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ccmcacollister 89 ( +1 | -1 )
If not sport; is Chess LOVE ? I dedicate this thread to Coyotefan, who convinced me that most people outside of a few particular countries, don't consider it to be Sport, and tend to insist upon
presence of physical strain in their definition thereof. [But can that mean "#2" is a Sport ?! ..... 8-D]
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My Question now is, What are your Top 10 or 12 BEST or MOST LOVED Chessbooks
that you have read ? Or Chess magazine(s) or any Author's Article Series.

Part #2 of my Question would be: What Authors have you found to be the most instructive, generally recommendable, or Liked by you ?
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If there's been such a survey before, not in the time I've been here. So would like to revisit anyway, to include any new books and new members. Thus I did not even
"search" Forums to see; since Mike has said he prefers Old Threads not be revived anyway. Which I'm thinking he means to just start a new one instead !? And so I have. Look forward to hearing from y'all.
achillesheel 86 ( +1 | -1 )
Chernev! LOGICAL CHESS. I have tremendous demands on my time and this is one book I can pick up and simply read without having to follow along with an analysis board, etc. I would love to have the time to study chess thoroughly and properly, but I don't; and this book is perfect for folks in my situation. Though I am an amateur still, my rating has steadily increased (two steps forward, one step back) from around 10xx to 14xx over the past year. Chernev's book has been a big help. Now if someone would just publish his "Twelve Great Chess Players" and "Most Instructive Games" with algebraic notation ....

Oh yes, and if anyone knows of other books organized like Logical Chess (move by move explanations and diagrams every third or fourth move) I would love to hear recommendations!
bucklehead 166 ( +1 | -1 )
The first chess book I ever purchased... ...is one of the few I still sit and read: "Modern Chess Strategy" by the late Ludek Pachman, originally published in the late 60s, I think. Extremely readable, very instructive guide to the middlegame, though I now find the descriptive move notation a little tedious. The best chapter in this book is "Conformity and Contradiction in Chess," wherein Pachman details how computers will never excel in chess. This is a topic that Pachman continued to get wrong for his entire life, but I enjoy it because it is one of the few attempts I have seen in any chess text to describe the sublime nature of the Royal Game.

I also like to flip through Reti's "Masters of the Chessboard" on occasion, which I believe is out of print. Again, it is Reti's insights into the nature of the game that attract me, that make me think of it lovingly, more than for its instructive value (which is powerful nevertheless).

Hans Kmoch's "Pawn Power in Chess" is another one of my all-time favorites. The task Kmoch set himself was substantial--not only did he set out to make a systematic analysis of the role of the pawn structure (and in this he succeeds, though the book is more than occasionally dense and/or arcane), but he developed a specialized vocabulary in an attempt to lay the foundation for this branch of chess study. While some of the terms are a bit silly ("leucopenia" particularly amuses my physician wife), Kmoch in this way reminds me of Heidegger who, finding no satisfactory systematic approach to the question of being, resolves to build a system that will allow the question to be asked in a way that is answerable. But this is neither here nor there, simply a rant brought on by a lack of lunch (lunchopenia).
ccmcacollister 7 ( +1 | -1 )
buckethead Jeff,
I'll think she'd like amaurosis schacchistica too !
How's your rex-wyvill ?... HEH HEH HEH [;-)
tyekanyk 17 ( +1 | -1 )
Kotov I think the book was named "The secrets of a chessplayer thinking" or something like that. I think every chessplayer who aspires at greatness should read this.
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ccmcacollister 136 ( +1 | -1 )
BUCKLEHEAD / & Chess Writers + Best Chess Lit. to BUCKLEhead ... Jeff, Sorry about that !!! Truly I didn't mean "Buckethead". Nor trying to be humorous or derogatory; it just slipped out that way! I'm at the end of another 30 hour day. And have NO idea where THAT came from. [BTW, I take it you're a fan {or decendant!?} of the famed Chessplayer,"Buckle" from back in the GoldenAge? ].
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My 10 favorite Chess Writers/Authors:

GM Larry Evans, GM RJF, IM John Watson, GM Svetzovar Gligorich, , FM/CCM Mitch Weiss, GM Kasparov, GM A. Soltis, GM A. Alekhine, Bruce Pandofini, but Bucklehead
is gaining on these guys every day!
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MY 12: Favorite or Most Educational Chess Publications

1. Modern Chess Brilliancies (GM L.Evans)
2. My 60 Memorable Games (GM/WC RJF)
3. 200 Games Of Tal (?)
4. "Game of the Month" column (GM Gligorich/as published in Chess Life & Review)
5. The Games of RJF (Wade & O'Connell)
6. Play The French (IM John Watson)
7. the openings series by NM/CCM Alex Dunne from on Leisure Linc
8. MCO-12(by W.Korn - but would also like to have MCO-10, the last by GM Evans)
9. The World's Great Chess Games (GM Reuben Fine)
10. The World Chess Championship (IM or GM? Al Horowitz)
11. En Passant (Iowa state newsletter,under fmr Ed. FM/CCM Mitch Weiss)
12. Chess Catechism (GM L. Evans)
also there is a Fantastic tournament book of the 6th or 7th USCCC done by CCM Stephen Gerzadowicz & ICCF TD/CCM Allen Wright. But can't locate book or name just now.

With that I say "Good-Night" to the forums for this day !



bucklehead 46 ( +1 | -1 )
Bucklehead, Buckethead, whatever No offense taken. Indeed, were I to wear a bucket on my head, it would keep me from seeing the undoubted brilliancies you are preparing to unleash upon me. Ignorance is bliss. Ignorance of Rex-Wyvill formations is moreso.

In order to stay on-topic, I will add that I am in the process of working through Benko's new edition of Reuben Fine's "Basic Chess Endings," and have been very impressed with its comprehensiveness. But is it love? I'll let you know when I get to the end.
bucklehead 46 ( +1 | -1 )
Bucklehead, Buckethead, whatever No offense taken. Indeed, were I to wear a bucket on my head, it would keep me from seeing the undoubted brilliancies you are preparing to unleash upon me. Ignorance is bliss. Ignorance of Rex-Wyvill formations is moreso.

In order to stay on-topic, I will add that I am in the process of working through Benko's new edition of Reuben Fine's "Basic Chess Endings," and have been very impressed with its comprehensiveness. But is it love? I'll let you know when I get to the end.
anaxagoras 7 ( +1 | -1 )
Someone already said it, but...

Reti's "Masters of the Chessboard" is an out-of-print gem.