Do you love reading about Chess? If so, what do you think goes into making a great chess book? We think one of the first prerequisites for a great chess book should be an inclusion of the amazing Chess Game matches played by the world champions. Another thing that would make for great reading would be instructions on various positions that a player could affect when playing a specific part of the game. Lastly, the book should be written to both inspire and teach the reader. That means it would have something to offer to every chess lover, whether they are an initiate or a master in their own right!
In the light of these points, let us look at some of the best books written on this subject:
Masters of the Chessboard by Richard Réti
Masters of the Chessboard has been beautifully written. For one, it covers all the superstars to have shone in the world of chess. Réti goes back as far as the middle of 19th century. For each player, he presents an analysis of their style and how their contributions helped the game evolve. However, that isn’t all that a reader finds in the book. There is also a whole chapter devoted to chess combinations and the scientific technique that goes into them. Lastly, the author has also included a chapter on rook endings that readers can learn a lot from.
Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev
Chernev’s book is counted amongst the classics of chess writing. One of the best things about this work is how it provides a detailed explanation of the reasons behind the moves chosen by great chess players. That means you get more than 30 master games explained to you in complete detail with each move analyzed for you. You also understand the motivation of the masters behind the moves they chose. If you want to improve your game, then this is the book for you!
Discovering Chess Openings: Building Opening Skills from Basic Principles by John Emms
As the name suggests, this book discusses a particular kind of chess openings i.e. ones in which the pieces occupy the central position. If openings have always confused you, then reading this book might help. After all, Emms’ work discusses the basic principles involved in successful opening play, including king safety, swift development, and central control.
Chess 101 by Dave Schloss
This book is a complete guide for beginners and helpfully covers all the basics, such as the chess board and its pieces and the rules governing the game. There are sections that offer tips to the newbies on how to win their first games, as well as, other books to read. Everything is described in a simple manner that doesn’t just instruct but also preserves the enjoyment towards the game. This book would also make a perfect gift for any beginner chess players that you know!
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