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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 - 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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    SHOPWORN - The Scandinavian - Move by Move

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    CLEARANCE - Dynamic Black Defense
    Catalog Code: CB0106CD

    Dynamic Black Defense
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    CLEARANCE - Dynamic Black Defense

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    CLEARANCE - A Road to the Expert Title
    Catalog Code: CB0063CD

    A Road to the Expert Title
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    CLEARANCE - A Road to the Expert Title

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    CLEARANCE - Grand Prix Attack
    Catalog Code: CB0026CD

    When faced with the Sicilian Defense, you have to make the choice to either wade through a maze of variations in the main line or diverge early into a relatively lesser known system. The early advance of white's f-pawn fits this objective perfectly. White gains more space in the center and kingside with 2.f4, forming the basis for lasting pressure and often leading to violent attacks against the black kingside. After 1.e4 c5 2.f4, this variation fell out of fashion int he early 90's due to 2..d5. But take heart! Smith and Hall show that this variation still has some venom!
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    CLEARANCE - Grand Prix Attack

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    SHOPWORN - The Killer Sicilian
    Fighting 1.e4 with the Kalashnikov
    Catalog Code: SWB0398EM

    In this book, opening expert Tony Rotella presents a Sicilian repertoire for Black, the backbone of which consists of the Kalashnikov Variation. The Kalashnikov is an ideal choice for those looking to take up the Sicilian.
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    SHOPWORN - The Killer Sicilian

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

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    SHOPWORN - 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: SWB0194EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Winning Chess Openings

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    CLEARANCE - Black to Play Classical Defenses and Win
    Catalog Code: CB0071CD

    Black to Play Classical Defenses and Win
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    CLEARANCE - Black to Play Classical Defenses and Win

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    CLEARANCE - Winning with the Reti Opening
    Catalog Code: CB0052CD

    Smith & Hall: ''Nowadays the Reti(1.Nf3 d5 2.c4) is a staple opening of many strong GM's in top tournament play. There is a steady stream of theoretical discoveries for both White and Black. In this book we analyze in depth the main lines of play in this opening. Often we give several good choices for white - just in case Black finds a ''new move'' in a main line setting. By thorough study of this book you will be well armed to outmaneuver your opponent with White, in the complex and fascinating pathways of the hypermodern Reti.''
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    CLEARANCE - Winning with the Reti Opening

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    CLEARANCE - Tactics in the Chess Opening - VOLUME 3
    French Defence and Other Half-Open Games
    Catalog Code: B0003TITO

    For casual players and club players. Every chess player loves to win early in the game with a deadly combination or a cunning trap. On the other hand, nobody wants to be tricked by his opponent before the game has really started.
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    CLEARANCE - Tactics in the Chess Opening - VOLUME 3

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    The Most Flexible Sicilian
    Catalog Code: B0101EU

    This book is a follow up of The Safest Sicilian. It offers a repertoire based on 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6. This time It covers both the Taimanov and the Kan. The pawn structures are almost identical so many ideas work in both variations. At the same time the different move order offers subtleties which may turn decisive for the outcome of the opening battle. Delchev believes that the Sicilian players should know the full range of set-ups after 2...e6. That would allow to choose the most unpleasant system against any particular opponent.
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    The Most Flexible Sicilian

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    SHOPWORN - The Modern French
    A Complete Guide for Black
    Catalog Code: SWB0116NIC

    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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    SHOPWORN - The Modern French

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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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    CLEARANCE - Dynamic White Openings
    Catalog Code: CB0016CD

    It's time to change your White opening or at least have a second one to diversify your opening system. No longer are the openings in the book called ''Irregular'' because GM's and IM's are playing them. Covered are the dynamic 1.b4!, the aggressive Grob's Attack 1.g4!, the surprisingly excellent Queen's Knight Attack 1.Nc3!, slow stuff 1.e3 and 1.d3 and 1.a3, & the disreputable 1.h4 & other white first moves.
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    CLEARANCE - Dynamic White Openings

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    CLEARANCE - Philidor Defense - A Re-Appraisal
    Catalog Code: CB0051CD

    This edition is a good guide to show the players the ideas in one of the most classic, solid openings against the Classic White's King's pawn setup. All the important variations are covered in Harding's classic style.
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    CLEARANCE - Philidor Defense - A Re-Appraisal

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    CLEARANCE - Beating the Sicilian Defense Chameleon Variation
    Catalog Code: CB0049CD

    The title is to make it strong and clear it is written from the White side. You do not have to wade through page after page, suggestion after suggestion, to find the best White continuations. The analysis will show you how to get an advantage with White by getting you through the opening against all Black variations. White plays 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 followed by 3.Ne2, with the flexible option to break through with d4 if desired.
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    CLEARANCE - Beating the Sicilian Defense Chameleon Variation

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    CLEARANCE - Chess Openings Lexicon
    Catalog Code: CB0017CD

    If you're looking for an easy-to-use guide for identifying, classifying and describing all of the Chess openings and their variations, look no further than this book!!When it comes to the chess openings, most chess players are completely confused by the endless number of openings and their variations.
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    CLEARANCE - Chess Openings Lexicon

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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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    CLEARANCE - Evan's Gambit and a System vs. 2 Knights
    Catalog Code: CB0096CD

    Evan's Gambit and a System vs. 2 Knights
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    CLEARANCE - Evan's Gambit and a System vs. 2 Knights

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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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    Kotronias on the King's Indian - Volume 2 - Mar del Plata I
    Tired of Bad Positions? Try the Main Lines!
    Catalog Code: B0105QT

    In this, the second volume of the Kotronias on the King’s Indian series, grandmaster Vassilios Kotronias turns his attention to the main line of the famous Mar del Plata variation, which arises after the opening moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 e5 7.0–0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1. This leads to some of the most complicated and theoretically challenging positions in the King’s Indian, but Kotronias provides a world-class repertoire for Black, including a wealth of original ideas and analysis.
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    Kotronias on the King's Indian - Volume 2 - Mar del Plata I

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    SHOPWORN - Diamond Dutch
    Strategic Leads & Powerful Weapons
    Catalog Code: SWB0139NIC

    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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    SHOPWORN - Diamond Dutch

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    CLEARANCE - A Road to the Master Title
    Catalog Code: CB0092CD

    A Road to the Master Title
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    CLEARANCE - A Road to the Master Title

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    SHOPWORN - Play the Accelerated Dragon
    Catalog Code: SWB0385EM

    The Accelerated Dragon remains one of Black’s most popular choices in the Sicilian, and the attractions are obvious. Black’s opening strategy is easy to understand, and his pieces are quickly developed on active squares. Furthermore, White players hoping to attack in the same way as against the traditional Dragon will be shocked by the Accelerated Dragon’s greater flexibility and possibilities for a swift counterattack.
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    SHOPWORN - Play the Accelerated Dragon

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    CLEARANCE - Fianchetto Grunfeld
    Catalog Code: B0176EM

    By choosing the Fianchetto System against the Grunfeld, White aims to stifle Black's normal piece play. White avoids presenting Black with a target and instead looks to probe Black's sensitive queenside. White's strategy has been used to good effect by Karpov and Kasparov, reason enough to adopt it in one's own games. This new title offers the first complete coverage of this important chess opening and is ideal for King's Indian players looking for a way to meet the Fianchetto. It also includes up-to-the-minute theory from two top-class theoreticians. Grandmaster Adrian Mikhalchishin is a well-known Ukrainian writer and player, and arguably the worlds' leading expert on the Fianchetto Grunfeld. Alexander Belyavsky is also a Ukrainian grandmaster, who became World Junior Champion in 1973 and won the USSR Championship on many occasions. He has competed regularly and successfully in countless super-grandmaster events.
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    CLEARANCE - Fianchetto Grunfeld

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    SHOPWORN - The Ruy Lopez - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0334EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - The Ruy Lopez - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Fighting The Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: SWB0262EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Fighting The Ruy Lopez

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    CLEARANCE - Winning with the Benko Gambit
    Catalog Code: CB0023CD

    Smith & Hall: ''The Benko Gambit is a rare sort of opening: Black offers a pawn on the third move to snatch the initiative from White. The psychological effect is instantaneous. White, who thought he would control the opening with the initial tempo is immediately faced with vexing decisions. 'Do I take the pawn and try to keep it?'(Accepted); 'Do I take it for a little white but offer to return it later?' (Semi-Accepted); 'Or do I avoid the gambit altogether?' (Declined). 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5!. In any event we show that whichever course white adopts, black will obtain fluid counter-play. If white commits inaccuracies(even relatively slight ones), Black can quickly seize the initiative. By first studying our familiarization section the student new to the Benko will be given a good overview of all the main variations in the Benko Gambit. Next we present a thorough and up-to-date survey of all the major variations to show how Black can steer play into dynamic counter-play-oriented positions, which will provide exciting games and good practical winning chances. Bash 'em with the Benko!''
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    CLEARANCE - The Fischer Attack in the Najdorf
    Catalog Code: CB0057CD

    The Fischer Attack in the Najdorf
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    Handbuch Des Schachspiels - GERMAN EDITION
    Catalog Code: B0034IS

    This is probably the most famous chess book ever written and is certainly the most influential chess book ever written.Paul Rudolf von Bilguer (21 September 1815 - 16 September 1840) was a German chess master and chess theoretician from Ludwigslust, Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
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    Handbuch Des Schachspiels - GERMAN 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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    Kotronias on the King's Indian - Volume 3 - Mar del Plata II
    Tired of Bad Positions? Try the Main Lines!
    Catalog Code: B0106QT

    In this, the third volume of the Kotronias on the King’s Indian series, grandmaster Vassilios Kotronias presents the second part of his world-class repertoire against the famous Mar del Plata variation, starting from the position after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 e5 7.0–0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7, with the focus on 9.b4, 9.Nd2 and all other sensible alternatives to 9.Ne1. Once again, Kotronias provides a turbo-charged repertoire for Black, with a plethora of novelties and original analysis.
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    CLEARANCE - Chess Developments - The Modern Benoni
    Catalog Code: B0340EM

    Chess Developments is a brand new series providing state-of-the-art openings coverage. Chess Developments focuses on the current trends – concentrating on critical lines, theoretical novelties and powerful new ideas.
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    The Petroff
    An Expert Repertoire for Black
    Catalog Code: B0073EU

    In this book the reader will find an opening repertoire for Black against 1. e4, based on the Petroff Defence and designed to be used up to the highest level. For many years this opening has served as the main black weapon for chess giants as Vladimir Kramnik and Boris Gelfand.
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    CLEARANCE - Franco-Benoni Defenses
    Catalog Code: CB0021CD

    No matter what White plays, Black plays 1..e6 making believe he is going into a French defense. White is fooled for whatever he does, Black plays toward a Benoni 2..c5.
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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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