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Chess training for post-beginners : a basic course in positional understanding
by Yaroslav. Srokovski Details
After you have learned the rules of chess and developed some tactical abilities, how do you go from there? You are now ready to tackle basic issues of strategy, but what is the best way to improve and win more games? Of course, you have to train. But chess training only makes sense if it fits your level of play and if it is structured in an accessible way. Experienced chess trainer Yaroslav Srokovski has developed a practical, well-structured, compact first course in positional understanding. You will learn two fundamental skills: how to assess a position on the board and how to decide which long-term objectives you should aim for in what sort of positions. In 12 chapters Srokovksi teaches you things like: how to handle your pawns, what weak squares and strong squares are, bad pieces and good pieces, why it is important if your king is in the middle or not, why and how to get an open line, the problem of knight against bishop, what piece coordination means and why everyone talks about the bishop pair. This course, which includes many exercises, is tried and tested and ideally suited to bring post-beginners at their next level.
Parlor games : amusements and entertainments for everyone
by Roy. Finamore Details
Opening the door to the fun-filled frolics and cerebral sports of yesteryear, Parlor Games presents more than 150 games, puzzles, and activities that will turn any gathering into a festival of laughter and delight. From old favorites like Twenty Questions, Charades, and Blind Man's Bluff to less familiar amusements (including such intriguingly named gems as My Lady's Toilet, The Leg of Mutton, and the One-Yard Dash), the pastimes of gentler times come to life again in this charming and beautifully designed anthology. An indispensable resource for hosts and hostesses looking for novel cocktail-hour or after-dinner entertainment and for moms and dads looking for original and engaging activities for birthday parties or rainy afternoons, Parlor Games provides complete instructions for intellectually challenging paper-and-pencil and memory games as well as such exciting indoor athletic competitions as the Bun Race.
Perfect party games
by Stephen. Curtis Details
Whether you need some ideas to keep everyone entertained at a family get-together or you're organising a big do for your child's whole primary-school class, you're bound to find inspiration in this collection of over 200 fun-filled games.
The best bar trivia book ever : all you need for pub quiz domination
by Michael. O'Neill Details
Brimming with answers to popular questions like these, "The Best Bar Trivia Book Ever" arms you with the knowledge your team needs to annihilate your bar trivia competition. This must-have guide features hundreds of facts, covering everything from sports and pop culture to history and science, so that you're always ready to deliver the ultimate trivia smackdown. You'll also get all the ins and outs of your favorite event with information on important bar trivia rules, assembling a team, and claiming victories week after week.
The darts bible
by 1965- Norton Details
Everything you need to know about the game of darts, from the history of the game,to how to pick the right arrows, correct stance, game plan, strategies, and more.
The illustrated principles of pool and billiards
by David G. Alciatore Details
Master one of the world's most popular games with the help of a mechanical engineering professor who has a passion for pool. More than 80 principles of the game, presented with 250-plus precisely scaled illustrations and photographs, offer players of all levels a thorough overview of the fundamentals of 8-ball and 9-ball, including grip and stance, basic shots, position play and strategy, bank and kick shots, and advanced techniques such as carom and jump shots.
The step-by-step guide to playing 250 world's best card games : including Bridge, Poker, family games and solitaires
by Jeremy. Harwood Details
"Learn how to play classics such as Baccarat, Cribbage, Go Fish, Gin Rummy and Kaluki. Clearly explained with more than 1200 easy-to-follow photographs and illustrations; with a special focus on poker games, rules and winning strategies, skills and tactics, and useful tips for players at all levels as well as expert guidance for professional players."
Unbored games : serious fun for everyone
by 1967- Glenn Details
There are more than seventy games here, 50 of them all new, plus many more recommendations, and they cover the full gambit, from old-fashioned favorites to today's high-tech games.
Winning table tennis
by 1954- Seemiller Details
The book features 29 drills for developing better shot-making skills. Seemiller's creative shot and grip innovations will give players an edge. The 124 photos and illustrations make it easy for players to learn the proper techniques and sharpen skills. Plus, the book offers drill variations designed to hone the skills of advanced players and professionals.
Updated 08/24/2015

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