The World of Chess
By Edward Scimia, About.com Guide
Famous Chess Players
Learn about the greatest chess players of all-time, from World Champions of the past to today's top grandmasters.
Book and Video Reviews
Books and videos can serve many purposes in the world of chess. Some provide valuable instruction, while others offer collections of famous games, or stories of tournaments, players, or other figures. These reviews should help you find the right chess book for your needs.
- Vladimir Kramnik: My Path to the Top
- Viswanathan Anand: My Career (Volumes 1 + 2)
- St. Petersburg 1909 by Emanuel Lasker
- Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual
- Chess Gems by Igor Sukhin
- New York 1924 by Alexander Alekhine
- Lasker's Manual of Chess
- Scandinavian Defense: The Dynamic 3...Qd6 by Michael Melts
- Let's Play Chess by Bruce Pandolfini
- The Genius and the Misery of Chess by Zhivko Kaikamjozov
Chess isn't just a game played for fun at home or at your local coffee shop. There are numerous clubs, organizations and federations that promote chess, organize tournaments and assign ratings and titles to serious players.