69 ( +1 | -1 ) Chess booksI know this subject has come up a lot, but I just wanted a few opinions on what would be some good books for me to buy. I have not bought any books before, I have hired some books on basics though. I know the basic principles of the game. I have done some study on openings, but still need some improvement. Definitely need some work on my end game and calculation skills. I have a program called "chessbase light" which I download a lot of annotated games of famous players. So I probably don't need any books on famous games. I really have no idea what books are good, so any feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks
65 ( +1 | -1 ) Books, Books, BooksIrving Chernev's "Logical chess move by move" is a great book. It annotates every move, so it can be repetitive, but instills the main concepts in you.
"Chess with the Masters".by Martin Beheim, is a very old book (and probably out of print) but I love it.
"My System" by Nimzowitsch is probably one that you should read, but I find it heavy going. It's the chess equivilent of War and Peace (in my opinion).
And if you take this game seriously, Nunn's Chess Openings is the theoretical bible at the moment... There's doubtless more - I have over 200 chess books on my shelf at home and like them all. And I'm only 16. byt he time I'm 40 I'll probably have several million...
65 ( +1 | -1 ) although Chernev's book contains a lot of useful advice the annotations are not always technically correct. a better choice would be "Unbeatable Chess Lessons for Juniors" by Robert M. Snyder which contains 24 games with every move annotated. Snyder's annotations are more technically precise while imparting the same good advice Chernev gives.
"My System" is a wonderful book, but it is extreemly difficult for players of less than strong club level to understand. Perhaps a book like "Secrets of Positional Chess" by Drazen Marovic would be better is was written with club players in mind.
18 ( +1 | -1 ) Chess BooksI've found Bill Hartston's 'Teach Yourself Better Chess' extremely enlightening. It's also very easy to dip in and out of - and it's bound to improve an average player's game I would say.
39 ( +1 | -1 ) Speaking of Drazen MarovicI really like his book "understanding pawn play in chess" I must say I did not understand much about isolated pawn positions until I read this book. He also talks about doubled pawns and backward pawns. I think he explains the subject matter quite well and there is a reason for this. He is a professional chess trainer. He has a lot of experience in teaching.
25 ( +1 | -1 ) jstackLets not forget the sequal "Dynamic Pawn Play in Chess" by Drazen Marovic in which he looks into typical pawn formations when you add these three books together you have a very good study course.