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Best Chess Endgame Books Worth Your Attention

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.

1. Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual (2014)

 Best Chess Endgame Books Worth Your AttentionThe Fourth Edition of a Modern Classic When you are serious about improving your endgame skills, it is time for Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual. Perhaps the best known and most respected instructor of world class chessplayers, Mark Dvoretsky has produced a comprehensive work on the endgame that will reward players of all strengths. For those ready to immerse themselves in endgame theory, there may be no better manual available today. But, even if you do not play at master level, the book has been designed to help your endgame too. Basic theories and “must-know” concepts are highlighted in blue. You may skip…
Author(s): Mark Dvoretsky

2. 100 Endgames You Must Know: Vital Lessons for Every Chess Player (2016)

 Best Chess Endgame Books Worth Your AttentionThis 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 Your knowledge never goes out of date!The bad news is that, all the same, the endgame technique of most players is deficient. Modern time-controls make matters worse: there is simply not enough time to delve deep into the position.Grandmaster Jesus de la Villa debunks the myth that endgame theory is complex and he teaches you to steer the game into a position you are familiar with. This book contains only those endgames that…
Author(s): de la Villa, Jesus

3. Understanding Chess Endgames (2009)

 Best Chess Endgame Books Worth Your AttentionOne 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. The endgame is the stage of the game where precision is most important, and where errors are punished most drastically. It is…
Author(s): John Nunn

4. Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall – from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness (2012)

 Best Chess Endgame Books Worth Your AttentionDrawing 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. and remarkable powers of concentration, Bobby memorized hundreds of chess books in several languages, and he was only 13 when he…
Author(s): Frank Brady

5. Endgame Strategy (Cadogan Chess Books) (1994)

 Best Chess Endgame Books Worth Your AttentionShereshevsky’s masterful guide to endgame play is an essential work for every aspiring player. Using classic examples from grandmaster practice, together with modern illustrations and instructive games by lesser-known players, Shereshevsky lucidly explains the basic principles of the endgame: king centralization, the role of pawns, exchanging pieces, suppressing counterplay, two weaknesses, and much more. #587,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #559 in Board Games (Books) #721 in Chess (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Mikhail Shereshevsky

6. Van Perlo’s Endgame Tactics: A Comprehensive Guide to the Sunny Side of Chess Endgames (2014)

 Best Chess Endgame Books Worth Your AttentionThis is the new and substantially expanded edition of a modern chess classic. Upon its publication in 2006, Van Perlo’s Endgame Tactics won the two most prestigious book awards in the chess world, as it was elected both the English Chess Federation Book of the Year and the ChessCafe Book of the Year.By chance, in 2013 publisher New In Chess discovered an unexpected treasure trove, a previously unpublished further batch of endgame tactics collected by Dutch correspondence grandmaster Ger van Perlo (1932-2010). In this new edition of Van…
Author(s): Ger van Perlo

7. Liquidation on the Chess Board New & Extended: Mastering the Transition into the Pawn Endgame (2019)

 Best Chess Endgame Books Worth Your AttentionPawn 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. In this book, former US Chess Champion Joel Benjamin teaches you all you need to know about successfully liquidating into pawn endgames. He focuses on the practical aspects: what to aim for and how to get there. When to start trading pieces and…
Author(s): Joel Benjamin

8. Chess Calculation Training Volume 2: Endgames (2017)

 Best Chess Endgame Books Worth Your AttentionThe 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. This book is a fantastic training tool for any player to improve his level of chess thinking. #413,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #466 in Chess (Books) #68778 in Textbooks Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Romain Edouard

9. Fundamental Chess Endings (2001)

 Best Chess Endgame Books Worth Your AttentionIn 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. New time-controls involve competitive games being played to a finish in one session, so it is…
Author(s): Karsten Müller, Frank Lamprecht

10. Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games (2013)

 Best Chess Endgame Books Worth Your AttentionChess 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.. More than 6,000 illustrations make it easy to see the possibilities regardless of where your pieces are on the board. The book also includes the basic rules of the game and an international bibliography. Chess is the…
Author(s): László Polgár, Bruce Pandolfini

11. CHESS: The Ultimate Chess Tactics and Strategies! (2015)

 Best Chess Endgame Books Worth Your Attention★★ 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? After the second pair of turns, there are 197,742 possible games, and after three moves, 121 million. … You’re far more likely to win the lottery than ever play the same game of chess twice. Chess will never get boring … if…
Author(s): Andy Dunn, Aleksandr Smirnov

12. The 100 Endgames You Must Know Workbook: Practical Endgame Exercises for Every Chess Player (2019)

 Best Chess Endgame Books Worth Your AttentionJesus 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!). In the past couple of years, De la Villa’s students sometimes complained that when they had to apply what they had studied in 100 Endgames, they didn’t have the material ready at their fingertips. And De la Villa made an important discovery: most of their errors had already been…
Author(s): de la Villa, Jesus, Ramon Jessurun

13. 100 Chess Master Trade Secrets: From Sacrifices to Endgames (2014)

 Best Chess Endgame Books Worth Your AttentionAny 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. #584,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #719 in Chess (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Andrew Soltis

14. Endgame Challenge (1995)

 Best Chess Endgame Books Worth Your AttentionEverything 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. Each problem is graded 1)Easy 2) Moderate, or 3) Difficult and the student can keep score of his progress as he goes through the book. A chess player who knows what is in this book will be better than most tournament players in the endgame. #732,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #901 in Chess (Books) Would you like to ?If…
Author(s): John Hall

Best Chess Endgame Books Worth Your Attention

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Chess Endgame Study Database

Author(s): Croitor Mihail
ID: 2259249, Publisher: , Year: 2018, Size: 8 Mb, Format: pdf

Training with Moska: Practical Chess Exercises - Tactics, Strategy, Endgames

Author(s): Viktor Moskalenko
ID: 2258851, Publisher: New in Chess, Year: 2017, Size: 467 Kb, Format: pdf

Chess: The Complete Beginner's Guide to Playing Chess: Chess Openings, Endgame and Important Strategies

Author(s): Ingram, Henry
ID: 2072953, Publisher: , Year: 2016, Size: 368 Kb, Format: pdf

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