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Ausknight
15-02-2009, 06:59 PM
I need some advice on a good book please!

I've had maybe 6 months all up experience in club level chess (even that was a little while back). I'm familiar with the basic game, one or two openings and a very small amount of theory.

What I need is a good book that's actually going to help me to learn to play properly!

I've read the Dummies guide to chess (oh the shame - I admit it!) and the next book I have in my possession is the 'How to Reassess your Chess' book which is somewhat advanced for my needs right now.

Can anyone make a recommendation or two on what to get next?

I think something on opening theory or basic tactics might help but really don't know what I should look at.

Any help would be appreciated. Cheers.

Denis_Jessop
15-02-2009, 09:19 PM
I need some advice on a good book please!

I've had maybe 6 months all up experience in club level chess (even that was a little while back). I'm familiar with the basic game, one or two openings and a very small amount of theory.

What I need is a good book that's actually going to help me to learn to play properly!

I've read the Dummies guide to chess (oh the shame - I admit it!) and the next book I have in my possession is the 'How to Reassess your Chess' book which is somewhat advanced for my needs right now.

Can anyone make a recommendation or two on what to get next?

I think something on opening theory or basic tactics might help but really don't know what I should look at.

Any help would be appreciated. Cheers.

I'll get the ball rolling by suggesting my old favourite "A Guide to Good Chess" by Cecil Purdy. If you have little tournament experience it should be a good beginning - very practical and concentrating on general principles. If thta is too elementary, there is then quite a jump to the next level of books, especially of those around today. There is also quite a nice little book by Alexei Sokolsky called "Your First Move" (Chess for Beginners) which may now be out of print though you may be able to find it second hand. Despite the title it is not for absolute beginners but isn't too advanced. One thing to beware of is tackling books that are too advanced as it can be discouraging. I found that when teaching myself chess many years ago.

DJ

Ausknight
16-02-2009, 06:46 AM
Cheers for the quick response. I know this topic has been covered several times before, but it never hurts to get the current view on this situation as we all know many Chess books get released every year.

"A Guide to Good Chess" by Cecil Purdy

Sounds good, I'll start hunting around for it online today.

Any other recommendations?

I had a brief look at ACE's online store and noticed this lot in their beginner's section :

DK Superguide CHESS (0751362298) look Basman, M 25.00
Chess Master Chess Set & Book (1842291076) look Callick, P 9.95
Story of Chess HB (9780789202505) Cardo, H 29.95
Starting Chess (0713488212) look Gillam, A 29.95
Play Better Chess (9781402719509) Katz & Katz 14.95
Complete Book of Beginning Chess (1580421083) look Keene, R 44.00
Learn Chess (9781901983302) look Nunn, J 23.95
A World Champion's Guide to Chess (0812936531) look Polgar, S 39.95
Begin Chess (0716021005) Pritchard, D 14.95
The Right Way to Play Chess (9780716020882) look Pritchard, D 19.95
Beginning Chess Play (2nd Ed) (1580420443) look Robertie, B 22.00
Chess (9781405313261) look Summerscale, 24.95
Learn Chess in 40 Hours (328300403X) look Teschner, R 49.95

Anyone think any of these are worth investing in?

Cheers and thanks again guys.

Davidflude
16-02-2009, 08:28 AM
In 1957 Irving Chernev wrote a book which presented many instructional and entertaining games from the masters. "Logical Chess: Move by Move" became an instant classic because of its unique style of presentation. Unlike other books, it explained every move of every game.

Check whether this book has been reprinted in algebraic rather than descriptive.

Ian Rout
16-02-2009, 09:40 AM
In 1957 Irving Chernev wrote a book which presented many instructional and entertaining games from the masters. "Logical Chess: Move by Move" became an instant classic because of its unique style of presentation. Unlike other books, it explained every move of every game.

Check whether this book has been reprinted in algebraic rather than descriptive.I seem to recall that it was re-done by John Nunn a while back. Not sure if it's the same text updated to algebraic or different games with the same approach or a bit of both.

Capablanca-Fan
16-02-2009, 10:33 AM
I seem to recall that it was re-done by John Nunn a while back. Not sure if it's the same text updated to algebraic or different games with the same approach or a bit of both.
That book is Understanding Chess Move by Move. It's good but much more advanced than Chernev's more introductory book.

Davidflude
17-02-2009, 12:19 PM
Irving Chernev's book Logical Chess: Move By Move (Every Move Explained), Faber & Faber 1957; New Algebraic Edition B.T. Batsford, 1998, reprinted 2000, 2001 (twice), 2002 (twice); ISBN 0 7134 8464 0

Understanding Chess move by move by John Nunn is a totally different book and as suggested much more advanced.

Ausknight
18-02-2009, 07:06 AM
Thanks for the feedback guys, I appreciate it.

It seems Purdy is the way to go to begin with so I'll probably check out his offerings first. I'll take a look and see if I can track down Chernev's book as well.

Thanks everyone, I'll let you know how I go.

cheers

Ausknight
23-02-2009, 11:12 AM
Righto, I've compiled a small shopping list for next pay... let me know your thoughts?

Guide to Good Chess : Purdy, CJS - $19.95
Learn Chess : Nunn, J - $23.95
Logical Chess: Move by Move : Chernev, I - $39.95
My System (New Translation) : Nimzowitsch, Aron - $45.00
The Amateur's Mind (2nd Edition) : Silman, J - $49.95

I've already got the following :

How to Reassess Your Chess (3rd Edition) : Silman, J
Chess for Dummies (Paperback) : James Eade

Note that I've read the Chess for Dummies, but put aside How to Reassess Your Chess until I'm a little more advanced.

Should I have anything else on my 'must buy' list for my 24 months of development?

I'm not concerned with the expense on book purchases. $180 for all the entry level books I'm going to need is honestly nothing in the grand scheme of things as long as the investment is worth while. I just want the best entry level options on offer in the Chess literary library and it's these books that I seem to see popping up over and over on people's 'must have' lists for beginner chess players.

Thanks guys.

Intuition
23-02-2009, 12:15 PM
At this stage your main focus for study should be tactics, so its very important to get a basic tactics book!!! and focus on that one primarily with the others as supp material (you will develop alot of positional ideas ect through game experience anyway at your level)

Miranda
23-02-2009, 01:00 PM
Yes, perhaps you should consider 1001 Sacrifices and Combinations and 1001 Brilliant Checkmates... both pretty good for your tactics.

Rincewind
23-02-2009, 01:16 PM
Logical Chess: Move by Move : Chernev, I - $39.95

Personally I like the Nunn book with a very similar title and purpose. Chernev's is a classic though and probably worth the money (although I haven't read it).

Ausknight
23-02-2009, 01:21 PM
Well I have Chess Tactics for Beginners (by CONVEKTA) at the moment, will that suffice or are we talking about something different?

http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/media/CHACTB.jpg


Personally I like the Nunn book with a very similar title and purpose. Chernev's is a classic though and probably worth the money (although I haven't read it).

Learn Chess Tactics
Group: BOOKS. Detail: Nunn, J. Product Code: 9781901983982.
Category: BASICS. Publisher: GambitGambit.
Retail Price: AUD $39.95 (includes GST)

http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/media/9781901983982.jpg

Is this the one you're talking about?

Saragossa
23-02-2009, 02:47 PM
Learn chess tactics is good. Seirawan has a book on tactics that is quite good for starting out.

Rincewind
23-02-2009, 04:53 PM
Learn Chess Tactics
Group: BOOKS. Detail: Nunn, J. Product Code: 9781901983982.
Category: BASICS. Publisher: GambitGambit.
Retail Price: AUD $39.95 (includes GST)

http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/media/9781901983982.jpg

Is this the one you're talking about?


No. I was talking about
# Title: Understanding Chess Move by Move
# Paperback: 239 pages
# Publisher: Gambit Publications (February 14, 2001)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 1901983412
# ISBN-13: 978-1901983418

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51V9QSPDPGL._SL500_AA240_.jpg

It's more of a positional understandnig sort of book but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

Ausknight
23-02-2009, 06:14 PM
Awesome, cheers for that guys.

I'm waiting eagerly now for next pay... I LOVE shopping :)

I'm going through the tactical exercises at the moment which are actually pretty terrific.

Now I need to structure some kind of study program/schedule... which might be something I discuss in a new thread :)