Originally posted by max92
As a beginner what book helped you improve the most and help to understand certain aspects of chess most effectively,which one do you remember the most in your learning years.
I think gaychessplayer's list is a good one. I'm a novice, and not long ago I read Wolff's "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess." I thought it was a great beginner's first book. (I read the 2nd edition, but there's a 3rd edition now.)
Then I read Purdy's "Guide to Good Chess." It's out of print, and I've recently seen some high prices asked for the latest edition (12th ed). But if you hunt a little, you might find a reasonable deal. Also, the 11th edition seems to be a lot cheaper. (Both the 11th and 12th editions are in algebraic notation.)
I think Purdy's book is a good complement to Wolff's book. Wolff's book has better discussions of some subjects like tactics, but Purdy's book has better discussions of general principles. Purdy's discussion of general opening principles was so clear and easy to understand that it was like a light bulb being switched on over my head.
Purdy's book is on the thin side (only about 140 pages), but he packs in quite a lot of advice. I liked it a lot.
Edit - On second thought, you HAVE to get Purdy's book - He was an Australian!