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Product Details

  • Paperback: 530 pages
  • Publisher: Siles Pr (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890085103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890085100
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

International Master Jeremy Silman has a rare talent of seeing chess not only from his perspective, but also from the point of view of a club player. Because of that, I always recommend Jeremy's books to my students and get very positive feedback from them. Now I know what I'll recommend for their endgame work! --Alexander Baburin, International Grandmaster

Superb and highly instructive--an excellent learning tool for both the novice and expert alike. --Pal Benko, International Grandmaster

One of the best endgame books I've ever seen. The idea to divide material according to rating group is great! --Gregory Kaidanov, International Grandmaster

About the Author

Jeremy Silman is an International Master and a world-class teacher, writer, and player who has won the American Open, the National Open, and the U.S. Open. Considered by many to be the game's preeminent instructive writer, he is the author of over thirty-six popular books, including How to Reassess Your Chess (universally accepted as a modern classic), The Amateur's Mind, The Complete Book of Chess Strategy, and The Reassess your Chess Workbook. fans of the game instruction, book reviews, theoretical articles, and details of his work in the creation of the chess scene in the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Customer Reviews

Whatever level you are at as a chess player, this book will help you improve your endgame.
Tim
Silman's Complete Endgame Course is arguably the most useful book on chess endgames available.
Matt Morgan
Give me simple every time... which Silman does very effectively in this great endgame book.
Susan Andrianov

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132 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Andre E. Harding on September 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm a 1900+ USCF Player. I've had this book for awhile and have finally decided to review it. To begin with, I'll say that I feel this book tries to "dumb-down" too many things, and that turned me off initially. I don't love super-complex stuff either--I have DVORETSKY'S ENDGAME MANUAL but it's a bit too "heavy" for my liking.

SILMAN'S COMPLETE ENDGAME COURSE is a GOOD book. Why it's so huge I don't know, considering that for its size it doesn't cover that much...but that's a different issue.

Silman comes up with seemingly a good idea of separating endgame knowledge into rating level. I basically agree with his choice of material in Part One (Unrated-999), Part Two (1000-1199), and Part Three (1200-1399). He presents this material very well, and I could recommend those parts to my students without reservation.

In the future parts I tend to disagree with the author's choice of what chapter certain topics are located in, but Silman anticipates this in his Preface. Taking the book as a whole, I believe that the most important stuff IS covered, somewhere. My advice for, say, a 1600 player, would be to go through everyhing (with the possible exception of the "Master" chapter) in order to ensure that 1600 player gets what they should get out of the book.

A big problem I have with this book is that once the author reaches Class C and Class B there should be, in my opinion, more examples with "many pawns." I just don't think Silman provides enough "complex" examples. He does the basics extremely well, but I wouldn't dare tell anyone 1800-2200 "this book is all you need for the endgame." Maybe it's true, but I doubt it.

This has made me want to do a Listmania!
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138 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Petrosian VINE VOICE on February 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
The review written on February 7th, 2007 covers many of the points I would have raised. Rather than repeat all of them, I will take a different tack.

Most chess players of intermediate level or lower don't study endgame books. They'd rather study an opening book, because you can usually see your new opening ideas come to fruition in a short period of time.

However, even if a player wished to study an endgame book, the choices were not appealing. Many endgame books were not user-friendly.

Silman has rectified that with this book. He has divided the book into various sections, based on the playing level of the reader. More advanced readers will read most of the book; beginners need only read the opening chapter. As your play improves, you consult the next section of the book to see what additional lessons you must master. Indeed, you must thoroughly assimilate all of the material in each section before going on to the next section.

A special note for chess teachers, and those who wish to have lessons from chess teachers: I have used the general content of the first three sections of this book as the basis of my lessons with students for many years. (Unlike Silman, I didn't write it down in book form.) So, buying this book is a good substitute for instruction from a teacher.

The book has too much white space, in my opinion, and has an 'airy' feel to it. The words and diagrams are not crowded on the page. This was done, on purpose I think, so that the reader would not feel 'constricted' while reading this book. Indeed, the white space allows the reader to write comments on the page.

In conclusion: This is the greatest chess instruction book that I have seen in the last 20 years.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By R9 on October 28, 2008
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I'm certain many will not agree with me, but here goes:

This book is good, not great. Karsten Muller, for example, does an explanation of key squares for the King to occupy to ensure promotion that is both much shorter and actually ~much~ more complete and useful OTB. Where Silman indicates be ahead of the P with the oposition to win, Muller shows you what squares win, and they are not just the one in front of the pawn. Maybe Silman includes diagonals as "in front" but that is ambiguous and clarified nowhere. Moreover, the Dvoretsky / Muller key square concept works whether you have the move or not.

Another important item is that many times Silman shows a line and tells you a move in that line, not pointing out that this is the ONLY move that does not throw away the advantage - Where the Nunn convention gives an exclam to indicate such, we see nothing here. A sentence or two would be usefull to say what is the only move and why that is the case. There is plenty of space in this large book for that, and some places where things are verbosely analyzed out to the end would have been good to trade for these key points. Run the positions through Fritz and you will see this, or anything else that implements the tablebases.

Silman has an easy-to-read style and does teach well, so please, I am not slamming the book overall with these gripes. Just no way it can earn 5 stars with some incompleteness mixed with some unnecessary repetition and verbosity.

It is a good book, but needs to be supplemented with other material, which seems odd given its large physical size.

The sheer amount of material makes it well worth the cover price.

Would I buy it again, yes, certainly.

Would I recommend it, yes certainly, and with the notes above.

Best to all...
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Jeremy Silman is an International Master and a world-class teacher, writer, and player who has won the American Open, the National Open, and the U.S. Open. Considered by many to be the game's preeminent instructive writer, he is the author of over thirty-six popular books, including How to Reassess Your Chess (universally accepted as a modern classic), The Amateur's Mind, The Complete Book of Chess Strategy, and The Reassess Your Chess Workbook. Fans of the game instruction, book reviews, theoretical articles, and details of his work in the creation of the chess scene in the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

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