what is a good chess book for a beginner ? (sub 1000)


i never read any chess books, i watched some youtube videos about some openings like the ruy lopez and you know queen's gambit, the italian game ect. but someone please suggest me a good chess book i want to improve in chess


I would suggest:



I ordered 10+ books from Amazon, read the contents and introduction and skim through the teaching/examples. I believe this book is the best for beginners. so I returned the rest. It is CHEAP ($20 for 586 pages) and is a year-long course if you really work through the examples. Of course there are better move-by-move books but I believe you need to at least understand basic ideas in chess play to work through those move-by-move books.


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I have heard good things about Aagaard's books.


You dont read chess books until youre at least a class a (1800-2000) player, thats what I usually hear from experts and masters.

PowerofHope wrote:

You dont read chess books until youre at least a class a (1800-2000) player, thats what I usually hear from experts and masters.

Such nonsense. The quickest way to improve from beginner's level to the casual player's (about 1200-1500) is to read the right books.

For the OP, see the great suggestions in this blog by RussBell: Good Chess Books for Beginners and Beyond


you'll find plenty of perfectly valid material on youtube and for free on this website if you're rated around there. I see you joined the site 13 days ago, it will mainly be a matter of you playing the game alot and gathering more experience, accompanied by some basic chess instruction, like opening principles , piece value, basic tactics. A book will probably be a waste in my opinion, good luck and happy chessing : )


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It hasn't been printed yet though.

Checkmate! - By the Garry Kasparov himself for beginners.
GoodBoyRiley wrote:

... someone please suggest me a good chess book i want to improve in chess

For one book, I would suggest A COMPLETE CHESS COURSE by Antonio Gude,

but there really are a lot of possibilities:

Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess by Wolff

The Mammoth Book of Chess

Journey to the Chess Kingdom by GM Yuri Averbakh and Mikhail Beilin

Complete Chess Course by Reinfeld

"Remember, if you like books--like reading them and owning them--there's no such thing as 'one chess book.' ... as you acquire one or two and read them through--even if you don't--you'll find yourself drawn to the chess section every time you walk into Walden's or Barnes and Noble or Borders. If you leaf through the books and compare their contents to what you need, you'll soon find yourself dedicating a shelf or two of your bookcase to chess books. You'll want to have all of Sierawan's books (as soon as they're back in print). You'll yearn to complete your collection of Alburt's series. You'll start haunting used book shops for old copies of Fischer's 'My 60 Memorable Games.' Your hair will gradually grow unkempt, and a distracted wild look will creep into your eyes. If you're separated from your books for too long, your hands will begin to twitch and you'll start plotting knight moves across the checkered tablecloth at the Italian restaurant where you're supposed to be wooing your wife / girlfriend. You've entered a perilous zone ... 'Chessbibliomania' is not a condition to be easily dismissed, and research has shown it isn't curable. Maybe you'll be better off just buying a gin rummy program for your computer and avoiding this chess book madness altogether. happy.png Happy reading!!"


Possibly of interest:

Simple Attacking Plans by Fred Wilson (2012)https://web.archive.org/web/20140708090402/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review874.pdf
Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev (1957)
The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played by Irving Chernev (1965)
Winning Chess by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld (1948)
Back to Basics: Tactics by Dan Heisman (2007)
Discovering Chess Openings by GM John Emms (2006)
Openings for Amateurs by Pete Tamburro (2014)
Chess Endgames for Kids by Karsten Müller (2015)
A Guide to Chess Improvement by Dan Heisman (2010)
Studying Chess Made Easy by Andrew Soltis (2009)
Seirawan stuff:


Here are the best chess books for begginers. 



Get this one:





I have heard many good things about The Soviet Chess Primer, that it is good for beginners. But also that it gets quite complicated quickly, i.e. that it's not only just for beginners. 





"... The title might suggest it is for beginners, but that is not the case. [The Soviet Chess Primer] does start off with some basic positions, but quickly moves on to much more advanced material including chapters on positional play and techniques of calculation." - IM John Donaldson

GoodBoyRiley wrote:

i never read any chess books, i watched some youtube videos about some openings like the ruy lopez and you know queen's gambit, the italian game ect. but someone please suggest me a good chess book i want to improve in chess

Good initial books:

"Soviet Chess Primer", "Lasker's Manual of Chess", or "Winning Chess" by Yasser Seirawan


Good follow up books:

"Winning Chess Tactics" by Seirawan, "Chess Tactics for Students" by Bain, "Chess Tactics for Champions" by Polgar, "Chess" by Polgar


Good first game collection books:

"Logical Chess Move by Move", "The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played" by Chernev


Good series to go from 1000-1800:

"Winning Chess Strategies", "Winning Chess Openings", "Winning Chess Endgames", "Winning Chess Combinations", and "Winning Chess Brilliancies" by Seirawan


Alternatively, the "steps" method is very effective:  https://www.chess-steps.com/

You can buy the books and workbooks for ~$5 each (there are about 26 of them in total).  They are designed as a course to be done in order (moving on to the next after you have mastered what you are currently on).

BobbyTalparov wrote:

... Good initial books:

..., "Lasker's Manual of Chess", or ...



The book you should get above all others is Chess Fundamentals by Jose Capablanca.  Botvinnik called it the greatest chess book ever written.  It was the first chess book Karpov read cover to cover.   It was written by one of the greatest players of all time. It will set you on the right track.


"... 'Chess Fundamentals' ... does not deal so minutely as this book will with the things that beginners need to know. ..." - from Capablanca's A Primer of Chess
"... For let’s make no mistake, what ground Capablanca covers, he covers well. I enjoyed reading Capablanca’s presentation of even well-worn and standard positions. ...
Still, when compared with other instructional books for beginners and intermediate players, Capablanca’s Chess Fundamentals would not be my first choice. Other books cover the same or similar ground with a less confusing structure and more thoroughness. The following works come to mind as equal or in some ways superior: Lasker’s Common Sense in Chess; Znosko-Borovsky’s series of books; and Edward Lasker’s Chess Strategy. Later works that equal or surpass Chess Fundamentals would include Reuben Fine’s Chess the Easy Way and any number of Horowitz tomes.
Capablanca’s work has historical interest and value, of course, and for that reason alone belongs in any chess lover’s library. But there are better instructional books on the market. Certainly the works of Seirawan, Silman, Pandolfini, Polgar, Alburt, etc. are more accessible, speak a more modern idiom, and utilize advances in chess teaching and general pedagogy, etc. ..." - David Kaufman (2007)


Only people who love been spoonfeeded could find the Maizelis book "hard". It isn't hard, at all.


It simply requires to be read carefully, and dedicating quite some work on every exercise.


I think it is precisely the work part that makes some people think it is "hard", but no work= no progress - simple as that.


Kaufman criticising Primer of Chess? Actually who is this David Kaufman?

IM pfren wrote:

... who is this David Kaufman?

A person with an alternative to the view of Lastrank? We also have:

"... 'Chess Fundamentals' ... does not deal so minutely as this book will with the things that beginners need to know. ..." - from Capablanca's A Primer of Chess