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    PRE-ORDER - Coaching Kasparov - Year by Year and Move by Move - Volume 2 - The Assassin (1982-1990)
    Catalog Code: B0025ER

    In Coaching Kasparov, Year by Year and Move by Move Garry Kasparov’s long-term coach, second and mentor Alexander Nikitin tells the story of how he trained Kasparov from a brilliant but raw junior into becoming and then remaining the world champion. Volume II, the present work, covers the period 1982-1990, including the first four world championship matches against Karpov and the candidates matches against Smyslov, Korchnoi and Beliavsky.
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    PRE-ORDER - Coaching Kasparov - Year by Year and Move by Move - Volume 2 - The Assassin (1982-1990)

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    PRE-ORDER - Grandmaster Ivan Bukavshin - A Chess Prodigy's Career in 64 Games
    Catalog Code: B0024ER

    This book, by his friend and coach Grandmaster Jakov Geller, takes a detailed look at Ivan’s life and career in 50 deeply annotated games and 14 fragments. Apart from Jakov, 20 other guest grandmasters annotate games in this book, including super GMs Dubov, Alexander Morozevich, Vladislav Artemiev, Vladimir Fedoseev, Maxim Matlakov, and Evgeny Alekseev. The list of Ivan’s opponents in these games includes Peter Svidler, Alexander Morozevich, Vladimir Fedoseev, Ernesto Inkariev, Richard Rapport, and Dmitry Andreikin.
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    My Fifty Years of Chess
    A Magnificent Collection of 140 Brilliant Games
    Catalog Code: B0355IS

    Known for an aggressive style and an ability to get out of trouble that earned him the nickname "the Great Swindler", Marshall recorded both high finishes and disappointing results in elite tournaments. His best result came at Cambridge Springs 1904 where he finished two points ahead of Lasker and David Janowski. This helped him find backing for the Lasker-Marshall World Championship Match in 1907.
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    My Fifty Years of Chess

    $19.95
    My Seven Chess Prodigies
    Catalog Code: B0353IS

    This book is about seven of the greatest American chess players, including World Champion Bobby Fischer. John Collins knew them all when they were boys, before they became masters, and was their tutor, mentor and friend. In this book he tells the fascinating story of their chess development and explains the methods by which he guided them to success.
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    My Seven Chess Prodigies

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    Chess Secrets I Learned from the Masters
    Catalog Code: B0351IS

    In this book, Lasker provides mini-biographies for many masters who otherwise would not be remembered today. He shows how he learned from them and this enabled him to increase his chess strength.
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    Chess Secrets I Learned from the Masters

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    Mind Master - Winning Lessons from a Champion's Life
    Catalog Code: B0140OB

    In Mind Master, Vishy looks back on a lifetime of games played, opponents tackled and circumstances overcome, and draws from its depths significant tools that will help every reader navigate life's challenges.
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    Mind Master - Winning Lessons from a Champion's Life

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    The Anand Files
    The World Championship Story 2008-2012
    Catalog Code: B0161QT

    The Anand Files offers a detailed insight into the strategies Viswanathan Anand used to win three World Championship matches in a row. It takes the reader behind the scenes to show the inner workings of Team Anand, including pre-game planning and preparing opening novelties, some of which have yet to be used.
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    The Anand Files

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    Yakov Vilner - First Ukrainian Chess Champion and First USSR Chess Composition Champion
    A World Champion's Favorite Composers
    Catalog Code: B0022ER

    In this historical work illustrated with rare archival photos from the period, Sergei Tkachenko tells the story of a man who, despite suffering constantly from the respiratory illness that would eventually end his life at the age of just 31, was a leading chess organizer and journalist in Ukraine as well as a player and composer, against a background of major social and political upheaval that significantly impacted the chess world. It was Vilner who, in 1919 as a member of the Revolutionary Tribunal in Odessa, managed to save Alexander Alekhine from the firing squad, which Tkachenko wrote about in his book Alekhine's Odessa Secrets: Chess, War and Revolution.
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    Yakov Vilner - First Ukrainian Chess Champion and First USSR Chess Composition Champion

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    Chess & Checkers - The Way to Mastership
    Catalog Code: B0348IS

    Edward Lasker was an expert and authority on many games, not only chess and checkers but also go, the Oriental game he introduced to the United States. General strategic principles rather than analyses requiring memorizing are stressed throughout the book, so that even a beginner or a player of moderate experience can understand the discussion. This method of teaching is unquestionably the most interesting and effective, because it makes the student think for himself.
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    Chess & Checkers - The Way to Mastership

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    Chess for Fun & Chess for Blood
    Catalog Code: B0347IS

    This book by the well-known author of Modern Chess Strategy makes a unique contribution to chess literature. Added to the purely technical contents are a number of features which make the book interesting even for those readers who do not actually play the game but are merely attracted to its sporting background. This book is written for all experience levels so that the player can use general strategic principles to assist the player in thinking for themselves versus relying on others' analysis's.
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    Chess for Fun & Chess for Blood

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    Coaching Kasparov - Year by Year and Move by Move
    Volume I: The Whizz-Kid (1973-1981)
    Catalog Code: B0021ER

    In Coaching Kasparov, Year by Year and Move by Move Garry Kasparov’s long-term coach, second and mentor Alexander Nikitin tells the story of how he trained Kasparov from a brilliant but raw junior into becoming and then remaining the world champion. Volume I, the present work, covers the period 1973-1981, until Kasparov reached the age of 18.
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    Coaching Kasparov - Year by Year and Move by Move

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    200 Open Games
    Catalog Code: B0345IS

    200 Open Games centers around the popular 1. P-K4 P-K4 opening (Bobby Fischer, for one, consistently chooses the king's pawn opening). "The author's idea," writes Bronstein, "is to show that quite a large number of similar games are in fact different in the way they have been created in the minds of the players. And although they are different, all these games, with their identical first move, still retain for a considerable time traces of one and the same inherited pattern. ..."
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    The Nemesis
    Geller's Greatest Games
    Catalog Code: B0162QT

    Geller never became World Champion but he won everything else – two Soviet titles, seven Olympiad team gold medals and three Olympiad golds for individual performance are just a few of his accomplishments. Geller crowned his long career by becoming World Senior Champion in 1992. Geller was also noted for his ability to share his wisdom – he coached World Champions Boris Spassky and Anatoly Karpov. In The Nemesis, Geller annotates over 130 of his greatest games with wit and insight.
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    The Nemesis

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    The Chess Gamer - Volume 2 - Return (2004-2013)
    Catalog Code: B0054TH

    This second volume contains Gata Kamsky's most memorable games of chess. This particular volume covers the period after his return to the game. Volume one covered the period before his early retirement and volume 3 contained his most recent games.
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    The Chess Gamer - Volume 2 - Return (2004-2013)

    $35.95
    Devoted to Chess - The Creative Heritage of Yuri Razuvaev
    Catalog Code: B0219NIC

    In this book dozens of chess players and contemporaries share anecdotes and insights into chess that Razuvaev gave them. Devoted to Chess also presents Razuvaev’s best games, accessibly analysed by himself and others. His finest articles and speeches on a wide variety of subjects conclude the book. “Studying the creative heritage of Yuri Razuvaev will bring you great benefits”, writes Vladimir Kramnik in his foreword.
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    Devoted to Chess - The Creative Heritage of Yuri Razuvaev

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    Emanuel Lasker - A Reader
    Catalog Code: B0120RE

    In this book you get a unique look at Lasker himself – both intellectually and emotionally – through a wide-ranging sampling of his works, with an emphasis on chess but also including much on other topics.
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    Emanuel Lasker - A Reader

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    Checkmate! The Love Story of Mikhail Tal and Sally Landau
    Catalog Code: B0019ER

    Sally Landau, born in 1938, Vitebsk, Soviet Union, was Mikhail Tal’s first wife, a highly talented actress and singer. Sally and Misha were married from 1959 to 1970 in a period that encompassed Tal’s two world championship matches with Botvinnik as well as many of his greatest tournament performances.
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    Checkmate! The Love Story of Mikhail Tal and Sally Landau

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    My Magic Years of Topalov
    Catalog Code: B0040TH

    In this book, Grandmaster Edouard examines the latest aspect of his chess career - being the second of a world-class player. He worked with Veselin Topalov form 2010 until 2014, notably helping him with the 2012-2013 Grand Prix series to become a world champion candidate. Romain tells you everything about his 'magic' experience in this book.
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    My Magic Years of Topalov

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    Emanuel Lasker - Volume 1
    Struggles and Victories
    Catalog Code: B0001VR

    One of the most important publications of German publisher Exzelsior-Verlag was the monumental Lasker monograph, published in 2009, which quickly sold out. Now a new, three-part Lasker biography has been published in English.. The first volume, titled Struggles and Victories, deals with the childhood and school days of Emanuel Lasker and his family history.
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    Emanuel Lasker - Volume 1

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    Paul Felix Schmidt
    A Winning Formula
    Catalog Code: B0002VR

    The book includes many photographs of Schmidt, his family and chess contemporaries (The photographs in the German language section are different from those in the English language section), as well as twelve of his best games with annotations in both English and German.
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    Paul Felix Schmidt

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    Vladimir Kramnik - The Inside Story of a Chess Genius
    Catalog Code: B0152QT

    This book tells the remarkable story of Kramnik's top-level clashes, while providing an exciting view behind the scenes of the chess world. Added to this are Kramnik's own comments on some of his most memorable games, as well as numerous color photographs.
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    Vladimir Kramnik - The Inside Story of a Chess Genius

    $29.95
    Learn from Michal Krasenkow
    Catalog Code: B0039TH

    'Learn from Michal Krasenkow' is a splendid walk through the games and life of the author. Michal presents his games in the most instructive way and presents the reader a deeper look of his own thinking. We are convinced you will find many fascinating aspects improving your own play along the way.
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    Learn from Michal Krasenkow

    $36.95
    Smyslov on the Couch
    Catalog Code: B0014ER

    In his third full-length memoir about one of the world’s greatest ever chess players Genna Sosonko portrays a warm picture of the seventh world champion Vasily Smyslov, with whom he spent considerable time over the board, during tournaments and while meeting at each other’s homes.
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    Smyslov on the Couch

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    C.J.S. Purdy International Master World Correspondence Chess Champion
    His Life, His Games, and His Writings
    Catalog Code: B0327IS

    C.J.S. Purdy, Australia's greatest chess player and the first World Correspondence Chess Champion, was widely acclaimed as one of the world's greatest chess writers and teachers. In this book the editors present not only an absorbing account of Pudy's life and a collections of 50 of his best games, but also a sample of over 30 of his instructional articles. These articles, written in Purdy's inimitable style, cover all phases of the game and make this book a must for all serious chess students.
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    C.J.S. Purdy International Master World Correspondence Chess Champion

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    Nikolai Rezvov - from Child Burglar to Grandmaster
    A World Champion's Favorite Composers
    Catalog Code: B0012ER

    Sergei Tkachenko, a member of the Ukrainian team that won the 5th World Chess Composition Tournament in 1997 and which came second in 2000, 2004, 2013, and 2017, has selected 100 studies and problems by Odessite chess master Nikolai Vasilevich Rezvov (1921–2013), which will help you to appreciate the splendor and depth of the royal game.
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    Nikolai Rezvov - from Child Burglar to Grandmaster

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    Evil-Doer - Half a Century with Viktor Korchnoi
    Catalog Code: B0008ER

    This book, like Sosonko’s previous masterpiece The Rise and Fall of David Bronstein, contains no games but focuses on Korchnoi’s life, from his early childhood to his final years. Further, it includes many previously unpublished photos from the private collections of Sosonko and the Korchnoi family.
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    Evil-Doer - Half a Century with Viktor Korchnoi

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    Alekhine's Odessa Secrets - Chess, War and Revolution
    With a Foreword by Boris Gelfand
    Catalog Code: B0003ER

    Sergei Tkachenko has written a fascinating account of Alexander Alekhine’s time spent in Odessa during World War I, the Russian Revolution and Civil War, as well as of the impact of Odessa on his later life.
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    Alekhine's Odessa Secrets - Chess, War and Revolution

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    Life and Games of Akiva Rubinstein - VOLUME 1
    Uncrowned King
    Catalog Code: B0112RE

    Akiva Rubinstein occupies a unique position in chess history. One of the greatest artists ever to sit down at a chessboard, Rubinstein was also the strongest player never to get a shot at the title of World Champion.
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    Life and Games of Akiva Rubinstein - VOLUME 1

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    Veselin Topalov - Selected Games of the Ex-World Chess Champion
    Catalog Code: B0032RCH

    This book is devoted to the games of a great chess player who has done much to set the agenda for the development of modern chess - Bulgarian Grandmaster, FIDE 2005 World Chess Champion Veselin Topalov.
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    Veselin Topalov - Selected Games of the Ex-World Chess Champion

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    Team Tal - An Inside Story
    Forward by Alexei Shirov
    Catalog Code: B0001ER

    First published in Russian in 2016 and written by Valentin Kirillov – Mikhail Tal’s close friend, sparring partner, team member and second – this book of memoirs describes key events from Tal’s life, portrays his mentors and opponents, and reveals previously unknown facts and funny stories about the Magician of Riga.
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    Team Tal - An Inside Story

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    The Rise and Fall of David Bronstein
    With a Foreword by Garry Kasparov
    Catalog Code: B0002ER

    First published in Russian in 2014 and written by Genna Sosonko – widely recognized as the number one writer on the history of Soviet chess – this is a truly unique book about the life and destiny of the great chess player David Bronstein (1924-2006).
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    The Rise and Fall of David Bronstein

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    Alexander Beliavsky - Legendary Chess Careers - Part 2
    Catalog Code: B0040EV

    In this book, the author drives you through the very rich chess career of Alexander Beliavsky while interviewing him. This unique concept makes the book easy to read and gives the reader some inside information about what is happening also off the board, things you normally don't get to know about.
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    Alexander Beliavsky - Legendary Chess Careers - Part 2

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    Alexander Beliavsky - Legendary Chess Careers - Part 1
    Catalog Code: B0039EV

    In this book, the author drives you through the very rich chess career of Alexander Beliavsky while interviewing him. This unique concept makes the book easy to read and gives the reader some inside information about what is happening also off the board, things you normally don't get to know about.
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    Alexander Beliavsky - Legendary Chess Careers - Part 1

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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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    Max Euwe - Fifth World Chess Champion
    Catalog Code: B0102RE

    The fifth book of the World Chess Champions series focuses on the life and career of the Dutchman Max Euwe. This soft-spoken professor of mathematics rocked the chess world in 1935 when he defeated the seemingly irresistible force, Alexander Alekhine, to become world champion. Many chessplayers thought this was an upset of the first magnitude. Hardly. Euwe was at his prime and the best in the world at the time.
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    Max Euwe - Fifth World Chess Champion

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    The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior
    Catalog Code: B0128OB

    In the annals of attacking chess players, International Master Emory Tate built up a collection of stunning gems. Tate also showed his passion in describing these exciting battles as if performing in a stage play. This book details the life and 35 games of Tate over the course of his 56 years.
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    Triple Exclam!!!

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