E. GufeldN. Kalinichenko
" AConcise Encyclopaedia
forthe Tournament Player"
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Chessis nowadays going through the so-called "information
explosion"which has stimulated a tremendous interest inthe
developmentofopening theory; this has now e a vastocean
ofopening systems and variations.
How shouldthe contemporary chess player find his way in this
labyrinthofvariations? What beacons should he use?Today there
aremany books and monographs on openingtheory. They contain
up-to-datesystems and variations, although many ofthese are
However,every sailor before embarking on a voyageneeds his
own chartthat is always near at hand. It should give both the
distantroutes and the shallow waters awaiting the ship soon after
leavingthe port. This is precisely thekind of chart that we offerto
Foran experiencedsailor, incasu a skilledchess player, this is
a sortof reference book; for the less sophisticated seaman/player
thisbook is a permanentguide for steering hisvessel; fora beginner
thisis a mostconvenient beacon in an oceanof chess variations.
Soeveryone will find what he really needs for a safevoyage on board
Chessoriginated asa military game. Old Indian chess -chaturanga
-bat of the four fighting arms: "chatur = four,
"anga"= military unit. So let us see how the basic military laws are
appliedonthe chess battlefield. They are, ofcourse, more conspicuous
thanthe other laws of chess. For the sake of systematic presentation
ofthe material, however, the authors have placed the openings and
openingsystems in the traditional order.
Openingstrategy isthe most difficult partof the art of chess. In
theopening, you must solve on the one hand the problems ofspeedy
mobilizationofyour forces by whichyou are trying to leave the
opponent behindindevelopment; onthe other hand, the "endgame"