I know how the pieces move and how to checkmate, and I want to take my game to the next level


Just pretty much as the title says. I read some chess beginner books in the past and they all went through the really boring opening stages of "how pieces move" and "how to checkmate" It nearly took up half the book. What's a good book that skips all this but then gets into more intermediate-advanced stages of the game? I'm tired of losing and especially to scholar's mate which is so frustratingly stupid because it's not even real chess and is something i feel i should know how to defend against now. plz help suggest me some good books to get started on.


I like Learn Chess: A Complete Course by C. Alexander.  The new algebraic edition is available in paperback and kindle.  It starts with stuff you know, but you can skip or skim that and you'll find challenging material soon enough.

Or you could go to the library/new bookstore/ used bookstore in your area, look at books on chess, and see if any click with you.

Happy Learning.


Good Chess Books for Beginners and Beyond...


The C.H.O'D. Alexander book is a great primer imho - I'm working through it at the moment and I think it's probably better for many people than some of the other "first books" recommended like The Amateurs Mind or Chess Fundamentals.




maybe you can try this

DerekRoz wrote:

maybe you can try this

This is not even checkmate as the knight protects f2. 


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I know its to defend against scholar's mate


knight protects f2

DerekRoz wrote:

I know its to defend against scholar's mate

This is not scholars mate. Scholars mate is with white attacking f7. I have never seen it this way.


oh ok



but black or white can protect their square


1.  I strongly second the motion of reading RussBell's article at:

2.  If it's too much information -- or, rather, while you're deciding --let me suggest a few things:

  • get your hands on John Emms' Discovering Chess Openings (in fact, by page 20 he discusses the 4-move mate and how to defend against it using principles).
  • while you're waiting for that book, here's an 8-minute video on opening principles:

    Chess Basics: Opening Principles

  • do puzzles / learn tactics (some great lessons here on - if you are falling for quick checkmates, you need to practice this.

Good luck on your journey!


You know all 36 checkmates? 


Hi! My name is Lauren Goodkind and I'm a chess coach based in California: I suggest two books for you since you are a beginner:

1)  "Queen For  A Day: The Girl's Guide to Chess Mastery"

Readers get to play an entire chess game in this book for beginners.  Throughout the entire game, you can choose between a bad move, an okay move, and the best move.   All explanations are in the book.  This book is also endorsed by WGM Jennifer Shahade and other chess masters.  

2) "50 Poison Pieces".  In this book, readers have to figure out why taking an unprotected piece is a mistake.  This is a great way to learn how to think ahead.  This book is also endorsed by a chess master and other respected chess professionals. 

   I hope that this helps.