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  • A weird question because I can't make up my mind ...

    Hey all,

    I lost a lot of chess books in a flood from last year's hurricane in NYC. (It wasn't that bad, but I had a basement apartment at the time.)

    Since then, I've been rebuilding my chess library a bit and have a few titles. And I have a bit of cash and would like to buy two additional books from Amazon, one of which I've decided on, so the question is what's the other.

    So some background info: One book I'm going to get is HTRYC Fourth Edition, but have been avoiding it because I was too inexperienced when I plowed through the third edition (many years ago), and it left me frustrated, but I think I'm at the point where it probably would help out.

    I only have two tactics books on hand right now: The older Sharpen your Tactics and the newer Tactimania.

    The only game collection is Tal's famous book. I also have Spielman's Art of the Sacrifice. Lessons from a Grandmaster (Gulko). Silman's Endgame Course.

    Of course, I have some repertoire books as well. I'm trying to make it to A-class. (I'm B-class now.) Only other thing is if it's rare or out of print, I probably can't pick it up, needs to be in the $10 to $25 range.

    Any suggestions, or books that helped you through these stages (Class B to Class A?)

    Thanks in Advance.
    "Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated."- George Bernard Shaw

  • #2
    i would definitely check out 'my system' by nimzo. one of the best chess books out there.
    Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

    An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

    My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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    • #3
      Well ...

      Thanks Skwerly,

      I've actually looked at My System, well the first part, a fair bit. I don't think the book, though still a classic, holds as much sway as it used to. I know GM Spraggett is not fond of it and there have been a number of others who have said things like it traumatized them or hurt their chess etc. But equal numbers who credit it for their success, so who knows.

      Anyhow I bought something silly which I'm sure will be fun but how much it will help my chess is doubtful (some sideline repertoire stuff). Something light to balance out HTRYC.

      I think my next three purchases will be less expensive titles: Botvinnik's 100 selected games, Fischer's 60, and Kmoch's Pawn Power in Chess. Maybe the Tartakower 500 Master games.

      In any case I have enough to keep me busy for awhile.
      "Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated."- George Bernard Shaw

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      • #4
        Nice! Also, The Art of Attack is a great book.
        Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

        An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

        My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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        • #5
          I would suggest two books, How To Play Chess Endgame by Muller(this is not a beginner book), and Secrets of Chess Endgame by Hansen.

          Buy buying these two books you would be exposed on many interesting strategic endgame positions like the wonderful pawn sacrifice in the center to gain strong queen side majority,barrier ideas. Or positions like white has a white bishop but he put his pawn on light square, and putting the pawn in light square is the best move..

          Chess is about pattern knowledge, with these two books you would in rich your pattern knowledge..
          Last edited by ryan_c; 04-06-2012, 07:13 AM.
          " Deep calculation is not what distinguishes the champions. It does not matter how far ahead you see if you don't understand what you are looking at. When I contemplate my move, I first must consider all the elements in the position so that i can develop a strategy and develop intermediate objectives"

          -- Garry Kasparov--

          "Tactics must be guided by strategy"

          --- Garry Kasparov--

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          • #6
            welll..., my list of good books is,
            1. How to reasses your chess 4th ed silman
            2. complete endgame course by silman
            3. chess: training in 5333+1 problems,games and combinations by Laszlo Polgar
            4. Chesss: Endgames by Laszlo Polgar
            these r the only books required until one reaches 2000+ Fide elo

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            • #7
              In my personal humble opinion -

              If you are already passed the beginner stages, you should stay away from "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess". It was the book I liked until about 8 months later. I am officially around 1179 Elo right now and moving e2-e4 seems to be very counter-productive to my games. I really like d2-d4 so I tend to stay away from this book. Although it did inch up my rating a bit in my humble opinion. In any case, my humble opinion could be wrong so you may like to pick it up since it is only like $5. At the time of his book publishing, he peaked around 2751 Elo maybe! So, he is a GM according to ratings however you may not understand his moves.

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              • #8
                lol GM, he was world champ...
                Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

                An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

                My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Skwerly View Post
                  lol GM, he was world champ...
                  ...and trucked over some rather tough contenders along the way there.
                  Have you read the Forum rules?

                  Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
                  Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
                  Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
                  Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
                  Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
                  Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
                  Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
                  --Red Dwarf

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                  • #10
                    BrillatSavarin: Just a comment regarding "My System". I agree that it might not pack the same punch it used to. May I recommend the book
                    Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy by John Watson. It is subtitled Advances since Nimowitsch. I am going through it now and it is very helpful. By the way I also lost a considerable part of my chess book library in the NYC hurricane when my basement flooded.

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                    • #11
                      Have you tried Positional Chess Handbook by Israel Gelfer?

                      Its good and might put you over the top to 1800 +.

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                      • #12
                        Another book you might try is Chess Strategy for Club Players, I have read positive review from this book.

                        Herman Grooten has an excellent reputation as a trainer in the Netherlands. He has trained grandmasters Loek van Wely and Jan Werle as youngsters, and also ChessVibes co-editor IM Merijn van Delft, who still speaks highly of him. Grooten is best known for his positional feeling - in his foreword to Chess Strategy for Club Players - The Road to Positional Advantage, Jan Timman recalls that Loek van Wely once said of Grooten that "his positional rating was much higher than his tactical rating". I add to this that Grooter's "teacher rating" is also much higher than his FIDE rating, because the book could easily have been written by any 2600-player.
                        Review: Chess Strategy for Club Players | ChessVibes
                        " Deep calculation is not what distinguishes the champions. It does not matter how far ahead you see if you don't understand what you are looking at. When I contemplate my move, I first must consider all the elements in the position so that i can develop a strategy and develop intermediate objectives"

                        -- Garry Kasparov--

                        "Tactics must be guided by strategy"

                        --- Garry Kasparov--

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                        • #13
                          "Imagination in Chess" by Paata Gaprindashvili was instrumental for me breaking into Class A. I recommend this book very frequently. It is difficult, but it is very worth it.

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