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      An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player
      Catalog Code: B0113BT

      All successful players, from Grandmasters all the way down to club players, rely on an opening repertoire which is designed to produce the type of position that suits their style of play. This book is written for the kind of player who revels in complex tactical positions and who wants to attack from the word 'go'.
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      An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player

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      EBOOK - Dangerous Weapons - Caro-Kann
      Dazzle Your Opponents
      Catalog Code: E-B0309EM

      Are you tired of playing the same old openings again and again? Perhaps it's time for a change: choose Dangerous Weapons and amaze your opponents with new and exciting opening ideas! In this book, three opening specialists get together to take a revolutionary look at the Caro-Kann. In doing so they take the road less travelled and concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations - selecting a wealth of 'dangerous' options for both colours.
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      EBOOK - Dangerous Weapons - Caro-Kann

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      A Practical White Repertoire with 1. d4 and 2. c4 - VOL. 1
      The Complete Queen's Gambit
      Catalog Code: B0106EU

      Most players, including the author, have no inclination to devote all their time to studying opening variations. Therefore, we have decided not to cover 1.e2-e4. As our main opening weapon for White we have chosen the closed openings arising after 1.d2-d4, in which an understanding of chess and a knowledge of the typical resources in the middle game and the endgame are often much more important than a detailed knowledge of a large number of variations.
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      A Practical White Repertoire with 1. d4 and 2. c4 - VOL. 1

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      Crushing White - The SNIPER! - VOLUME 2
      An Easy to Learn Chess Opening & Strategy
      Catalog Code: B0079OB

      Crushing White: The SNIPER! is the second of a Black comprehensive repertoire two volume set by International Grandmaster Ron W. Henley. This instructional book was created to reveal the secrets of the SNIPER, which is a universal system that Black can play against virtually any white formation. Black has won many beautiful games by employing various secret Sniper weapons. In the 456 pages, thematic tactics and strategy are explained with the use of 1143 diagrams.
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      Crushing White - The SNIPER! - VOLUME 2

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      The Tarrasch Defense - Move by Move
      Catalog Code: B0390EM

      The Tarrasch is an ambitious defense to the Queen's Gambit. Black's concept is a fearless one – he willingly accepts an isolated queen's pawn but in return seizes space in the centre and gains freedom of development for all his pieces. In this book, International Master and Tarrasch expert Sam Collins invites you to join him in examining this popular opening and its many variations.
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      The Tarrasch Defense - Move by Move

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      The Alekhine Defence - Move by Move
      Catalog Code: B0381EM

      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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      The Alekhine Defence - Move by Move

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      Openings for Amateurs
      Catalog Code: B0103EU

      Don’t have the time to study opening theory, or to figure out where you’re going wrong with your games? Are you looking for guidance on how to handle the opening so that you can get a playable middlegame? Openings for Amateurs is written with two kinds of chessplayers in mind: average “club” players who can’t afford to learn variations 30 moves deep; and scholastic players looking to take the next step in their chess development.
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      Openings for Amateurs

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      A Practical White Repertoire with 1. d4 & 2. c4 - VOL. 3
      The Nimzo-Indian and Other Defences
      Catalog Code: B0100EU

      "The final volume consists of five parts. In the first part we analyse some seldom played moves for Black. The second part of the book is devoted to the Dutch Defence. In the third part we deal with the different defences for Black after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4, besides 2...c5 and 2...e6. In the fourth part we analyse the Benoni Defence and the Benko Gambit. Finally, in the fifth part of the book, we deal with Black's most reliable opening - the Nimzo-Indian Defence. In this volume, just like in the previous two, we have emphasized on reliability and rationality in our choice of systems for White. For example, against the Dutch Defence we have preferred the move 2.Nc3, with which White reduces Black's possibilities considerably. Against the Nimzo-Indian Defence we analyse theRubinstein System - 4.e3, followed by Nge2, in which White's first task is to avoid compromising of his pawn-structure."
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      A Practical White Repertoire with 1. d4 & 2. c4 - VOL. 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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      Sabotage the Grunfeld
      A Cutting-edge Repertoire for White based on 3.f3
      Catalog Code: B0142NIC

      Grandmaster Larry Kaufman presents a very effective way for White to disrupt the plans and demolish the position of players on the black side of the popular Grünfeld Defence.
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      Sabotage the Grunfeld

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      SHOPWORN - Sabotage the Grunfeld
      A Cutting-edge Repertoire for White based on 3.f3
      Catalog Code: SWB0142NIC

      Grandmaster Larry Kaufman presents a very effective way for White to disrupt the plans and demolish the position of players on the black side of the popular Grünfeld Defence.
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      SHOPWORN - Sabotage the Grunfeld

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      A Cutting-Edge Gambit against the Queen’s Indian
      Hit the Nimzowitsch Variation with 6. d5!
      Catalog Code: B0141NIC

      The ultra-sharp pawn sacrifice 6.d5 has caused a revolution in the 4… Ba6 line of the Queen’s Indian Defence in recent years. The ingenious gambit was hotly debated at the highest level by players like Alexey Shirov, for White, and Peter Leko, for Black. At club level it became a dangerous weapon for attackers.
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      A Cutting-Edge Gambit against the Queen’s Indian

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      SHOPWORN - A Cutting-Edge Gambit against the Queen’s Indian
      Hit the Nimzowitsch Variation with 6. d5!
      Catalog Code: SWB0141NIC

      The ultra-sharp pawn sacrifice 6.d5 has caused a revolution in the 4… Ba6 line of the Queen’s Indian Defence in recent years. The ingenious gambit was hotly debated at the highest level by players like Alexey Shirov, for White, and Peter Leko, for Black. At club level it became a dangerous weapon for attackers.
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      The Leningrad Dutch
      An Active Repertoire Against 1. d4, 1. c4, 1. Nf3
      Catalog Code: B0105EU

      GM Vladimir Malaniuk has been the main driving force behind the Leningrad Variation for decades. Malaniuk has found many original plans which turned this branch of the Dutch into an active and dangerous weapon. White cannot enter dull and boring positions even if he insists on this.
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      The Leningrad Dutch

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      The Trompowsky Attack - Move by Move
      Catalog Code: B0389EM

      In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala examines the Trompowsky Attack. Originally a favourite among club players, in recent years the Trompowsky has been transformed into a powerful weapon even at grandmaster level. It particularly appeals to bold, ambitious players and leads to positions which are rich in possibilities for both sides. Using illustrative games and drawing on his own experience with the opening, Lakdawala provides a repertoire for White, covers 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 the Trompowsky Attack.
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      The Trompowsky Attack - Move by Move

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      SHOPWORN - The Trompowsky Attack - Move by Move
      Catalog Code: SWB0389EM

      In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala examines the Trompowsky Attack. Originally a favourite among club players, in recent years the Trompowsky has been transformed into a powerful weapon even at grandmaster level. It particularly appeals to bold, ambitious players and leads to positions which are rich in possibilities for both sides. Using illustrative games and drawing on his own experience with the opening, Lakdawala provides a repertoire for White, covers 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 the Trompowsky Attack.
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      SHOPWORN - The Trompowsky Attack - Move by Move

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      Play the Accelerated Dragon
      Catalog Code: B0385EM

      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
      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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      The Cozio Defence
      Anti-Spanish
      Catalog Code: B0104EU

      Alexey Dreev offers a new look at the old system 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 Bb5 Nge7 which is one of the most challenging ways to combat the Spanish. At the beginning of the 21st century this system was given a new impulse and its popularity increased considerably.
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      The Cozio Defence

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      Opening Repertoire - The Fianchetto System
      Weapons for White Against the King's Indian and Grunfeld
      Catalog Code: B0388EM

      Grandmaster Damian Lemos presents a repertoire for White against both the King's Indian and Grünfeld defences. Many players struggle to find suitable lines to challenge these two popular and dynamic openings, or find the masses of theory in the main lines difficult to digest. Lemos solves this perennial problem by advocating a solid system of development based on the fianchetto system, where understanding ideas is more important than move memorization.
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      Opening Repertoire - The Fianchetto System

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      EBOOK - King's Indian Attack - Move by Move
      Catalog Code: E-B0394EM

      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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      EBOOK - King's Indian Attack - Move by Move

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      The King's Indian Attack - Move by Move
      Catalog Code: B0394EM

      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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      The King's Indian Attack - Move by Move

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      Grandmaster Repertoire - 1. e4 vs. The French, Caro-Kann & Philidor
      Tired of Bad Positions? Try the Main Lines!
      Catalog Code: B0102QT

      In the Grandmaster Repertoire – 1.e4 series, Indian superstar Parimarjan Negi presents his own world-class repertoire. Building on a foundation of tried-and-tested main lines, the author shares a wealth of his innovative analysis to chart a course towards an advantage for White.

      Volume One covers the French, Caro-Kann and Philidor.
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      Grandmaster Repertoire - 1. e4 vs. The French, Caro-Kann & Philidor

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      Grandmaster Repertoire - The Sicilian Sveshnikov
      Tired of Bad Positions? Try the Main Lines!
      Catalog Code: B0100QT

      The Sveshnikov is one of the most active and dynamic variations of the Sicilian, and has been used successfully by chess players of all abilities from club level through to world champions. In Grandmaster Repertoire 18 – The Sicilian Sveshnikov, opening connoisseur Vassilios Kotronias places this bold system under the microscope and provides a world-class repertoire for Black.
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      Grandmaster Repertoire - The Sicilian Sveshnikov

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      French Defense
      The Solid Rubinstein Variation
      Catalog Code: B0076RE

      This book is an eye-opener, and even top grandmasters might find that they have underestimated Black’s resources in important positions…The average tournament and online player will appreciate Langrock’s straightforward, no-nonsense style. He keeps the complexity of the analysis within bounds, and highlights relevant details without drifting into obscure page-long analytical byways. General themes are clearly presented within the context of illustrative games…The result is a book that covers a broad swath of material in a modest number of pages. I’m sure that you will be well-rewarded for its study, and come out with a useful new weapon in your chess arsenal." From International Master John Watson's Foreword
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      French Defense

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      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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      The Modern Bogo 1. d4 e6

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      Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games
      How To Play For A Win if White Avoids The Ruy Lopez
      Catalog Code: B0147NIC

      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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      Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games

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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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      The Czech Benoni in ACTION
      Catalog Code: B0108EU

      Had enough of the same old queen’s pawn openings? Afraid of losing just because you forgot White’s latest move 23 novelty in the main lines? In The Czech Benoni in Action, two practitioners of this little-known but sound counterattacking system join forces to show how you can pose novel problems for opponents of all strengths, leaving them to fend for themselves as early as move 3.
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      The Czech Benoni in ACTION

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      Chess Developments - Sicilian Najdorf 6. Bg5
      Catalog Code: B0400EM

      The Sicilian Najdorf is undoubtedly one of the most popular chess openings. It was played with great success by world champions Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov and today it remains a favourite defense at all levels from grandmaster to beginner. 6 Bg5 is widely acknowledged as a critical test of the Sicilian Najdorf. In this book, International Master Kevin Goh Wei Ming examines the most theoretically important and instructive games in recent years, highlighting the main developments and novelties for both sides. Whether playing White or Black, this book provides you with essential knowledge of an important opening.
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      Chess Developments - Sicilian Najdorf 6. Bg5

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      Sveshnikov vs. the Anti-Sicilians
      A Complete Repertoire for Black
      Catalog Code: B0152NIC

      The Sicilian Defence is Black’s most popular reply to 1.e4. Most Black players hope for an Open Sicilian, seeking unbalanced positions and opportunities to play for a win. No wonder that in roughly one-third of the games White does not play 2.Nf3 and chooses one of numerous ‘Anti-Sicilian’ lines. Ranging from primitive and aggressive to respected but tedious, these Anti-Sicilians have one thing in common: they all cross Black's plans and steer for territories where it is easy to get ambushed. Evgeny Sveshnikov offers help. The world-famous Sicilian expert tackles these annoying lines one by one. With great ingenuity he presents a watertight repertoire that consists of practical and effective opening ideas.
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      Sveshnikov vs. the Anti-Sicilians

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      The Modern Vienna Game
      Catalog Code: B0109EU

      The Vienna set-up aims for very aggressive play, which often includes sacrifices. But White prefers to be on the safe side, without burning all the bridges and to try to justify his actions from the point of view of positional play as well. At first, he deploys his minor pieces to active positions, then he advances the thematic move f4, castles (usually on the kingside) and begins an attack only after all this. Despite the fact that the move 2.Nc3 has been played for more than a hundred years, there has not been defined a clear-cut scheme for playing this set-up.
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      The Modern Vienna Game

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      The Modern Tiger
      Catalog Code: B0097QT

      The Modern Tiger offers a complete repertoire against 1.e4, as well as against 1.d4 when White continues with c4 and e4. For added flexibility, both a Modern line and a Pirc line are given against the critical Austrian Attack.
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      The Modern Tiger

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      The Liberated Bishop Defence
      A Surprising and Complete Black Repertoire Against 1. d4
      Catalog Code: B0151NIC

      In many 1.d4 openings, Black has trouble getting his bishop on c8 into play. Former Russian Chess Champion Alexey Bezgodov presents a radical solution to this nagging problem; liberate your bishop right away and put it on f5 on the second move! Play 2...Bf5! against either 2.c4 or 2.Nf3 will surprise your opponent and is also a great way to support your development, because the bishop takes control of the important square e4.
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      The Liberated Bishop Defence

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      SHOPWORN - The Liberated Bishop Defence
      A Surprising and Complete Black Repertoire Against 1. d4
      Catalog Code: SWB0151NIC

      In many 1.d4 openings, Black has trouble getting his bishop on c8 into play. Former Russian Chess Champion Alexey Bezgodov presents a radical solution to this nagging problem; liberate your bishop right away and put it on f5 on the second move! Play 2...Bf5! against either 2.c4 or 2.Nf3 will surprise your opponent and is also a great way to support your development, because the bishop takes control of the important square e4.
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      SHOPWORN - The Liberated Bishop Defence

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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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    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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