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certainratio 246 ( +1 | -1 )
chess book giveaway I am quitting chess so that I may pursue mathematics with
all of my energies. Thus, I no longer have need for my
chess books. I would like to see them get a good home, though.
I would like to mail them to anyone in the United States who
might like to have them. The books are:

_Test Your Endgame Ability_ by Jon Speelman
522 startling and breathtaking endings with
complete solutions. Not for the beginner.

_Pandolfini's Endgame Course_ by Bruce Pandolfini
239 basic endgames. A good first course in

_Kasparov and Deep Blue_ by Bruce Pandolfini
Complete analysis of the 1997 match and a
record of the 1996 match. The analysis is
easy to follow and there are entertaining sidebars.

_Winning with the Smith-Morra Gambit_ by Graham Burgess
190 pages of dense analysis in the context of actual
GM games. Not for the beginning student of opening

_The Closed Spanish: Karpoz/Zaitsev Systems_ by Anatoly
130 pages of dense analysis with actual games.

_Chess Master...At Any Age_ by Rolf Wetzell
An inspirational book if nothing else. The book answers
these questions: What makes up chess strength?
How does chess strength typically change? What are
the most effective, most efficient means to improve
chess strength? Besides giving some chess instruction,
the author tells how to study, think, lose misconceptions,
and overcome.

If you are interested in acquiring any of these books, reply here.
I would like to see these books go to the right people. If you
already have a big chess library full of half-read books, please
give someone else a chance. The openings books should go
to strong players, preferably to people interested in those particular
openings. The _Chess Master..._ book should go to someone
who is not young and who has reached a plateau in playing
strength. Pandolfini's endgame book is good for an under 1600
player who hasn't studied the endgame before. The other
endgame book should go to someone who has a lot of time on
their hands and enjoys solving difficult endgame studies--probably
someone over 1600.

Please respond here stating the titles of 1, 2, or 3 books that you
would like to own. First come, first serve. The queue of messages
in this thread will be proof of who asked first. There is no charge.
I will pay the postage.

certainratio 22 ( +1 | -1 )
remember I would like to keep my costs down by mailing these books
only within the United States. Sorry. Besides, the United
States could use some help in the chess world.

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mettlesome 22 ( +1 | -1 )
Oh come on.... Keep them, you'll want them one day....

Lots of people take up chess after a few years away and remeber their first chess books with misty tears in their eyes....

certainratio 33 ( +1 | -1 )
but... For one, I've already read them (mostly).
Two, I really need to purge myself of everything related to
is eating away at my time.
Three, I only bought them because I had plans of some day
becoming the World Champion, and now I am resigned to the
fact that this could never happen. Ah...the woes of a perfectionist.

v_glorioso12 12 ( +1 | -1 )
ummm... i was thinking... what would
_Chess Master...At Any Age_ by Rolf Wetzell
be for? am i probably around who should read it?
tulkos 19 ( +1 | -1 )
well, I need to learn the endings, I think Pandolfini's Endgame Course would be some I could learn from a lot. since you have offered, I would like that book.
tulkos 1 ( +1 | -1 )
*oops, I meant *something.
druleeparsec 44 ( +1 | -1 )
I'm sorry to hear that you're thinking of putting chess aside. But I also wish you well in your math pursuits.

Can you believe it? One of my chess goals/new year's resolutions was not to buy any more chess books this year (read the ones I have instead). So even though you're giving them away I'd still have a tough time explaining to my wife "No honey I didn't 'buy' them. Honest!"

Best of luck to you.
v_glorioso12 2 ( +1 | -1 )
skeeterss0 37 ( +1 | -1 )
Would love to have this book. _Winning with the Smith-Morra Gambit_ by Graham Burgess

I'm just getting back into chess...and I am in need of good material to read up on. I would Love to have this Smith-Morra Gambit book. I am even willing to pay the postage if you like. Email me and I can give you my address. My email address is

tulkos 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Thats a good idea. I will pay postage for either The Closed Spanish or Pandolfini's endgame course.
mettlesome 82 ( +1 | -1 )
certainratio As I said a lot of people end up coming back to chess when they're ready for it, but I heartily respect your decision to leave chess......

BUT.....honestly, everyone needs something to do on their own (even if a close and happy marriage), and I think that chess is (if you keep it in it's place! (and don't spend hours and hours in front of the computer alone, ignoring your wife and family...............)

Anyway....I was saying that it's actually a GREAT hanging out with the boys down at the local café (read 'pub' in many countries) to watch the football, no Wednesday night training sessions folowed by the game on Saturday for those rugby or League players........

Well, you get the idea, you can be a chess player (even a GOOD chess player) AND have a normal life....

Anyway, just food for thought....

jaflake 25 ( +1 | -1 )
First of all, I have no idea why you would want to get rid of your books, but I cannot refuse the offer. I need a good match book, so could I get the the Kasparov and Deep Blue book? Of course, I couldn't let you pay the shipping cost, so I would cover it.
ordinary_man 10 ( +1 | -1 )
I for one.... would love to read Chess MAster at any Age! If it is up for grabs I would gladly pay for the shipping.

certainratio 6 ( +1 | -1 )
not gone I'll be back Monday to sort through
these messages.
t0ned0g 8 ( +1 | -1 )
I wouldn't mind the endgame book by Spielmann......or the Smith morra book!
triangulator 16 ( +1 | -1 )
hey cool could I have "_Kasparov and Deep Blue_ by Bruce Pandolfini" I live in OK and I got a ton o my own money, if it is to much to send it I could pay you for the shipping- e-mail me at
triangulator 16 ( +1 | -1 )
hey cool could I have "_Kasparov and Deep Blue_ by Bruce Pandolfini" I live in OK and I got a ton o my own money, if it is to much to send it I could pay you for the shipping- e-mail me at
triangulator 18 ( +1 | -1 )
and sorry you are leaving, good luck to you and your new carrer- and tulkos- do you want both of those books, or just 1- just asking cus you phrased it like you wanted 1 or the other
certainratio 132 ( +1 | -1 )
final selections Thanks for responding, and sorry to those of
you who requested a book that had already been
requested. Here is who I will give the books to:

1. Speelman (Endgame) t0ned0g
2. Pandolfini (Endgame) tulkos
3. Pandolfini (Deep Blue) jaflake
4. Burgess (Smith-Morra) skeeterss0
5. Bikhovsky (Closed Spanish) tulkos
6. Wetzell (Chess Master) ordinary_man

I have skeeterss0's email and I will write to
request his mailing address. The rest of you
can send me a private message, giving me your
mailing address, or if you prefer, an email
address where I can write to request your mailing

Thanks also to those of you who offered to pay
the shipping cost. I may take you up on that.
I think there is a book rate at the post office
that should be pretty low. If it is only a dollar
per book, I don't want to bother anyone with sending a check back to me through the mail with
a 40 cent postage stamp (actually, I don't recall
right now how much a stamp costs!). I never did
this before, but does anyone know if the post
office allows one to send packages through the
mail without paying, with the promise that the
party at the receiving end will pay the postage?
I don't know how that works.

By the way, the books are all in at least fair
condition, and most are in excellent condition.
kingcrusher22 22 ( +1 | -1 )
So you have No more? I would love to start to study the game of chess but I have no books... I would love to have one so if u have any more I would love for you to let me know... thanx and good luck with your math
honololou 16 ( +1 | -1 )
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