If there were only 1 chess book you could reccomend what would it be ?

  • #41

    Thank you!!

  • #42
    The Middlegame(Book 1: Static Features and Book 2: Dynamic & Subjective Features) by Euwe and Kramer is an excellent alternative to Silman and Pachman. Euwe is one of the best at explaining things in way that the typical chess student can understand.
  • #43

    If just one book: Khmelnitskys Chess Exam and Training Guide because it will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and at the same time doing the tests will increase your understanding of the different aspects of the game because the positions and comments are very instructive.

  • #44

    Only one book?

    The Middle Game in Chess by Reuben Fine.

  • #45

    I am reading reassess your chess and I have found it helpful. I know there are some people on here who are not fans of silman's books. What specifically is wrong with it just out of curiosity

  • #46

    Pawn Structure Chess--Andy Soltis

    Complete Chess Strategy--Ludek Pachman

    (okay, so that's 2...I couldn't make up my mind) Smile

  • #47

    Unorthodox Chess Openings -- Eric Schiller.

  • #48

    eek!

  • #49
    AndyClifton wrote:

    eek!

    You see a mouse? Laughing

  • #50

    More like I smell a rat. Smile

  • #51

    500 Master Games by Dumont and Tartakower Single Volume

    Chess Informant Multi Volume

  • #52

    None of these books seem to be available on Kindle, and this is true for other chess books as well. Why is that?

  • #53

    Silman's Complete Endgame Chess Course.

    I don't care if you're Magnus Carlsen, or you just learned the moves yesterday. This book literally has something for Anyone in it.

  • #54

    Perhaps we first should ask Magnus about that...

  • #55

    I think endgame study is overrated.  I just learned to play chess a few weeks ago and haven't played a single endgame yet. 

    Everyone, however, plays openings... 

  • #56

    Never argue with Sinatra.

  • #57
    Grouper78 wrote:

    I think endgame study is overrated.  I just learned to play chess a few weeks ago and haven't played a single endgame yet. 

    Everyone, however, plays openings... 

    Are you baiting for trolls?

  • #58
    Grouper78 wrote:

    I think endgame study is overrated.  I just learned to play chess a few weeks ago and haven't played a single endgame yet. 

    Everyone, however, plays openings... 

    Gotta be honest, you're not really wowing me with your credentials.

  • #59
    pfren wrote:

    Silman's endgame course is a very fine book- factly, it's just about the only Silman book I would recommend to someone. It won't substitute any of the endgame classics (Keres, Shereshevsky, Averbakh) or the stunning Dvoretsky endgame manual, but it CAN be used as your single endgame learning source.

    Sorry to say that I do not regard his middlegame books too highly... I find them plagiarizing, and largely flawed. Get Pachman instead, you can hardly go wrong with such stuff.

    Now that you bring it up, Pfren, I think Silman's books owe more of their success to the large print than the writing style or instructional value.

    But that's okay. Because I think the large print rocks!!!

    Lets hope other chess authors figure out that little secret.Wink

  • #60

    I think this topic is beneficial for everyone......Grouper78 is not helping that cause.....start another thread with silly postings...thanks

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