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The Best Chess Books

Timothy G. Forney
The list author says: "Start on the right path,read each one of these books,I put them in order of how they should be read.Open a door to a new world.You should be a solid intermediate player by the time you complete the reading of all these books,have fun and good luck!.Email me if this was helpful to you. timforney@charter.net Thanks to A.J. Goldsby,Bill Wall and Tim Krabbe for thier influence,google them on the web! ."
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess, Third Edition
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess, Third Edition
Logical Chess: Move By Move: Every Move Explained New Algebraic Edition
Logical Chess: Move By Move: Every Move Explained New Algebraic Edition
"The best chess book of all time.!! You must own this.All his books are great.His move by move approach to writing this book helped many many players,me being one."
Chess Endings: Essential Knowledge
Chess Endings: Essential Knowledge
"You must buy this book.You have to learn to finish the game."
Pandolfini's Endgame Course: Basic Endgame Concepts Explained by America's Leading Chess Teacher (Fireside Chess Library)
Pandolfini's Endgame Course: Basic Endgame Concepts Explained by America's Leading Chess Teacher (Fireside Chess Library)
"This is one of his best books."
Silman's Complete Endgame Course: From Beginner To Master
Silman's Complete Endgame Course: From Beginner To Master
"This will solidify what you learned from the Averbakh,Pandolfini endgames books.I hope they fix the errors and typos because this is the best endgame book I've read so far,no one teaches or writes as good as Silman."
How to Beat Your Dad at Chess (Gambit Chess)
How to Beat Your Dad at Chess (Gambit Chess)
"This book is great for any age chess player, its like an up to date version of the book "the art of checkmate", all the important checkmate patterns are here. Another great book by Gambit."
Weapons of Chess: An Omnibus of Chess Strategies (Fireside Chess Library)
Weapons of Chess: An Omnibus of Chess Strategies (Fireside Chess Library)
"Great start to strategy.Great Book.Strategy is the overall plan used to win chess games by positioning your pieces."
Practical Chess Exercises: 600 Lessons from Tactics to Strategy
Practical Chess Exercises: 600 Lessons from Tactics to Strategy
"Practical is the key word to this outstanding book"
Understanding the Chess Openings
Understanding the Chess Openings
"This is a great start to openings,don't worry about an opening repertoire until you are a solid intermediate player.Read all the books on this list first."
Discovering Chess Openings: Building Opening Skills from Basic Principles
Discovering Chess Openings: Building Opening Skills from Basic Principles
Zuke 'Em-The Colle Zukertort Revolutionized: A chess opening system for everyone, now bullet-proofed with new ideas
Zuke 'Em-The Colle Zukertort Revolutionized: A chess opening system for everyone, now bullet-proofed with new ideas
"A great alternative to the Collins book if d4  the queen pawn opening, makes the most sense to you. The Colle (caw-lee) System is fail safe and sound.  I used this when I first started in chess."
A First Book of Morphy
A First Book of Morphy
"A great introduction to the amazing Morphy.This book teaches you the sound chess fundamentals found within Morphy's great games and his brilliant attacking style."
My 60 Memorable Games
My 60 Memorable Games
Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking: From the First Move to the Last
Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking: From the First Move to the Last
"Great Book!! One of my favorites.  Get the Art of Planning in Chess by McDonald too,for further reading."
The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played: 62 Masterpieces of Chess Strategy
The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played: 62 Masterpieces of Chess Strategy
"I consider Chernev and Reinfeld to be the best chess authors of all time,their books are classics and many authors have copied them.Many people consider this Chernev's best book."
50 Essential Chess Lessons
50 Essential Chess Lessons
"Wow! a fantastic book in the style of Chernev."
Best Lessons of a Chess Coach
Best Lessons of a Chess Coach
"I love this book. One of the first chess books I ever read."
The Amateur's Mind: Turning Chess Misconceptions into Chess Mastery
The Amateur's Mind: Turning Chess Misconceptions into Chess Mastery
"Silman is a fantastic chess teacher and author,sure to be one of your all time favorites too.There is no other chess book quite like this amazing book!."
Winning Chess Tactics (Winning Chess - Everyman Chess)
Winning Chess Tactics (Winning Chess - Everyman Chess)
"Buy This whole series of books,they are great. The Winning Chess series.A great refresher course."
Chess Tactics for Champions: A step-by-step guide to using tactics and combinations the Polgar way
Chess Tactics for Champions: A step-by-step guide to using tactics and combinations the Polgar way
"More tactics,fantastic book.Tactics are the tools used the win chess games."
Endgame Tactics: A Comprehensive Guide to the Sunny Side of Chess Endgames
Endgame Tactics: A Comprehensive Guide to the Sunny Side of Chess Endgames
"More endgame tactics.Read the tactic books like homework every day."
1001 Brilliant Ways to Checkmate (Chess lovers' library)
1001 Brilliant Ways to Checkmate (Chess lovers' library)
"A book you will come back to again and again.Endgame tactics."
1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations
1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations
"Middlegame tactics.Another tool to fine tune your tactics."
Chess Tactics (Batsford Chess Book)
Chess Tactics (Batsford Chess Book)
"You can't have enough books on tactics."
Sharpen Your Tactics: 1125 Brilliant Sacrifices, Combinations, and Studies
Sharpen Your Tactics: 1125 Brilliant Sacrifices, Combinations, and Studies
"Be a tactical monster."
How to Reassess Your Chess: The Complete Chess-Mastery Course, Expanded 3rd Edition
How to Reassess Your Chess: The Complete Chess-Mastery Course, Expanded 3rd Edition
"Refine your game.This is my second choice for best chess book of all time.A must buy.This will be a difficult book for the beginner,you will use this book over and over,it is that good ,just be patient when reading this amazing book.Buy the workbook with same title with this book."
The Reassess Your Chess Workbook
The Reassess Your Chess Workbook
"A must buy,this book has been called the most instructive  book of chess problems ever written!"
Understanding Chess Move by Move
Understanding Chess Move by Move
"One the best chess books of all time! Nunn is an Absolute genius. Every book I've read so far by Gambit, Nunn's company, has been EXCELLENT! I really wish they would allow us to look inside their books, before we buy them here at Amazon, it would be very helpful. This would be same as a real book store where you look before buying."
Attacking Chess: Aggressive Strategies and Inside Moves from the U.S. Junior Chess Champion (Fireside Chess Library)
Attacking Chess: Aggressive Strategies and Inside Moves from the U.S. Junior Chess Champion (Fireside Chess Library)
"Refine your attacking game.A very well written book,with entertaining stories included.Please refine your tactics and endgames skills before becoming an "Attacking Player",you will look stupid attacking and then losing a game.Thats why I made this list in order."
Art of Attack in Chess
Art of Attack in Chess
"Secret weapon 1 This is one of my all time favorite chess books."
Attack with Mikhail Tal (Cadogan Chess Books)
Attack with Mikhail Tal (Cadogan Chess Books)
"Secret weapon 2 The secret weapon of old school attacking chess players."
Pawn Structure Chess
Pawn Structure Chess
"Soltice is a great writer,Rethinking the Chess Pieces,is another great book."
School of Chess Excellence 2: Tactical Play
School of Chess Excellence 2: Tactical Play
"Buy the strategy book in this series too."
Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy
Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy
"Buy Chess Strategy in Action by Watson too."
Chess Tactics For Advanced Players 2008
Chess Tactics For Advanced Players 2008
"The best book on advanced tactics ever written."
Chess Strategy (Batsford Chess Book)
Chess Strategy (Batsford Chess Book)
"Gufeld was a Genius and a great teacher of chess. I love studying his games."
Fundamental Chess Endings
Fundamental Chess Endings
"The best reference for advanced endgames."