It is a very well known fact by many chess players that reading chess books is a key activity not only for creating a knowledge base but also for improving your skills and deepen your knowledge of this extremely complicated game.
It should be clearly understood by chess players that they will not benefit same from all chess books as they do not represent the same value for all chess players. Reading chess books becomes highly beneficial only if we could manage to collect the “right type of information” from the chess books we have purchased.
Our tips 4 amaters and chess enthusiasts is to be aware of the fact that only certain type of chess books with clear instructions are useful otherwise that would not contribute to their understanding of the game or her own knowledge gap.
In the case of a chess player with basic chess knowledge and skills, it would be best to search for beginner level books or old school classics with simple instructions and analysis rather than searching for chess books focusing on advanced analysis and more complicated chess games and positions..
All in all, you have to be highly selective while spending your money, time and energy to reach the right type of information and this is the main goal of this article in order to guide you in the right direction towards your goals and hopefully will help you to find the right type of chess books.
In this article, Tips4Chess tried to gather several important tips for our readers to take into consideration and also to help you in making the optimal choices when searching for chess books.
Below you can find a list of our tips 4 you.
Pay attention to the right author & theme combination
Many chess players fail to find the right type of chess books mainly because at first sight, their focus shifts into attractive and ambitious chess book titles and also to attractive cover images put by chess publishers.
In order to illustrate this, here are some imaginary examples of us in order to illustrate how so called “attractive” chess book titles would look like.. such as, “attack with dragon”, “kill your opponent with …. Gambit etc.” On the other hand we will not be able to judge the product only by looking the title however we need to be aware of the fact that not every chess book is referring to your chess level and therefore maybe first step is to read some reviews on the websites like Amazon.com or websites of other chess book publishers to collect data by reader reviews and their evaluation of the product.
When searching for a chess book to study, it is important not only to focus on the titles of the books as some of the basic books may have the most attractive names however contentwise it would not be the best source that will help you to fill in your knowledge gaps. Therefore it is recommended to research the authors background as not all chess book authors are active chess players it is useful to understand what perspective and bulletpoints the author is intending to cover in his/her book.
Content vs value comparison
Never forget that you should not expect from a chess book with less than 50 pages to provide you a comprehensive knowledge about one opening. These kind of books are mainly written for general instructions and gives you only an overview of opening rather than focusing on details of the various positons that may arise from it. Please note that this argument cannot be always a true approach to evaluate a chess opening book as for beginners and for players who wants to learn a brand new opening to surprize their opponents will definitely need this type of a summarized book to acquire a general idea about openings key ideas and about the general philosophy.
Always buy more than one book on particular opening themes
The idea of buying several chess books on the same or similar chess topics is that you will be able to compare analysis of both chess experts/authors and you will be able to find out similarities and more importantly the main differences in thoughts on similar chess positions and variations.
For instance if you are buying a book such as “play najdorf” etc. then you will be more or less focusing only on the beneficial parts, lines and variations for black side and this perspective may prevent you to analyse and see the opportunities your opponent has in certain positions and variations.
Therefore buying several books will help you to see especially chess openings and chess variations from both angles for white and black. This comparison strategy will deepen your knowledge of the positions you are analysing and will definitely contribute to your understanding of the game in long term.
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