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100 DAN-LEVEL TESUJI PROBLEMS

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100 STAR-POINT JOSEKI PROBLEMS

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180 LIFE & DEATH PROBLEMS

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200 ENDGAME PROBLEMS

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200 LIFE & DEATH PROBLEMS

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ALL ABOUT KO

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ART AND CRAFT OF HANDMADE BOOKS: REVISED AND UPDATED

By: Laplantz, Shereen
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"A beautiful and worthwhile book." -- Next Book Please

This innovative approach to bookbinding demonstrates an array of creative techniques that elevate handmade books into extraordinary works of art. Easy-to-follow, well-illustrated directions for more than 25 patterns explain how to make seven different kinds of books with pop-up panels and pages that "explode" from the spine as well as slipcases, tassels, and other distinctive features.
The guide begins with instructions for a simple accordion-fold book. Successive projects build on methods readers have already mastered and introduce new skills, including the pamphlet stitch, ideal for photo albums and scrapbooks; tacket binding, the versatile stitch of medieval Europe; and the Coptic stitch, employed by Christians of ancient Egypt. A full-color photo gallery, with contributions from more than 60 artists, offers further inspiration for enhancing and personalizing projects by using alphabets, bestiaries, botanical illustrations, and other designs. The author includes a glossary of terms as well as information on materials and tools.

"Well-written, imaginative -- and just plain fun to read. I learned a lot about ways to make books that I never dreamed of. Ms. Laplantz is a creative genius." -- Bassocantor Reviews

"This is a gorgeous book filled with beautiful projects." -- The Sheepish Reader 'n' Writer

ART OF CAPTURING STONES

ART OF CAPTURING STONES

By: Wu, Dingyuan
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Go - the oriental game of controlling territory - challenges each player to balance strategy and tactics. Each move must balance competing needs: to build your influence or weaken his, to secure your territory or to invade hers. Each player strives to find moves that work at multiple levels, and to counter their opponent's aims.In go there are various capturing techniques which require sacrificing stones. Most beginners fail to see these moves. Even advanced players might overlook them if they don't pay attention. Mastering these techniques equips a player with powerful weapons for both attack and defense. In addition, the training in visualization that the reader gets by studying these tactical finesses will serve him or her in good stead even in more straightforward positions.The Art of Capturing Stones is a problem book. This book provides thorough training in three types of techniques, namely, under the stories (Ishi-no-shita), killing oversized eyes (Nakade), and other sacrificing techniques. By working through the problems, the reader can practice these skills and improve his or her level of play.
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ART OF SACRIFICE IN CHESS

By: Spielmann, Rudolf
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The 21st Century Edition of Spielmann's Classic Work Austrian Grandmaster Rudolf Spielmann's The Art of Sacrifice in Chess first appeared in the mid-1930s. It was immediately recognized as a classic, a masterpiece that examined the nature of chess sacrifices. In this modernized, 21st century edition, all of Spielmann's original work has been preserved. The antiquated English Descriptive Notation has been replaced with modern Figurine Algebraic, and German grandmaster Karsten Muller has added his own notes to Spielmann's original text. But the German grandmaster has gone far beyond simply inserting clarifying commentary. Muller has virtually doubled the size of the original work by adding eleven new chapters, including: The Greek Gift Sacrifice Bxh2/7+; Disaster on g7; The Achilles' Heel f7; Strike at the Edge; Destroying the King's Shelter; Sacrifices on f6; Sacrifices on e6; The Magic of Mikhail Tal; Shirov's Sacrifices; and The Fine Art of Defense. In addition, there are exercises at the end of each new chapter to help you hone your skill of sacrificing. -Grandmaster Karsten Muller's notes to the original text, along with the new material, brilliantly complements Spielmann's classic work. A welcome addition to any chessplayer's library...- - Garry Kasparov
BACK TO BASICS: FUNDAMENTALS

BACK TO BASICS: FUNDAMENTALS

By: Francuski, Branislav
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The game of chess has challenged and delighted the world for centuries. In "Back to Basics: Fundamentals," the essential building blocks of the royal game are presented simply and in an easy-to-understand format. With the expert guidance of chess master Branislav Francuski, you will learn how the chess pieces move and capture; the underlying principles of the game; how to spot and carry out simple checkmates; and understand the basic tactical ideas that are so important to playing and winning. "In this book, I try to emphasize and clarify the chess fundamentals that young players need to know, as a strong grasp of the basics will eventually lead to the strategic thinking that is necessary for advanced play." - From the Author's Preface Fundamental concepts, tactical themes and other significant points of the game are underscored by over 800 diagrams and positions. Solutions and clear explanations are supplemented by important principles, highlighted in blue. Whether used alone or with an instructor, Back to Basic: Fundamentals will put you on the road to good chess!
BACK TO BASICS: TACTICS

BACK TO BASICS: TACTICS

By: Heisman, Dan
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Tactics are usually why most people find chess fun! This book will greatly enhance your enjoyment learning about -- and benefiting from -- the recurring patterns of tactics. In chess, if you lose all your pieces you can't win! And if you capture each of your opponent's pieces, winning should be easy. Even if you just get ahead by a small amount of material, your chances of winning soar. The way to win your opponent's pieces is through the use of tactics. This book is about all types of beginning tactics. The author covers comprehensively the subject with basic instructional material, examples, and problems of all types -- about 500 examples and problems ranging from too easy to very difficult! Back to Basics: Tactics -- the first in the ChessCafe Back to Basics Chess Series -- should enhance your enjoyment in learning about -- and benefiting from -- the recurring patterns of tactics.


It does not matter who gets the advantage out of the opening if one of the players is likely to lose a piece to a simple tactic in the middlegame. Losing a piece from an advantageous position will almost always result in a lost position. So study tactics, not openings, until you almost never lose pieces to simple tactical motifs.

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!
BASIC TECHNIQUES OF GO

BASIC TECHNIQUES OF GO

By: Yoshiaki, Nagahara
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BEAUTY OF TESUJI 3 VOL.

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BISHOP: DANGER ON THE DIAGONAL

By: Kasparov, Sergey
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The Power of the Pieces In his new, ground-breaking series, The Power of the Pieces, Belorussian grandmaster Sergey Kasparov examines the strengths, weaknesses and overall characteristics of each piece on the chessboard. This first volume in the series is about the bishop. Its role in the opening, middlegame and endgame is discussed in detail, amply supported by over 140 examples from tournament praxis. Topics include: Bishops of the Same Color; Opposite-Color Bishops; Bishop vs. Knight; Bishop vs. Rook; Two Bishops vs. Knight and Bishop; Bishop vs. Pawns; The King's Indian Bishop; The French Bishop; The Nimzo-Indian Bishop; The Fianchetto on g2; The Stonewall Bishop; The Advantage of the Two Bishops; The "Bad" Bishop; The Attacking Bishop; and Opposite-color Bishops in the Middlegame. Popular chess author Sergey Kasparov is known for his entertaining writing style. His books are always instructive and insightful. Books previously published by Russell Enterprises include The Exchange Sacrifice and Doubled Pawns.
BOBBY FISCHER TEACHES CHESS

BOBBY FISCHER TEACHES CHESS

By: Mosenfelder, Don
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A one-of-a-kind masterclass in chess from the greatest player of all time.

Learn how to play chess the Bobby Fischer way with the fastest, most efficient, most enjoyable method ever devised. Whether you're just learning the game or looking for more complex strategies, these practice problems and exercises will help you master the art of the checkmate.

This book teaches through a programmed learning method: 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 explains why the answer is wrong and asks you to go back and try again. Thanks to the book's unique formatting, you will work through the exercises on the right-hand side, with the correct answer hidden on the next page. The left-hand pages are intentionally printed upside-down; after reaching the last page, simply turn the book upside-down and work your way back.

When you finish, not only will you be a much better chess player, you may even be able to beat Bobby Fischer at his own game!

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CHECKMATE: BOBBY FISHER'S BOYS' LIFE COLUMNS

By: Fischer, Bobby
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A Look into Bobby's Mind From December 1966 until January 1970, Bobby Fischer wrote a chess column for Boys' Life, the official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America. Now, for the first time, all of these columns have been collected in one volume. It is an eclectic mix, a fascinating look at Fischer's writing and thinking as he reached his prime, maturing into the strongest player in the world. In these columns, he answers many readers' questions - from basic to sophisticated. His answers provide a unique glimpse into Fischer's thinking at the chessboard. The time period covered in these columns was one of the most critical in Fischer's career. It was during this time period that his opus magnum, My Sixty Memorable Games, was released. And as player, he grew from one of a few super-grandmasters to the best player in the world. The only thing missing was an actual title match. That of course would soon come. These columns are a diverse collection of tips for players, comments on playing, annotated games and casual observations. The games and annotations are presented in modern English algebraic notation. As Andy Soltis notes in his foreword, -You read [Fischer's Boys' Life columns] to see what was going on in that remarkable mind. As quirky as Checkmate was, these columns tell us a lot.-
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CHESS FOR THE GIFTED AND BUSY: A Short but Comprehensive Course from Beginner to Expert

By: Lawrence, Al
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Studies tout the many benefits of chess for all ages. Want to learn chess or teach it to your child but are busy with lots of other activities as well? This innovative book is designed for you.

You choose the level you want to achieve. Want to go from absolute beginner to neighborhood champ? Complete Level I in an afternoon, play some practice games--and you'll quickly be saying "checkmate"! When you're ready to become a tough tournament competitor, Level II cuts through the mysteries of strategy and tactics to show you just what you need to know. And if you decide that you won't settle for anything less than being an expert, near the top levels of tournament chess, Level III delivers all the essential knowledge!

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CHESS MYSTERIES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

By: Smullyan, Raymond M
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Join the master sleuth as he and Dr. Watson examine interrupted chess matches at clubs and country homes, examining the pieces' current positions to identify previous moves. Rather than predicting the outcome of these games, the Baker Street duo focus on past events, using the same variety of logical reasoning that unlocks the secrets to their ever-popular mysteries. Holmes instructs Watson (and us) in the intricacies of retrograde analysis in order to deduce on which square the white queen was captured, whether a pawn has been promoted, and which piece has been replaced by a coin. The mysteries grow increasingly complex, culminating in a double murder perpetrated by the devious Professor Moriarty.
Philosopher and logician Raymond Smullyan brilliantly recaptures the mood of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's tales. Readers need only a knowledge of how the pieces move; the first puzzles explain all of the concepts that arise later on. These witty and challenging problems will captivate chess aficionados, puzzle enthusiasts, Sherlock Holmes fans, and everyone who relishes mysteries, crime stories, and tales of detection.
CHESS OPENINGS FOR WHITE

CHESS OPENINGS FOR WHITE

By: Perelshteyn, Eugene
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Here in these Chess Information and Research Centre books the player is shown how to start a chess game.
CHESS SET IN THE MIRROR

CHESS SET IN THE MIRROR

By: Bontempelli, Massimo
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This whimsical Italian fantasy, originally published in 1922, belongs on the shelf next to The Little Prince and Alice and Wonderland. Simple language by translator Gilson gives the novel a poetic tone, while STO's charming black-and-white illustrations add humor.--VOYA

Alone in a room with nothing but an old mirror and a chess set, a young boy anticipates a boring afternoon. But like Alice just before she fell down the rabbit hole--and wound up in Wonderland--this boy is about to embark on a marvelous adventure. Gazing at the mirror, he discovers that the chess pieces (the reflections, not the real ones) are alive! When the White King invites him into the world on the other side, the excitement begins. There, all the rules of the real world are reversed. There, you can have a perfectly reasonable conversation with a perfectly unreasonable chess piece. There, you can meet anyone who's ever looked into the mirror (even a hundred years ago). This bewildering experience leads to some odd questions: What goes on inside a mirror when no one is looking at it? What if the reflected world is more real than the one where we live? And speaking of our world, how will our hero get back to this side of the mirror?

Join him on his fantastic journey where nothing is more absurd than reason or more important than freedom of imagination.

[A] story told in a voice that's charmingly direct, sweetly self-referential...and more than a little trippy...Like all good books for children, it also has unusual insights into childhood itself: '...when you're ten years old, standing or sitting are exactly the same.'--Philadelphia Inquirer

The narrator's dry wit, reminiscent of P. G. Wodehouse, makes for an appealing journey and, coupled with the whimsical pen-and-ink drawings, a charming package with a timeless air.--Publishers Weekly

Motherhood is the theme of these two intimate novellas by Italian writer Bontempelli, who preceded such better-known authors of 'magic realism' as Jorge Luis Borges and Alejo Carpentier by more than two decades in his fusion of the miraculous and the matter-of-fact...The elegantly restrained passion of these two tales, penned in Bontempelli's delicate prose, proves yet again the writer's literary genius.--Publishers Weekly (review of Separations)

Separations is a complete triumph. Bontempelli's work prefigured the magic realism popularized by many Latin American writers, andSeparations is an excellent example of this style. Elegant, superbly crafted, and masterfully written, these tales are not easily forgotten; the heroines are haunting and the plots finely honed. Bontempelli is truly a 'fantastic' writer.--Library Journal (review of Separations)

A protégé of Pirandello, Massimo Bontempelli (1878-1960) was a prolific writer of poetry, plays, and prose fiction. Bontempelli now occupies a major place in 20th century Italian letters, and his works are translated in every major European language.

Sergio Tofano, also known as STO, was an Italian illustrator, actor, director, and playwright. For fifty years his illustrated work appeared in the children's supplement of Corriere della Sera, one of the oldest and most widely read newspapers in Italy.

Estelle Gilson's translation of Umberto Saba's Stories and Recollections won both the Italo Calvino and PEN Renato Poggioli awards, and the MLA's first Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione award in 1994 as the best literary translation of the previous two years. Her fiction, essays, and articles appear in many publications. She translated Bontempelli's Separations.


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CHESS WORDS OF WISDOM: Priciples, Methods and Essential Knowledge of Chess

By: Henebry, Mike
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Chess Words of Wisdom is made up of the crucial information mined from over 400 chess books (plus hundreds of magazine articles, videos, DVDs, web sites and various other sources) all condensed into this one remarkably complete - and one-of-a-kind - chess book. Chess Words of Wisdom quotes, paraphrases and summarizes the teachings of hundreds of experts, masters, IMs, GMs and eve a few scientists, scholars and generals. Essentially, all of the wisdom from thes important sources is in this one book! Chess Words of Wisdom is a digest of hundreds of years of chess knowledge from the greatest chess minds in history. Chess Words of Wisdom is unique in that it is all text. There are no diagrams or analysis at all in the book. There is not a single game in the entire book! Instead, the book is jam-packed with essential chess knowledge... in plain English! If you want to learn, if you want to thoroughly understand chess, Chess Words of Wisdom is for you. Chess Words of Wisdom is about "understanding" chess. There are no frills, cartoons or nonsense of any kind in it... just intense, cover-to-cover,
CHINESE KITES: AN ILLUSTRATED STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

CHINESE KITES: AN ILLUSTRATED STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

By: Xifa, Shi
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Learn to build and fly your own authentic traditional chinese kites with this user-friendly crafts book.

Kites and China are practically synonymous, since these childhood toys were originally invented there before becoming popular around the world. For over 2000 years, kites have been a common sight in China, from the imperial court to the common people, and over that time period the craftsmanship of the kite has been perfected--and includes a diversity and richness of styles.

In Chinese Kites, you'll learn not only the history and varied forms of the Chinese kite, but also how to produce, step-by-step, a beautiful Chinese kite of your own! Learn how to:

  • Create the kite's framework Paint colorful designs
  • Master the techniques of putting the painted cover on the framework
  • Fly your creation!
  • With Chinese Kites, you will be able to experience firsthand the joy of seeing a kite you made soaring across the sky.

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    COMPLETE CHESS COURSE: FROM BEGINNING TO WINNING CHESS

    By: Reinfeld, Fred
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    Generations of chess players have grown up on Fred Reinfeld's books. He has a way of reducing the most intricate, complicated combinations to their basic components. After Reinfeld explains a combination, it makes sense. Reinfeld not only taught us how to play the game well, but also implanted in us his enthusiastic passion for learning. His books are peppered throughout with words and phrases in italics to emphasize ideas. Moves are punctuated with single, double, and even triple exclamation marks and question marks to span the entire spectrum of emotions the moves conjure up. The Complete Chess Course is filled with advice on how to play better chess, regardless of how strong or weak a player you may be. It begins with the most fundamental ideas, reviewing the basic moves of the pieces and pawns, and continues with fantastic examples from the very best players. We are taken through a full course of chess strategy and tactics; he introduces us to the nine bad moves and how to refute them as well as how to avoid making them. We learn how to handle the white pieces and how to fight back with the black pieces. We get a much-needed lesson on how to win the game when we have gained a big advantage, and another, equally important lesson on how to put up the stiffest resistance when in an inferior position. We get treated to a full spectrum of the many ways to make the most of whatever position we get in one of the best chapters of any book I've seen: Book Six on How to Fight Back. Fred guides us through some master games, revealing the secrets of their struggles to overcome strong resistance. These secrets include how to meet the crisis; how to simplify; and the point of no return. Finally, we are treated to an introduction to the major openings, including what to strive for in gambits, classical structures, hypermodern structures, as well as off beat lines. Hint: play to control the center and develop your pieces. Absorb the material included in this volume and you will play chess at a fairly high level. Or read through it all and enjoy Fred's masterful explanations. In either case, you will be entranced by his enthusiasm for the intricate relationships the pieces experience in the context of a game or even a standout plan or combination.

    COSMIC STYLE 3 VOL

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    CUT AND ASSEMBLE ICOSAHEDRONS

    CUT AND ASSEMBLE ICOSAHEDRONS

    By: Torrence, Eve
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    When studying solid geometry, there is no substitute for holding a model in your hands, and this fun but challenging book offers that very opportunity. Twelve cut-and-assemble models of icosahedra offer children and professional mathematicians alike a tangible way to appreciate the structure and intrinsic beauty of polyhedra.
    The models range in difficulty from simple to complex. Some feature colors that reveal their relationships, and all five underlying shapes are rendered in white to emphasize their overall structure and to allow model-makers to color them as they wish. This hands-on educational activity book includes complete step-by-step instructions and diagrams for assembly plus mathematical explanations of the geometric shapes. Ideal classroom tools for teachers of high school and college geometry courses, these models are also charming diversions for papercraft hobbyists.
    DANGEROUS BOOK OF KENKEN: 100 VERY HARD LOGIC PUZZLES

    DANGEROUS BOOK OF KENKEN: 100 VERY HARD LOGIC PUZZLES

    By: Kenken Puzzle LLC
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    Puzzle fans have fallen for KenKen and now crave more challenging puzzles. The puzzles in this edition range in size from 6x6 grids to 9x9 grids and for the first time there will also be grids without application symbols. It's the ultimate KenKen challenge!

    This edition will also include How to Solve instructions and an introduction by puzzlemaster Will Shortz.

    Includes:
    *100 very challenging KenKen puzzles
    *Puzzles range in size from 6x6 grids to mind-bending 9x9 grids
    * Introduction and solving instructions by puzzlemaster Will Shortz

    DIC BASIC JOSEKI V2

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    DICTIONARY OF BASIC JOSEKI V3

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    DRAGONS AND OTHER FANTASTIC CREATURES IN ORIGAMI

    DRAGONS AND OTHER FANTASTIC CREATURES IN ORIGAMI

    By: Montroll, John
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    Fantasy-loving folders will rejoice in this enchanting collection of 27 original models by origami master John Montroll. Ranging from simple to complex, the figures include 10 types of dragons as well as a wizard, ogre, unicorn, phoenix, and other imaginary creatures. Illustrated instructions accompany each model, along with a brief chapter in an ongoing adventure story.
    Internationally renowned author John Montroll has significantly increased the origami repertoire with his original designs. Best known as the inspiration behind the single-square, no-cuts, no-glue approach, Montroll offers meticulously developed folding sequences that allow origamists to create better models with fewer steps.
    ENDGAME

    ENDGAME

    By: Davies, James
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    The endgame tends to be the neglected side of the game of go. This is strange indeed, for it also tends to be where the outcome is decided, and frequently accounts for about half the stones played.

    This volume, by a Japanese professional go player and a strong American amateur, seeks to rectify this situation by setting forth the basic tactics, strategies and counting techniques needed in the endgame.

    Everything from the smallest local tesujis to the global macroendgame is covered. With numerous examples and problems, many of them drawn from the Japanese author's professional games. The reader is encouraged to think for himself and, by doing so, will certainly become stronger.