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Award Winning Chess Books
Winners of 'Book of the Year' Awards


(Last update October 2012) Looking for a good chess book? How about a great chess book? The books listed below have all won a prestigious Book of the Year award from at least one of the following chess book reviewers.

  • British Chess Federation (BCF), English Chess Federation (ECF); awarded in October for the current year
  • ChessCafe.com; awarded in February for the previous year
  • Fred Cramer; joint award with Chess Journalists of America (CJA) 2002-2007; no award 2008?; awarded in August for the current year
  • Guardian News (guardian.co.uk); awarded in November for the current year

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Aagaard, Jacob • Excelling at Chess • ChessCafe Award 2002

Aagaard, Jacob • Attacking Manual • ECF Award 2010, Guardian Award 2010

Anand, Vishy • My Best Games of Chess • BCF Award 1998

Bareev, Evgeny and Ilya Levitov • From London to Elista • ECF Award 2008

Brady, Frank • Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall • 2011 Cramer Awards (joint)

Bronstein, David and Tom Furstenberg • The Sorcerer's Apprentice (revised edition) • BCF Award 1996, Guardian Award 2009

Burgess, Graham • The Mammoth Book of Chess • BCF Award 1997

Dean, George with Maxine Brady • Chess Masterpieces: One Thousand Years of Extraordinary Chess Sets • 2011 Cramer Awards (joint)

Denker, Arnold • The Bobby Fischer I Knew & Other Stories • Cramer Award 1996

Dvoretsky, Mark • Secrets of Chess Training • BCF Award 1991

Gershon, Alik and Igor Nor • San Luis 2005 • ECF Award 2007

Grooten, Herman • Chess Strategy for Club Players • ChessCafe Award 2009

Hearst, Eliot and John Knott • Blindfold Chess • Cramer Award 2009

Hertan, Charles • Forcing Chess Moves • ChessCafe Award 2008

Hilbert, John • Essays in American Chess History • Cramer Award 2002

Hilbert, John • Napier: The forgotten chessmaster • Cramer Award 1998

Hilbert, John • Shady Side: The Life and Crimes of Norman Tweed Whitaker • ChessCafe Award 2000

Hilbert, John • Young Marshall • Cramer Award 2003

Hooper, David and Kenneth Whyld • The Oxford Companion to Chess • BCF Award 1993

Karolyi, Tibor and Nick Aplin • Endgame Virtuoso Anatoly Karpov • Guardian Award 2007

Kasparov, Garry • My Great Predecessors, Part I • BCF Award 2003

Kasparov, Garry • Kasparov on Fischer : My Great Predecessors, Part IV • BCF Award 2005

Kasparov, Garry • Modern Chess, Part 2 Kasparov vs Karpov 1975-1985 • ECF Award 2009, Guardian Award 2008

Khmelnitsky, Igor • Chess Exam and Training Guide • Cramer Award 2005

Korchnoi, Victor • My Best Games (Games With White) • BCF Award 2001

Marin, Mihail • Learn from the Legends • ChessCafe Award 2005

Muller, Karsten and Frank Lamprecht • Fundamental Chess Endings • BCF Award 2002

Neiman, Emmanuel and Yochanan Afek • Invisible Chess Moves • ChessCafe Award 2011

Nunn, John • John Nunn's Best Games • BCF Award 1995

Nunn, John • Nunn's Chess Endings, Volumes 1&2 • ECF Award 2011

Nunn, John • Understanding Chess Move by Move • ChessCafe Award 2001

Nunn, John and Peter Griffiths • Secrets of Grandmaster Play • BCF Award 1988

Sadler, Matthew • Queen's Gambit Declined • BCF Award 2000

Schultz, Don • Chessdon • Cramer Award 2000 (memoirs)

Seirawan, Yasser • Chess Duels • ChessCafe Award 2010, Cramer Award 2010

Silman, Jeremy • How to Reassess Your Chess, 4th edition • Guardian Award 2011

Silman, Jeremy • Silman's Complete Endgame Course • ChessCafe Award 2007

Silman, Jeremy and Pal Benko • Pal Benko : My Life, Games, and Compositions • BCF Award 2004, ChessCafe Award 2004, Cramer Award 2004

Skinner, Leonard M. and Robert G. P. Verhoeven • Alexander Alekhine's Chess Games, 1902-1946 • Cramer Award 1998

Soltis, Andrew • Frank Marshall, United States Chess Champion • BCF Award 1994

Soltis, Andrew • Soviet Chess 1917-1991 • Cramer Award 2000 (historical)

Soltis, Andrew • Why Lasker Matters • Cramer Award 2006

Stohl, Igor • Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces • Cramer Award 2001

van Perlo, G.C. • Van Perlo's Endgame Tactics • ChessCafe Award 2006, ECF Award 2006

Watson, John • Chess Strategy in Action • ChessCafe Award 2003

Watson, John • Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy (Advances Since Nimzowitsch) • BCF Award 1999, Cramer Award 1999

Weinreb, Michael • The Kings of New York • Cramer Award 2007

Winter, Edward • Capablanca : A Compendium • BCF Award 1989

Yermolinsky, Alex • The Road to Chess Improvement • Cramer Award 2000 (instructional)