Every so often we pick a chess book that we have read and enjoyed. These come highly recommended to all of our students!
Kasparov: My great predecessors
Nicholas Jackson: I am really enjoying this book and look forward to reading all five in the series. If you have an interest in chess you really should own this collection of books. Kasparov's love of chess and chess history shines through, even though it has been Ghost written! Particularly fine are the verbal descriptions of the games, as clashes between 2 human beings, not just abstract moves on a chess board, capturing the human element of the history of chess. The books are suitable for all abilities but will need to be read differently: novices will be happy just reading the text and following the games moves, intermediates will enjoy some of the variation analysis and advanced players the whole thing. There will then be cause to keep revisiting these books throughout your chess career.
Judit Polgar: From GM to Top Ten
Rita Atkins: In her exceptional book Judit tells the story of her rise from teenage grandmaster to Top Ten superstar. The games are highly instructive with detailed explanations, easy-to-follow variations that are full of unexpected attacking ideas. The book also features extensive biographical material including Judit's recounting of her famous loss to Kasparov at Linares where the World Champion may have got away with violating the touch move rule. It is beautifully produced with numerous photographs and personal stories of the greatest female player of all times.