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    Ancient Egyptians at Play: Board Games Across Borders by Walter Crist & Anne-Elizabeth Dunn-Vaturi & Alex de Voogt    A Guide to Contract Bridge - A Collection of Historical Books and Articles on the Rules and Tactics of Contract Bridge by various    The Lazy Man's Sicilian: Attack and Surprise White with the Basman-Sale Variation by Valeri Bronznik & Steve Giddins    Mastering Chess Middlegames: Lectures from the All-Russian School of Grandmasters by Alexander Panchenko    The Double Queen's Gambit: A Surprise Weapon for Black by Alexey Bezgodov    The Exploits and Triumphs, in Europe, of Paul Morphy, the Chess Champion by Frederick Milnes Edge    Game Play: Paratextuality in Contemporary Board Games by Paul Booth    Taming Wild Chess Openings: How to Deal with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly over the Chess Board by John Watson    Winning Chess Manoeuvres: Strategic Ideas that Masters Never Fail to Find by Sarhan Guliev    Reaching the Top?! A Practical Guide to Playing Master-Level Chess by Peter Kurzdorfer & Cyrus Lakdawala    Opening Originals: Strong Sidelines for Club Cats by Daniel Lowinger & Lars Bo Hansen    Chess Opening Essentials, Volume 1: The Complete 1.e4 by Dimitri Komarov & Stefan Djuric    Finding Bobby Fischer: Chess Interviews by Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam    The Modern Bogo 1.d4 e6: A Complete Guide for Black by Dejan Antic & Branimir Maksimovic    Endgame Tactics - New, Improved and Expanded Edition: A Comprehensive Guide to the Sunny Side of Chess Endgames by Ger van Perlo    Basic Chess Openings for Kids: Play like a Winner from Move One by Charles Hertan    Chess is Child's Play: Teaching Techniques That Work by Laura Sherman & Bill Kilpatrick    Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual by Mark Dvoretsky    The Anti-War Wargame: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Origins of the Game of Chess 1989-1990 by Henry Greenberg    Bridge at a Glance Expanded Version by Audrey Grant    How To Beat Anyone At Chess: The Best Chess Tips, Moves, and Tactics to Checkmate by Ethan Moore    Recognizing Your Opponent's Resources: Developing Preventive Thinking by Mark Dvoretsky    The Stewart Simplified Method of Mimicry and Parlor Amusement by George (Steamboat) Stewart    For Friends and Colleagues: Volume 2 - Reflections on My Profession by Mark Dvoretsky    My First Book of Chess Tactics by David MacEnulty    A History of Chess: The Original 1913 Edition by H. J. R. Murray    Liquidation on the Chess Board: Mastering the Transition into the Pawn Ending by Joel Benjamin    Petrosian vs the Elite: 71 victories by the master of manoeuvres 1946-1983 by Ray Keene    Go Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Play and Win Asian's Most Popular Game of Martial Strategy by Shigemi Kishikawa    Chess Training Pocket Book: 300 Most Important Positions (Third Revised Edition) by Lev Alburt    Chess Training Pocket Book II: 320 Key Positions for players of all levels by Lev Alburt & Al Lawrence    The Chess Artist: Genius, Obsession, and the World's Oldest Game by J. C. Hallman    The Inner Game of Chess: How to Calculate and Win by Andrew Soltis    Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14 by Alexey Root    The Czech Benoni in Action by Asa Hoffmann & Gregory Keener    Mah Jong for Beginners: Based on the Rules and Regulations of the Mah Jong Association of Japan by Shozo Kanai & Margaret Farrell    Bridge's Strangest Hands by Andrew Ward    Draw! The Art of the Half-Point in Chess by Leonid Verkhovsky & Mikhail Tal    My Best Games of Chess 1905-1954 by Savielly Tartakower & Andy Soltis    How to Read Your Opponents' Cards: The Bridge Experts' Way to Locate Missing High Cards by Mike Lawrence    The Art of Checkmate: new translation with algebraic chess notation by Georges Renaud & Victor Kahn    Chess Tactics by Paul Littlewood    Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual by Mark Dvoretsky    New Art of Defence in Chess: chess defence tactics classic by Andrew Soltis    The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played: 62 masterly games of chess strategy by Irving Chernev    Murder in the Menagerie by Victor Mollo    Jon Speelman's Best Games by Jon Speelman    Victor Mollo's Bridge Quiz Book: The Shortest Cut To Expert Play by Victor Mollo    Tony Miles: It's Only Me: England's First Chess Grandmaster by Geoff Lawton    Exploiting Small Advantages by Eduard Gufeld

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Ancient Egyptians at Play: Board Games Across Borders

Ancient Egyptians at Play: Board Games Across Borders by Walter Crist & Anne-Elizabeth Dunn-Vaturi & Alex de VoogtThe rich history of Egypt has provided famous examples of board games played in antiquity. Each of these games provides evidence of contact between Egypt and its neighbours. From pre-dynastic rule to Arab and Ottoman invasions, Egypt's past is visible on game boards.

This volume starts by introducing the reader to board games as well as instruments of chance and goes on to trace the history and distribution of ancient Egyptian games, looking particularly at how they show contact with other cultures and civilizations. Game practices, which were also part of Egyptian rituals and divination,...

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A Guide to Contract Bridge - A Collection of Historical Books and Articles on the Rules and Tactics of Contract Bridge

A Guide to Contract Bridge - A Collection of Historical Books and Articles on the Rules and Tactics of Contract Bridge by variousThis ebook contains classic material dating back to the 1900s and before. The content has been carefully selected for its interest and relevance to a modern audience. Carefully selecting the best articles from our collection we have compiled a series of historical and informative publications on the subjects of games and puzzles. Each publication has been professionally curated and includes all details on the original source material. This particular installment, A Guide to Contract Bridge contains information on the rules and strategies of contract bridge. We are republishing these classic...
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The Lazy Man's Sicilian: Attack and Surprise White with the Basman-Sale Variation

The Lazy Man's Sicilian: Attack and Surprise White with the Basman-Sale Variation by Valeri Bronznik & Steve GiddinsThe Basman-Sale Variation is a relatively unexplored weapon for Black in the very popular Sicilian Defence. Its advantages are clear: it is surprising, aggressive and easy to learn. After the perfectly normal moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Black lashes out with 4...Bc5! English IM Michael Basman and Croatian IM Srdjan Sale were the pioneers of this cunning opening system. Compared to the complexity of mainstream Sicilian variations it requires little theoretical preparation, while you don't run excessive risks. That is why The Lazy Man's Sicilian is ideal for club players who don't...
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Mastering Chess Middlegames: Lectures from the All-Russian School of Grandmasters

Mastering Chess Middlegames: Lectures from the All-Russian School of Grandmasters by Alexander PanchenkoThe secrets of Panchenko's success were his dedication and enthusiasm as a teacher combined with his outstanding training materials. Now, his classic Mastering Chess Middlegames is for the first time available in translation, giving club-players around the world access to his unique training method. The ebook contains a collection of inspiring lessons on the most important middlegame topics. In each chapter, Panchenko clearly identifies the fundamentals, formulates easy-to-grasp rules, presents a large number (more than 250) of well-chosen examples and ends with more than 150 practical tests....
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The Double Queen's Gambit: A Surprise Weapon for Black

The Double Queen's Gambit: A Surprise Weapon for Black by Alexey BezgodovAn opening idea that will knock many White players off their feet! Former Russian Chess Champion Alexey Bezgodov provides a complete repertoire for Black against 1.d4, starting with the cheeky move 2...c5! against both 2.c4 and 2.

Nf3. In this opening, the Double Queen's Gambit, Black's approach is as active and ambitious as White's is in the Queen's Gambit. After thoroughly analysing and investigating, Bezgodov has put the opening to the test in practical grandmaster play. It not only turned out to be playable - it also brought him success, and not just because of its surprise value. Bezgodov's...

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The Exploits and Triumphs, in Europe, of Paul Morphy, the Chess Champion

The Exploits and Triumphs, in Europe, of Paul Morphy, the Chess Champion by Frederick Milnes EdgeOriginally published in 1898. Contents Include:
  • I. How the Brigadier came to the Castle of Gloom
  • II. How the Brigadier slew the Brothers of Ajaccio
  • III. How the Brigadier held the King
  • IV. How the King held the Brigadier
  • V. How the Brigadier took the field against the Marshal Millefleurs
  • VI. How the Brigadier played for a Kingdom
  • VII. How Brigadier Gerard won his medal
  • VIII. How the Brigadier was Tempted by the Devil...
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these...
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Game Play: Paratextuality in Contemporary Board Games

Game Play: Paratextuality in Contemporary Board Games by Paul BoothThe 21st century has seen a board game renaissance. At a time when streaming television finds millions of viewers, video games garner billions of dollars, and social media grows ever more intense, little has been written about the rising popularity of board games. And yet board games are one of our fastest growing hobbies, with sales increasing every year. Today's board games are more than just your average rainy-day mainstay. Once associated solely with geek subcultures, complex and strategic board games are increasingly dominating the playful media environment.

The popularity of these...

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Taming Wild Chess Openings: How to Deal with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly over the Chess Board

Taming Wild Chess Openings: How to Deal with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly over the Chess Board by John WatsonNo matter how unconventional, irrational or even crazy a chess opening is, sooner or later every chess player will have to face it.

When that happens, you can count on a well-prepared opponent who is more than happy to roll out his pet line.

John Watson and Eric Schiller provide club players with solutions to a huge selection of these rarely-played or tricky chess openings. They concentrate upon ideas and strategy, with enough analysis to satisfy the needs of practical play. Only when a sharp reply is required, Watson and Schiller will recommend a more complex variation filled with tactics....

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Winning Chess Manoeuvres: Strategic Ideas that Masters Never Fail to Find

Winning Chess Manoeuvres: Strategic Ideas that Masters Never Fail to Find by Sarhan GulievWhen a chess master finds a winning strategic idea it is seldom by accident.

An amateur, staring at a position on the chess board is often fumbling in the dark, his head spinning with a multitude of general rules and vague notions. The master's approach is concrete. He knows how and where to look, because he has studied the games of other masters.

In this ebook, grandmaster Sarhan Guliev presents a wide range of strategic manoeuvres that have been repeatedly employed by great chess players. He shows how masters generate ideas from the games of other masters:

  • positional sacrifices ...
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Reaching the Top?! A Practical Guide to Playing Master-Level Chess

Reaching the Top?! A Practical Guide to Playing Master-Level Chess by Peter Kurzdorfer & Cyrus LakdawalaWhat Does It Take to Play Master-Level Chess? Becoming a master is a goal many chessplayers seek. And for most, it is an unfulfilled dream. Now, for the first time, the topic is squarely addressed. Not by a super grandmaster or high-powered international master, but by a "regular" national master, a master who earned his stripes in the trenches, battling his way to the title. In Reaching the Top?!, author Peter Kurzdorfer shares his journey to the coveted 2200 Elo mark. Using his own games, major topics covered by the author include: Learning From Past Mistakes; Choose Openings to Suit Your...
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Opening Originals: Strong Sidelines for Club Cats

Opening Originals: Strong Sidelines for Club Cats by Daniel Lowinger & Lars Bo HansenOriginal Opening Ideas Sound - and Dangerous! Opening Originals focuses on both sound and dangerous opening ideas that have escaped wide notice. In some cases, they are artifacts of the past, too soon discarded and without good reason; in others, they are home-cooking, and may anticipate the future of theoretical developments. In all cases, the author's explanations are concept-based, and little memorization is required. "Daniel Lowinger offers his readers a select menu of opening ideas from which you can pick and choose. Whether you are looking for new ideas to add to your repertoire in 1.e4,...
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Chess Opening Essentials, Volume 1: The Complete 1.e4

Chess Opening Essentials, Volume 1: The Complete 1.e4 by Dimitri Komarov & Stefan DjuricMost chess opening books are either too detailed or too shallow. Chess Opening Essentials has exactly the right balance and is an accessible primer and a reference book at the same time. It gives a flavour of how every opening works and explains the similarities with other openings, as well as the differences. In addition, it also points at the various middlegame plans that apply after the opening has ended. Beginning and improving chess players should get this powerful ebook before they buy ANY other chess opening book!
  • Helps beginners to develop a solid understanding of fundamental opening...
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Finding Bobby Fischer: Chess Interviews

Finding Bobby Fischer: Chess Interviews by Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam'Fischer gets up, tall, overweight, and slightly clumsy. He tries to fulfil the duties of the host and shakes hands, but his nervously darting eyes betray his unease with the situation. This is not a man accustomed to receiving visitors.' Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam's encounter with the reclusive American world champion in war-torn Yugoslavia, is the apotheosis of a unique collection of interviews with chess legends and stars that was first published in 1993. Why did Garry Kasparov think Bobby Fischer was an alien? How many stamps does Anatoly Karpov have? Was it really Caruso who appeared in Vassily...
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The Modern Bogo 1.d4 e6: A Complete Guide for Black

The Modern Bogo 1.d4 e6: A Complete Guide for Black by Dejan Antic & Branimir MaksimovicThey did it! Dejan Antic and Branimir Maksimovic have created a complete chess opening repertoire for Black players in only two books. First they wrote the acclaimed The Modern French (against 1.e4). Now The Modern Bogo provides Black players with a comprehensive answer to 1.d4. The two books complement each other perfectly. The point is that the authors recommend to answer 1.d4 with the direct 1...e6, for the follow-up 2.c4 Bb4+. In this way they avoid complex theoretical Nimzo-Indian lines and enable both amateur and professional players to find their own way in little-explored variations....
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Endgame Tactics - New, Improved and Expanded Edition: A Comprehensive Guide to the Sunny Side of Chess Endgames

Endgame Tactics - New, Improved and Expanded Edition: A Comprehensive Guide to the Sunny Side of Chess Endgames by Ger van PerloNew and substantially expanded edition of a modern chess classic. By chance, in 2013 publisher New In Chess discovered a previously unnoticed and unpublished extra batch of endgame tactics collected by the legendary Dutch correspondence grandmaster Ger van Perlo (1932-2010). More than 250 fresh examples have been added, making this fourth edition 25% BIGGER than its predecessors. For casual players and club players. Why is it that most amateur chess players love opening and middlegame tactics but hate endgames? Why do you usually look at only a couple of pages in any endgame theory book you...
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Basic Chess Openings for Kids: Play like a Winner from Move One

Basic Chess Openings for Kids: Play like a Winner from Move One by Charles HertanAward-winning author Charles Hertan knows what kids really need to know (and want to know) about getting their pawns and pieces ready for action. Traditional chess opening books concentrate on the variations in different openings. Charles Hertan believes that for beginners and advanced beginners memorizing lines is not only boring but also a waste of time. Hertan's approach is different. He helps kids to develop a solid understanding of the fundamental opening principles. What are the properties of each chess piece, and how can they be mobilized effectively to work together and get a strong...
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Chess is Child's Play: Teaching Techniques That Work

Chess is Child's Play: Teaching Techniques That Work by Laura Sherman & Bill KilpatrickChess is Child's Play is an ebook written by parents, for parents. It is written for YOU!

Chess is one of the oldest strategy games known to man. Studies show that children who learn chess at an early age gain such valuable life skills as:

  • Problem-solving ability
  • Improved patience and focus
  • Enhanced imagination
  • Greater self-confidence.
Chess educators Laura Sherman and Bill Kilpatrick have created an easy, step-by-step method for teaching chess that parents of all skill levels can use to teach children of any age.

You don't have to know how to play chess in order to use the system....

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Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual

Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual by Mark DvoretskyThe first edition of Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual was immediately recognized by novice and master alike as one of the best books ever published on the endgame. The second edition is revised and enlarged - now over 400 pages - covering all the most important concepts required for endgame mastery.

"I am sure that those who study this work carefully will not only play the endgame better, but overall, their play will improve. One of the secrets of the Russian chess school is now before you, dear reader!" - From the Foreword to the First Edition by Grandmaster Artur Yusupov

"Going through this...

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The Anti-War Wargame: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Origins of the Game of Chess 1989-1990

The Anti-War Wargame: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Origins of the Game of Chess 1989-1990 by Henry GreenbergThis volume constitutes the ultimate and super State-of-the-Art treatment and analysis of the early origins of the game of chess, the major theme in Renaissance Culture. It is Greenberg's original discovery that Leonardo da Vinci invented the modern moves of the Bishop and Queen while Leonardo lived in Milan, Italy.
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Bridge at a Glance Expanded Version

Bridge at a Glance Expanded Version by Audrey GrantA must for any Bridge player - this quick reference guide offers concise summaries on the meaning of a wide variety of bids and responses, including Stayman, Blackwood, Gerber and Slam Bidding. A color-coded Bidding Ladder indicates the meaning of each bid (forcing, invitational, or sign-off). This new expanded version includes Duplicate and Chicago scoring.
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How To Beat Anyone At Chess: The Best Chess Tips, Moves, and Tactics to Checkmate

How To Beat Anyone At Chess: The Best Chess Tips, Moves, and Tactics to Checkmate by Ethan Moore

Learn to take the king like a pro!

Whether you've played a few matches or are completely new to the game, How to Beat Anyone at Chess helps you master leading strategies for one of the hardest games out there. Each page guides you through important moves with easy-to-understand explanations and tips for staying ahead of your opponent. From utilizing the queen's power to slaying your rival's king, you'll learn all about the traps, squeezes, and sacrifices that give players an extra edge and how you can use these techniques to beat the competition.

The ultimate guide to conquering the classic...

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Recognizing Your Opponent's Resources: Developing Preventive Thinking

Recognizing Your Opponent's Resources: Developing Preventive Thinking by Mark DvoretskyKnow Thy Enemy Sun Tsu, The Art of War

Understanding what your opponent is planning to do or trying to accomplish is one of the core skills required to take your game to the next level. Viktor Kortchnoi once wrote, Well, if you do not check what your opponent is doing, you will end up complaining about bad luck after every game. This ebook consists of four chapters, all associated with the ability to think not only for yourself, but also for your opponent, to put yourself in his place. In this ebook, renowned author and chess trainer Mark Dvoretsky supplies the reader with high-quality material...

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The Stewart Simplified Method of Mimicry and Parlor Amusement

The Stewart Simplified Method of Mimicry and Parlor Amusement by George (Steamboat) StewartIf you are an entertainer you will surely appreciate this little book. This original manuscript teaches you how to imitate a wide range of sounds using only your hands and your mouth. It is very difficult to find other books on this subject so this may be your only opportunity to learn this fun and entertaining art.

Although it is not exactly magic, the magician can incorporate one or more ideas within the book in his performance with a comic effect. In the right "hands" this act will be a riot.

The booklet is packed with many imitations to learn. You will be taught to produce the following...

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For Friends and Colleagues: Volume 2 - Reflections on My Profession

For Friends and Colleagues: Volume 2 - Reflections on My Profession by Mark DvoretskyThe Journey Continues! Mark Dvoretsky has long been considered one of the premier chess coaches and trainers in the world. He is renowned for taking talented masters and forging them into world-class grandmasters and champions. His literary achievements are also quite distinguished. For example, Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual, now in its fourth edition, established itself as the sine qua non of endgame theory from the moment it appeared over a decade ago. In this second volume of his highly-acclaimed autobiographical work, the author focuses on his early development as a player, issues which challenge chess coaches, as well...
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My First Book of Chess Tactics

My First Book of Chess Tactics by David MacEnultyMy First Book of Chess Tactics is a thorough introduction to this vital aspect of playing winning chess. Tactics are the tricks and techniques you use to surprise and ambush your opponent. The more you know about tactics, the better you'll play the game and the more games you will win. In My First Book of Chess Tactics you will:
  • Learn the ideas behind tactical patterns and how to name them
  • See how to focus on a position to find tactical patterns
  • Practice tactics by solving realistic puzzles
  • Recognize not only what you can do to your opponent, but what your opponent can do
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A History of Chess: The Original 1913 Edition

A History of Chess: The Original 1913 Edition by H. J. R. MurrayAn epic work that took more than a decade to complete, A History of Chess, originally published in 1913, is a historic undertaking that shattered preconceptions about the game upon publication. Over a century later, Murray's research and conclusions, in which he argues that chess originated in India, are still widely accepted by most chess historians.

Undertaking such a pioneering task, the scope of which has never been attempted before or since, Murray taught himself to read Arabic in order to decipher historical manuscripts on the game and its beginnings. His study unravels the history...

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Liquidation on the Chess Board: Mastering the Transition into the Pawn Ending

Liquidation on the Chess Board: Mastering the Transition into the Pawn Ending by Joel BenjaminPawn endings do not arise out of nowhere. Before emerging as endgames with just kings and pawns, they 'pre-existed' in positions that still contained any number of pieces.

Liquidation is the purposeful transition into a pawn ending. It is a vital technique that is seldom taught. Strange, because knowing when and how to liquidate can help you win games or save draws.

In this ebook, former US Chess Champion Joel Benjamin teaches you all you need to know about successfully liquidating into pawn endgames.

He focuses on the practical aspects: what to aim for and how to get there. When to...

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Petrosian vs the Elite: 71 victories by the master of manoeuvres 1946-1983

Petrosian vs the Elite: 71 victories by the master of manoeuvres 1946-1983 by Ray KeeneThis ebook contains 71 deeply annotated chess victories of Tigran Petrosian (World Champion from 1963 to 1969) against the leading players of his day, some of which are in print for the first time. The authors' authoritative but accessible language makes it a good read for the amateur as well as a cast-iron network of interlocking variations to satisfy the professionals.
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Go Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Play and Win Asian's Most Popular Game of Martial Strategy

Go Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Play and Win Asian's Most Popular Game of Martial Strategy by Shigemi KishikawaGo Fundamentals is the easy-to-follow guidebook explaining the fundamental principles of the ancient Asian game of Go, the oldest game in the world.

Go is a game played by two contestants. The game is played with black and white "stones" on a checkered board. The players are usually classed as strong and weak, based upon degree of knowledge and skill. The stronger player takes the white stones and the weaker player takes the black stones. Handicaps are given the weaker players by mutual agreement before commencement of the game. The game of go may be one of the most difficult to learn, but...

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Chess Training Pocket Book: 300 Most Important Positions (Third Revised Edition)

Chess Training Pocket Book: 300 Most Important Positions (Third Revised Edition) by Lev Alburt"Amazing! The Chess Pocket Book contains all the essential knowledge!"—Boris Gulko, former U.S. and USSR champion

This ebook saves you years of hit-and-miss reading and sporadic improvement because it gathers together the crucial, game-winning knowledge in one easy-to-carry volume. Each position gives you an important piece of practical chess knowledge. This time-efficient approach leads to the deepest understanding of the game. This is the sixth but stand-alone volume of the Comprehensive Chess Course.

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Chess Training Pocket Book II: 320 Key Positions for players of all levels

Chess Training Pocket Book II: 320 Key Positions for players of all levels by Lev Alburt & Al LawrenceChess Training Pocket Book II: How to spot tactics and how far ahead to calculate gives you the knowledge and training you need to become a master-strength player.

Chess Training Pocket Book II is a sequel to the best-selling Chess Training Pocket Book: 300 Most Important Positions and Ideas. In the same tradition, this follow-up volume will save you years of hit-and-miss reading and sporadic improvement because it gathers together for you the crucial, game-winning knowledge in one easy-to-carry ebook.

It will test, train, and sharpen your thinking skills. Each carefully chosen position...

Lev Alburt &
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The Chess Artist: Genius, Obsession, and the World's Oldest Game

The Chess Artist: Genius, Obsession, and the World's Oldest Game by J. C. Hallman

In the tiny Russian province of Kalmykia, obsession with chess has reached new heights. Its leader, a charismatic and eccentric millionaire/ex-car salesman named Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, is a former chess prodigy and the most recent president of FIDE, the world's controlling chess body. Despite credible allegations of his involvement in drug running, embezzlement, and murder, the impoverished Kalmykian people have rallied around their leader's obsession - chess is played on Kalmykian prime-time television and is compulsory in Kalmykian schools. In addition, Kalmyk women have been known to alter their...

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The Inner Game of Chess: How to Calculate and Win

The Inner Game of Chess: How to Calculate and Win by Andrew SoltisDo masters methodically cut their way through the branches of a tree of analysis? Is it true that attacking players calculate a dozen moves ahead, while positional specialists rely on abstract principles? What exactly does it mean to "calculate," anyway? In The Inner Game of Chess, GM Andy Soltis shows that the key to good calculation is good visualization of the position in front of us and then after the moves we're considering. Being aware of tactical motifs; knowing when to stop looking; and verifying your chosen move are essential, but they all depend on the basic requirement to see clearly...
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Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14

Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14 by Alexey RootWhat's the best way to teach chess to children? Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14 is a handbook for teachers, librarians, after-school instructors, chess coaches, counselors, and parents that requires no prior knowledge of the game. Both novices and veteran chess players can use its innovative lesson plans for teaching groups of children. In Thinking with Chess, Dr. Alexey Root connects chess with skills important to academic success, such as classifying, pattern recognition, decoding, creating, and predicting. The ebook also introduces challenges for practicing divergent thinking...
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The Czech Benoni in Action

The Czech Benoni in Action by Asa Hoffmann & Gregory KeenerHad enough of the same old queen's pawn openings? Afraid of losing just because you forgot White's latest move 23 novelty in the main lines? Tired of giving up draws to weaker players who've learned how to drain the life out of Black's major defenses to 1.d4? If so, then the Czech Benoni (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e5!?) may be exactly what you need. In The Czech Benoni in Action, two practitioners of this little-known but sound counterattacking system join forces to show how you can pose novel problems for opponents of all strengths, leaving them to fend for themselves as early as move 3. Flank...
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Gregory Keener
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Mah Jong for Beginners: Based on the Rules and Regulations of the Mah Jong Association of Japan

Mah Jong for Beginners: Based on the Rules and Regulations of the Mah Jong Association of Japan by Shozo Kanai & Margaret FarrellMah Jong for Beginners is one of the first books to explain the game to English language readers. It remains a classic, both for its authenticity and clarity, and as a wonderful introduction for anyone who wants to know more about the fast-paced and complex game of Mah Jong. It contains everything you need to know to get started playing this Chinese tile game. Drawing directly on the rules and regulations of the Mah Jong Association of Japan, it offers easy-to-follow steps—aided by simple illustrations—that will help both beginners and players get ready for more advanced challenges. Its...
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Bridge's Strangest Hands

Bridge's Strangest Hands by Andrew WardThis collection of oddities shows how Contract Bridge has played its part in embezzlement, murder, suicide, kidnapping, imprisonment and battle. The stories feature similar hands to those of bridge - the complete misfit, the two-way slam and men against women - while others, like 'Thirteen Spades' and 'The Raspberry Jam Conundrum', are closer to fantasy. Adaptations of the game, such as Nullo Bridge and Egdirb, are also included. Every hand in this ebook is a winner. Unless, of course, you were the player who was dealt thirteen hearts but bid diamonds by mistake.
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Draw! The Art of the Half-Point in Chess

Draw! The Art of the Half-Point in Chess by Leonid Verkhovsky & Mikhail TalThe Luck of the Draw!? We have all seen games and perhaps even played them in which a difficult or lost game is salvaged by a brilliant drawing combination. In the early 1970s, Soviet International Master Leonid Verkhovsky collected some of the most fantastic draws ever played. You will be captivated by combinations and threats, as inexhaustible imagination in defense and attack counterbalance each other. The chess prowess of one player is basically in equilibrium with the mastery of his opponent. Both are playing for a win, both send their chess armies into close combat, and peace sets in on...
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My Best Games of Chess 1905-1954

My Best Games of Chess 1905-1954 by Savielly Tartakower & Andy SoltisThe Unique Genius of Tartakower! One of the most creative grandmasters ever to play the Royal Game was Savielly Tartakower. His combination of bold play and fascinating writing has long endeared him to chess aficionados worldwide. His classic work of best games has never been available in English algebraic notation. Until now. "Tartakower's annotations are unlike any other master of his time. He repeatedly stressed the psychological nature of chess, for example. Another "Tartakowerism" is: "An attack is against a castled position, weak pawns and, most of all, against the mind of the opponent."...
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How to Read Your Opponents' Cards: The Bridge Experts' Way to Locate Missing High Cards

How to Read Your Opponents' Cards: The Bridge Experts' Way to Locate Missing High Cards by Mike LawrenceBridge expert Mike Lawrence teaches how to locate cards in contract bridge. Learn to use clues based on what your opponents bid and what they lead in order to determine which high cards they are holding, and use that knowledge to improve your game.
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The Art of Checkmate: new translation with algebraic chess notation

The Art of Checkmate: new translation with algebraic chess notation by Georges Renaud & Victor KahnThe Art of Checkmate, first published in Monaco in 1947, has remained one of the most popular and enduring chess books of all time, loved by chess players and regularly appearing in top ten lists of their favourites. Remarkably, despite its widespread popularity, the first English edition, published in the 1950s, was marred by careless and faulty translation. But now, for the first time, all these mistakes have been rectified so as to reflect accurately the authors' original work and thereby make the English edition of The Art of Checkmate an even better ebook. The Art of Checkmate offers the...
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Victor Kahn
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Chess Tactics

Chess Tactics by Paul LittlewoodThis comprehensive ebook describes and analyses the intriguing array of tactics available to every chess player. With the help of progressively more difficult exercises and problems, Paul Littlewood shows the reader how to deploy a variety of tactics for attack and how to defend against each type of tactic successfully. Armed with this guide, players of all abilities, from the beginner to the experienced player, will find that they can significantly raise the level of their game.
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Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual

Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual by Mark DvoretskyThe Fourth Edition of a Modern Classic When you are serious about improving your endgame skills, it is time for Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual. Perhaps the best known and most respected instructor of world class chessplayers, Mark Dvoretsky has produced a comprehensive work on the endgame that will reward players of all strengths. For those ready to immerse themselves in endgame theory, there may be no better manual available today. But, even if you do not play at master level, the book has been designed to help your endgame too. Basic theories and "must-know" concepts are highlighted in blue. You...
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New Art of Defence in Chess: chess defence tactics classic

New Art of Defence in Chess: chess defence tactics classic by Andrew SoltisMost chess games are not won – they are lost. Many instructional chess books tell you how to improve a position when it is already (or may be) favourable. This ebook offers help when you definitely do not have the advantage. Every chess player needs a sound arsenal of defensive techniques. This ebook covers them all – counterplay, when to accept sacrifices, how to anticipate short- and long-term threats, and how to minimise losses. It also helps you create a strong underlying psychological framework for defensive technique – it teaches you how to stay cool under fire, how to stonewall...
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The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played: 62 masterly games of chess strategy

The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played: 62 masterly games of chess strategy by Irving ChernevOne of the game's most admired and respected writers guides you through 62 masterly demonstrations of the basic strategies of winning at chess. Each game provides a classic example of a fundamental problem and its best resolution, described with chess diagrams and Chernev's lively and illuminating notes. The games – by chess greats such as Capablanca, Tarrasch, Fischer, Alekhine, Lasker and Petrosian – are instructive for chess players of all levels. The games turn theory into practice, showing the reader how to attack and manoeuvre to control the board. Chernev runs through the winning...
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Murder in the Menagerie

Murder in the Menagerie by Victor MolloThe Hog, insufferable and all but insuperable, brings off one coup after another and seldom fails to triumph over his hated rival, Papa the Greek. Neither is a match for the Rabbit, for though R.R. rarely knows what he is doing or why, he is always saved from himself by a guardian angel.
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Jon Speelman's Best Games

Jon Speelman's Best Games by Jon SpeelmanMind-bending analysis and instructive comment from a man who has participated in world chess at the very highest levels. World championship candidate and three-times British Champion Jon Speelman annotates the best of his games. He is renowned as a great fighter and analyst, and a highly original player. This ebook provides entertainment and instruction in abundance.
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Victor Mollo's Bridge Quiz Book: The Shortest Cut To Expert Play

Victor Mollo's Bridge Quiz Book: The Shortest Cut To Expert Play by Victor MolloVictor Mollo was justly famous for his satirical accounts of the antics of the Hideous Hog and the Rueful Rabbit, but he did produce a number of instructional books. This classic blend of instruction and entertainment is a combination of a textbook and a quizbook and its reissue is long overdue. Mollo presents 160 play problems of varying degrees of difficulty, from elementary technical plays in the first 50 problems to complicated endplays and scissors coups in the ten examples at the end of the ebook. Readers of all abilities will find the material challenging and certain to improve their...
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Tony Miles: It's Only Me: England's First Chess Grandmaster

Tony Miles: It's Only Me: England's First Chess Grandmaster by Geoff LawtonThe charismatic Tony Miles has been much missed since his tragic and premature death in 2001. Regarded as one of England's greatest ever chess players and analysts, he was also one of the wittiest writers on the game. By sheer force of example and ebullient peronality, he inspired the 'English chess explosion' after becoming the first UK grandmaster in the mid 70s. This Fascinating collection of over a hundred games and articles, covering Tony's entire chess career, includes his most celebrated wins, a few losses, and in addition to the famous game against Karpov with the bizarre St George's...
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Exploiting Small Advantages

Exploiting Small Advantages by Eduard GufeldLearn how to convert advantages into points

One of the most important stages of a chess game is the exploitation of an advantage, gained in either the opening or middle game. It is at this point of the struggle that many points are lost, especially at the club level.

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