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    SHOPWORN - Your Opponent is Overrated
    A Practice Guide to Inducing Errors
    Catalog Code: SWB0444EM

    Even the very best players recognize the value of discomforting the opponent. This is the key theme of this book. Schuyler covers all phases of the game and discusses other vital subjects such as harassment, material imbalance, time management, surprise moves, unusual ideas, provocative play, manoeuvres and recovering from bad positions
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    SHOPWORN - Your Opponent is Overrated

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    SHOPWORN - Morphy - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0445EM

    Paul Morphy is a chess legend and without doubt one of the greatest players in the history of the game. His understanding of the game was years ahead of his time and in his era he was easily the best player in the world. In this book, Grandmaster Zenón Franco examines in detail Morphy's chess style, selects and studies his favourite Morphy games, and demonstrates how we can all improve our chess by learning from Morphy's masterpieces.
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    SHOPWORN - Morphy - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - First Steps - The French
    Catalog Code: SWB0439EM

    In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala explains the basic ideas in the French and examines the important variations. The key ideas are emphasized with notes, tips and warnings and the reader’s understanding is tested with frequent exercises. This book tells you everything you need to know in order to take your first steps with the French Defense.
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    SHOPWORN - First Steps - The French

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    SHOPWORN - The Soviet Championships
    Catalog Code: SWB0438EM

    Starting in 1920 and running through to the early 1990s, the prestigious Soviet Championships were truly representative events with all of the top Soviet players participating. This book is a permanent record of those tournaments, encompassing every single Championship, giving a report and the full crosstable of results, as well as a carefully chosen selection of the finest and most memorable games.
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    SHOPWORN - The Soviet Championships

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    SHOPWORN - Alekhine - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0430EM

    In this book, FIDE Master Steve Giddins invites you to join him in a study of his favorite Alekhine games, and shows us how we can all learn and improve our chess by examining Alekhine's masterpieces.
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    SHOPWORN - Alekhine - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Easy Guide to Chess
    Catalog Code: SWB0427EM

    First published in 1942, the late B.H. Wood's classic Easy Guide to Chess has been successfully used by thousands of chess players around the world. Topics covered include: the men, their moves, starting the game, the importance of pawns, how to record the moves, standard openings, and much more. 
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    SHOPWORN - Easy Guide to Chess

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    SHOPWORN - Half a Century of Chess
    Catalog Code: SWB0433EM

    In this collection of his best games, former world champion Mikhail Botvinnik demonstrates the deep strategic style that took him to the title .    - Written by one of the greatest players of all time. - Contains 90 annotated games from Botvinnik's career. - Includes victories over Capablanca, Alekhine, Smyslov, Tal and Petrosian. - Incorporates background material on key personalities and events.
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    SHOPWORN - Half a Century of Chess

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    SHOPWORN - Tal - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0424EM

    Mikhail Tal is a true legend of chess. He was the World Champion and also holds the world record for the longest unbeaten run in competitive chess. Tal is widely regarded to be the greatest attacking player of all time. Nicknamed ‘the magician from Riga’, Tal was a creative genius who made it look as though absolutely anything was possible over the chessboard. In this book, former American Open Champion Cyrus Lakdawala selects and examines his favourite Tal games, from the beginning to the end of his exceptional career. Lakdawala shows how we can all improve our chess by learning from Tal’s masterpieces.
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    SHOPWORN - Tal - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Anti-Sicilians - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0426EM

    Anyone who plays the Sicilian Defence as Black must be prepared to meet a whole host of options for White known as the Anti-Sicilians. These includes popular choices such as the c3-Sicilian, the Grand Prix Attack, the Closed Sicilian, the King’s Indian Attack and all Bb5 lines, as well as numerous gambits and tricky sidelines which can be very difficult to meet for the unwary player. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala examines the Anti-Sicilian lines and provides repertoire options for Black against all of them.
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    SHOPWORN - Anti-Sicilians - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Rubinstein - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0423EM

    Rubinstein was an exceptionally talented player whose legacy includes many truly brilliant games. He helped to develop several chess openings and is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest endgame players of all time. In this book, Grandmaster Zenón Franco selects and examines his favorite Rubinstein games, and demonstrates how we can all learn and improve our chess by studying Rubinstein's masterpieces
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    SHOPWORN - Rubinstein - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - The Queen's Indian - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0421EM

    In this book, International Master and chess coach Lorin D’Costa invites you to join him in studying the Queen’s Indian. He highlights the typical plans and tactics for both sides, constructs a practical repertoire for Black and provides answers to all the key questions. *Essential guidance and training with the Queen’s Indian *Includes repertoire options for Black *Utilizes an ideal approach to chess study
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    SHOPWORN - The Queen's Indian - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Stein - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0420EM

    Leonid Stein was a three-time Soviet Chess Champion and one of the World's strongest players during his career, which was tragically cut short at its peak by his premature death in 1973. In this book, International Master Thomas Engqvist invites readers to join him in a study of his favorite Stein games, and shows how we can all improve by learning from Stein's masterpieces.
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    SHOPWORN - Stein - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Opening Repertoire - The Open Games with Black
    Catalog Code: SWB0442EM

    Anyone that is primed to face the Ruy Lopez must also be prepared to face a number of White alternatives. This collection of variations make up the Open Games and include not only popular choices such as the Italian Game, Scotch Game, Bishop's Opening, King's Gambit, Vienna Game and Four Knights, but also many tricky sidelines and some wild and wacky gambits. Many of these might not be theoretically strong but can be both daunting and dangerous for the uninformed player. In this book, FIDE Master Martin Lokander tackles all these lines head on and presents a practical repertoire for Black in the Open Games.
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    SHOPWORN - Opening Repertoire - The Open Games with Black

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    SHOPWORN - Fischer - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0417EM

    Bobby Fischer is a legendary chess figure, and many consider him to be the greatest chess player of all time. Fischer was a child prodigy who later developed into a phenomenal force. During his peak years he dominated his nearest rivals in a manner that had previously never been seen. In this book, former American Open Champion Cyrus Lakdawala studies his favorite Fischer games. Lakdawala examines Fischer's renowned skills in attack, defense, counterattack, exploiting imbalances, dynamic elements, accumulating advantages and endgame play.
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    SHOPWORN - Fischer - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Spassky - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0419EM

    Boris Spassky is one of the greatest chess players in the history of the game. He was the World Champion for three years, after winning the title by beating Tigran Petrosian. His name is forever linked with his great rival Bobby Fischer and their epic 1972 ‘Match of the Century', which did so much to popularize the game throughout the world. In this book, Grandmaster Zenón Franco examines in detail Spassky's chess style, selects and studies his favorite Spassky games, and demonstrates how we can all improve our chess by learning from Spassky's play.
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    SHOPWORN - Spassky - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Steinitz - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0422EM

    In this book, Craig Pritchett leads you through an unforgettable learning experience that builds on the extraordinary life and games of one of the greatest players in chess history, many of whose most profound discoveries remain at the very heart of the game in the 21st century.
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    SHOPWORN - Steinitz - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Smerdon's Scandinavian
    Catalog Code: SWB0416EM

    Grandmaster David Smerdon plays the Scandinavian, but not in the typically solid style of this popular opening. He gives the Scandinavian a welcome twist by using it as an all-out attacking weapon! The repertoire he presents in this book is an enhanced version of the one he has successfully employed at grandmaster level over many years.
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    SHOPWORN - Smerdon's Scandinavian

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    SHOPWORN - The Petroff
    Catalog Code: SWB0411EM

    The Petroff Defense is a solid and reliable way to meet 1 e4. It has a strong reputation and has been employed regularly by many grandmasters, most notably former world champions Anatoly Karpov and Vladimir Kramnik. By choosing counterattack instead of defense as early as the second move, Black immediately avoids many favorite weapons for White, including the Ruy Lopez, Italian Game, Scotch Game and a number of daunting gambits.
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    SHOPWORN - The Petroff

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    SHOPWORN - The Old Indian
    Catalog Code: SWB0413EM

    In this book, Old Indian expert Junior Tay invites you to join him in studying the opening and its many variations. Using illustrative games, Tay highlights the tactical and positional ideas for both sides, provides repertoire options for Black and offers answers all the key questions. This book will tell you everything you need to know about playing the Old Indian Defense.
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    SHOPWORN - The Old Indian

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    SHOPWORN - The Veresov - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0409EM

    The Veresov Opening is characterized by the moves 1 d4, 2 Nc3 and 3 Bg5. It’s a perfect weapon for those who wish to steer the game into relatively unchartered territory and to set their opponents problems from the outset. The Veresov is a flexible opening and White may choose lines that are either positional or tactical in nature. International Master Jimmy Liew has played the Veresov successfully for many years, and in this book he invites you to join him in a study of his favourite opening.
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    SHOPWORN - The Veresov - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Bird's Opening - Move By Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0410EM

    Bird's Opening, 1 f4, is an ideal choice for freethinking chess players who prefer to rely on their general chess knowledge and intuition rather than having to memorize and keep up to date with mainline opening theory. Bird's Opening is essentially the Dutch Defence with an extra move. In this book, the author examines all the important variations of Bird's Opening, including the sharp From's Gambit. Using illustrative games, he explains the main positional and tactical ideas for both sides, provides answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about successfully playing 1 f4.
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    SHOPWORN - Bird's Opening - Move By Move

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    SHOPWORN - Ivanchuk - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0406EM

    Vassily Ivanchuk has been one of the World's leading chess players for over two decades. He announced his arrival as a 21-year-old when he defeated Garry Kasparov on the way to winning the Linares Super-Grandmaster event. In a distinguished career he has won countless elite tournaments and was a FIDE World Championship finalist.
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    SHOPWORN - Ivanchuk - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - The Killer Dutch
    Catalog Code: SWB0405EM

    In this book, Williams examines the Classical Dutch in great depth. He also presents a complete repertoire for Black with the Dutch Defense, which is based on his own repertoire he has used successfully at grandmaster level for many years. As well as presenting the latest theory and revealing his new ideas in the key lines, Williams highlights the main tactical and strategic ideas for both sides and covers important issues such as move orders.
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    SHOPWORN - The Killer Dutch

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    SHOPWORN - The Chess Tactics Detection Workbook
    Catalog Code: SWB0401EM

    This workbook offers a unique framework to study chess tactics independent of themes, difficulty and—most importantly—even the existence of an actual tactic in a given position. Analyzing carefully selected games, from beginner level through to club and tournament level, the reader assumes the role of a tactics detective, checking for mistakes and missed opportunities by both sides without the help of a chess engine. This training method resembles live play far more realistically than solving puzzles, because each move has to be analyzed with respect to tactical possibilities—whether they exist or not.
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    SHOPWORN - The Chess Tactics Detection Workbook

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    SHOPWORN - 1... b6 - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0408EM

    1...b6 is a dynamic defense which allows Black to steer the game into relatively unchartered territory, where White players are unable to relax and rely on their ‘opening book’ knowledge. A major attraction of 1...b6 is that it can be employed against all of White’s mainline openings, including 1 e4, 1 d4, 1 Nf3 and 1 c4. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala examines all the important variations after 1...b6. Using illustrative games, he explains the main positional and tactical ideas for both sides, provides answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about successfully playing 1...b6.
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    SHOPWORN - 1... b6 - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - The Killer Sicilian
    Fighting 1.e4 with the Kalashnikov
    Catalog Code: SWB0398EM

    In this book, opening expert Tony Rotella presents a Sicilian repertoire for Black, the backbone of which consists of the Kalashnikov Variation. The Kalashnikov is an ideal choice for those looking to take up the Sicilian.
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    SHOPWORN - The Killer Sicilian

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    SHOPWORN - Larsen - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0399EM

    In this book, former American Open Champion Cyrus Lakdawala studies his favourite Larsen games and examines Larsen's skills in the key areas of attack and defence, initiative, exploiting imbalances, accumulating advantages and endgame play.
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    SHOPWORN - Larsen - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - The Classical French - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0397EM

    In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala invites you to join him in studying the French Defence, Classical Variation, which is a popular choice among chess players of all levels. Lakdawala examines in detail the important and commonly played lines, including the Steinitz, McCutcheon and Burn Variations. Using illustrative games and drawing on his own experience with the opening, he explains the main positional and tactical ideas for both sides, provides answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about successfully playing the Classical French.
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    SHOPWORN - The Classical French - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Carlsen - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0395EM

    Despite his relatively young age, Magnus Carlsen has already secured his place in chess history as a legend of the game. In a short space of time his accomplishments have been extraordinary. In December 2012 he broke Garry Kasparov’s record to become the highest-rated chess player of all time.
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    SHOPWORN - Carlsen - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Anand - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0396EM

    In this book, Grandmaster Zenón Franco examines in detail Anand’s chess career to date. He selects and studies his favourite Anand games, and demonstrates clearly how we can all improve our chess by learning from Anand’s play.
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    SHOPWORN - Anand - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Nimzowitsch - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0402EM

    Aron Nimzowitsch is one of the most important figures in chess history. He was one of the World's strongest players and contributed enormously to the development of chess both through his games and his writings, which influenced many grandmasters who followed him. In this book, Steve Giddins selects and studies his favourite games by Nimzowitsch and examines Nimzowitsch's skills in the vital areas of attack, defence, strategy and endgame play. He demonstrates how we can all improve by learning from Nimzowitsch's masterpieces.
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    SHOPWORN - Nimzowitsch - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Chess Progress
    From Beginner to Winner
    Catalog Code: SWB0391EM

    Award-winning chess coach Erik Czerwin’s unique training method begins by studying the simplest chess positions with very few pieces – and then moves on, step by step, adding more pieces to the board. Complex ideas are always built up from simpler situations, ensuring that the learning curve stays flat.
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    SHOPWORN - Chess Progress

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    SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 3
    1993-2005
    Catalog Code: SWB0392EM

    Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov: Part III is the final volume in a major three-volume series made unique by the fact that it records the greatest chess battles played by the greatest chessplayer of all-time.
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    SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 3

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    SHOPWORN - Play Unconventional Chess and Win
    Catalog Code: SWB0393EM

    In this book the reader will discover the incredible power unconventional moves can have. These moves contradict the most fundamental principles of the "old chess", and yet most of them played by leading grandmasters.
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    SHOPWORN - Play Unconventional Chess and Win

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    SHOPWORN - Test Your Chess
    Catalog Code: SWB0387EM

    Grandmaster and renowned chess coach Zenon Franco provides a training course designed to help all aspiring players to improve their chess. During each lesson, you are invited to play a 'game' in which you try to find the best moves at all the important moments.
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    SHOPWORN - Petrosian - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0386EM

    Tigran Petrosian was a World Chess Champion and a true legend of the game. He was nicknamed "Iron Tigran" because of his incredible defensive skills that made him a formidable opponent who was virtually impossible to defeat. Petrosian was the master of restraint, prophylaxis and prevention. He could spot and defuse threats well before they were created, suck the life out an opponent's position and then seize a vice-like grip on the game. In this book, International Master Thomas Engqvist selects and examines his favourite Petrosian games, and shows us how we can all learn and improve our chess by studying Petrosian's masterpieces.
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