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Who doesn't like to play games? Even more fun than playing is winning. Many of our ebooks will help you play better, win more, learn new strategies and acquire a deeper understanding and appreciation of chess, bridge and several other games.

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Scarney Dice by John ScarneJohn Scarne invented many games. None had any lasting success, although many of them a very clever inventions. This is a collection of games with dice.

From the back cover:

Scarney Dice, the fantastic, new dice era, is without a doubt the greatest contribution to dice playing since the invention of dice back in the prehistoric Neanderthal days. There are forty terrific, exciting, new kinds of dice games for home, club, and casion that may be played with the Scarney Dice. Included among this group of fantastic skill and chance games are Scarney Dice, Scarney Poker Dice, Scarney Duplicate...
2007 / 1 / 14
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The World's Greatest Puzzles by Timothy HydeTimothy Hyde has been a puzzle fan all his life.

For pure enjoyment and challenge there is nothing like a great puzzle. They extend our minds, force us to look at things in different ways and provide a great stimulus for creative and innovative thought.

Timothy has been lucky that over the years he has been able to use a range of different puzzles in his own performances, keynote presentations and creative thinking workshops. He has been commissioned in the past to design specific Puzzle Challenges for many companies including KFC & Pizza Hut. He is now making 19 of his favourite puzzles...

2006 / 12 / 7
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Take Your Tricks by Edwin (Eddie) KantarOver 550 Declarer play tips you can take to the bank.

Acclaimed bridge expert Eddie Kantar offers valuable warm-up tips along with card combinations and safety plays. This ebook focuses on the "play of the hand". Its non-controversial tips were written for almost any player beneath "expert" who genuinely desires to improve his or her game. After reading this book, you will start making more contracts and you will be convinced your bidding has been improved - and you may be right.

1st edition 2002; this electronic edition 2006; 168 pages.

2006 / 12 / 1
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The Modern Chess Instructor 1 by Wilhelm SteinitzSteinitz having elevated chess to a science starts out very systematical and explains movement, mode of capture and the value of the various pieces. The bulk of the book is an analysis of six openings: The Ruy Lopez, Double Ruy Lopez, The Scotch Gambit, The Two Knight's Defence, Petroff's Defence and Philidor's Defence. He concludes with all 17 games played in the match Steinitz - Tchigorin, Havana 1889, which was won by Steinitz.

Steinitz also started to write part 2.

1st edition 1889; 237 pages.

2006 / 10 / 16
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The Modern Chess Instructor 2 by Wilhelm SteinitzIn this second part of Steinitz's masterly written work only section 1 appeared. It describes Ponziani's opening and Giuoco Piano.

Go here for part 1.

1st edition 1895; 78 pages

2006 / 10 / 15
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The Forcing Pass by Edwin (Eddie) KantarThis book is the outgrowth of a series of articles on the "forcing pass" which Eddie wrote for the American Contract Bridge League Bulletin, appearing from June 1982 through June 1983. He completely reworked and revised it in 2006.

While these articles were appearing, Eddie took special note of hands on this subject. As he was dealing with uncharted territory, it is not too unusual that he has altered many of his original opinions. Eddie is now satisfied that a partnership utilizing the methods advocated in this work will have a decided advantage over a partnership which has no understandings....

2006 / 10 / 3
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Chess Rules of Thumb by Lev Alburt & Al LawrenceThis ebook gives you the winning principles of chess in clear, short statements. Three-times U.S. Champion Lev Alburt and World Chess Hall of Fame Curator Al Lawrence have put together three centuries of insights from the masters. Fun to browse or to read from cover-to-cover, it's a book that all chess players, from beginners to grandmasters, will enjoy for a lifetime.

Backed up with diagrams and illustrations to help you remember key principles, a glossary of essential chess terms and a rundown on all major openings, Chess Rules of Thumbs will improve your chess play. And it's great fun...

2006 / 10 / 1
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The Odds Against Me by John ScarneIf he'd had a touch of larceny in him, he could have been the number one card sharp of all time. Instead, the author of these fabulous memoirs, born to a mother who considered gambling the "devil's tool," puts his extraordinary gifts to far different purpose.

He has used his incredible gambling sense, his miraculously dexterous fingers, his brilliant mathematical mind, his fascination with carnival and gambling life, to become America's number one authority on gambling and odds.

He was the greatest practitioner and analyst of card and dice sleight of hand. His artistry impressed FDR as...

2006 / 8 / 17
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Chess Novelties by Henry Edward BirdThis is a book on creative, innovative and unusual openings. Prof. Hoffmann writes in the introduction "With the courage of his opinion, Mr. Bird has decided to embody these tabooed openings and games arising from them in an independent volume. Here in black and white he has set down the heterodoxies of which he is accused, and he submits them to the judgment not alone of critics who have pinned their faith to certain special lines of play, but to that of the whole Chess world."

1st edition, 1895; 344 pages.

  1. Preface
  2. Introduction by Professor Hoffman
  3. Preliminary Remarks
  4. As to Originality of Invention ...
2005 / 11 / 12
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Dick's Games of Patience by William B. DickThis was the first widely popular American collection of patience games or solitaire with cards.

1883. Dick and Fitzgerald; 154 pages.

  1. Explanation of Technical Terms
  2. Auld Lang Syne
  3. Tam O' Shanter
  4. Napoleon's Favorite
  5. The Four Seasons
  6. Simplicity
  7. The Gathering of the Clans
  8. Napoleon at St. Helena
  9. The Fifteen Puzzle
  10. The Calculation
  11. The Surprise Party
  12. The Four Kings
  13. The Clock
  14. The Garden
  15. The Contra-Dance
  16. The Queen's Audience
  17. The Betrothal
  18. The Phalanx
  19. The Idle Year
  20. The Reinforcements
  21. The Chameleon
  22. The Reserve
  23. La Belle Lucie
  24. The Shamrocks
  25. The House in the Wood
  26. The House...
2005 / 9 / 4
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Patience with the Joker by Professor HoffmannVery rare set of original games making use of the Joker card, invented by Angelo John Lewis and published under his stage name. You will find games for one and two players.

Goodall, London, 1907; 48 pages.

  1. Preface
  2. Technical Terms used in Patience Games
  3. Odd and Even
  4. The Stepping-Stones
  5. Whist Patience
  6. Baccarat Patience
  7. The Double X Ray
  8. The Scorpion
  9. The Chessboard
  10. The Seven Squares
  11. The Captive Queens
  12. The Railway Junction
  13. Patchwork Patience
  14. The Four Bridges
  15. Peg Out
  16. The Race
  17. The Flower Show
2005 / 9 / 3
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Illustrated Book of Patience Games by Professor HoffmannLearn 63 fun and stimulating patience games from this book. A deck of cards, a flat surface and you are ready to challenge and entertain yourself. This is a translation from the German book Illustriertes Buch der Patiencen.

5th Edition, Routledge, London, 1904; 123 pages.

  1. Introduction
  2. The Wish
  3. The Star
  4. Hope
  5. The Amazons
  6. The Harvest
  7. Royal Marriage
  8. Quadrille
  9. Caesar
  10. Nestor
  11. Hidden Cards
  12. The Dial (No. 1)
  13. The Dial (No. 2)
  14. Elevens (No. 1)
  15. Elevens (No. 2)
  16. Robert
  17. The Pyramid
  18. The Five Court Cards
  19. The Talkative
  20. The Four Seasons
  21. Thirteens
  22. The Fairest (No. 1)
  23. The Fairest (No. 2) ...
2005 / 9 / 3
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