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    PRE-ORDER - The Knight - The Cunning Cavalry
    COMING JULY 2019
    Catalog Code: B0122RE

    In his ground-breaking series, The Power of the Pieces, Belorussian grandmaster Sergey Kasparov examines the strengths, weaknesses and overall characteristics of each piece on the chessboard. This second volume in the series is about the knight. Its role in the opening, middlegame and endgame is discussed in detail, amply supported by almost 140 complete games from tournament praxis.
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    The King's Indian According to Tigran Petrosian
    Catalog Code: B0121RE

    This splendid collection of annotated games will not only have enormous appeal to King’s Indian aficionados, but to all chessplayers who wish to expand their understanding of the strategic concepts underpinning the royal game as a whole.
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    The King's Indian According to Tigran Petrosian

    $34.95
    The Modernized Colle-Zukertort Attack
    Catalog Code: B0047TH

    In his next book for Thinkers Publishing, Milos Pavlovic, took a fresh look at the relatively unexplored but most dangerous Colle-Zukertort attack. Drawing upon his considerable opening experience and using plenty of illustrative games, he reveal the secrets how to pose Black serious problems using different subtle move orders. Milos created a comprehensive repertoire for White and highlighting the many tactical and positional themes this dynamic opening contains.
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    The Modernized Colle-Zukertort Attack

    $29.95
    Opening Repertoire - The French Defence
    Catalog Code: B0502EM

    In this book, renowned author Cyrus Lakdawala creates a repertoire for Black and navigates through the main lines of the French, providing 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 middle-game plans. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn.
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    Opening Repertoire - The French Defence

    $27.95
    The Modernized French Defense - Volume 1 - The Winawer
    Catalog Code: B0044TH

    The Winawer variation of the French Defense is reached after 1.e4 e6 2.d4d5 3.Nc3 Bb4. This is one of the most exciting openings in the game. It's an alternative universe with alternative rules. In return for the bishop, Black gets a rock solid pawn structure and lots of dynamic options. It should not come a s asurprise that in these unbalanced fights Black can really play for a win.
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    The Modernized French Defense - Volume 1 - The Winawer

    $32.95
    Opening Repertoire - The Sicilian Najdorf
    Catalog Code: B0501EM

    The Najdorf Sicilian is one of Black's most respected and popular responses to 1 e4. It was favoured by those two titans of the game, Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov and in the modern game it features in the repertoire of many elite players. This rich opening creates a wealth of opportunities for vigorous attacks, causing most games to be tense and engaging.
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    Opening Repertoire - The Sicilian Najdorf

    $29.95
    The Queen's Indian Defence
    Catalog Code: B0151QT

    In this companion volume to the author's highly-regarded The Nimzo-Indian Defence, the starting point is 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6. The main focus is on 3.Nf3 b6 while Roiz also covers 3.g3 (Catalan) and miscellaneous options.
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    The Queen's Indian Defence

    $31.95
    NIC Yearbook 129 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Daredevil wins by Shakh In the Open Ruy Lopez 129
    Catalog Code: B0129HYB

    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 129 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    $39.95
    A Complete Guide to Benoni Systems and Structuresz
    Two Great Books Brought Together in One Volume!
    Catalog Code: B0500EM

    Two great books from the Everyman Chess Library, Starting Out: Benoni Systems by Alexander Raetsky and Maxim Chetverik and Starting Out: The Modern Benoni by Endre Vegh, brought together in one volume.
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    A Complete Guide to Benoni Systems and Structuresz

    $29.95
    Self-Taught Chess for Beginners and Intermediates
    Catalog Code: B0338IS

    This book is perhaps unique in that it was written by a professional educator who also plays chess, rather than by a professional chess player who also wrote. Dr. Milton Finkelstein was Director of the New York City Department of Education who wrote several other books in the education field.
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    Self-Taught Chess for Beginners and Intermediates

    $19.95
    The Chigorin Defence - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0499EM

    The Chigorin is a perfect counterattacking weapon and will appeal to players who like to throw opponents onto their own resources at an early stage. Jimmy Liew identifies and analyses the precise moments when specific theoretical knowledge is required and also discussed plans and strategies in the quieter variations.
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    The Chigorin Defence - Move by Move

    $29.95
    NIC Yearbook 129 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Daredevil wins by Shakh In the Open Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: B0129PYB

    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 129 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    $33.95
    Play the Dutch! - Part 1
    Catalog Code: B0050EV

    In this book, a well-respected author provides you with a solid foundation for including the Dutch in your repertoire, dealing with almost all the sidelines you could possibly meet after 1. d4 f5.
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    Play the Dutch! - Part 1

    $27.50
    Play the Dutch! - Part 2
    Systems with g3
    Catalog Code: B0051EV

    In this book, a well-respected author provides you with a solid foundation for including the Dutch in your repertoire, dealing with almost all the sidelines you could possibly meet after 1. d4 f5.
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    Play the Dutch! - Part 2

    $27.50
    A Complete Repertoire for Black for Strategically Minded Players
    Two Great Books Together in One Volume!
    Catalog Code: B0496EM

    In this book Johan Hellsten draws upon his vast experience in the Sicilian Kan, revealing his secrets and showing how Black can adopt this opening and play it with confidence. He provides the reader with a dependable repertoire, demonstrating what to do in the main lines as well as how to deal with White's tricky alternatives.
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    A Complete Repertoire for Black for Strategically Minded Players

    $29.95
    The Chigorin Bible
    A Classic Defense to the Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: B0034TH

    This ‘Chigorin bible’ aims to be the ultimate improvement ‘tool’ for club and tournament players in the variation. The first part provides the reader with a good understanding of general plans and strategic concepts and the second part provides direct theoretical knowledge.
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    The Chigorin Bible

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    If You Must Play Chess
    Catalog Code: B0334IS

    This book was originally published in 1947 with 55 of his best games, the last game being against World Championship Botvinnik, which ended in a draw. In 1981, he sought to expand this book by adding ten more games including his draw against Fisher, the last game, bringing the total number of games to 65 and the last year to 1976.
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    If You Must Play Chess

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    Sicilian Defense
    Catalog Code: B0333IS

    Sicilian Defense by Alexander Koblentz published in Russian in Moscow in 1955
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    Sicilian Defense

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    Understanding Before Moving - Queen's Gambit Structures - Vol. 2
    Catalog Code: B0038TH

    This book, the second in its series, provides an overview of the positions and corresponding plans arising from the Queen's Gambit.
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    Understanding Before Moving - Queen's Gambit Structures - Vol. 2

    $31.95
    Keep It Simple - 1. e4
    A Solid and Straightforward Chess Opening Repertoire for White
    Catalog Code: B0210NIC

    International Master Christof Sielecki has created a reliable set of opening lines for chess players of almost all levels. The major objective is to dominate Black from the opening, by simple means. You don’t need to sacrifice anything or memorize long tactical lines. Unless Black plays something stupid, when tactics are the simplest punishment.
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    Keep It Simple - 1. e4

    $29.95
    Play the Queen's Indian Defence
    Catalog Code: B0144EU

    The Queen's Indian Defence has the reputation of a very reliable system for Black. Although his chances of obtaining sharp double-edged positions are restricted, good knowledge of piece set-ups and different plans should offer Black chances of seizing the initiative even in calm variations.
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    Play the Queen's Indian Defence

    $31.95
    An Aggressive Counterattacking Repertoire Based on ...g6
    Two Great Books Brought Together in One Volume!
    Catalog Code: B0495EM

    In these razor-sharp encounters, it goes without saying that one slip by either side can prove to be fatal. Because of its aggressive nature, the Sicilian Dragon is very popular at all levels of chess, while it received an ultimate seal of approval when Garry Kasparov used it as his main weapon to beat Vishy Anand in a World Championship match.
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    An Aggressive Counterattacking Repertoire Based on ...g6

    $27.95
    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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    Chess Opening Traps for Kids

    $16.95
    The Modernized Najdorf
    Catalog Code: B0033TH

    Learning the Najdorf will help all players to understand Sicilians in a better way. Different aspects of chess such as defence, attack and sacrifice, positional themes and tactical storms, can be found in this book.
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    The Modernized Najdorf

    $32.95
    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
    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

    $34.95
    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

    $34.95
    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

    $29.95
    NIC Yearbook 128 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    McShane paints the Ruy Lopez in KID colours 128
    Catalog Code: B0128HYB

    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 128 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    $39.95
    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 128 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    McShane paints the Ruy Lopez in KID colours 128
    Catalog Code: B0128PYB

    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 128 - PAPERBACK 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

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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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    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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    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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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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