Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual (2nd Edition)
The Third 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 text in blue, and still improve your endgame technique.When it appeared in 2003, the first edition of Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual was immediately recognized by novice and master alike as one of the best books ever published on the endgame. The second edition was revised and enlarged to over 400 pages - covering all the most important concepts required for endgame mastery. "I am sure that those who study this work carefully will not only play the endgame better, but overall, their play will improve. One of the secrets of the Russian chess school is now before you, dear reader!" - From the Foreword to the First Edition by Grandmaster Artur Yusupov "Going through this book will certainly improve your endgame knowledge, but just as important, it will also greatly improve your ability to calculate variations... What really impresses me is the deep level of analysis in the book... All I can say is: This is a great book. I hope it will bring you as much pleasure as it has me." - From the Preface to the First Edition by International Grandmaster Jacob AagaardSpecifications408 Pages
Publisher: Russell Enterprises
Notation: Algebraic Notation
Reviews"Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual is quite simply a masterpiece of research and insight. It is a tremendous contribution to endgame literature, certainly the most important one in many years, and destined to be a classic of the literature (if it isn't already one). The famous trainer Mark Dvoretsky has put together a vast number of examples that he has not only collected, but analysed and tested with some of the world's strongest players. This is a particularly important book from the standpoint of clarifying, correcting, and extending the theory of endings. Most of all, Dvoretsky's analysis is staggering in its depth and accuracy." - John Watson, reviewing DEM at The Week In Chess
"Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual ... may well be the chess book of the year... [It] comes close to an ultimate one-volume manual on the endgame." - Lubomir Kavalek in his chess column of December 1, 2003 in the Washington Post.
2003 Book of the Year - JeremySilman.com
2003 Book of the Year - Seagaard Chess Reviews
"This is an extraordinary good chess book. To call this the best book on endgames ever written seems to be an opinion shared by almost all reviewers and commentators. And I must say that I am not to disagree." - Erik Sobjerg
Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual (2nd edition)
Most of my study so far has been on openings and middle-game tactics, but my endgame play is subpar. Most endgame books I've found are devoted to rather specific endgames, or are pathetically loose in their coverage.Can you recommend just a basic "cover-all" endgame manual I can start with, so I don't find myself caught out so easily?
Endgame manuals typically cover "theoretical" endings with few pieces, those that had been previously fairly thoroughly analyzed by people (and now completely analyzed by computer in "tablebases"). They tend to be rather dull, but useful reading, as they do include a number of such endings that it is really important to know extremely well. What has always been lacking, until recently, is a book that covers only the most important endings to know, in a systematic manner. "Silman's Endgame Course" is that book. There has really never been anything quite like it, and it's a massive improvement over its only vaguely similar predecessor, the old "Chess Endgames: Essential Knowledge" by Yuri Averbakh. It's really the only endgame book anyone will ever really need, probably for years, or until they become about 2300 rated players.
I would recommend silman's complete endgame course for basic instruction to higher level knowledge, Dvoretsky's Endgame manual for deep & hard study and Fundamental chess endings by Muller&lamprecht for encyclopedic study.
I am reading Endgame Strategy by Mikhail Shereshevsky. Its not a manual but its an awesome read which i find is half the battle with chess books and especially endgame manuals. The focus is on practical endgames rather than purely theoretical.
It's true, Dvoretsky books are usually for much higher rated players. After enjoying his endgame book so much, I made the mistake of buying his analytical manual too. It was way over my head, and I promptly traded it for a different book at my club.
The two endgame books I have are Silman's Complete Endgame Course and Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual (2nd edition). I think this is all the endgame knowledge that I am going to need. With a 1400 rating I would say Silman's Complete Endgame Course is all you need. It does not cover how to mate with Bishop and Knight, so you will have to learn that elsewhere.
After the success of his award-winning classics, Chess Strategy for Club Players and Attacking Chess for Club Players Herman Grooten has now written an equally instructive endgame manual. He teaches you how to understand the themes of an endgame, and find the right moves based on your understanding.
Endgame Strategy is considered to be one of the most important endgame manuals. In comparison with the 1981 publication, this new edition has been thoroughly revised and the author has added dozens of new and inspiring positions.
"Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual ... may well be the chess book of the year... [It] comes close to an ultimate one-volume manual on the endgame." - Lubomir Kavalek in his chess column of December 1, 2003 in the Washington Post."Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual is quite simply a masterpiece of research and insight. It is a tremendous contribution to endgame literature, certainly the most important one in many years, and destined to be a classic of the literature (if it isn't already one). The famous trainer Mark Dvoretsky has put together a vast number of examples that he has not only collected, but analysed and tested with some of the world's strongest players. This is a particularly important book from the standpoint of clarifying, correcting, and extending the theory of endings. Most of all, Dvoretsky's analysis is staggering in its depth and accuracy." - John Watson, reviewing DEM at The Week In Chess
We cannot sleep, eat or do anything else, because we are burned inside by this quest. The same is for the endgame manual. Dvoretsky did a good job in selecting the material, and that was obviously based on his decades of training all kind of players. But the real deal of this edition, is the obsessive work into finding the truth over some positions, both in the way new engines understand them, and in the way top players, those top 100 players in the world, consistently handle them when they need to win or draw a game. One cannot really put a price to the months of work this group of GMs, which was on and off collaborating with GM Mueller, the publisher, and sites like Chessable which shared their findings over a huge number of comments written by their users (yes, the wisdom of the crowds also contributed to make this book exceptional!). I feel if the price of the book was $100 it would still be cheap, instead we are living in golden times and the price for this book is less than $40. 041b061a72