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Chess Shopper's Guide

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Books and CDs

USCF Sales / Chess Cafe
ChessCafe recently took over sales for the USCF and has expanded its inventory accordingly. Excellent service, quality products, and a very user-friendly website. Chess Cafe also publishes some excellent books under their own imprint.

ChessBaseUSA Online Store
Best known for their CDs. It appeared they were headed for status as a major bookseller (after they absorbed Chess Digest), but I have not seen that materialize.

Amazon.com
The best all-purpose book portal around. The site includes reader reviews and a network of used and out-of-print booksellers.


Index of Topics
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Wholesale Chess Store
For those who buy in bulk!

Abebooks.com
One of the best places to go to track down out-of-print or tough-to-find books. The Abe Books site offers links to tons of other shops, many not included in Amazon's network.

Ebay
The well-known auction site is also a fun place to shop for old books and bargains. You never know what treasures will appear.

The London Chess Center's Shop
An excellent source, especially for Batsford Books.

ChessBase Shop
Links directly to their CD shop, where you can pick up the latest versions of Fritz and friends for your engine collection.

Chess Central
Offering an interesting selection of their own electronic chess materials, including unusual databases. Also resells other CDs, programs, and books.

Chessco (Thinker's Press)
One of the best off-beat printers and distributors of chess books.

Fred Wilson Chess Books
If you are ever in New York's "chess district," you will have to drop by Wilson's shop at 80 East 11th Street, Suite 334. It's tucked away in an old office building. And though it's a small space, it has a surprisingly rich collection of materials for sale. You never know what great used and new books he'll have. Check out his catalogue online.

Chess Digest Books
I list this site just for the sake of completeness, but it appears that the Chess Digest company that Ken Smith founded has been absorbed by ChessBaseUSA and that its book inventory has been taken up by Cardoza Publishing.

The Chess Player by Georgi Orlov
An interesting site featuring articles, instruction, and opinion.

Convekta
Previously Chess Assistant. A good variety of material, including downloadable databases, analyzed games, and other instructional material.

Everybookstore.com
A great meta-search engine for finding the best price on books.

ChessAid
A well organized but limited chess shop.

Schachverlag Kania
German-language book site.

ChessMix
Like Chess Central, this British site offers some of their own CDs and downloads of games and analysis in unusual lines.

Bad Bishop Videos and DVDs
An excellent collection, mostly devoted to the openings.

Schachversand Niggeman
German bookseller.

Editorial Paidotribo
In Spanish. Click the link for "Ajedrez." An extensive selection of books.

Caissa Italia
Italian language editions of popular and classic titles.

 

Publishers
You can order direct from publishers, and with some small publishers this may be your best way of getting their books. More importantly you can get great information about upcoming books from these sites.

Batsford Chess Books
This British publisher puts out some of the best titles. See upcoming titles and sign up for their newsletter for even more info.

Chessco (Thinker's Press)
One of the best off-beat printers and distributors of chess books.

Cardoza Publishing
Associated with Eric Schiller. Produces a number of mass market titles.

Everyman Chess Books
Publishers of truly excellent books, from Kasparaov's Predecessors series to opening monographs and all sorts of things in between.

Gambit Publications and Bad Bishop Videos
Two wonderful series of instructional chess materials.

McFarland
Excellent, academic-quality publisher of chess history and biography.

Moravian Chess Publishing
Publisher of wonderful chess histories and classic reprints. Anyone interested in the history of chess should know about this site.

Sahovsky Informator
The publishers of ECO and the Informant series of chess books and CDs.

Syzygy Books
A variety of interesting opening books here (and a great word to know for Scrabble).

Other Materials

Wholesale Chess Store
The best shop for bulk purchases of teaching, tournament, school, or club supplies.

Chess Forum
Excellent selection of chess sets and other items.

Polish Wooden Chess Sets Exporter
The best wooden sets in the world are made in Poland. This seems to be one of the better places to buy them (unless you are visiting Krakow any time soon).

 

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Contact: Michael Goeller, goeller@rci.rutgers.edu
Last modified: June 25, 2004
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