100 Endgames You must Know
256 pages, paperback, New in Chess, 4. edition 2015, first edition 2008
The good news about endgames is:
- there are relatively few endings you should know by heart
- once you know these endings, that's it. Your knowledge never goes out of date!
Thebad news is that, all the same, the endgame technique of most players is deficient. Modern time-controls make matters worse: there is simply not enough time to delve deep into the position.
- show up most frequently
- are easy to learn
- contain ideas that are useful in more difficult positions.
Your performance will improve dramatically because this book brings you:
- simple rules
- detailed and lively explanations
- many diagrams
- clear summaries of the most important themes
- dozens of tests.
027 Basic endings
045 Basic test
051 Knight vs. Pawn
059 Queen vs. Pawn
068 Rook vs. Pawn
083 Rook vs. 2 Pawns
089 Same-coloured bishops: Bishop + Pawn vs. Bishop
096 Bishop vs. Knight: one pawn on the board
104 Opposite-coloured bishops: Bishop + 2 pawns vs. Bishop
123 Rook + Pawn vs. Rook
153 Rook + 2 pawns vs. Rook
169 Pawn endings
204 Other material relations
229 Final Test
IM John Donaldson: "De la Villa does the job quite well. He emphasizes the practical and prefers understanding to memorization."
Frank Clevers, De Limburger:
"Recommended for everyone who wants to improve his knowledge of practical endgames."
Marsh Towers Chess Reviews:
"The material is well chosen and the presentation is excellent (..) The greatest strength of the book: breaking things down into well-worded chunks of easily digestible information."
Elburg Chess Reviews:
"This book will certainly improve your endgame skills in a spectacular way!"
British Chess Magazine: "A clear exposition of the most imortant endgames, with exercises to test your knowledge."
Max Euwe Centre, Amsterdam:
"The instructional explanations, the many diagrams and the pleasant presentation make this endgame book an interesting publication for club players with a rating from 1600."
Danny King & Ronan Bennett, The Guardian: "We all admired '100 Endgames' for its clarity and practical value."
B.H.Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad:
"Every clubplayer should study this splendid book."
If you really have no patience for endgames, at least read Jesus de la Villa’s ‘100 Endgames You Must Know’.” -- Gary Walters Chess
“A clear exposition of the most important endgames, with exercises to test your knowledge.” -- British Chess Magazine