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13 Best Chess Books of All Time

Our goal: Find the best Chess books according to the internet (not just one random person's opinion).

    Here's what we did:
  1. Type "best chess books" into our search engine and study the top 5+ pages.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (It was a lot of work. But hey! That's why we're here, right?)

(Updated 2024)

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Last Updated: Monday 1 Jan, 2024

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  1. 2
    Life & Games of Mikhail Tal
  2. 3
    My System

    My System

    Aron Nimzowitsch

  3. 5
    Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual
  4. 6
    Endgame Strategy

    Endgame Strategy

    Mikhail Shereshevsky

  5. 7
    Think Like a Grandmaster
  6. 8
    My Great Predecessors
  7. 10
    Silman's Complete Endgame Course
  8. 11
    The Seven Deadly Chess Sins
  9. 13
    Play Like a Grandmaster


  • How was this Chess books list created?

    We searched for 'best Chess books', found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Chess books are in this list?

    There are 13 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Chess books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Chess books on the internet.

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