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    SHOPWORN - Checkmate My First Chess Book
    Catalog Code: SWB0140EM

    Learn to play the great game of chess with none other than Garry Kasparov, the World number one and the most famous figure in chess history, as your teacher. Discover all the various pieces - the king, the queen, the knights, the bishops and the pawns. Find out how the pieces move, the values of the chessmen, how to attack and how to defend, how to capture, how to employ special moves such as castling, how to write the moves down and, crucially, how to give check and deliver checkmate.
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    Chess Endgames for Kids
    Featuring 50 Endgame Lessons
    Catalog Code: B0187GB

    Starting with the basic mates and the simplest pawn endings, this book provides all the endgame knowledge that players need to take them through to club level and beyond. Müller carefully guides us step-by-step through a fascinating range of endgame tactics and manoeuvres, helping us understand the underlying logic.
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    Chess 101 for Kids
    A Beginner's Guide to the Royal Game
    Catalog Code: B0088OB

    This short pamphlet is a beginner's guide to the royal game of chess. It was written to provide new chess players with basic information that will prepare them to play chess in any venue, whether it's a tournament or club or even just casual games with friends. It includes information on setting up the board and pieces, how the pieces move, understanding chess notation, and more.
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    Bobby Fischer: My 60 Memorable Games - RUSSIAN EDITION
    With Introductions to the Games by International Grandmaster Larry Evans
    Catalog Code: B0282IS

    This is the infamous translation into Russian of the famous work by Bobby Fischer “My 60 Memorable Games”. This translation is famous because it was denounced vehemently by Bobby Fischer in his radio broadcasts because this translation was not authorized by him. However, he even more vehemently objected to the revision by the English publisher Batsford, as he had not given them permission to reprint his work even though they had a contractual right to reprint his work by virtue of an agreement they had with the original publisher, Simon and Schuster. To make matters much worse, the Batsford edition translated all the moves from Descriptive Notation as in P-K4 into Algebraic Notation as in e4. Batsford hired English Grandmaster Nunn to go through the book and correct any mistakes in Fischer's analysis. Unfortunately, in the course of “correcting” Fischer's “mistakes”, the English grandmaster made mistakes of his own, because one “correction” required an illegal move, as the piece was pinned, as otherwise the king would have been in check. So, in reality the correction was wrong and the original note by Fischer was correct.
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    The Teenage Chess Book
    Catalog Code: B0281IS

    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.
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    The Teenage Chess Book

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    The Soviet Chess Primer
    A Chess Classic
    Catalog Code: B0096QT

    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.
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    Journey to the Chess Kingdom
    Gold Classics of Russian Chess - Over a Million Copies Sold
    Catalog Code: B0007EV

    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.
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    Journey to the Chess Kingdom

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    Prof. Chester Nuhmentz, Jr. Chess Training Material
    Level 1
    Catalog Code: B0002US

    This is a compilation of 6 Different Chess Training Books by Professor Chester Nuhmentz, Jr.
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    Prof. Chester Nuhmentz, Jr. Chess Training Material

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    Chess Training for Post-Beginners
    A Basic Course in Positional Understanding
    Catalog Code: B0143NIC

    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?
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    Chess Training for Post-Beginners

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    SHOPWORN - Checkmate! Tactics
    Catalog Code: SWB0307EM

    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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    Total Chess
    Learn, Teach and Play the Easy 1-2-3 Way
    Catalog Code: B0084OB

    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.
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    Total Chess

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    The Batsford Book of Chess for Children
    Catalog Code: B0120BT

    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.
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    The Batsford Book of Chess for Children

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    How to be a Winner at Chess
    21st Century Edition
    Catalog Code: B0065RE

    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.
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    How to Beat Your Kids at Chess
    An Adult Beginner's Guide to Chess - 2nd Edition
    Catalog Code: B0063RE

    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.
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    How to Beat Your Dad at Chess
    Including the 50 Deadly Checkmates
    Catalog Code: B0056GB

    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.
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    How to Beat Your Dad at Chess

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    The Most Valuable Skills in Chess
    From the Basic Moves to Winning Your First Game - And Beyond
    Catalog Code: B0138GB

    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).
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    The Most Valuable Skills in Chess

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    Chess for Children
    How to Play the World's Most Popular Board Game
    Catalog Code: B0157GB

    With this charming book, children will delight in learning the basic moves of chess - the most popular and challenging strategy game of all. All the rules of chess are clearly explained, step by step, assuming no prior knowledge. The lessons are reinforced by the inventive tales that George is told by his pet alligator Kirsty, self-proclaimed Grand Alligator of chess.
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    Chess for Children

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    SHOPWORN - Chess For Rookies
    Learn To Play, Win and Enjoy!
    Catalog Code: SWB0279EM

    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.
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    SHOPWORN - Chess For Rookies

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    Beginning Chess
    Over 300 Elementary Problems For Players New to the Game
    Catalog Code: B0001SS

    Now even beginners can reap the rewards of Pandolfini's acclaimed teaching system. Over 300 problems, tailored to beginning players, encompass everything a player needs to learn, from the basic rules and vocabulary to the moves of various chessmen to sophisticated strategies. 300 line drawings.
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    Beginning Chess

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    Everything Chess Basics Book
    The Rules, the Moves, and the Strategies - All You Need to Know to Play the Game
    Catalog Code: B0002OB

    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.
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    Everything Chess Basics Book

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    Square One
    The Best Chess-Drill Book For Beginners of All Ages
    Catalog Code: B0002SS

    From ever popular instructor Bruce Pandolfini comes this entertaining, interactive and effective book for teaching young Chess players and other newcomers to the game.
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    Square One

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    Gary's Adventures in Chess Country
    Catalog Code: B0003EU

    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.
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    Portable Chess Coach
    Learn How to Play and Win at Chess in One Easy Reading!
    Catalog Code: B0004CZ

    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.
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    Portable Chess Coach

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    Chess Made Simple
    Catalog Code: B0004IS

    This is a book about the most fascinating game in the world. It is both a manual for beginners and a refresher course for experienced players. Clear and methodical explanations begin with the various chess pieces and proceed to subtle, advanced plays.
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    Josh Waitzkin's Attacking Chess
    Aggressive Strategies and Inside Moves from the U.S. Junior Chess Champion
    Catalog Code: B0005SS

    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.
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    Chess Workbook for Children
    The Chess Detective's Introduction to the Royal Game
    Catalog Code: B0006OB

    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.
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    101 Questions On How To Play Chess
    Catalog Code: B0010DV

    What is the object of the game of Chess? What is chess notation? How does the King move and Capture? These and a host of other Chess questions are answered simply and clearly in this indepensible guide for beginning players.
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    Back to Basics - Fundamentals
    Catalog Code: B0011RE

    How about a Nice Game of Chess?

    The game of chess has challenged and delighted the world for centuries. In Back to Basics: Fundamentals, the essential building blocks of the royal game are presented simply and in an easy-to-understand format. With the expert guidance of chess master Branislav Francuski, you will learn how the chess pieces move and capture; the underlying principles of the game; how to spot and carry out simple checkmates; and understand the basic tactical ideas that are so important to playing and winning.
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    Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess
    Catalog Code: B0011RH

    Learn to think the same way Bobby Fischer did. This is the fastest, most efficient, most enjoyable book on chess ever compiled. As the student, you start at the beginning and progressively develop your skills as you apply Bobby Fischer's principles and learn how to play Chess the Bobby way.
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    Chess the Easy Way
    Catalog Code: B0012IS

    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.
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    Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess
    Basic to Advanced Strategies with America's Foremost Chess Instructor
    Catalog Code: B0014SS

    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.
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    Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess

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    Chess for the Gifted & Busy
    A Short but Comprehensive Course - From Beginner to Expert
    Catalog Code: B0018LV

    This right-to-the-point book by one of the game's foremost teacher-writing teams uses a breakthrough approach to teach chess fast!
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    Chess for the Gifted & Busy

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    Chess 101
    Everything A New Chess Player Needs to Know
    Catalog Code: B0019OB

    Learning to play chess involves more than just knowing how to move the pieces. Chess 101 is a chess book for beginners that provides a comprehensive overview of everything a new player needs to know. This includes... Types of boards and pieces, setting up the board, the value of the pieces, how the pieces move, including castling and "en passant", chess notation, the three phases of the game of chess, how to study chess, what a chess rating is and how to get one, chess clock rules, an overview of faster chess games, the mechanics of a tournament, rules and etiquette, and tips to winning chess. Chess 101 also contains over two dozen exhibits, designed to make understanding the game easy!
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    The Basics of Winning Chess
    One Quick Reading Shows You How to Be a Winner!
    Catalog Code: B0020CZ

    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.
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    The Basics of Winning Chess

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    An Invitation to Chess
    A Picture Guide to the Royal Game
    Catalog Code: B0025IS

    An Invitation to Chess is perhaps the most successful chess book ever written, with sales of over 100,000. It is a basic beginners book, starting with the moves of the pieces and rapidly advancing to more complex problems and examples.
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    An Invitation to Chess

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    Start Playing Chess Today!
    A Quick and Easy Guide to Chess!
    Catalog Code: B0054CZ

    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.
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