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Vidit Gujrathi recommends must read chess books

by Shahid Ahmed - 08/06/2021

Chess is a sport where innumerable books have been written about the different phases of the game and personalities who have played it over the years. One of the most sought after questions is to which books to read. India no.3 and World no.22 GM Vidit Gujrathi decided to do a small vlog on his youtube channel where he recommends few chess books and shares some important info about those books. If you have been wondering where to start then this article is the right place for you and if you want to hear it straight from the master himself, check out the video. Photo: Vidit Gujrathi's youtube channel

Vidit's chess book recommendations

Vidit showcases his entire physical book collection which has brought him to world no.22. He mentions that he reads his non-chess books in his Kindle device. He mentions, "Some important lessons I have learned about chess is from books."

Vidit Gujrathi's physical book collection including non-chess books

"Those who want book recommendation, they should get Yusupov and Dvoretsky's book" - Vidit mentions in hindi.

Vidit's first recommendation is School of Future Champions by Dvoretsky and Yusupov

Secrets of Positional Play from School of Future Champions series is the first book Vidit recommends. He mentions that, "They have written some amazing stuff... They have made it very interesting to learn."

According to Vidit Secrets of Positional Play is basic and it is a must-study for all chess players

Vidit shows his next set of books

Vidit recommends Kasparov on Kasparov books to increase knowledged.

There are three books in Kasparov on Kasparov series

Jacob Aagaard's Strategic Play and Attack & Defence are Vidit's next recommendations, "He has a very nice collection of exercises."

Attack & Defence and Strategic Play are beautiful books

Vidit says that if you want to read an interesting book then Under the Surface is what you should read. "It's not about just one topic, but what goes on behind the thinking."

Under the Surface - For an interesting read

Vidit calls Grandmaster Repertoire 1.d4 Vol.2 by Boris Avrukh, an iconic book. Although he recommends it with caution that opening books have short shelf life so you should only get it if you are planning to play that opening.

Vidit mentions that the 1.d4 Vol.2 he has is an old version

His next recommendation is - Thinking Inside the Box which he calls an amazing book.

Vidit admits that he likes this book a lot

"It was a building block of calculation" - Vidit describes Think Like a Grandmaster by Alexander Kotov. He also mentions that it's interesting but it got a bit outdated.

Think Like A Grandmaster is a short book which Vidit got long back

Vidit misses reading the physical magazines of New in Chess

For Calculation, Vidit recommends the ACP Book of the Year award winning book Grandmaster Calculation by Jacob Aagaard.

"If you want exercises on calculation, theory book then this is the book for you" - Vidit

"If you love chess, you are going to love reading this book. The condition of the book is bad because I have read it so many times. I remember when I was a kid, one day I got very upset because I had a bad tournament. I went into my room and locked it. I started to read this book and not come out until I finished it. It's such a brilliant book. Basically it takes you through the entire process of how a grandmaster prepares. His line, the Polugayevsky variation, he has explained in detail, how it evolved. It's so beautiful, I cannot recommend this enough." - Vidit on Grandmaster Preparation by Lev Polugayevsky.

Grandmaster Preparation by Lev Polugayevsky might be difficult to find but it is definitely worth a search

The last book which Vidit recommends is Recognizing your Opponent's Resources by Mark Dvoretsky.

The book is about developing preventive thinking and it has beautiful collection of exercises

According to Vidit, these recommendations should at least last a half of a year for a chess player to study them.

Must read Chess books | Grandmaster recommendations | Video: Vidit Gujrathi


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