Books And Readers

It’s interesting to see the effect of the same lesson on different students. With some the message just seems to hit home and they get great benefit from it. Others simply don’t get it, at least not the way it is being explained. And this is why it’s important to find a teacher whose ideas resonate with your own thinking.

I think that the same is true of chess books, for some readers the author’s message resonates whereas with others it does not. So if you find someone whose books you like I think it’s worth reading everything they’ve written.

Who are my favorite chess authors? Amongst others I really like Emanuel Lasker, Bent Larsen and Raymond Keene. On the other hand I’ve never really liked the work of top selling authors such as John Nunn and Mark Dvoretsky. They just didn’t resonate with me, though this doesn’t mean that these authors wrote bad books. I’m sure that many people have found them very useful.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: