What's New November 2012

(updated 22nd Nov 2012)

Top 20 Selling Items
November 2012


1 Hundreds of books all less 40%   Semi-Retirement Sale
2 Dozens of quality wooden chess sets/boards less 30%
3 Fritz 13 (latest software version) Regular price $99 less 30% $69.30
4 Novag Carnelian chess computer mid-range $175
5 DGT-2010 Digital clock (Netherlands) Reduced to $99.90
6 Large Red/white heavily weighted Staunton pattern chess set $32.95
7 Wooden folding magnetic set was $59.95 now $42.00
8 Book: Garry  Kasparov on Garry Kasparov Part 1 1973-1985 h/c (2011) Reduced to $54.95
9 Magnetic set/board large b/w $26.95
10 Novag Star Opal chess computer $99
11 The Doeberl Cup (Book) 50 years (2012) 336 large pages $39.95
12 Standard tournament chess set $16.95
13 Standard tournament chess board (roll up $7.95), folding $16.95
14 DGT Easy latest version black and beyond with batteries $59.95
15 Spin chess medallions on ribbon $8.95 gold/silver/bronze (3+ less 10%)
16 Magnetic demonstration board and prices $69.95
17 Studio Anne Carlton ceramic sets all less 50%
18 Giant Outdoor Garden set King 64cm $595
19 Small Outdoor Garden set king 31cm $195
20 DGT 960 Digital chess clock was $69.95 now $48.95

See Masterfile Catalogue 1992-2013 (updated Nov 12)
See Monthly updates (updated Nov 12)

Houdini 3- Standard multiprocessor version - $99

         Supports up to six cores and four GB of hash

         12 months Playchess.com (classic)


Give in to the magic of this program! Only two years ago the Houdini chess engine stormed to the top of the ranking lists, and since then has been the uncontested number one chess engine in the world. The secret of its success: Houdini introduces pure magic into the game of chess! The engine of Belgian programmer Robert Houdart finds tricks in places where the other engines can see nothing. The new version, Houdini 3, goes even further, providing the chess world with yet another increase in playing strength: at least 50 Elo points, thanks to a host improvements in its search algorithms. They manifest themselves in different ways, in various phases of the game. In the opening Houdini 3 demonstrates an even more subtle understanding of space and activity; in the middlegame the program spots quicker than before when pieces are in danger of being dominated; and in the endgame the right evaluations and solutions to problems are found much sooner thanks to a faster, deeper search. During the course of this new development and the fine tuning of the engine Houdini played, believe it or not, ten million test games! Houdini 3 is supplied with the latest Deep Fritz 13 chess interface and thus puts at your disposal all the training and analysis functions of the world's premium chess program. Included in the package are a one-year classic membership to the chess server Playchess.com, online access to the worlds largest analysis database Lets Check* and the use of the ChessBase Engine Cloud.
Houdini 3 includes:

*Access to Lets Check until 31.12.2015

System requirements

Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), DirectX9 graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9 and Internet access to activate the program, Playchess.com, Lets Check, Engine Cloud and updates. Recommended: PC Intel Core i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows 7 (64 Bit) or Windows 8 (64 Bit), DirectX10 graphics card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD ROM drive and Internet access to activate the program, Playchess.com, Lets Check, Engine Cloud and updates.

New Books!

Chess Developments: The Pirc - $39.95

by James Vigus

The Greatest Ever Chess Strategies - $39.95

by Sam Collins

Lessons with a Grandmaster 2: Improve your tactical vision and dynamic play with Boris Gulko - $43.95

by Boris Gulko and Dr. Joel R. Sneed

The Modern Defence: Move by Move - $44.95

by Cyrus Lakdawala

Study Chess with Matthew Sadler - $39.95

by Matthew Sadler


New In Chess 2012/7 - $18.95
Olympiad Special
by The NIC Editorial team

The Dynamic Benko Gambit (2012) - $49.95
An Attacking Repertoire for Black
by Sergey Kasparov

The Magic Tactics of Mikhail Tal (2012) - $43.95
Learn from the Legend
by Karsten Mller, Raymund Stolze