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      A Cunning Chess Opening Repertoire for White
      A Flexible Repertoire To Take Your Opponents Out Of Their Comfort Zone
      Catalog Code: B0184GB

      In this book, highly experienced chess opening writer Graham Burgess presents a repertoire based on 1 d4 and Nf3 with precisely those aims. Black’s possibilities for counterplay - and sharp gambit play - are kept to a minimum. Our aim is to give Black exactly the type of position he doesn’t want. If he is seeking blocked positions with pawn-chains, we’ll keep the game fluid. If he wants complex strategy, we’ll attack him with simple piece-play. Simplifications? No thanks, we’ll keep the pieces on and intensify the battle. Gambits? Hardly, as we simply prevent most of them!
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      A Cunning Chess Opening Repertoire for White

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      Attack with Black
      A Ukrainian Champion Provides a Blockbuster Repertoire with the Benko and Blumenfeld Gambits
      Catalog Code: B0182GB

      Aveskulov examines all of White's options and move-orders after 1 d4 Nf6, and shows an aggressive reply to each of them.
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      Attack with Black

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      A Strategic Chess Opening Repertoire for White
      A Complete Plan of Attack with 1. d4 and 2. c4
      Catalog Code: B0181GB

      Such has been the acclaim for John Watson's ground-breaking works on modern chess strategy and his insightful opening books, that it is only natural that he now presents a strategic opening repertoire.
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      A Strategic Chess Opening Repertoire for White

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      A Rock-Solid Chess Opening Repertoire for Black
      The French Connection - Winning Ways with 1. e4 e6 and 1. d4 e6
      Catalog Code: B0180GB

      In this book, Grandmaster Eingorn shows that it is possible both to play solidly, and to take White out of his comfort zone. He recommends ideas and move-orders that are a little off the beaten track, but which he has very carefully worked out over many years of his own practice.
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      A Rock-Solid Chess Opening Repertoire for Black

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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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      A Killer Chess Opening Repertoire
      An Easy-to-Learn Repertoire for the Chessboard Assassin
      Catalog Code: B0159GB

      Bored with the same old openings? Worried about having to learn too much theory? Then this book will come as a godsend. Aaron Summerscale presents a set of exceptionally dangerous opening weapons for White. Each recommended line is based on a solid positional foundation, yet also promises long-term (and short-term!) attacking chances.
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      A Killer Chess Opening Repertoire

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      Understanding The Marshall Attack
      A Layman's Guide to the Supergrandmasters' Favourite Gambit
      Catalog Code: B0160GB

      The Marshall Attack is a chess opening like no other. Rather than subjecting himself to the 'Spanish torture' so typical in the Ruy Lopez, Black simply gives away a centre pawn. But in return, he gets long-term attacking chances and activity that can persist well into the endgame.
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      Understanding The Marshall Attack

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      Fundamental Chess Openings (FCO)
      A New One-Volume Guide to All the Chess Openings
      Catalog Code: B0142GB

      The first moves of a chess game define the nature of the whole struggle, as both players stake their claim to the critical squares and start to develop their plans. It is essential to play purposefully and to avoid falling into traps or reaching a position that you don't understand.
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      Fundamental Chess Openings (FCO)

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      Chess Explained - The Grunfeld
      A Guide to a Dynamic Counterattacking Opening
      Catalog Code: B0049GB

      Chess Explained books provide an understanding of an opening and the middlegames to which it leads, enabling you to find the right moves and plans in your own games. It is as if you were sitting at the board with a chess coach answering your questions about the plans for both sides, the ideas behind particular moves, and what specific knowledge you need to have. The Grunfeld Defense is one of the most aggressive openings at Black's disposal.
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      Chess Explained - The Grunfeld

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      Chess Explained - The Main Line Slav
      Exploring the Dynamics of an Intricate and Robust Opening
      Catalog Code: B0048GB

      Chess Explained books provide an understanding of an opening and the middlegames to which it leads, enabling you to find the right moves and plans in your own games. It is as if you were sitting at the board with a chess coach answering your questions about the plans for both sides, the ideas behind particular moves, and what specific knowledge you need to have. The Main-Line Slav is one of the key battlegrounds of modern chess, with adherents among all levels of chess-players.
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      Chess Explained - The Main Line Slav

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      Win With The Stonewall Dutch
      Rock Solid or Flexible - Your Choice!
      Catalog Code: B0137GB

      The Stonewall Dutch is a traditional favourite amongst club players, as it offers Black ready-made attacking plans on the kingside. As Grandmaster Bent Larsen has noted, the Dutch also has the tendency to 'bring out the coward' in opponents, giving it an added practical sting. However, up until the late 1980s, the Stonewall wasn't fully trusted at grandmaster level, despite its earlier use by Alekhine and Botvinnik. Black's attacking plans were too one-sided, and White's methods too well worked out.
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      Win With The Stonewall Dutch

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      Chess Explained - The Nimzo-Indian
      A New Approach to Understanding the Chess Openings
      Catalog Code: B0092GB

      Chess Explained books provide an understanding of an opening and the middlegames to which it leads, enabling you to find the right moves and plans in your own games. It is as if you were sitting at the board with a chess coach answering your questions about the plans for both sides, the ideas behind particular moves, and what specific knowledge you need to have.
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      Chess Explained - The Nimzo-Indian

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      Chess Explained - The c3 Sicilian
      A New Approach to Understanding the Chess Openings
      Catalog Code: B0063GB

      Chess Explained is a new series of books about chess openings. They are not theoretical works in the traditional sense, but more a series of lessons from a chess expert with extensive over-the-board experience with an opening. You will gain an understanding of the opening and the middlegames to which it leads, enabling you to find the right moves and plans in your own games.
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      Chess Explained - The c3 Sicilian

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      Chess Explained - The Meran Semi-Slav
      A Dynamic Opening Explained with Words and Examples
      Catalog Code: B0064GB

      Chess Explained books provide an understanding of an opening and the middlegames to which it leads, enabling you to find the right moves and plans in your own games. It is as if you were sitting at the board with a chess coach answering your questions about the plans for both sides, the ideas behind particular moves, and what specific knowledge you need to have.
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      Chess Explained - The Meran Semi-Slav

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      Mastering the Chess Openings - VOLUME 2
      Unlock the Mysteries of the Modern Chess Openings
      Catalog Code: B0076GB

      For most chess-players, opening study is sheer hard work. It is hard to know what is important and what is not, and when specific knowledge is vital, or when a more general understanding is sufficient. Tragically often, once the opening is over, a player won't know what plan to follow, or even understand why his pieces are on the squares on which they sit. John Watson seeks to help chess-players achieve a more holistic and insightful view of the openings. In his previous books on chess strategy, he explained vital concepts that had previously been the domain only of top-class players.
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      Mastering the Chess Openings - VOLUME 2

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      Chess Explained - The Modern Benoni
      A New Approach to Understanding the Chess Openings
      Catalog Code: B0091GB

      Chess Explained is a new series of books about chess openings. They are not theoretical works in the traditional sense, but more a series of lessons from a chess expert with extensive over-the-board experience with an opening. You will gain an understanding of the opening and the middlegames to which it leads, enabling you to find the right moves and plans in your own games. It is as if you were sitting at the board with a chess coach answering your questions about the plans for both sides, the ideas behind particular moves, and what specific knowledge you need to have.
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      Chess Explained - The Modern Benoni

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      Chess Explained - The Queen's Gambit Declined
      A New Approach to Understanding the Chess Openings
      Catalog Code: B0126GB

      Books are not theoretical works in the traditional sense, but more a series of lessons from a chess expert with extensive over-the-board experience with an opening. You will gain an understanding of the opening and the middlegames to which it leads, enabling you to find the right moves and plans in your own games. It is as if you were sitting at the board with a chess coach answering your questions about the plans for both sides, the ideas behind particular moves, and what specific knowledge you need to have.
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      Chess Explained - The Queen's Gambit Declined

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      Chess Explain - The Sicilian Taimanov
      A New Approach to Understanding the Chess Openings
      Catalog Code: B0046GB

      Chess Explained is a new series of books about chess openings. They are not theoretical works in the traditional sense, but more a series of lessons from a chess expert with extensive over-the-board experience with an opening. You will gain an understanding of the opening and the middlegames to which it leads, enabling you to find the right moves and plans in your own games.
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      Chess Explain - The Sicilian Taimanov

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      Chess Explained - The Classical Sicilian
      A New Approach to Understanding the Chess Openings
      Catalog Code: B0047GB

      Chess Explained is a new series of books about chess openings. They are not theoretical works in the traditional sense, but more a series of lessons from a chess expert with extensive over-the-board experience with an opening. You will gain an understanding of the opening and the middlegames to which it leads, enabling you to find the right moves and plans in your own games.
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      Chess Explained - The Classical Sicilian

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      Creative Chess Opening Preparation
      How to Seize the Initiative and Pose Novel Problems for the Opponent
      Catalog Code: B0071GB

      Grandmaster Eingorn is an chess opening trendsetter. Throughout his career, he has introduced many novel concepts in the openings, and some of the systems he has introduced have gone on to become absolute main lines, such as the Rb1 Exchange Grunfeld. Here he explains the methods by which he prepares his openings and works out new systems from scratch, and how readers can do the same.
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      Creative Chess Opening Preparation

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      Beating the Fianchetto Defences
      A Challenging Repertoire Versus Five King's Fianchetto Defences
      Catalog Code: B0081GB

      Grivas provides a full and detailed repertoire for White against five important openings: the Grunfeld, King's Indian, Benoni, Benko and Modern. In each case, he has recommended a line in which he has a wealth of experience, and has played a significant personal role in developing over many years. The recommendations are geared towards posing Black unconventional problems: your opponents will not be able to churn out lengthy memorized variations, but will need to solve problems at the board in positions that are somewhat different in character from those normally reached in these openings.
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      Beating the Fianchetto Defences

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      Win with the London System
      Dynamic New Approaches to Make Your Opponents Crumble!
      Catalog Code: B0014GB

      The London System is a perennial favorite of club players, as it is a very sound and solid system with a real practical sting. The authors of this new book seek to maximize this sting in two principal ways.
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      Win with the London System

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      Play the 4. f3 Nimzo-Indian
      The Most Aggressive Response to the Nimzo Explained by One of it's Leading Exponents
      Catalog Code: B0035GB

      The Nimzo-Indian is an extremely popular and reliable defence, upon which most world champions have relied at some point in their careers. Black controls the vital e4-square with his pieces, and retains total flexibility with his central pawns. By playing 4. f3, White challenges Black's idea head-on. Either Black grants White control of e4, or else he must commit his pawn to d5, whereupon White can begin concrete action in the center.
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      Play the 4. f3 Nimzo-Indian

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      A Complete Guide to the Grivas Sicilian
      4... Qb6 - A Subtle and Reliable System for Black Explained in Detail
      Catalog Code: B0052GB

      This book is in every way a definitive guide: Efstratios Grivas provides the inside story on a variation of the Sicilian Defence that he has worked for more than 20 years to perfect, and which rightly bears his name. The Grivas Sicilian (1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Qb6) has proved itself sound and reliable in practice, but is also far less well investigated than most Sicilian systems.
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      A Complete Guide to the Grivas Sicilian

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      The Nimzo-Indian - 4. e3
      Comprehensive Coverage of the Long-Established Main Line of the Nimzo
      Catalog Code: B0078GB

      Ever since Nimzowitsch introduced his flexible, dynamic defence to the queen's pawn, debate has raged over White's best reply. Many variations have been in and out of fashion, but one line in particular has proved an enduring weapon - the sound and solid 4 e3 line, known as the Rubinstein Variation. The 4 e3 Nimzo is extraordinarily rich in strategy. All manner of different central pawn-structures can arise, such as the blocked centre characteristic of the Hübner Variation and a variety of IQP positions.
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      The Nimzo-Indian - 4. e3

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      Understanding the Leningrad Dutch
      An Experienced Chess Trainer's Guide to a Dynamic Opening System
      Catalog Code: B0083GB

      For many years, the Leningrad Dutch was viewed with some suspicion in view of the slight positional weaknesses created in Black's position. However, in the 1980s, dynamic new approaches were introduced by such players as Sergei Dolmatov, Evgeny Bareev, Mikhail Gurevich and especially Vladimir Malaniuk that changed the way people thought about the Leningrad Dutch. These players showed how an active approach could compensate for these defects, and offer Black excellent winning chances.
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      Understanding the Leningrad Dutch

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      The French - Tarrasch Variation
      Comprehensive Coverage of an Important Modern Chess Opening
      Catalog Code: B0028GB

      This book continues the coverage of the French Defence that was begun by Pedersen in The Main Line French: 3 Nc3. It is essential reading for all those who play the French, and for those who meet it with the popular and flexible Tarrasch Variation.
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      The French - Tarrasch Variation

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      The Sicilian Sozin
      A Life-Long Sozin Devotee Explains the Subtleties of this Aggressive System for White
      Catalog Code: B0042GB

      This book presents in detail the theory of the Sozin in all its forms, including the razor-sharp Velimirovic Attack.
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      The Sicilian Sozin

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      The Symmetrical English
      Authoritative Coverage of a Massive Opening Complex, Including the Hedgehog and Anti-Benoni
      Catalog Code: B0045GB

      The Symmetrical systems of the English Opening constitute a large and important area of modern chess opening theory. The strategic variety to be found within this book is staggering: from the sedate Symmetrical Variation to the wild gambit lines of the Anti-Benoni, and almost everything in between! This book provides detailed coverage of the theory of all lines stemming from 1 c4 c5.
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      The Symmetrical English

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      The Queen's Gambit and Catalan for Black
      A Grandmaster Explains a Solid and Dependable Repertoire
      Catalog Code: B0068GB

      Every chess-player needs a reliable defence against the Queen's Pawn Opening. The fundamental question is whether to go all-out for counterplay, which may involve a great deal of risk, or to adopt a more solid, classical approach, and first carefully neutralize White's initiative. This book shows the potential of the latter approach. By defending the Queen's Gambit Declined, Black puts a firm road-block in the way of White's ambitions.
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      The Queen's Gambit and Catalan for Black

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      Understanding Chess Move by Move
      A Top-Class Grandmaster Explains Step-By-Step How Chess Games are Won
      Catalog Code: B0086GB


      Publisher: Gambit
      Author: John Nunn
      Year of Publication: 2008 Pages: 240
      Notation Type: Figurine (FN)


      Book Description John Nunn is one of the most highly regarded chess writers in the world. He has carefully selected thirty modern games to help the reader understand the most important aspects of chess and to illustrate modern chess principles in action. Virtually every move is explained using words that everyone can understand. Jargon is avoided as far as possible. Almost all the examples are taken from the 1990s and show how key ideas are handled by the grandmasters of today. The emphasis is on general principles that readers will be able to use in their own games, and detailed analysis is only given where it is necessary. Each game contains many lessons, but to guide the reader through the most important ideas in each phase of the game, the thirty games are grouped thematically into those highlighting opening, middlegame and endgame themes. About the Author(s) John Nunn is a grandmaster from England. He has won four individual gold medals and three team silver medals at Chess Olympiads. In the Chess World Cup of 1988/9, he finished sixth overall, ahead of several former World Champions. He is arguably the most highly acclaimed chess writer in the world, with two of his books receiving the prestigious British Chess Federation Book of the Year Award.
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      Understanding Chess Move by Move

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      Gambit Guide to the Torre Attack
      An Easy-To-Learn Opening System with Real Practical Sting
      Catalog Code: B0082GB

      The Torre Attack is a very attractive system for White as it allows him/her to set the agenda from the outset, preventing many counterattacking systems. It has quick-strike potential if Black is careless or unfamiliar with the subtleties.
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      Gambit Guide to the Torre Attack

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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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