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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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    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

    $31.95
    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

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    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

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    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

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    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
    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
    PRE-ORDER - 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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    PRE-ORDER - The Complete Bogo-Indian Defense

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    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

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    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
    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

    $31.95
    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

    $29.95
    Grivas Opening Laboratory - Volume 1
    Catalog Code: B0060EV

    The author presents a full opening repertory for the club player, which is analysed in six volumes. In the books you will find many novelties for both sides, with a full move-to-move presentation. Furthermore, the reader will get access to middlegame strategies, endgame techniques and common tactical motifs, which are patterning the proposed variations.
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    Grivas Opening Laboratory - Volume 1

    $27.50
    Modern Chess Openings
    Sixth Edition
    Catalog Code: B0352IS

    Modern Chess Openings was first published in 1911. It has been updated approximately every five years since and "the many recent master tournaments have rendered necessary an up-to-date book on the Openings". The book is intended to be a guide for match and tournament players.
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    Modern Chess Openings

    $19.95
    The Richter-Rauzer Reborn - The Kozul Variation
    Catalog Code: B0060TH

    The Richter-Rauzer is one of the most complex and rich battlegrounds in the Open Sicilian. This book is the distillation of the authors' decade-long experience in this variation, offering a practical approach based on understanding and knowledge of typical ideas.
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    The Richter-Rauzer Reborn - The Kozul Variation

    $38.95
    The Modernized Scotch Game
    A Complete Repertoire for White and Black
    Catalog Code: B0058TH

    In his sixth book for Thinkers Publishing, Milos Pavlovic has taken a close look at the popular but rather unexplored Scotch Game. Drawing upon his considerable opening experience and with the help of many illustrative games, he explores the secrets behind this dynamic opening. Milos has created a comprehensive repertoire for White and Black, highlighting the many tactical and positional themes this underrated opening has to offer.
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    The Modernized Scotch Game

    $35.95
    The Modernized Delayed Benoni
    Catalog Code: B0057TH

    The Benoni is one of the most dynamic answers to 1. d4. The author investigated the different delayed move orders for Black and rehabilitating the whole set-up. We are convinced he will inspire the Benoni devotee seeking to outplay an unprepared opponent.
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    The Modernized Delayed Benoni

    $32.95
    The Modernized Berlin Wall Defense
    Catalog Code: B0051TH

    In his first book for Thinkers Publishing, Priyadharshan shares all of his knowledge of his favorite Berlin Defense, which he started playing in 2003. He presents the latest cutting-edge theory and also suggests less-explored lines so that you can tread new theoretical paths and get to understand the beauty of this evergreen opening line.
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    The Modernized Berlin Wall Defense

    $33.95
    Openings - The King's Indian Defense
    Catalog Code: B0011SU

    What does a chess player need who is familiar with the rules, but often gets into trouble right away in the opening? This question was the starting point for the authors before they began to compile their material. The result is a book that gives explanations to help the reader understand the King's Indian Defense – and instructions to show him how to use it.
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    Openings - The King's Indian Defense

    $23.95
    Kaufman's New Repertoire for Black and White
    A Complete, Sound and User-friendly Chess Opening Repertoire
    Catalog Code: B0225NIC

    Larry Kaufman presents a completely new White repertoire with 1.e4 aiming for an objective advantage in the simplest practical manner. You are presented with two options, while you don’t have to play the sharpest lines. The Black repertoire has been thoroughly revised and updated, and three new chapters have been added.
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    Kaufman's New Repertoire for Black and White

    $29.95
    Chess Openings for Juniors
    Catalog Code: B0011RCH

    The vast majority of opening guides are written for adult readers. This book is also devoted to the theory but it is junior. The structure of the book is simple and attractive: openings are examined using examples from actual games, each of which is presented in the form of a lesson with its own name. Several such lessons form an opening theme, and the examination of each theme concludes with exercises.
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    Chess Openings for Juniors

    $29.95
    A Startling Chess Opening Repertoire - New Edition
    A Turbocharged Modern Update of a Popular Repertoire
    Catalog Code: B0204GB

    For here is a repertoire of opening lines based on 1 e4 that are slightly off the beaten track, but full of practical sting and cunning traps for unwary opponents. All are based on rapid, healthy development, central control and play against the enemy king.
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    A Startling Chess Opening Repertoire - New Edition

    $22.95
    NIC Yearbook 131 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Artemiev wings it and wins it in the English
    Catalog Code: B0131HYB

    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 131 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    $39.95
    Opening Simulator - King's Indian Defence
    Catalog Code: B0158QT

    Opening Simulator is a new and innovative approach to studying the opening, based on the Deliberate Practice concept. Rather than presenting moves and variations, the authors offer a 'read, solve and play' approach which is designed to replicate a real game more closely than other opening books. First, a thorough Introduction discusses the main variations, pawn structures and themes. Then, after working through the 400 carefully chosen exercises, the reader will benefit from enhanced tactical and problem-solving ability.
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    Opening Simulator - King's Indian Defence

    $31.95
    First Steps - King's Indian Defence
    Catalog Code: B0515EM

    In this book the highly experienced coach international master Andrew Martin explains the basic ideas behind all the different variations that occur after 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 e4 d6. The focus on strategic elements such as pawn structures, attacking plans and typical piece manouevres allows the reader to quickly gain an excellent feel for this complex opening.
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    First Steps - King's Indian Defence

    $24.95
    A Complete Guide to 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4
    Catalog Code: B0514EM

    In this book, openings expert Jan Pinski investigates the different strategies and tactics in the Italian Game and Evans Gambit. Using model games for both White and Black, Pinski provides crucial coverage of both the main lines and offbeat variations. This book arms the reader with enough knowledge to play the Italian Game and Evans Gambit with confidence.
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    A Complete Guide to 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4

    $27.95
    The Sicilian Taimanov
    Catalog Code: B0157QT

    The Sicilian Taimanov arises after the opening moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6, and is an ideal weapon for Black in the modern era. It is theoretically sound, and strikes a perfect balance between solidity and dynamic counterattacking potential, which makes it a popular choice among club players and top grandmasters alike.
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    The Sicilian Taimanov

    $31.95
    NIC Yearbook 131 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Artemiev wings it and wins it in the English
    Catalog Code: B0131PYB

    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 131 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    $33.95
    Opening Repertoire - The Queen's Gambit
    Catalog Code: B0516EM

    Grandmaster Damian Lemos presents a repertoire for White in the Queen’s Gambit, one of the most famous chess openings. The Queen’s Gambit enjoys a long and illustrious past. It has been played by virtually all the strongest grandmasters in the history of chess, and today it remains a popular choice for players of all levels. White’s opening moves in the Queen’s Gambit are built on sound strategic principles, and it can lead to positions rich in both tactical and positional play. It’s a perfect opening to use in order to develop your chess understanding.
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    Opening Repertoire - The Queen's Gambit

    $27.95
    200 Open Games
    Catalog Code: B0345IS

    200 Open Games centers around the popular 1. P-K4 P-K4 opening (Bobby Fischer, for one, consistently chooses the king's pawn opening). "The author's idea," writes Bronstein, "is to show that quite a large number of similar games are in fact different in the way they have been created in the minds of the players. And although they are different, all these games, with their identical first move, still retain for a considerable time traces of one and the same inherited pattern. ..."
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    200 Open Games

    $19.95
    Openings Semi-Open Games
    Catalog Code: B0007SU

    The ideas and plans behind each line are explained in detail to ensure that the reader understands them properly instead of just playing moves that he has learned by heart. Even the sense and purpose of single moves are ex- plained, if they are not quite obvious.
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    Openings Semi-Open Games

    $24.95

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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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