Many listeners have mentioned that they enjoy hearing the guests recommend books on Perpetual Chess, so I made a page to show all books that have been written by and/or recommended by Perpetual Chess guests. I will update this page regularly. Some repeat recommendations are omitted after the first listing. Note that this list is in order of guest appearance, so the most recent guests are the whole way at the bottom of this page. :)

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PS I am working from memory on this list, and I am definitely forgetting a few, so please email me if you can think of other recommended books. . 



Recommended by GM Jan Gustafsson:


Recommended by IM Nazi Paikidze:


Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual
By Mark Dvoretsky
Positional Decision Making in Chess
By Boris Gelfand

Written by IM Kostya Kavutskiy

Modernized: The Open Sicilian
By Zhanibek Amanov, Kostya Kavutskiy

Written by IM Christof Sielecki

Recommended by IM Christof Sielecki

Endgame Strategy (Everyman Chess)
By Mikhail Shereshevsky

Recommended by GM Jon Ludvig Hammer

Written by IM Michael Rahal


Written by GM Alex Yermolinsky (and recommended by Jon Ludvig Hammer)

The Road to Chess Improvement
By Alex Yermolinsky

Recommended by WGM Sabina Foisor

Grandmaster Preparation: Calculation
By Jacob Aagaard

Recommended by GM Mesgen Amanov

The Mammoth Book of Chess
By Graham Burgess

Recommended by IM John Bartholomew

Recommended by IM David Pruess

Life & Games of Mikhail Tal
By Mikhail Tal
My 60 Memorable Games
By Bobby Fischer

Recommended by GM Pontus Carlsson

Written by GM David Smerdon

Smerdon's Scandinavian
By David Smerdon

Recommended by GM David Smerdon

Recommended by GM Eugene Perelshteyn

Perfect Your Chess
By Andrei Volokitin, Vladimir Grabinsky

Written by GM Hikaru Nakamura

Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate
By Hikaru Nakamura, Bruce Harper

Recommended by GM Hikaru Nakamura

Recommended by Writer Sean Williams

Recommended by IM Eric Rosen

Imagination in Chess by Paata Gaprindashvilli (out of print but available used)


Written by FM Alisa Melekhina


Recommended by FM Alisa Melekhina

Chess Structures: A Grandmaster Guide
By Mauricio Flores Rios

Written by GM Danny Gormally

A Year Inside the Chess World
By Daniel Gormally

Recommended by GM Danny Gormally

Chess for Tigers
By Simon Webb

Written by Coach Jay Stallings

Fried Liver & Burning Pants
By Jay Stallings

Recommended by Coach Jay Stallings

Recommended by GM Robert Hess

My System
By Aron Nimzowitsch, Lou Hays

Written by GM Judit Polgar

Written by James Altucher

Choose Yourself!
By James Altucher
Reinvent Yourself
By James Altucher

Recommended by James Altucher

Recommended by GM Loek Van Wely

Written by GM Jesse Kraii

Lisa: A Chess Novel
By Jesse Kraai

Recommended by IM Sagar Shah

GM Daniel King's Powerplay DVD Series

Written by IM John Watson

Chess Strategy in Action
By John Watson

Recommended by GM Cristian Chirila

Recommended by Jonathan Corbblah

Written by WGM Jennifer Shahade

Recommended by WGM Jenn Shahade

Recommended by IM Andrey Ostrovskiy

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Recommended by GM Ben Finegold

Winning Chess Brilliancies
By Yasser Seirawan

Recommended by GM Nils Grandelius

Grandmaster Preparation
By Lev Polugaevsky

Written by IM John Donaldson and IM Eric Tangborn

Bobby Fischer: The Early Years: 1943 - 1962
By John Donaldson and Eric Tangborn
Bobby Fischer: The Later Years: 1963 - 2008
By John Donaldson and Eric Tangborn

Recommended by IM John Donaldson

Recommended by IM Greg Shahade

Mastering Chess Strategy
By Johan Hellsten

Recommended by GM Pepe Cuenca