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    Mir Sultan Khan
    Biography and Games By the First Grandmaster of Chess from india
    Catalog Code: B0274IS

    Mir Sultan Khan was the first grandmaster strength chess player ever from Asia, yet his origins were humble and he worked as a man-servant for an Indian businessman, from what is now Pakistan. When his master brought him to England, Sultan Khan took the world of chess by storm, defeating Capablanca who was considered unbeatable and willing the British Championship four times. Sultan Khan is now regarded as having been the 6th or 7th strongest player in the world. When his master went back to India, he took Sultan Khan with him and Sultan Khan was never seen by the world of chess again. This book unravels the mystery of what ever happened to Sultan Khan.
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    Korchnoi's Chess Games
    Catalog Code: B0068IS

    Korchnoi's Chess Games comprises almost 1700 games played up to the beginning of 1978 and is the most comprehensive and systematic collection of this great player's games ever to be published. The editors have included every available tournament and match game played by Korchnoi since 1945, and there are a number of miscellaneous games from blitz tournaments and simultaneous exhibitions.
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    Howard Staunton - 1810-74
    Catalog Code: B0072IS

    Howard Staunton, chess champion, writer and Shakespearean scholar was a figure of controversy in nineteenth century chess circles: He is remembered chiefly as the man who avoided playing Morphy and as the author of numerous vitriolic articles. It is on his chess writings that this book concentrates.
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    Howard Staunton - 1810-74

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    Combat
    My 50 Years at the Chess Board
    Catalog Code: B0045IS

    Sidney Bernstein, born in the Bronx, learned chess from his father at age 7, and played in his first tournament at 15. Since then, he has gone on to play in such prestigious events as the U.S. Championship, the U.S. Open Championship, the World Open, the Marshall and Manhattan Club Championships. This book is his chess biography. It contains 142 of his annotated games against the leading chess players of America and the story behind each game.
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    Combat

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    Tigran Petrosian - His Life and Games
    Catalog Code: B0027IS

    Tigran Petrosian (1929-1984) was World Chess Champion from 1963 to 1969 and was one of the strongest players in the world throughout his lengthy career. Petrosian was a Candidate for the World Championship on eight occasions (1953, 1956, 1959, 1962, 1971, 1974, 1977 and 1980).
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    Aron Nimzowitsch - Master of Planning
    Improve Your Chess by Studying the Games of the Master of Positional Play
    Catalog Code: B0052IS

    For more than a quarter of a century until his death in 1935, Aron Nimzowitsch was recognised as one of the world's leading players. The leading Grandmaster of the Hypermodern school, his games were full of new ideas and plans, which were accompanied by landmarks in chess literature such as My System and Chess Praxis. Challenging old theories, his books are regarded as being the best teaching manuals and have strongly withstood the test of time.
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    Bobby Fischer - The Career and Complete Games of the American World Chess Champion
    Catalog Code: B0034RE

    Now, for the first time, every one of his 736 tournament and match games is presented with insightful explanations and analysis. Best-selling chess author, German International Grandmaster Karsten Muller, annotates each game of the player many believe to be the greatest of all time.
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    Bobby Fischer - The Career and Complete Games of the American World Chess Champion

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    Jose Raul Capablanca - Third World Chess Champion
    Catalog Code: B0040RE

    The name of Jose Raul Capablanca (1888-1942), the third world champion, is indelibly inscribed in the annals of chess history. Capablanca's technique, intuition, remarkably quick calculation, and sense for elegant combinations made him the paragon of grandmasters during his lifetime. At the peak of his career Capablanca was almost invincible; each of his losses was regarded as a sensation. His books, articles, and lucid annotations became instant classics.
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    Howard Staunton - The English World Chess Champion
    Catalog Code: B0080IS

    Howard Staunton (1810 - 22 June 1874) was an English chess master who is generally regarded as having been the world's strongest player from 1843 to 1851. He promoted a chess set of clearly distinguishable pieces of standardised shape that is still the style which must be used for competitions. He was the principal organizer of the first international chess tournament in 1851. From 1840 onwards he became a leading chess commentator, and won matches against top players of the 1840s. However, the achievement of Staunton have been neglected or even ignored by his own countrymen and this book seeks to rectify that.
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    Howard Staunton - The English World Chess Champion

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    Emanuel Lasker - Second World Chess Champion
    Catalog Code: B0041RE

    Join Russian chess historians Isaak and Vladimir Linder as they take you on a journey exploring the life and games of the great world champion Emanuel Lasker. Isaak Linder is regarded as one of the pre-eminent chess historians of the modern era. He is the author of many books, including the widely acclaimed books in the ChessCafe World Chess Champions Series.
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    Chess Duels
    My Games with the World Champions
    Catalog Code: B0302EM

    Four-time US Champion Yasser Seirawan provides a fascinating and highly entertaining account of his games and encounters with the world champions of chess including: Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky, Tigran Petrosian, Mikhail Tal, Vassily Smyslov, Mikhail Botvinnik and Max Euwe. Having been involved in frequent battles against world champions over a 25-year period, Seirawan is in an ideal position to reveal how it really feels to be facing the legends of the game. He describes and analyses, in depth, his most memorable encounters - both famous victories and painful defeats, against the best chessplayers of the last 50 years.
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    CLEARANCE - Bobby Fischer for Beginners
    The Most Famous Chess Player Explained
    Catalog Code: B0090NIC

    Bobby Fischer's lone fight against the Soviet chess powerhouse made him a global hero, also for people who did not play chess at all. The Russians trembled before him, the Americans and the rest of the world cheered him on. Fischer's chess prowess and his will to win were unparalleled. But so were his eccentric behaviour and his paranoia. After he won the world title, Bobby Fischer vanished and the former prodigy became a mystery. The memories of his successwere clouded by his anti-American and anti-Semite rants.
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    Adventures of a Chess Master
    Catalog Code: B0081IS

    This is the autobiography of George Koltanowski, the greatest showman and promoter that chess has ever known. Koltanowski will be best remembered as an exhibitor, writer, promoter and showman. Possessed with an incredibly powerful memory, Koltanowski would often give exhibitions, playing several games blindfold simultaneously.
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    Adventures of a Chess Master

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    Karpov's Strategic Wins - 1961-1985 - VOLUME 1
    The Making of a Champion
    Catalog Code: B0059QT

    Anatoly Karpov was World Champion from 1975 to 1985 and is universally regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Award-winning author Tibor Karolyi explains Karpov’'s genius with a particular focus on Karpov’'s unrivaled grasp of strategy. Karolyi has selected Karpov’'s most entertaining and instructive strategic wins from 1961-1985 as the Russian star proved he was a worthy successor to Bobby Fischer.
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    Karpov's Strategic Wins - 1961-1985 - VOLUME 1

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    Karpov's Strategic Wins - 1986-2010 - VOLUME 2
    The Prime Years
    Catalog Code: B0047QT

    Anatoly Karpov was World Champion from 1975 to 1985 and is universally regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Award-winning author Tibor Károlyi explains Karpov’s genius with a particular focus on Karpov’s unrivalled grasp of strategy. In this second volume, Károlyi has selected Karpov's most entertaining and instructive strategic wins from 1986-2010 when Karpov was battling with his young rival Garry Kasparov for chess supremacy.
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    Karpov's Strategic Wins - 1986-2010 - VOLUME 2

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    The Soviet Chess School
    Catalog Code: B0132IS

    The Soviet Chess School has biographies and lots of games and pictures of players such as Kasparov, Karpov and Spassky whereas these players are not mentioned in the 32-years earlier work The Soviet School of Chess.
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    The Soviet Chess School

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    The Soviet School of Chess
    Catalog Code: B0090IS

    This book discusses the first Russian grandmasters and prominent masters, such luminaries as Mikhail Chigorin, Alexander Alekhine, Mikhail Botvinnik, Vasily Smyslov, Paul Keres, Alexander Kotov, Boris Spassky, Mikhail Tal, Alexander Tolush and many others. Also included is a section dedicated to the women players.
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    Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 1
    1973-1985
    Catalog Code: B0335EM

    The series in itself is a continuation of Kasparov's mammoth history of chess, comprising My Great Predecessors and Modern Chess. Kasparov's historical volumes have received great critical and public acclaim for their rigorous analysis and comprehensive detail regarding the developments in chess that occurred both on and off the board.
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    Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 1

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    The President's Crown of Thorns
    Catalog Code: B0101IS

    Autobiography of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of the World Chess Federation (''FIDE'') from 1995 to the Present. This is an amazing book because it describes the break-up of the Soviet Union and provides an autobiography of how a man realizing the huge changes in the process of taking place in Russian society was able to become a millionaire.
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    Meet the Masters
    The Modern Chess Champions and Their Most Characteristic Games
    Catalog Code: B0112IS

    Meet the Masters contains the biographies of the eight strongest players in the world at that time. It includes their histories, photographs, games and an analysis and critique of their playing styles. Each of these eight players had been invited to the historic tournament at AVRO 1938, regarded as the strongest chess tournament ever held prior to modern times. The eight players generally regarded as the strongest in the world were: World Champion Alexander Alekhine, former champions José Raúl Capablanca and Max Euwe, future champion Mikhail Botvinnik and challengers Paul Keres, Reuben Fine, Samuel Reshevsky and Salo Flohr.
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    The Stress of Chess
    ...and its Infinite Finesse
    Catalog Code: B0113NIC

    In this memoir Walter Browne recounts his formative years, how he befriended and played Bobby Fischer in New York City, how he travelled the world, made his name and lived his life. He annotates his best chess games from over four decades, great attacking games full of sacrifices and fireworks, in a clear style that is accessible for amateur players.
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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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    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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    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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    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: 458Notation 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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