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Best Chess Books

Recommendations from 30 articles, Garry Kasparov, Magnus Carlsen, James Altucher and 6 others.
Best Chess Books
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Logical Chess
Move By Move
Irving Chernev - 2003-06-30 (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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Silman's Complete Endgame Course
Jeremy Silman - 2007-01-31
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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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Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess
Bobby Fischer - 1982-07-01 (first published in 1966)
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This book is essentially a teaching machine. The way a teaching machine works is: It asks you a question. If you give the right answer, it goes on to the next question. If you give the wrong answer, it tells you why the answer is wrong and tells you to go back and try again. This is called "programmed learning". The real authors were experts and au...
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My 60 Memorable Games
Bobby Fischer - 2009-04-07 (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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Adam Robinson
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Zurich International Chess Tournament, 1953
David Bronstein - 1979-07-01 (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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Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual
Mark Dvoretsky - 2014-12-15 (first published in 2004)
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The Fourth Edition of a Modern Classic When you are serious about improving your endgame skills, it is time for Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual. Perhaps the best known and most respected instructor of world class chessplayers, Mark Dvoretsky has produced a comprehensive work on the endgame that will reward players of all strengths. For those ready to im...
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Garry Kasparov
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The Amateur's Mind
Turning Chess Misconceptions into Chess Mastery
Jeremy Silman - 1999-07-01 (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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My System
21st Century Edition
Aron Nimzowitsch - 1991-01-01 (first published in 1925)
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For many years, Nimzovich was known as the "Stormy Petrel" of the chess world. Today, his profound theories of positional chess are accepted as a matter of course, and a knowledge of them is essential to every player who wants to improve his game.My System describes a theory of chess; it also describes the character and genius of its author. It is ...
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100 Endgames You Must Know
Vital Lessons for Every Chess Player
Jesus de la Villa - 2016-01-15 (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...
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Winning Chess Strategy for Kids
Jeff Coakley - 2000-12-01
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Winning Chess Strategy for Kids is a fun and comprehensive chess course written for children 7 to 13 years old. Full of original material and entertaining artwork, it's a perfect guide for learning the royal game. Parents and teachers are sure to like it too. The book begins on square one: covering the rules, basic mates, and elementary tactics. It...
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Dan Heisman
Chess for Children by Murray Chandler
How to Beat Your Dad at Chess by Murray Chandler
Chess Tactics for Kids by Murray Chandler
Tal-Botvinnik 1960 by Mikhail Tal
Winning Chess Exercises for Kids by Jeff Coakley
Life & Games of Mikhail Tal by Mikhail Tal
Chess for Kids by Michael Basman
Fundamental Chess Endings by Karsten Müller
Winning Chess Tactics by Yasser Seirawan
Grandmaster Preparation by Jacob Aagaard
Russian Silhouettes by Genna Sosonko
Winning Chess Puzzles for Kids by Jeff Coakley
Understanding Chess Middlegames by John Nunn
Play Winning Chess by Yasser Seirawan
Chess by László Polgár
Masters of the Chessboard, 21st Century Edition by Richard Rã©ti
Basic Chess Endings by Reuben Fine
Looking for Trouble by Dan Heisman
Chess for Zebras by Jonathan Rowson
The Seven Deadly Chess Sins by Jonathan Rowson
Complete Book of Chess Strategy by Jeremy Silman
Winning Chess Brilliancies by Yasser Seirawan
Mastering the Chess Openings by John Watson
Winning Chess Strategies by Yasser Seirawan
Tragicomedy in the Endgame by Mark Dvoretsky
Grandmaster Preparation by Jacob Aagaard
The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White by Larry Kaufmann
Winning Chess Puzzles For Kids Volume 2 by Jeff Coakley
The Game of Chess by Siegbert Tarrasch
Grandmaster Preparation by Jacob Aagaard
My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov
Winning Chess Endings by Yasser Seirawan
Art of Attack in Chess by Vladimir Vukovic
The World Champions I Knew by Genna Sosonko
FCO by Paul van der Sterren
Positional Decision Making in Chess by Boris Gelfand
Attacking Manual Volume 1 by Jacob Aagaard
Dynamic Decision Making in Chess by Boris Gelfand
The Art of Planning in Chess by Neil McDonald
Pawn Power in Chess (Dover Chess) by Hans Kmoch
Winning Chess Openings by Yasser Seirawan
Chess Opening Essentials by Stefan Djuric
Chess Puzzles for Kids by Murray Chandler
Back to Basics by Carsten Hansen