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Every game begins with an opening. Perhaps you decide to go a well researched and Grandmaster tested path or surprise your opponent with an unusual opening. In either case, you will find a lot of good chess opening ebooks in this category covering anything from the classic Queen's Gambit to the Sizilian or King's Indian.

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    The Lazy Man's Sicilian: Attack and Surprise White with the Basman-Sale Variation by Valeri Bronznik & Steve Giddins    The Double Queen's Gambit: A Surprise Weapon for Black by Alexey Bezgodov    Taming Wild Chess Openings: How to Deal with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly over the Chess Board by John Watson    Opening Originals: Strong Sidelines for Club Cats by Daniel Lowinger & Lars Bo Hansen    Chess Opening Essentials, Volume 1: The Complete 1.e4 by Dimitri Komarov & Stefan Djuric    The Modern Bogo 1.d4 e6: A Complete Guide for Black by Dejan Antic & Branimir Maksimovic    Basic Chess Openings for Kids: Play like a Winner from Move One by Charles Hertan    The Czech Benoni in Action by Asa Hoffmann & Gregory Keener    Play 1 d4 by Richard Palliser    Caro-Kann Defence: Panov Attack by Anatoly Karpov    How to Play the English Opening by Anatoly Karpov    Chess Success: Planning After the Opening by Neil McDonald    French Defense: The Solid Rubinstein Variation by Hannes Langrock    No Passion For Chess Fashion: Fierce Openings For Your New Repertoire by Alexander Raetsky & Maxim Chetverik    How to Win in the Chess Openings: A Noted Champion Reveals the Secrets of Seizing and Holding the Initiative by I. A. Horowitz    Grandmaster's Opening Laboratory 2: Advanced Chess Openings Course - Bonus Pack by Igor Smirnov    Grandmaster's Opening Laboratory 2: Advanced Chess Openings Course by Igor Smirnov    Grandmaster's Opening Laboratory: Chess Openings Course by Igor Smirnov    Danish Dynamite: Explosive Gambits: the Danish, Göring, Scotch and Urusov by Karsten Müller & Martin Voigt    Wojo's Weapons, Volume 3: Winning with White by Jonathan Hilton & Dean Ippolito    The Zukertort System: A Guide for White and Black by Grigory Bogdanovich    A Vigorous Chess Opening Repertoire for Black: Tackling 1.e4 with ..1.e5 by Or Cohen    Openings for Amateurs by Pete Tamburro    How to Play the Chess Openings by Eugene Znosko-Borovsky    The 3...Qd8 Scandinavian: Simple and Strong by Daniel Lowinger    Back to Basics: Openings by Carsten Hansen    The Chess Openings by L. Gunsberg    The Complete Hedgehog, Volume 1 by Sergey Shipov    Scandinavian Defense: A Complete Chess Opening Repertoire Agains 1.e4 by Zhigen Lin    The Rubinstein Attack: A Chess Opening Strategy for White by Eric Schiller    The Modern Chess Instructor 1 by Wilhelm Steinitz    The Modern Chess Instructor 2 by Wilhelm Steinitz

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The Lazy Man's Sicilian: Attack and Surprise White with the Basman-Sale Variation

Valeri Bronznik & Steve Giddins

The Lazy Man's Sicilian: Attack and Surprise White with the Basman-Sale Variation by Valeri Bronznik & Steve GiddinsThe Basman-Sale Variation is a relatively unexplored weapon for Black in the very popular Sicilian Defence. Its advantages are clear: it is surprising, aggressive and easy to learn. After the perfectly normal moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Black lashes out with 4...Bc5! English IM Michael Basman and Croatian IM Srdjan Sale were the pioneers of this cunning opening system. Compared to the complexity of mainstream Sicilian variations it requires little theoretical preparation, while you don't run excessive risks. That is why The Lazy Man's Sicilian is ideal for club players who don't...
2015 / 11 / 26
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The Double Queen's Gambit: A Surprise Weapon for Black

Alexey Bezgodov

The Double Queen's Gambit: A Surprise Weapon for Black by Alexey BezgodovAn opening idea that will knock many White players off their feet! Former Russian Chess Champion Alexey Bezgodov provides a complete repertoire for Black against 1.d4, starting with the cheeky move 2...c5! against both 2.c4 and 2.

Nf3. In this opening, the Double Queen's Gambit, Black's approach is as active and ambitious as White's is in the Queen's Gambit. After thoroughly analysing and investigating, Bezgodov has put the opening to the test in practical grandmaster play. It not only turned out to be playable - it also brought him success, and not just because of its surprise value. Bezgodov's...

2015 / 11 / 25
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Taming Wild Chess Openings: How to Deal with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly over the Chess Board

John Watson

Taming Wild Chess Openings: How to Deal with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly over the Chess Board by John WatsonNo matter how unconventional, irrational or even crazy a chess opening is, sooner or later every chess player will have to face it.

When that happens, you can count on a well-prepared opponent who is more than happy to roll out his pet line.

John Watson and Eric Schiller provide club players with solutions to a huge selection of these rarely-played or tricky chess openings. They concentrate upon ideas and strategy, with enough analysis to satisfy the needs of practical play. Only when a sharp reply is required, Watson and Schiller will recommend a more complex variation filled with tactics....

2015 / 11 / 15
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Opening Originals: Strong Sidelines for Club Cats

Daniel Lowinger & Lars Bo Hansen

Opening Originals: Strong Sidelines for Club Cats by Daniel Lowinger & Lars Bo HansenOriginal Opening Ideas Sound - and Dangerous! Opening Originals focuses on both sound and dangerous opening ideas that have escaped wide notice. In some cases, they are artifacts of the past, too soon discarded and without good reason; in others, they are home-cooking, and may anticipate the future of theoretical developments. In all cases, the author's explanations are concept-based, and little memorization is required. "Daniel Lowinger offers his readers a select menu of opening ideas from which you can pick and choose. Whether you are looking for new ideas to add to your repertoire in 1.e4,...
2015 / 11 / 9
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Chess Opening Essentials, Volume 1: The Complete 1.e4

Dimitri Komarov & Stefan Djuric

Chess Opening Essentials, Volume 1: The Complete 1.e4 by Dimitri Komarov & Stefan DjuricMost chess opening books are either too detailed or too shallow. Chess Opening Essentials has exactly the right balance and is an accessible primer and a reference book at the same time. It gives a flavour of how every opening works and explains the similarities with other openings, as well as the differences. In addition, it also points at the various middlegame plans that apply after the opening has ended. Beginning and improving chess players should get this powerful ebook before they buy ANY other chess opening book!
  • Helps beginners to develop a solid understanding of fundamental opening...
2015 / 11 / 7
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The Modern Bogo 1.d4 e6: A Complete Guide for Black

Dejan Antic & Branimir Maksimovic

The Modern Bogo 1.d4 e6: A Complete Guide for Black by Dejan Antic & Branimir MaksimovicThey did it! Dejan Antic and Branimir Maksimovic have created a complete chess opening repertoire for Black players in only two books. First they wrote the acclaimed The Modern French (against 1.e4). Now The Modern Bogo provides Black players with a comprehensive answer to 1.d4. The two books complement each other perfectly. The point is that the authors recommend to answer 1.d4 with the direct 1...e6, for the follow-up 2.c4 Bb4+. In this way they avoid complex theoretical Nimzo-Indian lines and enable both amateur and professional players to find their own way in little-explored variations....
2015 / 11 / 7
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Basic Chess Openings for Kids: Play like a Winner from Move One

Charles Hertan

Basic Chess Openings for Kids: Play like a Winner from Move One by Charles HertanAward-winning author Charles Hertan knows what kids really need to know (and want to know) about getting their pawns and pieces ready for action. Traditional chess opening books concentrate on the variations in different openings. Charles Hertan believes that for beginners and advanced beginners memorizing lines is not only boring but also a waste of time. Hertan's approach is different. He helps kids to develop a solid understanding of the fundamental opening principles. What are the properties of each chess piece, and how can they be mobilized effectively to work together and get a strong...
2015 / 11 / 7
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The Czech Benoni in Action

Asa Hoffmann & Gregory Keener

The Czech Benoni in Action by Asa Hoffmann & Gregory KeenerHad enough of the same old queen's pawn openings? Afraid of losing just because you forgot White's latest move 23 novelty in the main lines? Tired of giving up draws to weaker players who've learned how to drain the life out of Black's major defenses to 1.d4? If so, then the Czech Benoni (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e5!?) may be exactly what you need. In The Czech Benoni in Action, two practitioners of this little-known but sound counterattacking system join forces to show how you can pose novel problems for opponents of all strengths, leaving them to fend for themselves as early as move 3. Flank...
2015 / 4 / 24
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Play 1 d4

Richard Palliser

Play 1 d4 by Richard PalliserA comprehensive study ebook for players who would like to cultivate a reliable yet initiative-seeking opening repertoire as White, based on the opening moves 1 d4 followed by 2 c4. Specific main lines and side-variations are given to combat Black's possible choices of the King's, Queen's and Bogoljubow-Indian defences as well as the modern Benoni and Benko Gambit. The author also recommends promising methods against the various Black defences to the Queen's Gambit as well as a number of offbeat lines. A practical opening guide for competitive players who prefer to build their games on solid...
2015 / 1 / 20
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Caro-Kann Defence: Panov Attack

Anatoly Karpov

Caro-Kann Defence: Panov Attack by Anatoly KarpovThe Caro-Kann Defence has a justified reputation for reliability, making it an attractive choice for players with a preference for positional play. However in recent years many new dangerous ideas have been discovered for White which makes a study of the theoretical main lines imperative for competitive players. The Panov Attack against the Caro-Kann, 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4, covered in this second volume in the series, leads to a rapid opening of lines and very lively piece play with prospects of a quick attack on the kingside, queenside or the centre. Former world champion Anatoly...
2015 / 1 / 20
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How to Play the English Opening

Anatoly Karpov

How to Play the English Opening by Anatoly KarpovThe English Opening, from the Flank Games group, was developed by Howard Staunton. In this opening, white avoids or delays the occupation of the centre with Pawns. Once considered a minor diversion, the English is now one of the main openings and all modern world champions have played it. One of the most famous world champions, Anatoly Karpov, brings his sharp eye and extensive experience to bear in this concise introduction to the opening. Like the previous volumes from Karpov on the Caro-Kann, it is a rich ebook with terrific insight that is ideal for all players, particularly club players.
2015 / 1 / 20
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Chess Success: Planning After the Opening

Neil McDonald

Chess Success: Planning After the Opening by Neil McDonaldThere are plenty of chess books that cover openings, but not so many that tell you what to do next. Every player has encountered problems once the opening phase of the game has ended, and this ebook provides solutions.
2015 / 1 / 20
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French Defense: The Solid Rubinstein Variation

Hannes Langrock

French Defense: The Solid Rubinstein Variation by Hannes LangrockA Complete Black Repertoire against 1.e4

Built around the Super-solid Rubinstein! The solid Rubinstein Variation of the French Defense despite its having been played by world champions and elite grandmasters, it has never been subjected to detailed study. The author, German International Master Hannes Langrock, has produced a book with complete coverage of this line, along with solid recommendations for Black should White deviate on the second or third move.

"I never realized that Black could take such active measures in the Rubinstein Variation without significant drawbacks. This book...

2014 / 12 / 6
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No Passion For Chess Fashion: Fierce Openings For Your New Repertoire

Alexander Raetsky & Maxim Chetverik

No Passion For Chess Fashion: Fierce Openings For Your New Repertoire by Alexander Raetsky & Maxim ChetverikProfessional grandmasters study the latest wrinkles of their favorite openings. They have time to think about innovations in the Sicilian Najdorf, the Marshall Attack, or the Semi-Slav. It's part of their job. But club players can rarely afford such luxury, and an excellent way for them to beat their busy schedules is to play good, solid opening lines that happen to be out of style.

GM Raetsky and IM Chetverik have turned their backs on current fashion and have delved deep into the wardrobe of chess openings. These two opening specialists have selected eleven unusual variations to help readers...

2014 / 11 / 20
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How to Win in the Chess Openings: A Noted Champion Reveals the Secrets of Seizing and Holding the Initiative

I. A. Horowitz

How to Win in the Chess Openings: A Noted Champion Reveals the Secrets of Seizing and Holding the Initiative by I. A. HorowitzIn this classic chess work, I. A. Horowitz presents the study of chess openings in a logical, easy-to-understand manner, not beyond the grasp of the player who has learned little more than the rules of chess. To begin with, an outline and discussion of the principles and concepts of opening play, common to all openings. Then, in turn, an account of the most popular openings—attacks and defenses—and a breakdown of their individual moves and grand plans, with an attempt to show how the tactical forte of each move ties up with the strategical idea.
2014 / 10 / 30
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Grandmaster's Opening Laboratory 2: Advanced Chess Openings Course - Bonus Pack

Igor Smirnov

Grandmaster's Opening Laboratory 2: Advanced Chess Openings Course - Bonus Pack by Igor SmirnovWhile studying the opening courses, The GM's Openings Laboratory and The GM's Openings Laboratory 2, students sent me their questions. I've prepared a detailed answer to every query.
  • In reply to questions about general opening rules, I've recorded a couple of video lessons (with additional rules and explanations).
  • As for specific opening questions, I've added more *.pgn files (chess databases) with specific lines, analyses, instructive games, etc.
All these materials were united and integrated into the Bonus Pack. What will it give you?
  • You will get answers to most of your opening questions.
  • It will help you to digest fully the opening rules...
2014 / 10 / 9
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Grandmaster's Opening Laboratory 2: Advanced Chess Openings Course

Igor Smirnov

Grandmaster's Opening Laboratory 2: Advanced Chess Openings Course by Igor SmirnovAdvance your opening play to the level of Masters and Grandmasters! Learn the general principles of opening play. Get a powerful opening repertoire.

What determines your WIN/LOSS in a chess game? Whether or not you win or lose is determined by your opening preparation, your middlegame skills, and your endgame technique. At the same time, the opening phase is MORE important because if you don't play it well, you will lose sooner than you can demonstrate your middlegame/endgame skills.

How do you play an opening properly? In order to play the opening properly, a lot of people believe that...

2014 / 10 / 9
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Grandmaster's Opening Laboratory: Chess Openings Course

Igor Smirnov

Grandmaster's Opening Laboratory: Chess Openings Course by Igor SmirnovDo you want to win chess games before they even begin? Then this chess course was designed for you.

It will give you a complete opening repertoire on the GM's level and will make your pre-game preparation extremely effective. There is no guarantee that you will always win, but with this course your chances are guaranteed higher.

In modern chess, computers have made opening preparation a very powerful and even decisive factor. Strong players spend most of their training time on opening analysis. There are serious reasons for doing that. Every chess player can recollect the following situation: ...

2014 / 10 / 5
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Danish Dynamite: Explosive Gambits: the Danish, Göring, Scotch and Urusov

Karsten Müller & Martin Voigt

Danish Dynamite: Explosive Gambits: the Danish, Göring, Scotch and Urusov by Karsten Müller & Martin VoigtWhite Goes for the Jugular The Danish Gambit, 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3, is one of the most aggressive chess openings ever devised. Dynamite was invented by a Swede, Alfred Nobel. The ebook you are reading now, however, was not written by Nordic players. Instead, Grandmaster Karsten Müller and FIDE Master Martin Voigt bring a touch of German method to the analysis of the explosive group of classical open games where White goes for out- and-out attack based on an early e4, d4 and Bc4, often with c2-c3 to follow. Müller and Voigt do not confine themselves to the Danish Gambit alone but they examine...
2014 / 9 / 24
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Wojo's Weapons, Volume 3: Winning with White

Jonathan Hilton & Dean Ippolito

Wojo's Weapons, Volume 3: Winning with White by Jonathan Hilton & Dean IppolitoThe Grünfeld is one of the most topical openings in modern chess practice. Many club players fear it, and top GMs often struggle to get an advantage when facing it as White. But is it really a theoretically sound defense? In this third and final volume of the acclaimed Wojo's Weapons series, IM Dean Ippolito and NM Jonathan Hilton claim to have found a sure route to an advantage against this opening. Building on the repertoire of the late GM Aleksander Wojtkiewicz, the authors reveal the fruits of a combined 35 years of Grünfeld analysis in the first 200 pages. Hilton, himself a Grünfeld...
2014 / 9 / 17
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