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Unusual Openings Chess Books

In this category you’ll find books on how to play certain unusual openings, and books on how to beat those. Unusual openings are not unusual for no reason. Objectively these minor variations might be less strong or sometimes even dubious, but in a practical sense there’s a lot to say for playing these openings once in a while. The surprise value and therefore adding psychologic elements to the game can be very handy, as well as surprising your opponent with rare lines, where precise play is required. Sometimes you will meet an opening expert, and you have to do something to catch him off guard. And if you’re not choosing to play unusual openings or set-ups yourself, you will meet them over the board sooner or later. In this chapter there are books on e.g. the Nimzo Larsen Attack or 1.b3, 1… d6, 1… Nc6, the Owen Defense (1… b6), Polar Bear System, Bird’s Opening (1.f4), and Grob (1.g4). On the other hand you’ll find books with collections of rare openings and on how to beat them. Discover the rich world of strange, crazy, surprising, but sometimes very useful openings. Chess doesn’t only starts out with the main lines, so adopt these strange animals or be prepared to beat them!



Beating Minor Openings (grandmaster Repertoire) - Mikhalevski, Victor
2016 Quality Chess Beating Minor Openings (grandmaster Repertoire)-Mikhalevski, Victor

This book offers a strong repertoire against every opening except for 1. e4 and 1. d4. Victor Mikhalevski advises playing 1.c4 c5 and 1.f4 d5 with black. In both cases, these are openings with reversed colors, where the aim is to reach a position in which the extra tempo is not so relevant. Actively but cautiously, that's also the way to play against various other moves like 1. g3 and 1.b3. For the ambitious player who wants to become more universal.
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Play 1…d6 Against Everything: A Compact And Ready-to-use Black Repertoire For Club Players - Zude, Erik, Hickl, Jörg
2017 New In Chess Play 1…d6 Against Everything: A Compact And Ready-to-use Black Repertoire For Club Players-Zude, Erik Hickl, Jörg

Since the increasing influence of the computer in the chess world, opening lines are longer, deeper and more forced than before. It's impossible for non-professional chess players to remember even a fraction of all lines. The reason: we simply do not learn much faster or better than before. Most games are decided by tactical means anyway. This book is for those who want to learn a system with straightforward basic ideas, without being surprised greatly in the opening stage.
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21st Century Nimzovich Defense (21st Century Chess Openings Book 8) - Gordon, Ray Charles
2019 21st Century Nimzovich Defense (21st Century Chess Openings Book 8)-Gordon, Ray Charles

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21st Century Bird (21st Century Chess Openings Book 7) - Gordon, Ray Charles
2019 21st Century Bird (21st Century Chess Openings Book 7)-Gordon, Ray Charles

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A Complete Repertoire Based On Nc3 And Nc6 - Lakdawala, Cyrus, Scheerer, Christoph
2019 Everyman Chess A Complete Repertoire Based On Nc3 And Nc6-Lakdawala, Cyrus Scheerer, Christoph

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How To Win With Bird's Opening - Kleider, Hans
2019 Independently How To Win With Bird's Opening-Kleider, Hans

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How To Win With Nimzo-larsen Attack - Kleider, Hans
2019 Independently How To Win With Nimzo-larsen Attack-Kleider, Hans

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Queens Knight 1.nc3 & 1…nc6: Second Edition - Chess Opening Games - Sawyer, Tim
2018 Independently Queens Knight 1.nc3 & 1…nc6: Second Edition - Chess Opening Games-Sawyer, Tim

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Rare First Moves: Chess Opening Games - Second Edition - Sawyer, Tim
2018 Independently Rare First Moves: Chess Opening Games - Second Edition-Sawyer, Tim

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The Howe System Companion: 50 Lightning And Bullet Chess Miniatures - Howe, Mr. Paul
2018 Independent The Howe System Companion: 50 Lightning And Bullet Chess Miniatures-Howe, Mr. Paul

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

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The Elshad System - Nemtsev, Igor
2017 Mongoose Press The Elshad System-Nemtsev, Igor

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Nimzo-larsen's Opening: Double Fianchetto Attack: 1. B3, 2. Bb2, 3. G3, And 4. Bg2 - Lonsdale, Mr. David Robert, Lonsdale, Mr. David Robert
2017 Independently Nimzo-larsen's Opening: Double Fianchetto Attack: 1. B3, 2. Bb2, 3. G3, And 4. Bg2-Lonsdale, Mr. David Robert Lonsdale, Mr. David Robert

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Bird Opening: Mujannah Opening: 1. F4 And 2. C4 - Lonsdale, Mr. David Robert, Lonsdale, Mr. David Robert
2017 Independently Bird Opening: Mujannah Opening: 1. F4 And 2. C4-Lonsdale, Mr. David Robert Lonsdale, Mr. David Robert

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The Polar Bear System 2: Still Potent! - Danielsen, Gm Henrik, Skuladottir, Arora Hs
2017 Independent The Polar Bear System 2: Still Potent!-Danielsen, Gm Henrik Skuladottir, Arora Hs

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The Polar Bear System 1: Dangerous & Strong! - Danielsen, Gm Henrik, Danielsen, Arora Hs
2017 Independent The Polar Bear System 1: Dangerous & Strong!-Danielsen, Gm Henrik Danielsen, Arora Hs

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Center Game: The Halasz Gambit: 1. E4 E5 2. D4 Exd4 3. F4 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently Center Game: The Halasz Gambit: 1. E4 E5 2. D4 Exd4 3. F4-Lonsdale, David Robert

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Anglo-dutch Defence: Hickman Gambit: 1. C4 F5 2. E4 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently Anglo-dutch Defence: Hickman Gambit: 1. C4 F5 2. E4-Lonsdale, David Robert

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Bird Opening: Wagner-zwitersch Gambit: 1. F4 F5 2. E4 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently Bird Opening: Wagner-zwitersch Gambit: 1. F4 F5 2. E4-Lonsdale, David Robert

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Van't Kruijs' Opening: The Maroczy Variation: 1. E3 E5 2. D4 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently Van't Kruijs' Opening: The Maroczy Variation: 1. E3 E5 2. D4-Lonsdale, David Robert

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Van Geet Opening: Myers Attack: 1. Nc3 G6 2. H4 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently Van Geet Opening: Myers Attack: 1. Nc3 G6 2. H4-Lonsdale, David Robert

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Gibbins-wiedehagan Gambit Declined: The 2. ... D5 Variation: 1. D4 Nf6 2. G4 D5 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently Gibbins-wiedehagan Gambit Declined: The 2. ... D5 Variation: 1. D4 Nf6 2. G4 D5-Lonsdale, David Robert

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Bird Opening: The Sturm Gambit: 1. F4 D5 2. C4 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently Bird Opening: The Sturm Gambit: 1. F4 D5 2. C4-Lonsdale, David Robert

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Van't Kruijs' Opening: The 1. ... C5 Variation: 1. E3 C5 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently Van't Kruijs' Opening: The 1. ... C5 Variation: 1. E3 C5-Lonsdale, David Robert

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Mieses' Opening: The Venezolana System: 1. D3, 2. Nc3, And 3. G3 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently Mieses' Opening: The Venezolana System: 1. D3, 2. Nc3, And 3. G3-Lonsdale, David Robert

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Latvian Gambit: The Zemitis Variation: 1. E4 E5 2. Nf3 F5 3. D4 Fxe4 4. Nfd2 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently Latvian Gambit: The Zemitis Variation: 1. E4 E5 2. Nf3 F5 3. D4 Fxe4 4. Nfd2-Lonsdale, David Robert

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The Baltic Defence: The Grau Gambit: 1. D4 D5 2. C4 Bf5 3. Qb3 E5 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently The Baltic Defence: The Grau Gambit: 1. D4 D5 2. C4 Bf5 3. Qb3 E5-Lonsdale, David Robert

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King's Indian Defence: Santasiere Variation: 1. D4 Nf6 2. C4 G6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. B4 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently King's Indian Defence: Santasiere Variation: 1. D4 Nf6 2. C4 G6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. B4-Lonsdale, David Robert

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Van't Kruijs' Opening: The 2. Be2 System: 1. E3 And 2. Be2 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently Van't Kruijs' Opening: The 2. Be2 System: 1. E3 And 2. Be2-Lonsdale, David Robert

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Latvian Gambit: The Strautins Gambit: 1. E4 E5 2. Nf3 F5 3. Bc4 B5 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently Latvian Gambit: The Strautins Gambit: 1. E4 E5 2. Nf3 F5 3. Bc4 B5-Lonsdale, David Robert

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Saragossa Opening: The 2. Qc2 System: 1. C3 And 2. Qc2 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently Saragossa Opening: The 2. Qc2 System: 1. C3 And 2. Qc2-Lonsdale, David Robert

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Polish Defence For Black: 1. D4 B5 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently Polish Defence For Black: 1. D4 B5-Lonsdale, David Robert

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Bird Opening: Williams Gambit: 1. F4 D5 2. E4 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently Bird Opening: Williams Gambit: 1. F4 D5 2. E4-Lonsdale, David Robert

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Amar Opening: The Krazy Kat System: 1. Nh3, 2. F3, And 3. Nf2 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently Amar Opening: The Krazy Kat System: 1. Nh3, 2. F3, And 3. Nf2-Lonsdale, David Robert

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Barnes Opening: Hammerschlag: 1. F3 E5 2. Kf2 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently Barnes Opening: Hammerschlag: 1. F3 E5 2. Kf2-Lonsdale, David Robert

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Indian Defence: The Canard System: 1. D4 Nf6 2. F4 - Lonsdale, David Robert
2017 Independently Indian Defence: The Canard System: 1. D4 Nf6 2. F4-Lonsdale, David Robert

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The Art Of War Meets The Black Strategy: A Chess Player's Guide To The Hippo Defense - Degruy, Mr. Vincent
2016 Independent The Art Of War Meets The Black Strategy: A Chess Player's Guide To The Hippo Defense-Degruy, Mr. Vincent

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Rare First Moves: Flank Openings In Chess (chess Openings) - Sawyer, Tim
2016 Independent Rare First Moves: Flank Openings In Chess (chess Openings)-Sawyer, Tim

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Queens Knight: 1.nc3 & 1...nc6 In Chess Openings - Sawyer, Tim
2016 Independent Queens Knight: 1.nc3 & 1...nc6 In Chess Openings-Sawyer, Tim

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The Polar Bear System: Strong & Potent! - Danielsen, Gm Henrik, Skuladottir, Arora H
2016 Independent The Polar Bear System: Strong & Potent!-Danielsen, Gm Henrik Skuladottir, Arora H

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Opening Originals: Strong Sidelines For Club Cats - Lowinger, Daniel, Hansen, Lars Bo
2015 Russell Enterprises, Inc. Opening Originals: Strong Sidelines For Club Cats-Lowinger, Daniel Hansen, Lars Bo

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Taming Wild Chess Openings: How To Deal With The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Over The Chess Board - Watson, John
2015 New In Chess,Csi Taming Wild Chess Openings: How To Deal With The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Over The Chess Board-Watson, John

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Birds' Opening: Move By Move - Lakdawala, Cyrus
2015 Everyman Chess Birds' Opening: Move By Move-Lakdawala, Cyrus

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1...b6: Move By Move - Lakdawala, Cyrus
2015 Everyman Chess 1...b6: Move By Move-Lakdawala, Cyrus

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Nimzo-larsen Attack: Move By Move - Lakdawala, Cyrus
2013 Everyman Chess Nimzo-larsen Attack: Move By Move-Lakdawala, Cyrus

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Chess - Riechel, James Alan
2013 Independent Chess-Riechel, James Alan

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Sos - Secrets Of Opening Surprises: Vol. 14 - Bosch, Jeroen
2012 New In Chess Sos - Secrets Of Opening Surprises: Vol. 14-Bosch, Jeroen

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How To Play The From Gambit - Schiller, Eric
2011 Ishi Press How To Play The From Gambit-Schiller, Eric

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Secrets Of Opening Surprises, Vol. 13 (sos - Secrets Of Opening Surprises) - Bosch, Jeroen
2011 New In Chess Secrets Of Opening Surprises, Vol. 13 (sos - Secrets Of Opening Surprises)-Bosch, Jeroen

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Sniper: Play 1...g6, ...bg7 And ...c5! (everyman Chess) - Storey, Charlie
2011 Everyman Chess Sniper: Play 1...g6, ...bg7 And ...c5! (everyman Chess)-Storey, Charlie

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