Originally posted by YCP
@Mad Rock- I don't have an official rating, but I am rated 1400 on chess.com. I read one book about tactics (pins, skewers, discovered attack and stuff like that).
Also, do you think that Nunn's Understanding chess move by move is too advanced for me? The way I see it, it's like Chernev's book just for advanced players.
I'm going to stick my neck out and assume that a 1400 chess.com rating would translate to a somewhat lower elo rating. Based on that assumption, I'd guess that Nunn's "Understanding Chess Move by Move" is probably over your head (and over my head, as well!). Two reasons for my guess:
1) The ChessCafe review of the book is very helpful. It contrasts the different writing styles between Nunn's book and Chernev's book:
2) If you go to the Heisman link I gave in my earlier post, you'll see that Dan classifies Nunn's book as an advanced book for players rated over 1650. (And that's a USCF rating, which is not too different than an elo rating.)
So if you're going to decide to get an instructive game anthology for your next book, I'd say that Chernev's book is probably ideal for you (Wormwood's rec was a good one), and Nunn's book is probably too advanced.