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Top Chess Books for Beginner Chess Players

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Nowadays, there is plethora of information available in the form of books, online courses, master classes and other aspects.

You may able to find lots of information regarding the best books available. However, considering there are 100s of books available, it’s hard to give opinion as to which book one should read.

Since reading books is tricky, as you need to learn the annotations, the rules, strategies, tactics etc., it is always recommended to start with the very basic.

We, after unlimited hours of extensive research and after consulting many chess players & readers, have summarized some of the best chess books which are basic, have ability to clear your concepts and will definitely help you put your interest in playing chess.

Below are some of the top chess books for beginner chess player

  1. Chess 101: Everything a New Chess Player Needs to Know! By: Dave Schloss
  2. Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess By: Bobby Fischer
  3. Learn Chess By: John Nunn
  4. Pandolfini’s Ultimate Guide to Chess By: Bruce Pandolfini
  5. Chess Fundamentals By: Jose Capablanca

1. Chess 101: Everything a New Chess Player Needs to Know! by Dave Schloss

Chess 101 By Dave Schloss Source:

Written by Dave Schloss, this book gives basic information of chess to the new player and prepares them to play chess like a pro. This book will teach you FIDE approved rules of chess, chess notations and everything you need to know to get started. This book is a boon for those, who consider chess challenging and hard to understand.

2. Learn Chess by John Nunn

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Learn Chess By John Nunn Source:

Dr. John Nunn is an incredible writer who has written on a wide range of chess topics. This book is quite comprehensive and the author has included a variety of challenging chess exercises in each section. Learn Chess is informative; give you clarity regarding the moves and has all the required basic information for the beginner.

Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess by Bobby Fischer

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Bobby Fischer teaches Chess by Bobby Fischer Source:

Bobby Fischer was an American chess grandmaster and the eleventh world chess champion. This book is authored by Stuart Margulies, the chess master and Don Mosenfelder. This book is a classic and you even don’t need a chessboard to read it. This book starts out with rules of chess, the basic such as how to move your pieces, what is checkmate, how to defend it etc. and the tactics with puzzles for practice.

Pandolfini’s Ultimate Guide to Chess by Bruce Pandolfini

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Pandolfini’s Ultimate Guide for Chess Source:

From America’s foremost chess instructor, Bruce Pandolfini, This book will help you in improving your technique whether you are a beginner or a longtime fan.

This book introduces you with the key concepts and provides you with the solid base for learning, applying tactics and strategies. It makes learning fun, and the dialogue format makes this book easier to read since it is based on a conversational style between the student and the teacher.

Chess Fundamentals by Jose Capablanca

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Written By Jose Capablanca, himself a World champion from 1921 to 1927, this book is written keeping a novice player in mind. This book helps in clearing the concept and building base of a beginner chess player. Equip with essential techniques for the openings, middle game and the endgame technique, this book includes 14 full games annotated by the World champion himself.

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