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Chess Book Review: Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual – 3rd Edition

Chess Book Review: Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual – 3rd Edition

I often receive emails asking for chess book recommendations. I have decided to review books I have found useful over the last few years in order to help chess players.

I previously reviewed Silman’s Amateur’s Mind and How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition.

This time I will review one of my favorite chess endgame books, Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual – 3rd Edition.

Mark Dvoretsky is a renown chess trainer and book author. This book itself could be considered as one of the so-called”Russian chess secrets.” This thorough piece covers essentially all of the endgame material required to master the endgame and is very dense. This book should be used to teach yourself the endgame, not just as a reference work.

The Chapters:

1. Pawn Endgames

2. Knight vs Pawns

3. Knight Endgames

4. Bishop vs Pawns

5. Opposite-Colored Bishops

6. Bishops of the Same Color

7. Bishop vs Knights

8.  Rook vs Pawns

9.  Rook Endgames

10. Rook vs Knight

11. Rook vs Bishop

12. Queen Endgames

13. Queen vs Rook

14. Other Material Relations

15. General Endgame Ideas

16. Solutions

Who should read this book?

Like most of Dvoretsky’s books, his endgame manual is not for novices.  It is the ideal endgame book for players rated between 1500 and 2100 USCF/FIDE. For players below 1500, I would recommend reading Capablanca’s Chess Fundamentals which has a few introductory chapters on endgames as well as on other phases of the game. Silman’s Complete Endgame Course is also a great 1st endgame book; I’ll review it in the near future.

Outflanking, Opposition, Triangulation, Zugzwang,  Lucena, etc. If these words sound foreign to you in terms of chess, Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual is not for you.

In summary, intermediate and advanced players who wish to master chess some day should read Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual to boost their endgame skills!

Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual 3rd Edition retails for $34.95. This item is on sale for $28.34 at my Amazon.com bookstore.

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Chess Book Review: How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition by Jeremy Silman

Chess Book Review: How to Reassess Your Chess – Chess Mastery Through Chess Imbalances

I often receive emails asking for chess book recommendations. I have decided to review books I have found useful over the last few years in order to help chess players.

Last time I reviewed Silman’s Amateur’s Mind. I will continue my book-reviewing spree by reviewing another book by Silman.

This time I will review one of my most favorite chess books, How to Reassess Your Chess – 4th Edition.

The Chapters:

1. The Concept of Imbalances

2. Minor Pieces

3. Rooks

4. Psychological Meanderings

5. Target Consciousness

6. Statics vs. Dynamics

7. Space

8. Passed Pawns

9. Other Imbalances

10. Answers to Tests

Who should read this book?

How to Reassess Your Chess is a wonderful book that is aimed at club players. It is vital to be a decent chess player before going through this book as the target audience is relatively advanced. If you are proficient tactically and know more than just the basics about all the phases of the game, reading How to Reassess Your Chess is a great idea.

This book is great for players rated between 1400 and 1900 USCF/FIDE.  Those who have read Amateur’s Mind will love Reassess as the concepts covered in both books are similar, but How to Reassess Your Chess takes it to the next level of difficulty.

This book thoroughly covers chess imbalances and provides more than enough test problems to practice and learn the material.

Especially useful is the chapter on minor pieces as the tango between knights and bishops often dominates middlegame strategy.

All in all, this book is wonderful for intermediate/tournament players who want to improve their strategic/positional understanding by mastering chess imbalances. Of all the chess books I have read, How to Reassess Your Chess has helped me the most.

How to Reassess Your Chess 4th Edition retails for $29.95. This item is on sale for only $24.66 at my Amazon.com bookstore.

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Chess Book Review: The Amateur’s Mind by Jeremy Silman

Chess Book Review: The Amateur’s Mind – Turning Chess Misconceptions Into Chess Mastery

I often receive emails asking for chess book recommendations. I have decided to review books I have found useful over the last few years in order to help chess players.

One of the books I recommend to most of my chess students is Amateur’s Mind by International Master Jeremy Silman. This is a unique book developed as a result of Silman’s chess coaching session with his students. Silman is able to uncover the deeply rooted misconceptions his students possess; in Amateur’s Mind, he addresses these misconceptions and provides great tips and advice. In addition to the great instructive content, Silman provides 26 tests with full solutions to help students practice and test their newly acquired skills and knowledge.

The Chapters:

1. The Imbalances

2. The Battle Between Bishops and Knights

3. Acquisition of the Center, Territory, and Space

4. The Confusing Subject of Pawn Structure

5. Material

6. Development and Initiative

7. Many Imbalances, One Board

8. How to Play the Opening

9. Using the Rooks

10. Curse of the Mindless King Hunter

11. Which Side of the Board Should You Play on?

12. Developing Mental Toughness

13. Tests

14. Test Solutions

Who should read this book?

As I tell my students, Amateur’s Mind, is the best 2nd book to have. This book is not for total beginners. Before picking up this book, the reader must know all the chess rules and basics of all phases of the game.

Castling, Stalemate, Tactics, Rank, Files, Pins, Forks, Development, Center, etc. If these words sound foreign to you in terms of chess, Amateur’s Mind is not for you.

Ideally, you should read an introductory chess book like Chess for Dummies or The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Chess before going through Silman’s book.

In my opinion, reading Amateur’s Mind is a highly beneficial for those in the 1200 – 1700 USCF/FIDE rating range.

The Amateur’s Mind 2nd Edition retails for $19.95. This item is on sale for only $15.35 at our Amazon.com bookstore.

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