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cjjpeterson 66 ( +1 | -1 )
Favorite chess books What's your favorite chess book or author? Personally I like all books by Yasser Seirawan, mostly because he grew up in the Seattle area (where I live) and because they are really affective at teaching new skills to the aspiring chess player. Graham Burgess and Horowitz have also wrote some good ones.

Then of course their is my favorite chess-based novel. "The Eight" by Katherine Neville. I would recommend this book to all those chess lovers out there and all those who love good books.

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tugger 47 ( +1 | -1 )
i have just two chess books...

my 60 memorable games by bobby fischer, and
practical chess endings by irving chernev

the first is an excellent fully annotated book by the great fischer, and i would recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their tactical play and understanding of complex moves,

and the second is a very useful endgame book, which gives many examples of different endgame positions, such as Q vs pawn on seventh rank, or R+B vs R.
ccmcacollister 41 ( +1 | -1 )
My Favorites are: GM Larry Evans, CCM Alex Dunne, IM John Watson and WC RJF. Tho there are many that I like, I feel these are about the best. Also the Game of the Month columns by GM Svetzovar Gligorich are Excellent works. And Kotov's '...Like a GM' books.
I hadn't heard of "The Eight" and perhaps must read it! Thanks for the info, cjjpeterson
lucasbeauchamp 32 ( +1 | -1 )
*The Defense* by Vladimir Nabokov is much better than *The Eight* as a work of literature. It is the basis of the 2000 film *The Luzhin Defense*--the book is far better than the film. Then, of course, one must take a look at the short mystery "Knight's Gambit" by William Faulkner, the greatest writer in the English language.
bittersweet_ballad 39 ( +1 | -1 )
I've read The Art of Attack in Chess. It's by Vukovic, I think. Great book, loved it.

Apart from that I recently bought the book by Alekhine (My most memorable games, or something) and the big fat book by Susan Polgar's father (don't remember what the name was). I haven't read them as yet - a friend highly recommended them to me. I hope they're as good as he said they were!
tag1153 41 ( +1 | -1 )
'Bobby Fischer Goes To War' by Edmonds and Eidnow was the last book I read. It's a full accounting of the story behind the 1972 Championship where Fischer beat Spassky. There was very little actual analysis of games, but a wealth of info on the psychological tactics used by Fischer, as well as the geo-political reprecussions of the match. It was a great read:)

ccmcacollister 127 ( +1 | -1 )
Question re Luzhin ... lucasbeauchamp
(Or anyone?) Do you know whence comes the name The Luzhin Defense? Just wondering if there might be a real GM name there or City, or "?!" . Or if/what there might be any connection to Don Maddox, who used the Nik "Luzhin" on Leisure Linc years ago? (Its not some colloqueallism for "Losing" is it!?)
Thanks for the novel info, I must read That one then. Even tho I thought Roger Zelazny was The Best! :) And has written some Chess related story/ies ... such as The Unicorn Variation, which is a short story.
tag1153 Yes, I read that too, just last year. It was interesting. Of course I lived thru the Original match and coverage, so not too much was new to me but it was a bit fascinating all over again :) What a wild and wooly match that was! Even better than the Karpov-Kasparov WC that was aborted by Campomanes. We do get our Drama from Chess (and "Dear Abby" said Chess players were Boring! !????)
PS// I am now thinking, for the first time seriously, of writing my first Chess Book. & pondering what subject matter to tackle. I'd like to be done sometime this year, so that will limit it :)
cairo 44 ( +1 | -1 )
When it comes actually chessbooks with games and diagrams, my favorites is:

-My System by Aron Nimzowitsch
-My 60 memorable games by Robert J. Fischer
-Pawnpower by Hans Kmoch

and without board and pieces, I can warmly recommend:

-Russian Silhouettes by Genna Sosonko
-The Reliable Past by Genna Sosonko
-My Great Predecessors I to VI by Garry Kasparov

Best wishes
cjjpeterson 57 ( +1 | -1 )
Great books All of these books sound great! I've been looking in to getting "My System" by Nimzo, but it's hard to find these days.tag1153 the Fischer book sounds like a good one and so do the books mentioned by lucasbeauchamp.

Good luck with your book ccmcacollister.

thunker 76 ( +1 | -1 )
Might I add... "Chess Fundamentals" and "A Primer of Ches" both by J.R. Capablanca for good basics
"The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings" by Reuben Fine for opening theory
"The System" by Dr. Hans J. Berliner for more advanced theory.

The first two are a bit dated, but the theory is still sound. "The System" is a great read that gives a fresh viewpoint on game as a whole, although his section on "chunking" still exceeds my grasp, even after re-reading it several times. It's a good book especially on the Queen Pawn style openings...

I also concur with cairo about Kmoch's book. Nimzovich's book is good, but I found it a bit diffcult to follow his writing style.
gothicgirl 28 ( +1 | -1 )
my favorite chess books...
...are these:

- all the books, having been published by Mark Dvoretzki and Arthur Jussupov

- the books about Endgames by Edmar Mednis

- think play like a grandmaster/ play like a grandmaster by Kotov

- the biography about Alekhin by Kotov

and some more...
calmrolfe 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Training for the Tournament Player - M Dvoretsky & A Yusupov
Gems of the Chess Board - P Wenman (Published 1940)
Batsford Chess Openings - Kasparov & Keene
The Chess Mind - Gerald Abrahams