ForwardChess: Good for Reading Chess Books?

A Huge Timesaver

If you’re comfortable reading books on a screen (web or downloadable app), ForwardChess will save you a lot of time:

  • No need to use a board and pieces, resetting again and again to play through variations.
  • No need to enter games or entire books into ChessBase.
  • No need to add more “stuff” to your physical chess library which, if you’re like me, could have hundreds of books in it already!
ForwardChess
ForwardChess app. Image: play.google.com

 

Try Before You Buy

If you walked into a real bookstore, you could peruse the books you were thinking of buying. Forward chess allows you to read samples, often including a chapter or two to see if the title is what you expect.

 

Better Prices

The 670+ books currently available on ForwardChess are usually cheaper than their print alternatives, and comparable to Amazon prices. And whether you get a physical book or a Kindle version, you can’t play through the moves without a board …

The ForwardChess libary include classics by Jose Capablanca, Fred Reinfeld, and Rudolf Spielmann among others, as well as a plethora of contemporary titles. There are no Chernev or Mednis books, however — please fix this, ForwardChess!

Most major publishers are represented, including Chess Stars, Everyman Chess, Quality Chess, and New in Chess. The notable exception is Gambit Publications.

 

Conclusion

Chessable has a lot of fans; I’ve used it some and I think it’s ok … but it doesn’t let me study the way I grew up doing with “regular” books. At least, I don’t know how to use it in this way.

ForwardChess books are intended to be read like physical books. It is a blessing for chess players. If you’re lazy, like me, and don’t want to take out a board and pieces any longer, there is no longer any excuse to not study!

Author: Andre Harding

Since 2003 I've taught chess to thousands of students in public, private, and charter schools in the New York City area, and have given countless private lessons. I also direct USCF- and FIDE-rated chess tournaments.

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