Dr.Dave's Chess Books


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Last updated: 19th October 2011

Exeter Chess Club's library is sitting in a number of cardboard boxes in my attic. If you want to borrow any of them, please send a pigeon attached to a message in the usual way.

Otherwise good books...

Otherwise Good Books with a Confidence-Sapping Error in the Very First Diagram: Gerzadowicz, S - Thinker's Chess (Thinker's Press) McDonald, N - Defence in Chess (Master Class) Otherwise Good Books with a Confidence-Sapping Cover (before you ever get to a Diagram): My current favourite is Play Anti-Indian Systems by Egon Varnusz, cover by Pintail Design for Maxwell Macmillan Chess (published in 1991). The board depicted on the cover is quite OK (position after 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3.

Least convincing e-mail subject line ever

Subject: Eliminate you mistakes with Colin Crouch
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2011 19:38:33 +0000
To: chessnut...

CHRISTMAS BOOK REVIEW: last minute gifts for the unimproved player

Some tips when choosing a Christmas gift for the chess player in your life. (An odd idea I know, but I think many of them still live with their mum. [Hello, Mum!])

The Ideas Behind Modern Chess Publishing (Gravy Train)

Ten Ways to Succeed in Chess

Review: Zurich 1953 - Bronstein

Reader's guide: Fine's Ideas Behind the Chess Openings

Fine's "The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings" is a great book, but dated.

  In understanding the motivations behind the major opening systems, and explaining the reasons behind the various move orders, it's great, but since 1943 judgements about chess openings have moved on a bit. Fine's probably OK on the advantages and disadvantages of a given move, but sometimes moves that he gives a thumbs-down to have been shown to be at least OK. However, I don't know anything more recent that is as good (as deep, as concise).

Review: Tal-Botvinnik 1960 - Tal

[This review has been submitted for publication in KingPin Magazine.]

Tal-Botvinnik 1960: Match For The World Chess Championship

  by Mikhail Tal, trans. Hanon Russell. pub. Russell Enterprises 1996

iv+214 pp.

  What do you mean, you haven't read Tal's book of the first match with Botvinnik? I admit I hadn't before, although I knew it is a common choice for the top ten chess books ever written. The book itself starts with a confession:

The trouble with writing books

is not what you put in them, but what you have to leave out.  I've written a series of chess books with Tim Onions, the latest of which will be published next week.  But oh, the pain I go through when we decide to leave out important ideas and examples.  Anyhow, if you're curious about what we might have put in if the books were a bit longer, we have some free extra examples.

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Chess Quotes

"If you have any doubt what to study, study endgames. Openings teach you openings. Endings teach you chess."
— Stephan GERZADOWICZ, Thinker's Chess.