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My 60 Memorable Games
by Bobby Fischer (Apr 07, 2009)
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In this authoritative reissue of one of the most important chess books ever written, the great Bobby Fischer takes the reader move by move through 60 of his most instructive and entertaining games, including the astounding “Game of the Century,” played when he was only 15 years old! The controversial alterations that were made to Bobby Fischer’s wo...
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How to Reassess Your Chess
Chess Mastery Through Chess Imbalances
by Jeremy Silman (Oct 15, 2010)
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How to Reassess Your Chess has long been considered a modern classic. This 4th edition takes Silman's groundbreaking concept of imbalances to a whole new level. Designed for players in the 1400 to 2100 rating range and for teachers looking for a ready-made chess curriculum, the author shares a mind-expanding journey that takes the reader through im...
Logical Chess
Move By Move
by Irving Chernev (Jun 30, 2003)
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"The novice who plays through Logical Chess can learn an ocean of basic chess wisdom."—Leonard Barden, English chess master and broadcaster “Entertains . . . as it reinforces strategic lessons gleaned from chess titans. Illustrates effective middle-game plans.”—...
Life & Games of Mikhail Tal
by Mikhail Tal (Jul 01, 1997)
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Mikhail Tal, the 'magician from Riga' was the greatest attacking World Champion of them all, and this enchanting autobiography chronicles his extraordinary career with charm and humor....
Silman's Complete Endgame Course
by Jeremy Silman (Jan 31, 2007)
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For over 100 years, the world's leading chess players and teachers have told their students to study the endgame. This book teaches the students what they need to know at their current rating level, and builds on that knowledge for each subsequent phase of the player's development....
Chess
5334 Problems, Combinations and Games
by László Polgár (Aug 13, 2013)
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Win at chess with practical instruction from one of the world's leading teachers! With clever strategies for more than 5000 situations and clear diagrams, Chess is for the enthusiastic novice as well as the competitor taking the game to the next level.Chess takes you through more than 5,000 unique instructional situations, many taken from actual ma...
Zurich International Chess Tournament, 1953
by David Bronstein (Jul 01, 1979)
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This legendary tournament features 210 hotly contested games, many of them masterpieces of the first rank. The first authoritative English translation from the Russian, this volume was written by one of the leading competitors. Its perceptive coverage includes games by Smyslov, Keres, Reshevsky, Petrosian and 11 others. Algebraic notation. 352 diag...
Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual
by Mark Dvoretsky (Jun 01, 2011)
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A Modern Classic - Third Edition!When it first appeared, Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual was immediately recognized by novice and master alike as one of the best books ever published on the endgame. The third edition, revised and enlarged - now over 400 pages - covers all the most important concepts required for endgame mastery."I am sure that those who...
Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors
Part 1
by Garry Kasparov (Aug 07, 2020)
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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...
Tal-Botvinnik, 1960
by Mikhail Tal (Jul 03, 2001)
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In 1960 Mikhail Tal defeated chess champion Mikhail Botvinnik in one of the most celebrated world championship matches of all time. In this volume, Tal sets the stage and explains every one of the 21 games, telling both the on- and off-the-board story of this clash of styles and thought....
The Amateur's Mind
Turning Chess Misconceptions into Chess Mastery
by Jeremy Silman (Jul 01, 1999)
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This book takes the student on a journey through his own mind and returns him to the chess board with a wealth of new-found knowledge and the promise of a significant gain in strength. Most amateurs possess erroneous thinking processes that remain with them throughout their chess lives. These flaws in their mental armour result in stinging defeats ...
My System
21st Century Edition
by Aron Nimzowitsch (Jan 01, 1991)
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For many years, Nimzovich was known as the "Stormy Petrel" of the chess world. Today, his profound theories of positional chess are accepted as a matter of course, and a knowledge of them is essential to every player who wants to improve his game.My System describes a theory of chess; it also describes the character and genius of its author. It is ...
Garry Kasparov on Fischer
Garry Kasparov On My Great Predecessors, Part 4
by Garry Kasparov (Jan 01, 2005)
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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.In the period b...
Art of Attack in Chess
by Vladimir Vukovic (Jan 01, 1999)
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One of the finest chess books ever written, the Art of Attack has been transcribed into algebraic notation for the first time. In this revised edition of the great classic, the author expounds both the basic principles and the most complex forms of attack on the king. A study of this masterpiece will add power and brilliance to any chess enthusiast...
Alexander Alekhine - My Best Games of Chess - 1908-1937
by Alexander Alekhine (Nov 02, 2011)
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World Champion from 1927-35 and again from 1937-46, Alexander Alekhine ranks as one of the four or five greatest players in chess history. Edward Lasker rates him the game’s supreme inventive genius; Euwe considers him the all-time greatest attacking player. A master of all phases of chess, his games were richly conceived and immensely complex. As ...
Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 2
by Garry Kasparov (Jan 01, 2004)
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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.This magnificent compilation of chess from the mid-20t...
Build Up Your Chess 1
The Fundamentals (Yusupov's Chess School)
by Artur Yusupov (Jun 01, 2008)
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A book for chess players who want to build their skills on solid foundations. Yusupov guides the reader towards a higher level of chess understanding using carefully selected positions and advice. This new understanding is then tested by a series of puzzles.Artur Yusupov was ranked No. 3 in the world from 1986 to 1992, just behind the legendary Kar...
Simple Chess
New Algebraic Edition (Dover Chess)
by Michael Stean (Jan 07, 2003)
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Written by a young Grand Master, this introduction to chess strategy is aimed primarily at players for whom a game plan is utterly enigmatic. By isolating the basic elements and illustrating them through a selection of Master and Grand Master games, Simple Chess breaks down the mystique of strategy into plain, easy-to-understand ideas — only a know...
Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 5
by Garry Kasparov (Mar 01, 2006)
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This book, the fifth in Garry Kasparov's magnificent history of the World Chess Championship, catalogues the "post-Fischer" period in the 1970s and early 1980s. This period was dominated by the Anatoly Karpov (world champion from 1975 to 1985) and his three-time challenger, Viktor Korchnoi.Anatoly Karpov gained the right to challenge Bobby Fischer ...
Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 3
by Garry Kasparov (Nov 01, 2004)
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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. This volume features the play of champions Tigran Petrosian (1963-1969) and Boris Spassky (1969-1972)....
The Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
Fifty Tantalizing Problems of Chess Detection (Dover Recreational Math)
by Raymond M. Smullyan (Jan 17, 2012)
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Here -- from philosopher/logician/puzzlemaker Raymond Smullyan -- are fifty elegant, witty, and altogether unique "chess mysteries." In each problem the solver has to deduce certain events in a game's past. For example: On what square was the White queen captured? or, Is the White queen promoted or original?Since these problems involve the same sor...
Capablanca's Best Chess Endings
60 Complete Games
by Irving Chernev (Feb 01, 1982)
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Chess endings have an immediacy lacking in chess endgame or chess problems: endings are not theoretical or composed, but actual board positions, the point in every game when the superfluous falls away, leaving only the essential. José Raúl Capablanca (1888–1942) had no need for isolated artistic theory or compositions — he composed and created ches...
Chess Tactics for Champions
A step-by-step guide to using tactics and combinations the Polgar way
by Susan Polgar (Apr 11, 2006)
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Susan Polgar became the first female Grandmaster at age 15—and it wasn't luck that got her there. Her use of tactics, combinations, and strategy during her games gave her the critical advantage she needed against her opponents. In Chess Tactics for Champions, Polgar gives insight into the kind of thinking that chess champions rely on while playing ...
100 Endgames You Must Know
Vital Lessons for Every Chess Player Improved and Expanded
by Jesus de la Villa (Jul 15, 2008)
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There are, contrary to what most amateurs believe, relatively few chess endgames one must know. Jesus de la Villa, an international grandmaster and former champion of Spain, presents the endgames that show up most frequently in practice, are easy to learn and contain ideas and concepts that are useful in more difficult positions. He brings you simp...
Understanding Chess Move by Move
by John Nunn (Apr 01, 2001)
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This new title, the first of its type to explain the dynamic principles that underpin modern chess, uses more than thirty carefully selected games to help the reader understand the most important aspects of the chess struggle. John Nunn, a top-class grandmaster and one of the world's most highly regarded chess writers, explains every move using ter...
Chess for Zebras
Thinking Differently about Black and White
by Jonathan Rowson (Dec 01, 2003)
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Jonathan Rowson, author of the highly acclaimed Seven Deadly Chess Sins, investigates three questions important to all chess-players:1) Why is it so difficult, especially for adult players, to improve?2) What kinds of mental attitudes are needed to find good moves in different phases of the game?3) Is White's alleged first-move advantage a myth, an...
The Seven Deadly Chess Sins
by Jonathan Rowson (Mar 01, 2001)
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An investigation of the main reasons why chess players sometimes go astray - the seven deadly chess sins: Drifting (losing the plot); Perfectionism (leading to time trouble); Egoism (overestimating your chances); Failure to spot the critical moment; Deafness (failure to listen to intuition); Dogmatism (failure to think creatively or dynamically); a...
Fundamental Chess Endings
by Karsten Müller (Aug 01, 2001)
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In a major event in chess publishing, two German endgame experts have produced a masterly one-volume encyclopaedia that covers all major endgames.This is the first truly modern one-volume endgame encyclopaedia. It makes full use of endgame tablebases and analytical engines that access these tablebases; where previous authors could only make educate...
Winning Chess
How To See Three Moves Ahead
by Irving Chernev (Apr 15, 1971)
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From the Back Cover: You are an average chess player. You are familiar with the major openings. You have played over some of the famous grandmaster tournament games. You have read a few books on the strategy and theory of chess.Yet your game does not improve. Why? How many times, having played the opening according to the "book" and having attained...
Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME III
by Garry Kasparov (Aug 18, 2009)
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Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov are unquestionably the protagonists who featured in the greatest ever chess rivalry. Between 1984 and 1990 they contested five long matches for the World Championship. This 3rd volume of the,’Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess’ series concentrates on the third and fourth matches in this sequence: London/Leningrad 1986 ...
Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 1
1973-1985
by Garry Kasparov (Oct 18, 2011)
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Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, part 1 is the first book in a major new three-volume series. This series will be unique by the fact that it will record the greatest chess battles played by the greatest chessplayer of all-time....
School of Chess Excellence 2
Tactical Play
by Mark Dvoretsky (Jun 01, 2002)
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In this second book in his School of Chess Excellence series, Mark Dvoretsky looks at combinations and tactical techniques and suggests methods for developing a player's ability to calculate. Using a number of fascinating examples, he also analyzes methods of attack and defense. The book also includes special test positions and questions to engage ...
Botvinnik
One Hundred Selected Games
by Mikhail Botvinnik (Jun 01, 1960)
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The 100 outstanding games in this volume are Mikhail Botvinnik's own choices as the best games he played before becoming World Champion in 1948. They cover the period from his first big tournament — the USSR Championship of 1927, in which the 16-year-old Botvinnik became a master — to the International Tournament at Groningen in 1946 — in which he ...
Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess, Part 2
Kasparov Vs Karpov 1975-1985 (v. 2)
by Garry Kasparov (Sep 24, 2008)
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The history of sport has seen many great gladiatorial clashes: Ali v Frazier in boxing, McEnroe v Borg in tennis, Prost v Senna in motor racing. None however can quite compare to the intensity of the rivalry between those two great world chess champions: Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov. Between 1984 and 1990 they contested an astonishing five Wor...
FCO
Fundamental Chess Openings
by Paul Van der Sterren (Nov 24, 2009)
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* The perfect survival guide to the chess openings* All openings covered* Detailed verbal explanations of plans for both sides* Up-to-date and featuring many tips and recommendations* Insights into the 'character' of each opening* Written by one of the world's foremost opening expertsThe first moves of a chess game define the nature of the whole st...
A Guide to Chess Improvement
The Best Of Novice Nook
by Dan Heisman (Nov 23, 2010)
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A Guide to Chess Improvement features the very best of Dan Heisman’s multi-award winning chess column Novice Nook, which has run for the past ten years at the popular website ChessCafe.com. This book is full of valuable instruction, insight and practical advice on a wide range of key subjects: general improvement, thought processes, planning and st...
Winning Chess Tactics
by Yasser Seirawan (May 01, 2005)
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The essential guide to the use of tactics, the watchdogs of strategy that take advantage of short-term opportunities to trap or ambush an opponent and change the course of a game in a single move....
Attack with Mikhail Tal
by Mikhail Tal (Aug 01, 1994)
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The legendary Mikhail Tal was the finest ever exponent of attacking chess. His all-out sacrificial style took him all the way to the World Championship title. Dogged by ill-health, Tal's reign was a short one, and he was never able to regain his crown, but Tal remained an outstanding player right up to his death in 1992. His departure has taken awa...
How to Beat Your Dad at Chess
by Murray Chandler (Oct 01, 1998)
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This is not just a book for kids - for ‘Dad’ read any opponent who beats you regularly! This book teaches the 50 Deadly Checkmates - basic attacking patterns that occur repeatedly in games between players of all standards. Each mating motif is carefully and simply explained, and several illustrative examples are given. A final test enables the read...
1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations
by Fred Reinfeld (Jun 01, 1969)
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Reprint. Originally published: New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 1955....
Best Lessons of a Chess Coach
by Sunil Weeramantry (Feb 08, 1994)
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Weeramantry is perhaps best known for training his stepson Hikaru Nakamura.An innovative book on game-winning strategy for players at the intermediate level--from a master chess coach. Every truth about chess must be coached in context, and the book's interactive teacher-student dialogue does just that. Weeramantry teaches how to think during a che...
Chess Tactics from Scratch
Understanding Chess Tactics
by Martin Weteschnik (Feb 01, 2012)
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When the author started working as a trainer in his local chess club, he quickly realised that even the stronger club players had great weaknesses in their tactical play and that simply asking them to solve a huge number of puzzles did not fix the problem. This book was written to solve this problem....
The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played
62 Masterpieces of Chess Strategy
by Irving Chernev (Nov 06, 1992)
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Here are 62 masterly demonstrations of the basic strategies of winning at chess, compiled and annotated by one of the game's most admired and respected writers. Each game offers a classic example of a fundamental problem and its best resolution, described and diagrammed in the clearest possible manner for players of every level of skill.As Irving C...
The Reassess Your Chess Workbook
by Jeremy Silman (Apr 01, 2001)
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International chess master Jeremy Silman provides 131 problems designed to test a player's strengths and weaknesses, cover openings, middlegames, and endgames. This workbook may be utilizes with or without Silman's earlier book "How to Reassess Your Chess". Illustrations....
Chess Training Pocket Book
300 Most Important Positions (Third Revised Edition) (Comprehensive Chess Course Series)
by Lev Alburt (Jun 15, 2010)
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Most practical chess knowledge is represented in this book, each position is distilled from thousands and holds something special. This time efficient approach is that that leads to both the deepest understanding and the greatest enjoyment of chess....
Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy
Advances since Nimzowitsch
by John Watson (Mar 01, 1999)
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It is now seventy years since Nimzowitsch wrote his monumental work My System. While it remains a fundamental work on chess strategy, the way chess positions are handled has changed greatly since Nimzowitsch's time - both refinements to existing ideas, and completely new concepts. John Watson's book fulfils the need for a thorough, profound work on...
Chess Endings
Essential Knowledge
by Yuri Averbakh (Jun 30, 1993)
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By concentrating on the basic principles the average player is not only given a working knowledge of the endgame but also a firm foundation on which to further develop his or her interest and technique in this fascinating stage of a chess game. The author, a Russian Grandmaster and endgame expert, takes the reader from the most elementary checkmate...
Play Like A Grandmaster
by Alexander Kotov (Jun 30, 2003)
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This book follows on from Kotov's previous work Think Like a Grandmaster. It is a guide to chess-playing for the amateur player. The book covers positional judgement, planning, combinational vision and calculation and practical play - each with many examples....
500 Master Games of Chess
by Dr. S. Tartakower (Jun 01, 1975)
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This compilation of 500 master games is the greatest standard collection of chess games ever published. Ranging over 150 years of master play, these games include masterpieces of every kind by such master players as Anderssen, Morphy, Blackburne, Pillsbury, Lasker, Marshall, Steinitz, Tarrasch, Alekhine, Capablanca, Spielmann, Tartakower, Rubinstei...
Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess, Part 1
Revolution In The 70'S (Everyman Chess)
by Garry Kasparov (Mar 01, 2007)
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Between 1972 and 1975 alone, progress in the field of opening theory was more significant than in the entire preceding decade! Under the influence of Fischer, who imparted a great impetus to the development of the game, chess was radically regenerated. This process, with increasing acceleration, also continued in later years. As a result, the overa...
Winning Chess Brilliancies
by Yasser Seirawan (Oct 01, 2003)
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Get a taste of the most dazzling chess combinations, devious strategies, and downright cruel blows as world champions throw caution to the wind and risk it all! Readers will delight as the author takes these awe-inspiring and controversial games and makes them enjoyable and easy to understand....
Mastering the Chess Openings
Unlocking the Mysteries of the Modern Chess Openings, Volume 1
by John Watson (Oct 01, 2006)
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For many chess-players, opening study is sheer hard work. It is difficult to know what is important and what is not, and when specific knowledge is vital, or when a more general understanding is sufficient. Tragically often, once the opening is over, a player won't know what plan to follow, or even understand why his pieces are on the squares on wh...
Winning Chess Strategies
by Yasser Seirawan (May 01, 2005)
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A complete overview of proven chess principles that teaches readers how to deploy their pieces using the right moves at the right time to build small advantages into effective, long-range strategies....
Back to Basics
Tactics (ChessCafe Back to Basics Chess)
by Dan Heisman (Sep 15, 2007)
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This book is an introduction to the various kinds of basic chess tactics. With instructional material, examples, and problems of all types, the subject of chess tactics is covered comprehensively. There are approximately 500 examples ranging from easy to challenging! Tactics are usually why most people find chess fun! This book will greatly enhance...
Think Like A Grandmaster
by Alexander Kotov (Jun 30, 2003)
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A classic, now available in modern algebraic notation for the first time! Few books have had as much impact on chess literature as this: the first edition sold out within months, and it was immediately recognized as a masterpiece of chess instruction. Twenty years later, it remains a bestseller in the field and one of the best practical training ma...
The Art of the Checkmate
by Georges Renaud (Jun 01, 1962)
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Thorough classification of 23 mating situations, including Legal's pseudo-sacrifice, the double check, smothered mate, Greco's mate, the Corridor mate, and many others. Learn from 127 games by Tartakower, Janowski, Rubinstein, Blackburne, others, illustrating positional maneuvers leading to these mates. Review quizzes test progress....
The Game of Chess
by Siegbert Tarrasch (Nov 02, 2011)
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A famous chess manual for 75 years, now re-edited for the modern chess player. Dr. Tarrasch was one of the world's strongest players in the late 19th century and this manual teaches chess from the novice level to Class A / Expert strength players. It fully covers, tactics, endings, and opening play. A must for every serious chess player....
Practical Chess Exercises
600 Lessons from Tactics to Strategy
by Ray Cheng (May 15, 2007)
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Raise your chess to the next level with this program of 600 instructive and challenging exercises covering all aspects of the game. This book will sharpen your tactical vision, deepen your positional understanding, and enrich your knowledge of theoretical positions. It will also strengthen your analytical skills, and instill a sound move selection ...
Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess
by Bobby Fischer (Jul 01, 1982)
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This book is essentially a teaching machine. The way a teaching machine works is: It asks you a question. If you give the right answer, it goes on to the next question. If you give the wrong answer, it tells you why the answer is wrong and tells you to go back and try again. This is called "programmed learning". The real authors were experts and au...
Play Winning Chess
by Yasser Seirawan (Jun 01, 2003)
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An introduction to the moves, strategies, and philosophy of chess, with clear explanations of the games fundamentals, instructive examples, question-and-answer sections, sample games, and psychological hints....
Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur
by Max Euwe (Mar 14, 1994)
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These 25 chess games played between master and amateur were chosen, arranged, and annotated to help amateurs improve their games. What better way could the amateur have of learning to exploit the weak play of fellow amateurs than to study how a master would handle such situations? Selected by former World Chess Champion Max Euwe and Walter Meiden, ...
Winning Chess Endings
by Yasser Seirawan (Oct 01, 2003)
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Winning Chess Endings teaches endgame strategies in an exciting new way--by putting the player in the middle of the action with firsthand stories taken directly from famous matches. Pull up a chair and watch the world's most exciting chess endings. Then become an endgame master!Winning Chess Endings explains how to:*Relentlessly find checkmates, fr...
Pawn Structure Chess
by Andrew Soltis (Feb 19, 2013)
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Some 250 years ago, the great Philidor wrote, "The pawns are the soul of chess." Although that statement is perhaps the most common cliche in the literature of the game, it is too often misunderstood.Pawns are usually considered weak because of their limited range of movement. But the pawns' restricted mobility is precisely what makes them so impor...
The Art of the Middle Game
by Paul Keres (Dec 01, 1989)
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Superb guide to neglected area of chess. Two formidable grandmasters cover attacking the king, defense, importance of pawn structure, analysis, much more. Authoritative introduction by Harry Golombek. Belongs in the library of every serious chess enthusiast. Indexes of players and middle-game themes....
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The Art of Logical Thinking
by Neil McDonald (Sep 01, 2004)
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Grand master and prolific chess author Neil McDonald explains every single move made in 30 striking tactical or strategical games played over the last quarter century. Each of these games has been carefully chosen for its consistent logical thread, so that the reader will get prime instruction in the art of conceiving appropriate plans and attacks ...
Move First, Think Later
Sense and Nonsense in Improving Your Chess, 3rd Edition
by Willy Hendriks (Aug 16, 2012)
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The chess instruction establishment claims that all you need to do is concentrate on the characteristics of a position. Stick to some rules of thumb and good moves will pop up more or less automatically. But that is not how it works, finds International Master Willy Hendriks. Chess players, both weak and strong, don't first make a plan before looki...
How Life Imitates Chess
Making the Right Moves, from the Board to the Boardroom
by Garry Kasparov (Oct 07, 2008)
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Garry Kasparov was the highest-rated chess player in the world for over twenty years and is widely considered the greatest player that ever lived. In How Life Imitates Chess Kasparov distills the lessons he learned over a lifetime as a Grandmaster to offer a primer on successful decision-making: how to evaluate opportunities, anticipate the future,...