English Descriptive Book List

It’s interesting that many of the best and most instructive books never got reissued with algebraic notation, providing a strong argument for being bilingual. Here’s an initial list of ten such English Descriptive books:

  1. The Art of Checkmate by Georges Renaud and Victor Kahn
  2. 200 Miniature Games of Chess by Jacques du Mont
  3. Lasker’s Manual of Chess by Emanuel Lasker
  4. 500 Master Games of Chess by Saveilly Tartakower and du Mont
  5. 100 Master Games of Modern Chess by Tartakower and du Mont
  6. Pawn Power In Chess by Hans Kmoch
  7. Rubinstein’s Chess Masterpieces by Kmoch
  8. Chess From Morphy To Botwinnik by Imre Konig
  9. Modern Ideas In Chess by Richard Reti
  10. Masters Of The Chessboard by Reti

You are of course free to ignore these recommendations and buy yet another openings book with densely packed analysis!


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: