Originally posted by gaychessplayer
Probably the only chess book that I would consider a "must read", is Irving Chernev's, "Logical Chess: Move by Move." I give it an A+ for quality of writing, and an A+ for content.
An A should never carry a +
As for the books, I find it extremely difficult to settle on one best
. The most dramatic improvement in my quality of play came after I began to read Chernev's 1000 Best Short Games of Chess
. which I found in the Cannon AFB library in 1975. Over the next several years, Horowitz, Chess Openings: Theory and Practice
became a Bible, while several tournament books were my steady fare--San Antonio 1972, Soviet Championship 1972 (alas I got rid of these two books), and Wijk aan Zee 1975 (which I have still). Add to these Gligoric's Best Games, 1945-1970
and Karpov's Collected Games, 1961-1974
and we've completed the bulk of a teenager's library forming the foundation for lifelong chess study.
In recent years, two books have been enormously significant. Renaud and Kahn, The Art of the Checkmate
taught me much about what I thought I already knew (and didn't), and has an enormous effect on how I teach chess.
Jeremy Silman's The Amateur's Mind
and How to Reassess Your Chess
--one book in two parts--has taught me how to listen to the pieces.