This website is already very beginner friendly, but the fact that you can’t hold and carry it around makes it hard to compare. What if you don’t have access to the internet and still want to refine your chess skills? Find the best chess books
Check out my recommendations below.
Chess for Children: How to Play the World’s Most Popular Board Game is a perfect book for those new to chess. Don’t let the “children” part fool you; this book can help anyone of any age improve their chess knowledge. Even for those with some experience already, this book may teach you a thing or two. Chess for Children was written by grandmasters, telling us that the knowledge in this book is sound and strong, but still on a simple level. This book would be a perfect gift for a relative (young or old) that has potential or expresses interest in the game of chess.
Rating: 8.5/10. This book isn’t recommended for children less than 10 years old. If you are looking for something like that, check out the next book.
The Kids’ Book of Chess and Chess Set features both an amazing book and a simple beginner chess set. This package here is the perfect combination for a child that is ready to learn chess. I gave this book and chess set to my 7 year old nephew, and he now knows all the basics to the game, including simple rules, how the pieces move, and a bit of history into the chess game itself. The book gives any child a wonderful foundation to build upon.
Rating: 9.5/10. This book is simple, straightforward, helpful, perfect for beginners, and is helpful to all ages (but tailored to children). This one is highly recommended.
1001 Chess Exercises for Beginners: The Tactics Workbook that Explains the Basic Concepts is where it gets a little bit more complicated, but don’t worry. It’s still tailored to beginners. This book will help you understand basic concepts, such as simple openings, defenses, moves, tactics, and tips. It also works as a workbook, so it is truly meant to improve a player’s individual skill.
Rating: 8/10. This book will help you practice and it’s something that you can go back to. It will help students see patterns in their chess games and formulate stronger strategy.
Logical Chess: Move By Move: Every Move Explained New Algebraic Edition is the next step after you’ve learned the basics. Once you learn how all the pieces move, it’s time to learn how to put it all together. Logical Chess provides step-by-step analysis of chess tactics to help you understand why certain moves are play, thus increasing your chess knowledge capacity.
Rating: 10/10. I can’t stress how strongly this book will improve your thinking ability in chess. The how is important in order to have a foundation, but the why is what will truly help you execute checkmates.
Winning Chess Tactics (Winning Chess – Everyman Chess) is a tactics book tailored to ages 5 and up (based off of Amazon review). It is written by Yasser Seirawan, an internationally known chess grand master. Apart from the tactics volume, there are also other chess picks in this series that cover strategies, openings, endings, and play. All of those books are good as well, but I highly recommend this one for tactics. The information in this book can massively change the outcome of your games, helping you overcome scenarios when you’re in a pinch, or securing your lead by delivering a flawless checkmate.
Rating: 9.5/10. This book covers an outstanding amount of chess tactics, both commonly known and unique. It isn’t age restricted and is helpful to both novices and those wishing to perfect their skill.