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Books that help improve your chess without a chessboard

I am looking for books that can help me improve without a physical/digital chessboard. I have a kindle, and I have many places in school where I can read, but not many where I can open a chessboard ...
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Books on drawing

There are multiple instances of books that promise winning opening repertoire. What about drawish openings, drawish strategies, etc? So, are there books focused solely on drawing?
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What book should I refer to to begin learning chess?

I'm a highschool student and want to play chess seriously. A friend of mine taught me the basic rules of the game. What book should I refer to to begin learning chess? I tried Capablanca's Chess ...
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Is there a site that provides (legal) online access to free chess books?

As the title says, is there a site that provides (legal) online access to free chess books?
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Why do people study openings?

Although I think I've played a lot of games, my ability is still very low. I've never read any books on chess. Perhaps this explains my poor games. As I'm starting to research chess online, I'm left ...
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Is there a comprehensive coverage for Lasker variation of the Scandinavian defense?

Recently I was trying to improve Scandinavian defense in a way that I can reach "Viking" setup ( ...0-0-0 + ...Nc6 + ...Bg4 vs d4 ). I am trying out various move orders, and have stumbled upon one ...
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Is 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 b6 a QID even though White hasn't played d4 yet? What would you recommend me against it?

I first thought that starting with 1. Nf3 would avoid the QID. But after thinking about it, this is only true if White plays 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 The move 3. Nc3 seems really cool since this ...
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In the books Wojo's Weapons, why was Wojo occasionally known to say "I'm too lazy!" when asked why he didn't play 1. d4 instead of 1. Nf3?

In Wojo's Weapons: Winning With White (Volume 1) by Jonathan Hilton and Dean Ippolito, it is written: Wojo's move order to reach any opening position almost always started with 1. Nf3 and then ...
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What are books about the French Defence which feature a Black repertoire that tends to lead to solid/positional/closed/slow/quiet/strategic positions?

I am a 1750 Elo player with a very positional, quiet and strategic style of play. I am looking for one or more books about the French Defence which fits these 3 conditions: It must offer a complete ...
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High quality resource for Exchanged Slav defense?

I am preparing the Semi-Slav defense with David Vigorito-Play the Semi-Slav ( Quality Chess, 2008 ). The exchange line is covered well, but recently GMs try to steer clear from dull ...Bf5 lines and ...
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Opening book series with "complete" explanations

I am looking for opening books, preferably a series that explain different openings, where the opening is explained with a complete view: strategic plans for main variants, main tactical ideas, usual ...
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Where can I start to learn?

I have been pretty interested in chess for about 8 months now. I know the rules and basic moves. I'm looking right now for a place where I can start learning chess strategies, tactics etc. When doing ...
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What are some good books for chess openings?

I am not new to chess, I have been playing for around 6 years. But I don't know much about chess openings technically. What are some of the very good books to learn important opening moves?
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Chess book for kids (9-11 y.o.)

Are there any chess books accessible for kids in the 9-11 age range that don't waste the first half of the book teaching how the pieces move, castling rules and en passant capture? I am expecting some ...
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Well-annotated books for average players

I am looking for well-annotated books as a follow up to my reading Chernev's Logical chess: Move by Move. I have been playing chess on and off, but not quite seriously. I am also trying to build my ...
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Connecting opening book to chess engine

I have file Rybka.exe and when I use it for the first moves, it always goes Nf3 or Nc3 only (even at strength 1000 and depth 1). I assume that is because it doesn't have opening book assigned (?) to ...
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How to test the quality of an opening book?

Over the years I manually maintained an opening repertoire in a PGN file (with several "games" per ECO index on average), and now realized I can generate different opening "books" from it - for SCID, ...
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Best chess theory books for beginners

What are the best chess books regarding theory and such for beginners?
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"The Art of Planning in Chess: Move by Move" by Neil McDonald review?

I am reading the "Move by Move" books and was curious if anyone had read "The Art of Planning in Chess: Move by Move" by Neil McDonald? If so, can you write a simple review on it? I currently have "...
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Best book with several annotated games by top GMs with the Dutch

I'm looking for annotated games by top GMs featuring the Dutch defense. These could be in a book with lots of other non-Dutch games. Unfortunately Botvinnik's "Botvinnik: One Hundred Selected Games" ...
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Which classic chess books are in the public domain?

While looking through Project Gutenberg I noticed that Capablanca's Chess Fundamentals is there (I believe that should mean it is in the Public Domain). I was also able to find Modern Ideas in Chess ...
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Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess - Visual Teaching of Chess

I have severe dyslexia which means that for the majority of chess books I find it very difficult to accurately read games (although having a board does help). My favorite chess book when I was younger ...
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Where can I find a large collection of random chess positions?

Does anyone know where it is possible to find a large number of chess positions in PNG, JPEG or any other image format? Quality, colour, size does not matter. The only thing that matters is that I'd ...
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Can a chess book (or ebook) have too many diagrams?

It is considered that diagrams make chess books easier to read, but there are obvious space limitations to how many of them can be included - mostly in printed books. An ebook has less of a concern ...
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Is there a good example of a paper chess book converted to an ebook?

With Epub, or other ebook formats, one can take advantage of the format and do things that are difficult to do in a paper book. Hyperlinking, extra diagrams, more page breaks - what else? Most books ...
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Is there a good book on the 1927 Capablanca-Alekhine world championship match?

To disambiguate what I mean by the shorthand "good" in the question's title: Is there an English-language book that tells the story of the 1927 world championship match between Capablanca and ...
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Specialized tactics books to improve position analysis?

I know that Mig Greengard used to have the VisualEyes column in Chess Ninja. In that column you were given a position and then a list of moves (say 3 or 4 moves forward) and then you were asked to ...
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Did any authors ever try to adopt Hans Kmoch's pawn structure terminology?

In response to an earlier question, I mentioned the 1959 book Pawn Power in Chess by IM Hans Kmoch. One of the book's most well-known aspects it that it introduced a glut of less-than-useful ...
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Ideas to improve chess books usability in the XXI century [closed]

I enjoy reading a book of chess on the outside, with my iPhone (and Stockfish) to explore situations. However, I spend too many time setting up the board manually. So here's a crazy idea (patent-free):...
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Dr. John Nunn vs Irving Chernev's "Logical Chess Move by Move"

I have the book "Logical Chess Move by Move" by Irving Chernev and personally I find it to be a great book especially for beginners, but I heard that GM John Nunn has really criticized the book. This ...
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What is the book containing this puzzle with an unexpected answer?

(To best of my recollection) In the book a diagram was given with the side note something like X vs Y, 1920 or 1930 Morocco or some other place with the question "what did black do?" After some ...
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