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    The Queen of Katwe
    One Girl's Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion
    Catalog Code: B0069OB

    Queen of Katwe is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.
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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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    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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    CLEARANCE - Khalifman - My Life and Games
    Catalog Code: B0217EM

    The 1999 World Championship in Las Vegas produced a surprise winner - after a month-long battle, the Russian grandmaster Alexander Khalifman emerged from this grueling knock-out event to become the 14th FIDE World Champion. Alexander Khalifman has been competing in the higher echelons of world chess for many years. He is a player with a broad opening repertoire and a distinctive style, one of his favorite stratagems being the sacrifice of material for long-term positional compensation.
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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 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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    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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    CLEARANCE - 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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    CLEARANCE - Petrosian the Powerful
    Catalog Code: CB0055CD

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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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    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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    CLEARANCE - Gata Kamsky: Chess Genius
    Catalog Code: CB0058CD

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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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    CLEARANCE - 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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    Tigran Petrosian - His Life and Games
    Catalog Code: B0027IS

    Tigran Petrosian (1929-1984) was World Chess Champion from 1963 to 1969 and was one of the strongest players in the world throughout his lengthy career. Petrosian was a Candidate for the World Championship on eight occasions (1953, 1956, 1959, 1962, 1971, 1974, 1977 and 1980).
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    The Art of Bisguier
    Selected Games 1961-2003
    Catalog Code: B0025RE

    Arthur Bisguier is a living legend in American chess, having met and defeated some of the greatest players in the world. This is a collection of his best games - annotated by Bisguier himself - from 1961 through 2003. Each game is introduced with an anecdote and brief comment about Art's opponent and combined with many archival photos, makes this one of the great chess game collections ever.
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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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    CLEARANCE - Hooked on Chess
    A Memoir
    Catalog Code: B0008NIC

    The story of Bill Hook's life with his many passions: chess, painting, traveling, photography and blackjack. Bill Hook won a gold medal at the Chess Olympiad and his friends include street hustlers and world champions. He played with the likes of Stanley Kubrick, Harold Schonberg, Marcel Duchamp and Miguel Najdorf. After Bill Hook had beaten him four times in a row, a very young Bobby Fischer started crying. Now Hook lives and plays on the Virgin Islands. An admirable and colorful life. The autobiography of a gambler, painter and chess player.
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    How Magnus Carlsen Became the Youngest Chess Grandmaster in the World
    The Story and the Games
    Catalog Code: B0131NIC

    At the age of 13 years, 4 months and 26 days, Magnus Carlsen became the youngest chess grandmaster in the world. The international press raved about the Norwegian prodigy. The Washington Post even called him ‘the Mozart of chess’. Ten years on Magnus Carlsen is the number one in the world rankings and a household name far beyond chess circles. Time Magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013
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    How Magnus Carlsen Became the Youngest Chess Grandmaster in the World

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    Pal Benko
    My Life, Games and Compositions
    Catalog Code: B0005SI

    Grandmaster Pal Benko is a chess legend: A challenger for the World Championship, an innovator of many modern opening systems, a problem composer par excellence, and a father figure to his close friend Bobby Fischer, Benko has played and defeated most of the top players of the last fifty years. This biography is a celebration of a great man's creative legacy.
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    William Steinitz - Chess Champion
    A Biography of a Bohemian Caesar
    Catalog Code: B0004MF

    Long known as one of the greatest chess masters of the nineteenth century, William Steinitz had a rich and elevated career and life, which can now be known as well. From Steinitz's own writings and the fruits of extensive first-time-ever research by the author, a fascinating portrayal emerges of the life and genius of a man widely known as the 'Bohemian Caesar' quite apart from his chess dominance.
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    William Steinitz - Chess Champion

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    Frank Marshall - US Chess Champion
    A Biography with 220 Games
    Catalog Code: B0002MF

    Frank Marshall (1877-1944) reigned as America's chess champion from 1907 through 1936 - the longest stint of anyone in history. A colorful character almost always decked out in an ascot and chewing a cigar, his career coincided with many evolutionary changes in competitive chess.
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    Frank Marshall - US Chess Champion

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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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    Paul Morphy and the Evolution of Chess Theory
    Catalog Code: B0030DV

    This book, about the best chess player of the nineteenth century, analyzes Paul Morphy's games and positions in depth to reveal the essence of his style. The first collection in English of all 413 of Morphy's known games, the volume discusses other players of the period (Adolph Anderssen and Wilhelm Steinitz), Morphy's rare blunders and omissions, as well as selected endgames and openings.
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    Bobby Fischer - The Career and Complete Games of the American World Chess Champion
    Catalog Code: B0034RE

    Now, for the first time, every one of his 736 tournament and match games is presented with insightful explanations and analysis. Best-selling chess author, German International Grandmaster Karsten Muller, annotates each game of the player many believe to be the greatest of all time.
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    Bobby Fischer - The Career and Complete Games of the American World Chess Champion

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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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    Howard Staunton - The English World Chess Champion
    Catalog Code: B0080IS

    Howard Staunton (1810 - 22 June 1874) was an English chess master who is generally regarded as having been the world's strongest player from 1843 to 1851. He promoted a chess set of clearly distinguishable pieces of standardised shape that is still the style which must be used for competitions. He was the principal organizer of the first international chess tournament in 1851. From 1840 onwards he became a leading chess commentator, and won matches against top players of the 1840s. However, the achievement of Staunton have been neglected or even ignored by his own countrymen and this book seeks to rectify that.
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    Howard Staunton - The English World Chess Champion

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