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    Chess Strategy for Kids
    Featuring 50 Smart Strategies
    Catalog Code: B0195GB

    So you have learned how to play chess, studied tactics and know some basic endgames and openings. What’s next? The glue that binds it all together is strategy. By forming a good plan, chess-players seize strong points on the board and target the opponent’s weaknesses. The author explains how to identify the right strategy in a wide range of typical situations. With his guidance, you will soon be finding good plans on your own – and then it will be time to demonstrate your tactical mastery!
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    Chess Strategy for Kids

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    Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 1
    Must-Know Checkmates
    Catalog Code: B0085RE

    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.
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    Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 1

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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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    SHOPWORN - Josh Waitzkin's Attacking Chess
    Aggressive Strategies and Inside Moves from the U.S. Junior Chess Champion
    Catalog Code: SWB0005SS

    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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    SHOPWORN - Josh Waitzkin's Attacking Chess

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    A Complete Chess Course
    How to Play and Win at Chess: Openings, Endgames, Tactics and Strategy
    Catalog Code: B0188GB

    This book is a comprehensive manual for those new to chess, which explains with great clarity the basics of the game. Using innovative methods, Gude ensures that readers quickly grasp each key concept before building on it by introducing new ideas.
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    A Complete Chess Course

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    SHOPWORN - How to Beat Your Kids at Chess
    An Adult Beginner's Guide to Chess - 2nd Edition
    Catalog Code: SWB0063RE

    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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    SHOPWORN - How to Beat Your Kids at Chess

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    Basic Chess Openings for Kids
    Play Like a Winner from Move One
    Catalog Code: B0158NIC

    In his trademark humorous and kid-friendly way, Hertan teaches what you should actually be trying to achieve at the start of a game. Kids will love learning how to avoid The Five Most Common Opening Mistakes.
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    Basic Chess Openings for Kids

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    Your First Chess Lessons
    A Simple Guide to Chess for Absolute Beginners
    Catalog Code: B0196GB

    Assuming no previous knowledge of the game, Grandmaster Paul van der Sterren teaches you how to play and draws you into the fascinating world of modern chess. This carefully crafted chess course is divided into true lessons, each building on what has been learned in the previous ones. Before moving on from a topic, you have the chance to test that you have fully understood it with the help of thoughtfully graded exercises.
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    Your First Chess Lessons

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    Easy Guide to Chess
    Catalog Code: B0427EM

    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. 
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    Easy Guide to Chess

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    Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 2
    Winning Material
    Catalog Code: B0097RE

    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. Volume 2 is all about “winning material” exercises. In each of the first six chapters a certain piece captures an enemy piece .
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    Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 2

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    Prepare with Chess Strategy
    Catalog Code: B0119EU

    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.
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    Prepare with Chess Strategy

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    Chess In Action
    From First Attack to Checkmate
    Catalog Code: B0107BT

    This is not your typical beginner's chess book! Written by longtime children's book author Paul Mantell, and International Master of Chess Dean Ippolito, Chess in Action effectively captures the excitement of the battle: the thrill of staying one step ahead of your opponent, of launching a surprise attack, of drawing your adversary into a trap.
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    Chess In Action

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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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    Bobby Fischer: My 60 Memorable Games - RUSSIAN EDITION

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    Start Playing Chess
    Learn the Rules of the Royal Game
    Catalog Code: B0173NIC

    Award-winning author Charles Hertan has written a lively and user-friendly chess primer for kids and other beginners. He'll teach you the ins and outs of the chess board., how the pieces move, the value of the pieces and much more! With this book, you'll learn all of the important rules and get tips on how to start playing chess yourself.
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    Start Playing Chess

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    The Standard Chess Workbook - Beginner
    Catalog Code: B0091OB

    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.
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    The Standard Chess Workbook - Beginner

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    Instant Chess
    Catalog Code: CB0124RB

    The authors explain in a logical and easily way the basic rules of chess, how the pieces move and some of the more fundamental ideas of chess strategy. A special feature of the book is the inclusion of numerous illustrations and clear diagrams to emphasize and supplement the various points made in the text.
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    Instant Chess

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    Chess for children activity book
    Catalog Code: B0124BT

    Build up your child’s knowledge of, and interest in, chess through an imaginative, fun series of games and activities. This follow-up to The Batsford Book of Chess for Children features the same two cheeky chess-playing kids, Jess and Jamie, discussing the games in child-friendly language. The exercises include puzzles, crosswords, easy chess ''variants,'' and a guess-the-next-move section.
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    Chess for children activity book

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    A Primer of Chess
    Catalog Code: B0431EM

    Former world champion José Capablanca’s introduction to chess, available for the first time in English in algebraic notation, is an ideal first chess book for players of all ages. In systematic fashion, Capablanca lucidly explains the rules and basic principles of this fascinating game, and illustrates these with a wide range of practical examples.    Topics covered include:  - The game, the pieces, their moves and object .  - Improving your game .  - Elementary opening principles ....and much more 
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    A Primer of Chess

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    Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 3
    Mastering Defensive Technique
    Catalog Code: B0098RE

    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 Volume 3, you will be introduced to 500 must-know defensive techniques. Each chapter will start with a few introductory examples and explanation about to what to look for in the puzzles that follow
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    Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 3

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    My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White
    A Ready-To-Go Package For Ambitious Beginners
    Catalog Code: B0168NIC

    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.
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    My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White

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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

    $17.95
    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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    Start Playing Chess Today!

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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 6
    Tactics in Attack and Defense
    Catalog Code: B0085EU

    Chess Camp is a new training system for beginning chessplayers, and for the parents and coaches who teach them. Starting with simple problems to illustrate key concepts, and then progressing to more complex positions, the student will learn by doing, methodically integrating new information with previous knowledge while building effective thinking habits at the board.
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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 6

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    Let's Play Chess
    Catalog Code: B0010RE

    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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    Let's Play Chess

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    Learn Chess Fast
    A Short-Cut Guide to the Royal Game Lavishly Illustrated
    Catalog Code: B0094IS

    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!
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    Learn Chess Fast

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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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    SHOPWORN - Checkmate! Tactics

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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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    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

    $14.95
    Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess
    Learn to Think the Way Bobby Does
    Catalog Code: B0007IS

    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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    Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess

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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 4
    Elementary Endgames
    Catalog Code: B0076EU

    In this fourth volume, Elementary Endgames, the student will: 1) learn how to deliver fundamental checkmates such as a king and a rook against a lone king; 2) discover how to avoid stalemating the opposing king, and how to induce stalemate when threatened with checkmate; and 3) develop not only an understanding of concepts such as passed pawns and king opposition, but also a sense of confidence in the final phase of the game.
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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 4

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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 Kids at Chess

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    Play Winning Chess
    An Introduction to the Moves, Strategies, and Philosophy of Chess from one of the World's Top Chess Players
    Catalog Code: B0197EM

    '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
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    Play Winning Chess

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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

    $26.95
    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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    Chess Made Simple

    $16.95
    Chess Camp - VOLUME 2
    Simple Checkmates
    Catalog Code: B0057EU

    Chess Camp is a new training system for beginning chessplayers, and for the parents and coaches who teach them. Starting with simple problems to illustrate key concepts, and then progressing to more complex positions, the student will learn by doing, methodically integrating new information with previous knowledge while building effective thinking habits at the board.
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    Chess Camp - VOLUME 2

    $11.95
    A Complete Chess Course - How to Win at Chess - VOLUME II
    Catalog Code: B0122IS

    This is a combined work, taking five separate books and combining them into one volume, but then re-dividing them into two volumes.
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    A Complete Chess Course - How to Win at Chess - VOLUME II

    $25.95

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