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Irving Chernev's 10 Finest Chess Books
the more I study and read, the more I seem to be of the same mind as this man
on so many different topics; I thought it would be appropriate to provide a list
of Chernev's all-time best, favorite, and best written chess books. Chernev is
also maybe the finest chess writer who ever lived. NOT the best player, not the
most notable champ - just the best at what he did. (Teach and write.)
also might have loved chess more than just about any other person who ever lived.
(And he shared this love with anyone who would listen to
The list of the twelve finest chess books - ever.
By the one and only IRVING
Lists," 2nd Edition. By GM A. Soltis. Page # 226)
Best Games of Chess, 1908 - 1923;"
by GM Alexander Alekhine.
"A collection of games of dazzling
beauty," ... "by the most brilliant player who
lived," ... by "one of
the greatest annotators who ever lived."
of The Chessboard," by GM
"Lucid and comprehensive." Maybe "the
finest manual ever written."
60 Memorable Games," by (GM)
"An outstanding collection of games."
"A totally absorbing book," ...
Fischer is "refreshingly
objective." His annotations go into "great
says Chernev, sometime to ... "an
unbelievable extent." "A masterpiece."
Chess Career," by (the
incomparable) (GM) Jose R. Capablanca.
A really good book by perhaps the greatest player who
... "flights of genius," says
Hundred Selected Games,"
by GM Mikhail Botvinnik.
<100 Strategic Masterpieces,> by
"a connisseur of chess," says Chernev.
(I agree, I think this is easily a great book, and
one that is often overlooked.)
System," by GM Aaron Nimzowitsch.
"He added a great deal to our knowledge,"
... "a pivotal book," says Chernev.
Book of The International Chess Tournament,
(New York) 1924,"
by GM Alexander Alekhine.
"One of the best books," ... written by Alekhine
with extremely "profound notes," he
points out stuff everyone else missed.
Internationale Schachmeisterturnier in Karlsbad 1907,"
by Georg Marco
and Carl Schlechter. The authors
... "get to the heart of things," says Chernev.
Internationales Schachmeisterturnier - Karlsbad, 1929."
(By six authors.)
Nimzovich, Spielmann, Becker, Tartakower, Kmoch and
"surprised themselves in the quality of their
notes." (So says Irving Chernev.)
of Chess," by (GM) Emanuel
Seemingly a very mediocre book by today's standards,
Lasker - with "his own charm,"
says Chernev ... explains things ... "that no
other Master had ever attempted before."
Note: The book (by GM Soltis) clearly says 12 books ... there
were only 10 in the list. (A
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created this page in March of 2003, but I did not really do any real work on it
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website - until Thursday, October 21st, 2004. (Too many delays.)
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