There has never been a top ranked woman chess player. But suppose if an American girl were born with abilities in chess that matched the greatest players. What would happen to her in a highly competitive field dominated by men? Starting from this premise, the author Walter Tevis, who some years ago interested a generation of Americans in straight pool with the book “The Hustler”, has produced a riveting novel that makes chess more exciting than one could have imagined.
The Queen's Gambit - a Chess Novel
This is regarded as one of the best books for the average player ever written. This modern textbook pays particular attention to the many problems confronting the average player. Besides an extensive game collection that shows the best restrictive lines for Black and White (thus reducing study to a minimum) it includes a new method for studying the Mid-Game.
Let's Play Checkers
Common-sense answers to frequently asked questions on chess rules, regulations, and policy from players, tournament directors, and organizers
Get the Just Law scoop on the most popular chess tournament questions from players, tournament directors and organizers. In the book’s Q&A format, Tim Just guides you through a wide range of tournament topics, including details about notation, draws, byes, clocks, prizes, prize funds, ratings, making claims, playing sites, time controls, pairings, tournament management, tournament creation, scholastic chess mysteries, and even more.
In this book the author addresses 366 (one for each day of the year) intriguing chess topics which could be of interest to any chess fan, regardless of the playing level. For example:
IQ and chess skills Talent vs. hard work How many games to play per year? Are women underrated or overrated as compared to men? Rating inflation in chess What does your chess tell about your personality? Playing computers: dos and don’ts Developing your chess memory and visualization How does one prepare for an upcoming tournament? Is 1.e4 really “best by test”?
Yearbook of Chess Wisdom
The Best of CHESSDON and Much More
Memoirs of Chess Official, organizer and members of the FIDE Executive Board who participated in many controversial chess events including the matches by Fischer, Karpov and Kasparov for the World Chess Championships. The insider story of these important chess events.
Fischer, Kasparov and the Others
David Bronstein was a chess grandmaster and one of the strongest players in the world. In this sharp and provocative essay, the authors explain their concern regarding the increasingly sport oriented nature of chess, in which the result is all-important, to the detriment of chess as an art form and as an element of culture.
Chess in the Eighties
Tall Tales, Legends, Gossip, and Rumors From the World of Tournament Chess
Bobby Fischer is not alone in creating antics away from the chess board. His understudies, the royal game’s masters, players, fans, coaches, parents, tournament officials, and hangers-on, have created their own “tales from the wild side” escapades. This book chronicles those tales. Over the board chess experience takes a back seat to these anecdotes of human interest, human follies and quirky behavior. Lean back and enjoy this peek at human conduct on the sidelines of the chess universe
My Opponent is Eating a Doughnut
A Classic Collection, Finally Available Again
Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam’s gripping encounter with the legendary American recluse, a journalist’s dream come true, is the worthy apotheosis of this unique collection of interviews which were first published in New In Chess between 1986 and 1992.
Finding Bobby Fischer
A Novel of New Orleans and Paris
The Chess Players is a historical novel based on the life of Paul Morphy, who is considered to have been the first world chess champion and possibly the strongest chess player in the history of the game. Paul Charles Morphy was born on June 22, 1837 in New Orleans Louisiana. His father was Alonzo Morphy. His mother was Louise Thérèse Felicite Thelcide Le Carpentier. He learned the moves of chess simply by watching his uncle and father play. Nobody taught him the rules. By age 9 he was regarded as the best player in New Orleans. By age 21 he was regarded as the best chess player in the world.
The Chess Players
This is a comprehensive study of all games, board games, card games, strategy games, children's games and sporting games such as baseball. What is the history of games? Why do people play games? The authors, Elliott Morton Avedon and Brian Sutton-Smith are recognized authorities on the study of games. Elliott Morton Avedon is the author of “Therapeutic Recreation Service: An Applied Behavioural Approach”. Brian Sutton-Smith is focused on children's games, adult games, children's play, children's drama, films and narratives, as well as children's gender issues and sibling position. Brian Sutton-Smith is the author of some 50 books and some 350 scholarly articles on games.
The Study of Games
IN STOCK AND SHIPS IMMEDIATELY
This comprehensive rulebook is the only guide sanctioned and compiled by the U.S. Chess Federation (USCF), the governing body for chess in the United States. It is designed to be a useful reference for all chess players, especially tournament directors and chess club teachers.
US Chess Federation's Official Rules of Chess - SIXTH EDITION
The chess pieces knew how they moved. They knew what they wanted too. It wasn’t like school, where kids pretended they were masters of the teachers’ game. The adults didn’t know anything anyway. The real world was a big push to nothing. But Lisa escaped from all that. She found Igor Ivanov. He taught her how to play.
Lisa - A Chess Novel
The legendary chess players that Genna Sosonko brings to life in this new collection of his acclaimed writing have one thing in common: Capablanca, Alekhine, Euwe, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal and Petrosian, they were all world champions.
The World Champions I Knew
A Collection of 206 Amazing, Amusing, Interesting, and Fantastic Facts about the Game of Chess, its moves and its players
Curious Chess Facts is Irving Chernev's first book. Published in 1937, it is his famous collection of chess anecdotes. The facts in this book are so famous that they have become part of chess lore, repeated thousands of times, published in countless books and magazine articles by many different authors, such that it is almost forgotten that this book is the original published source.
Curious Chess Facts
Curious, But True Chess Stories & The Lessons We Learn From Them
Coach Jay Stallings takes coaches and players alike through some of the strangest and weirdest (yet true!) stories in Chess. From how Ossip Bernstein had to save his own life with a game of chess to Bobby Fischer's amazing winning streak to Harry Nelson Pillsbury's ability to play Chess, Checkers and cards at the same time, there is something in here for everyone, complete with Coach Stalling's insights on what you can learn from these stories to improve your own game!
Fried Liver & Burning Pants
Nightmares for the Professional Go Player
In this unique book, the authors, both only amateur Go players themselves, develop the mathematical techniques for solving late-stage endgame problems that can stump top-ranking professionals.
Mathematical Go Endgames
This is a reprint of a book published in 1883 and 1884. There have been at least a dozen editions of this book but we believe that the 1883 edition was the first edition.
Dick's Games of Patience or Solitaire with Cards
Undoubtedly the best book written on this subject. The author sweeps away the generalities and gives fifty concrete examples of how to play difficult casts.
This book reprints 35 issues of Virginia chess publications from 1946 to 1965 plus one issue of the Carolina Gambit from 1960. Most notable is the Virginia Chess News Roundup, published quarterly from 1954 to 1959, edited by Leonard Morgan.
Virginia Chess Federation Publications from 1946 to 1965
The Memoirs of a Grandmaster
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
Checkmate in Prague
The Final Years in Iceland, a Saga of Friendship and Lost Illusions
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.
Bobby Fischer Comes Home
Lasker's book delves deeply into all phases of life and struggles. He attempts to create a general theory of all competitive activities, including chess, business and war.
Skat and Sheepshead are card games popular in Germany but not as well known in the United States. They are trick-taking games, bearing some similarities to bridge. Bridge players sometimes play these games as a pass-time.
Wergin on Skat and Sheepshead
A Wonderful Chapter Book About Learning to Be a Winner in Life. Freddie Pawn attends Chess Club at his chess-piece elementary school and becomes discouraged when he loses his chess game against Billy Bully Bishop. Meanwhile his friend, George Pawn, wins his game against Billy's brother, Bobby, further discouraging Freddie. To make matters worse, the Bully Bishop brothers love to tease Freddie. How will Freddie learn to overcome his losses and the constant teasing of the Bully Bishop brothers?
CLEARANCE - Freddie Loses His Game
Contract Bridge Blue Book is, without doubt, the most famous book on the Game of Contract Bridge ever written. It is a landmark work, mentioned in every book on the history of bridge. As a result of the success of this work, the Culbertson Bidding System was the most popular system the world. Ely Culbertson had a nationwide syndicated column on bridge that was carried in hundreds of newspapers daily.
Contract Bridge Blue Book
A Textbook on Blackjack
This is the most talked-about book on the Blackjack scene. This book has sold more copies since it's initial release than any other gaming book. Prior to this new edition there was no foolproof way to learn how to play Blackjack accurately. This is the only Blackjack book that is easy to understand and completely accurate, written for the beginner or for the expert player.
Playing Blackjack as a Business
The Adventures of the KING of "21"!
This book, ''Ken Uston on Blackjack'', is primarily concerned with the legal efforts Ken made to stop the casinos from banning card counters. Legal actions were brought in his name against the casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, New Jersey to stop them from banning card counters. The end result of these legal actions was that they were unsuccessful in Las Vegas but successful in Atlantic City. The Las Vegas Casinos still can and do ban card counters. The original edition of this book contains almost no information about how to win at Blackjack. Therefore a section has been added to explain what you really want to know, which is how we were able to win some money playing Blackjack.
Ken Uston on Blackjack
Million Dollar Blackjack is the second of several books written by Ken Uston on Blackjack. You may wonder why he needed to write several books on the same subject. Was he like a chess grandmaster who publishes accurate analysis but who holds back a few secrets and sets traps for the unwary reader to fall into should he ever face the grandmaster in a tournament game? Most readers probably assumed that they were playing the system described by Edward Thorp in his book 'Beat the Dealer''.
Million Dollar Blackjack
How a Team of Blackjack Players Made a Million Dollars
This is a reprint of the famous book, ''The Big Player'', mentioned on the History Channel and news reports showing how a team of blackjack players made millions of dollars at the expense of Las Vegas Casinos.
The Big Player
This book is a collection of famous or historic bridge hands played by some of the best or most famous players in the world at that time. It is not intended to be a book of basic instruction. The authors are masters at both chess and bridge.
Pro Bridge - The Hall of Fame
Autobiography of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of the World Chess Federation (''FIDE'') from 1995 to the Present. This is an amazing book because it describes the break-up of the Soviet Union and provides an autobiography of how a man realizing the huge changes in the process of taking place in Russian society was able to become a millionaire.
The President's Crown of Thorns
This book describes the Standard American bidding system. Although still the most widely known system, there have been a proliferation of bidding systems. The reader should be prepared to play under other systems.
5 Weeks to Winning Bridge
With this instructive manual, players can learn to concentrate on one-, two- and three-move checkmates, focusing on their opponents' last moves and keeping alert to new possibilities, rather than getting blinded by previous calculations. Written by two experienced chess teachers, this volumes first 100 exercises concern checkmates in one move, while the remaining exercises represent game-like positions for checkmates in two and three moves.
212 Surprising Checkmates
Learn to Think the Way Bobby Does
Learn to think the same way Bobby Fischer did. This is the fastest, most efficient, most enjoyable book on chess ever compiled. As the student, you start at the beginning and progressively develop your skills as you apply Bobby Fischer's principles and learn how to play Chess the Bobby way.
Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess
Renju, as the game is known in Japanese or Lianzhu in Chinese, is a modified and improved version of the ancient game of Five-in-a-Row, also known by its Japanese name of Gomoku. The reason it was necessary to modify the basic game of Five-in-a-Row is that in the traditional game, the player of the first move has such a big advantage that he will win every, or almost every, game.
Five in a Row (Renju) for Beginners to Advanced Players
This is Dr. Reuben Fine, one of the great chess players of this century (he has played on equal terms with Botvinnik, Reshevsky, Smyslov, and others) and a qualified psychoanalyst. Dr. Fine has called upon his own understanding of chess processes and his unrivaled contacts in the chess world in this attempt to analyze both the game of chess itself and its peculiar appeals, particularly to male players as opposed to females, to isolate its inner meaning, and to categorize and understand the special combination of characteristics that make tip a chess champion.
The Psychology of the Chess Player
Choose from a huge selection of chess books, including a wide variety of topics, players and strategies from The House of Staunton. There is a chess book for nearly every chess move or chess defense you can think of. Looking for a chess book talking about a specific chess player? Browse the many different miscellaneous chess books available. Need to strengthen your opening game? Middle game? Or maybe your end game is lacking. There are chess books covering all of these topics and much more. The purpose of a majority of the chess books available is to serve as guides for beginners and advanced chess players alike, and to address different tactics and strategies to help improve your game. There are also biographical chess books that talk about specific Chess Players such as Magnus Carlsen or Vishwanthan Anand if you are interested in reading about a chess player and their life.