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Best Chess Books

Looking for good chess books? On this page you’ll find a curated list of the best chess books of all time. Enjoy!

The 10 Best Chess Books

1. My 60 Memorable Games by Bobby Fischer

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Synopsis: In this book, published by Simon and Schuster in 1969, Bobby Fischer analyzes his most important and representative games. He shows the strategic considerations, the tactics, and sometimes the blunders, that occur during the pressure of tournament play.

2. Logical Chess Move By Move: Every Move Explained New Algebraic Edition by Irving Chernev

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Synopsis: Having learned the basic moves, how exactly should a player improve? In this popular classic, the author explains 33 complete games, in detail, move by move, including the reason for each one.

3. The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal by Mikhail Tal

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Synopsis: Mikhail Tal, the ‘magician from Riga’ was the greatest attacking World Champion of them all, and this enchanting autobiography chronicles his extraordinary career with charm and humor.

4. Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess by Bobby Fischer


Synopsis: This book is essentially a teaching machine. The way a teaching machine works is: It asks you a question. If you give the right answer, it goes on to the next question. If you give the wrong answer, it tells you why the answer is wrong and tells you to go back and try again. This is called “programmed learning”.

5. The Amateur’s Mind: Turning Chess Misconceptions Into Chess Mastery by Jeremy Silman


Synopsis: This book takes the student on a journey through his own mind and returns him to the chess board with a wealth of new-found knowledge and the promise of a significant gain in strength.

6. How to Reassess Your Chess: The Complete Chess Mastery Course by Jeremy Silman

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Synopsis: How to Reassess Your Chess is the popular step-by-step course that will create a marked improvement in anyone’s game. In clear, direct language, Silman shows how to dissect a position, recognize its individual parts and ultimately find the move that conforms to the needs of that particular situation.

7. Tal-Botvinnik 1960 by Mikhail Tal


Synopsis: In 1960 Mikhail Tal defeated chess champion Mikhail Botvinnik in one of the most celebrated world championship matches of all time. In this volume, Tal sets the stage and explains every one of the 21 games, telling both the on- and off-the-board story of this clash of styles and thought.

8. Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual by Mark Dvoretsky

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Synopsis: Perhaps the best known and most respected instructor of world class chessplayers, Mark Dvoretsky has produced a comprehensive work on the endgame that will reward players of all strengths. For those ready to immerse themselves in endgame theory, there may be no better manual available today.

9. Kasparov vs Karpov 1975-1985 (Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess #2) by Garry Kasparov

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Synopsis: In this volume Garry Kasparov (world champion between 1985 and 2000 and generally regarded as the greatest player ever) analyses in depth the clashes from 1984 and 1985, giving his opinions both on the political machinations surrounding the matches as well as the games themselves.

10. Zurich International Chess Tournament, 1953 by David Ionovich Bronstein

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Synopsis: This legendary tournament features 210 hotly contested games, many of them masterpieces of the first rank. The first authoritative English translation from the Russian, this volume was written by one of the leading competitors. Its perceptive coverage includes games by Smyslov, Keres, Reshevsky, Petrosian and 11 others. Algebraic notation. 352 diagrams.

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