Back to Basics: Openings - Carsten Hansen

Because of the sheer volume of variations, possible transpositions and ever-changing theory, chess openings can be overwhelming – even intimidating. This book is an introduction to understanding and playing chess openings. The author, Danish Master Carsten Hansen, stresses opening play based on comprehending opening principles as well as useful, fundamental knowledge. With an overview of all the most important opening variations, examples of good and bad opening play, opening traps and problems to solve, chess openings and its major principles are covered thoroughly.

Many games are lost as a result of a player’s poor grasp of even the most basic principles of opening play. This book will help you enhance your understanding and give you guidelines on how to best study and play chess openings, reaching good, playable middlegame positions.

"Throughout the book, the emphasis is always on understanding the openings rather than just learning long strings of moves ... This is a good, solid guide to the basics of all chess openings. It would suit adult club players who are making their first explorations into the scary world of chess theory." Sean Marsh, at

Carsten Hansen - Author

Danish FIDE Master Carsten Hansen is a well-known chess writer with many well-received books on chess openings and positional play to his credit. He is a regular columnist at, where he specializes in reviewing new opening books.

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Contents: 4 Author's Dedication; Bibliography; 5 Introduction; 8 1 My Own Experiences with Openings; 13 2 Opening Principles; 30 3 How do I Decide which opening to choose?; 34 4 An Introduction to Opening Theory; 39 5 The Open Games; 84 6 The Semi-Open Games; 141 7 The Closed Games; 167 8 The Semi-Closed Games; 207 9 Flank Openings; 231 10 Where do I go from here?; 236 Index of Names and Variations.
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