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    Monster of the deep Kevin Bonham's Avatar
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    Good books for social players

    I frequently get questions like the following:

    I want to actually learn learn about it all, and I get the feeling just playing lots is probably the best thing, but perhaps you could recommend me a few good books on kinda.. basic opening manouvers or whatever kind of theory is involved with the whole thing?
    I haven't really had a look round the novice end of the market for a while - I'd be interested in people's suggestions for good books for players (esp. adults) who know how to play the game but don't know much about it and are looking for something that will get them on the road to becoming a stronger social player or maybe even a club player. What would people recommend? If you only got serious about chess 5-10 years ago (or less) what did you use?

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    Hi, Kevin,

    Perhaps; Logical Chess Move by Move by Chernev, or Understanding Chess Move by move by Nunn are a good place to start,
    Take care and God Bless, Macavity

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    I frequently get questions like the following:



    I haven't really had a look round the novice end of the market for a while - I'd be interested in people's suggestions for good books for players (esp. adults) who know how to play the game but don't know much about it and are looking for something that will get them on the road to becoming a stronger social player or maybe even a club player. What would people recommend? If you only got serious about chess 5-10 years ago (or less) what did you use?
    The Silman series are good

    Complete Book of Chess Strategy
    Reassess your Chess
    Reassess your Chess workbook
    Amateurs Mind

    Simple Chess by Michael Stean is another great book

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    I recommend books that have mates in 2 or 3 combos. Reinfeld's 1001 Winning Chess Sacs and Combos is a personal favourite. It's really through the brutality of combos that you see the beauty of chess. By showing people these, hopefully you spark their interest and fascination.

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    But isn't it in the old notation?

    One I would recommend is 1000 Best Short Games of Chess by Cherev[?] reprinted in Pinoy land. Maybe also in old notation.

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    Hi Kevin

    I got serious about 60 years ago and one of my favourites was Cecil Purdy's "Guide to Good Chess" which I believe is still as good today for relative beginners as it deals with general principles.

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    "how not to play chess" is a good book..... by Eugene Z-B (can't remember the spelling )
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    This book might be good for you. http://www.everymanchess.com/display.php?id=159

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    I should add that this book acually has a cult following. They call themselves the Knights Errant Order. The wonderful thing is that you can share in their experiences by reading their blogs. Amusing actually!

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    Quote Originally Posted by arosar
    I should add that this book acually has a cult following. They call themselves the Knights Errant Order. The wonderful thing is that you can share in their experiences by reading their blogs. Amusing actually!

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    You could also have said that there is no need to buy this book ... it is freely available as a pdf at http://www.chesscafe.com/text/skittles148.pdf (part 1) and http://www.chesscafe.com/text/skittles150.pdf (part 2)

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    Those are just extracts. But thanks for the links!

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    Quote Originally Posted by arosar
    Those are just extracts. But thanks for the links!

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    Those are the original articles The book came later and has been roundly condemned as a waste of money because it adds nothing to the freely available pdfs ...

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    Condemned by whom? The establishment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arosar
    Condemned by whom? The establishment?

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    Yes its a conspiracy ...

    er I mean no, I read some reviews that complained that the book was just the content of the free articles plus a whole lot of lightweight fluffy filler ... sorry dont remember where I saw those reviews

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    [in response to deleted duplicate advertising post - mod]

    I didn't see the book on spam. Or how to copy and paste inventory.
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