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Chess Library of an improving amateur
Better Chess (Teach Yourself)
"An excellent beginner's primer on positional aspects."
The Mammoth Book of Chess (Mammoth Books)
"Covers basic tactics, openings, middlegame ideas and is full of general information. Ideal complement to the above."
How to Become a Deadly Chess Tactician: Terrorize and Bewilder Your Chess Opponents!
"Excellent tactician's manual, all manner of sacrifices considered; full range of comprehensive exercises."
Blunders and Brilliancies (Cadogan Chess Books)
"Wonderful little puzzle book, 1-5 stars difficulty. Ideal for travel."
Beating the Petroff
"A whole host of games in the Petroff Main lines: years of learning in one book."
How to Beat 1 d4
"Comprehensive, solid QP suggestions, especially useful against annoying openings like BDG, London, and Stonewall."
Fundamental Chess Endings: A New One-volume Endgame Encyclopaedia for the 21st Century
"The endgame bible to last you a lifetime. Every type covered, only masters/high-level experts would need Dvoretsky to add on."
Art of Attack in Chess
"Classic attacking manual, a must-have for any club player."
EXPERTS VS THE SICILIAN
"The White player's manual against the Sicilian, excellent for reference or full immersion."
Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games
"Pattern recognition on a huge scale, excellent for daily tactical training."
One Hundred Selected Games (Dover Chess)
"The legend's 100 best pre-1948 games, annotated with positional clarity."
My 60 Memorable Games
"Another essential collection, read for pleasure or study for learning."
How to Choose a Chess Move (Batsford Chess Books)
"Unlocks greater fluency in thought for good club players"
Play Like a Grandmaster (Batsford Chess)
"Kotov's masterpiece, excellent training in technique and assessment for all levels. Far more accessible than Think."
The Berlin Wall: The Variation That Brought Down Kasparov
"An essential manual in understanding the ultimate anti-Ruy Lopez weapon."
The Four Knights (Everyman Chess)
"Excellent and thorough, neutral investigation into all possibilities across this broadest of openings."
The Two Knights Defence
"Critical for anyone who faces/plays the Two Knights, full coverage of this dynamic opening"
The Art of Planning in Chess: Move by Move (Batsford Chess Books)
"A great complement to Play Like a Grandmaster, 36 fully annotated games on complex positional themes."
Simple Chess (Dover Chess)
"A more advanced and condensed version of Teach Yourself: Full prose on a number of positionally common subjects."
Understanding Chess Move by Move
"Nunn's masterpiece: you will not find better annotation or more interesting games."
International Chess Tournament 1953: Zurich (Dover Chess)
"Gives a unique insight into a whole Candidates Tournament, with lucid and witty annotation."
How to Reassess Your Chess: The Complete Chess Mastery Course
"Like 13, this is a key to correct thought processes, in tandem with Workbook. Hard work, but damned worth it."
REASSESS YOUR CHESS WORKBOOK: How to Master Chess Imbalances
"The exercises to go with 22, all very deeply explained and full of value."
Chess Master Vs. Chess Amateur
"Euwe's classic thought-text on the differences in levels of assessment."
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