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In recommending a book, a lot depends on the player's level. For a total beginner, for example, "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" ain't bad at all.
Next level: tactics AND endgames. The one single volume that made a big impression on me was Capablanca's "Chess Manual" (That was many years ago so I'm not sure of the exact title).
Lasker had the Chess Manual; Capa had Chess Fundamentals.
You're right. Thanks, Andy!
I would definitely recommend "My System" by Aron Nimzowitsch. He developed the concepts of restrain, blockade, destroy; prophylaxis; overprotection; mysterious rook moves; and more. GMs still brush up their technique with it. He's one of the founders of hypermodernism. If I could only take one chess book to a desert island it would be this one.
This question is not fair.
It depends if the person is a neophyte of at the intermediate level. Then some books are more on Tactics than others. One book may review the opening while the other reviews the End Game. In some cases a player needs to know Mating patters. While others are not sure aboutthe types of pawns and how to attack them or defend them.
This would be a more useful thread if it was just about key chess books for improvement and everyone here has made good recommendations. Let not the perfect be the enemy of the good. There are unique books, imitative books and so forth, many of them contribute to the advancement of chess knowledge and ability a few are just bad in their style of advice. Kasparian's book on draws is a great chess book; the whole Russian chess book tradition is really special where the game is more of a religion than a "game". Kotov was memorable in that regard.
how to beat your dad at chess!!!
But no 1 book solves all your problems in chess when you first start or when your at the intermediate level. This question was doomed not to be answered from the beginning.
As time goes along what was written may become outdated... obsolete. Also the level the player wants to reach comes to mind. A player may need a book as they plan to join a couple of tournaments while another may wish to beat his friend that he has had no success at beating in a game.
?William Hartston .... that is a new one. Famous for ?
The other 3 we all know and which book is his best?
Now way! During holidays people drink.
And drunk chess players blunder = rank points. lol
Jan 1 should be a feeding frenzy.
Another Brit, I liked this one by Harding: http://books.google.com/books/about/Counter_Gambits.html?id=f9aRF1e6NTwC
Also Basman's books and cassettes back in those days.
Hartston's best book (according to me) is "How To Cheat At Chess" but he's a good author (not all chessers make good authors) and his serious chess books are quite good.
i like his literary work.
Are you serious about the title? Funny
Going to have to buy that online, no way i can walk into a bookstore and ask for that one. They will just say stay here and leave and never get back to me.
Agree on the author issue 100%
Just one book huh...hmmmmm
I have hit a wall in both my "live play"(1400) and "Turn based"(sub 1700) chess progression. So my purchase of a chess book is undoubtedly needed. So this brings me to my question, if there were only 1 chess book you could recommend what would it be ?
Thanks in advance,
***Just realized I spelled recommend wrong in my thread title, my apologies
i'd recommend any book written by someone (an ex-world champion preferably) who was (is) really enthusiastic about the game.
Fischer's "My 60 Memorable Games" is great if you are the forgiving type.
Anything at all by Mikhail Tal.
To me, a great inspirational chess author is William Hartston.
Chess Fundamentals by Capablanca is very good.
I know my question was a bit broad...but all suggestions not only help me but everyone reading the thread who have not read a particular book....its always good to know what books all range groups tend to read because I'm certain we all have hit a wall before....Appreciate the responses from all...
Have a Happy New Year!!!!
I'm still waiting for an algebraic 500 Master Games maybe with some opening updates, since some of the lines are a bit dated.
Otherwise, it's one of my faves!
Man at this rate i will have to write a book to pay for all these books.
Which came first the chicken or the egg ? for me here.
Seriously, every time I go on the forums I open up a Amazon window. I have been disciplined of late though.
I like to read some of the bood before i buy it.
That way i will know if it will keep my interest or just a bust.
Not enought space for a paper weight near me when i relax but that will change as i have become more organized. esp chess.
OK, laugh long and loud if you like, but John Bain's "Chess Tactics for Students" is like the multiplication tables or musical scales of chess. All the great books about theory and position play and strategy and pawn structure and Lucena positions in the endgame are just so much dreck if you're missing simple tactical ideas.
I liked this book so much that I actually cut every problem out and put them on individual notecards with the solution on the back. I then take a bunch of them around with me during a period of a few days and solve them over and over until the solutions just pop out.
They're not fancy, not advanced, not brain-bustingly difficult. But they're essential positions. And if you can't solve them at a glance, you probably shouldn't be wasting your time with "My System" yet.
Just my 2 cents.
Well i used to be tactical player only which left me to play with attacks on the king side. That worked until i came to this site. As players quickly adapt. They know how to defend the king side which meant my attack would sooner or later run out of gas.
Grabbing up material was no problem and still not problem if i want to play that way but i know that sooner or later i would hit a ceiling. I had branch out side ways to improve. I was reminded of this about 2 weeks ago. Getting some strange looks to my improved vision of playing an old opening. Had to trash if for the time being. It serves its purpose as they have to honor the idea that i may play tactical.
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