Do you want to win quickly in the opening? Learn basic development principles? Sacrifice for the Initiative? Spot danger signals? In this entertaining and instructional book, especially written for young and novice players, John Walker explains how games are won--and lost--in the vital opening phase of a chess game. The layout of the book, incorporating exciting illustrative games and test positions, is clear and simple. Features:Getting castled -- fast!Control of the central squaresThe importance of developmentDangers of pawn grabbingMinimizing pawn movesJohn Walker, several times Chess Champion of Oxfordshire, is a school teacher who has taught chess to children for many years. He is also the author of several other popular Cadogan instructional works including Attacking the king and Chess Openings for Juniors.