It's not easy to find good books about chess for those who are beyond beginner level but are not yet serious tournament players. But here's a selection with which you can't go too far wrong.

1. Lasker's Manual of Chess by Emanual Lasker

This profound philosophical work is one of my personal favorites. Whilst it is not really a book for beginners, even rainy day players should be able to get a lot out of it in terms of understanding the nature of the chess struggle.

2. Weapons of Chess: An Omnibus of Chess Strategy by Bruce Pandolfini

Pandolfini is a fabulous author for those at post beginner level. This one is a book which presents strategic concepts but without needing a chess board. Adults can read it on their daily commute whilst kids can combine developing their chess understanding with reading practice.

3. How to Beat Your Dad at Chess by Murray Chandler

Chandler presents a selection of mating patterns and explains that chess is essentially pattern recognition. More tactics books and software are needed for excellence in this area but this one is a good start.

4. Silman's Complete Endgame Course by Jeremy Silman

The endgame is such a vital area yet very few books are accessible to less experienced players. Silman's work is a notable exception with this book giving endgames that you need to know at different levels.

5. Chess Fundamentals by Jose Raul Capablanca

Like Lasker's Manual of Chess this is one that Grandmasters can also learn from. For beginners it clearly explains key concepts in a lucid and understandable way.


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