Chess Library of an improving amateur

A Listmania! list by Daniel O'Dowd
 
Better Chess (Teach Yourself)
1.  Better Chess (Teach Yourself) by William R. Hartston
The list author says:
  "An excellent beginner's primer on positional aspects."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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The Mammoth Book of Chess (Mammoth Books)
2.  The Mammoth Book of Chess (Mammoth Books) by Graham Burgess
The list author says:
  "Covers basic tactics, openings, middlegame ideas and is full of general information. Ideal complement to the above."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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How to Become a Deadly Chess Tactician: Terrorize and Bewilder Your Chess Opponents!
3.  How to Become a Deadly Chess Tactician: Terrorize and Bewilder Your Chess Opponents! by David LeMoir
The list author says:
  "Excellent tactician's manual, all manner of sacrifices considered; full range of comprehensive exercises."
£13.65   Used & New from: £2.29

Blunders and Brilliancies (Cadogan Chess Books)
4.  Blunders and Brilliancies (Cadogan Chess Books) by Ian Mullen
The list author says:
  "Wonderful little puzzle book, 1-5 stars difficulty. Ideal for travel."
Used & New from: £0.75
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Beating the Petroff
5.  Beating the Petroff by Vassilios Kotronias
The list author says:
  "A whole host of games in the Petroff Main lines: years of learning in one book."
Used & New from: £4.46

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How to Beat 1 d4
6.  How to Beat 1 d4 by James Rizzitano
The list author says:
  "Comprehensive, solid QP suggestions, especially useful against annoying openings like BDG, London, and Stonewall."
Used & New from: £32.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Fundamental Chess Endings: A New One-volume Endgame Encyclopaedia for the 21st Century
7.  Fundamental Chess Endings: A New One-volume Endgame Encyclopaedia for the 21st Century by Karsten Muller
The list author says:
  "The endgame bible to last you a lifetime. Every type covered, only masters/high-level experts would need Dvoretsky to add on."
£19.99   Used & New from: £10.49
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Art of Attack in Chess
8.  Art of Attack in Chess by Vladimir Vukovic
The list author says:
  "Classic attacking manual, a must-have for any club player."
£15.49   Used & New from: £6.49
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

EXPERTS VS THE SICILIAN
9.  EXPERTS VS THE SICILIAN by JACOB AAGAARD
The list author says:
  "The White player's manual against the Sicilian, excellent for reference or full immersion."
£16.99   Used & New from: £4.93
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games
10.  Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games by Laszlo Polgar
The list author says:
  "Pattern recognition on a huge scale, excellent for daily tactical training."
£16.58   Used & New from: £8.22
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

One Hundred Selected Games (Dover Chess)
11.  One Hundred Selected Games (Dover Chess) by M.M. Botvinnik
The list author says:
  "The legend's 100 best pre-1948 games, annotated with positional clarity."
£9.37   Used & New from: £2.39
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

My 60 Memorable Games
12.  My 60 Memorable Games by Bobby Fischer
The list author says:
  "Another essential collection, read for pleasure or study for learning."
£13.48   Used & New from: £8.57
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

How to Choose a Chess Move (Batsford Chess Books)
13.  How to Choose a Chess Move (Batsford Chess Books) by Andy Soltis
The list author says:
  "Unlocks greater fluency in thought for good club players"
Used & New from: £33.40
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Play Like a Grandmaster (Batsford Chess)
14.  Play Like a Grandmaster (Batsford Chess) by A. A. Kotov
The list author says:
  "Kotov's masterpiece, excellent training in technique and assessment for all levels. Far more accessible than Think."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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The Berlin Wall: The Variation That Brought Down Kasparov
15.  The Berlin Wall: The Variation That Brought Down Kasparov by John Cox
The list author says:
  "An essential manual in understanding the ultimate anti-Ruy Lopez weapon."
£16.99   Used & New from: £6.80
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The Four Knights (Everyman Chess)
16.  The Four Knights (Everyman Chess) by Jan Pinski
The list author says:
  "Excellent and thorough, neutral investigation into all possibilities across this broadest of openings."
£13.41   Used & New from: £5.94
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

The Two Knights Defence
17.  The Two Knights Defence by Jan Pinski
The list author says:
  "Critical for anyone who faces/plays the Two Knights, full coverage of this dynamic opening"
£16.20   Used & New from: £7.67

The Art of Planning in Chess: Move by Move (Batsford Chess Books)
18.  The Art of Planning in Chess: Move by Move (Batsford Chess Books) by Neil McDonald
The list author says:
  "A great complement to Play Like a Grandmaster, 36 fully annotated games on complex positional themes."
£14.99   Used & New from: £4.54
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Simple Chess (Dover Chess)
19.  Simple Chess (Dover Chess) by Michael Stean
The list author says:
  "A more advanced and condensed version of Teach Yourself: Full prose on a number of positionally common subjects."
£10.99   Used & New from: £2.48
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Understanding Chess Move by Move
20.  Understanding Chess Move by Move by John Nunn
The list author says:
  "Nunn's masterpiece: you will not find better annotation or more interesting games."
£13.48   Used & New from: £7.10
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

International Chess Tournament 1953: Zurich (Dover Chess)
21.  International Chess Tournament 1953: Zurich (Dover Chess) by D.I. Bronshtein
The list author says:
  "Gives a unique insight into a whole Candidates Tournament, with lucid and witty annotation."
£12.09   Used & New from: £3.58
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

How to Reassess Your Chess: The Complete Chess Mastery Course
22.  How to Reassess Your Chess: The Complete Chess Mastery Course by Jeremy Silman
The list author says:
  "Like 13, this is a key to correct thought processes, in tandem with Workbook. Hard work, but damned worth it."
Used & New from: £4.83
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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REASSESS YOUR CHESS WORKBOOK: How to Master Chess Imbalances
23.  REASSESS YOUR CHESS WORKBOOK: How to Master Chess Imbalances by Jeremy Silman
The list author says:
  "The exercises to go with 22, all very deeply explained and full of value."
£16.99   Used & New from: £8.67
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Chess Master Vs. Chess Amateur
24.  Chess Master Vs. Chess Amateur by Max Euwe
The list author says:
  "Euwe's classic thought-text on the differences in levels of assessment."
Used & New from: £4.43
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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