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  1. SHOPWORN - Concise Chess

    SHOPWORN - Concise Chess

    Regular Price: $12.95

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    Beginning with the very basics, this pocket-sized book is a step-by-step guide to learning chess. Learn More
  2. SHOPWORN - Beating Unusual Chess Defences - 1.e4

    SHOPWORN - Beating Unusual Chess Defences - 1.e4

    Regular Price: $27.95

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    Anyone who plays 1 e4 as White must be prepared not only for Black’s main defences but also an assortment of less popular lines. These, when taken together, represent a significant percentage of the replies you can expect to meet when opening 1 e4.

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  3. SHOPWORN - Break the Rules!

    SHOPWORN - Break the Rules!

    Regular Price: $26.95

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    In this instructive and entertaining book, Grandmaster Neil McDonald studies in depth the key components of successful rule-breaking in chess. Drawing upon his own experience and using examples from modern grandmaster chess, McDonald examines how to avoid stereotypical thinking, how to exploit typical thinking patterns, and how to confuse and beat opponents with surprising ideas.

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  4. SHOPWORN -  Checkmate! Tactics

    SHOPWORN - Checkmate! Tactics

    Regular Price: $16.95

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    Would you now like to know how to regularly beat your opponents and move to the next level? If so, then Checkmate Tactics is the book for you.

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  5. SHOPWORN - Chess Developments - The Pirc

    SHOPWORN - Chess Developments - The Pirc

    Regular Price: $26.95

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    In this book, James Vigus examines the most theoretically important and instructive Pirc games since the publication of his highly acclaimed The Pirc in Black and White, highlighting the main developments and novelties for both sides. Studying this book will provide you with vital information on a popular opening.

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  6. SHOPWORN - Chess Secrets - Giants of Innovation

    SHOPWORN - Chess Secrets - Giants of Innovation

    Regular Price: $27.95

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    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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  7. SHOPWORN - Chess Strategy - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - Chess Strategy - Move by Move

    Regular Price: $29.95

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    Want to improve at chess? Then you'll need to improve your understanding of chess strategy. You probably knew that already - but how to begin to study such a vast and seemingly complex subject? International Master Adam Hunt is a full-time chess teacher and is thus very familiar with this problem. His solution is to present an accessible and easy-to-read guide for club players and juniors. Hunt studies all the key components of chess strategy, including development, king safety, attack and defence, initiative, pawn play and much more. He examines not only grandmaster games but also those played by students, demonstrates model strategic play, identifies typical mistakes and explains how to avoid them. Move by Move provides an ideal platform to study chess Learn More
  8. SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez

    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez

    Regular Price: $27.95

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    Dangerous Weapons is a series of opening books which supply the reader with an abundance of hard-hitting ideas to revitalize his or her opening repertoire. In this book, three opening experts team up and take a contemporary look at the Ruy Lopez, one of the most popular chess openings. Instead of analysing the well-trodden main lines they concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations, selecting a wealth of ‘dangerous’ options for both colours. Whether playing White or Black, a study of this book will leave you confident and fully-armed, and your opponents running for cover! Learn More
  9. SHOPWORN - Fighting Chess - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - Fighting Chess - Move by Move

    Regular Price: $28.95

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    What separates the best chess players from the rest? What gives them the edge over their rivals? Chess legend Vladimir Kramnik believes it's their fighting skills and the ability to continuously find ways to keep a game alive. Colin Crouch agrees, and is fascinated that the world’s strongest players seem almost unbeatable, even when games appear sharp and double-edged. Learn More
  10. SHOPWORN - The Four Knights - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - The Four Knights - Move by Move

    Regular Price: $29.95

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    The Four Knights is an opening with a long and distinguished history. Despite its deceptively quiet appearance, it can lead to extremely sharp play

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  11. SHOPWORN - Kramnik - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - Kramnik - Move by Move

    Regular Price: $29.95

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    Vladimir Kramnik is a giant of the chess world. He firmly secured his legendary status when he won the World Championship in 2000 by defeating the previously dominant Garry Kasparov - the only player ever to do so in a match. Kramnik held on to his crown for seven years, and today he remains one of the World's elite players. In this book, former American Open Champion Cyrus Lakdawala invites you to join him in a study of his favourite Kramnik games. Learn More
  12. SHOPWORN - Mastering Opening Strategy

    SHOPWORN - Mastering Opening Strategy

    Regular Price: $29.95

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    Just like his previous book, Mastering Opening Strategy is a product of Hellsten's many years' work as a full-time chess teacher and is specifically designed as part of a structured training programme to improve strategic thinking.

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  13. SHOPWORN - Modern Chess - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - Modern Chess - Move by Move

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    Leading chess author Colin Crouch selects and explains over 30 sensational games, all from the new millennium. By studying battles between the world's best players, Crouch examines in detail all the key areas of modern chess Learn More
  14. SHOPWORN - The Modern Defense - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - The Modern Defense - Move by Move

    Regular Price: $29.95

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    The Modern Defence is an ambitious, counter-attacking choice for Black which can be played against all mainline openings. In typical hypermodern style, Black allows White to occupy the centre and then undermines this centre by attacking it with pawns and pieces. In this book, Cyrus Lakdawala examines the key variations of the Modern Defence. He shares his experience and knowledge, presents a repertoire for Black and provides answers to all the key questions. Learn More
  15. SHOPWORN - Play the Benko Gambit

    SHOPWORN - Play the Benko Gambit

    Regular Price: $26.95

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    The Benko Gambit is undoubtedly one of Black's most dynamic openings. In return for his pawn investment Black gains long-term pressure, which is often so powerful it continues right through into the endgame. White must decide whether to grab the pawn and try to hold on, or to choose a more aggressive approach. Either way, Black generally succeeds in his aim of unbalancing the position from a very early stage.

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  16. SHOPWORN - The Sicilian Scheveningen - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - The Sicilian Scheveningen - Move by Move

    Regular Price: $27.95

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    This new series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Moveformat greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge.

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  17. SHOPWORN - The Sicilian Taimanov - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - The Sicilian Taimanov - Move by Move

    Regular Price: $29.95

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    In this book, John Emms examines his favorite Sicilian variation, which is one of Black's most reliable answers to 1 e4. He shares his knowledge from over 15 years studying and playing the Sicilian Taimanov at grandmaster level, examines the opening from both sides of the board and offers answers to the all the key questions.

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  18. SHOPWORN - Slay the Sicilian!

    SHOPWORN - Slay the Sicilian!

    Regular Price: $27.95

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    Former US Open Champion Timothy Taylor presents a repertoire for White against the most popular opening in chess – the Sicilian Defence. Taylor's repertoire is based first and foremost on the Open Sicilian, which is regarded as White's most ambitious and challenging response to the Sicilian.

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  19. SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Slav and Semi-Slav

    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Slav and Semi-Slav

    Regular Price: $26.95

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    The very closely linked Slav and Semi-Slav Defences are two of the most popular and combative openings that Black can play against the Queen's Gambit. They have provided the battleground for thousands of exciting encounters between the world's chess elite, including Garry Kasparov, Vishy Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Alexei Shirov and Alexander Morozevich.

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  20. SHOPWORN - Study Chess with Matthew Sadler

    SHOPWORN - Study Chess with Matthew Sadler

    Regular Price: $26.95

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    Matthew Sadler is one of the UK's strongest ever players. He became a grandmaster at 19, won the British Championship twice and, amongst other amazing achievements, made a gold medal winning score of 101/2/13 on board four for England in the 1996 chess Olympiad.

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  21. SHOPWORN - The French Winawer - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - The French Winawer - Move by Move

    Regular Price: $27.95

    Special Price $11.18

    This series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practicing of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Learn More
  22. SHOPWORN - The Torre Attack - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - The Torre Attack - Move by Move

    Regular Price: $28.95

    Special Price $14.48

    This new series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge.

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  23. SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Defensive Play

    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Defensive Play

    Regular Price: $21.95

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    In this valuable and entertaining book, Angus Dunnington arms the reader with all the necessary skills to be able to cope with vicious assaults on his or her king. Using illustrative games, Dunnington investigates in depth defensive ideas such as blockading, giving up material and the timely launch of counterattacks. Read this book and defend with confidence!

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  24. SHOPWORN - The Nimzo-Larsen Attack - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - The Nimzo-Larsen Attack - Move by Move

    Regular Price: $29.95

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    The Nimzo-Larsen Attack is an ideal opening choice for players keen to avoid mainline theory but still wanting to set their opponents problems from the outset. In the Nimzo-Larsen, White begins 1 b3 and then develops in hypermodern fashion – planning to undermine any central structures Black dares to erect. A key attraction of the Nimzo-Larsen is that White can steer the game into either sharp play or elaborate strategic battles. In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala invites you to join him in examining the many different variations of the Nimzo-Larsen. Lakdawala studies the typical plans and tactics for both sides, offers repertoire options for White, provides answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about playing the Nimzo-Larsen Attack. Learn More
  25. SHOPWORN - The New Old Indian

    SHOPWORN - The New Old Indian

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    The Old Indian Defence is considered to be a sound way for Black to meet 1 d4. Some might argue that it is steady rather than spectacular, but is this reputation totally deserved? Grandmaster Alexander Cherniaev strongly disagrees, and in this book he introduces ambitious and aggressive ways for Black to play in the main lines. He constructs an improved version of a repertoire he has himself utilized with great success against grandmaster opposition. Using illustrative games, he studies the fundamental tactical and positional ideas for both sides, and also covers what to do if White avoids the Old Indian.

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  26. SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - Benoni and Benko

    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - Benoni and Benko

    Regular Price: $25.95

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    In this book, four renowned opening experts get together to take a revolutionary look at the Benoni, the Benko and all their associated variations. Instead of traveling down well-trodden and analyzed paths, they concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations, selecting a wealth of 'dangerous' options for both colors. Whether playing White or Black, a study of this book will leave you confident and fully-armed, and your opponents running for cover!

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  27. SHOPWORN - 10 Great Ways To Get Better At Chess

    SHOPWORN - 10 Great Ways To Get Better At Chess

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    How can you improve at chess? This is the eternal question asked by players of all levels. Which part of the game should you focus on? How often should you play? Should you change your opening repertoire? What's the best way to learn from your defeats? So many questions ... and yet direct answers are hard to find. It's no wonder aspiring players are left bewildered and in need of direction.In this book grandmaster Nigel Davies provides that direction. He examines the methods used by a number of players who were looking to improve their game, and how they went about achieving their goal. Learn More
  28. SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Sicilian Sveshnikov

    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Sicilian Sveshnikov

    Regular Price: $24.95

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    This book is a further addition to Everyman's best-selling Starting Out series, which has been acclaimed for its original approach to tackling chess openings. John Cox revisits the fundamentals of the Sveshnikov, elaborating on the crucial early moves and ideas for both sides in a way that is often neglected in other texts.

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  29. SHOPWORN - Chess Psychology

    SHOPWORN - Chess Psychology

    Regular Price: $19.95

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    219 Historic Games from the Masters

    What do we understand by brilliancy in chess? The author delves back into history to examine how this concept has developed, before presenting a dazzling array of brilliant games from the past few decades - the prize-winners as selected by grandmaster panels for each issue of Yugoslav 'Chess Informator' between 1968 and 1998. Apart from providing hours of pleasure, a study of these masterpieces will also surely help to add sparkle to your own play!

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  30. SHOPWORN - Discovering Chess Openings

    SHOPWORN - Discovering Chess Openings

    Regular Price: $24.95

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    There's no denying that the opening is one of the most daunting phases of the game for newcomers to chess. There are literally hundreds of different opening lines, many with unusual sounding names, and some of these go up to twenty or so moves of theory. What is a chess player supposed to do: memorize countless variations?

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  31. SHOPWORN - True Combat Chess

    SHOPWORN - True Combat Chess

    Regular Price: $24.95

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    Winning Battles over the Board, International Master and former US Open Champion Timothy Taylor draws upon his wealth of personal experience to offer an instructive and entertaining account of how to improve your understanding of chess and your results.

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  32. SHOPWORN - Why We Lose at Chess

    SHOPWORN - Why We Lose at Chess

    Regular Price: $26.95

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    The main reason why we lose at chess is no big secret: we all make unnecessary mistakes! But simply acknowledging this fact isn't enough to help us improve. The big question is, how can we eliminate these mistakes from our game, or at least keep them to an absolute minimum? Learn More
  33. SHOPWORN - Rules of Winning Chess

    SHOPWORN - Rules of Winning Chess

    Regular Price: $26.95

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    Some players seem to be naturally gifted at chess. Almost effortlessly they seem to know what to do in every position. They recognize the best squares for their pieces; they know whether to seize the initiative with a bold attack or play quietly; whether to trade pieces or avoid exchanges; how to exploit opponents' weaknesses while minimizing the effect of their own - they make it look all too easy! Learn More
  34. SHOPWORN - Fighting The Ruy Lopez

    SHOPWORN - Fighting The Ruy Lopez

    Regular Price: $25.95

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    The Ruy Lopez is incredibly common at all levels of chess, and everyone who plays 1. e4 e5 as Black needs to have a reliable antidote to this powerful opening. In this book, Milos Pavlovic provides the answer, devising a sound and yet ambitious repertoire for Black, the basis of which is provided by the legendary and ever-popular Marshall Attack.

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  35. SHOPWORN - How to win at Chess - Quickly

    SHOPWORN - How to win at Chess - Quickly

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    Mistakes are often made in the early part of the game - at all levels of chess - but a key skill is to recognize these critical moments as they happen and to exploit them with maximum efficiency. This is a skill which Grandmaster Simon Williams addresses in this book. Using instructive and entertaining games in which one side wins quickly, he examines all the typical mistakes chess players make in the opening and early middlegame, how you should look to exploit them, and how to avoid falling into similar traps yourself. Learn More
  36. SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - 1. e4 e5

    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - 1. e4 e5

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    In Dangerous Weapons: 1 e4 e5, renowned opening experts John Emms, Glenn Flear and Andrew Greet take a revolutionary look at one of the most famous and widely-played chess openings. Instead of travelling down well-trodden and analysed paths, the authors concentrate on fresh or little-explored variations, selecting a wealth of 'dangerous' options for both colours. Learn More

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