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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.”—...
Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess
Bobby Fischer - Jul 01, 1982 (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...
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....
Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual
Mark Dvoretsky - Dec 15, 2014 (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...
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...
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 ...
Chess
5334 Problems, Combinations and Games
László Polgár - Aug 13, 2013 (first published in 1994)
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Win at chess with practical instruction from one of the world's leading teachers! With clever strategies for more than 5000 situations and clear diagrams, Chess is for the enthusiastic novice as well as the competitor taking the game to the next level.Chess takes you through more than 5,000 unique instructional situations, many taken from actual ma...
My System
21st Century Edition
Aron Nimzowitsch - Jan 01, 1991 (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 ...
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....
Grandmaster Preparation
Calculation
Jacob Aagaard - Jun 04, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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Have there been times during a game when you have calculated a position for half an hour, only to find out that most of what you were thinking about was of little use? If you have not, maybe the only way to improve your calculation is to upgrade your processor. But if you are human, then this book will offer you practical advice and an effective tr...
Russian Silhouettes by Genna Sosonko
Chess Tactics for Kids by Murray Chandler
Life & Games of Mikhail Tal by Mikhail Tal
Chess for Kids by Michael Basman
Tal-Botvinnik 1960 by Mikhail Tal
100 Endgames You Must Know by Jesus de la Villa
Winning Chess Tactics by Yasser Seirawan
How to Beat Your Dad at Chess by Murray Chandler
Winning Chess Strategy for Kids by Jeff Coakley
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
The World Champions I Knew by Genna Sosonko
The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
How to Reassess Your Chess by Jeremy Silman
Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov
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 on Garry Kasparov, Part 1 by Garry Kasparov
Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess, Part 2 by Garry Kasparov
Pump Up Your Rating by Axel Smith
Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 2 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 Dr. S. Tartakower
Winning Chess Brilliancies by Yasser Seirawan
Great Moves by Sunil Weeramantry
Smart Chip from St. Petersburg by By (author) Genna Sosonko
Amateur to IM by Jonathan Hawkins
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
STUDIES FOR PRACTICAL PLAYERS by First Last
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
Winning Chess Endings by Yasser Seirawan
Chess for Tigers by Simon Webb
Modern Chess Openings, 15th Edition by Nick De Firmian
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
Tal-Botvinnik, 1960 by Mikhail Tal
Garry Kasparov on Fischer by Garry Kasparov
Art of Attack in Chess by Vladimir Vukovic
Alexander Alekhine - My Best Games of Chess - 1908-1937 by Alexander Alekhine
Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 2 by Garry Kasparov
Build Up Your Chess 1 by Artur Yusupov
Simple Chess by Michael Stean
Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 5 by Garry Kasparov
Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 3 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