Endgame Studies Books

Alec289

Favorite Endgame studies books...............

Collection of Chess Studies by Troitzky (in descriptive notation)

http://www.amazon.com/Collection-Chess-Studies-Troitzky/dp/0923891102/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419216822&sr=8-1&keywords=collection+of+chess+studies

This book is a great book you can set up Troitzky's studies and learn something new every day people say they spend hours amd studying tactics but how many of them spend the same amount time going over endgame studies? there's 360 studies including his analysis of two knights vs pawn endgame.

Domination in 2,545 Endgame Studies by Ghenrihk Kasparyan

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_13?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=domination%20in%202%20545%20endgame%20studies&sprefix=domination+in%2Caps%2C177

Fantastic endgame studies book on dominating or trapping opponents pieces the first chapter is on trapping minor pieces, second one is on trapping the opponents Rook, Part three is on trapping the Queen while part four of the book is on trapping pieces with other forces such as two Rooks trap Rook and minor piece or Queen and Rook trap Queen and Rook (or Bishop)

It's a large work that could take the reader months (maybe a few years) to work through very instructive.

The Art of the Endgame by Jan Timman

http://www.amazon.com/Art-Endgame-Jan-Timman/dp/9056913697/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419218468&sr=8-1&keywords=the+art+of+the+endgame

Beautiful book I really enjoy working through these studies sometimes I spend an hour or two thinking over positions in the book Knight forks, tricks, mutal zugwang, Bishop promotions, combinations, stalemate patterns, Rook vs Bishop etc

Worth your $21 if you want to sharpen your endgame.

chyss

I really like Jon Speelman's Endgame books. Wonderful depth and creativity.

bgianis

I don't know the books you are proposing. After asking people with 2000+ fide ratings I found 2 very good books proposed by many people. I have practical chess endings and you can also see endgame strategy. Both very popular and really good.

 

 

bgianis

There is also Panchenko's 2 book set called "theory and practice".

TheGreatOogieBoogie
bgianis wrote:

There is also Panchenko's 2 book set called "theory and practice".

I have that on Convekta.  Careful though since the rating ranges for the problems are inflated. 

bgianis

What about the software? Are you satisfied with it? Is it a good trainig tool?

t-ram87

bgianis, they dont tell studying endgame, they tell endgame studies it is different as tactics and combinations are different thing. Endgame studies is not meant for teaching endgame knowledge but for challenging players (and improving their skills rather than their knowledge)

bgianis

Thank you for the clarification. It is a subtle difference and I am trying to clarify it in my mind.

hicetnunc
bgianis wrote:

Thank you for the clarification. It is a subtle difference and I am trying to clarify it in my mind.

Studies are composed positions, rather than positions taken from real games.

marknatm

What endgame studies book would you recommend for lower rated players?

2Late4Work

marknatm wrote:

What endgame studies book would you recommend for lower rated players?

Silmans Endgame Manual.

kindaspongey

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708103149/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review594.pdf

https://www.silmanjamespress.com/shop/chess/silmans-complete-endgame-course/

http://theweekinchess.com/john-watson-reviews/theres-an-end-to-it-all

(I don’t think the Silman book qualifies as a book of endgame studies in the specialized sense.)

marknatm

Endgame Studies are composed positions, rather than positions taken from real games.  So while I agree that books like Silman's endgame book, and Van Perlo Endgame Tactics, or Fundamental Chess Endings are nice books to learn about endgame technique and how to handle yourself in multiple endgame situations, they aren't really endgame studies.  Probably my fault for not being specific enough about what I was interested in.  

Troistky 360 Endgame Studies, Kasparyan Domination Themes in 2,545 Endgame Studies, Dvoretsky Studies for Practical Players, 

Supposedly endgame studies help with fostering a player's creativity and vision as well as calculation abilities, so what is a book covering endgame studies that might be more approachable for the average player?

kindaspongey

"... John Nunn said that 'The Tactics of End-games' [(by Jeno Ban)] was '...perhaps the best book in English for players who have an interest in studies, since the positions have been deliberately selected to be of relevance to the practical player.' ..."

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708100601/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/tacend.txt

I do not know if it is more approachable for the average player than the books of Troitsky, Kasparyan, and Dvoretsky.

marknatm

Thanks kindaspongey.  I'll give that a shot as a first book to try out.  The nice thing is that it isn't very bulky since I will be travelling so it will be easy to carry with me.

marknatm

@kindaspongey I think the Jeno Ban book will be very interesting.  I noticed flipping through it that it includes names like Troitsky, Rinck, and Kubble so it will give a nice introduction to these and other composers.

I think the best part is that it's still only available in Descriptive Notation which will prevent many people from attempting the book because it will be too "bothersome" to learn.  It's a pity, because a lot of wonderful chess books are out there but only accessible in descriptive notation.  It's their loss which is truly sad.