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    Biographical Chess Books

    Year of Publication
    1986 2014 1986 to 2014
    Author(s)
    1. Adrian Mikhalchishin (1)
    2. Alexander Ilyin-Genevsky (1)
    3. Alexander Kotov (4)
    4. Alexander Raetsky (2)
    5. Alexandra Kosteniuk (2)
    6. Andrew Soltis (3)
    7. Aron Nimzowitsch (1)
    8. Bill Hook (1)
    9. Colin Crouch (1)
    10. Craig Pritchett (1)
    11. Dale Brandreth (1)
    12. Daniel A Yanofsky (1)
    13. Danny Kopec (1)
    14. David Edmonds (1)
    15. David Lawson (1)
    16. David Levy (2)
    17. Dr. Danny Kopec (1)
    18. Dr. J. Hannak (1)
    19. Elie Agur (1)
    20. F.M. Malkin (1)
    21. Frank Brady (3)
    22. Frank X. Mur (1)
    23. Fred Reinfeld (2)
    24. Garry Kasparov (11)
    25. Gary Robson (1)
    26. Gedeon Barcza (2)
    27. George Koltanowski (1)
    28. Geza Maroczy (1)
    29. Hans Bohm (1)
    30. Harold C. Schonberg (1)
    31. Harold C. Schonberg (1)
    32. Helgi Olafsson (1)
    33. Isaak Linder (1)
    34. Jeremy Silman (1)
    35. Jimmy Adams (1)
    36. Joe Gallagher (1)
    37. Joel Benjamin (2)
    38. John Donaldson (1)
    39. John Eidinow (1)
    40. John Hilbert (1)
    41. John Nunn (1)
    42. Jorn Erik Nielsen (1)
    43. Judit Polgar (2)
    44. Karsten Muller (1)
    45. Karsten Muller & Raymund Stolze (1)
    46. Kees Jongkind (1)
    47. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (1)
    48. Kurt Landsberger (1)
    49. Lubomir Ftacnik (1)
    50. Ludek Pachman (1)
    51. M.L. Rantala & Eric Schiller & Alan Watson (1)
    52. Macon Shibut (1)
    53. Mark Dvoretsky (1)
    54. Max Euwe (1)
    55. Maxim Chetverik (2)
    56. Mikhail Tal (1)
    57. Mikhail Tal & Iakov Damsky (1)
    58. Mikhail Yudovich (2)
    59. Neil McDonald (1)
    60. Oleg Stetsko (1)
    61. Pablo Moran (1)
    62. Pal Benko (1)
    63. Paul Keres (1)
    64. Per Skjoldager (1)
    65. Raymond Keene (1)
    66. Renzo Verwer (1)
    67. Richard Keene (1)
    68. Rudolpf Reinhardt (1)
    69. Sidney Norman Bernstein (1)
    70. Simon Agdestein (1)
    71. Tibor Karolyi (3)
    72. Tigran Petrosian (2)
    73. Tim Crothers (1)
    74. Vik Vasiliev (1)
    75. Vishwanathan Anand (1)
    76. Vladimir Tukmakov (1)
    77. Walter Browne (2)
    78. Yasser Seirawan (1)
    79. Yuri Averbakh (2)
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    2. AN - Algebraic (27)
    3. LAN - Long Algebraic (2)
    4. DN - Descriptive (13)
    5. NL - Notationless (8)
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      **PRE-ORDER** Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 3
      1993-2005
      Catalog Code: B0392EM

      Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov: Part III is the final volume in a major three-volume series made unique by the fact that it records the greatest chess battles played by the greatest chessplayer of all-time.
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      For Friends & Colleagues - Volume 1 - SIGNED AND NUMBERED EDITION
      SPECIAL EDITION - SIGNED AND INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED
      Catalog Code: B0074RE-SGN

      Mark Dvoretsky has long been considered one of the premier chess coaches and trainers in the world. He is renowned for taking talented masters and forging them into world-class grandmasters and champions. This accomplished chess instructor and author now shares his story in a ground-breaking two-volume set. You are invited to share his journey from his childhood and maturing into a strong master, to his participation in the powerful Soviet championships and then, his transition to full-time chess coach. This is a special edition, signed by Mark Dvoretsky and limited to 500 copies.
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      For Friends & Colleagues - Volume 1 - SIGNED AND NUMBERED EDITION

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      Chess The Hard Way
      Catalog Code: B0258IS

      "Chess the Hard Way" is the autobiography of Daniel Abraham Yanofsky, who was not only Canada's first chess grandmaster buit was Canada's only grandmaster until the modern era. His career is remarkable. He was from a remote Indian town in Central Canada where there were no chess masters. Almost invariably, strong chess players only develop in places where there are strong players.
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      Johannes Zukertort
      Artist of the Chessboard
      Catalog Code: B0145NIC

      In this monumental book, originally published in 1989 in a limited edition and highly sought after by chess collectors, Jimmy Adams brings Zukertort’s masterpieces to the notice of today’s chess world and secures his rightful place in history as an important link between the old combinational and the modern positional school.
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      Johannes Zukertort

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      Die Weltmeister Des Schachspiels 1 von Morphy bis Aljechin - GERMAN EDITION
      Catalog Code: B0254IS

      World Champions of Chess, Volume 1 - containing biographies and games of Morphy, Anderssen, Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca and Alekhine
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      Die Weltmeister Des Schachspiels 1 von Morphy bis Aljechin - GERMAN EDITION

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      The Immortal Games of Capablanca
      Catalog Code: B0251IS

      This is the biography of Jose R. Capablanca, famous grandmaster of Chess, with 113 of his greatest games. The fame of the great Cuban Master Chess champion of the world from 1921 to 1927, is ample assurance that this superbly annotated collection of his choicest masterpieces is destined to take its place at once amongst the classics of Chess literature. The book contains many games which have hitherto not been available in book form. The qualities of simplicity and artistry for which Capablanca was famous for in his lifetime will be appreciated by every reader, whether he studies the games for the sheer pleasure of it, of for the purpose of increasing his playing strength.
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      Die Weltmeister Des Schachspiels 2 von Botwinnik bis Fischer - GERMAN EDITION
      Catalog Code: B0255IS

      World Champions of Chess, Volume 2 - containing biographies and games of Botvinnik , Smyslov , Tal , Petrosian , Spassky and Fischere
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      Die Weltmeister Des Schachspiels 2 von Botwinnik bis Fischer - GERMAN EDITION

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      Grandmasters of Chess
      Catalog Code: B0252IS

      In Grandmasters of Chess, Harold Schonberg chronicles the life and times of some of the greatest Grandmasters of all time, from Philidor to Capablanca and Alekhine to everyone in between.
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      Mikhail Botvinnik - The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion
      Catalog Code: B0015MF

      The games of Mikhail Botvinnik, world chess champion from 1948 to 1963, have been studied by players around the world for decades. But little has been written about Botvinnik himself. This book explores his unusual dual career--as a highly regarded scientist as well as the first truly professional chess player--as well as his complex relations with Soviet leaders, including Josef Stalin, his bitter rivalries, and his doomed effort to create the perfect chess-playing computer program. The book has more than 85 games, 127 diagrams, twelve photographs, a chronology of his life and career, a bibliography, an index of openings, an index of opponents, and a general index.
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      Mikhail Botvinnik - The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion

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      Aron Nimzowitsch - 1928-1935
      Annotated Games & Essays
      Catalog Code: B0136NIC

      Every chess player who is serious about improving his game, should study the lessons of Aron Nimzowitsch (1886-1935). 'My System' (published in 1925) and 'Chess Praxis' (1928) had tremendous impact and made Nimzowitsch one of the most influential chess thinkers of the 20th century. His books continue to be printed, sold and read to this day. Reinhardt’s collection starts where Nimzowitsch’s second volume Chess Praxis ends. It offers a unique view of the chess world of the late 1920s and 1930s, its top tournaments and the state of theory.
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      Aron Nimzowitsch - 1928-1935

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      Judit Polgar - From GM to Top 10
      Judit Polgar Teaches Chess - Volume 2
      Catalog Code: B0092QT

      From GM to Top Ten continues the unique project where one of the greatest players of our time transforms her personal journey to the top into a roadmap for everyone who wanted to better themselves in the game of chess. In this volume, Judit tells the story of her rise from teenage grandmaster to Top Ten superstar.Judit Polgar has been ranked 1st on the Women's rating list from 1989 to this present day. In 2005, she became the only women in chess history to participate in the World Championship final. The previous volume, How I Beat Fischer's Record, won the 2013 ECF Book of the Year Prize.
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      Judit Polgar - From GM to Top 10

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      Magnus Force
      How Carlsen Beat Kasparov's Record
      Catalog Code: B0372EM

      What is Magnus Carlsen's secret? How did an already world-class player succeed in reaching this unprecedented level where he was regularly beating the world's strongest grandmasters? In this book, International Master Colin Crouch provides answers to these questions. Crouch studies Carlsen's progress in recent years and demonstrates how he learned lessons from previous setbacks, turned weaknesses into strengths, losses into draws, and draws into wins. By doing so Carlsen was able to elevate his play to a stratospheric level, but any aspiring chess player can use similar methods to improve their game.
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      SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 2
      1985-1993
      Catalog Code: SWB0370EM

      Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov: Part II is the second volume in a major three-volume series made unique by the fact that it records the greatest chess battles played by the greatest chess player of all-time.
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      SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 2

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      Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 2
      1985-1993
      Catalog Code: B0370EM

      Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov: Part II is the second volume in a major three-volume series made unique by the fact that it records the greatest chess battles played by the greatest chess player of all-time.
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      Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 2

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      How Magnus Carlsen Became the Youngest Chess Grandmaster in the World
      The Story and the Games
      Catalog Code: B0131NIC

      At the age of 13 years, 4 months and 26 days, Magnus Carlsen became the youngest chess grandmaster in the world. The international press raved about the Norwegian prodigy. The Washington Post even called him ‘the Mozart of chess’. Ten years on Magnus Carlsen is the number one in the world rankings and a household name far beyond chess circles. Time Magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013
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      How Magnus Carlsen Became the Youngest Chess Grandmaster in the World

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      The Great Chess Masters and Their Games
      The Human Side of Chess
      Catalog Code: B0234IS

      Is there any quality common in the world's greatest chess masters, any peculiarity which made them contestants upon that particular parti-coloured board and on no other? Is there, in other words, a chess-mind?
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      The Great Chess Masters and Their Games

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      Chess Heritage of A.A. Alekhine - VOLUME 2 - RUSSIAN EDITION
      Catalog Code: B0213IS

      Alekhine has long earned a reputation not only a brilliant experience, but also the best chess writer and theoretician of the first half of 20th century. Alekhine's Games, which are shining examples of chess creativity, are provided with detailed notes.

      This is the second volume of a two-volume biography of World Chess Champion Alexander Alekhine. This second volume is devoted to the art of the strategic concepts of the First Russian World Champion and his contribution to the theory and practice of chess endings.
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      Chess Heritage of A.A. Alekhine - VOLUME 2 - RUSSIAN EDITION

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      The Fire Attack - RUSSIAN EDITION
      Catalog Code: B0211IS

      The Fire Attack" by Mikhail Tal and Iakov Damsky, brings out all the brightest and most beautiful of the great victories of the Soviet Grandmaster of Chess and World champion Mikhail Tal Nehemevicha. His aggressive, unpredictable, graceful, and in some cases even warlike games are always admired and will always be admired by millions of players around the world. He was a true master of the attack on the king. Tal showed that the need for a good attack, unexpected solutions, endless sacrifices, even if not always correct in terms of computer analysis.
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      The Fire Attack - RUSSIAN EDITION

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      Fighting Chess with Hikaru Nakamura
      Catalog Code: B0019OE

      This is the very first book to focus exclusively on Hikaru Nakamura, the greatest American chess player since the legendary Bobby Fischer.
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      Billy Colias - Midwest Master
      Revised in 2013 by Eric Schiller With Additional Games and New Chess Analysis
      Catalog Code: B0214IS

      Billy Colias was one of the most remarkable players to come out of the Midwest. He overcame many obstacles to become one of the area's top players, and earned the title of FIDE Master before his untimely death in 1993. This book details his life and games, including thrilling victories against both amateur and professional opposition in the Midwest, throughout the United States, and in Europe
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      The Queen of Katwe
      A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster
      Catalog Code: B0069OB

      The Queen of Katwe is an intimate and heartrending portrait of human life on the poor fringes of the twenty-first century.
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      The Queen of Katwe

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      Judit Polgar - How I Beat Fischer's Record
      Judit Polgar Teaches Chess - Volume 1
      Catalog Code: B0069QT

      In this very personal book Judit Polgar describes her early moments of success and the chess ideas she needed to master in order to achieve them.
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      Judit Polgar - How I Beat Fischer's Record

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      Nimzowitsch How I Became a Grandmaster at Chess - RUSSIAN EDITION
      Catalog Code: B0157IS

      A brief autobiographical sketch of one of the strongest chess players of the last century, who introduced theoretical innovative ideas in chess.
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      Nimzowitsch How I Became a Grandmaster at Chess - RUSSIAN EDITION

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      Alexander Kotov - RUSSIAN EDITION
      Catalog Code: B0155IS

      The book offers a sketch of the life and work of a talented writer and Soviet grandmaster Alexander Kotov. Chess games with commentary selected and grouped by topics (debut, a combination tactical strikes, defense, etc.) so that the book was not only an outstanding monograph on the players, but also a kind of textbook on the management of chess.
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      Alexander Kotov - RUSSIAN EDITION

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      Chess Heritage of A.A. Alekhine - VOLUME 1 - RUSSIAN EDITION
      Catalog Code: B0154IS

      Alekhine has long earned a reputation not only a brilliant experience, but also the best chess writer and theoretician of the first half of 20th century. Alekhine's Games, which are shining examples of chess creativity, are provided with detailed notes.
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      Chess Heritage of A.A. Alekhine - VOLUME 1 - RUSSIAN EDITION

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      The Immortal Games of Capablanca
      Catalog Code: B0050DV

      Superbly annotated treasury includes 113 of the Cuban master's greatest games against Marshall, Lasker, Euwe, and many other formidable opponents.
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      The Immortal Games of Capablanca

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      Emanuel Lasker - The Life of a Chess Master
      Catalog Code: B0046DV

      The legendary master comes vividly to life as Dr. Hannak details his childhood, education, decision to become a professional player, great exploits in matches against Marshall, Capablanca, Tarrasch, Schlechter and other players, his happy marriage, flight from Nazi Germany and much more.
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      Emanuel Lasker - The Life of a Chess Master

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      Petrosian's Legacy
      Catalog Code: B0150IS

      This book was originally published in Russian as Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian Chess Lectures. The publisher was Soviet Radio. Every chess enthusiast should have this important work in his chess library.
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      Petrosian's Legacy

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      Aron Nimzowitsch - On the Road to Chess Mastery
      1886-1924
      Catalog Code: B0013MF


      Publisher: McFarland
      Author: Per Skjoldager and Jorn Erik Nielsen
      Year of Publication: 2012 Pages: 458
      Notation Type: Algebraic (AN)


      Book Description One of the greatest chess legends of all time, Aron Nimzowitsch (1886-1935), is best known for founding the Hypermodernism school of chess, which emerged after World War I to challenge the chess ideologies of traditional central European masters. This first full-scale biography of Nimzowitsch chronicles his early life in Denmark, his family and education, and his fascination with the game that would become the focus of his life. Also included are explorations of his tournament games and records, his dispute with influential chess teacher Siegbert Tarrasch, and his role in the development of Hypermodern Chess. With detailed accounts of nearly 450 games and the only narrative of Nimzowitsch from 1914 to 1924, a period formerly cloaked in mystery, this volume offers the most thorough profile available of one of chess's greatest innovators.
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      Aron Nimzowitsch - On the Road to Chess Mastery

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      Checkmate in Prague
      The Memoirs of a Grandmaster
      Catalog Code: B0138IS

      Ludek Pachman's account of his political struggles is interspersed with numerous chess anecdotes about many of the masters he faced in tournament play, such as Alekhine, Bobby Fischer, Botvinnik, and Tal
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      Checkmate in Prague

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      Bobby Fischer Comes Home
      The Final Years in Iceland, a Saga of Friendship and Lost Illusions
      Catalog Code: B0109NIC

      Bobby Fischer Comes Home tells the story of their complicated friendship and paints an intimate portrait of the last years of the man who many see as the greatest chess player that ever lived.
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      Bobby Fischer Comes Home

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      Paul Morphy
      Catalog Code: B0023CA

      Translated by Robert Sherwood from the 1909 edition published in Germany. Maroczy was the strongest player who ever annotated all of Morphy's games and thus to non-German language readers, it should be of special interest, especially since the standards for analytical notes were far higher even in 1909 than were accepted when these games were played.
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      Paul Morphy

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      Vishy Anand - World Chess Champion
      Life and Games
      Catalog Code: B0179GB

      This new expanded edition of the award-winning Vishy Anand: My Best Games of Chess (New Edition) features 30 extra games from the period of Anand's greatest successes.
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      Vishy Anand - World Chess Champion

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      Profession - Chessplayer
      Grandmaster at Work
      Catalog Code: B0057RE

      You are now invited to join the author in a very personal autobiographical journey, as he traces his development from one of many gifted chessplaying children to a powerful international grandmaster, a member of the world's chess elite.
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      Profession - Chessplayer

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      Fighting Chess with Magnus Carlsen
      Catalog Code: B0018OE

      This book presents detailed annotations to 64 of Carlsen's best games, together with a description of his career. Also examined are the deficiencies from which he suffered as a young player, and how he overcame these on his way to the top.
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      Endgame - PAPERBACK
      Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness
      Catalog Code: B0022RH

      ENDGAME is acclaimed biographer Frank Brady's decades-in-the-making tracing of the meteoric ascent--and confounding descent--of enigmatic genius Bobby Fischer. Only Brady, who met Fischer when the prodigy was only 10 and shared with him some of his most dramatic triumphs, could have written this book, which has much to say about the nature of American celebrity and the distorting effect.of fame
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      Endgame - PAPERBACK

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