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Best Chess Books You Should Read

Here is a list of the best Chess books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

Chess for Beginners: Know the Rules, Choose Your Strategy, and Start Winning (2018)

 Best Chess Books You Should ReadLearn to play an unbeatable game of chess with winning tactics and strategies from Chess for Beginners.Centuries of history and strategy can make learning how to play chess intimidating. Chess for Beginners offers new players a quick-start guide to learn the game of chess and start winning in no time with rules, strategies, and tactics for success.
Author(s): Yelizaveta Orlova

Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess (1982)

 Best Chess Books You Should ReadThrough practice problems and exercises, you’ll learn tactics and strategies to master the art of the checkmate. Perfect for all chess players beginner to advanced; from those just learning the game to experienced players trying to improve, every chess student will learn more about the game. This book is the definitive way to learn how to play chess, or to master more complex chess strategies.
Author(s): BobFischer , Stuart Margulies , et al.

Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games (2013)

 Best Chess Books You Should ReadChess takes you through more than 5,000 unique instructional situations, many taken from actual matches, including 306 problems for checkmate in one move, 3,412 mates in two moves, 744 mates in three moves, 144 simple endgames, and 128 tournament game combinations. Organized by problem type, each combination, or game is keyed to an easy-to-follow solution at the back of the book..
Author(s): László Polgár, Bruce Pandolfini

Power Chess for Kids: Learn How to Think Ahead and Become One of the Best Players in Your School (2011)

 Best Chess Books You Should ReadA power move, explains experienced chess teacher Charles Hertan, is a winning master tactic that requires thinking ahead. To become one of the best chess players in your school you need to be able to think just 1,5 moves ahead, and this book teaches the four basic tricks do so. You will learn how to weed out silly moves and just consider a few important ones.
Author(s): Charles Hertan

Chess Fundamentals (2018)

 Best Chess Books You Should ReadWritten with the novice chess player in mind, Chess Fundamentals equips you with the essential opening, middlegame, and endgame techniques needed to advance your game. Capablanca writes with an ease of understanding that any chess player will grasp, and includes 14 full games annotated by the World Champion himself. A true mountain of knowledge, Chess Fundamentals will take you from just knowing the rules of chess to applying the principles used by the masters.
Author(s): Jose Capablanca

Complete Book of Chess Strategy: Grandmaster Techniques from A to Z (1998)

 Best Chess Books You Should ReadThis comprehensive guide, in dictionary form, makes all aspects of chess strategy quick, easy, and painlessly accessible to players of all degrees of strength. Each strategic concept is listed alphabetically and followed by a clear, easy-to-absorb explanation accompanied by examples of how this strategy is used in practice.
Author(s): Jeremy Silman

Chess for Kids (2006)

 Best Chess Books You Should ReadA children’s step-by-step visual guide to the rules, skills and strategies of chess—by International Master and renowned chess tutor Michael Basman.From the history of chess and the aim of the game to essential tactics and taking it even farther in clubs, tournaments, and championships, Chess for Kids covers it all.
Author(s): Michael Basman, Mary Ling

How to Reassess Your Chess: Chess Mastery Through Chess Imbalances (2010)

 Best Chess Books You Should ReadHow to Reassess Your Chess is the popular step-by-step course that will create a marked improvement in anyone’s game. In clear, direct language, Silman shows how to dissect a position, recognize its individual parts and ultimately find the move that conforms to the needs of that particular situation. By explaining the thought processes that go into a master’s choice of move, the author presents a system of thought that makes advanced strategies seem clear, logical and at times even obvious.
Author(s): Jeremy Silman

A Startling Chess Opening Repertoire: New Edition (2019)

 Best Chess Books You Should ReadTired of being surprised in the opening? Horrified by studying many hours each week to keep on top of the latest developments in main-line openings? Then this is the book for you!For here is a repertoire of opening lines based on 1 e4 that are slightly off the beaten track, but full of practical sting and cunning traps for unwary opponents.
Author(s): Chris Baker, Graham Burgess

Game Changer: AlphaZero’s Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI (2019)

 Best Chess Books You Should ReadIt took AlphaZero only a few hours of self-learning to become the chess player that shocked the world. The artificial intelligence system, created by DeepMind, had been fed nothing but the rules of the Royal Game when it beat the world’s strongest chess engine in a prolonged match.
Author(s): Matthew Sadler , Natasha Regan , et al.

1001 Chess Exercises for Club Players: The Tactics Workbook that Also Explains All Key Concepts (2019)

 Best Chess Books You Should ReadChess is 99% tactics. This celebrated observation is not only true for beginners, but also for club players (Elo 1500 – 2000). If you want to win more games, nothing works better than training your combination skills. There are two types of books on tactics: those that introduce the concepts followed by some examples, and workbooks that contain lots of exercises.
Author(s): Frank Erwich

Chess Openings for White, Explained: Winning with 1.e4, Second Revised and Updated Edition (2010)

 Best Chess Books You Should Read“A must for every chess player!”―Anatoly Karpov, 12th World Chess Champion Every chess player needs a set of openings he can trust. Use Bobby Fischer’s favorite first move, 1. e2-e4, to begin your games as White―and know the ideas and moves that follow, no matter how Black defends! White moves first in chess and can, if he’s well prepared, immediately put the pressure on Black.
Author(s): Lev Alburt , Roman Dzindzichashvili, et al.

Chess Strategy: For Beginners (Chess for Beginners) (2018)

 Best Chess Books You Should ReadBest-in-Class Guide on Chess Strategy for Beginners!Do you want to control each and ever step in your game? Do you want to outsmart your opponents?If so, this is the book you have been waiting for. to dominate every game and become a savvy chess player.
Author(s): Magnus Templar

Best Chess Books You Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some chess books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Chess Tactics for Champions : a Step-by-Step Guide to Using Tactics and Combinations the Polgar Way.

Author(s): Polgar, Susan; Truong, Paul
ID: 2404935, Publisher: Random House, Incorporated [distributor, Random House Information Group, Random House Puzzles & Games [Imprint], Year: Aril 2006, Size: 7 Mb, Format: djvu

Logical Chess: Move By Move: Every Move Explained New Algebraic Edition

Author(s): Irving Chernev
ID: 2439796, Publisher: Graymalkin Media, LLC, Year: 23 May 2018, Size: 15 Mb, Format: epub

Chess Strategy Blackmar-Diemer Gambit: How to Beat Intermediate Chess Players (Sawyer Chess Strategy Book 11)

Author(s): Tim Sawyer
ID: 3202876, Publisher: , Year: 2022, Size: 6 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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