Originally posted by @alphazero
I'm new here, just starting my first game. I'm wanting to know if there 1-2 books that you'd highly recommend. I've never formally studied chess-I watch a lot of videos from chess.com and the chessnetwork. I enjoy studying games from Fischer and others. However, I've never read. So what would you recommend to an amateur perhaps intermediate player for reading? Opening, tactics, endgames, middle games, etc are all welcome. Thx!
i used to look at books when I became interested in chess but I didn't get a lot from them to be honest.With openings you have to have a good memory and know what to do when your opponent doesn't follow the book moves.I also used to play through games quoted but a lot of the time I couldn't work out why the players had made some moves(not every move is annotated ,the authors must assume the moves and responses are obvious which for beginners they aren't)
I've learned far more playing on here and picking up the tricks and mistakes than I ever got from books and video's.You're never going to be a top class player from books and dvd's/video's
My advice is subscribe instead of buying books,start a dollop of games and take it from there.It'll be far more fun.Oh. and read Greenpawn's blogs for the tricks and tactics.