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      A Practical White Repertoire with 1. d4 & 2. c4 - VOL. 2
      The King's Fianchetto Defences
      Catalog Code: B0098EU

      Alexei Kornev is an international grandmaster and coach. In 2001 he took the silver in the Russian Cup Final. He is also the winner of a number of international tournaments. Highest Elo so far - 2582. For many years, he has been the senior coach of the junior chess school in the city of Vladimir. His students are often among the Russian junior championships for boys and girls.
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      A Practical White Repertoire with 1. d4 & 2. c4 - VOL. 2

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      The Modern Anti-Sicilian. 1.e4 c5 2.a3
      Catalog Code: B0099EU

      This hefty book offers the results of S.Soloviov's ten-year-long investigation of a nearly virgin territory of chess theory - 1.e4 c5 2.a3. This is a more flexible version of the Sicilian Gambit with 2.b4 as the play often takes original courses.
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      The Modern Anti-Sicilian. 1.e4 c5 2.a3

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      Smith Morra Gambit Declined: Nf6
      Catalog Code: CB0013CD

      Details the Smith-Morra Gambit Declined Variation. 2081 games given in 48 variations.
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      Smith Morra Gambit Declined: Nf6

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      French Defense for Black
      Catalog Code: CB0014CD

      Grefe and Silman give many variations and analysis from the Black perspective to show why the French Defense is one of Black's best replies vs. 1.e4.
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      French Defense for Black

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      The Nimzo-Larsen Attack - Move by Move
      Catalog Code: B0371EM

      The Nimzo-Larsen Attack is an ideal opening choice for players keen to avoid mainline theory but still wanting to set their opponents problems from the outset. In the Nimzo-Larsen, White begins 1 b3 and then develops in hypermodern fashion – planning to undermine any central structures Black dares to erect. A key attraction of the Nimzo-Larsen is that White can steer the game into either sharp play or elaborate strategic battles. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala invites you to join him in examining the many different variations of the Nimzo-Larsen. Lakdawala studies the typical plans and tactics for both sides, offers repertoire options for White, provides answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about playing the Nimzo-Larsen Attack.
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      The Nimzo-Larsen Attack - Move by Move

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      A Vigorous Chess Opening Repertoire for Black
      Tackling 1.e4 with 1...e5
      Catalog Code: B0137NIC

      The Petroff Defence is anything but dull. Although it is a frequent choice of top grandmasters, club players often fear that it leads to passive play. This book will debunk this prejudice and open new vistas.
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      A Vigorous Chess Opening Repertoire for Black

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      How to Play the Chess Opening
      Catalog Code: B0039DV

      With keen appreciation of the amateur's usual limitations, International Grandmaster Eugene Znosko Borovsky explains the importance of rapid development of the pieces, occupation of the center, the relation of the opening to the general plan of the player, and significance of control of the center.
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      How to Play the Chess Opening

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      King's Pawn Openings
      Catalog Code: CB0066CD

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      King's Pawn Openings

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      Ruy Lopez: Breyer System
      Catalog Code: CB0011CD

      This book takes a detailed look at a system that has been favored by Karpov, Spassky, Portisch, and Gligoric, among others. The rerouting of black's queenside knight from c6-b8-d7 and sometimes to c5 aims to put pressure on white's center, particularly the e4 strongpoint. This books offers a solid system for Ruy Lopez players.
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      Ruy Lopez: Breyer System

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      Sicilian Defense 4: Gurgenidze
      Catalog Code: CB0018XX

      Analysis on 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nxd4 7.Qxd4 d6. This critical line of the Maroczy Bind is examined thoroughly.
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      Sicilian Defense 4: Gurgenidze

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      Four Knights and Belgrade Gambit
      Catalog Code: CB0020XX

      1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 secures White a solid game. The Belgrade, 4.d4 exd4 5.Nd5 strives for tactics and complications!
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      Four Knights and Belgrade Gambit

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      Sicilian ...e6 and ...d6 Systems
      Catalog Code: B0013AC

      The variations of the Sicilian in which Black sets up a pawn centre with ...e6 and ...d6 have been popularized by such fighting players as Kasparov and Andersson. The play can become extremely sharp and many lines have been analyzed to move 20. This comprehensive work provides everything the modern tournament player needs to know about the Scheveningen and only a Grandmaster of the calibre of Kasparov can provide the strategy explanation necessary for an opening of this complexity.
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      Sicilian ...e6 and ...d6 Systems

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      Sicilian - Paulsen
      Catalog Code: B0082BT

      The Paulsen System of the Sicilian challenges one of the common perceptions of the Sicilian Defense: That there is no safe way to play the Sicilian. The Paulsen System is generally regarded as one of the most solid, safe ways to play the Sicilian against 1.e4, while also giving plenty of opportunities for counter-attack. This flexible system can allow Black to arrange his pieces in several different ways. Taimanov shows us how to handle each variation that White can throw at you, and gives many fragments of important games.
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      Sicilian - Paulsen

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      Ponziani Opening
      Catalog Code: CB0044CD

      The Ponziani (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3)has been an opening that has been overlooked frequently through the years. However it was played quite frequently throughout the 80's in Master-level and above tournament play. White has many ways to challenge each variant of Black's setup. Harding shows that Black's game is not as easy as many Black theorists would want you to believe.
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      Ponziani Opening

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      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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      Philidor Defense - A Re-Appraisal

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      500 Sicilian Miniatures
      Catalog Code: CB0005XX

      Sicilian miniatures of games 20 moves or less. They are arranged by Encyclopedia of Chess Openings classification system. Light notes are added at critical positions.
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      500 Sicilian Miniatures

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      Winning with 1. e4
      Catalog Code: CB0077CD

      A complete opening system with White playing 1.e4. The author tells you what to play against each possible Black defense. His recommendations are not carved in stone so you can keep what you like and change the ones that do not appeal to you. If you play the "peak-a-boo" opening, you will want to change to the dynamic 1.e4! Start winning games!
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      Winning with 1. e4

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      An Unbeatable White Repertoire after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3
      Catalog Code: CB0099CD

      "In this book, we shall provide the student with an unbeatable system for the white pieces after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3. We teach you how to play against the Hungarian Defense, the Philidor Defense, the Latvian Gambit, and the Petroff Defenses. This gets us to the main lines, the Three Knights and Four Knights Game with the Belgrade Gambit included(the 1st time GM Evans ever recommended a gambit!). These 'hold the draw in hand and go for the win' openings have been researched like never before. There is more dynamic play, for those that know them, than ever realized. Here is something to build on if later in your career you want to head for the Giuoco Piano or Ruy Lopez." - Ken Smith.
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      An Unbeatable White Repertoire after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3

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      Chess Opening - Traps and Zaps - VOLUME 1
      202 Openings Designed to Instruct Players of All Levels, Written by America's Leading Chess Writer
      Catalog Code: B0008SS

      In the first completely instructional book ever written on chess openings, National Master Bruce Pandolfini teaches players how to take charge of the game's crucial opening phase.
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      Chess Opening - Traps and Zaps - VOLUME 1

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      Sicilian - Taimanov
      Catalog Code: B0081BT

      This modern variation goes 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 a6. It deals with all of the plans that both White and Black can choose. The author gives many suggestions for new lines of exploration, and gives exceptionally clear explanations of the basic strategies of the system. There are a number of illustratives games which show how the Taimanov strategies carry through to the middlegame and which will give you a genuine understanding of the system.
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      Sicilian - Taimanov

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      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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      Dynamic White Openings

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      Dynamic Black Defense
      Catalog Code: CB0106CD

      Dynamic Black Defense
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      Dynamic Black Defense

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      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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      Beating the Sicilian Defense Chameleon Variation

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      E.C.O. Busted
      Catalog Code: B0012HY

      Although E.C.O. is the Bible of modern opening theory, there have been numerous discoveries, both from tournament and postal play, since the latest editions. In these pages you will find hundreds of splendid opening traps, reversals, and pitfalls.
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      E.C.O. Busted

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      White To Play 1. e4 And Win
      Catalog Code: CB0009CD

      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!
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      White To Play 1. e4 And Win

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      The Vienna Game and Gambit
      Catalog Code: CB0010CD

      This book covers the Vienna Game and Vienna Gambit along with variations that transpose into the King's Gambit(such as improvements for white in the Steinitz Variation). Force your opponent into lines that you know and are familiar with after 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3, with a quick f4 frequently following. This is certainly an excellent choice for the attacking player!
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      The Vienna Game and Gambit

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      Blackburne-Hartlaub Gambit
      Catalog Code: CB0020CD

      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.
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      Blackburne-Hartlaub Gambit

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      White Opening System: Stonewall Attack, Colle System and Torre Attack
      Catalog Code: CB0028CD

      GM Soltis states: "Every chessplayer dreams of finding an opening that plays itself. After awhile the novice player learnes this is an impossible dream. There are, however, some universal systems of development that a player can adopt when he has the white pieces." By combining three aggressive, easy to understand openings, the author delivers. Not only does Soltis give you opening analysis and ideas, each chapter has Middlegame strategy.
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      White Opening System: Stonewall Attack, Colle System and Torre Attack

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      2. c3 vs the Sicilian and the Smith Morra Gambit
      Catalog Code: CB0050CD

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

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      Winning with 1. f4
      Catalog Code: CB0059CD

      With the Dutch Defense as Black having a revival at GM level, it is time for a rehabilitation of Bird's Opening 1.f4. The extra move White has makes a big difference. Soltis covers how White should play in: Part 1 :Black Doesn't Fianchetto His King's Bishop. Part 2: Black Plays Modern Systems Including ...g6. Part 3: From's Gambity(a hard gambit to meet - here is how GM's play against it). Part 4: Other Defenses Black May Play.
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      Winning with 1. f4

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      Bird-Larsen Attack
      Catalog Code: CB0048CD

      Bird-Larsen Attack
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      Bird-Larsen Attack

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      More Chess Openings - Traps and Zaps - VOLUME 2
      200 Brand-New Openings for Players of All Levels
      Catalog Code: B0009SS

      The opening is one of the most important parts of the chess game. Weaken your pawns by mistake, and they're taken. Attack wildly and haphazzardly, and your pieces are picked off. Misuse your queen and she's trapped. Carelessly neglect development and you're mated. You've scarely begun, and the game is over. Fortunately, National Master Bruce Pandolfin's More Chess Openings: Traps and Zaps 2, offers drills and skills to help players of all levels avoid these perils and pitfalls.
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      More Chess Openings - Traps and Zaps - VOLUME 2

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      Winning with the Leningrad Dutch 7...Qe8
      Catalog Code: CB0004CD

      No matter what white plays, you are given a black winning answer. Many games of the strong GM Dutch defense expert Malaniuk are given. Also games by leading GM's such as Ivanchuk, Beliavsky, and Bareev are demonstrated. This book shows how to play one of the most dynamic, strategically rich defenses in chess.
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    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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