Dear readers, it is heartening to note the overwhelming reception to our list of Top 25 Books.
Note that it is updated from time to time. On this site we are guided by standards of excellence and there is room only for the very best books. In this column we draw your attention to important forthcoming titles-Ed.
1. Endgame Tactics – New, Improved and Expanded Edition by Van Perlo
A Comprehensive Guide to the Sunny Side of Chess Endgames
This book was first included in our Top 25 Books and then we moved it to the list for beginners with good reason. There is a fun way of learning endgames …through tactics. It goes without saying that advanced players would benefit from the book.
2. Grandmaster Preparation – Endgame Play by Jacob Aagaard
A more serious work on the final phase of the game.
There are examples from recent tournament games and also exercises for solving.
Commended by Dr. Karsten Müller, one of the greatest experts on the endgame.
3. John Nunn’s Chess Course by John Nunn
Nunn challenges the received wisdom on Lasker and argues that he was a universal player. There is a reappraisal of many of his games in the light of modern play.
4. Mikhail Tal’s Best Games 1 – The Magic of Youth by Tibor Karolyi
The first volume of a proposed trilogy on Tal. If the preface and the narrative is any indication, the writing borders on uncritical admiration. However, the analysis is rich and detailed, pointing out possibilities for both sides.
5. Bent Larsen´s Best Games by Bent Larsen
Fighting Chess with the Great Dane
1970s saw two classics, My 60 Memorable Games by Bobby Fischer and 50 Selected Games by Bent Larsen. This updated collection of games by the Great Dane is destined to become a modern classic.