Every Endgame Book You Need to Master Chess

100 Endgames you must know:
Endgame Strategy:
Mastering Endgame Strategy:
Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual:
Silman’s Complete Endgame Course:

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  1. There's been so many rook endgame book recently, care to give an overview? 🙂

  2. Couldn't agree more with the recommendations at the start; but I won't pretend to be able to do recommendations for 2000+ until I'm an IM like Kostya.I am so glad to see Hellsten's work getting reccomendations; I think his three big courses (all available on Chessable, but also on Chessbase CBVs if you're resourceful with library genesis…. only did this if you are struggling financially!!!) and I think he deserves it. I know English isn't his first language, but if you sample his courses, he's the nicest guy ever, and is a naturally gifted chess teacher – he's one of those guys who's given up quite a lot of Elo so that he can be a better teacher, and it shows. I definitely recommend buying his Strategy and Endgame Strategy books ASAP – maybe grab Opening strategy when you hit 1600+ FIDE or 1900+ Chesscom/2000+ Lichess. Totally agree re: 100 endgames; it's a big bin of overrated garbage unless you're actually getting endgames like you see in that book. Otherwise, I prefer Hellsten and Silman's work (but never cracked Shereshevsky – I think it's ghost-written by Dvoretsky, just for club players instead of "Sovet Chess School players", like his self-written book seems designed for.)

  3. If I had to choose one single book for a club player, the now sadly out of print Essential Chess Endings by James Howell is simply the best one stop shop for club player. It expertly mixes how to play endings with the basic rules. Batsford should reprint it!

  4. I watched that video of Magnus taking the 100 EGYMK test with John bartholomew and was baffled as to why everyone recommends that book to people as their first endgame book.

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