The number of books written about chess is tremendous. While that can be great for the chess world, it poses practical issues for many fans. Most chess players have their own favorites, but how do you know which books belong on your shelf?
The book covers everything from how the pieces move to basic checkmates and how to attack the opponent. Readers will go from knowing nothing about chess to being ready to play a game, and getting a game is relatively easy these days.
Aron Nimzowitsch's work is the prime example of a classic chess book. It has consistently remained in the top five best-selling chess books of all time, and has been a recommendation of grandmasters and trainers since 1925! This was one of the first works to be considered a handbook for positional chess, and it does a great job of introducing very important positional ideas (e.g. prophylaxis, pawn chains, blockading passed pawns, utilizing the center, etc.).
Bronstein's writing and annotations are aimed at the average player, and the target audience of this book is 1200-2000+ strength. This fantastic and accessible piece of chess history checks off all of the boxes for a must-own book. If you're looking for more books that focus on super-tournaments of the past, check out Alexander Alekhine's two books New York 1924 and New York 1927.
A top-10 classic chess book list cannot be complete without a game collection of a positional player. We have already discussed Fischer's and Tal's game collection books, but if you are seeking to learn the secret of positional play through game examples and clear analysis, then look no further! Karolyi's two-volume work on former world champion Anatoly Karpov is astoundingly deep, but also very accessible. The clear writing style pairs well with Karpov's seemingly simple, yet dangerous, boa constrictor style!
If the answer is no, what are some good books/references for learning strategy? I am thinking of buying "Winning chess strategies" by Seraiwan, Silman. Is this a good book for my level? Any other recommendations?
The last thing you need is to buy anything. There are plenty of free resources online. Search Youtube, search Google, check out freebie snippets of .pdf files. From time to time I like to go to chesspublishing.com to get ideas. You just need a database and an engine, and you can learn a lot. In fact, I am at the stage where my views on a position conflict. No book is going to condition me otherwise. It would be a waste of money. You then have to change your priorities. That is what chess is. Learning something, and then accepting something else as equally valid. These authors don't think that way. They try to market one way of thinking to sell the book. Don't get trapped in that mindset.
Tactics are very important, and it's vital to get that down. But strategy is important too, I have heard very good things about Reassess Your Chess ( 4th Edition ) by Jeremy Silman, so you might want to add that on your list if you are looking for books.
Silman has written over 35 books, mostly on chess but also on casino gambling, and has written articles for chess magazines such as Chess Life and New in Chess. He has also written many chess mentoring puzzles on the chess.com website.
I am one of many. I am an amateur chess player trying to improve, but I have limited time because of, well, life and stuff. If you can identify with this description, then this site is for you. On the site I post book reviews, game analyses and tips for chess improvement and training. I am also proud to be a founding member of the #chesspunks community.
It is fortunate that the actual endgame itself was, in fact, well constructed even though several key moves were cut from the final version of the movie. This explains why what we end up seeing makes little sense to people who know the rules of chess. The additional moves that were cut tell an even more exciting story. Behind the scenes, and sadly not credited for the famous chess scene, was International Master Jeremy Silman. Below, he explains the actual complete chess positions and chess movement created by himself for Ron's endgame in the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone movie, but first I will introduce Jeremy Silman and provide some quick notes about chess notation.
IM Jeremy Silman has won the American Open, the National Open, and the U.S. Open. Very few players have won all three prestigious events. However, Mr. Silman is better known as a lecturer, teacher, and author of over thirty-five chess books plus a book on psychological gambling called Zen and the Art of Casino Gaming. Maxwell/Macmillan, Cadogan, and Microsoft Press published Silman's books and many have been translated into German and French. In addition, English, Dutch, German, and American magazines have featured over one hundred chess articles written by Silman.
Rowling's original presentation in the book is recreated into another person'sinterpretation on the screen (namely the director's interpretation) thereforeleaving the audience to fill in the missing gaps. Although the chess scene was neverdetailed in the book, it needed a correct screen presence. Suchwell-constructed details can be reduced to nonsense after the editing process.This goes to show that in the movie, Rowling's presentation of the story isshortened and the plot and the sub-plots of the tale are also made into"mumbo-jumbo" for the member's of the audience who have not read the book.
The essence of the book, and the chess scene that was carefully constructed by IMJeremy Silman, lost the richness of the Harry Potter experience whenconverted for the movie audience. The chess moves designed for this story weremeant to tell a hidden story of their own that symbolised the larger struggle,but was lost in editing to become "mumbo-jumbo." Although the final movie scenewas appreciated for its dramatic action, it fails to portray chess strategy(and to fully recognize Ron's intellect) and so loses a chance at inspiringmany Harry Potter fans to pick up chess to stimulate their minds.
Stories such as those told in the Harry Potter books cannot be replaced by themovie interpretation and there are always some gaps even in the book itselfthat would be lost or open to anyone's interpretation. But what we see is thatsome gaps do not have to be lost, but it is rather a time of lost opportunitiesthat could add more to the experience. The chess endgame in the movie HarryPotter and the Sorcerer's Stone is one such missed opportunity. 2b1af7f3a8