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A list of key readings about Chess.
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  • Davidson, Henry A. (1949, 1981). A Short History of Chess. McKay. ISBN 0-679-14550-8. 
  • Harding, Tim (2003). Better Chess for Average Players. Courier Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-29029-8. 
  • Hooper, David and Whyld, Kenneth (1992). The Oxford Companion to Chess, 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-866164-9.  Reprint: (1996) ISBN 0-19-280049-3
  • Kasparov, Garry (2003a). My Great Predecessors, part I. Everyman Chess. ISBN 1-85744-330-6. 
  • Kasparov, Garry (2003b). My Great Predecessors, part II. Everyman Chess. ISBN 1-85744-342-X. 
  • Kasparov, Garry (2004a). My Great Predecessors, part III. Everyman Chess. ISBN 1-85744-371-3. 
  • Kasparov, Garry (2004b). My Great Predecessors, part IV. Everyman Chess. ISBN 1-85744-395-0. 
  • Kasparov, Garry (2006). My Great Predecessors, part V. Everyman Chess. ISBN 1-85744-404-3. 

Further reading

  • Fine, Reuben (1983). The World's Great Chess Games. Courier Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-24512-8. 
  • Gobet, Fernand, de Voogt, Alex, & Retschitzki, Jean (2004). Moves in mind: The psychology of board games. Psychology Press. ISBN 1841693367. 
  • Mason, James (1947). The Art of Chess. Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-20463-4.  (see the included supplement, "How Do You Play Chess")
  • Rizzitano, James (2004). Understanding Your Chess. Gambit Publications. ISBN 1-904600-07-7. 
  • David Shenk (2006). The Immortal Game: A History of Chess. Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-51010-1. 
  • Tarrasch, Siegbert (1994). The Game of Chess. Algebraic Edition. Hays Publishing. ISBN 1-880673-94-0.