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    Chess Digest

    Year of Publication
    1976 2009 1976 to 2009
    Author(s)
    1. Yuri Averbakh (1)
    Chess Notation Type
    1. FAN - Figurine (5)
    2. AN - Algebraic (96)
    3. DN - Descriptive (4)

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      2. c3 vs the Sicilian and the Smith Morra Gambit
      Catalog Code: CB0050CD

      Part One:1.e4 c5 2.c3 has gained a wide following through the years. White enjoys the central space advantage conferred by a classical pawn center. With rapid piece development, White will get the advantage against anything Black can play. Part Two: 1.e4 c5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 and Black declines with 3..Nf6, or 3..d3, or 3..d5. We show you how one system transposes into another and when it can't. In all cases, White will obtain promising vistas for dynamic play.
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      2. c3 vs the Sicilian and the Smith Morra Gambit

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      A Black Defensive System with 1... d6
      Catalog Code: CB0005CD

      Grandmaster Soltis blends this defensive 1..d6 move into a coherent defensive system answering whatever white throws at black. This move frequently transposes into the sharp, attacking, ultra-dynamic King's Indian Defense when played against 1.d4. Against 1.e4, the Pirc(or sometimes also the Modern Defense) arises, bringing a very flexible setup which can vary wild, attacking chess to solid, positional maneuvering. 1..d6 is a flexible way to combat any white first move.
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      A Black Defensive System with 1... d6

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      A Contemporary Approach to the Middle Game
      Catalog Code: CB0043CD

      One of the greatest middlegame books ever written. The chapters are: 1)The Foundation of Strategy, 2)The Bases of Chess Tactics, 3)Linking Strategy and Tactics, 4)Style, 5)The Dynamic, 6)The Initiative, 7)Transforming Positional Elements, 8)Harmony, 9)The Infuence of Dynamic Standpoint, and 10)Relating Middlegame to Opening.
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      A Road to the Expert Title
      Catalog Code: CB0063CD

      A Road to the Expert Title
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      A Road to the Expert Title

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      A Road to the Master Title
      Catalog Code: CB0092CD

      A Road to the Master Title
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      A Road to the Master Title

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      A Winning White Repertoire
      Catalog Code: CB0015CD

      The main system is the Torre Attack 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 or 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 followed by Bg5. Then you are taught how to meet the Nimzo-Indian, King's Indian, Pirc/Old Indian, Benoni, and Dutch Defenses. This opening is very solid and easy to learn and the non-professional players will find it very handy. However, it is a very powerful opening and has been employed by such chess superstars as Korchnoi, Kasparov, Timman, Petrosian, Bronstein, Yusupov, Keres, Smyslov, and Spassky! Most importantly, this book consists of more than just variations, but 100 deeply annotated complete games as well.
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      A Winning White Repertoire

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      Against the Maroczy Bind
      Catalog Code: CB0119CD

      Covered are the feared Sicilian and English Opening Maroczy Bind. 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4. Then out of the English Opening 1.c4 c5 2.or 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 c5 3.Nf3 g6 4.e4 Bg7 5.d4 exd4 6.Nxd4. You can also get into it from the King's Indian Defense. Since you are out of the opening quickly, this book is more about how to play the early middlegame. This is done by complete games divided into variations and annotated by Informant codes. There is a short intro before each variation.
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      Against the Maroczy Bind

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      American Chess Art
      Catalog Code: CB0038CD

      There is no longer any excuse for study enthusiasts familiar with the contemporary scene to remain uninformed, as I admit to have been myself, about the development of composition on the other side of the Atlantic. All is now revealed by the man most competent to do so. Walter Korn, for many years the leading American endgame columnist, traces the evolution of the endgame study. Walter Korn writes with feeling. He shares the suffering and elation of those he writes about. He has been through it all himself and his descriptive writing stems from a deep love of his subject and of the work of his compatriots. A warm hearted book." - an excerpt from a review by C.M. Bent in the British Chess Magazine.
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      American Chess Art

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      An Unbeatable White Repertoire after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3
      Catalog Code: CB0099CD

      "In this book, we shall provide the student with an unbeatable system for the white pieces after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3. We teach you how to play against the Hungarian Defense, the Philidor Defense, the Latvian Gambit, and the Petroff Defenses. This gets us to the main lines, the Three Knights and Four Knights Game with the Belgrade Gambit included(the 1st time GM Evans ever recommended a gambit!). These 'hold the draw in hand and go for the win' openings have been researched like never before. There is more dynamic play, for those that know them, than ever realized. Here is something to build on if later in your career you want to head for the Giuoco Piano or Ruy Lopez." - Ken Smith.
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      An Unbeatable White Repertoire after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3

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      AVRO 1938 - The Ultimate Chess Tournament
      Catalog Code: CB0097CD

      In 1938, a major controversy existing in the international chess world. Alexander Alekhine had recently regained the title of World Champion by convincingly defeating Max Euwe in a rematch for the title. The question remained as to which grandmaster should have the privilege of challenging Alekhine for the next title match. Various players citing excellent results in recent tournaments made claim to be the next challenger. But who was the second best player in the world?

      In order to help settle this dispute, a Dutch radio company, Allgemeese Vereningun Radio-Omroep (A.V.R.0.) organized a tournament exclusively of the eight strongest players in the world at the time, with the belief that the winner of the tournament, if not Alekhine himself, would earn the right to the next World Chess Championship.

      This book describes, in detail, that tournament, the circumstances that lead up to it, the participants and their games, as well as the results of the legendary, but under-appreciated tournament.
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      Beating the Alekhine Defense with the Exchange Variation
      Catalog Code: CB0006CD

      Beating the Alekhine Defense with the Exchange Variation
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      Beating the Caro-Kann
      Catalog Code: CB0024CD

      New opening ideas are created frequently, but few have had the meteoric career of Nigel Short's system against the Caro-Kann defense. Virtually unknown before 1988, it has become a regular customer in super tournaments since the 1990's. And yet it is so simple to handle that a Class B player can master most of the strategies in an afternoon. The British GM's system consists of playing the Advance variation of the Caro-Kann with a relatively modest form of development- modest yet it can pack quite a wallop. What short discovered was not just a new move, but a new concept. Despite the presence of the annoying bishop on the excellent b1-h7 diagonal, Black had not equalized, he announced. Short demonstrated that the bishop could, in fact, become a liability that would be attacked in the general expansion of white's pawns on the kingside. 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5(as well as 3..c5 and 3..Na6)-new strategy against each one.
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      Beating the Caro-Kann

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      Beating the English Opening
      Catalog Code: CB0062CD

      Beating the English Opening
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      Beating the English Opening

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      Beating the King's Indian and Benoni Defense with 5. Bd3
      Catalog Code: CB0022CD

      GM Soltis: "Against the King's Indian Defense and the Benoni Group(all of them: Czech, Modern, etc..)there is a simple, relatively new, yet ambitious setup that can be played effectively against each member of the family...the key element here is the bishop on d3(5.Bd3!)". This book also tells you how to play against the Old Indian and Modern defenses.
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      Beating the King's Indian and Benoni Defense with 5. Bd3

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      Beating the Pirc/Modern with the Fianchetto Variation
      Catalog Code: CB0074CD

      One of the most solid and consistently successful systems available against 1..d6 and 1..g6 is the subtle Fianchetto. If you play 1.e4, you will want to know how to beat the Pirc/Modern. If you play either of these 2 defenses, you will want to know what will be played against you. The White setup is pawns at e4, d4, and g3, White Knights at c3 and e2, and Bishops at g2 and usually e3 - then attack, attack!
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      Beating the Pirc/Modern with the Fianchetto Variation

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      Beating the Ruy Lopez with the Fianchetto Variation
      Catalog Code: CB0087CD

      Beating the Ruy Lopez with the Fianchetto Variation
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      Beating the Ruy Lopez with the Fianchetto Variation

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      Beating the Sicilian Defense Chameleon Variation
      Catalog Code: CB0049CD

      The title is to make it strong and clear it is written from the White side. You do not have to wade through page after page, suggestion after suggestion, to find the best White continuations. The analysis will show you how to get an advantage with White by getting you through the opening against all Black variations. White plays 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 followed by 3.Ne2, with the flexible option to break through with d4 if desired.
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      Beating the Sicilian Defense Chameleon Variation

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      Beating the Sicilian Defense with the Short-Nunn Attack
      Catalog Code: CB0037CD

      Wanted: Opening system needed to combat the most popular defense to 1.e4. Must be sound, flexible, and aggressive. Experience against all Black formations essential. GM's Short and Nunn came forward in the late 1980's and early 1990's to give us one catch-all system. First it was proven successful against one Black setup, and then against another and another. Its successes were registered at the highest levels. Fischer played it against Spassky in the 1992 return match! Still the most popular system against the Najdorf today.
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      Beating the Sicilian Defense with the Short-Nunn Attack

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      Black to Play Classical Defenses and Win
      Catalog Code: CB0071CD

      Black to Play Classical Defenses and Win
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      Black to Play Classical Defenses and Win

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      Blackburne-Hartlaub Gambit
      Catalog Code: CB0020CD

      In this Chess Openings for Hustlers Volume II the author looks at both the Accepted 3.exd6 and the Declined 3.Nf3 and 3.Bf4. The idea of this gambit is well worth the effort of the player who wants to learn an aggressive Black defense against 1.d4 where white doesn't control the flow of the game. The book contains 155 games divided into variations with light analysis played by a variety of players ranging from Master to class C. A player index has been provided which lists players grouped by "Class" to help the reader evaluate the games.
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      Blackburne-Hartlaub Gambit

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      Challenges in the Endgame
      Catalog Code: CB0012CD

      By working through Robert Brieger's collection of endgames studies, one will discover that there is a Knight figuring predominately in many of his problems: sometimes one sneaks in by underpromotion. The Houston Chess Club members have enjoyed watching Robert Brieger put together this very stimulating group of endgames. We are sure you will enjoy playing through the solutions. But beware the Brieger Knight!
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      Challenges in the Endgame

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      Chess Combinations of the World Champions
      Catalog Code: CB0027CD

      You are going to enjoy this book as the author gives entertaining quotes, little known facts, or tips before each chapter. Then you are challenged by the great combinations(that everyone of you should learn from). Only now collected in one book. Steinitz through Kasparov are your teachers. The author writes: "It is no coincidence that the world chess champions were all extremely gifted in their ability to accurately execute a combination. One of the best ways that a player can efficiently improve is to practice finding combinations. This book contains 363 combinations played by the world champions and will provide the reader with many hours of study. The positions range in difficulty and will be challenges to chess players of all playing strengths."
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      Chess Openings Lexicon
      Catalog Code: CB0017CD

      If you're looking for an easy-to-use guide for identifying, classifying and describing all of the Chess openings and their variations, look no further than this book!!

      When it comes to the chess openings, most chess players are completely confused by the endless number of openings and their variations.
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      Chess Openings Lexicon

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      Chess Tactics For Advanced Players
      Catalog Code: B0001OB

      Any chess enthusiast knows how important tactics are in chess and how crucial it is to make a thorough study of this aspect of the game. But up to now opinion has been divided on the best way of studying tactics. The well-known Soviet international grandmaster and chess author Averbakh has developed an entirely novel approach, which is expounded in the third edition of his Chess Tactics for Advanced Players.
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      Chess: Improving and Staying Sharp
      Catalog Code: CB0032CD

      This book emphasizes topics that strong players need to study in order to improve and stay sharp. Contents: Lesson 1:Attack and Counterattack, Lesson 2:Tactical Exercises I, Lesson 3:Art of Strategy, Lesson 4: Tactical Exercises II, Lesson 5:Art of the Endgame, Lesson 6:Tactical Exercises III, Epilogue: Odds and Ends.
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      Chess: Improving and Staying Sharp

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      Colle System: Zukertort Variation 5. b3
      Catalog Code: CB0040CD

      The variation is named after Johannes Hermann Zukertort, the first player to deminstrate the wonderful attacking potential of the white bishops lined up on the b1-h7 and b2-g7 diagonals. As we will see, there are many move orders by Black in the Colle-Zukertort, but white usually gets by with a single sequence: 1.d4, 2.e3, 3.Bd3, and 4.Nf3 - although in this book we will see a lot of other orders. The center is usually closed or semi-open in the Colle-Zukertort and this enables white to perform some elaborate maneuvers and execute long-range plans denied him when the center is open. Positional play is supreme. The chapters are: 1)Zukertort 5.b3 vs. Koltanowski 5.c3, 2)How White Wins, 3)How White Loses, 4)Common Strategic Mistakes, 5)Main Line Zukertort Vatiation 5.b3 Analysis.
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      Colle System: Zukertort Variation 5. b3

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      Dynamic Black Defense
      Catalog Code: CB0106CD

      Dynamic Black Defense
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      Dynamic White Openings
      Catalog Code: CB0016CD

      It's time to change your White opening or at least have a second one to diversify your opening system. No longer are the openings in the book called "Irregular" because GM's and IM's are playing them. Covered are the dynamic 1.b4!, the aggressive Grob's Attack 1.g4!, the surprisingly excellent Queen's Knight Attack 1.Nc3!, slow stuff 1.e3 and 1.d3 and 1.a3, & the disreputable 1.h4 & other white first moves.
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      Dynamics of Chess Psychology
      Catalog Code: CB0088CD

      The author helps you follow the road to chess mastership with chapters on 1)Pre-History(600-1821), First steps and examine the different "Schools"., 2)The Romantic(1821-1859) The Development of Natural Talent(A very important chapter) looking at Bourdonnais, Staunton, Anderrsen, and Morphy, 3)The Classical Era(1859-1927) Chess as Science looking at Paulsen, Steinitz, Tarrasch, Tchigorin, Lasker, Rubinstein, and Capablanca, 4)The Modern Game(1927-1957)Individuality and Character examining Nimzovich, Alekhine, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Boleslavsky, and Bronstein, 5)Contemporary Chess(1957-) The Individual in Struggle with Tal, Petrosian, Korchnoi, Spassky, Fischer, Karpov, & Kasparov, Separate chapters on Philosophical Foundations and the Importance of Aesthetics ending with Rating and Training Understanding. This book is an all-time classic.
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      Essential Chess Endings Explained Move By Move - VOLUME 2
      Catalog Code: CB0067CD

      Smith: "Have you studied Volume 1 by Silman? If you have not, you are wasting your time and my time. You must have the basics he covers. Basics are everything. Basics are to build on. The difference between strong endgame players and weak ones is not rating strength, but rather a lack of basic knowledge, and maybe even a lack of will and perseverance. This 2nd and final volume will take you to endgame Master strength. Take your board and men and set up each of the 275 positions and work through every move. I explain each White and each Black move so you know what is happening from each side of the board. As White with the advantage you must learn how to win a won position, and as Black with a bad position, you must learn to put up a fight - such a fight to give you a chance to draw or even win. I teach you this endgame technique in 298 pages."
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      Essential Chess Endings Explained Move By Move - VOLUME 2

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      Essential Chess Endings for Advanced Players
      Catalog Code: CB0046CD

      This book deals with how to develop endgame technique in essential, but practical endings for advanced players (Class B and above). The eleven chapters are:

      (1) A Review of Basic Endgames,
      (2) Knight Endings-Part One,
      (3) Knight Endings-Part Two,
      (4) Bishop vs Knight,
      (5) Bishops of Opposite Color,
      (6) Rook Endings,
      (7) Double Rook Endings,
      (8) Rook & Bishop vs Rook & Bishop,
      (9) Queen and Rook vs Queen and Rook,
      (10) Queen Endings, and
      (11) Queen and Bishop vs Queen and Knight.

      This book will provide the advanced player with practical advice on how to play positions and is an invaluable guide to the properties of the individual pieces and how they combine together

      There is no other endgame book for the stronger player like this one - it is a classic.
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      Evan's Gambit and a System vs. 2 Knights
      Catalog Code: CB0096CD

      Evan's Gambit and a System vs. 2 Knights
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      Four Gambits to Beat the French
      Catalog Code: CB0086CD

      Four Gambits to Beat the French
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      Four Gambits to Beat the French

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      Franco-Benoni Defenses
      Catalog Code: CB0021CD

      No matter what White plays, Black plays 1..e6 making believe he is going into a French defense. White is fooled for whatever he does, Black plays toward a Benoni 2..c5.
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      Franco-Benoni Defenses

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      French Defense - Classical System
      Catalog Code: CB0053CD

      French Defense - Classical System
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      French Defense for Black
      Catalog Code: CB0014CD

      Grefe and Silman give many variations and analysis from the Black perspective to show why the French Defense is one of Black's best replies vs. 1.e4.
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