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    1. EBOOK - Mastering Opening Strategy

      EBOOK - Mastering Opening Strategy

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      Just like his previous book, Mastering Opening Strategy is a product of Hellsten's many years' work as a full-time chess teacher and is specifically designed as part of a structured training programme to improve strategic thinking.

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    2. SHOPWORN - The Sicilian Taimanov - Move by Move

      SHOPWORN - The Sicilian Taimanov - Move by Move

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      In this book, John Emms examines his favorite Sicilian variation, which is one of Black's most reliable answers to 1 e4. He shares his knowledge from over 15 years studying and playing the Sicilian Taimanov at grandmaster level, examines the opening from both sides of the board and offers answers to the all the key questions.

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    3. Garry Kasparov's Opening Repertoire

      Garry Kasparov's Opening Repertoire

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      This work has been updated in 2012 to include all of the latest World Chess Championship matches by Garry Kasparov.

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    4. The Sicilian Scheveningen - Move by Move

      The Sicilian Scheveningen - Move by Move

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      This new series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Moveformat greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge.

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    5. How to Play the the Dilworth Attack

      How to Play the the Dilworth Attack

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      In this, the first ever monograph devoted to the line, noted author Eric Schiller explains all of the critical ideas in the opening and endgame, and provides many examples of each from tournament play.

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    6. Slay the Sicilian!

      Slay the Sicilian!

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      Former US Open Champion Timothy Taylor presents a repertoire for White against the most popular opening in chess – the Sicilian Defence. Taylor's repertoire is based first and foremost on the Open Sicilian, which is regarded as White's most ambitious and challenging response to the Sicilian.

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    7. EBOOK - Slay the Sicilian!

      EBOOK - Slay the Sicilian!

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      Former US Open Champion Timothy Taylor presents a repertoire for White against the most popular opening in chess – the Sicilian Defence. Taylor's repertoire is based first and foremost on the Open Sicilian, which is regarded as White's most ambitious and challenging response to the Sicilian.

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    8. EBOOK - The Sicilian Scheveningen - Move by Move

      EBOOK - The Sicilian Scheveningen - Move by Move

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      This new series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Moveformat greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge.

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    9. SHOPWORN - The Sicilian Scheveningen - Move by Move

      SHOPWORN - The Sicilian Scheveningen - Move by Move

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      This new series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Moveformat greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge.

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    10. SHOPWORN - Slay the Sicilian!

      SHOPWORN - Slay the Sicilian!

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      Former US Open Champion Timothy Taylor presents a repertoire for White against the most popular opening in chess – the Sicilian Defence. Taylor's repertoire is based first and foremost on the Open Sicilian, which is regarded as White's most ambitious and challenging response to the Sicilian.

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    11. Gruenfeld Defense Russian Variations

      Gruenfeld Defense Russian Variations

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      This little book is designed to give you all you need to pray the white side of the Russian Variations. It includes only those lines which are best for White.

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    12. A Rock-Solid Chess Opening Repertoire for Black

      A Rock-Solid Chess Opening Repertoire for Black

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      In this book, Grandmaster Eingorn shows that it is possible both to play solidly, and to take White out of his comfort zone. He recommends ideas and move-orders that are a little off the beaten track, but which he has very carefully worked out over many years of his own practice.

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    13. Chess Camp - VOLUME 7

      Chess Camp - VOLUME 7

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      Chess Camp is a new training system for beginning chessplayers, and for the parents and coaches who teach them.

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    14. Winning Pawn Play in the Indian Defenses

      Winning Pawn Play in the Indian Defenses

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      In Winning Pawn Play in the Indian Defenses, Henrique Marinho provides the guideposts that you need to make your way through the forest of strategies and variations in these popular modern openings.

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    15. Queen's Gambit Declined - Orthodox Variation

      Queen's Gambit Declined - Orthodox Variation

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      In addition to the standard lines, this book contains a number of interesting suggestions that have never been implemented. This book has been updated with a supplement containing the latest games and grandmaster analysis in 2012.

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    16. Playing 1.d4 - The Queen's Gambit

      Playing 1.d4 - The Queen's Gambit

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      This book offers White an easy to remember aggressive repertoire, based on occupying the centre and then expanding. Schandorff presents the ideas and information in an accessible and entertaining style.

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    17. Fly the Pterodactyl

      Fly the Pterodactyl

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      FIDE master Eric Schiller presents the opening in all its glory with detailed opening analysis and over. The complete illustrative games in this book you will find all you need to know to take up it as black and confront your opponents from the very earliest stages of the game.

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    18. The Triangle System

      The Triangle System

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      Scherbakov has over 20 years of experience studying and playing these opening variations, which have been tried and tested successfully at grandmaster level and are ideally designed for players who want to challenge White in the opening

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    19. EBOOK - The Triangle System

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      Scherbakov has over 20 years of experience studying and playing these opening variations, which have been tried and tested successfully at grandmaster level and are ideally designed for players who want to challenge White in the opening.

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    20. SHOPWORN - The Triangle System

      SHOPWORN - The Triangle System

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      Scherbakov has over 20 years of experience studying and playing these opening variations, which have been tried and tested successfully at grandmaster level and are ideally designed for players who want to challenge White in the opening

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    21. The Kaufman Repertoire for Black & White

      The Kaufman Repertoire for Black & White

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      The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White contains many improvements on existing opening theory and offers a good balance between narrative and variations.

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    22. How to Play the Fischer-Sozin Attack in the Najdorf Sicilian in Chess

      How to Play the Fischer-Sozin Attack in the Najdorf Sicilian in Chess

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      This edition is updated in April 2012 and provides complete analysis and the most recent games in this important line.

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    23. Panov Attack in Chess

      Panov Attack in Chess

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      This opening is played on both sides by the world's strongest chess grandmasters.

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    24. 1000 TN!! The Best Theoretical Novelties

      1000 TN!! The Best Theoretical Novelties

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      Our new book 1000 TN!! collects the best of the best 1,000 theoretical novelties from Chess Informants 11 to 110 and provides an adventurous journey through the development of chess openings during the last forty years. Moreover, in every theoretical line, we add the latest word on the state of theory.

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    25. The Open Games for Black

      The Open Games for Black

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      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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    26. The Berlin Defence

      The Berlin Defence

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      A thorough examination of the popular Berlin Defence (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6).

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    27. The Caro-Kann - Move by Move

      The Caro-Kann - Move by Move

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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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    28. EBOOK - The Caro-Kann - Move by Move

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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

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      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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    30. A Complete Chess Course - How to Win at Chess - VOLUME I

      A Complete Chess Course - How to Win at Chess - VOLUME I

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      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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    31. Chess Developments - The Sicilian Dragon

      Chess Developments - The Sicilian Dragon

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      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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    32. EBOOK - Chess Developments - The Sicilian Dragon

      EBOOK - Chess Developments - The Sicilian Dragon

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      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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    33. The French Defence - Reloaded

      The French Defence - Reloaded

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      A completely updated edition which presents a Black repertoire based on the French.

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      Crushing White - The SNIPER! - VOLUME 1

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      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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    35. The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings

      The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings

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      This book presents the indispensable foundations for the understanding of the variations of the chess openings.

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    36. 1... d6 - Move By Move

      1... d6 - Move By Move

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      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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    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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