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    Chess Opening Traps for Kids
    100 Amamzing Ways to Win in the Opening
    Catalog Code: B0203GB

    Chess Opening Traps for Kids is a serious course on how to play the opening, illustrated with memorable and entertaining examples. By focusing on 100 key themes, Graham Burgess explains how to use opening tricks to our advantage. Every opening features hidden dangers for both players, so we need to avoid pitfalls while making full use of tactics to achieve the opening goals of purposeful development and central control.
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    The Modernized Reti - Revised Extended Edition
    Positional Repertoire
    Catalog Code: B0032TH

    The Reti opening has been quite popular in recent years. In the 'Modernized Reti', the author explains how this subtle opening needs to be handled. With many transpositions into different types of positions, it is one of the richest White choices has when starting the game. If you are looking for a refined, positional and dynamic way to play as White, this book will show you the way!
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    The Modernized Reti - Revised Extended Edition

    $36.95
    Sicilian Defense - The Chelyabinsk Variation
    Its Past, Present and Future
    Catalog Code: B0116RE

    Extraordinary analytical depth, cross-checked by strong engines, is complemented by historical and biographical perspectives to make this a truly unique opening manual. Regardless of what name you give it, Sicilian Defense: The Chelyabinsk Variation will provide you with a powerful weapon against 1.e4.
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    Sicilian Defense - The Chelyabinsk Variation

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    The Hyper Accelerated Dragon - EXTENDED SECOND EDITION
    Catalog Code: B0012TH

    In this book, IM Raja Panjwani presents the Hyper Accelerated Dragon. He demonstrates from the second move a dynamic way to fight 1. e4. He covers all of White's main variations and sidelines and even the most critical 'Maroczy bind' gets a new treatment. Raja's book is recommended for all players that are eager to enter the critical lines in this exciting Sicilian.
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    The Hyper Accelerated Dragon - EXTENDED SECOND EDITION

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    Understanding Before Moving - Ruy Lopez and Italian Structures
    Catalog Code: B0030TH

    It has been shown that results do not match the amount of study invested in the opening, as in practice it is much harder to navigate your way around an opening when the opponent deviates from theory. This is why Herman treats the study of openings in a completely different way. In this book, he discusses the backgrounds of openings, provides guidelines and explains in an instructive and accessible way the basic principles of a position. In this book, the first in its series, provides an overview of the positions and corresponding plans arising from the Ruy Lopez and Italian openings.
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    Understanding Before Moving - Ruy Lopez and Italian Structures

    $29.95
    The Full English Opening
    Mastering the Fundamentals
    Catalog Code: B0205NIC

    'The Full English Opening' is the first one-volume book that covers all variations of the English Opening (1. c4). Carsten Hansen dedicates special attention to the transition into the early middlegame. You will learn how to define specific plans, lay out a strategic goal, and find positional and tactical targets. Supported by examples and exercises, you will be able to enjoy the greatest asset of the English Opening: its versatility.
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    The Full English Opening

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    NIC Yearbook 127 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Caruana Crushes Winawer with 9. h4!? from YB 126
    Catalog Code: B0127HYB

    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 127 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    NIC Yearbook 127 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Caruana Crushes Winawer with 9. h4!? from YB 126
    Catalog Code: B0127PYB

    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 127 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    $33.95
    A Complete Guide to Playing 3 Nc3 Against the French Defence
    Two Great Opening Books at One Low Price!
    Catalog Code: B0493EM

    A complete guide to playing 3 Nc3 against the French Defence Two great books from the Everyman Chess Library, French Classical by Byron Jacobs and French Winawer by Neil McDonald, brought together in one volume In French Classical International Master Byron Jacobs offers a fresh look at the Classical variation of the French Defence, which has been popular for nearly a century and is championed by such fighting players as Victor Korchnoi and Alexander Morozevich.
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    A Complete Guide to Playing 3 Nc3 Against the French Defence

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    The Modern English 1. c4 e5 - Vol. 1
    Catalog Code: B0143EU

    This book aims to arm White players adequately against Black's most dangerous answer to 1.c4 - 1...e5. It is written from White's standpoint, but it should also serve Black players since the authors often discuss several alternatives to the main lines. The focus is on the modern variations 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e3 and 4.d3.
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    The Modern English 1. c4 e5 - Vol. 1

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    Bologan's Caro-Kann
    A Modern Repertoire for Black
    Catalog Code: B0203NIC

    Victor Bologan presents a complete Caro-Kann repertoire for Black that is much more than just a lucidly explained and highly playable set of responses. In many lines Bologan provides – as he has done in his other recent major chess opening books for New In Chess – two options to handle the Black position. Bologan’s explanations are accessible for a wide range of players and he provides the reader with a thorough grounding in the strategic and tactical motifs.
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    Bologan's Caro-Kann

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    Playing 1.e4 - French Defence and Sicilian Sidelines
    Catalog Code: B0147QT

    Developing an effective chess opening repertoire with 1.e4 requires extensive research, mixed with fine judgement and a good deal of creativity. In this, the second of three volumes, GM John Shaw turns the analytical spotlight on the French Defense, advocating his own favorite weapon for White, the Tarrasch Variation.
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    Playing 1.e4 - French Defence and Sicilian Sidelines

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    Queen's Gambit Declined - Vienna
    Catalog Code: B0491EM

    The Vienna variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined is a complex and fascinating system arising after 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nf3 Bb4 5 Bg5 dxc4.
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    Queen's Gambit Declined - Vienna

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    Playing 1.e4 - Sicilian Main Lines
    Catalog Code: B0146QT

    In this, the last of three volumes on 1.e4, GM John Shaw completes his state-of-the-art chess opening repertoire for White by tackling the biggest challenge of all: the main lines of the Sicilian Defense. Just like the other two books in the series, this book is based upon a foundation of tried and tested main lines, boosted by a number of innovative suggestions that will cause no end of trouble to your opponents.
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    Playing 1.e4 - Sicilian Main Lines

    $29.95
    Mastering the Opening and Middlegame
    Contains 2 Classic Chess Books at One Great Price!
    Catalog Code: B0489EM

    These books are ideal for keen club players who want to improve and are seeking to better their understanding of these key stages of a chess game: the opening, when the battle lines are drawn and the middlegame when the armies commence hand to hand combat.
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    Mastering the Opening and Middlegame

    $25.95
    The Modernized Caro-Kann
    A Complete Repertoire against 1 e.4
    Catalog Code: B0026TH

    The Caro-Kann Defence, long renowned for being a solid and reliable defence against 1.e4, is undergoing a renaissance at the moment. The pawn structures in this opening leave considerable room for individual interpretation. This book is written for the Black side, though new ideas for White are suggested and old ones occasionally improved. It contains not only the author's personal take on how to deal with all major White tries after 1.e4 c6, but also a range of alternatives for Black- to cater for different types of Caro-Kann player. 
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    The Modernized Caro-Kann

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    Play the Trompowsky Attack
    Catalog Code: B0141EU

    The Trompowsky brings on the board fresh, creative and complex positions. The author bases his recommendations on his own tournament practice, with stern tests at a grandmaster level. The book is aimed at a wide range of players.
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    Play the Trompowsky Attack

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    Gambit Killer
    Catalog Code: B0029TH

    This book is simply a must for anyone who wants to be fully prepared to engage in battle against a gambit player. If you are a gambit player yourself, you need to this to prepare yourself for new challenges to your systems.
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    Gambit Killer

    $32.50
    Specialized Chess Opening Tactics
    A Focused Approach To Studying Chess Openings - Budapest and Fajarowicz Gambit
    Catalog Code: B0014CH

    This new series, by acclaimed author Carsten Hansen, seeks to remedy this problem by presenting tactical puzzles and positions that specifically arise from your favorite openings. You will face hundreds of tactical positions, not only combinations but positions with tactical elements for you to solve and familiarize yourself with. This will help you be extra tactically alert when you are playing your games with this opening.
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    Specialized Chess Opening Tactics

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    A Complete Repertoire for Black using the Sharpest Systems
    Catalog Code: B0486EM

    Brought together in one volume as part of Everyman Chess's series of compilation books: Play the Najdorf: Scheveningen Style and Play the King's Indian. These two classic titles from Everyman Chess provide a complete repertoire for Black in in these most dynamic of openings.
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    A Complete Repertoire for Black using the Sharpest Systems

    $25.95
    A Complete Guide to the Pirc / Modern Complex
    Catalog Code: B0485EM

    Brought together in one volume as part of Everyman Chess's series of compilation books: Starting Out: The Pirc and Starting Out:The Modern. The very closely linked defences are dynamic systems that are favoured by ambitious, counter-attacking players. Black plays very much in a hypermodern fashion, allowing White to build an unopposed pawn centre with the idea of plotting its eventual downfall.
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    A Complete Guide to the Pirc / Modern Complex

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    Opening Repertoire - 1. e4
    Catalog Code: B0487EM

    In this book, prolific chess author Cyrus Lakdawala recommends a repertoire for White players who like to open 1 e4. If you want to develop your repertoire with 1 e4 then this is the book for you.
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    Opening Repertoire - 1. e4

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    Winning in the Chess Opening
    700 Ways to Ambush Your Opponent
    Catalog Code: B0197NIC

    Every chess player loves to win early in the opening. However you should never lose sight of the most important objective of your opening play: the proper development of your pawns and pieces. That is why this book is more than just an enjoyable collection of traps and tricks. Prolific Russian chess author Nikolai Kalinichenko has collected 700 brilliant miniatures, topical games from a wide variety of players, from World Champions to amateurs.
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    Winning in the Chess Opening

    $24.95
    Modern Chess Opening Traps
    Catalog Code: B0324IS

    This is a collection of opening traps by Grandmaster William Lombardy. The traps are great and cover every opening system. They need to be studied.
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    Modern Chess Opening Traps

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    French Defense - Second Edition
    The Solid Rubinstein Variation
    Catalog Code: B0076RE

    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 to the first edition.
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    French Defense - Second Edition

    $24.95
    The Schliemann Defence - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0482EM

    White players who enjoy playing the Ruy Lopez (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5) often expect to have an easy time in the opening. Numerous Black systems allow White to complete development with natural moves which often results in a small but clear advantage. Not so The Schliemann. The Schliemann (3 ... f5) is a ferocious beast that immediately takes the fight to White.
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    The Schliemann Defence - Move by Move

    $29.95
    NIC Yearbook 126 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Anish Giri sovereign in the 1.c4 labyrinth
    Catalog Code: B0126PYB

    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 126 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    $33.95
    NIC Yearbook 126 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Anish Giri sovereign in the 1.c4 labyrinth
    Catalog Code: B0126HYB

    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 126 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    $39.95
    How Ulf Beats Black
    Ulf Andersson's Bulletproof Strategic Repertoire for White
    Catalog Code: B0200NIC

    In his prime, in the 1970-s and 80-s, legendary Swedish chess grandmaster Ulf Andersson was a Top 10 player with a distinct, immediately recognizable style. He almost never lost a game and kept scoring wins from quiet positions.
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    How Ulf Beats Black

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    The Art of the Tarrasch Defence
    Strategies, Techniques and Surprising Ideas
    Catalog Code: B0201NIC

    The Tarrasch Defence is one of the most ambitious ways to play against 1.d4. Former Russian Champion Alexey Bezgodov has more than 30 years of experience with the Tarrasch and is one of the world’s greatest experts. The Art of the Tarrasch Defence is a deeply researched journey into the positional structures, the key moments in the fight for the initiative, the players and the variations.
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    The Art of the Tarrasch Defence

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    Positional Repertoire - The Modernized Nimzo - Queen's Gambit Declined
    Catalog Code: B0024TH

    The Nimzo-Indian and Queen's Gambit Declined are amongst black's soundest and most universal answers to 1.d4. In his trademark style, Milos investigates the most positional ways to proceed after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6. He analyses all the critical lines whilst also taking a close look at all the sidelines and gives Black many new possibilities to spice up the game. We are convinced that this book will bring you inspirational games and results.
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    Positional Repertoire - The Modernized Nimzo - Queen's Gambit Declined

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    First Steps - Caro-Kann Defence
    Catalog Code: B0479EM

    The Caro-Kann Defence arises after the moves 1 e4 c6. With this first move Black (as is also the case with the French Defence – 1 e4 e6) plans 2 ... d5, establishing a well-protected central pawn. The Caro-Kann has a reputation as a rock solid defence that minimises the risk of Black being subjected to undue early pressure. First Steps books are based around carefully selected instructive games which demonstrate exactly what both sides are trying to achieve. There is enough theory to enable the improving player to get to grips with the opening without feeling overwhelmed. If you want to take up a new opening, First Steps is the ideal place to start.
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    First Steps - Caro-Kann Defence

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    First Steps - 1. e4 e5
    Catalog Code: B0480EM

    Starting a chess game with 1 e4 e5 is so common that the resulting complex of opening systems traditionally commands its own sobriquet, “The Open Games”. The central structure with pawns on e4 and e5 often leads to play based around highly classical themes which are the bedrock of successful chess understanding. First Steps books are based around carefully selected instructive games which demonstrate exactly what both sides are trying to achieve. There is enough theory to enable the improving player to get to grips with the opening without feeling overwhelmed. If you want to take up a new opening, First Steps is the ideal place to start.
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    First Steps - 1. e4 e5

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    Fighting Chess with Black
    Two Great Books in One Volume!
    Catalog Code: B0481EM

    Two great books for players who play the Sicilian Defence and King's Indian Defence in one volume. Fighting the anti-King's Indian by Yelena Denbo and Fighting the anti-Sicilians by Richard Palliser.
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    Fighting Chess with Black

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    A Complete Guide to Queen's Gambit Play
    Catalog Code: B0488EM

    Brought together in one volume as part of Everyman Chess's series of compilation books: Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Accepted, Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Declined and Starting Out: Slav and Semi Slav. These three classic titles from the Everyman Chess Starting Out Series provide a complete repertoire with the Queen's Gambit.
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    A Complete Guide to Queen's Gambit Play

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    Improve Your Chess x3
    Catalog Code: B0463EM

    These three titles, brought together for the first time in one volume, explain the important ideas behind every major opening, provide an understanding of the middlegame to the aspiring player and tips to all players wishing to improve their endgame play.
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    Improve Your Chess x3

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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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