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Bent Larsens selected games is a very good book!
Of all the chess books I own I find and reccomend Chess Master vs Chess Amatuer as the most useful and fun to read. It highlights positions that amatuers are likely to encounter and how to handle them. **** (4 stars)
Here are the covers:
Perhaps The Road to Chess Mastery is an English translation of Amateur wird Meister. It is also by Euwe and Meiden.
yes it would fit from the title, strangely i didnt recognize it though when i saw it at amazon
i liked that book the most, but i think its the one i read the most..
i like it how he annotates the games in the book. Like the becoming master plays king to f1 and Euwe says, this move shows he understands the position, or as i said earlier the master gets angry that he lost a pawn, but maybe that was in another of those 3 books.
Silman uses the amateur thought process in his book The Amateur's Mind by comparing his own games and analysis with analysis of the same game by his lower-rated students.
NimzoRoy, if you click on second link you gave (Chess Master vs Chess Master) it comes up with Master vs Amateur.
However, rigamagician's book cover is a clincher for the existence of an English book with that title.
Any idea where one can get a copy??
ETA: Ok, I found one for $60 on Abe Books.
Paulgottlieb writes : What kind of chess player calls a book "exquisite?" Most real chess players can't even spell it.
I know of a couple of present day super-grandmasters who have degrees in linguistics.
About TOP 10 : 1. for beginners or intermediate or advanced, which ? (i.e., I have heard of players who started of with NIMZO'S "Praxis", gave up chess & never took it up again !)
2. for general instruction value or entertainment or historical or tactics or strategy or creative approach or for the chess book that had the greatest influence on your Elo rating or for the most inspiring & motivating chess book, etc...., Which category !
Have any idea how many hands a chess manuscript has to pass through before it finds it's way in a bookshop.
2. various proof reader's
3. interior factual quality controlers
4. cover designers
6. publishing marketing strategist's.
About TOP 10 : 1. for beginners or intermediate or advanced, which ? (i.e., I have heard of players who started of with NIMZO'S "Praxis", gave up chess & never took it up again !)"
Exactly Twomove. You are 100% correct in saying that there is not any magic pill to improve their chess & that they need to do their own work.
In fact one of the best ways to improve is to thoroughly analyse and study your OWN games. See where you went wrong and not repeat the mistakes.
"The road to chess Improvement", is an excellent book about self analysis. As I mentioned earlier on, it is by doing that one really learns. Again, "Master the grand art of Chess Calculation ", is a book that expects the reader to do the doing in the category of chess visualisation/calculation improvement. The step by step method used builds the student up gradually towards achieving the ability to calculate Accurately. In the final analysis every chess book speaks for itself, despite all the reviews.
Could some1 suggest me a book which got no examples. I hate examples. I need plain theory with diagrams and rules.
Its the law. Might hopefully help you. I'm sad that there is no definity rules in chess, other than the rules you teach a beginner (how a knight moves and so on)
Endgame theory might be somewhat tangible, if thats what you mean.
In chess, everything is mercurial.
I mean i dont need game examples . They write down the sequence of moves , before i start visulaizing the sequence, i lose interest to learn. For me its boring to decode be4's and na3's lol. SIlman books like how to reasses you chess dont have much game examples. I guess its too early for me to read game annotations.
My Top Ten chess books for beebejoe, based on his rating, in no particular order: (with alternative choices in parantheses to account for unavailable and/or expensive used copies)
1. Common Sense in Chess by Dr Lasker (Lasker's Manual of Chess by Dr Lasker)
2-3 Chess Fundamentals and My Chess Career by Capablanca (The Unknown Alekhine by Reinfeld, an ironic choice since he & Capa were mortal enemies)
4. 1001 Checkmates by Fred Reinfeld (1001 Best Short Games by Chernev)
5. 1001 Combinations by Fred Reinfeld (or a book on the middlegame by Fine or Euwe)
6. The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played by I. Chernev (Logical Chess Move by Move by Chernev)
7. Practical Chess Endings by I. Chernev (alternative: same title by Paul Keres)
8. Nunn's Chess Openings for reference (Modern Chess Openings 15)
9. My System by Nimzovitch - mandatory!
10. Basic Chess Endings by GM Fine - for reference - highly recommended
The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. ~James Bryce
I must say, the recommendations of Mr. NimzoRoy seem to have stood the test of time.
Does anybody have any experience with Kotov on Alekine's heritage?
What about Averbakh's Chess Middlegames, Essential Knowledge.
There are pgn files for many chess books out there. Then you can just flip through the moves on your computer. For example:
thank you b1. But still those dont cover most of the books. anyways a good idea, i wud google for book pgn collections n see what i get.
1. Agur, Bobby Fischer his approach to chess. (not Kasparov's book, its too complicated and sometimes unfairly critical)
2. My 60 Memorable Games His writing is as impressive as is analysis- Petrosian has a knack of snuffing out such ideas 20 moves before they enter his opponent's head.
3. Averbach disc, endgames. 4. Golumbak, Capablanca's Best Games Simply written and clear.
5. Fireside Book of Chess As someone else wrote, an interesting and amusing book about chess. Put Lasker's Chess for fun and Chess for blook in the same category.
6. Polgar, book on chess combinations A well-organized and progressive analysis; you can see how his children following it became grandmasters.
7. Soltis, Pawn Structure Chess Good analysis and well-written.
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