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The first moves of a chess game are the opening moves, collectively referred to as the opening. Recognized sequences of opening moves are referred to as openings or defenses, and have been given names such as the Ruy Lopez, Sicilian Defence, and Queen's Gambit Declined. There are dozens of different openings, which vary widely in character from quiet positional play (e.g. the Réti Opening and some lines of the Queen's Gambit Declined) to wild tactical play (e.g. the Latvian Gambit and Two Knights Defence, particularly the Wilkes-Barre Variation).

A sequence of opening moves that is considered standard or follows that given in a reference work (such as the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings) is referred to as 'the book moves' or simply 'book'. These reference works often present these move sequences in theory tables. A new move in the opening is referred to as a 'novelty' or 'theoretical novelty'. At the point at which a game deviates from previously known opening theory, the players are said to be 'out of book'. In some opening lines, the moves considered best for both sides have been worked out to 30-35 moves or more. Serious chess players often spend years studying the openings, and continue doing so throughout their careers, since opening theory is constantly being refined.

from Nunn's Chess Openings.

Starting Out: Classical Sicilian - Alexander Raetsky, Maxim Chetverik

Starting Out: Classical Sicilian - Alexander Raetsky, Maxim Chetverik

The Classical variation of the Sicilian Defence is one of the most reliable responses to white's first move 1.e4, therefore it is included in the repertoires of world class players like Viswanathan Anand, Alexei Shirov and, at the time of writing, World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. This book deals with all the popular, aggressive replies, like the Richter-Rauzer Attack, the Sozin Attack, favoured by...


$18.96Everyman Chess, 2007/115 Stars


Fighting the Anti-Sicilians - Richard Palliser

Fighting the Anti-Sicilians - Richard Palliser

After being faced with 1.e4, Black’s most popular answer at all levels of chess would be The Sicilian Defence. Why you might ask? The answer is simple: by the very first move Black will unbalance the position on the board and will play for a win without having to take unjustified risks. Regarding the Open Sicilian, this is particularly the case, since Black controls the centre with h...


$16.47Everyman Chess, 2007/085 Stars


Play 1...Nc6! - Christoph Wisnewski

Play 1...Nc6! - Christoph Wisnewski

Are you constantly struggling with the black pieces? Can’t make up your mind which openings to play? Are you looking for something new: an all-in-one solution to your problems? Look no further!

Christoph Wisnewski provides every chess enthusiastic with an aspiring and all-embracing repertoire for Black, based on the initial move 1...Nc6, against every main line opening White can pl...


$18.96Everyman Chess, 2007/075 Stars


Starting Out: The Colle - Richard Palliser

Starting Out: The Colle - Richard Palliser

The Colle is a solid, reliable system of development based on the popular opening move 1 d4. Although this system is easy to learn and play, it leads to very complex and different middlegame positions. At this point White often launches a aggressive attack on Black’s king.

A few of the most famous chess players who are often spotted examining the Colle in action are the former World Champ...


$16.47Everyman Chess, 2007/065 Stars


Play the Grunfeld - Yelena Dembo

Play the Grunfeld - Yelena Dembo

The Grünfeld has become very popular at all levels of chess as being a great, dynamic answer to 1.d4. Garry Kasparov himself is responsible for a great part of this popularity since he used it in many of his chess battles.

The Grünfeld is often adored by ambitious players. This is mostly due to the fact that the Grünfeld often results in very complex and tactical play. However, this is a ...


$18.21Everyman Chess, 2007/063 Stars


Starting Out: Sicilian Sveshnikov - John Cox

Starting Out: Sicilian Sveshnikov - John Cox

In the last decade, no single opening has received as much attention as the Sveshnikov variation of the Sicilian defence. The Sveshnikov, which was developed in the 70's, is nowadays seen as one of the most dynamic and ambitious replies to white's first move 1.e4.

In contrary to conservative openings like the Petroff and Ruy Lopez, the Sveshnikov almost always leads to extremely complic...


$16.47Everyman Chess, 2007/055 Stars


Dangerous Weapons: The French - John Watson

Dangerous Weapons: The French - John Watson

Are you tired of having to keep up with main line theory all the time? Do you hate to lose games from inferior opponents who use a Grandmaster novelty on move 20? Are you in for something fresh and new? Than this is your book!

John Watson, an International Master from the United States, uses a whole new approach to the well known French Defence. Instead of covering all the main lines an...


$17.13Everyman Chess, 2007/045 Stars


Play the Caro-Kann - Jovanka Houska

Play the Caro-Kann - Jovanka Houska

In response to white's first move 1.e4, the Caro-Kann Defence is one of the most reliable and yet dynamic options. It is therefore included in the repertoires of top grandmaster like Evgeny Bareev and Alexei Dreev and it has been former world champion Anatoly Karpov's black 'weapon' for more than two decades. The Caro-Kann can lead to both sharp tactical and quiet positional positions and that is ...


$16.47Everyman Chess, 2007/045 Stars


The Pirc in Black and White - James Vigus

The Pirc in Black and White - James Vigus

What to do against White’s most popular and most played opening 1.e4? Consider playing the Pirc Defence! Why? Black’s long-term idea is based on allowing White to build up an impressive and structured looking pawn centre, only to take it down by attacking it with pieces or timely pawn strikes. This play is attractive and does allow the battle on the board to look spectacular, but it does however c...


$17.13Everyman Chess, 2007/035 Stars


Beating Unusual Chess Openings - Richard Palliser

Beating Unusual Chess Openings - Richard Palliser

1.e4 and 1.d4, the main two White’s openings. The most played and known openings in chess, but: don’t you want to play exotic chess? Aren’t you tired of the same old routine? Don’t you want to be able to see through a bizarre opening like the Ornag-utan when faced upon? Especially for those players Richard Palliser comes with the great Beating Unusual Chess Openings.

In this book ...


$16.05Everyman Chess, 2007/025 Stars


The Philidor Files - Christian Bauer

The Philidor Files - Christian Bauer

After White plays 1.e4, the most popular opening move in chess at all levels, Black usually responds with The Philidor. It is a opening which has won a lot of its popularity over the last decade, with famous spokesman as Nisipeanu and French’s number one Bacrot. The Philidor is the opening in the most famous chess game ever, the Opera Box Game, which took place in 1858 between the American ...


$19.46Everyman Chess, 2007/024 Stars


Play the Ruy Lopez - Andrew Greet

Play the Ruy Lopez - Andrew Greet

After White plays 1.e4 e5 many players find the Ruy Lopez, also known as the Spanish Opening, the best possibility of creating a lasting advantage for White. The Ruy Lopez is an opening which has been played in numerous encounters between the greatest players on earth such as Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Anatoly Karpov and many, many more.

However, a disadvantage of t...


$17.79Everyman Chess, 2007/015 Stars


Beating the King's Indian and Grunfeld - Timothy Taylor

Beating the King's Indian and Grunfeld - Timothy Taylor

The King's Indian and the Grunfeld Defence, favourites of the world's strongest players ever, Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov, have bothered white 1.d4 players for more than three decades. In contrary to more solid defences as the Queen's Gambit or the Nimzo Indian Defence in which white can play for a win or take a draw if he does not succeed, the King's Indian and Grunfeld make it difficult for...


$23.95Everyman Chess, 2006/123 Stars


Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Declined - Neil McDonald

Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Declined - Neil McDonald

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$16.29Everyman Chess, 2006/125 Stars


Dangerous Weapons: The Nimzo-Indian - John Emms, Chris Ward

Dangerous Weapons: The Nimzo-Indian - John Emms, Chris Ward

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$18.21Everyman Chess, 2006/114 Stars


Dangerous Weapons: The Sicilian - John Emms, Richard Palliser

Dangerous Weapons: The Sicilian - John Emms, Richard Palliser

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$16.47Everyman Chess, 2006/115 Stars


Discovering Chess Openings - John Emms

Discovering Chess Openings - John Emms

“A good begin is half the work”, an old Dutch proverb, points out exactly what is so important in chess: the opening, where a great part of the entire game is decided. Opening strategy and knowledge is vital. So what’s to do? Simply memorize the countless openings?

Fortunately not. John Emms, famous for his writing and his play, comes with a great book in which he shows th...


$19.46Everyman Chess, 2006/094 Stars


Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Accepted - Alexander Raetsky, Maxim Chetverik

Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Accepted - Alexander Raetsky, Maxim Chetverik

In another great addition to a best-selling Starting Out series, Neil McDonald explores the essence of the Queen’s Gambit Declined characterized by the opening moves 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4. The fascinating about the Queen's Gambit Accepted is the fact that it’s an opening of great historical importance and Black’s fundamental answer to 1 d4. Since Black can create great control o...


$16.29Everyman Chess, 2006/09


Starting Out: Closed Sicilian - Richard Palliser

Starting Out: Closed Sicilian - Richard Palliser

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$16.47Everyman Chess, 2006/065 Stars


The French Advance, 2nd Edition - Sam Collins

The French Advance, 2nd Edition - Sam Collins

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$23.95Everyman Chess, 2006/054 Stars


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