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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - The King's Indian
    Catalog Code: SWB0038EM

    The King's Indian is one of the most exciting defences in chess and is favoured by ambitious and aggressive players. At the highest level it has been a major weapon for World Champions Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. In this easy-to-read guide, Grandmaster Joe Gallagher goes back to the basics of the King's Indian, studying the key principles of its many variations.
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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - The King's Indian

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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Sicilian Najdorf
    Catalog Code: SWB0020EM

    he Sicilian Najdorf is one of Black's sharpest and most popular lines against 1 e4. From the very start Black directs the game into asymmetrical positions in which he or she can play for the win without unjustified risk. For this reason the Najdorf has been a firm favourite amongst the very elite of world chess, including Garry Kasparov and, before him, Bobby Fischer. In Starting Out: Sicilian Najdorf Richard Palliser takes a fresh look at this famous opening.
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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Sicilian Najdorf

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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Queen's Indian
    Catalog Code: SWB0011EM

    The Queen's Indian is one of Blacks most dependable and respected defences to the queen's pawn opening. Is an established favourite amongst world-class grandmasters such as Vladimir Kramnik, Vishy Anand, Michael Adams and Judit Polgar, not to mention Anatoly Karpov, who has been a loyal Queen's Indian supporter and theory developer for over three decades.
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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Queen's Indian

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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Grunfeld
    Catalog Code: SWB0274EM

    The Grunfeld is an energetic and popular defense to queen's pawn openings and is a favorite of the world number one Garry Kasparov. From the start of the game Black allows White to build an apparently strong centre but then attacks it with all his forces. Play can become extremely sharp and theoretical and this opening very much appeals to dynamic players.
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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Grunfeld

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    SHOPWORN - The Rossolimo Sicilian
    A Powerful Anti-Sicilian that Avoids Tons of Theory
    Catalog Code: SWB0103NIC

    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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    SHOPWORN - The Rossolimo Sicilian

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    SHOPWORN - The Fabulous Budapest Gambit
    Much More Than Just a Sharp Weapon
    Catalog Code: SWB0040NIC

    The Fabulous Budapest Gambit does not shower you with long computer-generated variations, but provides crystal-clear insights into the wide spectrum of this opening, explaining the plans for both White and Black.

    Moskalenko's lively style will infect you and encourage you to start playing this opening which is a great weapon at any level, from club player to grandmaster.
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    SHOPWORN - The Fabulous Budapest Gambit

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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - 1. d4
    A Reliable Repertoire for the Improving Player
    Catalog Code: SWB0044EM

    A Reliable Repertoire for the Improving Player, Building and maintaining an opening repertoire can be a demanding task! For a start, there are an enormous number of different lines to choose from. There's a strong temptation amongst beginners and improving players to opt solely for tricky lines in order to snare unsuspecting opponents, but this approach has only short-term value. As you improve and your opponents become stronger, very often these crafty lines don't stand up to close scrutiny, and suddenly you're back to square one with no suitable opening weapons.
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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - 1. d4

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    SHOPWORN - Nimzo Larsen Attack
    Catalog Code: SWB0169EM

    The Nimzo-Larsen Attack (1. b3) enables White to take his opponent out of his stride from the very first move. By avoiding the theoretical landmines of openings such as the Sicilian and King's Indian Defences, White is able to steer the game towards a pure battle of chess skill, rather than a test of memory. Furthermore, as the games of exponents such as Grandmaster Julian Hodgson have shown, the Nimzo-Larsen Attack often provokes an overreaction by Black, causing him to overextend his position and thereby leave himself open to an early knockout blow.This guide explains the basic elements, strategies and tactics for both sides. It provides everything you need to start playing the Nimzo-Larsen Attack straightaway and is an ideal battle manual for competitive players.
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    SHOPWORN - Nimzo Larsen Attack

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    SHOPWORN - Trompowsky
    Catalog Code: SWB0258EM

    From relative obscurity to one of White's favorite queen's pawn openings, the rise in popularity of the Trompowsky Attack over the last decade or so has been quite staggering. Largely inspired by a group of English players headed by Julian Hodgson and Michael Adams, the "Tromp" has been enthusiastically taken up by club players and Grandmasters alike. Even the World number one Garry Kasparov has tried his hand at this dynamic opening.
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    SHOPWORN - Trompowsky

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    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - Queen's Gambit
    Dazzle Your Opponents!
    Catalog Code: SWB0188EM

    Are you tired of playing the same old openings time and time again? Fed up with constantly having to keep up with modern chess theory? Or perhaps you simply wish to play something new and inspiring, but cannot decide between the numerous options available? Don't despair - help is at hand!

    In Dangerous Weapons: The Queen's Gambit, opening experts Richard Palliser, Glenn Flear and Chris Ward team up to investigate one of the most popular openings in chess history, but in a revolutionary way. They concentrate on little-explored and fun-to-play variations of the Queen's Gambit, 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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    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - Queen's Gambit

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    A Pocket Guide to the Chess openings
    Catalog Code: B0224IS

    This book is exactly what is claims to be: A handy reference guide to the basic chess openings, yet small enough to be carried around in the pocket.
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    A Pocket Guide to the Chess openings

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    51 Chess Openings for Beginners
    What the Chess Openings Look Like
    Catalog Code: B0027CZ

    Chess openings are the most important part of every novice's journey and the most fun. The most common and important openings are presented in an easy-to-use format with large, frequent diagrams showing every position along with clear explanations of the goals, objectives, and concepts behind the moves.
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    51 Chess Openings for Beginners

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    The Ryder Gambit Accepted - UPDATED EDITION
    Catalog Code: B0085IS

    The Ryder Gambit is a fun opening, one which gives rise to spectacular combinational possibilities. Even a player with limited experience can create a magnificent mating attack which can be shown to friends and kibbitzers and even published in local chess magazines. The fans of this opening are true lovers of this royal game and even if their enthusiasm is unjustified by objective analysis, it is nevertheless one of the joys of chess.
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    The Ryder Gambit Accepted - UPDATED EDITION

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    Winning with the Hypermodern
    Catalog Code: B0095BT

    Hypermodern chess strategy was the single most devastating innovation of the 20th century chess thought. Fueled by such towering figures as Aron Nimzowitsch and Richard Reti, hypermodern ideas forced their way into prominence and blazed the trail for the dynamic adoption by the Soviet chess school of defences such as the King's Indian and the Grunfeld. With both of these championed by Garry Kasparov, arguably the greatest player of all time, it is clear that hypermodern openings and defences are still setting the agenda in the 21st century.
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    Winning with the Hypermodern

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    An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player
    Catalog Code: B0113BT

    All successful players, from Grandmasters all the way down to club players, rely on an opening repertoire which is designed to produce the type of position that suits their style of play. This book is written for the kind of player who revels in complex tactical positions and who wants to attack from the word 'go'.
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    An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player

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    Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Bogoljubow Variation
    Catalog Code: B0142IS

    The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit is rarely seen at the chess master level but is popular and successful among amateur players. It was played by Grandmaster Efim Bogoljubow who played two matches for the World Chess Championship and who said "When I am white I win because I am white. When I am black I win because I am Bogoljubov.
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    Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Bogoljubow Variation

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    Who's Afraid of the King's Gambit - 3RD EDITION
    Catalog Code: B0143IS

    In many conversations with chess players, it can be noted that there is a reluctance to answer 1. e4 with 1. . . . e5 based on an irrational fear of some deviations from the standard Spanish or Italian play.
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    Who's Afraid of the King's Gambit - 3RD EDITION

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    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - Benoni and Benko
    Dazzle Your Opponents!
    Catalog Code: SWB0193EM

    In this book, four renowned opening experts get together to take a revolutionary look at the Benoni, the Benko and all their associated variations. Instead of traveling down well-trodden and analyzed paths, they concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations, selecting a wealth of 'dangerous' options for both colors. 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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    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - Benoni and Benko

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    SHOPWORN - Play the Benko Gambit
    Catalog Code: SWB0333EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Play the Benko Gambit

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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - The Sicilian - 2ND EDITION
    Catalog Code: SWB0019EM

    The Sicilian Defence is the most popular opening at all levels of tournament play from Linares to the local club championship. The Sicilian is played regularly by Kasparov, Anand, Kramnik, Leko, Topalov, and Shirov - a.k.a. the best players in the world. In this book a multinational line-up of leading experts give recommendations against their own pet lines in the Sicilian Defence.
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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - The Sicilian - 2ND EDITION

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    SHOPWORN - Fighting The Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: SWB0262EM

    The Ruy Lopez is incredibly common at all levels of chess, and everyone who plays 1. e4 e5 as Black needs to have a reliable antidote to this powerful opening. In this book, Milos Pavlovic provides the answer, devising a sound and yet ambitious repertoire for Black, the basis of which is provided by the legendary and ever-popular Marshall Attack.
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    SHOPWORN - Fighting The Ruy Lopez

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    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - 1. e4 e5
    Dazzle Your Opponents!
    Catalog Code: SWB0189EM

    In Dangerous Weapons: 1 e4 e5, renowned opening experts John Emms, Glenn Flear and Andrew Greet take a revolutionary look at one of the most famous and widely-played chess openings. Instead of travelling down well-trodden and analysed paths, the authors concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations, selecting a wealth of 'dangerous' options for both colours.
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    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - 1. e4 e5

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    SHOPWORN - The Dark Knight System
    A Repertoire with 1...Nc6
    Catalog Code: SWB0364EM

    Welcome to the Dark Knight System, a weapon which can be used against virtually every opening White can play! In the Dark Knight System, Black begins with 1...Nc6 and adopts a dark-square strategy.
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    SHOPWORN - The Dark Knight System

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    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - French
    Dazzle Your Opponents!
    Catalog Code: SWB0190EM

    In Dangerous Weapons: The French, International Master John Watson takes a revolutionary look at one of the most famous and widely-played chess openings: the French Defence. Instead of travelling down well-trodden and analyzed paths, Watson concentrates on fresh or little-explored variations of the French, 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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    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - French

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    SHOPWORN - Play the Caro-Kann
    A Complete Chess Opening Repertoire Against 1. e4
    Catalog Code: SWB0071EM

    In this book, International Master Jovanka Houska presents the reader with a concise and trustworthy repertoire within the Caro-Kann, providing a solution against all of White's main options, and efficient methods to deal with tricky sidelines. Houska examines the important tactical and strategic plans for both sides, arming the reader with enough information to begin playing the Caro-Kann with confidence in their own games.
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    SHOPWORN - Play the Caro-Kann

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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Slav and Semi-Slav
    Catalog Code: SWB0004EM

    The very closely linked Slav and Semi-Slav Defences are two of the most popular and combative openings that Black can play against the Queen's Gambit. They have provided the battleground for thousands of exciting encounters between the world's chess elite, including Garry Kasparov, Vishy Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Alexei Shirov and Alexander Morozevich.
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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Slav and Semi-Slav

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    SHOPWORN - Declining the Queen's Gambit
    Catalog Code: SWB0330EM

    This book provides a repertoire for Black with the ever-popular "Queen's Gambit Declined". Opening expert John Cox covers not one but two key options for Black. The Tartakower Variation is a sophisticated defence used successfully by world champions such as Kasparov, Karpov and Kramnik.
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    SHOPWORN - Declining the Queen's Gambit

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    SHOPWORN - The New Old Indian
    A Repertoire for Black against 1 d4
    Catalog Code: SWB0332EM

    The Old Indian Defence is considered to be a sound way for Black to meet 1 d4. Some might argue that it is steady rather than spectacular, but is this reputation totally deserved? Grandmaster Alexander Cherniaev strongly disagrees, and in this book he introduces ambitious and aggressive ways for Black to play in the main lines. He constructs an improved version of a repertoire he has himself utilized with great success against grandmaster opposition. Using illustrative games, he studies the fundamental tactical and positional ideas for both sides, and also covers what to do if White avoids the Old Indian.
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    SHOPWORN - The New Old Indian

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    SHOPWORN - Play the London System
    Catalog Code: SWB0306EM

    It's no secret why the London System is such a popular opening, especially at club level. White's development plan is very easy to learn, and it can be employed against virtually any defence. What's more, depending on mood, style or opponent, White can choose either to attack directly or to instigate a more positional strategy. Many players admit they hate facing the London System, which is surely another good reason to play it!
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    SHOPWORN - Play the London System

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    SHOPWORN - Play the Accelerated Dragon
    Catalog Code: SWB0385EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Steamrolling the Sicilian
    Play For a Win with 5. f3!
    Catalog Code: SWB0135NIC

    Are you looking for a way to outwit theory-sharks in the Open Sicilian? Then this may just be the book for you. The concept is simple: surprise your opponent with 5.f3, build up a strong pawn centre, avoid all of Black’s main lines and steamroll his Sicilian! Experienced grandmaster Sergey Kasparov presents a complete repertoire for White which has all the right features for ambitious and creative chess players:
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    SHOPWORN - Chess Developments - Semi-Slav 5 Bg5
    Catalog Code: SWB0379EM

    Chess Developments provides 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 - Play the Dutch
    An Opening Repertoire for Black Based on the Leningrad Variation
    Catalog Code: SWB0311EM

    There's no doubt that the Dutch Defence is one of Black's most enterprising answers to 1 d4. Black strives to unbalance the position by creating an asymmetrical pawn structure on the very first move, giving himself every opportunity to fight for the initiative from the outset. It's no surprise that the Dutch particularly appeals to ambitious players who relish a complicated battle.
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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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