Chess Books, Movies and Articles

Chess books, movies, articles and players I came across in my chess career are listed out below.

Chess Books

As you may know by now, I have a section on chess books I recommend for chess studying on my website

Just to note, if you click on the links on my website and make a purchase, I get a small commission at no cost for you. I’m legally obliged to make it very clear.
Anyway, if I haven’t mentioned it to you already and if you/your child is finding it hard to understand what is what in chess, Nigel Short’s Chess Skills could be a way forwards. It’s a good overview book on chess in general. 

GM Matthew Sadler’s book Tips for Young Players which stands next to N. Short’s on my shop page, is similar to some extent.

I like both of these books.

When it comes to playing accurately we need puzzles to help us to practice our calculation skill. Mark Dvoretsky’s books are a treasure.

For young juniors ‘Chess Camp’ books by Igor Sukhin are nice and simple, just I would advise skipping the first 2-3 as these are really simple. My favourite one is Volume 6 on Tactics in Attack and Defence.

Puzzles to enjoy chess and make you curious about positions: I am a fan of Jeff Coakley.

In Jeff Coakley’s website has Puzzling Side and under Archives you’ll find lots of interesting topics. I recommend: Triple Loyds, Rotating Quadruplexes, Illegal Positions, Switcheroos, Helpmates.

Chess Movies

1) Silent Movie Chess Fever 2) Pixar’ short movie Geri’s game 3) Documentary Magnus 4) Documentary Album 61 about GM Boris Gelfand.

This documentary can be found here 5) I’m not a fan of exaggerated fiction chess movies, even though I enjoyed watching Queen of Katwe with my children.

Chess Articles

Not all juniors enjoy this plain without sparkles chess training, therefore, I believe in feeding them with a ‘Wow’ factor now and again. I believe in some of the chess variants helping with our general chess training. I have written an article touching on some of the variants. If these can be played on a physical chess set, that’s brilliant! is going crazy with chess variants.
The chess people to follow when choosing what is important in chess: Garry Kasparov, Robert Fischer, Mark Dvoretsky, Alexander Nikitin, Matthew Sadler, Aaron Nimzowitch. My philosophy is ‘Why read second-hand authors if there’s so many first-hand experience’ ones I haven’t read yet?’