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  1. Total Chess

    Total Chess

    $19.95
    Total Chess is your complete guide to Chess. It covers everything: rules, strategies, tactics and checkmates. Everything in Chess comes in threes. Three simple strategies are presented for the opening, midgame, endgame, etc. Learn More
  2. The Teenage Chess Book

    The Teenage Chess Book

    $15.95
    This book is a lively result of a chess authority's attempts to help his teenage son improve his play. In writing this book, the author kept in mind the player who has little or no previous knowledge of chess. His aim has been to provide a useful practical technique for handling the game. In addition to basic information about the board, the chess men and notation, Dr. Fine in a special chapter on chess moves introduces the reader to some of the delights or more complex play. The last chapter is devoted to describing a study scheme which is bound to lead to steady improvement on one's play. Learn More
  3. The Standard Chess Workbook - Beginner

    The Standard Chess Workbook - Beginner

    $19.95
    The Standard Chess Workbook: Beginner is a comprehensive scholastic workbook that teaches all of the rules of chess, including: piece movement, captures, check, checkmate, castling, stalemate, and en passant. Each chapter consists of several instructional pages, lots of illustrations, and a few exercise pages for students to test their skills. Written by USCF Expert Dylan Quercia, SCW: Beginner is suitable for use in after school chess programs and is a perfect introduction for children of all ages to the game of chess. Learn More
  4. The Soviet Chess Primer

    The Soviet Chess Primer

    $24.95
    Ilya Maizelis’s masterpiece is the definitive introduction to the game of chess. It has inspired generations of Russians to take up the game, including arguably the two greatest players of all time, the 12th and 13th World Champions. The Soviet Chess Primer is a modern English translation of Maizelis’s witty introduction to the royal game. This new edition of a timeless classic includes an original foreword from the 2nd World Champion, Emanuel Lasker, as well as an introduction from the most celebrated chess trainer of modern times, Mark Dvoretsky. Learn More
  5. The Most Valuable Skills in Chess

    The Most Valuable Skills in Chess

    $17.95
    This book makes his ideas and material available to all: teachers and students alike. He has been called the Tiger Woods of chess. In 1999, Maurice Ashley became the first African-American to qualify for the elite Grandmaster title, an achievement that was widely reported in the international media, including Time magazine, USA Today, New York Times, Sports Illustrated and The Times (London). Learn More
  6. The Batsford Book of Chess for Children

    The Batsford Book of Chess for Children

    $14.95
    Chess is great for developing a child's analytical skills, fostering the competitive instinct—and having fun. Nothing beats this cute, character-based guide for teaching youngsters how to play. Jess and Jamie—two rough-and-tumble, chess-obsessed kids—explain it all: what the pieces are and how they move; the opening, middlegame, and endgame; checkmate; and sneaky tricks that win. The book's friendly, entertaining, and essential to any child's bookshelf. Learn More
  7. The Basics of Winning Chess

    The Basics of Winning Chess

    $4.95
    Nine information-packed chapters and twenty-two diagrams show beginning players how to play and win at chess in one quick and easy reading. You'll learn the moves of the pieces, the rules and principles of play, the standard openings, as well as chess notation. Learn More
  8. Start Playing Chess Today!

    Start Playing Chess Today!

    $8.95
    Take large diagrams, straightforward instruction and helpful tips and quizzes—and what do you have? The winning formula for a quick and easy way to play chess today. Perfect for players new to the game, the author explains the basics of chess and each piece's characteristics —how they move, their relative value and how they can be used to checkmate opponents. Learn More
  9. Square One

    Square One

    $17.95
    From ever popular instructor Bruce Pandolfini comes this entertaining, interactive and effective book for teaching young Chess players and other newcomers to the game. Learn More
  10. SHOPWORN - How to Beat Your Kids at Chess

    SHOPWORN - How to Beat Your Kids at Chess

    Regular Price: $19.95

    Special Price $9.98

    How to Beat Your Kids at Chess is a book that truly starts at the beginning, with the most basic idea of all: the straight line. This book offers clear explanations, opportunities to practice each concept before moving on, and a systematic progression of ideas. Learn More
  11. SHOPWORN - How to be a Winner at Chess

    SHOPWORN - How to be a Winner at Chess

    Regular Price: $12.95

    Special Price $6.48

    The Essence of Good Chess The incomparable Fred Reinfeld is back in print! This new 21st-century edition is presented in modern algebraic notation in a double-column format, with more diagrams and a refresher course for beginners. How to be a Winner at Chess is among the very best introductory chess books ever produced, bar none. In it Reinfeld manages to capture the essence of good chess in a most readable, enjoyable, easy-to-grasp format. How to be a Winner at Chess is designed for the average player who knows the moves and rules but not much more. Warning! - you have to be able to read! Let Fred Reinfeld, the master wordsmith and instructor take you to the next level - in short turn you into a winner. Learn More
  12. SHOPWORN - Chess Training for Post-Beginners

    SHOPWORN - Chess Training for Post-Beginners

    Regular Price: $21.95

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    After you have learned the rules of chess and developed some tactical abilities, how do you go from there? You are now ready to tackle basic issues of strategy, but what is the best way to improve and win more games? Learn More
  13. SHOPWORN - Chess For Rookies

    SHOPWORN - Chess For Rookies

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    Chess for Rookies is a fun-to-read, leisurely, yet well-paced guide. Assuming no prior knowledge of the game, Craig Pritchett takes the beginner on a journey through the crucial basics. Mixing instruction and good humour, this book is an ideal way to learn how to play and win at chess. Learn More
  14. SHOPWORN -  Checkmate! Tactics

    SHOPWORN - Checkmate! Tactics

    Regular Price: $16.95

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    Would you now like to know how to regularly beat your opponents and move to the next level? If so, then Checkmate Tactics is the book for you.

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  15. Prof. Chester Nuhmentz, Jr. Chess Training Material

    Prof. Chester Nuhmentz, Jr. Chess Training Material

    $24.95
    This is a collection of 6 individual Chess Training Books by Professor Chester Nuhmentz, Jr. Learn More
  16. Prepare with Chess Strategy

    Prepare with Chess Strategy

    $11.95
    Do you want to become a better chess player? A more proficient chess teacher? If so, then Dr. Alexey Root’s Prepare With Chess Strategy is for you. Building on the Boy Scouts of America’s Chess merit badge pamphlet, Dr. Root uses multiple examples to explain and reinforce the concepts introduced in that pamphlet. Learn More
  17. Portable Chess Coach

    Portable Chess Coach

    $9.95
    This entertaining guide for beginners of all ages is like a human chess coach. It clearly explains the basic rules and moves, opening strategies, middle game and endgame, plus the basic tactics and combinations to give you the winning edge. As you glide through the text, Judee helps you along with review questions, practice puzzles, and instructive games, and shows you the ten most common beginner's mistakes. Learn More
  18. Play Winning Chess

    Play Winning Chess

    $28.95
    'When most people learn to play chess, they usually memorize the movements of the pieces and then spend years pummeling away at each other with little rhyme and even less reason. Though I will show you how each piece leaps around, what it likes to do on holidays, the real purpose of this book is to teach you to understand the four major principles of my Seirawan method: force, time, space and pawn structure. Each is easy to understand and each is a weapon that will enable you to defeat most anyone you challenge to a game' -Yasser Seirawan Learn More
  19. Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess

    Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess

    $16.95
    From America's foremost chess teacher and author comes a new standard: a comprehensive course covering all aspects of the game, to improve your technique whether you are a newcomer or a longtime fan.One of America's best-known chess masters, Bruce Pandolfini has helped millions learn the intricacies of chess through his acclaimed books and workshops. Learn More
  20. My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White

    My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White

    $21.95
    Every chess player needs to decide which openings he is going to play. But where do you start? Experienced French chess trainer Vincent Moret provides a complete, ready-to-go chess opening repertoire for White with a sound set of lines that do not outdate rapidly, do not require memorization and are easy to digest for beginning players and other amateurs. Learn More
  21. Let's Play Chess

    Let's Play Chess

    Regular Price: $19.95

    Special Price $10.00

    In this updated and revised second edition of Pandolfini's acclaimed "Let's Play Chess, you will find the rules, the logic, some of the culture and history, and the basic principles of good chess play. Chess is by far the most popular board game in the world. There are millions of players of all ages and the number keeps growing.

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  22. Lessons in Chess

    Lessons in Chess

    Regular Price: $19.95

    Special Price $10.00

    In this entertaining book for players of all ages, world champion Garry Kasparov teaches the chess newcomer the moves and fundamental principles of the game. Every important concept is explained in clear fashion, with over 250 diagrams in total and more than 90 exercises on which readers can test themselves. Topics covered include the value of the pieces, the basic checkmates, the rules of development, the role of pawns in the endgame, and much more. Learn More
  23. Learn Chess the Right Way

    Learn Chess the Right Way

    $19.95
    Learn Chess the Right Way is a five-volume chess puzzle book series aimed at the novice, beginner and intermediate level player, using the unique methods of the award-winning coach and former world champion Susan Polgar. In Book 1, the focus is on one-move checkmate exercises. In each of the first five chapters, a specific piece delivers the checkmate. Learn More
  24. Learn Chess Fast

    Learn Chess Fast

    $19.95
    IN THIS remarkable book, a great master and a great teacher have collaborated to produce what is probably the clearest and simplest guide to the game ever written. Containing more than 300 diagrams, Learn Chess Fast! Learn More
  25. Journey to the Chess Kingdom

    Journey to the Chess Kingdom

    $26.95
    GM Arkadij Naiditsch presented a copy of “Journey to the Chess Kingdom” to me during the recent Chess Olympiad in Tromsø. The cover and illustrations are quite attractive and stand out in a positive way among the popular “chess board on the cover” designs. The diagrams are neat-looking and the paper is glossy and nice to touch. Overall, the book has a positive aura and feels inviting to read. Learn More
  26. Josh Waitzkin's Attacking Chess

    Josh Waitzkin's Attacking Chess

    $15.99
    The subject of the book and movie Searching for Bobby Fischer, Josh Waitzkin has long been the top-ranked player for his age in the United States and a role model for chess-playing kids everywhere. Now, for the first time, Waitzkin reveals the aggressive tactics and psychological techniques that have propelled him to the forefront of the chess world. Learn More
  27. How to Beat Your Kids at Chess

    How to Beat Your Kids at Chess

    $19.95
    How to Beat Your Kids at Chess is a book that truly starts at the beginning, with the most basic idea of all: the straight line. This book offers clear explanations, opportunities to practice each concept before moving on, and a systematic progression of ideas. Learn More
  28. How to Beat Your Dad at Chess

    How to Beat Your Dad at Chess

    $16.95
    This is not just a book for kids - for 'Dad' read any opponent who beats you regularly! This book teaches the 50 Deadly Checkmates - basic attacking patterns that occur repeatedly in games between players of all standards. Each mating motif is carefully and simply explained, and several illustrative examples are given. A final test enables the reader to grade his pattern recognition abilities, and the last chapter explains what to do if your Dad is Garry Kasparov. Fun, instructive - and guaranteed to improve your game. Learn More
  29. How to be a Winner at Chess

    How to be a Winner at Chess

    Regular Price: $12.95

    Special Price $5.00

    The Essence of Good Chess The incomparable Fred Reinfeld is back in print! This new 21st-century edition is presented in modern algebraic notation in a double-column format, with more diagrams and a refresher course for beginners. How to be a Winner at Chess is among the very best introductory chess books ever produced, bar none. In it Reinfeld manages to capture the essence of good chess in a most readable, enjoyable, easy-to-grasp format. How to be a Winner at Chess is designed for the average player who knows the moves and rules but not much more. Warning! - you have to be able to read! Let Fred Reinfeld, the master wordsmith and instructor take you to the next level - in short turn you into a winner. Learn More
  30. Gary's Adventures in Chess Country

    Gary's Adventures in Chess Country

    $23.95
    The book's story begins when Gary, a young boy, finds himself at home with his babysitter one boring afternoon. His day picks up when a young girl named Cassie comes to take him away to Chess Country, a world where everything is related to the royal game. Along the way, Gary meets many of the residents of Chess Country, including Riddles -- who provides Gary and the reader with numerous chess puzzles -- and Zug, another young boy who will become Gary's chess rival. Learn More
  31. First Book of Chess

    First Book of Chess

    $14.95
    This book holds the distinction and is famous for being the first chess book Bobby Fischer ever read. As Bobby himself tells the story, when he was 6 years old, one day his sister Joan brought home a plastic chess set she had bought in the market and they learned how to play by reading the instructions on the box. Later, when Bobby had developed an interest in the game, Joan brought home a book appropriately entitled ''First Book of Chess''. It was then a new book, just out. Learn More
  32. Everything Chess Basics Book

    Everything Chess Basics Book

    Regular Price: $14.95

    Special Price $5.00

    If you're looking to learn about the game of chess and win, The Everything Chess Basics Book provides you with the perfect introduction! Endorsed by the United States Chess Federation, The Everything Chess Basics Book is an authoritative guide that appeals to chess players of all ages and skill. Learn More
  33. Easy Guide to Chess

    Easy Guide to Chess

    $23.95
    First published in 1942, the late B.H. Wood's classic Easy Guide to Chess has been successfully used by thousands of chess players around the world. Topics covered include: the men, their moves, starting the game, the importance of pawns, how to record the moves, standard openings, and much more.  Learn More
  34. Chess Workbook for Children

    Chess Workbook for Children

    $19.95
    Chess Workbook for Children is a fun, comprehensive workbook and instruction book for children (and adults!) who are new to chess or who are in the beginning stages of learning to play the royal game. Ten basic chess lessons and chess rules are presented in detail. Learn More
  35. Chess Training for Post-Beginners

    Chess Training for Post-Beginners

    Regular Price: $21.95

    Special Price $10.00

    After you have learned the rules of chess and developed some tactical abilities, how do you go from there? You are now ready to tackle basic issues of strategy, but what is the best way to improve and win more games? Learn More
  36. Chess the Easy Way

    Chess the Easy Way

    $25.95
    More chess coaches in America recommend this book for their students than any other book. Written by one of the World's Strongest Grandmasters who was top contender for the World Chess Championship, ''Chess the Easy Way'' takes the player from the beginning moves of chess, rapidly advancing to the Expert Level. Learn More

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