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  1. SHOPWORN - The Modern Defense - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - The Modern Defense - Move by Move

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    The Modern Defence is an ambitious, counter-attacking choice for Black which can be played against all mainline openings. In typical hypermodern style, Black allows White to occupy the centre and then undermines this centre by attacking it with pawns and pieces. In this book, Cyrus Lakdawala examines the key variations of the Modern Defence. He shares his experience and knowledge, presents a repertoire for Black and provides answers to all the key questions. Learn More
  2. SHOPWORN - Greatest Ever Chess Strategies

    SHOPWORN - Greatest Ever Chess Strategies

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    Do you instinctively know what to do in every type of chess position or are you often uncertain about how to proceed? Wouldn't it be really useful to know the best chess strategies and to recognise when they should be used? In this book Sam Collins examines key games from both the classical and modern eras. He analyses the major strategic ideas that have stood the test of time and notes their considerable influence on his own games. Learn More
  3. SHOPWORN - The Rossolimo Sicilian

    SHOPWORN - The Rossolimo Sicilian

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    Play real chess instead of trying to memorize endless database lines! That is what the Rossolimo Sicilian offers and why this opening has become so popular with chess players all over the world. If you play 3.Bb5 in the Sicilian, you do not need to keep up-to-date with the dazzling theoretical developments in all kinds of Open Sicilians.

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  4. SHOPWORN - Chess Developments -  Sicilian Najdorf 6. Bg5

    SHOPWORN - Chess Developments - Sicilian Najdorf 6. Bg5

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    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. Learn More
  5. SHOPWORN - Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - BOOK E

    SHOPWORN - Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - BOOK E

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    The fourth thoroughly revised and updated edition of the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings, Volume E, brings an additional 144 pages of brand new material with games up to 2008. Learn More
  6. SHOPWORN - The Colle - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - The Colle - Move by Move

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    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. Learn More
  7. SHOPWORN - How To Beat The Sicilian Defence

    SHOPWORN - How To Beat The Sicilian Defence

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    The Sicilian Defence is by far the most popular chess opening. If you play 1 e4 as White, on average you are likely to meet the Sicilian in virtually every other game! You need to be prepared to face the Sicilian at all times, and a ready-to-use repertoire against it is an indispensable weapon. In this book, Gawain Jones confronts the challenge of meeting the Sicilian head on. He has constructed a comprehensive Anti-Sicilian repertoire for White, which is based on lines that are successfully employed at grandmaster level.

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  8. SHOPWORN - The Strategic Nimzo-Indian - VOLUME 1

    SHOPWORN - The Strategic Nimzo-Indian - VOLUME 1

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    The Nimzo-Indian Defence continues to be one of the most important chess openings, both at club level and with top players. In recent years it has undergone a number of significant changes and it's high time for a thorough look at the current state of affairs. Top grandmaster Ivan Sokolov is the perfect authority to do so.

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  9. SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 95 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 95 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    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. Learn More
  10. SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Defensive Play

    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Defensive Play

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    In this valuable and entertaining book, Angus Dunnington arms the reader with all the necessary skills to be able to cope with vicious assaults on his or her king. Using illustrative games, Dunnington investigates in depth defensive ideas such as blockading, giving up material and the timely launch of counterattacks. Read this book and defend with confidence!

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  11. SHOPWORN - Anand - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - Anand - Move by Move

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    In this book, Grandmaster Zenón Franco examines in detail Anand’s chess career to date. He selects and studies his favourite Anand games, and demonstrates clearly how we can all improve our chess by learning from Anand’s play. Learn More
  12. SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 105 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 105 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    In this issue’s Reviews Glenn Flear checks three opening books that have in common that, instead of detailed computer analysis where things can easily go wrong, they offer solid solutions: "Mayhem in the Morra" by Marc Esserman, "The Powerful Catalan" by Victor Bologan, "The Complete Slav" by Konstantin Sakaev and "1. d4 - The Indian Defenses" by Lars Schandorff.

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  13. SHOPWORN - Risk and Bluff in Chess

    SHOPWORN - Risk and Bluff in Chess

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    Winning in chess is impossible without taking risks. Winning requires courage and psychology, but above all: calculation.  When your main aim is to derail your opponent’s calculation by weaving a web of deception, you engage in the highest form of risk: bluff. Renowned chess coach Vladimir Tukmakov presents more than 100 practical ways that masters and grandmasters have used to push beyond the limits of calculation and take a deliberate risk. He shows how to trick your opponent into believing your bluff.  Learn More
  14. SHOPWORN - Chess Psychology

    SHOPWORN - Chess Psychology

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    219 Historic Games from the Masters

    What do we understand by brilliancy in chess? The author delves back into history to examine how this concept has developed, before presenting a dazzling array of brilliant games from the past few decades - the prize-winners as selected by grandmaster panels for each issue of Yugoslav 'Chess Informator' between 1968 and 1998. Apart from providing hours of pleasure, a study of these masterpieces will also surely help to add sparkle to your own play!

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  15. SHOPWORN - A Cutting-Edge Gambit against the Queen’s Indian

    SHOPWORN - A Cutting-Edge Gambit against the Queen’s Indian

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    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. Learn More
  16. SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 111 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 111 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    The Forum Section has interesting contributions by well-known players like Bogdan Lalic and Daniel Fridman, who examines his experience in the Queen's Indian 6.d5 exd5 7.0-0 gambit line. Peter Boel made a tribute to Jobava's fun factor in the recent Russian Team Championships. Learn More
  17. SHOPWORN - Chessbase Complete

    SHOPWORN - Chessbase Complete

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    There’s a general recognition among chess players at all levels that the ChessBase software application is critical for serious chess improvement, but many chess players are intimidated by the software. Now, for the first time, former U.S. correspondence champion Jon Edwards has created real-life scenarios that focus upon why the software is so important for chess players of every class, along with clear explanations of how to use ChessBase. Learn More
  18. SHOPWORN - How to win at Chess - Quickly

    SHOPWORN - How to win at Chess - Quickly

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    Mistakes are often made in the early part of the game - at all levels of chess - but a key skill is to recognize these critical moments as they happen and to exploit them with maximum efficiency. This is a skill which Grandmaster Simon Williams addresses in this book. Using instructive and entertaining games in which one side wins quickly, he examines all the typical mistakes chess players make in the opening and early middlegame, how you should look to exploit them, and how to avoid falling into similar traps yourself. Learn More
  19. SHOPWORN - How Magnus Carlsen Became the Youngest Chess Grandmaster in the World

    SHOPWORN - How Magnus Carlsen Became the Youngest Chess Grandmaster in the World

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    At the age of 13 years, 4 months and 26 days, Magnus Carlsen became the youngest chess grandmaster in the world. The international press raved about the Norwegian prodigy. The Washington Post even called him ‘the Mozart of chess’. Ten years on Magnus Carlsen is the number one in the world rankings and a household name far beyond chess circles. Time Magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013 Learn More
  20. SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 112 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 112 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    New in Chess Yearbook is the #1 guide to Chess Opening news! It is published four times per year, ensuring the most up-to-date and topic chess opening information. It includes 25-30 surveys per issue, covering all of the fashionable lines, wild gambits and even forgotten variations! If you're serious about chess, you need New in Chess Yearbooks! Learn More
  21. SHOPWORN - French Defense

    SHOPWORN - French Defense

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    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 Learn More
  22. SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez

    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez

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    Dangerous Weapons is a series of opening books which supply the reader with an abundance of hard-hitting ideas to revitalize his or her opening repertoire. In this book, three opening experts team up and take a contemporary look at the Ruy Lopez, one of the most popular chess openings. Instead of analysing the well-trodden main lines they concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations, selecting a wealth of ‘dangerous’ options for both colours. Whether playing White or Black, a study of this book will leave you confident and fully-armed, and your opponents running for cover! Learn More
  23. SHOPWORN - Starting Out - c3 Sicilian

    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - c3 Sicilian

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    In this book, c3 Sicilian expert John Emms goes back to basics: he explains in depth the reasoning behind the critical early moves - something that is often neglected - and uses instructive games to demonstrate key plans for both White and Black.

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  24. SHOPWORN - Petrosian - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - Petrosian - Move by Move

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    Tigran Petrosian was a World Chess Champion and a true legend of the game. He was nicknamed "Iron Tigran" because of his incredible defensive skills that made him a formidable opponent who was virtually impossible to defeat. Petrosian was the master of restraint, prophylaxis and prevention. He could spot and defuse threats well before they were created, suck the life out an opponent's position and then seize a vice-like grip on the game. In this book, International Master Thomas Engqvist selects and examines his favourite Petrosian games, and shows us how we can all learn and improve our chess by studying Petrosian's masterpieces. Learn More
  25. SHOPWORN - The Killer Sicilian

    SHOPWORN - The Killer Sicilian

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    In this book, opening expert Tony Rotella presents a Sicilian repertoire for Black, the backbone of which consists of the Kalashnikov Variation. The Kalashnikov is an ideal choice for those looking to take up the Sicilian. Learn More
  26. SHOPWORN - Playing 1. e4 e5 - A Classic Repertoire

    SHOPWORN - Playing 1. e4 e5 - A Classic Repertoire

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    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. Learn More
  27. SHOPWORN - Mastering Opening Strategy

    SHOPWORN - Mastering Opening Strategy

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    Just like his previous book, Mastering Opening Strategy is a product of Hellsten's many years' work as a full-time chess teacher and is specifically designed as part of a structured training programme to improve strategic thinking.

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  28. SHOPWORN - Greatest Ever Chess Opening Ideas

    SHOPWORN - Greatest Ever Chess Opening Ideas

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    What are the greatest opening ideas in chess history? This is a fascinating question that would undoubtedly spark endless debate and discussion amongst all the experts and enthusiasts of the game. From the invention and development of openings which are now considered to be mainline, to the wealth of stunning one-move novelties which have convincingly overturned previous expert assessments, there is certainly a plethora of brilliant ideas to choose from - everyone will have their own opinion on this subject!

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  29. SHOPWORN - Modern Chess Preparation

    SHOPWORN - Modern Chess Preparation

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    With powerful anecdotes and many instructive high-level games, Tukmakov explains how you can organize your homework, focus your efforts, and arrive at a viable game plan.

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  30. SHOPWORN - Taming Wild Chess Opening

    SHOPWORN - Taming Wild Chess Opening

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    John Watson and Eric Schiller provide club-players with solutions to a huge selection of these rarely-played or tricky chess openings. They concentrate upon ideas and strategy, with enough analysis to satisfy the needs of practical play. Learn More
  31. SHOPWORN - Yasser Seirawan - Legendary Chess Careers

    SHOPWORN - Yasser Seirawan - Legendary Chess Careers

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    In this book, the author drives you through the very rich chess career of Yasser Seirawan while interviewing him. This unique concept makes the book easy to read and gives the reader some inside information about what is happening also off the board, things you normally don't get to know about. Learn More
  32. SHOPWORN - Slay the Sicilian!

    SHOPWORN - Slay the Sicilian!

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    Former US Open Champion Timothy Taylor presents a repertoire for White against the most popular opening in chess – the Sicilian Defence. Taylor's repertoire is based first and foremost on the Open Sicilian, which is regarded as White's most ambitious and challenging response to the Sicilian.

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  33. SHOPWORN - 1... d6 - Move By Move

    SHOPWORN - 1... d6 - Move By Move

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    This is a new series which 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 practicing of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge.

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  34. SHOPWORN - Sicilian Attacks

    SHOPWORN - Sicilian Attacks

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    Against most Sicilian variations, White's sharpest and often best weapon is queenside castling, a strategy that frequently leads to spectacular fireworks. Regrettably, these powerful charges have never been properly categorized. Until this book.In Sicilian Attacks, Grandmaster Yuri Yakovich, who has more than thirty years of experience with complex Sicilian systems, analyses the Najdorf, the Scheveningen, the Dragon, the Taimanov and the Richter-Rauzer Variations.

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  35. SHOPWORN - The English Attack Against the Taimanov Sicilian

    SHOPWORN - The English Attack Against the Taimanov Sicilian

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    The ever popular English Attack has long been considered harmless against the Taimanov Sicilian, until in recent years some remarkable improvements were found for White. Armenian grandmaster Zaven Andriasyan has thoroughly and systematically investigated this unexplored chess opening territory. He explains the plans and counterplans, and unveils the structures behind the various lines. While doing so, Andriasyan presents a wealth of highly interesting new ideas and novelties. Learn More
  36. SHOPWORN - The Scandinavian - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - The Scandinavian - Move by Move

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    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. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and knowledge. Learn More

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