The Chess Tales 'must have' books

A Listmania! list by R. Coathup "Chess Tales" (Newcastle, UK)
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Chess Endings: Essential Knowledge (Cadogan Chess & Bridge Books)
1.  Chess Endings: Essential Knowledge (Cadogan Chess & Bridge Books) by IU. Averbakh
The list author says:
  "covers all the basic endgame theory that every chess player should know; essential... yes!"
£7.33   Used & New from: £4.28
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual
2.  Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual by Artur Yusupov
The list author says:
  "harder work, but the next step after you've mastered Averbakh's book"
Used & New from: £30.37
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Endgame Strategy (Everyman Chess)
3.  Endgame Strategy (Everyman Chess) by M.I. Shereshevskii
The list author says:
  "the best guide to strategic endgame concepts and practical play"
£10.58   Used & New from: £4.60
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Mastering the Endgame: From the Open and Semi-open Games v. 1 (Pergamon Russian Chess)
4.  Mastering the Endgame: From the Open and Semi-open Games v. 1 (Pergamon Russian Chess) by M.I. Shereshevskii
The list author says:
  "wonderful book that will improve your understanding and planning throughout the whole game"
Used & New from: £88.35
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Mastering the Endgame: Closed Games v. 2 (Pergamon Russian Chess)
5.  Mastering the Endgame: Closed Games v. 2 (Pergamon Russian Chess) by M.I. Shereshevskii
The list author says:
  "wonderful book that will improve your understanding and planning throughout the whole game"
Used & New from: £190.53
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Practical Chess Endings (Batsford Chess)
6.  Practical Chess Endings (Batsford Chess) by Paul Keres
The list author says:
  "the best endgame reference  and readable guide"
Used & New from: £3.30
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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From Beginner to Expert in 40 Lessons (Batsford Chess)
7.  From Beginner to Expert in 40 Lessons (Batsford Chess) by Aleksander Kostyev
The list author says:
  "shortlisted on Chess Tales"
Used & New from: £0.01
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Pawn Power in Chess (Dover Chess)
8.  Pawn Power in Chess (Dover Chess) by Hans Kmoch
The list author says:
  "highly recommended"
£11.52   Used & New from: £3.43
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

The Art of the Middle Game (Dover Chess)
9.  The Art of the Middle Game (Dover Chess) by Paul Keres
The list author says:
  "classic but relevant; middlegame choice on Chess Tales"
£10.33   Used & New from: £0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Modern Chess Strategy (Dover Chess)
10.  Modern Chess Strategy (Dover Chess) by Ludek Pachman
The list author says:
  "another classic; shortlisted on Chess Tales"
£14.49   Used & New from: £4.77
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Understanding Chess Move by Move
11.  Understanding Chess Move by Move by John Nunn
The list author says:
  "30 great recent games; perfect for study"
£13.48   Used & New from: £6.39
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

How to Reassess Your Chess: The Complete Chess Mastery Course
12.  How to Reassess Your Chess: The Complete Chess Mastery Course by Jeremy Silman
The list author says:
  "controversial; fans report huge gains in rating points, but some find it unreadable"
Used & New from: £11.82
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Secrets of Chess Tactics
13.  Secrets of Chess Tactics by Mark Dvoretsky
The list author says:
  "Dvoretsky's masterpiece.  Hard work; for the strongest players"
Used & New from: £10.00

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Think Like a Grandmaster (Algebraic Classics)
14.  Think Like a Grandmaster (Algebraic Classics) by A. A. Kotov
The list author says:
  "legendary middlegame book"
Used & New from: £4.99
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Manual of Chess (Dover Chess)
15.  Manual of Chess (Dover Chess) by Emanuel Lasker
The list author says:
  "highly regarded by the Soviet Chess schools"
£12.06   Used & New from: £0.78
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Simple Chess (Dover Chess)
16.  Simple Chess (Dover Chess) by Michael Stean
The list author says:
  "a 'hidden gem' still in print 30 years later"
£8.79   Used & New from: £1.90
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

International Chess Tournament 1953: Zurich (Dover Chess)
17.  International Chess Tournament 1953: Zurich (Dover Chess) by D.I. Bronshtein
The list author says:
  "the first book on anyone's list; Bronstein's masterwork"
£11.31   Used & New from: £3.28
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

My 60 Memorable Games, Selected and Fully Annotated.
18.  My 60 Memorable Games, Selected and Fully Annotated. by Bobby Fischer
The list author says:
  "Fischer's famous collection"
Used & New from: £2.23
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 5: Pt. 5
19.  Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 5: Pt. 5 by Garry Kasparov
The list author says:
  "Kasparov's deep study of Karpov and Korchnoi"
£25.36   Used & New from: £14.98
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Art of Chess Analysis (Cadogan Chess Books)
20.  Art of Chess Analysis (Cadogan Chess Books) by Jan Timman
The list author says:
  "Timman's choice of 24 great games from the 70's"
£11.61   Used & New from: £6.92
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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