The Blogger's Chess Books for Sale

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Updated June 26, 2014

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Behind Deep Blue: Building the Computer that Defeated the World Chess Champion
  • ISBN:0691090653
  • Author(s):Feng-Hsiung Hsu
  • Publisher:Princeton University Press
  • Publication date:2002-09-16
  • Edition:--
  • Binding:Hardcover
  • Volume(s):1
  • Pages:320
  • $ 4
On May 11, 1997, as millions worldwide watched a stunning victory unfold on television, a machine shocked the chess world by defeating the defending world champion, Garry Kasparov. Written by the man who started the adventure, Behind Deep Blue reveals the inside story of what happened behind the scenes at the two historic Deep Blue vs. Kasparov matches. This is also the story behind the quest to create the mother of all chess machines. The book unveils how a modest student project eventually produced a multimillion dollar supercomputer, from the development of the scientific ideas through technical setbacks, rivalry in the race to develop the ultimate chess machine, and wild controversies to the final triumph over the world's greatest human player.
In nontechnical, conversational prose, Feng-hsiung Hsu, the system architect of Deep Blue, tells us how he and a small team of fellow researchers forged ahead at IBM with a project they'd begun as students at Carnegie Mellon in the mid-1980s: the search for one of the oldest holy grails in artificial intelligence--a machine that could beat any human chess player in a bona fide match. Back in 1949 science had conceived the foundations of modern chess computers but not until almost fifty years later--until Deep Blue--would the quest be realized.
Hsu refutes Kasparov's controversial claim that only human intervention could have allowed Deep Blue to make its decisive, "uncomputerlike" moves. In riveting detail he describes the heightening tension in this war of brains and nerves, the "smoldering fire" in Kasparov's eyes. Behind Deep Blue is not just another tale of man versus machine. This fascinating book tells us how man as genius was given an ultimate, unforgettable run for his mind, no, not by the genius of a computer, but of man as toolmaker.

Learn from the Legends: Chess Champions at Their Best
  • ISBN:9197524328
  • Author(s):Mihail Marin
  • Publisher:Quality Chess
  • Publication date:2005  
  • Edition:1st
  • Binding:Paperback
  • Volume(s):1
  • Pages:312  
  • $ 12.00  
The best chess from the best players! In this ambitious work, Mihail Marin examines and explains the contribution of the chess legends who influenced his own development. This personal journey into the best chess of yesterday is guaranteed to help the readers in their games, because, as we all know: those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The chapters in this book discuss:
* Rubinstein’s excellent rook endgame technique
* Alekhine’s expertise with the heavy pieces
* Botvinnik’s ability for deep analysis
* Tal’s handling of heavy pieces vs. minor pieces
* Petrosian’s positional exchange sacrifices
* Fischer’s strength with the king’s bishop
* Karpov’s handling of bishops of opposite color
* Korchnoi the rebel

Play the French, 3rd (Cadogan Chess Books)
  • ISBN:1857443373
  • Author(s):John Watson
  • Publisher:Everyman Chess
  • Publication date:2004-01-01
  • Edition:3rd
  • Binding:Paperback
  • Volume(s):1
  • Pages:272
$ 8   
After the immense success of the first two editions, the chess world has been anticipating the next instalment with baited breath... and now the wait is over! Once again this is a fully revised edition of John Watson's classic Play the French, providing Black with a complete repertoire in the French Defence, one of the most strategically and dynamically complex opening systems. As is typical with his books, Watson often arms the reader with not one, but a choice of two and sometimes three lines against every main variation. Watson also presents a thorough grounding on the positional and tactical aspects of the opening and outlines the typical plans for both White and Black. This is particularly welcome for those newcomers wishing to add the French Defence to their openings armoury. Last, but not least, hardened French Defence devotees will find plenty of original analysis and suggestions to sink their teeth into.
The previous editions of Play the French were amongst the most powerful opening books of the 1980s and 90s, and this only added to the large number of French Defence advocates at every level of chess. Now Watson has updated his analysis for French Defence players of the new millennium.

Secrets of Practical Chess (Gambit chess)
  • ISBN:1901983013
  • Author(s):John Nunn
  • Publisher:Gambit Publications
  • Publication date:1998-03
  • Edition:--
  • Binding:Paperback
  • Volume(s):1
  • Pages:176
$ 8
What is the best way to improve your chess results? Memorizing an opening encyclopaedia, learning endgame theory, solving puzzle positions ... there must be an easier way. How about making the most of your existing talent? In a new and enlarged edition of a highly popular work, John Nunn helps you to do precisely that. Drawing upon more than three decades of experience, he provides advice that will help players of all standards, playing styles and temperaments to achieve improved results. His methods take into account psychological factors and are firmly based on good common sense and the objectivity that has made John Nunn one of the world's favourite writers on chess.

Grand Prix Attack: f4 Against the Sicilian (The Macmillan Chess Library)
  • ISBN:0020114303
  • Author(s):Julian Hodgson, Lawrence Day
  • Publisher:Collier Books
  • Publication date:1985-06
  • Edition:First Paperback
  • Binding:Paperback
  • Volume(s):--
  • Pages:89
  • Marked Cover
$ 2

Lasker's Greatest Chess Games, 1889-1914
  • ISBN:0486214508
  • Author(s):Fred Reinfeld, Reuben Fine
  • Publisher:Dover Pubns
  • Publication date:1965-06
  • Edition:--
  • Binding:Paperback
  • Volume(s):1
  • Pages:165
  • Descriptive Notation
  • Well-worn
$ 2

Play the French (Cadogan Chess Books)
  • ISBN:185744101X
  • Author(s):John Watson
  • Publisher:Everyman Chess
  • Publication date:1996-02-28
  • Edition:2nd
  • Binding:Paperback
  • Volume(s):1
  • Pages:224
$ 6

The Ultimate Pirc: Comprehensive Coverage of an Exciting Modern Opening
  • ISBN:0713482214
  • Author(s):John Nunn, Colin McNab
  • Publisher:Batsford
  • Publication date:1998
  • Edition:0
  • Binding:Paperback
  • Volume(s):1
  • Pages:320
$ 6
The Pirc is a modern chess opening whose unbalanced nature usually leads to eventful play and a decisive outcome. A perfect complement to John Nunn's earlier work, The Complete Pirc, a guide to pawn structures and their importance in forming and executing plans.

Starting Out: Sicilian Sveshnikov  - $ 11

No opening in recent times has captured the imagination of the chess public more than the Sicilian Sveshnikov. Initially popularized in the 1970s, the Sveshnikov has exploded onto the chess scene at the highest levels and is now regarded by many experts as one of Blacks most promising answers to 1 e4. One of its major attractions is that more often than not the opening leads to incredibly sharp and complex play. In such situations both sides must play with extreme accuracy just to stay on the board as a single slip may lead to disaster!

ISBN-13: 9781857444315
ISBN-10: 1857444310
Author: John Cox
Edition: 1st
Binding: Paperback
Physical Description: 5.9"x8.9"x0.8"; 0.9 lb; 271 pages
Publisher: Everyman Chess
Published: May 2007

French Classical (Everyman Chess) - $ 8

In this book, International Master Byron Jacobs offers a fresh look at the Classical variation of the French Defence, which has been popular for nearly a century.

ISBN-13: 9781857442328
ISBN-10: 1857442326
Author: Byron Jacobs
Edition: 1st
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Everyman Chess
Physical Description: 176 pages
Published: September 2001

Soltis Variation of the Yugoslav Attack (Studies in Contemporary Opening Theory)  - $ 9

ISBN-13: 9781886040168
ISBN-10: 1886040168
Author: Steve Mayer
Binding: Paperback
Physical Description: 5.5"x8.4"x1.0"; 1.0 lb; 333 pages
Publisher: Hypermodern Press
Published: June 1995

Sveshnikov Sicilian - $ 6

Grandmaster Mikhail Krasenkov is one of the leading experts on the Sveshnikov variation of the Sicilian Defense, one of the shaprest and most combative of all chess openings. Krasenkov, also author of the bestselling The Open Spanish, discusses the main ideas of the Sveshnikov Sicilian and provides a highly instructive selection of illustrative games to explain the key ideas.

ISBN-13: 9781857441239
ISBN-10: 1857441230
Author: Mikhail Krasenkov
Binding: Paperback
Physical Description: 5.7"x8.2"x0.4"; 0.5 lb; 160 pages
Publisher: Everyman Chess
Published: November 1996

Play the Sveshnikov - $ 6

ISBN-13: 9781880673171
ISBN-10: 1880673177
Author: Michael Rohde
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Hays Publishing,U.S.
Published: May 2001

The Complete Najdorf 6 Bg5

ISBN-13: 9781879479456
ISBN-10: 1879479451
Author: John Nunn
Edition: 1st
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: ICE ; International Chess Enterprises
Published: July 1997

My Price:  $ 7

Sicilian Taimanov

ISBN-13: 9781901259018
ISBN-10: 1901259013
Author: James Plaskett
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Chess Press
Published: December 0000

My Price:  $ 8

The Slav
Matthew Sadler, 
Everyman Chess
ISBN: 1901259005   Edition: Paperback; 1997-03-01

Book Details:

Physical Description: 6.2"x9.0"x0.4"; 144 pages; 0.6 lb
Edition Info: Paperback; 1997-03-01

My Price:  $ 8

The Sicilian with...Qb6: Dynamic Surprise Weapons (Openings)

ISBN-13: 9780713482386
ISBN-10: 0713482389
Author: Zoran Ilic
Edition: illustrated edition
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Batsford
Published: June 2003
My Price:  $ 7

Scandinavian Defence – the Dynamic 3…Qd6 – Melts (2001) 214 pages $ 7

Secrets of Spectacular Chess (1st edition) – Levitt and Friedgood - $ 8

Dynamic Chess    $ 5
Publisher: Dover Publications
ISBN: 0486216764   DDC: 794.1   Edition: Paperback; 1966-06-01


Book Details:

Physical Description: 5.4"x8.5"x0.4"; 0.6 lb; 195 pages
Edition Info: Paperback; 1966-06-01
Descriptive Notation

Kings of chess  $ 5
Kings of chess; chess champions of the twentieth century: Lasker, Capablanca, Alkehine, Euwe, and Botvinnik
William Winter,
Publisher: New York, Dover Publications [1966]
ISBN: 0486215563   DDC: 794.159   LCC: GV1438  


"An unabridged and corrected republication of the work originally
published ... in 1954."


Dewey Class: 794.159 -- Indoor games of skill
LCC Number: GV1438

Book Details:

Language: eng
Physical Description: 271 p. illus., ports. 22 cm.
Descriptive Notation

Bobby Fischer rediscovered  - $ 9
Andy Soltis,
Publisher: London :
Batsford ; 2003.
ISBN: 0713488468   DDC: 794.159   LCC: GV1439  
Includes indexes.
Book Details:
Language: eng
Physical Description: 286 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

World Champion at the Third Attempt
   $ 8
  • ISBN:1901983110
  • Author(s):Grigory Sanakoev
  • Publisher:Gambit Publications
  • Publication date:1999-05-01
  • Edition:--
  • Binding:Paperback
  • Volume(s):1
  • Pages:256

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