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    Chess Biographies

    Year of Publication
    1986 2014 1986 to 2014
    Author(s)
    1. Adrian Mikhalchishin (1)
    2. Alexander Ilyin-Genevsky (1)
    3. Alexander Kotov (4)
    4. Alexander Raetsky (3)
    5. Alexandra Kosteniuk (2)
    6. Andrew Soltis (3)
    7. Aron Nimzowitsch (1)
    8. Bill Hook (1)
    9. Colin Crouch (1)
    10. Craig Pritchett (1)
    11. Dale Brandreth (1)
    12. Daniel A Yanofsky (1)
    13. Danny Kopec (1)
    14. David Edmonds (1)
    15. David Lawson (1)
    16. David Levy (2)
    17. Dr. Danny Kopec (1)
    18. Dr. J. Hannak (1)
    19. Elie Agur (1)
    20. F.M. Malkin (1)
    21. Frank Brady (3)
    22. Frank X. Mur (1)
    23. Fred Reinfeld (2)
    24. Garry Kasparov (13)
    25. Gary Robson (1)
    26. Gedeon Barcza (1)
    27. George Koltanowski (1)
    28. Geza Maroczy (1)
    29. Hans Bohm (1)
    30. Harold C. Schonberg (1)
    31. Harold C. Schonberg (1)
    32. Helgi Olafsson (1)
    33. Isaak Linder (1)
    34. Jeremy Silman (1)
    35. Jimmy Adams (1)
    36. Joel Benjamin (2)
    37. John Donaldson (1)
    38. John Eidinow (1)
    39. John Hilbert (1)
    40. John Nunn (1)
    41. Jorn Erik Nielsen (1)
    42. Judit Polgar (2)
    43. Karsten Muller (1)
    44. Karsten Muller & Raymund Stolze (1)
    45. Kees Jongkind (1)
    46. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (1)
    47. Kurt Landsberger (1)
    48. Lubomir Ftacnik (1)
    49. Ludek Pachman (1)
    50. M.L. Rantala & Eric Schiller & Alan Watson (1)
    51. Macon Shibut (1)
    52. Mark Dvoretsky (1)
    53. Max Euwe (1)
    54. Maxim Chetverik (3)
    55. Mikhail Tal (1)
    56. Mikhail Tal & Iakov Damsky (1)
    57. Mikhail Yudovich (2)
    58. Neil McDonald (1)
    59. Oleg Stetsko (1)
    60. Pablo Moran (1)
    61. Pal Benko (1)
    62. Paul Keres (1)
    63. Per Skjoldager (1)
    64. Raymond Keene (1)
    65. Renzo Verwer (1)
    66. Richard Keene (1)
    67. Rudolpf Reinhardt (1)
    68. Sidney Norman Bernstein (1)
    69. Simon Agdestein (1)
    70. Tibor Karolyi (2)
    71. Tigran Petrosian (2)
    72. Tim Crothers (1)
    73. Vik Vasiliev (1)
    74. Vishwanathan Anand (1)
    75. Vladimir Tukmakov (1)
    76. Walter Browne (2)
    77. Yasser Seirawan (1)
    78. Yuri Averbakh (2)
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    Chess Notation Type
    1. FAN - Figurine (45)
    2. AN - Algebraic (26)
    3. LAN - Long Algebraic (2)
    4. DN - Descriptive (13)
    5. NL - Notationless (8)
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    Topics
    1. Biographical (4)
    2. Game Collections (1)
    Popular Book Series
    1. My Great Predecessors (8)
    Host
    1. GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (1)
    2. GM Garry Kasparov (1)
    3. GM Jesse Kraai (1)
    4. GM Raymond Keene (2)
    5. GM Viktor Kortchnoi (2)
    6. GM Vlastimil Hort (1)
    7. IM David Vigorito (1)
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      Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes
      The Personal Memoir of a Soviet Chess Legend
      Catalog Code: B0119NIC

      A unique, revealing and well-told story, essential reading for everybody interested in the history of chess and the Soviet Union.
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      Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes

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      Bobby Fischer His Approach
      Catalog Code: B0230EM

      The return in 1992 of American Grandmaster Bobby Fischer against his old rival Boris Spassky has reawakened interest in the games of one of the most determined World Champions of all time. To Fischer, chess is a highly competitive sport which requires not only meticulous opening preparation, a high state of tactical alertness and perfect technique, but also a constant striving for the initiative, immense will to win and even calculated risk-taking.
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      Bobby Fischer His Approach

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      American Grandmaster
      Four Decades of Chess Adventures
      Catalog Code: B0228EM

      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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      Mikhail Tal - Tactical Genius
      Catalog Code: B0224EM

      Did you ever notice how some famous GM games are more interesting to play through than others? For instance, tell me you have a Tartakower or Nimzowitsch game and I'm sorry, but I just can't get that excited. But tell me you have a Fischer, Alekhine, or Tal game you want to show me and woo-hoo!, break out the milk and cookies because I know I'm in for a real treat! And Mikhail Tal: Tactical Genius by Alexander Raetsky and Maxim Chetverik is loaded with enough tasty treats to satisfy the most demanding of palates.
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      Mikhail Tal - Tactical Genius

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      Alexander Alekhine - Master of Attack
      Catalog Code: B0222EM

      What separated Alexander Alekhine from the rest of his contemporaries? Why did he dominate the chess world for so long? The main reason was undoubtedly his brilliant attacking style of play. Alekhine had a combinative gift and thrilled the chess public and influenced every great chess player since. Garry Kasparov once said I fell in love with the rich complexity of his ideas at the chessboard. Alekhine's attacks came suddenly, like destructive thunderstorms that erupted from a clear sky.
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      Alexander Alekhine - Master of Attack

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      Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME V
      Korchoi and Karpov
      Catalog Code: B0136EM

      This book, the fifth in Garry Kasparov's magnificent history of the World Chess Championship, catalogues the "post-Fischer" period in the 1970's and early 1980's. This period was dominated by Anatoly Karpov (world champion from 1975-1985) and his three-time challenger, Viktor Korchnoi. Anatoly Karpov gained the right to challenge Bobby Fischer for the world title by winning through the Candidates series in 1974. As is well known, Fischer refused to defend the title and in 1975 Karpov became champion by default. Although he did not have to contest a Championship match to gain the title, Karpov proved that he was a worthy champion by winning virtually every major tournament over the next decade.
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      Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME V

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      Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME IV
      Fischer
      Catalog Code: B0135EM

      This book brings together the two greatest names in the history of chess. The author, Garry Kasparov, is the world number one and, by common consent, the greatest player ever. The subject of the book, Bobby Fischer, is the only American to have become world champion and is probably the greatest natural talent the world has ever seen.
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      Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME IV

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      Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME III
      Petrosian and Spassky
      Catalog Code: B0134EM

      The battle for the World Chess Championship has witnessed numerous titanic struggles which have engaged the interest not only of the chess enthusiasts but of the public at large. The chessboard is the ultimate mental battleground and the world champions themselves are supreme intellectual gladiators.

      This magnificent compilation of play from the 1960s through to the 1970s forms the basis of the third part of Garry Kasparov's long-awaited definitive history of the World Chess Championship. Garry Kasparov, who is universally acclaimed as the greatest chessplayer ever, subjects the play from this era to a rigorous analysis, the examination being enhanced by the use of the latest chess software.
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      Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME III

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      Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME II
      Euwe, Botvinnik, Smyslov and Tal
      Catalog Code: B0133EM

      The battle for the World Chess Championship has witnessed numerous titanic struggles that have engaged the interest not only of chess enthusiasts but of the public at large. The chessboard is the ultimate mental battleground and the world champions themselves are supreme intellectual gladiators.
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      Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME II

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      Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME I
      Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca and Alekhine
      Catalog Code: B0132EM

      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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      Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME I

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      Meet the Masters
      The Modern Chess Champions and Their Most Characteristic Games
      Catalog Code: B0112IS

      Meet the Masters contains the biographies of the eight strongest players in the world at that time. It includes their histories, photographs, games and an analysis and critique of their playing styles. Each of these eight players had been invited to the historic tournament at AVRO 1938, regarded as the strongest chess tournament ever held prior to modern times. The eight players generally regarded as the strongest in the world were: World Champion Alexander Alekhine, former champions José Raúl Capablanca and Max Euwe, future champion Mikhail Botvinnik and challengers Paul Keres, Reuben Fine, Samuel Reshevsky and Salo Flohr.
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      The President's Crown of Thorns
      Catalog Code: B0101IS

      Autobiography of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of the World Chess Federation ("FIDE") from 1995 to the Present. This is an amazing book because it describes the break-up of the Soviet Union and provides an autobiography of how a man realizing the huge changes in the process of taking place in Russian society was able to become a millionaire.
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      The President's Crown of Thorns

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      Bobby Fischer for Beginners
      The Most Famous Chess Player Explained
      Catalog Code: B0090NIC

      Bobby Fischer's lone fight against the Soviet chess powerhouse made him a global hero, also for people who did not play chess at all. The Russians trembled before him, the Americans and the rest of the world cheered him on. Fischer's chess prowess and his will to win were unparalleled. But so were his eccentric behaviour and his paranoia. After he won the world title, Bobby Fischer vanished and the former prodigy became a mystery. The memories of his successwere clouded by his anti-American and anti-Semite rants.
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      Bobby Fischer for Beginners

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      Life and Games of Mikhail Tal
      Catalog Code: B0236EM

      Mikhail Tal, the "Magician from Riga", was the greatest attacking World Champion of them all, and this enchanting autobiography chronicles his extraordinary career with charm and humor. Dazzling games are interspersed throughout with anecdotes and witty self-interviews, and in typically objective fashion he relates both the ups and downs of his encounters.
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      Life and Games of Mikhail Tal

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      Chess Duels
      My Games with the World Champions
      Catalog Code: B0302EM

      Four-time US Champion Yasser Seirawan provides a fascinating and highly entertaining account of his games and encounters with the world champions of chess including: Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky, Tigran Petrosian, Mikhail Tal, Vassily Smyslov, Mikhail Botvinnik and Max Euwe. Having been involved in frequent battles against world champions over a 25-year period, Seirawan is in an ideal position to reveal how it really feels to be facing the legends of the game. He describes and analyses, in depth, his most memorable encounters - both famous victories and painful defeats, against the best chessplayers of the last 50 years.
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      Chess Duels

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      Alekhine in Europe and Asia
      Catalog Code: CB0006XX

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      Alekhine in Europe and Asia

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      The Queen of Katwe
      A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster
      Catalog Code: B0069OB

      The Queen of Katwe is an intimate and heartrending portrait of human life on the poor fringes of the twenty-first century.
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      The Queen of Katwe

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      Nimzowitsch How I Became a Grandmaster at Chess - RUSSIAN EDITION
      Catalog Code: B0157IS

      A brief autobiographical sketch of one of the strongest chess players of the last century, who introduced theoretical innovative ideas in chess.
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      Nimzowitsch How I Became a Grandmaster at Chess - RUSSIAN EDITION

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      Facing the World Champions - Vlastimil Hort
      Catalog Code: WIN0036CB

      During his career, Vlastimil Hort, who himself belongs to the same generation as Bobby Fischer, met no less than eight world champions over the board.
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      Facing the World Champions - Vlastimil Hort

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      Alekhine
      Catalog Code: WIN0032CB

      World Champion Alexander Alekhine dominated the chess scene from 1927 until his death in the year of 1946. Historical picture documents and more than 2000 Alekhine games make the great master come back to life.
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      Alekhine

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      My Life for Chess - Viktor Kortchnoi - VOLUME 2
      Catalog Code: WIN0026CB

      Viktor Kortchnoi Volume 2 features about four hours of Kortchnoi live. The great chess legend portraits the second part of his eventful career, presenting among other things his games against Kasparov (1986), Spassky (1989) and Short (1990) in his typical gripping style.
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      My Life for Chess - Viktor Kortchnoi - VOLUME 2

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      My Life for Chess - Viktor Kortchnoi - VOLUME 1
      Catalog Code: WIN0025CB

      Viktor Kortchnoi is doubtlessly one of the most electrifying personalities of the chess world. Still playing successful and attractive chess, the 73-year-old former double world championship finalist is also famous for his candid language.
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      My Life for Chess - Viktor Kortchnoi - VOLUME 1

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      Great British Triumphs - VOLUME 2
      Catalog Code: DVD0004OT

      All chess fans will enjoy the incredible archive footage found on these DVDs for decades feared lost of British wins by Nigel Short, Tony Miles and Jon Speelman against two of the greatest world champions - Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov.
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      Great British Triumphs - VOLUME 2

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      Great British Triumphs - VOLUME 1
      Catalog Code: DVD0003OT

      All chess fans will enjoy the incredible archive footage found on these DVDs for decades feared lost of British wins by Nigel Short, Tony Miles and Jon Speelman against two of the greatest world champions - Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov. The DVDs feature the players own remarks and has an overall commentary by GM Ray Keene.
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      Great British Triumphs - VOLUME 1

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      ALEXANDRA KOSTENIUK - How I Became the 12th World Champion
      Catalog Code: DVD0001AK

      Exclusive DVD with over 3 hours of commented games and movies by the 12th World Chess Champion in the history of Chess Alexandra Kosteniuk. Every single game she played in Nalchik to win the World Title commented in detail in her own voice.
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      ALEXANDRA KOSTENIUK - How I Became the 12th World Champion

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      Gata Kamsky: Chess Genius
      Catalog Code: CB0058CD

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      Gata Kamsky: Chess Genius

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      Petrosian the Powerful
      Catalog Code: CB0055CD

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      Petrosian the Powerful

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      Pillsbury the Extraordinary
      Catalog Code: CB0033CD

      Soltis's research has found material found no where else! He was a chess meteor brilliantly streaking across the sky in only two years after learning the moves. He came and went quickly, this Harry Nelson Pillsbury. But while he was here, he left something for you - his extraordinary life and games. You will learn from his style that mixed and combined that or Steinitz and Morphy. Between 1896-1902, he may have been the best player in the world, superior even to World Champion Lasker. You are going to be a part of history and beautiful games with this book on Pillsbury the Extraordinary! There's a diagram every 3 moves, like a movie, to help you exercise your powers of visualization.
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      Pillsbury the Extraordinary

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      Adventures of a Chess Master
      Catalog Code: B0081IS

      This is the autobiography of George Koltanowski, the greatest showman and promoter that chess has ever known. Koltanowski will be best remembered as an exhibitor, writer, promoter and showman. Possessed with an incredibly powerful memory, Koltanowski would often give exhibitions, playing several games blindfold simultaneously.
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      Adventures of a Chess Master

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      Alexander Alekhine - Agony of a Chess Genius
      Catalog Code: B0001MF

      The tragic last years of world chess champion Alexander Alekhine (1892-1946); 45 of his match and tournament games in Spain and Portugal from 1943 to 1946 and 100 other exhibition games from this period and from previous Iberian visits. Most of these 145 games have never been published in an English-language source.
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      Alexander Alekhine - Agony of a Chess Genius

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      Bobby Fischer Rediscovered
      Catalog Code: B0026BT

      A lively, personal, and wonderfully informative look at Bobby Fischer, his personality and his playing. Although three decades have passed since Fischer won the world chess title from the former Soviet Union, he still remains a source of fascination and admiration for all players.
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      Bobby Fischer Rediscovered

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      Endgame - PAPERBACK
      Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness
      Catalog Code: B0022RH

      ENDGAME is acclaimed biographer Frank Brady's decades-in-the-making tracing of the meteoric ascent--and confounding descent--of enigmatic genius Bobby Fischer. Only Brady, who met Fischer when the prodigy was only 10 and shared with him some of his most dramatic triumphs, could have written this book, which has much to say about the nature of American celebrity and the distorting effect.of fame
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      Endgame - PAPERBACK

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      Endgame - HARDCOVER
      Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness
      Catalog Code: B0020RH

      ENDGAME is acclaimed biographer Frank Brady's decades-in-the-making tracing of the meteoric ascent--and confounding descent--of enigmatic genius Bobby Fischer. Only Brady, who met Fischer when the prodigy was only 10 and shared with him some of his most dramatic triumphs, could have written this book, which has much to say about the nature of American celebrity and the distorting effects of fame
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      Endgame - HARDCOVER

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      Chess Child
      The Story of Ray Robson, America's Youngest Grandmaster
      Catalog Code: B0017OB

      The story of Ray Robson, America's Youngest Grandmaster, as told by his father, Dr. Gary Robson. In October 2009, Ray bested the previous records of such American greats as Bobby Fischer and Hikaru Nakamura, becoming the youngest GM-elect in American history at just 14 years old, two weeks before his 15th birthday. Gary discusses Ray's progression, from a tenacious beginner immediately drawn to the game to a rapidly-improving young Scholastic player, up through the path to earning the Master rating and finally to becoming a Grandmaster, the ultimate title of respect for a chess player.
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      Chess Child

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      Notes of a Soviet Master
      Catalog Code: B0014CA

      Translated by Bernard Cafferty from the original Russian edition of 1929. A small book, but a fascinating account of this prominent revolutionary's early chess career and Soviet chess in the 1920s buttressed by fifty of his games from his entire career including his immortal sacrificial win over Capablanca (then reigning World Champion).
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      Notes of a Soviet Master

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      Shady Side
      The Life And Crimes of Norman Tweed Whitaker
      Catalog Code: B0013CA

      A chronicle of America's most notorious chess master based on many of his own papers. Includes a detailed story of his life, his loves, his cons, and his many chess experiences in a 60+-year career. along with 570 of his games (some with full notes). Much US chess history and some excellent photos are a notable part of the book. NOTE: This book won the Chess Cafe 'Book of the Year' award for 2000.
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      Shady Side

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