How to Read Chess Books

Today, I’m going to pick a rather unusual topic to talk about. At some point when I was rated around 1000, I started to find that reading chess books over a chess set was tiring and boring. I wasn’t sure how other people read so many chess books, so at that time, I somewhat shunned chess books, except those that could be read without a chess set. Eventually I came across the ability to play over moves on the computer, which seemed so much more convenient than throwing physical chess pieces around.

Here is a quote from the Mammoth Book of the World’s Greatest Chess Games by Grandmasters Dr John Nunn, John Emms and FIDE Master Graham Burgess that sheds some light on the topic (the book covers the 100 best games ever as judged by the authors):

“[In reading this book] you may find it convenient to use two chessboards – one to keep track of the position in the main game, and another to play over the variations. Alternatively, and preferably, play over the over using a suitable chess program (for example ChessBase). Keeping a program such as Fritz running in the background will reveal analytical points we had no space to include in the book.”

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