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    EBOOK - Starting Out - Scotch Game
    Catalog Code: E-B0037EM

    The Scotch Game is one of the oldest openings in chess and has a great history, but it was catapulted back into the limelight due to the enterprise of World Champion Garry Kasparov, who completely rejuvenated the opening with an abundance of original ideas for White.
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    EBOOK - Starting Out - Scotch Game

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    CLEARANCE - The Dynamic Philidor Counter-Gambit
    Catalog Code: CB0068CD

    Black defends his King's pawn before proceding with similar play as in the Greco Counter-Gambit. Suddenly White does not have positional play against a Philidor Defense, but is thrown into tactical complications of this gambit. You, as Black, will know what to do while your opponent eats time on his clock trying, repeat trying, to find his way. Black is playing to win.
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    CLEARANCE - The Dynamic Philidor Counter-Gambit

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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

    $29.95
    My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White
    A Ready-To-Go Package For Ambitious Beginners
    Catalog Code: B0168NIC

    Every chess player needs to decide which openings he is going to play. But where do you start? Experienced French chess trainer Vincent Moret provides a complete, ready-to-go chess opening repertoire for White with a sound set of lines that do not outdate rapidly, do not require memorization and are easy to digest for beginning players and other amateurs.
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    My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White

    $21.95
    Playing 1. d4 - The Indian Defences
    A Grandmaster's Guide
    Catalog Code: B0070QT

    Chess players are offered an ambitious repertoire for White with 1.d4 in two volumes, with this book covering all lines except 1...d5. The repertoire is based on classical lines and inspired by Botvinnik’s approach.
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    Playing 1. d4 - The Indian Defences

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    CLEARANCE - Opening Ideas and Analysis - VOLUME 2
    Catalog Code: CB0094CD

    Opening Ideas and Analysis - VOLUME 2
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    CLEARANCE - Opening Ideas and Analysis - VOLUME 2

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    CLEARANCE - Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 8
    No Time to Study Opening Theory? Shock Your Opponent with an SOS!
    Catalog Code: B0008SOS

    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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    CLEARANCE - Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 8

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    The Benko Gambit - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0382EM

    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 Benko Gambit - Move by Move

    $28.95
    Winning Chess Traps
    300 Ways to Win In the Opening
    Catalog Code: B0210IS

    A modernized collection of 300 traps in the chess openings used today. The dead wood of traps in unused openings has been cut away and replaced try new traps in the latest openings. Each trap complete in itself-an introductory explanation, opening moves, diagram of position when trap is sprung, concluding moves to check-mate, or decisive win of material. All classes of players, weak or strong, need the vital information in this book to avoid pitfalls or catch an unwary opponent napping.
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    Winning Chess Traps

    $25.95
    Mayhem in the Morra
    1... c5 Wiped Off the Map! - Sicilian Refuted!
    Catalog Code: B0065QT

    Esserman is the world's leading expert on the Morra Gambit and he shares all his secrets and many novelties in a lively witty style. The Morra leads to exciting gambit play, so some players decline the offer with 3...Nf6 - Esserman also shows how White can attack this cautious defence.
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    Mayhem in the Morra

    $29.95
    Pirc Alert - 2ND EDITION
    A Complete Repertoire Against 1. e4
    Catalog Code: B0016LV

    Does a fine job at being thematic while offering enough analysis to satisfy anyone - Andy Soltis, Chess Grandmaster and legendary Chess Author. Win more games and enjoy chess more as you play and understand it better! Packed with surprise-weapons, Pirc Alert! gives you everything you need to know to defend against White's most popular way of starting the game. Alburt and Chernin explain both the winning ideas as well as the moves of the Pirc Defense, a dynamic system used by the world's chess elite.
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    Pirc Alert - 2ND EDITION

    $34.95
    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
    The Vulture and Associated Opening Systems
    Catalog Code: CB0235RB

    This completely revised and up-dated English edition is a ‘must’ for all those players who wish to escape from the stultifying effects of ‘main-line’ analysis of Queen’s Pawn Openings, and enter the relatively unexplored habitat of the Vulture! 
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    The Vulture and Associated Opening Systems

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    Garry Kasparov's Opening Repertoire
    Catalog Code: B0137IS

    This work has been updated in 2012 to include all of the latest World Chess Championship matches by Garry Kasparov.
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    Garry Kasparov's Opening Repertoire

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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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    1... b6 - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0408EM

    1...b6 is a dynamic defense which allows Black to steer the game into relatively unchartered territory, where White players are unable to relax and rely on their ‘opening book’ knowledge. A major attraction of 1...b6 is that it can be employed against all of White’s mainline openings, including 1 e4, 1 d4, 1 Nf3 and 1 c4. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala examines all the important variations after 1...b6. 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...b6.
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    1... b6 - Move by Move

    $29.95
    Center Counter Defense The Portuguese Variation
    Catalog Code: CB0001PS

    This book is the first devoted exclusively to the Portuguese Variation. In a research tour de force, NM Selby Anderson has assembled all relevant games and articles, then fed it to top chess engines like Fritz4 and Chess Machine. Consequently, the high percentage of original analysis found here stands in stark contrast to the typical opening monograph. Players of any level will appreciate the author's light and witty approach all the while dispensing lethal doses of tactical toxins. Pity the poor player who stumbles into the Portuguese without this book!
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    Center Counter Defense The Portuguese Variation

    $19.95
    Complete Slav I
    Catalog Code: B0002EV

    The Slav Defense is currently the most popular closed opening, appearing in the opening repertoire of the overwhelming majority of top class grandmasters. A competitive chess player playing 1.d4 faces the opening in almost every tournament, and for Black it can be used in just about every second game.
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    Complete Slav I

    $31.95
    The Moscow & Anti-Moscow Variations
    An Insider's View
    Catalog Code: B0052EU

    The positions arising in the Moscow variation and the Anti-Moscow variation are in principle so different that I have decided to arrange the material in the two parts of the book in different fashion too. The part of the book, which deals with the analysis of the plans and possibilities in the much calmer Moscow variation can be compared to a thorough guide of the series ''street by street''.
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    The Moscow & Anti-Moscow Variations

    $29.95
    SHOPWORN - The King's Indian Attack - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0394EM

    In this book, Grandmaster Neil McDonald examines in depth the many variations of the King's Indian Attack. He outlines White's most promising options and Black's best defences, and provides answers to all the key questions. *Essential guidance and training in the King's Indian Attack *Provides repertoire options for White *Utilizes an ideal approach to chess study.
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    SHOPWORN - The King's Indian Attack - Move by Move

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    EBOOK - Chess Developments - The Pirc
    Catalog Code: E-B0349EM

    In this book, James Vigus examines the most theoretically important and instructive Pirc games since the publication of his highly acclaimed The Pirc in Black and White, 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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    EBOOK - Chess Developments - The Pirc

    $19.95
    Sacrifices in the Sicilian
    Catalog Code: B0070IS

    The Sicilian Defense is the most exciting of all chess openings and the most popular at all levels of play. The attacking and tactical possibilities of the Sicilian are numerous. There are many sacrificial ideas that occur time and again in the Sicilian, and it is the task of this book to clarify and analyze them
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    Sacrifices in the Sicilian

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    Dreev vs. the Benoni
    Catalog Code: B0096EU

    Dreev is the winner of many international tournaments. With the Russian team, he was three-time Olympic gold medalist and one-time silver medalist. He has also won the World team championsgip twice-in 1997 and 2005. European champion for rapid chess. Dreev is a leading expert on opening theory and a renowned chess author. His previous books, published by Chess Stars, are My One Hundred Best Games, The Moscow & Anti-Moscow Variations and The Meran and Anti-Meran Variations.
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    Dreev vs. the Benoni

    $31.95
    EBOOK - The Ruy Lopez - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: E-B0334EM

    This is a new series which 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 practicing 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 Ruy Lopez - Move by Move

    $19.95
    Understanding the Queens Gambit Accepted
    Catalog Code: B0115EU

    The QGA is a positionally sound and reliable opening, played by world champions Kasparov, Karpov, Anand and Topalov. The authors consider the Classical System with 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6, but they in fact prefer alternative, sharper approaches. Against 3.e4 they recommend 3...Nc6 4.Nf3 Nf6!?, against 3.e3 they choose 3...e5! and against 3.Nf3 their weapon of choice is 3...Nf6 4.e3 Bg4!? Other choices and drawish alternatives are given.
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    Understanding the Queens Gambit Accepted

    $27.95
    EBOOK - Alekhine Alert
    A Repertoire for Black Against 1. e4
    Catalog Code: E-B0301EM

    Former US Open Champion Timothy Taylor takes a contemporary look at one of Black's most ambitious counters to 1 e4, the Alekhine Defence. This is a sharp opening in which Black attacks from the very beginning, luring White's central pawns forward in the expectation of destroying them later on.
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    EBOOK - Alekhine Alert

    $19.95
    A Killer Chess Opening Repertoire
    An Easy-to-Learn Repertoire for the Chessboard Assassin
    Catalog Code: B0159GB

    Bored with the same old openings? Worried about having to learn too much theory? Then this book will come as a godsend. Aaron Summerscale presents a set of exceptionally dangerous opening weapons for White. Each recommended line is based on a solid positional foundation, yet also promises long-term (and short-term!) attacking chances.
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    A Killer Chess Opening Repertoire

    $19.75
    CLEARANCE - The Modern Bogo 1. d4 e6
    A Complete Guide for Black
    Catalog Code: B0148NIC

    The Modern Bogo covers all the possibilities for White after 1.d4 e6... except for 2.e4, after which you should play the French! Dejan Antic and Branimir Maksimovic have created a complete chess opening repertoire for Black players. You will find that this opening not only gives you good chances to equalize as Black, but also many opportunities to play for a win.
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    CLEARANCE - The Modern Bogo 1. d4 e6

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    EBOOK - Dealing with d4 Deviations
    Fighting the Trompowsky, Torre, Blackmar-Diemer, Stonewall, Colle and Other Problem Openings
    Catalog Code: E-B0241EM

    This book fills an enormous void in chess literature. There are a countless number of players who are very happy to defend the black side of the Queen's Gambit or play the Nimzo-Indian, Queen's Indian, Bogo-Indian or Benoni. However, more often than not they have been forced to muddle their way through a whole variety of annoying sidelines White has at his or her disposal, including the dreaded Trompowsky, the tricky Blackmar-Diemer Gambit and the tiresome Colle Variation.
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    EBOOK - Dealing with d4 Deviations

    $19.95
    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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    Bologan's Ruy Lopez for Black
    How to Play for a Win Against the Spanish Opening
    Catalog Code: B0164NIC

    The Ruy Lopez remains one of the most popular chess openings, both at club level and among top players. In this book, the companion volume to his acclaimed bestseller Bologan’s Black Weapons in the Open Games, Victor Bologan presents a cutting-edge repertoire for Black based on the favorite lines of Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian. Bologan’s Ruy Lopez for Black is more than just a well laid-out, clearly explained and eminently playable set of responses against the Spanish Opening. Bologan presents TWO different options against every main line. It’s actually two books in one!
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    Bologan's Ruy Lopez for Black

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    Practical Chess Openings
    Catalog Code: B0205IS

    Practical Chess Openings is a basic openings book covering all the major openings, in alphabetical order. At the beginning of each section is a general description of the opening and its history, including the names of famous players who played it.
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    Practical Chess Openings

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    EBOOK - Play the Najdorf - Scheveningen Style
    A Complete Repertoire for Black in the Most Dynamic of Openings
    Catalog Code: E-B0245EM

    The Najdorf Sicilian is one of the most sharp, dynamic and popular openings that Black can play and is a firm favourite amongst the world's elite players, including world number one Garry Kasparov. From very early on, Black unbalances the game to a reach a position in which one can play for the win without exceptional risk.
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    EBOOK - Play the Najdorf - Scheveningen Style

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    CLEARANCE - A Winning White Repertoire
    Catalog Code: CB0015CD

    The main system is the Torre Attack 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 or 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 followed by Bg5. Then you are taught how to meet the Nimzo-Indian, King's Indian, Pirc/Old Indian, Benoni, and Dutch Defenses. This opening is very solid and easy to learn and the non-professional players will find it very handy. However, it is a very powerful opening and has been employed by such chess superstars as Korchnoi, Kasparov, Timman, Petrosian, Bronstein, Yusupov, Keres, Smyslov, and Spassky! Most importantly, this book consists of more than just variations, but 100 deeply annotated complete games as well.
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    Modernized - The Open Sicilian
    Catalog Code: B0086OB

    IM Zhanibek Amanov of Kazakhstan and FM Kostya Kavutskiy of Los Angeles present a repertoire vs. the Sicilian Defense, one of the most complex and powerful defenses available to Black, and the choice of many top players.
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    Modernized - The Open Sicilian

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    NIC Yearbook 110 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Fairytale Chess by Baadur Jobava in the Vienna and the Dragadorf
    Catalog Code: B0110PYB

    Forum The Forum Section has interesting contributions by well-known players like Jan Werle, Jose Vilela, Luis Rodi and many more. Also, the winner of the Novelty of the Year 2013 contest is made known.
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    NIC Yearbook 110 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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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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