Chess Books

ChessSometimes called the "Royal Game" or the "Game of Kings", Chess remains incredibly popular today, is prized for its simple rules yet endless strategic depth.

Here are some books to help you learn about the game of Chess, from expert players. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced player, there's always something new to discover about this fascinating game we love.

Chess Books

  • Chess For DummiesChess For Dummies
    It was inevitable, thank goodness, that the Dummies series would give us an introductory chess book. The light touch is perfect to offset the sober aura of mystery that surrounds the game in many people's minds. And the extras that reach beyond the well-written move explanations, strategies, and pattern-recognition make the book a real winner. It won't take much playing for readers to appreciate the section on chess etiquette, for example, or the one on uncommon moves, subtitled, "The Ones That Start the Fights." Informative tips and amusing bits of trivia add to the fun.
  • The Complete Idiot`s Guide to ChessThe Complete Idiot`s Guide to Chess
    You're no idiot, of course. You know that chess is perhaps the most enjoyable--and challenging--game in the world. For those who play, chess provides a lifetime of fun. But how do you make the first move to learn the rules--or improve beyond feeling like a pawn? Don't cry checkmate just yet. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess, Third Edition, will guide your every move across the board. Written by U.S. Chess Champion, International Chess Grandmaster, and longtime instructor Patrick Wolff, this book includes information for both novice and expert, including over 400 illustrated chessboards and photos; over 20 pages of detailed answer key notes; a completely new chapter on new evidence about chess and its impact on brain power; a guide to the art of chess collectibles; and more.
  • Learn Chess: A Complete CourseLearn Chess: A Complete Course
    Learn Chess: A Complete Course provides everything you need to know to get started in chess. The first part is devoted to first principles, explaining the rules and basic strategies. The second develops a thorough understanding of the various winning methods, and includes a systematic study of openings, an introduction to attacking techniques, and a guide to fundamental endgame themes.
  • Learn ChessLearn Chess
    Starting with the very basics, this book tells you everything you need to know to become a successful chess player. Dr. John Nunn has built up a world-wide reputation for the outstanding clarity of his writings on a wide range of chess topics. This is his first book to tackle the fundamentals of chess. No prior knowledge is presumed. The reader learns step-by-step, with each new point illustrated by clear examples. By the end of the book, the reader will be fully ready to take on opponents across the board, or on the Internet, and start winning. Topics include: the rules of chess, chess notation, how to win material, attacking play, the opening, the middlegame, the endgame and chess psychology.
  • Chess for BeginnersChess for Beginners
    In this book, I. A. Horowitz, Chess Editor of the New York Times and former U.S. Open Champion, applies some of the ideas and convictions acquired from thirty-five years of playing, teaching and analyzing the royal game. He emphasizes the tactical aspects of the game: how to recognize the big chance and hit hard when it occurs. He also stresses the ideas and methods in opening play, rather than the routine memorizing of variations that takes the joy out of chess for so many beginners. When you have completed this book, you will be able to play chess with pleasure and some ability.
  • Chess for SuccessChess for Success
    Maurice Ashley immigrated to New York from Jamaica at the age of twelve, only to be confronted with the harsh realities of urban life. But he soon found his inspiration for a better life after stumbling upon a chess book and becoming hypnotized by the game. He would eventually break the chess world's color lines by becoming an International Grandmaster in 1999. Ashley realized that chess strategies could be used as an educational tool to help children avoid the pitfalls often associated with growing up. In this book, he serves up compelling anecdotes about how chess has positively affected young players. He also offers tips on technique, how to make the game fun for children of all ages and levels, and how to overcome the myth that chess isn't cool. Through his guidance, readers will understand how chess strategies can improve a child's mental agility, creativity, and problem-solving skills. Chess for Success is a much-anticipated resource for parents, teachers, counselors, youth workers, and chess lovers.
  • Understanding Your ChessUnderstanding Your Chess
    James Rizzitano, an experienced international master, has reassessed games from the whole of his career, and in this book presents the lessons from them that will be most relevant to club and tournament players. A common problem for the typical weekend competitor or club player is that his time available for studying chess is very limited. What should he study? Grandmasters from Botvinnik to Yermolinsky have stressed the importance of reviewing and annotating your own games. Rizzitano shows how by doing that you can gain a greater understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, and drawing upon his own experiences, explains how to shape your approach to chess to make the most of your own abilities.
  • The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever PlayedThe Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played
    Sixty-two masterly demonstrations of the basic strategies of winning at chess, featuring games by the greatest chess masters -- Capablanca, Tarrasch, Fischer, Alekhine, Lasker, Petrosian among them -- compiled and annotated by one of chess literature's most brilliant authors. Each game selected offers a classic example of a fundamental problem and its best resolution, described and diagramed in the clearest possible manner for players of every level of skill. 146 illustrations.
  • Chess FundamentalsChess Fundamentals
    This handbook is packed with timeless advice on different aspects of practical play, and illustrated by Capablanca's own games. This book first appeared in 1921, the year Jose Capablanca captured the world championship title, and has remained a classic ever since.
  • Chess Workbook for ChildrenChess Workbook for Children
    It's a wonderful kids chess workbook! Todd wrote this book just for kids, particular with attention to an easier vocabulary. Many basic chess books are seemingly written for adults - this one is wonderful for youth as young as 6 to 8 years old or as soon as they can read on their own. At the end of each chapter there are ten easy problems and ten intermediate problems. Of course each chapter covers all the beginning elements starting with How the Pieces Move, Basic Openings, Keeping Scores, Basic Checkmates, etc. Ten problems and ten intermediate problems at the end of each chapter reinforce what has just been taught. The answers are explained very clearly at the end of the book giving you detail as to why each move would be played.
  • Teaching Chess in the 21st CenturyTeaching Chess in the 21st Century
    A beginner chess book for teachers, chess club sponsors, or parents with young children. A elementary school teacher can use this book as a texbook to incorporate chess into their standards-based math program incorporating National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards. Also included are exemplars and rubrics and teacher tips about how to handle situations that frequently occur while students are playing chess. Tried and true analogies that children will relate to are incorporated so that young children can learn chess in an effective and fun way.


Last Update: May 20th, 2011