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If you have Used Books

toSell-Read Th"is!.
As the Somester and approachesAbringing with it a priod of heavy
book !clling by students ULICiHS would like to mrvi w with you thir
Used books fall into several catogoois, each of which because of the
law of supply and diomand has its own price t g. Lot s exploro those
various caotgoos for your guidance.
A textbook of current ropyright used on our campus and which the
Teanching Depart ment involved has approved for re- use in upcoming
semresters has the highest markot valu, If Ut 1IC'S nods copios
of this book we will offer a minimum of 0%'t off the list price for copios
in good physical condition. When we have sufficient stock of a title
for the ctoming i mestr , UILICH'Swill offor a "WHOLSAL I PRICE"
which will be expliinod later in this urticle. (THISISS ONE IRASON
FOR SLLING ALH L YOUR USED IOKS as soon as you aic fiish d
with theml)
Paperback aro classified in two groups: A Text pap rbacks; ;. Trade
Paper backs.
A, t ext Paperbacks will be purchased from you as Class I books
H3. ti Paper backs would draw an approxirmate offer of 2Y0 of the
list prc when in oxcellont condition
Some of the abovo Class I or Cahss II books will be offered which havo
tornbindins, loose pages, Iarge amounts of highlighting'and Lnrldev
linng, or other physical defectsI1 hllse will be pr iced down accor ding
to tho ostimati dcost of )t par or salablity

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The Queen's Gambit
by Wulter lTevis
mndlrom fI0u-~, )4;3 Imq-, $1:3,9)
By Tania Ev an
I E; hR(YrTCA of che.s: games played
out in highlight Is a string of
namedropping moves by stars such as
L opez, Capablanca, Rashevsky, Mor-
phy, and Tarrasch, with authorial
reliance upon and gratitude to Karpov,
Fischer, and Spassky.
Though the plot is as predictable to
the adult palate as chocolate ice cream,
the story of Beth Harmon's exploitation
of her own chess talent is interesting
enough. At eight, she is mesmerized by
the playing board of the janitor at the
orphanage as he works out openings
and combinations by himself. From
this inauspicious beginning that in-
cludes an institution-instilled addiction
to tranquilizers and a long, forced ab-
stinance from her beloved game, Beth
wins enough championships to get into
the gruelling combat in Moscow.
quoting the best board manuevers of
the greats.
This clear, sparse book translates
chess into a sport exciting even to an

indifferent layman, but it hasn't the
jaded panache of Walter Tevis' earlier
book about poolroom gambles, The
"ustler, nor does it offer Imaginative
plot equal to the intergalactic, high Iech
affair of The Man Who Fell To Earth.
While it tautly plays out a virtuous tryst
developing between Beth Harmon, or-
phan and prodigy, and the "Brainy"
wins of chess, the book's basic flaw is a
major one: character juvenility. Beth
is too nistrustful and isolated to in-
teract with other characters to make a
humanly complex novel, but hers is a
highly attuned ear at the heartbeat of
chess, and that pulse is the best of the
Chess masters use beautifully con-
strued, aggressive board strategy. It's
not hard to want players to duplicate
these wily intricacies in their lives.
Well, in the next inlstallment perhaps.
Tevis focuses her on defenses, en-
dgames, checkmates, material balan-
ce, variations, forks, gambits. Chess
begins to complement itself as Tevis
describes vivid board marathons,
gracefully breaking apart openings
resonant with intelligence, then skip-
ping 13 moves to focus on a dense
moment revelatory of character and
convoluted planning. While those
knowing chess enjoy Beth against her
competitors, neophytes are driven by
the action to the bookshelf to look up
The Sicilian is Beth's favorite
opening, and also that of the great
liussian world Champion Borgov whom
she is destined by talent and will to con-
test. This choice of opening tells: the
Sicilian is a complex,. risky, enter-

prising way that only a tough cookie
seeking total war brings out against a
highly skilled antagonist.
Thie Queen's Gambit is here, both Ac-
cepted and Declined, offered between
experts, with the opponent given
material in exchange for control of the
board's center, a powerful, desirable
position. These gambits lead to
fireworks of talent displayed. To know
the book's people, read the profiles of
their preferred combinations.
There's better chess here than human
drama, Talent encouraged wins out in
this moral txxk. Not even in her adop-
ted mother's death, not in liquor, in
pills, in of-the-moment romances, will
Beth lose her way forever. Beth has
such obvious personal strengths that
success or failure in the distractions
she explores is never an issue. Interests
other than chess are minimal: One qf-
ternoon when tf/t had spent three
or four hours on endgame ana/)vsis
she' said wearilv, "Don't vOu get
hored sonetimres?" and he looked
at her hlankl/. "What else is
there?" But your kid cousin chess af-
ficionado will take to Beth's testing the
vicissitudes of reared effort, of being a
natural competitor, of friendship in a
highly-strung world.
Tevis, writing for drama, rightly in-
vents a female protagonist. In real life,
only a few females, such as Vera Men-
chik, have placed famously in the chess
world which often speaks, smugly, of
the mystery of male dominion. Male
female combat is a keenly felt promise,
but Tevis' players ignore the weapon of


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you have only ONI .)
However. Ut RIC'I does enter the picture by having connect ions with other bookstomes
throughoul the countIv We aIvorse these dicontinued b ooks and sell many of them at schools
wheo they are still being ut UL HIC f does this as a ;ovice to you and p ays you the bost
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Author!s and publishers fiquently bring out new editions Whern we " got caugh'" with an old
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