10493 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
I am planning a 3 fold study...
Nimovitsch's My system, followed by Modern chess strategies forms the central theory.
However, there are two areas i want to look at:
I have heard of The ARt of Checkmate - which is supposed to be good.
I have Seirawan's endings but looking for something else... something a little more systematic.
could anyone suggest the best source of instruction on:
checkmating, checkmating patters, (rather than the usual mates 4 books)
endgames: a systematic education covering all those rook and pawn, bishop and pawn, etc.
Any help would be great... with reasons behind
"Art of attack in chess" by Vladimir Vukovic is IMHO the best book for studying attack and mating patterns. You can find it on Amazon.co.uk.
I don't know about endings, but any book by Averbakh should be good.
P.S. Fine is know to have a lot of mistakes discovered ove the years, so I couldn't recommend it.
silman's endgame course is very good i think.
Fundamentals of Chess Endings?
Jupiter_Echoes, One of the things you said you wanted was instruction on checkmating patterns. I think mate-in-one problems can be very good in increasing your ability to recognize checkmating patterns.
Laszlo Polgar's book "Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games" is now published as a paper back edition: http://www.amazon.com/Chess-5334-Problems-Combinations-Games/dp/1579125549
That book contains a great section with mate-in-one problems.
(As shown above the book contains 5334 problems, combinations and games. It was originally published as a book containing training in 5333 + 1 positions. I have that edition myself)
"Dvoretsky's endgame manual" is a very good material for study. It can be hard to read at some stages, though, but such are those complicated endgames, aren't they?
Averbakh's books are also full of errors and more like reference works than "How to (Play chess endings in this case)" books.
Fine's BCE (Basic Chess Endings) is still a great one vol reference book and you could do a lot worse, errors and all. Don't get the "new and improved" AN version which I read still has lots of errors, get the old EN version used if possible. I use it along with Fritz 12 to detect Fine's typos and errors.
Irving Chernev's Practical Chess Endings is a good beginner's endgame book (I mean someone just beginning to study endgames not necessarily a beginner at chess itself)
Paul Keres Practical Chess Endings is good and readable
Euwe & Hooper's A Guide to Chess Endings is also good and readable, more detailed and complex than the other 2.
Pandolfini's Endgame Course is good for someone just starting to look at endgames, despite the typos and board errors here and there.
I'd say study that and when you got all those basic lessons down, move on to an intermediate book.
I also have Euwe and Hooper's endgame book. If one is willing to dig in and work, you'll find it a very solid resource.
One advantage to it is that comes as a Dover reprint, should physically endure, and is not expensive.
Silmans complete endgame course is very well written
I can second two of the above list:
Practical Chess Endings by Paul Keres.
Improve your Chess Now by Jonathan Tisdall.
My other personal favourite that I have been through a number of times is Analysing the Endgame by Jon Speelman. Great book!
May I suggest STARTING with the endgame study - that was my approach and it can help when then looking at opening and middlegame as you know what sort of positions you want to end up with!
8/29/2014 - Rada - Kostal, Prague 1942
by HaoDi 4 minutes ago
by pdela 6 minutes ago
by shell_knight 8 minutes ago
The Latest Banning... MERSAPHE. What now?
by pdela 9 minutes ago
by bugs_death 10 minutes ago
Ashley's Million-dollar chess tourney - but bring your own clocks
by shell_knight 11 minutes ago
Computer Level = what rating?
by Dodger111 22 minutes ago
1) c4 d5?
by MetalRatel 26 minutes ago
Add Session Block Option
by Saber4 37 minutes ago
Admins: Spam alert, you may wish to check this
by adamplenty 46 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2014 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!