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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Sicilian Sveshnikov
    Catalog Code: SWB0025EM

    This book is a further addition to Everyman's best-selling Starting Out series, which has been acclaimed for its original approach to tackling chess openings. John Cox revisits the fundamentals of the Sveshnikov, elaborating on the crucial early moves and ideas for both sides in a way that is often neglected in other texts.
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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Sicilian Sveshnikov

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    EBOOK - The Four Knights - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: E-B0350EM

    The Four Knights is an opening with a long and distinguished history. Despite its deceptively quiet appearance, it can lead to extremely sharp play
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    EBOOK - The Four Knights - Move by Move

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    CLEARANCE - Understanding the Spanish
    Catalog Code: B0070BT

    Understanding an opening is more important the knowing a mass of variations. For no opening is this more true than for the Spanish. The most famous of chess openings leads to a deep strategic maneuvering battle. Experienced GM's seem almost clairvoyant when handling the positions. It is not a sixth sense, but a knowledge of the typical maneuvers and themes that enable them to have their pieces where they need them, when they need them. This book provides a complete course in helping the reader to understand those themes.
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    CLEARANCE - Understanding the Spanish

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    EBOOK - Starting Out - Benoni Systems
    Including the Schmidt Benoni, the Czech Benoni and the Benko Gambit
    Catalog Code: E-B0298EM

    Ideal for those wanting to understand the basics of Benoni Systems. This book is a study of all the crucial Benoni systems apart from the Modern Benoni. It presents diverse and practical options against the queen's pawn opening for dynamic, tactical players and solid, positional players alike. Included are such daring defenses as the controversial Blumenfeld Counter-Gambit and the Benko Gambit, a favorite with uncompromising Grandmasters such as Veselin Topalov and Vassily Ivanchuk.
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    EBOOK - Starting Out - Benoni Systems

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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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    EBOOK - The Budapest Gambit
    Catalog Code: E-B0281EM

    The Budapest Gambit is an ambitious and adventurous opening for Black, who offers a pawn as early as the second move in return for active and rapid development. It has always been a particular favorite at club level, where it still provides a surprise weapon, but it has also been utilized with success by top-class Grandmasters.
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    EBOOK - The Budapest Gambit

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    EBOOK - Fighting The Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: E-B0262EM

    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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    EBOOK - Fighting The Ruy Lopez

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    The Blackmar Diemer Gambit
    A Modern Guide to a Fascinating Chess Opening
    Catalog Code: B0321EM

    The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit is a dangerous attacking opening which has amassed a cult following amongst club players, a loyal band of supporters like no other in chess. White sacrifices a pawn in return for a strong initiative which tests Black's defensive capabilities to the limit. Some experts have questioned its objective soundness, but there's no doubting its success and popularity over the board, where pressure and a ticking clock often means it's impossible to find the right defence.
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    The Blackmar Diemer Gambit

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    EBOOK - Offbeat Nimzo-Indian
    A Selection of Aggressive Anti-Nimzo Lines including 4. a3, 4. f3 and 4. Bg5
    Catalog Code: E-B0130EM

    The Nimzo-Indian Defence continues to be one of Black's most reliable ways of meeting the queen's pawn opening. It's popular at all levels of chess and a constant source of anxiety for White players. How can White find a worthwhile line against this incredibly firm defence? How can White set his Nimzo opponent difficult tasks from the outset? Perhaps it's time to look somewhere different from the well-trodden main lines.
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    EBOOK - Offbeat Nimzo-Indian

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    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 112 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Radjabov Tops Carlsen in Epic King's Indian Fight
    Catalog Code: SWB0112PYB

    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 112 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    EBOOK - Starting Out - King's Indian Attack
    Catalog Code: E-B0003EM

    The King's Indian Attack was a firm favourite of the legendary Bobby Fischer, and more recently it has been utilised with great success by world-class Grandmasters such as Alexander Morozevich. The renowned chess coach Mark Dvoretsky regards the King's Indian Attack as a perfect weapon on which to base an opening repertoire.
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    EBOOK - Starting Out - King's Indian Attack

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    EBOOK - Tango!
    A Dynamic Answer to 1. e4
    Catalog Code: E-B0161EM

    Tired of constantly defending passive positions with the black pieces against 1. d4? Looking for something new and exciting to unleash at the chessboard? This book provides an answer to these perennial questions. International Master and renowned openings theoretician Richard Palliser presents a complete repertoire for Black against queen's pawn openings based on the dynamic and very much underrated Black Knights Tango. Using illustrative games, Palliser gives a thorough grounding on the key tactics and strategies behind this ambitious opening, while also highlighting the various tricks and traps that both sides have to watch out for. Studying in depth both the main lines and White's more offbeat tries for an advantage, Palliser gives the readers the required knowledge and confidence to immediately try the Tango in their own games.
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    EBOOK - Tango!

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    SHOPWORN - The Four Knights - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0350EM

    The Four Knights is an opening with a long and distinguished history. Despite its deceptively quiet appearance, it can lead to extremely sharp play
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    SHOPWORN - The Four Knights - Move by Move

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    The French Defence - Reloaded
    Catalog Code: B0080EU

    A completely updated edition which presents a Black repertoire based on the French.
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    The French Defence - Reloaded

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    The Tactical Grob
    Catalog Code: B0020IS

    The Tactical Grob This book is on the chess opening known as Grob's Attack. This chess opening starts with 1. g2-g4 or, in Descriptive Notation, 1. P-KN4. Once thought of as a joke, the Grob Opening is a very dangerous opening to both the white and black sides in chess.
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    The Tactical Grob

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

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    SHOPWORN - Slay the Spanish
    Weapons Against the Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: SWB0323EM

    Former US Open Champion Timothy Taylor presents weapons for Black against the hugely popular Spanish Opening, with a repertoire based on the Modern Steinitz Defence. This has justifiably earned a reputation as an important alternative to the main lines, and it's easy to see its appeal. The Modern Steinitz can lead to razor-sharp positions, such as in the Siesta Variation, where one slip by either player could prove to be fatal. But a major attraction of the Modern Steinitz is its flexibility, and Black can also choose to play in a more positional manner.
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    SHOPWORN - Slay the Spanish

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    SHOPWORN - Greatest Ever Chess Opening Ideas
    Catalog Code: SWB0081EM

    What are the greatest opening ideas in chess history? This is a fascinating question that would undoubtedly spark endless debate and discussion amongst all the experts and enthusiasts of the game. From the invention and development of openings which are now considered to be mainline, to the wealth of stunning one-move novelties which have convincingly overturned previous expert assessments, there is certainly a plethora of brilliant ideas to choose from - everyone will have their own opinion on this subject!
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    SHOPWORN - Greatest Ever Chess Opening Ideas

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    The Grunfeld Defence - Grandmaster Repertoire 9 - VOLUME 2
    Catalog Code: B0060QT

    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. Grandmaster Repertoire 8 - The Grünfeld Defence offers a repertoire for Black against 1.d4. Avrukh's two previous Grandmaster Repertoire books for White received universal rave reviews and have been hugely influential on chess players all over the world, including at the very highest level.
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    The Grunfeld Defence - Grandmaster Repertoire 9 - VOLUME 2

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    EBOOK - Taming the Sicilian
    A Repertoire for White Against the Most Popular Black Opening
    Catalog Code: E-B0212EM

    The Sicilian Defence is Black's most ambitious and popular defence to 1 e4. Finding a suitable weapon against it has taxed many a grandmaster's brain. Should White dive into the labyrinth of mountainous theory and complications, in which the player who knows the latest theoretical wrinkle is likely to prevail, or should White abstain and instead head for the more tranquil waters of the various Anti-Sicilians on offer? Perhaps the answer lies somewhere in-between!
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    EBOOK - Taming the Sicilian

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    Fighting the French
    A New Concept
    Catalog Code: B0074EU

    Nowadays the French Defence 1...e6 is one of the most popular openings in response to 1.e4. I'd like to suggest a new concept of combating it. White plays 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 and then deploys his pieces according to the scheme Ngf3, Bd3, c3, 0-0, against almost anything that Black may play. This will usually lead to exchanges in the centre and the appearance of an isolated queen's pawn for White.
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    Fighting the French

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    EBOOK - Queen's Gambit Declined
    Catalog Code: E-B0102EM

    In this book, Grandmaster Sadler explains the ideas behind the Queen's Gambit Declined, one of Black's most dependable replies to the queen's pawn. He discusses all of the major variations in popular practice, explaining the key plans and ideas and highlighting important recent developments. Written by Grandmaster Matthew Sadler, one of the world's top young players, this book offers a full explanation of both the latest theory and important thematic ideas and covers the ever-popular Queen's Gambit Declined.
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    EBOOK - Queen's Gambit Declined

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    The Frankenstein-Dracula Variation in the Vienna Game of Chess
    Catalog Code: B0099IS

    The Frankenstein–Dracula Variation (1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4!?) of the Vienna Game is a monstrous thicket of complications which still have not been fully explored. The opening leads to fascinating positions which will bring enjoyment both in tournament and correspondence play. Although some theorists have treated the variation as dead and buried, experiments have managed to bring the monster variation back to life for Black, and it can now be considered fully playable.
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    The Frankenstein-Dracula Variation in the Vienna Game of Chess

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    SHOPWORN - Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games
    How To Play For A Win if White Avoids The Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: SWB0147NIC

    If you are ready to play the Ruy Lopez with Black, you also need to be prepared if White avoids the Ruy. In this book Victor Bologan covers all relevant lines with a well laid-out, clearly explained and eminently playable set of responses. But Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games is not just another chess opening repertoire book. Bologan presents TWO different options against every main line: a common sense approach and an aggressive weapon. It’s actually two books in one
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    SHOPWORN - Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games

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    EBOOK - Dangerous Weapons - French
    Dazzle Your Opponents!
    Catalog Code: E-B0190EM

    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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    EBOOK - Dangerous Weapons - French

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    Winning Chess Openings
    An Introduction to the Moves, Strategies, and Philosophy of Chess Openings from one of the World's Top Chess Players
    Catalog Code: B0194EM

    The two greatest challenges for beginning chess players are not only to survive the openings phase, but also to choose appropriate attack and defense formations in the process. WINNING CHESS OPENINGS shows you how to do both. In Yasser Seirawan's entertaining, easy-to-follow style, you're shown formations that can be used with other White or Black pieces.
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    Winning Chess Openings

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    EBOOK - Nimzo-Indian Kasparov Variation
    4. Nf3 as Popularized by Garry Kasparov
    Catalog Code: E-B0249EM

    The Nimzo-Indian Defence is certainly one of Black's most respectable ways of meeting 1 d4; it's popular at all levels of chess and white players have been banging their heads against brick walls in trying to find an advantageous line. What can White do to throw his opponent off balance at an early stage? The answer is contained in this book!
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    EBOOK - Nimzo-Indian Kasparov Variation

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    EBOOK - Starting Out - c3 Sicilian
    Catalog Code: E-B0017EM

    In this book, c3 Sicilian expert John Emms goes back to basics: he explains in depth the reasoning behind the critical early moves - something that is often neglected - and uses instructive games to demonstrate key plans for both White and Black.
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    EBOOK - Starting Out - c3 Sicilian

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    EBOOK - Starting Out - Slav and Semi-Slav
    Catalog Code: E-B0004EM

    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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    EBOOK - Starting Out - Slav and Semi-Slav

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    SHOPWORN - Bird's Opening - Move By Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0410EM

    Bird's Opening, 1 f4, is an ideal choice for freethinking chess players who prefer to rely on their general chess knowledge and intuition rather than having to memorize and keep up to date with mainline opening theory. Bird's Opening is essentially the Dutch Defence with an extra move. In this book, the author examines all the important variations of Bird's Opening, including the sharp From's Gambit. Using illustrative games, he explains the main positional and tactical ideas for both sides, provides answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about successfully playing 1 f4.
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    SHOPWORN - Bird's Opening - Move By Move

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    EBOOK - Play the London System
    Catalog Code: E-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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    EBOOK - Play the London System

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    EBOOK - Starting Out: The Pirc/Modern
    Catalog Code: E-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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    EBOOK - Starting Out: The Pirc/Modern

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    The Modern French
    A Complete Guide for Black
    Catalog Code: B0116NIC

    This is a complete and up-to-date work for players of all levels, and contains brand-new concepts in topical modern lines such as the Steinitz, McCutcheon and Morozevich Variations.
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    The Modern French

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    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

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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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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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