Chess Book Review Resources

Chess publications for beginners and more advanced players

Five new books on the royal game:

  1. Beat That Kid in Chess
  2. Chess Masterpieces
  3. Chess Openings (by Longman)
  4. Reaching the Top
  5. The Lazy Man’s Sicilian

Giving a Chess Book as a Gift

This explains how to decide on the best chess book to give to a chess player, based on the age and skill level of the recipient of the gift. Four publications are reviewed:

  • The Kids’ Book of Chess
  • Beat That Kid in Chess
  • Chess Tactics for Kids
  • Fundamental Chess Endings

Tactical Puzzles From Chess Books

Three publications are featured.

When used wisely, chess problems can develop a player’s tactical abilities, including the ability to calculate in looking ahead. But aside from gaining a greater ability to imagine future variation moves, chess puzzles can help us to see basic patterns in tactics.

On Chess Opening Books in General

Five general types of manuals are explained, including DVD presentations. Specific chess books on openings are mentioned though:

  • The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings, by Reuben Fine
  • The Encyclopedia of Chess Openings, in five volumes
  • Nunn’s Chess Openings
  • Modern Chess Openings, by Nick De Firmian and Walter Korn
  • How to Play the Opening in Chess, by Raymond Keene and David Levy
  • Fundamental Chess Openings, by Paul van der Sterren

Chess Books Reviews (includes How to Beat Your Dad at Chess)

Reviews and compares two chess books

A new chess book, best for some beginners

I pressed forward, with full confidence that my book, Beat That Kid in Chess, could become the best chess book ever written for the raw beginner. Now that my book has been published, I present it as a candidate for being the best [for beginners who already know the rules of the game].

The Best Chess Book for Kids

Four publications are reviewed, with each one having strengths and weaknesses, depending on the age and playing ability of the child reading them.



About Jonathan D. Whitcomb

Chess instructor
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