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

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

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    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. Learn More
  2. Chess World Championships - 2 Volume Set

    Chess World Championships - 2 Volume Set

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    If you're looking for the ULTIMATE COLLECTION of World Championship Games, Look no further than this two-book collection from McFarland Publishing.

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  3. Alexander Alekhine - Agony of a Chess Genius

    Alexander Alekhine - Agony of a Chess Genius

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    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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  4. William Steinitz - Chess Champion

    William Steinitz - Chess Champion

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    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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  5. Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME I

    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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  6. Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME II

    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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  7. Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME IV

    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME IV

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    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. Learn More
  8. Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME V

    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME V

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    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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  9. Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME I

    Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME I

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    This book is the first in a brand new series that follows on from My Great Predecessors and sees chess legend Garry Kasparov reflecting on a pivotal time in chess history. Bobby Fischer's spurt towards the chess summit (1970-1972) marked the approach of a new era affecting all aspects of the game and opening theory in particular. Learn More
  10. Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME II

    Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME II

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    This volume concentrates on the first two of those matches. The epic 1984/85 contest which was lasted six months before being controversially halted "without result" by the then President of FIDE Florencio Campomanes. The 1985 match when Kasparov brilliantly won the final game to take the title and become - at the age of 22 - the youngest ever world champion. Great chess contests have often had resonances extending beyond the 64 squares. The Fischer v Spassky match was played during the Cold War with both champions being perceived as the finest products of their respective ideologies. Learn More
  11. Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME III

    Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME III

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    Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov are unquestionably the participants who featured in the greatest ever chess rivalry. Between 1984 and 1990 they contested five long matches for the World Championship. This 3rd volume of the 'Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess' series concentrates on the third and fourth matches in this sequence: London/Leningrad 1986 and Seville 1987. Both matches were tremendously exciting and hard fought and both produced chess of an extremely high level. Learn More
  12. Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME IV

    Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME IV

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    Between 1984 and 1990 Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov contested five long matches for the World Championship. This fourth volume of the series 'Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess' concentrates on all the games played between the two from 1988 to the present day and features their fifth World Championship match played in New York and Lyon 1990. Learn More
  13. Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 1

    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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  14. Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 2

    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
  15. Positional Attacks

    Positional Attacks

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    The third installment of the best-selling series of attack books - Formation Attacks, Formation Attack Strategies, and now, Positional Attacks is another 500 page book, full of great attack information with 532 fabulous attack games from all openings and all eras. The aim of Positional Attacks is to uncover the artistic side of attacking, one that is primarily centered on the creation and exploitation of weaknesses. Learn More
  16. Bobby Fischer

    Bobby Fischer

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    Harry Benson's rare, exclusive photos of the elusive and controversial chess genius Bobby Fischer taken during the historic World Championship chess match in Iceland in 1972 in which Fischer solidly defeated reining champ, Russian Boris Spassky, are collected here for the first time, in Bobby Fischer.

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  17. Bobby Fischer - The Career and Complete Games of the American World Chess Champion

    Bobby Fischer - The Career and Complete Games of the American World Chess Champion

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    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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  18. Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME III

    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME III

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    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. Learn More
  19. Anatoly Karpov - My 300 Best Games

    Anatoly Karpov - My 300 Best Games

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    I have played a huge amount of tournament and match games during my long chess career, roughly 2,500 altogether. From those games, I have selected only three hundred for this book, - the games I consider my best and most instructive ones.

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  20. Carlsen's Assault on the Throne

    Carlsen's Assault on the Throne

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    In 2013 chess returned to world headlines. The energetic Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen was front page news and his fans were not disappointed: the World Number 1 won the World Championship. Carlsens Assault on the Throne gives an inside view of Carlsens dramatic journey: from one of eight challengers in the London Candidates tournament, with the near disaster in the final rounds, ending with triumph in Chennai. With behind-the-scenes stories and top-level analysis of the games, Kotronias & Logothetis have written the ultimate book on how Carlsen became the 16th undisputed World Chess Champion. This hardcover edition includes over a hundred colour photographs Learn More
  21. Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work Articles, Memoirs 1928-1986 - RUSSIAN EDITION

    Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work Articles, Memoirs 1928-1986 - RUSSIAN EDITION

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    This is the fourth in a series of four books by World Chess Champion Mikhail Botvinnik. The first three books cover his chess career. This, the last volume covers his essays on a variety of topics of interest to him. The four volumes are: Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1923-1941  Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1942-1956  Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1957-1970  Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work Articles, Memoirs 1928-1986

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  22. Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work Articles - 1923-1941 - RUSSIAN EDITION

    Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work Articles - 1923-1941 - RUSSIAN EDITION

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    This is the first in a series of four books by World Chess Champion Mikhail Botvinnik. The first three books cover his chess career. This, the last volume covers his essays on a variety of topics of interest to him. The four volumes are: Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1923-1941  Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1942-1956  Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1957-1970  Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work Articles, Memoirs 1928-1986

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  23. Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work Articles - 1942 - 1956 - RUSSIAN EDITION

    Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work Articles - 1942 - 1956 - RUSSIAN EDITION

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    This is the Second in a series of four books by World Chess Champion Mikhail Botvinnik. The first three books cover his chess career. This, the last volume covers his essays on a variety of topics of interest to him. The four volumes are: Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1923-1941  Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1942-1956  Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1957-1970  Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work Articles, Memoirs 1928-1986

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  24. Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work Articles - 1957 - 1970 - RUSSIAN EDITION

    Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work Articles - 1957 - 1970 - RUSSIAN EDITION

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    This is the Third in a series of four books by World Chess Champion Mikhail Botvinnik. The first three books cover his chess career. This, the last volume covers his essays on a variety of topics of interest to him. The four volumes are: Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1923-1941  Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1942-1956  Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1957-1970  Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work Articles, Memoirs 1928-1986

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  25. Garry Kasparov's Greatest Chess Games - VOLUME 1

    Garry Kasparov's Greatest Chess Games - VOLUME 1

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    Garry Kasparov has dominated the chess world for more than twenty years. His dynamism and preparation have set an example that is followed by most ambitious players. Igor Stohl has selected 74 of Kasparov's best and most instructive games from 1973 to 1993, and annotated them in detail. The emphasis is on explaining the thoughts behind Kasparov's decisions, and the principles and concepts embodied by his moves. Stohl provides a wealth of fresh insights into these landmark games, together with many new analytical points. This makes the book outstanding study material for all chess enthusiasts.

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  26. 6th American Chess Congress

    6th American Chess Congress

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    New York 1889 was the strongest chess tournament ever held up until that time. It was supposed to be for the World Chess Championship, but it has never been recognized as such, primarily because Steinitz, who helped organize the event and who was present as a journalist, refused to play.

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  27. Chess Duels

    Chess Duels

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    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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  28. My Best Games of Chess

    My Best Games of Chess

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    In chess literature, there have only been a very few chess books that have immediately-and permanently-established themselves as classics. Lasker's Manual of Chess by Emanuel Lasker, Masters of the Chessboard by Richard Reti and Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual by Mark Dvoretsky are three that come to mind. There are of course others, among them My Best Games of Chess, 1908-1937 by the fourth world chess champion, Alexander Alekhine. Learn More
  29. Weltgeschichte des Schachs - 27 - Spassky - GERMAN EDITION

    Weltgeschichte des Schachs - 27 - Spassky - GERMAN EDITION

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    This is the book Bobby Fischer studied in preparing to play his epic match for the World Chess Championship against Boris Spassky. In order to complete the record of these games, the scores of the Fischer-Spassky Match are included in an appendix in the back of this book. The New York Times reported: "FERNDALE, N.Y. March 31 – Nearly always, when he is seen, he is carrying or reading what is jokingly called “the big red book” to distinguish it from “Quotations From Chairman Mao”, which is the little red book. Learn More
  30. The World Champions I Knew

    The World Champions I Knew

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    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. Learn More
  31. The Middle Game in Chess

    The Middle Game in Chess

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    The Middle Game in Chess by Reuben Fine completes the trilogy between Practical Chess Openings and Basic Chess Endings, both by Fine, so that the three major aspects of chess are discussed. The Middle Game, it has been said, is the heart of chess. Here is the field of battle on which victory or defeat is decided. In this book the world's leading authority turns his talents to the Middle Game. Learn More
  32. The Complete Games of Bobby Fischer

    The Complete Games of Bobby Fischer

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    As a massive work of reference to Fischer's chess science and technique, and as a tribute to the delights of Fischer's aesthetic prowess, this book can hardly be excelled. Meticulously documented, indexed and copiously illustrated. New Statesman Bobby Fischer became the youngest U.S. champion at the age of fourteen and later went on to defeat Boris Spassky in a titanic match for the world championship at Reykjavik in 1972, becoming the highest rated player of all time.

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  33. New York 1924

    New York 1924

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    One of the most remarkable and famous chess tournaments ever took place in New York City in March and April 1924. It had a narrative that is still striking today: Three world champions, undisputed world champions mind you, fulfilling their destiny. The stunning performance of the 55-year-old former world champion Emanuel Lasker. The seemingly invincible reigning world champion Jose Capablanca suffering his first loss in eight years. And all 110 tournament games deeply annotated by future world champion Alexander Alekhine.

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  34. Bobby Fischer vs. The Rest of the World

    Bobby Fischer vs. The Rest of the World

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    In 1972, an epic chess match took place in Iceland between representatives of the two great super-powers of the world: Bobby vs. Boris. Boris was backed by the Mighty Soviet Union, with late night phone calls coming from his handlers in Moscow, telling him what his next move should be.

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  35. Elista Diaries

    Elista Diaries

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    Elista Diaries is the classic first-hand account of one of the most intensely fought World Chess Championship matches seen for decades. The World Champion and his chief trainer deeply annotate all of the games from the 1996 World Championship Match.

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  36. Max Euwe - The Biography

    Max Euwe - The Biography

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    This magnificent book, filling a gap in the literature of chess, shows that Euwes world title was the result of his iron will, his methodical drive and his energetic handling of all aspects of the game. Max Euwe has been called a genius of order and the chess logician. He wrote more than 70 books, many of which are still in print today.

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