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    Question best books for adult beginners

    I have a nephew who has begun to take an interest in chess. He's 21, knows the moves and can beat other beginners but still a beginner. I think he'd be good once he knows a bit more.

    I'm going to post him Chess Made Easy and then one slightly more advanced book so he can move on to that. I thought of 'Simple Chess' but any suggestions?

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    Maybe 'The Chess Player's Bible' by James Eade. 'Simple Chess' by Michael Stean is a good second book; I'll also suggest Bain's 'Basic Chess Tactics' or John Nunn's 'Learn Chess Tactics'.
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    Thanks Max and Brian! Much appreciated.

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    Logical Chess: Move by Move” by Irving Chernev. He explains every single move. Very helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alekhine2000 View Post
    Logical Chess: Move by Move” by Irving Chernev. He explains every single move. Very helpful.
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    what I found terrific was The Complete Chess Course by Rheinfeld and Horowitz I think it was. I went and defeated a champ in friendly games after that. But they must specialize in at least two openings before they can really shake the tree.
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    Capablanca's Chess Fundamentals is excellent (Botvinnik agreed) for those past the elementary tactics phase. Don't get the butchered version with Nick DeFirmian.
    Stean's Simple Chess is a good book but not really for beginners.
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    Play Better Chess by Leonard Barden is also quite good.

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    Two years on, I would recommend 'Everyone's 2nd Chess Book' by Dan Heisman, as it doesn't just provide a lot of useful tips but also teaches you how to improve at the 'starting out' level. At the beginning level what's important is not so much your knowledge of chess (bar the rules) but your ability to see moves (especially those that capture undefended pieces or deliver checkmate!).
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    I've seen Tiger and Dragon along with The Bear, both by Walter Thomas Downs as interesting and advantageous alternatives to learning massive numbers of openings. The books are available here for free (as a zip file of PDFs). They're being given away by the author, so nothing to fret about there. He also explains how and why he developed these systems.

    I've heard very good things about them from people who play far better than I do, but I haven't yet read through them so I don't know for sure. On the other hand it's not like you'll get worse for reading them, so why not have a look.
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    Some good books writtens by the Soviet chess authors ''old but gold'' some years ago. Many translated into English. I would try one by Averbakh and Beilin
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    for openings (from beginner to intermediate) i recommend a new book :

    kindle version:
    http://www.amazon.com.au/LEARNING-CH...dp/B00PULUACW/

    pdf version:
    http://www.lulu.com/shop/jef-kaan/be...-21906312.html

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    I prefer old books
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Byrom View Post
    Play Better Chess by Leonard Barden is also quite good.
    That's a pretty good book; it was written in 1980 and quite fresh for its time. It could probably be obtained via Amazon.
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