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wadvana 48 ( +1 | -1 )
Best Endgame Book? After looking at my games, i realised the major flaw in my play; Endgames.
Now i have basic knowledge of endgames but i wanted to find a book that would be most instructive in taking my endgame to the next level.

-Pal Benko's Chess Endgame Lessons -> A book that i was recommended for intermediate players and upwards.

Does anyone have other suggestions?

Pal Benko's book is relatively old and i cant find it being sold anywhere on the net.

Thanks in advance. :-)
myway316 33 ( +1 | -1 )
Try these... ...they are all excellent starters for the Endgame: Just The Facts,by Lev Alburt;Essential Chess Endings,Explained Move By Move,by John Donaldson;Guide to the Chess Endings,by Euwe/Hooper;Capablanca's 60 Best Endings,by Chernev. If you can find the Benko book,by all means get it,it's VG. Hope this helps,and good luck.
brucehum 43 ( +1 | -1 )
Fundamental Chess Endings Fundamental Chess Endings by Karsten Muller and Frank Lamprecht is a (definitive, according to many) reference of all main endgames. It is also structured in a way that makes learning easy. This book will be with you allways.

I've heard that Dvoretsky's last book, Endgame, is very good.

And them we have the classic Shereshevsky "Endgame Strategy" and his newer 2 books of endgames according to the opening.

jeffz_2002 19 ( +1 | -1 )
For a real doorstopper, you can get Fine's endgame book, which at about fifty thousand pages has to be the driest book ever. If you get the endgame, you can always use it to bludgeon your opponents into submission. It works for me.
wadvana 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Grandmaster secrets; Endgames Is supposed to be a very good book, how does that compare with others, i'm looking for a study book rather than a reference. Dry books are not wanted.. :-(
caissad4 33 ( +1 | -1 )
Best Endgame Book I have taught chess for over 25 years and the best book on endings is Practical Chess Endings by Paul Keres. The book is only about 125 pages and teaches the principles rather than showing you 1000 diagrams and analyzing positions which will probably never occur in your own games.
calmrolfe 81 ( +1 | -1 )
For advanced players I would recommend "Winning Endgame Technique" by Alexander Beliavsky and Adrian Mikhalchishin.

For middle ranked players the following books might prove useful
"Practical Chess Endings" by Irving Chernev
"End Games in Chess" by Theo Schuster
"How to Win in the Chess Endings" by I A Horowitz

Amusingly, I was once browsing through the Chernev book whilst waiting for the next round of an OTB week-end Tournament to start and studied an unusual position which involved the King seemingly marching in the wrong direction, but it was the only way to force the win. Incredibly, two hours later I found myself in that self same position in the OTB game, and, much to the chagrin of my higher ranked opponent, squeezed the win out of a seemingly drawn position !! So perhaps I should heartily recommend the Chernev book !!
atrifix 5 ( +1 | -1 )
My favorite is "Endgame Strategy" by Mikhail Shereshevsky.
greeniejr 27 ( +1 | -1 )
Best Endgame Book
"Practical Chess Endings(Algebraic Edition) at 279 pages is a great book.Averbak has a small book of about 125 pages on endgame basics.Found it useful when I had it.Must of have sold it when I sold off most of my chess books.

baseline 73 ( +1 | -1 )
If you can find it. Mark Dvoretsky is on record as preferring "Practical Endgame Lessons" by GM Edmar Mednis first published in 1978 over Keres "Practical Chess Endings".

"Rate Your Endgame" by Edmar Mednis & Colin Crouch Cadogan Chess 1992.
Colin Crouch took the lessons from "Pratical Endgame lessons" along with magazine articals by Mednis and supplemented them with the "How Good is Your Chess" guess the next move exercises. The result is an excellent instructional book.

I think I read somewhere that Pal Benko is doing a revision of Fine's "Basic Chess Endings". I use to have a list of corrections to this book that was big enough for a book of its own! :0)
atrifix 10 ( +1 | -1 )
Actually Benko's massive revision of BCE has just been finished(!), and will be published next week.
wadvana 43 ( +1 | -1 )
Just in time. Seems like BCE revised is the book i will get as well as Fundamental Chess Endings which is in the post for me.

Thanks for all the suggestions guys, it seems there are many good endgame books, its a matter of style of book rather than "best" book. I dont recommend buying an endgame book online, its better to flip through a few in a shop and then make your mind up.

atrifix 28 ( +1 | -1 )
Well BCE is primarily a reference book--"dry" would be a mild term to describe it. If you're only looking for a study book, you probably don't want this one.

Fundamental Chess Endings can be used as a reference, but it's also organized and written in a way that you could use it to study, however, it's not as encompassing as Fine's BCE.
drgandalf 43 ( +1 | -1 )
wadvana The best endgame book for you is the one you are ready for. Your chess teacher, who knows your game, should recommend the correct book for you. Otherwise, you end up reading 35 pages of a book, and put it on the shelf. Then, you buy another, and the same process occurs. It is much cheaper and efficient to find a good chess teacher, who will recommend the correct books at the correct time for your play.

If I can be of further assistance, please let me know.