Here is a copy of an email I sent to a handful of skilled chess players and chess coaches:
"Hi Coach, I just discovered some interesting reading on Chess Improvement:
Rose's Rants at Chessville (http://www.chessville.com/editorials/RosesRants/index.htm)
The following statement was interesting and amusing: "Kevin Spragget recommends that until you achieve master strength you need only about 25 books."
I am, as you know, on a limited quest for chess perfection. My Long Term Goal is to reach an ICC rating of 1700 within five years. I would like to ask for your "guesstimate" of the number of books needed to reach such a goal. Furthermore, if I may, I would like to have your input on which books to read for a geezer on his way to 1700.
To create a book load list might help me to be focused so I thought I shopuld give it a go!"
I was kind of surprised by the answers. Almost all of them responded that books might not be the best way to improve. One GM responded that almost any book would do the trick as the important thing was to read it in a proper way.
Anyhow, since I am addicted to buying books I would like to post the questions:
1. How would you like to design the required reading (ten book or less) for a 1700-player-to-be?
(i.e. One book on openings, three on strategy...)
2. What titles would you recommend?
note: Extra credits for a suggested list of three books for the 1400-player-to be (which happens to be my goal for next year )
2nd Place tie in the Mid-America Open U1900
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