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Compiling a List of Chess Resources


After zulugodetias question for recommendations on chess literature in channel 177 today, several people mentioned the column "Novice Nook" over at chesscafe.com. Quickly thereafter the idea was born to collect suggestions for a list of good chess literature that we could share on our website.

So if you know good books, websites or other chess resources that you feel should be on a list of resources for players rated around 1400 to 1800 then please leave a comment with your suggestions.

The final list with comments will then be published in a week or two. :)

posted by: derMandarin | tags: training resources survey


ok here is my list:

Victor Vamos: Chesstactics for Beginners (the cover shows a hamster eating a chess piece, only for this you must buy it ;))

Daniel King: How to win in chess (i translated the title, hope its really the english title)

Silmans Endgame Course

#1 onomatopeia on February 21, 2010 at 5:16 p.m.
Hello to all and thx for this idea.
I propose first :

"Les finales" d'Alain Villeubeuve T1 and T2 ed. Garnier.
It's in french but easy to understand or to translate. Exercices are in international notation.

Second : "Chess middlegames", Polgar, ed. K├Ânemann
77 types of position, 4158 exercices all in international notation

#2 cjldx on February 21, 2010 at 6:31 p.m.
I'm not sure about the rating range I would recommend these books and resources for, but it is certainly very good stuff which I think helps about anyone to improve:

Basic learning:

Stappenmethode 1-7, available in Dutch, German and possibly English, well suited for children and beginners and up to 1700/1800, perhaps more. Lots of useful exercises.

They are releasing a computer course as well: parts 1-2 are out already, which contain a wealth of even more exercises. Part 3 is supposed to cater well even for players beyond 2000.

Tactics: CT-Art 4.0, training program from chessOK. Possibly the best tactics training available, but affordable.
Valeri Beim: "How to Calculate Chess Tactics", Gambit 2006

Valeri Beim: "Recipes from a Grandmaster Kitchen" and "How to Play Dynamic Chess", Gambit 2004
Excellent reading on the topic of strategy without the claim of being an instructional book, though very inspiring nonetheless: John Watson: "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy; Advances since Nimzowitsch", Gambit 1998

Chess thinking and psychology:
Jonathan Rowson: "The Seven Deadly Chess Sins", an absolute must. The earlier you read it, the netter for you!

Help for learning your opening variations can be found for free on this site: www.chesspositiontrainer.com

#3 Cuilin on February 22, 2010 at 12:59 a.m.
crem had uploaded 100's of chessbooks on his site, it would be useful if someone can post that link here.
#4 KiranY on February 22, 2010 at 4:01 a.m.
Great idea. Thanks for all the posts so far, I'll try and track down some of the recommendations. Here are a couple of places on the web I think are useful.

chesstempo.com is great for tactics and endgame practice. DIY chess literature!

GM Boris Alterman's blog (chesslessons.wordpress.com) accompanies his excellent Gambit Guide series. These video lectures are great and many are in Ernie's mediafire collection, or on torrent trackers like Demonoid or TPB. As are Foxy openings videos which are excellent.

For monkeys who like to attack, Michael Goeller has produced a great site dedicated to the Urusov Gambit: http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~goeller/u...

... and an interesting selection of articles on a range of openings:

And lastly, a history of Paul Morphy which includes a vast collection of games and information:
#5 castleden on February 22, 2010 at 9:24 p.m.
ask "kiran", he is a chess book on hes own! :)
and ask mark, mahog, and et, all of whom have offered me valuable advice, so for all ye u1600 dudes,
dont hesitate to ask these dudes for help,
they are very obliging,
c u
#6 zulugodetia on February 23, 2010 at 9:27 a.m.
Thanks for all your comments, guys. However, I cannot allow posting links to filesharing or torrent tracking sites for obvious reasons.

We are looking for legal material on the web and in print for our list of resources.

How you guys will obtain the stuff on the list is up to you, of course ;)
#7 derMandarin on February 23, 2010 at 6:08 p.m.
I captures a conversation that took place in the Monkie room this evening, were Mark addressed a general Question

"Why is my rating not going up"

The transcript can be found here


Its one of our better Monkie conversations :)
#8 pgg on February 25, 2010 at 11:25 p.m.
A must-have is "Beating the Open Games" by Mihail Marin, and "A Spanish Repertoire for Black" by the same author, it's been my bible for awhile and recently I've seen a nice rating bump from using the books extensively. I also have a number of great books that are going to take me to master class. Look for books by Quality Chess publisher. It's written and reviewed by strong grandmasters and never fails to steer me in the right direction concerning my chess. Also books by Jeremy Silman are very well written for the 1400-1700's. In particular, Silman's "Reassess your chess" is probably the best book to get one from 1200-1500 in a fairly short period of time. I am also free to answer any questions and guide our monkeys to the right direction concerning any phases on the game they might need help on! =)
#9 CrazyHunter on February 26, 2010 at 2:02 a.m.
I like the book - The Complete Book of Chess Strategy from Jeremy Silman. The book covers a lot of ground and let's the lower ranked player (like me) read on a specific area.

Lots of tactics that can help you progress without memorizing openings. This book has a lot of bite sized chunks that can be easily digested.
#10 InvisibleDog on March 17, 2010 at 7:51 p.m.
A couple of books I''ve recently started to go through and which probably deserve a place on this list, are:

Understanding Chess Tactics by Martin Weteschnik - Very interesting explanations of tactical motifs and how to create them during play.

Build Up Your Chess 1 by Artur Yusupov -A manual aimed, it says, at players under 1500 though I think this is underrated, it covers the basic principles.
#11 castleden on March 29, 2010 at 3:44 p.m.