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      Starting Out - The Trompowsky
      Catalog Code: B0296EM

      The Trompowsky Attack is well known as an ambitious and aggressive opening. Initially an offbeat line favoured by club players, in recent history it has undergone somewhat of a transformation. Thanks to the efforts and innovations of Grandmasters such as Mickey Adams and Julian Hodgson, it has been fine-tuned into a powerful attacking weapon, and today it is seen as an important mainline opening in its own right.
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      EBOOK - Starting Out - The Trompowsky
      Catalog Code: E-B0296EM

      The Trompowsky Attack is well known as an ambitious and aggressive opening. Initially an offbeat line favoured by club players, in recent history it has undergone somewhat of a transformation. Thanks to the efforts and innovations of Grandmasters such as Mickey Adams and Julian Hodgson, it has been fine-tuned into a powerful attacking weapon, and today it is seen as an important mainline opening in its own right.
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      EBOOK - Starting Out - The Trompowsky

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      EBOOK - Starting Out - Rook Endgames
      Catalog Code: E-B0009EM

      In this easy-to-read guide, Grandmaster and well-known endgames expert Chris Ward begins with the absolute fundamentals of rook endgames. He gradually arms the reader with the indispensable knowledge and confidence needed to move onto slightly trickier positions. Using examples from practical play, Ward highlights the correct plans as well as the typical mistakes made by both attacker and defender.
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      EBOOK - Starting Out - Rook Endgames

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      NIC Yearbook 80 - HARDCOVER EDITION
      Levon Aronian Leads the Dance in the King's Indian Gligoric
      Catalog Code: B0080HYB

      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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      Levon Aronian Leads the Dance in the King's Indian Gligoric
      Catalog Code: B0080PYB

      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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      Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Takes the Four Knights for a Rough Ride
      Catalog Code: B0081HYB

      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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      Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Takes the Four Knights for a Rough Ride
      Catalog Code: B0081PYB

      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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      Teimour Radjabov, the New Champion of the King's Indian
      Catalog Code: B0082HYB

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      Teimour Radjabov, the New Champion of the King's Indian
      Catalog Code: B0082PYB

      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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      Sergey Karjakin Adds a New Dimension to the Sveshnikov Sicilian
      Catalog Code: B0083HYB

      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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      Sergey Karjakin Adds a New Dimension to the Sveshnikov Sicilian
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      Showman Vladislav Tkachiev Prepares a Punchy Panov
      Catalog Code: B0084HYB

      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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      Showman Vladislav Tkachiev Prepares a Punchy Panov
      Catalog Code: B0084PYB

      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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      A Knight in Shining Armor - Anand's Anti-Moscow Slav Holds Firm
      Catalog Code: B0085HYB

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      A Knight in Shining Armor - Anand's Anti-Moscow Slav Holds Firm
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      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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      Gata Kamsky's Benoni Blast on His Way to the World Cup
      Catalog Code: B0086PYB

      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 90 - HARDCOVER EDITION
      Leinier Dominguez - Perfect Preparation to Crush Aronian in the Ruy Lopez
      Catalog Code: B0090HYB

      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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      Leinier Dominguez - Perfect Preparation to Crush Aronian in the Ruy Lopez
      Catalog Code: B0090PYB

      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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      Fabio Caruana Keeps Black Searching in the Marshall
      Catalog Code: B0091HYB

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      Fabio Caruana Keeps Black Searching in the Marshall
      Catalog Code: B0091PYB

      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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      Poikovsky Winner Alexander Motylev - One Step Beyond in the Anti-Moscow Slav
      Catalog Code: B0092HYB

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      Poikovsky Winner Alexander Motylev - One Step Beyond in the Anti-Moscow Slav
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      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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      Short Shrift to the Caro-Kann
      Catalog Code: B0093HYB

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      Short Shrift to the Caro-Kann
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      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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      Magnus Carlsen's Midas Touch in the Scotch
      Catalog Code: B0094HYB

      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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      Magnus Carlsen's Midas Touch in the Scotch
      Catalog Code: B0094PYB

      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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      Alexander Grischuk - Gimme Your Poisoned Pawn, Baby!
      Catalog Code: B0095HYB

      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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      Alexander Grischuk - Gimme Your Poisoned Pawn, Baby!
      Catalog Code: B0095PYB

      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 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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      Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez
      Dazzle Your Opponents!
      Catalog Code: B0363EM

      Dangerous Weapons is a series of opening books which supply the reader with an abundance of hard-hitting ideas to revitalize his or her opening repertoire. In this book, three opening experts team up and take a contemporary look at the Ruy Lopez, one of the most popular chess openings. Instead of analysing the well-trodden main lines they concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations, 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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      Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez

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      Complete Defense to Queen Pawn Openings
      Essential Opening Moves
      Catalog Code: B0001CZ

      This aggressive counterattacking repertoire covers Black opening systems against virtually every opening except for 1.e4 (plus most flank games), based on the exciting and powerful Tarrasch Defense, which helped win Kasparov and Spassky championships.
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      Complete Defense to Queen Pawn Openings

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      The Nimzo-Larsen Attack - A Friend for Life
      Catalog Code: B0001NIC

      The popularity of the Nimzo-Larsen Attack is largely based on its surprise value, but in fact 1.b3 is one of White's more logical first moves, since by immediately developing his queen's bishop, White aims at undermining the black centre.
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      Play 1.b3

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      Ten Ways to Succeed in the Opening
      Catalog Code: B0001PA

      First published in 2001 and recently reprinted in 2009 this book is one of three designed for young players. The other two are Ten Ways to Succeed in the Middle Game, and Ten Ways to Succeed in the Endgame.
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      Ten Ways to Succeed in the Opening

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      Beating The Open Games
      Catalog Code: B0001QT

      In this book Marin reveals his own opening repertoire, which he prepared for high-level international competition. But besides giving concrete answers to any worries players might have about facing the Open Games, Marin uses his renowned writing skills to lucidly convey the main strategic ideas.
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      Beating The Open Games

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      Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - BOOK B
      Catalog Code: B0002ECO

      The fourth thoroughly revised and updated edition of the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings, Volume B, brings an additional 104 pages of brand new material.
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      Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - BOOK B

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      Starting Out - The Modern
      Catalog Code: B0002EM

      The Modern Defence is a dynamic, ambitious and universal opening, one that can be used against virtually every system White can play. Black's provocative strategy is based upon allowing White to construct an imposing pawn centre in the anticipation that a well-timed strike will bring about its downfall.
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    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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