The Only 3 Chess Endgame Books You Need

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In this video I have tried to answer a question you guys have been asking me for quite a while – which are my favorite endgame books.

I hope the video helps! Here are the books I talked about:

Jesus de la Villa: “100 Endgames You Must Know”
Jonathan Hawking: “Amateur to IM”
Mark Dvoretsky: “Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual”



  1. Hi Stjepan. I know its a bit late but I would like to be added to the endgame study. Lichess username is chessgm13

  2. What’s more important: knowing 100 endgames or knowing 10 pawn /pawn and rook endgames really well?

  3. It's Jonathan Hawkins…correct your notes, thanks for the ideas

  4. I have a question for you. I watched John Bartholomew and Magnus Carlsen take the endgame test for 100 endgames you must know. He said something like the Bayes or Beyer rule. I am trying to find anything but could not find anything relatable. It has something to do with Pawn Endgames if I am not mistaken. Do you know the rule?

  5. Naive question please
    Can I use applications and videos instead of books ?
    I am not very good reading chess books

  6. Searching for those books, I noticed that last year came out also 100 Endgames You Must Know Workbook, which may turn out to be a nice complement to Villa's first book.

  7. Theory of chess endings (Panchenko) and Strategy of endgames (Shereshevski) are the best ones by far, imho, but it's all very subjective of course.

  8. after his video ( last Thursday ) about middle game I bought "Understanding Chess Middlegames" by John Nunn. I'm lucky that I already have "100 Endgames You Must Know"!

  9. Great clip! Thanks! In what order do you suggest to study theoretical endgames vs endgame strategy? Maybe in parallel?

  10. Can you make a video about the best opening rep books?

  11. Good video! I didn't care for Amateur to IM… I would recommend Silman's Complete Endgame Course.

  12. The one I like that nobody’s mentioned yet is “Just the Facts” by Lev Alburt.

  13. Dvoretsky's book is aimed at 2200+ I think he said that in an interview

  14. Please make a video over the reti system & the Dutch defence. Please!!


  16. I use the book an endgameexpert by GM Igor Smirnov you can also buy the book with the help of that book now I can convert a equal endgame into a win so it is worth trying out and I hope you like it .
    I want you to digest the book slowly

  17. please tell the rating range of everybook that u mentioned.

  18. Can you make a video on budapest gambit theory

  19. Can you give me a list of tools you use for streaming your chess instruction

  20. :100 Endgames you must know" is a great choice. I am going through "100 Endgames you must know Workbook" is a great follow-up. It has puzzles from games which lead to theoretical positions indexed to first book. Both books on Chessable.

  21. I don’t agree. If you read Silman’s complete endgame course, you are in my opinion ready for Dvoretsky’s endgame manual. Yes it will still be a little too hard, but it will force you to actually think. The special thing about chess is that you should THINK by yourself. Don’t forget that…

  22. I loved "Amateur to IM". Such an amazing book ❤️



  25. "Understanding Chess Endgames" by John Nunn. How about this book. This book also claim 100 ideas (positions?) on endgames. In the content page it is showed that thematically arrange, K+P ending, Rook ending, bishop endings (same and opposite colors), bishop vs knight etc. How this is in compare to De La Villa's book?

  26. Wow. Thanks a lot for your book reviews. They are very helpful!

  27. What about 'Capablanca's endgames by Chernev' . Im currently reading it. Its simple and concise.

  28. Thank you! I just started reading 100 endgames you must know, and I can already tell it is going to be extremely helpful! I also bought Dvoretsky's endgame manual, and that is going to take a while lol.

  29. As you mentioned, I have the purpose of really following the instructions and finishing at least from this moment and looking at the end of the books, it does not matter the time to attend the advice that the book gives us greetings

  30. Chess Endings: Essential Knowledge – Averbakh, at just over 100 pages it's good as a primer if you want the basics quickly.
    Practical Chess Endings – Paul Keres, is exceptionally organized.

  31. The Most Underrated Chess channel I've ever come across

  32. So the book “Amateur to IM” doesn't make you to an IM level strength endgame player, even if you spend countless hours to study it from front to end? Sad!

  33. Well I agree with you about the Hawkins book.It was very good.and who would dispute about Dvoretsky.
    It's the bible although some go with Muller& Lamprecht.However,I always have the sense that Europeans
    think it's the amount of work you do rather than what you do .There seems to be an emphasis on memory
    rather than concepts mastered.In that regard,I found a work by the American GM Andy Soltis "Grandmaster
    Secrets:The Endgame"to be a real treasure

  34. Thoughts on yuri averbakh's endgame essential knowledge?

  35. I think "Silman's Complete Endgame Course" is the best endgame book. I also think Dvoretsky's Manual is shite

  36. Buen video,una sugerencia Mostrar el libro,para conocerlo y anotarlo gracias dé Cd Juárez Chihuahua México

  37. Great video! I am now exploring other videos on the channel.

  38. Great review!! I'll check them out 🙂 Just a remark: The actual name of Amateur…'s author is Hawkins, not Hawking!! Anyway… sorry for the picky comment!!

  39. For beginners silmans endgame course is the best book

  40. Hi I agree with your recommendations but I feel they are too advanced for people under 1800.

    For me what was useful and more accessible to say even a 1200 were:

    Understanding chess endgames by John Nunn. Contains 100 chapters with 2-4 positions you must absolutely know, in each chapter.

    For how to play with the endgame in mind (how to navigate the late middlegame to endgame transition and how to have some basic technique and basic plans in the endgame), I found Kotov's Think Like A Grandmaster book- endgame section. And also, later on How to Play Chess Endings by Znosko Borovsky ( instead of giving you the theoretical endgames to reach in order to draw, or win, takes master games and shows how they were played and why they were played that way towards the known theoretical endgame)

    Finally, for practice, I found Chernev's Practical Chess Endings and Nunn's endgame exercise book really good. These train your analysis and visualization and practical skills.

    These 3 groups of books have been upgrading my chess understanding a lot! Once i finished tactics and opening principles.

    I agree with your recommendations but I would start them later on for myself personally.

  41. Theory of chess endings, Panchenko is the best, in my opinion. And very little mentioned. Dvoretskys endgame manual is an absolute classic.
    For beginners "Just the facts, Alburt is good, and of course 100 endgames you must know.
    Sheresevsky endgame strategy is also great, and Israel Gelfer;s for complex endgames and the way we approach endgame. Aslo amateur to IM is really nice in this field. Van Perlo is great for practising. An old classic is Keres Practical endgames. If you are high level then Capa, Botvinnik or Karpov on endgame are great books to analyse.

  42. lol if you have read the Dvoretsky then you have no need of the other two.

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