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    Incident At the Sicilian Dragon
    Catalog Code: CB0209RB

    High up in the Transamerica Building in San Francisco, Jacob Kin sits all day staring at colored lines flickering across a video display monitor. The road that takes him from the "ultimate turkey job" to the center of a surreal revolution in which neither side knows the identity of the other is the subject of this comic novel 
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    Incident At the Sicilian Dragon

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    SHOPWORN - Reaching the Top?!
    A Practical Guide to Playing Master-Level Chess
    Catalog Code: SWB0078RE

    In Reaching the Top?!, author Peter Kurzdorfer shares his journey to the coveted 2200 Elo mark. Using his own games, major topics covered by the author include: Learning From Past Mistakes; Choose Openings to Suit Your Style; Handling Material Inequality; Practical Endgames; How Sound Do Your Openings Need to Be?; When Things Go Terribly Wrong; Overcoming Difficulties; and How to Win.
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    SHOPWORN - Reaching the Top?!

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    SHOPWORN - Opening Originals
    Strong Sidelines for Club Cats
    Catalog Code: SWB0079RE

    “Daniel Lowinger offers his readers a select menu of opening ideas from which you can pick and choose. Whether you are looking for new ideas to add to your repertoire in 1.e4, 1.d4 or 1.c4 openings; for White or for Black; sharp or quiet lines – this book has something for you!
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    SHOPWORN - Opening Originals

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    SHOPWORN - Concise Chess
    The Compact Guide for Beginners
    Catalog Code: SWB0099EM

    Beginning with the very basics, this pocket-sized book is a step-by-step guide to learning chess.
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    SHOPWORN - Concise Chess

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    SHOPWORN - Beating Unusual Chess Defences - 1.e4
    Dealing with the Scandinavian, Pirc, Modern, Alekhine and other Tricky Lines
    Catalog Code: SWB0337EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Beating Unusual Chess Defences - 1.e4

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    SHOPWORN - Break the Rules!
    A Modern Look at Chess Strategy
    Catalog Code: SWB0358EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Break the Rules!

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    SHOPWORN - Checkmate! Tactics
    Catalog Code: SWB0307EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Checkmate! Tactics

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    SHOPWORN - Chess Developments - The Pirc
    Catalog Code: SWB0349EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Chess Developments - The Pirc

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    SHOPWORN - Chess Secrets - Giants of Innovation
    Learn from Steinitz, Lasker, Botvinnik, Korchoi and Ivanchuk
    Catalog Code: SWB0336EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Chess Secrets - Giants of Innovation

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    SHOPWORN - Chess Strategy - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0365EM

    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
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    SHOPWORN - Chess Strategy - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez
    Dazzle Your Opponents!
    Catalog Code: SWB0363EM

    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!
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    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons: The Ruy Lopez

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    SHOPWORN - Fighting Chess - Move by Move
    Learn from the World's Best Players
    Catalog Code: SWB0361EM

    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.
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    SHOPWORN - Fighting Chess - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - The Four Knights - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0350EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - The Four Knights - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Kramnik - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0359EM

    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.
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    SHOPWORN - Kramnik - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Mastering Opening Strategy
    Catalog Code: SWB0344EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Mastering Opening Strategy

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    SHOPWORN - Modern Chess - Move by Move
    A Step-By-Step Guide to Brilliant Chess
    Catalog Code: SWB0286EM

    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
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    SHOPWORN - Modern Chess - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - The Modern Defense - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0369EM

    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.
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    SHOPWORN - The Modern Defense - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Play the Benko Gambit
    Catalog Code: SWB0333EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Play the Benko Gambit

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    SHOPWORN - The Sicilian Scheveningen - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0345EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - The Sicilian Scheveningen - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - The Sicilian Taimanov - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0346EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - The Sicilian Taimanov - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Slay the Sicilian!
    Catalog Code: SWB0347EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Slay the Sicilian!

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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Slav and Semi-Slav
    Catalog Code: SWB0004EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Slav and Semi-Slav

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    SHOPWORN - Study Chess with Matthew Sadler
    Catalog Code: SWB0357EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Study Chess with Matthew Sadler

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    SHOPWORN - The French Winawer - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0362EM

    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.
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    SHOPWORN - The French Winawer - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - The Torre Attack - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0351EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - The Torre Attack - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Defensive Play
    Catalog Code: SWB0010EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Defensive Play

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    SHOPWORN - The Nimzo-Larsen Attack - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0371EM

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

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    SHOPWORN - The New Old Indian
    A Repertoire for Black against 1 d4
    Catalog Code: SWB0332EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - The New Old Indian

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    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - Benoni and Benko
    Dazzle Your Opponents!
    Catalog Code: SWB0193EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - Benoni and Benko

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    SHOPWORN - 10 Great Ways To Get Better At Chess
    Catalog Code: SWB0305EM

    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.
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    SHOPWORN - 10 Great Ways To Get Better At Chess

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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Sicilian Sveshnikov
    Catalog Code: SWB0025EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Sicilian Sveshnikov

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    SHOPWORN - Chess Psychology
    Catalog Code: SWB0128EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Chess Psychology

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    SHOPWORN - Discovering Chess Openings
    Building a Repertoire From Basic Principles
    Catalog Code: SWB0159EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Discovering Chess Openings

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    SHOPWORN - True Combat Chess
    Winning Battles over the Board
    Catalog Code: SWB0106EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - True Combat Chess

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    SHOPWORN - Why We Lose at Chess
    Catalog Code: SWB0303EM

    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?
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    SHOPWORN - Why We Lose at Chess

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    SHOPWORN - Rules of Winning Chess
    Catalog Code: SWB0287EM

    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!
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    SHOPWORN - Rules of Winning Chess

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