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The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played

The bestselling author of Logical Chess Move by Move guides players through 62 masterly strategies for chess success in The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played. 

One of the best ways to learn chess strategy is to play over annotated master games, and Logical Chess Move by Move is one of the best annotated game collections for beginners. This new revised edition by Batsford Chess is now in algebraic notation.

Irving Chernev shows beginners the chess strategies required to master the game through sixty two deeply annotated games.
Considered a classic of chess literature and a perfect companion to Chernev’s Logical Chess Move by Move (also recently updated).

Includes chess games from such chess greats as Capablanca, Tarrasch, Fischer, Alekhine, Lasker and Petrosian.

Table of Contents

1. Rook on the Seventh Rank
Capablanca – Tartakover, New York 1924

2. The King Is a Strong Piece
Tal – Lissitzin, Leningrad 1956

3. Knight Outpost at d5
Boleslavsky – Lissitzin, Moscow 1956

4. Aggressive Rook in the Ending
Tarrasch – Thorold, Manchester 1890

5. The Passed Pawn
Rubinstein – Duras, Vienna 1908

6. Weak Pawns, Weak Squares and Mighty, Mighty Knights
Mattison – Nimzovich, Carlsbad 1929

7. Finesse in the Ending
Domenech – Flohr, Rosas 1935

8. Phalanx of Pawns
Petrosian – Kozali, Montevideo 1954

9. Passed Pawn’s Lust to Expand
Fischer – Berliner, New York 1960

10. Rook and Pawn Ending
Smyslov – Reshevsky, Moscow 1948

11. King in the Center
Tartakover – Frentz, Paris 1933

12. The Shifting Attack
Reshevsky – Najdorf, Dallas 1957

13. Every Move a Threat!
Porges – Lasker, Nuremberg 1896

14. A Touch of Jujitsu
Petrosian – Korchnoi, Leningrad 1946

15. The King-Side Attack
Tarrasch – von Scheve, Leipzig 1894

16. Magnificent Outpost
Smyslov – Rudakovsky, Moscow 1945

17. The Art of Exchanging Pieces
Menchik – Capablanca, Hastings 1931

18. The Isolated Pawn
Lasker – Tarrasch, St. Petersburg 1914

19. The See-Saw Check, Zugzwang, and Other Tactical Tricks
Kupferstich – Andreassen, Denmark 1953

20. The Two Bishops
Rosenthal – Steinitz, Vienna 1873

21. Variety of Themes
Tartakover – Domenech, Sitges 1934

22. Systematic Strangulation
Tarrasch – Showalter, Vienna 1898

23. Good Bishop and Bad Bishop
Barden – Rossolimo, Hastings 1950

24. Coup de Grâce
Alekhine – Yates, London 1922

25. The Powerful Passed Pawns
Aganalian – Petrosian, Tiflis 1945

26. Bishop and a Half
Bondarevsky – Smyslov, Moscow 1946

27. Prophetic Strategy
Tarrasch, Schottlander, von Bardeleben, von Scheve – Mieses, Paulsen, Riemann, von Gottschall, Leipzig 1888

28. Problem-like Finale
Foltys – Golombek, London 1947

29. A Pawn Is a Pawn Is a Pawn
Kashdan – Steiner, Pasadena 1932

30. Board with Excitement
Keres – Tarnowski, Helsinki 1952

31. Elegant Simplification
Botvinnik – Boleslavsky, Moscow 1941

32. Four Endings in One
Blackburne – Weiss, New York 1889

33. Bishop and Pawn Ending Deluxe
Weiss – Blackburne, New York 1889

34. Brilliant Career of a Pawn
Panov – Taimanov, Moscow 1952

35. Dispatching the King’s Musketeers
Petrosian – Smyslov, Moscow 1961

36. The Sheltering Pawn
Schlage – Réti, Berlin 1928

37. The Power of Position Play
Capablanca – Germann, Miller, Skillicorn, London 1920

38. That Old Black Magic
Bernstein – Mieses, Coburg 1904

39. The Singular Strategy of Steinitz
Steinitz – Sellman, Baltimore 1885

40. The Odyssey of an Isolated Pawn
Burn – Znosko-Borovsky, Ostend 1906

41. Zugzwang, the Invincible Weapon
Marshall – Lasker, New York 1907

42. Symphony of Combinations
Eliskases – Grunfeld, Mahrisch-Ostrau 1933

43. Escorting the Potential Queen
Schlechter – Mason, Monte Carlo 1903

44. The Pillsbury Bind
Chekhover – Rudakovsky, Moscow 1945

45. The Galloping Knight
Tarrasch – Vogel, Nuremberg 1910

46. The Roving Rook
Pillsbury – Showalter, Brooklyn 1897

47. Web of Black Squares
Schlechter – John, Barmen 1905

48. Endgame Arithmetic
Mieses – Reshevsky, Margate 1935

49. In the Grand Manner
Janowsky – Capablanca, New York 1916

50. March of the Little Pawns
Pillsbury – Gunsberg, Hastings 1895

51. Irresistible Pawn-Roller
Marshall – Capablanca, New York 1909

52. Quiet, Like a Tiger
Botvinnik – Kann, Moscow 1931

53. Cornucopia of Ideas
Zagoryansky – Romanovsky, Moscow 1943

54. Endgame Duel – Knight against Rook
Botvinnik – Vidmar, Groningen 1946

55. Perennial Favorite
Bogolyubov – Réti, Mahrisch-Ostrau 1923

56. Command of the Board
Rubinstein – Schlechter, San Sebastian 1912

57. The King Takes a Walk
Botvinnik – Kann, Sverdlovsk 1943

58. Surprise! Surprise!
Petrosian – Pachman, Bled 1961

59. Bolt from the Blue
Andric – Daja, Belgrade 1949

60. Lured into Zugzwang
Marshall – Capablanca, New York 1918

61. The Flash of a Mighty Surprise
Olafsson – Fischer, Portoroz 1958

62. Symphony of Heavenly Length
Evans – Opsahl, Dubrovnik 1950

Index of Openings

Index of Players

Highly Recommended book for players with a 1400-1600 chess rating.

Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played


Best Chess Books of 2015

CJA Awards

Winner: Liquidation on the Chess Board by GM Joel Benjamin – New In Chess
Honorable Mention: The Classical Era of Modern Chess by Peter J. Monté

English Chess Federation Shortlist

Chess Structures – A Grandmaster Guide by Mauricio Flores Rios – Quality Chess

Garry Kasparov Part III: 1993 – 2000 by Garry Kasparov  – Everyman

Liquidation on the Chess Board by GM Joel Benjamin – New In Chess

Positional Decision Making in Chess by Boris Gelfand –  Quality Chess

My Picks

Recognizing Your Opponent’s Resources: Developing Preventive Thinking by Mark Dvoretsky – New in Chess

Winning Chess Manoeuvres: Strategic Ideas that Masters Never Fail to Find by Sarhan Guliev – New in Chess

Lessons with a Grandmaster III by Boris Gulko – Everyman

Improvement Training

Chess Training Course for Club Players

Masters and Experts have Dvoretsky’s, but now amateur club players have Yusupov’s series of instructional books to get them from intermediate to expert without the need for a coach.

From Quality Chess Books:

Quality Chess is proud to be the publisher of Artur Yusupov’s complete course of chess training. Stretching to nine volumes, Yusupov guides the reader towards a higher chess understanding using carefully selected positions and advice. To make sure that this new knowledge sticks, it is then tested by a selection of puzzles.

The course is structured on three series with three levels. The Fundamentals Series is the easier one, Beyond the Basics is more challenging, and Mastery is quite difficult, even for stronger players.

The various topics – Tactics, Strategy, Positional Play, the Endgame, Calculating Variations, Openings and so on – are spread evenly over the nine volumes, giving the readers the chance to improve every area as they work through the books.


These books are special, and contain in progressive fashion all of the elements to make you a strong player. Highly recommended.

The books are listed below in the sequence in which they are intended to be read:

The Fundamentals

Build Up Your Chess 1
Build Up Your Chess 1
Boost Up Your Chess 1
Boost Up Your Chess 1


Chess Evolution 1

Beyond the Basics

Build Up Your Chess 2
Build Up Your Chess 2


Boost Up Your Chess 2
Boost Up Your Chess 2


Chess Evolution 2
Chess Evolution 2



Build Up Your Chess 3
Build Up Your Chess 3


Build Up Your Chess 3
Boost Your Chess 3


Chess Evolution 3
Chess Evolution 3


Greatest Books

The Greatest Chess Books of All Time

Here is my very unscientific list of the greatest chess books of all time:


Zurich 1953
David Bronstein

My System

Aaron Nimzowitch

Logical Chess: Move by Move

Irving Chernev

My 60 Memorable Games

Bobby Fischer

The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played

Irving Chernev

Endgame Strategy

M. Shereshevsky

Chess Fundamentals

Jose R. Capablanca

Alekhine’s Best Games of Chess

Alexander Alekhine

Modern Chess Strategy

Ludek Pachman

Masters of the Chessboard

Richard Reti


Chesscafe’s 2012 Book of The Year Finalists

The showdown is set for the 2012 Chesscafe book of the year. The three finalists are:








Reassess your Chess
by Jeremy Silman








Invisible Chess Moves
by Yochanan Afek &
Emmanuel Neiman

Lessons with a Grandmaster
by Boris Gulko


Chess Training Pocketbook

Welcome to the 1st chess book review on I thought that we would start things off, with one of my favorite chess books: Lev Alburt’s Chess Training Pocket Book .The sixth book in Alburt’s Comprehensive Chess Course. Chess Training Pocketbook can be read on its own, so you do not need to own any of the Comprehensive Course books. This book provides you with 310 of the most important positions that you must know, and it is based on the Soviet school of chess. This book probably has the worst cover of any chess book, but as the saying goes “Don’t judge a book by its cover. ”

After a brief overview ofnhow to get the most out of the book, Alburt gets right into the puzzles. Each page has 4 puzzles with the next page containing the answers. This format eliminates having to flip to the back of the book, saving  the reader time. The positions are well chosen, and cover opening, tactics and endgame puzzles with a greater emphasis on tactical positions. The answers are detailed and instructional and provide the reader with a good explanation of the concepts and ideas that need to be grasped.

One of the most practical and useful  chess books I own. Highly recommended for players over 1300 USCF.