The promised ‘lessons learned’ is in the works, but it has expanded from one post to a series. I do not want to rush out a half-finished effort, so hope you will forgive me for the delay. In the meantime, here is a list of the books and other resources I have found useful in the last year, as well as those I am intending to dig into soon.
A challenging exercise book (with explanations), which I am sure will improve my calculation significantly when I finally manage to finish it. Not recommended for players rated below 1900.
An interesting look at some well-known and less well-known tactical motifs. I have finished this apart from the exercises at the end, and plan to re-read it at some point.
An excellent book, focusing only on the endgames the author has identified as being most useful for practical players. As with ‘Calculation’, I am expecting significant improvement when I finally manage to finish it!
A number of opening books, mostly by Quality Chess and New in Chess. These will remain secret for now, to avoid giving my future opponents too much information. 🙂
Next on the list: I got the complete Yusupov series for my birthday, and am planning to work mostly on that for the moment. For those who own these books or other QC improvement books, I suggest you have a look at Jacob Aagaard’s recent post about the best order to read them in (and his answer to my question in the comments).
I became a premium member during the last World Championship Match, lured in by the promise of a free mug and t-shirt. I never got the promised freebies (in their defence, I haven’t bothered to chase them about it), but have enjoyed the video series immensely. The only problem is that it is extremely tempting to dive into series like Peter Svidler’s one on the Grunfeld, even though I know working on an opening I do not play with either colour is hardly the most effective use of time. 🙂
Chess Tempo is a website with free tactics puzzles. It is my home page, and I have a rule that every time I open my browser I must solve at least one puzzle before going to another site.
There are many other resources I have found useful in the past; the selection above is just what I have been working with recently. Let me know what your favourite chess books, videos and websites are at the moment in the comments section below.