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100 Endgames You must Know


256 pages, paperback, New in Chess, 4. edition 2015, first edition 2008

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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 Your knowledge never goes out of date!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.

Jesus de la Vila debunks the myth that endgame theory is complex and he teaches you to steer the game into a position you are familiar with. This book contains only those endgames that:
  • 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.

More Information
Weight 480 g
Manufacturer New in Chess
Width 17 cm
Height 23,5 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2015
Author Jesus de la Villa
Language English
Edition 4
ISBN-13 9789056912444
Year of First Edition 2008
Pages 256
Binding paperback

009 Introduction

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

243 Appendix

251 Bibliography

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

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