127 ( +1 | -1 ) Endgame booksHave any of you guys read any endgame books that you can recommend? I'm wondering if I should buy "Dvoretsky's endgame manual" by Dvorestky or "Fundamental chess endings" by Muller and Lambrecht. Both have a very good reputation. I'm only wondering if these books are meant for class B/C players or only for aspiring master players? I don't have any OTB rating yet but I will by the end of this year (I joined a local chess club in January this year). My rating performance so far (one tournament) is 1536 (ELO), and I expect to be somewhere in the range 1400-1700.
Any other books I should take into consideration?
There's really a lot to benefit from if you know your endgames. Positions that looks drawn for me can be a "win for white" if you just know the right tricks. I learned about "the opposition" a few weeks ago. It was a revelation! I've already used it once to win a game (on GK!) I'd probably have lost a month ago (before I heard about the opposition). In another game (OTB) that ended in a draw, my opponent offered me a draw when he had a winning position. Neither of us knew that white (my opponent) had a winning position! When we looked at the final position after the game, an IM in our club took a glance at the board for a few seconds and said "white should win this".
90 ( +1 | -1 ) endgame books"Basic Chess Endings" by Reuben Fine revised by Pal Benko copyright David McKay co. 1941 revision copyright 2003 ISBN: 0-8129-3493-8 has got everything you need.
a good text book on pawn endings is: "Secrets of Pawn Endings" by Muller & Lamprecht Everyman chess copyright 2000 ISBN: 1-85744-255-5
"Just the Facts!" - Winning Endgame Knowledge in One Volume by GM Lev Alburt and GM Nikolay Krogius Chess Information and Research Center copyright 2000 ISBN: 1-889323-06-3 is a good book for intermediate players
for endgame puzzles try; "test your endgame thinking" byGlenn flear Everyman Chess copyright 2002 ISBN: 1-85744-305-5
I hope this is helpful, I actually learned more about endgames from the veteran players at my club the books only became helpful after I became a strong player.
98 ( +1 | -1 ) Just the factsI just have to agree with baseline in the fact that the book "just the facts" is a very good book. I think it's not so complicated and even players with little chess experience could probably improve by reading it. Thinking of your rating that book might be a little too easy sometimes and tell you things that you probably already know about the game.
I also have got the dvoretskys endgame manual, but I havn't read too much in it though. That book is for me more a book that you read some pages here and some pages there. Just the facts you can read from the first to the last page. Also that bbok doesn't necessarily need you to analyze the games covered with the chessboard since it has a lot of pictures in it. Dvoretskys endgame manual seems to be a good book though for intermediate/advanced players that want to improve their endgame.
49 ( +1 | -1 ) I would suggest getting a good endgame starter book - Even if it may be simplistic. Mastering the Basics of the endgame leads to much sucess. Just the Facts or Grandmaster Secret Endings by GM soltis are both good. They provide the practical endgames which you need to know to play at a good level. Then maybe a Endgame Manual such as Dvoretsky's - his explanations are fantastic. But only get such books once you are truly comfortable with the basics.
18 ( +1 | -1 ) I'm currently studying John Emms' The Survival Guide to Rook and Pawn Endings. I like it, and if you see it give it a look. I can't say it's made me a great endgame player, but I've made improvements.
23 ( +1 | -1 ) There is a series of books written by GM Edmar Mendis on endgames, and I have found them to be very good, though I have yet to finish all 3 books. They are called Practical Rook/Bishop/Knight Endings.
19 ( +1 | -1 ) Easy startI guess I'm going to buy an intermediate (introductional) level book on endings. Dvoretsky and Muller can wait until later. I'll probably learn the basics better that way. Thanks a lot for the tips.
28 ( +1 | -1 ) Just the facts! ...... is a brilliant book! (for me). I'm reading through it (just finished rook endings), and my horizon has certainly been widened a lot. Thanks again for the good tips in this thread. I'll come back more often for tips about good chess books.
24 ( +1 | -1 ) i wouldn't dismiss Pandolfini's Endgame Course, it has a number of annoying typo's (there is an errata on the web to help with this) but is very well written. At my level it's the only endgame book so far that i've been able to understand!