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    CLEARANCE - 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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    CLEARANCE - French Defense for Black

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    Dynamic Chess Openings
    Catalog Code: B0088BT

    Understanding opening ideas is far m ore important than memorizing long variations, especially for the player who has little time or inclination for the study of opening theory. In this book the author has selected a number of sound but aggressive systems which he himself has used in Grandmaster play. By using annotated games to explain the strategic features of each variation, he also gives the reader a feel for the middle game positions which arise.
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    Dynamic Chess Openings

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    How to Play the Chess Openings
    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 Openings

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    The Sicilian Flank Game
    Catalog Code: CB0401RB

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    The Sicilian Flank Game

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    CLEARANCE - 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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    CLEARANCE - Sicilian Defense 4: Gurgenidze

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    Alekhine's Defence
    With Additional Material on Owen's Defence and the Nimzovich Defrence
    Catalog Code: CB0188RB

    This is the first major study of Alekhine's Defence for several years. Written in figurine algebraic notation, it is an exhaustive analysis of the Defence and its variations by a leading exponent. Popularised by Alekhine over fifty years ago, the half-open defence 1 e4 N f6 is once again being used to considerable effect in first-class chess. 
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    Alekhine's Defence

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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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    Play the Caro-Kann
    Catalog Code: SWCB0551RB

    For an opening that has formed part of the repertoire of world champions past and present, there is a surprising dearth of literature in the English language. This book attempts to fill this void by guiding the reader through the myriad of variations that are likely to be encountered on either side of a Caro-Kann. Over 50 complete games are also included to illustrate the main themes discussed int he book. 
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    Play the Caro-Kann

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    CLEARANCE - 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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    CLEARANCE - Ponziani Opening

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    CLEARANCE - 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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    CLEARANCE - Philidor Defense - A Re-Appraisal

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    CLEARANCE - 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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    CLEARANCE - Winning with 1. e4

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    CLEARANCE - 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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    CLEARANCE - An Unbeatable White Repertoire after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3

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    Play the Catalan Volume 2 - Closed Variation
    Catalog Code: CB0324RB

    The Catalan Opening is played in events of all standards. A notable feature of its development is the appearance of new, genuinely gambit ideas which have complicated and enriched the strategy of the opening and reflect the modern approach to chess. This volume comprises the Closed Variation - 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 g3 d5 4 Bg2 Be7 (as well as 4... Bb4+ and 4... c6), and a group of variations where the Catalan Opening is obtained from the Queen's Gambit after 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 followed by 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 g3, or 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 g3, or 3 g3.
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    Play the Catalan Volume 2 - Closed Variation

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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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    CLEARANCE - 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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    CLEARANCE - Dynamic White Openings

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    CLEARANCE - Dynamic Black Defense
    Catalog Code: CB0106CD

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    CLEARANCE - Dynamic Black Defense

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    The Vulture and Associated Opening Systems
    Catalog Code: CB0235RB

    This completely revised and up-dated English edition is a ‘must’ for all those players who wish to escape from the stultifying effects of ‘main-line’ analysis of Queen’s Pawn Openings, and enter the relatively unexplored habitat of the Vulture! 
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    The Vulture and Associated Opening Systems

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    CLEARANCE - 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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    CLEARANCE - Beating the Sicilian Defense Chameleon Variation

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    The Blumenfeld Gambit
    Catalog Code: CB0212RB

    In this deeply researched and authoritative study, Polish IM Jan Przewoznik, aided by the noted English openings expert, IM Malcolm Pein, seeks to spread the word yet further. With consideration of the historical background, an explanation of characteristic strategies and tactics, substantial original analysis and many complete illustrative games, the authors provide all you need to know to play this exciting and thoroughly modern opening with confidence.
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    The Blumenfeld Gambit

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    Toxic Precision
    Catalog Code: CB0114RB

    Gary's winning percentage, from either side of the English Opening, is above 70%. This book chronicles his achievements from 1978 through 1991. Encyclopedia of Chess Openings designations range from A10 through A39 with emphasis on A29-30 and the ...b6 and ...g6 systems. 
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    Toxic Precision

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    Chess Openings: Your Choice!
    Catalog Code: CB0237RB

    This book helps the less experienced player to choose openings which he will find suitable to his personal needs. It will lead him to a greater understanding of the themes of attack and defence in all the major openings which he is likely to encounter. 
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    Chess Openings: Your Choice!

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    CLEARANCE - 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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    CLEARANCE - White To Play 1. e4 And Win

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    CLEARANCE - 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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    CLEARANCE - Blackburne-Hartlaub Gambit

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

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    CLEARANCE - 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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    CLEARANCE - Winning with 1. f4

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    CLEARANCE - Opening Ideas and Analysis - VOLUME 2
    Catalog Code: CB0094CD

    Opening Ideas and Analysis - VOLUME 2
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    CLEARANCE - Opening Ideas and Analysis - VOLUME 2

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    The Bird Variation in the Ruy Lopez
    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4
    Catalog Code: CB0402RB

    Format-cm 24 x 17; Pag. 240 in each volume; Algebraic annotation with figurines; Opening Classification ECO; Approx. 400 games plus theoretic and written articles in each number; Ranking and results tables of the most prestegious tournaments.
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    The Bird Variation in the Ruy Lopez

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    The Caro-Kann Defence Knight Variation
    4...Nf6 (B15-B16)
    Catalog Code: CB0400RB

    Format-cm 24 x 17; Pag. 240 in each volume; Algebraic annotation with figurines; Opening Classification ECO; Approx. 400 games plus theoretic and written articles in each number; Ranking and results tables of the most prestigious tournaments.
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    The Caro-Kann Defence Knight Variation

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    CLEARANCE - Black to Play Classical Defenses and Win
    Catalog Code: CB0071CD

    Black to Play Classical Defenses and Win
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    CLEARANCE - Black to Play Classical Defenses and Win

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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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    CLEARANCE - 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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    CLEARANCE - Inside Chess Openings - PAPERBACK
    Catalog Code: CB0010XX

    International Chess Enterprises:''Just as every golfer who wants to lower his score practices chipping and putting above all, the ambitious chess player studies the opening. Covering all openings, this book provides and concise and authoritative summary of the best opening moves. No attempt is made to explain the reason behind the moves, though all variations are evaluated using internationally-accepted language-less symbols, thoroughly explained in the preface. The tournament player who wished to brush up on his favorite opening cannot do better than to take a look at Inside Chess Openings before the game.''
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    CLEARANCE - Beating the King's Indian and Benoni Defense with 5. Bd3
    Catalog Code: CB0022CD

    GM Soltis: ''Against the King's Indian Defense and the Benoni Group(all of them: Czech, Modern, etc..)there is a simple, relatively new, yet ambitious setup that can be played effectively against each member of the family...the key element here is the bishop on d3(5.Bd3!)''. This book also tells you how to play against the Old Indian and Modern defenses.
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    CLEARANCE - Beating the Caro-Kann
    Catalog Code: CB0024CD

    New opening ideas are created frequently, but few have had the meteoric career of Nigel Short's system against the Caro-Kann defense. Virtually unknown before 1988, it has become a regular customer in super tournaments since the 1990's. And yet it is so simple to handle that a Class B player can master most of the strategies in an afternoon. The British GM's system consists of playing the Advance variation of the Caro-Kann with a relatively modest form of development- modest yet it can pack quite a wallop. What short discovered was not just a new move, but a new concept. Despite the presence of the annoying bishop on the excellent b1-h7 diagonal, Black had not equalized, he announced. Short demonstrated that the bishop could, in fact, become a liability that would be attacked in the general expansion of white's pawns on the kingside. 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5(as well as 3..c5 and 3..Na6)-new strategy against each one.
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    CLEARANCE - New Sicilian Gambits
    Catalog Code: CB0025CD

    GM Soltis: ''If white gets to attack in the Sicilian Defense anyway, why should he offer a pawn or two for the privilege? The answer is that black gets to counterplay in the Sicilian and his counterplay is usually as good as white's. That, in fact, is what makes the Sicilian popular. There are plenty of familiar Sicilian gambits(like the Smith Morra and Wing, which this book doesn't even cover). But in the last few years, a number of new ideas arising out of positional variations, have been discovered and found to pack a wallop for white''. Here are six new white gambits against the Sicilian that the reader will have to attempt to destroy black!
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    CLEARANCE - Beating the Sicilian Defense with the Short-Nunn Attack
    Catalog Code: CB0037CD

    Wanted: Opening system needed to combat the most popular defense to 1.e4. Must be sound, flexible, and aggressive. Experience against all Black formations essential. GM's Short and Nunn came forward in the late 1980's and early 1990's to give us one catch-all system. First it was proven successful against one Black setup, and then against another and another. Its successes were registered at the highest levels. Fischer played it against Spassky in the 1992 return match! Still the most popular system against the Najdorf today.
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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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