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    The Sicilian Sveshnikov - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0443EM

    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.
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    The Sicilian Sveshnikov - Move by Move

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    The Zaitsev System
    Fresh Ideas and New Weapons for Black in the Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: B0179NIC

    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.
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    The Zaitsev System

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    The Modern Openings in Theory and Practice
    Catalog Code: B0307IS

    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.
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    The Modern Openings in Theory and Practice

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    King's Indian Warfare
    Catalog Code: B0127QT

    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.
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    King's Indian Warfare

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    Grandmaster Repertoire - Beating Minor Openings
    Tired of Bad Positions? Try the Main Lines!
    Catalog Code: B0128QT

    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.
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    Grandmaster Repertoire - Beating Minor Openings

    $32.50
    The Fighting Dragon
    How to Defeat the Yugoslav Attack
    Catalog Code: B0126EU

    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.
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    The Fighting Dragon

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    Grandmaster Repertoire - 1. e4 vs. the Sicilian III
    Tired of Bad Positions? Try the Main lines!
    Catalog Code: B0125QT

    The fourth volume of the Grandmaster Repertoire – 1.e4 series provides a top-class repertoire against the Taimanov, Kan and Scheveningen systems, plus all the other Sicilian lines that were not covered in the previous volumes. Negi takes the established main lines and injects them with his own innovative ideas, making the repertoire a nightmare for Sicilian players and an essential addition to the library of every ambitious player.
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    Grandmaster Repertoire - 1. e4 vs. the Sicilian III

    $29.95
    Grandmaster Repertoire 1B - 1. d4 - The Queen's Gambit
    Catalog Code: B0126QT

    When Boris Avrukh released his 1.d4 repertoire in 2008, it revolutionized chess opening books. Now Avrukh is back with an expanded, updated and revamped 1.d4 repertoire. Volume 1B supplies a top-class repertoire for White with the Queen's Gambit, covering defences such as the Slav, Queen's Gambit Accepted, Chigorin, Tarrasch and various others.
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    Grandmaster Repertoire 1B - 1. d4 - The Queen's Gambit

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    First Steps - The Colle and London System
    Catalog Code: B0441EM

    The Colle and London are opening systems for White starting with 1 d4. They are very popular choices at club level. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala examines both openings in detail and provides a highly practical repertoire for White based on a mix of the Colle and the London.
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    First Steps - The Colle and London System

    $24.95
    Your Opponent is Overrated
    A Practice Guide to Inducing Errors
    Catalog Code: B0444EM

    Even the very best players recognize the value of discomforting the opponent. This is the key theme of this book. Schuyler covers all phases of the game and discusses other vital subjects such as harassment, material imbalance, time management, surprise moves, unusual ideas, provocative play, manoeuvres and recovering from bad positions
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    Your Opponent is Overrated

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    The Agile London System
    A Solid but Dynamic Chess Opening Choice for White
    Catalog Code: B0174NIC

    it is surprising that so little has been published about this fascinating universal weapon.In The Agile London System, the authors present both historical material and recent top-level examples to provide a comprehensive overview. It explain the typical plans and tactics using illustrative games with clear verbal explanations, and provide lots of tactical and strategic exercises.
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    The Agile London System

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    New Weapons in the King's Indian
    Catalog Code: B0008TH

    In this book, Grandmaster Milos Pavlovic investigates one of the most popular openings: the King's Indian, with a focus on little explored dynamic ways to counter the basic White system.
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    New Weapons in the King's Indian

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    NIC Yearbook 120 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Levon Aronian is a step ahead of Magnus in the Reti
    Catalog Code: B0120PYB

    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!
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    NIC Yearbook 120 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    $33.95
    NIC Yearbook 120 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Levon Aronian is a step ahead of Magnus in the Reti
    Catalog Code: B0120HYB

    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!
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    NIC Yearbook 120 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    $39.95
    Playing 1.e4 - Caro-Kann, 1.. E5 & Minor Lines
    A Grandmaster Guide
    Catalog Code: B0123QT

    Developing a punchy repertoire with 1.e4 requires extensive research, mixed with fine judgement and a good deal of creativity. In this two-volume work, GM John Shaw supplies an ambitious and dynamic arsenal of ideas for White. The repertoire is built around main lines, with many innovative suggestions that will cause no end of trouble to your opponents.
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    Playing 1.e4 - Caro-Kann, 1.. E5 & Minor Lines

    $31.95
    Winning With the Modern London System
    A Complete Opening Repertoire for White Against 1. d4 d5
    Catalog Code: B0022EV

    In this book the London System opening is presented using all of the most important games with thorough comments, through which the readers will have the opportunity to understand the essence of this opening. Author Grandmaster Nikola Sedlak will show that this system is fully deserving of your attention for analysing and playing, that it's unjustly neglected in comparison with other openings and also that it gives players myriad interesting positions on the board, free and creative play, with lots of space for further growth and improvement. 
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    Winning With the Modern London System

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    The Sicilian Dragon - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0440EM

    In this book, FIDE Master Carsten Hansen invites you to join him in studying the Sicilian Dragon and its many variations. Using illustrative games, he explains 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 Sicilian Dragon.
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    The Sicilian Dragon - Move by Move

    $29.95
    First Steps - The French
    Catalog Code: B0439EM

    In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala explains the basic ideas in the French and examines the important variations. The key ideas are emphasized with notes, tips and warnings and the reader’s understanding is tested with frequent exercises. This book tells you everything you need to know in order to take your first steps with the French Defense.
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    First Steps - The French

    $24.95
    Attacking the English and Reti
    Catalog Code: B0120EU

    This book offers an active Black repertoire against The English Opening 1.c4, the Reti 1.Nf3, and their siblings that arise after 1.g3. The authors advocate for seizing space in the centre with ...c6 and d5, followed up by ...e4 or ...d4. They pay special attention on the ideas behind the moves, leaving the detailed coverage for the "Step by Step" sections.
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    Attacking the English and Reti

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    Bf4 in the Queen's Gambit and the Exchange Slav
    Catalog Code: B0121EU

    Alexey Dreev analyses many different ways for White to fight for the opening advantage in two modern schemes, in the Slav Defense and in the Queen's Gambit Declined. His choice in the Slav Defense is the exchange variation, which is becoming more and more popular among the average level chess players, as well as at top level. It looked like Black could equalize, but lately White often managed to create problems for Black. By playing 3.cxd5, after the moves 1 d4 d5 2.c4 c6, White tries to obtain an advantage, but also avoids the main lines of the Slav Defense, which may arise following 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4. 
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    Bf4 in the Queen's Gambit and the Exchange Slav

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    Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening - Vol 1
    The Veresov, Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, Levitsky Variation and Other Set-Ups
    Catalog Code: B0123EU

    The first volume of the Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening gives a detailed high quality analysis of the Veresov Opening, the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, the Levitsky Variation and other set-ups.
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    Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening - Vol 1

    $31.95
    Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening - Vol 2
    The London Variation
    Catalog Code: B0124EU

    The second volume of the Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening is devoted to the London Variation and openings named in honor of Zukertort, Torre, Colle and others.
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    Complete Guide to the Queen's Pawn Opening - Vol 2

    $31.95
    A Simple Chess Opening Repertoire for White
    A Quick-to-Learn King's Pawn Repertoire with Healthy Development and Attacking Chances
    Catalog Code: B0193GB

    By carefully choosing variations that lead to similar structures, IM Sam Collins has put together a powerful repertoire book ideal for players with limited study time. White opens with 1 e4 and develops his pieces to natural squares, seeking open lines and the initiative.
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    A Simple Chess Opening Repertoire for White

    $19.95
    My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White
    A Ready-To-Go Package For Ambitious Beginners
    Catalog Code: B0168NIC

    Every chess player needs to decide which openings he is going to play. But where do you start? Experienced French chess trainer Vincent Moret provides a complete, ready-to-go chess opening repertoire for White with a sound set of lines that do not outdate rapidly, do not require memorization and are easy to digest for beginning players and other amateurs.
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    My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White

    $21.95
    Kotronias on the King's Indian - Volume 4
    Classical Systems
    Catalog Code: B0122QT

    The all-time greats Petrosian and Gligoric lend their names to systems examined after the further 5.Nf30 O-O 6.Be2 e5, with 7.d5 and 7.Be3 respectively, while the dreaded Exchange Variation 7.dxe5 is also discussed and dismantled. Dynamic coverage of Makogonov's 5.Nf3/6.h3, Karpov's 5.h3/6.Be3, Larsen's 5.Nf3/6.Be3 and Averbakh's 5.Be2 completes this extensive work.
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    Kotronias on the King's Indian - Volume 4

    $29.95
    NIC Yearbook 119 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Tougher than tough: Karjakin's Queen's Indian
    Catalog Code: B0119PYB

    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!
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    NIC Yearbook 119 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    $33.95
    The Fianchetto Solution
    A Complete, Solid and Flexible Chess Opening Repertoire for Black & White With the King's Fianchetto
    Catalog Code: B0176NIC

    When experienced chess teacher Emmanuel Neiman learned that some of his pupils hesitated to play in competitions for fear of being crushed in the opening, he wanted to help. Neiman knew that amateurs have little time to seriously study opening theory, so he had to come up with a practical, complete, easy-to-learn and solid opening repertoire that would not outdate rapidly.The result is a complete and practical repertoire which will give club players a sound and flexible middlegame position they can feel at home in.
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    The Fianchetto Solution

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    The Pirc - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0425EM

    In this book, Grandmaster Nigel Davies invites you to join him in a study of the Pirc Defense and its many variations. He shares his experience and knowledge with the opening, provides repertoire options for Black, offers answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about playing the Pirc Defense.
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    The Pirc - Move by Move

    $27.95
    NIC Yearbook 119 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Tougher than tough: Karjakin's Queen
    Catalog Code: B0119HYB

    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!
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    NIC Yearbook 119 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    $39.95
    The Taimanov Bible
    Catalog Code: B0004TH

    The Sicilian Taimanov is one of the greatest dynamic opening choices for Black. The resulting positions are rich in dynamic, positional and strategic play. The authors have delivered a user-friendly work for players of all levels.
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    The Taimanov Bible

    $31.95
    Unknown Weapons in the Grunfeld
    Catalog Code: B0001TH

    The Grunfeld Defence is one of the most dynamic openings for black. The opening was developed by two famous World Champions, namely Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov.

    While theory is far from being exhausted and still developing, our author Grandmaster Milos Pavlovic made a strange case and found new alternatives to battle White's setups.
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    Unknown Weapons in the Grunfeld

    $25.95
    The Spanish Main Road
    An Opening Repertoire for Black
    Catalog Code: B0117EU

    This book presents an opening repertoire for Black to players who are not excited by defending the dull endgames in the “Berlin Wall” variation and who strive for initiative, counterplay and a tense fight, having in mind the strategy of reliability defined by Tigran Petrosian.
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    The Spanish Main Road

    $29.95
    Anti-Sicilians - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0426EM

    Anyone who plays the Sicilian Defence as Black must be prepared to meet a whole host of options for White known as the Anti-Sicilians. These includes popular choices such as the c3-Sicilian, the Grand Prix Attack, the Closed Sicilian, the King’s Indian Attack and all Bb5 lines, as well as numerous gambits and tricky sidelines which can be very difficult to meet for the unwary player. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala examines the Anti-Sicilian lines and provides repertoire options for Black against all of them.
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    Anti-Sicilians - Move by Move

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    NIC Yearbook 118 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    The g7-Bishop in the Najdorf is a Monster in MVL's Hands
    Catalog Code: B0118HYB

    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!
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    NIC Yearbook 118 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    NIC Yearbook 118 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    The g7-Bishop in the Najdorf is a Monster in MVL's Hands
    Catalog Code: B0118PYB

    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!
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    NIC Yearbook 118 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    $33.95
    Playing 1. e4 e5 - A Classic Repertoire
    Catalog Code: B0120QT

    In Playing1.e4 e5 – A Classical Repertoire, Nikolaos Ntirlis offers the best of both worlds: a complete repertoire against 1.e4, built on sound positional principles, which does not require excessive memorization. Against the Spanish the author recommends the Breyer System, one of the most stable, computer-proof options at Black's disposal. The Scotch, Italian, Four Knights and various other sidelines and gambits are handled with the same clarity and efficiency.
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    Playing 1. e4 e5 - A Classic Repertoire

    $29.95

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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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