Books That I Read

Here’s another list of books, those that I’ve read and remember having read. You may not find them recommended on many bulletin boards though they helped me. I was self taught (but a prolific reader), did not live near many strong players but became Southport Chess Club and Merseyside Champion at 15.

  1. The Right Way to Play Chess by Imre Konig
  2. More Chess For Children by Raymond Bott and Stanley Morrison
  3. Lasker’s Manual of Chess by Emanuel Lasker
  4. Chess Fundamentals by Jose Raul Capablaca
  5. Rubinstein’s Chess Masterpieces by Hans Kmoch
  6. The Guardian Chess Book by Leonard Barden
  7. Botvinnik’s Best Games, 1947-1970 by Mikhail Botvinnik
  8. Tal’s 100 Best Games by Bernard Cafferty
  9. How To Play The Middle Game In Chess by John Littlewood
  10. The Middle Years Of Paul Keres by Paul Keres
  11. Think Like A Grandmaster by Alexander Kotov
  12. The Complete Games of Bobby Fischer by Robert Wade and Kevin O’Connell
  13. The Middle Game – Book 1: Static Features by Max Euwe and Hans Kramer
  14. The Middle Game – Book 2: Dynamic and Subjective Features by Max Euwe and Hans Kramer
  15. Chess: The Complete Self Tutor by Edward Lasker
  16. Lasker’s Greatest Chess Games, 1889-1914 by Fred Reinfeld and Reuben Fine
  17. The Art of the Middle Game by Paul Keres and Alexander Kotov
  18. The Immortal Games of Capablanca by Fred Reinfeld
  19. The Golden Dozen by Irving Chernev
  20. How To Open A Chess Game by Larry Evans, Vlastimil Hort, Lajos Portisch, Tigran Petrosian, Bent Larsen and Paul Keres
  21. 200 Open Games by David Bronstein
  22. Learn From The Grandmasters by Raymond Keene et al
  23. Fischer Versus Spassky: The Chess Match of the Century by Svetsovar Gligoric
  24. Larsen’s Selected Games by Bent Larsen

I missed out a couple of openings books which I don’t think helped at all. Some of these meanwhile influenced my early opening choices, for example I played the King’s Indian Attack and Chigorin Defence because of Barden’s recommendation in the Guardian Chess Book and got the Berlin Defence to the Spanish from Lasker. And I must admit, with the benefit of 35+ years of hindsight, that my reading list was not at all bad. Lots of games collections, strategy and insight.

And I played a lot too…


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: