An Excellent Tool to Improve your Endgame Anyone no matter their skill level can benefit from this book. The author describes the techniques employed in the most important and typical endgame situations, presenting more than positions that clearly describe how a good player will solve the problems encountered in each one of them. A good part of the book is devoted to king and pawn endings, but also enough coverage is given to endgame positions where the knight, the bishop, the root, and the queen play the important role of helping promote a pawn or acting to accomplish a mating solution. As the author states "the book is designed to improve the skills of the practical player who is interested in wining the ending clearly, simply and efficiently. The book systematically showed me how to think and analyze typical positions that as a matter of fact I have encountered during actual play.
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I list the relatively best price available at the time I edit this blog, so prices may vary when you go shopping. Sutherland and H. Corrected reprint of the first edition. New errata section. Introductions by Andre Cheron and Dr J. AN - PB from the back cover of my copy, Dover The studies are mostly "gamelike" but there is no commentary, just diagrams and solutions. This is an excellent bargain to add to your endgame library in conjunction with one or more other books.
Unabridged, corrected republication of the first American edition. Index of players. Index of composers and analysts. This book offers clear, thorough coverage of the most important, frequently encountered endgame situations. ETC: See the thumbnail bio of Fine above. He supposedly wrote this massive tome in 6 weeks - or 4 months depending on the source, which is still an amazingly short time to churn out a one vol.
BCE is a reference work to be used in conjunction with other endgame books, not a learning book. This is a free resource but can be quite cumbersome since only one ply is shown at a time ie 1. These DVDs do look like a great way to double-check your own analysis and the analysis of chess books and articles on specific endings but not like a great way or anyway at all to actually learn how to play endgames in general or to learn basic endgame principles from.
Vol 2 - Gambit Publications, See the links to reviews for highly detailed descriptions of each book.
The opening leads to the midgame. The midgame is important - and hundreds of books are written on the midgame. The midgame leads to the endgame. Yes, there are books, but they concern themselves with composed endings, or with theoretical and for the most part artificial positions. The composed endings are admittedly beautiful, but they are of limited value, as they have no relationship to practical play. Of the theoretical positions, many have their uses, but one must sift the wheat from the chaff.
0571069975 - Practical Chess Endings by Chernev, Irving
Miscellaneous Endgame Problems