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    PRE-ORDER - Grivas Opening Laboratory - Volume 6
    Catalog Code: B0069EV

    In this book you will find not only a concrete and well-structured, move by-move presentation, but also chapters on the middlegame, the endgame, and tactics, all of which are typical for this variation and will help you to understand it better. The only two things you have to do are to buy the book and study it! Note that the research on the games included is up to the middle of November 2020.
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    PRE-ORDER - Grivas Opening Laboratory - Volume 6

    $27.50
    Opening Repertoire - The Grunfeld Defence
    Catalog Code: B0535EM

    In Opening Repertoire: The Grünfeld Defence, Nigel Davies guides the reader through the complexities of the Grünfeld 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.
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    Opening Repertoire - The Grunfeld Defence

    $27.95
    The Modern French Defence - Volume 2
    Advance and Winawer
    Catalog Code: B0156EU

    The French Defence is coming back to fashion again! One of the leaders in the 2020 Candidates tournament, Ian Nepomniachtchi, successfully staked on it. Lately World champion himself also embraced the French several times. A great expert of this opening is the last challenger for the world title Fabiano Caruana. The French became a real arena of the battle of the engines – neural network genius Leela was confidently repelling the attacks of its powerful rivals.
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    The Modern French Defence - Volume 2

    $33.95
    The Modern French Defence - Volume 1
    Tarrasch and Various Lines
    Catalog Code: B0155EU

    The French Defence is coming back to fashion again! One of the leaders in the 2020 Candidates tournament, Ian Nepomniachtchi, successfully staked on it. Lately World champion himself also embraced the French several times. A great expert of this opening is the last challenger for the world title Fabiano Caruana. The French became a real arena of the battle of the engines – neural network genius Leela was confidently repelling the attacks of its powerful rivals.
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    The Modern French Defence - Volume 1

    $33.95
    Opening Repertoire - Beating the Sicilian Main Lines
    Catalog Code: B0534EM

    In Opening Repertoire: Beating the Sicilian, Jonas Hacker guides the reader through the complexities of the Sicilian and carves out a repertoire for White. 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 - Beating the Sicilian Main Lines

    $29.95
    Grivas Opening Laboratory - Volume 5
    Catalog Code: B0067EV

    The series continuing with this book is aimed at offering a full repertoire for White based on 1.d4. The idea of small opening repertoire books is not new, but here the purpose and the presentation is different. The choice of variations against each reply from Black will be mine and will be based on my long experience, having played the game for over 40 years, and also served as a professional coach for approximately 20 of those!
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    Grivas Opening Laboratory - Volume 5

    $27.50
    Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - Volume B - Part 1
    Catalog Code: B0030SHV

    The fifth thoroughly revised and updated edition of the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings, Volume B, Part 1 contains detailed coverage of ECO codes 00-49.
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    Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - Volume B - Part 1

    $59.95
    The Modern Spanish
    Breyer and Zaitsev Systems
    Catalog Code: B0128RE

    As the author notes in his introduction, this is an objective presentation of two excellent opening variations for Black, from which players sitting on either side of the board may profit. The play is strategically complex, tactically rich and will improve you as both a player and connoisseur of the game. Kotronias’ clear writing style, coupled with in depth analysis, makes for a splendid opening manual on two of the most topical – and solid – variations of the Ruy Lopez.
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    The Modern Spanish

    $29.95
    The Exhilarating Elephant Gambit
    Catalog Code: B0179QT

    This book introduces the magical world of the Elephant Gambit, analyses key games and provides numerous novelties that we believe will lead to a revival of the gambit for the club player. But please do not tell anyone! We want to keep the opening’s bad reputation, while we rack up the points. If you are the kind of player who thrives in complicated positions and is not afraid to take risks, then look no further than this book. Read it, and you will be ready to play the Elephant Gambit.
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    The Exhilarating Elephant Gambit

    $29.95
    Sicilian Warfare
    Catalog Code: B0178QT

    Sicilian Warfare is a practical guide to the most dynamic and ambitious defence against 1.e4, starting where opening theory ends and the middlegame begins. Ilya Smirin breaks down the strategic battle into easily understood elements and then looks at them in a dynamic setting. With illuminating annotations of Smirin’s best Sicilian games with both colours, Sicilian Warfare offers a feast of attacking chess and a world-class guide to the most ambitious reply to 1.e4.
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    Sicilian Warfare

    $29.95
    Grivas Opening Laboratory - Volume 4
    Catalog Code: B0066EV

    The series continuing with this book is aimed at offering a full repertoire for White based on 1.d4. The idea of small opening repertoire books is not new, but here the purpose and the presentation is different. The choice of variations against each reply from Black will be mine and will be based on my long experience, having played the game for over 40 years, and also served as a professional coach for approximately 20 of those!
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    Grivas Opening Laboratory - Volume 4

    $27.50
    The Reti - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0533EM

    This book examines what might be described as the “pure” Reti Opening. White starts with 1 Nf3 and intends to meet 1...d5 with the “Reti” response 2 c4. One of the major advantages of playing these systems is that they rely far more on general strategic understanding than rote memorisation. However, this does not mean that Black is not set difficult problems to solve. In the modern era these lines have mainly been championed by Vladimir Kramnik and Lev Aronian. Both these players have frequently set very difficult problems for their elite opponents with these complex systems.
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    The Reti - Move by Move

    $27.95
    Grivas Opening Laboratory - Volume 3
    Catalog Code: B0065EV

    The series continuing with this book is aimed at offering a full repertoire for White based on 1.d4. The idea of small opening repertoire books is not new, but here the purpose and the presentation is different. The choice of variations against each reply from Black will be mine and will be based on my long experience, having played the game for over 40 years, and also served as a professional coach for approximately 20 of those!
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    Grivas Opening Laboratory - Volume 3

    $27.50
    NIC Yearbook 135 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Cool Nepo Outguns Giri's Deep English Prep
    Catalog Code: B0135PYB

    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 135 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    $33.95
    NIC Yearbook 135 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Cool Nepo Outguns Giri's Deep English Prep
    Catalog Code: B0135HYB

    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 135 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    $39.95
    The Modernized Nimzovich Defense 1.e4 Nc6!
    Catalog Code: B0084TH

    In this book, GM Christian Bauer explains how to use this powerful weapon drawing from his own successful experiences. He is not shy to show you the fundamental ideas, the traps, the pitfalls and naturally the move order subtleties which play such an important role in our modern game of chess. We are convinced this book will give you plenty of confidence and make your opponent think more than twice.
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    The Modernized Nimzovich Defense 1.e4 Nc6!

    $38.95
    Squeezing the Sicilian
    The Alapin Variation
    Catalog Code: B0153EU

    In the Alapin System White's strategic idea is extremely simple. He prepares to advance with d2-d4, to build a solid pawn center and then dictate the play. He will have to pay for this with the fact that his queen's knight has been deprived of the best square for its development, but it may have other suitable squares (in many variations this will be not the d2-square but a3). Secondly, it very often happens that after d4 cxd4 cxd4, White's queen's knight still gets access to its best square on c3. The modern evaluation of this system is that Black has comfortable enough lines in which he can obtain an acceptable game. The authors try to prove that not all of these lines are equally good.
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    Squeezing the Sicilian

    $37.95
    Squeezing the King's Indian Defence
    Catalog Code: B0152EU

    This book presents a full repertoire based on the Gligoric System against the King’s Indian Defence – 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.Be3. The key point of this set-up is that White does not commit his king to any flank, at least for a while. That makes Black’s thematic attack with ...f5-f4, ...g4 pointless and allows White to play chess without having to memorise tons of variations. The authors focus on typical positions and methods of handling them, which is essential for the Gligoric System.
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    Squeezing the King's Indian Defence

    $31.95
    1. e4 vs. Minor Defences
    Catalog Code: B0175QT

    The fifth volume of the Grandmaster Repertoire – 1.e4 series provides a top-class repertoire against the Alekhine, Scandinavian, Pirc and Modern Defences, plus various offbeat alternatives Black may try. Negi’s latest work continues the winning formula of his previous books: the 1.e4 repertoire is founded on established main lines and turbo-charged with the innovative ideas of a world-class theoretician, making this an essential addition to the library of every ambitious player.
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    1. e4 vs. Minor Defences

    $29.95
    Modern Sicilian - Properly Played
    Catalog Code: B0014SU

    The Sicilian Defense, which is suitable for players of all levels, has long been the most played opening against 1.e2-e4 and its popularity continues to grow. The reason is that sharp and complicated positions arise, which offer black excellent dynamic counter play.
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    Modern Sicilian - Properly Played

    $29.95
    Winning Quickly with 1.b3 and 1...b6
    Odessky's Sparkling Lines and Deadly Traps
    Catalog Code: B0238NIC

    Odessky admits that some of his lines may objectively be somewhat dubious. But in blitz and rapid games they will lead to spectacular play and many surprising wins. Ilya Odessky will entertain, amuse and surprise you in this highly unusual chess opening book full of ultra-romantic chess.
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    Winning Quickly with 1.b3 and 1...b6

    $29.95
    The Italian Renaissance - Volume I
    Move Orders, Tricks & Alternatives
    Catalog Code: B0173QT

    With the seemingly bulletproof Berlin Wall and Marshall Attack continuing to thwart White’s best efforts to find an advantage in the Ruy Lopez, many top players have incorporated the Italian Game (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4) along with the related Bishop’s Opening (2.Bc4) into their repertoires. In this two-volume work, GM Martyn Kravtsiv shares his insights on this Italian Renaissance from White’s perspective.
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    The Italian Renaissance - Volume I

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    The Italian Renaissance - Volume II
    The Main Lines
    Catalog Code: B0174QT

    In this, the second book in his two-volume work, GM Martyn Kravtsiv shines the spotlight on the Italian Game (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4). Most chess players learn the basics of this opening as beginners, yet it contains enough depth and complexity to provide the world’s best players with a rich and ever-evolving battleground.
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    The Italian Renaissance - Volume II

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    Openings For Amateurs - Next Steps
    Catalog Code: B0144OB

    Centering the discussion around 67 selected model games, Openings for Amateurs – Next Steps covers troublesome variations commonly seen in amateur play, such as the Smith-Morra Gambit, Grand Prix Attack, Schliemann Defense, Anti-Grünfeld, Two Knights, London System, Stonewall Attack, and the Benko Gambit, among others.
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    Openings For Amateurs - Next Steps

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    A Complete Opening Repertoire for Black after 1.e4 e5!
    Catalog Code: B0082TH

    In this book Yuriy does not overwhelm you with variations, but instead he focuses a lot on the verbal explanations and understanding of the typical positions. At the same time, you can be confident that his recommendations are quite sound and have been thoroughly checked with extensive databases, strong engines as well as critically looked upon from the human perspective.
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    A Complete Opening Repertoire for Black after 1.e4 e5!

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    Winning with 1.d4!
    Catalog Code: B0012SU

    "Winning with 1.d4!" offers a complete repertoire for d4 players against all plausible responses. The recommendations were selected with the main goal of enabling the reader to leave out vast amounts of opening theory and to concentrate on a comprehensible number of lines that promise some initiative and active play and often even an opening advantage.
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    Winning with 1.d4!

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    An Idiot-Proof Chess Opening Repertoire
    Catalog Code: B0209GB

    In this book, award-winning author Graham Burgess has come up with the ultimate simplified repertoire. But it is not based on boring or unambitious openings. The aim is to avoid symmetry and mass exchanges, and reach an unbalanced middlegame. You won’t be dumped into do-or-die tactics where the penalty for forgetting a key move is an instant loss.
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    An Idiot-Proof Chess Opening Repertoire

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    The Modernized French Defense - Volume 2
    Against the Tarrasch
    Catalog Code: B0077TH

    This is one of the most possible treatments White has available. Using his typical funny and dynamic writing style, David shows that it is possible to play solidly but also remain with the dynamic elements Black has available. He recommends several creative lines, even a bit off the beaten track, but which he has very carefully worked out over the several years of his own practice.
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    The Modernized French Defense - Volume 2

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    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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    The Carlsen Variation

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    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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    Playing the Stonewall Dutch - PAPERBACK

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    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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    Playing the Petroff - PAPERBACK

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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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    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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    The Modernized Marshall Attack

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    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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    The Modernized Modern Defense

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    NIC Yearbook 134 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Van Foreest shines 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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    NIC Yearbook 134 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    NIC Yearbook 134 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Van Foreest shines 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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    NIC Yearbook 134 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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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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