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Best Chess Books

Recommendations from 24 articles, Garry Kasparov, Magnus Carlsen, Bryan Callen and 14 others.
Best Chess Books
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Logical Chess
Move By Move
Irving Chernev - Jun 30, 2003 (first published in 1957)
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"The novice who plays through Logical Chess can learn an ocean of basic chess wisdom."—Leonard Barden, English chess master and broadcaster “Entertains . . . as it reinforces strategic lessons gleaned from chess titans. Illustrates effective middle-game plans.”— Library Journal Having learned the basic moves, how exactly should a player improve? In...
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My 60 Memorable Games
Bobby Fischer - Apr 07, 2009 (first published in 1969)
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In this authoritative reissue of one of the most important chess books ever written, the great Bobby Fischer takes the reader move by move through 60 of his most instructive and entertaining games, including the astounding “Game of the Century,” played when he was only 15 years old! The controversial alterations that were made to Bobby Fischer’s wo...
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Silman's Complete Endgame Course
Jeremy Silman - Jan 31, 2007
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For over 100 years, the world's leading chess players and teachers have told their students to study the endgame. This book teaches the students what they need to know at their current rating level, and builds on that knowledge for each subsequent phase of the player's development....
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Zurich International Chess Tournament, 1953
David Bronstein - Jul 01, 1979 (first published in 1956)
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This legendary tournament features 210 hotly contested games, many of them masterpieces of the first rank. The first authoritative English translation from the Russian, this volume was written by one of the leading competitors. Its perceptive coverage includes games by Smyslov, Keres, Reshevsky, Petrosian and 11 others. Algebraic notation. 352 diag...
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The Amateur's Mind
Turning Chess Misconceptions into Chess Mastery
Jeremy Silman - Jul 01, 1999 (first published in 1995)
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This book takes the student on a journey through his own mind and returns him to the chess board with a wealth of new-found knowledge and the promise of a significant gain in strength. Most amateurs possess erroneous thinking processes that remain with them throughout their chess lives. These flaws in their mental armour result in stinging defeats ...
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Chess for Children
How to Play the World's Most Popular Board Game
Murray Chandler - Apr 01, 2004
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A charming book that will teach children the intriguing game of chess....
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How to Reassess Your Chess
Chess Mastery Through Chess Imbalances
Jeremy Silman - Oct 15, 2010 (first published in 1991)
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How to Reassess Your Chess has long been considered a modern classic. This 4th edition takes Silman's groundbreaking concept of imbalances to a whole new level. Designed for players in the 1400 to 2100 rating range and for teachers looking for a ready-made chess curriculum, the author shares a mind-expanding journey that takes the reader through im...
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The Art of Learning
An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance
Josh Waitzkin - May 27, 2008 (first published in 2007)
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In his riveting new book, The Art of Learning, Waitzkin tells his remarkable story of personal achievement and shares the principles of learning and performance that have propelled him to the top—twice.Josh Waitzkin knows what it means to be at the top of his game. A public figure since winning his first National Chess Championship at the age of ni...
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My Great Predecessors
Part 4
Garry Kasparov - Jan 01, 2005
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This book brings together the two greatest names in the history of chess. The author, Garry Kasparov, is the world number one, and by common consent, the greatest player ever. The subject of the book, Bobby Fischer, is the only American to have become world champion and is probably the greatest natural talent the world has ever seen.In the period b...
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Art of Attack in Chess
Vladimir Vukovic - Jan 01, 1999 (first published in 1963)
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One of the finest chess books ever written, the Art of Attack has been transcribed into algebraic notation for the first time. In this revised edition of the great classic, the author expounds both the basic principles and the most complex forms of attack on the king. A study of this masterpiece will add power and brilliance to any chess enthusiast...
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100 Endgames You Must Know
Vital Lessons for Every Chess Player
Jesus de la Villa - Jan 15, 2016 (first published in 2008)
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This is a new and improved edition of an all-time classic! The good news about endgames is that there are relatively few endings you should know by heart and that once you know these endings, that's it. Your knowledge never goes out of date! The bad news is that, all the same, the endgame technique of most players is deficient. Modern time-controls...
Alexander Alekhine - My Best Games of Chess - 1908-1937 by Alexander Alekhine
My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov
Simple Chess by Michael Stean
My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov
My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov
The Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Raymond M. Smullyan
Capablanca's Best Chess Endings by Irving Chernev
Chess Tactics for Champions by Susan Polgar
Understanding Chess Move by Move by John Nunn
Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess by Bobby Fischer
Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual by Mark Dvoretsky
My System by Aron Nimzowitsch
Grandmaster Preparation by Jacob Aagaard
Russian Silhouettes by Genna Sosonko
Chess Tactics for Kids by Murray Chandler
Chess by László Polgár
Life & Games of Mikhail Tal by Mikhail Tal
Chess for Kids by Michael Basman
Tal-Botvinnik 1960 by Mikhail Tal
Winning Chess Tactics by Yasser Seirawan
How to Beat Your Dad at Chess by Murray Chandler
Tragicomedy in the Endgame by Mark Dvoretsky
Grandmaster Preparation by Jacob Aagaard
The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White by Larry Kaufmann
Understanding Chess Middlegames by John Nunn
Play Winning Chess by Yasser Seirawan
Winning Chess Strategy for Kids by Jeff Coakley
The World Champions I Knew by Genna Sosonko
Chess Duels by Yasser Seirawan
Chess for Zebras by Jonathan Rowson
The Seven Deadly Chess Sins by Jonathan Rowson
Fundamental Chess Endings by Karsten Müller
Garry Kasparov by Garry Kasparov
Modern Chess by Garry Kasparov
Pump Up Your Rating by Axel Smith
Garry Kasparov by Garry Kasparov
Chess by Maxen Tarafa
Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual by Mark Dvoretsky
Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy by John Watson
Complete Book of Chess Strategy by Jeremy Silman
Winning Chess Puzzles for Kids by Jeff Coakley
Winning Chess Exercises for Kids by Jeff Coakley
Nunn's Chess Endings volume 1 by John Nunn
500 Master Games of Chess by S. Tartakower
Winning Chess Brilliancies by Yasser Seirawan
Great Moves by Sunil Weeramantry
Smart Chip from St. Petersburg by Genna Sosonko
A Strategic Chess Opening Repertoire for White by John Watson
The Reliable Past by Genna Sosonko
Mastering the Chess Openings by John Watson
Winning Chess Strategies by Yasser Seirawan
The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Secrets of Pawn Endings by Karsten Muller
Evil-Doer by Genna Sosonko
Nunn's Chess Endings Volume 2 by John Nunn
Smyslov on the Couch by Genna Sosonko
Carlsen's Assault on the Throne by Vassilios Kotronias
Winning Chess Puzzles For Kids Volume 2 by Jeff Coakley
The Game of Chess by Siegbert Tarrasch
Grandmaster Preparation by Jacob Aagaard
The Big Book of World Chess Championships by Andre Schulz
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Dismantling the Sicilian by Jesus de la Villa
SOS - Secrets of Opening Surprises by Jeroen Bosch
Teach Yourself Chess by William Hartston by
Five Days to Better Chess by James Stripes
My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov
Winning Chess Endings by Yasser Seirawan
Chess for Tigers by Simon Webb
Modern Chess Openings, 15th Edition by Nick de Firmian
Build Up Your Chess 1 by Artur Yusupov
Amateur to IM by Jonathan Hawkins
Chess Strategy in Action by John Watson
Comprehensive Chess Course by Lev Alburt
Secrets of Practical Chess by John Nunn
Sammy Seahorse Teaches Chess by F. Donald Bloss
Lasker's Manual of Chess by Emanuel Lasker
The Art of Planning in Chess by Neil McDonald
Modern Chess by Colin Crouch
Winning Chess Openings by Yasser Seirawan
Invisible Chess Moves by Emmanuel Neiman
Chess Openings by I. A. Horowitz
ChessBase Complete by Jon Edwards
Beginning Chess by Bruce Pandolfini
Chess Opening Essentials by Stefan Djuric