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    EBOOK - Mastering the Opening
    Catalog Code: E-B0143EM

    The opening phase of the game throws up difficult questions for those keen to study and improve their chess. In Mastering the Opening, international master Byron Jacobs outlines the key plans and strategies in all major openings and helps the reader to decide upon an opening repertoire. This guide deals with every major opening, has numerous thematic games that illustrate important principles and a revolutionary layout allows readers to absorb the key ideas.
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    EBOOK - Mastering the Opening

    $19.95
    EBOOK - Starting Out - The King's Indian
    Catalog Code: E-B0038EM

    The King's Indian is one of the most exciting defences in chess and is favoured by ambitious and aggressive players. At the highest level it has been a major weapon for World Champions Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. In this easy-to-read guide, Grandmaster Joe Gallagher goes back to the basics of the King's Indian, studying the key principles of its many variations.
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    EBOOK - Starting Out - The King's Indian

    $19.95
    EBOOK - Starting Out - Nimzo-Indian
    Catalog Code: E-B0023EM

    The Nimzo-Indian is one of the soundest and most popular defences against 1 d4, offering Black the chance to unbalance the game early on and play for a win without undue risk. Advocates include virtually all of the world's top players, including Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Vishy Anand and Anatoly Karpov. In this revolutionary book, Grandmaster Chris Ward revisits the basic principles behind the Nimzo-Indian and its many variations.
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    EBOOK - Starting Out - Nimzo-Indian

    $19.95
    E-BOOK - Starting Out - Caro-Kann
    Catalog Code: E-B0043EM

    In this easy-to-read guide, Grandmaster Joe Gallagher goes back to the basics of the Caro-Kann, studying the key principles of its many variations. Throughout the book there is an abundance of notes, tips, warnings and exercises to help the improving player, while important strategies, ideas and tactics for both sides are clearly illustrated.
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    E-BOOK - Starting Out - Caro-Kann

    $19.95
    Winning Chess Openings
    Learn 25 Essential Opening Strategies Today!
    Catalog Code: B0024CZ

    This popular book has taught tens of thousands of beginning players the key concepts of the opening, the most crucial part of every chess game. You'll learn the best opening moves from both Black's and White's perspectives. More than twenty-five essential openings are shown: King's Gambit, Center Game, Scotch Game, Giucco Piano, Vienna Game, Bishop's Opening, Ruy Lopez, French, Caro-Kann, Sicilian, Alekhine, Pirc, Modern, Queen's Gambit, Nimzo-Indian, Queen's Indian, Dutch, King's Indian, Benoni, English, Bird's, Reti's, and King's Indian Attack.
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    Winning Chess Openings

    $9.95
    Starting Out - Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: B0016EM

    Ideal for those wanting to understand the basics of the Ruy Lopez. The Ruy Lopez is one of the most famous of all chess openings. It has a long and distinguished history and has been played by virtually all of the strongest Grandmasters: Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand - the list goes on!
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    Starting Out - Ruy Lopez

    $24.95
    Starting Out - The French
    Catalog Code: B0039EM

    The French is one of Black's soundest defences to 1 e4 and is very popular at all levels of chess. Club players enjoy its super-solid structure, while at the top it's played by famous grandmasters such as Vishy Anand and the young Russian star Alexander Morozevich.
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    Starting Out - The French

    $24.95
    The Sveshnikov Sicilian
    Catalog Code: B0042BT

    The Sveshnikov Sicilian is arguably the most dynamic line in the whole of the Sicilian Defence. Black takes on certain structural weaknesses but gains active piece play as compensation, which is very much in keeping with the modern style of play. Black is not content to equalize but from the very startsets out to wrest the advantage from his opponent's hands.
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    The Sveshnikov Sicilian

    $21.95
    CLEARANCE - 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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    CLEARANCE - The Nimzo-Indian - 4. e3

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    Winning Chess Openings
    An Introduction to the Moves, Strategies, and Philosophy of Chess Openings from one of the World's Top Chess Players
    Catalog Code: B0194EM

    The two greatest challenges for beginning chess players are not only to survive the openings phase, but also to choose appropriate attack and defense formations in the process. WINNING CHESS OPENINGS shows you how to do both. In Yasser Seirawan's entertaining, easy-to-follow style, you're shown formations that can be used with other White or Black pieces.
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    Winning Chess Openings

    $26.95
    SHOPWORN - Winning Chess Openings
    An Introduction to the Moves, Strategies, and Philosophy of Chess Openings from one of the World's Top Chess Players
    Catalog Code: SWB0194EM

    The two greatest challenges for beginning chess players are not only to survive the openings phase, but also to choose appropriate attack and defense formations in the process. WINNING CHESS OPENINGS shows you how to do both. In Yasser Seirawan's entertaining, easy-to-follow style, you're shown formations that can be used with other White or Black pieces.
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    SHOPWORN - Winning Chess Openings

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    EBOOK - Taming the Sicilian
    A Repertoire for White Against the Most Popular Black Opening
    Catalog Code: E-B0212EM

    The Sicilian Defence is Black's most ambitious and popular defence to 1 e4. Finding a suitable weapon against it has taxed many a grandmaster's brain. Should White dive into the labyrinth of mountainous theory and complications, in which the player who knows the latest theoretical wrinkle is likely to prevail, or should White abstain and instead head for the more tranquil waters of the various Anti-Sicilians on offer? Perhaps the answer lies somewhere in-between!
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    EBOOK - Taming the Sicilian

    $19.95
    EBOOK - Nimzo-Indian Kasparov Variation
    4. Nf3 as Popularized by Garry Kasparov
    Catalog Code: E-B0249EM

    The Nimzo-Indian Defence is certainly one of Black's most respectable ways of meeting 1 d4; it's popular at all levels of chess and white players have been banging their heads against brick walls in trying to find an advantageous line. What can White do to throw his opponent off balance at an early stage? The answer is contained in this book!
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    EBOOK - Nimzo-Indian Kasparov Variation

    $19.95
    EBOOK - Play the Najdorf - Scheveningen Style
    A Complete Repertoire for Black in the Most Dynamic of Openings
    Catalog Code: E-B0245EM

    The Najdorf Sicilian is one of the most sharp, dynamic and popular openings that Black can play and is a firm favourite amongst the world's elite players, including world number one Garry Kasparov. From very early on, Black unbalances the game to a reach a position in which one can play for the win without exceptional risk.
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    EBOOK - Play the Najdorf - Scheveningen Style

    $19.95
    EBOOK - Starting Out - The French
    Catalog Code: E-B0039EM

    The French is one of Black's soundest defences to 1 e4 and is very popular at all levels of chess. Club players enjoy its super-solid structure, while at the top it's played by famous grandmasters such as Vishy Anand and the young Russian star Alexander Morozevich.
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    EBOOK - Starting Out - The French

    $19.95
    EBOOK - Starting Out - Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: E-B0016EM

    Ideal for those wanting to understand the basics of the Ruy Lopez.

    The Ruy Lopez is one of the most famous of all chess openings. It has a long and distinguished history and has been played by virtually all of the strongest Grandmasters: Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand - the list goes on!
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    EBOOK - Starting Out - Ruy Lopez

    $19.95
    EBOOK - Starting Out - English
    Catalog Code: E-B0024EM

    Ideal for those wanting to understand the basics of the English Opening. The English is a sophisticated and popular opening system that is suitable for all types of players and can lead to both positional and tactical middlegames. Many of the world's top players, including Kasparov and Kramnik, include the English in their openings weaponry.
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    EBOOK - Starting Out - English

    $19.95
    EBOOK - The Veresov
    Surprise Your Opponents with the Tricky 2. Nc3!
    Catalog Code: E-B0284EM

    The Veresov could be the one for you! It's a surprisingly tricky system that, in the right hands, can be forged into a powerful attacking weapon. White forgoes the normal queen's pawn opening ideas in favor of speedy development of the queenside pieces. One advantage of this underrated line is that players with the black pieces are less likely to be familiar with all the subtleties here than in a more mainstream opening.
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    EBOOK - The Veresov

    $19.95
    EBOOK - Starting Out: The Pirc/Modern
    Catalog Code: E-B0014EM

    The authors of these books are very skilled and experienced chess writers, who are used to writing for players of all levels and are renowned for their ability to explain ideas in a lucid and straightforward manner.
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    EBOOK - Starting Out: The Pirc/Modern

    $19.95
    Starting Out: The Pirc/Modern
    Catalog Code: B0014EM

    The authors of these books are very skilled and experienced chess writers, who are used to writing for players of all levels and are renowned for their ability to explain ideas in a lucid and straightforward manner.
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    Starting Out: The Pirc/Modern

    $24.95
    Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 2
    No Time to Study Opening Theory? Shock Your Opponent with an SOS!
    Catalog Code: B0002SOS

    Readers of this series can ignore large areas of the ever expanding chess opening theory. They can concentrate on these surprising ideas, because SOS variations deviate very early from the regular lines in mainstream openings. Ideal for players who don't have enough time to keep abreast with main line theory. Appears twice a year. Ready-to-go chess opening ideas.''
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    Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 2

    $21.95
    Starting Out - Queen's Indian
    Catalog Code: B0011EM

    The Queen's Indian is one of Blacks most dependable and respected defences to the queen's pawn opening. Is an established favourite amongst world-class grandmasters such as Vladimir Kramnik, Vishy Anand, Michael Adams and Judit Polgar, not to mention Anatoly Karpov, who has been a loyal Queen's Indian supporter and theory developer for over three decades.
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    Starting Out - Queen's Indian

    $24.95
    Symmetrical English 1... c5
    Catalog Code: B0087BT

    The English Opening is currently enjoying an increase in popularity and was featured regularly in the last World Championship match. 1..c5 is Black's most solid reply and theory has developed rapidly over the modern times. This is the first comprehensive coverage of the symmetrical variation in Algebraic notation and contains all significant developments since the author's earlier work ''English .. P-QB4''.
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    Symmetrical English 1... c5

    $9.95
    CLEARANCE - Offbeat King's Indian
    Lesser Known Tries to Counter this Most Popular of Defences
    Catalog Code: B0167EM

    The King's Indian is one of the most exciting and complex defences that black can employ against the queen's pawn opening. The main lines of the King's Indian are very sharp and tactical but they are also incredibly theoretical in nature it can be a full time job simply keeping up with the latest developments and fashion. So it is not surprising that many playing white choose to look elsewhere for something to counter this popular opening. In Offbeat King's Indian distinguished openings expert Krzysztof Panczyk studies unusual and less theoretical systems for white, ones that are tricky and are likely to throw the King's Indian player off his or her stride early on in the game. Variations investigated include lines with an early Bd3, ones with Nge2,l and ones involving a swift Bg5. By studying this new book, white players can arm themselves with a while new weaponry of lines against the King's Indian, while those playing Black can look closely for the recommended antidotes.
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    CLEARANCE - Offbeat King's Indian

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    SHOPWORN - Offbeat King's Indian
    Lesser Known Tries to Counter this Most Popular of Defences
    Catalog Code: SWB0167EM

    The King's Indian is one of the most exciting and complex defences that black can employ against the queen's pawn opening. The main lines of the King's Indian are very sharp and tactical but they are also incredibly theoretical in nature it can be a full time job simply keeping up with the latest developments and fashion. So it is not surprising that many playing white choose to look elsewhere for something to counter this popular opening. In Offbeat King's Indian distinguished openings expert Krzysztof Panczyk studies unusual and less theoretical systems for white, ones that are tricky and are likely to throw the King's Indian player off his or her stride early on in the game. Variations investigated include lines with an early Bd3, ones with Nge2,l and ones involving a swift Bg5. By studying this new book, white players can arm themselves with a while new weaponry of lines against the King's Indian, while those playing Black can look closely for the recommended antidotes.
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    SHOPWORN - Offbeat King's Indian

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    EBOOK - Dynamic Reti
    Catalog Code: E-B0168EM

    The Reti Opening has been a popular choice at all levels of chess for many years and is a favorite among hypermodern players who like to control the center with pieces. Yet there remains a dearth of published material on this subject ... until now. In The Dynamic Reti, Grandmaster Nigel Davies redresses the balance and advocates a repertoire for White based on this refined opening. Davies outlines the typical ideas and tactics for both White and Black, and studies both the fashionable main lines and the tricky sidelines. If you already play the Reti or are looking for a sophisticated new opening weapon, then this is essential reading.

    * A dynamic repertoire for White
    * Full explanation of the most important thematic ideas
    * Ideal for club and tournament players
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    EBOOK - Dynamic Reti

    $19.95
    EBOOK - Scandinavian
    Catalog Code: E-B0172EM

    From a theoretical backwater to a fully blown main line opening, the rise of the Scandinavian Defence (1. e4 d5) has been nothing short of meteoric. Over the past fifteen years the Scandinavian has become more and more popular both at club and Grandmaster level. It even managed to obtain an ultimate seal of approval when Vishy Anand employed it in his World Championship match with Garry Kasparov!
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    EBOOK - Scandinavian

    $19.95
    EBOOK - Starting Out - Queen's Indian
    Catalog Code: E-B0011EM

    The Queen's Indian is one of Blacks most dependable and respected defences to the queen's pawn opening. Is an established favourite amongst world-class grandmasters such as Vladimir Kramnik, Vishy Anand, Michael Adams and Judit Polgar, not to mention Anatoly Karpov, who has been a loyal Queen's Indian supporter and theory developer for over three decades.
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    EBOOK - Starting Out - Queen's Indian

    $19.95
    Starting Out - Grunfeld
    Catalog Code: B0274EM

    The Grunfeld is an energetic and popular defense to queen's pawn openings and is a favorite of the world number one Garry Kasparov. From the start of the game Black allows White to build an apparently strong centre but then attacks it with all his forces. Play can become extremely sharp and theoretical and this opening very much appeals to dynamic players.
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    Starting Out - Grunfeld

    $24.95
    Play the King's Indian
    A Complete Repertoire for Black in the Most Dynamic of Openings
    Catalog Code: B0290EM

    The King's Indian has always been one of the sharpest, most complex and popular openings that Black can play; it still provides the setting for many encounters at the elite level of Grandmaster chess. Straight from the start, Black fights for the initiative and in many variations, while White pursues material gains, it is Black who has the psychological advantage of trying checkmate the opponent's king.
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    Play the King's Indian

    $24.95
    EBOOK - Starting Out - Rook Endgames
    Catalog Code: E-B0009EM

    In this easy-to-read guide, Grandmaster and well-known endgames expert Chris Ward begins with the absolute fundamentals of rook endgames. He gradually arms the reader with the indispensable knowledge and confidence needed to move onto slightly trickier positions. Using examples from practical play, Ward highlights the correct plans as well as the typical mistakes made by both attacker and defender.
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    EBOOK - Starting Out - Rook Endgames

    $19.95
    Starting Out - King's Indian Attack
    Catalog Code: B0003EM

    The King's Indian Attack was a firm favourite of the legendary Bobby Fischer, and more recently it has been utilised with great success by world-class Grandmasters such as Alexander Morozevich. The renowned chess coach Mark Dvoretsky regards the King's Indian Attack as a perfect weapon on which to base an opening repertoire.
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    Starting Out - King's Indian Attack

    $24.95
    Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 3
    No Time to Study Opening Theory? Shock Your Opponent with an SOS!
    Catalog Code: B0003SOS

    Readers of this series can ignore large areas of the ever expanding chess opening theory. They can concentrate on these surprising ideas, because SOS variations deviate very early from the regular lines in mainstream openings. Ideal for players who don't have enough time to keep abreast with main line theory. Appears twice a year. Ready-to-go chess opening ideas.
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    Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 3

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    CLEARANCE - Tactics in the Chess Opening - VOLUME 3
    French Defence and Other Half-Open Games
    Catalog Code: B0003TITO

    For casual players and club players. Every chess player loves to win early in the game with a deadly combination or a cunning trap. On the other hand, nobody wants to be tricked by his opponent before the game has really started.
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    CLEARANCE - Tactics in the Chess Opening - VOLUME 3

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    Starting Out - Slav and Semi-Slav
    Catalog Code: B0004EM

    The very closely linked Slav and Semi-Slav Defences are two of the most popular and combative openings that Black can play against the Queen's Gambit. They have provided the battleground for thousands of exciting encounters between the world's chess elite, including Garry Kasparov, Vishy Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Alexei Shirov and Alexander Morozevich.
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    Starting Out - Slav and Semi-Slav

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    Starting Out - Dutch Defence
    Catalog Code: B0006EM

    The Dutch Defence is an ambitious and underrated counter to the queen's pawn opening. With his very first move Black creates an asymmetrical pawn structure, thus unbalancing the position from a very early stage and allowing both White and Black players to fight for the initiative. Black also has many options within the Dutch Defence, from the ultra-solid Stonewall formation through to the fluid Classical System and the dynamic Leningrad Variation.
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    Starting Out - Dutch Defence

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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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