Are Chess Books Useful? – Recommendations and Thoughts.

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Now that you know the basics of playing the game, what piece does what, and where they can go you must start improving your game. Playing the game often enough means that you can get better at reacting to moves but increasing your skill can be a challenge. Most players start to wonder if starting to read a few books on strategies can help to improve your game and if they are useful.

Chess books are both important and useful containing lots of strategy information and moves from historical and famous games from the very best chess grandmasters. There are thousands of chess books to choose from for your studies to improve your game. try reading one book per week.

Understanding what the books about chess are and which ones to use for basic players will take your game from simply okay to fantastic. Many players quickly learn the most popular moves and counters from the books they read, while ensuring that their moves always stay fresh. A good way of knowing when to get a good chess book is when you start to see yourself constantly losing.

What are chess books?

Simply put chess books are written by masters of the game describing some of the most historic plays and how to easily counter them. Usually, a chess book will be filled with either plays that you need to practice, by setting your board up like indicated, or they have some popular ways of thinking about the game. Each book has different levels of difficulty and different challenges that people prefer to use to practice their skills.

You mustn’t skip difficulty levels when using chess books either as this can be extremely detrimental to the overall quality of your games. Many players that take on more than they can manage initially lose out on some basic skills that easier books may teach. However, it is not the same for experienced players, who can usually benefit quite a bit by going back to easier books to brush up on the basics.

Every move in chess can be played in hundreds of different ways and knowing how they can be played, how they should be played, and what mistakes are made through history, will enhance your games. It is not uncommon to find people using their chess boards to practice some of the most historic plays from ages past, moving slowly through each motion to learn how to play the game.

What are the Best Chess Books?

The best chess books are those that teach you how to play the game, and not just tell what moves work. They should also be written by a strong player or coach who has experience in teaching beginners as well more advanced players so they can learn from both ends of this spectrum.

How many books have been written about chess?

It is estimated that since the 1913s there have been over 100 000 books about chess written and each of them takes a view of the game differently. As time goes by each book becomes more useful or much less useful, depending on how the game changes. Before the 1913s it can be difficult to know exactly how many books or scripts have been written about chess as printing was much more expensive.

It is for this reason that when you do start using and reading books about chess you always diversify what you are reading. Simply reading the latest books won’t help you to learn older techniques, while just focusing on older books will mean you cannot counter new moves. You also won’t be able to read all the books out there, as these books are either old, just too much, or not obtainable anymore.

Many chess players work through a few books throughout their lives, before buying a few strategy guides to use while they are playing. This helps to cement the basics of chess into their psych while allowing them to comfortably play new strategies until they have mastered everything they need to know. While it is unlikely that two chess boards every does look the same, once the pieces become fewer and fewer on the board the number of possible moves becomes much more predictable.

What are the best books for a beginner to use?

Choosing the best books for beginners can be a real challenge, not which of least is because defining what a beginner to chess is can be complicated. If you walk into any bookstore, second-hand or brand new, it can be a real challenge when all the books on chess look the same. Choosing something that will work for you can be difficult.

That is why there are a few books that have become the go-to books for those that prefer to call themselves beginners. We have chosen four of the best books to read when you are still learning how to master the game of chess and how to overcome the challenges that you may face against others

The first book is called “Chess for Dummies” by James Eade. This one has been around since the 1990s and it still remains a popular choice among those that are just starting out with chess, especially if they don’t have an instructor to work through lessons or classes together in person on how best to learn this game of strategy from start-to up finish without any confusion whatsoever.”

Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess

One of the greatest chess players of all time Bobby Fischer has written a great deal many books and all of them range from the easy to understand, to the near impossible. His legacy has long been one of the great and masterful games and the ways to overcome any challenge with the right strategies. For beginners, he wrote the Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess book, a book that starts from the beginning and ends with the masterful.

This is a great place to start anyone interested in learning more about chess, this book challenges the mind of anyone that reads it. Many times you will see that players have started their chess mastering journey with this book, as it teaches everything you need to know to easily overcome many of the challenges faced in chess. Bobby Fischer was a master, and his book will be a great foundation to build the next master chess players.

The Steps Method

Not so much a book to teach you how to become the next chess master but a book to help you master the steps method. The steps method is a new method of playing chess that many schools, clubs, and groups have started teaching to their players. This book was written by a Dutch Chess trainer and professional chess player and book writer.

The book is written in a way that will help the reader become more adept at playing chess. The author has also included several workbooks to go along with this manual so players can practice their skills and learn how they are progressing as well, which makes it easier for them when going back over what was learned previously or if there were any mistakes made during play of games against other opponents online  or offline (in person).

This type of book on learning about mastering different methods such as these have been around since before computers became popularized but now many people use computer programs instead because you don’t need paper anymore!

Chess 101

As the name suggests Chess 101 is the book you need to get to assert the basics of the game and will start at the very beginning. With an explanation of what each piece is, the history of the game, and how each chess piece can be moved across the board. With a few workbooks included and some of the basic strategies that are used in chess explained the Chess 101 book is perfect for absolute beginners.

Not to be confused with a complete strategy guide, Chess 101 cannot replace more complex books that have hundreds of puzzles in them. However, for beginners, it can help to start a solid base structure of how the game works and how to identify when someone is currently playing a certain set of moves against you.

Logical Chess: Move by Move

If you are a beginner that can comfortably play the games, without having to get a book that goes from the basics to the experts, you need to get Logical Chess. A book focused not on putting puzzles in front of you to overcome challenges, instead, it focused on games that experts have played in the past. Allowing you to do one thing that every chess player needs to do, seeing how experts in the game, those that have truly mastered it would handle certain situations.

Logical Chess: Move by Move takes you through the movements of some of the greatest games in history and explains the logic behind each move. This gives you an insight into those that we’re playing the game and overcoming challenges as they went along. Many players can learn a significant amount more from the moves that others make than playing even a hundred games of puzzles.

The Art of Positional Play by John Nunn

This book is a great introduction to positional chess. It covers many different aspects and strategies that are important in every game, from openings through endgames as well some general principles for choosing between them all! I found this one particularly helpful when starting out with my own games because it was so easy-to* read while still being very informative.* The author does not use any complicated language or terminology which makes reading easier than most other texts on these topics (though there may be more difficult sections). He also provides diagrams throughout each chapter showing examples demonstrating his points about various positions he discusses within those chapters; they can help clarify what you are reading and make it easier to understand.

*The author does not use any complicated language or terminology which makes this one particularly helpful when starting out with my own games because he is so easy-to read while still being very informative.*

He also provides diagrams throughout each chapter showing examples demonstrating his points about various positions that are discussed within those chapters; they can help clarify what you’re trying learn more easily than most other texts on these topics (though there may be some difficult sections). *The book covers many different aspects of chess, from openings through endgames as well general principles for choosing between them all! I found the first part especially useful in understanding positional play better since its written by a grandmaster who was an international master at age 12


Chess books are infinitely helpful in understanding the basics to the complexities of the game of chess, each book offering something different to the reader. Great games of chess are usually complete by those that have mastered the game significantly enough that they can easily and comfortably play the game with prior knowledge backing them up.

You should always remember that books can only take you so far, using the puzzles in the books it can be amazing figuring them out against other players.

The best way to learn chess is by playing it. You can read all the books in existence, but if you don’t play and practise what they teach then your knowledge will be limited at most because of how different each game really plays out on a board with pieces that are constantly moving around!

The chances of playing out a scenario beyond 5 or 6 opening moves, which is identical to one played before is slim. Lessons from books can help you identify patterns of play to which you can adjust your game but if you don’t have the experience of playing chess, then it’s hard to know what is a good move and which one isn’t.

Books can be very useful for beginners who are just starting out with their game but if they want more than that there will come a point where books won’t help them anymore!

A lot of people think reading about things, in general, helps your brain learn better or faster so why not read up on something like Chess?

Build Up Your Chess’ Series by Arthur Yusupow

My System’ by Aaron Nimzowitch (A chess classic everyone must read)

Winning Chess’ Series by Yasser Seirawan and Jeremey Silman – In that, read the books Combinations, Tactics, Strategies and Play.

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