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Sicilian Defense

The Sicilian Defense, a chess opening that begins with the moves 1. e4 c5, is one of the most popular and highest scoring Black responses to the King's Pawn Opening - 1. e4. With 1... c5, Black asserts control over the critical d4 square and launches an aggressive counter-attack to seize control of the center of the chess board. By choosing to play the Sicilian Defense, Black is willing to offer White both the initiative of the Kingside and an advantage in piece development opportunities in exchange for an advanced Queenside pawn and a spatial advantage that often lead to flank attacks. 

Popular Variations of the Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Sicilian, Schveshnikov Sicilian, Scheveningen Sicilian

Practitioners of the Sicilian Defense: Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, Mikhail TalViswanathan Anand, Boris Gelfand and Alexei Shirov

 

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    A Sicilian Stunner - The Kalashnikov - Nicholas Pert
    Catalog Code: WIN0574CB

    The starting position for this video series is 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5. A full Black repertoire is provided from this point. There are several interactive questions to test the viewers’ knowledge of the material.
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    A Sicilian Stunner - The Kalashnikov - Nicholas Pert

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    The Sicilian Accelerated Dragon
    20th Anniversary Edition
    Catalog Code: B0015CH

    The 20th Anniversary Edition and international bestseller! In 1998, the authors set out to demonstrate the viability of the Accelerated Dragon as a weapon for Black, not fearing the Maroczy Bind or any other set-up White can come up with. This book contains all the original material of the first edition with some additional main games as well a couple of entirely new segments.
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    The Sicilian Accelerated Dragon

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    Understanding Maroczy Structures
    Catalog Code: B0048TH

    Using carefully selected examples, the authors want to make you familiar with the strategic ideas behind the famous Maroczy bind. These plans arising from both colors, are a must for your arsenal of chess knowledge and understanding.
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    Understanding Maroczy Structures

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    Opening Repertoire - The Sicilian Najdorf
    Catalog Code: B0501EM

    The Najdorf Sicilian is one of Black's most respected and popular responses to 1 e4. It was favoured by those two titans of the game, Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov and in the modern game it features in the repertoire of many elite players. This rich opening creates a wealth of opportunities for vigorous attacks, causing most games to be tense and engaging.
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    Opening Repertoire - The Sicilian Najdorf

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    The Sicilian Najdorf - GM Niclas Huschenbeth - 80/20 Tactics Multiplier
    Volume 6
    Catalog Code: DVD-TACTICS-6

    Most people learn an opening by becoming familiar with its typical positional ideas and trying to remember the most important theoretical lines. But this is not enough, especially in an opening as sharp as the notorious Sicilian Najdorf. Here, tactical bloodbaths are commonplace and the player who knows where the weak points are, and how to exploit them, wins.
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    The Sicilian Najdorf - GM Niclas Huschenbeth - 80/20 Tactics Multiplier

    $59.95
    A Complete Repertoire for Black for Strategically Minded Players
    Two Great Books Together in One Volume!
    Catalog Code: B0496EM

    In this book Johan Hellsten draws upon his vast experience in the Sicilian Kan, revealing his secrets and showing how Black can adopt this opening and play it with confidence. He provides the reader with a dependable repertoire, demonstrating what to do in the main lines as well as how to deal with White's tricky alternatives.
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    A Complete Repertoire for Black for Strategically Minded Players

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    Sicilian Defense - RUSSIAN EDITION
    Catalog Code: B0333IS

    Sicilian Defense by Alexander Koblentz published in Russian in Moscow in 1955
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    Sicilian Defense - RUSSIAN EDITION

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    Foxy Openings - Volume 188 - Learn the Sicilian Najdorf in an Hour for The Tournament Player
    Catalog Code: DVD0188FX

    When learning a new opening, the very last thing that an improver or busy person needs to be confronted with a lot of information. You don't need books hundreds of pages thick. In slightly over an hour, International Master and FIDE Senior Trainer Andrew Martin will get you up and running with the Sicilian Najdorf. You will be ready to play this opening in your games.
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    Foxy Openings - Volume 188 - Learn the Sicilian Najdorf in an Hour for The Tournament Player

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    An Aggressive Counterattacking Repertoire Based on ...g6
    Two Great Books Brought Together in One Volume!
    Catalog Code: B0495EM

    In these razor-sharp encounters, it goes without saying that one slip by either side can prove to be fatal. Because of its aggressive nature, the Sicilian Dragon is very popular at all levels of chess, while it received an ultimate seal of approval when Garry Kasparov used it as his main weapon to beat Vishy Anand in a World Championship match.
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    An Aggressive Counterattacking Repertoire Based on ...g6

    $27.95
    The Modernized Najdorf
    Catalog Code: B0033TH

    Learning the Najdorf will help all players to understand Sicilians in a better way. Different aspects of chess such as defence, attack and sacrifice, positional themes and tactical storms, can be found in this book.
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    The Modernized Najdorf

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    The Complete Foxy Openings on DVD - VOLUMES 1-187 PLUS KASPAROV AND KARPOV! - 9 DVDs
    Catalog Code: DVDFOXY187

    Tackle the latest theory with Foxy Openings. The Pioneering series that started it all. Now you can invite a top player into your living room and prepare to play one of his favorite openings. If you want to get consistently good positions in the opening without having to memorize mountains of theory (as even grandmasters do!) then Foxy Openings is definitely the series for you. In these videos experts reveal their own analysis and suggest new ideas for you to exploit, they also recommend and explain their favorite plans.
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    The Complete Foxy Openings on DVD - VOLUMES 1-187 PLUS KASPAROV AND KARPOV! - 9 DVDs

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    The Hyper Accelerated Dragon - EXTENDED SECOND EDITION
    Catalog Code: B0012TH

    In this book, IM Raja Panjwani presents the Hyper Accelerated Dragon. He demonstrates from the second move a dynamic way to fight 1. e4. He covers all of White's main variations and sidelines and even the most critical 'Maroczy bind' gets a new treatment. Raja's book is recommended for all players that are eager to enter the critical lines in this exciting Sicilian.
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    The Hyper Accelerated Dragon - EXTENDED SECOND EDITION

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    Sicilian Defense - The Chelyabinsk Variation
    Its Past, Present and Future
    Catalog Code: B0116RE

    Extraordinary analytical depth, cross-checked by strong engines, is complemented by historical and biographical perspectives to make this a truly unique opening manual. Regardless of what name you give it, Sicilian Defense: The Chelyabinsk Variation will provide you with a powerful weapon against 1.e4.
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    Sicilian Defense - The Chelyabinsk Variation

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    How Bobby Fischer battled the Sicilian - Adrian Mikhalchishin
    Catalog Code: WIN0548CB

    Bobby Fischer was a devoted Sicilian player. But the American chess genius and 11th World Champion was also a devoted 1.e4 (“Best by test” as he said) player, and his results against the Sicilian are remarkable. In almost all variations he came up with new ideas and developed systems of his own — such as 6.Bc4 (one of his pet moves) against the Najdorf, and the Rauzer.
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    How Bobby Fischer battled the Sicilian - Adrian Mikhalchishin

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    The Baffling 2.b3 Sicilian - Lawrence Trent
    Catalog Code: WIN0546CB

    There are a number of good Anti-Sicilian options out there, however I believe the 2.b3 Sicilian to be one of the most overlooked and underrated systems available to White. This modest move came back to the fore as a legitimate Anti-Sicilian weapon when none other than Vladimir Kramnik used it in a few games to frustrate his Sicilian diehard opponents.
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    The Baffling 2.b3 Sicilian - Lawrence Trent

    $33.95
    Playing 1.e4 - Sicilian Main Lines
    Catalog Code: B0146QT

    In this, the last of three volumes on 1.e4, GM John Shaw completes his state-of-the-art chess opening repertoire for White by tackling the biggest challenge of all: the main lines of the Sicilian Defense. Just like the other two books in the series, this book is based upon a foundation of tried and tested main lines, boosted by a number of innovative suggestions that will cause no end of trouble to your opponents.
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    Playing 1.e4 - Sicilian Main Lines

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    Playing 1.e4 - French Defence and Sicilian Sidelines
    Catalog Code: B0147QT

    Developing an effective chess opening repertoire with 1.e4 requires extensive research, mixed with fine judgement and a good deal of creativity. In this, the second of three volumes, GM John Shaw turns the analytical spotlight on the French Defense, advocating his own favorite weapon for White, the Tarrasch Variation.
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    Playing 1.e4 - French Defence and Sicilian Sidelines

    $29.95
    MASTER METHOD - The Henley Method - GM Ron W. Henley - Over 23 hours of Content!
    The Deadly Dragon
    Catalog Code: DVD-HENLEY

    Looking to spice up your chess opening repertoire and get more wins as Black? Play the Sicilian Dragon! This is an opening for warriors, those who like to battle looking to take home the spoils. And there’s no better person to teach you how to emerge victorious than American GM Ron Henley.
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    MASTER METHOD - The Henley Method - GM Ron W. Henley - Over 23 hours of Content!

    $119.95
    Smash the Sicilian with the Smith-Morra Gambit - Michael Rahal
    Catalog Code: WIN0544CB

    The Smith-Morra Gambit (1.e4 c5 2.d4!) is a great attacking weapon against the popular Sicilian Defence. On move two White sacrifices a pawn for fast development and good attacking chances, and Black can easily fall into one of the many devious opening traps. In this 4+ hour DVD International Master Michael Rahal uses model attacking games to illustrate the main ideas behind White’s aggressive approach.
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    Smash the Sicilian with the Smith-Morra Gambit - Michael Rahal

    $33.95
    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

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    DOWNLOAD - The Accelerated Dragon - A Sharp Weapon Against 1. e4 - Nadezhda Kosintseva
    Catalog Code: E-WIN0538CB

    After 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6! leads to the so-called “Accelerated Dragon Defense” of the Sicilian, which is characterised by the idea to achieve the thematic central break d7-d5 in one move (in contrast to the “Dragon Variation”, in which Black plays d7-d6). On this DVD the Russian grandmaster and top women player Nadezhda Kosintseva reveals the secrets of her favourite opening. Kosintseva has played the Accelerated Dragon for many years and achieved a lot of success with it. You too can accelerate your opening – with this complete repertoire for Black against 1.e4!
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    DOWNLOAD - The Accelerated Dragon - A Sharp Weapon Against 1. e4 - Nadezhda Kosintseva

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    The Accelerated Dragon - A Sharp Weapon Against 1. e4 - Nadezhda Kosintseva
    Catalog Code: WIN0538CB

    After 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6! leads to the so-called “Accelerated Dragon Defense” of the Sicilian, which is characterised by the idea to achieve the thematic central break d7-d5 in one move (in contrast to the “Dragon Variation”, in which Black plays d7-d6). On this DVD the Russian grandmaster and top women player Nadezhda Kosintseva reveals the secrets of her favourite opening. Kosintseva has played the Accelerated Dragon for many years and achieved a lot of success with it. You too can accelerate your opening – with this complete repertoire for Black against 1.e4!
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    The Accelerated Dragon - A Sharp Weapon Against 1. e4 - Nadezhda Kosintseva

    $33.95
    The Sicilian Dragon - IM Valeri Lilov - 80/20 Tactics Multiplier
    Catalog Code: DVD-TACTICS-1

    IM Valeri Lilov’s course on the essential tactics in the Sicilian Dragon gives you a complete understanding of typical tactical patterns for both sides. The Sicilian Dragon is a strategically and dynamically complex opening full of tactical possibilities.
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    The Sicilian Dragon - IM Valeri Lilov - 80/20 Tactics Multiplier

    Regular Price: $109.00

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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
    SHOPWORN - Improve Your Chess x3
    Catalog Code: SWB0463EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Improve Your Chess x3

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    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
    Foxy Openings - Volume 183 - A Shock Weapon Against the Sicilian For The Tournament Player
    Catalog Code: DVD0183FX

    In these computerized days of playing engines, databases and online search tools, the chess competitor needs to keep ahead of the field by having shock weapons at his command. On this all new Foxy Openings DVD , IM and FIDE Senior Trainer Andrew Martin shows you a dangerous idea against the Sicilian , which most club players probably won’t have even seen!
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    Foxy Openings - Volume 183 - A Shock Weapon Against the Sicilian For The Tournament Player

    $19.95
    E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - Volume 183 - A Shock Weapon Against the Sicilian For The Tournament Player
    Catalog Code: E-DVD0183FX

    In these computerized days of playing engines, databases and online search tools, the chess competitor needs to keep ahead of the field by having shock weapons at his command. On this all new Foxy Openings DVD , IM and FIDE Senior Trainer Andrew Martin shows you a dangerous idea against the Sicilian , which most club players probably won’t have even seen!
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    E-DVD FOXY OPENINGS - Volume 183 - A Shock Weapon Against the Sicilian For The Tournament Player

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    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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    DOWNLOAD - The Surprising Sicilian! - Shock the Opposition with an early ...Qb6 - Andrew Martin
    Catalog Code: E-WIN0533CB

    In the modern game, a player has to be ready to play almost any opening variation at short notice. The plan is to interrupt the preparation of the opponent at every turn. A knowledge of dynamic and slightly unusual lines could well score many,many points for the resourceful player. The Kveinys Variation : 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Qb6! is surprisingly little-played, yet gives Black excellent chances and on this new ChessBase DVD, Andrew Martin explains how the system works. For the Master, we have a surprise weapon which players of the calibre of Svidler, Judit Polgar and Kveinys have used to defeat tough opposition. For the club player, where preparation is sketchy, we have a line which asks questions of the opponent right at the beginning of the game and creates immediate pressure on White to find good moves. That is the way to win! Perhaps the Kveinys variation will become more popular in the future. It does not deserve to be a comparatively rare sideline.
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    The Surprising Sicilian! - Shock the Opposition with an early ...Qb6 - Andrew Martin
    Catalog Code: WIN0533CB

    In the modern game, a player has to be ready to play almost any opening variation at short notice. The plan is to interrupt the preparation of the opponent at every turn. A knowledge of dynamic and slightly unusual lines could well score many,many points for the resourceful player. The Kveinys Variation : 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Qb6! is surprisingly little-played, yet gives Black excellent chances and on this new ChessBase DVD, Andrew Martin explains how the system works. For the Master, we have a surprise weapon which players of the calibre of Svidler, Judit Polgar and Kveinys have used to defeat tough opposition. For the club player, where preparation is sketchy, we have a line which asks questions of the opponent right at the beginning of the game and creates immediate pressure on White to find good moves. That is the way to win! Perhaps the Kveinys variation will become more popular in the future. It does not deserve to be a comparatively rare sideline.
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    The Surprising Sicilian! - Shock the Opposition with an early ...Qb6 - Andrew Martin

    $33.95
    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
    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
    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

    $29.95
    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 Chameleon Variation
    Confronting the Sicilian on Your Own terms
    Catalog Code: B0110RE

    The Sicilian jungle is vast. Unless you have a massive amount of time on your hands, it is an exhausting task to keep a sharp opening repertoire together against Black's numerous possibilities. It does not mean that it is impossible, nor does it mean that you shouldn't do it. But for the average player with an average amount of time available for chess studies, it is important to pick the right battles. This is where our weapon, the Chameleon Sicilian, comes in handy.
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    The Chameleon Variation

    $19.95

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