The Chess Openings (Classic Reprint)

H. Bird


Excerpt from The Chess Openings

Numerous works on chess have been published within the past twenty years, which have been intended to throw light on the intricacies of the game, and especially to present an analysis of the great variety of openings and "gambits," a practical knowledge of which is so important an essential to those aiming to excel as players. While most of these works have contained valuable and instructive information, they have, in too many cases, lacked in simplicity and directness in teaching, either being too scientific in structure or too wearisome in detail to command the attention of the general class of readers. What has long been wanted in this connection is a book on the chess openings which would at once embrace the pith of the lessons taught by the great masters in chess strategy, and present in the plainest and most lucid manner the best openings for chess students to learn which experience and skill could point out, besides combining also the latest inventions in openings or variations of gambits which have been recently introduced in the world of chess. This is the end the author of this latest chess work has had in view, and we leave his book itself to tell the story of how far he has succeeded in his object.

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