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    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 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

    $33.95
    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

    $32.95
    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

    $36.95
    Gambit Killer
    Catalog Code: B0029TH

    This book is simply a must for anyone who wants to be fully prepared to engage in battle against a gambit player. If you are a gambit player yourself, you need to this to prepare yourself for new challenges to your systems.
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    Gambit Killer

    $32.50
    The Exchange Queen's Gambit for Black
    Catalog Code: B0048EV

    The Queen's Gambit is one of the oldest and most reliable opening which is mainly based on positional and structural understanding. The author gives a perfect guide about it and if somebody masters it, he will be able to use it in his entire chess career. This opening will never run out of fashion, its strategical and positional ideas will not be refuted by the strong computers.
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    The Exchange Queen's Gambit for Black

    $29.95
    A Complete Repertoire for Black using the Sharpest Systems
    Catalog Code: B0486EM

    Brought together in one volume as part of Everyman Chess's series of compilation books: Play the Najdorf: Scheveningen Style and Play the King's Indian. These two classic titles from Everyman Chess provide a complete repertoire for Black in in these most dynamic of openings.
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    A Complete Repertoire for Black using the Sharpest Systems

    $25.95
    A Complete Guide to the Pirc / Modern Complex
    Catalog Code: B0485EM

    Brought together in one volume as part of Everyman Chess's series of compilation books: Starting Out: The Pirc and Starting Out:The Modern. The very closely linked defences are dynamic systems that are favoured by ambitious, counter-attacking players. Black plays very much in a hypermodern fashion, allowing White to build an unopposed pawn centre with the idea of plotting its eventual downfall.
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    A Complete Guide to the Pirc / Modern Complex

    $25.95
    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

    $29.95
    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
    Modern Chess Opening Traps
    Catalog Code: B0324IS

    This is a collection of opening traps by Grandmaster William Lombardy. The traps are great and cover every opening system. They need to be studied.
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    Modern Chess Opening Traps

    $25.95
    French Defense - Second Edition
    The Solid Rubinstein Variation
    Catalog Code: B0076RE

    This book is an eye-opener, and even top grandmasters might find that they have underestimated Black’s resources in important positions…The average tournament and online player will appreciate Langrock’s straightforward, no-nonsense style. He keeps the complexity of the analysis within bounds, and highlights relevant details without drifting into obscure page-long analytical byways. General themes are clearly presented within the context of illustrative games…The result is a book that covers a broad swath of material in a modest number of pages. I’m sure that you will be well-rewarded for its study, and come out with a useful new weapon in your chess arsenal.'' From International Master John Watson's Foreword to the first edition.
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    French Defense - Second Edition

    $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

    $27.50
    The Schliemann Defence - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0482EM

    White players who enjoy playing the Ruy Lopez (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5) often expect to have an easy time in the opening. Numerous Black systems allow White to complete development with natural moves which often results in a small but clear advantage. Not so The Schliemann. The Schliemann (3 ... f5) is a ferocious beast that immediately takes the fight to White.
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    The Schliemann Defence - Move by Move

    $29.95
    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

    $33.95
    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
    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

    $29.95
    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

    $29.95
    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

    $36.95
    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

    $24.95
    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

    $24.95
    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
    A Complete Guide to Queen's Gambit Play
    Catalog Code: B0488EM

    Brought together in one volume as part of Everyman Chess's series of compilation books: Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Accepted, Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Declined and Starting Out: Slav and Semi Slav. These three classic titles from the Everyman Chess Starting Out Series provide a complete repertoire with the Queen's Gambit.
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    A Complete Guide to Queen's Gambit Play

    $29.95
    Improve Your Chess x3
    Catalog Code: B0463EM

    These three titles, brought together for the first time in one volume, explain the important ideas behind every major opening, provide an understanding of the middlegame to the aspiring player and tips to all players wishing to improve their endgame play.
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    Improve Your Chess x3

    $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

    $24.95
    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

    $31.95
    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
    Catastrophes & Tactics in the Chess Opening - Volume 9: Caro-Kann & French
    Winning in 15 Moves or Less: Chess Tactics, Brilliancies & Blunders in the Chess Opening
    Catalog Code: B0012CH

    WINNING FAST IS FUN! This book is a collection of games played by the best players in the world in which either White or Black wins in 15 moves or less either a result of brilliant chess tactics, an accumulation of mistakes or blunders. Through the study of 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 9: Caro-Kann & French

    $12.95
    Catastrophes & Tactics in the Chess Opening - Selected Brilliancies from Volume 1-9
    Winning in 15 Moves or Less: Chess Tactics, Brilliancies & Blunders in the Chess Opening
    Catalog Code: B0013CH

    Through the study of the games in this volume, you will improve your opening play, opening repertoire, strategies and tactical ability. This volume features some of the best games and tactics from the previous nine volumes, one game for each chapter in the previous books. Therefore, this book will provide you with a firework of great games and excellent puzzles to be solved.
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    Catastrophes & Tactics in the Chess Opening - Selected Brilliancies from Volume 1-9

    $12.95
    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

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    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

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    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

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    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
    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

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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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