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    PRE-ORDER - Playing the Stonewall Dutch - PAPERBACK
    A Bold Repertoire
    Catalog Code: B0171QT

    Many players believe the Stonewall to be a substandard opening, naively assuming that the e5-outpost and bad light-squared bishop must give White the advantage. GM Nikola Sedlak disagrees, and in Playing the Stonewall Dutch he shares the insights that have helped him to rack up a healthy plus score from Black’s side. In addition to providing a complete repertoire in the main lines of the Stonewall, this book also offers useful guidance on dealing with Anti-Dutch variations and various move-order subtleties.
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    PRE-ORDER - Playing the Petroff - PAPERBACK
    A Bulletproof Repertoire
    Catalog Code: B0170QT

    Playing the Petroff offers an ideal solution for practical players. GM Swapnil Dhopade presents a compact yet bulletproof repertoire for Black, drawing on the games of leading Petroff specialists such as Gelfand, Caruana and Kramnik. This book also provides guidance on how to deal with 1.e4 e5 games where White avoids 2.Nf3, with particular focus on ‘Anti-Petroff ’ lines such as 2.Bc4.
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    PRE-ORDER - Playing the Petroff - PAPERBACK

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    PRE-ORDER - The Carlsen Variation
    A New Anti-Sicilian to Rattle Your Opponents
    Catalog Code: B0020CH

    The Sicilian Defense (1.e4 c5) contains countless variations and sub-variations that have been discussed in detail at all levels of play for many years. Even "small" specialized systems have been covered in exhaustive detail in book after book. That is why this book is unique, The Carlsen Variation, which arises after 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4, has never previously been covered in detail before.
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    PRE-ORDER - The Carlsen Variation

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    An Unbeatable White Repertoire After 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3
    Catalog Code: B0357IS

    This book goes to other systems, avoiding the Ruy Lopez but relying on lines considered dull, including The Hungarian Defense, The Philidor Defense, the Latvian Gambit, The Queen Pawn's Counter Gambit, the Petroff Defense, the Four Knights Game and the Three Knights Game.
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    An Unbeatable White Repertoire After 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3

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    PRE-ORDER - The Modernized Marshall Attack
    Catalog Code: B0081TH

    This book is about the Marshall Attack and the lines which can be grouped together under the banner of the so-called Anti-Marshall. The theory has developed so much in the last decade that there is more than enough material to be going on with just in those areas, but I also decided to include a detailed look at an important line in the Exchange Variation.
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    PRE-ORDER - The Modernized Modern Defense
    Catalog Code: B0079TH

    In this book, you will see how you can make it work. Drawing on a decade of his own experience using the Modern as one of his main weapons, Fernandez explains the concepts and theory in rigorous detail, all the while not forgetting that chess is to be played for fun.
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    PRE-ORDER - The Modernized Modern Defense

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    PRE-ORDER - NIC Yearbook 134 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Van Foreest sines with crazy Najdorf sidelines
    Catalog Code: B0134HYB

    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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    PRE-ORDER - NIC Yearbook 134 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    PRE-ORDER - NIC Yearbook 134 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Van Foreest sines with crazy Najdorf sidelines
    Catalog Code: B0134PYB

    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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    PRE-ORDER - NIC Yearbook 134 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    Beat the Najdorf and Taimanov Sicilians
    A Fighters Repertoire Against the Famous Sicilians
    Catalog Code: B0076TH

    The book you hold is my first work and contains my efforts to find new paths and fresh perspectives on these two variations. I hope you gain from information in this book as well as simply enjoy the games themselves.
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    Beat the Najdorf and Taimanov Sicilians

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    The Modernized Sveshnikov
    Catalog Code: B0075TH

    The Sveshnikov is undeniably one of the most dynamic and aggressive Sicilians available these days. Most recently, it was made popular again by World Champion Magnus Carlsen in his match against Fabiano Caruana at the end of 2018. The main lines lead to complex positions, and a deep knowledge and understanding of the opening is a real necessity for any player who wishes to enter this battlefield.
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    The Modernized Sveshnikov

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    Grivas Opening Laboratory - Volume 2
    Catalog Code: B0064EV

    Many things in chess theory, as in life, are relative and a matter of taste. Actually, there are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ openings. There are openings that you know and understand, and openings that you do not know and do not understand.
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    Grivas Opening Laboratory - Volume 2

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    Playing the Grunfeld - PAPERBACK
    A Combative Repertoire
    Catalog Code: B0169QT

    The Grünfeld Defence is well known to be one of Black’s best and most challenging responses to 1.d4, and has long been a favourite choice of elite players including Kasparov, Svidler, Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave and many more. As with many openings, however, it can be difficult to navigate the ever-expanding jungle of games and theory.
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    Playing the Grunfeld - PAPERBACK

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    The Modern Triangle
    Catalog Code: B0151EU

    This book presents the Triangle set-up, which arises after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3/Nf3 c6. This move order avoids many unpleasant systems for White, notably the Catalan, the Exchange Slav and the Botvinnik Variation. It leads to sharp strategically unbalanced play and brings Black excellent practical results.
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    The Modern Triangle

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    Opening Repertoire - The Modern Benoni
    Catalog Code: B0526EM

    In this book, FIDE Master John Doknjas examines all aspects of this highly complex opening and provides the reader with well-researched, fresh, and innovative analysis. Each annotated game has valuable lessons on how to play the opening and contains instructive commentary on typical middlegame plans.
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    Opening Repertoire - The Modern Benoni

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    The Modernized Grunfeld Defense
    Catalog Code: B0071TH

    The Modernized Grunfeld Defense will be extremely helpful for any chess player looking for a reliable lifetime repertoire against White's 1.d4. It will benefit current Grunfeld players as Yaro unveils his analysis and numerous novelties waiting to be played over the board.
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    The Modernized Grunfeld Defense

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    The Caro-Kann Revisited - A Complete Repertoire for Black
    Catalog Code: B0069TH

    Openings rise and fall in popularity over time, as players continue to learn and find new ideas for both sides. The two main replies to 1.e4 have always been 1…e5 and 1…c5, and with good ‘homework’ it is exceedingly likely you will equalize with either. However, in tandem with their popularity, the amount of theory that is needed to play those openings has increased as well. In this book, I recommend the Caro-Kann Defense as a viable and flexible opening for Black.
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    The Caro-Kann Revisited - A Complete Repertoire for Black

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    Opening Repertoire - The Sveshnikov
    Catalog Code: B0525EM

    In Opening Repertoire: The Sveshnikov leading chess author Cyrus Lakdawala guides the reader through the complexities of this dynamic variation and carves out a repertoire for Black. He examines all aspects of this highly complex opening and provides the reader with well-researched, fresh, and innovative analysis. Each annotated game has valuable lessons on how to play the opening and contains instructive commentary on typical middlegame plans.
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    Opening Repertoire - The Sveshnikov

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    The Modernized Stonewall Defense
    Catalog Code: B0065TH

    The Dutch Defense is an old opening. A seriously old opening. So old, in fact, that in large part it currently has the reputation of not really causing a well-prepared White player to fear losing. That is especially the case with the variant of it I am analysing in this book: the Stonewall (in which Black continues with ...eb and ...d5). I intend to show that that impression is mistaken.
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    The Modernized Stonewall Defense

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    Double Fianchetto - The Modern Chess Lifestyle
    Catalog Code: B0068TH

    This is the first book fully devoted to the double fianchetto for both colors, White and Black. This is an ideal book for all club players and is written by one of the leading experts on the ‘Double Fianchetto’.
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    Double Fianchetto - The Modern Chess Lifestyle

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    Playing the Najdorf - A Practical Repertoire
    Catalog Code: B0163QT

    The Sicilian Najdorf is one of Black’s best and most combative responses to 1.e4. The Najdorf was championed by Fischer and Kasparov during their respective periods of dominance over the world chess scene, and has been used extensively by many other World Champions and elite GMs, including Anand, Gelfand, Topalov and Vachier-Lagrave to name but a few.
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    Playing the Najdorf - A Practical Repertoire

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    Keep It Simple 1.d4
    A Solid and Straightforward Chess Opening Repertoire for White
    Catalog Code: B0227NIC

    This new 1.d4 repertoire may be even easier to master than his 1.e4 recommendations, because it is such a coherent system. Sielecki always clearly explains the plans and counterplans and keeps you focussed on what the position requires. Ambitious players rated 1500 or higher will get great value out of studying this extremely accessible book.
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    Keep It Simple 1.d4

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    Chess Opening Workbook for Kids
    Catalog Code: B0208GB

    Chess Opening Workbook for Kids is the second in a new series of books that help players gain chess skills by tackling hundreds of carefully chosen exercises. The themes are similar to those in Gambit’s best-selling ‘Chess for Kids’ series, but the focus is on getting hands-on experience. Many positions build on ones given earlier, showing how advanced ideas are normally made up of simpler ones that we can all grasp.
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    Chess Opening Workbook for Kids

    $16.95
    NIC Yearbook 132 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Ponomariov - Rossolimo Secrets Magnus Taught Me
    Catalog Code: B0132PYB

    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 132 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    $33.95
    NIC Yearbook 133 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Adam takes the plunge in the Giuoco Piano
    Catalog Code: B0133PYB

    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 133 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    $33.95
    Squeezing 1.e4 e5 - A Solid Strategic Approach
    Catalog Code: B0150EU

    The previous book of Khalifman and Soloviov, The Modern Scotch, discussed how to counter 1.e4 e5 in the most direct, aggressive and sometimes even risky fashion. Their new work explores a radically different approach. It presents a White repertoire based on the Four Knights Game, and in particular, the main line – the traditional system with 4.Bb5.
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    Squeezing 1.e4 e5 - A Solid Strategic Approach

    $33.95
    NIC Yearbook 132 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Ponomariov - Rossolimo Secrets Magnus Taught Me
    Catalog Code: B0132HYB

    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 132 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    $39.95
    NIC Yearbook 133 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Adam takes the plunge in the Giuoco Piano
    Catalog Code: B0133HYB

    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 133 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    $39.95
    The Complete Bogo-Indian Defense
    Catalog Code: B0023ER

    International Master Maxim Chetverik’s book covers the Bogo-Indian Defense which is normally arrived at after the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+. This book additionally covers Catalan-Bogo hybrids, in particular, the Bogo response to the Catalan Opening with 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Bb4+. Maxim is a big expert in this opening, having played it in 76 official games as of the publication date, and one of his full games as well as several fragments from his play are included in this volume.
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    The Complete Bogo-Indian Defense

    $24.95
    Counterattacking Lines for Black Against the Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: B0520EM

    Two great books from the Everyman Chess Library, Fighting the Ruy Lopez by Milos Pavlovic and Open Ruy Lopez by Glenn Flear, brought together in one volume.
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    Counterattacking Lines for Black Against the Ruy Lopez

    $26.95
    The Modern Interpretation of Two Classical Systems
    Catalog Code: B0521EM

    Two great books from the Everyman Chess Library, The New Old Indian by Alexander Cherniaev and Eduard Prokuronov and The New Sicilian Dragon by Simon Williams, brought together in one volume.
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    The Modern Interpretation of Two Classical Systems

    $27.95
    Opening Repertoire - The Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: B0519EM

    Opening Repertoire: The Ruy Lopez is a modern examination of this perennial favourite. Joshua Doknjas has put together a repertoire for White based firmly around contemporary trends in the Lopez. He examines all aspects of this highly complex opening and provides the reader with well-researched, fresh, and innovative analysis.
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    Opening Repertoire - The Ruy Lopez

    $28.95
    Attacking with g2-g4
    The Modern Way to Get the Upper Hand in Chess
    Catalog Code: B0226NIC

    With lots of instructive examples, Kryakvin explains the ins and outs of the attack on the g-file: the typical ways to gain tempo and keep the momentum, and the manoeuvres that will maximize your opponent’s problems. After working with this book you will be fully equipped to use this modern battering ram to define the battlefield. You will have fun and win games!
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    Attacking with g2-g4

    $24.95
    Cheparinov's 1. d4! Volume 1 - King's Indian and Grunfeld
    Catalog Code: B0062TH

    In the book the author reveals many new ideas and concepts. The first volume of the series focuses on 3.f3 against the Grünfeld and King’s Indian, two of the most popular openings against 1.d4. he tried to discuss all possible lines for Black after 3.f3, but of course focused on the most principled ones. Most of the lines are very double-edged.
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    Cheparinov's 1. d4! Volume 1 - King's Indian and Grunfeld

    $29.95
    Fight 1. d4 With The Tarrasch
    A Complete Black Repertoire vs. 1. d4
    Catalog Code: B0124RE

    This book is exceptional! Tarrasch exponents have been blessed in the past years with some excellent works, and this book continues this happy trend. It is both a detailed reference manual and a source of inspiration. For example, in the main line 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.g3 Nf6 7.Bg2 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.dxc5, I was intrigued to see such interesting analysis of the unusual gambit line 9...d4 as well as the main line 9...Bxc5.
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    Fight 1. d4 With The Tarrasch

    $29.95
    Understanding Before Moving Volume 3 - Sicilian Structures - Part 1
    Catalog Code: B0056TH

    This book, the third in its series, provides an overview of the positions and corresponding plans arising from the Sicilian Structures and in this first part the Najdorf & Scheveningen. The method is based on the column Understanding Before Moving in the chess magazine of the Royal Dutch Chess Federation; readers who follow it may hope to significantly increase their skill.
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    Understanding Before Moving Volume 3 - Sicilian Structures - Part 1

    $36.95
    Opening Repertoire - The Modern Defence
    Catalog Code: B0517EM

    Opening Repertoire: The Modern Defence examines all aspects of this highly complex opening and provides the reader with well-researched, fresh, and innovative analysis. Each annotated game has valuable lessons on how to play the opening and contains instructive commentary on typical middlegame plans. The suggested lines for Black are based around the very latest games and analysis.
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    Opening Repertoire - The Modern Defence

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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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