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


  • 15 months ago · Quote · #141

    Benedictine

    Hey, did you ever decide on what book to order or has this thread only dented your wallet?

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #142

    Immoney5252

    Benedictine wrote:

    Hey, did you ever decide on what book to order or has this thread only dented your wallet?

    lol....I have (2) thus far Polga'r page #7...and Max Euwe/Walter Meiden Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur...

    the good thing is the thread doesnt go away...so I can always skim through and get book ideas....

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #143

    Benedictine

    Yes I have the Polgar book beside my bed. I use it as a reachable tactics book, general purpose, as well as letting it double for an offensive weapon in case of burglars (the thing is massive). I have the Chess Master vs Chess Amateur on my 'wish list' in Amazon as it sounds good.

    The only thing I have against tactics book such as the Polgar one and any one of that sort, is for example out of the 5 thousand tactics in that book, 5 thousand of them are mates - i.e. attacking chess. So where are the defensive tactics? Still it is a good book because of the sheer numbers, but do these books only develop one side of our tactical game?

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #144

    Immoney5252

    I agree^...I guess he has one just as big for defensive tactics

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #145

    Mandy711

    I think you can borrow from the library most of the books mentioned in the thread. No need to hurt your wallet.

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #146

    Immoney5252

    ^ Very true....did you have a book suggestion...???

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #147

    Mandy711

    The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal. This may not be the best but it's enjoyable to read.

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #148

    Immoney5252

    Mandy711 wrote:

    The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal. This may not be the best but it's enjoyable to read.


    thank you

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #149

    AndyClifton

    Vease wrote:
    -waller- wrote:

    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.

    Yes, you can learn a lot of basic strategy from that book. The problem with Chernev is that he gives the impression that every game reduces to the conversion of a basic positional advantage to a straightforward win. He rarely gives any lines showing how the loser could have played better so you just get a one sided view of the game.

    Yeah, that's definitely true.  I just read over that book again recently and noticed that time and again.  And saying stuff like "Already on the 5th move Black sows the seeds of his strategic defeat"...

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #150

    AndyClifton

    Mandy711 wrote:

    The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal. This may not be the best but it's enjoyable to read.

    Then again, maybe it is the best. Smile

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #151

    AndyClifton

    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.

    He did do at least one other enjoyable one (even though he did go a bit exclam-happy throughout):

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #152

    Oraoradeki

    My personal favourite is "Best Lessons of a Chess Coach" by Sunil Weeramantry (I think that he's one of Nakamura's trainers).

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #153

    Bruch

    AndyClifton wrote:
    Mandy711 wrote:

    The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal. This may not be the best but it's enjoyable to read.

    Then again, maybe it is the best. 

    What rating would this book be appropriate for?  I like Tal, just worried the book might be too advanced.  I've not seen a preview, so it's hard to tell...

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #154

    AndyClifton

    I think you should probably be a B-player.

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #155

    SmyslovFan

    I don't think you need a specific chess rating to enjoy Tal's book. If you have a high school reading ability, you should enjoy his stories. One of the greatest aspects of Life and Games is that Tal makes you want to study his games! His book is inspirational, not just educational.

    Mikhail Tal's love of the game is infectious, which is why it's a perennial candidate for best chess book ever written. His audience was every chess lover, not players above a certain rating.

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #156

    orangeishblue

    Oraoradeki wrote:

    My personal favourite is "Best Lessons of a Chess Coach" by Sunil Weeramantry (I think that he's one of Nakamura's trainers).

    Or maybe his father

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #157

    Bruch

    step-father and his trainer.

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #158

    hicetnunc

    I'd point to Reti's Masters of the Chessboard, which gives an intelligent and broad perspective on chess. Was a real eye-opener for me.

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #159

    Greenmtnboy

    orangeishblue wrote:
    Oraoradeki wrote:

    My personal favourite is "Best Lessons of a Chess Coach" by Sunil Weeramantry (I think that he's one of Nakamura's trainers).

    Or maybe his father

    Sunil is a true genius and it was fortuitous that he married Nakamura's mom and then nurtured his talent through the GM category.    I took a few lessons from him back in the 70s and he was everything you needed in a teacher; creative, enthusiastic and brilliant.  It's just that the expense of quality teachers is not something everyone can afford.  

    The best teachers I have had over the years have been truly open minded and brilliant pointing toward classical sources for the subject matter.  The worst have been peddlers of stereotypes and simple ideas.

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #160

    Immoney5252

    Thank you for all responses...I'm certain its beneficial to all rating levels...


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