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  1. EBOOK - Improve Your Opening Play

    EBOOK - Improve Your Opening Play

    $19.95

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    Grandmaster Chris Ward explains the important ideas behind every major opening, unravelling among others the secrets of the Sicilian, the mysteries of the Modern and the fundamentals of the French. He emphasizes the need to understand the key elements of each opening rather than simply memorize a series of complicated variations which leave you stranded if the opponent varies from the expected route.

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  2. The French - Tarrasch Variation

    The French - Tarrasch Variation

    Regular Price: $14.95

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    This book continues the coverage of the French Defence that was begun by Pedersen in The Main Line French: 3 Nc3. It is essential reading for all those who play the French, and for those who meet it with the popular and flexible Tarrasch Variation. Learn More
  3. Understanding Chess Move by Move

    Understanding Chess Move by Move

    $22.95
    Publisher: Gambit Author: John NunnYear of Publication: 2008 Pages: 240Notation Type: Figurine (FN) Book Description John Nunn is one of the most highly regarded chess writers in the world. He has carefully selected thirty modern games to help the reader understand the most important aspects of chess and to illustrate modern chess principles in action. Virtually every move is explained using words that everyone can understand. Jargon is avoided as far as possible. Almost all the examples are taken from the 1990s and show how key ideas are handled by the grandmasters of today. The emphasis is on general principles that readers will be able to use in their own games, and detailed analysis is only given where it is necessary. Each game contains many lessons, but to guide the reader through the most important ideas in each phase of the game, the thirty games are grouped thematically into those highlighting opening, middlegame and endgame themes. About the Author(s) John Nunn is a grandmaster from England. He has won four individual gold medals and three team silver medals at Chess Olympiads. In the Chess World Cup of 1988/9, he finished sixth overall, ahead of several former World Champions. He is arguably the most highly acclaimed chess writer in the world, with two of his books receiving the prestigious British Chess Federation Book of the Year Award. Learn More
  4. EBOOK - Attacking with 1. e4

    EBOOK - Attacking with 1. e4

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    Fed up with having to learn so much theory? Struggling to keep up with all the latest developments? Then this book will be the answer to all your problems. Grandmaster John Emms offers a new arsenal of opening weapons with which to attack your unsuspecting opponents. Starting with the move 1 e4, the reader is armed with systems against all possible black defenses.

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  5. EBOOK - Attacking with 1. d4

    EBOOK - Attacking with 1. d4

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    Tired of playing the same old openings? Worried about having to learn too much theory? Then this book is what you're looking for! International Master Angus Dunnington presents you with a new attacking opening repertoire based on the move 1. d4.

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  6. Levenfish Attack in the Dragon Defense

    Levenfish Attack in the Dragon Defense

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    Levenfish Attack in the Dragon Defense Learn More
  7. Starting Out - Nimzo-Indian

    Starting Out - Nimzo-Indian

    $23.95
    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. Learn More
  8. Starting Out - The King's Indian

    Starting Out - The King's Indian

    $24.95
    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. Learn More
  9. Starting Out - Caro-Kann

    Starting Out - Caro-Kann

    $24.95
    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. Learn More
  10. The Grunfeld for the Attacking Player

    The Grunfeld for the Attacking Player

    Regular Price: $9.95

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    Grandmaster Bogdan Lilac provides a complete repertoire with the aggressive Grunfeld Defense, based around complete illustrative games. The Grunfeld has been a favorite of World Champions Fischer and Kasparov, and its young contemporary adherents include Vishwanathan Anand and Peter Leko. Learn More
  11. EBOOK - Meeting 1. d4

    EBOOK - Meeting 1. d4

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    This book is especially useful for players who have neither the time nor inclination to learn reams of the latest opening theory. Throughout this work, Aagaard & Lund delve into the strategies, ideas and tactics for Black, while also showing the possible traps and pitfalls.

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  12. EBOOK - Meeting 1. e4

    EBOOK - Meeting 1. e4

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    Fed up having to defend with Black? Annoyed by all those irritating white systems? Then this is the book for you! Russian international master Alexander Raetsky draws upon his wealth of experience gained playing on the tough international tournament circuit to supply you with an all-in-one solution to your problems. The reader is provided with a complete repertoire for Black against 1 e4, based on the ever-reliable Sicilian Defence.

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  13. EBOOK - Starting Out - Queen's Gambit

    EBOOK - Starting Out - Queen's Gambit

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    The Queen's Gambit Declined is one of the most popular and fundamental chess openings of all time and it has been the battleground for countless world-class encounters throughout the history of chess. Adherents include a long list of World champions, including Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov and Vladimir Kramnik.

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  14. EBOOK - Mastering the Opening

    EBOOK - Mastering the Opening

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    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. Learn More
  15. EBOOK - Starting Out - The King's Indian

    EBOOK - Starting Out - The King's Indian

    $19.95

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    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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  16. EBOOK - Starting Out - Nimzo-Indian

    EBOOK - Starting Out - Nimzo-Indian

    $19.95

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    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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  17. E-BOOK - Starting Out - Caro-Kann

    E-BOOK - Starting Out - Caro-Kann

    $19.95

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    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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  18. The Worrall Attack in the Ruy Lopez

    The Worrall Attack in the Ruy Lopez

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    The Worrall Attack in the Ruy Lopez

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  19. Winning Chess Openings

    Winning Chess Openings

    $9.95
    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. Learn More
  20. Starting Out - Ruy Lopez

    Starting Out - Ruy Lopez

    $24.95
    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! Learn More
  21. Starting Out - The French

    Starting Out - The French

    $24.95
    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. Learn More
  22. The Sveshnikov Sicilian

    The Sveshnikov Sicilian

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    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. Learn More
  23. CLEARANCE - The Nimzo-Indian - 4. e3

    CLEARANCE - The Nimzo-Indian - 4. e3

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    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. Learn More
  24. Winning Chess Openings

    Winning Chess Openings

    Regular Price: $26.95

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    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. Learn More
  25. SHOPWORN - Winning Chess Openings

    SHOPWORN - Winning Chess Openings

    Regular Price: $26.95

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    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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  26. EBOOK - Taming the Sicilian

    EBOOK - Taming the Sicilian

    $19.95

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    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! Learn More
  27. EBOOK - Nimzo-Indian Kasparov Variation

    EBOOK - Nimzo-Indian Kasparov Variation

    $19.95

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    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! Learn More
  28. EBOOK - Play the Najdorf - Scheveningen Style

    EBOOK - Play the Najdorf - Scheveningen Style

    $19.95

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    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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  29. EBOOK - Starting Out - The French

    EBOOK - Starting Out - The French

    $19.95

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    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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  30. EBOOK - Starting Out - Ruy Lopez

    EBOOK - Starting Out - Ruy Lopez

    $19.95

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    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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  31. EBOOK - Starting Out - English

    EBOOK - Starting Out - English

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    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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  32. Gambits in the Slav

    Gambits in the Slav

    $10.00
    IM's Donaldson and Silman are completing a series of volumes on the Slav Defense which will cover the opening in unprecedented detail, as well as bringing previous work up to date. This first volume to appear presents a number of gambit lines, including the Winawer and Slav Gambits. The first is one of today's hottest variations! Learn More
  33. EBOOK - The Veresov

    EBOOK - The Veresov

    $19.95

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    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. Learn More
  34. EBOOK - Starting Out: The Pirc/Modern

    EBOOK - Starting Out: The Pirc/Modern

    $19.95

    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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  35. Starting Out: The Pirc/Modern

    Starting Out: The Pirc/Modern

    $24.95
    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. Learn More
  36. Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 2

    Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 2

    $21.95
    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.'' Learn More

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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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