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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 (2)
    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 (11)
    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. Joe Gallagher (1)
    37. Joel Benjamin (2)
    38. John Donaldson (1)
    39. John Eidinow (1)
    40. John Hilbert (1)
    41. John Nunn (1)
    42. Jorn Erik Nielsen (1)
    43. Judit Polgar (2)
    44. Karsten Muller (1)
    45. Karsten Muller & Raymund Stolze (1)
    46. Kees Jongkind (1)
    47. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (1)
    48. Kurt Landsberger (1)
    49. Lubomir Ftacnik (1)
    50. Ludek Pachman (1)
    51. M.L. Rantala & Eric Schiller & Alan Watson (1)
    52. Macon Shibut (1)
    53. Mark Dvoretsky (1)
    54. Max Euwe (1)
    55. Maxim Chetverik (2)
    56. Mikhail Tal (1)
    57. Mikhail Tal & Iakov Damsky (1)
    58. Mikhail Yudovich (2)
    59. Neil McDonald (1)
    60. Oleg Stetsko (1)
    61. Pablo Moran (1)
    62. Pal Benko (1)
    63. Paul Keres (1)
    64. Per Skjoldager (1)
    65. Raymond Keene (1)
    66. Renzo Verwer (1)
    67. Richard Keene (1)
    68. Rudolpf Reinhardt (1)
    69. Sidney Norman Bernstein (1)
    70. Simon Agdestein (1)
    71. Tibor Karolyi (3)
    72. Tigran Petrosian (2)
    73. Tim Crothers (1)
    74. Vik Vasiliev (1)
    75. Vishwanathan Anand (1)
    76. Vladimir Tukmakov (1)
    77. Walter Browne (2)
    78. Yasser Seirawan (1)
    79. Yuri Averbakh (2)
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    2. AN - Algebraic (26)
    3. LAN - Long Algebraic (2)
    4. DN - Descriptive (13)
    5. NL - Notationless (8)
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    1. Biographical (4)
    2. Game Collections (1)
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    2. GM Garry Kasparov (1)
    3. GM Jesse Kraai (1)
    4. GM Raymond Keene (2)
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    6. GM Vlastimil Hort (1)
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      For Friends & Colleagues - Volume 1 - SIGNED AND NUMBERED EDITION
      SPECIAL EDITION - SIGNED AND INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED
      Catalog Code: B0074RE-SGN

      Mark Dvoretsky has long been considered one of the premier chess coaches and trainers in the world. He is renowned for taking talented masters and forging them into world-class grandmasters and champions. This accomplished chess instructor and author now shares his story in a ground-breaking two-volume set. You are invited to share his journey from his childhood and maturing into a strong master, to his participation in the powerful Soviet championships and then, his transition to full-time chess coach. This is a special edition, signed by Mark Dvoretsky and limited to 500 copies.
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      For Friends & Colleagues - Volume 1 - SIGNED AND NUMBERED EDITION

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      Aron Nimzowitsch - On the Road to Chess Mastery
      1886-1924
      Catalog Code: B0013MF


      Publisher: McFarland
      Author: Per Skjoldager and Jorn Erik Nielsen
      Year of Publication: 2012 Pages: 458
      Notation Type: Algebraic (AN)


      Book Description One of the greatest chess legends of all time, Aron Nimzowitsch (1886-1935), is best known for founding the Hypermodernism school of chess, which emerged after World War I to challenge the chess ideologies of traditional central European masters. This first full-scale biography of Nimzowitsch chronicles his early life in Denmark, his family and education, and his fascination with the game that would become the focus of his life. Also included are explorations of his tournament games and records, his dispute with influential chess teacher Siegbert Tarrasch, and his role in the development of Hypermodern Chess. With detailed accounts of nearly 450 games and the only narrative of Nimzowitsch from 1914 to 1924, a period formerly cloaked in mystery, this volume offers the most thorough profile available of one of chess's greatest innovators.
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      Aron Nimzowitsch - On the Road to Chess Mastery

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      Paul Morphy
      Catalog Code: B0023CA

      Translated by Robert Sherwood from the 1909 edition published in Germany. Maroczy was the strongest player who ever annotated all of Morphy's games and thus to non-German language readers, it should be of special interest, especially since the standards for analytical notes were far higher even in 1909 than were accepted when these games were played.
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      Paul Morphy

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      Mikhail Botvinnik - The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion
      Catalog Code: B0015MF

      The games of Mikhail Botvinnik, world chess champion from 1948 to 1963, have been studied by players around the world for decades. But little has been written about Botvinnik himself. This book explores his unusual dual career--as a highly regarded scientist as well as the first truly professional chess player--as well as his complex relations with Soviet leaders, including Josef Stalin, his bitter rivalries, and his doomed effort to create the perfect chess-playing computer program. The book has more than 85 games, 127 diagrams, twelve photographs, a chronology of his life and career, a bibliography, an index of openings, an index of opponents, and a general index.
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      Mikhail Botvinnik - The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion

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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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      Mr. Kasparov - How I Became World Champion - Volume 1
      1973-1985
      Catalog Code: WIN0368CB

      On this DVD Garry Kasparov deals with the first phase. He recounts how he made it to the top in the years 1973 to 1985 and shows the key games which helped him become the world’s best player.
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      Mr. Kasparov - How I Became World Champion - Volume 1

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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 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 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 Garry Kasparov - PART 1
      1973-1985
      Catalog Code: B0335EM

      The series in itself is a continuation of Kasparov's mammoth history of chess, comprising My Great Predecessors and Modern Chess. Kasparov's historical volumes have received great critical and public acclaim for their rigorous analysis and comprehensive detail regarding the developments in chess that occurred both on and off the board.
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      Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 1

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      Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 2
      1985-1993
      Catalog Code: B0370EM

      Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov: Part II is the second volume in a major three-volume series made unique by the fact that it records the greatest chess battles played by the greatest chess player of all-time.
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      Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 2

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      **PRE-ORDER** Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 3
      1993-2005
      Catalog Code: B0392EM

      Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov: Part III is the final volume in a major three-volume series made unique by the fact that it records the greatest chess battles played by the greatest chessplayer of all-time.
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      **PRE-ORDER** Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 3

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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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      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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      Aron Nimzowitsch - 1928-1935
      Annotated Games & Essays
      Catalog Code: B0136NIC

      Every chess player who is serious about improving his game, should study the lessons of Aron Nimzowitsch (1886-1935). 'My System' (published in 1925) and 'Chess Praxis' (1928) had tremendous impact and made Nimzowitsch one of the most influential chess thinkers of the 20th century. His books continue to be printed, sold and read to this day. Reinhardt’s collection starts where Nimzowitsch’s second volume Chess Praxis ends. It offers a unique view of the chess world of the late 1920s and 1930s, its top tournaments and the state of theory.
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      Aron Nimzowitsch - 1928-1935

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      Judit Polgar - From GM to Top 10
      Judit Polgar Teaches Chess - Volume 2
      Catalog Code: B0092QT

      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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      Johannes Zukertort
      Artist of the Chessboard
      Catalog Code: B0145NIC

      In this monumental book, originally published in 1989 in a limited edition and highly sought after by chess collectors, Jimmy Adams brings Zukertort’s masterpieces to the notice of today’s chess world and secures his rightful place in history as an important link between the old combinational and the modern positional school.
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      Johannes Zukertort

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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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      MASTER CLASS - Mihail Tal - VOL. 2
      Catalog Code: WIN0415CB

      No World Champion has enchanted the chess world as much as Mihail Tal did. His reign as World Champion was short but in his time Tal’s star burned with unknown intensity. With his combinations and his intuitive sacrifices the young Tal ran over his opponents, and thrilled the chess world with his risky uncompromising attacking play, which inspired many players to emulate him.
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      MASTER CLASS - Mihail Tal - VOL. 2

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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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      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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      The Stress of Chess
      ...and its Infinite Finesse
      Catalog Code: B0113NIC

      In this memoir Walter Browne recounts his formative years, how he befriended and played Bobby Fischer in New York City, how he travelled the world, made his name and lived his life. He annotates his best chess games from over four decades, great attacking games full of sacrifices and fireworks, in a clear style that is accessible for amateur players.
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      The Stress of Chess

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      Life and Games of Mikhail Tal
      Catalog Code: B0236EM

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      Life and Games of Mikhail Tal

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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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      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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      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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      Fighting Chess with Magnus Carlsen
      Catalog Code: B0018OE

      This book presents detailed annotations to 64 of Carlsen's best games, together with a description of his career. Also examined are the deficiencies from which he suffered as a young player, and how he overcame these on his way to the top.
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      Karpov's Strategic Wins - 1986-2010 - VOLUME 2
      The Prime Years
      Catalog Code: B0047QT

      Anatoly Karpov was World Champion from 1975 to 1985 and is universally regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Award-winning author Tibor Károlyi explains Karpov’s genius with a particular focus on Karpov’s unrivalled grasp of strategy. In this second volume, Károlyi has selected Karpov's most entertaining and instructive strategic wins from 1986-2010 when Karpov was battling with his young rival Garry Kasparov for chess supremacy.
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      Karpov's Strategic Wins - 1986-2010 - VOLUME 2

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      Karpov's Strategic Wins - 1961-1985 - VOLUME 1
      The Making of a Champion
      Catalog Code: B0059QT

      Anatoly Karpov was World Champion from 1975 to 1985 and is universally regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Award-winning author Tibor Karolyi explains Karpov’'s genius with a particular focus on Karpov’'s unrivaled grasp of strategy. Karolyi has selected Karpov’'s most entertaining and instructive strategic wins from 1961-1985 as the Russian star proved he was a worthy successor to Bobby Fischer.
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      Karpov's Strategic Wins - 1961-1985 - VOLUME 1

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      Checkmate in Prague
      The Memoirs of a Grandmaster
      Catalog Code: B0138IS

      Ludek Pachman's account of his political struggles is interspersed with numerous chess anecdotes about many of the masters he faced in tournament play, such as Alekhine, Bobby Fischer, Botvinnik, and Tal
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      Checkmate in Prague

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      Vishy Anand - World Chess Champion
      Life and Games
      Catalog Code: B0179GB

      This new expanded edition of the award-winning Vishy Anand: My Best Games of Chess (New Edition) features 30 extra games from the period of Anand's greatest successes.
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      Vishy Anand - World Chess Champion

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