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Chess Endgame Training Paperback – July, 2004
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About the Author
Bernd Rosen is a highly qualified trainer who writes a regular column in a German chess magazine. He gained his FIDE Master title in 1987 and has played in the German Bundesliga for many years.
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This book is highly recoomended if you are looking to improve your end game knowledge. This book is also excellent for chess coaches.
I stumbled upon CET in a used bookstore, and it's proven more tangibly helpful than the entire chess library I bought from reading reviews.
(I'm a USCF Expert.)
Used price over $100!?? This book is a translation of the German _Fit im Endspiel_, which is available from Amazon.de for under $15. The book does not contain a whole lots of words, so even if you don't read German, FiE might be a worthwhile purchase just to get the curated puzzles and solutions.
The problem with many endgame treatises--including great contemporary books like _Fundamental Chess Endings_ and (to a lesser extent) _Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual_--is that a fair portion of the material covered is frankly too darn hard even for ambitious young players. Rosen has put a lot of thought into organizing the material so that the young player has a reasonable chance of solving (or at least understanding) each exercise. The ideal reader is probably ELO 1000-1600, though most players with ELO above 2000 would also benefit.
I can't recommend this book strongly enough to chess instructors: 16 well-organized lessons in one book!
It works by giving you first a set of exercises and then explaining what's going on. Hence, this is a real fun & practical way to work on your endgames. The ideas will get stuck to you head..
But let me say once more that imo you need to be already acquainted with basic endgames and also have a good sense of tactics & calculation.