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Recomended reading

The Right Way to Play Chess by D Brine Pritchard; Elliott Right Way Books
General guidance and principles for the complete beginner or novice player.
The Mammoth Book of Chess by Graham Burgess and John Nunn; Robinson
A superb introduction to chess for the more serious player. Tactics; delivering mate; the openings; attack and defence; and just about every other subject is at least touched on. BCF Book of the Year, 1997.
The World’s Greatest Chess Games by Graham Burgess, et alia; Robinson
The companion volume. 100 pyrotechnic games by all the world champions and other great players, each annotated by a Grandmaster (John Nunn or John Emms) or International Master (Graham Burgess).
My System by Aron Nimzowitsch; Hays Publishing
A superb introduction to more advanced principles by one of the most famous ‘hypermodern’ players.
Restrain, blockade, destroy; overprotection; pawn chains; isolated or doubled pawns; and much more.
Illustrated by 50 games against the likes of Paulsen, Tartakower, Capablanca, Alekhine, and Rubinstein.
Chess Praxis by Aron Nimzowitsch; Hays Publishing
124 annotated games which illustrate the ‘System’ including 14 by modern GMs. Algebraic notation.
The Sorceror’s Apprentice by David Bronstein; Everyman Chess
220 games by a most entertaining player and author, consisting of 40 combinations with explanations (full games, one per page, with a discussion of the combination only); 50 games with comments; 60 games with diagrams; and 70 “picturesque” games. Algebraic notation.
Strategic Chess by GM Edmar Mednis; Dover
30 closed games annotated by a most entertaining player and author. Algebraic notation.
The World Champions Teach Chess by Yakov Estrin & Isaac Romanov; A&C Black
One article by each of the official undisputed world champions: Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Euwe, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Fischer, Karpov and Kasparov, plus Estrin (World Correspondence Chess Champion). Algebraic notation.
303 Tactical Chess Puzzles by Fred Wilson & Bruce Alberston; Sterling
100 for “advanced beginners”, 100 for intermediate players, 100 for tournament players, plus two bonus problems in each section. (Yes, that’s 306 problems). Great for train journeys. Algebraic notation.
202 Surprising Checkmates by Fred Wilson & Bruce Alberston; Dover
100 mates in one; 100 mates in two; and two mates in three. All entertaining. Algebraic notation.