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

  • #141

    I agree^...I guess he has one just as big for defensive tactics

  • #142

    I think you can borrow from the library most of the books mentioned in the thread. No need to hurt your wallet.

  • #143

    ^ Very true....did you have a book suggestion...???

  • #144

    The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal. This may not be the best but it's enjoyable to read.

  • #145
    Mandy711 wrote:

    The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal. This may not be the best but it's enjoyable to read.


    thank you

  • #146
    Vease wrote:
    -waller- wrote:

    I have Chernevs "Most Instructive Games Ever Played", solely because my dad used to own it (he doesn't play much chess either), but I thought it was a half decent book. Certainly was fun to read through at least.

    Yes, you can learn a lot of basic strategy from that book. The problem with Chernev is that he gives the impression that every game reduces to the conversion of a basic positional advantage to a straightforward win. He rarely gives any lines showing how the loser could have played better so you just get a one sided view of the game.

    Yeah, that's definitely true.  I just read over that book again recently and noticed that time and again.  And saying stuff like "Already on the 5th move Black sows the seeds of his strategic defeat"...

  • #147
    Mandy711 wrote:

    The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal. This may not be the best but it's enjoyable to read.

    Then again, maybe it is the best. Smile

  • #148
    pfren wrote:

    Any book on Capa is a sure shot. Even Chernev's on his 60 best endings. Factly, it may be the sole good book Chernev ever issued.

    He did do at least one other enjoyable one (even though he did go a bit exclam-happy throughout):

  • #149

    My personal favourite is "Best Lessons of a Chess Coach" by Sunil Weeramantry (I think that he's one of Nakamura's trainers).

  • #150
    AndyClifton wrote:
    Mandy711 wrote:

    The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal. This may not be the best but it's enjoyable to read.

    Then again, maybe it is the best. 

    What rating would this book be appropriate for?  I like Tal, just worried the book might be too advanced.  I've not seen a preview, so it's hard to tell...

  • #151

    I think you should probably be a B-player.

  • #152

    I don't think you need a specific chess rating to enjoy Tal's book. If you have a high school reading ability, you should enjoy his stories. One of the greatest aspects of Life and Games is that Tal makes you want to study his games! His book is inspirational, not just educational.

    Mikhail Tal's love of the game is infectious, which is why it's a perennial candidate for best chess book ever written. His audience was every chess lover, not players above a certain rating.

  • #153
    Oraoradeki wrote:

    My personal favourite is "Best Lessons of a Chess Coach" by Sunil Weeramantry (I think that he's one of Nakamura's trainers).

    Or maybe his father

  • #154

    step-father and his trainer.

  • #155

    I'd point to Reti's Masters of the Chessboard, which gives an intelligent and broad perspective on chess. Was a real eye-opener for me.

  • #156

    Thank you for all responses...I'm certain its beneficial to all rating levels...

  • #157

    Nice to know hard work pays off!!!

  • #158
    Greenmtnboy wrote:
    orangeishblue wrote:
    Oraoradeki wrote:

    My personal favourite is "Best Lessons of a Chess Coach" by Sunil Weeramantry (I think that he's one of Nakamura's trainers).

    Or maybe his father

    Sunil is a true genius and it was fortuitous that he married Nakamura's mom and then nurtured his talent through the GM category.    I took a few lessons from him back in the 70s and he was everything you needed in a teacher; creative, enthusiastic and brilliant.  It's just that the expense of quality teachers is not something everyone can afford.  

    The best teachers I have had over the years have been truly open minded and brilliant pointing toward classical sources for the subject matter.  The worst have been peddlers of stereotypes and simple ideas.


    I'm looking forward to reading this book!  It will be in my hands in about 1 week.  What can I expect to learn?

  • #159

    "Chess training for Budding Champions" by Jesper Hall. A complete guide on practical training to become a master.

  • #160

    I strongly recommend this book as this has almost all of what you should have learn. The book encompasses the:

    Pawn-Structure, Mental Training, how to use the computer, how to analyze the games, how to play positional and basic positions and guidelines.

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