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Phalanx_XXII

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There are more books written on Chess then any other subject,I am surprised that you

did not realize this going to the book store!



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For me it was also Irving Chernev's 'Logical Chess Move by Move'. My local library had about five books on chess, and this was the only one that didn't have a hardcover and didn't look older than I was. To be honest, up until this time it never dawn on me that people actually wrote whole books about chess. For me chess was just a game at the time, similar to 'Connect Four' or 'Tic Tac Toe'.

P.S. Please tell me they haven't come out with books on 'Tic Tac Toe'!



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Rated 940 I don't think you need a bout of careful introspection. I think you need some chess ABCs and that tactics is the best place to start.



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are you familiar with Silman's "The Amateur Mind"? it seems to be Reassess for lower ranked players...



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Fri Apr 8 2011 10:21AM | MsgID: 14242406


Originally posted by: "TheJelloman"
...when you were completely lost, your rating fell to 900 and you couldn't play a move that didn't backfire on you?



Chess Tactics by Paul Littlewood.

It's more basic than the other books recommended here, so start with this one.



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Fri Apr 8 2011 2:24AM | edited: 3:11:01 | MsgID: 14241756


The books that got me to 1200 were:

- Logical Chess Move by Move - Chernev

- Winning Chess: How to see 3 moves ahead - Reinfeld and Chernev

- Ideas Behind the Chess Openings - Fine

I also picked up basic endgames from a variety of sources, but now I would recommend Silmans Endgame Course.


The books that got me past 1600 were:

- Reassess Your Chess - Silman

- Pawn Structure Chess - Soltis




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Chess Fundamentals by Capablanca. I used to review it before OTB tournaments, especially the endgame sections, and quite often it was that little review that would help me win a game. Chernev's book, mentioned below, is good too.



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Sun Apr 3 2011 11:22PM | MsgID: 14228936


Irving Chernev's "Logical Chess Move by Move" is the book you need to read and study.He explains the reason behind every move of every game thoroughly, and in a down to earth easy to understand style.His book is an immortal chess classic for all levels, it is pure gold, and the one for you.



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...when you were completely lost, your rating fell to 900 and you couldn't play a move that didn't backfire on you?