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  1. The Berlin Defense Unraveled

    The Berlin Defense Unraveled

    $29.95
    International Master Luis Bernal has unraveled the Berlin and made it accessible for amateur players. His practical guide is fully up to date, explains typical formations and strategies, and presents new ideas and resources in the old Berlin Wall structures. Learn More
  2. The Complete French Advance

    The Complete French Advance

    $32.95
    Grandmaster Evgeny Sveshnikov has played the Advance Variation in countless games with excellent results and is, as former World Champion Anatoly Karpov puts it, ‘the world expert' in this variation. Together with his son, International Master Vladimir Sveshnikov, he has thoroughly updated and expanded his earlier investigations that he presented in his first book on the French Advance in 2003.The Sveshnikovs know that when you are teaching new patterns it is much more productive to use illustrative games than to show stand-alone, concrete variations. That is why they present many annotated grandmaster games in which they clearly explain the ideas and plans for both sides. Learn More
  3. Fighting the London System

    Fighting the London System

    $31.95
    This book presents a black repertoire against the opening hit of the year - the London System, which arises after 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4. The author also covers various move orders with 2. Nf3 or 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bb4 c5. Kiril Georgiev analyses several different set-ups for Black so the book would be of help to White players, too! Learn More
  4. The Sicilian - Thematic Sacrifices and Attacks

    The Sicilian - Thematic Sacrifices and Attacks

    $16.75
    Each opening has its own specific features and strategies that need to be explored. In the variations of the Sicilian Defense, White often counts on material sacrifices for getting a short of long term initiative that has a fair chance to lead to a decisive attach. These typical sacrifices are the main topic of this work. Learn More
  5. The Elshad System

    The Elshad System

    $19.95
    You have limited time to devote to chess study, and most of that goes to reviewing your openings to move 25, with all their sidelines. Sound familiar? Here's a solution: surprise your opponent in the first four moves with The Elshad System! In a groundbreaking survey of this emerging counterattack, FM Igor Nemtsev proposes a shocking approach to the closed openings featuring an early ..h7-h6 and ..g7-g5 Learn More
  6. A Practical Black Repertoire with d5, c6 - Slav and Other Defences - Vol. 1

    A Practical Black Repertoire with d5, c6 - Slav and Other Defences - Vol. 1

    $31.95
    In Volume 1 Kornev's choice of arms against 1.d4 d5 2.c4 is one of the most popular openings in modern chess practice - the Slav Defence. Besides, he considers in detail how to meet opening set-ups where after 1.d4 d5 White refrains from an early c2-c4: 2.Bg5, as well as 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5 and 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3. Another topic is the ever growing in popularity The London System (2.Bf4 and 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4) Learn More
  7. The Scotch Gambit

    The Scotch Gambit

    $17.95

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    Seize the Initiative Right from the Start! Are you bored with slow maneuvering in systems such as the the Italian game with d2-d3 and the anti-Berlin? Do you enjoy confrontation in the center and sharp, tactical play? Alex Fishbein shows how the Scotch Gambit can give you exciting yet sound positions where you aim at the enemy king. Learn More
  8. My Secrets in the Ruy Lopez

    My Secrets in the Ruy Lopez

    $21.95
    In this book, he opens his extensive opening files and presents the most important games and unused novelties in the Ruy Lopez (or Spanish Game). He also explains the strategies and ideas behind these lines, and places the key games in their historical settings. Anecdotes abound, as do reflections on his key rivals, including Fischer, Karpov, Tal, Larsen, Spassky and Timman. Learn More
  9. Bologan's King's Indian

    Bologan's King's Indian

    $32.95
    Grandmaster and acknowledged chess opening expert Victor Bologan presents a complete King's Indian repertoire for Black that is much more than just a lucidly explained and very playable set of responses. With this book under your belt you can go to your next tournament with confidence. You will win many exciting games with Bologan's King's Indian! Learn More
  10. The Catalan - Move by Move

    The Catalan - Move by Move

    $27.95
    The Catalan is a solid opening system in which White combines the Queen’s Gambit with a kingside fianchetto. In recent years it has become an increasingly popular choice at all levels of chess, and elite grandmasters such as Vladimir Kramnik have developed major new ideas for both White and Black. The Catalan can lead to a wide variety of positions, open or closed, tactical or strategic, that will suit players of all styles. In this book, Grandmaster Neil McDonald invites you to join him in studying the Catalan and its many variations. McDonald shares his experience and knowledge of the Catalan, examines the main plans for both sides and provides answers to the key questions. Learn More
  11. Starting Out - 1. d4 & 1. e4

    Starting Out - 1. d4 & 1. e4

    $29.95

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    In these two books, brought together now for the first time in one volume, John Cox and Neil McDonald solve the perennial problems by providing the reader with strong and trusty repertoires with white pieces based on the popular opening moves of 1d4 and 1e4. The recommended lines given here have stood the test of time and are regularly employed by Grandmasters. These books are written in Everyman Chess's distinctive Starting Out style, with plenty of notes, tips and warnings throughout to help the reader to absorb ideas. Learn More
  12. Attacking with 1. d4 & 1. e4

    Attacking with 1. d4 & 1. e4

    $28.95
    Brought together for the first time in one volume, International Master Angus Dunnington presents you with an all-new and attacking repertoire based on the move 1d4 while Grandmaster John Emms offers a new arsenal of opening weapons with which to attack your unsuspecting opponents. Learn More
  13. Understanding the Sicilian

    Understanding the Sicilian

    $26.95
    Mikhail Golubev has played the Sicilian as Black and White for the whole of his chess career, specializing in the sharpest and most aggressive systems. Here he presents the whole undiluted truth – as best he sees it – about this most popular and cut-throat of openings. Learn More
  14. The Modern Chess Instructor

    The Modern Chess Instructor

    $24.95
    More than 125 years ago, one of the first great chess books appeared. The Modern Chess Instructor, Part I, written by then world champion Wilhelm Steinitz, was released in 1889. It was his magnum opus, setting forth for the first time the principles of modern chess. It is no exaggeration to say that Steinitz’s writings have influenced every great player. This 21st century edition has converted the archaic English descriptive notation to algebraic and reformatted the text so that it conforms to the expectations of the 21st century chessplayer. The Modern Chess Instructor’s rare second part, published in 1895, has also been added. The result is a genuine treasure trove of original ideas coupled with exposition of the foundation of modern chess theory. Every chessplayer will find The Modern Chess Instructor enjoyable and instructive, a journey back to the theoretical roots of modern chess. Learn More
  15. The Hyper Accelerated Dragon

    The Hyper Accelerated Dragon

    $29.95

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    In this book, IM Raja Panjwani presents the Hyper Accelerated Dragon. He demonstrates from the second move a dynamic way to fight 1. e4. He covers all of White's main variations and sidelines and even the most critical 'Maroczy bind' gets a new treatment. Raja's book is recommended for all players that are eager to enter the critical lines in this exciting Sicilian. Learn More
  16. The Hedgehog vs the English / Reti

    The Hedgehog vs the English / Reti

    $31.95
    This book offers to meet the new challenges to Black by building an English Hedgehog formation. The authors not only recommend a contemporary move order after the ditch has been set, but they also explain how to reach this goal with various move orders for White. The book is all the more convincing as it is based on the successful practical experience of one of the authors. Learn More
  17. The Complete Ragozin

    The Complete Ragozin

    $29.95
    The excellent theoretician GM Matthieu Cornette shares his insights about one of the most popular openings nowadays - The Ragozin defense. The Ragozin is an ideal system against 1.d4: Black establishes a foothold in the centre and quickly develops his pieces on active squares, with good chances for dynamic counterplay or a kingside attack. In this book, IM Richard Pert shares his own complete Learn More
  18. Opening Repertoire - ...c6

    Opening Repertoire - ...c6

    $29.95
    This book provides a rock solid opening repertoire for Black, using systems based on the move ...c6. The backbone of this repertoire is the Caro-Kann versus 1 e4 and the Semi-Slav (via a Slav move order) versus 1 d4. Learn More
  19. NIC Yearbook 122 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    NIC Yearbook 122 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    $39.95
    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! Learn More
  20. NIC Yearbook 122 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    NIC Yearbook 122 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    $33.95
    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! Learn More
  21. Winning with the Slow - But Venomous - Italian

    Winning with the Slow - But Venomous - Italian

    $29.95
    The Slow Italian may look innocent, but is actually full of venom, because White has a lot of options to create aggressive play by making natural looking moves with his pieces. Müller and Souleidis have created a solid weapon that every amateur chess player will delight in playing. With a foreword by Anish Giri. Learn More
  22. A Practical Black Repertoire with Nf6, g6, d6 - English, Pirc, Reti and Other Defences - Vol. 1

    A Practical Black Repertoire with Nf6, g6, d6 - English, Pirc, Reti and Other Defences - Vol. 1

    $31.95
    In this book, GM Alexei Kornev presents a practical black repertoire with Nf6, g6 and d6 - The English, Reti and Other Defences Learn More
  23. First Steps - The Queen's Gambit

    First Steps - The Queen's Gambit

    $24.95
    The Queen’s Gambit is one of the great classical openings. All the world champions and elite players have played this opening – most of them for both sides. In this book the highly experienced coach international master Andrew Martin explains the basic ideas behind all the different variations you can encounter after 1 d4 d5 2 c4. Learn More
  24. Play the Ragozin

    Play the Ragozin

    $29.95
    he Ragozin is an ideal system against 1.d4: Black establishes a foothold in the centre and quickly develops his pieces on active squares, with good chances for dynamic counterplay or a kingside attack. In this book, IM Richard Pert shares his own complete repertoire for Black after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6. Learn More
  25. Key Concepts of Gambit Play

    Key Concepts of Gambit Play

    $29.95
    Key Concepts of Gambit Play is an inspirational guide for those seeking to sharpen their game and fight for the win. By covering 14 gambits from a wide range of openings, this book offers ideas and insights into the nature of modern gambit play. The book is comprehensively updated by Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard, without ruining any of the charm of the original. Learn More
  26. Attacking the Flexible Sicilian

    Attacking the Flexible Sicilian

    $31.95
    This book presents a full repertoire against open Sicilians with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6. The authors develop many new plans for White, relying on their chess instincts and original analysis. Learn More
  27. Opening Repertoire - The English

    Opening Repertoire - The English

    $29.95
    In this book, International Master David Cummings presents the reader with a complete English repertoire. The English is, by its nature, highly transpositional. Black can opt for a King's Indian-type set-up, a Queen's Gambit Declined-type set-up or aim for a reversed Sicilian position. David identifies promising methods to meet all Black's main options and efficient methods to deal with awkward sidelines. Learn More
  28. The Sicilian Sveshnikov - Move by Move

    The Sicilian Sveshnikov - Move by Move

    $29.95
    The Sveshnikov is a very important variation of the Sicilian Defence. One of the Sveshnikov's main attractions is that it provides a battleground for one of the key conflicts in chess: structure versus activity. Black sacrifices structure in return for active piece play – a dynamic that regularly leads to sharp and complex positions, rich in strategic and tactical possibilities. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala invites the reader to join him in studying the Sveshnikov Sicilian. Learn More
  29. NIC Yearbook 121 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    NIC Yearbook 121 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    $33.95
    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! Learn More
  30. NIC Yearbook 121 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    NIC Yearbook 121 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    $39.95
    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! Learn More
  31. The Zaitsev System

    The Zaitsev System

    $29.95
    The Zaitsev System is one of the most dynamic setups for Black in the ever popular Ruy Lopez chess opening. When Alexey Kuzmin joined the coaching staff of World Champion Anatoly Karpov in the 1980s he started analysing the Zaitsev System, and later continued his investigations as a second of Alexander Morozevich. For this book he has updated and improved his analysis, and found countless innovations that change the assessments of many lines. Learn More
  32. The Modern Openings in Theory and Practice

    The Modern Openings in Theory and Practice

    $19.95
    This major work of the famous Russian chess openings theorist Alexei Sokolsky is distinguished by its original approach to the subject. Whereas other standard books deal with openings mainly in the form of lines and variations, Sokolsky's is a distinctive and analytical treatment. The effect of the openings on the game as it proceeds is explained and developed. Learn More
  33. Grandmaster Repertoire - Beating Minor Openings

    Grandmaster Repertoire - Beating Minor Openings

    $32.50
    Beating Minor Openings offers a world-class repertoire for Black against every sensible first move apart from 1.d4 and 1.e4. GM Victor Mikhalevski advocates an ambitious approach for Black, with the aim of occupying the centre and fighting for an advantage, rather than mere equality, wherever possible. Learn More
  34. King's Indian Warfare

    King's Indian Warfare

    $29.95
    King’s Indian Warfare is a practical guide to the most dynamic and ambitious defense against 1.d4. Learn to play the King’s Indian like a world-class attacker from a life-long expert. Smirin explains the main themes in the King's Indian and annotates his best games with the opening, carefully explaining the basis for his many successes. Learn More
  35. The Fighting Dragon

    The Fighting Dragon

    $15.95
    The Fighting Dragon is a revolutionary Chess book, allowing the reader to adsorb key patterns and themes that crop up over and over again in the Dragon variation of the Sicilian Defense. Using a carefully selected collection of short games from international play, Powell shows the dangers that lurk for White in one of the sharpest lines from the whole Sicilian complex, the Yugoslav Attack. In the process, the author lays out a different approach to mastering not just the opening, but both chess and even life itself. Learn More
  36. Sokolski Debut 1. b2-b4 - RUSSIAN EDITION

    Sokolski Debut 1. b2-b4 - RUSSIAN EDITION

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    THIS BOOK IS WRITTEN IN RUSSIAN The Sokolsky chess opening is characterized by the move 1. b2-b4. It is an unorthodox opening, designed to get the opponent out of the book. It is also called the Polish Opening and the Orang Utan. It has not been and cannot be refuted. It has even been played by Black at the world championship level, as Spassky played 1. d4 b5 against Petrosian. 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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