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    Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - BOOK C
    Catalog Code: B0003ECO

    The fifth thoroughly revised and updated edition of the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings, Volume C, brings an additional 104 pages of brand new material with games up to 2006.
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    Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - BOOK C

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    CLEARANCE - NIC Yearbook 84 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Showman Vladislav Tkachiev Prepares a Punchy Panov
    Catalog Code: B0084HYB

    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
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    Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - BOOK E
    Catalog Code: B0005ECO

    The fourth thoroughly revised and updated edition of the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings, Volume E, brings an additional 144 pages of brand new material with games up to 2008.
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    Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - BOOK E

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    CLEARANCE - NIC Yearbook 85 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    A Knight in Shining Armor - Anand's Anti-Moscow Slav Holds Firm
    Catalog Code: B0085HYB

    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
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    CLEARANCE - NIC Yearbook 85 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    Play 2... Nf6 in the Sicilian
    Nimzowitsch-Rubinstein Variation
    Catalog Code: B0050EU

    On the map of modern chess theory there is a 'blank spot' - The Nimzowitsch-Rubinstein Variation of the Sicilian Defence (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6) Everyone has heard of it, but no one really knows anything about it. The literature devoted to this topic is extremely scanty. Two or three articles, a few brochures, one ancient monograph (in German) - and that's all. The book of international master Grigory Bogdanovisch fills this gap. The author, a recognized expert on the Variation, has summarized and fully systemized his many years of experience in the given field.
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    Play 2... Nf6 in the Sicilian

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    King's Gambit
    Catalog Code: B0051EU

    The present book by Nikolai Kalinichenko, an international grandmaster in correspondence play, gives a systematic analysis of the King's Gambit using more than 300 annotated games, classic and modern, providing the reader with a sound knowledge of all the standard variations, together with their typical strategic and tactical ideas.
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    King's Gambit

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    Chess Openings for Kids
    Featuring 50 Mighty Opening Systems
    Catalog Code: B0164GB

    For chess-players of all ages and abilities, it is vital to get off to a good start. This simple guide provides all the tips and ideas needed to play purposefully from move one. That's because these 50 Mighty Openings are the very ones used by chess masters and grandmasters to outwit opponents time and again. This book teaches the names and starting moves of all the main chess openings, and explains the basic ideas.
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    Chess Openings for Kids

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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 7
    Opening Tactics
    Catalog Code: B0086EU

    Chess Camp is a new training system for beginning chessplayers, and for the parents and coaches who teach them.
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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 7

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    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 106 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Anand Creates an Evergreen in the Meran
    Catalog Code: SWB0106HYB

    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
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    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 106 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    NIC Yearbook 107 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Vasily Ivanchuk introduces the Budapest gambit on top level
    Catalog Code: B0107HYB

    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
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    NIC Yearbook 107 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    NIC Yearbook 108 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Alexander Grischuk - Mayhem in the Samisch King's Indian
    Catalog Code: B0108HYB

    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
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    NIC Yearbook 108 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 108 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Alexander Grischuk - Mayhem in the Samisch King's Indian
    Catalog Code: SWB0108HYB

    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
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    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 108 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    Small Encyclopedia of Chess Opening
    Catalog Code: B0004SHV

    The Small Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings is based on the same 500 fundamental codes and system of elimination but it's a fifth the length. Instead of five books just one! The best and most up to date information. The creative output of generations of chess masters filtered for the reader's convenience.
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    Small Encyclopedia of Chess Opening

    $69.95
    NIC Yearbook 109 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Magnus plays kick and rush in the Trompowsky
    Catalog Code: B0109HYB

    Forum The Forum Section is especially rich in this issue, with sharp reactions to previous Surveys and great new contributions by players like Zaven Andriasyan, Viktor Moskalenko, Vladimir Zakhartsov, Bogdan Lalic, Luis Rodi – and many more.
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    NIC Yearbook 109 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    NIC Yearbook 110 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Fairytale Chess by Baadur Jobava in the Vienna and the Dragadorf
    Catalog Code: B0110HYB

    Forum The Forum Section has interesting contributions by well-known players like Jan Werle, Jose Vilela, Luis Rodi and many more. Also, the winner of the Novelty of the Year 2013 contest is made known.
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    NIC Yearbook 110 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 110 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Fairytale Chess by Baadur Jobava in the Vienna and the Dragadorf
    Catalog Code: SWB0110HYB

    Forum The Forum Section has interesting contributions by well-known players like Jan Werle, Jose Vilela, Luis Rodi and many more. Also, the winner of the Novelty of the Year 2013 contest is made known.
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    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 110 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    NIC Yearbook 111 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Anish Giri on the Crucial Choice for Top Players: 1.e4 or 1.d4?
    Catalog Code: B0111HYB

    The Forum Section has interesting contributions by well-known players like Bogdan Lalic and Daniel Fridman, who examines his experience in the Queen's Indian 6.d5 exd5 7.0-0 gambit line. Peter Boel made a tribute to Jobava's fun factor in the recent Russian Team Championships.
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    NIC Yearbook 111 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 111 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Anish Giri on the Crucial Choice for Top Players: 1.e4 or 1.d4?
    Catalog Code: SWB0111HYB

    The Forum Section has interesting contributions by well-known players like Bogdan Lalic and Daniel Fridman, who examines his experience in the Queen's Indian 6.d5 exd5 7.0-0 gambit line. Peter Boel made a tribute to Jobava's fun factor in the recent Russian Team Championships.
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    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 111 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    NIC Yearbook 112 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Radjabov Tops Carlsen in Epic King's Indian Fight
    Catalog Code: B0112HYB

    New in Chess Yearbook is the #1 guide to Chess Opening news! It is published four times per year, ensuring the most up-to-date and topic chess opening information. It includes 25-30 surveys per issue, covering all of the fashionable lines, wild gambits and even forgotten variations! If you're serious about chess, you need New in Chess Yearbooks!
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    NIC Yearbook 112 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    NIC Yearbook 113 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Fabiano Caruana Squeezes a Win Out of a Stone in the Petroff
    Catalog Code: B0113HYB

    New in Chess Yearbook is the #1 guide to Chess Opening news! It is published four times per year, ensuring the most up-to-date and topic chess opening information. It includes 25-30 surveys per issue, covering all of the fashionable lines, wild gambits and even forgotten variations! If you're serious about chess, you need New in Chess Yearbooks!
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    NIC Yearbook 113 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    A Positional Opening Repertoire for the Club Player
    Chess University
    Catalog Code: B0111EU

    Nikolai Kalinichenko, an international grandmaster in correspondence player and author of some 40 chess titles, presents here a complete and up-to-date opening repertoire. It is intended for players of positional style, or for use when the competitive situation demands a solid approach. The repertoire is based on 1. e4 as White and the Classical Sicilian and King's Indian Defence as Black.
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    A Positional Opening Repertoire for the Club Player

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    An Aggressive Opening Repertoire for the Club Player
    Chess University
    Catalog Code: B0112EU

    Nikolai Kalinichenko, an international grandmaster in correspondence player and author of some 40 chess titles, presents here a complete and up-to-date opening repertoire. It is intended for players of attacking style, or for use when the competitive situation demands an aggressive approach. The repertoire is based on 1. e4 as White and the Sicilian Dragon and Leningrad Dutch as Black. Suggestions are also offered against all the opponent's main alternatives.
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    An Aggressive Opening Repertoire for the Club Player

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    The Art of the King's Indian - New Edition
    Forward by Garry Kasparov
    Catalog Code: B0110EU

    This book is a comprehensive 2014 update of the classic manual on the King’s Indian Defence by Eduard Gufeld. The King's Indian is one of the most exciting ways for Black to play against 1.d4. It has been a regular feature in the games of great attackers like Mikhail Tal, Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov, all of whom have used it to create the type of unbalanced positions which every aggressive player likes.
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    The Art of the King's Indian - New Edition

    $29.95
    Rossolimo and Friends
    A Complete Repertoire Vs. the Sicilian
    Catalog Code: B0113EU

    Every chess player, who begins his games with the move 1.e2-e4, should be perfectly prepared to encounter the move 1...c7-c5. Why is this opening so dangerous for White? The point is that in all the basic variations of the Sicilian Defence the fight is double-edged and often White risks at least as much as Black does. White is practically deprived of the possibility to simplify the position by numerous exchanges.
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    Rossolimo and Friends

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    NIC Yearbook 114 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Wesley So - New hero of the Ruy Lopez?
    Catalog Code: B0114HYB

    New in Chess Yearbook is the #1 guide to Chess Opening news! It is published four times per year, ensuring the most up-to-date and topic chess opening information. It includes 25-30 surveys per issue, covering all of the fashionable lines, wild gambits and even forgotten variations! If you're serious about chess, you need New in Chess Yearbooks!
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    NIC Yearbook 114 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    NIC Yearbook 115 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Ding Liren's passion for the King's Indian
    Catalog Code: B0115HYB

    New in Chess Yearbook is the #1 guide to Chess Opening news! It is published four times per year, ensuring the most up-to-date and topic chess opening information. It includes 25-30 surveys per issue, covering all of the fashionable lines, wild gambits and even forgotten variations! If you're serious about chess, you need New in Chess Yearbooks!
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    NIC Yearbook 115 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    NIC Yearbook 116 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Wei Yi, the Sicilian Slayer
    Catalog Code: B0116HYB

    New in Chess Yearbook is the #1 guide to Chess Opening news! It is published four times per year, ensuring the most up-to-date and topic chess opening information. It includes 25-30 surveys per issue, covering all of the fashionable lines, wild gambits and even forgotten variations! If you're serious about chess, you need New in Chess Yearbooks!
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    NIC Yearbook 116 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    NIC Yearbook 117 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Jobava: '1.b3 was like a breath of fresh air'
    Catalog Code: B0117HYB

    New in Chess Yearbook is the #1 guide to Chess Opening news! It is published four times per year, ensuring the most up-to-date and topic chess opening information. It includes 25-30 surveys per issue, covering all of the fashionable lines, wild gambits and even forgotten variations! If you're serious about chess, you need New in Chess Yearbooks!
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    NIC Yearbook 117 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    NIC Yearbook 118 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    The g7-Bishop in the Najdorf is a Monster in MVL's Hands
    Catalog Code: B0118HYB

    New in Chess Yearbook is the #1 guide to Chess Opening news! It is published four times per year, ensuring the most up-to-date and topic chess opening information. It includes 25-30 surveys per issue, covering all of the fashionable lines, wild gambits and even forgotten variations! If you're serious about chess, you need New in Chess Yearbooks!
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    NIC Yearbook 118 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening - Vol 1
    The Veresov, Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, Levitsky Variation and Other Set-Ups
    Catalog Code: B0123EU

    The first volume of the Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening gives a detailed high quality analysis of the Veresov Opening, the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, the Levitsky Variation and other set-ups.
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    Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening - Vol 1

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    Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening - Vol 2
    The London Variation
    Catalog Code: B0124EU

    The second volume of the Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening is devoted to the London Variation and openings named in honor of Zukertort, Torre, Colle and others.
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    Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening - Vol 2

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Chess Opening Books

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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