What chess openings book shall i purchase?

I have been playing chess for a few years now, and i would really like to practice and learn my openings. I would say i am a decent hobby player but have little knowledge of openings. So which book would you recommend?

I seen this book (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Batsfords-Modern-Chess-Openings-Firmian/dp/1906388296/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360965497&sr=1-2) on amazon and it looks pretty good, can anyone tell me if this is a good first book to buy?

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3 Responses to “What chess openings book shall i purchase?”

  1. John says:

    its more fun to play against a computer, and most let you take back moves, and its more fun, fun being the key word.

  2. Yondaime says:

    Hmm well, i think all chess books are good, opening are something to help you out a little, so don’t memorize all .. actually for my opinion, we don’t need to know opening , we need to understand the basic of chess.. there’s more to it than simply memorizing the moves .. haha but then i also bought some , okay ONE chess book.. haha its quite costly .. but i think u should purchase it if u want, looks good to me~ OOO but if i were you, i probably wanna buy any Bobby Fischer one’s .. i think i saw books showed his games .. HAHAHAH buy that seem more AWESOME!

  3. Shane says:

    Modern Chess Openings (MCO) as well as Nunn’s Chess Openings (NCO) are good general opening books, but tend to lack in content, for it’s hard to put everything about all openings into 1 book.

    Now in the means of what I would recommend for maximum results are the 5 Encyclopedia of Chess Opening books (ECO). ECO is what people usually refer too. An example would be eco B07 Modern/Pirc. The ECO collection is the top notch, but MCO and NCO are still respected even though they are very condensed.

    Now if you don’t have room for 5 books, they do offer the entire ECO collection on a cd.

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