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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 - The Hypermodern Game of Chess

    SHOPWORN - The Hypermodern Game of Chess

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    The Hypermodern Game of Chess is the first English-language version of Savielly Tartakower’s magnificent chess masterpiece - Die Hypermoderne Schachpartie. A massive tome, the first edition was published in German in 1924 and became an instant best-seller. This is the 21st Century Edition of this must-have chess book, and includes several hundred diagrams and reformatting of the text to meet the expectations of the modern chess player. Learn More
  4. SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 116 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 116 - HARDCOVER EDITION

    Regular Price: $39.95

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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
  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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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  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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
  15. SHOPWORN - The Chess Combat Simulator

    SHOPWORN - The Chess Combat Simulator

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    The Chess Combat Simulator is an exciting way to enhance your chess playing skills. You are invited to play a 'real' chess game against a Grand master - the difference is that the game has been played before. You can score points for each move, and at the end of each game you can rate your own performance.

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  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. SHOPWORN - Ruy Lopez Revisited

    SHOPWORN - Ruy Lopez Revisited

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    The Ruy Lopez (or Spanish Opening) is one of the oldest and most important chess openings, popular with amateurs as well as professional players. Grandmaster Ivan Sokolov presents bold, but very playable, off-beat weapons for Black, as well as dynamic new ideas and refutations in many main-line variations, for both Black and White. An accessible and inspirational book book by world-famous Ivan Sokolov who, in his rich career, has beaten world champions Kasparov, Kramnik and Anand. Much useful material for aspiring club players, said British Chess Magazine about Sokolov's previous book - 'Winning 132,'. Learn More
  21. SHOPWORN - The Lazy Man's Silcilian

    SHOPWORN - The Lazy Man's Silcilian

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    The Basman-Sale Variation is a relatively unexplored weapon for Black in the Sicilian Defence. After the perfectly normal moves 1.e4 c5, 2. Nf3 e6, 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Black lashes out with 4…Bc5! English IM Michael Basman and Croatian IM Srdjan Sale were the pioneers of this cunning chess opening system. The advantages are clear: it is surprising, aggressive and easy to learn. Compared to the complexity of mainstream Sicilian variations it requires little theoretical preparation, while you don’t run excessive risks. That is why The Lazy Man’s Sicilian is ideal for club players who don’t have much time to study opening theory (or are not too fond of hard work anyway). Learn More
  22. SHOPWORN - French Defense

    SHOPWORN - French Defense

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    This book is an eye-opener, and even top grandmasters might find that they have underestimated Black’s resources in important positions…The average tournament and online player will appreciate Langrock’s straightforward, no-nonsense style. He keeps the complexity of the analysis within bounds, and highlights relevant details without drifting into obscure page-long analytical byways. General themes are clearly presented within the context of illustrative games…The result is a book that covers a broad swath of material in a modest number of pages. I’m sure that you will be well-rewarded for its study, and come out with a useful new weapon in your chess arsenal.'' From International Master John Watson's Foreword Learn More
  23. SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 117 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 117 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    Regular Price: $33.95

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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
  24. SHOPWORN - Basic Chess Openings

    SHOPWORN - Basic Chess Openings

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    In this comprehensive book for players of all ages, Grandmaster Kallai provides a straight forward, easy-to-use guide to surviving the maze of chess openings, covering all the popular modern openings starting with 1. e4. Rather than present a mass of bewildering variations, as is common in most opening books, the author concentrates on developing a solid understanding of the ideas of each opening so that readers can start each game with confidence.

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  25. SHOPWORN - Bird's Opening - Move By Move

    SHOPWORN - Bird's Opening - Move By Move

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    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. Learn More
  26. SHOPWORN - The Petroff

    SHOPWORN - The Petroff

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    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. Learn More
  27. SHOPWORN - The Art of Checkmate

    SHOPWORN - The Art of Checkmate

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    In the early 1950's, two former French champions authored a book that clearly - and quite comprehensively - explained the basic mating patterns in Chess. The Art of Checkmate by Georges Renaud and Victor Kahn was destined to be hailed as one of the most instructive Chess books ever written. Learn More
  28. SHOPWORN - The Big Book of World Chess Championships

    SHOPWORN - The Big Book of World Chess Championships

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    German chess journalist Andre Schulz tells the stories and the history of the World Chess Championship fights in fascinating detail: the historical and social backgrounds, the prize money and the rules, the seconds and other helpers, and the psychological wars on and off the board. Learn More
  29. SHOPWORN - Ivanchuk - Move by Move

    SHOPWORN - Ivanchuk - Move by Move

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    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. Learn More
  30. SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 93 - PAPERBACK EDITION

    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 93 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings, and each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess theory. The Yearbook not only covers the latest fashion, but also offers fresh insights into underrated gambits, rare continuations, and almost forgotten weapons. Learn More
  31. SHOPWORN - Opening Originals

    SHOPWORN - Opening Originals

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    “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! Learn More
  32. SHOPWORN - My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White

    SHOPWORN - My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White

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    Every chess player needs to decide which openings he is going to play. But where do you start? Experienced French chess trainer Vincent Moret provides a complete, ready-to-go chess opening repertoire for White with a sound set of lines that do not outdate rapidly, do not require memorization and are easy to digest for beginning players and other amateurs. Learn More
  33. SHOPWORN - Teaching Chess - Step By Step - Exercises - BOOK 2

    SHOPWORN - Teaching Chess - Step By Step - Exercises - BOOK 2

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    This book is designed to be a companion of Book 1, Teaching Chess Step by Step Teacher's Manual. It contains a series of exercises designed to reinforce the knowledge that children gain from the teacher's presentations in the classroom. The exercises were designed for K-12 beginners and require a minimum of explanation. The solution may be written in chess notation or drawn on the board. Learn More
  34. SHOPWORN - CoffeeHouse Chess Tactics

    SHOPWORN - CoffeeHouse Chess Tactics

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    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. Learn More
  35. SHOPWORN - Bologan's Ruy Lopez for Black

    SHOPWORN - Bologan's Ruy Lopez for Black

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    The Ruy Lopez remains one of the most popular chess openings, both at club level and among top players. In this book, the companion volume to his acclaimed bestseller Bologan’s Black Weapons in the Open Games, Victor Bologan presents a cutting-edge repertoire for Black based on the favorite lines of Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian. Bologan’s Ruy Lopez for Black is more than just a well laid-out, clearly explained and eminently playable set of responses against the Spanish Opening. Bologan presents TWO different options against every main line. It’s actually two books in one! Learn More
  36. SHOPWORN - The Double Queen's Gambit

    SHOPWORN - The Double Queen's Gambit

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    Alexey Bezgodov provides a complete chess opening repertoire for Black against 1.d4. After replying with 1…d5, the former Russian Chess Champion advises you to take up the Double Queen’s Gambit and play 2…c5! against both 2. c4 and 2. Nf3. In The Double Queen’s Gambit Black’s attitude is as active and ambitious as that of White in the Queen’s Gambit. This ambition may seem premature at first sight, but many strong grandmasters have already successfully played this system. Learn More

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