Discovering Chess Openings by John Emms


John Emms explains that understanding basic principles, such as swift development, central control, and king safety, is key to successful opening play, rather than simply memorizing lines. This book is an ideal introduction to opening play for beginners and improving players and is written by one of Britain’s strongest Grandmasters and renowned coaches, John Emms.

Emms argues that learning openings can be enjoyable and enlightening, emphasizing the importance of understanding basic principles such as swift development, central control, and king safety rather than memorizing countless variations. Readers can recreate and discover opening theory, enabling them to choose the most suitable lines to play in their games. As a Grandmaster and experienced coach, Emms is the ideal author to guide readers through the daunting phase of opening play.


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