7 Books Every Chess Player Should Have

Chess books have always been important in the development of chess players. The knowledge they provide can be very helpful in the quest of improving our chess skill. So what are the best and most reliable chess books out there? Which books are the ones that will really help you skyrocket your chess? Here are some of the best chess books that will help you boost your rating!

Note: The list below is in no particular order of importance.

 

1. Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual

This boDvoretsky's Endgame Manualok has always been a classic. Dvoretsky’s expert endgame advice and skill help the readers understand the deep concepts present at the board. I would recommend this book for anyone above 1500 Elo.

For a more in-depth review of the book, check out my article here.

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2. Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953

Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953

Written by David Bronstein, this book is a classic when it comes to improving overall strategy and understanding of the game. It goes very in depth but also explains it in a simple way so that many can understand it.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone above 1400 Elo.

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3. My SystemMy System

Aron Nimzowitsch’s classic book on the different elements of his middlegame strategy is truly amazing. I would really recommend the Quality Chess edition of this book because it has high-quality pages the text is easy to read. I would recommend this book for anyone above 1400 Elo.

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4. Logical Chess: Move By Move

Yet another classic, Irving Chernev’s book on strategy demonstrates ideas through games. This is much like the Logical Chess: Move By Move: Every Move Explainedstyle in the aforementioned Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953 by David Bronstein. I would personally say that this book is more aimed at an audience with Elo rating 1200+.

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5. The Amateur’s MindThe Amateur's Mind

This book is more modern than most of the previously mentioned books, but it is one of the best I’ve read on chess strategy. Silman’s writing simple to understand and also features starred sections which contain the most important information in the chapter.

I would recommend this book for someone with and Elo of 1400.

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6. Silman’s Complete Endgame Course

For those wSilman's Complete Endgame Courseho find Dvoretsky’s book overwhelming, I would suggest Silman’s endgame book. It uses Silman’s simple writing style, making it easy to understand. Even if you are a beginner to intermediate player and don’t find Dvoretsky’s book too much of a challenge, I would still read this book to give you an idea of what to expect in Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual.

I would recommend this book for people with an Elo of 1200.

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7. Modern Chess Openings, 15th Edition

I was thinking about whether or not to includModern Chess Openingse this book. It is true that with the rise of computers and online databases people have not used openings books that much. However, I think that for an intermediate player, this book is good to have.

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I would definitely recommend all of these books for anyone who is serious about taking your chess to the next level, since these are some of the best chess books that have been written. In this list I included books that cover the opening, middlegame, and endgame to allow you to become more skilled in each section of the game.

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