Best middlegame book?

pdve

Which would you say is the best middlegame book? Shouldn't it be either HTRYC or The Middlegame by Euwe and Kramer?

 

Please chime in.

kindaspongey

Lots of possibilities:

Simple Attacking Plans by Fred Wilson (2012)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708090402/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review874.pdf
http://dev.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Simple-Attacking-Plans-77p3731.htm
Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev (1957)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708104437/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/logichess.pdf
The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played by Irving Chernev (1965)
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/most-instructive-games-of-chess-ever-played/
Chess Endgames for Kids by Karsten Müller (2015)
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/chess-endgames-for-kids/
http://www.gambitbooks.com/pdfs/Chess_Endgames_for_Kids.pdf
Seirawan stuff:
http://seagaard.dk/review/eng/bo_beginner/ev_winning_chess.asp?KATID=BO&ID=BO-Beginner
https://www.chess.com/article/view/book-review-winning-chess-endings
http://www.nystar.com/tamarkin/review1.htm
50 Essential Chess Lessons by Steve Giddins
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708100833/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review534.pdf

http://www.gambitbooks.com/pdfs/50_Essential_Chess_Lessons.pdf
Simple Chess by Michael Stean
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708104258/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review400.pdf
Amateur's Mind by Jeremy Silman
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708094419/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/ammind.pdf
Chess Secrets: The Giants of Chess Strategy by Neil McDonald
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708092313/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review620.pdf
Chess Strategy for Club Players by Herman Grooten
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708101926/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review696.pdf

Understanding Chess Middlegames by GM John Nunn

https://web.archive.org/web/20140627012322/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen154.pdf

http://www.gambitbooks.com/pdfs/Understanding_Chess_Middlegames.pdf

Attacking Chess for Club Players by Herman Grooten
https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/9032.pdf
Chess for Hawks
https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/9041.pdf
The Chess Attacker’s Handbook

https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/7754.pdf

Chess Training for Post-beginners by Yaroslav Srokovski
https://web.archive.org/web/20140712013538/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review945.pdf
Chess Strategy: Move by Move by Adam Hunt
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708093249/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review890.pdf
How to Reassess Your Chess (4th ed.) by Jeremy Silman
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708095832/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review769.pdf
The Art of the Middlegame
http://dev.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Art-of-the-Middlegame-The-77p3554.htm
Winning Pawn Structures by GM Alexander Baburin (1998)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140718055446/http://chesscafe.com/text/wps.txt
Understanding Pawn Play in Chess by GM Drazen Marovic (2000)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708110136/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review249.pdf

http://www.gambitbooks.com/pdfs/Understanding_Pawn_Play_in_Chess.pdf
Dynamic Pawn Play in Chess by GM Drazen Marovic (2001)
http://theweekinchess.com/john-watson-reviews/books-of-many-flavours

http://www.gambitbooks.com/pdfs/Dynamic_Pawn_Play_in_Chess.pdf
Winning Chess Middlegames, An Essential Guide to Pawn Structures by GM Ivan Sokolov (2009)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708091955/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review676.pdf
Pawn Structure Chess by GM Andrew Soltis (2013)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708101523/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review908.pdf
Chess Structures - A Grandmaster Guide by GM Mauricio Flores Rios (2015)
"There is also masses of stuff in the book that made me go 'Oooh!' and 'Aaah!' so I think it will have the same effect on you! In particular, I loved Rios' exposition of White's plan of exerting queenside pressure against Hedgehog systems. I'd seen one of the games he quotes in his chapter but I'd never remotely made any link to a structured way of fighting the Hedgehog structure, so this chapter was a real eye-opener for me ...
In conclusion, warmly recommended. Lots to learn!" - GM Matthew Sadler
https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/7495.pdf
The Power of Pawns by GM Jörg Hickl (2016)
"The didactic concept of the book is admirable. Each chapter defines the structures, explains the typical characteristics and shows the plans for both White and Black. The reader participates by assessing positions and invariably receives useful tips for practical play." - FM Harry Schaack
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/the-power-of-pawns/
https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/9034.pdf
Zurich 1953 by Bronstein
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/review-zurich-1953-bronstein
Python Strategy by Tigran Petrosian
http://sagarteacheschess.blogspot.com/2015/09/python-strategy-book-review.html
Petrosian’s Legacy by Tigran Petrosian (1990)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708103409/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review309.pdf
Petrosian: Move by Move by Thomas Engqvist
"Engqvist gives us a rare treat and a genuine, sympathetic understanding of one of chess' greats who nowadays tends to gets lost in the shuffle!" - Michael Ciamarra (2014)
Grandmaster Chess Strategy by Jürgen Kaufeld & Guido Kern
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708093410/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review812.pdf

marknatm

I would think that the Peter Romanovsky Middlegame Books on Middlegame Planning and Middlegame Combinations that are now combined into one book called Soviet Middlegame Technique are worthy of being considered for this list.

Overlyunskilled

Check this great list: https://www.chess.com/blog/RussBell/introduction-to-positional-chess-planning-strategy

yureesystem

I like kindaspongey recommendations, his first three are good to start.

dvalenciae

wow

kindaspongey
marknatm wrote:

... Soviet Middlegame Technique ...

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

OldPatzerMike

The best middle game book depends on the player’s level. A good one for intermediate players is Pachman’s “Modern Chess Strategy”, or the full three volume version “Complete Chess Strategy”.

robbie_1969

Pawn structure chess, Soltis.

OldPatzerMike
robbie_1969 wrote:

Pawn structure chess, Soltis.

Agreed. Personally, I would recommend the Pachman book or books first, but Soltis provides middle game knowledge that is indispensable for improvement. To that I would add Mauricio Flores Rios, "Chess Structures: A Grandmaster Guide". Flores covers some of the same structures as Soltis and some additional ones, and his book lays out the plans in a more clear and organized manner. Soltis and Flores are both exceptionally helpful for club level players.

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.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/7495.pdf

Reb

my favorite books on the middlegame are 2 books by Peter Romanovsky and the 2 middlegame books by Euwe & Kramer 

MickinMD

There are lots of good books.  When I coached a very successful high school team in the '90's and '00's, I gave each of my players a copy of Silman's How to Reassess Your Chess, when it was the concise and manageable 200 page 1st Edition.  I bought the 4th Ed. and the workbook last year and, while it is an excellent book for me, it would have been too much for my high school kids to digest.

I also photocopied for them the 2nd chapter of Keres' and Kotov's The Art of the Middlegame, which is titled, Strategy and Tactics of Attacks on the King, possibly the 50 best pages of chess instruction ever written, as well as the 6 pages of Part II, chapter 4, of Aaron Nimzowitsch's My System, "Overprotection and Weak Pawns" in which a game is used to demonstrate why you shouldn't leave pieces hanging or underprotected.

Today there are many good books out there on the middlegame and they are generally about one of three things: tactics/combinations, positional strategy, and the best of them to my thinking, are aimed at showing you how to develop a middlegame plan from the opening - something that I surely struggle to do successfully.

Consequently, books on being aggressive and attacking are what I would have my players reading if I was still coaching, in addition to what I noted above and there are two I like a lot:

Fred Wilson, Simple Attacking Plans – four straightforward principles demonstrated with 36 annotated games.

Michael Song and Razvan Preotu, The Chess Attacker’s Handbook, fourteen principles demonstrated by games and with example problems.

crajeev5

Mastering Chess Strategy by John Hellsten is brilliant for Middle Game understanding and Chess Structures - A Grandmaster Guide by GM Mauricio Flores Rios (2015)  ( still reading )is superb and with excellent descriptions. My son's rating elo has increased from  1600 to 1900 just by doing these. 

Can anyone suggest a good book with explanation  for the topic of Art of Exchange

Also , as stated above , the best guide /book  aimed at showing how to develop a middlegame plan from the opening. 

SeniorPatzer

How many pages/annotated games do you get through in a day from your dedicated study of a middlegame book?

crajeev5

Avg study of 2-3 hours /day . 

RussBell

@crajeev5
Per your request, the following book is pretty good on the topic of exchanging....

Your Kingdom for My Horse: When to Exchange in Chess by Andrew Soltis...

https://www.amazon.com/Your-Kingdom-My-Horse-Exchange/dp/1849942773/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533104877&sr=1-1&keywords=exchange+in+chess

There is no "best" middlegame book.  But there are lots of good ones.  Any book that deals primarily with positional concepts, pawn play, planning, strategy, etc., is largely concerned with middlegame play.  The following chess book lists contain many good titles that deal with these topics....

https://www.chess.com/blog/RussBell

crajeev5

thanks a lot for your kind inputs.