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A Listmania! list by Mike B. Bligh "ChessBuddha" (Indianapolis)
The list author says: "Will this list make you a Grandmaster? Nope. If you are on Amazon looking for GM training, you are not smart enough to be one. This list is for the amatuer hacks like me looking to put some good art on the board and a good dent in some other persons ego. I do believe that if you truly study my small list of books (not skim and look at the pictures), that you CAN attain the rank of Expert and even National Master if you actually reach the point of understanding the material in these books. Check out the star rating on these books, nothing below FOUR stars. These books will bring the hurt to your opponent. EMAIL me at Chessroshi@aol.com if you would like further suggestions for a study plan with these books."
Silman's Complete Endgame Course: From Beginner To Master
1.  Silman's Complete Endgame Course: From Beginner To Master by Jeremy Silman
The list author says:
  "Endgames are where all your hard work is converted into a win. Learn it now."
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The Middlegame - Book I : Static Features (Algebraic Edition) (Bk. 1)
2.  The Middlegame - Book I : Static Features (Algebraic Edition) (Bk. 1) by Max Euwe
The list author says:
  "Oh, now this is something special folks. Part 1 of the best duo of middlegame books ever. Learn what makes the chess pieces happy and how you can bring them to their full potential."
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The Middlegame, Book 2: Dynamic & Subjective Features (Algebraic Edition) (Bk. 2)
3.  The Middlegame, Book 2: Dynamic & Subjective Features (Algebraic Edition) (Bk. 2) by M. Euwe
The list author says:
  "Round out your middlegame chops with some insight into the dynamic and subjective features of the chess position. Chess pieces are black and white, chess positions are nearly always grey. Learn how to weigh up imbalances and make them work for you."
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Art of Attack in Chess
4.  Art of Attack in Chess by Ladimir Vukovic
The list author says:
  "This is one of my favorites. Learn how to conduct an attack and how to look for the roadsigns to success on the board. Stop playing 2-piece kamikaze mosquito attacks and throw down something with real substance."
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Think Like A Grandmaster
5.  Think Like A Grandmaster by Alexander Kotov
The list author says:
  "Again I'm bringing you a two book middlegame set, this time from our man Kotov. Some people badmouth Kotov's methods, but I think some exposure to some Russian practicality in training is good."
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Play Like A Grandmaster (Batsford Chess)
6.  Play Like A Grandmaster (Batsford Chess) by Alexander Kotov
The list author says:
  "The other half of Kotov middlegame set. Get both of his books, keep an open mind, and let the knowledge pour on in. This is not a course for the lazy. Kotov will ask the reader to think (GASP!!!)."
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Pawn Power in Chess (Dover Chess)
7.  Pawn Power in Chess (Dover Chess) by Hans Kmoch
The list author says:
  "Here's some food for thought...Pawns can't move backward! Duh. But, until you understand the gravity of that first statement, you don't know enough about pawns. Pawn structure is a HUGE part of how a chess game plays out. Buy this book and have a solid foundation to build from."
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The Art of Chess Combination (Dover Chess)
8.  The Art of Chess Combination (Dover Chess) by Eugene Znosko-Borovsky
The list author says:
  "This book disects the chess combination and shows us that they are not some magical unicorn that just pops out of no-where. No dear reader, the chessplayer creates the combination. Read this book and learn how to make it happen."
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My System: A Treatise on Chess (Tartan Books)
9.  My System: A Treatise on Chess (Tartan Books) by Aron Nimzowitsch
The list author says:
  "Heard of it before? Still ignoring it? Still pissed cause the expert from your club smacked you down and now wants you to read some old dusty 'classic'? Tell ya what, this is a classic for a reason. Get it on the cheap and make it your best friend, you will be richly rewarded."
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500 Master Games of Chess (Dover Chess)
10.  500 Master Games of Chess (Dover Chess) by Saveli-I Grigor-Evich Tartakower
The list author says:
  "This book may be a little dated now, some analysis may not be spot on, but what is important is the IDEAS in this book. 500 annotated games that summarize the important points in the game. Each one is like a chess lesson. Get out your money and buy it now!"
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Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games
11.  Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games by László Polgár
The list author says:
  "Holy crap, how much can a chess book weigh? Please get the paperback on this one, trust me, it's much more managable. What's inside is more positions than you know what to do with. Listen and listen good...If the Polgar sisters success isn't enough to warrant a look at their father/coach's book, then maybe you should play checkers instead."
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