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    SHOPWORN - Rapid Chess Improvement
    Catalog Code: SWB0144EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Rapid Chess Improvement

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    SHOPWORN - Secrets of Spectacular Chess 2
    Catalog Code: SWB0096EM

    Friedgood shared their joy and appreciation of chess beauty, engulfing readers with a wealth of amazing and magnificent examples from the aesthetic side of the game. Moreover, they demonstrated how this fascinating subject could be analysed, and how it could help players to improve both their understanding and practical play.
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    SHOPWORN - Secrets of Spectacular Chess 2

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    SHOPWORN - The Scandinavian - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0368EM

    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.
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    SHOPWORN - The Scandinavian - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Gambiteer II
    A Hard-Hitting Chess Opening Repertoire for Black
    Catalog Code: SWB0085EM

    A Hard-hitting Chess Opening Repertoire for Black based on the Schliemann Gambit and Albin Counter-Gambit. Are you fearless in your approach to chess openings? Do you like to attack your opponents from the very beginning? Are you happy to take calculated risks? Are you a Gambiteer? If the answer to these questions is 'yes' then this is the book for you!
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    SHOPWORN - Gambiteer II

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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 - The Modern French
    A Complete Guide for Black
    Catalog Code: SWB0116NIC

    This is a complete and up-to-date work for players of all levels, and contains brand-new concepts in topical modern lines such as the Steinitz, McCutcheon and Morozevich Variations.
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    SHOPWORN - The Modern French

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    SHOPWORN - Greatest Ever Chess Strategies
    Catalog Code: SWB0376EM

    Do you instinctively know what to do in every type of chess position or are you often uncertain about how to proceed? Wouldn't it be really useful to know the best chess strategies and to recognise when they should be used? In this book Sam Collins examines key games from both the classical and modern eras. He analyses the major strategic ideas that have stood the test of time and notes their considerable influence on his own games.
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    SHOPWORN - Greatest Ever Chess Strategies

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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 - Greatest Ever Chess Opening Ideas
    Catalog Code: SWB0081EM

    What are the greatest opening ideas in chess history? This is a fascinating question that would undoubtedly spark endless debate and discussion amongst all the experts and enthusiasts of the game. From the invention and development of openings which are now considered to be mainline, to the wealth of stunning one-move novelties which have convincingly overturned previous expert assessments, there is certainly a plethora of brilliant ideas to choose from - everyone will have their own opinion on this subject!
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    SHOPWORN - Greatest Ever Chess Opening Ideas

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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 - Fighting The Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: SWB0262EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Fighting The Ruy Lopez

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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 - The Alekhine Defence - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0381EM

    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.
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    SHOPWORN - The Alekhine Defence - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Finding Chess Jewels
    Improve your Imagination and Calculation
    Catalog Code: SWB0380EM

    Grandmaster and renowned chess trainer Michal Krasenkow presents a treasure chest of puzzles designed to stretch the minds of all players. Imagination and calculation are two of the most important qualities of a chess player, and they are qualities which, with purposeful practice, can be developed significantly. As you analyse and solve more and more positions, your brain functions more efficiently, you are able to recognize and master additional tactical methods and patterns, and it becomes increasingly easier to solve similar types of positions.
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    SHOPWORN - Finding Chess Jewels

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    SHOPWORN - Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games
    How To Play For A Win if White Avoids The Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: SWB0147NIC

    If you are ready to play the Ruy Lopez with Black, you also need to be prepared if White avoids the Ruy. In this book Victor Bologan covers all relevant lines with a well laid-out, clearly explained and eminently playable set of responses. But Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games is not just another chess opening repertoire book. Bologan presents TWO different options against every main line: a common sense approach and an aggressive weapon. It’s actually two books in one
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    SHOPWORN - Bologan's Black Weapons in the Open Games

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    SHOPWORN - Chess Training for Post-Beginners
    A Basic Course in Positional Understanding
    Catalog Code: SWB0143NIC

    After you have learned the rules of chess and developed some tactical abilities, how do you go from there? You are now ready to tackle basic issues of strategy, but what is the best way to improve and win more games?
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    SHOPWORN - Chess Training for Post-Beginners

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    SHOPWORN - Creative Chess
    Catalog Code: SWB0078EM

    Most chess books aim to guide and instruct by offering principles, rules, schemes and theories. Creative Chess, on the other hand, has a quite different and original approach. It firmly maintains that every chessplayer, whether amateur or master, is capable of creating something new in chess. After a discussion of the characteristics and processes of creativity, 10 central concepts, such as unusual positioning and functioning of pieces, alertness to subtle differences, absurd moves, and flexibility, are presented with a wealth of truly amazing examples to encourage the reader to broaden the horizons of his chess thinking.
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    SHOPWORN - Creative Chess

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    SHOPWORN - Dynamic Chess Strategy
    Expanded and Updated
    Catalog Code: SWB0095NIC

    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.
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    SHOPWORN - Dynamic Chess Strategy

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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 - 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 - Lessons with a Grandmaster
    Enhance Your Chess Strategy and Psychology with Boris Gulko
    Catalog Code: SWB0326EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Lessons with a Grandmaster

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    SHOPWORN - Forcing Chess Moves
    The Key to Better Calculation
    Catalog Code: SWB0085NIC

    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.
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    SHOPWORN - Forcing Chess Moves

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    SHOPWORN - Steamrolling the Sicilian
    Play For a Win with 5. f3!
    Catalog Code: SWB0135NIC

    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:
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    SHOPWORN - Steamrolling the Sicilian

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    SHOPWORN - A Cunning Chess Opening for Black
    Lure Your Opponent into the Philidor Swamp
    Catalog Code: SWB0153NIC

    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!
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    SHOPWORN - A Cunning Chess Opening for Black

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    SHOPWORN - The English - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0348EM

    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.
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    SHOPWORN - The English - Move by Move

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    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - Pirc and Modern
    Dazzle Your Opponents!
    Catalog Code: SWB0263EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - Pirc and Modern

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    SHOPWORN - Chess Developments - Semi-Slav 5 Bg5
    Catalog Code: SWB0379EM

    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.
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    SHOPWORN - Chess Developments - Semi-Slav 5 Bg5

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    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 105 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Vladimir Kramnik is More Equal Than Others in the Scotch
    Catalog Code: SWB0105PYB

    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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    SHOPWORN - NIC Yearbook 105 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    SHOPWORN - Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 14
    No Time to Study Opening Theory? Shock Your Opponent with an SOS!
    Catalog Code: SWB0014SOS

    Secrets of Opening Surprises brings you a wide variety of unusual opening ideas.
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    SHOPWORN - Secrets of Opening Surprises - VOLUME 14

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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 - 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 - Winning Chess Strategies
    Proven Principles from One of the World's Top Chess Players
    Catalog Code: SWB0195EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Winning Chess Strategies

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    SHOPWORN - The Enigma of Chess Intuition
    Can You Mobilize Hidden Forces in your Chess?
    Catalog Code: SWB0112NIC

    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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    SHOPWORN - The Enigma of Chess Intuition

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    SHOPWORN - The Rossolimo Sicilian
    A Powerful Anti-Sicilian that Avoids Tons of Theory
    Catalog Code: SWB0103NIC

    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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    SHOPWORN - The Rossolimo Sicilian

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    SHOPWORN - The Modern Bogo 1. d4 e6
    A Complete Guide for Black
    Catalog Code: SWB0148NIC

    The Modern Bogo covers all the possibilities for White after 1.d4 e6... except for 2.e4, after which you should play the French! Dejan Antic and Branimir Maksimovic have created a complete chess opening repertoire for Black players. You will find that this opening not only gives you good chances to equalize as Black, but also many opportunities to play for a win.
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    SHOPWORN - The Modern Bogo 1. d4 e6

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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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