Chess Book Reviews
ChessCafe – Has book reviews by a variety of authors, as well as other great columns.
Chess Mail reviews – Reviews by John Elburg.
Exeter Chess Club Reviews – A handful of older reviews from the Exeter site.
JeremySilman.com – Tons of reviews by a variety of reviewers.
Seagaard Chess Reviews – Book & software reviews. Available in English & Danish.
The Week In Chess – Features IM John Watson’s book reviews to go along with its excellent news coverage.
Chess Book Publishers & Dealers
Cardoza Publishing – In general, I don’t like most of their chess books. Low quality.
Chess Stars Publishing – is a very high quality publisher of mostly opening books. Their books have a interesting 3 step structure consisting of a quick overview/repertoire, a deeper step-by-step analysis and finally, relevant complete games. I noticed tonight they have a new ipad application which I’m excited to try out.
Everyman Publishers – British publisher of some of our better chess books. The Move-by-Move series is terrific for improving players. Cyrus Lakdawala has written many of them and is one the very best chess authors. For the last few years, they have been publishing electronic versions of their books for PC’s with chessbase and an ipad version that I enjoy quite a bit.
Gambit Publications – Homepage of the chess book publisher Gambit, who have brought us great recent books from John Nunn, Paul Motwani, and John Watson, among others.
McFarland & Co. – Publishers of some terrific, mainly historical, chess books.
Moongoose Press – has a unique collection of books. In particular, I enjoyed their series Wojo’s Weapons which examines how Aleksander Wojtkiewicz was so incredibly efficient at beating club players and winning weekend tournaments in the US. Amateur To IM is also a great book that I think is bit misunderstood. I’d like to write a review about it at some point.
New in Chess – is well known for their yearbooks and is also a publisher of some quality chess books.
Quality Chess – Run by Jacab AAgaard and John Shaw, they are famous for their incredibly deep Grandmaster Opening series. I really enjoyed Alterman’s Gambit Guide because it does a great job of teaching readers how to use the initiative that comes from a variety of gambit lines. Learn From the Legends is one of my all time favorite chess books.
Russel Enterprises – publishes a mixture of historical and modern high quality chess books.
Sahovski – The publisher of Chess Informant also offers the exhaustive 5 volume set The Encyclopedia of Chess Openings, as well as many other books.
British Chess Magazine Chess Shop – Books and stuff for sale from BCM.
Chess Central – Home of Pickard & Sons. Has books and specialized database CD’s (specific openings, etc.) for sale.
ChessCo & Thinker’s Press – Tons of chess stuff in this online shop.