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    2002 Chess Life Annual Book
    The Chess Life Annual is a beautiful, hardcover book that features all twelve issues of Chess Life magazine from the specified year. Each annual features a rich, black leather cover and has the USCF Logo and production year embossed in Gold on its spine.
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    2002 Chess Life Annual Book

    Catalog Code: ANN2002
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    2003 Chess Life Annual Book
    The Chess Life Annual is a beautiful, hardcover book that features all twelve issues of Chess Life magazine from the specified year. Each annual features a rich, black leather cover and has the USCF Logo and production year embossed in Gold on its spine.
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    2003 Chess Life Annual Book

    Catalog Code: ANN2003
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    2004 Chess Life Annual Book
    The Chess Life Annual is a beautiful, hardcover book that features all twelve issues of Chess Life magazine from the specified year. Each annual features a rich, black leather cover and has the USCF Logo and production year embossed in Gold on its spine.
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    2004 Chess Life Annual Book

    Catalog Code: ANN2004
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    2005 Chess Life Annual Book
    The Chess Life Annual is a beautiful, hardcover book that features all twelve issues of Chess Life magazine from the specified year. Each annual features a rich, black leather cover and has the USCF Logo and production year embossed in Gold on its spine.
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    2005 Chess Life Annual Book

    Catalog Code: ANN2005
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    2006 Chess Life Annual Book
    The Chess Life Annual is a beautiful, hardcover book that features all twelve issues of Chess Life magazine from the specified year. Each annual features a rich, black leather cover and has the USCF Logo and production year embossed in Gold on its spine.
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    2006 Chess Life Annual Book

    Catalog Code: ANN2006
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    2007 Chess Life Annual Book
    The Chess Life Annual is a beautiful, hardcover book that features all twelve issues of Chess Life magazine from the specified year. Each annual features a rich, black leather cover and has the USCF Logo and production year embossed in Gold on its spine.
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    2007 Chess Life Annual Book

    Catalog Code: ANN2007
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    2008 Chess Life Annual Book
    The Chess Life Annual is a beautiful, hardcover book that features all twelve issues of Chess Life magazine from the specified year. Each annual features a rich, black leather cover and has the USCF Logo and production year embossed in Gold on its spine.
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    2008 Chess Life Annual Book

    Catalog Code: ANN2008
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    2009 Chess Life Annual Book
    The Chess Life Annual is a beautiful, hardcover book that features all twelve issues of Chess Life magazine from the specified year. Each annual features a rich, black leather cover and has the USCF Logo and production year embossed in Gold on its spine.
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    2009 Chess Life Annual Book

    Catalog Code: ANN2009
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    2010 Chess Life Annual Book
    The Chess Life Annual is a beautiful, hardcover book that features all twelve issues of Chess Life magazine from the specified year. Each annual features a rich, black leather cover and has the USCF Logo and production year embossed in Gold on its spine.
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    2010 Chess Life Annual Book

    Catalog Code: ANN2010
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    Childrens Chess Book Combination
    This is not just a book for kids - for 'Dad' read any opponent who beats you regularly! This book teaches the 50 Deadly Checkmates - basic attacking patterns that occur repeatedly in games between players of all standards. Each mating motif is carefully and simply explained, and several illustrative examples are given. A final test enables the reader to grade his pattern recognition abilities, and the last chapter explains what to do if your Dad is Garry Kasparov.
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    Childrens Chess Book Combination

    Catalog Code: BCHILDCOMBO
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    Smith Morra Gambit Declined: Nf6
    Details the Smith-Morra Gambit Declined Variation. 2081 games given in 48 variations.
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    Smith Morra Gambit Declined: Nf6

    Catalog Code: CB0013CD
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    French Defense for Black
    Grefe and Silman give many variations and analysis from the Black perspective to show why the French Defense is one of Black's best replies vs. 1.e4.
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    French Defense for Black

    Catalog Code: CB0014CD
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    Test Your Chess Fantasy
    An intriguing book with 120 diagrammed positions each with a multiple choice question attached. The questions are all along the lines of a) White is Winning b) It's even c) Black is winning: which is correct? The tests become gradually more difficult as the book progresses; the author provides a scoring system and solutions are included at the end.
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    Test Your Chess Fantasy

    Catalog Code: CB0023RB
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    Journal of a Chess Original
    Short Description for Journal of a Chess Original - CB0025RB
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    Journal of a Chess Original

    Catalog Code: CB0025RB
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    Nimzo-Indian with 4 Qc2
    GM Max Dlugy here presents the definitive Study of the Classical Variation of the Nimzo-Indian with 4. Qc2. He provides reliable assessments of all significant variations with clear statements as to why a line is viable or not. With some 200 diagrams to lead the way, the author has clearly organized his material to make it readily assessable by ECO Codes. He includes significant games, in their entirety, to illustrate the flow to the conclusion of the game. Tournament and correspondence players will have to have this important theoretical work to prepare for their next Nimzo-Indian battle!
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    Nimzo-Indian with 4 Qc2

    Catalog Code: CB0027RB
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    Smith Morra Gambit Declined: 3 ...d5
    The Complete Encyclopedia of Chess Openings: 1332 Games! This massive work has only one objective...to give you so many games that it's impossible to go through them all. No variation is ignored, and you will find games you will never find in databases. Games from every possible source have been dug out and printed.
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    Smith Morra Gambit Declined: 3 ...d5

    Catalog Code: CB0045CD
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    The Chess Traveller's Quizbook
    Trains and boats and planes are all part of a day in the life of globe-trotting Grandmaster Julian Hodgson, as is his constant surveillance of the chessboard in search of some lethal tactical strike. Now, in Chess Travellers Quiz Book, Hodgson reverses roles and, setting the brainteasers himself, challenges readers to find the winning combination in 200 test-yourself positions, all taken from practical play. These are arranged chapter by chapter, in order of increasing difficulty, anticipating that by the time you reach your final destination you will be a keener, sharper, more imaginative player.
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    The Chess Traveller's Quizbook

    Catalog Code: CB0055RB
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    San Francisco 1995 GM Invitational Tournament
    Organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations' charter in San Francisco in 1945, the tournament combined playing strength and diversity in an unprecedented fashion.

    The roaster of stars spanned generations, crossed political and economic boundaries, and included the women's World Champion, Xie Jun of China, and history's strongest African American chess player, Grandmaster Maurice Ashley of New York. Whether young or old, man or woman, communist or capitalist, there was someone for everyone.

    These chmapions from the former Soviet Union, China, England, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and the United States vied for supremacy for two grueling weeks. They produced some of the finest fighting chess ever witnessed in this country, and their analysis of the games fill these pages. It was only fitting that such a competitive event was ultimately won by the greatest fighter of them all, Viktor Korchnoi.
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    San Francisco 1995 GM Invitational Tournament

    Catalog Code: CB0069RB
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    Gambits
    In this work he presents a convincing case for players to adopt gambit play. "Only by playing gambits will the chessplayer begin to understand that getting active positions, with the possibility of landing combinative shots, will compensate him for the material sacrificed." Estrin presents concepts and lines of play in every major opening. He provides many practical illustrations, and the number of examples given from his own games clearly shows that he practices what he advocates. 115 diagrams aid the reader in following the analysis. If you don't play these lines, your opponent will!
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    Gambits

    Catalog Code: CB0078RB
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    Beginner's Guide to Winning Chess
    This is probably the best chess tutor a beginner can buy. is a new Speed-Method that is virtually guaranteed to teach the game quickly and will build great skill beyond the beginner level. Fred Reinfeld presents a simple method utilizing the algebraic system and a number and letter grid. is a simple presentation of a demanding subject. The great chess teacher Fred Reinfeld continues to command respect for his several classic books on this game of skill.
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    Beginner's Guide to Winning Chess

    Catalog Code: CB0088RB
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    500 English Miniatures
    Author Bill Wall presents another in his popular series of miniature games - games completed in 25 moves or less - this time in the English Opening. His compilation includes games involving Grandmasters as well as wood pushers. These collections have proven to be valuable to players who wish to see typical mistakes and how they are punished. But many readers simply find these games very entertaining. Quick victories have always been popular for light reading - the thrust of a quick mating attack or win has a certain attraction. Bill Wall adds light notes to illustrate better lines, or the continuation when an early resignation leaves it not too obvious how material will be lost or mate will follow.
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    500 English Miniatures

    Catalog Code: CB0094RB
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    The Polish Defense
    by Thomas Kapitaniak, 59 pp. (Chess Enterprises 1988). After GM tony Miles defeated then World Champion Karpov with the Polish Defense in 1980, there was renewed interest in this old opening. Kapitaniak presents the historical origins of the Defense and a survey of current theory. The author demonstrates that it is sound and quite playable, providing an attractive alternative to other well-trodden paths. There are twenty-five annotated illustrative games to present a complete picture of the opening in practical play.
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    The Polish Defense

    Catalog Code: CB0098RB
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    King in the Opening, The - Mednis
    The King in the Opening provides a valuable test on how to use the King in the opening phase of a chess game. The King must be protected from early attacks through castling or other alternatives, which are simply illustrated. GM Edmar Mednis utilizes 71 practical games as examples to clarify each point of instruction and make them come alive for the reader. Ninety diagrams assist the reader in setting up positions for study.

    This book does not attempt to teach any particular opening. Instead, Mednis presents principles of play which are applicable in every game which the reader might play, regardless of the particular opening variation involved.

    International Grandmaster Edmar Mednis is recognized as an outstanding author of instructional chess books. He is a most reliable source of useful knowledge for improving one's chess game. This book will definitely elevate a players' success at chess.
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    King in the Opening, The - Mednis

    Catalog Code: CB0142RB
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    Art of Mastering Chess - A Complete Course for Beginners, The
    by Eduard Gufeld, 262 pp. (The Alternative Press 1994). Chess computers have revolutionized the learning process for beginners and casual players. Few existing books fully utilize the inherent possibilities: e.g. to speed up the ability to absorb chess information. The Art of Mastering Chess tries to fill this gap, and if used together with a chess computer with a programmable option, will allow beginners to advance their Ilo-rating annually by at least 100 points over conventional methods.
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    Art of Mastering Chess - A Complete Course for Beginners, The

    Catalog Code: CB0158RB
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    Attacking the King in the Center - Gillam
    by Tony Gillam, 120 pp. Your opponent's King is more vulnerable to attack while it remains in the center of the board, hence the early castling to remove the King to a safer position. But conditions during the early moves often precludes castling, and proper early development of one's pieces can provide the strength to take advantage of the weaker King position. Here are 141 games illustrating attacks against such a King, with numerous diagrams to assist in following the attacking moves. The notes clearly explain the flow of the attack for the developing player. The author emphasizes the message to enjoy yourself! A quick attack against the opponent's King is a source of constant enjoyment, and here are the ways to accomplish this.
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    Attacking the King in the Center - Gillam

    Catalog Code: CB0192RB
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    Dynamic Chess Openings - Keene (ACP)
    by Raymond Keene, 88 pp. First published in 1982. This book contains an opening repertoire for both white and black that is designed to hit the opposition hard and precisely where it hurts. The author advocates blitzkrieg systems which are sound and do
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    Dynamic Chess Openings - Keene (ACP)

    Catalog Code: CB0195RB
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    Man versus Machine - Kasparov versus Deep Blue
    In May 1997, World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, regarded by many as the greatest player of all time, came to New York to face his most unusual and challenging opponent yet. Deep Blue, a supercomputer developed by a team of IBM Scientists in a project started ten years earlier, was capable of calculating 200 million chess positions per second and was incapable of tiring, losing heart or making an oversight. Six games would be played for over $1 million in prize money.

    This book tells the full story of this historic encounter, from the personalities, hype and controversies to the debates over computer intelligence and the future of chess. Every game is analyzed in detail and the earlier 1989 and 1996 matches between the two contestants are reviewed.

    Man versus Machine: kasparov vs. Deep Blue is the definitive on-the-scene report that every chess enthusiast must read.

    THE MSRP OF THIS BOOK IS $17.95
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    Man versus Machine - Kasparov versus Deep Blue

    Catalog Code: CB0277RB
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    Semi-Slav Defence - Non-Meran Variations
    The subject of this book, the Semi-Slav, is characterized b the moves ... d5, ... e6 nd ... c6 versus the Queen's Gambit. Inside the reader will find complete coverage of all lines excepting the Meran and the Botvinnik System.

    The Semi-Slav is an opening complex which runs the gamut from tactical play (the Marshall Variation 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. Nc3 c6 4. e4 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Qxd2 7. Bxb4 Qxe4+) to refined positional struggles (The Romih Variation 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. Nc3 c6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 Bb4.) In the past, such players as Botvinnik, Kotov, Najdorf, Reshevsky and Euwe debated its finer points. Today's Games all use it on a regular basis.

    This book was written by IM John Donaldson and IM Jeremy Silman, two of the most well-respected authors in chess.

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    Semi-Slav Defence - Non-Meran Variations

    Catalog Code: CB0353RB
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    Questions and Answers on Practical Endgame Play
    GM Edmar Mednis, bestt selling author on chess endgames, has collected an extensive set of practical endgame positions to use in illustrating the principles of handling such situations in actual play. Each type of position is thoroughly analyzed, with examples, and then in chapter summaries an extended set of Principles/Rules of Thumb for Practical Endgame Play are provided - a ready reference for quick review and a reminder of the critical points.

    This is the type of book players need - detailed analysis and instruction in practical methods of playing to win or draw -- working from actual game positions that often defied the players' analysis during the progress of the game. Studying this book is a sure way of improving your endgame play - and your tournament scores! At the same time, you will be thoroughly entertained.
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    Questions and Answers on Practical Endgame Play

    Catalog Code: CB0366RB
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    The World Chess Championship
    A classic book showing all the games that had been played in World Championship matches between 1948 and 1972. Part I of the book details in biographical-style some information going on during each individual match. Part II gives the lightly-annotated games that occurred during the matches/tournaments that determined the World Championship
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    The World Chess Championship

    Catalog Code: CB0391RB
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    Chess Life Magazine - January 2000 Issue
    The January 2000 Issue of Chess Life Magazine has a cover story entitled Holiday in Harlem!. There is an interview with 1999 U.S. Champion Boris Gulko, and also games from the 1999 FIDE Knockout Finals of the World Championship, won by GM Alexander Khalifman.
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    Chess Life Magazine - January 2000 Issue

    Catalog Code: CL0100
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    Chess Life Magazine - January/February 2001 Issue
    The January/February 2001 Issue of Chess Life Magazine has a cover story entitled Hoops and Horns in Harlem. This takes a look at the 2nd Annual Harlem Chess Film Festival. Also included are articles on the new World Champion Vladimir Kramnik's win over Garry Kasparov and Camilla Baginskaite winning the U.S. Women's Championship.
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    Chess Life Magazine - January/February 2001 Issue

    Catalog Code: CL0101
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    Chess Life Magazine - January 2002 Issue
    The January 2002 Issue of Chess Life Magazine takes a look at the 2001 Dortmund tournament, won by Kramnik and Topalov. There are also articles on the Governor's Cup, won by Wojtkiewicz and Shulman, and the Continental.
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    Chess Life Magazine - January 2002 Issue

    Catalog Code: CL0102
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    Chess Life Magazine - January 2003 Issue
    The January 2003 Issue of Chess Life Magazine takes a look at the match "Russia vs. the Rest of the World", in which the Rest of the World shocked the best players from Russia by winning. Games and annotations from many of the elite players in the world. There is also a profile on USCF Executive Director, Frank Niro.
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    Chess Life Magazine - January 2003 Issue

    Catalog Code: CL0103
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    Chess Life Magazine - January 2005 Issue
    The January 2005 Issue of Chess Life Magazine takes a look at the U.S. Women's Team's Silver Medal performance at the 2004 Women's Chess Olympiads. The U.S. men also had a solid showing, finishing 4th. There is also an article on Vladimir Kramnik retaining the World Title against challenger Peter Leko.
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    Chess Life Magazine - January 2005 Issue

    Catalog Code: CL0105
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    Chess Life Magazine - January 2006 Issue
    The January 2006 Issue of Chess Life Magazine has a special article called Chess For Peace , which features former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, former World Champion Anatoly Karpov, and former Women's World Champion Susan Polgar. Also more games and annotations from the 2005 World FIDE Championship, won by Veselin Topalov, are given.
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    Chess Life Magazine - January 2006 Issue

    Catalog Code: CL0106
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Choose from a huge selection of chess books, including a wide variety of topics, players and strategies. There is a chess book for nearly every chess move or chess defense you can think of. Looking for a chess book talking about a specific chess player? Browse the many different miscellaneous chess books available. Need to strengthen your opening game? Middle game? Or maybe your end game is lacking. There are chess books covering all of these topics and much more. The purpose of a majority of the chess books available is to serve as guides for beginners and advanced chess players, and to address different tactics and strategies. There are also biographical chess books that talk about specific Chess Players if that's what you are interested in reading.

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