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If there were only 1 chess book you could reccomend what would it be ?


  • 22 months ago · Quote · #101

    Andre_Harding

    pfren wrote:
    ChesterGood wrote:

    I don't necessarily have one book but I would recommend one author... Bruce Pandolfini.  He has written numerous books on chess basics that I found quite helpful and it was not too high brow to understand.  He was also the chess tutor in the Movie, In search of Bobby Fisher

    True. His books were extensively used in the former USSR. They were given to kindergartens, and kids made nice paper shuttles out of them.

    Lol!!!

    (I agree with IM pfren's sentiment).

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #102

    skakmadurinn

    Chess Fundamentals by José Capablanca

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #103

    skakmadurinn

    And of course Modern Chess Openings. Thats excellent opening book!

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #104

    Escapest_Pawn

    Surprised no mention of Reuben Fine's Books.  Chess the Easy Way has much of his excellent The Ideas Behind the Openings.  Includes elementary endgame situations (not comparable with his famous endgame tome, Basic Chess Endings, which still gives Sillman and Dvoretsky competition) but plenty for non-reference purposes.  And good advice in general.  Readable, yet not a lightweight beginner's book, although it starts with the rules.  Quite thorough.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #105

    sapientdust

    My choice for one single book to recommend (for a beginner or intermediate player) would be Dan Heisman's A Guide to Chess Improvement: The Best of Novice Nook. I've learned more from that than from any other single book I've read. It covers the widest range of topics I've seen, including thought process, how and what to study, tactics and strategy, psychology and time management, and many others.

    My other choice -- I know, only supposed to be one recommendation, but I can't resist because it's such a great work -- would be Pachman's single-volume Modern Chess Strategy, or the multi-volume Complete Chess Strategy version if you can find it. I only have the abridged single-volume work, but many people recommend the three-volume version, which has lots more examples than the abridged version. I'm still working my way through this book, but it's done more for my positional understanding and my ability to evaluate positions and come up with promising plans than anything else I've read.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #106

    royalbishop

    Hey i only have money for 1 Book! Ok i will just make friends with every player i know and borrow their books. I will start with you as my friend. Help a chess friend in need.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #107

    Escapest_Pawn

    Fine's Chess the Easy Way should be available used for $2 or so.  It's a "normal" paperback, not a monster reference tome.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #109

    bronsteinitz

    I see a lot of recommendations for chess fundamentals by Capablanca. I agree that this is an excellent but and add to this that it is available free of charges in an absolutely excellent version from e+chess. Just download their free app and you can download the book for free

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #110

    vikram014

    Simple Chess by John Emms.

    It gives you a god positional understanding.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #111

    vikram014

    Sorry! I spelt good as god.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #112

    McSorley

    I agree about Pandolfini's books.Chess Openings:Traps and Zaps was fun. Also the Endgame Course.
    I love Silman's books as well. He really breaks everything down move by move. It gets a little tedious when you are looking to spend more time studying the board and less time reading analysis (if you get what I mean).

    Capablanca is a great way to go as well.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #113

    Immoney5252

    Thanks for all responses.....tallying up the votes...for my next book....

     

    -Sal

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #114

    splitleaf

    bronsteinitz wrote:

    I see a lot of recommendations for chess fundamentals by Capablanca. I agree that this is an excellent but and add to this that it is available free of charges in an absolutely excellent version from e+chess. Just download their free app and you can download the book for free

    Thanks, may have a look at that somewhere along the line. :)

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #115

    Benedictine

    Immoney5252 wrote:

    Thanks for all responses.....tallying up the votes...for my next book....

     

    -Sal

    That's OK, but if you were anything like me I would have ordered 27 by now...

    I'm interesting in getting a collected games of Capablanca. Can I just ask if anyone would recommend The Immortal Games of Capablanca or Capablanca Move by Move. Thanks a lot.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #117

    Benedictine

    pfren wrote:

    Any book on Capa is a sure shot. Even Chernev's on his 60 best endings. Factly, it may be the sole good book Chernev ever issued.

    OK, great thanks, I think I'll go for The Immortal Games of Capablanca. In terms of Chernev, I think I am in love with Chernev! (Logical Chess) I have his second book in the post at the moment. Cheers.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #118

    nextkasparov345

    Jeremy Silman and Yasser Sierwan are both great

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #119

    Benedictine

    I think I'll go for The Immortal Games of Capablanca.

    Now ordered. Admins please delete this thread as it is offensive to my wallet!

    I am very excited about Capablanca though. I have been loving playing through his games recently and can't wait for the Amazon fairies to come.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #120

    -waller-

    I have Chernevs "Most Instructive Games Ever Played", solely because my dad used to own it (he doesn't play much chess either), but I thought it was a half decent book. Certainly was fun to read through at least.


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