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    1. For Friends & Colleagues - Volume 1 - PAPERBACK

      For Friends & Colleagues - Volume 1 - PAPERBACK

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      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. 

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    2. For Friends & Colleagues - Volume 1 - AUTOGRAPHED

      For Friends & Colleagues - Volume 1 - AUTOGRAPHED

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      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. Learn More
    3. Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 3

      Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 3

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      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. Learn More
    4. Chess The Hard Way

      Chess The Hard Way

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      "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. Learn More
    5. Johannes Zukertort

      Johannes Zukertort

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      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. Learn More
    6. The Immortal Games of Capablanca

      The Immortal Games of Capablanca

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      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. Learn More
    7. Grandmasters of Chess

      Grandmasters of Chess

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      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. Learn More
    8. Die Weltmeister Des Schachspiels 1 von Morphy bis Aljechin - GERMAN EDITION

      Die Weltmeister Des Schachspiels 1 von Morphy bis Aljechin - GERMAN EDITION

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      World Champions of Chess, Volume 1 - containing biographies and games of Morphy, Anderssen, Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca and Alekhine Learn More
    9. Die Weltmeister Des Schachspiels 2 von Botwinnik bis Fischer - GERMAN EDITION

      Die Weltmeister Des Schachspiels 2 von Botwinnik bis Fischer - GERMAN EDITION

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      World Champions of Chess, Volume 2 - containing biographies and games of Botvinnik , Smyslov , Tal , Petrosian , Spassky and Fischere Learn More
    10. Mikhail Botvinnik - The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion

      Mikhail Botvinnik - The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion

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      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. Learn More
    11. Aron Nimzowitsch - 1928-1935

      Aron Nimzowitsch - 1928-1935

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      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. Learn More
    12. Judit Polgar - From GM to Top 10

      Judit Polgar - From GM to Top 10

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      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. Learn More
    13. Magnus Force

      Magnus Force

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      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. Learn More
    14. Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 2

      Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 2

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      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. Learn More
    15. SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 2

      SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 2

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      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. Learn More
    16. How Magnus Carlsen Became the Youngest Chess Grandmaster in the World

      How Magnus Carlsen Became the Youngest Chess Grandmaster in the World

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      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 Learn More
    17. The Great Chess Masters and Their Games

      The Great Chess Masters and Their Games

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      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? Learn More
    18. Chess Heritage of A.A. Alekhine - VOLUME 2 - RUSSIAN EDITION

      Chess Heritage of A.A. Alekhine - VOLUME 2 - RUSSIAN EDITION

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      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. Learn More
    19. The Fire Attack - RUSSIAN EDITION

      The Fire Attack - RUSSIAN EDITION

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      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. Learn More
    20. Fighting Chess with Hikaru Nakamura

      Fighting Chess with Hikaru Nakamura

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      This is the very first book to focus exclusively on Hikaru Nakamura, the greatest American chess player since the legendary Bobby Fischer. Learn More
    21. Billy Colias - Midwest Master

      Billy Colias - Midwest Master

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      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 Learn More
    22. Judit Polgar - How I Beat Fischer's Record

      Judit Polgar - How I Beat Fischer's Record

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      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. Learn More
    23. Alexander Kotov - RUSSIAN EDITION

      Alexander Kotov - RUSSIAN EDITION

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      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. Learn More
    24. Nimzowitsch How I Became a Grandmaster at Chess - RUSSIAN EDITION

      Nimzowitsch How I Became a Grandmaster at Chess - RUSSIAN EDITION

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      A brief autobiographical sketch of one of the strongest chess players of the last century, who introduced theoretical innovative ideas in chess. Learn More
    25. Chess Heritage of A.A. Alekhine - VOLUME 1 - RUSSIAN EDITION

      Chess Heritage of A.A. Alekhine - VOLUME 1 - RUSSIAN EDITION

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      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. Learn More
    26. Emanuel Lasker - The Life of a Chess Master

      Emanuel Lasker - The Life of a Chess Master

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      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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    27. The Immortal Games of Capablanca

      The Immortal Games of Capablanca

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      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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    28. Petrosian's Legacy

      Petrosian's Legacy

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      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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    29. Aron Nimzowitsch - On the Road to Chess Mastery

      Aron Nimzowitsch - On the Road to Chess Mastery

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      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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    30. Checkmate in Prague

      Checkmate in Prague

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      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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    31. Bobby Fischer Comes Home

      Bobby Fischer Comes Home

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      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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    32. Paul Morphy

      Paul Morphy

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      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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    33. Vishy Anand - World Chess Champion

      Vishy Anand - World Chess Champion

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      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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    34. Profession - Chessplayer

      Profession - Chessplayer

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      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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    35. Fighting Chess with Magnus Carlsen

      Fighting Chess with Magnus Carlsen

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      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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    36. Endgame - PAPERBACK

      Endgame - PAPERBACK

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      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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