There are countless Chess Endgame courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.
- Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual (2014)
- 100 Endgames You Must Know: Vital Lessons for Every Chess Player (2016)
- Understanding Chess Endgames (2009)
- Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall – from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness (2012)
- Endgame Strategy (Cadogan Chess Books) (1994)
- Van Perlo’s Endgame Tactics: A Comprehensive Guide to the Sunny Side of Chess Endgames (2014)
- Liquidation on the Chess Board New & Extended: Mastering the Transition into the Pawn Endgame (2019)
- Chess Calculation Training Volume 2: Endgames (2017)
- Fundamental Chess Endings (2001)
- Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games (2013)
- CHESS: The Ultimate Chess Tactics and Strategies! (2015)
- The 100 Endgames You Must Know Workbook: Practical Endgame Exercises for Every Chess Player (2019)
- 100 Chess Master Trade Secrets: From Sacrifices to Endgames (2014)
- Endgame Challenge (1995)
Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual (2014)
The Fourth Edition of a Modern Classic When you are serious about improving your endgame skills, it is time for Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual.
100 Endgames You Must Know: Vital Lessons for Every Chess Player (2016)
This is a new and improved edition of an all-time classic! The good news about endgames is that there are relatively few endings you should know by heart and that once you know these endings, that's it. Your knowledge never goes out of date!The bad news is that, all the same, the endgame technique of most players is deficient.
Understanding Chess Endgames (2009)
One of the world’s foremost chess writers provides everything you need to know about chess endgames! Assuming no specialized endgame knowledge, John Nunn presents 100 key endgame concepts, and explains how they are used to win games or save difficult positions. He covers all the main types of endgames and typical thinking methods, and so equips readers with all the skills needed to excel in this vital phase of the game up to good club level and beyond.
Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall – from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness (2012)
Drawing from Fischer family archives, recently released FBI files, and Bobby’s own emails, this account is unique in that it limns Fischer’s entire life—an odyssey that took the Brooklyn-raised chess champion from an impoverished childhood to the covers of Time, Life and Newsweek to recognition as “the most famous man in the world” to notorious recluse. At first all one noticed was how gifted Fischer was. Possessing a 181 I.Q.
Endgame Strategy (Cadogan Chess Books) (1994)
Shereshevsky’s masterful guide to endgame play is an essential work for every aspiring player.
Van Perlo’s Endgame Tactics: A Comprehensive Guide to the Sunny Side of Chess Endgames (2014)
This is the new and substantially expanded edition of a modern chess classic.
Liquidation on the Chess Board New & Extended: Mastering the Transition into the Pawn Endgame (2019)
Pawn endings do not arise out of nowhere. Before emerging as endgames with just kings and pawns, they ‘pre-existed’ in positions that still contained any number of pieces. Liquidation is the purposeful transition into a pawn ending. It is a vital technique that is seldom taught. Strange, because knowing when and how to liquidate can help you win games or save draws.
Chess Calculation Training Volume 2: Endgames (2017)
The author focused in his first volume on middlegames, now his attention was drawn to endgames. Romain has carefully selected more than 496 positions, which arose in real games in the recent past. He separated the exercises into 11 different categories, covering both tactics and strategy, attack and defence.
Fundamental Chess Endings (2001)
In a major event in chess publishing, two German endgame experts have produced a masterly one-volume encyclopaedia that covers all major endgames. This is the first truly modern one-volume endgame encyclopaedia. It makes full use of endgame tablebases and analytical engines that access these tablebases; where previous authors could only make educated guesses, Müller and Lamprecht have often been able to state the definitive truth, or get much closer to it.
Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games (2013)
Chess takes you through more than 5,000 unique instructional situations, many taken from actual matches, including 306 problems for checkmate in one move, 3,412 mates in two moves, 744 mates in three moves, 144 simple endgames, and 128 tournament game combinations. Organized by problem type, each combination, or game is keyed to an easy-to-follow solution at the back of the book..
CHESS: The Ultimate Chess Tactics and Strategies! (2015)
★★ Buy the Paperback version of this book, and get the Kindle eBook version for ★★There are more possible games of chess than atoms in the universe. “Many have become chess masters, no one has become the master of chess.”-Siegbert Tarrasch Chess is 1500 years old and still going strong. That’s older than any game ever invented. Do you want to know why it’s still a trend?
The 100 Endgames You Must Know Workbook: Practical Endgame Exercises for Every Chess Player (2019)
Jesus de la Villa’s worldwide bestseller 100 Endgames You Must Know successfully debunked the myth that endgame theory is complex and endgame books are necessarily tedious. Reviewers praised its clarity and completeness and thousands of players significantly improved their endgame understanding (and their results!).
100 Chess Master Trade Secrets: From Sacrifices to Endgames (2014)
Any would-be chess master has to know certain essential tips and techniques in order to achieve greatness—and this one volume has them all! From openings to endgames, renowned grandmaster Andrew Soltis provides the top 20 skills and strategies in every category: sacrifices, crucial middlegame decisions, exact endgames, and more. Written in Soltis’s eternally engaging and accessible style, this book is invaluable for any serious player.
Endgame Challenge (1995)
Everything the chess players needs to know about endgames will be found in this book. It contains over 500 examples of all types of endings that the player might encounter. Many endgame books are boring and difficult, but not this one! Each diagram asks the reader to try to solve it, and gives a hint of the answer.
Best Chess Endgame Books Worth Your Attention
We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some chess endgame books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.
100 Endgame Patterns You Must Know: Recognize Key Moves & Motifs and Avoid Typical Errors
Author(s): Jesus de la Villa
ID: 3242444, Publisher: New In Chess, Year: 2022, Size: 14 Mb, Format: pdf
Endgame Strategy (The Revised and Expanded Edition of a Chess Classic)
Author(s): Mikhail Shereshevsky
ID: 3300272, Publisher: New In Chess, Year: 2022, Size: 25 Mb, Format: zip
Chess Strategy Endgames: How to Beat Intermediate Chess Players (Sawyer Chess Strategy Book 20)
Author(s): Tim Sawyer
ID: 3342844, Publisher: , Year: 2022, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub
Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.