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  1. SHOPWORN - Chess Developments -  Sicilian Najdorf 6. Bg5

    SHOPWORN - Chess Developments - Sicilian Najdorf 6. Bg5

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    The Sicilian Najdorf is undoubtedly one of the most popular chess openings. It was played with great success by world champions Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov and today it remains a favourite defense at all levels from grandmaster to beginner. 6 Bg5 is widely acknowledged as a critical test of the Sicilian Najdorf. In this book, International Master Kevin Goh Wei Ming examines the most theoretically important and instructive games in recent years, highlighting the main developments and novelties for both sides. Whether playing White or Black, this book provides you with essential knowledge of an important opening. Learn More
  2. SHOPWORN - Risk and Bluff in Chess

    SHOPWORN - Risk and Bluff in Chess

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    Winning in chess is impossible without taking risks. Winning requires courage and psychology, but above all: calculation.  When your main aim is to derail your opponent’s calculation by weaving a web of deception, you engage in the highest form of risk: bluff. Renowned chess coach Vladimir Tukmakov presents more than 100 practical ways that masters and grandmasters have used to push beyond the limits of calculation and take a deliberate risk. He shows how to trick your opponent into believing your bluff.  Learn More
  3. SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 116 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 116 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    New in Chess Yearbook is the #1 guide to Chess Opening news! It is published four times per year, ensuring the most up-to-date and topic chess opening information. It includes 25-30 surveys per issue, covering all of the fashionable lines, wild gambits and even forgotten variations! If you're serious about chess, you need New in Chess Yearbooks! Learn More
  4. SHOPWORN - Concise Chess

    SHOPWORN - Concise Chess

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    Beginning with the very basics, this pocket-sized book is a step-by-step guide to learning chess. Learn More
  5. SHOPWORN - Study Chess with Matthew Sadler

    SHOPWORN - Study Chess with Matthew Sadler

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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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  6. SHOPWORN - Fighting The Ruy Lopez

    SHOPWORN - Fighting The Ruy Lopez

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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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  7. SHOPWORN - Lessons with a Grandmaster

    SHOPWORN - Lessons with a Grandmaster

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    Club players are unaware of the subtleties that exist in grandmaster chess. Grandmasters can analyse chess at a depth that is unfathomable to amateurs. Moreover, they have extensive knowledge of chess history and opening theory, as well extraordinary endgame technique and tactical vision. However, having reached such a high level can make it difficult to understand what is lacking in the mind of the amateur.

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  8. SHOPWORN - Forcing Chess Moves

    SHOPWORN - Forcing Chess Moves

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    This rich book on chess tactics proposes a revolutionary method for finding winning moves. Charles Hertan has made an astonishing discovery: the failure to consider key moves is often due to human bias. Your brain tends to disregard many winning moves because they are counter-intuitive or look unnatural. Learn More
  9. SHOPWORN - Steamrolling the Sicilian

    SHOPWORN - Steamrolling the Sicilian

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    Are you looking for a way to outwit theory-sharks in the Open Sicilian? Then this may just be the book for you. The concept is simple: surprise your opponent with 5.f3, build up a strong pawn centre, avoid all of Black’s main lines and steamroll his Sicilian! Experienced grandmaster Sergey Kasparov presents a complete repertoire for White which has all the right features for ambitious and creative chess players: Learn More
  10. SHOPWORN - Dynamic Chess Strategy

    SHOPWORN - Dynamic Chess Strategy

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    In the battle of chess ideas, the publication in 1991 of Dynamic Chess Strategy was a defining moment. Before Mihai Suba's exceptional book, chess writers had neglected one of the most important factors of a chess position: its dynamic potential. Suba demonstrated that the traditional concept of improving the position was often static and irrelevant, and that classical strategy, if applied dogmatically, can prevent you from finding the right plan and its subsequent moves. Learn More
  11. SHOPWORN - Slay the Spanish

    SHOPWORN - Slay the Spanish

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    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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  12. SHOPWORN - Chessbase Complete

    SHOPWORN - Chessbase Complete

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    There’s a general recognition among chess players at all levels that the ChessBase software application is critical for serious chess improvement, but many chess players are intimidated by the software. Now, for the first time, former U.S. correspondence champion Jon Edwards has created real-life scenarios that focus upon why the software is so important for chess players of every class, along with clear explanations of how to use ChessBase. Learn More
  13. SHOPWORN - Spassky - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - Spassky - Move by Move

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    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. Learn More
  14. SHOPWORN - Alekhine - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - Alekhine - Move by Move

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    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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  15. SHOPWORN - The English - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - The English - Move by Move

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    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 practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and knowledge. Learn More
  16. SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - Pirc and Modern

    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - Pirc and Modern

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    Do you need a well-deserved break from your normal chess openings? Are you tired of constantly having to keep up with modern chess theory? Or perhaps you simply wish to try out something new and inspiring, but cannot decide amongst the numerous choices available? Look no further for the answer! In "Dangerous Weapons: The Pirc and Modern", prominent opening specialists take a revolutionary look at two popular and closely related openings.

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  17. SHOPWORN - Rapid Chess Improvement

    SHOPWORN - Rapid Chess Improvement

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    The two-part article, "400 Points in 400 Days" by Michael de la Maza was not only wildly popular when it appeared in the Skittles Room at early last year, but its popularity also continued unabated even when it was retired to the Archives. Now the dozen and a half or so pages that made up "400 Points" has been transformed into a full-blown 126-page book published by Everyman Chess: "Rapid Chess Improvement: A Study Plan for Adult Players".

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  18. SHOPWORN - Chess Developments -  Semi-Slav 5 Bg5

    SHOPWORN - Chess Developments - Semi-Slav 5 Bg5

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    Chess Developments provides state-of-the-art openings coverage. Chess Developments focuses on the current trends – concentrating on critical lines, theoretical novelties and powerful new ideas. It offers players of all levels the opportunity to keep up-to-date with current opening theory whilst also expanding and improving their repertoires. Learn More
  19. SHOPWORN - Starting Out - The King's Indian

    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - The King's Indian

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    The King's Indian is one of the most exciting defences in chess and is favoured by ambitious and aggressive players. At the highest level it has been a major weapon for World Champions Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. In this easy-to-read guide, Grandmaster Joe Gallagher goes back to the basics of the King's Indian, studying the key principles of its many variations.

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  20. SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 105 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 105 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    In this issue’s Reviews Glenn Flear checks three opening books that have in common that, instead of detailed computer analysis where things can easily go wrong, they offer solid solutions: "Mayhem in the Morra" by Marc Esserman, "The Powerful Catalan" by Victor Bologan, "The Complete Slav" by Konstantin Sakaev and "1. d4 - The Indian Defenses" by Lars Schandorff.

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  21. SHOPWORN - A Cunning Chess Opening for Black

    SHOPWORN - A Cunning Chess Opening for Black

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    Taking your opponent out of his comfort zone is a good idea to start your game with. Grandmaster Sergey Kasparov pushes this concept one step further: lure your opponent onto the slippery paths of the Philidor Swamp! Learn More
  22. SHOPWORN - Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 9

    SHOPWORN - Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 9

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    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. Learn More
  23. SHOPWORN - My First Book of Checkmate

    SHOPWORN - My First Book of Checkmate

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    My First Book of Checkmate presents all the basic patterns in clear diagrams, provides simple puzzles to get you started, and then takes you on a fascinating and rewarding journey through the beautiful and brilliant world of checkmate. By the time you finish this book you will be well prepared both to see danger before it strikes, and to deliver the crushing blows that win games.

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  24. SHOPWORN - Meeting 1. d4

    SHOPWORN - Meeting 1. d4

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    This book is especially useful for players who have neither the time nor inclination to learn reams of the latest opening theory. Throughout this work, Aagaard & Lund delve into the strategies, ideas and tactics for Black, while also showing the possible traps and pitfalls.

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  25. SHOPWORN - Easy Guide to Chess

    SHOPWORN - Easy Guide to Chess

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    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.  Learn More
  26. SHOPWORN - The Sicilian Scheveningen - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - The Sicilian Scheveningen - Move by Move

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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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  27. SHOPWORN - True Combat Chess

    SHOPWORN - True Combat Chess

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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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  28. SHOPWORN - Winning Chess Strategies

    SHOPWORN - Winning Chess Strategies

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    Strategy - it's the ultimate secret weapon for championship players around the world. Drawing on his considerable experience in tournament play, Yasser Seirawan shows you how to apply flexible strategic principles to every part of your game. Using Seirawan's simple and effective planning and analysis techniques, you'll enter each game with confidence and energy, ready to play forcefully and intelligently - the way you need to play so you can win!

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  29. SHOPWORN - The Enigma of Chess Intuition

    SHOPWORN - The Enigma of Chess Intuition

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    With sparkling tales about Fischer, Carlsen, Tal and other greats in chess and instructive examples of practical play, this is a thought-provoking, yet highly accessible work.

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  30. SHOPWORN - The Rossolimo Sicilian

    SHOPWORN - The Rossolimo Sicilian

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    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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  31. SHOPWORN - Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 14

    SHOPWORN - Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 14

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    Secrets of Opening Surprises brings you a wide variety of unusual opening ideas.

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  32. SHOPWORN - Taming Wild Chess Opening

    SHOPWORN - Taming Wild Chess Opening

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    John Watson and Eric Schiller provide club-players with solutions to a huge selection of these rarely-played or tricky chess openings. They concentrate upon ideas and strategy, with enough analysis to satisfy the needs of practical play. Learn More
  33. SHOPWORN - Winning Chess Manouevres

    SHOPWORN - Winning Chess Manouevres

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    Sarkhan Guliev presents a wide range of strategic manoeuvres that have been repeatedly employed by great chess players. He shows how masters generate ideas from the games of other masters: positional sacrifices, amazing counterplay concepts, unorthodox exchanges, winning with h2-h4, overcoming a blockade, the advantages of double pawns, the e5 pawn wedge, the uses of the queen-bishop battery, and much more. Learn More
  34. SHOPWORN - A World Champion's Guide to Chess

    SHOPWORN - A World Champion's Guide to Chess

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    The best-selling A World Champion’s Guide to Chess is available again!! Winning Chess the Polgar Way! In A World Champion’s Guide to Chess, Women’s World Champion Susan Polgar’s exclusive training methods will have you playing winning chess! Topics include Chess Essentials, Tactics, Strategy, Pattern Recognition, Endgames, Chess Etiquette, Advice for Parents & Coaches and much more! Learn More
  35. SHOPWORN - Opening Repertoire - The Open Games with Black

    SHOPWORN - Opening Repertoire - The Open Games with Black

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    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. Learn More
  36. SHOPWORN - Alekhine's Defense

    SHOPWORN - Alekhine's Defense

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    Alekhine's Defence is a sharp and often underrated counter to 1 e4. Black immediately challenges the white e-pawn and tries to lure White into constructing a big central position. Black's hope is that White's central installations will become unwieldy and vulnerable to a middlegame counter-attack. However, Alekhine enthusiasts must always be careful - get it wrong and White will come crashing through! Whether you want to play the Alekhine, or want to know what to do against it as White, this book will be an essential addition to your armory. Learn More

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