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    CLEARANCE - How to Play the Torre Attack - Second, Thoroughly Revised Edition
    Catalog Code: CB0075CD

    White plays 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 followed by Bg5. The Torre Attack is a very flexible opening employed by white which involves quick development and fight for control of the e4 square. A standard setup would involve placing the queen's knight on d2, light-squared bishop to d3, king's rook to e1 after a quick castling, and pawn to e3 or e4. However, there is a flexibility that allows for many different setups, depending on the strategic path that the white player wishes to employ and black's setup. This flexible, dynamic system has been employed by virtually every top GM at some point in their career, even at the World Championship match level. Schiller shows why this opening system should be part of every player's repertoire.
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    Complete Defense to Queen Pawn Openings
    Essential Opening Moves
    Catalog Code: B0001CZ

    This aggressive counterattacking repertoire covers Black opening systems against virtually every opening except for 1.e4 (plus most flank games), based on the exciting and powerful Tarrasch Defense, which helped win Kasparov and Spassky championships.
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    Complete Defense to Queen Pawn Openings

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    CLEARANCE - How to Play the Belgrade Gambit
    Catalog Code: CB0072CD

    After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nd5 the author examines both the accepted and declined. This gambit has been reinvigorated by some new ideas and is fully playable. An excellent edition to your fighting arsenal.
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    CLEARANCE - How to Play the Belgrade Gambit

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    Queen's Gambit Accepted - Smyslov Variation
    Catalog Code: B0083IS

    The Smyslov Variation was developed by World Chess Champion Vasily Smyslov and used in top level competitions by him and by other World Champions. One advantage is that it can be used frequently. If White plays 1. d4 and Black responds with 1. ...d5, White will almost always play 2. c4. Then after the natural moves 2. ...dxc4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3, Black can play 4. ...g6 which is the Smyslov Variation. The Smyslov Variation is a form of the Queen's Gambit Accepted.
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    Queen's Gambit Accepted - Smyslov Variation

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    Spanish Gambits - UPDATED
    Updated in 2011 with New, Improved Lines of Play
    Catalog Code: B0084IS

    The Spanish Chess Opening, also known as the Ruy Lopez, named a Spanish clergyman who made it popular, is one of the oldest and most heavily analyzed of openings, with many variations having been analyzed up to move 20. Yet, there are still new things being discovered about it. This book covers early attempts by either side to wrest the initiative from the other by means of an early pawn sacrifice.
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    Spanish Gambits - UPDATED

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    The Sicilian Dragon
    The Classic How-to-Win Guide on One of the Most Exciting and Powerful Chess Openings Played Today
    Catalog Code: B0052CZ

    Play the Exciting Dragon! Inside this book are the secrets of one of the most exciting and powerful openings in all of chess - the Sicilian Dragon! Used by amateurs and champons alike, the dragon features brilliant combinations, no-holds-barred assasults, wild sacrifices, and uncompromising positions. This new edition features bigger diagrams, the latest moves and developements, and 30 new game examples.
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    The Sicilian Dragon

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    Attack with the Boden-Kieseritzky-Morphy Gambit
    Catalog Code: B0091IS

    The Boden-Kieseritzky-Morphy Gambit is lightly regarded and is never played by grandmasters, but it has one of the best records for White of any opening played below the master level. It scores a phenomenal 62% in all games in the chess databases. This book examines an opening which can be quite useful for beginners and amateur chess players. The gambit we will examine (1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.Nf3!? or 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4!?) has been used by Paul Morphy among other strong players. In my view it is as good a gambit as most others.
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    Attack with the Boden-Kieseritzky-Morphy Gambit

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    The Ryder Gambit Accepted - UPDATED EDITION
    Catalog Code: B0085IS

    The Ryder Gambit is a fun opening, one which gives rise to spectacular combinational possibilities. Even a player with limited experience can create a magnificent mating attack which can be shown to friends and kibbitzers and even published in local chess magazines. The fans of this opening are true lovers of this royal game and even if their enthusiasm is unjustified by objective analysis, it is nevertheless one of the joys of chess.
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    The Ryder Gambit Accepted - UPDATED EDITION

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    The Frankenstein-Dracula Variation in the Vienna Game of Chess
    Catalog Code: B0099IS

    The Frankenstein–Dracula Variation (1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4!?) of the Vienna Game is a monstrous thicket of complications which still have not been fully explored. The opening leads to fascinating positions which will bring enjoyment both in tournament and correspondence play. Although some theorists have treated the variation as dead and buried, experiments have managed to bring the monster variation back to life for Black, and it can now be considered fully playable.
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    The Frankenstein-Dracula Variation in the Vienna Game of Chess

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    Tarrasch French Guimard Variation with 3...Nc6
    Updated in 2011 with New Games and Analysis
    Catalog Code: B0100IS

    The popularity of the French Defense has surged to the point where it rivals the Sicilian and the Spanish in the chess international tournament arenas. Always known for its solid character, the French offers Black excellent winning chances in the main lines of the Winawer and in many side variations.
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    Tarrasch French Guimard Variation with 3...Nc6

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    How to Play the From Gambit
    Catalog Code: B0107IS

    Henry Bird's 1.f4 has become the choice of many players who wish to avoid the voluminous theory surrounding 1.e4, 1.d4 and even 1.c4. If Black plays passively then he is likely to find himself in an inferior line, especially if he allows a reversed Dutch defense. But there is an exciting alternative to the main lines - the From Gambit! With l...e5 Black makes it clear that he is willing to fight. The lines which arise often involve forced piece sacrifices for both sides, and knowledge of the middlegame ideas is critical.
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    How to Play the From Gambit

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    Panov Attack in Chess
    Catalog Code: B0127IS

    This opening is played on both sides by the world's strongest chess grandmasters.
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    Panov Attack in Chess

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    How to Play the Fischer-Sozin Attack in the Najdorf Sicilian in Chess
    Catalog Code: B0129IS

    This edition is updated in April 2012 and provides complete analysis and the most recent games in this important line.
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    How to Play the Fischer-Sozin Attack in the Najdorf Sicilian in Chess

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    Fly the Pterodactyl
    Catalog Code: B0131IS

    FIDE master Eric Schiller presents the opening in all its glory with detailed opening analysis and over. The complete illustrative games in this book you will find all you need to know to take up it as black and confront your opponents from the very earliest stages of the game.
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    Fly the Pterodactyl

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    Queen's Gambit Declined - Orthodox Variation
    Catalog Code: B0133IS

    In addition to the standard lines, this book contains a number of interesting suggestions that have never been implemented. This book has been updated with a supplement containing the latest games and grandmaster analysis in 2012.
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    Queen's Gambit Declined - Orthodox Variation

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    Gruenfeld Defense Russian Variations
    Catalog Code: B0134IS

    This little book is designed to give you all you need to pray the white side of the Russian Variations. It includes only those lines which are best for White.
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    Gruenfeld Defense Russian Variations

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    How to Play the the Dilworth Attack
    Catalog Code: B0135IS

    In this, the first ever monograph devoted to the line, noted author Eric Schiller explains all of the critical ideas in the opening and endgame, and provides many examples of each from tournament play.
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    How to Play the the Dilworth Attack

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    Garry Kasparov's Opening Repertoire
    Catalog Code: B0137IS

    This work has been updated in 2012 to include all of the latest World Chess Championship matches by Garry Kasparov.
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    Garry Kasparov's Opening Repertoire

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    How to Play the Torre Attack
    Catalog Code: B0140IS

    This new edition is greatly expanded by over 100 games with commentary.
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    How to Play the Torre Attack

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    Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Bogoljubow Variation
    Catalog Code: B0142IS

    The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit is rarely seen at the chess master level but is popular and successful among amateur players. It was played by Grandmaster Efim Bogoljubow who played two matches for the World Chess Championship and who said ''When I am white I win because I am white. When I am black I win because I am Bogoljubov.
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    Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Bogoljubow Variation

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    Who's Afraid of the King's Gambit - 3RD EDITION
    Catalog Code: B0143IS

    In many conversations with chess players, it can be noted that there is a reluctance to answer 1. e4 with 1. . . . e5 based on an irrational fear of some deviations from the standard Spanish or Italian play.
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    Who's Afraid of the King's Gambit - 3RD EDITION

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    Modern Stonewall Dutch
    Catalog Code: B0144IS

    Publisher: ISHI Press Author: Eric SchillerYear of Publication: 2012 (Reprint) Pages: 160Notation Type: Algebraic (AN) Book Description At the time of the first edition, this opening was just becoming popular in Grandmaster chess. It soon became a hot item and for this edition we had over 20,000 games in our database. Champions of the defense include Grandmasters Agdestein, Dolmatov, Gleizerov (more than 100 games!), Glek, Karlsson, Moskalenko, Nikolic, Ulibin, and Vaisser. The theory is now pretty well established. I recommend that you start by studying the Overview below and looking at the games cited in the next paragraphs. I have concentrated on the lines most frequently seen in high level games. The opening is so absurdly transpositional that there is no way to organize it exhaustively. The most important thing is to note where the pieces usually land. About the Author(s) Eric Schiller (born March 20, 1955 in New York City) is an American chess player, trainer, arbiter and one of the most prolific authors of books on chess in the 20th century. In 1974, Schiller was the Illinois Junior Champion. Schiller played for the University of Chicago team several times at the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship. He was an organizer of the Hawaii International chess festivals 1994-98 including 1998 US Open California Champion 1995. Later that year, he appeared as a chess adviser for the music group Phish on some of the stops for their ''Chess Tour'' where they played an ongoing game of two chess moves per tour stop and some ''band vs. audience'' partial games as part of their stage performance. Schiller was an arbiter at several notable games and championships including the FIDE World Chess Championship 2000. While Vladimir Kramnik and Garry Kasparov opted not to participate in the event, they had both endorsed Schiller for this sensitive role during the planning stages. As of April 2009, Schiller has a FIDE rating of 2166. He is also an International Arbiter and International Trainer. Schiller's expertise and publications in the Flohr-Zaitsev Variation made him a sought-after expert when Gary Kasparov used that opening at the second game at the World Chess Championship 1990.
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    Modern Stonewall Dutch

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    Mission - Checkmate! with the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit
    Catalog Code: B0152IS

    This is a book for chess players who love to play for checkmate from the very first move.
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    Mission - Checkmate! with the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit

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    Janowski - Indian Defence
    1d4 Nf6 2 c4 d6 3 Nc3 Bf5
    Catalog Code: B0165IS

    The Janowski-Indian (1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 d6 3 Nc3 Bf5) has enjoyed the patronage of such strong chess players as Mikhail Tal, Jan Timman, Bent Larsen, Larry Christiansen, John Fedorowicz and Kamran Shirazi.
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    Janowski - Indian Defence

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    Catalan - 3RD EDITION
    Catalog Code: B0215IS

    Catalan, revised with recent games and new chess opening analysis by computer programs including Houdini. Since this book first came out the Catalan has been played with great success by World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov and other grandmasters. This has necessitated this great expansion with new games and the latest chess computer
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    Catalan - 3RD EDITION

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    Spanish Inquisition - Zaitsev Variation
    Catalog Code: B0216IS

    The Zaitsev variation of the Closed Spanish is a favorite line of many of the world's best chess players, including many World Champions. Until now, however, there has not been a compilation of the theory of the line, together with the relevant lines of the Breyer and Smyslov Variations into which play often transposes. This book is intended for experienced chess players rated 1700 and above. It contains. heavy-duty theory with many ideas simply credited to the appropriate sources and a good deal of unannotated games. The Zaitsev variation leads to rich positional and tactical play which requires deep understanding of chess.
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    Spanish Inquisition - Zaitsev Variation

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    Taming Wild Chess Opening
    How To Deal With The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Over The Chess Board
    Catalog Code: B0155NIC

    John Watson and Eric Schiller provide club-players with solutions to a huge selection of these rarely-played or tricky chess openings. They concentrate upon ideas and strategy, with enough analysis to satisfy the needs of practical play.
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    Taming Wild Chess Opening

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    SHOPWORN - Taming Wild Chess Opening
    How To Deal With The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Over The Chess Board
    Catalog Code: SWB0155NIC

    John Watson and Eric Schiller provide club-players with solutions to a huge selection of these rarely-played or tricky chess openings. They concentrate upon ideas and strategy, with enough analysis to satisfy the needs of practical play.
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The first phase of a chess game is known as the Chess Opening. It is during this phase of the chess game that the initial moves are made. Similarly, those moves are commonly referred to in the chess world as the “Chess Opening”. While there are literally billions of possible positions after the first 4 moves have been made in a game of chess (288 billion to be exact), only a small number of these chess openings have been studied by chess professionals and chess computers and deemed to be sound for practical play.

To help differentiate one chess opening from another, each chess opening is given a unique name to identify it. While it is common for a chess opening to be named after the player/s that introduced them to popular play, including the Benko Gambit (after Grandmaster Pal Benko), the Sicilian Najdorf (named after Grandmaster Miguel Najdorf) and the Philidor Defense (named after Francois-Andre Danican Philidor), this is not always the case Some chess openings are named after the locations and/or cultures in which they originated, including the London System, the French Defense, the Sicilian Defense, The English Opening and the Vienna Game. While others are named after the pieces that are moved during that opening, including the Queen’s Pawn Gambit and the King’s Indian Defense.

There are 6 basic objectives during the chess opening. They are Piece Development, Control of the Center of the Board, King Safety, Prevention of Pawn Weakness, Piece Coordination and to Create positions in which the player is more comfortable than the opponent.

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