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    The Tactical Grob
    The Tactical Grob This book is on the chess opening known as Grob's Attack. This chess opening starts with 1. g2-g4 or, in Descriptive Notation, 1. P-KN4. Once thought of as a joke, the Grob Opening is a very dangerous opening to both the white and black sides in chess.
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    The Tactical Grob

    Catalog Code: B0020IS
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    Gambit Busters
    In this book, Sam Collins tackles this subject head on. He explores in depth the basic gambit approaches, the typical mistakes made at all levels, the world-class defensive and counterattacking techniques displayed by the great players, and how you can learn from them. In addition, he covers some key theory of many popular gambits in modern chess. Be bold, be brave and grab those pawns!
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    Gambit Busters

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    SHOPWORN - Gambit Busters
    In this book, Sam Collins tackles this subject head on. He explores in depth the basic gambit approaches, the typical mistakes made at all levels, the world-class defensive and counterattacking techniques displayed by the great players, and how you can learn from them. In addition, he covers some key theory of many popular gambits in modern chess. Be bold, be brave and grab those pawns!
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    SHOPWORN - Gambit Busters

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    Grob's Angriff - GERMAN EDITION
    This is Henry Grob's groundbreaking work written in German on the move 1. g2-g4. The Grob opening is a very dangerous opening to both the white and black sides in chess.
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    Grob's Angriff - GERMAN EDITION

    Catalog Code: B0023IS
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    EBOOK - Dangerous Weapons - Caro-Kann
    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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    The Wonderful Winawer
    The widely-played Winawer Variation has been called 'the jewel in the crown of the French Defence'. It is easy to see why. This is an opening for players who love a real fight. Black immediately attacks White's centre and the resulting positional dynamics offer chances to both sides.
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    The Wonderful Winawer

    Catalog Code: B0094NIC
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    The English Opening - Grandmaster Repertoire 4 - VOLUME 2
    Grandmaster Repertoire is a new series of high quality books based on the main lines, written by strong grandmasters. The aim is to provide the reader with a complete repertoire at a level good enough for elite tournaments, and certainly also for the club championship.
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    The English Opening - Grandmaster Repertoire 4 - VOLUME 2

    Catalog Code: B0042QT
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    The English Opening - Grandmaster Repertoire 5 - VOLUME 3
    Grandmaster Repertoire is a new series of high quality books based on the main lines, written by strong grandmasters. The aim is to provide the reader with a complete repertoire at a level good enough for elite tournaments, and certainly also for the club championship. Grandmaster Repertoire provides a repertoire to last a lifetime.
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    The English Opening - Grandmaster Repertoire 5 - VOLUME 3

    Catalog Code: B0044QT
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    Attacking Chess - The King's Indian - VOLUME 1
    The King's Indian remains a hugely popular opening - unsurprising given the attacking opportunities it offers. In many of the ultra-sharp main lines, White wins the queenside battle but this often turns out to be a Pyrrhic victory as Black wins the war by checkmating on the kingside! Black is hunting the enemy king and - in practical play - this gives him a psychological edge.
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    Attacking Chess - The King's Indian - VOLUME 1

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    EBOOK - Attacking Chess - The King's Indian - VOLUME 1
    ng's Indian remains a hugely popular opening - unsurprising given the attacking opportunities it offers. In many of the ultra-sharp main lines, White wins the queenside battle but this often turns out to be a Pyrrhic victory as Black wins the war by checkmating on the kingside! Black is hunting the enemy king and - in practical play - this gives him a psychological edge.
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    EBOOK - Attacking Chess - The King's Indian - VOLUME 1

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    Play the Dutch
    There's no doubt that the Dutch Defence is one of Black's most enterprising answers to 1 d4. Black strives to unbalance the position by creating an asymmetrical pawn structure on the very first move, giving himself every opportunity to fight for the initiative from the outset. It's no surprise that the Dutch particularly appeals to ambitious players who relish a complicated battle.
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    Play the Dutch

    Catalog Code: B0311EM
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    EBOOK - Play the Dutch
    There's no doubt that the Dutch Defence is one of Black's most enterprising answers to 1 d4. Black strives to unbalance the position by creating an asymmetrical pawn structure on the very first move, giving himself every opportunity to fight for the initiative from the outset. It's no surprise that the Dutch particularly appeals to ambitious players who relish a complicated battle.
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    EBOOK - Play the Dutch

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    The Complete c3 Sicilian
    It is not difficult to understand why the Alapin Sicilian is such a popular opening with amateur and professional chess players all over the world. Against Black’s most dangerous reply to 1.e4 it simply offers everything you need if you are looking for a reliable scheme that does not take much time to learn.
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    The Complete c3 Sicilian

    Catalog Code: B0096NIC
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    How to play against 1. d4
    Finding a suitable defence to 1 d4 isn't an easy task, especially if you don't have endless time available to study all the latest theoretical developments. If you choose fashionable openings, it's imperative to keep pace with modern theory if you want to succeed with Black.
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    How to play against 1. d4

    Catalog Code: B0314EM
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    EBOOK - How to play against 1. d4
    Finding a suitable defence to 1 d4 isn't an easy task, especially if you don't have endless time available to study all the latest theoretical developments. If you choose fashionable openings, it's imperative to keep pace with modern theory if you want to succeed with Black.
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    EBOOK - How to play against 1. d4

    Catalog Code: E-B0314EM
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    NIC Yearbook 95 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
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    NIC Yearbook 95 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    Catalog Code: B0095HYB
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    NIC Yearbook 95 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
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    NIC Yearbook 95 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    Catalog Code: B0095PYB
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    The Caro-Kann - Grandmaster Repertoire 7
    In chess, the Caro-Kann opening is one of Black's most reliable answers to 1.e4. It is a regular favorite of elite players, who know that computer-aided preparation now threatens the sharpest lines of the Sicilian or Ruy Lopez (at the very least with a forced draw).

    The Caro-Kann is less susceptible to such forcing lines - Black sets out to equalize in the opening, and win the game later. Grandmaster Lars Schandorff reveals a bulletproof chess opening repertoire and lucidly explains how Black should play the middle and endgame
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    The Caro-Kann - Grandmaster Repertoire 7

    Catalog Code: B0037QT
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    Play the London System
    It's no secret why the London System is such a popular opening, especially at club level. White's development plan is very easy to learn, and it can be employed against virtually any defence. What's more, depending on mood, style or opponent, White can choose either to attack directly or to instigate a more positional strategy. Many players admit they hate facing the London System, which is surely another good reason to play it!
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    Play the London System

    Catalog Code: B0306EM
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    EBOOK - Play the London System
    It's no secret why the London System is such a popular opening, especially at club level. White's development plan is very easy to learn, and it can be employed against virtually any defence. What's more, depending on mood, style or opponent, White can choose either to attack directly or to instigate a more positional strategy. Many players admit they hate facing the London System, which is surely another good reason to play it!
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    EBOOK - Play the London System

    Catalog Code: E-B0306EM
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    Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 12
    Readers of this series can ignore large areas of the ever expanding chess opening theory. They can concentrate on these surprising ideas, because SOS variations deviate very early from the regular lines in mainstream openings. Ideal for players who don't have enough time to keep abreast with main line theory. Appears twice a year. Ready-to-go chess opening ideas.
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    Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 12

    Catalog Code: B0012SOS
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    Beating 1. e4 e5
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    Beating 1. e4 e5

    Catalog Code: B0313EM
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    EBOOK - Beating 1. e4 e5
    Grandmaster John Emms presents a repertoire for White after 1 e4 e5, based on the Italian Game and the Bishop's Opening. The lines he recommends are built upon a sound yet aggressive system of development which can be deployed against virtually every Black defence.
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    EBOOK - Beating 1. e4 e5

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    The Sicilian Defense - Grandmaster Repertoire 6
    Grandmaster Repertoire is a new series of high quality chess books based on the main lines, written by strong grandmasters. The aim is to provide the reader with a complete repertoire at a level good enough for elite tournaments, and certainly also for the club championship. Grandmaster Repertoire provides a repertoire to last a lifetime.
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    The Sicilian Defense - Grandmaster Repertoire 6

    Catalog Code: B0039QT
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    NIC Yearbook 94 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
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    NIC Yearbook 94 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    Catalog Code: B0094HYB
    Our Price: $38.95
    NIC Yearbook 94 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons.
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    NIC Yearbook 94 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    Catalog Code: B0094PYB
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    Chess Opening Essentials - VOLUME 4
    Chess Opening Essentials is an accessible primer and a reference book at the same time. It gives a flavor of how every opening works and explains the similarities with other openings as well as the differences. In addition, it also points at the various middlegame plans that apply after the opening has ended.
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    Chess Opening Essentials - VOLUME 4

    Catalog Code: B0089NIC
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    The Modern Philidor Defence
    he Modern Philidor Defence consists of seven chapters, dealing with different move-orders. Each chapter comprises of a "Quick Repertoire" then a thorough theoretical study in the part "Step by Step"and "Complete Games". In order to include a system in your opening repertoire, it would be sufficient for you to read the review and see the games and this should not take too much of your time. After this, you can start playing this opening in friendly games at your club, or on the Internet.
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    The Modern Philidor Defence

    Catalog Code: B0061EU
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    Mastering the Chess Openings - VOLUME 4
    In this highly-acclaimed and popular series, John Watson helps chess-players achieve a more holistic and insightful view of the openings. He explains not only the ideas and strategies behind specific openings, but also the interconnections of chess openings taken as a whole. By presenting the common threads that underlie opening play, Watson provides a permanent basis for playing openings of any type.
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    Mastering the Chess Openings - VOLUME 4

    Catalog Code: B0162GB
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    Alekhine Alert
    Former US Open Champion Timothy Taylor takes a contemporary look at one of Black's most ambitious counters to 1 e4, the Alekhine Defence. This is a sharp opening in which Black attacks from the very beginning, luring White's central pawns forward in the expectation of destroying them later on.
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    Alekhine Alert

    Catalog Code: B0301EM
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    EBOOK - Alekhine Alert
    Former US Open Champion Timothy Taylor takes a contemporary look at one of Black's most ambitious counters to 1 e4, the Alekhine Defence. This is a sharp opening in which Black attacks from the very beginning, luring White's central pawns forward in the expectation of destroying them later on.
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    EBOOK - Alekhine Alert

    Catalog Code: E-B0301EM
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    Starting Out - Open Games
    'Open Games' refer to a myriad of openings arising after the ever-popular 1 e4 e5: the Italian Game, the Scotch, The Two Knights Defence, the King's Gambit, the Evans Gambit, the Bishop's Opening, the Four Knights, the Petroff and much more besides.
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    Starting Out - Open Games

    Catalog Code: B0276EM
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    EBOOK - Starting Out - Open Games
    'Open Games' refer to a myriad of openings arising after the ever-popular 1 e4 e5: the Italian Game, the Scotch, The Two Knights Defence, the King's Gambit, the Evans Gambit, the Bishop's Opening, the Four Knights, the Petroff and much more besides.
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    EBOOK - Starting Out - Open Games

    Catalog Code: E-B0276EM
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    A Killer Chess Opening Repertoire
    Bored with the same old openings? Worried about having to learn too much theory? Then this book will come as a godsend. Aaron Summerscale presents a set of exceptionally dangerous opening weapons for White. Each recommended line is based on a solid positional foundation, yet also promises long-term (and short-term!) attacking chances.
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    A Killer Chess Opening Repertoire

    Catalog Code: B0159GB
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    Understanding The Marshall Attack
    The Marshall Attack is a chess opening like no other. Rather than subjecting himself to the 'Spanish torture' so typical in the Ruy Lopez, Black simply gives away a centre pawn. But in return, he gets long-term attacking chances and activity that can persist well into the endgame.
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    Understanding The Marshall Attack

    Catalog Code: B0160GB
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    Starting Out - The Reti
    The Reti is a popular opening at all levels of chess. The great advantage it possesses over other openings is that it's a thematic system which can be adopted against many different defences, and because of this it's a firm favourite amongst those who prefer the understanding of ideas over dry memorization of moves.
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    Starting Out - The Reti

    Catalog Code: B0295EM
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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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