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    Chess Informant - ISSUE 119
    Chess Informant 119 Viking is largely dedicated to the newly crowned world champion, Magnus Carlsen. He’s the emerging global brand and the new face of our beloved game. We offer exclusive Carlsen photos inside Chess Informant 119, but for the cover we preferred the symbolism of a sailing drakkar boat. This newest installment of the Informant is all about red and blue that one can connect with the Norwegian flag, perhaps as additional evidence that Vikings are back in fashion.
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    Chess Informant - ISSUE 119

    Catalog Code: B0119INF
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    Modernized - The King's Indian Defense
    This book is a full repertoire (from Black’s perspective) for the King’s Indian Defense. By using a variety of theoretical games from recent Grandmaster practice (as well as a number of classical examples), Bojkov covers every major line in depth, with due coverage to all sidelines as well. The reader will also become familiarized with many strategic ideas, thematic tactics, and the abundance of imaginative possibilities the King’s Indian Defense is famous for.
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    Modernized - The King's Indian Defense

    Catalog Code: B0083OB
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    US Chess Federation's Official Rules of Chess - FIFTH EDITION
    The U.S. Chess Federation Official Rules of Chess is the only official rulebook for chess. Serious players at every level as well as chess club teachers, directors, and tournament sponsors should have it on hand during every match. This new edition features the latest rules, including guidelines for the popular game of speed chess, an updated quick rating system, and the latest conventions of governing tournaments.
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    US Chess Federation's Official Rules of Chess - FIFTH EDITION

    Catalog Code: B0012RH
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    Grandmaster Repertoire - The Classical Slav
    Grandmaster Repertoire 17 – The Classical Slav provides a sound and active repertoire based on 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4. White’s early deviations from move 3 onwards are also covered. GM Boris Avrukh has had the Slav in his repertoire throughout his career and has never lost a serious game with it. Boris Avrukh is a grandmaster from Israel. He is an Olympiad gold medalist, former World Junior Champion and analysis partner of World Championship finalists.
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    Grandmaster Repertoire - The Classical Slav

    Catalog Code: B0093QT
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    Petrosian the Powerful
    Short Description for Petrosian The Powerful - CB0055CD
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    Petrosian the Powerful

    Catalog Code: CB0055CD
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    Greatest 501 Chess Puzzles
    The book consists of 501 practical puzzles from the second part of the Year 2012, selected into 3 different groups: "easy", "medium", and "hard". At the end of the book you can check your tactical skills in a test format and also can enjoy the 10 most beautiful pearls of the given period.
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    Greatest 501 Chess Puzzles

    Catalog Code: B0005EV
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    Greatest 365 Chess Puzzles
    There is one proven practice exercise that helps you improve chess ratings and stay in shape while having fun - chess puzzles. And what better than having the latest puzzles from the year 2012 by a top GM, and all that in one book!
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    Greatest 365 Chess Puzzles

    Catalog Code: B0006EV
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    The Alekhine Defence - Move by Move
    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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    The Alekhine Defence - Move by Move

    Catalog Code: B0381EM
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    Chess Informant - ISSUE 118
    Chess Informant 118 Games – Collection of 202 Annotated games in CI System of Signs (Annotators: Rublevsky, Stocek, Flores Rios, Djukic, Prusikin, Mastrovasilis, Amin, Tiviakov, Zakhartsov, Illescas, Grivas, Banusz, Solak, Browne, Dembo, Stoica....)
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    Chess Informant - ISSUE 118

    Catalog Code: B0118INF-B
    Our Price: $39.95
    Random Shopworn Book!
    Random Shopworn Books These are books that are shopworn, but we only have one or two of. All of them are great books by lengendary authors, and all can be yours for a signifigantly reduced price! When you buy a random shopworn book, we cannot guranteea specific book selection. Please take this into consideration when purchasing. Books pictured are a sampling of the books available.
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    Random Shopworn Book!

    Catalog Code: SWBRANDOM
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    Chess Informant - ISSUE 117
    Chess Informant 117 Games – Collection of 200+ annotated games from the most recent period, by grandmasters Shankland, Browne, Banusz, Tiviakov, Timman, Gagunashvili, Sanikidze, Flores Rios, Petkov, Leitao, Prusikin, Haba, Amin, Lalic, Halkias, Skembris, Baburin, Macieja, Mista, Stoica, Damljanovic, Carlsson, Ipatov, Sumets, Sulskis, Dembo, Marin, Pikula, etc.
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    Chess Informant - ISSUE 117

    Catalog Code: B0117INF
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    EBOOK - Starting Out - The Modern
    The Modern Defence is a dynamic, ambitious and universal opening, one that can be used against virtually every system White can play. Black's provocative strategy is based upon allowing White to construct an imposing pawn centre in the anticipation that a well-timed strike will bring about its downfall.
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    EBOOK - Starting Out - The Modern

    Catalog Code: E-B0002EM
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    Essential Chess Endings for Advanced Players
    This book deals with how to develop endgame technique in essential, but practical endings for advanced players (Class B and above). The eleven chapters are:

    (1) A Review of Basic Endgames,
    (2) Knight Endings-Part One,
    (3) Knight Endings-Part Two,
    (4) Bishop vs Knight,
    (5) Bishops of Opposite Color,
    (6) Rook Endings,
    (7) Double Rook Endings,
    (8) Rook & Bishop vs Rook & Bishop,
    (9) Queen and Rook vs Queen and Rook,
    (10) Queen Endings, and
    (11) Queen and Bishop vs Queen and Knight.

    This book will provide the advanced player with practical advice on how to play positions and is an invaluable guide to the properties of the individual pieces and how they combine together

    There is no other endgame book for the stronger player like this one - it is a classic.
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    Essential Chess Endings for Advanced Players

    Catalog Code: CB0046CD
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    Moscow Marathon
    Moscow Marathon is the definitive account of the 1984-1985 World Chess Championship between Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov.

    Billed as the "match of the century", it became a unique test of endurance and ended in chaos and controversy. The book is aimed at the reader with an interest in chess and combines detailed scrutiny of the games with an eye-witness account of the proceedings in Moscow.

    No other record of the match has this combination of careful research and constant, on-the-spot reporting.
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    Moscow Marathon

    Catalog Code: CB0019XX
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    The Complete KNSB Dutch Scholastic Chess Course
    Developed by the Royal Netherlands Chess Federation(KNSB), and taught with soaring success throughout Europe, the Dutch KNSB Scholastic Chess Course is hailed as "the most innovative chess instructional program in the world"; and it is now available in the United States.
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    The Complete KNSB Dutch Scholastic Chess Course

    Catalog Code: B0000KNSB
    Our Price: $139.95
    Diamond Dutch
    The widely-played Dutch Defence is a sharp choice. Black does not try to preserve a positional balance, but chooses to fight it out. No author is more qualified to explore new ideas in the Dutch than Viktor Moskalenko, a renowned champion of dynamic play. The Diamond Dutch is not a repertoire book. Moskalenko himself plays this chess opening with both colours and covers the entire spectrum for White as well as Black:
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    Diamond Dutch

    Catalog Code: B0139NIC
    Our Price: $29.95
    Complete Slav II
    The second part of the Complete Slav contains all systems that were not presented in the first part, namely a popular variation 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 and also all systems after 4...e6. Not to mention the possibilities such as 5. g3 or 5. Qb3, I have presented lines after 5. e3 Nbd7 – for starters Meran (6. Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5) and Anti-Meran (6. Qc2 Bd6) lines
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    Complete Slav II

    Catalog Code: B0003EV
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    Chess Life Magazine - April 2014 Issue
    The April 2014 issue of Chess Life is here! A fresh crop- Four new American GMs, the Exhibitor's Art - a workday win for Fischer, Carlsen Wins Zurich Sprint and more in the latest issue of Chess Life!
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    Chess Life Magazine - April 2014 Issue

    Catalog Code: CL0414
    Our Price: $3.95
    2013 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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    2013 Chess Life Annual Book

    Catalog Code: ANN2013
    Our Price: $59.95
    Chess Developments - Semi-Slav 5 Bg5
    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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    Chess Developments - Semi-Slav 5 Bg5

    Catalog Code: B0379EM
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    The Art of Checkmate
    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.
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    The Art of Checkmate

    Catalog Code: B0071RE
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    The Batsford Book of Chess for Children
    Chess is great for developing a child's analytical skills, fostering the competitive instinct—and having fun. Nothing beats this cute, character-based guide for teaching youngsters how to play. Jess and Jamie—two rough-and-tumble, chess-obsessed kids—explain it all: what the pieces are and how they move; the opening, middlegame, and endgame; checkmate; and sneaky tricks that win. The book's friendly, entertaining, and essential to any child's bookshelf.
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    The Batsford Book of Chess for Children

    Catalog Code: B0120BT
    Our Price: $14.95
    Judit Polgar - From GM to Top 10
    From GM to Top Ten continues the unique project where one of the greatest players of our time transforms her personal journey to the top into a roadmap for everyone who wanted to better themselves in the game of chess. In this volume, Judit tells the story of her rise from teenage grandmaster to Top Ten superstar.Judit Polgar has been ranked 1st on the Women's rating list from 1989 to this present day. In 2005, she became the only women in chess history to participate in the World Championship final. The previous volume, How I Beat Fischer's Record, won the 2013 ECF Book of the Year Prize.
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    Judit Polgar - From GM to Top 10

    Catalog Code: B0092QT
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    Chess Life Magazine - December 2013 Issue
    The December 2013 issue of Chess Life features in-depth coverage of the 2013 Sinquefield Cup Tournament, as well as the coverage 2013 U.S. Masters Chess Tournament and articles from GM Soltis, NM Pandolfini and much more!
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    Chess Life Magazine - December 2013 Issue

    Catalog Code: CL1213
    Our Price: $3.95
    Pump Up Your Rating
    Any man in the street knows how to increase his physical strength, but among most chess players confusion reigns when it comes to improving their playing strength. Axel Smith's training methods have guided his friends, team-mates and pupils to grandmaster norms and titles. Hard work will be required, but Axel Smith knows how you can Pump Up Your Rating. Every area of chess is covered -- opening preparation, through middlegame play, to endgame technique. Smith delves into both the technical and psychological sides of chess, and shows how best to practise and improve.
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    Pump Up Your Rating

    Catalog Code: B0089QT
    Our Price: $29.95
    Grandmaster Repertoire - The French Defence - Vol. 1
    The French Defence is one of the most popular and reliable responses to 1.e4. Black invites his opponent to gain space in the centre, with the intention of undermining the enemy position and launching a counterattack. Although the amount of theory has expanded in recent years, the French often leads to positions where positional and strategic understanding prove more relevant than long sequences of computer-generated moves. Grandmaster Repertoire 14 - The French Defence 1 introduces the Winawer Variation after the opening moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4, and provides expert recommendations against all of White's major possibilities
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    Grandmaster Repertoire - The French Defence - Vol. 1

    Catalog Code: B0088QT
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    Bobby Fischer - 60 More Memorable Games
    National Master Paul Powell explores the games of Bobby Fischer from a unique point of view. Focusing on his own personal journey and taking up the mission statement of his bestselling book “Chess Patzer to Master - How an Everyday Joe Does it” he continues the battle to help the average player become a chess master.
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    Bobby Fischer - 60 More Memorable Games

    Catalog Code: B0076OB
    Our Price: $24.95
    Sacrifice and Initiative in Chess
    In this book Ivan Sokolov presents a set of practical tools that will help you to master the art of sacrifice. By concentrating on the aim you are trying to achieve, rather than on the opening you are playing or the piece you might be going to sack, he teaches you how to come to a reasonable risk assessment and how to trust your intuition. There is a separate part on seizing the initiative without actually giving up material. Ivan Sokolov has written an entertaining and instructive guide, packed with useful advice and lots of practical examples.
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    Sacrifice and Initiative in Chess

    Catalog Code: B0133NIC
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    Chess Informant - ISSUE 116
    Chess Informant 116 Games – traditional section with 200+ annotated games, Morozevich, Movsesian, Volokitin, Shankland, Bartel, Sargissian, Ki. Georgiev, Macieja, Tiviakov, Roiz, Berg, etc. in Informant non-language style (152 pages)
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    Chess Informant - ISSUE 116

    Catalog Code: B0116INF
    Our Price: $35.95
    How to Beat Your Kids at Chess
    How to Beat Your Kids at Chess is a book that truly starts at the beginning, with the most basic idea of all: the straight line. This book offers clear explanations, opportunities to practice each concept before moving on, and a systematic progression of ideas.
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    How to Beat Your Kids at Chess

    Catalog Code: B0063RE
    Our Price: $19.95
    Chess Informant - ISSUE 115
    Chess Informant 115 Games – traditional section with 200+ annotated games, Morozevich, Movsesian, Volokitin, Shankland, Bartel, Sargissian, Ki. Georgiev, Macieja, Tiviakov, Roiz, Berg, etc. in Informant non-language style (152 pages)
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    Chess Informant - ISSUE 115

    Catalog Code: B0115INF
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    SHOPWORN - How to Play Against 1. e4
    It's not easy finding a good opening to play against 1 e4, especially if you don't have endless time available to study the latest theoretical developments. If you choose fashionable openings, it's often a necessity to keep pace with modern theory if you want to succeed with Black. This book provides a solution. Neil McDonald advocates his favorite opening - the very popular French Defence - but chooses a repertoire for Black that requires only the minimum amount of move memorization.
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    SHOPWORN - How to Play Against 1. e4

    Catalog Code: SWB0174EM
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    2011 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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    2011 Chess Life Annual Book

    Catalog Code: ANN2011
    Our Price: $59.95
    The Modern Defense
    The Modern Defense
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    The Modern Defense

    Catalog Code: CB0109CD
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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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    Winning with the English Defense
    Answers 1.e4 and all other openings. This is a very flexible system that allows White to build up a large center if so inclined. Black's aim is to attack White's center with all his forces, bringing about sharp, hypermodern play on the board.
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    Winning with the English Defense

    Catalog Code: CB0083CD
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