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    A Chess Course - From Beginner to Winner
    Starting Out In Chess, Rapid Chess Improvement, Tips for Young Players
    Catalog Code: B0474EM

    Three brilliant books from Everyman Chess in One volume and an essential guide to to the new chess player: Starting Out in Chess by Byron Jacobs, Rapid Chess Improvement by Michael de la Maza and Tips for Young Players by Matthew Sadler
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    A Chess Course - From Beginner to Winner

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    Everyone's Second Chess Book
    Catalog Code: B0138EU

    You've just read a chess beginners' manual and learned the rules of the game, some simple tactics, maybe a few opening moves. What's next for the ambitious player? Everyone's Second Chess Book, of course! Acclaimed chess teacher Dan Heisman equips the not-quite-novice with the practical tools and knowledge needed to get started in competitive play, using examples from inexperienced players to provide a wealth of common-sense advice, topping it off with a collection of illustrative games and practice puzzles.
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    Everyone's Second Chess Book

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    Beginner Chess Tactics for Kids
    99 Chess Puzzles - With Colorable Images
    Catalog Code: B0127OB

    Beginner Chess Tactics for Kids is a workbook containing 99, one-move tactics puzzles covering hanging pieces, forks and pins for kids with a playing level of 1000 or less. Each chapter contains 33 different puzzles with the answers found on the following page in picture form. Also, to be more realistic, the puzzles are approximately a 50/50 mix of "white to play" and "black to play".
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    Beginner Chess Tactics for Kids

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    My First Chess Opening Repertoire for Black
    A Ready-To-Go Package For Ambitious Beginners
    Catalog Code: B0192NIC

    Experienced French chess trainer Vincent Moret provides a complete, ready-to-go chess opening repertoire for Black. It consists of a sound set of lines that do not outdate rapidly, do not require memorization and are easy to digest for beginners and post-beginners.To show the typical plans and the underlying ideas in the various lines of his repertoire, Moret not only selected games of Grandmasters. He also uses games of young, improving players to highlight the errors they tend to make.
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    My First Chess Opening Repertoire for Black

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    Great Moves
    Learning Chess Through History
    Catalog Code: B0135EU

    What’s the best way to learn chess? Great Moves: Learning Chess Through History blends the intricacies of chess play with the game’s compelling and colorful history, putting real people at the 64 squares.
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    Great Moves

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    Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 5
    Finding Winning Moves
    Catalog Code: B0108RE

    Learn Chess the Right Way is a five-volume chess puzzle book series aimed at the novice, beginner and intermediate level player, using the unique methods of the award-winning coach and former world champion Susan Polgar. It introduces the most important checkmate and material-winning tactics, as well as defensive techniques to the new chess player. Book 5 focuses on learning how to find the right continuation in critical positions of a chess game. In the first four books of this series, the reader was introduced to all the most important, basic elements of chess tactics to win material or to checkmate.
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    Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 5

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    Capablanca x3 - My Chess Career, A Primer of Chess and Chess Fundamentals
    3 Chess Books - 1 Price
    Catalog Code: B0452EM

    Brought together for the first time in one volume are three books by the titan of chess, José Capablanca. One of the greatest chess prodigies of all time, he evolved the most perfect chess technique seen on a chessboard. A former World champion, and one of the most successful tournament players in the history of the game, Capablanca's uncanny position judgment empowered him to produce games that were masterful pieces of position play, and that culminated often in combinations of startling brilliancy.
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    Capablanca x3 - My Chess Career, A Primer of Chess and Chess Fundamentals

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    Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 4
    Sacrifice to Win!
    Catalog Code: B0105RE

    Learn Chess the Right Way is a five-volume chess puzzle book series aimed at the novice, beginner and intermediate level player, using the unique methods of the award-winning coach and former world champion Susan Polgar. Volume 4 is all about exercises where you have to make a “sacrifice” for a material gain or even checkmate.
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    Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 4

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    Chess! Lessons from a Grandmaster
    Catalog Code: B0121OB

    At last a beginners Resource for Learning Chess! This book is an excellent educational guide to understanding this magnificent game. It was written by the 2008 US Chess Champion and his student systematically laying out the foundation of their technical knowledge. Each chapter builds on previous knowledge helping the reader to advance the depth and scope of their understanding.
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    Chess! Lessons from a Grandmaster

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    Become a Chess Champion
    A New Guide to Learn & Teach Chess
    Catalog Code: B0111OB

    Hundreds of beginner chess books have been written and published, even in the last 10 years. While they are often well written and well intentioned, they were seldom written solely with the correct audience in mind: Chess Parents, Educators and Chess Students Even more seldom can you find these books written by true chess professionals. Become A Chess Champion, is written by two Full-Time Chess Professionals. Become a Chess Champion was written to stray from age old thought and process for learning the game of chess. It is a new style Chess guide for you featuring the authors thoughts on the best way to learn how to: “Become A Chess Champion!”
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    Become a Chess Champion

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    Your First Move
    Chess for Beginners
    Catalog Code: B0105OB

    "Your First Move" is a chess book for beginners by the well-known Chess master and honoured USSR trainer A.P. Sokolsky. Alexey Pavlovich Sakolsky was a research and theoretician, one of the few players on the earth to have an opening named after him. For many years, he was the trainer and second of the illustrious grandmaster Isaak Boleslavsky and also a teacher, working with young players. This book is the author's last work, a distinctive summary of his research and teaching experience. The book is aimed at the mass reader.
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    Your First Move

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    Chess Tactics for Students
    20th Anniversary Edition
    Catalog Code: B0120OB

    An instructional workbook containing 434 carefully selected problems presented in worksheet format. Chess Tactics For Students has been extensively field tested with elementary, middle-school, and high-school students over a four-year period. A versatile design makes this book ideal for independent seat work and homework as well as for chess club and classroom instruction. The worksheet format enables self correction with minimal dependence on direct help from a chess teacher, coach, or parent.
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    Chess Tactics for Students

    $15.95
    Chess Rules for Students
    An Activity Booklet for Chess Beginners
    Catalog Code: B0119OB

    An instructional workbook designed for students learning the game of chess and for beginning students returning to the game after an absence. No previous knowledge of chess is necessary. Parents unfamiliar with chess will find this booklet a valuable guide to their child's new interest. Chess Rules For Students is designed with students, coaches, and parents in mind.
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    Chess Rules for Students

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    SHOPWORN - Chess Tactics for Students
    20th Anniversary Edition
    Catalog Code: SWB0120OB

    An instructional workbook containing 434 carefully selected problems presented in worksheet format. Chess Tactics For Students has been extensively field tested with elementary, middle-school, and high-school students over a four-year period. A versatile design makes this book ideal for independent seat work and homework as well as for chess club and classroom instruction. The worksheet format enables self correction with minimal dependence on direct help from a chess teacher, coach, or parent.
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    SHOPWORN - Chess Tactics for Students

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    Checkmate! Ideas for Students
    An Activity Booklet for Chess Beginners
    Catalog Code: B0118OB

    Checkmate! Ideas for Students is a book aimed at beginners (the only required knowledge is movement of the pieces) that specifically and only covers checkmate ideas in great detail. It covers the mechanics of the checkmating process in great detail, not only with explanations, but also with diagrams with arrows and circles to pinpoint the key features. Unlike many other basic checkmate books, Checkmate! categorizes the checkmate by the tactical motif used to force the mate.
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    Checkmate! Ideas for Students

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    Enchanted Chess - Holiday Checkmates!
    From Vellotti's Chess School
    Catalog Code: B0124OB

    It's beginning to look a lot like Holiday Checkmates! Grab a chessboard & put up the lights as you jingle-all-the-way to fun in Enchanted Chess Book 7! Students will enjoy testing their chess knowledge on a variety of key checkmate patterns.
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    Enchanted Chess - Holiday Checkmates!

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    CLEARANCE - Your First Chess Lessons
    A Simple Guide to Chess for Absolute Beginners
    Catalog Code: B0196GB

    Assuming no previous knowledge of the game, Grandmaster Paul van der Sterren teaches you how to play and draws you into the fascinating world of modern chess. This carefully crafted chess course is divided into true lessons, each building on what has been learned in the previous ones. Before moving on from a topic, you have the chance to test that you have fully understood it with the help of thoughtfully graded exercises.
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    CLEARANCE - Your First Chess Lessons

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    Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 2
    Winning Material
    Catalog Code: B0097RE

    Learn Chess the Right Way is a five-volume chess puzzle book series aimed at the novice, beginner and intermediate level player, using the unique methods of the award-winning coach and former world champion Susan Polgar. Volume 2 is all about “winning material” exercises. In each of the first six chapters a certain piece captures an enemy piece .
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    Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 2

    Regular Price: $19.95

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    Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 3
    Mastering Defensive Technique
    Catalog Code: B0098RE

    Learn Chess the Right Way is a five-volume chess puzzle book series aimed at the novice, beginner and intermediate level player, using the unique methods of the award-winning coach and former world champion Susan Polgar. In Volume 3, you will be introduced to 500 must-know defensive techniques. Each chapter will start with a few introductory examples and explanation about to what to look for in the puzzles that follow
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    Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 3

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    Chess Strategy for Kids
    Featuring 50 Smart Strategies
    Catalog Code: B0195GB

    So you have learned how to play chess, studied tactics and know some basic endgames and openings. What’s next? The glue that binds it all together is strategy. By forming a good plan, chess-players seize strong points on the board and target the opponent’s weaknesses. The author explains how to identify the right strategy in a wide range of typical situations. With his guidance, you will soon be finding good plans on your own – and then it will be time to demonstrate your tactical mastery!
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    Chess Strategy for Kids

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    CLEARANCE - Start Playing Chess
    Learn the Rules of the Royal Game
    Catalog Code: B0173NIC

    Award-winning author Charles Hertan has written a lively and user-friendly chess primer for kids and other beginners. He'll teach you the ins and outs of the chess board., how the pieces move, the value of the pieces and much more! With this book, you'll learn all of the important rules and get tips on how to start playing chess yourself.
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    CLEARANCE - Start Playing Chess

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    Enchanted Chess - Crafty Clues
    From Vellotti's Chess School
    Catalog Code: B0125OB

    Get ready to find some Crafty Clues! Grab a magnifying glass & pack your bags; You've got a mystery to solve! In Enchanted Chess Book 5, students will learn to think and play like Bobby Fischer, one of the greatest chess players in history.
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    Enchanted Chess - Crafty Clues

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    My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White
    A Ready-To-Go Package For Ambitious Beginners
    Catalog Code: B0168NIC

    Every chess player needs to decide which openings he is going to play. But where do you start? Experienced French chess trainer Vincent Moret provides a complete, ready-to-go chess opening repertoire for White with a sound set of lines that do not outdate rapidly, do not require memorization and are easy to digest for beginning players and other amateurs.
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    My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White

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    SHOPWORN - My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White
    A Ready-To-Go Package For Ambitious Beginners
    Catalog Code: SWB0168NIC

    Every chess player needs to decide which openings he is going to play. But where do you start? Experienced French chess trainer Vincent Moret provides a complete, ready-to-go chess opening repertoire for White with a sound set of lines that do not outdate rapidly, do not require memorization and are easy to digest for beginning players and other amateurs.
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    SHOPWORN - My First Chess Opening Repertoire for White

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    Enchanted Chess - Spooky Checkmates
    From Vellotti's Chess School
    Catalog Code: B0123OB

    Get ready for our Spooky Checkmates! Grab a chessboard & put on your costume as you trick-and-treat your way to fun in Enchanted Chess Book 4! Students will enjoy testing their chess knowledge on a variety of key checkmate patterns.
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    Enchanted Chess - Spooky Checkmates

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    Enchanted Chess - Master-Piece Disaster!
    From Vellotti's Chess School
    Catalog Code: B0116OB

    Are you ready test your chess skills and checkmate your way to victory?! In the this book, Master Disaster, your chess pieces become the paint for your next project. You'll have fun creating chess “masterpieces” out of the masterful placement of your chess pieces!
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    Enchanted Chess - Master-Piece Disaster!

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    Enchanted Chess - Age 10 - I'm an Expert
    From Vellotti's Chess School
    Catalog Code: B0126OB

    The author of this book, Luke Vellotti, wrote this book as a source of inspiration for scholastic chess players all around the country, especially those from smaller states like Idaho.
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    Enchanted Chess - Age 10 - I'm an Expert

    $14.95
    CLEARANCE - Easy Guide to Chess
    Catalog Code: B0427EM

    First published in 1942, the late B.H. Wood's classic Easy Guide to Chess has been successfully used by thousands of chess players around the world. Topics covered include: the men, their moves, starting the game, the importance of pawns, how to record the moves, standard openings, and much more. 
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    CLEARANCE - Easy Guide to Chess

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    SHOPWORN - A Primer of Chess
    Catalog Code: SWB0431EM

    Former world champion José Capablanca’s introduction to chess, available for the first time in English in algebraic notation, is an ideal first chess book for players of all ages. In systematic fashion, Capablanca lucidly explains the rules and basic principles of this fascinating game, and illustrates these with a wide range of practical examples.    Topics covered include:  - The game, the pieces, their moves and object .  - Improving your game .  - Elementary opening principles ....and much more 
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    SHOPWORN - A Primer of Chess

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    CLEARANCE - A Primer of Chess
    Catalog Code: B0431EM

    Former world champion José Capablanca’s introduction to chess, available for the first time in English in algebraic notation, is an ideal first chess book for players of all ages. In systematic fashion, Capablanca lucidly explains the rules and basic principles of this fascinating game, and illustrates these with a wide range of practical examples.    Topics covered include:  - The game, the pieces, their moves and object .  - Improving your game .  - Elementary opening principles ....and much more 
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    CLEARANCE - A Primer of Chess

    Regular Price: $25.95

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    Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 1
    Must-Know Checkmates
    Catalog Code: B0085RE

    Learn Chess the Right Way is a five-volume chess puzzle book series aimed at the novice, beginner and intermediate level player, using the unique methods of the award-winning coach and former world champion Susan Polgar. In Book 1, the focus is on one-move checkmate exercises. In each of the first five chapters, a specific piece delivers the checkmate.
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    Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 1

    Regular Price: $19.95

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    Prepare with Chess Strategy
    Catalog Code: B0119EU

    Do you want to become a better chess player? A more proficient chess teacher? If so, then Dr. Alexey Root’s Prepare With Chess Strategy is for you. Building on the Boy Scouts of America’s Chess merit badge pamphlet, Dr. Root uses multiple examples to explain and reinforce the concepts introduced in that pamphlet.
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    Prepare with Chess Strategy

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    The Standard Chess Workbook - Beginner
    Catalog Code: B0091OB

    The Standard Chess Workbook: Beginner is a comprehensive scholastic workbook that teaches all of the rules of chess, including: piece movement, captures, check, checkmate, castling, stalemate, and en passant. Each chapter consists of several instructional pages, lots of illustrations, and a few exercise pages for students to test their skills. Written by USCF Expert Dylan Quercia, SCW: Beginner is suitable for use in after school chess programs and is a perfect introduction for children of all ages to the game of chess.
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    The Standard Chess Workbook - Beginner

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    Basic Chess Openings for Kids
    Play Like a Winner from Move One
    Catalog Code: B0158NIC

    In his trademark humorous and kid-friendly way, Hertan teaches what you should actually be trying to achieve at the start of a game. Kids will love learning how to avoid The Five Most Common Opening Mistakes.
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    Basic Chess Openings for Kids

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    Chess for children activity book
    Catalog Code: B0124BT

    Build up your child’s knowledge of, and interest in, chess through an imaginative, fun series of games and activities. This follow-up to The Batsford Book of Chess for Children features the same two cheeky chess-playing kids, Jess and Jamie, discussing the games in child-friendly language. The exercises include puzzles, crosswords, easy chess ''variants,'' and a guess-the-next-move section.
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    Chess for children activity book

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    Enchanted Chess - Cupcake Escape!
    From Vellotti's Chess School
    Catalog Code: B0115OB

    it's time to cook up some fun in Enchanted Chess Book 2! Students will learn clever tricks, traps and sneak attacks - especially the "Fork".
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    Enchanted Chess - Cupcake Escape!

    $14.95

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