Mastering Opening Strategy - Hellsten

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Study brings wisdom. Practice brings perfection.

This is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Johan Hellsten's acclaimed Mastering Chess Strategy. In this new book Hellsten focuses exclusively on opening play. He examines a wide variety of key subjects, including development, the center, attack and defense, pawn breaks, typical mistakes and how to punish them, and opening preparation, providing the reader with a vital foundation in opening strategy. Just like his previous book Mastering Opening Strategy is a product of Hellsten's many years' work as a full-time chess teacher and is specifically designed as part of a structured training program to improve strategic thinking. In addition to the many examples there's an abundance of carefully selected exercise games which allow readers to monitor their progress and put into practice what they have just learned. Following such a course is an ideal way for players of all standards to improve. Although designed mainly for students, this book is also an excellent resource for chess teachers and trainers.

Author Johan Hellsten is a Grandmaster and a former Swedish Champion who has represented his country in numerous Olympiads and team tournaments. He has enjoyed many tournament successes and has won individual gold and bronze medals at the European Team Championships.


  • An essential course in opening strategy
  • Contains over 350 pages of Grandmaster advice
  • Includes over 200 examples and exercise games
  • 368 Pages
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Everyman
  • Published: June, 2012
  • "Mastering Opening Strategy should enjoy a wide audience. Players from 1600-2200 will find it a first rate guide to learning intermediate and advanced opening principles and ideas, while teachers will find it offers a wealth of training material. A third group, those who simply enjoy playing through high quality comments (predominately prose) on instructive modern games, will also find what they are looking for. Highly Recommended" - John Donaldson
  • "Throughout the book the reader will find instructive examples, instructive exercises, and instructive solutions. There is an excellent balance of prose, variations; and games. Any reader will become a much more well-rounded player based on what they learn here. Players rated 1700 to 2300 will benefit from the study of this volume, even if the principles and rules covered seem elementary." - Carsten Hansen

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