Endgame books


First, thanks to everyone to replied to my other post about My System.


Now, i have seirawan's endings... can anybody recommend a good endgame book...

and why.....


Thanks to all...



Silman's recent endgame book is a good candidate.  An earlier work that I heard good things about  is Averbach's Chess Endgames : Essential knowledge.

Though with the endgame, I'd stick to a ladder-like study progression and seek out parts of books that address those rungs in your ladder.

For example :

- Basic Mates 

- Queen and King vs  King and Pawn (win/draw technique)

- King and Pawn vs. King  (ALL and I MEAN ALL possible scenarios)

- King and two Pawns vs. King and Pawn

- King and Rook and Pawn vs King and Rook (Lucena, Philidor and friends)


It is completely psychotic to start endgame studies higher up in complexity (such as in a Dvoretsky book) when you haven't even conquered the basics, so make sure you are reading stuff that you can absorb.