The Chess Book That Helped ME to Improve the Most...

I am just curious which book wins this vote? Everybody has at least ONE book that made the most impact on overall playing strength (some of us of course has a list); the one that suddenly raised the rating after years of stagnation. So, I am interested in hearing from you guys...(It is not actually about me, but about YOU!)


  • 4 years ago


    For me it was Simple Chess by Michael Stean.

  • 5 years ago


    The Complete Book of Chess Strategy by IM Jeremy Silman.


    And in the picture, the woman is reading the Holy Bible UPSIDE DOWN!

  • 6 years ago


    I also really like The Genesis of Power Chess by Leslie Ault, and recently learned that Thinker's Press will be republishing it next year!


  • 6 years ago


    Here is a hard to find, but excellent book (just fished off from EBay, finally):

    The Genesis of Power Chess by Leslie Ault

  • 6 years ago


    When I was much younger, "Logical Chess: Move by Move" by Irving Chernev taught me a lot.

  • 6 years ago


    Yes, Euwe was one of the best and most helpful writers, my top book for this title is the same; Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur. Of course what I meant for the blog was a book that meant a sort of paradigm shift in our chess studies. One that explained things differently and opened up a new path. My other favorite is How to Win in the Chess Openings by Horowitz. For example: "For once planning becomes possible, an individual game is no longer like one of those Foreign Legion duels fought in the dark with knives and lanterns...Games that are jumbled, with a hit-or-miss, helter-skelter character, can be very exciting. They can also be very depressing..."

  • 6 years ago


    Chess traps and Pitfalls

    Nice blonde photo.....

    it isn't a chess book.

    It's a bible upside down!


  • 6 years ago


    Chess Master vs Chess Amateur by Euwe and Meiden. First steps in chess understanding for me.

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