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As the title suggests, I am interested in what books you would recommend to a 1400-ish player looking to improve.
About what rating would Capablanca's Chess Fundamentals take me up to? Or is it all stuff I should already know by now?
Any one single book in isolation isnt going to make a huge difference, but it's certainly worth reading and won't do you any harm that's for sure.
What books would you recommend for such study? Either for endgames or openings?
Bang for the buck, I'd suggest getting a membership on chess.com and going through Chess mentor, it's essentially an interactive book.. The videos are an added bonus.
For books, "Silman's complete endgame course", "The amateur's mind", "Logical Chess Move by Move", "The complete Chess workout", and "Fundamental Chess openings" are all good, and together give a rather balanced chess education.
for openings, i guess i have to bite my tongue on this one, "complete book of chess strategy" by silman shows all the opening variations plus all their own particular varation, ( variation of a variation). or just study the best 60 games of fischer, learned ALOT.
Strange you mention "The complete book of chess strategy".. I am a huge Silman fan.. SQUEEEE... But that's probably my least favorite of his works. Which is doubly strange because it's essentially a reference book of chess principles and I just finished a post on how people should have a good grasp of chess principles before they embark on any particular area of study.
Don't get me wrong though, I still like it.. Just not as much as his other works. If I might ask, what didn't you like about "Amateur's mind". I felt it was the best introductory book on strategy and positional/structural concepts I've come across.
I like "my 60 memorable games" too, though I prefer chernev's "logical chess" and "most instructive games ever played more". I'm not sure I consider them the same type of book as "amateur's mind".. While strategic understanding does come from good annotated game books, it's rather implicit.. In contrast to a more directly instructive book like "amateur's mind", or "Winning Chess Strategies". I personally feel annotated games serve best to sort of cement all the different concepts together by seeing them as they play out.
Build Up Your Chess by Yusupov. It's a complete course (9 books in total).
Details here: http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/docs/14/artur_yusupovs_awardwinning_training_course/
Enid Blyton '' Five go on an Adventure ''.
With all due respect, I think you under-estimate how beneficial such a book may be, as well as over-estimate your own ability to formulate plans (do you honestly believe the book is below your level?). The book is aimed for 1200-1800 OTB players, which is well within your playing ability.
With that said, Silman's books will be fine to try. The one thing to keep in mind though is exactly what JamesColeman said: "Any one single book in isolation isnt going to make a huge difference, but it's certainly worth reading and won't do you any harm that's for sure."
Outside of books, the single most important part of your study will be tactics. Either through books (more old-fashioned) or through automated sites (the tactics trainer here, or elsewhere). Tactics will almost always decide a game among club players (non-masters).
Best Lessons of a Chess Coach.
grand masters secrets by igor sminrov
I started my chess career with THE HANDBOOK FOR CHESS PLAYER'S by HOWARD STAUNTON. It's a pity that it is hard to find now!
Try and take a look at the chess books for beginning and intermediate players on this website, http://www.squidoo.com/chess-reference. They might offer you some valuable insight on to what you want to read.
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