, except that World War II intervened. Reuben Fine was both one of the world's strongest grandmasters of chess and one of the world's leading authorities on psychoanalysis. Reuben Fine was remarkable not merely for having two successful careers, but for achieving top levels and being world renowned in both fields. Fine took up chess in his youth, became a master as a teenager and at age 17 won his first of seven US Open Chess Championships. He was invited to the great masters tournament in Pasadena 1932, won by World Champion Alekhine, one of the strongest tournaments ever held in the United States. Fine's victories in a series of European tournaments in 1936 and 1937 established Fine as a top contender for the World Chess Championship. This led to his greatest result ever, his tie for first in the strongest chess tournament ever played, AVRO 1938, a double round-robin tournament to determine who would be the next challenger to World Champion Alexander Alekhine. Fine tied with Paul Keres, won more games than anybody, and finished ahead of future champion Mikhail Botvinnik, current champion Alekhine, former world champions Max Euwe and Capablanca, and Grandmasters Samuel Reshevsky and Salo Flohr. Fine won both of his games against Alekhine. During the war, Fine could not travel to Europe, so he concentrated on writing chess books. His books covered all aspects of the game. He wrote Modern Chess Openings, Basic Chess Endings and The Middle Game of Chess during this period. He also played in several US Opens and US Championships. He won the US Open seven times, which was every time he played. After World War II, Fine realized that he could never make a decent living writing chess books and playing in chess tournaments, so he had to get a real profession. He chose psychology and became a psycho-analyst. He played in a few tournaments after World War II, but not many. Most famously, he was invited to play in the 1948 World Chess Championship tournament, but he declined to play. This has been controversial to this day and is still often discussed. He died on March 26, 1993.

    Related Products

    • Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - BOOK E
      The fourth thoroughly revised and updated edition of the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings, Volume E, brings an additional 144 pages of brand new material with games up to 2008.
      img

      Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - BOOK E

      Catalog Code: B0005ECO
      Our Price: $49.95

    • NIC Yearbook 82 - HARDCOVER EDITION
      Teimour Radjabov, the New Champion of the King's Indian
      New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
      img

      NIC Yearbook 82 - HARDCOVER EDITION

      Teimour Radjabov, the New Champion of the King's Indian
      Catalog Code: B0082HYB
      Our Price: $36.95

    • ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 60 - Attacking Gambits and Opening pawn Sacrifices
      GMs Roman Dzindzichashvili and Larry Christiansen will elevate your understanding of gambit play and how pawn sacrifices can lead to devastating attacks. This DVD will also help sharpen your tactical skills and understanding ideas behind pawn sacrifices.
      img

      ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 60 - Attacking Gambits and Opening pawn Sacrifices

      Catalog Code: DVD0060RM
      Our Price: $19.95

    • NIC Yearbook 94 - PAPERBACK EDITION
      Magnus Carlsen's Midas Touch in the Scotch
      New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
      img

      NIC Yearbook 94 - PAPERBACK EDITION

      Magnus Carlsen's Midas Touch in the Scotch
      Catalog Code: B0094PYB
      Our Price: $29.95

    • E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 60 - Attacking Gambits and Opening pawn Sacrifices
      GMs Roman Dzindzichashvili and Larry Christiansen will elevate your understanding of gambit play and how pawn sacrifices can lead to devastating attacks. This DVD will also help sharpen your tactical skills and understanding ideas behind pawn sacrifices.
      img

      E-DVD ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 60 - Attacking Gambits and Opening pawn Sacrifices

      Catalog Code: E-DVD0060RM
      Our Price: $14.95

    • Complete Roman's Encyclopedia of Essential Chess Openings : Volumes 1-4 (4 DVDs)
      Features 40 Chess Openings with over 10 hours of instructional chess on DVD. Roman will guide you through these essential openings with his recommended lines - ideas that will give you the edge in your middlegame.
      img

      Complete Roman's Encyclopedia of Essential Chess Openings : Volumes 1-4 (4 DVDs)

      Catalog Code: DVDENCRM
      Our Price: $59.95

    • CD - Encyclopedia of Chess Openings C
      The fifth thoroughly revised and updated edition of the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings, Volume C discusses Ruy Lopez, French, Petroff, King's Gambit, Two Knights', Philidor, Italian, and Scotch, etc.
      img

      CD - Encyclopedia of Chess Openings C

      Catalog Code: WIN-C-ECO
      Our Price: $41.95

    • FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 152 - How to Think And Play the Chess Openings Like a GrandMaster
      On This DVD GM Gareev will take you through the thought process on how to play Chess Opening’s when you are faced with unfamiliar lines and positions. Even GM’s can get surprised in the openings with new moves and novelties. GM Gareev will give teach you the thought process behind how to find the best move in unknown positions. Opening ideas and strategies covered are easily explained so that you can understand and immediately apply this new found knowledge to your own games.
      img

      FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 152 - How to Think And Play the Chess Openings Like a GrandMaster

      Catalog Code: DVD0152FX
      Our Price: $24.95

    • Flank Attacks - Valeri Lilov
      The flank attack is one of those sneaky ways of surrounding your opponent's forces and getting to your target fast! So, do we really need to master flank attacks to use them or protect ourselves from them effectively? The answer is a resounding "Yes!"
      img

      Flank Attacks - Valeri Lilov

      Catalog Code: WIN0376CB

      Regular Price: $36.95

      Special Price: $33.95


    • NIC Yearbook 93 - HARDCOVER EDITION
      Short Shrift to the Caro-Kann
      New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons. A must-have publication for serious chess students.
      img

      NIC Yearbook 93 - HARDCOVER EDITION

      Short Shrift to the Caro-Kann
      Catalog Code: B0093HYB
      Our Price: $38.95

    Tell us what you think about this item!
    lb