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Max Lange Attack - Materials to Study

I am looking for quality materials such as books, magazines and video series to help me to study Max Lange Attack. I'll be grateful if you recommend one and share the link. Thanks.
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Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual vs Fundamental Chess Endings

I want to know what the differences are between "Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual" and "Fundamental Chess Endings". I want to know also if these books are compatible, I mean, if I buy for example "...
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Why is Alex Dunne's book 'How to Be a Class A Player' so valuable?

I have been looking for this book for quite some time. I have his book, "How to Become a Candidate Master", but have had trouble finding this one at a reasonable price. Currently on Amazon, used ...
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Learning chess over the board vs using software

I have some good quality chess books and of course use the chess board to follow all chess game examples and variations provided. However I noticed that it is quite a tiring activity as it takes time ...
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What is covered in “Grunfeld Defense: Russian Variations” (1988) by Eric Schiller?

I'm interested in the Russian system of the grunfeld-defense: [FEN ""] [StartPly "10"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d54. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 I'd like to buy a book on this line alone (I'm not interested in ...
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Which Book should I choose

After watching a good deal of annotated games of Mikhail Tal on YouTube, I've finally decided to go in deeper by the means of 3 of his most famous books Life and Games of Mikhail Tal Study Chess with ...
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What are the mistakes committed by players who take many years to become an expert?

I am a beginner and am targeting to become an expert. I see many people who barely takes 4 years to become an expert and many people who take 10 years to become an expert. I don't want to repeat the ...
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Which is MCO book by Walter

My mom is going to chess classes for some years now. Am absolutely noob. She has been asked to buy a book: "Modern Chess Openings" by Walter Korn. While googling, I came to know that the author of ...
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How are chess variations meant to be read

This is a sample position from a book (no further details are given to avoid copyright issues). I can read the first line and follow it in my mind, departing from the figure. But the continuation in ...
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Is there a copy of Troitsky's analysis of KNN vs. KP online anywhere?

This is almost certainly public domain material by now (I believe it originates in a 1906 article), but I'm happy to buy it with or without Collection of Chess Studies if I can get it as a digital ...
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XiangQi (Chinese chess) textbook or video tutorial

I know how the pieces move and understand basics, like forks and pins. Now I am looking for additional tutorials in English. So far, I've only found this book: "Introduction to Chinese Chess (XiangQi) ...
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A first book for a chess beginner

I am thinking about getting my first chess book. After making a bit of research, people recommend to not worry about opening and endings and start with a primer on general strategy. That description ...
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Great Chess match resources (PGN) suggestions anyone?

Using Arena with a number of Chess engines, I love configuring Arena to use its 'book' feature. There are books of openings, books of famous games, books of particular players, surprise wins, etc. ...
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How to improve my early endgame / late middlegame?

When I search for books on the middlegame versus the endgame, I usually find discussions about positions that have almost nothing to do with each other: the former being rich with strategies with ...
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Can you recommend a variation in the English opening for a technical player?

I'm looking to study the English opening. To cut down my homework, I would like to focus on one or two variations. Why am I interested in the English opening, I hear you cry? Mostly because I want to ...
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Books for chess traps

I have seen (and studied) some books on opening theory. They basically deal with chess openings and various lines in which those openings can transform into. But I haven't found a book which ...
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Have there really been more books published on chess than any other sport?

In the history of sport — and publishing — it’s not even close: one sport has had more books (and for that matter, magazines, tracts, pamphlets and handbills) published about it far more than any ...
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What is the purpose of editorial comments in Informants?

I was browsing an old Informant today and came across an editorial comment, marked with RR. I've seen several of them at the beginning of a game that reference another game, involving a completely ...
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The New Art of Defense in Chess vs The Art Defense in Chess

Is The New Art of Defense in Chess or The Art Defense in Chess better? I am 1900 on an upward trend.
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Pawn structure books

Which book is better for a 1700-1800 player? Pawn Power in Chess by Hans Kmoch (originally Die Kunst der Bauernführung, 1956) Pawn Structure Chess by Andrew Soltis Chess Structures: A Grandmaster ...
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Best resources to learn the Chigorin variation of the Ruy Lopez for both colors?

I faced this opening 3 times recently in a tournament, and only scored 1 win and 2 losses. I would like to know: what are the best books or DVDs that cover the Chigorin variation of the Ruy Lopez?
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Which of these two endgame books?

I am a beginner (approximately 1400) seeking to improve my endgame technique. Which one of these books would you recommend as suitable for my strength and why? 100 Endgames you must know by Jesus de ...
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Best books on middlegame strategy?

What are the best works trying to systematically summarize all middlegame themes and strategies: e.g. space advantage, pawn structures, exposed king, minority attack, isolated pawn, hanging pawns, etc....
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Is ECO still the best reference for all chess openings?

Is ECO, Encyclopedia of Chess Openings still considered the best printed reference work for all the chess openings, as it was back in the '80s?
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Endgame books or web-sources

What books or web-sources have people worked with to improve their endgame? I have gone over Silman's Complete Endgame Course: From Beginner to Master and Understanding Chess Endgames. I feel good ...
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Advice on how to draw with White

I read opening books a lot and they are always focused on finding a way to draw for Black and finding a way for White to play for a win. This makes me wonder why people are not writing opening books ...
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Light chess literature for beginning kids and their parents

I'm looking for book recommendations for kids learning chess and their parents, or for the broad general public intrigued by chess. The idea is to read stories true, or faked, that fire the ...
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Books/resources on Scotch (as white) and Petroff (both sides but mainly as black)

Could someone recommend books or online resources on those two openings for intermediate players (about 1800)? Since my opponents at this level are likely to go out of theory on move 4 or 5, I want ...
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Chess Logic - Tigran Petrosian's doctoral dissertation

I have recently learned that former chess world champion Tigran Petrosian earned a PhD title from Yerevan State University; the title of his dissertation title was Chess Logic. I would like to read ...
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Which books are suited for 1500 elo?

I currently have 1500 Elo on chess.com and recently I feel like I reached a bottleneck, it seems that no matter what, it is difficult to go higher. Considering that I want to reach 1800 which books ...
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What are good chess books of 2016?

I'm rated around 1582 blitz on lichess. My rating is much higher in classical ( around 1900). I have a USCF rating but it is still provisional and I don't think it really reflects my skill (also I'm ...
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Books dealing with the g3 Queen's Indian

What are the best repertoire or opening books, if any, advocating the g3 variation vs the Queen's Indian for White, in terms of analysis and verbal explanations of the main plans / ideas?
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Repertoire book on the Ruy Lopez exchange variation?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 Is there a good opening repertoire book for White advocating the Ruy Lopez exchange variation?
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What are some good books on the Italian game, including the Evans Gambit and Two Knights Defense family of openings?

It's been about 10 years since I played tournament chess regularly. My last rating was 1586 USCF, but it had been as high as 1717. I recently decided to get back into playing chess, and am looking ...
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What are the best books on (A) General Theory, (B) Calculation Process/Improvement?

I will introduce my request by saying that up until fairly recently I was completely oblivious to chess despite practicing as a kid, I have a clear understanding of the FIDE rules but that's about it. ...
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Is there a misuse of the word flanking in My System by Nimzowitch?

Has anyone read the new translation of My System by Aaron Nimzowitch published by New in Chess? In it, the word flanking seems to be used to describe both the attack of a piece from the side and from ...
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Slav - Theory Heavy Book

I have come to the realization that studying opening theory is far and away my favorite aspect of chess. That being said I am looking for a comprehensive theory heavy book on the Slav. I would like ...
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What's a good middlegame book like My System for Expert Class? [closed]

I just finished reading My System. What's a good book to study afterwards for Expert Class?
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How to overcome the copyrights for the book Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess in order to make an online interactive course for beginners [closed]

I am interested in developing an online interactive course based on the book Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess. Can anyone advise me on the copyright issues involved? It makes a difference for beginning ...
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Is prophylaxis a feature of the hypermoderne school?

Wikipedia mentions prophylaxis in the article of hypermodernism in chess. But is it really a feature of the hypermoderne school? I have not seen prophylaxis in any other book or article about ...
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100 Endgames You Must Know - What's the difference between 3rd & 4th Eds?

Does anyone know the difference between the 3rd and 4th edition of "100 Endgames You Must Know"? I just looked at the Table Of Contents and they are identical and random pages on Amazon look the same ...
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How to get out-of-print chess books?

Seems that many chess books are out of print. For example I have been trying to get a copy of Grandmaster Repertoire 1.d4 Volume 2 (Amazon) but many sites (Barnes & Noble, Quality Chess, ...
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Recommendation of a book for learning strategic concepts

I am looking for a book to help me with strategic concepts, how to exploit small advantages in the long term and long term plans in general. I would like it to have as much exercises as possible. What ...
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Can the book 'Grand master Preparation: Calulation' by Aagard be useful for a Class B chess players?

I heard in most chess forums this book is for 2400+. Can this book also be useful for Class B players? I'm looking for a book to improve my calculation and planning. If so, in what ways? What would be ...
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Books for IM Norm

I have recently hit the FM title, and this year I plan to try and make IM norms and potentially IM title. Last year I struggled around 2300 USCF because I was usually getting killed by lower rated ...
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'Build up Your chess' but a level lower

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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Complete book of chess search

I have read a number of chess books by now, which either contained a number of analyzed games, or some tactics. But I am a little underwhelmed with completeness. What I am hoping exists is a really ...
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How useful is a 40-year-old chess book?

I have a chess book which I find great in terms of tone, formatting, etc., but the computer does not agree with some variations I gave it. How much has chess changed since 1977? I imagine the rise of ...
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What are must read chess books every chess player has to read to become an Expert Class? [duplicate]

I'm a Class B chess player. I would like to reach Expert Class one day. What are must read chess books. Please provide a list of books.
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Chess books about how to deal with time troubles

Do any of you know if there is any book that is written about the theme "How to deal with time troubles"? It does not need to be only about time management, but at least if it has something on that ...