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    SHOPWORN - The Killer Sicilian
    Fighting 1.e4 with the Kalashnikov
    Catalog Code: SWB0398EM

    In this book, opening expert Tony Rotella presents a Sicilian repertoire for Black, the backbone of which consists of the Kalashnikov Variation. The Kalashnikov is an ideal choice for those looking to take up the Sicilian.
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    SHOPWORN - The Killer Sicilian

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    The Blumenfeld Gambit
    Catalog Code: CB0212RB

    In this deeply researched and authoritative study, Polish IM Jan Przewoznik, aided by the noted English openings expert, IM Malcolm Pein, seeks to spread the word yet further. With consideration of the historical background, an explanation of characteristic strategies and tactics, substantial original analysis and many complete illustrative games, the authors provide all you need to know to play this exciting and thoroughly modern opening with confidence.
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    The Blumenfeld Gambit

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    The Ponziani Opening
    Catalog Code: CB0399RB

    158 pages of dense, state-of-the-art openings analysis. Contains lines and suggestions in the Ponziani not found elsewhere
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    The Ponziani Opening

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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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    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

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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 Vulture and Associated Opening Systems
    Catalog Code: CB0235RB

    This completely revised and up-dated English edition is a ‘must’ for all those players who wish to escape from the stultifying effects of ‘main-line’ analysis of Queen’s Pawn Openings, and enter the relatively unexplored habitat of the Vulture! 
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    The Vulture and Associated Opening Systems

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    The Najdorf Defense with 6 Bc4
    Catalog Code: CB0148RB

    The 6 Bc4 variation offers a variety of themes and ideas after 6...e6 7 Bb3 b5. White eyes the sensitive e6 square for possible sacrifices with either Be6 or Ne6 once Black has removed one of its protectors (either by ...Bb7 or by blocking its protection with ...Nbd7 or, in some cases, ...Nfd7).
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    The Najdorf Defense with 6 Bc4

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    Who's afraid of the King's Gambit
    Catalog Code: CB0200RB

    To defend, or counterattack, against the King's Gambit you need to be familiar with many of the variations available to White. In this book, National Master Eric Schiller guides you through every single plausible attempt to achieve an advantage for White, and shows how Black can meet all of them, often emerging with an advantage early in the game.
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    Who's afraid of the King's Gambit

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    SHOPWORN - Chess Movies 1
    Quick Tricks
    Catalog Code: SWB0037RE

    Chess MoviesTM represents a new idea in the Pandolfini Chess Library Series. It offers instructional material with every single move diagrammed and explained. Thus a chessboard and pieces are not needed to follow through. This makes it possible to rely solely on the book itself, as one would with a text on tactics and problems, without having to set up the positions, even though the present volume, Quick Tricks, contains games of ten full moves or more.
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    SHOPWORN - Chess Movies 1

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    SHOPWORN - French Defense
    The Solid Rubinstein Variation
    Catalog Code: SWB0076RE

    This book is an eye-opener, and even top grandmasters might find that they have underestimated Black’s resources in important positions…The average tournament and online player will appreciate Langrock’s straightforward, no-nonsense style. He keeps the complexity of the analysis within bounds, and highlights relevant details without drifting into obscure page-long analytical byways. General themes are clearly presented within the context of illustrative games…The result is a book that covers a broad swath of material in a modest number of pages. I’m sure that you will be well-rewarded for its study, and come out with a useful new weapon in your chess arsenal.'' From International Master John Watson's Foreword
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    SHOPWORN - French Defense

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    CLEARANCE - NIC Yearbook 80 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Levon Aronian Leads the Dance in the King's Indian Gligoric
    Catalog Code: B0080PYB

    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
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    CLEARANCE - NIC Yearbook 80 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    CLEARANCE - NIC Yearbook 81 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Takes the Four Knights for a Rough Ride
    Catalog Code: B0081PYB

    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
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    CLEARANCE - NIC Yearbook 81 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    CLEARANCE - NIC Yearbook 83 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Sergey Karjakin Adds a New Dimension to the Sveshnikov Sicilian
    Catalog Code: B0083PYB

    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
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    CLEARANCE - NIC Yearbook 83 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    CLEARANCE - NIC Yearbook 84 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Showman Vladislav Tkachiev Prepares a Punchy Panov
    Catalog Code: B0084HYB

    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
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    CLEARANCE - NIC Yearbook 84 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    CLEARANCE - NIC Yearbook 85 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    A Knight in Shining Armor - Anand's Anti-Moscow Slav Holds Firm
    Catalog Code: B0085HYB

    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
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    CLEARANCE - NIC Yearbook 85 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    A Knight in Shining Armor - Anand's Anti-Moscow Slav Holds Firm
    Catalog Code: B0085PYB

    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
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    CLEARANCE - NIC Yearbook 85 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    The Hypermodern Game of Chess
    Catalog Code: B0080RE

    The Hypermodern Game of Chess is the first English-language version of Savielly Tartakower’s magnificent chess masterpiece - Die Hypermoderne Schachpartie. A massive tome, the first edition was published in German in 1924 and became an instant best-seller. This is the 21st Century Edition of this must-have chess book, and includes several hundred diagrams and reformatting of the text to meet the expectations of the modern chess player.
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    The Hypermodern Game of Chess

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    The Alekhine Defence - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0381EM

    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.
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    The Alekhine Defence - Move by Move

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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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    Opening Repertoire - The Fianchetto System
    Weapons for White Against the King's Indian and Grunfeld
    Catalog Code: B0388EM

    Grandmaster Damian Lemos presents a repertoire for White against both the King's Indian and Grünfeld defences. Many players struggle to find suitable lines to challenge these two popular and dynamic openings, or find the masses of theory in the main lines difficult to digest. Lemos solves this perennial problem by advocating a solid system of development based on the fianchetto system, where understanding ideas is more important than move memorization.
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    Opening Repertoire - The Fianchetto System

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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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    A Cunning Chess Opening for Black
    Lure Your Opponent into the Philidor Swamp
    Catalog Code: B0153NIC

    Taking your opponent out of his comfort zone is a good idea to start your game with. Grandmaster Sergey Kasparov pushes this concept one step further: lure your opponent onto the slippery paths of the Philidor Swamp!
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    A Cunning Chess Opening for Black

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    Gambits in the Slav
    Catalog Code: CB0059RB

    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!
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    Gambits in the Slav

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    The Modern Bogo 1. d4 e6
    A Complete Guide for Black
    Catalog Code: B0148NIC

    The Modern Bogo covers all the possibilities for White after 1.d4 e6... except for 2.e4, after which you should play the French! Dejan Antic and Branimir Maksimovic have created a complete chess opening repertoire for Black players. You will find that this opening not only gives you good chances to equalize as Black, but also many opportunities to play for a win.
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    The Modern Bogo 1. d4 e6

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    The Liberated Bishop Defence
    A Surprising and Complete Black Repertoire Against 1. d4
    Catalog Code: B0151NIC

    In many 1.d4 openings, Black has trouble getting his bishop on c8 into play. Former Russian Chess Champion Alexey Bezgodov presents a radical solution to this nagging problem; liberate your bishop right away and put it on f5 on the second move! Play 2...Bf5! against either 2.c4 or 2.Nf3 will surprise your opponent and is also a great way to support your development, because the bishop takes control of the important square e4.
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    The Liberated Bishop Defence

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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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    The Killer Sicilian
    Fighting 1.e4 with the Kalashnikov
    Catalog Code: B0398EM

    In this book, opening expert Tony Rotella presents a Sicilian repertoire for Black, the backbone of which consists of the Kalashnikov Variation. The Kalashnikov is an ideal choice for those looking to take up the Sicilian.
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    The Killer Sicilian

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    Chess Developments - Sicilian Najdorf 6. Bg5
    Catalog Code: B0400EM

    The Sicilian Najdorf is undoubtedly one of the most popular chess openings. It was played with great success by world champions Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov and today it remains a favourite defense at all levels from grandmaster to beginner. 6 Bg5 is widely acknowledged as a critical test of the Sicilian Najdorf. In this book, International Master Kevin Goh Wei Ming examines the most theoretically important and instructive games in recent years, highlighting the main developments and novelties for both sides. Whether playing White or Black, this book provides you with essential knowledge of an important opening.
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    The Lazy Man's Silcilian
    Attack and Surprise White with the Basman-Sale Variation
    Catalog Code: B0160NIC

    The Basman-Sale Variation is a relatively unexplored weapon for Black in the Sicilian Defence. After the perfectly normal moves 1.e4 c5, 2. Nf3 e6, 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Black lashes out with 4…Bc5! English IM Michael Basman and Croatian IM Srdjan Sale were the pioneers of this cunning chess opening system. The advantages are clear: it is surprising, aggressive and easy to learn. Compared to the complexity of mainstream Sicilian variations it requires little theoretical preparation, while you don’t run excessive risks. That is why The Lazy Man’s Sicilian is ideal for club players who don’t have much time to study opening theory (or are not too fond of hard work anyway).
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    The Complete Najdorf 6. Bg5
    The Definitive Guide to Fischer and Kasparov's Favorite Chess Opening
    Catalog Code: B0012BT

    The Najdorf Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6) is the most important, popular, and talked about opening in chess. Its name is synonymous with such luminaries as Tal, Fischer, and Kasparov.
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    The Complete Najdorf 6. Bg5

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    Starting Out - c3 Sicilian
    Catalog Code: B0017EM

    In this book, c3 Sicilian expert John Emms goes back to basics: he explains in depth the reasoning behind the critical early moves - something that is often neglected - and uses instructive games to demonstrate key plans for both White and Black.
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    Starting Out - c3 Sicilian

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    Starting Out - Classical Sicilian
    Catalog Code: B0018EM

    In this book, Alexander Raetsky and Maxim Chetverik revisit the basics of the Classical Sicilian, elaborating on the crucial early moves and plans for both sides in a way that is often neglected in other texts.
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    Starting Out - English
    Catalog Code: 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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    Starting Out - English

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    Starting Out - Sicilian Sveshnikov
    Catalog Code: B0025EM

    This book is a further addition to Everyman's best-selling Starting Out series, which has been acclaimed for its original approach to tackling chess openings. John Cox revisits the fundamentals of the Sveshnikov, elaborating on the crucial early moves and ideas for both sides in a way that is often neglected in other texts.
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    A Strategic Opening Repertoire
    Catalog Code: B0027RE

    In 1998 a slim volume by IM John Donaldson explored the crafting of a sophisticated but easily assimilated group of interrelated opening strategies intending to establish small but lasting advantages. The result, A Strategic Opening Repertoire was an instant success. Now this second edition, revised by Danish FM Carsten Hansen with the assistance of John Donaldson, is greatly expanded - twice the size, with many more games and detailed explanations.
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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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