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  1. SHOPWORN - American Grandmaster

    SHOPWORN - American Grandmaster

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    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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  2. Hooked on Chess

    Hooked on Chess

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    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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  3. Pillsbury the Extraordinary

    Pillsbury the Extraordinary

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    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. Learn More
  4. Gata Kamsky: Chess Genius

    Gata Kamsky: Chess Genius

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  5. 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
  6. SHOPWORN - Bobby Fischer Comes Home

    SHOPWORN - 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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  7. SHOPWORN - Magic of Mikhail Tal

    SHOPWORN - Magic of Mikhail Tal

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    In this book Grandmaster Joe Gallagher takes a fresh look at Tal's games and career, focusing on the previously neglected period from 1975 to 1992 during which he played some of his most accomplished chess. Despite periodic bouts of ill-health Tal occupied a place in the world's top ten for most of this period, winning many top-class events and securing dozens of wonderful victories, many of which are annotated in detail here. Learn More
  8. Petrosian the Powerful

    Petrosian the Powerful

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  9. 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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  10. SHOPWORN - Magnus Force

    SHOPWORN - 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
  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. The Soviet School of Chess

    The Soviet School of Chess

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    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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  14. SHOPWORN - Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes

    SHOPWORN - Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes

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    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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  15. Paul Morphy and the Evolution of Chess Theory

    Paul Morphy and the Evolution of Chess Theory

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    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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  16. Bobby Fischer for Beginners

    Bobby Fischer for Beginners

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    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. Learn More
  17. Alekhine in Europe and Asia

    Alekhine in Europe and Asia

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  18. Alexander Alekhine - Master of Attack

    Alexander Alekhine - Master of Attack

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    What separated Alexander Alekhine from the rest of his contemporaries? Why did he dominate the chess world for so long? The main reason was undoubtedly his brilliant attacking style of play. Alekhine had a combinative gift and thrilled the chess public and influenced every great chess player since. Garry Kasparov once said I fell in love with the rich complexity of his ideas at the chessboard. Alekhine's attacks came suddenly, like destructive thunderstorms that erupted from a clear sky. Learn More
  19. Mikhail Tal - Tactical Genius

    Mikhail Tal - Tactical Genius

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

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

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    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
  21. 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
  22. How I Became a Grandmaster at Age 14

    How I Became a Grandmaster at Age 14

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    The book "How I became Grandmaster at age 14" includes an instructional part that will help anyone go from complete novice to a knowledgeable beginner in just ninteen lessons. This part will be very helpful for parents who wish to opem the magical wolrd of chess to their children.

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  23. Paul Morphy - The Pride and Sorrow of Chess

    Paul Morphy - The Pride and Sorrow of Chess

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    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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  24. Paul Keres - The Quest for Perfection

    Paul Keres - The Quest for Perfection

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    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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. EBOOK - Mikhail Tal - Tactical Genius

    EBOOK - Mikhail Tal - Tactical Genius

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    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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  28. 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
  29. Northern California Chess Voice - 1982-1983 Vol. 14-16

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

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    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
  30. Around the Chess World in 80 Years

    Around the Chess World in 80 Years

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    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
  31. E-BOOK Magnus Force

    E-BOOK 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
  32. SHOPWORN - Johannes Zukertort

    SHOPWORN - 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
  33. 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
  34. SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 1

    SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 1

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    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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  35. SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME I

    SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME I

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    The battle for the World Chess Championship has witnessed numerous titanic struggles which have engaged the interest not only of chess enthusiasts but also of the public at large. The chessboard is the ultimate mental battleground and the world champions themselves are supreme intellectual gladiators. These magnificent compilations of chess form the basis of the first two parts of Garry Kasparov's work on the history of the World Chess Championship.

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  36. SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME II

    SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME II

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    The battle for the World Chess Championship has witnessed numerous titanic struggles that have engaged the interest not only of chess enthusiasts but of the public at large. The chessboard is the ultimate mental battleground and the world champions themselves are supreme intellectual gladiators.

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