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    For Friends & Colleagues - Volume 1 - AUTOGRAPHED
    SPECIAL EDITION - SIGNED AND INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED
    Catalog Code: B0074RE-SGN

    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. This is a special edition, signed by Mark Dvoretsky and limited to 500 copies.
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    For Friends & Colleagues - Volume 1 - AUTOGRAPHED

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    Joseph Henry Blackburne
    A Chess Biography
    Catalog Code: B0017MF

    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.
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    Joseph Henry Blackburne

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    Jose Raul Capablanca
    A Chess Biography
    Catalog Code: B0016MF

    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.
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    Jose Raul Capablanca

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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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    Mikhail Botvinnik - The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion
    Catalog Code: B0015MF

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

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    Mikhail Chigorin
    The Creative Genius
    Catalog Code: B0171NIC

    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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    Mikhail Chigorin

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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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    Alexander Alekhine - Agony of a Chess Genius
    Catalog Code: B0001MF

    The tragic last years of world chess champion Alexander Alekhine (1892-1946); 45 of his match and tournament games in Spain and Portugal from 1943 to 1946 and 100 other exhibition games from this period and from previous Iberian visits. Most of these 145 games have never been published in an English-language source.
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    Alexander Alekhine - Agony of a Chess Genius

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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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    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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    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME I
    Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca and Alekhine
    Catalog Code: B0132EM

    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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    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME I

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    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME II
    Euwe, Botvinnik, Smyslov and Tal
    Catalog Code: B0133EM

    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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    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME II

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    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME IV
    Fischer
    Catalog Code: B0135EM

    This book brings together the two greatest names in the history of chess. The author, Garry Kasparov, is the world number one and, by common consent, the greatest player ever. The subject of the book, Bobby Fischer, is the only American to have become world champion and is probably the greatest natural talent the world has ever seen.
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    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME IV

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    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME V
    Korchoi and Karpov
    Catalog Code: B0136EM

    This book, the fifth in Garry Kasparov's magnificent history of the World Chess Championship, catalogues the ''post-Fischer'' period in the 1970's and early 1980's. This period was dominated by Anatoly Karpov (world champion from 1975-1985) and his three-time challenger, Viktor Korchnoi. Anatoly Karpov gained the right to challenge Bobby Fischer for the world title by winning through the Candidates series in 1974. As is well known, Fischer refused to defend the title and in 1975 Karpov became champion by default. Although he did not have to contest a Championship match to gain the title, Karpov proved that he was a worthy champion by winning virtually every major tournament over the next decade.
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    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME V

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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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    Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 2
    1985-1993
    Catalog Code: B0370EM

    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.
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    Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 2

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    Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 3
    1993-2005
    Catalog Code: B0392EM

    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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    Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 3

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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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    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME III
    Petrosian and Spassky
    Catalog Code: B0134EM

    The battle for the World Chess Championship has witnessed numerous titanic struggles which have engaged the interest not only of the chess enthusiasts but of the public at large. The chessboard is the ultimate mental battleground and the world champions themselves are supreme intellectual gladiators. This magnificent compilation of play from the 1960s through to the 1970s forms the basis of the third part of Garry Kasparov's long-awaited definitive history of the World Chess Championship. Garry Kasparov, who is universally acclaimed as the greatest chessplayer ever, subjects the play from this era to a rigorous analysis, the examination being enhanced by the use of the latest chess software.
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    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME III

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    Aron Nimzowitsch - 1928-1935
    Annotated Games & Essays
    Catalog Code: B0136NIC

    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.
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    Aron Nimzowitsch - 1928-1935

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    Judit Polgar - From GM to Top 10
    Judit Polgar Teaches Chess - Volume 2
    Catalog Code: B0092QT

    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.
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    Judit Polgar - From GM to Top 10

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    Johannes Zukertort
    Artist of the Chessboard
    Catalog Code: B0145NIC

    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.
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    Johannes Zukertort

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    Frank Marshall - US Chess Champion
    A Biography with 220 Games
    Catalog Code: B0002MF

    Frank Marshall (1877-1944) reigned as America's chess champion from 1907 through 1936 - the longest stint of anyone in history. A colorful character almost always decked out in an ascot and chewing a cigar, his career coincided with many evolutionary changes in competitive chess.
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    Frank Marshall - US Chess Champion

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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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    Chess Duels

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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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    EBOOK - Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 2
    1985-1993
    Catalog Code: E-B0370EM

    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.
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    EBOOK - Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 2

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    Ivan's Chess Journey
    Games and Stories
    Catalog Code: B0003TH

    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!
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    Ivan's Chess Journey

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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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    Life and Games of Mikhail Tal
    Catalog Code: B0236EM

    Mikhail Tal, the ''Magician from Riga'', was the greatest attacking World Champion of them all, and this enchanting autobiography chronicles his extraordinary career with charm and humor. Dazzling games are interspersed throughout with anecdotes and witty self-interviews, and in typically objective fashion he relates both the ups and downs of his encounters.
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    Life and Games of Mikhail Tal

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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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    Fighting Chess with Magnus Carlsen

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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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    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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    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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    Checkmate in Prague

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    Vishy Anand - World Chess Champion
    Life and Games
    Catalog Code: B0179GB

    This new expanded edition of the award-winning Vishy Anand: My Best Games of Chess (New Edition) features 30 extra games from the period of Anand's greatest successes.
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    Vishy Anand - World Chess Champion

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    EBOOK - Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME IV
    Fischer
    Catalog Code: E-B0135EM

    This book brings together the two greatest names in the history of chess. The author, Garry Kasparov, is the world number one and, by common consent, the greatest player ever. The subject of the book, Bobby Fischer, is the only American to have become world champion and is probably the greatest natural talent the world has ever seen.
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    EBOOK - Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME IV

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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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    Judit Polgar - How I Beat Fischer's Record

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