Best chess books to enjoy Chess.

Hello Everyone! We are returning to the topic of the best chess books. Today I will recommend you some chess books which will introduce you to the beauty of chess. Also, today’s article comes with suggestions on the previous article on 8 Best books for beginners. Firstly we realized that a lot of books are quite costly and also there were some which we couldn’t add due to the limit of 8 books. So, the books covered in today’s article are meant for beginners and also intermediate players to some extent. For those who are highly dedicated to chess and also want tough material can consider visiting our Book Reviews, which cover a decent amount of books according to their need.

 

The Masters: Alexander Alekhine Master of Attack (Masters (Everyman Chess)

 

This book is based on 3rd World Champion Alexander Alekhine’s games. Generally, a book which is based on a player helps the reader to develop his playing style accordingly. This book covers decent games one can enjoy. You can buy the book from here.

 

Mind Master: Winning Lessons from a Champion’s Life

Mind Master is an autobiography of 5 times World Chess Champion Vishwanathan Anand. You must be wondering, a book without any chess games, how does it make it to this list? When I read it, I felt inspired by the anecdotes from the book. Some tips by the world champion are very helpful for eg. his way to write notes immediately after the game so as to have the best true impressions from the game. You can buy the book from here.

 

Chess Brilliancy (Everyman Chess)

This book is based on some inspiring games in chess. The games are of high quality, also it doesn’t contain heavy annotations but has a some historical incidents related to the game. We have covered it in our book review. You can read the book review here. Also, you can buy the book here.

 

Tactics Time! 1001 Chess Tactics from the Games of Everyday Chess Players

Tactics are the sole of Chess. One has to know a lot of patterns to get better at chess, so considering affordable prices, this is the best book. So this books is affordable as it is free on Kindle. You can buy it from here.

 

Endgame Strategy (Cadogan Chess Books)

Endgame Strategy by Mikhail Shershevesky is one of the best books on the endgame. This book shows how to apply theoretical concepts practically in endings. We have covered it in our book review which you can read here. You can also buy the book from here.

 

Chess for Tigers (Cadogan Chess Books)

Chess for Tigers has a decent amount of anecdotes. The author has classified the chapters well and also been specific on his do’s and don’ts before, during and after the tournament. You can get the book here.

So with this, I halt today’s suggestions. Will come up with some more recommendations in the coming time. Till then keep enjoying chess :)!

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Boook Review – Endgame Strategy by Mihail Shereshevsky

Author of the Book – Mikhail Shereshevsky

Publishing Year – 1981

Published By – Everyman chess

 

What to Expect –

Endgame strategy is one of the best classics. This book was published in the Russian language in 1981. (yes, around 40 years back!) The first English edition was published in 1985 by everyman chess. This book is an attempt to study and systemize certain basic practical principles of the playing of chess endings. This book contains an interesting selection of endings along with classic examples. The author aims in the first instance to explain the course of the struggle, penetrate into the psychology of the players’ actions and to focus readers’ attention.

What is the uniqueness of this book –

This book focuses on complex endgame with many pieces. Positions are also selected carefully. The author covered many topics from pawns to queens. This book also focuses on the problem of exchanges, how to use two bishops, 3 vs 2 pawn structure, etc. It was very difficult to produce any chess book in 1981 but Shereshevsky was the one who published many books at that time.

For whom will this book suit the best?

This book is recommended for those who know basic principles and types of core endgame. This book can be studied from beginner to master and for beginner, those who played 6-8 classical tournaments can check this book.

What did I like about this book?

I find chapter names quite interesting such as, Do not hurry, Principle of two weaknesses, etc. Because every time before we purchase any book, we read the preface and index. I also like the chapter introduction very much. I have completed this book almost 2 times. According to me, this book can be studied repetitively to enjoy the beauty of chess.

 

From Where Can You Buy This Book?

You can buy this book from amazon. If you are Indian, you will get this book at only 420 rs. We have attached the Amazon link below.

Amazon India – https://amzn.to/3kzjSYG

Amazon (worldwide) – https://amzn.to/3mAbWYG

 

About the author

The author is one of the strongest players from Byelorussia, who has worked extensively as a trainer. Shereshevsky taught endgame to many young Russian talents. He also worked with Dvoryetsky Mark.

 

About the publisher

Everyman Chess, formerly known as Cadogan Chess, is a major publisher of books and CDs about chess. “Everyman” is a registered trademark of Random House and the company headquarters is in London. Former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov is their chief advisor and John Emms is the general editor, assisted by Richard Palliser. The company is now known as “Gloucester Publishers”.

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Book Review : Chess Brilliancy

Author of the Book – Iakov Dawsky

Publishing Year – 2002

Published By – Everyman Chess

What to Expect?

Chess Brilliancy is a very interesting book. This book presents you with 250 classic brilliancies which were rewarded for their elements. One can expect a lot of power-packed games with huge creativity. A small introduction about the games or the tournament and games with fewer variations and few insights from players. Some of the games are positional while some are attacking some show deep calculations while some blow up our imagination.

What is a Unique thing in this Book?

This book throws light on the era where several tournaments used to award prizes for best games for the round and for the event. I have to appreciate the author for his efforts on compiling these 250 games, maintaining standings of prizes.

 

For whom will this book suit the best?

This book is a Gem. Anyone who has studied chess for over 6 months or knows basics and some normal tactics can enjoy this book. According to me, this book can be studied repetitively to enjoy the beauty of chess.

 

What did I like?

I enjoyed each and every game. I have studied some games 4-5 times! As they are so interesting and have also made a deep impression on me.  I appreciate every game in this book but to give a glimpse of this book, Below I share with you 3 games I liked the most.

White to Play
Black to Play
White to Play. Nowadays this move is a theory!

Check the games below to see if you got the moves right!

 

 

From where can you buy this Book?

Chess Brilliancy book is available on Amazon.in at Rs 300/- Here is the link of the same.

About the Book Author-

Iakov Damsky, a Russian sports journalist, is also an experienced chess writer and he has written books viz Attack with Mikhail Tal (with Mikhail Tal) The Art of Defence in Chess (with Lev Polugayevsky) and The Heavy Pieces in Action.

The Publisher

Everyman Chess, formerly known as Cadogan Chess, is a major publisher of books and CDs about chess. “Everyman” is a registered trademark of Random House and the company headquarters is in London. Former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov is their chief advisor and John Emms is the general editor, assisted by Richard Palliser. The company is now known as “Gloucester Publishers”.

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Book Review- MY SYSTEM by Aron Nimzowitsch

Author Of The Book –  Aron Nimzowitsch

Publishing Year – 1925

Published By – Quality Chess

 My System written by Aron Nimzowitsch is one of the “must study” books in chess literature. This book is classified under ‘Chess classics’ category by Quality Chess. The book should be studied in the earlier stages of learning chess. This book was first published in the German language in 1925. But there was no English translation available. The first English translation was in the year 2005 which had alterations by the translators. So to give audience perfect meaning of what the author meant, Quality Chess published this book in 2007.

 

A Glimpse Of This Book.

There are a lot of positions so I will share the topics only.

  1. The Elements
  2. The centre and development
  3. The open file
  4. The 7th and 8th ranks
  5. The passed pawns
  6. Exchanging
  7. The elements if endgame strategy
  8. The pinned piece
  9. Discovered check
  10. The pawn chain.
  11. Positional Play
  12. Prophylaxis and the centre
  13. Doubled pawns and restraint
  14. The Isolated Queen’s pawn and its descendants
  15. Overprotection and weak pawns
  16. Manoeuvring
  17. Postscript: The history of the revolution in chess from 1911-1914.

These topics also have subtopics so one can go through them properly and study them well.

 

 

What To Expect?

The book covers basic elements like checkmate, notation etc. It also has key topics like a rook on the seventh rank, quality of pieces, prophylaxis, endgame. Although at a few points I did feel that the writer went astrey but I feel he wanted to make a point by being creative.

 

What Is A Unique Thing In This Book?

The most unique fact I felt about this book is that it is written in 1925. The material is of such high quality that 95 years have passed and still all the concepts are relatable! Another mind-boggling fact is the author’s vision of prophylaxis. He knew the importance of prophylaxis long back.

 

Who Can Read? [audience]

As I mentioned earlier, this book has basic stuff and also high-level stuff. So you can learn accordingly. Even a newcomer to chess can start with this book.

 

What Did I Like?

When I was going through the contents (index) page, that itself made me fall in love with this book. The author has taken significant effort to classify a lot of topics and include sub-topics accordingly. He has also provided key examples and also the crucial points or tips are highlighted.  Also, the variety of topics covered gives the desire to study the book again.

 

From Where You Can Buy This Book?

You can buy this book from here. As this book has been published in several languages, I have just attached the English version.

 

About The Book Author-

Aron Nimzowitsch was among the top players during the 1920s to 1930s along with Alexander Alekhine, Jose Raul Capablanca, Akiba Rubinstein. Besides being a top player, Aron Nimzowitsch also contributed to the chess literature with his books.

The Publisher

Quality chess is a UK based company. This was founded by GM Jacob Aagaard, GM John Shaw, and IM Ari Ziegler. Quality chess is currently dominating the chess market and currently one of the top publications in the chess world. Most of the books from quality chess are very famous. The page quality, binding quality is also excellent.

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8 Best Chess Books For Beginners

The study of chess books is necessary for every chess player. If you are a beginner then you should study on the board to get maximum understanding of the chessboard. In this blog, I have suggested you best chess books for beginners. The following are some best books for beginners to improve chess skills quickly. I personally studied most of them. There are many books that I want to recommend, I will defiantly do 2nd part of this subject.

 

100 endgame you must know by Jesus de la villa

A lot of top players recommend that you should start learning from endgames followed by middlegames and then openings. So to follow that sequence this is one of the most famous endgame books in the world.author selected perfect puzzles that every player should know. This book is suitable for any player. We will write a detailed review soon. As per my opinion, people should buy this book from chessable.com and solve it there. Otherwise, if you want a hardcopy then you can buy from here.

 

IM John Bartholomew shared his review about this book – I really believe this will improve your game. Want to brush up on your K+P endings? Want to know how to mate with B+N vs. K? Win or draw complex rook endings? I go through it all and hope these videos will help add a whole lot more to this, to make it easier to understand and help you fully learn them. I try to explain the concepts and rules in different ways, often using comparison, methods that have worked with students, and my personal experience with these endings (like the time I failed to win K+Q vs. K+R vs. a Grandmaster!).

1001 chess exercise for beginner

This book is published by a new chess publication. In this book author Franco Masetti given 1001 selected exercise for beginner level. Highly recommended book for every player who wants to improve his tactics. You can buy this book from here

Pandofilni endgame course

Bruce Pandolfini, a National Master in U.S. chess competition, is the creator of the highly acclaimed Fireside Chess Library. He is a renowned instructor, a consultant on chess for the media, and a frequent commentator on the Radio.  In this book, the author has covered all aspects of basic endgames that every player should know. This is a highly recommended book for beginners. Personally I have studied endgame from this book when I was a beginner. You can buy this book from here 

700 opening traps

700 opening traps written by bill wall. In this book, he was given various openings traps. The learning opening trap is very important at the beginner level because it will give immediate victory and there are high chances that the opponent can fell in your trap. You can visit his blog there you will get a lot and lots of PGN books that you can directly open in ChessBase application or even in any mobile application. Although this book is rarely available on any online store. still, you can buy kindle edition from amazon from here

Winning chess series by Yasser Seirawan

Yasser Seirawan was a famous Syrian born American grandmaster. He is a famous commentator also. He is currently working at Saint Louis chess club and regular visitor on famous twitch channel chessbrah. In this series, he has published 7 books under name of Seirawan’s winning chess series and published by everyman chess. It is the best chess book series for beginners to improve all aspects of chess. In India, you will get this book at a cost of 5 euro per book. You can buy PGN+Ebook from everyman chess official website. following are 7 books written in this series. This series of books is the best chess books for beginners. you can click below names to purchase these books.

 

My System by Aron Nimzowitsch

my system is written by Aron Nimzowitsch in 1925. This book is known as a world-famous chess classic book. If you want to improve your chess you must study this book by heart. In this book, Aron mainly explained the basic principles of chess. If you ask any player/ coach then he will suggest this book only. You can get this book from here.

 

 

 

Review by chesscafe.com on this book – “Since its publication approximately eighty years ago, My System has been one of the cornerstones of chess theory and instruction. It has been a major influence on the development of chess theory and praxis for most of the 20th century and will continue to do so in the 21st. The re-release of Nimzowitsch’s extraordinary work, along with the additional material included by the publisher makes the appeal and importance of this great book as relevant as it ever was.”

The Chess course by Praful Zaveri

The chess course series is one of the famous series in the world. The author is Fide Instructor Praful Zaveri. Praful owns an Indian chess school, one of the most famous academies in Maharashtra, India. The author has one main book – “The Chess Course” which is supplemented with six training books. The author sold more than 1,00,000 copies of chess courses all over the globe. It is perfect for beginner players and all coaches who want to teach students from beginner level. The following syllabus is covered in the books. You can buy the main book from here.

 

  • Book 1: Chess Course (the main book)
  •  1st workbook: Tests you on the basics and at the end of it you would know all the rules of the game including castling and En Passant
  •  2nd workbook: This book is all about mating patterns
  •  3rd workbook: Basic tactics
  •  4th workbook: Endgames including basic pawn endgames, rook endgames, Lucena, Philidor etc.
  •  5th workbook: Advanced Tactics
  •  6th workbook: Learning difficult checkmates, solving chess compositions, and studying 100 classics.

Note: The main book contains nearly all the topics of the six workbooks and they have to be done in sync with each other. you can watch the following video to get all details about this course.

 

1001 Deadly Checkmates

British Grandmaster and famous author John Nunn has written the book 1001 Deadly Checkmates. In this book, he covered many types of checkmate. The book was published by Gambit Chess. Understanding checkmate patterns is very much important for chess players. You can buy this book from here

 

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