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  1. 11 Apr '07 23:34
    There are thousands of chess books, but most fade quickly with time. Here, I am trying to find modern chess books (last 20 years), mainly on strategy, that would be considered exemplary and timeless.

    Here are just two I'm considering:

    - Reassess Your Chess by Silman
    - Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy by Watson

    Which books would you recommend?
  2. 11 Apr '07 23:58
    Originally posted by exigentsky
    There are thousands of chess books, but most fade quickly with time. Here, I am trying to find modern chess books (last 20 years), mainly on strategy, that would be considered exemplary and timeless.

    Here are just two I'm considering:

    - Reassess Your Chess by Silman
    - Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy by Watson

    Which books would you recommend?
    Art of Attack in Chess - V. Vukovic
  3. 12 Apr '07 00:02
    all of yasser seirwans books are good including strategy.
  4. 12 Apr '07 03:56
    my system.

    Learux
  5. 12 Apr '07 03:59
    Originally posted by Learux
    my system.

    Learux
    I would agree with that, but it's much older than 20 years.
  6. 12 Apr '07 05:54
    The inner game of chess
  7. 12 Apr '07 12:34
    Originally posted by exigentsky
    There are thousands of chess books, but most fade quickly with time. Here, I am trying to find modern chess books (last 20 years), mainly on strategy, that would be considered exemplary and timeless.
    I'm interested to see the opinions of the RHPers, so I hope some more people post comments on this one. But I'm curious why you're ruling out anything over 20 years old, especially since you're looking for a strategy book with timeless qualities. Is it because you don't want to deal with descriptive notation?
  8. 12 Apr '07 12:36
    Originally posted by exigentsky
    Reassess Your Chess by Silman
    Which books would you recommend?
    That one...
  9. 12 Apr '07 12:47
    I've just got how to reassess your chess & have just ordered the art of attack in chess so that should keep me busy!
  10. 12 Apr '07 14:35
    Originally posted by exigentsky
    There are thousands of chess books, but most fade quickly with time. Here, I am trying to find modern chess books (last 20 years), mainly on strategy, that would be considered exemplary and timeless.

    Here are just two I'm considering:

    - Reassess Your Chess by Silman
    - Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy by Watson

    Which books would you recommend?
    The "timeless" chess books were written much longer than 20 years ago:

    Lasker's Manual of Chess, by Em. Lasker
    Rubinstein's Chess Masterpieces, by Kmoch
    Masters of the Chessboard, and Modern Ideas in Chess, by Reti
    New York 1924, by Alekhine
    My System and Chess Practice, by Nimzovitsch
    My Best Games of Chess, vols. I and II, by Alekhine
    300 Chess Games, and the Game of Chess, by Tarrasch
    360 Brilliant and Instructive Endgames, by Troitsky
    William Steinitz: Selected Games, by Devide
    Morphy's Games of Chess, by Sergeant
    Marshall's Best Games of Chess, by Marshall
    Chess Fundamentals, A Primer of Chess, My Chess Career, by Capablanca
    Nottingham 1936, by Alekhine

    Other classics:

    The Immortal Games of Capablanca, by Reinfield
    Capablanca's 100 Best Games, by Golombek
    Basic Chess Endings, by Fine
    Rook Endings, by Smyslov and Levenfich
    Zurich 1954, by Bronstein
    Capablanca's Best Chess Endings, by Chernev
    The Middle Game vols. I, II, by Euwe and Kramer
    Complete Chess Strategy vols I-III, by Pachman
    Boris Spassk's 100 Best Games, by Cafferty
    The Tactics of the Endgame, by Ban
    My 60 Best Games, Fischer
  11. 12 Apr '07 15:04 / 2 edits
    I have seirawan "Winning Chess Tactics" and it is a wonderful book. I would assume that "Winning Chess Strategy" by seirawan is just as wonderful.
  12. 12 Apr '07 15:13
    der schwarze Ritter wrote
    Lots of books
    Have you managed to read many of those?

    Sounds like a great reading list - need to freeze time for a few years just to read half of them though!
  13. 12 Apr '07 16:10
    Originally posted by TheGambit
    Have you managed to read many of those?

    Sounds like a great reading list - need to freeze time for a few years just to read half of them though!
    I read them and many others (these are the best of the best) while in college, post college, and while between jobs. The ones that bear repeated readings are the Rubinstein book, Capablanca's Best Chess Endings and My 60 Best Games by Fischer.
  14. 02 May '07 16:57
    Originally posted by der schwarze Ritter
    The "timeless" chess books were written much longer than 20 years ago:

    Lasker's Manual of Chess, by Em. Lasker
    Rubinstein's Chess Masterpieces, by Kmoch
    Masters of the Chessboard, and Modern Ideas in Chess, by Reti
    New York 1924, by Alekhine
    My System and Chess Practice, by Nimzovitsch
    My Best Games of Chess, vols. I and II, by Alekhine ...[text shortened]... Best Games, by Cafferty
    The Tactics of the Endgame, by Ban
    My 60 Best Games, Fischer
    Great list of classics.
    However I would drop the following two endgame books, Fine's BCE and Smyslov's Rook Endings because the endgame book, Fundamental Endgame by Dovorsky, and the Van Perlo book, Endgame Tactics are both much better and highly recomended.
  15. Standard member DeepThought
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    02 May '07 17:15
    The Life and Games of Mikael Tal is definitely worth a read.