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    SHOPWORN - The Scandinavian - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0368EM

    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.
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    A Practical White Repertoire with 1. d4 and 2. c4 - VOL. 1
    The Complete Queen's Gambit
    Catalog Code: B0106EU

    Most players, including the author, have no inclination to devote all their time to studying opening variations. Therefore, we have decided not to cover 1.e2-e4. As our main opening weapon for White we have chosen the closed openings arising after 1.d2-d4, in which an understanding of chess and a knowledge of the typical resources in the middle game and the endgame are often much more important than a detailed knowledge of a large number of variations.
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    A Practical White Repertoire with 1. d4 and 2. c4 - VOL. 1

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    The Complete Kalashnikov
    Catalog Code: B0004EV

    If you are looking for a deadly weapon against 1.e4, the Kalashnikov Sicilian could well be your best choice! The Kalashnikov is a special opening were theoretical knowledge plays an important role. It’s in 1834 that the French champion Labourdonnais played 4...e5 for the first time. But the Kalashnikov is a decidedly modern opening. That’s why the opening only started gaining in popularity in the late 1980’s, in particular thanks to the famous Russian grandmaster Evgeny Sveshnikov. Ever since, many top level players have added it to their repertoire: Pavel Tregubov, Alexei Fedorov, Etienne Bacrot, Alexander Moiseenko and Teimour Radjabov. Grandmasters Cornette and Libiszewski always thought that the Kalashnikov, which promises Black dynamic compensation in exchange for the apparent weakness of the d5 square and the backwards d6 pawn, was not well-known enough and that its potential was underestimated.
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    The Complete Kalashnikov

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    Dreev vs. the Benoni
    Catalog Code: B0096EU

    Dreev is the winner of many international tournaments. With the Russian team, he was three-time Olympic gold medalist and one-time silver medalist. He has also won the World team championsgip twice-in 1997 and 2005. European champion for rapid chess. Dreev is a leading expert on opening theory and a renowned chess author. His previous books, published by Chess Stars, are My One Hundred Best Games, The Moscow & Anti-Moscow Variations and The Meran and Anti-Meran Variations.
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    Dreev vs. the Benoni

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    EBOOK - The Colle - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: E-B0366EM

    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.
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    EBOOK - The Colle - Move by Move

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    The Colle - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0366EM

    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.
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    The Colle - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - The Colle - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0366EM

    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.
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    SHOPWORN - The Colle - Move by Move

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    Play the Tarrasch
    2nd Edition
    Catalog Code: B0239IS

    The Tarrasch Defence to the Queen's Gambit, which arises after 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Ne3 c5, is one ofthe most flexible systems at Black's disposa. He can choose the aggressive attacking play of the Von Henning-Schara Gambit, sharp positional play of the isolated pawn positions in teh Classical Tarrasch, or take a chance on the risky Swedish variation.
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    Play the Tarrasch

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    The Dark Knight System
    A Repertoire with 1...Nc6
    Catalog Code: B0364EM

    Welcome to the Dark Knight System, a weapon which can be used against virtually every opening White can play! In the Dark Knight System, Black begins with 1...Nc6 and adopts a dark-square strategy.
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    The Dark Knight System

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    SHOPWORN - The Dark Knight System
    A Repertoire with 1...Nc6
    Catalog Code: SWB0364EM

    Welcome to the Dark Knight System, a weapon which can be used against virtually every opening White can play! In the Dark Knight System, Black begins with 1...Nc6 and adopts a dark-square strategy.
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    SHOPWORN - The Dark Knight System

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    E-BOOK The Dark Knight System
    A Repertoire with 1...Nc6
    Catalog Code: E-B0364EM

    Welcome to the Dark Knight System, a weapon which can be used against virtually every opening White can play! In the Dark Knight System, Black begins with 1...Nc6 and adopts a dark-square strategy.
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    E-BOOK The Dark Knight System

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    The Perfect Pirc-Modern
    Strategic ideas and Powerful Weapons
    Catalog Code: B0125NIC

    In The Perfect Pirc-Modern, Viktor Moskalenko, a renowned propagator of dynamic play who has championed the Pirc-Modern for many years, presents and explains:
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    The Perfect Pirc-Modern

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    Grandmaster Repertoire 12 - The Modern Benoni
    Catalog Code: B0075QT

    The Modern Benoni arises after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6. It leads to unbalanced structures and exciting play, so it has naturally been a favourite of ambitious attacking players such as Tal, Fischer and, more recently, Topalov, Ivanchuk and Gashimov.
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    Grandmaster Repertoire 12 - The Modern Benoni

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    A Pocket Guide to the Chess openings
    Catalog Code: B0224IS

    This book is exactly what is claims to be: A handy reference guide to the basic chess openings, yet small enough to be carried around in the pocket.
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    A Pocket Guide to the Chess openings

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    Sicilian Defense:Grand Prix Attack
    Catalog Code: B0226IS

    The f4 Sicilian has become popular and feared because it avoids the frightening amount of knowledge required to play Open Sicilians. It is often not treated with the respect it deserves. The strategic aims are quite simple to understand: CHECKMATE. The first edition was written when the Grand Prix Attack was just becoming noticed by strong chess players. Now there are over 20,000 examples in the databases. Nevertheless, the opening remains based more on the ideas explained by authors Hodgson and Day than on “theory”.
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    Sicilian Defense:Grand Prix Attack

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    EBOOK - Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez
    Dazzle Your Opponents!
    Catalog Code: E-B0363EM

    Dangerous Weapons is a series of opening books which supply the reader with an abundance of hard-hitting ideas to revitalize his or her opening repertoire. In this book, three opening experts team up and take a contemporary look at the Ruy Lopez, one of the most popular chess openings. Instead of analysing the well-trodden main lines they concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations, selecting a wealth of ‘dangerous’ options for both colours. Whether playing White or Black, a study of this book will leave you confident and fully-armed, and your opponents running for cover!
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    EBOOK - Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez

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    Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez
    Dazzle Your Opponents!
    Catalog Code: B0363EM

    Dangerous Weapons is a series of opening books which supply the reader with an abundance of hard-hitting ideas to revitalize his or her opening repertoire. In this book, three opening experts team up and take a contemporary look at the Ruy Lopez, one of the most popular chess openings. Instead of analysing the well-trodden main lines they concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations, selecting a wealth of ‘dangerous’ options for both colours. Whether playing White or Black, a study of this book will leave you confident and fully-armed, and your opponents running for cover!
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    Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez

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    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez
    Dazzle Your Opponents!
    Catalog Code: SWB0363EM

    Dangerous Weapons is a series of opening books which supply the reader with an abundance of hard-hitting ideas to revitalize his or her opening repertoire. In this book, three opening experts team up and take a contemporary look at the Ruy Lopez, one of the most popular chess openings. Instead of analysing the well-trodden main lines they concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations, selecting a wealth of ‘dangerous’ options for both colours. Whether playing White or Black, a study of this book will leave you confident and fully-armed, and your opponents running for cover!
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    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez

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    The French Winawer - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0362EM

    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.
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    The French Winawer - Move by Move

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    EBOOK - The French Winawer - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: E-B0362EM

    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.
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    EBOOK - The French Winawer - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - The French Winawer - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0362EM

    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.
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    SHOPWORN - The French Winawer - Move by Move

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    Spanish Inquisition - Zaitsev Variation
    Catalog Code: B0216IS

    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.
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    Spanish Inquisition - Zaitsev Variation

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    Grandmaster Repertoire 13 - The Open Spanish
    Tired of Bad Positions? Try the Main Lines!
    Catalog Code: B0073QT

    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.
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    Grandmaster Repertoire 13 - The Open Spanish

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    Winning Chess Traps
    300 Ways to Win In the Opening
    Catalog Code: B0210IS

    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.
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    Winning Chess Traps

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    Catalan - 3RD EDITION
    Catalog Code: B0215IS

    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
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    Catalan - 3RD EDITION

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    Practical Chess Openings
    Catalog Code: B0205IS

    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.
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    Practical Chess Openings

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    Theorie der Schach-Eroffnungen - GERMAN EDITION
    Teil I-II Damengambit
    Catalog Code: B0208IS

    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!
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    Theorie der Schach-Eroffnungen - GERMAN EDITION

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    Theory of Chess Openings - Open Games - RUSSIAN EDITION
    Catalog Code: B0202IS

    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).
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    Theory of Chess Openings - Open Games - RUSSIAN EDITION

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    The Dynamic Benko Gambit
    An Attacking Repertoire for Black
    Catalog Code: B0121NIC

    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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    The Dynamic Benko Gambit

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    The Powerful Catalan
    A Complete Repertoire For White
    Catalog Code: B0122NIC

    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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    The Powerful Catalan

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    Grandmaster Repertoire 11 - Beating 1.d4 Sidelines
    Catalog Code: B0071QT

    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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    Grandmaster Repertoire 11 - Beating 1.d4 Sidelines

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    The Modern Defense - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0369EM

    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.
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    The Modern Defense - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - The Modern Defense - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0369EM

    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.
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    SHOPWORN - The Modern Defense - Move by Move

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    Janowski - Indian Defence
    1d4 Nf6 2 c4 d6 3 Nc3 Bf5
    Catalog Code: B0165IS

    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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    Janowski - Indian Defence

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    The Sharpest Sicilian 2012
    Catalog Code: B0045EU

    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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    The Sharpest Sicilian 2012

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    Playing 1. d4 - The Indian Defences
    A Grandmaster's Guide
    Catalog Code: B0070QT

    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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    Playing 1. d4 - The Indian Defences

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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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