Club players love to study openings as so much material is available. However, it has often been shown that results do not match the amount of study invested, as in practice it is much harder to navigate your way around an opening when the opponent deviates from theory. This is why Herman treats the study of openings in a completely different way. He focuses on increasing insight. In this book, he discusses the backgrounds of openings, provides guidelines, and explains in an instructive and accessible way the basic principles of a position. This book, the second in its series, provides an overview of the positions and corresponding plans arising from the Queen's Gambit. The method is based on the column "Understanding Before Moving" in the chess magazine of the royal Dutch Chess Federation; readers who follow it may hope to significantly increase their skill.
From the author:
"In my view the average club player will be more pleased with an opening book in which a profusion of ideas is offered.
"If this is also structured, you can hope that the readers will acquire the necessary understanding of standard positions. On the basis of this guideline, developing an opening repertoire could easily turn into a pleasant pastime. Together with my Belgian chess pal Daniel Vanheirzeele, the owner of Thinkers Publishing, I have been enabled to discuss the backgrounds of openings in a much more detailed manner, something I couldn’t do in my article series because of the lack of space."
About the Author:
International Master Herman Grooten has over 35 years experience as a professional chess trainer. Many of his pupils have gone on to become very strong players. On a journalistic level he works at the popular schaaksite.nl. As an author he has released several books.