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

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 - Erik Zude, Jörg Hickl
2017 New In Chess Play 1…d6 Against Everything: A Compact And Ready-to-use Black Repertoire For Club Players-Erik Zude Jörg Hickl

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

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Nimsowitsch / Larsen Attack - Raymond Keene
2002 Hardinge Nimsowitsch / Larsen Attack-Raymond Keene

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

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

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Beating Unusual Chess Openings: Dealing With The English, Réti, King's Indian Attack And Other Annoying Systems (everyman Chess) - Richard Palliser
2007 Everyman Chess Beating Unusual Chess Openings: Dealing With The English, Réti, King's Indian Attack And Other Annoying Systems (everyman Chess)-Richard Palliser

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

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

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

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Bird's Opening: Detailed Coverage Of An Underrated And Dynamic Choice For White (everyman Chess) - Timothy Taylor
2005 Everyman Chess Bird's Opening: Detailed Coverage Of An Underrated And Dynamic Choice For White (everyman Chess)-Timothy Taylor

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The Polar Bear System: Strong & Potent! - Gm Henrik Danielsen
2016 Independent The Polar Bear System: Strong & Potent!-Gm Henrik Danielsen

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Dark Knight System: A Repertoire With 1...nc6 - James Schuyler
2013 Everyman Chess Dark Knight System: A Repertoire With 1...nc6-James Schuyler

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The Tactical Grob - Claude Bloodgood
2010 Ishi Press The Tactical Grob-Claude Bloodgood

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Nimzo-larsen Attack (everyman Chess) - Jonathan Tait
2001 Everyman Chess Nimzo-larsen Attack (everyman Chess)-Jonathan Tait

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

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

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

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Dangerous Weapons: Flank Openings: Dazzle Your Opponents! - Richard Palliser, Tony Kosten, James Vigus
2008 Everyman Chess Dangerous Weapons: Flank Openings: Dazzle Your Opponents!-Richard Palliser Tony Kosten James Vigus

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

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The Polar Bear System 2: Still Potent! (volume 2) - Gm Henrik Danielsen
2017 Independent The Polar Bear System 2: Still Potent! (volume 2)-Gm Henrik Danielsen

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

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

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

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

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Secrets Of Opening Surprises - Volume 6 -
2007 New In Chess Secrets Of Opening Surprises - Volume 6-

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

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

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

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

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

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Secrets Of Opening Surprises, Vol. 12 -
2010 New In Chess Secrets Of Opening Surprises, Vol. 12-

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Secrets Of Opening Surprises 10 -
2009 New In Chess,Csi Secrets Of Opening Surprises 10-

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The Polar Bear System 1: Dangerous & Strong! (volume 1) - Gm Henrik Danielsen
2017 Independent The Polar Bear System 1: Dangerous & Strong! (volume 1)-Gm Henrik Danielsen

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

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Secrets Of Opening Surprises - Volume 3 -
2005 New In Chess,Csi Secrets Of Opening Surprises - Volume 3-

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Sos: Secrets Of Opening Surprises, Volume 8 -
2008 New In Chess Sos: Secrets Of Opening Surprises, Volume 8-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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