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Welcome to my article on chess books. This article provides an overview of chess publishing.

Chess books are the ultimate source of chess information, more detailed than chess DVDs and other electronic publishing (except ebooks).

The two big players in chess publishing are Gambit Publications and Everyman Chess. Although they come out with the occasional flop, you can be sure that almost all of their books are by high quality authors and the material can generally be trusted. Everyman Chess has recently been dabbling in ebooks (electronic books), which is an interesting new concept. Gambit and Everyman once worked together to produce the heavyweight Nunn's Chess Openings.

There are a number of less popular but still very credible publishers. Chess Stars Publishing is a new player and has established itself on the cutting edge of openings theory with books such as Khalifman's series on Opening for White according to Anand 1.e4 and Opening for White According to Kramnik 1.Nf3 openings. Quality Chess is another publisher coming forward with new innovations in the opening.

Batsford Chess Publishing is an old publishing company, very popular in the past, although they have been coming out with some worthwhile books lately.

Of course, there are many more publishing houses which I haven't mentioned.

Buying New Chess Books

Where should you go to keep up-to-date with all the publishing? I like to go to ClassicalGames for a simple way to keep up-to-date with the newest books. They put all the newest books on the right with the heading "New Stuff!" However, they do not consider all publishers. The New in Chess Store contains the most comprehensive assortment of new books that I've come across.

Buying Cheapest Chess Books

If you would like to buy the cheapest products, you can hunt around at Amazon.com (although note that you will be charged added postage for every product, whereas if you buy from the same website, your postage fee will only occur once). The cheapest shop I've seen is Wholesale Chess, who guarantee low prices (you can even choose to price-match with other chess websites!). This is a really good choice for US and Canadian players. There is also an argument for buying from shops in your own country as the postage will be cheaper. If you buy from another country, the postage can be more expensive than the product: I once bought a book from Amazon for $0.38 and it had $9.95 postage!

To purchase products, I recommend Wholesale Chess. They provide the highest quality chess products at the lowest prices (especially for US and Canadian players). They even offer to match prices with other chess websites! Even though I live overseas, this is where I choose to purchase chess goods.

For chess opening training and repertoire maintenance, I highly recommend the software I use, Chess Openings Wizard. This software was approved by Grandmaster Peter Svidler (FIDE rating 2744 as of January 2010) many years ago.


Posted by Proabffmm on Saturday, August 15, 2009.


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