The Best Endgame Books

Endgames can be deceptive. One misstep and you lose everything you've worked for the whole game. With this list of the best chess endgame books recommended by chess grandmasters, you can confidently master the endgame.

Mark Dvoretsky

Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual

Perhaps the best endgame book there is. Highly appraised by many grandmasters.

Recommended by:
Garry Kasparov David Navara Le Quang Liem Boris Gelfand Sam Shankland Vladimir Kramnik John Bartholomew
Reuben Fine

Basic Chess Endings

Basic Chess Endings is considered to be one of the first chess books systematically looking into the endgame.

Recommended by:
Cecil Purdy
Frank Lamprecht

Fundamental Chess Endings

Fundamental Chess Endings is an encyclopaedia for all the important endgames you must know.

Recommended by:
Magnus Carlsen
Jesús de la Villa

100 Endgames You Must Know

You don't need to know all the different possible endgames that can ever arise. This book focuses on the endgames that will occur the most common in actual play.

Recommended by:
Daniel Naroditsky John Bartholomew
Mikhail Shereshevsky

Endgame Strategy

Shereshevsky explains the principles of the endgame using classic examples from grandmaster practice.

Recommended by:
Andrew Tang Levon Aronian
Ger van Perlo

Van Perlo's Endgame Tactics

This book is a classic and award winning book about tactics in the endgame.

Recommended by:
Daniel Naroditsky

The higher you get in the rating, the more games end in a endgame. And endgames are difficult to control. One wrong move, one lost tempo and everything you’ve worked for in the opening and the middlegame is gone.

With these endgame books, recommended by chess grandmasters, you can learn to master the endgame. These are the best books to study them effectively.

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