Top 10 Chess Books to Own

  • #161

    - Bobby Fischer, My 60 memorable games

    - Ludek Pachman, Modern Chess Strategy

    - Alexander Kotov, Think Like a Grandmaster

    - Chess Informator, Encyclopedia of Chess Openings, 5 Vol.

    - Max Euwe, The Middle Game, Vol. I and II.

    - Emmanuel Lasker, Manual of Chess

    - Richard Reti, Modern Ideas in Chess

    - Harry Golombek, History of Chess

    - T.Siaperas, The Game of Chess, Vol. I and II(in Greek)

    - Reuben Fine, Basic Chess Endings

  • #162

    These are all quite old books. Nothing wrong with that of course, but what about more recent ones? Are there any books published in the last 20 years (say) that are a "must have"?

  • #163


    I don't have read chess books of the last 20 years.

  • #164

    Gelfand's two books of an ongoing series positional and dynamic decision making in chess are very good.

  • #165

    @georgopa Fair enough - I was asking the question of anyone who read this and might have an opinion.

  • #166

    I like Lev alburt Comprehensive chess course vol.2(havent read vol.1).Its all about laying a solid

    chessfoundation.I also have his chess training pocketbook which is wonderful.His Trademark is

    =Time efficiency.

  • #167

    I think many popular books that seem like they are saying the right things are actually bad for your chess and will hamper your long-term development.


    Her are my "best" books, where "best" means some high standard of both good instruction and enjoyment:


    1.  Fischer: My 60 Memorable Games

    2.  Nunn: Understanding Chess Move by Move

    3.  Abrahams: The Chess Mind

    4.  Watson: Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy

    5.  Lasker: Lasker's Manual of Chess

    6.  Znosko-Borovsky: The MIddle Game in Chess

    7.  Averbakh: Chess Endings, Essential Knowledge

    8.  Nunn, Burgess adn Emms:THe Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games

    9.  Gligorich: Selected Chess Masterpieces

    10.  Petrosian: Petrosian's Legacy

    11. Keres: MIidle Years of Paul Keres

    12. Gufeld: Chess - The serch for Mona Lisa

    13. Shirov: Fire on Board

    14. Gligoric: I play against pieces

    15. Soltis: Turning Advantage into Victory in Chess

    16. Stohl: Garry Kasparov's Geeatest Chess Games Vol. 1

    17. Bronznik and Terekhin: Techniques of Positional Play

    18. Hort and Jansa: The Best Move

    19. Dvoretsky: Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual

    20. Nunn: Understanding Chess Endgames

    21. Sokolov: Winning Chess Middlegames

    22. Korchnoi: Best Games with Black

    23. Reinfeld: 1001 Winning Chess sacrifices and combinations

    24. Averbakh and Maezelis:  Pawn Endings

    25. Korchnoi: Practical Rook Endings


    Well a mere 10 books was too restrictive.  25 is a nice number, though I could easily have listed 50.


    Maybe someone will find this list useful.

  • #168

    Interesting, I didn't see as much of Fred Reinfeld as I thought I would.  Has anyone read his books, what would your take be on his format?

  • #169

    LCARS wrote:

    Interesting, I didn't see as much of Fred Reinfeld as I thought I would.  Has anyone read his books, what would your take be on his format?

    winning chess is still a classic for low-rated players, now available in algebraic

  • #170

    Winning Chess Strategy by Seirawan

    Winning Chess Strategy for KIds by Coackley

    Understanding Chess Middle Games by Nunn

    Chess Tactics for Champion by Polgar

    The LIfe and Games of Mikhail Tal

    Winning Chess Brilliancies by Seirawan

    101 Endgame Tips by Giddins

    Chess Lessons by Popov

    Lesson with Grandmaster Series by Gulko

    Improve Your Chess Pattern Recognition by Arthur

    Techniques of Positional Play by Bronznik

    Endgame Strategy By Shereshevsky

    Chess Strategy for Club Players by Grooten

    Art of Attack

    Understanding Pawn Play by Marovic


    There are many great books. Above are some of them.

  • #171
  • #172
    Wish I could find Silman's How to reassess your chess on a chess book app!!
  • #173
    TuckerTommy wrote:
    Wish I could find Silman's How to reassess your chess on a chess book app!!

    This thread is about good books, not slush.


  • #174

    Chess Structures  ~  Rios
    Forcing Chess Moves ~ Hertan
    Fundamental Chess Endings ~ Meuller
    Techniques of Positional Play ~ Bronznik
    Karpov's Startegic WIns ~ Karolyi
    Domination in Endgame Studies~ Kasparyan
    The Art of Attack in Chess~ Vokovich
    Chess For  Tigers ~ Webb
    The Giant Chess Puzzle Book ~ Gambit
    Endgame Strategy ~ Shereshevsky


  • #175"Dvoretsky" Set
    8+ tactics books which together may contain 97% of the ~2,000 basic  tactics patterns (*= good three to start):

    • Chess Tactics for Students                             - John Bain* (can do repetitively - see above)
    • Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess                        - Bobby Fischer and Margulies*
    • Starting out: Chess Tactics and Checkmates - Chris Ward*
    • Winning Chess Strategy for Kids                   - Jeff Coakley (a great author)
    • The Chess Tactics Workbook                         - Al Woolum
    • Back to Basic: Tactics                                  - Dan Heisman (use cleaned-up 2nd printing)
    • The Winning Way                                         - Bruce Pandolfini (more difficult to find)
    • Power Chess for Kids                                   - Hertan - a helpful book about how to find basic forcing moves, easier than Hertan's also very good Forcing Chess Moves; check out his helpful essay "Adventure and Sportsmanship" on p.13, but his key exception on p.19 has exceptions itself!

    I have bought the first 3 books.Making chess a lot easier.Highly recommended.

  • #176
  • #177

    Muy bien!

  • #178


    do you guys know the name of a book that has this symbol in the cover?


  • #179

    Mein Kampf? wink.png

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