30 ( +1 | -1 ) chess booksI'd just like to start a thread about chess books which people have really enjoyed. One book I really like is Vishy Anand: My Best Games of Chess. Also Sicilian Kan by John Emms and Easy guide to the Nimzo-Indian also by Emms
44 ( +1 | -1 ) BooksI've got quite an interesting collection. "Practical Rook Endings by Edmar Mednis" makes rook endings simple to understand. "Chess Combination as a Fine Art by Golz/Keres" A collection of sacrificial combinations that have occured in games. "How to play the Sicilian Defence by David N L Levy & Kevin J O'Connell" Tells one the plans of each Sicilian set up for white and black. "The Tactical Grob by Claude F. Bloodgood" of course as I play it.
102 ( +1 | -1 ) My favorite isChess 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games by Laszlo Polgar. This should keep you busy for a few weeks or months. Was lucky enough to get it for $10 marked down at a book store. Another would be 303 Tricky Chess Tactics by Fred Wilson & Bruce Alberston. It is set up as a puzzle type question book.
To answer your first question in this thread, my all time favorite book is The Reassess Your Chess Workbook by Jeremy Silman. This is the third of a theme he has done all concerning his approach to imbalances and exploiting them. The first two were An Amatuers Mind and Reassess Your Chess. His third though is an improvement over both and he recaptures his idea and with many more examplies, so you can just read the workbook as it does stand alone. It is also set up as a quiz type book. Have reread it a couple of times.
You can also go to the links at the opening page of GK and read some book reviews done by players here on this site.
31 ( +1 | -1 ) "Learn Chess Tactics"- by: John Nunn ~ An excellent book at helping to understand tactics and their uses. I've worked through the problem once already and I see improvements in my game.
"How to Reseeses you Chess"- by: Jeremy Silman ~ Another superb book I would recomend to anyone beginner or expert.
36 ( +1 | -1 ) i was also hoping to get some more middle game books. Currently i have reassess your chess, my system, the middle game book 1 and 2 by euwe and kramer. Are there any others people can recommende, I was thinking of chess praxis the accompaniment to my system. I know this is a lot of questions but also any good end game books people can recommende.
My last big book order I bought the Life and games of Mikhal Tal this book is going to be a classic just like my best games of chess by Alekhine well worth the money....... secrets of chess intuition by grandmaster Alexander Beliavsky & Adrian Mikhalchishin a very well written book that covers chess intuition e.g. when to apply it and when to use practical analysis this is a huge topic I hope the strong players write more on it I don't know of any other chess books that cover this! Fischer his approach...... Karpovs best games, The Art of Defence in Chess by Lyev Polugayevsky, Paul Keres best games oh and the last one on my list I got was Paul Morphy and the Evolution of Chess Theory. I'm going to have a busy winter heheh!
98 ( +1 | -1 ) Reti's "Masters of the Chess Board"I am more than half way through the book, and I can easily see why it is regarded as a classic. The games are well chosen, and Reti's annotations are extremely deep, yet very clear. It outlines the history of chess, while giving thorough lessons in all aspects of the game, especially opening theory. I get the impression that readers of any strength could benefit from Reti's masterpiece, and that the book could be skimmed, or studied with utmost concentration. It is both exciting and enlightening. * Here's an idea that you might want to try: I am currently reading Reti's book with another Gameknot participant. We continually swap observations as we go through the text, and we set milestones for ourselves, usually one chapter per week. I find that having a study partner helps me stay focused on the project, and it's also a wonderful way to build a friendship via correspondence. I would heartily recommend inviting one of your Gameknot buddies to study some book of mutual interest.