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r_lawrence 44 ( +1 | -1 )
Books for the Intermediate Hi there! I'm sure there have been posts like this in the past, but I've checked the last 6-7 pages, and haven't seen one. Maybe we could get a fresh perspective here.

I am an intermediate player, and I want books that will really help me improve my game. It would be great to hear from some 1800+ players about some of their favorites, and why they were helpful. Thanks.
triangulator 17 ( +1 | -1 )
here are mine jeremy silman's "how to reases your chess" it is a lot of help in the middle game-minor peices, ect. it is like he is there helping me. that is all I can think of right now-just got up
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r_lawrence 18 ( +1 | -1 )
hmm ... Thanks for the input, triangulator. This post sure isn't getting a lot of help ...

Okay! Special prizes to be announced for the post that helps out the most with books!!!
nootropil 21 ( +1 | -1 )
r_lawrence Only you knew what you need.Best books are Theory of openings but they are for experts only i think you must buy books with anotated GM-s games where are explanation for ewery move.
getoutofhere 15 ( +1 | -1 )
i agree with nootropil i have enjoyed Nunn's understanding chess move by
move a lot. On a slightly more basic level, but a lot
of fun is Seirawan's Winning Chess Brilliancies.
triangulator 50 ( +1 | -1 )
I think "lower rated players" like me need to study mostly middle game and tactics- that is what decides most games under expert class play. next study endgames, then study openings last if you know your middle game then you know what you want to play in the opening. dont get me wrong openings are important but they come last, I got 10 endgame books, 8 positional/tactcal books and 2 opening books-mco,sco
atrifix 123 ( +1 | -1 )
Books Silman's HTRYC and Nunn's Understanding Chess have already been pointed out, but I'll add again that they are quite good (as is Silman's The Amateur's Mind). IMO arguably the best recent book is Watson's Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy, and the basic Reinfeld combination books 1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices & Combinations/1001 Brilliant Ways to Checkmate (the new Anatoly Lein book, Sharpen Your Tactics, is also good). Nimzowitsch's My System is one of the best chess books ever. Vukovic's Art of Attack in Chess is also good.

As for endgames, try Seirawan's Winning Chess Endings and Shereshevsky's Endgame Strategy; for comprehensive endgame works, use Averbakh's set or Fine's BCE (currently undergoing a massive revision by Pal Benko). A great recent book by Muller and Lamprecht, Fundamental Chess Endings, can be used in either of these.

Honorable mentions: Best Lessons of a Chess Coach by Weeramantry, How Not to Play Chess by Znosko-Borovksy.

If you want more specific books, try Alekhine's collection, Tarrasch's Game of Chess, Lasker's Manual of Chess, Keres and Kotov's Art of the Middle Game, Chernev's Capablanca's Best Endings, or Rowson's Seven Deadly Chess Sins.
triangulator 0 ( +1 | -1 )
nottop 26 ( +1 | -1 )
cannot argue with Atrifix I think he has made great selections.
You might also consider the books by Dvoretsky - very high quality - maybe slightly more for intermediate+ than intermediate.
Also, for the middlegame - books by Pachman and Znosko-Borovsky might be helpful.
r_lawrence 40 ( +1 | -1 )
That's a great start ... Thanks for the help thus far. I was also wondering if anyone could suggest chess books that are more "inspirational". Some books are immensely dry, and although the information contained therein may be extremely important, once in awhile I like a book that will give me more history, and such. The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal is a great book along these lines.

vietnamese_girl_18 138 ( +1 | -1 )
r_lawrence,

One thing I would add is that with all these recommendations, it's important to remember that you are much better off going slowly and carefully over one book than buying 4 or 5 and trying to plough through them (I know, that's what I mostly do! It doesn't work). The Silman Reassess book is probably the best for this, as it isn't dry and goes over what's most important at the intermediate stage. Also, books with tactical problems are great fun and since you don't need a board for them you can take them when you're traveling on a bus or waiting at a doctor's office (be prepared for strange stares from people who look over your shoulder at a page full of chess diagrams-- and never start mumbling to yourself, "where's the mate in 1??", as someone is sure to alert the authorities).

I'm also looking for more books about the history of chess or chess anecdotes, and look forward to any recommendations as well. I just simply love that kind of reading -- I'm a much better chess history buff than I am a player. Chess for Fun & Chess for Blood by Lasker is an interesting book and not very dry. Also, there is Chess: The History of a Game
by Richard Eales, though I wasn't too happy with this book and imagine there must be a better general history out there (I'm looking).

Sarah Tran
mettlesome 201 ( +1 | -1 )
Baden Baden 1925 I don't know if anyone else knows it, but I really love this book.

It is subtitled "the arrival of hypermodern chess" and that's exactly right here's the list of players...

Alekhine, Rubinstein, Samisch, Bogolybov, Marshall, Tartakower, Rabinovich, Grunfeld, Nimzovich, Torre, Reti, Treybel, Speilmann, Carls, Yates, Rosselli, Tarrasch, Colle, Mieses, Thomas, te Kolste (What a shame Capablanca and Lasker didn't take part...)

Look at the date, and you'll see that it's a real mix of young and old, hypermodern and classic...
You had Reti playing 1.g3, Tartakower played 1.c3, Torre played 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 as black......while Marshall and Speilmann played things like Sicilian wing gambits...!

The best thing about the book (a reasonably expensive hardback published by Caissa Editions) is that the a lot of the games are annoted more than once, by different players, and that the annotations are kept seperate (the second set in (brackets), the third set in [square brackets]etc...).

So you have for example Game 44 Bogolyubov Vs Mieses, a dutch defense with a double sacrifice by Bogolyubov which is annotated by Bogolyubov AND Tartakover AND Lasker (and you can tell who said what!!). This tournament was great fun, and really helped me to relax when playing over-the-board chess........I figure that if great figures from chess history can be courageous enough to play weird openings in THAT type of tournament, I can just relax in my weekend swiss!

Anyone who has never seen a copy of Bronstein's book of the Zurich Tournament 1953 should have a look at it, it's packed with great games and great explanations that can really inspire a serious intermediate player.

Both of these books have comments after nearly every move (except for agreed draws or positions that didn't catch the writers interest), and both give a lot fo variation AND EVEN MORE prose explanations that really help you to figure out what's going on...

Mettlesome
tulkos 38 ( +1 | -1 )
an inspirational book? Winning Chess Brilliancies! I have never gotten tired of this book. It is, in my estimation, one of the best books ever. It has been mentioned before on this page, but I thought it needed a little more recommendation. You can also get 5 great chess books for the price of one at chess.commentary.net/ ---