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    The Modern Vienna Game
    Catalog Code: B0109EU

    The Vienna set-up aims for very aggressive play, which often includes sacrifices. But White prefers to be on the safe side, without burning all the bridges and to try to justify his actions from the point of view of positional play as well. At first, he deploys his minor pieces to active positions, then he advances the thematic move f4, castles (usually on the kingside) and begins an attack only after all this. Despite the fact that the move 2.Nc3 has been played for more than a hundred years, there has not been defined a clear-cut scheme for playing this set-up.
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    The Modern Vienna Game

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    NIC Yearbook 113 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Fabiano Caruana Squeezes a Win Out of a Stone in the Petroff
    Catalog Code: B0113PYB

    New in Chess Yearbook is the #1 guide to Chess Opening news! It is published four times per year, ensuring the most up-to-date and topic chess opening information. It includes 25-30 surveys per issue, covering all of the fashionable lines, wild gambits and even forgotten variations! If you're serious about chess, you need New in Chess Yearbooks!
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    NIC Yearbook 113 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    SHOPWORN - Sveshnikov vs. the Anti-Sicilians
    A Complete Repertoire for Black
    Catalog Code: SWB0152NIC

    The Sicilian Defence is Black’s most popular reply to 1.e4. Most Black players hope for an Open Sicilian, seeking unbalanced positions and opportunities to play for a win. No wonder that in roughly one-third of the games White does not play 2.Nf3 and chooses one of numerous ‘Anti-Sicilian’ lines. Ranging from primitive and aggressive to respected but tedious, these Anti-Sicilians have one thing in common: they all cross Black's plans and steer for territories where it is easy to get ambushed. Evgeny Sveshnikov offers help. The world-famous Sicilian expert tackles these annoying lines one by one. With great ingenuity he presents a watertight repertoire that consists of practical and effective opening ideas.
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    SHOPWORN - Sveshnikov vs. the Anti-Sicilians

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    CLEARANCE - Sveshnikov vs. the Anti-Sicilians
    A Complete Repertoire for Black
    Catalog Code: B0152NIC

    The Sicilian Defence is Black’s most popular reply to 1.e4. Most Black players hope for an Open Sicilian, seeking unbalanced positions and opportunities to play for a win. No wonder that in roughly one-third of the games White does not play 2.Nf3 and chooses one of numerous ‘Anti-Sicilian’ lines. Ranging from primitive and aggressive to respected but tedious, these Anti-Sicilians have one thing in common: they all cross Black's plans and steer for territories where it is easy to get ambushed. Evgeny Sveshnikov offers help. The world-famous Sicilian expert tackles these annoying lines one by one. With great ingenuity he presents a watertight repertoire that consists of practical and effective opening ideas.
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    CLEARANCE - Sveshnikov vs. the Anti-Sicilians

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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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    SHOPWORN - Chess Developments - Sicilian Najdorf 6. Bg5
    Catalog Code: SWB0400EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Chess Developments - Sicilian Najdorf 6. Bg5

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    The Czech Benoni in ACTION
    Catalog Code: B0108EU

    Had enough of the same old queen’s pawn openings? Afraid of losing just because you forgot White’s latest move 23 novelty in the main lines? In The Czech Benoni in Action, two practitioners of this little-known but sound counterattacking system join forces to show how you can pose novel problems for opponents of all strengths, leaving them to fend for themselves as early as move 3.
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    The Czech Benoni in ACTION

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    NIC Yearbook 112 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Radjabov Tops Carlsen in Epic King's Indian Fight
    Catalog Code: B0112PYB

    New in Chess Yearbook is the #1 guide to Chess Opening news! It is published four times per year, ensuring the most up-to-date and topic chess opening information. It includes 25-30 surveys per issue, covering all of the fashionable lines, wild gambits and even forgotten variations! If you're serious about chess, you need New in Chess Yearbooks!
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    NIC Yearbook 112 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 112 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Radjabov Tops Carlsen in Epic King's Indian Fight
    Catalog Code: SWB0112PYB

    New in Chess Yearbook is the #1 guide to Chess Opening news! It is published four times per year, ensuring the most up-to-date and topic chess opening information. It includes 25-30 surveys per issue, covering all of the fashionable lines, wild gambits and even forgotten variations! If you're serious about chess, you need New in Chess Yearbooks!
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    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 112 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    NIC Yearbook 112 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Radjabov Tops Carlsen in Epic King's Indian Fight
    Catalog Code: B0112HYB

    New in Chess Yearbook is the #1 guide to Chess Opening news! It is published four times per year, ensuring the most up-to-date and topic chess opening information. It includes 25-30 surveys per issue, covering all of the fashionable lines, wild gambits and even forgotten variations! If you're serious about chess, you need New in Chess Yearbooks!
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    NIC Yearbook 112 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    SHOPWORN - The Modern Bogo 1. d4 e6
    A Complete Guide for Black
    Catalog Code: SWB0148NIC

    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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    SHOPWORN - The Modern Bogo 1. d4 e6

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    Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games
    How To Play For A Win if White Avoids The Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: B0147NIC

    If you are ready to play the Ruy Lopez with Black, you also need to be prepared if White avoids the Ruy. In this book Victor Bologan covers all relevant lines with a well laid-out, clearly explained and eminently playable set of responses. But Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games is not just another chess opening repertoire book. Bologan presents TWO different options against every main line: a common sense approach and an aggressive weapon. It’s actually two books in one
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    Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games

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    SHOPWORN - Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games
    How To Play For A Win if White Avoids The Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: SWB0147NIC

    If you are ready to play the Ruy Lopez with Black, you also need to be prepared if White avoids the Ruy. In this book Victor Bologan covers all relevant lines with a well laid-out, clearly explained and eminently playable set of responses. But Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games is not just another chess opening repertoire book. Bologan presents TWO different options against every main line: a common sense approach and an aggressive weapon. It’s actually two books in one
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    SHOPWORN - Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games

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    The Classical French - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0397EM

    In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala invites you to join him in studying the French Defence, Classical Variation, which is a popular choice among chess players of all levels. Lakdawala examines in detail the important and commonly played lines, including the Steinitz, McCutcheon and Burn Variations. Using illustrative games and drawing on his own experience with the opening, he explains the main positional and tactical ideas for both sides, provides answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about successfully playing the Classical French.
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    The Classical French - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - The Classical French - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0397EM

    In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala invites you to join him in studying the French Defence, Classical Variation, which is a popular choice among chess players of all levels. Lakdawala examines in detail the important and commonly played lines, including the Steinitz, McCutcheon and Burn Variations. Using illustrative games and drawing on his own experience with the opening, he explains the main positional and tactical ideas for both sides, provides answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about successfully playing the Classical French.
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    SHOPWORN - The Classical French - Move by Move

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    French Defense
    The Solid Rubinstein Variation
    Catalog Code: B0076RE

    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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    French Defense

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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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    Grandmaster Repertoire - 1. e4 vs. The French, Caro-Kann & Philidor
    Tired of Bad Positions? Try the Main Lines!
    Catalog Code: B0102QT

    In the Grandmaster Repertoire – 1.e4 series, Indian superstar Parimarjan Negi presents his own world-class repertoire. Building on a foundation of tried-and-tested main lines, the author shares a wealth of his innovative analysis to chart a course towards an advantage for White.Volume One covers the French, Caro-Kann and Philidor.
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    Grandmaster Repertoire - 1. e4 vs. The French, Caro-Kann & Philidor

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    Grandmaster Repertoire - The Sicilian Sveshnikov
    Tired of Bad Positions? Try the Main Lines!
    Catalog Code: B0100QT

    The Sveshnikov is one of the most active and dynamic variations of the Sicilian, and has been used successfully by chess players of all abilities from club level through to world champions. In Grandmaster Repertoire 18 – The Sicilian Sveshnikov, opening connoisseur Vassilios Kotronias places this bold system under the microscope and provides a world-class repertoire for Black.
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    Grandmaster Repertoire - The Sicilian Sveshnikov

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    NIC Yearbook 111 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Anish Giri on the Crucial Choice for Top Players: 1.e4 or 1.d4?
    Catalog Code: B0111HYB

    The Forum Section has interesting contributions by well-known players like Bogdan Lalic and Daniel Fridman, who examines his experience in the Queen's Indian 6.d5 exd5 7.0-0 gambit line. Peter Boel made a tribute to Jobava's fun factor in the recent Russian Team Championships.
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    NIC Yearbook 111 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    NIC Yearbook 111 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Anish Giri on the Crucial Choice for Top Players: 1.e4 or 1.d4?
    Catalog Code: B0111PYB

    The Forum Section has interesting contributions by well-known players like Bogdan Lalic and Daniel Fridman, who examines his experience in the Queen's Indian 6.d5 exd5 7.0-0 gambit line. Peter Boel made a tribute to Jobava's fun factor in the recent Russian Team Championships.
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    NIC Yearbook 111 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 111 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Anish Giri on the Crucial Choice for Top Players: 1.e4 or 1.d4?
    Catalog Code: SWB0111PYB

    The Forum Section has interesting contributions by well-known players like Bogdan Lalic and Daniel Fridman, who examines his experience in the Queen's Indian 6.d5 exd5 7.0-0 gambit line. Peter Boel made a tribute to Jobava's fun factor in the recent Russian Team Championships.
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    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 111 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    EBOOK - King's Indian Attack - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: E-B0394EM

    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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    EBOOK - King's Indian Attack - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - The King's Indian Attack - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0394EM

    In this book, Grandmaster Neil McDonald examines in depth the many variations of the King's Indian Attack. He outlines White's most promising options and Black's best defences, and provides answers to all the key questions. *Essential guidance and training in the King's Indian Attack *Provides repertoire options for White *Utilizes an ideal approach to chess study.
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    SHOPWORN - The King's Indian Attack - Move by Move

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    The King's Indian Attack - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0394EM

    In this book, Grandmaster Neil McDonald examines in depth the many variations of the King's Indian Attack. He outlines White's most promising options and Black's best defences, and provides answers to all the key questions. *Essential guidance and training in the King's Indian Attack *Provides repertoire options for White *Utilizes an ideal approach to chess study.
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    The King's Indian Attack - Move by Move

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    EBOOK - The Trompowsky Attack - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: E-B0389EM

    In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala examines the Trompowsky Attack. Originally a favourite among club players, in recent years the Trompowsky has been transformed into a powerful weapon even at grandmaster level.
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    EBOOK - The Trompowsky Attack - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Opening Repertoire - The Fianchetto System
    Weapons for White Against the King's Indian and Grunfeld
    Catalog Code: SWB0388EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Opening Repertoire - The Fianchetto System

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

    $19.95
    The Cozio Defence
    Anti-Spanish
    Catalog Code: B0104EU

    Alexey Dreev offers a new look at the old system 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 Bb5 Nge7 which is one of the most challenging ways to combat the Spanish. At the beginning of the 21st century this system was given a new impulse and its popularity increased considerably.
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    The Cozio Defence

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    EBOOK - Play the Accelerated Dragon
    Catalog Code: E-B0385EM

    The Accelerated Dragon remains one of Black’s most popular choices in the Sicilian, and the attractions are obvious. Black’s opening strategy is easy to understand, and his pieces are quickly developed on active squares. Furthermore, White players hoping to attack in the same way as against the traditional Dragon will be shocked by the Accelerated Dragon’s greater flexibility and possibilities for a swift counterattack.
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    EBOOK - Play the Accelerated Dragon

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    The Trompowsky Attack - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0389EM

    In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala examines the Trompowsky Attack. Originally a favourite among club players, in recent years the Trompowsky has been transformed into a powerful weapon even at grandmaster level. It particularly appeals to bold, ambitious players and leads to positions which are rich in possibilities for both sides. Using illustrative games and drawing on his own experience with the opening, Lakdawala provides a repertoire for White, covers the main positional and tactical ideas for both sides, provides answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about successfully playing the Trompowsky Attack.
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    The Trompowsky Attack - Move by Move

    $29.95
    SHOPWORN - The Trompowsky Attack - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0389EM

    In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala examines the Trompowsky Attack. Originally a favourite among club players, in recent years the Trompowsky has been transformed into a powerful weapon even at grandmaster level. It particularly appeals to bold, ambitious players and leads to positions which are rich in possibilities for both sides. Using illustrative games and drawing on his own experience with the opening, Lakdawala provides a repertoire for White, covers the main positional and tactical ideas for both sides, provides answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about successfully playing the Trompowsky Attack.
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    SHOPWORN - The Trompowsky Attack - Move by Move

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    Play the Accelerated Dragon
    Catalog Code: B0385EM

    The Accelerated Dragon remains one of Black’s most popular choices in the Sicilian, and the attractions are obvious. Black’s opening strategy is easy to understand, and his pieces are quickly developed on active squares. Furthermore, White players hoping to attack in the same way as against the traditional Dragon will be shocked by the Accelerated Dragon’s greater flexibility and possibilities for a swift counterattack.
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    Play the Accelerated Dragon

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    The Richter Rauzer Reborn
    Restyle Your Repertoire with the Razor Sharp Kozul Variaton
    Catalog Code: B0007TH

    The Richter Rauzer is one of the most complex and rich battlegrounds in the Open Sicilian. This book is the distillation of the authors' decades-long experience in this variation, offering a practical approach based on understanding and knowledge of typical ideas.
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    The Richter Rauzer Reborn

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    The Leningrad Dutch
    An Active Repertoire Against 1. d4, 1. c4, 1. Nf3
    Catalog Code: B0105EU

    GM Vladimir Malaniuk has been the main driving force behind the Leningrad Variation for decades. Malaniuk has found many original plans which turned this branch of the Dutch into an active and dangerous weapon. White cannot enter dull and boring positions even if he insists on this.
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    The Leningrad Dutch

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    SHOPWORN - A Cutting-Edge Gambit against the Queen’s Indian
    Hit the Nimzowitsch Variation with 6. d5!
    Catalog Code: SWB0141NIC

    The ultra-sharp pawn sacrifice 6.d5 has caused a revolution in the 4… Ba6 line of the Queen’s Indian Defence in recent years. The ingenious gambit was hotly debated at the highest level by players like Alexey Shirov, for White, and Peter Leko, for Black. At club level it became a dangerous weapon for attackers.
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    SHOPWORN - A Cutting-Edge Gambit against the Queen’s Indian

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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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