15067 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Backgammon, Yatzy, and more!
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
All chess tactic books can be read on a commuter train with little problem - this is a given. But......
For variety's sake, are there any other chess books (non-puzzle/non-tactics) you can recommend out there that can be read on a subway/commuter train without a board?
Give us your suggestions, please!
As an example I've come across a good one that I recently finished:
Dan Heisman's "A Guide to Chess Improvement: Best of Novice Nook"
I would recommend downloading the apps e+Chess and Forward Chess for your phone. The apps are free, although the books are of course not.
Both apps track the lines on a digital board as you go through a book. The library of available books is somewhat limited, but there are definitely some gems in both libraries. As examples, the Sillman Endgame Course is in the e+Chess library, and Tal-Botnivik 1960 is in the Forward Chess library. By using these apps, you don't have to avoid more dense books just because they are too complicated to visualize when reading without a board.
Try another Heisman book The Improving Chess Thinker
"The Complete Chess Addict" by Mike Fox. Highly entertaining stuff like chapters listing the strongest chess-playing people from film (eg Stanley Kubrick, Bogart, Brando and John Wayne), from sport (GM Agdestein the Norwegian footballer, Lendl, Ossie Ardiles, Ron Guidry, Gene Tunney, di Stefano), politics (Tito, Kadar, Che Guavara,) the church, musicians, writers, philosophers, businessmen and so forth - you get the picture ? Example games are given, and there is plenty more besides, including photos and illustrations. And written with humour !First published 1987.
I really enjoyed this book and even got the sequel "The Even More Complete Chess Addict." Fun reads!
Is it still widely available?
A quick Amazon search doesn't reveal much.
2/10/2016 - Gregoriev, 1925
by prestonpapa a few minutes ago
Why Magnus Carlsen is so overrated?
by JuergenWerner 5 minutes ago
by batgirl 6 minutes ago
2001-3000 Worst Things To Do While Playing Chess
by zhikaihuang 9 minutes ago
by smellysocks7 9 minutes ago
Best excuse for losing
by thundersnake 11 minutes ago
by Adis_X 13 minutes ago
Where to go if you're a beginner?
by pranavswami 14 minutes ago
cant talk in game
by Brody54 16 minutes ago
by 1NaturalDisaster 20 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2016 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!