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olympio 42 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess Book Suggestion My wife has decided to give in and learn a little to play the game. Not being very good at teaching this great game on my own I want to find a good book for her.

She knows the basic rules and we've played a few times.. she was able to figure out some simple tactics.. and I think understands the basic concept of developement.

Any suggestions on which book?

Logical Chess: Move by Move looks promising..
justawful 17 ( +1 | -1 )
Logical Chess is highly regarded as one of the best chess learning books out there. For my own part though, I like Fred Reinfeld for beginners. His "Complete Chess Course" is hard to top.
atrifix 33 ( +1 | -1 )
I don't like Logical Chess, for various reasons. I would recommend books like Best Lessons of a Chess Coach by Sunil Weeramantry, The Amateur's Mind by Jeremy Silman, and Winning Chess Tactics by Yasser Seirawan. For problems and game collections the Reinfeld books and Fischer's MSMG are invaluable, respectively.
olympio 9 ( +1 | -1 )
personally i've found seirawan a little hard to read.. seems a tad bit taken with himself
olympio 5 ( +1 | -1 )
as a as a promoter of chess in america he's great though
drgandalf 71 ( +1 | -1 )
There are only two books for beginners to provide an excellent foundation to chess. Emmanual Lasker's "Manual of Chess" and Siegbert Tarrasch's "The Game of Chess".

Chernev's "Logical Chess" assumes a solid foundation. It is an excellent book for someone rated 1000-1600.

"Best Lessons of a Chess Coach" is one of the best for those rated 1400-2000. I spoke to the author himself about the recommended rating range, and that is what he told me.

Silman's "Amateur Mind" is for players 1400-2000.

Fred Reinfeld is considered by many to be a great author, lucid and practical. I have no comment on his authorship, other than "Chess Tactics for Beginners", the ideal book for new chessers in the rudiments of tactics.