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Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual [Kindle Edition]

Mark Dvoretsky
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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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 second edition is revised and enlarged – now over 400 pages – covering all the most important concepts required for endgame mastery. "I am sure that those who study this work carefully will not only play the endgame better, but overall, their play will improve. One of the secrets of the Russian chess school is now before you, dear reader!" – From the Foreword to the First Edition by Grandmaster Artur Yusupov "Going through this book will certainly improve your endgame knowledge, but just as important, it will also greatly improve your ability to calculate variations... What really impresses me is the deep level of analysis in the book... All I can say is: This is a great book. I hope it will bring you as much pleasure as it has me." – From the Preface to the First Edition by International Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard Here's what they had to say about the First Edition: "Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual ... may well be the chess book of the year... [It] comes close to an ultimate one-volume manual on the endgame." – Lubomir Kavalek in his chess column of December 1, 2003 in the Washington Post. "Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual is quite simply a masterpiece of research and insight. It is a tremendous contribution to endgame literature, certainly the most important one in many years, and destined to be a classic of the literature (if it isn't already one). The famous trainer Mark Dvoretsky has put together a vast number of examples that he has not only collected, but analysed and tested with some of the world’s strongest players. This is a particularly important book from the standpoint of clarifying, correcting, and extending the theory of endings. Most of all, Dvoretsky's analysis is staggering in its depth and accuracy." – John Watson, reviewing DEM at The Week In Chess 2003 Book of the Year – 2003 Book of the Year – Seagaard Chess Reviews: "This is an extraordinary good chess book. To call this the best book on endgames ever written seems to be an opinion shared by almost all reviewers and commentators. And I must say that I am not to disagree." – Erik Sobjerg

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 18180 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Russell Enterprises, Inc.; 2 edition (11 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #385,365 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book but poor printing.... 6 Feb. 2007
By lsur
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A serious but readable book for chess players intent on gaining the edge in the endgame, this is a thorough guide to that phase of the game by a top instructor. The word 'manual' could give the impression that this is a reference book, but it is written in an instructive manner and suitable for self-study. Beginners might find it a bit too dense, in which case you could try Pandolfini's Endgame Course as a neat introduction.

One complaint; I was disappointed with the quality of the printing. The essential points are in blue text, a nice touch, but the ink is faint and hard to read. Given the size of the book and the fact it is meant for longterm study, it's a non-trivial point which the printers should attend to whenever they do another print run.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! A must have for every Club Player! 29 July 2009
This is a Great Book! A must have for every serious club player.
All the important endings are collected and presented in a very clear and progressive way.
I like the concept of the blue diagrams the positions that you "must know". I agree there is a lot but with such manual you can measure the gap between amateurs and Grand-Masters even though I am sure that there is Grand-Masters who ignore most of these positions!!
However, in order to achieve progress you have to do the exercises given after every section and not look for the solutions provided at the end of the book.
I have many of Dvoretsky's books and they are all great stuff! However, if you want to buy only one buy this one!!

Nicolas B.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Know what you are looking for 2 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Are there any serious chess players who have not heard of this book? Judging by numerous discussions on internet forums, Dvoretsky's book usually tops the list on strong player's recommendation on endgame study. This may well be the canonical work on the topic. And based on the current full house of 5-star reviews here on Amazon, it would seem that this is an obvious choice for any player looking to improve this area of his game.

But just wait a moment, and think first about what you are looking for. Are you a strong international master, looking for your next grandmaster norm? Are you a chess academic or collector who is interested in every technical detail of the game? OK, ignore my review. But if you are, like me, an average club player looking to improve your endgame using a book that is entertaining, engaging and accessible, then this is probably not going to be your best choice.

The clue is to read between the lines of the reviewers praising the book in the product description. Here is a glimpse: "deep level of analysis", "tremendous contribution to endgame literature", "clarifying, correcting, and extending the theory of endings." All spot on - and it all should raise the suspicion that this is not the type of book you read in quick bursts on your daily commute.

As for my rating - it is obvious that this is a work of exceptional quality and enormous scope. It is most certainly not the book's fault that is gets erroneously recommended to inappropriate players - so how can I penalise the book for it? However, I decided to take the approach of giving it a rating based on the product description and how it applies *to me*. For me, this book was less valuable than the product description made me believe it would be.

If you are still uncertain, the product description contains a snippet of IM John Watson's review of this book from "The Week in Chess". I urge you to go and read the rest.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 19 Jun. 2010
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I can't praise this book enough. It's highly technical in approach. When you study the examples you really acquire deep understanding of key endgame concepts and positions and the exercises let you test your knowledge. In my opinion it's best to additionally check yourself using a good computer program (like Fritz or Rybka).
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