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    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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    The Elshad for White
    Catalog Code: B0147EU

    In The Elshad System for White, FM Igor Nemtsev surveys Black's most common responses to this creative opening, including the King's Indian, Dutch, and big-center setups. Conventional approaches are hazardous for Black: unexpected tactics abound, and White is not afraid to sacrifice material for a sudden attack. Not even grandmasters tread safely in the Elshad minefield.
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    The Hippopotamus Defence
    A Deceptively Dangerous Universal Chess Opening System for Black
    Catalog Code: B0216NIC

    The Hippopotamus Defence is just what a club player needs. It’s a straightforward and clear-cut chess opening that avoids the ever growing body of mainline theory. It’s universal: Black can use the Hippo against virtually all of White’s choices (1.e4, 1.d4, 1.c4, 1.f4, the Colle, London, Trompowsky, Réti and others). It’s not very well known and will surprise many opponents.
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    The Hippopotamus Defence

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    A Complete Guide to Systems Where Black Meets 1 e4 by Supporting a Pawn on d5
    Catalog Code: B0512EM

    Two great books from the Everyman Chess Library, Starting Out: The French by Byron Jacobs and Starting Out: The Caro-Kann by Joe Gallagher, brought together in one volume.
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    A Complete Guide to Systems Where Black Meets 1 e4 by Supporting a Pawn on d5

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    A Complete Guide to Countering Offbeat Openings
    Catalog Code: B0506EM

    Two compelling titles now brought together in one volume!
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    A Complete Guide to Countering Offbeat Openings

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    Counterattacking Systems Versus 1 e4 and 1 d4
    Catalog Code: B0508EM

    Two great books from the Everyman Chess Library, Play The Accelerated Dragon by Peter Lalic and Play the Benko Gambit by Nicolai Pedersen , brought together in one volume.
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    Counterattacking Systems Versus 1 e4 and 1 d4

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    A Complete Guide to Flank Openings
    Catalog Code: B0509EM

    In this groundbreaking book, Grandmaster Neil McDonald revisits the basic principles behind the English and its many variations. Throughout this easy-to-read guide the reader is aided by a wealth of notes, tips and warnings from the author, while key strategies, ideas and tactics for both sides are clearly illustrated. This book is ideal for the improving player.
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    A Complete Guide to Flank Openings

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    A Complete Repertoire based on Nc3 and Nc6
    Catalog Code: B0510EM

    Two great books from the Everyman Chess Library, A Ferocious Opening Repertoire, by Cyrus Lakdawala and Play …1Nc6! by Christof Scheerer, brought together in one volume.
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    A Complete Repertoire based on Nc3 and Nc6

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    A Complete Repertoire based on 1 b3 and 1 b6
    Catalog Code: B0507EM

    Two great books from the Everyman Chess Library, play 1…b6! a dynamic and hypermodern opening system for Black by Christian Bauer and Nimzo Larsen Attack by Byron Jacobs and Jonathan Tait, brought together in one volume.
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    A Complete Repertoire based on 1 b3 and 1 b6

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    A Complete Guide to Defending Against 1 d4
    Catalog Code: B0511EM

    Two great books from the Everyman Chess Library, Starting Out: The Nimzo Indian by Chris Ward and Starting Out: The Queen's Indian by John Emms, brought together in one volume.
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    A Complete Guide to Defending Against 1 d4

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    The Modern Openings in Theory and Practice
    Catalog Code: B0307IS

    This major work of the famous Russian chess openings theorist Alexei Sokolsky is distinguished by its original approach to the subject. Whereas other standard books deal with openings mainly in the form of lines and variations, Sokolsky's is a distinctive and analytical treatment. The effect of the openings on the game as it proceeds is explained and developed.
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    The Modern Openings in Theory and Practice

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    Small Encyclopedia of Chess Opening
    Catalog Code: B0004SHV

    The Small Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings is based on the same 500 fundamental codes and system of elimination but it's a fifth the length. Instead of five books just one! The best and most up to date information. The creative output of generations of chess masters filtered for the reader's convenience.
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    Small Encyclopedia of Chess Opening

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    Practical Chess Openings
    Catalog Code: B0205IS

    Practical Chess Openings is a basic openings book covering all the major openings, in alphabetical order. At the beginning of each section is a general description of the opening and its history, including the names of famous players who played it.
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    Practical Chess Openings

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    Chess Archives
    Catalog Code: B0194IS

    Chess Archives was published monthly by a team of Dutch chess opening analysts, headed by former World Champion Dr. Max Euwe. If a new opening trick or trap were discovered, one could be sure it would appear soon in Chess Archives. Readers of established books like Modern Chess Openings could have an unpleasant surprise when a line the were playing had been refuted by new discoveries. That was unlikely to happen to any reader of Chess Archives because the new issues would always contain the latest stuff.
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    Chess Archives

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    Modern Chess Openings - 15TH EDITION
    Completed Revised and Updated
    Catalog Code: B0013RH

    Modern Chess Openings is the best and most trusted tool for serious chess players on the market. First published over a half-century ago, this is a completely revised and updated edition of the book that has been the standard English language reference on chess openings.
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    Modern Chess Openings - 15TH EDITION

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    Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - BOOK E
    Catalog Code: B0016SHV

    The fourth thoroughly revised and updated edition of the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings, Volume E, brings an additional 144 pages of brand new material with games up to 2008.
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    Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - BOOK E

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    Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - BOOK C
    Catalog Code: B0014SHV

    The fifth thoroughly revised and updated edition of the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings, Volume C, brings an additional 104 pages of brand new material with games up to 2006.
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    Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - BOOK C

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    CLEARANCE - Modern Chess - Black is Good!
    1. d4 e6
    Catalog Code: CB0545RB

    This is a book that can help you to start to play openings as 2450 rated player at least, in the shortest time frame.
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    CLEARANCE - Modern Chess - Black is Good!

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    CLEARANCE - Black is O.K. in Rare Openings
    Catalog Code: CB0012RB

    The openings covered in this volume can be grouped in several ways. For example: there are some with individual significance , and some which can transfer to other lines. There are playable ones as well as shameful 'patzers' stuff.
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    CLEARANCE - Black is O.K. in Rare Openings

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    CLEARANCE - Gambits
    Catalog Code: CB0078RB

    In this work he presents a convincing case for players to adopt gambit play. "Only by playing gambits will the chessplayer begin to understand that getting active positions, with the possibility of landing combinative shots, will compensate him for the material sacrificed." Estrin presents concepts and lines of play in every major opening. He provides many practical illustrations, and the number of examples given from his own games clearly shows that he practices what he advocates. 115 diagrams aid the reader in following the analysis. If you don't play these lines, your opponent will!
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    CLEARANCE - Gambits

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    CLEARANCE - Encyclopedia of Modern Open and Semi-Open Games
    Catalog Code: CB0449RB

    Modern Chess Opening. The basic research into the theory of opening in the works of leading Soviet Chess Theoreticians.
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    CLEARANCE - Encyclopedia of Modern Open and Semi-Open Games

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    CLEARANCE - The Chess Variants
    Catalog Code: CB0540RB

    C48 - 1. e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Nd4, C57 - e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Bc5
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    CLEARANCE - The Chess Variants

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    CLEARANCE - The Creepy Crawly Opening
    Catalog Code: CB0527RB

    Our first game shows the ideas of the Creepy Crawly Opening in action. Black does not fight for the middle of the board - a contest in which he is disadvantaged as he moves after white - but first crawls around the edges.
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    CLEARANCE - The Creepy Crawly Opening

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    CLEARANCE - Beating the Flank Openings
    Catalog Code: CB0061RB

    This book provides a complete set of weapons against these openings. It is based on sound, uncompromising play by Black, seeking to nullfiy White's initiative, but keeping enough imbalance in the game to play for a win.
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    CLEARANCE - Beating the Flank Openings

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    CLEARANCE - Beating the French
    Catalog Code: CB0289RB

    By using the methods discovered by these and other grandmasters, White can obtain dangerous attacking chances thus limiting Black's counterplay.
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    CLEARANCE - Beating the French

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    CLEARANCE - Blackmar Diemer Gambit - Bogoljubow Variation
    Catalog Code: CB0164RB

    Exploiting the vast resources of the Deja Vu Chess Library John Crayton has founded many examples of this opening which are not known even to connoisseurs of the Gambit. Over 250 complete games are presented, and National Master Eric Schiller has provided fresh analysis of critical lines and unearthed some new ideas for both sides, making this book an indispensable weapon ion the arsenal of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit player, and anyone who has to face this feirce opening for Black.
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    CLEARANCE - Blackmar Diemer Gambit - Bogoljubow Variation

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    CLEARANCE - Two Knights Defence
    Catalog Code: CB0534RB

    This book presents very ancient and interesting opening which appeared in the game of Polerio Domenico in the 16th century. From that time Two Knights' Defence was violently developed and occupied solid place in opening repertoire of strong chess-players enriched it with many practical ideas.
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    CLEARANCE - Two Knights Defence

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    CLEARANCE - Modern Chess - Black is Good!
    1. e4 c5
    Catalog Code: CB0536RB

    This is a book that can help you to start to play openings as 2450 rated player at least, in the shortest time frame.
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    CLEARANCE - Modern Chess - Black is Good!

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    CLEARANCE - Von Hennig Schara Gambit
    Catalog Code: CB0068RB

    More than 100 complete games illustrate this study of the tactical positions arising from this line in the Tarrasch Defense. It is one of the most tactical openings available to Black against 1 d4. The author contributes from his own play and study of the variation over many years. The revived interest in the gambit makes this an important study project for White.
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    CLEARANCE - Von Hennig Schara Gambit

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    CLEARANCE - Chess Openings - Your Choice!
    Catalog Code: CB0237RB

    This book helps the less experienced player to choose openings which he will find suitable to his personal needs. It will lead him to a greater understanding of the themes of attack and defence in all the major openings which he is likely to encounter. 
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    CLEARANCE - Chess Openings - Your Choice!

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    CLEARANCE - Mystery Of Najdorf
    Catalog Code: CB0047RB

    This book is the result of several years work. It contains exact and original analyses which open up new ways for further research of this variant. Owing to it's special and simple classification, the book is perfectly clear and lucid. Moreover, chess players of all categories can use it equally well.
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    CLEARANCE - Mystery Of Najdorf

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    CLEARANCE - Play Anti-Indian Systems
    Catalog Code: CB0057RB

    Many 1 d4 players experience problems against the Indian defences - The Nimzo, Bogo, and Queen's Indian are solid and difficult to break down, while the Benoni, King's Indian, Grunfeld and Benko offer Black dangerous counter play. Egon Varnusz shows how, by dispensing with the double advance of the c-pawn, White can avoid all these, yet retain prospects of an enduring initiative.
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    CLEARANCE - Play Anti-Indian Systems

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    CLEARANCE - How to Play the Chigorin Defense in the Queen's Gambit Declined
    Catalog Code: CB0320RB

    Eric Schiller's study of the opening builds on groundbreaking work by Andy Soltis and Jason Watson, combining up-to-date praxis with freshly examined theory. Well over two hundred and fifty games are cited, most given in full. The reader will also find a great deal of analytical material which has not yet been seen in the tournament area.
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    CLEARANCE - How to Play the Chigorin Defense in the Queen's Gambit Declined

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    CLEARANCE - Remember the MacCutcheon
    Catalog Code: CB0052RB

    The French holds its position as a principal opening system for Black. The MacCutcheon will give you results at least as good as the Winawer variation with a fraction of the effort. Bobby Fischer said "The MacCutcheon Variation gives rise to immediate complications." If Fischer thought it was complicated, chances are anyone you play will too.
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    CLEARANCE - Remember the MacCutcheon

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    CLEARANCE - The Spanish Inquisition Volume 1 - The Zaitsev Variation
    Catalog Code: CB0143RB

    In this substantial revision of his 1985 book, Eric Schiller provides a complete repertoire against the Gruenfeld, based on the 5 Qb3 lines but also including lesser known variation with the idea of Qd1-b3. The variations are illustrated by many complete games, including 15 fully annotated examples.
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    CLEARANCE - The Spanish Inquisition Volume 1 - The Zaitsev Variation

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    CLEARANCE - An Opening Repertoire For Black
    Catalog Code: CB0146RB

    The work has been done for the reader in this carefully researched book which updates the first edition of a popular title. One choice is given for Black at all stages and the variations have been chosen to lead to interesting and double-edged play.
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    CLEARANCE - An Opening Repertoire For Black

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