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Agree with baddogno Dan Heisman's list is a good place to start.
What are your top 10 chess books that are worth buying?
KarlsBad 1907 by Georg Marco and Carl Schlechter (one of the greatest tournament books ever)
My System by Aaron Nimzovitch (new edition 2006)
De Labourdannais vs Mcdonald 1834 by Cary Utterberg
My 60 Memorable Games by Bobby Fischer
300 Chess Games by Siegbert Tarrasch
Laskers Manual by Emmanual Lasker
The Chess Sacrifice Technique Art and Risk by Vladmir Vokovic
Schlechter's Chess Games by Tom Crain
Adolph Anderssen Master of Attack by Sid Picard
The Life and Games of Akiva Rubinstein by Donaldson and Minev
Secrets of modern chess strategy by John Watson. Really loved it!
1. Art of Attack - Vukovic
2. Zurich 1953 - Bronstein
3. 200 Brilliant Endgames - Chernev
4. The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Bronstein
5. My Great Predecessors - Kasparov
6. Positional Chess Handbook - Gelfer
7. My System - Nimzowitch
8. Logical Chess - Move By Move - Chernev
9. Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual - Dvoretsky
10. Anatoly Karpov's Best Games - Karpov
Top 10 chess books worth getting?
1. Pachman, Ludek - Modern Chess Strategy (Descriptive)
2. Bronstein, David - Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953 (Descriptive)
3. Vukovic, V. - The Art of Attack in Chess (Descriptive)
4. Kmoch, Hans - Pawn Power in Chess (Descriptive/Algebraic)
5. Fischer/Margulies/Mosenfelder - Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess
6. Polgar, Laszlo - CHESS 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games (Algebraic)
7. Fischer, Bobby - My 60 Memorable Games (Descriptive, you want to find the Faber and Faber version, don't trust the pathetic re-issue in Algebraic)
8. Keres, Paul & Kotov, Alexander - The Art of the Middle Game (Descriptive)
9. Kotov, Alexander - Think Like a Grandmaster (Descriptive)
10. Horowitz, I.A. & Reinfeld, Fred - How to Think Ahead in Chess (Descriptive)
Oops, I fergot about 1 book I recently picked up, which I haven't read...
Hellsten, Johan - Mastering Chess Strategy, which is the first of 3 books. Although I haven't read it, it gives decent examples of chess play, and I'm totally supporting a book like this. Thumbs up.
BTW: Lasker's Manual of Chess was the first chess book I recieved (someone bought it for me), it's a great example of an old school chess book.
Endgames are worth studying, other then the Hooper endgame manuals, I recommend Basic Chess Endings by Rubin Fine. Though I've skimmed through the book, Fine released 3 books on chess (Opening, Middlegame, Endgame) which was the first 3 books in the Tartan chess series.
The more time I spend reading Valeri Beim, Paul Morphy: A Modern Perspective (2005), the more I become convinced that it belongs on my top ten list.
And what books for the middle school bunch? I teach middle school--help me out. Thanks.
I'll buy them myself. Just let me know what to buy.
Bull_ start with endings. Openings seen so cool - but endgames win!!!!
There's a slew of books aimed at youth. Many are very good. They are most appropriate for MS/HS as the reading level remains too high for most elementary kids.Just avoid anything by Robert Snyder. You don't want the embarrassment of finding that you've put a book into the hand of a child that was written by a convicted pediaphile.
Put John Walker and chess into a search at your favorite online bookstore. All of his books are suitable for middle school students.
If you deter from Snyder's books, then you should do the same about Walker's, for the same reason.
I strongly disagree with putting
Fischer/Margulies/Mosenfelder - Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess
in the top-ten. It is nothing but a collection of basically tactical motives and diagrams. There are at least a 100 books which do this much better. Fischer only lent his name which is regrettable. And yes, I own it and fell for the cool title.
I strongly recommend Van der Sterren: Fundamental Chess Openings (FCO) in the list. It's from Gambit Books. You can learn a lot of ideas from it as it gives an explicative overview of all the sensible chess openings. Of course, eventually one wants to study particular openings in more detail. But as a primer, this is a most valuable book. In addition it is very well produced.
Crap. I didn't know that about Walker. There are stacks of his books in the club room at one of my schools.The books Yasser Seirawan did in the 1990s (Jeremy Silman was co-author on one or two) are well-suited for middle schoolers.I can also recommend the exercise books by John Bain, Al Woolum, Dean Ippolito, and Todd Bardwick. These are suited to elementary players as well.
Bruce Pandolfini's Beginning Chess and Pandolfini's Endgame Course are well-suited to players starting out at any age. You can hardly go wrong with anything by Irving Chernev (as long as you are a skeptical reader--see http://chessskill.blogspot.com/2013/02/chernevs-errors.html).
In no particular order (except for the first book):
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