A tree opening is descriptive of an opening with its variations and sub-variations. The chess trees of this book offer an original method to approach chess openings. They allow you to learn the openings in a clear, entertaining and motivating way. You can quickly reproduce them on the board to assimilate them easily.


The large amount of ramifications possessed by a chess opening means that this book is not intended to transmit all variations and sub-variations, but simply the main lines selected according to criteria of relevance and popularity.


Learning all of them may appear complicated depending on how much time you can devote to it. Concentrate on one or two at first, try to experiment with them by playing with a friend or your software to guarantee a stable and lasting learning. Once you feel that you are beginning to master one of these openings, go ahead blindly, without the support of this book. Then return to it regularly to stabilize and perfect your skills. Learn the traps in the openings you are studying so that you don’t fall into them and seize the tactical opportunity when one of your opponents makes a mistake. At first, I advise you to concentrate on one opening in each type of beginning of the game. This will give you a solid and varied foundation.


Games of great players are shown along with the chess trees. These games have been deliberately chosen for their small number of moves. This highlights the subject of this book: openings. These games will show you the tactical and positional traps to be avoided in a given opening.


Using this powerful tool, you will be reconciled with chess theory. Openings have never been easier to understand!