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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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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    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

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    SHOPWORN - Max Euwe - Fifth World Chess Champion
    Catalog Code: SWB0102RE

    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
    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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    SHOPWORN - Najdorf x Najdorf
    Catalog Code: SWB0100RE

    Among major chess figures of the 20th century, few stand out more than Miguel Najdorf. In this biography, Najdorf’s daughter Liliana paints an intimate portrait of her larger-than life father. She writes about him, warts and all, showing us her father as a man both greatly talented and deeply flawed, a man at once loving and rage-prone, noble and petty, generous and selfish, jovial but despotic, earthy but vain, exuberant yet deeply sad.
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    Najdorf x Najdorf
    Catalog Code: B0100RE

    Among major chess figures of the 20th century, few stand out more than Miguel Najdorf. In this biography, Najdorf’s daughter Liliana paints an intimate portrait of her larger-than life father. She writes about him, warts and all, showing us her father as a man both greatly talented and deeply flawed, a man at once loving and rage-prone, noble and petty, generous and selfish, jovial but despotic, earthy but vain, exuberant yet deeply sad.
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    Najdorf x Najdorf

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    Die Grossmeister Des Schach - GERMAN EDITION
    Catalog Code: B0306IS

    Die Grossmeister des Schach Wie sie spielten, wer sie waren, und königliche Spiel zu höchster Vollendung brachten Von Genies, Geistesheroen und Sonderlingen berichtet diese Geistes- und Kultur- geschichte des Schach
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    Die Grossmeister Des Schach - GERMAN EDITION

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    Lajos Portisch - Legendary Chess Careers
    Catalog Code: B0027EV

    In this book, the author drives you through the very rich chess career of Lajos Portisch 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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    Lajos Portisch - Legendary Chess Careers

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    Yasser Seirawan - Legendary Chess Careers
    Catalog Code: B0016EV

    In this book, the author drives you through the very rich chess career of Yasser Seirawan 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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    Yasser Seirawan - Legendary Chess Careers

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    Jan Timman - Legendary Chess Careers
    Catalog Code: B0028EV

    In this book, the author drives you through the very rich chess career of Jan Timman 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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    Jan Timman - Legendary Chess Careers

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    Vlastimil Hort - Legendary Chess Careers
    Catalog Code: B0018EV

     In this book, the author drives you through the very rich chess career of Vlastimil Hort 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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    Vlastimil Hort - Legendary Chess Careers

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    Mikhail Chigorin
    The Creative Genius
    Catalog Code: B0171NIC

    Mikhail Chigorin (1850-1908), the first great Russian chess master, belongs to that select group of exceptionally strong players who did not quite succeed in winning the world championship. He remains universally admired for his creative and courageous style of play. He would always play to win, not only by his famed dashing attacks but also by precise calculation of variations, purposeful maneuvering and exploitation of positional weaknesses, artful defense and refined endgame play. This book is a hugely expanded second edition of a book published in 1987.
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    Mikhail Chigorin

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    Jose Raul Capablanca
    A Chess Biography
    Catalog Code: B0016MF

    This is the most complete and thorough biography of José Raúl Capablanca, one of the greatest players in the history of chess. Beginning with his family background, birth, childhood and introduction to the game in Cuba, it examines his life and play as a young man; follows his evolution as a player and rise to prominence, first as challenger and then world champion; his loss of the title to Alekhine and his efforts to recapture the championship in the last years of his too-short life.
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    Jose Raul Capablanca

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    Joseph Henry Blackburne
    A Chess Biography
    Catalog Code: B0017MF

    This first comprehensive biography of Britain’s greatest chess player of the 19th and early 20th centuries presents more than 1,000 of Blackburne’s games chronologically, including all his surviving games from serious competition, annotated in varying detail. Many are masterpieces containing beautiful combinations and instructive endgame play.
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    Joseph Henry Blackburne

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    Ivan's Chess Journey
    Games and Stories
    Catalog Code: B0003TH

    Ivan Sokolov was one of the most furious attacking and creative player of his time. The author presents an overview of his Life in Chess, full of entertaining unpublished material. He is not shy to share his opinions and promises the reader a personal roller coaster loaded with fun stories an unexpected twists. We are convinced you will enjoy the ride!
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    Ivan's Chess Journey

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    Around the Chess World in 80 Years
    Catalog Code: B0272IS

    This is a study of the six greatest chess players in the world during the period 1870 to 1950 including all the games they played against each other, with biographies, annotations and statistics by chess master and mathematics professor Dr. Nathan J. Divinsky.
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    Around the Chess World in 80 Years

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    California Chess Journal - Volume 7-10 1993 - 1996
    Catalog Code: B0259IS

    California Chess Journal Vol. 7-10 1993-1996 Edited by Carolyn Withgitt, Peter Yu, Eric Schiller, James Eade Photographs by Richard R. Shorman After Chess Voice magazine (1968-1985) ceased publication and left a void in Northern California chess, Hans Poschmann stepped up to create and edit the California Chess Journal (1986-2004).
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    California Chess Journal - Volume 7-10 1993 - 1996

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    Oldrich Duras - Master of Chess Combination - First Volume
    On the Road to Chess Mastership 1882-1905
    Catalog Code: B0021MV

    Chess biography of the leading Czechoslovak chess grandmaster. Oldrich Duras (1882-1957). During his prime, 1906-1912, Duras played in 15 of the strongest 24 tournaments held in those seven years, and established himself as one of the best ten or twelve players in the world. 
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    Oldrich Duras - Master of Chess Combination - First Volume

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    California Chess Journal - Volume 2-3 1988-1990
    Catalog Code: B0270IS

    After Chess Voice magazine (1968-1985) ceased publication and left a void in Northern California chess, Hans Poschmann stepped up to create and edit the California Chess Journal (1986-2004).
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    California Chess Journal - Volume 2-3 1988-1990

    $25.95

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