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    Yasser Seirawan - Legendary Chess Careers
    Catalog Code: B0016EV

    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.
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    Yasser Seirawan - Legendary Chess Careers

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    William Steinitz - Chess Champion
    A Biography of a Bohemian Caesar
    Catalog Code: B0004MF

    Long known as one of the greatest chess masters of the nineteenth century, William Steinitz had a rich and elevated career and life, which can now be known as well. From Steinitz's own writings and the fruits of extensive first-time-ever research by the author, a fascinating portrayal emerges of the life and genius of a man widely known as the 'Bohemian Caesar' quite apart from his chess dominance.
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    William Steinitz - Chess Champion

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    Vlastimil Hort - Legendary Chess Careers
    Catalog Code: B0018EV

     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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    Vlastimil Hort - Legendary Chess Careers

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    Vishy Anand
    Chess Super-Talent
    Catalog Code: CB0125RB

    A British Grandmaster who has known Anand since junior championship days, Norwood analyzes the methods of one renowned for his lightning quick, bloodthirsty chess. Examining the strengths and weaknesses of his style, the reader is presented with the portrait of a determined, creative player.
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    Vishy Anand

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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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    Tigran Petrosian - His Life and Games

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    The Young Pretenders
    Who Will be the Next World Chess Champion?
    Catalog Code: CB0099RB

    Who will challenge Garry Kasparov for the World Chess Championship? This book will help you judge for yourself! 
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    The Young Pretenders

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    The U.S. Chess Hall of Fame
    Catalog Code: CB0271RB

    This book recounts the accomplishments, games and adventures of the greatest American chess masters. At the same time, it answers questions posed most often by visitors to the hall of fame museum, in Washington, D.C. What does it mean to be a grandmaster? How does one become the U. S. Chess Champion? What is postal Chess? 
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    The U.S. Chess Hall of Fame

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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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    The Stress of Chess

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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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    The Soviet School of Chess

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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 Revised Edition of Works of Simkovich
    Written and compiled by Harrie Grondijs
    Catalog Code: CB0252RB

    The story, biography, and many of the chess problems of one of the greatest composes of chess problems, or puzzles, of all time.
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    The Revised Edition of Works of Simkovich

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    The Queen of Katwe
    One Girl's Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion
    Catalog Code: B0069OB

    Queen of Katwe is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.
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    The Queen of Katwe

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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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    The President's Crown of Thorns

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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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    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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    The Immortal Games of Capablanca

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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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    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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    The Art of Bisguier
    Selected Games 1961-2003
    Catalog Code: B0025RE

    Arthur Bisguier is a living legend in American chess, having met and defeated some of the greatest players in the world. This is a collection of his best games - annotated by Bisguier himself - from 1961 through 2003. Each game is introduced with an anecdote and brief comment about Art's opponent and combined with many archival photos, makes this one of the great chess game collections ever.
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    The Art of Bisguier

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    SHOPWORN - Mikhail Chigorin
    The Creative Genius
    Catalog Code: SWB0171NIC

    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.
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    SHOPWORN - Mikhail Chigorin

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    SHOPWORN - How Magnus Carlsen Became the Youngest Chess Grandmaster in the World
    The Story and the Games
    Catalog Code: SWB0131NIC

    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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    SHOPWORN - How Magnus Carlsen Became the Youngest Chess Grandmaster in the World

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    SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 3
    1993-2005
    Catalog Code: SWB0392EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 3

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    SHOPWORN - For Friends & Colleagues - Volume 1 - PAPERBACK
    Profession: Chess Coach
    Catalog Code: SWB0074RE

    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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    SHOPWORN - For Friends & Colleagues - Volume 1 - PAPERBACK

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    Shady Side
    The Life And Crimes of Norman Tweed Whitaker
    Catalog Code: B0013CA

    A chronicle of America's most notorious chess master based on many of his own papers. Includes a detailed story of his life, his loves, his cons, and his many chess experiences in a 60+-year career. along with 570 of his games (some with full notes). Much US chess history and some excellent photos are a notable part of the book. NOTE: This book won the Chess Cafe 'Book of the Year' award for 2000.
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    Shady Side

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    Scaccic / Chess Voice No. 1-21 - 1968-1971
    Catalog Code: B0266IS

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

    $25.95
    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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    Paul Morphy and the Evolution of Chess Theory
    Catalog Code: B0030DV

    This book, about the best chess player of the nineteenth century, analyzes Paul Morphy's games and positions in depth to reveal the essence of his style. The first collection in English of all 413 of Morphy's known games, the volume discusses other players of the period (Adolph Anderssen and Wilhelm Steinitz), Morphy's rare blunders and omissions, as well as selected endgames and openings.
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    Paul Morphy and the Evolution of Chess Theory

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    Paul Keres - The Quest for Perfection
    Inspiration and Instruction for Chess Players of All Levels
    Catalog Code: B0037BT

    Paul Keres was one of the greatest players in chess history and a leading contender for the world championship for over 30 years. His modest, honest and open-minded approach to chess made him popular with chess enthusiasts the world over. These qualities come over supremely well in his writing.
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    Paul Keres - The Quest for Perfection

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    Pal Benko
    My Life, Games and Compositions
    Catalog Code: B0005SI

    Grandmaster Pal Benko is a chess legend: A challenger for the World Championship, an innovator of many modern opening systems, a problem composer par excellence, and a father figure to his close friend Bobby Fischer, Benko has played and defeated most of the top players of the last fifty years. This biography is a celebration of a great man's creative legacy.
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    Pal Benko

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    Northern California Chess Voice - 1983-1985 Vol. 16-18
    Catalog Code: B0261IS

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

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    Northern California Chess Voice - 1982-1983 Vol. 14-16
    Catalog Code: B0262IS

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

    $19.95
    Northern California Chess Voice - 1979-1982 Vol. 12-14
    Catalog Code: B0267IS

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

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    Northern California Chess Voice - 1976-1979 Vol. 9-11
    Catalog Code: B0263IS

    The Spring of 1975 saw the rebirth of Chess Voice with the new Editor, John Larkins, at the helm.
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    Northern California Chess Voice - 1976-1979 Vol. 9-11

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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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    Najdorf x Najdorf
    Catalog Code: B0100RE

    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.
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    Najdorf x Najdorf

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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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    Mir Sultan Khan

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    Mikhail Tal - Tactical Genius
    Catalog Code: B0224EM

    Did you ever notice how some famous GM games are more interesting to play through than others? For instance, tell me you have a Tartakower or Nimzowitsch game and I'm sorry, but I just can't get that excited. But tell me you have a Fischer, Alekhine, or Tal game you want to show me and woo-hoo!, break out the milk and cookies because I know I'm in for a real treat! And Mikhail Tal: Tactical Genius by Alexander Raetsky and Maxim Chetverik is loaded with enough tasty treats to satisfy the most demanding of palates.
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    Mikhail Tal - Tactical Genius

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