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    Beginner Chess Books

    Year of Publication
    1982 2014 1982 to 2014
    Author(s)
    1. Al Lawrence (1)
    2. Bobby Fischer (2)
    3. Branislav Francuski (1)
    4. Bruce Pandolfini (3)
    5. Byron Jacobs (1)
    6. Chester Nuhmentz Jr. (1)
    7. Craig Pritchett (2)
    8. Dave Schloss (1)
    9. David MacEnulty (1)
    10. Donn Mosenfelder (1)
    11. Fred Reinfeld (3)
    12. Fred Wilson (1)
    13. Garry Kasparov (3)
    14. I.A. Horowitz (3)
    15. Igor Sukhin (8)
    16. Irving Chernev (1)
    17. Jacob Cantrell (1)
    18. Jim Eade (1)
    19. John Nunn (1)
    20. Jon Edwards (1)
    21. Josh Waitzkin (1)
    22. Judee Shipman (1)
    23. Kenneth Harkness (1)
    24. Lev Alburt (2)
    25. Maurice Ashley (1)
    26. Milton Hanauer (1)
    27. Murray Chandler (2)
    28. Paata Gaprindashvili (1)
    29. Peter Kurzdorfer (1)
    30. Reuben Fine (1)
    31. Roz Katz (1)
    32. Samuel Reshevsky (1)
    33. Samuel Reshevsky (1)
    34. Stuart Marquilies (1)
    35. Todd Bardwick (1)
    36. Yaroslav Srokovski (1)
    37. Yasser Seirawan (1)
    38. Yuri Averbach (1)
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    Chess Notation Type
    1. FAN - Figurine (16)
    2. AN - Algebraic (23)
    3. LAN - Long Algebraic (1)
    4. DN - Descriptive (7)
    5. NL - Notationless (3)
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    Topics
    1. General Chess Instruction (1)
    2. Strategy (1)
    Popular Book Series
    1. Starting Out (1)
    2. Winning Chess (1)

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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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      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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      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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      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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      A Complete Chess Course - How to Win at Chess - VOLUME I
      Catalog Code: B0121IS

      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 I

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      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

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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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      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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      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 for Dummies
      A Reference for the Rest of Us!
      Catalog Code: B0033OB

      Chess For Dummies is your quick and easy guide to the rules, strategies, and etiquette of chess.

      Kings, queens, knights - does chess seem like a royal pain to grasp? This friendly guide helps you make the right moves. From using the correct terms to engaging in the art of attack, you'll get step-by-step explanations that demystify the game.
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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 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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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 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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      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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      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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      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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      Checkmate! Tactics
      Catalog Code: B0307EM

      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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      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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      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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      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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      First Book of Chess
      Catalog Code: B0109IS

      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.
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      Checkmate My First Chess Book
      Catalog Code: B0140EM

      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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      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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      Chess Camp - VOLUME 1
      Move, Attack and Capture
      Catalog Code: B0056EU

      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 1

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      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 3
      Checkmates with Many Pieces
      Catalog Code: B0058EU

      Chess Camp is a new training system for beginning chess players, 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 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 5
      Two-Move Checkmates
      Catalog Code: B0077EU

      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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