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.
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.
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
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.