Chess Informant popularized a classification system that is now universally used in chess literature and when discussing positions. Who is better, and by how much? When I was struggling to learn chess, I didn’t really feel what these meant. Now, I hope others will be a bit less confused! This is a short post, and
Chess School 4 by Sarhan Guliev (Russian Chess House, 2003) is the last volume in an amazing series, and the only one that isn’t a tactics manual. Last year, I reviewed Chess School 1a and Chess School 1b by Sergey Ivashchenko. Chess School 2 (for 1600+, also by Ivashchenko) and Chess School 3 (for 2000+, by
Great for adult novices Things are tough for the older player who has taken an interest in chess: most books are either written for children or for experienced tournament competitors. GM Rudolf Teschner (1922-2006) gave this forgotten crowd much help with his well-structured course Learn Chess in 40 Hours: A Self-tutor for Beginners and Advanced Players.
Šahovski Informator is the long-time publisher of Chess Informant, Encyclopedia of Chess Openings, Encyclopedia of Chess Endings, and many other references loved by chess players worldwide for over half a century. Encyclopedia of Chess Miniatures (ECM) is one of those “other” reference titles. I’ll be upfront: at 50 USD one can say ECM is not essential, because it isn’t.
The Best Book to Learn the Caro-Kann Defense Understanding the Caro-Kann Defense was published way back in 1981. Amazon tells me I purchased it in March 2012, but I’ve only read it recently … and regret not doing so much sooner. I have read a lot of Caro-Kann (1.e4 c6) books over the years, as I
Excellent for the Right French Player Attacking Chess: the French by Simon Williams lives up to its name. This lines chosen in this book are for the player who wants to employ the French Defense in an aggressive style, and not for the player who wants to just sit back and equalize. I read this
Killer Instinct in Chess Hacking Up The King is all about trying to checkmate the enemy king, whether castled or still in the center. There are countless books in this genre, but the 2014 work by English International Master David Eggleston is better than most. If you like Attack with Mikhail Tal (which I reviewed previously)