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    CLEARANCE - Pillsbury the Extraordinary
    Catalog Code: CB0033CD

    Soltis's research has found material found no where else! He was a chess meteor brilliantly streaking across the sky in only two years after learning the moves. He came and went quickly, this Harry Nelson Pillsbury. But while he was here, he left something for you - his extraordinary life and games. You will learn from his style that mixed and combined that or Steinitz and Morphy. Between 1896-1902, he may have been the best player in the world, superior even to World Champion Lasker. You are going to be a part of history and beautiful games with this book on Pillsbury the Extraordinary! There's a diagram every 3 moves, like a movie, to help you exercise your powers of visualization.
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    CLEARANCE - Gata Kamsky: Chess Genius
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    CLEARANCE - Petrosian the Powerful
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    CLEARANCE - Alekhine in Europe and Asia
    Catalog Code: CB0006XX

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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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    CLEARANCE - Hooked on Chess
    A Memoir
    Catalog Code: B0008NIC

    The story of Bill Hook's life with his many passions: chess, painting, traveling, photography and blackjack. Bill Hook won a gold medal at the Chess Olympiad and his friends include street hustlers and world champions. He played with the likes of Stanley Kubrick, Harold Schonberg, Marcel Duchamp and Miguel Najdorf. After Bill Hook had beaten him four times in a row, a very young Bobby Fischer started crying. Now Hook lives and plays on the Virgin Islands. An admirable and colorful life. The autobiography of a gambler, painter and chess player.
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    CLEARANCE - Fischer World Champion!
    The Acclaimed Classic About the 1972 Fischer-Spassky Match!
    Catalog Code: B0075NIC

    In 1972 a boy from Brooklyn broke the hegemony of Soviet chess.Bobby Fischer, the greatest genius the game had ever seen, completed his crusade against the 'commie cheaters' by defeating Boris Spassky in Reykjavik. The Match of the Century electrified the world. No one wanted to miss even the slightest detail about the struggle of Fischer against the superpower that for decades had exploited its superiority in chess as an irrefutable justification of communism.
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    CLEARANCE - American Grandmaster
    Four Decades of Chess Adventures
    Catalog Code: B0228EM

    In American Grandmaster, Benjamin takes the reader on a journey through chess adventures spanning more than thirty years. Tracing through his own career, from being a prodigy in the 'Fischer boom' era thorough to an experienced Grandmaster with many titles, Benjamin is in a unique position to highlight the major changes that have occurred both in US and international chess throughout the last four decades.
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    CLEARANCE - American Grandmaster

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    CLEARANCE - Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes
    The Personal Memoir of a Soviet Chess Legend
    Catalog Code: B0119NIC

    A unique, revealing and well-told story, essential reading for everybody interested in the history of chess and the Soviet Union.
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    CLEARANCE - Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes

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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 - American Grandmaster
    Four Decades of Chess Adventures
    Catalog Code: SWB0228EM

    In American Grandmaster, Benjamin takes the reader on a journey through chess adventures spanning more than thirty years. Tracing through his own career, from being a prodigy in the 'Fischer boom' era thorough to an experienced Grandmaster with many titles, Benjamin is in a unique position to highlight the major changes that have occurred both in US and international chess throughout the last four decades.
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    SHOPWORN - American Grandmaster

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    SHOPWORN - Jose Raul Capablanca - Third World Chess Champion
    Catalog Code: SWB0040RE

    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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    SHOPWORN - Jose Raul Capablanca - Third World Chess Champion

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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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    Contenders for the Crown
    Who Will Be the Next World Chess Champion?
    Catalog Code: CB0079RB

    Contains the career details of many key players of chess, assessing their strengths and weaknesses. The book includes profiles of Vladimir Kramnik, Gata Kamsky, Judit Polgar, Michael Adams, Alexei Shirov, Viswanathan Anand and Vassily Ivanchuk.
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    Contenders for the Crown

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    SHOPWORN - Magnus Force
    How Carlsen Beat Kasparov's Record
    Catalog Code: SWB0372EM

    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 - Magnus Force

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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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    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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    British Chess Magazine - 1923-1932 An Anthology
    Classic Reprint No. 22
    Catalog Code: CB0211RB

    British Chess Magazine is the world's oldest chess journal in continuous publication. First published in January 1881, it has appeared at monthly intervals ever since. It is frequently known in the chess world as BCM.
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    British Chess Magazine - 1923-1932 An Anthology

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    SHOPWORN - For Friends & Colleagues - Volume II
    Reflections on My Profession
    Catalog Code: SWB0077RE

    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.
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    SHOPWORN - For Friends & Colleagues - Volume II

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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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    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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    SHOPWORN - Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes
    The Personal Memoir of a Soviet Chess Legend
    Catalog Code: SWB0119NIC

    A unique, revealing and well-told story, essential reading for everybody interested in the history of chess and the Soviet Union.
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    SHOPWORN - Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Paul Morphy - The Pride and Sorrow of Chess
    Catalog Code: B0031OB

    Paul Morphy: The Pride and Sorrow of Chess is the only full-length biography of Paul Morphy, the antebellum chess prodigy who launched United States participation in international chess and is still generally acknowledged as the greatest American chess player of all time.
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    Paul Morphy - The Pride and Sorrow of Chess

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    Journal of a Chess Original
    Catalog Code: CB0025RB


    Take a tour through the mind, the games and the literary pen of chess' answer to Ralph Waldo Emerson as he wins, loses, entertains and plays 1. e4!? during his mid-Life crisis.

    Here you will find the only known photograph of The Gerzadowicz Cup plus a brief history of the Cup competition.
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    Journal of a Chess Original

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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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    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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    EBOOK - Mikhail Tal - Tactical Genius
    Catalog Code: E-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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    EBOOK - Mikhail Tal - Tactical Genius

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