My collection of chess books grows constantly. Most of the chess books I own are written either in English or German, so I intend to review mostly chess books written in these two languages. Unfortunately, my Spanish is not yet fluent enough for being able to read any chess books. But maybe in the future not too far away...
The chess books I usually read can be divided in several categories according to the central theme of the book:
- Opening books
- Games collections
- Tournament books
- Tactics and combinations
Some of the most enjoyable books I have read are games collections of certain master players. In fact, the first chess book I ever bought was a games collection of the then world champion Anatoly Karpov. Even now, twenty-five years later, I every now and then return to this collection of his games.
During the last years, I have tried to study chess endgames. Unfortunately, I never seem to have enough time for endgames. Now that I have a couple of great endgame books, there is no real excuse for not studying this interesting part of the game. Moreover, writing this blog might give me yet another incentive for at least trying to study some of the best endgame guides I have.