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Biographical Chess Books

Year of Publication
1986 2014 1986 to 2014
Author(s)
  1. Adrian Mikhalchishin (1)
  2. Alexander Ilyin-Genevsky (1)
  3. Alexander Kotov (4)
  4. Alexander Raetsky (2)
  5. Alexandra Kosteniuk (2)
  6. Andrew Soltis (3)
  7. Aron Nimzowitsch (1)
  8. Bill Hook (1)
  9. Colin Crouch (1)
  10. Craig Pritchett (1)
  11. Dale Brandreth (1)
  12. Daniel A Yanofsky (1)
  13. Danny Kopec (1)
  14. David Edmonds (1)
  15. David Lawson (1)
  16. David Levy (2)
  17. Dr. Danny Kopec (1)
  18. Dr. J. Hannak (1)
  19. Elie Agur (1)
  20. F.M. Malkin (1)
  21. Frank Brady (3)
  22. Frank X. Mur (1)
  23. Fred Reinfeld (2)
  24. Garry Kasparov (11)
  25. Gary Robson (1)
  26. Gedeon Barcza (2)
  27. George Koltanowski (1)
  28. Geza Maroczy (1)
  29. Hans Bohm (1)
  30. Harold C. Schonberg (1)
  31. Harold C. Schonberg (1)
  32. Helgi Olafsson (1)
  33. Isaak Linder (1)
  34. Jeremy Silman (1)
  35. Jimmy Adams (1)
  36. Joe Gallagher (1)
  37. Joel Benjamin (2)
  38. John Donaldson (1)
  39. John Eidinow (1)
  40. John Hilbert (1)
  41. John Nunn (1)
  42. Jorn Erik Nielsen (1)
  43. Judit Polgar (2)
  44. Karsten Muller (1)
  45. Karsten Muller & Raymund Stolze (1)
  46. Kees Jongkind (1)
  47. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (1)
  48. Kurt Landsberger (1)
  49. Lubomir Ftacnik (1)
  50. Ludek Pachman (1)
  51. M.L. Rantala & Eric Schiller & Alan Watson (1)
  52. Macon Shibut (1)
  53. Mark Dvoretsky (1)
  54. Max Euwe (1)
  55. Maxim Chetverik (2)
  56. Mikhail Tal (1)
  57. Mikhail Tal & Iakov Damsky (1)
  58. Mikhail Yudovich (2)
  59. Neil McDonald (1)
  60. Oleg Stetsko (1)
  61. Pablo Moran (1)
  62. Pal Benko (1)
  63. Paul Keres (1)
  64. Per Skjoldager (1)
  65. Raymond Keene (1)
  66. Renzo Verwer (1)
  67. Richard Keene (1)
  68. Rudolpf Reinhardt (1)
  69. Sidney Norman Bernstein (1)
  70. Simon Agdestein (1)
  71. Tibor Karolyi (3)
  72. Tigran Petrosian (2)
  73. Tim Crothers (1)
  74. Vik Vasiliev (1)
  75. Vishwanathan Anand (1)
  76. Vladimir Tukmakov (1)
  77. Walter Browne (2)
  78. Yasser Seirawan (1)
  79. Yuri Averbakh (2)
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Chess Notation Type
  1. FAN - Figurine (47)
  2. AN - Algebraic (27)
  3. LAN - Long Algebraic (2)
  4. DN - Descriptive (13)
  5. NL - Notationless (8)
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Topics
  1. Biographical (4)
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  1. My Great Predecessors (8)

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    Journal of a Chess Original
    Catalog Code: CB0025RB

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    Journal of a Chess Original

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    Notes of a Soviet Master
    Catalog Code: B0014CA

    Translated by Bernard Cafferty from the original Russian edition of 1929. A small book, but a fascinating account of this prominent revolutionary's early chess career and Soviet chess in the 1920s buttressed by fifty of his games from his entire career including his immortal sacrificial win over Capablanca (then reigning World Champion).
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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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    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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    Petrosian the Powerful
    Catalog Code: CB0055CD

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    Bobby Fischer His Approach
    Catalog Code: B0230EM

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    Bobby Fischer His Approach

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    Alekhine in Europe and Asia
    Catalog Code: CB0006XX

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    Alekhine in Europe and Asia

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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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    Gata Kamsky: Chess Genius
    Catalog Code: CB0058CD

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    Paul Keres - The Road to the Top
    Catalog Code: B0036BT

    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 Road to the Top

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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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    Life and Games of Mikhail Tal
    Catalog Code: B0236EM

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    Life and Games of Mikhail Tal

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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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    How I Became a Grandmaster at Age 14
    Catalog Code: B0029OB

    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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    How I Became a Grandmaster at Age 14

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    Magic of Mikhail Tal
    Catalog Code: B0225EM

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    Chess World Title Contenders and their Styles
    Catalog Code: B0027DV

    A rich selection of games by some of the finest young grandmasters of the 1980s. Each chapter introduces a player, outlining his career, personality, and playing style. Then follows a thoroughly annotated selection of his finest and most characteristic games. By studying these games, presented by two international masters and former champions, players at every level will find inspiration and practical techniques.
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    Chess World Title Contenders and their Styles

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    Bobby Fischer Rediscovered
    Catalog Code: B0026BT

    A lively, personal, and wonderfully informative look at Bobby Fischer, his personality and his playing. Although three decades have passed since Fischer won the world chess title from the former Soviet Union, he still remains a source of fascination and admiration for all players.
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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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    Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca and Alekhine
    Catalog Code: E-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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    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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    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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    Judit Polgar
    The Princess of Chess
    Catalog Code: B0038BT

    The chess world acknowledges that Judit Polgar is unique. She is the only woman able to compete on equal terms with the world's best grandmasters. In this book, Tibor Karolyi analyzes in-depth a large selection of Judit's exciting games, featuring wins against the leading contemporary chess players, including Garry Kasparov.
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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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    Alexander Alekhine - Master of Attack
    Catalog Code: B0222EM

    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.
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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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    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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    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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    REMAINDER - Bobby Fischer Goes to War
    How a Lone American Star Defeated the Soviet Chess Machine
    Catalog Code: B0009RM

    In the summer of 1972, with a presidential crisis stirring in the United States and the cold war at a pivotal point, the Soviet world chess champion, Boris Spassky,and his American challenger, Bobby Fischer, met in Reykjavik, Iceland, for the most notorious chess match of all time. Their showdown, played against the backdrop of superpower politics, held the world spellbound for two months with reports of psychological warfare, ultimatums, political intrigue, cliffhangers, and farce to rival a Marx Brothers film.
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    A Legend on the Road
    Bobby Fischer's 1964 Simul Tour
    Catalog Code: B0035RE

    A Legend on the Road deals with Bobby before he had become a household name. A complete unknown he wasn't, not with six U.S. Championships to his credit - including a scintillating 11-0 in the 1963/64 affair - but U.S. chess players bad never had a real opportunity to see him in action without traveling thousands of miles.
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    A Legend on the Road

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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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    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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    Bobby Fischer - The Wandering King
    Catalog Code: B0043BT

    Chess devotees simply can't get enough of Bobby Fischer. Every facet of his personality and his play unfolds in this biographical study. In addition to analyzing his exceptional talent, it captures and puts into perspective his tough youth, anti-social tendencies, fights against the chess authorities, and growing mental illness.
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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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    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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    SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME V
    Korchoi and Karpov
    Catalog Code: SWB0136EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME V

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    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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