I am new. any books I should read?

Spelenderwijs

Read lots of books like

Logical Chess Move By Move

Almoutaz1

for me u need to play more and with a good player to tell u wt u should and shouldn't im ready if want

flashpower
I have a good book called Chess and the Art of War.
posh1gamer

definitely "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess". a beautiful book that will strengthen every area of your game and improve your logical processes. was one of the first things I did when I was 7 and learning to play.

yakuza_ronin

Going through the same climb 800-1000's, here's what I would recommend to my past self:

Chess.com's learning video series seems really solid but have only really just started after the new content published.  so far seems awesome if you're starting from ground floor.

General chess concepts = Seirwan's Play Winning Chess (book) which is easy to skim and move on.

Opening principals = Smithy's Opening Principals by SmithyQ FREE on Chessable.com.  ***Highly recommended because if you dont have a decent start then your middle/end game are kind of lost before you reach them... also helps you understand some of the popular main line opening moves.

Beginner tactics = Back to Basics Tactics by Dan Heisman in books or Chessable (interactive and repeats puzzles til you get them consistently...also has animated board so you dont have to walk through the moves in your head or on a physical board) or the Susan Polgar's Tactic Series on Chessable.  Once you feel you know all the tactic motifs then can grind on Chess.com's tactic puzzles or ChessTempo.

Beginner end game = 25 Basic Checkmates by John Bartholomew on Chessable.

Youtube 'classics' = John Bartholomew's chess fundamental series (5 videos) and climbing the chess ladder as he plays 800 - 2000 players and shows their common strengths/weaknesses which you can see what relates to you and how to try and fix it.  and also ChessNetwork's Beginner to Chess Master series.

Beginner friendly active people on chess.com forums to watch out for = kindaspongey, IMBacon, RussBell

Active daily / slow chess clubs for beginners on Chess.com = The Groovy Gang, Dan Heisman's Learning Center

RonWeasley66

You can read about Ron Weasley's famous chess moves in Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone!!!!!

It's all about strategic sacrifices 

RussSonLeYT
k3yp4y wrote:
I feel like I don't learn from my mistakes. wish books should I check out? I'm playing a lot lately but I seem to lose often and I want to get better. aside from playing many games per day, what else should I be doing?

"And if you don't learn from your mistakes, you're an idiot." - Some minecraft youtuber I still watch

yakuza_ronin

I've been reading that Lucas Chess will analyze your games with stockfish and then generate a pgn file of puzzles from it that you can then review through its 'Find the Best Move'.  Sounds like a great way to review positions and make sure you dont make the same mistake.  However not sure it's any better than analyzing your games through chess.com or lichess.org where you can do the same thing but not necessarily automated.

Anyone have experience with Lucas Chess game analysis and offer an opinion?

Walrus-76

As a complete beginner myself, I have some of the books mentioned here and I have found them very useful. The Mammoth Book of World’s Greatest Chess Games is one that is not necessarily a beginners book, but it has an excellent collection of past master games, and annotation can be helpful even from beginners perspective. Also, there are short player biographies of each player included and also after each game a short conclusion or so called ”what one can learn about this game” section. Playing the games of this book carefully with board has not actually made me a better player but it has made me to see some of the beauty of chess...

posh1gamer

Bobby Fischer teaches chess. it is amazing. I don't know that it is quite what I think of as a book, but it is the only chess "book" I have ever enjoyed. you can find a pdf of it pretty easily or get the physical book like I have.

yakuza_ronin

@walrus-76 good point...learning from master games is great for beginners just to see good examples of opening, middle and end games.  Paul Morphy games are nice examples as he generally steamrolled his opponents when they made mistakes showing the strength of fundamental basic principals in action.

@posh1gamer not sure but you may like Laszlo Polgar's 5334 Chess Problems which is all puzzles that dont need any text as you progress through them.  probably also available online somewhere.

claranow

Wanted to recommend one more I came across recently ^^ More down to the basics and building 

https://www.chessable.com/the-fundamentals-build-up-your-chess-1/course/19145/

 

kindaspongey

The Yusupov series of books seems to be pretty demanding, so I suggest that one look carefully at available samples and reviews before buying. If one does decide to go for it, one should probably know that the correct reading order is Build 1, Boost 1, Evolution 1, Exam 1, Build 2, Boost 2, Evolution 2, Build 3, Boost 3, Evolution 3.

http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/Build-up-Your-Chess-1-exceprt.pdf
http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/QandAwithArturYusupovQualityChessAugust2013.pdf

Perhaps of interest:

https://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/yusupov-and-the-older-lower-rated-player

Ziryab
kindaspongey wrote:

The Yusupov series of books seems to be pretty demanding, so I suggest that one look carefully at available samples and reviews before buying. If one does decide to go for it, one should probably know that the correct reading order is Build 1, Boost 1, Evolution 1, Exam 1, Build 2, Boost 2, Evolution 2, Build 3, Boost 3, Evolution 3.

http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/Build-up-Your-Chess-1-exceprt.pdf
http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/QandAwithArturYusupovQualityChessAugust2013.pdf

Perhaps of interest:

https://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/yusupov-and-the-older-lower-rated-player

 

Useful stuff. Thanks.

JosephReidNZ

I just watch videos.