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I have an Elo score of about 800 and I am looking for book series to improve (projecting even up to very high scores). Do you have any recommendations? Possibly even more than one series, so as to cover more score ranges. For example:

One series to go from 800 to 1300

One series to go from 1300 to 1700

Obviously I have taken example scores.

Preferably series that cover the 3 main macro-areas quite completely: opening, middlegame and endgame.

I already know some book series, a couple of them: Seirawan's series and the Yusupov series, but I suppose there are many others. The problem is that I don't know what their level (in terms of Elo score) is in order to read them. So I would need some kind of plan based on the score. Example: from 800 to 1300 use Seirawan's series, etc..

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    Hi there! Yes, I already know some of the book series, a couple of them: Seirawan's series and the Yusupov series, but I suppose there are many others. The problem is that I don't know what their level (in terms of Elo score) is in order to read them. So I would need some kind of plan based on the score. Example: from 800 to 1300 use Seirawan's series, etc..
    – Luckenberg
    Apr 8, 2023 at 13:14
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    idk if this is a answer but (this is only a single book so far) but "300 most important chess positions & ideas" (Alburt Lev) and also, a bit off topic but still on topic: thanks for asking this question, to me it looks good. and it is useful! Apr 8, 2023 at 13:22
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    I feel like I know that book, I've seen it mentioned often, so it's definitely good. I have a preference for book series because, in my humble opinion, they have a definite thread that they follow (very often), so you finish one and immediately link it to the next, without jumping back on the Internet looking for more individual books. This does not detract from the fact that single books also allow for considerable growth, but I put it more as a continuity issue. Anyway, I appreciate that my question may also help others!
    – Luckenberg
    Apr 8, 2023 at 13:30
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    Yes! Indeed ^_^ Apr 8, 2023 at 13:32
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    What is good about the videos by him, is that he is not over explaining, but only gives short ideas. I do not like youtube at all, but to learn chess it is acutally very helpful.
    – Cornman
    Apr 11, 2023 at 9:20

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You appear to be asking for a concrete plan. It is almost like a factory. But learning chess isn't a factory and what you learn when at what rating is different for everyone. As such, I will give not give book specifically for (x-y) rating, but I will categorize them by whether they are meant for beginners, intermediates, masters, etc. You will notice some categorized as both, because not every book fits nicely into a box.

Beginners

  1. "Winning Chess" series by Yasser Seirawan (really aimed for both beginners and intermediates)
  2. "Chess for Kids" series by Michael Basman
  3. "Chess Tactics for Kids" by Murray Chandler
  4. "Starting Out" by Everyman Chess
  5. "Chess Openings for White Explained" by Roman Dzindzichashvili
  6. "Modern Chess Openings" by Nick de Firmian
  7. "Chess Strategy" by Edward Lasker
  8. "Winning Chess Endings" by Yasser Seirawan
  9. "Chess Tactics" by Martin Weteschnik
  10. "Chess Skills" by John Nunn

Intermediate

  1. "The Yusupov Chess" by Artur Yusupov
  2. "Silman's Complete Endgame Course" by Jeremy Silman
  3. "Winning Chess" series by Yasser Seirawan (really aimed for both beginners and intermediates)
  4. "The Chess Structures" by Mauricio Flores Rios
  5. "The ChessBase University" by Dorian Rogozenco
  6. "The ChessCafe Puzzle" by Karsten Mueller
  7. "The Art of Attack in Chess" by Vladimir Vukovic
  8. "The Reassess Your Chess" by Jeremy Silman
  9. "The Soviet Chess Conveyor" by Mikhail Shereshevsky
  10. "Positional Play" by Mark Dvoretsky

I am going not going to add master here, but these should be helpful. I know that I gave you a lot of options. And that goes back to what I said earlier. One chess book (series) will not help everyone. Also, even if you read every single book on this list (please don't) then there is no gaurantee that you would improve to 1300 or 1700 ELO.

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