The March of Chess Ideas
by Anthony Saidy
Anthony Saidy's acclaimed chess classic The Battle of Chess Ideas critically examined the development of chess strategy in the modern era by looking at the ideas and games of ten great 20th century players; Botvinnik, Reshevsky, Keres, Bronstein, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Larsen, Spassky and Fischer. It was revised in 1994 as The March of Chess Ideas to include sections on Karpov, Korchnoi and Kasparov. With ten of these greats, Saidy did battle over the board. This work is a significant contribution to chess literature.
Silman's Complete Endgame Course
From Beginner to Master
by Jeremy Silman
For more than 100 years, the world's leading players and teachers have told their students to study the endgame. Now, for the first time, a revolutionary, richly instructive endgame book has been designed for player of all levels. Silman's Complete Endgame Course, by famed writer and player Jeremy Silman, is the one and only endgame book you'll need as you move up the ladder from beginner to strong tournament player and finally to master.
Capablanca in the United Kingdom (1911-1920)
by Vlastimil Fiala
This book documents Capablanca's four visits to the UK during 1911 (twice), 1913 and 1919/1920 (including the Victory Chess congress in Hastings) in great detail, providing a huge amount of information gleaned from chess periodicals of the time. There are 123 games, most of which are annotated. Fiala's passionate attention to detail has produced a fascinating volume of chess history.
by José Raúl Capablanca
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One of the all-time chess classics.
José Raúl Capablanca (1888-1942) was World Champion from 1921 to 1927. This book was written in 1921, when he was at the peak of his legendary chess powers.
Exploration in Chess Beauty
by Andras Toth
The world of chess composition is not one that the club (or Internet) player tends to explore much - he or she is far too busy learning the latest opening tricks to use in the next competition. IM Andras Toth, however, believes that the beauty of chess composition is well worth exploring. In this book, he introduces several types of chess composition - combination, helpmate, retroanalysis, starting position puzzles, endgame studies - all with the distinct flavour of his native Hungary. Some of the solutions will make you laugh, or shake your head in amazement at what the pieces can do. Is it art, or science, or logic, or sheer craziness? Whatever it is, it is chess! And once you start seeing these amazing ideas in compositions, then inevitably some will creep into your games. The author presents some stunning examples, where over-the-board chess has become as weird, or as crazy, or just as beautiful as the best of the composed studies.