My chess book recommendations

Among the large number of chess books which have been published, many can be useful to the serious player. However, even among those useful books, some particularly stand out to me, an amateur with a U.S. Chess Federation low 1800s rating (see me bouncing off my 1700 rating floor), because they are especially engaging or readable (see author Andrew Martin's comment on this page). That quality makes it significantly more likely that I will read and reread a book to improve my understanding of its content, which translates into more enjoyment and hopefully better competitive results. I hope others can benefit from this admittedly highly personal list.

Openings; ordered by major opening, rough level of specialization / degree of difficulty

For beginners For more advanced players

Game collections / Tournaments and Matches / Treatises; ordered by author

Endgame; ordered by author

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