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Best Endgame Chess Books Reviewed & Ranked

Looking for the best Endgame Chess books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

1. Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual (2014)

 Best Endgame Chess Books Reviewed & RankedThe 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 the more complex analysis, focus on the…
Author(s): Mark Dvoretsky

2. Silman’s Complete Endgame Course: From Beginner To Master (2007)

 Best Endgame Chess Books Reviewed & RankedFor over 100 years, the world’s leading chess players and teachers have told their students to study the endgame. This book teaches the students what they need to know at their current rating level, and builds on that knowledge for each subsequent phase of the player’s development….
Author(s): Jeremy Silman

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

 Best Endgame Chess Books Reviewed & RankedPawn 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…
Author(s): Joel Benjamin

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

 Best Endgame Chess Books Reviewed & RankedThis 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 Perlo’s Endgame Tactics more than 300 fresh examples have been added,…
Author(s): Ger van Perlo

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

 Best Endgame Chess Books Reviewed & RankedShereshevsky’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….
Author(s): Mikhail Shereshevsky

6. 100 Endgames You Must Know: Vital Lessons for Every Chess Player (2016)

 Best Endgame Chess Books Reviewed & RankedThis 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…
Author(s): de la Villa, Jesus

7. Understanding Chess Endgames (2009)

 Best Endgame Chess Books Reviewed & RankedOne 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 also deceptive: many…
Author(s): John Nunn

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

 Best Endgame Chess Books Reviewed & RankedDrawing 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 became the youngest chess master in U.S….
Author(s): Frank Brady

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

 Best Endgame Chess Books Reviewed & Ranked★★ 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. Here’s what you’ll discover with this book: Now, scroll up and click the button….
Author(s): Andy Dunn, Aleksandr Smirnov

10. Fundamental Chess Endings (2001)

 Best Endgame Chess Books Reviewed & RankedIn 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 especially…
Author(s): Karsten Müller, Frank Lamprecht

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

 Best Endgame Chess Books Reviewed & RankedThe 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….
Author(s): Romain Edouard

12. Pandolfini’s Endgame Course: Basic Endgame Concepts Explained by America’s Leading Chess Teacher (Fireside Chess Library) (1988)

 Best Endgame Chess Books Reviewed & RankedAnalyzes a variety of endgames, discusses strategy, and looks at confrontations between unlike pieces…
Author(s): Bruce Pandolfini

13. Endgame Challenge (1995)

 Best Endgame Chess Books Reviewed & RankedEverything 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….
Author(s): John Hall

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

 Best Endgame Chess Books Reviewed & RankedJesus 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 made by others as well, even by strong and…
Author(s): de la Villa, Jesus, Ramon Jessurun

Best Endgame Chess Books Reviewed & Ranked

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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

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly record-breakers according to The New York Times, others are composed 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 resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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