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      The Open Games for Black
      A Complete Black Repertoire with 1. e4 e5 Against Everything but the Ruy Lopez
      Catalog Code: B0083EU

      A complete black repertoire which has been tested at the highest level. Based on 1 e4 e5 and covering all White replies except the Ruy Lopez, for which the authors have prepared a separate companion volume on the Berlin Defence.
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      The Berlin Defence
      Catalog Code: B0084EU

      A thorough examination of the popular Berlin Defence (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6).
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      The Caro-Kann - Move by Move
      Catalog Code: B0341EM

      In this book, Cyrus Lakdawala examines the Caro-Kann, which enjoys a richly deserved reputation as one of Black's most reliable defences. It provides an ideal blend of soundness and dynamism, which allows Black to create counterplay from a solid platform.
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      In this book, Cyrus Lakdawala examines the Caro-Kann, which enjoys a richly deserved reputation as one of Black's most reliable defences. It provides an ideal blend of soundness and dynamism, which allows Black to create counterplay from a solid platform.
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      The Modern Reti
      An Anti-Slav Repertoire
      Catalog Code: B0081EU


      Publisher: Chess Stars
      Author: Alexander Delchev
      Year of Publication: 2012 Pages: 212
      Notation Type: Figurine (FAN)


      Book Description Many players find that facing the ultra-solid Slav is like banging your head against a brick wall. This book, from an experienced author and strong grandmaster provides a solution. Based around the moves: 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4, Delchev provides original analysis, his own as well as computer generated, and up to date game references from 2011. The repertoire covers both 2...c6 and 2...e6 as well as the independent tries 2...dc and 2...d4. The book is divided into 8 sections, each of which is subdivided into a main ideas section, a step-by step theory section and finally some complete illustrative games. There is one section on each of 2...dc and 2...d4, before 4 chapters on the various Slav and Semi-Slav structures and 2 on an anti-Queen's Gambit Declined approach. In short this provides: A tried and tested repertoire against some of the most common and most solid black lines, presented by an established GM author An emphasis on understanding the themes and key ideas rather than a maze of complex variations Up to date game references and analysis that will stand the test of time About the Author(s) Alexander Delchev is European Grand Prix winner in 2004. He has played for Bulgaria in 6 Olympiads. His best rating so far was 2669. Delchev is the author of the bestsellers The Safest Scilian and The Safest Grunfeld.
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      A Complete Chess Course - How to Win at Chess - VOLUME I
      Catalog Code: B0121IS

      This is a combined work, taking five separate books and combining them into one volume, but then re-dividing them into two volumes.
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      Chess Developments - The Sicilian Dragon
      Catalog Code: B0339EM

      In this book David Vigorito focuses on all the critical Yugoslav Attack lines, examining the most important and instructive games in recent years and highlighting the main developments and novelties for both sides. Vigorito is well known for his opening expertise and his lucid explanations of the main plans and tactics will benefit all players.
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      EBOOK - Chess Developments - The Sicilian Dragon
      Catalog Code: E-B0339EM

      In this book David Vigorito focuses on all the critical Yugoslav Attack lines, examining the most important and instructive games in recent years and highlighting the main developments and novelties for both sides. Vigorito is well known for his opening expertise and his lucid explanations of the main plans and tactics will benefit all players.
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      The French Defence - Reloaded
      Catalog Code: B0080EU

      A completely updated edition which presents a Black repertoire based on the French.
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      Crushing White - The SNIPER! - VOLUME 1
      An Easy to Learn Chess Opening & Strategy
      Catalog Code: B0059OB

      This instructional book was created to reveal the secrets of the SNIPER, which is a universal system that Black can play against virtually any white formation.
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      The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings
      Catalog Code: B0120IS

      This book presents the indispensable foundations for the understanding of the variations of the chess openings.
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      1... d6 - Move By Move
      Catalog Code: B0338EM

      This is a new series which 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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      1... d6 - Move By Move

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      Chess Developments - The Modern Benoni
      Catalog Code: B0340EM

      Chess Developments is a brand new series providing state-of-the-art openings coverage. Chess Developments focuses on the current trends – concentrating on critical lines, theoretical novelties and powerful new ideas.
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      Chess Developments - The Modern Benoni

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      EBOOK - 1... d6 - Move By Move
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      EBOOK - Chess Developments - The Modern Benoni
      Catalog Code: E-B0340EM

      Chess Developments is a brand new series providing state-of-the-art openings coverage. Chess Developments focuses on the current trends – concentrating on critical lines, theoretical novelties and powerful new ideas. It offers players of all levels the opportunity to keep up-to-date with current opening theory whilst also expanding and improving their repertoires.
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      SHOPWORN - Chess Developments - The Modern Benoni
      Catalog Code: SWB0340EM

      Chess Developments is a brand new series providing state-of-the-art openings coverage. Chess Developments focuses on the current trends – concentrating on critical lines, theoretical novelties and powerful new ideas.
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      SHOPWORN - 1... d6 - Move By Move
      Catalog Code: SWB0338EM

      This is a new series which 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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      NIC Yearbook 100 - PAPERBACK EDITION
      Garry Kasparov's Anniversary Survey - The Final World on the Zaitsev Ruy Lopez
      Catalog Code: B0100PYB

      A brand-new 248 page regular edition of The Chess Player's Guide to Opening News with, FREE of charge, 56 pages with a wide range of high-voltage Anniversary extras:
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      The Ragozin Complex
      A Guide for White and Black
      Catalog Code: B0106NIC

      The Ragozin Complex is a flexible and versatile chess opening system that, despite its popularity, rarely has been a subject of serious study in chess literature. A hybrid of the Queen's Gambit and the Nimzo-Indian Defence, the Ragozin featured in a famous book by Soviet theoretician Lipnitsky in the 1950s. Bobby Fischer decided to learn Russian to be able to read that work and immediately afterwards started playing the Ragozin.
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      1.d4 - Beat the Guerrillas!
      A Powerful Opening Repertoire Against Annoying Black Sidelines
      Catalog Code: B0107NIC

      This manual fills a big gap in chess literature. After 1.d4, probably the most widely played opening move in the world, Black can avoid main line theory by deviating into a whole variety of irritating unorthodox sidelines. White players often stumble into unknown and dangerous territory where their tricky opponent awaits them, fully prepared.
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      The Four Knights Game
      A New Adventure in an Old Chess Opening
      Catalog Code: B0108NIC

      The Four Knights variation is one of the oldest chess openings, dating back to the 16th century. In recent years it has been injected with numerous fresh ideas and has shaken off the reputation of being a peaceful choice. White has quite a few ways to create tension and play for the attack.
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      The Modern Morra Gambit
      A Dynamic Weapon Against the Sicilian
      Catalog Code: B0054RE

      In this completely revised second edition, the author probes the secrets of this gambit with tactical acuity and strategic objectivity. He concludes that "Most of Black's defensive systems objectively offer acceptable prospects in a complicated battle. Nevertheless, I can promise that every talented attacking player who studies the Morra Gambit will achieve excellent practical results. The positions that arise are extremely difficult to play, especially if the defender is not familiar with them.
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      The Tarrasch Defense - Grandmaster Repertoire 10
      Catalog Code: B0064QT

      The Tarrasch Defense arises after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3._c3 c5 and leads to wildly complex and dynamic play. With deep analysis and countless novelties, Ntirlis and Aagaard have revived the coolest classical chess opening for use by grandmasters and amateurs in the 21st century.
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      The Tarrasch Defense - Grandmaster Repertoire 10

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      How to Play the From Gambit
      Catalog Code: B0107IS

      Henry Bird's 1.f4 has become the choice of many players who wish to avoid the voluminous theory surrounding 1.e4, 1.d4 and even 1.c4. If Black plays passively then he is likely to find himself in an inferior line, especially if he allows a reversed Dutch defense. But there is an exciting alternative to the main lines - the From Gambit! With l...e5 Black makes it clear that he is willing to fight. The lines which arise often involve forced piece sacrifices for both sides, and knowledge of the middlegame ideas is critical.
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      Beating Unusual Chess Defences - 1.e4
      Dealing with the Scandinavian, Pirc, Modern, Alekhine and other Tricky Lines
      Catalog Code: B0337EM

      Anyone who plays 1 e4 as White must be prepared not only for Black’s main defences but also an assortment of less popular lines. These, when taken together, represent a significant percentage of the replies you can expect to meet when opening 1 e4.
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      EBOOK - Beating Unusual Chess Defences - 1.e4
      Dealing with the Scandinavian, Pirc, Modern, Alekhine and other Tricky Lines
      Catalog Code: E-B0337EM

      Anyone who plays 1 e4 as White must be prepared not only for Black’s main defences but also an assortment of less popular lines. These, when taken together, represent a significant percentage of the replies you can expect to meet when opening 1 e4.
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      SHOPWORN - Beating Unusual Chess Defences - 1.e4
      Dealing with the Scandinavian, Pirc, Modern, Alekhine and other Tricky Lines
      Catalog Code: SWB0337EM

      Anyone who plays 1 e4 as White must be prepared not only for Black’s main defences but also an assortment of less popular lines. These, when taken together, represent a significant percentage of the replies you can expect to meet when opening 1 e4.
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      The Frankenstein-Dracula Variation in the Vienna Game of Chess
      Catalog Code: B0099IS

      The Frankenstein–Dracula Variation (1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4!?) of the Vienna Game is a monstrous thicket of complications which still have not been fully explored. The opening leads to fascinating positions which will bring enjoyment both in tournament and correspondence play. Although some theorists have treated the variation as dead and buried, experiments have managed to bring the monster variation back to life for Black, and it can now be considered fully playable.
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      The Frankenstein-Dracula Variation in the Vienna Game of Chess

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      Tarrasch French Guimard Variation with 3...Nc6
      Updated in 2011 with New Games and Analysis
      Catalog Code: B0100IS

      The popularity of the French Defense has surged to the point where it rivals the Sicilian and the Spanish in the chess international tournament arenas. Always known for its solid character, the French offers Black excellent winning chances in the main lines of the Winawer and in many side variations.
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      Tarrasch French Guimard Variation with 3...Nc6

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      No Passion For Chess Fashion
      Fierce Openings For Your New Repertoire
      Catalog Code: B0072EU

      Professional grandmasters study the latest wrinkles of their favorite openings. They have time to think about innovations in the Sicilian Najdorf, the Marshall Attack, or the Semi-Slav. It's part of their job. But club players can rarely afford such luxury, and an excellent way for them to beat their busy schedules is to play good, solid opening lines that happen to be out of style.
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      No Passion For Chess Fashion

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      The Grunfeld Defence - Grandmaster Repertoire 8 - VOLUME 1
      Catalog Code: B0050QT

      Grandmaster Repertoire is a series of high quality chess books based on the main lines, written by strong grandmasters. The aim is to provide the reader with a complete repertoire at a level good enough for elite tournaments, and certainly also for the club championship. Grandmaster Repertoire 8 - The Grünfeld Defence offers a repertoire for Black against 1.d4.
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      The Grunfeld Defence - Grandmaster Repertoire 8 - VOLUME 1

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      The Grunfeld Defence - Grandmaster Repertoire 9 - VOLUME 2
      Catalog Code: B0060QT

      The aim is to provide the reader with a complete repertoire at a level good enough for elite tournaments, and certainly also for the club championship. Grandmaster Repertoire 8 - The Grünfeld Defence offers a repertoire for Black against 1.d4. Avrukh's two previous Grandmaster Repertoire books for White received universal rave reviews and have been hugely influential on chess players all over the world, including at the very highest level.
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      The Grunfeld Defence - Grandmaster Repertoire 9 - VOLUME 2

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      Experts on the Anti-Sicilian
      Catalog Code: B0052QT

      The Sicilian Defense, 1.e4 c5, is one of the popular chess openings. In this book several chess grandmasters present state-of-the-art analysis of lines where White meets the Sicilian by avoiding the Open variations.
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      Experts on the Anti-Sicilian

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      Play the Benko Gambit
      Catalog Code: B0333EM

      The Benko Gambit is undoubtedly one of Black's most dynamic openings. In return for his pawn investment Black gains long-term pressure, which is often so powerful it continues right through into the endgame. White must decide whether to grab the pawn and try to hold on, or to choose a more aggressive approach. Either way, Black generally succeeds in his aim of unbalancing the position from a very early stage.
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      The Ruy Lopez - Move by Move
      Catalog Code: B0334EM

      This is a new series which 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. 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 - The Ruy Lopez - Move by Move
      Catalog Code: E-B0334EM

      This is a new series which 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. 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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    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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