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  1. Najdorf x Najdorf

    Najdorf x Najdorf

    $24.95
    Among major chess figures of the 20th century, few stand out more than Miguel Najdorf. In this biography, Najdorf’s daughter Liliana paints an intimate portrait of her larger-than life father. She writes about him, warts and all, showing us her father as a man both greatly talented and deeply flawed, a man at once loving and rage-prone, noble and petty, generous and selfish, jovial but despotic, earthy but vain, exuberant yet deeply sad. Learn More
  2. Vlastimil Hort - Legendary Chess Careers

    Vlastimil Hort - Legendary Chess Careers

    $21.95

     In this book, the author drives you through the very rich chess career of Vlastimil Hort while interviewing him.

     This unique concept makes the book easy to read and gives the reader some inside information about what is happening also off the board, things you normally don't get to know about. 

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  3. Yasser Seirawan - Legendary Chess Careers

    Yasser Seirawan - Legendary Chess Careers

    $21.95
    In this book, the author drives you through the very rich chess career of Yasser Seirawan while interviewing him. This unique concept makes the book easy to read and gives the reader some inside information about what is happening also off the board, things you normally don't get to know about. Learn More
  4. Mikhail Chigorin

    Mikhail Chigorin

    $49.50
    Mikhail Chigorin (1850-1908), the first great Russian chess master, belongs to that select group of exceptionally strong players who did not quite succeed in winning the world championship. He remains universally admired for his creative and courageous style of play. He would always play to win, not only by his famed dashing attacks but also by precise calculation of variations, purposeful maneuvering and exploitation of positional weaknesses, artful defense and refined endgame play. This book is a hugely expanded second edition of a book published in 1987. Learn More
  5. Jose Raul Capablanca

    Jose Raul Capablanca

    $54.95
    This is the most complete and thorough biography of José Raúl Capablanca, one of the greatest players in the history of chess. Beginning with his family background, birth, childhood and introduction to the game in Cuba, it examines his life and play as a young man; follows his evolution as a player and rise to prominence, first as challenger and then world champion; his loss of the title to Alekhine and his efforts to recapture the championship in the last years of his too-short life. Learn More
  6. Joseph Henry Blackburne

    Joseph Henry Blackburne

    $74.95
    This first comprehensive biography of Britain’s greatest chess player of the 19th and early 20th centuries presents more than 1,000 of Blackburne’s games chronologically, including all his surviving games from serious competition, annotated in varying detail. Many are masterpieces containing beautiful combinations and instructive endgame play. Learn More
  7. Ivan's Chess Journey

    Ivan's Chess Journey

    $30.95
    Ivan Sokolov was one of the most furious attacking and creative player of his time. The author presents an overview of his Life in Chess, full of entertaining unpublished material. He is not shy to share his opinions and promises the reader a personal roller coaster loaded with fun stories an unexpected twists. We are convinced you will enjoy the ride! Learn More
  8. For Friends & Colleagues - Volume II

    For Friends & Colleagues - Volume II

    $29.95
    The Journey Continues! 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. Learn More
  9. SHOPWORN - For Friends & Colleagues - Volume II

    SHOPWORN - For Friends & Colleagues - Volume II

    Regular Price: $29.95

    Special Price $14.98

    The Journey Continues! 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. Learn More
  10. Around the Chess World in 80 Years

    Around the Chess World in 80 Years

    $19.95
    This is a study of the six greatest chess players in the world during the period 1870 to 1950 including all the games they played against each other, with biographies, annotations and statistics by chess master and mathematics professor Dr. Nathan J. Divinsky. Learn More
  11. California Chess Journal - Volume 7-10 1993 - 1996

    California Chess Journal - Volume 7-10 1993 - 1996

    $29.95
    California Chess Journal Vol. 7-10 1993-1996 Edited by Carolyn Withgitt, Peter Yu, Eric Schiller, James Eade Photographs by Richard R. Shorman After Chess Voice magazine (1968-1985) ceased publication and left a void in Northern California chess, Hans Poschmann stepped up to create and edit the California Chess Journal (1986-2004). Learn More
  12. California Chess Journal - Volume 2-3 1988-1990

    California Chess Journal - Volume 2-3 1988-1990

    $25.95
    After Chess Voice magazine (1968-1985) ceased publication and left a void in Northern California chess, Hans Poschmann stepped up to create and edit the California Chess Journal (1986-2004). Learn More
  13. Judit Polgar - A Game of Queens

    Judit Polgar - A Game of Queens

    $29.95
    Game of Queens completes the trilogy in which one of the greatest players of our time transforms her personal journey to the top into a roadmap for everyone who ever wanted to better themselves in the game of chess. This volume covers the period from 2001 until the present day. These were the years when Judit was in the Top Ten in the world, and facing the likes of Kasparov, Karpov, Korchnoi and Anand. Learn More
  14. California Chess Journal - Volume 4-6 1990 - 1992

    California Chess Journal - Volume 4-6 1990 - 1992

    $29.95
    Edited by Peter Yu, Carolyn Withgitt Photographs by Richard R. Shorman After Chess Voice magazine (1968-1985) ceased publication and left a void in Northern California chess, Hans Poschmann stepped up to create and edit the California Chess Journal (1986-2004). In the July periodical, the tireless Bill Wall interviewed GM Eugenio Torre, Philippine Champion and the first Asian Grandmaster. Learn More
  15. Northern California Chess Voice - 1983-1985 Vol. 16-18

    Northern California Chess Voice - 1983-1985 Vol. 16-18

    $18.95
    Chess Voice had the good fortune to publish during the Golden Age of California chess; 1968 to 1985. Romona W. Gordon took over as Editor for the August 1983 issue, just in time to cover the Pasadena 1983 United State Open. Richard Fauber continued to write his historically important column, ''Our Chess Heritage.'' Learn More
  16. California Chess Journal - Volume 1 1986-1987

    California Chess Journal - Volume 1 1986-1987

    $25.95
    After Chess Voice magazine (1968-1985) ceased publication and left a void in Northern California chess, Hans Poschmann stepped up to create and edit the California Chess Journal (1986-2004). Learn More
  17. California Chess Journal - Vol. 11-15 - 1996-2001

    California Chess Journal - Vol. 11-15 - 1996-2001

    $29.95
    California Chess Journal Vol. 11-15 1996-2001 Edited by Allan Fifield, Frisco del Rosario Photographs by Richard R. Shorman After Chess Voice magazine (1968-1985) ceased publication and left a void in Northern California chess, Hans Poschmann stepped up to create and edit the California Chess Journal (1986-2004). Learn More
  18. Northern California Chess Voice - 1982-1983 Vol. 14-16

    Northern California Chess Voice - 1982-1983 Vol. 14-16

    $19.95
    By 1985, the Fischer Generation was aging...and finding it harder to compete in local tournaments with the Post-Fischer Generation. Chess Voice went into chess history with the generation that had created it. Learn More
  19. Northern California Chess Voice - 1976-1979 Vol. 9-11

    Northern California Chess Voice - 1976-1979 Vol. 9-11

    $25.95
    The Spring of 1975 saw the rebirth of Chess Voice with the new Editor, John Larkins, at the helm. Learn More
  20. Central California Chess Voice - 1971-1976

    Central California Chess Voice - 1971-1976

    $25.95
    In March of 1970, chess happenings on the world stage intruded into Northern California. Bobby Fischer emerged from his semi-retirement to play second board in the USSR vs Rest of the World match against former World Champion, Tigran Petrosian. Learn More
  21. Northern California Chess Voice - 1979-1982 Vol. 12-14

    Northern California Chess Voice - 1979-1982 Vol. 12-14

    $25.95
    One of the best chess articles ever written about chess appeared in the June-September 1979 issue: ''How the Whales Got Unlucky at Masson'', again by the poet chess master Dennis Fritzinger. This was John Larkins last issue as Editor. Chess Voice was again voted the ''Best State or Regional Publication of 1979.'' Learn More
  22. Scaccic / Chess Voice No. 1-21 - 1968-1971

    Scaccic / Chess Voice No. 1-21 - 1968-1971

    $25.95
    Chess Voice had the good fortune to publish during the Golden Age of California chess; 1968 to 1985. The chess landscape in the mid to late 1960's was dominated by chess clubs and chess club leagues; tournaments, not played within a club, were intermittent. Learn More
  23. For Friends & Colleagues - Volume 1 - PAPERBACK

    For Friends & Colleagues - Volume 1 - PAPERBACK

    $29.95
    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.  Learn More
  24. SHOPWORN - For Friends & Colleagues - Volume 1 - PAPERBACK

    SHOPWORN - For Friends & Colleagues - Volume 1 - PAPERBACK

    Regular Price: $29.95

    Special Price $11.98

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

    Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 3

    $44.95
    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
  26. SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 3

    SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 3

    Regular Price: $44.95

    Special Price $14.38

    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
  27. Chess The Hard Way

    Chess The Hard Way

    $25.95
    '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
  28. Johannes Zukertort

    Johannes Zukertort

    $39.95
    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
  29. SHOPWORN - Johannes Zukertort

    SHOPWORN - Johannes Zukertort

    Regular Price: $39.95

    Special Price $19.98

    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
  30. The Immortal Games of Capablanca

    The Immortal Games of Capablanca

    $19.95
    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
  31. Grandmasters of Chess

    Grandmasters of Chess

    $25.95
    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
  32. Die Weltmeister Des Schachspiels 1 von Morphy bis Aljechin - GERMAN EDITION

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

    $25.95
    World Champions of Chess, Volume 1 - containing biographies and games of Morphy, Anderssen, Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca and Alekhine Learn More
  33. Die Weltmeister Des Schachspiels 2 von Botwinnik bis Fischer - GERMAN EDITION

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

    $25.95
    World Champions of Chess, Volume 2 - containing biographies and games of Botvinnik , Smyslov , Tal , Petrosian , Spassky and Fischere Learn More
  34. Mikhail Botvinnik - The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion

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

    $49.95
    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
  35. Aron Nimzowitsch - 1928-1935

    Aron Nimzowitsch - 1928-1935

    $39.95
    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
  36. Judit Polgar - From GM to Top 10

    Judit Polgar - From GM to Top 10

    $39.95
    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

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