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The Anti-Sicilian Bible
The Anti-Sicilian Bible A Complete Opening Repertoire for Black
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King's Kalashnikov Sicilian
King's Kalashnikov Sicilian A Dynamic Black Repertoire for Club Players
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Cheparinov’s 1.d4! Volume 2 – The Slav & Semi-Slav
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Countering The Queen's Gambit
Countering The Queen's Gambit A Compact (but Complete) Black Repertoire for Club Players against 1.d4
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Opening Repertoire: The Sicilian Taimanov
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NIC Yearbook 142 - PAPERBACK EDITION
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NIC Yearbook 142 - HARDCOVER EDITION
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King's Indian 2 - PAPERBACK
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Play the O'Kelly Sicilian
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Chess Openings
Chess Openings An Overview of Standard Variations
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NIC Yearbook 141 - HARDCOVER EDITION
NIC Yearbook 141 - HARDCOVER EDITION Ceaseless creativity from Duda in the QGD
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NIC Yearbook 141 - PAPERBACK EDITION
NIC Yearbook 141 - PAPERBACK EDITION Ceaseless creativity from Duda in the QGD
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King's Indian 1 - PAPERBACK
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A Disreputable Opening Repertoire
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Squeezing the Caro-Kann: Simple Chess
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Attacking 1... d5 - Volume 2
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Opening Repertoire - The Nimzo-Indian and Queen’s Indian Defences
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Dynamic Defence
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NIC Yearbook 140 - HARDCOVER EDITION
NIC Yearbook 140 - HARDCOVER EDITION Firouzja Breaks the King's Indian Chain
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NIC Yearbook 140 - PAPERBACK EDITION
NIC Yearbook 140 - PAPERBACK EDITION Firouzja Breaks the King's Indian Chain
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The Bg5 Najdorf Revisited - Volume 2
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The Modernized Grivas Sicilian
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Unbeatable! - The Art of Defense
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The Modernized King’s Indian Defense – Mar del Plata Variation
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The Modernized King’s Indian – Averbakh Variation
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The Modernized Sicilian Kan
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Beat the Anti-Sicilians
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Your Jungle Guide to 1.d4! - Volume 1A
Your Jungle Guide to 1.d4! - Volume 1A Aggressive Enterprise QG Accepted and Minors
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The Najdorf Bg5 Revisited – Volume 1
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Double Fianchetto – The Ultimate Workbook
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Grandmaster Gambits 1. e4
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Caruana's Ruy Lopez
Caruana's Ruy Lopez A White Repertoire for Club Players
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Beating the Najdorf Rare Lines
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A Complete Opening Repertoire for Black after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6! – Volume 1
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The Modernized Open Ruy Lopez
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Play the Orangutan: 1.b4
Play the Orangutan: 1.b4 A fresh, fun opening repertoire for White
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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.