Does anyone have any suggestions for intermediate chess books? Tactics or endgames would be the topic that I'd mainly like to focus on!


You cannot go wrong with the Yusupov and Aagaard series of books. Both are tremendous. Yusupov's books cover everything, and not in any order, so one day, you will get some tactics, endgames, and maybe even some opening stuff. They are very varied.

Yusupov was a top-10 player, multiple-time candidate, and considered one of the greatest trainers living today.

You might also like Quality Chess' "The Woodpecker Method", which is an immersion course in tactics.

You can find them here.

New in Chess also has a lot of books aimed at the intermediate market:

  1. Improve Your Chess Pattern Recognition
  2. Train Your Chess Pattern Recognition
  3. Strategic Chess Excercises
  4. Complete Manual of Positional Chess volumes 1 and 2.

Some of these are not tactics, but they are still problems that are designed to have you analyze.

  • Thanks for the reply, I'll make sure to check those out! – Colton Walker Nov 25 '19 at 23:04
  • 1
    I have been collecting chess books for 40 years, and books today are better than ever for learning the game. Thanks for accepting my answer. – PhishMaster Nov 25 '19 at 23:07
  • 1
    Thanks for getting back so early, I'm going to make sure to get these ordered so I can start improving =) – Colton Walker Nov 25 '19 at 23:09
  • 1
    I wish you the best in your studies. – PhishMaster Nov 25 '19 at 23:49
  • 1
    could you be more specific with what you mean by intermediate - I've seen 2300s call themselves "average joe" and met 1300s who think they are GMs :D – Hamish Nov 28 '19 at 10:59

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.