There are many books about chess that you can use to help learn about the rules of the game and the various strategies that you can use to make yourself win every single time.
Books about chess for beginners
Here are some of the books that you might want to get if you are a beginner wanting to learn how to play chess.
Chess 101 (Dave Schloss)
This book contains the essentials that you need to learn how to play a good round of chess. It contains the basic information that you need about the board and the various pieces that you will use to play. It also gives out information about the structure of the pieces on the board and the rules that you need to follow during chess tournaments. It also includes helpful tips that will help you win a game.
Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess (Bobby Fischer and Stuart Margulies)
This is one of the best-selling books about chess. It initially focuses on questions that readers have to answer. The book is structured as an instruction manual to help you learn to play chess. It includes tactical positions that you can use to get better at playing chess. Those who read the book feel like they had an actual experience in learning chess – as opposed to just reading how it is done.
Winning Chess Strategies for Kids (Jeff Coakley)
If you want your kids to learn how to play chess, this is the book that you should make them read. This book is designed to help kids between the ages 7 to 13 learn how to play and win in chess. The book begins with the rules of the game before it progresses into more strategic tips that will help kids get better at playing.
Books about chess to develop your skills
Once you have learned how to play the game, you can proceed to look for books about chess that will take your skills to the next level.
Logical Chess: Move by Move (Irving Chernev)
This book provides a detailed explanation of how strong chess players make their various moves. The explanation is done to help readers come up with their own strategy to win at every game of chess. The book contains 33 master games that will be presented in detail – from the first move until the end.
Play Winning Chess (Yasser Seirawan)
This is part of the Winning Chess series that will expose the reader to the various strategies and tactics that will make them successful in every game of chess. It also discusses specific chess games that are discussed from start to finish. Some parts will seem to contain basic information – but these are necessary for explaining how the game plan unfolds.
The Amateur’s Mind (Jeremy Silman)
This book takes a peek at the minds of masters and grandmasters and how they handle difficult positions in chess. It then proceeds to discuss the game through the minds of beginners – explaining how they handled it as an amateur – or mishandled it. This gives a different perspective when it comes to playing chess.
As you can see, these books about chess will help you develop into a better player. While the books will be very helpful, practise is still the best way to improve.