This is one of my favourite books and though rather dated (the last game cited is from 1948) it's also extremely instructive.
In 100 annotated games, Konig discusses the opening theory of four openings: the Ruy Lopez, Queen's Gambit, English Opening and King's Gambit.
It takes an evolutionary approach to chess theory, and instead of jumping in to contemporary theory, tells the story of how that theory came about. So we trace the English Opening from Staunton's new(!) approach in 1843 to Golombek's ideas in 1939.
How do you play against the Hippo? It's all about Space and
Potential. At risk of sounding like an estate agent, I propose to
describe my limited understanding of these issues...
All else being equal, it's an advantage to have more space. More
space means you can get about the board more easily, organise an attack
more easily, and sometimes all your opponent can do is sit tight while
you work out how to win:
I still don't understand why anyone plays the Exchange, except that I
keep getting worse positions against it! Giles has been working on his
chess and is now a serious danger to anyone... I was lucky to find the
cheapo on move 32.
My entry to our local congress is sometimes deranged by family visits,
but an expectedly free weekend allowed another excursion in Exeter's
St.George's Hall, now renamed the Corn Exchange.
[It's about as big a hall as a corn exchange would be, but Exeter is a
wool town, not a grain one, and this unhistoric renaming of a post-war
building rather makes me wince. Not as much as the chess, though...]
I have played less this season, quite deliberately; I've been finding
evening chess very hard, and in October even lost to a club member graded
Four games and no wins is so-so, but the blunder count was reassuringly
low, and I had a good attempt at winning a couple of games, including
the one against Helbig, who was the strongest player I faced. So,
progress of sorts.
Modern (Western) chess originated from the Persian game
of shatranj , itself a derivation of the very similar
Hindu game of chaturanga . The rules of shatranj
(no double Pawn moves or castling, weaker Queen ( firzan )
and Bishop ( fil
Danny Sparkes recently took us through the technique here, and
had some fun at the expense of a range of computers and computer
programmes who seem generally clueless about t. I don't have his
notes but I do have tucked away some similar notes by Norbert
Friedrich, who also has a mild dig at computer technique, and whose
notes I have expanded on a little below. (If you have ChessBase 6.0
or above, the database will show some helpful extra detail of the