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Product Details

  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Russell Enterprises, Inc.; Third edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936490137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936490134
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"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. John Watson, reviewing DEM at The Week In Chess

"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

About the Author

Mark Dvoretsky is considered by many to be the best chess instructor in the world today. HIs books are routinely best-sellers in the chess world. He has instructed many world champions, international masters and grandmasters.

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My hard copy is literally falling apart from years reference, so I bought the Kindle edition as well.
It is said that he only writes for top players above 2200, but this book is for all player, if you want to study endgame, this is one of the best books you can find.
Norberto Martel Gutierrez
This is the best general endgame book I have ever seen, and probably the most instructive chess book I have seen as well.

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123 of 129 people found the following review helpful By mrbishope on September 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
Before we go further, lets note that this book is not an endgame encyclopedia; it is in fact a `teach yourself the endgame' manual, albeit quite a comprehensive one. This rather basic fact does not seem to be mentioned in most of the reviews I have seen, and the appellation `endgame manual' is rather ambiguous, so some people may be under the mistaken impression that this is a reference work rather than a self tutor. Lets note also that this is not for beginners - I would guess that players rated above Elo 1600 are the target audience. That's about my level, and I find the book quite easy to use.

For your money you get a large, attractive book which clocks in at 384 pages. It opens flat easily. The pages are well laid out. Grandmaster Yusopov writes the foreword, stating that his greatest victories are owed to Dvoretsky's training. Aagaard follows with a gushing preface, commenting that he feels as if Shakespeare has asked him to write a foreword to Hamlet (!). Skipping to the back of the book, there is an index of strategic and tactical techniques (e.g. "driving the king away by vertical checks") - a nice feature, but I'm not sure how useful it is. There is also an interesting bibliography, although Dvoresky notes that most of the material is sourced from his own training files.

The bulk of the book is, of course, dedicated to the various types of endgame the reader should learn. The length of each chapter varies considerably, based on the number of ideas and applicable techniques found in the type of endgame. Unsurprisingly the rook section is the longest, comprising almost a third of the book's length over four chapters.

The idea, writes Dvoretsky, is to present an endgame knowledge system.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Larry Musa on March 5, 2008
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As way of introduction, I am a former USCF master who after many years of inactivity has recently taken a renewed interest in the game and has therefore decided to become acquainted with the current chess literature...which brings us to this highly acclaimed Endgame Manual by Dvoretsky.
You may know that Dvoretsky is a famous trainer of world class grandmasters, and has perfected a system of training by which he claims he can bring a 2200 level player to the level of grandmaster. His series of books are in many ways comparable to the famous "Think Like a Grandmaster" series by Kotov (and all are also highly recommended). So, the target audience for this book is, I would think, like all of Dvoretsky's books, the serious student who has already reached a high standard and is searching for a way to improve his game even further.

So, if you buy this book, and master it, will you also become a master of the endgame? You of course will be well on your way, and that alone is a good reason to add this book to your library, but still there are 2 major problems with it. The first is unfortunate, and somebody who has mastered the endgame would not commit it. Dvoretsky attempts to formulate universally general principals of endgame play, and then ignores the counter-examples that show the exceptions to his rules. This is OK for a general endgame text, but we are training future grandmasters here remember, and the promulgation of erroneous rules is not the way to do it. So, example, consider this (wrong) Dvoretsky rule on page 152 given in the section discussing rook and pawn vs.
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89 of 97 people found the following review helpful By D. Buck on January 4, 2004
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I saw a transcript of some fan questions Garry Kasparov answered several months back, and this is a quote from it:
"I read chess literature. But most modern books are short-lived. That's the difference between them and Bronstein's Zurich 1953! One book maybe not yet in English is Dvoretsky's endgame book. I was impressed with the material. That's not a short-lived book."
That should speak for itself. I would say the main difference between this book and Fundamental Chess Endings by Muller and Lamprecht (and I would recommend both) is that FCE covers slightly more (diverse) material, but DEM gives more explanation for understanding. DEM will perhaps increase your understanding of the endgame more, but an endgame encyclopedia (of which FCE is the best) is also important to give you a greater variety of endings to practice.
Definitely one of the best works on the endgame ever.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2004
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I am sure that anyone would be a master if they had this book down cold. The bad news is that despite being a great teaching book, it is extremely difficult as it requires well developed calculating abilities. One thing that I noticed is that the exercises seem to be designed to punish players who are attempting to get by on general rules or principles and force one to accurately calculate complex variations. I'm glad to have read Howell's Essential Chess Endings for general endgame competence, but this new monster by Dvoretsky will keep me busy for life. I've been using it for about an hour everyday for a month and I'm still not done with the first section on pawn endings! Before buying this you should be aware that there is a CD version. I suggest the book version as these examples are not the sort that you speed play through twenty of in a single sitting.
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