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  1. The Sicilian Sveshnikov - Move by Move

    The Sicilian Sveshnikov - Move by Move

    $29.95
    The Sveshnikov is a very important variation of the Sicilian Defence. One of the Sveshnikov's main attractions is that it provides a battleground for one of the key conflicts in chess: structure versus activity. Black sacrifices structure in return for active piece play – a dynamic that regularly leads to sharp and complex positions, rich in strategic and tactical possibilities. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala invites the reader to join him in studying the Sveshnikov Sicilian. Learn More
  2. The Zaitsev System

    The Zaitsev System

    $29.95
    The Zaitsev System is one of the most dynamic setups for Black in the ever popular Ruy Lopez chess opening. When Alexey Kuzmin joined the coaching staff of World Champion Anatoly Karpov in the 1980s he started analysing the Zaitsev System, and later continued his investigations as a second of Alexander Morozevich. For this book he has updated and improved his analysis, and found countless innovations that change the assessments of many lines. Learn More
  3. The Modern Openings in Theory and Practice

    The Modern Openings in Theory and Practice

    $19.95
    This major work of the famous Russian chess openings theorist Alexei Sokolsky is distinguished by its original approach to the subject. Whereas other standard books deal with openings mainly in the form of lines and variations, Sokolsky's is a distinctive and analytical treatment. The effect of the openings on the game as it proceeds is explained and developed. Learn More
  4. The Fighting Dragon

    The Fighting Dragon

    $15.95
    The Fighting Dragon is a revolutionary Chess book, allowing the reader to adsorb key patterns and themes that crop up over and over again in the Dragon variation of the Sicilian Defense. Using a carefully selected collection of short games from international play, Powell shows the dangers that lurk for White in one of the sharpest lines from the whole Sicilian complex, the Yugoslav Attack. In the process, the author lays out a different approach to mastering not just the opening, but both chess and even life itself. Learn More
  5. King's Indian Warfare

    King's Indian Warfare

    $29.95
    King’s Indian Warfare is a practical guide to the most dynamic and ambitious defense against 1.d4. Learn to play the King’s Indian like a world-class attacker from a life-long expert. Smirin explains the main themes in the King's Indian and annotates his best games with the opening, carefully explaining the basis for his many successes. Learn More
  6. Grandmaster Repertoire - Beating Minor Openings

    Grandmaster Repertoire - Beating Minor Openings

    $32.50
    Beating Minor Openings offers a world-class repertoire for Black against every sensible first move apart from 1.d4 and 1.e4. GM Victor Mikhalevski advocates an ambitious approach for Black, with the aim of occupying the centre and fighting for an advantage, rather than mere equality, wherever possible. Learn More
  7. Grandmaster Repertoire 1B - 1. d4 - The Queen's Gambit

    Grandmaster Repertoire 1B - 1. d4 - The Queen's Gambit

    $29.95
    When Boris Avrukh released his 1.d4 repertoire in 2008, it revolutionized chess opening books. Now Avrukh is back with an expanded, updated and revamped 1.d4 repertoire. Volume 1B supplies a top-class repertoire for White with the Queen's Gambit, covering defences such as the Slav, Queen's Gambit Accepted, Chigorin, Tarrasch and various others. Learn More
  8. First Steps - The Colle and London System

    First Steps - The Colle and London System

    $24.95
    The Colle and London are opening systems for White starting with 1 d4. They are very popular choices at club level. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala examines both openings in detail and provides a highly practical repertoire for White based on a mix of the Colle and the London. Learn More
  9. The Agile London System

    The Agile London System

    $29.95
    it is surprising that so little has been published about this fascinating universal weapon.In The Agile London System, the authors present both historical material and recent top-level examples to provide a comprehensive overview. It explain the typical plans and tactics using illustrative games with clear verbal explanations, and provide lots of tactical and strategic exercises. Learn More
  10. Your Opponent is Overrated

    Your Opponent is Overrated

    $24.95
    Even the very best players recognize the value of discomforting the opponent. This is the key theme of this book. Schuyler covers all phases of the game and discusses other vital subjects such as harassment, material imbalance, time management, surprise moves, unusual ideas, provocative play, manoeuvres and recovering from bad positions Learn More
  11. Grandmaster Repertoire - 1. e4 vs. the Sicilian III

    Grandmaster Repertoire - 1. e4 vs. the Sicilian III

    $29.95
    The fourth volume of the Grandmaster Repertoire – 1.e4 series provides a top-class repertoire against the Taimanov, Kan and Scheveningen systems, plus all the other Sicilian lines that were not covered in the previous volumes. Negi takes the established main lines and injects them with his own innovative ideas, making the repertoire a nightmare for Sicilian players and an essential addition to the library of every ambitious player. Learn More
  12. New Weapons in the King's Indian

    New Weapons in the King's Indian

    $31.50
    In this book, Grandmaster Milos Pavlovic investigates one of the most popular openings: the King's Indian, with a focus on little explored dynamic ways to counter the basic White system. Learn More
  13. NIC Yearbook 120 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    NIC Yearbook 120 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    $39.95
    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! Learn More
  14. NIC Yearbook 120 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    NIC Yearbook 120 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    $33.95
    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! Learn More
  15. The Sicilian Dragon - Move by Move

    The Sicilian Dragon - Move by Move

    $29.95
    In this book, FIDE Master Carsten Hansen invites you to join him in studying the Sicilian Dragon and its many variations. Using illustrative games, he explains the main positional and tactical ideas for both sides, provides answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about successfully playing the Sicilian Dragon. Learn More
  16. Playing 1.e4 - Caro-Kann, 1.. E5 & Minor Lines

    Playing 1.e4 - Caro-Kann, 1.. E5 & Minor Lines

    $31.95

    Developing a punchy repertoire with 1.e4 requires extensive research, mixed with fine judgement and a good deal of creativity. In this two-volume work, GM John Shaw supplies an ambitious and dynamic arsenal of ideas for White. The repertoire is built around main lines, with many innovative suggestions that will cause no end of trouble to your opponents.

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  17. Winning With the Modern London System

    Winning With the Modern London System

    $27.50

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    In this book the London System opening is presented using all of the most important games with thorough comments, through which the readers will have the opportunity to understand the essence of this opening. Author Grandmaster Nikola Sedlak will show that this system is fully deserving of your attention for analysing and playing, that it's unjustly neglected in comparison with other openings and also that it gives players myriad interesting positions on the board, free and creative play, with lots of space for further growth and improvement.  Learn More
  18. First Steps - The French

    First Steps - The French

    $24.95

    In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala explains the basic ideas in the French and examines the important variations. The key ideas are emphasized with notes, tips and warnings and the reader’s understanding is tested with frequent exercises. This book tells you everything you need to know in order to take your first steps with the French Defense.

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  19. Attacking the English and Reti

    Attacking the English and Reti

    $27.95
    This book offers an active Black repertoire against The English Opening 1.c4, the Reti 1.Nf3, and their siblings that arise after 1.g3. The authors advocate for seizing space in the centre with ...c6 and d5, followed up by ...e4 or ...d4. They pay special attention on the ideas behind the moves, leaving the detailed coverage for the "Step by Step" sections. Learn More
  20. Bf4 in the Queen's Gambit and the Exchange Slav

    Bf4 in the Queen's Gambit and the Exchange Slav

    $29.95

    Alexey Dreev analyses many different ways for White to fight for the opening advantage in two modern schemes, in the Slav Defense and in the Queen's Gambit Declined. His choice in the Slav Defense is the exchange variation, which is becoming more and more popular among the average level chess players, as well as at top level. It looked like Black could equalize, but lately White often managed to create problems for Black. By playing 3.cxd5, after the moves 1 d4 d5 2.c4 c6, White tries to obtain an advantage, but also avoids the main lines of the Slav Defense, which may arise following 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4. 

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  21. Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening - Vol 1

    Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening - Vol 1

    $31.95
    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. Learn More
  22. Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening - Vol 2

    Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening - Vol 2

    $31.95
    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. Learn More
  23. A Simple Chess Opening Repertoire for White

    A Simple Chess Opening Repertoire for White

    $19.95

    By carefully choosing variations that lead to similar structures, IM Sam Collins has put together a powerful repertoire book ideal for players with limited study time. White opens with 1 e4 and develops his pieces to natural squares, seeking open lines and the initiative.

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  24. My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White

    My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White

    $21.95
    Every chess player needs to decide which openings he is going to play. But where do you start? Experienced French chess trainer Vincent Moret provides a complete, ready-to-go chess opening repertoire for White with a sound set of lines that do not outdate rapidly, do not require memorization and are easy to digest for beginning players and other amateurs. Learn More
  25. NIC Yearbook 119 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    NIC Yearbook 119 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    $39.95

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    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! Learn More
  26. The Pirc - Move by Move

    The Pirc - Move by Move

    $27.95

    In this book, Grandmaster Nigel Davies invites you to join him in a study of the Pirc Defense and its many variations. He shares his experience and knowledge with the opening, provides repertoire options for Black, offers answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about playing the Pirc Defense.

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  27. Kotronias on the King's Indian - Volume 4

    Kotronias on the King's Indian - Volume 4

    $29.95
    The all-time greats Petrosian and Gligoric lend their names to systems examined after the further 5.Nf30 O-O 6.Be2 e5, with 7.d5 and 7.Be3 respectively, while the dreaded Exchange Variation 7.dxe5 is also discussed and dismantled. Dynamic coverage of Makogonov's 5.Nf3/6.h3, Karpov's 5.h3/6.Be3, Larsen's 5.Nf3/6.Be3 and Averbakh's 5.Be2 completes this extensive work. Learn More
  28. NIC Yearbook 119 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    NIC Yearbook 119 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    $33.95
    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! Learn More
  29. The Fianchetto Solution

    The Fianchetto Solution

    $24.95
    When experienced chess teacher Emmanuel Neiman learned that some of his pupils hesitated to play in competitions for fear of being crushed in the opening, he wanted to help. Neiman knew that amateurs have little time to seriously study opening theory, so he had to come up with a practical, complete, easy-to-learn and solid opening repertoire that would not outdate rapidly.The result is a complete and practical repertoire which will give club players a sound and flexible middlegame position they can feel at home in. Learn More
  30. Unknown Weapons in the Grunfeld

    Unknown Weapons in the Grunfeld

    $25.95
    The Grunfeld Defence is one of the most dynamic openings for black. The opening was developed by two famous World Champions, namely Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov.

    While theory is far from being exhausted and still developing, our author Grandmaster Milos Pavlovic made a strange case and found new alternatives to battle White's setups. Learn More
  31. The Taimanov Bible

    The Taimanov Bible

    $31.95
    The Sicilian Taimanov is one of the greatest dynamic opening choices for Black. The resulting positions are rich in dynamic, positional and strategic play. The authors have delivered a user-friendly work for players of all levels. Learn More
  32. The Spanish Main Road

    The Spanish Main Road

    $29.95
    This book presents an opening repertoire for Black to players who are not excited by defending the dull endgames in the “Berlin Wall” variation and who strive for initiative, counterplay and a tense fight, having in mind the strategy of reliability defined by Tigran Petrosian. Learn More
  33. Anti-Sicilians - Move by Move

    Anti-Sicilians - Move by Move

    $29.95
    Anyone who plays the Sicilian Defence as Black must be prepared to meet a whole host of options for White known as the Anti-Sicilians. These includes popular choices such as the c3-Sicilian, the Grand Prix Attack, the Closed Sicilian, the King’s Indian Attack and all Bb5 lines, as well as numerous gambits and tricky sidelines which can be very difficult to meet for the unwary player. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala examines the Anti-Sicilian lines and provides repertoire options for Black against all of them. Learn More
  34. NIC Yearbook 118 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    NIC Yearbook 118 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    $33.95
    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! Learn More
  35. SHOPWORN - Playing 1. e4 e5 - A Classic Repertoire

    SHOPWORN - Playing 1. e4 e5 - A Classic Repertoire

    Regular Price: $29.95

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    In Playing1.e4 e5 – A Classical Repertoire, Nikolaos Ntirlis offers the best of both worlds: a complete repertoire against 1.e4, built on sound positional principles, which does not require excessive memorization. Against the Spanish the author recommends the Breyer System, one of the most stable, computer-proof options at Black's disposal. The Scotch, Italian, Four Knights and various other sidelines and gambits are handled with the same clarity and efficiency. Learn More
  36. NIC Yearbook 118 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    NIC Yearbook 118 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    $39.95
    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! Learn More

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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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