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    My Chess
    The Ideal Chess Journalist
    Catalog Code: B0067RE

    During his active chess career, Hans Ree battled with almost all the great chessplayers, including eight world champions, from Max Euwe to Anatoly Karpov. My Chess is not only about them, but also about other players and writers from the past who are admired by Ree. It gives a personal view of Ree's own world of chess, and therefore less prominent players also appear, such as a schoolmate with whom he played an endless series of matches, or the anonymous "A6648," who played more than a half-million games on the Internet Chess Club.
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    The Queen of Katwe
    A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster
    Catalog Code: B0069OB

    The Queen of Katwe is an intimate and heartrending portrait of human life on the poor fringes of the twenty-first century.
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    Practical Middlegame Techniques
    2nd Edition - 2012
    Catalog Code: B0261EM

    This book is aimed at the player who wants to improve his or her understanding of the most important middlegame concepts.
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    Platonov's Chess Academy
    Using Soviet-Era Methods to Improve 21st-Century Openings
    Catalog Code: B0020LV


    Publisher: CIRC
    Author: Lev Alburt and Sam Palatnik
    Year of Publication: 2012 Pages: 176
    Notation Type: Figurine (FAN)


    Book Description Two of the most renowned chess trainers in the world, introduce and explain the revolutionary ideas of their old friend and mentor, Igor Platonov. Platonov was one of the most profound thinkers and theoreticians in the old Soviet Union, which held a grip on the world chess championship for decades, as the title passed from one of its stars to another. For intermediate players to grandmasters, Platonov's visionary insights, examined and explained here for the first time, provide you with the keys to understanding the foundational concepts of the game, strengthening your chess understanding and giving you effective methods to help you find the most powerful moves in the game. About the Author(s) International Grandmaster Lev Alburt, three-time U.S. champion and former European champion, is one of the most sought-after chess teachers in the world. He lives in New York.Grandmaster Sam Palatnik's students reached the list of 100 best players in the world. He lives and teaches in Bethesda, Maryland.
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    The Middle Game in Chess
    Catalog Code: B0054DV

    Basic concepts of middle game play are systematically and logically presented.
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    Chess Analytics
    Training with a Grandmaster
    Catalog Code: B0059RE

    Grivas presents almost 240 games, most with complete scores to assist comprehension, illustrating his themes with practical, insightful examples and explanations.
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    The Greatest Ever Chess Endgames
    Catalog Code: B0342EM

    Chess players are known to be obsessed by openings. However, world champions have recommended that up-and-coming players should actually begin by studying the endgame first.
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    Chess Secrets - Giants of Innovation
    Learn from Steinitz, Lasker, Botvinnik, Korchoi and Ivanchuk
    Catalog Code: B0336EM

    Chess Secrets is a series of books which uncover the mysteries of the most important aspects of chess, such as strategy, attack, defence, opening play, endgames, off-board preparation and mental attitude. In each book the author chooses and deeply studies a number of great players who have excelled in such aspects of the game, greatly influenced their peers and inspired all of us.
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    The Four Knights Game
    A New Adventure in an Old Chess Opening
    Catalog Code: B0108NIC

    The Four Knights variation is one of the oldest chess openings, dating back to the 16th century. In recent years it has been injected with numerous fresh ideas and has shaken off the reputation of being a peaceful choice. White has quite a few ways to create tension and play for the attack.
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    The Ragozin Complex
    A Guide for White and Black
    Catalog Code: B0106NIC

    The Ragozin Complex is a flexible and versatile chess opening system that, despite its popularity, rarely has been a subject of serious study in chess literature. A hybrid of the Queen's Gambit and the Nimzo-Indian Defence, the Ragozin featured in a famous book by Soviet theoretician Lipnitsky in the 1950s. Bobby Fischer decided to learn Russian to be able to read that work and immediately afterwards started playing the Ragozin.
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    A Fresh Look at Chess
    40 Instructive Games, Played and Annotated by Players Like You!
    Catalog Code: B0019LV

    For this book, Lev has selected 40 of his best columns, arranged them by themes, cut some material — and added much more, all to make A Fresh Look at Chess both truly instructional and fun to read.
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    Bobby Fischer
    Profile of a Prodigy
    Catalog Code: B0032DV

    This book is virtually three books in one--a complete biography, an analysis of 90 representative games that trace Fischer's rise to chess supremacy, and a complete history of the Fischer-Spassky World Championship Match in 1972.
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    Masters of the Chessboard
    21st Century Edition
    Catalog Code: B0056RE

    Ask most chessplayers about the works by Richard Reti, and most will quickly reply Modern Ideas in Chess. His Masters of the Chessboard will be a distant second and that is unfortunate, because in many ways Masters is more comprehensive and instructive than its better-known predecessor.
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    Grandmaster Versus Amateur
    Catalog Code: B0054QT

    A multinational array of top grandmasters explain the difference in thinking between professional and amateur chess players, and how the amateur can bridge the gap. It usually takes at least a decade of sustained effort for even the most talented player to reach the grandmaster level - this book cannot guarantee to make the reader a chess grandmaster, but it is certainly a healthy nudge in the right direction.
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    Play Better Chess Today!
    A Quick Guide to Improving Your Chess!
    Catalog Code: B0055CZ

    Play Better Chess Today is perfect for players who have learned the basics and are ready to take their game to the next level and start winning games. Over 100 diagrams show how to exploit the strengths of each piece, and defend against their weaknesses. You'll also learn tactical moves to capture pieces checkmate opponents.
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    Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes
    The Personal Memoir of a Soviet Chess Legend
    Catalog Code: B0119NIC

    A unique, revealing and well-told story, essential reading for everybody interested in the history of chess and the Soviet Union.
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    Tactimania
    Find the Winning Combination
    Catalog Code: B0048QT

    Tacticmania is a puzzle book with a difference. Grandmaster Glenn Flear makes sure the puzzles are unfamiliar to the reader by selecting them only from games played by himself or his wife Christine. The puzzles start at a moderate level then get steadily more difficult. The reader will be challenged by the puzzles and entertained by the manga-style illustrations that feature throughout.
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    The Rossolimo Sicilian
    A Powerful Anti-Sicilian that Avoids Tons of Theory
    Catalog Code: B0103NIC

    Play real chess instead of trying to memorize endless database lines! That is what the Rossolimo Sicilian offers and why this opening has become so popular with chess players all over the world. If you play 3.Bb5 in the Sicilian, you do not need to keep up-to-date with the dazzling theoretical developments in all kinds of Open Sicilians.
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    Alterman Gambit Guide - Black Gambits - VOLUME 1
    Catalog Code: B0055QT

    The Alterman Gambit Guide: Black Gambits 1 is both an opening book and an instructional manual. Sharpen your tactics and learn to play dynamic attacking chess while studying the most entertaining gambits.
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    Bobby Fischer
    A Pictorial History of the 1972 World Chess Championship
    Catalog Code: B0021RH

    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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    New Ideas in Chess
    How to use Space, Time, Force and Pawn Structure to Become a Winning Chess Player
    Catalog Code: B0051CZ

    Finally One if the Most Influential Chess Books ever is back! Five- time U.S Champion Larry Evans shows you the most important concepts that comprise a winning chess game: Space, Time, Force & Pawn Structure.In a book that has been called the "bible" for novice to intermediate player," this newly revised classic use actual game examples to illustrate dozens of chess themes.
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    Analyse Your Chess
    Catalog Code: B0322EM

    Leading chess author Colin Crouch believes that the key to sustained chess improvement lies in the critical analysis and assessment of your own games. Each and every game you play provides a significant learning opportunity, and this opportunity should never be squandered.
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    The Complete Hedgehog - VOLUME 2
    Catalog Code: B0068EU

    The Hedgehog lives! GM Sergey Shipov concludes his monumental investigation of this counterattacking system for Black with in-depth coverage of formations arising from 1.e4 and 1.d4. Sparing no effort to discover best play for both sides, he presents White's most promising plans and breathes new life into variations that - according to theory - had turned the Hedgehog into an endangered species.
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    Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 13
    No Time to Study Opening Theory? Shock Your Opponent with an SOS!
    Catalog Code: B0013SOS

    Secrets of Opening Surprises brings you a wide variety of unusual opening ideas. They may seem outrageous at first sight, but have proven to be perfectly playable. An SOS deviates very early from the regular lines in a mainstream opening, usually even before move six!
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    Slay the Spanish
    Weapons Against the Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: B0323EM

    Former US Open Champion Timothy Taylor presents weapons for Black against the hugely popular Spanish Opening, with a repertoire based on the Modern Steinitz Defence. This has justifiably earned a reputation as an important alternative to the main lines, and it's easy to see its appeal. The Modern Steinitz can lead to razor-sharp positions, such as in the Siesta Variation, where one slip by either player could prove to be fatal. But a major attraction of the Modern Steinitz is its flexibility, and Black can also choose to play in a more positional manner.
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    Your Best Move
    A Structured Approach to Move Selection in Chess
    Catalog Code: B0319EM

    Per Ostman is convinced that there are three key elements: first and foremost, a structured move-by-move thinking process; second, the desired skills to execute this process; and finally, traditional chess knowledge we can build upon. Ostman examines these three vital building blocks which form the basis of what we need to master. He describes in detail a clear thinking process he has developed over several years as a chess teacher - a process to guide us in our ultimate search to find the best move.
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    Endgame - HARDCOVER
    Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness
    Catalog Code: B0020RH

    ENDGAME is acclaimed biographer Frank Brady's decades-in-the-making tracing of the meteoric ascent--and confounding descent--of enigmatic genius Bobby Fischer. Only Brady, who met Fischer when the prodigy was only 10 and shared with him some of his most dramatic triumphs, could have written this book, which has much to say about the nature of American celebrity and the distorting effects of fame
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    New York 1927
    Catalog Code: B0050RE

    Alekhine's Controversial Masterpiece Finally in English! For decades, Alexander Alekhine's account of New York 1927 was at the top of the list of works that should have been rendered into English but unaccountably were not. Not only do you have one of the greatest annotators of all time rendering some brilliant analysis, but he melds it with an exceptional agenda, an anti-Capablanca agenda.
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    Gambit Busters
    Take it, Keep it and Win!
    Catalog Code: B0318EM

    In this book, Sam Collins tackles this subject head on. He explores in depth the basic gambit approaches, the typical mistakes made at all levels, the world-class defensive and counterattacking techniques displayed by the great players, and how you can learn from them. In addition, he covers some key theory of many popular gambits in modern chess. Be bold, be brave and grab those pawns!
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    The Living Chess Game
    Fine Arts Activities for Kids 9-14
    Catalog Code: B0045OB

    >Living chess games have been referenced in works from classic authors such as Lewis Carroll and Kurt Vonnegut; this theater art was also mentioned in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. With The Living Chess Game: Fine Arts Activities for Kids 9-14, any parent, librarian, teacher, or after-school instructor can successfully stage an educational and entertaining living chess game.
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    CoffeeHouse Chess Tactics
    An Astonishing Trip into the World of Competitive Chess
    Catalog Code: B0097NIC

    With refreshing simplicity, Coffeehouse Chess Tactics shows how to turn bad, even seemingly hopeless positions to our advantage. How to distinguish the essential from the trivial. How to adapt according to the situation on the board. Each game sparkles with some unusual tactical or defensive motif. Along with the games the author describes in eloquent but brutal language the beautiful, sometimes terrible, world of chess "where sport, art and science merge.
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    How to play against 1. d4
    Catalog Code: B0314EM

    Finding a suitable defence to 1 d4 isn't an easy task, especially if you don't have endless time available to study all the latest theoretical developments. If you choose fashionable openings, it's imperative to keep pace with modern theory if you want to succeed with Black.
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    Chess Blueprints
    Planning in the Middlegame
    Catalog Code: B0054EU

    Planning is critical to winning in chess. While other writers offer you thinking tools for building an effective plan, in Chess Blueprints: Planning in the Middlegame Nikolay Yakovlev gives you the bricks - the positional themes and patterns that you need to know in order to make use of those fancy tools. With 188 positions and 559 diagrams ranging from the classics to little-known gems of Russian chess, the author challenges you to form your own impression and then see how the masters honed in on the key elements to achieve victory, or neglected them and went down to defeat.
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    Capablanca - A Primer of Checkmate
    Catalog Code: B0055EU

    Jose Raul Capablanca is renowned for his exquisite positional play and flawless endgame technique. But "The Chess Machine" was also a master of that other way to deliver mate: the attack on the enemy king. In this groundbreaking work, award-winning chess coach and author Frisco Del Rosario shines a long-overdue light on this neglected aspect of Capablanca's record. He illustrates how the Cuban genius used positional concepts to build up irresistible king hunts, embodying the principles of good play advocated by the unequaled teacher, C.J.S. Purdy.
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    10 Great Ways To Get Better At Chess
    Catalog Code: B0305EM

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    Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 12
    No Time to Study Opening Theory? Shock Your Opponent with an SOS!
    Catalog Code: B0012SOS

    Readers of this series can ignore large areas of the ever expanding chess opening theory. They can concentrate on these surprising ideas, because SOS variations deviate very early from the regular lines in mainstream openings. Ideal for players who don't have enough time to keep abreast with main line theory. Appears twice a year. Ready-to-go chess opening ideas.
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