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Re: Good Endgame Book for 1400-1500 player?
Reply #15 - 12/06/06 at 15:12:49
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Chess Endings, Essential Knowledge by Averbach is a great starter. 

  
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Re: Good Endgame Book for 1400-1500 player?
Reply #14 - 12/06/06 at 13:46:45
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Hello,

Basic Endgames by Balashov, or similarly but more cheaper Practical Endgames by Keres cover what you want. These are very dry though. A very good book to learn from is Mednis Practical chess endgames, which cover endgames which occured in '74 WC match, and other simpler "real" endgames.

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Reply #13 - 12/03/06 at 22:38:32
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It's even older than Tony Kosten's effort but it's twice as good !


Twice as good?! Surely there must be some mistake?! Cry
  
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Re: Good Endgame Book for 1400-1500 player?
Reply #12 - 12/03/06 at 21:08:59
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I'd thoroughly recommend Leonard Barden's How to play the Endgame in Chess. It's very different to any other endgame book I've seen. Quite practical !

It's even older than Tony Kosten's effort but it's twice as good !

With all of the recommendations, one word of warning you might find the books that focus on 'technical' knowledge a little bit too dry but if you perservere you will be rewarded.

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Re: Good Endgame Book for 1400-1500 player?
Reply #11 - 12/02/06 at 12:35:33
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Noddy wrote on 12/01/06 at 17:29:16:
I would like to suggest Alburt & Krogius's 'Just the Facts.' This work won book of the year over here in the USA. I found 'Just the Facts' better then Seirawan's work. It is a very good book that covers all  points of the endgame.

Two other fantastic works that should be required reading are Shereshevsky's 'Endgame Strategy' & Howell's 'Essential Chess Endings for the tournament player.'    


Howell's book is the one I always pack when I go away to tournaments.
Just the Facts is wordy and has lots of diagrams, so I found it ideal plane/train material as I could read it without a set.
I've seen lots of good reviews of Shereshevsky's book, and it's high on my 'next to read' list.

Recently I watched all of Karsten Muellers endgame DVDs which I found very informative. The first one is meant to be aimed at beginners, but it, and the other two go into some very advanced ideas.

  

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Re: Good Endgame Book for 1400-1500 player?
Reply #10 - 12/02/06 at 02:57:02
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Hello Dinomike:

I have an old Silman book "Essential Chess Endings Explained Move by Move" (publisher = Chess Digest). Lots of explanations and diagrams.

IIRC the author said that Chess Digest came out with a second book but he wanted to emphasize he had nothing to do with that one.

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Antillian wrote on 12/01/06 at 21:41:47:
Silman's Complete Endgame Course: From Beginner To Master  is supposed to be out in Jan or soon after.

At 532 pages, it is packed. But if it is any near as instructive as How To Reasses your Chess, it should be quite digestable to lower rated players.  The "pre-veiws" seem pretty good.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1890085103/ref=wl_it_dp/104-6494549-1195921?ie=...

  
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Re: Good Endgame Book for 1400-1500 player?
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Silman's Complete Endgame Course: From Beginner To Master  is supposed to be out in Jan or soon after.

At 532 pages, it is packed. But if it is any near as instructive as How To Reasses your Chess, it should be quite digestable to lower rated players.  The "pre-veiws" seem pretty good.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1890085103/ref=wl_it_dp/104-6494549-1195921?ie=...
  

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Reply #8 - 12/01/06 at 17:29:16
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The only beef I have with Seirawan's 'Winning Chess Endings' is he skips over some asic stuff...like the opposition for example. While this of itself is no big deal it did cause some confusion for me when I was starting out. I would like to suggest Alburt & Krogius's 'Just the Facts.' This work won book of the year over here in the USA. I found 'Just the Facts' better then Seirawan's work. It is a very good book that covers all  points of the endgame.

Two other fantastic works that should be required reading are Shereshevsky's 'Endgame Strategy' & Howell's 'Essential Chess Endings for the tournament player.'
  
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Re: Good Endgame Book for 1400-1500 player?
Reply #7 - 05/26/06 at 11:48:51
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alumbrado wrote on 05/26/06 at 10:54:07:
Personally, I would wholeheartedly recommend James Howell's Essential Chess Endings.


Seconded, Howells book is excellent for the club player.
  
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Re: Good Endgame Book for 1400-1500 player?
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Personally, I would wholeheartedly recommend James Howell's Essential Chess Endings.
  

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Re: Good Endgame Book for 1400-1500 player?
Reply #5 - 05/26/06 at 10:42:07
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I started endgames with Averbakh's "what every chessplayer should know about the endgame"  or somesuch title (I have it in dutch). Dont know if it is still available, but it is a very basic book on endgames, going from mating with the queen to rook endgames. I would think it is excellent for players from about 1400 to 1650 with little experience in endgames.

Otherwise Flear has some good books on the endgame. Iirc he has a "starting out", "improving" and "mastering" book which all follow the same format. I only have the 2 latter ones, but I think the first one may fit your bill.
  

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Re: Good Endgame Book for 1400-1500 player?
Reply #4 - 05/25/06 at 14:22:27
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"Winning Chess Endings" sounds a lot like "Winning Endgames" written by, er, let me see now, ... ah yes, Tony Kosten in 1987! Winner of the BCF Junior book of the year in 1832.  Huh
Very difficult to get hold of a copy now I imagine - probably no great loss!
  
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Re: Good Endgame Book for 1400-1500 player?
Reply #3 - 05/25/06 at 11:56:02
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There are lots of good endgame books out there but I would strongly recommend that you don`t go for the big, advanced ones like Dvoretsky`s, Muller`s or Fine`s.

Go for Yasser Seirawans "Winning Chess Endings". That book should give you a very good start and might be enough in itself. The book is well written and if you understand everything there you will do well. I still have a look at it now and then to refresh my knowledge, and I am a relatively strong player. If you finish that book and want to continue your studies, you will be competent enough to know where to go next.

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Reply #2 - 05/25/06 at 11:27:22
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May I recommend Irving Chernev's "Capablanca's Best Chess Endings" published by Dover.

Ok, I know it is old and that there might be better books on the market and that Chernev perhaps looks at Capablanca through rose coloured analysis at times.

However, I feel that by carefully going through the 60 games therein and attempting to understand Capablanca's endgame genius ) most especially where he knows when to break "established rules") you are sure to improve in your own endgame.

"Good Endgame Book for 1400-1500 player?"

No.  

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A good book for anyone who believes that they can go above 2000.

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Re: Good Endgame Book for 1400-1500 player?
Reply #1 - 05/25/06 at 07:33:26
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Soltis: "Grandmaster Secrets: Endings"
  

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