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Best Chess Book for Beginners

Updated on August 22, 2011

Chess Books for Beginner's to Chess

Looking for a great chess book for beginners? Want to play chess but don't know how to?Just want to learn the basics of chess? Looking to learn how chess works? 

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you have arrived at the right place and will find the answers here! Here, I am showing you how to learn to play chess and start playing chess and just understanding the basics.  And while I could try and tell you myself, it would be a lot more confusing, complicated, I would probably get something wrong and I would miss something out.  So I thought, you know what, I will just show them what chess masters say about the basics of chess and show you the best chess books especially for those who know nothing about chess!

So without further ado, let's look at the top chess books for beginners.

Checkmate:Everyman Chess (Gary Kasparov)

Gary Kasparov was the world's youngest chess champion at the age of just 22. He is therefore one of the very best people in the world to show and tell you how to play chess and boy does he do that well in Checkmate. Kasparov is also a great teacher and in this book he explains:

  • how to move chess pieces
  • about the different chess pieces (king, queen, rook, knight, pawn, bishop)
  • their values
  • how to take other people's pieces
  • how to write and read chess matches (notation)
  • what checkmate is
  • common traps
  • a glossary
  • more advanced moves like castling
  • the opening play
  • solutions for you to answer (with results at the back)

and more in a colourful, interesting and fun way making this THE BEST CHESS BOOK for Starters.

This really is the very best chess book and seeing as the world no.1 wrote it you should sit up and listen eagerly to his excellent advice. If you don't understand chess, are a chess beginner or even intermediate player this book will help you and there is so much to learn from it as well as fun chess puzzles and a glossary full of useful chess terms.

Want to learn chess? You won't find a better chess book!

Rated 4.5 stars on Amazon!


Learn Chess: A Complete Course

Learn Chess: A Complete Course is another excellent chess book for beginners and I would actually recommend picking both this and Checkmate! up so you really do have just about everything you could want to know about chess covered.

This is a very comprehensive book (288 pages!) and will tell you everything you need to know about chess. This book will turn you from a chess newbie to an advanced intermediate chess player.  At the end of every chapter there are lots of chess problems to solve and the answers can be found at the back of the book.   Learn Chess is not light reading but if you take the time to look at it properly you would be able to write your own chess book for chess newbies!

Rated 4.5 stars on Amazon!

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