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    Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes
    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
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    Bobby Fischer His Approach

    Catalog Code: B0230EM
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    American Grandmaster
    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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    American Grandmaster

    Catalog Code: B0228EM
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    Magic of Mikhail Tal
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    Magic of Mikhail Tal

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    Mikhail Tal - Tactical Genius
    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

    Catalog Code: B0224EM
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    Alexander Alekhine - Master of Attack
    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

    Catalog Code: B0222EM
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    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME V
    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

    Catalog Code: B0136EM
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    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME IV
    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

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

    Catalog Code: B0134EM
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    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME II
    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

    Catalog Code: B0133EM
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    Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME I
    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

    Catalog Code: B0132EM
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    Meet the Masters
    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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    Meet the Masters

    Catalog Code: B0112IS
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    The President's Crown of Thorns
    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

    Catalog Code: B0101IS
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    Bobby Fischer for Beginners
    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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    Adventures of a Chess Master
    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

    Catalog Code: B0081IS
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    Life and Games of Mikhail Tal
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    Life and Games of Mikhail Tal

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    Chess Duels
    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

    Catalog Code: B0302EM
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    The Queen of Katwe
    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

    Catalog Code: B0069OB
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    Nimzowitsch How I Became a Grandmaster at Chess - RUSSIAN EDITION
    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

    Catalog Code: B0157IS
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    Facing the World Champions - Vlastimil Hort
    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
    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

    Catalog Code: WIN0032CB

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    My Life for Chess - Viktor Kortchnoi - VOLUME 2
    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
    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

    Catalog Code: WIN0025CB

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    Great British Triumphs - VOLUME 2
    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
    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

    Catalog Code: DVD0003OT
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    ALEXANDRA KOSTENIUK - How I Became the 12th World Champion
    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

    Catalog Code: DVD0001AK
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    Gata Kamsky: Chess Genius
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    Gata Kamsky: Chess Genius

    Catalog Code: CB0058CD
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    Petrosian the Powerful
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    Petrosian the Powerful

    Catalog Code: CB0055CD
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    Pillsbury the Extraordinary
    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

    Catalog Code: CB0033CD
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    Journal of a Chess Original
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    Journal of a Chess Original

    Catalog Code: CB0025RB
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    Alekhine in Europe and Asia
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    Alekhine in Europe and Asia

    Catalog Code: CB0006XX
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    Howard Staunton - The English World Chess Champion
    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

    Catalog Code: B0080IS
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    Fischer World Champion!
    In 1972 a boy from Brooklyn broke the hegemony of Soviet chess.

    Bobby Fischer, the greatest genius the game had ever seen, completed his crusade against the 'commie cheaters' by defeating Boris Spassky in Reykjavik.

    The Match of the Century electrified the world. No one wanted to miss even the slightest detail about the struggle of Fischer against the superpower that for decades had exploited its superiority in chess as an irrefutable justification of communism.
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    Fischer World Champion!

    Catalog Code: B0075NIC
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    Alexander Alekhine - Agony of a Chess Genius
    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

    Catalog Code: B0001MF
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    Chess World Title Contenders and their Styles
    A rich selection of games by some of the finest young grandmasters of the 1980s. Each chapter introduces a player, outlining his career, personality, and playing style. Then follows a thoroughly annotated selection of his finest and most characteristic games. By studying these games, presented by two international masters and former champions, players at every level will find inspiration and practical techniques.
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    Chess World Title Contenders and their Styles

    Catalog Code: B0027DV
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    Bobby Fischer Rediscovered
    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

    Catalog Code: B0026BT
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