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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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    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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    Alekhine in Europe and Asia
    Catalog Code: CB0006XX

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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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    Gata Kamsky: Chess Genius
    Catalog Code: CB0058CD

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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

    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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    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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    Magic of Mikhail Tal
    Catalog Code: B0225EM

    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.
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    SHOPWORN - Magic of Mikhail Tal
    Catalog Code: SWB0225EM

    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.
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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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    EBOOK - Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME I
    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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    SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME I
    Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca and Alekhine
    Catalog Code: SWB0132EM

    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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    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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    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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    SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME II
    Euwe, Botvinnik, Smyslov and Tal
    Catalog Code: SWB0133EM

    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Korchnoi's Chess Games
    Catalog Code: B0068IS

    Korchnoi's Chess Games comprises almost 1700 games played up to the beginning of 1978 and is the most comprehensive and systematic collection of this great player's games ever to be published. The editors have included every available tournament and match game played by Korchnoi since 1945, and there are a number of miscellaneous games from blitz tournaments and simultaneous exhibitions.
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