I've bought first tome of 'Build up Your chess' but it is too difficult for me. I am looking for the comprehensive self-study book exactly like 'Build up...' but for a little weaker player.

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    – Tony Ennis
    Nov 1, 2015 at 13:37

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I don't know of any books that follow the format that Yusupov uses in his series.

The Soviet Chess Primer by Ilya Maizelis, and Journey to the Chess Kingdom by Averbakh and Beilin are both good initial books. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess by Patrick Wolff is also a nice book.

There are also series of books, such as Yasser Seirawan's Winning Chess ... series, and Lev Alburt's books.

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