The Book consist of 202 short "openers" typical of average players, arranged according to the classical opening variations and by level of difficulty. Each example includes:
- the name of the overriding tactic;
- the name of the opening;
- a scenario that sets up the tactic to be learned;
- an interpretation that explains why the loser went wrong, how he could have avoided the trap, and what he should have done instead;
- a review of important principles and useful guidelines to reinforce each lesson.