Book recommendations

pdve

I have a playing strength of around 1800 blitz around here on chess.com. I am around 1770 on playchess and around 1550 in the strong 3-minute pool on ICC.

What are some of the books that would be most helpful to me?

LouStule
Hey Bud, there is an entire forum topic devoted to this subject. (Chess Books and Equipment) I’ve used it myself. Happy reading!
pdve

Cool. I'll ask there too.

Ziryab
Books on tactics and elementary endgames.
pdve
Ziryab wrote:
Books on tactics and elementary endgames.

Cool. Any particular tactics books you would suggest? I thought maybe the Quality chess puzzle book would be good. I also have Encyclopedia of chess middlegame combinations by Chess Informant.

aidan0816

You might consider finding opening repertoire books specific to whichever openings you play.  Getting detailed knowledge of the opening for blitz lets you conserve time on the first few moves and also helps you know how to exploit your opponents mistakes.  For me, I play the portuguese gambit so Smerdon's Scandinavian was quite useful in improving my play of the opening and gaining an advantage or equalizing quite easily.

galdave

Tactics should always be a part of everyone's training. Simple tactics for pattern recognition and advanced tactics for calculation. You also need to look for your own games, to target your specific needs and create a training plan tailored to you.

galdave

Winning Chess Tactics for Students by Bain and Encyclopedia of Chess Combination by Informant will keep you sharp

ed1975

I used to have Bain's book and I think it's too simple for the OP's level.

Chessopera

The rating must be over the board to have any validity. Online rating cannot give correct indication of playing strength. Many people who are 2000 rating on line are below 1700 ELO over the board.

 

Ziryab
pdve wrote:
Ziryab wrote:
Books on tactics and elementary endgames.

Cool. Any particular tactics books you would suggest? I thought maybe the Quality chess puzzle book would be good. I also have Encyclopedia of chess middlegame combinations by Chess Informant.

 

The Encyclopedia is worth spending time working through.