47 ( +1 | -1 ) DvoretskyIt is on a CD too. I have it and it is simply great! Things that I couldn't understand in other books, I understood when readeing Dvoretsky! www.chessbase.com/shop/index.asp?cat=Endgame&user=&coin=
there also was a review on ChessCafe www.chesscafe.com/text/review399.pdf
25 ( +1 | -1 ) Endgame books...Yasser Sierawan has a great book on the endgame in his "Winning Chess" series... It's called "Winning Chess Endings"... Though it was published by Microsoft Press, it is now published by Everman... I would strongly recommend it for the beginner to intermediate level player...
152 ( +1 | -1 ) How about an Endgame Tip, nowthat you are starting to study them? When you get into the late middle game there is a simple trick that ofter comes in handy to tell you what type of endgame to head for. Just remove pieces from the board and look at it then. Take off everyting but the pawns and kings. Then put the minors back on. Then replacethe minors with the rooks, ETC. It is then easier to see "Hey, I have a won endgame here, if it was just Rooks left....or just Knights left", whatever. So already you then know what pieces you wish to keep or trade, no? Sounds simple and is, but still l find many will trade off exactly the wrong pieces. When you know where you want ot go, you won't. .....Another thing. Its taken for granted you must know K&P endings backwards & forwards. Besides those, I've found most wins coming from R+p and N+P endings. This is strange since those are considered a couple with greater drawing resources in general. But I've even found "A" players who will misplay R&P endings. Yet it is the most common ending after K&P. N&P endgames are particularly useful vs players who prefer to move quickly without great accuracy...especially the ones trying to get you by Time Forfeits in OTB. Its almost automatic that they will then blunder in this ending. ...I like Pal Benko's engame studies, but probably pretty advanced for starting out. Keres book was easy to understand though. Not comprehensive, but a practical start.
41 ( +1 | -1 ) ReviveI have Karsten Mullers endgame manual, and a few old books on the endgame. All these however are packed with example endgames, but little text on the principles and strategies of endgame play.
I'm guessing the Dvoretsky book is similar to the above, but does the Seirawan book focus more on ideas than examples?
Are there any other books out there which would seem suitable? Thanks
28 ( +1 | -1 ) Dvoretsky's book . . .. . . is the best I've come across. It's packed with examples, yes, but it explores the reasoning behind techniques in a way that enables you to make good use of them in analagous situations. It takes a lot of work to make it useful though - you don't get better just by flicking through the pages!