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  1. 30 Sep '10 09:18
    I mostly gravitate towards the old timers like Reinfeld, Chernev, Tarrasch and Reti. They’re all great. But if I have to choose just one author I’ll go with Euwe. He loved chess and he loved to teach. A good combination. His books are pleasant to read, straightforward and informative. Wish they would translate more of his work into English.
  2. 30 Sep '10 09:22 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by KneeCaps
    I mostly gravitate towards the old timers like Reinfeld, Chernev, Tarrasch and Reti. They’re all great. But if I have to choose just one author I’ll go with Euwe. He loved chess and he loved to teach. A good combination. His books are pleasant to read, straightforward and informative. Wish they would translate more of his work into English.
    Andrew Soltis, I have three of his books, Fischer rediscovered, How To study chess, and Pawn structure chess, but i agree, the old timers are great, especially Reti.
  3. 30 Sep '10 09:34
    Purdy

    Grit
  4. 30 Sep '10 09:36
    Tim Harding. He writes for the ordinary player in a style that I enjoy.
  5. 30 Sep '10 09:43
    I'd have to go with Chernev.

    Logical Chess and The Most Instructive Games Of Chess Ever Played win my vote.

    ..............

    Clarke is another great author.

    He made the game collections of Petrosian and Tal something really fun to play through and enjoy.
    Imagine one author being able to take two completely different styles like those and do that!
  6. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    30 Sep '10 10:33 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by KneeCaps
    I mostly gravitate towards the old timers like Reinfeld, Chernev, Tarrasch and Reti. They’re all great. But if I have to choose just one author I’ll go with Euwe. He loved chess and he loved to teach. A good combination. His books are pleasant to read, straightforward and informative. Wish they would translate more of his work into English.
    I'd go with Seriwan. His tactics books are great, and he adds a bit of humor to them. (Uncommon in a chess book). My 2nd pick would be Tim Harding. His book "winning at correspondence chess" is a masterpiece
  7. 30 Sep '10 11:03
    I liked the books but Euwe and Silman. For games collections I like Tal's as well
  8. 30 Sep '10 11:42
    Chernev's "Most Instructive Games" is the best chess book I've ever read. If only I could find a copy in algebraic notation.

    Tal's "Tal-Botvinnik 1960" and "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal" are close second and third.

    Seirawan is probably the most accessible author, but he's not as fascinating as the above two.
  9. 30 Sep '10 12:06
    Originally posted by KneeCaps
    I mostly gravitate towards the old timers like Reinfeld, Chernev, Tarrasch and Reti. They’re all great. But if I have to choose just one author I’ll go with Euwe. He loved chess and he loved to teach. A good combination. His books are pleasant to read, straightforward and informative. Wish they would translate more of his work into English.
    Seconded (except that I can read them in Dutch, natch). It's quite obvious that his first trade was teaching, not chess.

    Heh. Pay me well enough and I'll translate some for you!

    Richard
  10. 30 Sep '10 12:55
    C'mon guys Chandler wrote a book, I'm going with him.
  11. Standard member nimzo5
    Ronin
    30 Sep '10 13:00
    Yermolinsky.
  12. Standard member PBE6
    Bananarama
    30 Sep '10 13:08
    John Nunn, hands down. He has a knack for making chess instruction both lucid and entertaining.
  13. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    30 Sep '10 13:18
    Originally posted by PBE6
    John Nunn, hands down. He has a knack for making chess instruction both lucid and entertaining.
    I'm a huge John Nunn fan also. I also love Joe Gallagher, whose style shares many similarities with Nunn's.

    Nunn is a little more formal, while Gallagher writes in a style that is sort of like a friend explaining a game to you. When I read Gallagher, I sometimes feel like he was writing to me personally, and the ideas seem to stick in my head much better.

    There are good players, and there are good writers, and it both rare and awesome when someone is good at both.
  14. 30 Sep '10 13:27
    Euwe!But I'm a native Dutch speaker.
    For English works I vote Purdy.

    Also fully agree with Paulfromfics' statement about Clarke.
    In fact,I should reread those books.

    toet.
  15. 30 Sep '10 14:18
    Originally posted by dirtysniper
    C'mon guys Chandler wrote a book, I'm going with him.
    Actually Geoff (co-) wrote two books - Rampant Chess with Keith Ruxton and Mastering Chess with Danny Kopec/Spike Mullen/Alan Norris. Both are outstanding.