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    CLEARANCE - How To Beat The Sicilian Defence
    An Anti-Sicilian Repertoire for White
    Catalog Code: B0327EM

    The Sicilian Defence is by far the most popular chess opening. If you play 1 e4 as White, on average you are likely to meet the Sicilian in virtually every other game! You need to be prepared to face the Sicilian at all times, and a ready-to-use repertoire against it is an indispensable weapon. In this book, Gawain Jones confronts the challenge of meeting the Sicilian head on. He has constructed a comprehensive Anti-Sicilian repertoire for White, which is based on lines that are successfully employed at grandmaster level.
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    CLEARANCE - How To Beat The Sicilian Defence

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    CLEARANCE - More Basic Chess Openings
    Catalog Code: B0034EM

    Grandmaster Kallai provides a straight forward, easy-to-use guide to surviving the maze of chess openings, covering all the popular modern openings starting with 1. d4, 1. c4, and 1. Nf3, as well as some of the lesser-known alternatives to 1 e4. Rather than present a mass of bewildering variations, as is common in most opening books, the author concentrates on developing a solid understanding of the ideas of each opening so that readers can start each game with confidence.
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    CLEARANCE - More Basic Chess Openings

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    CLEARANCE - Fighting the Anti-Sicilians
    Combating 2. c3, the Closed, the Morra Gambit and Other Tricky Ideas
    Catalog Code: B0157EM

    The Sicilian Defence is by far Black's most popular answer to 1. e4 at all levels of chess. The reason for this is easy to understand: from the very first move Black unbalances the position and can play for a win without needing to take unjustified risks. This is particularly the case with the Open Sicilian, where Black can take comfort from the knowledge that his superior pawn structure ensures control of the centre and excellent long-term chances.
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    CLEARANCE - Fighting the Anti-Sicilians

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    CLEARANCE - The Torre Attack - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0351EM

    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 Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge.
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    CLEARANCE - The Torre Attack - Move by Move

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    CLEARANCE - Dutch Stonewall
    Catalog Code: B0234EM

    The Stonewall is an ideal choice for those players who are keen to avoid the reams of theory that surround more popular openings such as the King's Indian and Nimzo-Indian Defenses. By playing the Stonewall, Black stakes an immediate claim in the center and lays the foundations for a potentially dangerous kingside attack.
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    CLEARANCE - Dutch Stonewall

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    CLEARANCE - Starting Out - Modern Benoni
    Catalog Code: B0013EM

    Ideal for those wanting to understand the basics of the Modern Benoni. The Modern Benoni is one of Blacks most ambitious and audacious defences to the queens pawn opening, and it has been used with devastating effect by such legends as Mikhail Tal, Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov.
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    CLEARANCE - Starting Out - Modern Benoni

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    CLEARANCE - Ruy Lopez Revisited
    Offbeat Weapons & Unexplored Resources
    Catalog Code: B0084NIC

    The Ruy Lopez (or Spanish Opening) is one of the oldest and most important chess openings, popular with amateurs as well as professional players. Grandmaster Ivan Sokolov presents bold, but very playable, off-beat weapons for Black, as well as dynamic new ideas and refutations in many main-line variations, for both Black and White. An accessible and inspirational book book by world-famous Ivan Sokolov who, in his rich career, has beaten world champions Kasparov, Kramnik and Anand. Much useful material for aspiring club players, said British Chess Magazine about Sokolov's previous book - 'Winning 132,'.
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    CLEARANCE - Ruy Lopez Revisited

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    CLEARANCE - Dangerous Weapons - Caro-Kann
    Dazzle Your Opponents
    Catalog Code: B0309EM

    Are you tired of playing the same old openings again and again? Perhaps it's time for a change: choose Dangerous Weapons and amaze your opponents with new and exciting opening ideas! In this book, three opening specialists get together to take a revolutionary look at the Caro-Kann. In doing so they take the road less travelled and concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations - selecting a wealth of 'dangerous' options for both colours.
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    CLEARANCE - Dangerous Weapons - Caro-Kann

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    CLEARANCE - The Rossolimo Sicilian
    A Powerful Anti-Sicilian that Avoids Tons of Theory
    Catalog Code: B0103NIC

    Play real chess instead of trying to memorize endless database lines! That is what the Rossolimo Sicilian offers and why this opening has become so popular with chess players all over the world. If you play 3.Bb5 in the Sicilian, you do not need to keep up-to-date with the dazzling theoretical developments in all kinds of Open Sicilians.
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    CLEARANCE - The Rossolimo Sicilian

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    CLEARANCE - 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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    CLEARANCE - Chess Developments - The Modern Benoni

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    CLEARANCE - Play the English
    An Active Opening Repertorie for White
    Catalog Code: B0073EM

    An active opening repertoire for White! The English is a sophisticated opening which is very popular at all levels of chess: from up-and-coming players to World Champions such as Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik. It has many attractions, including flexibility and diversity: White can play either aggressively or quietly, and positions are rich in both strategy and tactics.
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    CLEARANCE - Play the English

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    CLEARANCE - Fianchetto Grunfeld
    Catalog Code: B0176EM

    By choosing the Fianchetto System against the Grunfeld, White aims to stifle Black's normal piece play. White avoids presenting Black with a target and instead looks to probe Black's sensitive queenside. White's strategy has been used to good effect by Karpov and Kasparov, reason enough to adopt it in one's own games. This new title offers the first complete coverage of this important chess opening and is ideal for King's Indian players looking for a way to meet the Fianchetto. It also includes up-to-the-minute theory from two top-class theoreticians. Grandmaster Adrian Mikhalchishin is a well-known Ukrainian writer and player, and arguably the worlds' leading expert on the Fianchetto Grunfeld. Alexander Belyavsky is also a Ukrainian grandmaster, who became World Junior Champion in 1973 and won the USSR Championship on many occasions. He has competed regularly and successfully in countless super-grandmaster events.
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    CLEARANCE - Fianchetto Grunfeld

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    CLEARANCE - The Sicilian Scheveningen - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0345EM

    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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    CLEARANCE - The Sicilian Scheveningen - Move by Move

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    CLEARANCE - Chess Developments - The Pirc
    Catalog Code: B0349EM

    In this book, James Vigus examines the most theoretically important and instructive Pirc games since the publication of his highly acclaimed The Pirc in Black and White, highlighting the main developments and novelties for both sides. Studying this book will provide you with vital information on a popular opening.
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    CLEARANCE - Chess Developments - The Pirc

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    CLEARANCE - 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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    CLEARANCE - The Killer Sicilian

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    CLEARANCE - Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 3
    No Time to Study Opening Theory? Shock Your Opponent with an SOS!
    Catalog Code: B0003SOS

    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.
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    CLEARANCE - Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 3

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    CLEARANCE - The Strategic Nimzo-Indian - VOLUME 1
    A Complete Guide to the Rubinstein Variation
    Catalog Code: B0114NIC

    The Nimzo-Indian Defence continues to be one of the most important chess openings, both at club level and with top players. In recent years it has undergone a number of significant changes and it's high time for a thorough look at the current state of affairs. Top grandmaster Ivan Sokolov is the perfect authority to do so.
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    CLEARANCE - The Strategic Nimzo-Indian - VOLUME 1

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    CLEARANCE - Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 5
    No Time to Study Opening Theory? Shock Your Opponent with an SOS!
    Catalog Code: B0005SOS

    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.
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    CLEARANCE - Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 5

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    CLEARANCE - 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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    CLEARANCE - The French Winawer - Move by Move

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    CLEARANCE - Fighting the Anti-King's Indian
    How to Handle White's Tricky Ways of Avoiding the Main Lines
    Catalog Code: B0158EM

    The truth is you will reach your favorite opening in barely half the games you play against 1. d4, and that's why this book is a godsend to those players fed up with blindly searching for the right way to play against these annoying White systems designed to avoid the main lines: the Trompowsky; the London System; the Torre Attack; the Barry Attack; the Colle System; the Veresov; the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit - the list goes on and on!
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    CLEARANCE - Fighting the Anti-King's Indian

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    CLEARANCE - Modern Defence
    Catalog Code: B0165EM

    The Modern Defence leads to sharp and dynamic positions from the very first few moves. Black concedes space in the center with a view to launching a counterattack based on his powerful bishop fianchetto. As leading grandmasters such as Alexei Shirov, Mikhail Gurevich and Jon Speelman himself have shown on numerous occasions, when it works, the Modern Defence is truly a spectacular weapon. This book will show you how to put it to use in your own games.
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    CLEARANCE - Modern Defence

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    CLEARANCE - 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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    CLEARANCE - The Complete Najdorf 6. Bg5

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    The Caro-Kann Defence Knight Variation
    4...Nf6 (B15-B16)
    Catalog Code: CB0400RB

    Format-cm 24 x 17; Pag. 240 in each volume; Algebraic annotation with figurines; Opening Classification ECO; Approx. 400 games plus theoretic and written articles in each number; Ranking and results tables of the most prestigious tournaments.
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    The Caro-Kann Defence Knight Variation

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    The Bird Variation in the Ruy Lopez
    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4
    Catalog Code: CB0402RB

    Format-cm 24 x 17; Pag. 240 in each volume; Algebraic annotation with figurines; Opening Classification ECO; Approx. 400 games plus theoretic and written articles in each number; Ranking and results tables of the most prestegious tournaments.
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    The Bird Variation in the Ruy Lopez

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    SHOPWORN - Sicilian Attacks
    Powerful Charges & Topical Tactics
    Catalog Code: SWB0093NIC

    Against most Sicilian variations, White's sharpest and often best weapon is queenside castling, a strategy that frequently leads to spectacular fireworks. Regrettably, these powerful charges have never been properly categorized. Until this book.In Sicilian Attacks, Grandmaster Yuri Yakovich, who has more than thirty years of experience with complex Sicilian systems, analyses the Najdorf, the Scheveningen, the Dragon, the Taimanov and the Richter-Rauzer Variations.
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    SHOPWORN - Sicilian Attacks

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    SHOPWORN - Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 14
    No Time to Study Opening Theory? Shock Your Opponent with an SOS!
    Catalog Code: SWB0014SOS

    Secrets of Opening Surprises brings you a wide variety of unusual opening ideas.
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    SHOPWORN - Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 14

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    SHOPWORN - My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White
    A Ready-To-Go Package For Ambitious Beginners
    Catalog Code: SWB0168NIC

    Every chess player needs to decide which openings he is going to play. But where do you start? Experienced French chess trainer Vincent Moret provides a complete, ready-to-go chess opening repertoire for White with a sound set of lines that do not outdate rapidly, do not require memorization and are easy to digest for beginning players and other amateurs.
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    SHOPWORN - Tactics in the Chess Opening - VOLUME 6
    Gambits and Flank Openings
    Catalog Code: SWB0006TITO

    This book covers all the tactical themes and typical traps in the main lines of the English, the Dutch and the Reti, as well as a couple of interesting gambits. They are explained in more than 200 carefully selected and annotated short games.
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    SHOPWORN - Tactics in the Chess Opening - VOLUME 3
    French Defence and Other Half-Open Games
    Catalog Code: SWB0003TITO

    For casual players and club players. Every chess player loves to win early in the game with a deadly combination or a cunning trap. On the other hand, nobody wants to be tricked by his opponent before the game has really started.
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    SHOPWORN - Tactics in the Chess Opening - VOLUME 3

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    SHOPWORN - Slay the Sicilian!
    Catalog Code: SWB0347EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - The Lazy Man's Silcilian
    Attack and Surprise White with the Basman-Sale Variation
    Catalog Code: SWB0160NIC

    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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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 7
    Opening Tactics
    Catalog Code: B0086EU

    Chess Camp is a new training system for beginning chessplayers, and for the parents and coaches who teach them.
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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 7

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    Play the Catalan Volume 2 - Closed Variation
    Catalog Code: CB0324RB

    The Catalan Opening is played in events of all standards. A notable feature of its development is the appearance of new, genuinely gambit ideas which have complicated and enriched the strategy of the opening and reflect the modern approach to chess. This volume comprises the Closed Variation - 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 g3 d5 4 Bg2 Be7 (as well as 4... Bb4+ and 4... c6), and a group of variations where the Catalan Opening is obtained from the Queen's Gambit after 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 followed by 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 g3, or 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 g3, or 3 g3.
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    Play the Catalan Volume 2 - Closed Variation

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    The Pirc Defense
    Catalog Code: CB0019RB

    Book by Alex Chernin, Jan R. Cartier
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    The Pirc Defense

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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Queen's Gambit Accepted
    Catalog Code: SWB0028EM

    In Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Accepted Alexander Raetsky and Maxim Chetverik take a fresh look at this famous opening. The early moves and ideas are introduced and care is taken to explain the reasoning behind them, something that is often neglected or taken for granted. As with previous works in the popular Everyman Chess Starting Out series, the reader is helped throughout with a plethora of notes, tips and warnings highlighting the vital characteristics of the QGA and of opening play in general.
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    SHOPWORN - The Four Knights Game
    A New Adventure in an Old Chess Opening
    Catalog Code: SWB0108NIC

    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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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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