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CHESS OPENINGS FOR WHITE

CHESS OPENINGS FOR WHITE

Author: ALBURT
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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

Author: BONTEMPE
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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

Author: 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

Author: BIN, LIU
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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.

    COMMON SENSE IN CHESS

    Author: LASKER, EMANUEL
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    From the day when he won the World's Chess Championship from Steinitz in 1894 to his defeat by Capablanca in 1921, Emanuel Lasker reigned as the undisputed chess genius of the world. Though surely his unique talent cannot be transmitted, the basic principles upon which his chess mastery was based are outlined clearly and succinctly for the benefit of all chess enthusiasts in his "Common Sense in Chess."
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    COMPLETE CHESS COURSE: FROM BEGINNING TO WINNING CHESS

    Author: 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

    Author: TAKEMIYA
    $49.00
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    CUT AND ASSEMBLE ICOSAHEDRONS

    CUT AND ASSEMBLE ICOSAHEDRONS

    Author: 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

    Author: MIYAMOTO, TETSUYA SHORTZ, WILL
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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

    Author: KISEIDO
    $24.95
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