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  1. CLEARANCE - Winning Against Flank Openings

    CLEARANCE - Winning Against Flank Openings

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    Winning Against Flank Openings Learn More
  2. CLEARANCE - The Veresov Attack

    CLEARANCE - The Veresov Attack

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    The Veresov Attack is a vigorous opening system which offers a wealth of interesting strategic and tactical chances for white. It is interesting to note that it sort of resembles a sort of ''Queenside Ruy Lopez''. This often leads to rapid queenside castling with sharpened play. Alternately, white can simply continue to develop his kingside pieces followed by kingside castling. This ''dual castling'' motif of the Veresov can keep black guessing as to white's true intentions. Learn More
  3. CLEARANCE - Winning with the Giuoco Piano and the Max Lange Attack

    CLEARANCE - Winning with the Giuoco Piano and the Max Lange Attack

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    here are 30 important theoretical revisions in this 2nd edition. Nine chapters cover 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4. Learn both a positional and a dynamic attacking weapon to shatter your opponents' King's pawn defenses. Learn More
  4. CLEARANCE - Dynamic White Openings

    CLEARANCE - Dynamic White Openings

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    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. Learn More
  5. CLEARANCE - The Fighting Fajarowicz

    CLEARANCE - The Fighting Fajarowicz

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    The Budapest, 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5, is really a counterattack rather than a defense. It appeals to players who like to challenge White for the initiative early in the game. This particularly applies to the Fajarowicz Variation, 3.dxe4 Ne4, in which(by contrast with the 3..Ng4 main line of the Budapest) Black puts more emphasis on fighting for key squares than on seeking the early recapture of the pawn he has given up. This book contains 3 different sections: 1)Ideas for black to aim for and areas to avoid; 2)A 12 chapter Analysis section(including one with explanation on what to do if white avoids the Fajarowicz on move 3; and 3)A Complete Games section with well over 300 games ranging from unannotated to lightly annotated for you to study. Learn More
  6. CLEARANCE - The Sicilian Scheveningen for Black

    CLEARANCE - The Sicilian Scheveningen for Black

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    The world's leading players take the Black side and seem to be unbeatable! With this analysis you can have access to Black's system introduced by Spassky and used prominently by Kasparov and many of the world's elite. Learn More
  7. CLEARANCE - Beating the Caro-Kann

    CLEARANCE - Beating the Caro-Kann

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    New opening ideas are created frequently, but few have had the meteoric career of Nigel Short's system against the Caro-Kann defense. Virtually unknown before 1988, it has become a regular customer in super tournaments since the 1990's. And yet it is so simple to handle that a Class B player can master most of the strategies in an afternoon. The British GM's system consists of playing the Advance variation of the Caro-Kann with a relatively modest form of development- modest yet it can pack quite a wallop. What short discovered was not just a new move, but a new concept. Despite the presence of the annoying bishop on the excellent b1-h7 diagonal, Black had not equalized, he announced. Short demonstrated that the bishop could, in fact, become a liability that would be attacked in the general expansion of white's pawns on the kingside. 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5(as well as 3..c5 and 3..Na6)-new strategy against each one. Learn More
  8. CLEARANCE - Play the Sicilian Defense: Winning Against 1. e4

    CLEARANCE - Play the Sicilian Defense: Winning Against 1. e4

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  9. CLEARANCE - Beating the King's Indian and Benoni

    CLEARANCE - Beating the King's Indian and Benoni

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    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. Learn More
  10. CLEARANCE - How To Play the Winawer Countergambit

    CLEARANCE - How To Play the Winawer Countergambit

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    This dynamic gambit 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e5 is played by top players. Both accepted and declined are covered. Dismissed by theory until quite recently, it has enjoyed a considerable renaissance in the 1990's. This book is a survey of the opening, with the largest collection of complete game from players past and present. Learn More
  11. CLEARANCE - Opening Ideas and Analysis - VOLUME 2

    CLEARANCE - Opening Ideas and Analysis - VOLUME 2

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  12. CLEARANCE - 2. c3 vs the Sicilian and the Smith Morra Gambit

    CLEARANCE - 2. c3 vs the Sicilian and the Smith Morra Gambit

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    Part One:1.e4 c5 2.c3 has gained a wide following through the years. White enjoys the central space advantage conferred by a classical pawn center. With rapid piece development, White will get the advantage against anything Black can play. Part Two: 1.e4 c5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 and Black declines with 3..Nf6, or 3..d3, or 3..d5. We show you how one system transposes into another and when it can't. In all cases, White will obtain promising vistas for dynamic play. Learn More
  13. CLEARANCE - The Noteboom Variation

    CLEARANCE - The Noteboom Variation

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    The Noteboom Variation Learn More
  14. CLEARANCE - The Fischer Attack in the Najdorf

    CLEARANCE - The Fischer Attack in the Najdorf

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    The Fischer Attack in the Najdorf Learn More
  15. CLEARANCE - Play the 4. f3 Nimzo-Indian

    CLEARANCE - Play the 4. f3 Nimzo-Indian

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    The Nimzo-Indian is an extremely popular and reliable defence, upon which most world champions have relied at some point in their careers. Black controls the vital e4-square with his pieces, and retains total flexibility with his central pawns. By playing 4. f3, White challenges Black's idea head-on. Either Black grants White control of e4, or else he must commit his pawn to d5, whereupon White can begin concrete action in the center. Learn More
  16. CLEARANCE - Beating the Alekhine Defense with the Exchange Variation

    CLEARANCE - Beating the Alekhine Defense with the Exchange Variation

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  17. CLEARANCE - A Road to the Expert Title

    CLEARANCE - A Road to the Expert Title

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  18. CLEARANCE - Inside Chess Openings - PAPERBACK

    CLEARANCE - Inside Chess Openings - PAPERBACK

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    International Chess Enterprises:''Just as every golfer who wants to lower his score practices chipping and putting above all, the ambitious chess player studies the opening. Covering all openings, this book provides and concise and authoritative summary of the best opening moves. No attempt is made to explain the reason behind the moves, though all variations are evaluated using internationally-accepted language-less symbols, thoroughly explained in the preface. The tournament player who wished to brush up on his favorite opening cannot do better than to take a look at Inside Chess Openings before the game.'' Learn More
  19. CLEARANCE - How to Play the Torre Attack - Second, Thoroughly Revised Edition

    CLEARANCE - How to Play the Torre Attack - Second, Thoroughly Revised Edition

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    White plays 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 followed by Bg5. The Torre Attack is a very flexible opening employed by white which involves quick development and fight for control of the e4 square. A standard setup would involve placing the queen's knight on d2, light-squared bishop to d3, king's rook to e1 after a quick castling, and pawn to e3 or e4. However, there is a flexibility that allows for many different setups, depending on the strategic path that the white player wishes to employ and black's setup. This flexible, dynamic system has been employed by virtually every top GM at some point in their career, even at the World Championship match level. Schiller shows why this opening system should be part of every player's repertoire. Learn More
  20. CLEARANCE - Nimzovich Attack: Norfolk Gambits

    CLEARANCE - Nimzovich Attack: Norfolk Gambits

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    This is Volume 1 in the author's new series Chess Openings For Hustlers. ''You will find similar lines of attack and similar combination situations in several different lines. These can be either very useful (if you take the time to learn them) or very treacherous. The one thing the Norfolk Gambit should not do is bore you''-author. ''Be warned: If you are a `bean counter' obsessed with saving pawns for an extended end-game, do not play these gambits! However, if you are willing to commit to an attack which will decimate the 'bean counters' of the chess world, this book is for you''- Phillip A. York. Learn More
  21. CLEARANCE - Beating the King's Indian and Benoni Defense with 5. Bd3

    CLEARANCE - Beating the King's Indian and Benoni Defense with 5. Bd3

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    GM Soltis: ''Against the King's Indian Defense and the Benoni Group(all of them: Czech, Modern, etc..)there is a simple, relatively new, yet ambitious setup that can be played effectively against each member of the family...the key element here is the bishop on d3(5.Bd3!)''. This book also tells you how to play against the Old Indian and Modern defenses. Learn More
  22. CLEARANCE - Four Gambits to Beat the French

    CLEARANCE - Four Gambits to Beat the French

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    Four Gambits to Beat the French Learn More
  23. CLEARANCE - King's Indian Defense: Yugoslav Variation 6 ...c5

    CLEARANCE - King's Indian Defense: Yugoslav Variation 6 ...c5

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    There is no reason that the variation 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nf3 d6 6.0-0 c5 fell out of fashion. Soltis proves this by giving you excellent analysis and strategy in this variation. He brings back a 1950's variation to surprise your opponents. This system has a bit of a Benoni feel to it by attacking white's center with 6..c5 instead of 6..e5. This should be called the Gligoric system since it was the veteran GM Svetozar Gligoric who first demonstrated Black's resources most successfully. This system is a dangerous surprise weapon in the King's Indian that can be employed at all levels. Learn More
  24. CLEARANCE - A Road to the Master Title

    CLEARANCE - A Road to the Master Title

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    A Road to the Master Title Learn More
  25. CLEARANCE - Winning with 1. c4

    CLEARANCE - Winning with 1. c4

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  26. CLEARANCE - Henning Schara Gambit

    CLEARANCE - Henning Schara Gambit

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    Henning Schara Gambit Learn More
  27. CLEARANCE - French Defense - Classical System

    CLEARANCE - French Defense - Classical System

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    French Defense - Classical System Learn More
  28. CLEARANCE - How to Play Against the Staunton Gambit

    CLEARANCE - How to Play Against the Staunton Gambit

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  29. CLEARANCE - Inside Chess Opening Novelties: KID Bayonet Attack

    CLEARANCE - Inside Chess Opening Novelties: KID Bayonet Attack

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    White attacks the Queenside with 9.b4 in the Classical Variation of the King's Indian Defense 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Nf3 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7. The Introduction explains what is happening, then each of ten chapters has a short comment on theory. There is a total of 200 games with the main ones having notes. Learn More
  30. CLEARANCE - Max Lange Attack and the Anti-Max Lange

    CLEARANCE - Max Lange Attack and the Anti-Max Lange

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  31. CLEARANCE - White To Play 1. e4 And Win

    CLEARANCE - White To Play 1. e4 And Win

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    Schiller delivers with this book with your first move being 1.e4. This book tells you how to: (1) Beat 1..e5 with the Bishop Opening with some transposition into the Scotch Game; (2) Against 1..c5 with the Closed Sicilian like Spassky; (3) Go after the Caro-Kann with the Exchange Variation, a favorite of Fischer's; (4) Beat the French with three different variations depending on what black does; (5) Play the aggressive ''Push'' Variation against the Alekhine's Defense; (6)The best line against the Franco-Indian; (7) Against the Modern and Pirc Defenses you will play the Grand Prix Attack; (8)Schiller has some surprises when black plays the Scandinavian Defense(1.e4 d5). Schiller gives a complete and exciting repertoire for all 1.e4 players! Learn More
  32. CLEARANCE - How to Play the Belgrade Gambit

    CLEARANCE - How to Play the Belgrade Gambit

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    After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nd5 the author examines both the accepted and declined. This gambit has been reinvigorated by some new ideas and is fully playable. An excellent edition to your fighting arsenal. Learn More
  33. CLEARANCE - Chess Openings Lexicon

    CLEARANCE - Chess Openings Lexicon

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    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. Learn More
  34. CLEARANCE - Blackburne-Hartlaub Gambit

    CLEARANCE - Blackburne-Hartlaub Gambit

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    In this Chess Openings for Hustlers Volume II the author looks at both the Accepted 3.exd6 and the Declined 3.Nf3 and 3.Bf4. The idea of this gambit is well worth the effort of the player who wants to learn an aggressive Black defense against 1.d4 where white doesn't control the flow of the game. The book contains 155 games divided into variations with light analysis played by a variety of players ranging from Master to class C. A player index has been provided which lists players grouped by ''Class'' to help the reader evaluate the games. Learn More
  35. CLEARANCE - The Baltic Defense to the Queen's Gambit

    CLEARANCE - The Baltic Defense to the Queen's Gambit

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    In the past many masters have tried to solve Black's problem of developing the Queen's Bishop after blocking it in by 2..e6(1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6). But there is another school that thinks Black should solve the Bishop problem first, with 2..Bf5. A number of them from the Baltic nations were GM Mikenas and GM Keres. The modern generation is lead by GM's Bagirov, Shirov, and Rausis. We believe books have overlooked 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Bf5 or 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Bf5 or 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Bf5. Learn More
  36. CLEARANCE - New Sicilian Gambits

    CLEARANCE - New Sicilian Gambits

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    GM Soltis: ''If white gets to attack in the Sicilian Defense anyway, why should he offer a pawn or two for the privilege? The answer is that black gets to counterplay in the Sicilian and his counterplay is usually as good as white's. That, in fact, is what makes the Sicilian popular. There are plenty of familiar Sicilian gambits(like the Smith Morra and Wing, which this book doesn't even cover). But in the last few years, a number of new ideas arising out of positional variations, have been discovered and found to pack a wallop for white''. Here are six new white gambits against the Sicilian that the reader will have to attempt to destroy black! Learn More

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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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