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Best Chess Opening Books to Read

Looking for the best Chess Opening books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

1. FCO: Fundamental Chess Openings (2009)

Best Chess Opening Books to Read* The perfect survival guide to the chess openings* All openings covered* Detailed verbal explanations of plans for both sides* Up-to-date and featuring many tips and recommendations* Insights into the ‘character’ of each opening* Written by one of the world’s foremost opening experts The first moves of a chess game define the nature of the whole struggle, as both players stake their claim to the critical squares and start to develop their plans. It is essential to play purposefully and to avoid falling into traps or reaching a position that you don’t understand. This is not a book that…
Author(s): Van Der Sterren, Paul

2. Winning Chess Openings (Winning Chess – Everyman Chess) (2003)

Best Chess Opening Books to ReadStart every game with confidence!The two greatest challenges for beginning chess players are not only to survive the openings phase, but also to choose appropriate attack and defence formations in the process. Winning Chess Openings shows players how to do both. In Yasser Seirawan’s entertaining, easy-to-follow style, they are shown formations that can be used with other White or Black pieces.Winning Chess Openings explains how to:*Build a safe house for a king*Estimate losses of ten moves or fewer*Utilise the elements: time, force, space, and pawn structure*Plan strategy based on time-tested opening principles of play*Employ a defence for…
Author(s): Yasser Seirawan

3. Logical Chess: Move By Move: Every Move Explained New Algebraic Edition (2003)

Best Chess Opening Books to ReadHaving learned the basic moves, how exactly should a player improve? In this popular classic, the author explains 33 complete games, in detail, move by move, including the reason for each one. Playing through these games and explanations gives real insight into the power of the pieces and how to post them most effectively. #10,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #6 in Chess (Books) Would you like to ?…
Author(s): Irving Chernev

4. Modern Chess Openings, 15th Edition (2008)

Best Chess Opening Books to ReadModern Chess Openings is the best and most trusted tool for serious chess players on the market. First published over a half-century ago, this is a completely revised and updated edition of the book that has been the standard English language reference on chess openings. An invaluable resource for club and tournament players, it now includes information on recent matches and the most up-to-date theory on chess openings.Modern Chess Openings is ideal for intermediate players ready to elevate their game to the next level or International Grandmasters who want to stay on top of recent chess…
Author(s): De Firmian, Nick

5. Mastering the Chess Openings: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Modern Chess Openings, Volume 1 (2006)

Best Chess Opening Books to ReadFor many chess-players, opening study is sheer hard work. It is difficult to know what is important and what is not, and when specific knowledge is vital, or when a more general understanding is sufficient. Tragically often, once the opening is over, a player won’t know what plan to follow, or even understand why his pieces are on the squares on which they sit. John Watson seeks to help chess-players achieve a more holistic and insightful view of the openings. In his previous books on chess strategy, Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy and Chess Strategy in Action, he explained vital concepts that had…
Author(s): John Watson

6. Chess Openings for Beginners: A Comprehensive and Simplified Guide to Chess Openings (2017)

Best Chess Opening Books to ReadThe topic of chess openings is very theoretical. For centuries, some of the brightest minds in the game have analyzed the game and provided the world with tips on how to establish domination from just the first few moves. However, opening theory is very broad and covers hundreds of possible variations. If you’re only beginning to learn and play the game, most books on chess openings will be too intricate and lack the amount of detail required for you to fully understand opening theory. This book is the perfect guide for chess beginners wanting to learn about opening theory and…
Author(s): Cory Klein

7. Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess (1982)

Best Chess Opening Books to 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. It’s a must-have for any chess library.This book teaches through a programmed learning method: It asks you a question. If you give the right answer, it goes on to the next…
Author(s): BobFischer , Stuart Margulies , et al.

8. Discovering Chess Openings: Building Opening Skills from Basic Principles (2006)

Best Chess Opening Books to ReadIn Discovering Chess Openings John Emms argues that studying openings doesn’t have to be hard work – it can be both enjoyable and enlightening. The key to successful opening play is not simply learning lines off by heart; instead it’s the understanding of the basic principles, and here the reader is guided through the vital themes: swift development, central control and king safety. #274,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #259 in Board Games (Books) #262 in Chess (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): John Emms

9. Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games (2013)

Best Chess Opening Books to 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.. More than 6,000 illustrations make it easy to see the possibilities regardless of where your pieces are on the board. The book also includes the basic rules of the game and an…
Author(s): László Polgár, Bruce Pandolfini

10. The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings (2012)

Best Chess Opening Books to ReadThis book presents the indispensable foundations for the understanding of the variations of the chess openings. It has been said that ideas are weapons. That is certainly as true in chess as in any other field. A mastery of a little theory which conveys real understanding of the game is infinitely more valuable than a carefully memorized compilation of endless moves. Paradoxically, a thorough grasp of the ideas behind the openings, which are relatively few in number, is a royal road to knowledge which eliminates much of the drudgery associated with remembering a long series of…
Author(s): Reuben Fine, Sam Sloan

11. Chess Opening Essentials: The Ideas & Plans Behind ALL Chess Openings, The Complete 1. e4 (2007)

Best Chess Opening Books to ReadMost chess opening books are either too detailed or too shallow. Chess Opening Essentials has exactly the right balance and is an accessible primer and a reference book at the same time. It gives a flavor of how every opening works and points at the various middlegame plans that apply after the opening has ended.Chess Opening essentials helps beginners to develop a solid understanding of fundamental opening ideas, gives casual players the ability to choose the opening that suits their style and taste and is a tool for club players to test and review their opening repertoire as well as a reference book to which advanced players keep…
Author(s): Stefan Djuric, Dimitry Komarov, et al.

12. Winning in the Chess Opening: 700 Ways to Ambush Your Opponent (2018)

Best Chess Opening Books to ReadEvery chess player loves to win early in the opening. However you should never lose sight of the most important objective of your opening play: the proper development of your pawns and pieces. That is why this book is more than just an enjoyable collection of traps and tricks. Prolific Russian chess author Nikolai Kalinichenko has collected 700 brilliant miniatures, topical games from a wide variety of players, from World Champions to amateurs. They are selected for their instructional value, and not merely to highlight blunders or accidents. In his notes Kalinichenko always explains the ideas and plans behind…
Author(s): Nikolai Kalinichenko

13. Kaufman’s New Repertoire for Black and White: A Complete, Sound and User-Friendly Chess Opening Repertoire (2019)

Best Chess Opening Books to ReadSeven years after his acclaimed and bestselling The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White, Grandmaster Larry Kaufman is back with his new repertoire book, covering the entire scope of chess openings in one volume. Two important developments made this new book necessary. Larry Kaufman, who routinely himself plays the lines he advocates to others, discovered that after 1.d4 (the recommendation in his previous book) it became nearly impossible to show a consistent advantage for White, especially against the Gruenfeld and the Nimzo/Ragozin defenses. The other factor was that chess engines…
Author(s): Larry Kaufmann

14. Chess Openings: for Beginners (Chess for Beginners) (Volume 3) (2018)

Best Chess Opening Books to ReadBest-in-Class Guide on Chess Openings for Beginners!Do you want to dramatically improve your game? Do you want to quickly master the most popular chess openings?If so, this is the book you have been waiting for. Learn the most successful Chess Openings to and . Magnus Templar explains how to control the center and rule each and every party you’ll play. He takes you step-by-step through the most important chess openings such as the Italian Game, King’s Gambit, Queen’s Gambit, the Ruy Lopez, the English for white, Sicilian Defense, French Defense, Slav Defense, Caro-Cann Defense and many more. You…
Author(s): Magnus Templar

Best Chess Opening Books to Read

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Chess Opening Names: The Fascinating and Entertaining History behind the First Few Moves

Author(s): Nathan Rose
Publisher: Stonepine Publishing, Year: 2017, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2190767

Chess: The Complete Beginner's Guide to Playing Chess: Chess Openings, Endgame and Important Strategies

Author(s): Ingram, Henry
Publisher: , Year: 2016, Size: 368 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 2072953

The Complete Manual of Positional Chess: The Russian Chess School 2.0, Volume 1: Opening and Middlegame

Author(s): Konstantin Sakaev, Konstantin Landa
Publisher: New in Chess, Year: 2016, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2296066

Chess: The Complete Guide To Chess - Master: Chess Tactics, Chess Openings, and Chess Strategies

Author(s): Logan Donovan
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Year: 2015, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1561876

Complete Guide to Chess. Master: Chess Tactics, Chess Openings and Chess Strategies

Author(s): Donovan Logan
Publisher: , Year: 2015, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2369492

A rock-solid chess opening repertoire for black

Author(s): Viacheslav Eingorn
Publisher: Gambit , Year: 2012, Size: 18 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 903511

A Strategic Chess Opening Repertoire for White

Author(s): John Watson
Publisher: Gambit Publications, Year: 2012, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1023314

A strategic chess opening repertoire for white

Author(s): Watson, John L
Publisher: Gambit, Year: 2012, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1487058

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are written 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 books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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