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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Winning With the Modern London System

    Winning With the Modern London System

    $27.50
    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
  5. 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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  6. 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
  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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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  13. SHOPWORN - My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White

    SHOPWORN - My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White

    Regular Price: $21.95

    Special Price $10.98

    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
  14. 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
  15. 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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  16. NIC Yearbook 119 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    NIC Yearbook 119 - 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. The Caro-Kann Defense - Classical Variation

    The Caro-Kann Defense - Classical Variation

    $28.95
    For more than thirty years Anatoly Karpov has been wholly committed to the Classical Variation of the Caro-Kann at top tournaments, including world championship matches. This publication focuses on the currently most popular system of the Caro-Kann (1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 de 4. Ne4 Bf5). Once you crack open this book you'll explore the path taken by Karpov and Podgaets, step by step, move by move. This is the path of groundbreaking discoveries and stunning victories. Learn More
  23. 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
  24. SHOPWORN - Anti-Sicilians - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - Anti-Sicilians - Move by Move

    Regular Price: $29.95

    Special Price $14.98

    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
  25. 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
  26. Playing 1. e4 e5 - A Classic Repertoire

    Playing 1. e4 e5 - A Classic Repertoire

    $29.95
    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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. SHOPWORN - A Chess Opening Repertoire for Blitz and Rapid

    SHOPWORN - A Chess Opening Repertoire for Blitz and Rapid

    Regular Price: $29.95

    Special Price $14.98

    In blitz, even more than in ‘classical chess’, it is important to make the right decisions quickly and almost instinctively. That is why world-famous opening expert Grandmaster Evgeny Sveshnikov and his son, International Master Vladimir Sveshnikov, have created a chess opening repertoire for club players that is forcing, both narrow and deep, and aggressive. Learn More
  30. A Chess Opening Repertoire for Blitz and Rapid

    A Chess Opening Repertoire for Blitz and Rapid

    $29.95
    In blitz, even more than in ‘classical chess’, it is important to make the right decisions quickly and almost instinctively. That is why world-famous opening expert Grandmaster Evgeny Sveshnikov and his son, International Master Vladimir Sveshnikov, have created a chess opening repertoire for club players that is forcing, both narrow and deep, and aggressive. Learn More
  31. SHOPWORN - The Queen's Indian - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - The Queen's Indian - Move by Move

    Regular Price: $27.95

    Special Price $13.98

    In this book, International Master and chess coach Lorin D’Costa invites you to join him in studying the Queen’s Indian. He highlights the typical plans and tactics for both sides, constructs a practical repertoire for Black and provides answers to all the key questions. *Essential guidance and training with the Queen’s Indian *Includes repertoire options for Black *Utilizes an ideal approach to chess study Learn More
  32. The Queen's Indian - Move by Move

    The Queen's Indian - Move by Move

    $27.95
    In this book, International Master and chess coach Lorin D’Costa invites you to join him in studying the Queen’s Indian. He highlights the typical plans and tactics for both sides, constructs a practical repertoire for Black and provides answers to all the key questions. *Essential guidance and training with the Queen’s Indian *Includes repertoire options for Black *Utilizes an ideal approach to chess study Learn More
  33. The Safest Scandinavian

    The Safest Scandinavian

    $27.95
    This book presents a Black repertoire based on the Scandinavian Defence with 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6. This is the safest yet aggressive queen retreat. It allows Black to increase pressure on d4 with ...0-0-0 or ...Rd8 while keeping coordination in the centre. Learn More
  34. The Complete Polar Bear System

    The Complete Polar Bear System

    $14.95
    1.f4 is the Bird opening. It was played by Henry Bird. He wanted to leave the mainstream and create new original positions. He liked a setup with b3 and Bb2. The Polar Bear System (PBS) was played with the same intention. To leave the trodden theory paths and enter new undiscovered terrain. The system starts with a fianchetto of the Kings bishop after 1.f4,d5. PBS players want to enter interesting and original positions where it is difficult for Black to play for a flat equality. The book is for club players but also professionals can get inspiration. Learn More
  35. SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 117 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 117 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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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
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    NIC Yearbook 117 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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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

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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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