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    NIC Yearbook 109 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Magnus plays kick and rush in the Trompowsky
    Catalog Code: B0109PYB

    Forum The Forum Section is especially rich in this issue, with sharp reactions to previous Surveys and great new contributions by players like Zaven Andriasyan, Viktor Moskalenko, Vladimir Zakhartsov, Bogdan Lalic, Luis Rodi – and many more.
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    NIC Yearbook 109 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    CLEARANCE - The Extreme Caro-Kann
    Attacking Black with 3.f3
    Catalog Code: B0140NIC

    The Caro-Kann Defence has become one of the most important and popular replies to 1.e4. Its ‘solid’ and ‘drawish’ reputation no longer applies in modern chess. In fact, White could do with some new ideas to fight for an advantage in this chess opening.
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    CLEARANCE - The Extreme Caro-Kann

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    Diamond Dutch
    Strategic Leads & Powerful Weapons
    Catalog Code: B0139NIC

    The widely-played Dutch Defence is a sharp choice. Black does not try to preserve a positional balance, but chooses to fight it out. No author is more qualified to explore new ideas in the Dutch than Viktor Moskalenko, a renowned champion of dynamic play. The Diamond Dutch is not a repertoire book. Moskalenko himself plays this chess opening with both colours and covers the entire spectrum for White as well as Black:
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    Diamond Dutch

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    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 109 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Magnus plays kick and rush in the Trompowsky
    Catalog Code: SWB0109HYB

    Forum The Forum Section is especially rich in this issue, with sharp reactions to previous Surveys and great new contributions by players like Zaven Andriasyan, Viktor Moskalenko, Vladimir Zakhartsov, Bogdan Lalic, Luis Rodi – and many more.
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    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 109 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    NIC Yearbook 109 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Magnus plays kick and rush in the Trompowsky
    Catalog Code: B0109HYB

    Forum The Forum Section is especially rich in this issue, with sharp reactions to previous Surveys and great new contributions by players like Zaven Andriasyan, Viktor Moskalenko, Vladimir Zakhartsov, Bogdan Lalic, Luis Rodi – and many more.
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    NIC Yearbook 109 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    Complete Slav 2
    Catalog Code: B0003EV

    The second part of the Complete Slav contains all systems that were not presented in the first part, namely a popular variation 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 and also all systems after 4...e6. Not to mention the possibilities such as 5. g3 or 5. Qb3, I have presented lines after 5. e3 Nbd7 – for starters Meran (6. Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5) and Anti-Meran (6. Qc2 Bd6) lines
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    Complete Slav 2

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    Modernized - The King's Indian Defense
    Catalog Code: B0083OB

    This book is a full repertoire (from Black’s perspective) for the King’s Indian Defense. By using a variety of theoretical games from recent Grandmaster practice (as well as a number of classical examples), Bojkov covers every major line in depth, with due coverage to all sidelines as well. The reader will also become familiarized with many strategic ideas, thematic tactics, and the abundance of imaginative possibilities the King’s Indian Defense is famous for.
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    Modernized - The King's Indian Defense

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    SHOPWORN - The Alekhine Defence - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0381EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - The Alekhine Defence - Move by Move

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    EBOOK - The Alekhine Defence - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: E-B0381EM

    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 - The Alekhine Defence - Move by Move

    $21.95
    Grandmaster Repertoire - The Classical Slav
    Catalog Code: B0093QT

    Grandmaster Repertoire 17 – The Classical Slav provides a sound and active repertoire based on 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4. White’s early deviations from move 3 onwards are also covered. GM Boris Avrukh has had the Slav in his repertoire throughout his career and has never lost a serious game with it. Boris Avrukh is a grandmaster from Israel. He is an Olympiad gold medalist, former World Junior Champion and analysis partner of World Championship finalists.
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    Grandmaster Repertoire - The Classical Slav

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    Chess Developments - Semi-Slav 5 Bg5
    Catalog Code: B0379EM

    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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    Chess Developments - Semi-Slav 5 Bg5

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    EBOOK - Chess Developments - Semi-Slav 5 Bg5
    Catalog Code: E-B0379EM

    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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    EBOOK - Chess Developments - Semi-Slav 5 Bg5

    $19.95
    SHOPWORN - The Tarrasch Defense - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0390EM

    The Tarrasch is an ambitious defense to the Queen's Gambit. Black's concept is a fearless one – he willingly accepts an isolated queen's pawn but in return seizes space in the centre and gains freedom of development for all his pieces. In this book, International Master and Tarrasch expert Sam Collins invites you to join him in examining this popular opening and its many variations.
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    SHOPWORN - The Tarrasch Defense - Move by Move

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    The Tarrasch Defense - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0390EM

    The Tarrasch is an ambitious defense to the Queen's Gambit. Black's concept is a fearless one – he willingly accepts an isolated queen's pawn but in return seizes space in the centre and gains freedom of development for all his pieces. In this book, International Master and Tarrasch expert Sam Collins invites you to join him in examining this popular opening and its many variations.
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    The Tarrasch Defense - Move by Move

    $27.95
    EBOOK The Tarrasch Defense - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: E-B0390EM

    The Tarrasch is an ambitious defense to the Queen's Gambit. Black's concept is a fearless one – he willingly accepts an isolated queen's pawn but in return seizes space in the centre and gains freedom of development for all his pieces. In this book, International Master and Tarrasch expert Sam Collins invites you to join him in examining this popular opening and its many variations.
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    EBOOK The Tarrasch Defense - Move by Move

    $21.95
    A Vigorous Chess Opening Repertoire for Black
    Tackling 1.e4 with 1...e5
    Catalog Code: B0137NIC

    The Petroff Defence is anything but dull. Although it is a frequent choice of top grandmasters, club players often fear that it leads to passive play. This book will debunk this prejudice and open new vistas.
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    A Vigorous Chess Opening Repertoire for Black

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    SHOPWORN - A Vigorous Chess Opening Repertoire for Black
    Tackling 1.e4 with 1...e5
    Catalog Code: SWB0137NIC

    The Petroff Defence is anything but dull. Although it is a frequent choice of top grandmasters, club players often fear that it leads to passive play. This book will debunk this prejudice and open new vistas.
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    SHOPWORN - A Vigorous Chess Opening Repertoire for Black

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    The Panov-Botvinnik Attack - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0383EM

    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. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and knowledge.
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    The Panov-Botvinnik Attack - Move by Move

    $27.95
    E-BOOK The Panov-Botvinnik Attack - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: E-B0383EM

    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. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and knowledge.
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    E-BOOK The Panov-Botvinnik Attack - Move by Move

    $19.95
    Small Encyclopedia of Chess Opening
    Catalog Code: B0004SHV

    The Small Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings is based on the same 500 fundamental codes and system of elimination but it's a fifth the length. Instead of five books just one! The best and most up to date information. The creative output of generations of chess masters filtered for the reader's convenience.
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    Small Encyclopedia of Chess Opening

    $69.95
    The Modern Anti-Sicilian. 1.e4 c5 2.a3
    Catalog Code: B0099EU

    This hefty book offers the results of S.Soloviov's ten-year-long investigation of a nearly virgin territory of chess theory - 1.e4 c5 2.a3. This is a more flexible version of the Sicilian Gambit with 2.b4 as the play often takes original courses.
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    The Modern Anti-Sicilian. 1.e4 c5 2.a3

    $37.95
    A Practical White Repertoire with 1. d4 & 2. c4 - VOL. 2
    The King's Fianchetto Defences
    Catalog Code: B0098EU

    Alexei Kornev is an international grandmaster and coach. In 2001 he took the silver in the Russian Cup Final. He is also the winner of a number of international tournaments. Highest Elo so far - 2582. For many years, he has been the senior coach of the junior chess school in the city of Vladimir. His students are often among the Russian junior championships for boys and girls.
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    A Practical White Repertoire with 1. d4 & 2. c4 - VOL. 2

    $31.95
    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 - Steamrolling the Sicilian

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    CLEARANCE - Steamrolling the Sicilian
    Play For a Win with 5. f3!
    Catalog Code: B0135NIC

    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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    CLEARANCE - Steamrolling the Sicilian

    Regular Price: $26.95

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    E-BOOK The Nimzo-Larsen Attack - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: E-B0371EM

    The Nimzo-Larsen Attack is an ideal opening choice for players keen to avoid mainline theory but still wanting to set their opponents problems from the outset. In the Nimzo-Larsen, White begins 1 b3 and then develops in hypermodern fashion – planning to undermine any central structures Black dares to erect. A key attraction of the Nimzo-Larsen is that White can steer the game into either sharp play or elaborate strategic battles. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala invites you to join him in examining the many different variations of the Nimzo-Larsen. Lakdawala studies the typical plans and tactics for both sides, offers repertoire options for White, provides answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about playing the Nimzo-Larsen Attack.
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    E-BOOK The Nimzo-Larsen Attack - Move by Move

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    Grandmaster Repertoire - The French Defence - Vol. 2
    Catalog Code: B0090QT

    The French Defence is one of the most popular and reliable responses to 1.e4. Grandmaster Repertoire 15 – The French Defence 2 covers the most critical variation of the Winawer, which occurs after the opening moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3† 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4. This volume presents three contrasting ways of meeting White’s aggressive opening system: 7...cxd4 leading to the notorious Winawer Poisoned Pawn; 7...0–0 8.Bd3 f5, a solid yet strategically complex system; and 7...0–0 8.Bd3 Nbc6, which leads to a tense, full-blooded battle.
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    Grandmaster Repertoire - The French Defence - Vol. 2

    $29.95
    SHOPWORN - The Nimzo-Larsen Attack - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0371EM

    The Nimzo-Larsen Attack is an ideal opening choice for players keen to avoid mainline theory but still wanting to set their opponents problems from the outset. In the Nimzo-Larsen, White begins 1 b3 and then develops in hypermodern fashion – planning to undermine any central structures Black dares to erect. A key attraction of the Nimzo-Larsen is that White can steer the game into either sharp play or elaborate strategic battles. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala invites you to join him in examining the many different variations of the Nimzo-Larsen. Lakdawala studies the typical plans and tactics for both sides, offers repertoire options for White, provides answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about playing the Nimzo-Larsen Attack.
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    SHOPWORN - The Nimzo-Larsen Attack - Move by Move

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    The 3... Qd8 Scandinavian - Simple and Strong
    Catalog Code: B0069RE

    The world's oldest opening variation, 3...Qd8 in the Scandinavian Defense, has resurfaced in the last decade to give players at all levels a winning edge. Whether you prefer a sharp tactical game or slower positional maneuvering, the 3...Qd8 Scandinavian provides a genuine alternative for club players and grandmasters seeking to play for a win from the outset.
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    The 3... Qd8 Scandinavian - Simple and Strong

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    Grandmaster Repertoire - The French Defence - Vol. 1
    Catalog Code: B0088QT

    The French Defence is one of the most popular and reliable responses to 1.e4. Black invites his opponent to gain space in the centre, with the intention of undermining the enemy position and launching a counterattack. Although the amount of theory has expanded in recent years, the French often leads to positions where positional and strategic understanding prove more relevant than long sequences of computer-generated moves. Grandmaster Repertoire 14 - The French Defence 1 introduces the Winawer Variation after the opening moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4, and provides expert recommendations against all of White's major possibilities
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    Grandmaster Repertoire - The French Defence - Vol. 1

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    A Cunning Chess Opening Repertoire for White
    A Flexible Repertoire To Take Your Opponents Out Of Their Comfort Zone
    Catalog Code: B0184GB

    In this book, highly experienced chess opening writer Graham Burgess presents a repertoire based on 1 d4 and Nf3 with precisely those aims. Black’s possibilities for counterplay - and sharp gambit play - are kept to a minimum. Our aim is to give Black exactly the type of position he doesn’t want. If he is seeking blocked positions with pawn-chains, we’ll keep the game fluid. If he wants complex strategy, we’ll attack him with simple piece-play. Simplifications? No thanks, we’ll keep the pieces on and intensify the battle. Gambits? Hardly, as we simply prevent most of them!
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    A Cunning Chess Opening Repertoire for White

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    NIC Yearbook 108 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Alexander Grischuk - Mayhem in the Samisch King's Indian
    Catalog Code: B0108HYB

    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
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    NIC Yearbook 108 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    NIC Yearbook 108 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Alexander Grischuk - Mayhem in the Samisch King's Indian
    Catalog Code: B0108PYB

    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
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    NIC Yearbook 108 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    Chess Developments - The Grunfeld
    Catalog Code: B0377EM

    In this book, David Vigorito examines the most theoretically important and instructive Grunfeld games, 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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    Chess Developments - The Grunfeld

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    Winning with the Najdorf Sicilian
    An Uncompromising Repertoire for Black
    Catalog Code: B0130NIC

    The Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defence continues to be extremely popular, both with top grandmasters and club players. And for very good reasons: it is a flexible, ambitious, wonderfully rich and diverse system, offering one of the best ways for Black to play for a win. Both Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov achieved great successes with their beloved Najdorf.
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    Winning with the Najdorf Sicilian

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    NIC Yearbook 107 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Vasily Ivanchuk introduces the Budapest gambit on top level
    Catalog Code: B0107HYB

    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
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    NIC Yearbook 107 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    SHOPWORN - The Scandinavian - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0368EM

    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. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and 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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