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When it appeared in 2003, the first edition of Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual was immediately recognized by novice and master alike as one of the best books ever published on the endgame. The enlarged and revised fifth edition is better than ever!
Renowned Russian chess coach and author Mark Dvoretsky has written what is surely destined to be a standard treatise on endgames for many years to come. He provides, in fifteen chapters, all the important information which you need in order to understand these endgame types with their various material imbalances. Key positions and ideas, which must be learned, are printed in blue with additional material and further examples in black, making it easy for the reader to grasp the essentials of any endgame quickly.
Dvoretsky manages to combine clarity in explaining the strategy of each ending with accuracy in his deep analysis of some positions, often overturning the previous analysis of other strong players. There are chapters on: Pawn, Knight v Pawns, Knight, Bishop v Pawns, Opposite Colour Bishops, Same Colour Bishops, Knight v Bishop, Rook v Pawns, Rook, Rook v Knight, Rook v Bishop, Queen & Queen v Rook endings. The final two chapters cover other material imbalances and General Endgame Ideas. Each chapter ends with a set of diagrammed exercises the solutions to which are in the final chapter of the book.
5th edition published 2020, softback, 440 pages.