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    1. EBOOK - The French Winawer - Move by Move

      EBOOK - The French Winawer - Move by Move

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      This series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practicing of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Learn More
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      This series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practicing of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Learn More
    3. Spanish Inquisition - Zaitsev Variation

      Spanish Inquisition - Zaitsev Variation

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      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. Learn More
    4. Grandmaster Repertoire 13 - The Open Spanish

      Grandmaster Repertoire 13 - The Open Spanish

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      Grandmaster Repertoire 13 – The Open Spanish provides a complete repertoire for Black after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6, based on the Open Variation which occurs after 5.0–0 Nxe4. Black’s system is built on the principles of fast and active development, and fighting for the initiative whenever the opportunity arises. Learn More
    5. Winning Chess Traps

      Winning Chess Traps

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      A modernized collection of 300 traps in the chess openings used today. The dead wood of traps in unused openings has been cut away and replaced try new traps in the latest openings. Each trap complete in itself-an introductory explanation, opening moves, diagram of position when trap is sprung, concluding moves to check-mate, or decisive win of material. All classes of players, weak or strong, need the vital information in this book to avoid pitfalls or catch an unwary opponent napping. Learn More
    6. Catalan - 3RD EDITION

      Catalan - 3RD EDITION

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      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 Learn More
    7. Practical Chess Openings

      Practical Chess Openings

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      Practical Chess Openings is a basic openings book covering all the major openings, in alphabetical order. At the beginning of each section is a general description of the opening and its history, including the names of famous players who played it. Learn More
    8. Theorie der Schach-Eroffnungen - GERMAN EDITION

      Theorie der Schach-Eroffnungen - GERMAN EDITION

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      Hinweis uber die Entstehung mit einer biografischen Erganzung. Dr. Euwe hat es verstanden, durch seine einfache und methodische Kommentierung der Eroffnungsgedanken und der Zugfolgen den schwierigen Stoff jedermann leicht zuganglich zu machen. Was die Euwe'schen Werke speziell auszeichnet, ist vor allem ihre grossartige Klarheit im Aufbau der verschiedenen Systeme, die jederzeit ein rasches Nachschlagen der gewunschten Variante erlaubt. Dieses Werk hat schon vielen Schachfreunden zur Meisterstarke verholfen! Learn More
    9. Theory of Chess Openings - Open Games

      Theory of Chess Openings - Open Games

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      Paul Keres. The theory of chess openings. In two books. Open debuts. Tallinn Estonian state. ed. 1949, 1952. 288 p. Before applying the novelty in the opening, make sure you did not write about it. Keres, half a century ago! In depth study, this work has no equal. Materials offered in the book are systematic sampling, and of course, a critical treatment of the vast material that the theory and practice of chess found mostly in the last half century, and which, taken together, form what is generally accepted to call "opening theory." 48). Learn More
    10. The Dynamic Benko Gambit

      The Dynamic Benko Gambit

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      The Benko Gambit is a great opening for those who like active play. Black sacrifices a pawn in order to activate his pieces on the queenside, and generally gains enduring pressure.

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    11. The Powerful Catalan

      The Powerful Catalan

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      In this book top Grandmaster Victor Bologan presents a complete repertoire for White. He covers all of Black’s options as well as possible transpositions to other openings.

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    12. Grandmaster Repertoire 11 - Beating 1.d4 Sidelines

      Grandmaster Repertoire 11 - Beating 1.d4 Sidelines

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      Grandmaster Repertoire 11 – Beating 1.d4 Sidelines provides a sound and active repertoire against virtually every non-standard opening line at White’s disposal after both 1.d4 d5 and 1.d4 Nf6.

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    13. The Modern Defense - Move by Move

      The Modern Defense - Move by Move

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      The Modern Defence is an ambitious, counter-attacking choice for Black which can be played against all mainline openings. In typical hypermodern style, Black allows White to occupy the centre and then undermines this centre by attacking it with pawns and pieces. In this book, Cyrus Lakdawala examines the key variations of the Modern Defence. He shares his experience and knowledge, presents a repertoire for Black and provides answers to all the key questions. Learn More
    14. SHOPWORN - The Modern Defense - Move by Move

      SHOPWORN - The Modern Defense - Move by Move

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      The Modern Defence is an ambitious, counter-attacking choice for Black which can be played against all mainline openings. In typical hypermodern style, Black allows White to occupy the centre and then undermines this centre by attacking it with pawns and pieces. In this book, Cyrus Lakdawala examines the key variations of the Modern Defence. He shares his experience and knowledge, presents a repertoire for Black and provides answers to all the key questions. Learn More
    15. Janowski - Indian Defence

      Janowski - Indian Defence

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      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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    16. The Sharpest Sicilian 2012

      The Sharpest Sicilian 2012

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      Five years after the first edition, the book was completely rewritten and redesigned. While remaining true to the original structure, this new edition underwent major changes.

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    17. Playing 1. d4 - The Indian Defences

      Playing 1. d4 - The Indian Defences

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      Chess players are offered an ambitious repertoire for White with 1.d4 in two volumes, with this book covering all lines except 1...d5. The repertoire is based on classical lines and inspired by Botvinnik’s approach. Learn More
    18. The Nimzo-Indian - Move by Move

      The Nimzo-Indian - Move by Move

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      Chess players are offered an ambitious repertoire for White with 1.d4 in two volumes, with this book covering all lines except 1...d5. The repertoire is based on classical lines and inspired by Botvinnik’s approach. Learn More
    19. Attack with Black

      Attack with Black

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      Aveskulov examines all of White's options and move-orders after 1 d4 Nf6, and shows an aggressive reply to each of them. Learn More
    20. EBOOK - The Nimzo-Indian - Move by Move

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      Chess players are offered an ambitious repertoire for White with 1.d4 in two volumes, with this book covering all lines except 1...d5. The repertoire is based on classical lines and inspired by Botvinnik’s approach.

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    21. Complete Slav I

      Complete Slav I

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      The Slav Defense is currently the most popular closed opening, appearing in the opening repertoire of the overwhelming majority of top class grandmasters. A competitive chess player playing 1.d4 faces the opening in almost every tournament, and for Black it can be used in just about every second game. Learn More
    22. Play the French - 4th EDITION

      Play the French - 4th EDITION

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      The wait is over. Finally it's here... the much anticipated 4th edition of John Watson's Play the French – the must-have book for all French Defence players for over 20 years! Learn More
    23. EBOOK - Play the French - 4th EDITION

      EBOOK - Play the French - 4th EDITION

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      The wait is over. Finally it's here... the much anticipated 4th edition of John Watson's Play the French – the must-have book for all French Defence players for over 20 years! Learn More
    24. Mission - Checkmate! with the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit

      Mission - Checkmate! with the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit

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      This is a book for chess players who love to play for checkmate from the very first move.

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    25. The English - Move by Move

      The English - Move by Move

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      This series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and knowledge. Learn More
    26. EBOOK - The English - Move by Move

      EBOOK - The English - Move by Move

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      This series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and knowledge. Learn More
    27. SHOPWORN - The English - Move by Move

      SHOPWORN - The English - Move by Move

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      This series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and knowledge. Learn More
    28. Chess Developments - The Pirc

      Chess Developments - The Pirc

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      In this book, James Vigus examines the most theoretically important and instructive Pirc games since the publication of his highly acclaimed The Pirc in Black and White, highlighting the main developments and novelties for both sides. Studying this book will provide you with vital information on a popular opening.

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    29. EBOOK - Chess Developments - The Pirc

      EBOOK - Chess Developments - The Pirc

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      In this book, James Vigus examines the most theoretically important and instructive Pirc games since the publication of his highly acclaimed The Pirc in Black and White, highlighting the main developments and novelties for both sides. Studying this book will provide you with vital information on a popular opening.

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    30. SHOPWORN - Chess Developments - The Pirc

      SHOPWORN - Chess Developments - The Pirc

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      In this book, James Vigus examines the most theoretically important and instructive Pirc games since the publication of his highly acclaimed The Pirc in Black and White, highlighting the main developments and novelties for both sides. Studying this book will provide you with vital information on a popular opening.

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    31. The Modern French

      The Modern French

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      This is a complete and up-to-date work for players of all levels, and contains brand-new concepts in topical modern lines such as the Steinitz, McCutcheon and Morozevich Variations.

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    32. A Strategic Chess Opening Repertoire for White

      A Strategic Chess Opening Repertoire for White

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      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. Learn More
    33. Modern Stonewall Dutch

      Modern Stonewall Dutch

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      Publisher: ISHI Press
      Author: Eric Schiller
      Year of Publication: 2012 (Reprint)

      Pages: 160
      Notation 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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    34. Who's Afraid of the King's Gambit - 3RD EDITION

      Who's Afraid of the King's Gambit - 3RD EDITION

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      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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    35. The Four Knights - Move by Move

      The Four Knights - Move by Move

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      The Four Knights is an opening with a long and distinguished history. Despite its deceptively quiet appearance, it can lead to extremely sharp play

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    36. The Torre Attack - Move by Move

      The Torre Attack - Move by Move

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      This new series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge.

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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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