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

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 - Reuben Fine
2012 Ishi Press The Ideas Behind The Chess Openings-Reuben Fine

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 - Nick De Firmian
2008 Random House Puzzles & Games Modern Chess Openings, 15th Edition-Nick De Firmian

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 - John Watson
2010 Gambit Publications Mastering The Chess Openings Volume 4-John Watson

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 - Graham Burgess
2017 Gambit Publications 125 Chess Opening Surprises-Graham Burgess

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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Mastering The Chess Openings, Volume 3 - John Watson
2008 Gambit Publications Mastering The Chess Openings, Volume 3-John Watson

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

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

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Mastering The Chess Openings: Unlocking The Mysteries Of The Modern Chess Openings, Volume 1 - John Watson
2006 Gambit Publications Mastering The Chess Openings: Unlocking The Mysteries Of The Modern Chess Openings, Volume 1-John Watson

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Discovering Chess Openings: Building Opening Skills From Basic Principles - John Emms
2006 Everyman Chess Discovering Chess Openings: Building Opening Skills From Basic Principles-John Emms

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Back To Basics: Openings (chesscafe Back To Basics Chess Series) - Carsten Hansen
2008 Russell Enterprises, Inc. Back To Basics: Openings (chesscafe Back To Basics Chess Series)-Carsten Hansen

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How To Play The Chess Openings (dover Chess) - Eugene Znosko-borovsky
1971 Dover Publications How To Play The Chess Openings (dover Chess)-Eugene Znosko-borovsky

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Chess Openings: Traps And Zaps (fireside Chess Library) - Bruce Pandolfini
1989 Touchstone Chess Openings: Traps And Zaps (fireside Chess Library)-Bruce Pandolfini

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Mastering The Chess Openings: Unlocking The Mysteries Of The Modern Chess Openings, Volume 2 - John Watson
2007 Gambit Publications Mastering The Chess Openings: Unlocking The Mysteries Of The Modern Chess Openings, Volume 2-John Watson

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Secrets Of Opening Preparation: School Of Future Champions Vol. 2 (dvoretsky School Of Future Chess Champions) - Mark Dvoretsky, Artur Yusupov
2007 Edition Olms Secrets Of Opening Preparation: School Of Future Champions Vol. 2 (dvoretsky School Of Future Chess Champions)-Mark Dvoretsky Artur Yusupov

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Chess Opening Essentials: The Ideas & Plans Behind All Chess Openings, The Complete 1. E4 - Stefan Djuric, Dimitry Komarov, Claudio Pantaleoni
2007 New In Chess,Csi Chess Opening Essentials: The Ideas & Plans Behind All Chess Openings, The Complete 1. E4-Stefan Djuric Dimitry Komarov Claudio Pantaleoni

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

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How To Open A Chess Game - Larry Evans
2009 Ishi Press How To Open A Chess Game-Larry Evans

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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 Series) - Carsten Hansen
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 Series)-Carsten Hansen

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Chess Opening Essentials: 1.d4-d5/1.d4-various/queen's Gambits, Vol. 2 - Stephan Djuric, Dimitri Komarov, Claudio Pantaleoni
2009 New In Chess Chess Opening Essentials: 1.d4-d5/1.d4-various/queen's Gambits, Vol. 2-Stephan Djuric Dimitri Komarov Claudio Pantaleoni

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Sos Secrets Of Opening Surprises - Volume 9 -
2008 New In Chess,Csi Sos Secrets Of Opening Surprises - Volume 9-

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More Chess Openings: Traps And Zaps 2 (fireside Chess Library) - Bruce Pandolfini
1993 Touchstone More Chess Openings: Traps And Zaps 2 (fireside Chess Library)-Bruce Pandolfini

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

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How To Win In The Chess Openings - I. A. Horowitz
1986 Touchstone How To Win In The Chess Openings-I. A. Horowitz

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

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

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First Chess Openings - Eric Schiller
2005 Cardoza First Chess Openings-Eric Schiller

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Understanding The Chess Openings - Sam Collins
2005 Gambit Publications Understanding The Chess Openings-Sam Collins

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Survive & Beat Annoying Chess Openings - Eric Schiller, John Watson
2003 Cardoza Survive & Beat Annoying Chess Openings-Eric Schiller John Watson

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Black Is Back!: What's White's Advantage Anyway? - Andras Adorjan
2016 New In Chess,Csi Black Is Back!: What's White's Advantage Anyway?-Andras Adorjan

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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 Series) - Carsten Hansen
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 Series)-Carsten Hansen

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Modern Chess Openings - Reuben Fine
2007 Moran Press Modern Chess Openings-Reuben Fine

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

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Basic Chess Openings - Gabor Kallai
1997 Everyman Chess Basic Chess Openings-Gabor Kallai

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Chess Openings Theory And Practice - I. A. Horowitz
2015 Ishi Press Chess Openings Theory And Practice-I. A. Horowitz

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222 Opening Traps Vol. 1: 1004 1.e4 (progress In Chess) - Karsten Müller, Rainer Knaack
2007 Edition Olms 222 Opening Traps Vol. 1: 1004 1.e4 (progress In Chess)-Karsten Müller Rainer Knaack

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The Greatest Ever Chess Opening Ideas - Christoph Scheerer
2008 Everyman Chess The Greatest Ever Chess Opening Ideas-Christoph Scheerer

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Chess: Conquer Your Friends With 4 Daredevil Openings: Chess Openings For Casual Players And Post-beginners (the Skill Artist's Guide To Chess) - Maxen Tarafa
2015 Independent Chess: Conquer Your Friends With 4 Daredevil Openings: Chess Openings For Casual Players And Post-beginners (the Skill Artist's Guide To Chess)-Maxen Tarafa

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

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

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

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

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

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School Of Chess Excellence 4: Opening Developments (progress In Chess) - Mark Dvoretsky
2003 Edition Olms School Of Chess Excellence 4: Opening Developments (progress In Chess)-Mark Dvoretsky

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Chess Openings (crowood Chess Library) - Michael Basman
1987 Crowood Press Chess Openings (crowood Chess Library)-Michael Basman

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More Basic Chess Openings - Gabor Kallai
1997 Everyman Chess More Basic Chess Openings-Gabor Kallai

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Improve Your Opening Play - Chris Ward
2000 Everyman Chess Improve Your Opening Play-Chris Ward

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Practical Opening Tips - Edmar Mednis
1997 Everyman Chess Practical Opening Tips-Edmar Mednis

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

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

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