Thursday, June 5, 2014

Suggested Reading List & Training Software

Good solid training software
Chessbase (I use the fritz interface, running Houdini)
Chess Openings Wizard Professional
CT-ART 5.0 – Chess Mentor – Play like a GM – Tactics Trainer – GM game review
Suggested reading list…some of the best books the chess world has to offer
Chess Exam and Training Guide – Igor Khmelnitsky
How to Reassess Your Chess – Jeremy Silman
The Grandmaster Repertoire Series – Various Authors
Think Like a Grandmaster – Alexander Kotov
Play Like a Grandmaster – Alexander Kotov

The Amateurs Mind  Jeremy Silman
Winning Pawn Structures – Alexander Baburin
Complete Chess Strategy II - Principles of Pawn Play and the Center – Ludek Pachma (
if you can get past the old school notation)
Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy – John Watson
(Sort of a follow up on “My System”)
The Art of Positional Play – Samuel Reshevsky

Planning  Neil McDonald
How to Become a Deadly Chess Tactician – David LeMoir
Art of Attack In Chess – Vladimir Vukovic
Silman's Complete Endgame Course – Jeremy Silman
Chess Endgame Training – Bernd Rosen
Fundamental Chess Endings – Karsten Muller & Frank Lamprecht
Endgame Manual – Mark Dvoretsky
Secrets Of Rook Endings – John Nunn
Typical Mistakes – Neil McDonald articles 


  1. Hello,

    Just wondering - what is your OTB rating ? Are you a chess master ?

  2. Hi, and thanks for the first comment on my little blog :)

    It depends on the time control to be honest. I'm definitely no master, but on an average day with a decent time control I'm about 2000 strength. I play very poorly online though.

    I've helped a friend of mine get very strong. My biggest problem is not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of time to dedicate to chess.

  3. Could be interesting to read about your training of your friend : what you did, how it helped him, what he achieved. Always nice to share experiences :-)

  4. Absolutely...

    He worked really hard to get where he is, I simply helped him hone his focus :) maybe I'll have him make a post about all the things he did. His current rating is 2236, but he is stronger than that :)



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