Openings for Amateurs


Openings for Amateurs by Pete Tamburro

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“There’s a need for a book such as this in today’s work-a-day world: Give it to me neat, no fizz. Cut to the chase. You won’t find reams of analysis, and no data dumps of variations. You will find good, common-sense advice in the primer section (do’s and don’ts, good and evil), easily digested in nugget-sized morsels, followed by excellent model games. You can dine at your leisure, a chapter at a sitting, and walk away satisfied.” –Glenn Petersen (amateur in search of an opening), Editor, Chess Life for Kids

“Peter Tamburro’s excellent new text, Openings for Amateurs, is everything the recreational player needs to appreciate the opening phase of chess. But the author’s insights don’t stop in the first dozen moves. Glide through it and you can watch your entire game take on greater power and verve. On my list of recommended new chess books, it rises to the top.” –Bruce Pandolfini, renowned chess teacher and author

“When I read it, I felt like I was reading through an old-fashioned primer – easy to digest, even without a chessboard, and plenty of insight. This is my opinion – from the guy who always disliked openings and survived at the highest level by grinding out middlegames and endgames.”–IM Igor Khmelnitsky, award-winning author of Chess Exam and Training Guide

“Thank you Pete. You understand us amateurs better than almost anyone else. Speaking for the rest of us, I appreciate your help, advice, and time.” –A reader of Pete Tamburro’s “Openings for Amateurs” message board

Learning how to start a game of chess is one of the most daunting tasks facing intermediate adult and young chess players. Award-winning chess teacher and championship scholastic coach Pete Tamburro offers practical guidance for avoiding common pitfalls at the chessboard, as well as effective strategies for meeting troublesome openings and a choice of openings reflecting his focus on ideas over memorization.


Mr. Tamburro hosted the internationally popular Internet Chess Cub lecture series, “Openings for Amateurs,” is a feature writer for Chess Life and Chess Life for Kids, and hosts several interactive Internet sites for chess improvement.

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