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maig 12, 2007, 7:30pm

I'm interested in any chess book recommendations, particularly those for beginners.

I'm tired of losing to the computer.

Editat: maig 14, 2007, 2:50pm

There's a whole bunch of useless stuff out there that costs an arm and a leg. A couple of good books are Understanding Chess Move by Move and the classic Guide to Good Chess.

In my opinion, the best way to learn from a computer is to set it to play just slightly better than you. Then keep playing it at that level till you can beat it regularly. Once you can trounce it at that level, move up to the next. Programs like Chessmaster 10000 let you select from a vast array of "opponents," at all different levels of play. The danger of playing against computers is that it's easy to get discouraged.

Hope this helps.

maig 14, 2007, 10:57am

Not a "how to" type book, but Bobby Fischer Goes to War was fascinating ... a look at Fischer v. Spassky.

maig 14, 2007, 11:55pm

The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings and The Middle Game in Chess, both by Reuben Fine, are especially useful. As the name of the first book suggests, they teach the fundamentals of opening and middle-game strategy. I have found this more helpful in improving my game than simply trying to memorize openings and tactics.

Editat: maig 14, 2007, 11:59pm

I'll second that, DoctorRobert. They're both excellent for what they attempt.

maig 17, 2007, 5:04pm

A book that helped me a lot is How to Think Ahead in Chess by Horowitz and Reinfeld. It's mostly about just a few openings, but I learned a lot about opening strategy from it.

juny 22, 2007, 3:35pm

Chess Openings: Theory and Practice by I.A. Horowitz has served me well, though i'm unsure if that qualifies as 'beginner' level or not?

one of my favourites is Capablanca's Chess Fundamentals for a unique presentation/style.

I also agree with previous comments regarding Reuben Fine's texts.

another way to improve your game is to play out/study classic or contemporary games. some Chess Software also has a database and capability for that. And like skippersan points out, playing against a better opponent (or setting the computer level higher) is most definitely the way to improve. My grandfather taught me to play chess when i was ten or so; he never lost on purpose or took it too easy on me, so the day i actually won or achieved a draw i knew I had improved.

Editat: des. 10, 2009, 8:21am

As a beginner, most recommended material was quite over my head- playing through master's games is of no benefit to someone like me who cannot appreciate the significance of subtlety and positional play.

First, I learned a lot from Dan Heisman's column 'Novice nook' at I felt I learned (and then forgot) a lot from Logical Chess Move by Move by Irving Chernev and An Introduction to Chess Moves and Tactics Simply Explained by Leonard Barden. And some book or piece of software for drilling tactics.

feb. 21, 2010, 9:38am

You should check out my listmania on this topic on Amazon: in which the beginning section is geared toward beginners and ramps you up as you get stronger.

Editat: feb. 21, 2010, 9:43am

On Message #4 by DoctorRobert: I disagree a bit here, his opening book was very dogmatic is it immediately dismisses many openings as unsound that today are in usage by many GMs. The Middle Game is actually absolutely wonderful (I have the original), however I heard that Tartan botched the reprint and another review said all of the errors made the work totally unusable. So if you can get a hold of the older (descriptive notation) its great, but if you try to use the algebraic version you may be scratching your head a lot.