Friday, September 30, 2016

What chess books were recommended by the FIDE Trainers Commission?

There are specific books for every occasion. There are books for absolute beginners as a part of a training program. Books for evolving players, and so on and so forth. As far as a general recommendation...

The FIDE Trainers Commission (TRG) in accordance with the 80th FIDE Congress (Halkidiki 2009) decisions and with the official endorsement by FIDE and the TRG Council strongly recommends:


  1. Attacking Chess (volumes 1 and 2)
  2. Grandmaster Preparation (whole series has 4 volumes)
  3. Invisible Chess Moves
  4. New York 1924
  5. From London to Elista
  6. Back to Basics: Strategy
  7. How to Play Dynamic Chess
  8. Isolani Strategy: Strengths and Weaknesses of the Isolated Queen´s Pawn
  9. Victor Bologan Selected Games 1985-2004
  10. The Combat Simulator
  11. Botvinnik-Smyslov: Three World Chess Championship Matches
  12. Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953
  13. Techniques of Positional Play
  14. Magnus Force
  15. 100 Endgames You Must Know
  16. Dvoretsky´s Analytical Manual
  17. Dvoretsky´s Endgame Manual: 3rd (revised and enlarged) editon
  18. Tragicomedy in the Endgame: Instructive Mistakes of the Masters
  19. School of Chess Excellence - 4 volumes
  20. School of Future Champions - 5 volumes
  21. Studies for Practical Players
  22. Decision-Making at the Chessboard
  23. New Ideas In Chess
  24. My 60 Memorable Games
  25. How to Defend in Chess: Learn from the World Champions
  26. Critical Moments in Chess
  27. San Luis 2005
  28. Chess College (1-3)
  29. Modern Chess Planning
  30. Practical Endgame Play - Mastering the Basics
  31. Chess Analytics
  32. Chess Strategy for Clubplayers
  33. Lessons with a Grandmaster (I and II)
  34. Improve Your Chess: by Learning from the Champions
  35. Amateur to IM
  36. Mastering Chess Strategy series (3 volumes)
  37. Karpov's Strategic Wins (2 volumes; The Making of a Champion & The Prime Years)
  38. Anatoly Karpov: My Best Games
  39. Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov: Part I 1973-1985; Part II: 1985-1993
  40. on Modern Chess (volumes I-IV)
  41. on My Great Predecessors (volumes I-V)
  42. 1000 Checkmate Combinations
  43. Pawn Power in Chess
  44. My Best Games (Updated and Revised Anniversary Edition)
  45. Elements of Chess Strategy
  46. Play Like a Grandmaster
  47. Think Like a Grandmaster
  48. Carlsen's Assault on the Throne
  49. Chess Legends Move by Move (Capablanca, Kramnik, Botvinnik)
  50. Bent Larsen´s Best Games of Chess
  51. Questions of Modern Chess Theory
  52. Secrets of Attacking Chess
  53. Secrets of Chess Defence
  54. Learn from the Legends
  55. Break the Rules
  56. Fighting Chess with Magnus Carlsen
  57. A Practical guide to Rook Endgames
  58. Revolutionize Your Chess
  59. Fundamental Chess Endings
  60. Secrets of Pawn Endings
  61. How to Play Chess Endgames
  62. Improve Your Chess Tactics
  63. Chess Praxis
  64. My System
  65. Nunn's Chess Endings (Volumes 1 and 2)
  66. Secrets of Practical Chess (new enlarged ed)
  67. Understanding Chess Endgames: Key Concepts Explained
  68. Understanding Chess Middlegames
  69. Judit Polgar Teaches Chess (series)
  70. Advanced Chess Tactics
  71. Modern Ideas in Chess
  72. Chess for Zebras: Thinking Differently about Black and White
  73. The Seven Deadly Chess Sins
  74. Study Chess with Matthew Sadler
  75. Endgame Strategy
  76. Fire on Board (volumes 1 and 2)
  77. How to Reassess Your Chess - 4th edition
  78. Silman's Complete Endgame Course
  79. The Amateur's Mind
  80. Pump up Your Rating
  81. Winning Chess Middlegames
  82. Sacrifice and Initiative in Chess
  83. Pawn Structure Chess
  84. How to Choose a Chess Move
  85. rethinking the chess pieces
  86. Studying Chess Made Easy
  87. Simple Chess (New Algebraic edition)
  88. Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces
  89. Dynamic Chess Strategy: Extended & Updated Edition
  90. Tal-Botvinnik 1960
  91. The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal
  92. Study Chess with Tal
  93. Art of Chess Analysis
  94. On the Attack
  95. Power Chess with Pieces
  96. Modern Chess Preparation
  97. Profession: Chessplayer
  98. Open Files: The Road into the Enemy Position
  99. Endgame Tactic´s
  100. Learning Chess Workbook: The Step-by-Step Method (series)
  101. Perfect your Chess
  102. Art of Attack in Chess: 2008 reprint of a Classic
  103. Chess Strategy in Action
  104. Mastering the Chess Opening (Volumes 1-4)
  105. Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy
  106. Chess for Tigers
  107. Sicilian Attacks
  108. The Road to Chess Improvement
  109. Beyond the Basics (3 Volumes)
  110. Mastery (3 volumes)
  111. The Fundamental Series (3 Volumes)

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