Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual has always been a classic chess book when it comes to learning and improving chess endgames.
A couple years ago I realized that I was consistently getting good position out of the opening and middlegame but couldn’t convert to a win in the endgame.
That’s when I really became aware of the problems with my endgame technique. When I started looking into books to help me with this problem I was facing, I found this manual. This book is just packed with amazing tips and information and with this review I want to share the experiences I’ve had with this book with you all.
When I bought this book, I have to admit, I was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of material in it. However, the two-column layout is quite aesthetically pleasing. It also uses figurine notation, which is also an added bonus for it’s readability.
One complaint I have with this book is that it can be a bit difficult to understand some of the explanations that Dvoretsky includes. Sometimes you have to dig really deep into a position to understand what it going on.
This book is absolutely amazing information-wise. It is packed with a great many different combinations of endgames and also tells you which of the endgame knowledge is absolutely necessary to understand.
The examples are quite challenging and sometimes it can be frustrating if you do not understand one of the solutions that Dvoretsky presents.
Physical Book Quality:
The physical book is pretty high quality. The pages and the cover are quite sturdy. However, I found that (as it is for any book of this size) it sometimes can be difficult to get the book to stay open on the same page if you are following along on a physical chess board while reading.
Is Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual Worth it?
If you are an experienced player and have time to sit and follow along with a chess board while you read, I would highly recommend this book to you.
The book itself basically has all of the information you would need about endgames for a normal online or tournament game.
If you would like to purchase the book, you can check it out on Amazon, or at the House of Staunton.