Whenever any grandmaster of chess is asked the question “Which chess book helped you the most” or “To what book do you most attribute your success”, the answer is almost always the same. All or almost all grandmasters say there is one book that stands above all others in leading to success over the board. The name of that book is: International Grandmasters Chess Tournament Zurich 1953 by David Bronstein, which is reprinted here under the more commonly used title of World Chess Championship Candidates Tournament Zurich 1953.
World Chess Championship Candidates Tournament Zurich 1953
In March of 1970, chess happenings on the world stage intruded into Northern California. Bobby Fischer emerged from his semi-retirement to play second board in the USSR vs Rest of the World match against former World Champion, Tigran Petrosian.
Central California Chess Voice - 1971-1976
Chess Voice had the good fortune to publish during the Golden Age of California chess; 1968 to 1985. The chess landscape in the mid to late 1960's was dominated by chess clubs and chess club leagues; tournaments, not played within a club, were intermittent.
Scaccic / Chess Voice No. 1-21 - 1968-1971
This is essentially a book on chess history, showing how different styles of chess play became popular and flourished and then faded in popularity, such as for example the Hyper-Modern Style of play that became ''All the Rage'' in the 1920s and 1930s.
The Development of Chess Style
This book contains 60 games in Descriptive Notation annotated by Liepnieks and other Latvian masters including Edmars Mednis, Paul Tautvaisas and John Tums based on the notes by Tal. It also includes Tal's Chess Quiz based on 10 of Tal's games. (WARNING: This quiz is too difficult. You will not be able to solve the problems.)
Chess Psychologist World Champion Tal
This collection of best games of Smyslov is probably the best collection of his annotated games in Descriptive Notation. This book was first published in 1958, the year that Vassily Smyslov was World Chess Champion.
World Champion Smyslov and His 120 Best Games
This is THE book that first introduced a concept that has revolutionized tournament chess for most players. The concept is simply to create a database of chess games, sorted by openings, and then see which opening moves produce the best results. This book concludes that the overall winning percentage for White is 59%.
The Blue Book of Charts to Winning Chess
And Other Stories
The Bobby Fischer I knew and other stories is hailed as an instant classic. This Damon-Runyan like work will be around well into the 21st Century. To inform future generations about such greats as Bobby Fischer and World Champion Garry Kasparov as well as the ''Guys and Dolls'' of the New York Chess scene during the fabled Golden Era of the 1930s and 1940s. In the introduction, five time U.S. Chess Champion writes that the authors capture ''some of the most raucous and colorful figures in 20th century chess'' with a ''Dickensian precision''.
The Bobby Fischer I Knew