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One of America's leading top Grandmasters Yasser Seirawan (FIDE 2703 as of December 1999) has produced an excellent "Winning" book series, which is highly appropriate for this section!..

Play Winning Chess (Winning series no.1)

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International grandmaster Yasser Seirawan has a knack for communicating not only the playing of the game, but also an enthusiasm for it. In this first of a four part series, Seirawan talks to the chess novice. He explains the game's development and basics of play, sharing stories of some of the wild and wonderful characters from chess history and Seirawan's own experiences. The language is simple and nontechnical enough for the greenest newcomer, who will hardly seem green at all after absorbing the lessons of this terrific introduction to chess. 

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Winning Chess Tactics (Winning series, no.2) 

Yasser Seirawan comments
A guide to the typical tactics that appear in chess games.

This was the second book in the five book Microsoft Winning Chess Series. The most beautiful aspects of chess are the combinations and tactics that appear in almost all chess games. I designed Winning Chess Tactics with the aim of showing typical tactical chess patterns. WCT covers all the basic and advanced tactics from pins, forks, double attacks, to X-Rays and Zwishenzugs. The positions are instructional and entertaining.

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Winning Chess Strategies (Winning series, no.3) 

Yasser Seirawan comments
Teaching the reader to make the correct chess plans.

Most players pummel one another with little rhyme or reason. A favored piece or pawn calls out and immediately gets pushed or captured. WCS was written for the amateur player in mind. Learn how to make plans for any time of position.

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Winning Chess Brilliancies (Winning series no.4) 

Yasser Seirawan comments

Winning Chess Brilliancies (WCB) is the fourth in the five book Microsoft Winning Chess series. It is an in depth look at a dozen of the most brilliant chess games played in the modern era. WCB weaves together all the lessons and principles of the other books in the series to show how in the hands of the worlds best chess players they are able to create works of art. This book is a joyous celebration of chess at its highest levels. I've done my best to allow players of all levels to understand the reasons behind every move made. Comments and diagrams galore. This book was a dream come true for me and I enjoyed writing it immensely.

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Winning Chess Openings (Winning series no.5) 

Yasser Seirawan comments
A fun filled tour de force of chess openings.
Winning Chess Openings is the fifth book in the Microsoft Press instructional chess series. This work which I designed to be read out of turn guides amateur and club player alike through the most difficult part of a chess game: the opening. The reader is given all the information about classical and modern openings and defenses which will suit their style. The presentation of the material is how I was taught to learn openings.
 

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Winning Chess Endings (Winning series no.6) 

Yasser Seirawan comments

An enjoyable romp throught the mysteries of chess endings.
Winning Chess Endings represents the sixth and final book in the Microsoft Winning Chess book series. This work took me three years to write as it is on the most difficult aspect of chess -- the endings. I wanted the book to be both instructional and entertaining. A difficult task considering the subject at hand. Much like Winning Chess Openings, my approach was to teach the endings in exactly the same way that I learned them. The examples were chosen with a great deal of care and feature many of my own critical chess endings. This book was written with much affection and awe of those players who have played such fascinating and wonderful endings. This work was intended as a highly unusual approach to chess endings -- a book to enjoy.

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Chess for Tigers by Simon Webb

I hold this book responsible for enabling me to win the Lloyds Under 18 junior national chess tournament beating 3 people 30+ points higher than me in the process. It provides very practical advice about winning. This includes using statistics to guide you in your choice of openings, and more fundamentally to find out what sort of positions you excel in, and try and steer towards these types of positions. The emphasis is clearly on winning, not necessarily improving, because playing continually to your strengths may slow down one's development as a fully rounded player.

Reviewer:Tryfon

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Win at Chess - Ron Curry

This is a complete book promising to improve your chess. It is divided into four sections. Section One takes a brief look at opening play. The majority of the book comprises of Section Two, the middlegame. Section Three looks at endgame technique and Section Four contains advice for practice and progress including study lesson games and solitaire chess games where you have to chose the correct move to play in a game. The middlegame section includes good advice on analysing a position to determine the best move available, tactics, combinations and sacrifices, attacking the king etc. The advice given in this book is very good.

Reviewer: Janet

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