Here's a nice combination of chess book classics and exciting new literature. Note that, for your reading convenience, I have included most or all of the games in most of the following books. I find that having the games in electronic form makes it much easier to read through and explore the books.
England's first grandmaster, Tony Miles (1955-2001), was also one of England's most charismatic players. He died all too young, but thanks in part to a book, It's only me compiled by Geoff Lawton, he will be long remembered. Here are the games in the book.
Here are the 60 complete games in Chernev's book as well as my notes to game #60. Keep in mind as you play through these games that Capablanca was often more concerned about where his pieces belonged than what move to play next. 'tis useful advice!
One of many books I purchased at the Amateur Team was Garry Kasparov's Kasparov against the World, a day to day account of his 1999 internet match against the world. One book, one game. Kasparov suggests that it may be the greatest game ever played. It's an exciting game and did much to promote chess world-wide. But I choose to think not so much that the game was spectacular (which it was) but rather that the game permitted Garry to discover the great joy of correspondence chess.
In many respects, this game was the ultimate correspondence game. More time to think about each move, and here, the ability to consult (in the case of the world, a huge world-wide following with assistance from a dedicated team of young IMs) and to use computers.
I offer not only the game itself with some of my comments, but also all of the games referenced in the book as well as a collection of the games that subsequently explored the novelty introduced by the world on move ten. I note by the way that the price at Amazon is quite high. I paid much less and it is possible that, what had been a collectors item is now available again at its original $25 price.
One of those old standards, 1001 Brilliant Ways to Checkmate offers just that, 1001 positions (with solutions) that will help to improve your ability through a continuing series of thematically linked positions.
The book is divided into 6 chapters, and I have provided ALL of the positions in the book according to the chapter in which they appear. Note that copyright restrictions require that I not provide the solutions. For those you can persevere, buy the book, or plug the positions into a computer. Don't be afraid to buy the book, but I hope that you persevere.
Chapter 1: Queen Sacrifices
Chapter 2: Checkmate without the Queen
Chapter 3: Storming the Castled position
Chapter 4: Harrying the King
Chapter 5: Discovered Check and Double Check
Chapters 6-8: Pawn promotion; A variety of motifs; Composed Problems