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Opening General Chess Books

If one reaches a certain level at chess, knowledge about openings seems to be a must. This might not necessarily be knowledge on specific opening lines, but rather some general ideas about piece development, pawn structures, when to castle and control over the centre. This makes one a better chess player, improving tactics and getting familiar with middlegame structures on the way. In this chapter you'll find a wide range of books on opening ideas with the white and black pieces, for beginners as well as more advanced chess players. Books on understanding the basic ideas of the first - say - twenty moves and tips on how to prepare for a game or even a certain opponent. Other topics are opening surprises and traps one has to know, to avoid losing in a few moves or – even better - to not let slip the win when reached these positions. In other words, instructive material on catastrophes and tactics that may appear on the board and should be part of the hand luggage of every chess player. The list further contains books on certain types of openings - a bit more specified – like ideas in 1. e4, 1. d4 or flank openings. Having said that, in this chapter you won’t find long theoretical lines, but rather general ideas that can help you on your way to increase your strength and fun of the game. If you want to build a repertoire, search for material in the chapter below. And if you want to study a specific opening you can find books even below that in the list of openings. Not ready for that, or interested in some general ideas on chess openings? Whether you're a newcomer to chess, or well on your way, in this chapter you'll find some very instructive material on general openings.



Winning Chess Openings (winning Chess - Everyman Chess) - Seirawan, Yasser
2003 Everyman Chess Winning Chess Openings (winning Chess - Everyman Chess)-Seirawan, Yasser

Yasser Seirawan is a great teacher for beginners who want to take chess seriously, but like to learn it in a playful, light way. In Winning Chess Opening he teaches people new to the game how to develop solid ideas on openings. The books concentrates in a very visible manner on basic opening principles like king safety, pawn structures, defence and attack.
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The Ideas Behind The Chess Openings - Fine, Reuben, Sloan, Sam
2012 Ishi Press The Ideas Behind The Chess Openings-Fine, Reuben Sloan, Sam

This standard work focuses on real understanding of chess openings, rather than memorizing opening lines. Knowing the ideas, backgrounds and foundations of the chess openings, helps you understand the principles of openings and grasp the game of chess in general. The Ideas Behind The Chess Openings teaches general principles and at the same time is a clean overview of all major openings. This standard work is suited for players new to the game as well as to those who are well on their way with strategy and tactics.
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Modern Chess Openings, 15th Edition - De Firmian, Nick
2008 Random House Puzzles & Games Modern Chess Openings, 15th Edition-De Firmian, Nick

Modern Chess Openings – sometimes referred at simply as MCO - is a one-volume book covering all the chess openings. Over the years this book has rightly deserved the nickname 'The Chess Player's Bible'. MCO is divided in six sections of major opening groups, and gives a clear overview of all major lines in over 700 pages. The standard work helps every chess player to choose his opening or prepare for single games or tournaments. Chess theory has evolved over the years and lately has been changing more rapidly than ever.
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Mastering The Chess Openings Volume 4 - Watson, John
2010 Gambit Publications Mastering The Chess Openings Volume 4-Watson, John

Mastering the Chess Openings helps chess players to really understand openings, rather than learning long theoretical lines by heart. John Watson provides the reader with understanding the transposition to the middle-game, tips and trics to wisely choose the opening of preference and general ideas that apply to certain openings in order to remember them better. In this volume Watson zooms in to several specific topics such as gambits, Réti and fianchettoes.
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125 Chess Opening Surprises - Burgess, Graham
2017 Gambit Publications 125 Chess Opening Surprises-Burgess, Graham

Being unpredictable is a virtue in chess nowadays, and surprising the opponent right out of the opening can be a great weapon. Achieving an advantage early in the game can be something to aim for specifically, also because of its psychological effect. In 125 Chess Opening Surprises author Graham Burgess shows in detail some very playable sidelines, which might be a real challenge for your future opponents.
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A Complete Guide To Systems Where Black Meets 1 E4 By Supporting A Pawn On D5 - Jacobs, Byron, Gallagher, Joel
2019 Everyman Chess A Complete Guide To Systems Where Black Meets 1 E4 By Supporting A Pawn On D5-Jacobs, Byron Gallagher, Joel

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Opening Moves Made Easy - Jordan, Fm Bill
2019 Independently Opening Moves Made Easy-Jordan, Fm Bill

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Understanding Maroczy Structures - Mikhalchishin, Adrian, Mohr, Georg
2019 Thinkers Publishing Understanding Maroczy Structures-Mikhalchishin, Adrian Mohr, Georg

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Grandmaster Opening Preparation - Ehlvest, Jaan
2019 Quality Chess Grandmaster Opening Preparation-Ehlvest, Jaan

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Chess Openings: Learn The Fundamental Chess Openings For Winning Strategies - Ander, Tim
2019 Independently Chess Openings: Learn The Fundamental Chess Openings For Winning Strategies-Ander, Tim

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Opening Traps Made Easy Part 2 - Jordan, Fm Bill
2019 Independently Opening Traps Made Easy Part 2-Jordan, Fm Bill

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Opening Traps Made Easy: Deepen Your Understanding Of Opening Tactics. (chess) - Jordan, Fm Bill
2018 Independently Opening Traps Made Easy: Deepen Your Understanding Of Opening Tactics. (chess)-Jordan, Fm Bill

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Chess – Opening Mistakes, Part I - Smith, James
2018 Independently Chess – Opening Mistakes, Part I-Smith, James

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Opening Strategy Made Easy - Jordan, Fm Bill
2018 Independently Opening Strategy Made Easy-Jordan, Fm Bill

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Opening Moves Made Easy: A New Way To Learn How To Play Chess Openings. (chess Concepts Made Easy) - Jordan, Fm Bill
2018 Independently Opening Moves Made Easy: A New Way To Learn How To Play Chess Openings. (chess Concepts Made Easy)-Jordan, Fm Bill

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Gambit Killer - Salgado, Ivan Lopez
2018 Thinkers Publishing Gambit Killer-Salgado, Ivan Lopez

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Chess Opening Traps, Tricks & Quick Kills - Watson, John
2018 Cardoza Chess Opening Traps, Tricks & Quick Kills-Watson, John

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Winning In The Chess Opening: 700 Ways To Ambush Your Opponent - Kalinichenko, Nikolai
2018 New In Chess Winning In The Chess Opening: 700 Ways To Ambush Your Opponent-Kalinichenko, Nikolai

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Modern Chess Opening Traps - Lombardy, William
2018 Ishi Press Modern Chess Opening Traps-Lombardy, William

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Winning Chess Openings - Robertie, Bill
2018 Cardoza Winning Chess Openings-Robertie, Bill

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Four Knights Playbook: 200 Opening Chess Positions For White (chess Opening Playbook) - Sawyer, Tim
2017 Independently Four Knights Playbook: 200 Opening Chess Positions For White (chess Opening Playbook)-Sawyer, Tim

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Savage Chess Openings Traps (1) - Alberston, Bruce
2017 Cardoza Savage Chess Openings Traps (1)-Alberston, Bruce

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First Chess Openings - Schiller, Eric
2017 Cardoza First Chess Openings-Schiller, Eric

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Chess Openings In Pictures Move By Move - Papoulas, Nikolaos
2017 Nikolaos Papoulas Chess Openings In Pictures Move By Move-Papoulas, Nikolaos

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Chess Training Repertoire 2: 100 Chess Openings For White And Black - Sawyer, Tim
2017 Independent Chess Training Repertoire 2: 100 Chess Openings For White And Black-Sawyer, Tim

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Meeting 1d4 And 1e4 (everyman Chess) - Aagaard, Jacob, Lund, Esben, Raetsky, Alexander
2017 Everyman Chess Meeting 1d4 And 1e4 (everyman Chess)-Aagaard, Jacob Lund, Esben Raetsky, Alexander

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Catastrophes & Tactics In The Chess Opening - Volume 3: Flank Openings: Winning In 15 Moves Or Less: Chess Tactics, Brilliancies & Blunders In The Chess Opening (winning Quickly At Chess) - Hansen, Carsten
2017 Independently Catastrophes & Tactics In The Chess Opening - Volume 3: Flank Openings: Winning In 15 Moves Or Less: Chess Tactics, Brilliancies & Blunders In The Chess Opening (winning Quickly At Chess)-Hansen, Carsten

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Queen Pawn Puzzles: 200 Easy Chess Opening Checkmates (easy Puzzles) - Sawyer, Tim
2017 Independently Queen Pawn Puzzles: 200 Easy Chess Opening Checkmates (easy Puzzles)-Sawyer, Tim

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Catastrophes & Tactics In The Chess Opening - Volume 1: Indian Defenses: Winning In 15 Moves Or Less: Chess Tactics, Brilliancies & Blunders In The Chess Opening (winning Quickly At Chess) - Hansen, Carsten
2017 Independently Catastrophes & Tactics In The Chess Opening - Volume 1: Indian Defenses: Winning In 15 Moves Or Less: Chess Tactics, Brilliancies & Blunders In The Chess Opening (winning Quickly At Chess)-Hansen, Carsten

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How To Study Chess Openings: The Guide - Jiganchine, Roman
2016 Independently How To Study Chess Openings: The Guide-Jiganchine, Roman

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Black Is Back! - Adorjan, Andras
2016 New In Chess,Csi Black Is Back!-Adorjan, Andras

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Modern Openings In Theory And Practice By Sokolsky: Their Influence On The Middle Game - Sokolsky, Alexey P, Golombek, Harry, Strauss, E
2016 Ishi Press Modern Openings In Theory And Practice By Sokolsky: Their Influence On The Middle Game-Sokolsky, Alexey P Golombek, Harry Strauss, E

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Chess: Conquer Your Friends With 4 Daredevil Openings: Chess Openings For Casual Players And Post-beginners (chess For Beginners) - Tarafa, Maxen
2015 Independent Chess: Conquer Your Friends With 4 Daredevil Openings: Chess Openings For Casual Players And Post-beginners (chess For Beginners)-Tarafa, Maxen

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Chess Openings Theory And Practice - Horowitz, I. A., Sloan, Sam, Rothenberg, P. L.
2015 Ishi Press Chess Openings Theory And Practice-Horowitz, I. A. Sloan, Sam Rothenberg, P. L.

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Openings By Computer Vol1. The Kangaroo Defense: The Kangaroo Defense - Twombly, Roy, Elliott, Charles B
2013 Independent Openings By Computer Vol1. The Kangaroo Defense: The Kangaroo Defense-Twombly, Roy Elliott, Charles B

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Pocket Guide To The Chess Openings - Griffith, R. C., Golombek, Harry, Sloan, Sam
2013 Ishi Press Pocket Guide To The Chess Openings-Griffith, R. C. Golombek, Harry Sloan, Sam

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Practical Chess Openings - Fine, Reuben, Sloan, Sam
2013 Ishi Press Practical Chess Openings-Fine, Reuben Sloan, Sam

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Platonov's Chess Academy: Using Soviet-era Methods To Improve 21st-century Openings - Alburt, Lev, Palatnik, Sam
2012 Chess Information & Research Institute Platonov's Chess Academy: Using Soviet-era Methods To Improve 21st-century Openings-Alburt, Lev Palatnik, Sam

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How To Win In The Chess Openings - Horowitz, Israel Albert
2012 Literary Licensing, LLC How To Win In The Chess Openings-Horowitz, Israel Albert

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How To Win In The Chess Openings - Horowitz, Israel Albert
2012 Literary Licensing, LLC How To Win In The Chess Openings-Horowitz, Israel Albert

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Mastering Opening Strategy - Hellsten, Johan
2012 Everyman Chess Mastering Opening Strategy-Hellsten, Johan

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Chess: Four Articles In Opening Theory - Riechel, James Alan
2012 Independent Chess: Four Articles In Opening Theory-Riechel, James Alan

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Alterman Gambit Guide: Black Gambits 2 (the Alterman Gambit Guide) - Alterman, Boris
2012 Quality Chess Alterman Gambit Guide: Black Gambits 2 (the Alterman Gambit Guide)-Alterman, Boris

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Chess Openings: New Theory - Riechel, James Alan
2011 Independent Chess Openings: New Theory-Riechel, James Alan

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Zoom 001 Zero Hour For Operative Chess Opening Models - Larsen, Bent, Zeuthen, Steffen, Stewart, Michael R
2011 Ishi Press Zoom 001 Zero Hour For Operative Chess Opening Models-Larsen, Bent Zeuthen, Steffen Stewart, Michael R

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Gambit Busters: Take It, Keep It... And Win! - Collins, Sam
2011 Everyman Chess Gambit Busters: Take It, Keep It... And Win!-Collins, Sam

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Chess Opening Essentials (volume 4) - Djuric, Stefan, Komarov, Dimitri, Pantaleoni, Claudio
2010 New In Chess,Csi Chess Opening Essentials (volume 4)-Djuric, Stefan Komarov, Dimitri Pantaleoni, Claudio

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Fco: Fundamental Chess Openings - Van Der Sterren, Paul
2009 Gambit Publications Fco: Fundamental Chess Openings-Van Der Sterren, Paul

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How To Open A Chess Game - Evans, Larry, Hort, Vlastimil, Keres, Paul
2009 Ishi Press How To Open A Chess Game-Evans, Larry Hort, Vlastimil Keres, Paul

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Chess Opening Essentials: Indian Defences, Vol. 3 - Djuric, Stefan, Komarov, Dimitri, Pantaleoni, Claudio
2009 New In Chess Chess Opening Essentials: Indian Defences, Vol. 3-Djuric, Stefan Komarov, Dimitri Pantaleoni, Claudio

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