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  1. SHOPWORN - Creative Chess

    SHOPWORN - Creative Chess

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    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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  2. SHOPWORN - Art of Attack in Chess

    SHOPWORN - Art of Attack in Chess

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    One of the finest chess books ever written, now revised in algebraic edition. The author expounds both the basic principles and the most complex forms of attack on the king. It has been updated by legendary author GM John Nunn. Still one of the great classics ever written on tactics.

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  3. SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Queen's Gambit

    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Queen's Gambit

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    The Queen's Gambit Declined is one of the most popular and fundamental chess openings of all time and it has been the battleground for countless world-class encounters throughout the history of chess. Adherents include a long list of World champions, including Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov and Vladimir Kramnik.

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  4. SHOPWORN - Grunfeld Defence

    SHOPWORN - Grunfeld Defence

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    The Grunfeld Defence is a dynamic and popular weapon for Black against queen's pawn openings. Former World Champion Bobby Fischer and current world number one Garry Kasparov head a long list of grandmasters that have utilized this opening with continued success.

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  5. 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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  6. SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME I

    SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME I

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    The battle for the World Chess Championship has witnessed numerous titanic struggles which have engaged the interest not only of chess enthusiasts but also of the public at large. The chessboard is the ultimate mental battleground and the world champions themselves are supreme intellectual gladiators. These magnificent compilations of chess form the basis of the first two parts of Garry Kasparov's work on the history of the World Chess Championship.

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  7. SHOPWORN - Play Winning Chess

    SHOPWORN - Play Winning Chess

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    'When most people learn to play chess, they usually memorize the movements of the pieces and then spend years pummeling away at each other with little rhyme and even less reason. Though I will show you how each piece leaps around, what it likes to do on holidays, the real purpose of this book is to teach you to understand the four major principles of my Seirawan method: force, time, space and pawn structure. Each is easy to understand and each is a weapon that will enable you to defeat most anyone you challenge to a game' -Yasser Seirawan Learn More
  8. SHOPWORN - Chess Psychology

    SHOPWORN - Chess Psychology

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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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  9. SHOPWORN - Winning Chess Openings

    SHOPWORN - Winning Chess Openings

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    The two greatest challenges for beginning chess players are not only to survive the openings phase, but also to choose appropriate attack and defense formations in the process. WINNING CHESS OPENINGS shows you how to do both. In Yasser Seirawan's entertaining, easy-to-follow style, you're shown formations that can be used with other White or Black pieces.

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  10. 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
  11. SHOPWORN - Chess Software User's Guide

    SHOPWORN - Chess Software User's Guide

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    If you have just picked up this book, the chances are that you are the proud owner of a piece of chess software. Whether this is the latest release of a sophisticated database package or a playing program that came free with a magazine, then this book will help you make the most of it. Learn More
  12. SHOPWORN - Checkmate My First Chess Book

    SHOPWORN - Checkmate My First Chess Book

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    Learn to play the great game of chess with none other than Garry Kasparov, the World number one and the most famous figure in chess history, as your teacher. Discover all the various pieces - the king, the queen, the knights, the bishops and the pawns. Find out how the pieces move, the values of the chessmen, how to attack and how to defend, how to capture, how to employ special moves such as castling, how to write the moves down and, crucially, how to give check and deliver checkmate. Learn More
  13. SHOPWORN - Catastrophe in the Opening

    SHOPWORN - Catastrophe in the Opening

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    There are not too many feelings more satisfying in chess than winning very quickly by cleverly snaring an opponent in an opening trap. Conversely, all chess players, even budding World Champions, have experienced the utter humiliation of losing in exactly the same manner! In this entertaining and instructive book, Grandmaster James Plaskett presents a wealth of illustrative games that contain disasters in the crucial opening phase of the game, where for one reason or another the battle is concluded prematurely.

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  14. SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Benoni Systems

    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Benoni Systems

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    Ideal for those wanting to understand the basics of Benoni Systems. This book is a study of all the crucial Benoni systems apart from the Modern Benoni. It presents diverse and practical options against the queen's pawn opening for dynamic, tactical players and solid, positional players alike. Included are such daring defenses as the controversial Blumenfeld Counter-Gambit and the Benko Gambit, a favorite with uncompromising Grandmasters such as Veselin Topalov and Vassily Ivanchuk. Learn More
  15. SHOPWORN - Starting Out - 1. e4

    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - 1. e4

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    In 'Starting Out: 1 e4!' Neil McDonald solves this perennial problem by providing the reader with a strong and trustworthy repertoire with the white pieces based on the popular opening move 1 e4. The recommended lines given here have stood the test of time and are regularly employed by Grandmasters. Reading this book will give you the confidence to play these variations against all strengths of player and provide you with reliable opening armoury for years to come

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  16. SHOPWORN - Discovering Chess Openings

    SHOPWORN - Discovering Chess Openings

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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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  17. SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Sicilian Sveshnikov

    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Sicilian Sveshnikov

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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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  18. SHOPWORN - Practical Endgame Play

    SHOPWORN - Practical Endgame Play

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    The Definitive Guide to the Endgames that Really Matter!

    Welcome to a new type of endgame book. A book that includes...
    The most common endgames you will ever encounter.
    Examinations of material balances you will reach in almost half of your games.
    Over 500 pages of grandmaster advice and analysis, assisted by the latest computer software.

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  19. SHOPWORN - Play 1... Nc6

    SHOPWORN - Play 1... Nc6

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    Are you constantly struggling with the black pieces? Cant make up your mind which openings to play? Are you looking for something new: an all-in-one solution to your problems? Look no further! In this original book, Christoph Wisnewski, who is renowned for his innovative and adventurous opening ideas, provides the reader with an ambitious and all-encompassing repertoire for Black against every main line opening that White can play, based on the initial move 1...Nc6.

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  20. SHOPWORN - Gambiteer I

    SHOPWORN - Gambiteer I

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    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? Do you loathe trivial positional chess? Do you feel the need to sacrifice pawns early in the game? Are you a Gambiteer? If the answer to these questions is 'yes!', then this is the book for you!

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  21. SHOPWORN - Gambiteer II

    SHOPWORN - Gambiteer II

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    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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  22. SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Classical Sicilian

    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - Classical Sicilian

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    In this book, Alexander Raetsky and Maxim Chetverik revisit the basics of the Classical Sicilian, elaborating on the crucial early moves and plans for both sides in a way that is often neglected in other texts.

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  23. SHOPWORN - Chess Secrets - The Giants of Strategy

    SHOPWORN - Chess Secrets - The Giants of Strategy

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    Short Description for Chess Secrets : Giants of Strategy - B0268EM Learn More
  24. SHOPWORN - Play the English

    SHOPWORN - Play the English

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    An active opening repertoire for White! The English is a sophisticated opening which is very popular at all levels of chess: from up-and-coming players to World Champions such as Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik. It has many attractions, including flexibility and diversity: White can play either aggressively or quietly, and positions are rich in both strategy and tactics.

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  25. SHOPWORN - Samisch King's Indian Uncovered

    SHOPWORN - Samisch King's Indian Uncovered

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    The Samisch King's Indian continues to be one of the fiercely contested openings in chess. White's play is based around an extremely solid centre, and there's the very real possibility of launching a direct attack against the black king; a welcome change because often it is Black who goes gunning for checkmate in the King's Indian. But the Samisch is flexible too; if White wishes he can instead try to strangle Black with his obvious space advantage. It's these features that have made the Samisch such a popular weapon for White both at club level and with the world's elite. World Champions Botvinnik, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Karpov, Kasparov and Kramnik have all utilized the Samisch at one time or another, a testimony to the strong reputation of this opening.

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  26. SHOPWORN - American Grandmaster

    SHOPWORN - American Grandmaster

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    In American Grandmaster, Benjamin takes the reader on a journey through chess adventures spanning more than thirty years. Tracing through his own career, from being a prodigy in the 'Fischer boom' era thorough to an experienced Grandmaster with many titles, Benjamin is in a unique position to highlight the major changes that have occurred both in US and international chess throughout the last four decades.

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  27. SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - 1. e4 e5

    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - 1. e4 e5

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    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 embarrassment of choices available?

    Look no further for the answer! 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
  28. SHOPWORN - Secrets of Spectacular Chess 2

    SHOPWORN - Secrets of Spectacular Chess 2

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    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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  29. SHOPWORN - Play 1. b4

    SHOPWORN - Play 1. b4

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    Do you wish to surprise your opponents on the first move? Do you enjoy playing creatively from the beginning of the game? Look no further than 1 b4! With this aggressive pawn lunge White takes the game into relatively unknown territory and forces Black players onto their own devices. Those facing 1 b4 are not allowed to fall into the comfort zone of established theory; instead they have to think for themselves from very early on.

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  30. SHOPWORN - Play the Slav

    SHOPWORN - Play the Slav

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    The Slav has a well-deserved reputation as one of Black's strongest answers to 1 d4, and it's no coincidence that it has been used by almost all the World Champions in chess history. Put simply, the Slav is a classy opening, one which combines reliability with the promise of dynamic counterplay. In this book, James Vigus presents a comprehensive and trustworthy repertoire for Black.

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  31. SHOPWORN - Greatest Ever Chess Opening Ideas

    SHOPWORN - Greatest Ever Chess Opening Ideas

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    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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  32. SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - Benoni and Benko

    SHOPWORN - Dangerous Weapons - Benoni and Benko

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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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  33. SHOPWORN - Fighting the Anti-King's Indian

    SHOPWORN - Fighting the Anti-King's Indian

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    The truth is you will reach your favorite opening in barely half the games you play against 1. d4, and that's why this book is a godsend to those players fed up with blindly searching for the right way to play against these annoying White systems designed to avoid the main lines: the Trompowsky; the London System; the Torre Attack; the Barry Attack; the Colle System; the Veresov; the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit - the list goes on and on! Learn More
  34. SHOPWORN - Starting Out - D-Pawn Attacks

    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - D-Pawn Attacks

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    In this book Richard Palliser provides in-depth coverage of three of the most dangerous attacking set-ups available to White: the Colle-Zukertort, the Barry, and the 150 attacks. In recent years these three opening weapons have considerably gained in popularity, especially at club level, and it's easy to see why.

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  35. SHOPWORN - Starting Out - c3 Sicilian

    SHOPWORN - Starting Out - c3 Sicilian

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    In this book, c3 Sicilian expert John Emms goes back to basics: he explains in depth the reasoning behind the critical early moves - something that is often neglected - and uses instructive games to demonstrate key plans for both White and Black.

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  36. SHOPWORN - How to Beat the French Defence

    SHOPWORN - How to Beat the French Defence

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    In How to Beat the French Defence, Andreas Tzermiadianos meets this difficult challenge head on. He advocates his favorite weapon against the French - the Tarrasch Variation. Drawing upon his wealth of playing experience and study of this line, Tzermiadianos reveals an abundance of opening ideas and novelties, and provides the reader with a complete repertoire which is aimed at posing Black serious problems. Read this book and you will be able to fight the French Defence with renewed confidence and vitality.

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