The Hatter's List of Chess Books

There are countless books on playing Chess. Here are some I have, or want to get - some relatively easy for beginners, some more advanced for the serious "chess nuts."

A word about Chess Notation - there are two methods, the older Descriptive notation, which decribes each players play from their perspective; and the newer Algebraic notation which gives each square of the board an address. Most books today are written using the latter, but some of the books below use the former. It is recommend you become comfortable with both. I have tried to indicate which system the following books use.

Chess Problems

Instructional Books by Chess's Grandmasters:

Modern Teachers:

Advanced Tactics:

Collections of Games by Masters:

The History of Chess and Collecting Chess Sets:

Chess Art and Chess pieces:

See also Eldrbarry's In Search of Unusual Chess Sets for links to all sorts of chess sets!

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