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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

    Regular Price: $21.95

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    The Triangle System
    Noteboom, Marshall Gambit and other Semi-Slav Triangle lines
    Catalog Code: B0343EM

    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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    The Triangle System

    $29.95
    The English Opening - Grandmaster Repertoire 4 - VOLUME 2
    Catalog Code: B0042QT

    Grandmaster Repertoire is a new series of high quality books based on the main lines, written by strong grandmasters. The aim is to provide the reader with a complete repertoire at a level good enough for elite tournaments, and certainly also for the club championship.
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    The English Opening - Grandmaster Repertoire 4 - VOLUME 2

    $34.95
    SHOPWORN - Gambiteer II
    A Hard-Hitting Chess Opening Repertoire for Black
    Catalog Code: SWB0085EM

    A Hard-hitting Chess Opening Repertoire for Black based on the Schliemann Gambit and Albin Counter-Gambit. Are you fearless in your approach to chess openings? Do you like to attack your opponents from the very beginning? Are you happy to take calculated risks? Are you a Gambiteer? If the answer to these questions is 'yes' then this is the book for you!
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    SHOPWORN - Gambiteer II

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    The Modern Philidor Defence
    Catalog Code: B0061EU

    he Modern Philidor Defence consists of seven chapters, dealing with different move-orders. Each chapter comprises of a ''Quick Repertoire'' then a thorough theoretical study in the part ''Step by Step''and ''Complete Games''. In order to include a system in your opening repertoire, it would be sufficient for you to read the review and see the games and this should not take too much of your time. After this, you can start playing this opening in friendly games at your club, or on the Internet.
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    The Modern Philidor Defence

    $26.95
    EBOOK - Starting Out - The Accelerated Dragon
    Fundamental Coverage of a Dynamic Sicilian
    Catalog Code: E-B0030EM

    The Accelerated Dragon is a dynamic choice for Black and arguably the most natural way to play the Sicilian Defence: Black develops rapidly and chooses the most active squares to place his or her pieces. Unknowing white players looking for a direct attack similar to the one used against traditional Dragon are shocked by Black's increased options due to the flexible move order.
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    EBOOK - Starting Out - The Accelerated Dragon

    $19.95
    How to Open a Chess Game
    Catalog Code: B0074IS

    This is one of the most interesting, most unusual and most instructive chess books ever written. Seven of the World's Strongest Chess Grandmasters were each asked to write down their thoughts about how a serious chess amateur might best approach the problem of, very simply, ''opening'' a chess game?
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    How to Open a Chess Game

    $25.95
    EBOOK - Attacking with 1. d4
    Catalog Code: E-B0062EM

    Tired of playing the same old openings? Worried about having to learn too much theory? Then this book is what you're looking for! International Master Angus Dunnington presents you with a new attacking opening repertoire based on the move 1. d4.
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    EBOOK - Attacking with 1. d4

    $19.95
    Tarrasch French Guimard Variation with 3...Nc6
    Updated in 2011 with New Games and Analysis
    Catalog Code: B0100IS

    The popularity of the French Defense has surged to the point where it rivals the Sicilian and the Spanish in the chess international tournament arenas. Always known for its solid character, the French offers Black excellent winning chances in the main lines of the Winawer and in many side variations.
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    Tarrasch French Guimard Variation with 3...Nc6

    $14.95
    EBOOK - Dangerous Weapons - The King's Indian
    Dazzle Your Opponents!
    Catalog Code: E-B0266EM

    Are you tired of playing the same old openings time and time again? Perhaps it's time for a change, but you cannot decide between the numerous options available? Here's the answer: choose Dangerous Weapons and amaze your opponents with new and exciting opening ideas!
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    EBOOK - Dangerous Weapons - The King's Indian

    $19.95
    Dangerous Weapons - Pirc and Modern
    Dazzle Your Opponents!
    Catalog Code: B0263EM

    Do you need a well-deserved break from your normal chess openings? Are you tired of constantly having to keep up with modern chess theory? Or perhaps you simply wish to try out something new and inspiring, but cannot decide amongst the numerous choices available? Look no further for the answer! In ''Dangerous Weapons: The Pirc and Modern'', prominent opening specialists take a revolutionary look at two popular and closely related openings.
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    Dangerous Weapons - Pirc and Modern

    $24.95
    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez
    Dazzle Your Opponents!
    Catalog Code: SWB0363EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez

    Regular Price: $27.95

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    EBOOK - Play 1. e4 e5
    A Complete Repertoire for Black in the Open Games
    Catalog Code: E-B0068EM

    Play 1 e4 e5! Nigel Davies provides a complete answer to this perennial problem by offering a concise and practical repertoire for the Black player, whilst crucially including a dependable defence to the Ruy Lopez - White's most popular attacking try in the Open Games. Davies is the perfect choice for this subject, having been battle-hardened by years of international competition in these openings.
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    EBOOK - Play 1. e4 e5

    $19.95
    EBOOK - Starting Out - Classical Sicilian
    Catalog Code: E-B0018EM

    In this book, Alexander Raetsky and Maxim Chetverik revisit the basics of the Classical Sicilian, elaborating on the crucial early moves and plans for both sides in a way that is often neglected in other texts.
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    EBOOK - Starting Out - Classical Sicilian

    $19.95
    EBOOK - Starting Out - The King's Indian
    Catalog Code: E-B0038EM

    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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    EBOOK - Starting Out - The King's Indian

    $19.95
    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 116 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Wei Yi, the Sicilian Slayer
    Catalog Code: SWB0116PYB

    New in Chess Yearbook is the #1 guide to Chess Opening news! It is published four times per year, ensuring the most up-to-date and topic chess opening information. It includes 25-30 surveys per issue, covering all of the fashionable lines, wild gambits and even forgotten variations! If you're serious about chess, you need New in Chess Yearbooks!
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    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 116 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    Regular Price: $33.95

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    EBOOK - Italian Game and Evan's Gambit
    Catalog Code: E-B0232EM

    The Italian Game (sometimes referred to as the Giuoco Piano) is one of the oldest openings around, and also one of the first lines a player learns when he or she is introduced to chess. It leads to play that is easy to understand: both sides develop their pieces logically and begin attacks on the opposing kings. The Italian Game gives both White and Black the opportunity to play either aggressively and in gambit fashion, or in a restrained and positional manner. One of White's most exciting and attacking options is the legendary Evans Gambit, which has been brought back into the limelight in this modern era by such uncompromising players as World Champion Garry Kasparov, Alexander Morozevich,and England's Nigel Short.
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    EBOOK - Italian Game and Evan's Gambit

    $19.95
    SHOPWORN - The Extreme Caro-Kann
    Attacking Black with 3.f3
    Catalog Code: SWB0140NIC

    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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    SHOPWORN - The Extreme Caro-Kann

    Regular Price: $28.95

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    Starting Out: The Pirc/Modern
    Catalog Code: B0014EM

    The authors of these books are very skilled and experienced chess writers, who are used to writing for players of all levels and are renowned for their ability to explain ideas in a lucid and straightforward manner.
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    Starting Out: The Pirc/Modern

    $24.95
    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: SWB0016EM

    Ideal for those wanting to understand the basics of the Ruy Lopez.

    The Ruy Lopez is one of the most famous of all chess openings. It has a long and distinguished history and has been played by virtually all of the strongest Grandmasters: Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand - the list goes on!
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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Ruy Lopez

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    A Complete Chess Course - How to Win at Chess - VOLUME I
    Catalog Code: B0121IS

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

    $25.95
    Starting Out - 1. e4
    A Reliable Repertoire for the Improving Player
    Catalog Code: B0026EM

    In 'Starting Out: 1 e4!' Neil McDonald solves this perennial problem by providing the reader with a strong and trustworthy repertoire with the white pieces based on the popular opening move 1 e4. The recommended lines given here have stood the test of time and are regularly employed by Grandmasters. Reading this book will give you the confidence to play these variations against all strengths of player and provide you with reliable opening armoury for years to come
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    Starting Out - 1. e4

    $24.95
    SHOPWORN - The Complete c3 Sicilian
    The Alapin Variation by it's Greatest Expert
    Catalog Code: SWB0096NIC

    It is not difficult to understand why the Alapin Sicilian is such a popular opening with amateur and professional chess players all over the world. Against Black’s most dangerous reply to 1.e4 it simply offers everything you need if you are looking for a reliable scheme that does not take much time to learn.
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    SHOPWORN - The Complete c3 Sicilian

    Regular Price: $35.95

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    How to Play the Torre Attack
    Catalog Code: B0140IS

    This new edition is greatly expanded by over 100 games with commentary.
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    How to Play the Torre Attack

    $25.95
    The Caro-Kann - Grandmaster Repertoire 7
    Catalog Code: B0037QT

    In chess, the Caro-Kann opening is one of Black's most reliable answers to 1.e4. It is a regular favorite of elite players, who know that computer-aided preparation now threatens the sharpest lines of the Sicilian or Ruy Lopez (at the very least with a forced draw). The Caro-Kann is less susceptible to such forcing lines - Black sets out to equalize in the opening, and win the game later. Grandmaster Lars Schandorff reveals a bulletproof chess opening repertoire and lucidly explains how Black should play the middle and endgame
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    The Caro-Kann - Grandmaster Repertoire 7

    $29.95
    SHOPWORN - Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 9
    No Time to Study Opening Theory? Shock Your Opponent with an SOS!
    Catalog Code: SWB0009SOS

    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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    SHOPWORN - Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 9

    Regular Price: $21.95

    Special Price $7.00

    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

    Regular Price: $25.95

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    CLEARANCE - Beating the King's Indian and Benoni
    Shock Your Opponents with the Four Pawns Attack!
    Catalog Code: B0051BT

    It seems unfair that Black gets all the attacking chances in the normal lines of the King's Indian. Readers can now take a tip from the World's leading expert of sharp systems and shock their opponent with the Four Pawn Attack! Black has countless ways to go wrong, while White is risking little if well-prepared. Vaisser's hitherto unpublished analysis will give readers the edge they need to send Black's King to the guillotine.
    Unbeatable Deal!
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    CLEARANCE - Beating the King's Indian and Benoni

    Regular Price: $9.95

    Special Price $2.00

    EBOOK - The Torre Attack - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: E-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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    EBOOK - The Torre Attack - Move by Move

    $22.95
    Play the Nimzo-Indian
    Catalog Code: B0069EM

    The Nimzo-Indian is one of Black's most universally popular and respectable answers to 1 d4. It could be said that no other opening allows Black to play for a win from such a sound positional basis, while its flexibility gives rise to a multitude of different positions rich in tactical and positional play.
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    Play the Nimzo-Indian

    $24.95
    EBOOK - Play the Benko Gambit
    Catalog Code: E-B0333EM

    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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    EBOOK - Play the Benko Gambit

    $19.95
    Spanish Gambits - UPDATED
    Updated in 2011 with New, Improved Lines of Play
    Catalog Code: B0084IS

    The Spanish Chess Opening, also known as the Ruy Lopez, named a Spanish clergyman who made it popular, is one of the oldest and most heavily analyzed of openings, with many variations having been analyzed up to move 20. Yet, there are still new things being discovered about it. This book covers early attempts by either side to wrest the initiative from the other by means of an early pawn sacrifice.
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    Spanish Gambits - UPDATED

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    EBOOK - Beating Unusual Chess Openings
    Dealing with the English, Reti, King's Indian Attack and Other Annoying Systems
    Catalog Code: E-B0155EM

    Beating Unusual Chess Openings is a godsend to those chess players fed up with struggling against all opening moves other than White's main two: 1 e4 and 1 d4. From the respectable (English Opening, Reti and King's Indian Attack) through to the off-beat (Nimzo-Larsen Attack, Bird's Opening) and the totally bizarre (Orangutan, Grob); everything Black needs to know about facing unusual openings is covered within these pages.
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    EBOOK - Beating Unusual Chess Openings

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    Accelerated Dragons
    Catalog Code: B0145EM

    Many players are attracted to the Dragon Sicilian, but are put off by the fierce mating attacks that White can launch. In the Accelerated Dragon, Black aims for an improved version, saving a move with his queen's pawn. If White tries to ignore the difference, Black's instant detonation of the centre will come as an unwelcome cold shower! The authors show that White's main reply, the Maroczy Bind, is not so fearsome as was once thought Black has many ways to break out, while quite often it is possible to manoeuvre around White's 'binding pawns' and show that they imprison White's pieces as much as they do Black's.
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    Accelerated Dragons

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

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    Play the London System
    Catalog Code: B0306EM

    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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    Play the London System

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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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