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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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    Paul Morphy and the Evolution of Chess Theory
    Catalog Code: B0030DV

    This book, about the best chess player of the nineteenth century, analyzes Paul Morphy's games and positions in depth to reveal the essence of his style. The first collection in English of all 413 of Morphy's known games, the volume discusses other players of the period (Adolph Anderssen and Wilhelm Steinitz), Morphy's rare blunders and omissions, as well as selected endgames and openings.
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    Paul Morphy and the Evolution of Chess Theory

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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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    Alexander Alekhine - Master of Attack
    Catalog Code: B0222EM

    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

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    Mikhail Tal - Tactical Genius
    Catalog Code: B0224EM

    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

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    EBOOK - Mikhail Tal - Tactical Genius
    Catalog Code: E-B0224EM

    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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    EBOOK - Mikhail Tal - Tactical Genius

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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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    Adventures of a Chess Master
    Catalog Code: B0081IS

    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

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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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    Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes
    The Personal Memoir of a Soviet Chess Legend
    Catalog Code: B0119NIC

    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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    SHOPWORN - Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes
    The Personal Memoir of a Soviet Chess Legend
    Catalog Code: SWB0119NIC

    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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    The Soviet School of Chess
    Catalog Code: B0090IS

    This book discusses the first Russian grandmasters and prominent masters, such luminaries as Mikhail Chigorin, Alexander Alekhine, Mikhail Botvinnik, Vasily Smyslov, Paul Keres, Alexander Kotov, Boris Spassky, Mikhail Tal, Alexander Tolush and many others. Also included is a section dedicated to the women players.
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    The Soviet School of Chess

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    The Soviet Chess School
    Catalog Code: B0132IS

    The Soviet Chess School has biographies and lots of games and pictures of players such as Kasparov, Karpov and Spassky whereas these players are not mentioned in the 32-years earlier work The Soviet School of Chess.
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    The Soviet Chess School

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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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    SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 1
    1973-1985
    Catalog Code: SWB0335EM

    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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    SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 1

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    The President's Crown of Thorns
    Catalog Code: B0101IS

    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

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    Meet the Masters
    The Modern Chess Champions and Their Most Characteristic Games
    Catalog Code: B0112IS

    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

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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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    Endgame - PAPERBACK
    Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness
    Catalog Code: B0022RH

    ENDGAME is acclaimed biographer Frank Brady's decades-in-the-making tracing of the meteoric ascent--and confounding descent--of enigmatic genius Bobby Fischer. Only Brady, who met Fischer when the prodigy was only 10 and shared with him some of his most dramatic triumphs, could have written this book, which has much to say about the nature of American celebrity and the distorting effect.of fame
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    Endgame - PAPERBACK

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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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    Fighting Chess with Magnus Carlsen

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    Profession - Chessplayer
    Grandmaster at Work
    Catalog Code: B0057RE

    You are now invited to join the author in a very personal autobiographical journey, as he traces his development from one of many gifted chessplaying children to a powerful international grandmaster, a member of the world's chess elite.
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    Profession - Chessplayer

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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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    SHOPWORN - Vishy Anand - World Chess Champion
    Life and Games
    Catalog Code: SWB0179GB

    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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    SHOPWORN - Vishy Anand - World Chess Champion

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    Bobby Fischer Comes Home
    The Final Years in Iceland, a Saga of Friendship and Lost Illusions
    Catalog Code: B0109NIC

    Bobby Fischer Comes Home tells the story of their complicated friendship and paints an intimate portrait of the last years of the man who many see as the greatest chess player that ever lived.
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    Bobby Fischer Comes Home

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    SHOPWORN - Bobby Fischer Comes Home
    The Final Years in Iceland, a Saga of Friendship and Lost Illusions
    Catalog Code: SWB0109NIC

    Bobby Fischer Comes Home tells the story of their complicated friendship and paints an intimate portrait of the last years of the man who many see as the greatest chess player that ever lived.
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    SHOPWORN - Bobby Fischer Comes Home

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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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    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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    Petrosian's Legacy
    Catalog Code: B0150IS

    This book was originally published in Russian as Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian Chess Lectures. The publisher was Soviet Radio. Every chess enthusiast should have this important work in his chess library.
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    Petrosian's Legacy

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    Emanuel Lasker - The Life of a Chess Master
    Catalog Code: B0046DV

    The legendary master comes vividly to life as Dr. Hannak details his childhood, education, decision to become a professional player, great exploits in matches against Marshall, Capablanca, Tarrasch, Schlechter and other players, his happy marriage, flight from Nazi Germany and much more.
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    Emanuel Lasker - The Life of a Chess Master

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    The Immortal Games of Capablanca
    Catalog Code: B0050DV

    Superbly annotated treasury includes 113 of the Cuban master's greatest games against Marshall, Lasker, Euwe, and many other formidable opponents.
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    The Immortal Games of Capablanca

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    Chess Heritage of A.A. Alekhine - VOLUME 1 - RUSSIAN EDITION
    Catalog Code: B0154IS

    Alekhine has long earned a reputation not only a brilliant experience, but also the best chess writer and theoretician of the first half of 20th century. Alekhine's Games, which are shining examples of chess creativity, are provided with detailed notes.
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    Chess Heritage of A.A. Alekhine - VOLUME 1 - RUSSIAN EDITION

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    Nimzowitsch How I Became a Grandmaster at Chess - RUSSIAN EDITION
    Catalog Code: B0157IS

    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

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    Alexander Kotov - RUSSIAN EDITION
    Catalog Code: B0155IS

    The book offers a sketch of the life and work of a talented writer and Soviet grandmaster Alexander Kotov. Chess games with commentary selected and grouped by topics (debut, a combination tactical strikes, defense, etc.) so that the book was not only an outstanding monograph on the players, but also a kind of textbook on the management of chess.
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    Alexander Kotov - RUSSIAN EDITION

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    Judit Polgar - How I Beat Fischer's Record
    Judit Polgar Teaches Chess - Volume 1
    Catalog Code: B0069QT

    In this very personal book Judit Polgar describes her early moments of success and the chess ideas she needed to master in order to achieve them.
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    Judit Polgar - How I Beat Fischer's Record

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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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