Free PDF Chess Books to Download

joseph1000000

Are there free PDF version of chess books to download? Where to find them? 

KarpovTunnelSyndrome

I found Nimzowitzch's famous book 'My System' for free: http://usuaris.tinet.cat/bttt/escacs/nimzowitsch%20-%20my%20system.pdf 

I also tried to search for books by Mikhail Tal (Tal-Botvinnik 1960, The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal) but couldn't find a direct link. I like Tal but I've never got round to reading one of his books yet.

joseph1000000

In addition to free downloads, it would be nice if you could list any source of material such as: Books,  softwares,  and tools that might be available to those who might not be willing or able to spend too much on learning about chess. Public libraries are a good source to begin with. But there could be much more that some people don't know about. For example,  could there be a chess library online?Anything that you could think of might be helpful to others. 

joseph1000000
KarpovTunnelSyndrome wrote:

I found Nimzowitzch's famous book 'My System' for free: http://usuaris.tinet.cat/bttt/escacs/nimzowitsch%20-%20my%20system.pdf 

I also tried to search for books by Mikhail Tal (Tal-Botvinnik 1960, The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal) but couldn't find a direct link. I like Tal but I've never got round to reading one of his books yet.

 

 That is good.  I found "pawn structure chess" by A.  Solis when I google it.  Keep posting whatever you could find. 

KarpovTunnelSyndrome

Chess Fundamentals by Capablanca happy.png http://www.sources.com/SSR/Docs/Capablanca-ChessFundamentals.pdf 

1c4oc5

If you have facebook there is a group called: 1K CHESS BOOKS FREE

If you have torrent search on bitsnoop.com(select other)

KarpovTunnelSyndrome

Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess https://www.info.ucl.ac.be/~pre/stuff/misc/Bobby%20Fischer%20et%20al.%20-%20Bobby%20Fischer%20Teaches%20Chess.pdf 

BonTheCat

Scribd has a subscription service where you can download pdf books (and read e-books) until your eyes bubble for $8.99 a month.

 

joseph1000000

Correction on  post #4 Solis  must be: Solltis. 

joseph1000000
1c4oc5 wrote:

If you have facebook there is a group called: 1K CHESS BOOKS FREE

If you have torrent search on bitsnoop.com(select other)

 

What do you mean by  torrent search? And the next statement after that. Please explain further.  Thank you. 

joseph1000000
BonTheCat wrote:

Scribd has a subscription service where you can download pdf books (and read e-books) until your eyes bubble for $8.99 a month.

 

Please give the full link. Thanks. 

BonTheCat

joseph1000000: https://www.scribd.com/

I strongly suspect there's been a wider crackdown on free downloads over the past few years - even books long out of copyright are almost impossible to find.

wollyhood

Aren't you nervous that you could read some really bad tactics? Perhaps not every chess book is great, just ones that really good players recommend?

Maybe some could teach you some really bad habits / ways of looking at games.

joseph1000000
wollyhood wrote:

Aren't you nervous that you could read some really bad tactics? Perhaps not every chess book is great, just ones that really good players recommend?

Maybe some could teach you some really bad habits / ways of looking at games.

 

I am a selective reader.  I don't just read. I try to understand whatever it is that I am being told. So, no, I am not nervous.

But I prefer good books. Ones that explain the subject matter properly.  

MickinMD

A few legally free books:

There are some free books that are old but excellent for giving you a good basic understanding of all aspects of the game at the introductory tournament level.

One is Chess Fundamentals by 1920's World Champion Jose Capablanca.  It's here in English. This link is the legally free ("public domain") 1934 edition, to which a group named "Caissa Lovers" changed the old descriptive notation to modern algebraic notation and is relatively short - about 121 pages.

http://www.sources.com/SSR/Docs/Capablanca-ChessFundamentals.pdf

Also, there are public domain books by the 1894-1921 World Champion Emanuel Lasker. His Common Sense in Chess and his Manual of Chess are worth doing a google search to find.  They may be only available in descriptive notation, but it is not hard to learn.  Here are those two in descriptive notation:

http://www.simardartizanfarm.ca/pdf/-_Lasker_s_Manual_of_Chess.pdf

https://ia801408.us.archive.org/14/items/commonsenseinche00laskrich/commonsenseinche00laskrich.pdf

I found the following account of a 2013 comment explaining which old but-excellent chess books are now in the public domain (http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/chess/YaBB.pl?num=1365847618)

quadibloc
joseph1000000 wrote:

What? Now every body is rich,  honest,  or shy somehow?

Chess.com is run by a business that is trying to make money. It can be sued.

Therefore, forums here have strict rules against posting anything that would aid in illegal activity.

So if you're looking for pointers to pirated material, you have come to the wrong place.

PuttingFromTheRough

You mean free pirated chess books? There are free ones but are very old and copyright laws don't apply.

joseph1000000
MickinMD wrote:

A few legally free books:

There are some free books that are old but excellent for giving you a good basic understanding of all aspects of the game at the introductory tournament level.

One is Chess Fundamentals by 1920's World Champion Jose Capablanca.  It's here in English. This link is the legally free ("public domain") 1934 edition, to which a group named "Caissa Lovers" changed the old descriptive notation to modern algebraic notation and is relatively short - about 121 pages.

http://www.sources.com/SSR/Docs/Capablanca-ChessFundamentals.pdf

Also, there are public domain books by the 1894-1921 World Champion Emanuel Lasker. His Common Sense in Chess and his Manual of Chess are worth doing a google search to find.  They may be only available in descriptive notation, but it is not hard to learn.  Here are those two in descriptive notation:

http://www.simardartizanfarm.ca/pdf/-_Lasker_s_Manual_of_Chess.pdf

https://ia801408.us.archive.org/14/items/commonsenseinche00laskrich/commonsenseinche00laskrich.pdf

I found the following account of a 2013 comment explaining which old but-excellent chess books are now in the public domain (http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/chess/YaBB.pl?num=1365847618)

 

Thank you for links.  By the way #2 and #4 don't work. 

joseph1000000
PuttingFromTheRough wrote:

You mean free pirated chess books? There are free ones but are very old and copyright laws don't apply.

 

There are many free books available. I am not sure which one is pirated or not. 

joseph1000000
KarpovTunnelSyndrome wrote:

 

I found all your links.  Thank you. By the way how is the weather in down under. 

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