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I new to the game of chess, I know the rules, but very little about the
strategy of the game can anyone suggest a good book for beginners or perhaps
even a free website?
Thank in advance for your patience and suggestion,

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I've got loads of books and I am beginning to think they are all a big con.
You learn most by thinking yourself about your game and what moves to play.

That said, for a beginner, most tactics books are good, they can't really
get that wrong.
I'll leave it to others to recommend which ones I've found most books on
tactics are very good.

But beware of books that promise to double your grading or make you a GM!!

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strategy of the game can anyone suggest a good book for beginners or

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Thank in advance for your patience and suggestion,

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Old July 19th 03, 02:51 AM
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"Play Winning Chess" by Seirawan

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strategy of the game can anyone suggest a good book for beginners or

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Without a doubt go get "Idiot's Guide to Chess". It's one of the best
written books I've read. Best begginer book by far.


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Old July 19th 03, 06:27 AM
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47 Ronin wrote (19 Jul 2003 00:12:45 GMT):

I new to the game of chess, I know the rules, but very little
about the strategy of the game can anyone suggest a good
book for beginners or perhaps even a free website?
Thank in advance for your patience and suggestion,

At various times there have been discussion of books
for beginners, books on all aspects of the game, etc.
Here is some of what has been written:

2002-11-28 17:35:21 PST

The most commonly recommended book for beginners is usually
"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess". Even if you know the
basic rules, it goes into enough depth to teach you plenty.

2002-08-05 20:41:41 PST

Books that try to cover everything are usually
beginner books.

In the Chess Notes feature at Edward
Winter commented:

"From today's range of chess books for beginners we
believe that one stands out as the best: The Complete
Idiot's Guide to Chess by Patrick Wolff"

2002-12-15 15:43:17 PST

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess by Patrick Wolff
Excellent book.

2002-12-16 18:04:22 PST

Wolff's book is not just for complete beginners.

2003-01-04 05:55:55 PST

Wolff's book is superior

2003-01-04 06:06:53 PST

The Complete Idiot's Guide may well be
your best one volume purchase at this stage.

At least one other post mentioned tactics practice. Again this is
*very* sound advice but only if you already know what pins,
forks, skewers, deflection etc are.

2003-01-29 13:32:32 PST

A modern and highly praised general introductory book is
"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess" by Patrick Wolff, a
former US Champion.

2003-05-26 16:56:20 PST

Feel free to hide it when friends come over, but the Idiot's chess
book by Patrick Wolff (GM) is a great book. Obviously you
don't need to learn the rules but there is a lot of good elementary
instructional material.

2002-11-28 20:02:08 PST

"How to Reassess Your Chess"
is too advanced if you've just learned the rules.

2002-11-28 21:08:47 PST

even if "How to Reassess Your Chess"
is too hard now, it may well become a book that
[one] is glad to have in the future. Many have
expressed such feelings.

2002-11-29 17:48:27 PST

["How to Reassess Your Chess" is]
Waaaay too advanced.

2002-12-02 17:20:19 PST

I have not seen Silman's book, but I understand it is meant for the
advancing club player, someone on their way to Expert and beyond
(maybe that's why I haven't seen it ;-).

When I was very young and learning how to play, my Dad got me "Bobby
Fischer Teaches Chess," and it was a very good beginner's guide.
Later I found "The Penguin Book of Chess Positions," a small pocket
paperback that explains basic tactics and accompanies the ideas with
"find the best move" tactics problems. It is a great book to tote
around and read one or two pages at a time.

2002-12-23 18:56:03 PST

I would suggest "Reascess Your Chess" and it's companion
work book, both by IM Jeremy Silman.

2002-12-23 19:50:03 PST

Absolutely not!!! "How to Reassess Your Chess" is widely
regarded as a great book on positional play, but if you
don't already have a firm grasp of tactics, it's not going
to help you any. First learn to how to avoid getting
clobbered by basic tactics, then move on to real strategy.

2003-02-09 12:55:33 PST

Any of the Silman books are good. I highly recommend "How
to Reaccess Your Chess.

2003-01-12 08:22:05 PST

The Amateurs Mind -IM Jeremy Silman A wonderful book
for players up to Expert level. You can read more of/about
Silman in

2003-05-30 10:50:09 PST

Silman is great, but you do need basic tactics down first, that
will take away alot of the whys and whatfors when silman
says this or that piece should go here or there. Fred Renfield's
red and blue tactics books (1000 positions each) should help
you a lot as it did me. With Silman though it's helpful to read,
try to understand, then go out and play and apply those
principles.. then come back in 6 months and reread.. lo and
behold you'll find you understand things that weren't clear

2003-05-26 18:28:14 PST

"The Art of Checkmate" by Renaud and Kahn is a MUST
READ for everyone below 1600. I can't tell you how much
I wish someone had shoved this book into my hands when
I was first starting out.

2003-05-29 18:22:25 PST

I agree that "The Art of Checkmate" is excellent, better and
more useful for most players than 99.9% of chess books, and
I give it my very highest recommendation.

2003-01-12 11:04:17 PST

Whatever you do, make ABSOLUTELY SURE you get one or
two books on tactics. Very important that you understand the
basic tactical ideas such as pin, skewer, fork, etc.! "Winning
Chess" by Reinfeld would be an excellent one to start with there.

2003-05-26 18:28:14 PST

"Winning Chess: How to See THree Moves Ahead" by
Chernev and Reinfeld is, IMHO, the best primer on tactics
there is, although it's pretty simple--anybody over, say, 1100
should be able to solve every problem in it pretty quickly. (If
you can't, then you need this book. Everything else is

2003-05-29 18:22:25 PST

I agree that "Winning Chess: How to See THree Moves Ahead"
is excellent, better and more useful for most players than 99.9%
of chess books, and I give it my very highest recommendation.

However, I disagree with the statement that "anybody over,
say, 1100 should be able to solve every problem in ["Winning
Chess"] pretty quickly." I am rated about 2000 USCF and
known as a tactical player, yet I have to think about some of
the positions before I can solve them. I consider it an excellent
basic primer, with enough substance to interest even a player of
my rating who wishes a quick review of tactical fundamentals.

2003-05-27 10:20:08 PST

I really love this book ("Winning Chess", Chernev & Reinfeld).
It was my very first chess book. I still reach for it first when I
want to brush up on tactics. I recall the thrill of setting up and
executing forks, pins, skewers, etc. while my still-tactically
-unknowledgeable friends didn't know what hit them.

I do have one beef with this book, however. I found one
position which was a "help combination", where the opponent
had to blunder in order for the featured combination to succeed,
while the text seemed to imply there was no way to avoid the
combination. This was a two-edged discovery -- I was pleased
that I was able to "refute" the author's analysis, but then I
wondered how many of the other examples were also help-style
combinations instead of being really forcing. In the end, I
decided that for me at least, it's a good thing, because I would
look at each problem with a more critical eye, seeing if I could
refute them, too, instead of just swallowing the author's analysis.

I wouldn't say the examples in the book are extremely easy, I'd
give most of them a medium-difficulty, which is why I think it
is a good book to go back to from time to time. After the first
few easy illustrative problems in each motif, the problems
typically get harder, with many pieces on the board. Anyway,
I highly recommend the book, if you can find it.

2002-08-05 16:40:42 PST

"Mammoth book of chess- Graham Burgess"

Maybe, give that a try. (It is probably unrealistic
to expect "the whole shebang" in one book.)

2002-08-06 20:32:31 PST

My experience is that books like this are not very
satisfying. Trying to cover a lot in many different
areas tends to mean that no one area is covered very

2002-12-31 19:59:28 PST

The Mammoth book of Chess, by Graham Burgess.
Good book.

2002-08-06 09:28:10 PST

An alternative might be Seirawan's "Play Winning Chess"

2003-01-04 05:55:55 PST

Sierawan's "Play Winning Chess" is superior

2003-01-13 08:35:47 PST

I think Yasser Seirawan's _Winning Chess_ series is good:
Play Winning Chess, Endings, Tactics, Strategies, and

2003-05-26 16:56:20 PST

The Seirawan "Winning..." series should also be good for you.
Give them a browse.

2003-05-26 18:28:14 PST

"Winning Chess Strategies" is, in many ways, sort of a "How to
Reassess Your Chess for Dummies" book--and the series as a
whole is very solid.

2003-05-28 01:32:55 PST

I would recommend an EASY tactics book like Winning Chess
(Reinfeld and Chernev). I think Winning Chess is out of print,
but I've heard that Winning Chess Tactics by Seirawan is also

2002-08-06 22:08:43 PST

Maybe 500 Master Games of Chess.

2002-12-31 21:22:00 PST

500 Master Games of Chess by Dr.S. Tartakower & J.DuMont

2002-08-07 08:21:53 PST

Maybe look at Lev Alberts Comprehensive chess course.

2003-01-04 05:55:55 PST

Alburt's "Comprehensive Chess Course." is superior

2003-01-12 11:04:17 PST

"Comprehensive Chess Course" volumes I and II by Alburt
would be very helpful.

2002-12-15 16:33:24 PST

You say that you know the basics. This being true, your first book
should be:

"Everyone's 2nd Chess Book" (sic)
by Dan Heisman, published by Thinkers Press


2002-12-16 05:51:28 PST

I'll second the recommendation for Everyone's 2nd Chess Book.
In fact, you may want to go to and check out Mr.
Heisman's column, the Novice Nook. Go to the archives, where
they have all of his past Novice Nook columns archived and
specifically look up the articles on a generic study plan and book

While you're there, check out the (in)famous article, "400
Points in 400 Days" by Michael de la Maza. Well worth reading
to get a perspective on the importance of tactics, even if you
don't end up following his method of study (most people won't).

2003-01-03 20:23:09 PST

Not sure if Heisman's book is quite what you are looking for.
Lots of good, practical advice, but I'm not sure it's the kind of
thing that's going to make you feel like you're ready to go out
and conquer the world. It's kind of like buying a book about
how to play golf -- great stuff, very informative, but it doesn't
take the place of pounding a couple of thousand balls at the
driving range.

For the biggest return on your investment, buy a tactics
workbook and go through it cover to cover two or three times.
Takes time, yes, takes discipline, yes, but it will also improve
your play more dramatically than anything else at this point.

2002-12-16 18:04:22 PST

I would take a look at Logical Chess Move by Move, with good
material on attacking motifs and the rudiments of positional play

2003-01-03 20:23:09 PST

Chernev's Logical Chess is a good choice, and I think they
have an algebraic edition now.

2003-01-12 11:04:17 PST

I like "Logical Chess" because it explains every single move of
master games. Yes, every single move!

2003-05-27 08:10:26 PST

Pick up a copy of Logical Chess Move by Move by Chernev. It
was just reprinted in algebraic. It has some very instructive games
and every move of every game is explained. Take your time and
spend 30-60 minutes on each game. This should inprove your
game immensely.

2003-05-28 01:32:55 PST

Logical Chess is fantastic, but encourages a rather unimaginative
style of play. Still, I would recommend Logical Chess

2003-06-04 11:54:32 PST

I'd highly recommend starting with the Novice Nook column
that goes over a study plan. The title is obvious, so you
should have no problem finding it. The books that he
recommends, at least for the first two steps of the study
plan (as far as I've gotten) probably really are the best
books of their type out there. Chernev's "Logical Chess:
Move by Move" is in Mr. Heisman's study plan as one
of the first books you should read.

2003-05-27 13:17:23 PST

The book by John Nunn, "Understanding Chess Move by Move"
(Gambit 2001) should be mentioned in this thread. It resembles
Logical Chess Move by Move by Chernev but goes probaby
deeper and is certainly more modern. Logical Chess is from
1957, but I do not think this is very important.

2003-05-28 01:32:55 PST

Understanding Chess Move by Move is quite an advanced book,
dealing with modern games that are, in general, more difficult to
understand than older games. If you struggle with The Amateur's
Mind, I advise you not to get Nunn's book yet. Nunn also has a
tendancy to want to explore all the main variations in a position,
sometimes quite deeply, instead of just focussing on the ideas
and general plans related to the position.

2002-12-16 18:04:22 PST

Either of Reinfeld's "1001" books

2003-05-26 19:52:25 PST

At your level you would do much better with a
beginner/intermediate book. Pick out anything by Fred Reinfeld
-- I recommend 1001 checkmates.

2003-05-28 01:32:55 PST

Reinfeld's 1001 combinations book contains some very difficult
puzzles, and they're spread in amongst some easier ones with no
indication that they are more difficult. This can be demoralising
for a beginner, and tends to interrupt progress when you're just
trying to "drill" a particular tactical theme. I think you'll find it
hard to regularly do tactics puzzles if they're too hard, so I advise
you to go for an easy tactics book.

2002-12-17 18:41:02 PST

The first chess book I have read was the monstrous-sized Fred
Reinfeld book, I forget the name of it. Maybe it's called "Complete
Book of Chess", but I am not sure. It's still around. I read that
whole book, and led me into the eccentric world of chess, which
I have never left!

2002-12-18 12:36:45 PST

I have "The Complete Chess Player by Fred Reinfeld" and Highly
recomend it. It's 300 pages ($10.00), and covers all the major
areas. It's thorough without being overwhelming.

2002-12-20 17:10:54 PST

Perhaps there is a confusion going on here.
"Complete Chess Course" [is] a rather large
hardback by Reinfeld that is not the same as The Complete

I have never tried to read the large hardback, but I did
read most of The Complete Chessplayer. It seemed
to me to be a reasonable beginner book. One problem
with it (in my opinion) is that it leaves readers with
the impression that they should study all openings.
I fear that many may have decided to give up on
chess after trying to get through Reinfeld's five
chapter presentation in that book. Other parts of
the book seemed okay to me. Modern beginner
books are probably better, but also more expensive.

I suspect that the large hardback is similar in
quality and faults, except that it is more expensive.
For that kind of money, it is probably better to
go for a more modern book.

2002-12-21 12:22:08 PST

"Complete Chess Course" is probably expensive now. In
my day, when I read it (in 1967, I think), it was much cheaper!

2003-05-08 09:54:52 PST

I'm living in another age here, but Reinfeld's The Complete
Chessplayer used to be pretty good.

2002-12-16 18:04:22 PST

"Combination Challenge" by Hays

2002-12-16 18:04:22 PST

Laszlo Polgar's giant "Chess: 5,334 Problems, Combinations
and Games."

2003-05-26 13:29:10 PST

Jan Timman has written some instruction booklets about chess
and a some excellent books on chess analysis. He plainly states
that it is not necessary to understand _every_ move, but to slowly
grasp the idea behind the setup.

You might follow two separate roads: one using The Amateur's
Mind and How to Reassess Your Chess, and one using books
with tactical puzzles, like Polgar's 5334 (or something) or
Sharpen your Tactics. Recognizing standard tactical situations
that can lead to material wins or mates is a process taking some
time. If you start to recognize the patterns (even starting from
simple mate sequences) you might find the contents of The
Amateur's Mind more understandable. And repetition can do
your good. Return to some earlier situations in the book and
replay them.

Remember that no one got his knowledge by sleeping with a
book under the pillow. Training is working, not just reading
and understanding. Hold on and good luck.

2002-12-16 18:04:22 PST

I also like the series by Fred Wilson, all of which have
"303" in the title.

2002-12-23 19:50:03 PST

As I said in an earlier post, go with the recommendations
in Dan Heisman's Novice Nook column. His suggestion of
going through John Bain's "Chess Tactics for Students" over
and over to memorize it has helped me immensely.

2003-05-27 10:20:08 PST

I also recommend the more basic Bain's "Tactics For Students".
Those problems are easier than those in the "Winning Chess",
but it's a very good first tactics workbook (it has no explanation
other than a short introduction to each motif, but ample hints in
each problem).

2003-06-04 11:48:50 PST

"Winning Chess: How to See THree Moves Ahead" has been
out of print for over 20 years. I tried searching for it when I
first started, but I gave up, because all the places I found that
were selling it used were charging at least $40 for it.

I found that Bain's "Chess Tactics for Students", followed by
"How to Beat Your Dad at Chess" by Murray Chandler
provided plenty of study material of this type.

2003-01-04 06:30:29 PST

Lasker's Manual of Chess by Dr. Emanuel Lasker

2003-01-04 06:06:53 PST

IM(H)O Lasker's Manual is very dry with a dated style more likely
to put you off at this stage! I'd say maybe this book should be part
of your purchases at the next level, ie after you've absorbed
something like The Complete Idiot's Guide

2003-01-05 19:52:36 PST

Lasker's manual was my first chess book and I loved it! At the
time I was reading the novels of Hermann Hesse and found
Lasker completely congenial. If you dislike early 20th century
late (post-) romanticism, avoid the book. As a beginning player,
you need not worry about the datedness of the book; it contains
more than enough material to get you to a decent class of play.

2003-01-29 22:04:53 PST

Some sample pages of Lasker's book may be seen at

2003-05-26 10:38:27 PST

If you are not afraid of descriptive notation, Lasker's Manual
of Chess would cover what you need.

2003-01-04 06:30:29 PST

How Not to Play Chess by Eugene A. Znosko-Borovsky

2003-01-04 06:30:29 PST

Common Sense in Chess by Dr. Emanuel Lasker

2003-01-04 06:30:29 PST

The Art of Chess Combination by Eugene Znosko-Borovsky

2003-01-04 06:30:29 PST

The Middle Game in Chess by Eugene Znosko-Borovsky

2003-01-04 06:30:29 PST

The Art of the Middle Game by Paul Keres, Alexander Kotov

2003-01-04 06:30:29 PST

Modern Chess Strategy by Ludek Pachman (I was a little bit
reluctant to include this crippled version of Complete Chess

2003-01-04 06:30:29 PST

Rubinstein?s Chess Masterpieces: 100 Selected Games by Hans

2003-01-04 06:30:29 PST

The Immortal Games of Capablanca by Fred Reinfeld

2003-01-04 06:30:29 PST

My Best Games of Chess, 1908-1937 by Alexander Alekhine

2003-01-04 06:30:29 PST

Emanuel Lasker: The Life of a Chess Master by Dr. J. Hannak

2003-01-04 06:30:29 PST

Botvinnik: 100 Selected Games by Mikhail Botvinnik

2003-01-04 06:30:29 PST

Zurich International Chess Tournament, 1953 by David Bronstein

2003-01-04 06:30:29 PST

Masters of the Chess Board by Reti

2002-11-28 20:02:08 PST

I would add Capablanca's Chess Primer as a possible book to try.

2003-05-26 10:38:27 PST

You might want to get Capablanca's Primer of Chess and Chess
Fundamentals. And a book on endgames and tactics.

2003-01-12 11:00:42 PST

Here is one I really liked:
John Nunn's Secrets of Practical Chess.

2003-02-07 22:46:04 PST

1) Edward Lasker - Lasker's Manual of Chess 2) Lasker's
Chess Strategy 3) Cherney - Combinations The Heart of Chess,
Once you have made it through these, then and only then try 4)
My System by Aron Nimzovich - Edited by Fred Reinfeld.

2003-01-12 11:04:17 PST

My System is a bit overrated, IMO. I think it was innovative,
which is not necessarily what we need to read to learn from.

2003-05-26 12:26:07 PST

My System --Aaron Nimzowitsch. Read the first 100 pages.
Several times.

2003-05-26 13:23:10 PST

I found My System a very tough cookie to read.

2003-05-26 16:40:29 PST

The under 1600 crowd often need to be reminded that a rook
on the seventh is a good thing and the square in front of an
opponent's passed pawn is an excellent place for your piece.
They tend to drift about looking for a combination that will
win it all.

2003-02-07 22:46:04 PST

The English translations of Nimzovich's works like Chess
Praxis are acceptable.

2003-02-07 22:46:04 PST

A modern player did a piece called something like "Nimzovich
a Reappraisal" I understand it was good.

2003-01-12 11:04:17 PST

an older book called "How To Win in the Chess Openings"
by Horowitz is very digestible.

2003-01-16 18:46:18 PST

Take a look at Euwe's "The Logical Approach to Chess"

2003-01-16 19:48:38 PST

I also recommend Euwe's "Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur."
The title is something along those lines.

2003-05-27 08:10:26 PST

Another great book is Chess Master vs Chess Amateur

Do not feel bad losing to Fritz. 95 percent all all players
would lose to it. You can change the playing strength and
make it play weaker so check the options and good luck.

2003-01-29 13:32:32 PST

"The Game of Chess" by Siegbert Tarrasch. Not a great book
for an 8 year old, but then, very few such comprehensive chess
books are.

2003-01-29 22:04:53 PST

You might want to read what John Watson has to say abaut "The
Game of Chess" at reviews/jw game chess.html .

Some sample pages of Tarrasch's books may be seen at

2003-01-29 23:45:33 PST

There is a book by C.J.S. Purdy & G. Koshnitsky called "Chess
Made Easy". The 1st author was correspondence chess world
champion, and an excellent writer. I'm not sure if you can still
get it, but it would make an excellent first book.

Here is a web reference for you:

2003-01-30 02:44:21 PST

Harry Golombek - The Game Of Chess, probably the best ever
beginner's book, and it probably still is.

But if you can't find it, I'd agree that Patrick Wolff's Complete
Idiot's Guide is an excellent substitute.

2003-02-07 22:46:04 PST

Lasker's Chess Strategy

2003-02-08 14:01:18 PST

Lasker's Manual of Chess was written by Emanuel Lasker.
Chess Strategy was written by Edward Lasker.

2003-05-27 10:59:15 PST

Let me put in a good word for Edward Lasker's Chess Strategy
(1916, available cheap from Dover) and Modern Chess Strategy.
The books offer a nice combination of general principles and
specific positions, and don't have much overlap.

2003-02-07 22:46:04 PST

Chernev - Combinations The Heart of Chess

2003-05-08 02:06:36 PST

Although it's aimed at kids, "Tips For Young Players" by
Matthew Sadler is very good. Because it is written for a
younger audience it is easy to follow and covers all aspects
of the game.

2003-05-08 03:37:46 PST

Michael Stean's "Simple Chess" is superb, and short.
If you buy it from
then it might be the best four pounds 94 pence you ever spend.
-- Ewart Shaw

Note: It's in descriptive notation, but that shouldn't deter anyone.

2003-05-11 14:38:02 PST

Lasker, the complete self tutor.

2003-05-29 10:32:32 PST

I would like to add one recommendation which is a book
called '64 Things You Need to Know in Chess'. I can't
remember off hand who wrote it (David Walker?) but it's
published by Gambit Books based in the UK. Maybe it's the
next level for you after familiarising yourself with a few forks,
pins, skewers, and mates. All I can say is that after I read I
thought - Yes I understand the game a little better now.

As I've said before in a different thread Gambit seem to have
an editorial policy of employing players whose achievements
we can realistically aspire to. I've often thought that I could
learn far more from someone rated 2,3, or 400 points above
me than many IMs or GMs (there are of course honorable

The soundest advice I can offer at the moment is don't hang
your pieces. This absurdly simple notion got me 100 Blitz
points overnight at ICC and I've seen it in at least one other
player's finger notes.

2003-01-04 05:55:55 PST

Remember, if you like books--like reading them and owning them
--there's no such thing as "one chess book." ...
as you acquire one or two and read them through
--even if you don't--you'll find yourself drawn to the chess section
every time you walk into Walden's or Barnes and Noble or
Borders. If you leaf through the books and compare their contents
to what you need, you'll soon find yourself dedicating a shelf or
two of your bookcase to chess books. You'll want to have all of
Sierawan's books (as soon as they're back in print). You'll yearn
to complete your collection of Alburt's series. You'll start
haunting used book shops for old copies of Fischer's "My 60
Memorable Games." Your hair will gradually grow unkempt,
and a distracted wild look will creep into your eyes. If you're
separated from your books for too long, your hands will begin to
twitch and you'll start plotting knight moves across the checkered
tablecloth at the Italian restaurant where you're supposed to be
wooing your wife / girlfriend. You've entered a perilous zone.
.... "Chessbibliomania" is not a condition to be easily dismissed,
and research has shown it isn't curable. Maybe you'll be better
off just buying a gin rummy program for your computer and
avoiding this chess book madness altogether. Happy reading!!

2003-01-11 23:18:27 PST

I've found this site invaluable for selecting the best books to
improve my game::

It has everything you need to know.

2003-01-12 08:18:43 PST

I've written a chess primer which I am happy to distribute free
of charge. If anyone would like me to email them a copy, just
email me at . Be warned:
zipped, it's still 980KB, so expect a big email. :-)

2003-05-26 16:56:20 PST

I run a site that has instructional e-mail newsletters and message
boards for players of your level. Check out the sample issues at
the links below, they are free. Much of the material comes
directly from questions from casual (1600) players. Annotated
amateur games are the most popular section.

2003-05-08 09:54:52 PST

have you looked at Dr. Dave's Web site at University of Exeter?

2003-05-08 11:50:17 PST

Have a look at the chessville web site. url below. Try the drop
down for instruction / general instruction and advice / The path
to improvment. The book list is seperated into recomendations
for various parts of the game and also which books suit various
playing strengths.
The other 1 on the same site is a similar type article following
the same drop downs only try suggestions for improving your
play inplace of The Path to improvment. The highly acclaimed
Seirwan series is also back in print and is written for beginners
with all the tecnical jargon cut out and written in an easy to
follow style. I have the winning chess tactics and have read it
3 times. The site below is selling cheaper than
as the are offering 10 off if you buy the 3 books reducing the
total from 42:97 to 32:97.

2003-05-26 20:55:06 PST

I discuss this question extensively in my Novice Nook article
Chess Books and Prerequisites:

....I even specifically address the Silman book issue.

2003-05-27 05:47:14 PST

improving in chess = hard working,so,you have to do a lot
for it. otoh, we do'nt have to re-invent the wheel. have a
look at the following site. and look
under instruction. ps: the sites below are indeed ,also very
good. (especially, the novice nook,from Dan Heisman at

2003-01-21 18:21:06 PST

AddALL is an uber-search engine for (they claim) 40+
book dealers, including Alibris,, and others.
I've found some wonderful prices there ... Not necessarily
chess books, but fairly serious technical and engineering
material. Several folk had mentioned _Everyone's Second
Chess Book_ by Dan Heisman. AddALL found it for me at for $11; lists for $14.95 at

2003-05-29 23:32:10 PST


2003-05-30 01:52:36 PST

Try something like he

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"Chris" wrote in message
Without a doubt go get "Idiot's Guide to Chess". It's one of the best
written books I've read. Best begginer book by far.

I have heard many people say the same thing! it must be a great book

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I think there are two great beginner books that helped me. I am no "great"
player, but I was about 900 this January and I'm at about 1550 right now. I
have not put crazy amounts of time into studying, but I have studied quite a
bit. The two most important books as far as I am concerned is, "Idiot's
Guide to Chess" and "Logical Chess Move by Move" by Irving Chernev. At the
club that I play at most of the players there are around 1400 to 1600.
There are a handful of experts (2000) and one FM (Fide Master) that play
there two. I asked the same advice from the expert players there in
January. They all said that "Logical Chess" was a bad book because it
showed you rules and some of the analysis was wrong.

But the FM, who is an instructor, argued that at my level I need to learn
the rules BEFORE I can break them. So I went through Chernev's book. Not
racing through it, but a couple games a day. This book ALONE probably
brought me from 900 to 1100. And as any instructor will tell you, it's not
what you read, but whether or not you have the ability to apply the
knowledge to your games. Reading something like "Reassess Your Chess" or
"The Art of Attack" at a novice's level is the equivalent of learning how to
do cliff diving before you know how to swim. This is not an exaggeration.
You just can't grasp what they're talking about unless you have a solid
foundation to build upon. That's why Idiot's Guide to Chess and Logical
Chess are such fantastic books. They build a foundation.

And as any player at 1400 or above will tell you, study tactics. Do them
over, and over, and over, and over until you're sick of them. Then do them
over again another couple times. The thing with tactics is you need to know
them by patter. It's not enough to just figure them out. You need to know
basic mating patterns, pins, skewers, simple combinations, etc. to be able
to understand anything more. I was talking to an IM who once told me that
someone could study nothing by tactics and get to 1800. So it's important
at a novice level to understand tactics.

I'm sure everyone else has different opinions. And that's fine too. If the
same thing worked for everyone then everyone would be Grandmasters already.
Just learning the basic principles of chess will get you far. And don;t
worry about openings. Nobody else at your level knows openings either. And
most stronger players will tell you that you should be spending your time
studying tactics before you study openings. At least until you get to about
1300. Then maybe learn an opening for white and a defense for black (one
for e4 one for others like d4, c4, etc.).

Hope this helps you out. Oh, and of course the BEST way to improve is to
play. Play a lot! This is better than anything a book can tell you!


"47 Ronin" wrote in message
I new to the game of chess, I know the rules, but very little about the
strategy of the game can anyone suggest a good book for beginners or

even a free website?
Thank in advance for your patience and suggestion,

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One other thing,

I almost forgot. Dan Heisman's web site is a fantastic place to learn all
the basics. I think it's just Go ahead and browse his
whole site. Also, be sure to check out his Novice Nook articles on The information in those FREE articles is worth a million
bucks and easily better than the majority of novice books out there. Check
his site out. You can spend a week going through all it has to offer. I've
seen chess site that you have to pay for that can;t even touch the wealth of
information that Dan's page has to offer.

Many people can tell you what you are doing wrong in a chess game, but it
takes skill and ability to show you the error of your ways in a way that a
novice can understand. He got it right.


"47 Ronin" wrote in message
I new to the game of chess, I know the rules, but very little about the
strategy of the game can anyone suggest a good book for beginners or

even a free website?
Thank in advance for your patience and suggestion,

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Old July 22nd 03, 08:18 PM
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Hello, Dalton.

If you are looking for good chess books for beginning chess players,
please visit John Bain's Chess For Students, Inc. Home Page:

Besides the books--"Chess Rules For Students," "Checkmate! Ideas For
Students," and "Chess Tactics For Students"--all in easy to use, easy to
correct worksheet format, you will also find book reviews, chess sets,
chess clocks, and demonstration boards--all appropriate for youngsters
just learning chess, or for parents, teachers, and coaches teaching the
game. These books are excellent for classroom or individual instruction.

Hope to hear from you soon.


John Bain
Chess For Students, Inc.
FAX: 541 929-7153

On Fri, 19 Jul 2003, 47 Ronin wrote:

I new to the game of chess, I know the rules, but very little about the
strategy of the game can anyone suggest a good book for beginners or
perhaps even a free website? Thank in advance for your patience and
suggestion, Dalton

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