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    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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    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
    Play The Semi-Tarrasch! - Part 2
    Catalog Code: B0047EV

    Play the Semi-Tarrasch! - Part 2 is an up-to- date release about one of the most popular openings nowadays. On the recent Candidates tournament in Berlin, this was the most frequently played opening and the analysis of the author includes all those games as well. Tibor Károlyi is an expert of this opening, he teaches it to many of his pupils and now he shares his in-depth view about this opening. Together with the first part, the book gives the reader a full Semi-Tarrasch repertoire with black.
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    Play The Semi-Tarrasch! - Part 2

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    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

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    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
    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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    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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    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

    $29.95
    Play The Semi-Tarrasch! - Part 1
    Catalog Code: B0045EV

    Play the Semi-Tarrasch! - Part 1 is an up-to- date release about one of the most popular openings nowadays. On the recent Candidates tournament in Berlin, this was the most frequently played opening and the analysis of the author includes all those games as well. Tibor Károlyi is an expert of this opening, he teaches it to many of his pupils and now he shares his in-depth view about this opening.
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    Play The Semi-Tarrasch! - Part 1

    $27.95
    How to Beat the Open Games
    1. e4 e5: Sizzling Ideas for Black!
    Catalog Code: B0201GB

    The Open Games (those beginning 1 e4 e5) are now more topical than ever, featured in a high proportion of elite-level games. This new user-friendly guide offers players of all levels a carefully worked-out repertoire, taking into account this wealth of new material. Noted opening writer Sverre Johnsen has also taken a critical look at the more traditional Open Games, where theory is often based on old or obscure games.
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    How to Beat the Open Games

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    Bc4 Against the Open Games
    Catalog Code: B0140EU

    This book offers a White repertoire against the Open Games. The reader will find the deep investigation of the modern treatment of the Italian Games - as Carlsen, Anand, Vachier Lagrave, and Kramnik play it. It also covers the Bishop's Opening, the Hungarian Defence and other minor lines.
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    Bc4 Against the Open Games

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    Play 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6!
    Catalog Code: B0139EU

    A Black repertoire based on the Queens Gambit Declined. All the opening variations for Black have been chosen according to the latest fashion in the games of the top-class grandmasters.
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    Play 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6!

    $33.95
    Sabotaging the Sicilian, French & Caro-Kann with 2. b3
    Catalog Code: B0113RE

    The Queenside Fianchetto Factor. In the first full book to examine 2.b3 against the Sicilian, French and Caro-Kann, mainlines, interesting sidelines and current theory are reviewed. In addition, what actually happens in modern practice is surveyed. With 2.b3, you will have one more arrow in your theoretical quiver to battle Black. And, like it or not, Black will be compelled to do deal with the queenside fianchetto factor.
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    Sabotaging the Sicilian, French & Caro-Kann with 2. b3

    $19.95
    Grandmaster Repertoire - 1. d4 - King's Indian and Grunfeld - 2A
    Tired of Bad Positions? Try the Main Lines!
    Catalog Code: B0143QT

    When Boris Avrukh released his 1.d4 repertoire books in 2008 and 2010, they caused a sensation. Volume 2A is the third out of four brand new volumes in which Avrukh revamps, expands and generally improves upon his previous work in every way possible. This chess book provides a world-class repertoire against the Grünfeld and King's Indian, two of Black's most popular and dynamic defenses.
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    Grandmaster Repertoire - 1. d4 - King's Indian and Grunfeld - 2A

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    First Steps - The Scandinavian
    Catalog Code: B0476EM

    The Scandinavian (also known as the Centre Counter Defence) occurs when Black meets White's 1 e4 with 1 ... d5, immediately countering in the centre. White invariably continues with 2 exd5 when Black can choose between two systems, both of which are covered in this book. Firstly 2 ... Qxd5, which regains the pawn immediately but exposes the black queen early on – a feature that complicates the play for both players. Secondly 2 ... Nf6, which invites White to risk attempting to hold onto the d5-pawn. If White goes down this path then a complex tactical struggle can easily develop.
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    First Steps - The Scandinavian

    $24.95
    Catastrophes & Tactics in the Chess Opening - Volume 8: 1. e4 e5
    Winning Quickly at Chess Series
    Catalog Code: B0008CH

    Everybody wants to win fast, preferably straight out of the chess opening. This book is a collection of games played by top players i which either White or Black wins in 15 moves or less either a result if blunders, an accumulation of mistakes or brilliant chess tactics. 

    Through the study, if the games in this volume, you will improve your opening play, opening repertoire, strategies and tactical ability.
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    Catastrophes & Tactics in the Chess Opening - Volume 8: 1. e4 e5

    $12.95
    Catastrophes & Tactics in the Chess Opening - Volume 7: Minor Semi-Open Games
    Winning Quickly at Chess Series
    Catalog Code: B0007CH

    Everybody wants to win fast, preferably straight out of the chess opening. This book is a collection of games played by top players i which either White or Black wins in 15 moves or less either a result if blunders, an accumulation of mistakes or brilliant chess tactics. 

    Through the study, if the games in this volume, you will improve your opening play, opening repertoire, strategies and tactical ability.
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    Catastrophes & Tactics in the Chess Opening - Volume 7: Minor Semi-Open Games

    $12.95
    NIC Yearbook 125 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    The Opening Choices that Made Magnus King
    Catalog Code: B0125HYB

    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 125 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    $39.95
    The Najdorf in Black and White
    Catalog Code: B0137EU

    In many ways, the Najdorf Sicilian is the ideal defense against 1.e4 - aggressive and leading to creative and exciting play, allowing Black to play for a win and yet unquestionably sound. Despite the Najdorf's great popularity and reputation as a theoretical labyrinth, Bryan Smith believes it is possible to play it "by the light of nature," with experience providing a guide. The twenty-nine annotated games in this book were carefully selected for their instructional value, their theoretical relevance, and - most of all - their aesthetic appeal.
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    The Najdorf in Black and White

    $23.95
    Grandmaster Repertoire - The Pirc Defense
    Tired of Bad Positions? Try the Main Lines!
    Catalog Code: B0141QT

    The Pirc chess opening is more of a counterattack than a defense: Black allows his opponent to occupy the center and provokes a confrontation, trusting in the power of the g7-bishop and the dynamic potential in his position. It is the perfect weapon for players who seek a complex strategic fight with the black pieces.
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    Grandmaster Repertoire - The Pirc Defense

    $29.95
    The Modernized Benko Gambit
    Fighters Repertoire
    Catalog Code: B0021TH

    The Benko gambit is the ideal way to fight and seize the initiative as Black. Grandmaster Perunovic revisited all the modern lines and provided unbiased coverage of the more recent ideas, the most important being the delay of the recapture of a6. He found and tested in practical play, many new but still typical Benko manoeuvres. If you wanna surprise the 1. d4 player, this book and opening will be your perfect guide!
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    The Modernized Benko Gambit

    $32.95
    Mastering the Sicilian
    Catalog Code: B0315IS

    In this instructive book, part of the acclaimed Batsford "Mastering the Openings" series, IM Dr. Danny Kopec explains the Sicilian from Black's point of view in terms of pawn structures, tactical themes and plans, rather than dense analysis of specific lines of play.By going through the mastery lessons, step by step, the reader will gain true understanding of the ideas behind the main variations of the Sicilian and the confidence to progress thereafter to a study of more advanced theory.
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    Mastering the Sicilian

    $15.95
    NIC Yearbook 125 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    The Opening Choices that Made Magnus King
    Catalog Code: B0125PYB

    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 125 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    $33.95
    Dismantling the Sicilian - New and Updated Edition
    A Complete Modern Repertoire for White
    Catalog Code: B0194NIC

    The Sicilian Defence is the most widely played chess opening, both at club level as well as among top grandmasters. Since Black gets dynamic play in almost all variations, black players of all levels will probably continue to play the Sicilian for a long time to come. It has been difficult for White to obtain any advantage in Sicilian sidelines, and this book therefore presents a complete repertoire for White in the most widely played main lines: the Open Sicilians with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3.
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    Dismantling the Sicilian - New and Updated Edition

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    The Modernized Reti
    Positional Repertoire
    Catalog Code: B0019TH

    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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    Opening Repertoire - The Modern Samisch
    Combating the King's Indian and Benoni with 6. Bg5!
    Catalog Code: B0467EM

    The Sämisch variation is a powerful method to counter the popular King's Indian Defence. The key move is the advance f2-f3, consolidating White's central space advantage and limiting Black's options for counterplay. In the traditional Sämisch White develops the queen's bishop on e3 but in the modern version, as explored in this book, the move Bg5 is preferred.
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    Opening Repertoire - The Modern Samisch

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    Playing 1. d4 d5 - A Classic Repertoire
    Catalog Code: B0136QT

    In Playing 1.d4 d5 – A Classical Repertoire, Nikolaos Ntirlis provides a top-class repertoire for Black after 1.d4 d5 with the Queen's Gambit Declined. This is truly the Rolls Royce of chess openings, having been played with both colors by most World Champions and world-class players for more than a century. As a lover of chess history, Ntirlis has distilled the best ideas from the games of legendary players such as Rubinstein, Capablanca and Alekhine, and updated them using the latest analytical tools that modern technology has to offer.
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    Playing 1. d4 d5 - A Classic Repertoire

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    The Hedgehog
    Catalog Code: B0468EM

    An understanding of Hedgehog structures is an essential component in any chessplayer's knowledge. These structures arise when the black c-pawn is exchanged early on for the white d-pawn (as in the Sicilian Defence). White then adopts a formation with pawns on c4 and e4 and Black curls up in a Hedgehog formation with pawns on a6, b6, d6 and e6.
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    The Hedgehog

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    The Fabulous Budapest Gambit - New and Updated Edition
    Much More Than Just a Sharp Surprise Weapon
    Catalog Code: B0193NIC

    The Fabulous Budapest Gambit does not shower you with long computer-generated variations, but provides crystal-clear insights into the wide spectrum of this opening, explaining the plans for both White and Black. Moskalenko's lively style will infect you and encourage you to start playing this opening which is a great weapon at any level, from club player to grandmaster.
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    The Fabulous Budapest Gambit - New and Updated Edition

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    Miniatures in the Ruy Lopez: Main Lines
    Chess Miniatures
    Catalog Code: B0011CH

    The Ruy Lopez Main Lines, arise (with a few exceptions for move order and such) after 1 e4 e5 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0. Some of the lines are incredibly theoretical, but rather than burden you with a ton of theory in lines you will have limited chance of using in your own games, the emphasis in this book is on the lines that are more likely to occur in your games.
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    Miniatures in the Ruy Lopez: Main Lines

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    A Practical Black Repertoire with d5, c6 - Caro-Kann and Other Defences - Vol. 2
    Catalog Code: B0136EU

    A Practical Black Repertoire with d5, c6 Volume 2 deals in depth with the Caro-Kann Defence 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 and various deviations for White as 1.e4 c6 2.d3; 2.Nc3; 2.c4.
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    A Practical Black Repertoire with d5, c6 - Caro-Kann and Other Defences - Vol. 2

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    Miniatures in the Queen's Indian: 4.g3
    Chess Miniatures
    Catalog Code: B0010CH

    The Fianchetto Variation of the Queen's Indian Defense, which arises after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3, has been one of White's main weapons against the Queen's Indian since the opening's invention, but thanks to its constant attention of top players it has been thoroughly developed including main fascinating & sharp sidelines.
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    Miniatures in the Queen's Indian: 4.g3

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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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