chess book for positional play?

kindaspongey

"... Chess structures: A Grandmaster Guide is not a primer of positional play; for that, try Michael Stean's Simple Chess, Herman Grooten's Chess Strategy for Club Players, or Silman's ... How to Reassess Your Chess. Instead, you might think of Chess Structures as positional chess 'finishing school.' ..." - John Hartmann

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/chess-structures-a-grandmaster-guide/

https://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/Flores_Rios_Chess_Structures-excerpt.pdf

kindaspongey

"... I’ve written many articles about low-rated players, … This is what you need to do: 1. … 2. … 3. … 4. At first, attack and threats are all you’ll do. But after a while, try to spend a bit of time (just a bit...you can look deeper in the future) understanding basic positional concepts. 5. …" - IM Jeremy Silman (2018)

https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-start-out-in-chess

Zugerzwang
An old classic is The Art of Positional Play by Samuel Reshevsky. There are many others. At the 1,000 level it would probably be better to just read general books geared to beginners or improving players that focus on all aspects of play.
OldPatzerMike
Zugerzwang wrote:
An old classic is The Art of Positional Play by Samuel Reshevsky. There are many others. At the 1,000 level it would probably be better to just read general books geared to beginners or improving players that focus on all aspects of play.

Reshevsky's book is excellent, along with his "Reshevsky's Best Games of Chess". Reshevsky had a consummate understanding of positional chess and his annotations were very helpful. His best games book was my first serious chess book and got me to 1550 USCF back in 1970. Now that so many other books are out there, I think that Stean's "Simple Chess" is an excellent introduction to the topic and should be the starting point. But I would most definitely delve into Sammy's books after that.