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Basic Endings Compiled by avidfan 100 Best Books
Compiled by songman14

This collection of 38 games was compiled by avidfan. Fredthebear copied it from avidfan. Thank you avidfan!

Endings must be mastered in early training. Begin with the end in mind. Tactics, positional sacrifices, king opposition, zugzwang, triangulation may be relevant.

* 100 Best Chess Books of All Time: The list has some excellent recommendations, but it's hardly correct. The order of the books is HORRENDOUS. FTB owns hundreds of chess books and has read many, so here's some help.

01) Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess must be thoroughly mastered by ALL beginners. 02) Silman's book is overrated. Better to read Middlegame books & tournament collections. 03) Chernev's books are excellent for advanced beginners and intermediates. 04) M60MG is a classic, but you should read 59 other books before this one. 05) When you think you're a smart chess player, read Polgar's brick cover-cover. 06) Silman's book is overrated. Better to read Middlegame books & tournament collections. 07) Silman's Complete Endgame Course is useful, perhaps confidence-inspiring. 08) The 48 Laws of Power does not belong on this list whatsoever. 09) Zurich 1953 is a classic. Let this be the 53rd chess book that you read. 10) The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal is a favorite world-wide!! 11) A History of Chess by David Shenk is excellent for history buffs. 12) My System by Aron Nimzovich is a true classic, but very wordy. 13) Art of Attack in Chess by Vladimir Vukovic is a true classic, must read!! 14) Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual is a modern classic for top-level players. 15) Seirawan's Winning Chess Tactics, revised is recommended for beginners. 16) Silman's Complete Book of Chess Strategy is not complete, but useful. 17) I don't recommend reading books about suicidal people. It's not an option. 18) Endgame by Frank Brady. Let's read those 60 other books first, O.K.? 19) Chess Fundamentals by Jose Capablanca is NOT for beginners. 20) Seirawan's Play Winning Chess is much better for beginners. 21) Chess for Dummies is NOT for dummies; read before Capablanca's book. 22) My Great Predecessors, Part 1. Save it back for the next decade. 23) The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin. Does the cover match the contents? 24) MCO 15th edition by Nick De Firmian is essential for tournament players. 25) Tal-Botvinnik 1960 highly recommended for tournament players. 26) Think Like A Grandmaster is for GMs. Better to think like Chernev, Reinfeld. 27) Game Changer is a good book for master players and above. 28) Understanding Chess Move by Move is for tournament players. 29) My Great Predecessors, Part IV. Save it back for the next decade. 30) Bobby Fischer Goes to War. Let's read those 60 other books first, O.K.? 31) The Luzhin Defense is a fictional novel. It will not improve your chess game. 32) My Great Predecessors, Part 2. Save it back for the next decade. 33) Pawn Structure Chess by Andrew Soltis. Read it sometime after Nunn. 34) Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games, after Polgar's brick. 35) 100 Endgames You Must Know is advanced. There's no rush on this one. 36) Silman's book is overrated. Better to read Middlegame books & tournament collections. 37) There's no need to read Searching for Bobby Fischer, but you can if you like. 38) Seirawan's Winning Chess Strategies is for advanced beginners. 39) My Best Games of Chess, 1908-1937. Read this instead of Silman. 39) My Best Games of Chess, 1908-1937. Read this book again, chess hombre! 40) Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess helps casual club players improve. 41) FCO Paul Van der Sterren is a useful book for intermediates. 42) How Life Imitates Chess. Garry seems well-informed about matters. 43) How to Beat Your Dad at Chess should be read frequently, grown-ups too! 44) Yusupov's Build up your Chess 1 is a fine series for serious, advanced players. 45) My Great Predecessors, Part 3. Save it back for the next decade. 46) Chess mastery does not come easily. It takes steady studies. Skip this book. 47) My Great Predecessors, Part 5. Save it back for the next decade. 48) Chernev's books are useful. Read at least a dozen books before this one. 49) I prefer Lasker's Manual of Chess over Nimzowitch's System and Silman. 50) 1001 Winning Sacrifices and Combinations. Read Lasker's Manual first. 51) Seirawan's Winning Chess Openings. Get FCO Paul Van der Sterren instead. 52) Pachman's Modern Chess Strategy. Read after Alexander Alekhine's book. 53) Deep Thinking? You need to think like Chernev, Reinfeld, Capa, Alekhine. 54) Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy by Watson is a must for master players. 55) Chess Tactics for Champions should be read EVERY six months. Some typos. 56) The Seven Deadly Chess Sins is a good book, but it can wait a few years. 57) Capablanca's Best Chess Endings is a good book, but it can wait a few years. 58) Simple Chess is not so simple. Let it wait at least a year. 59) Mastering the Chess Openings Vol. 1 after FCO Paul Van der Sterren. 60) Practical Chess Exercises will help intermediates and club players. 61) Masters of the Chessboard. Try it after Practical Chess Exercises. 62) Kasparov vs Karpov 1975-1985. This can wait until after the Fischer books. 63) Chess for Kids by Michael Basman is the FIRST BOOK to be read. 64) Chess Praxis, 21st Century edition is understandable, instructive. 65) Re-printed as "How to Play Chess Like a Boss". Recommended. 66) The best way to pump up your rating is to replay complete master games with notes each and every day. 67) Chess for Zebras can wait until you've read all the old classics. 68) Don't rush Best Lessons. Read Seirawan, Polgar, Chernev books first. 69) Read Gelfand's book when you become a grandmaster. 70) Read One Hundred Selected Games after Alekhine and Pachman's books. 70) Read One Hundred Selected Games again. Your competency is elevated. 71) Read How to See 3 Moves Ahead your first year of studies. 72) Studying Chess Made Easy. You should read 3-4 Dan Heisman books first. 73) Shereshevsky's Endgame Strategy is a classic for advanced players. 74) Yusupov's series is for serious, master candidates and beyond. 75) Ideas Behind the Openings for experienced players who know all the names. 76) Fundamental Chess Endings is for masters and grandmasters. 77) The Art of the Middle Game after Alekhine, Pachman, & Botvinnik's books. 78) Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur after you've read the Logical books. 79) Weapons of Chess should be read your first year of playing chess. 80) After Basman & Seirawn, read Traps and Zaps a half-dozen times!! 80) There's a Traps and Zaps II on Semi-Open games. Get that one also. 81) Read Tal's book sometime after The Art of Attack by Vukovic. 82) Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, Part 1 after all the Fischer books. 83) The Flanders Panel - Skip it if you're serious about chess. 84) Pawn Power in Chess sometime after The Art of the Middle Game. 85) The Mammoth Book of Chess shortly after Polgar's tactics, Traps and Zaps. 86) Pandolfini's Endgame Course after The Mammoth Book of Chess. 87) The Middlegame, Book 2 after Pawn Power in Chess. 88) Read Chess for Beginners after Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess at the top. 89) Intermediates must not skip The Game of Chess by Siegbert Tarrasch!! 90) Read Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking after Pandolfini's Endgame Course. 91) Books written by Mark Dvoretsky are for grandmasters. 92) The Queen of Katwe is a real-life success story. Highly recommended!! 93) I have not read this book. Consider the reviews on 94) 500 Master Games of Chess is an instructive classic! Learn descriptive notation and replay 1-2 games from it each evening. 95) The Turk. Sure, read it if you wish, but don't ever think of cheating. 96) Seirawan's Winning Chess Endings. This is MUST KNOW info for beginners!! 97) Grandmaster Preparation - Calculation. Masters would benefit from this. 98) Don't forget The Immortal Game by David Shenk. It's a history book. 99) Seirawan's Winning Chess Brilliancies. A good read for advanced beginners. 100) Modern Ideas in Chess is a classic for intermediate players and up!

* Top 50 Starter Books Listed in Advancing Study Order: 63 - Chess for Kids by Michael Basman and Mary Ling 01 - Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess by Bobby Fischer, Stuart Margulies, Don Mosenfelder 20 - Play Winning Chess by Yasser Seirawan
43 - How to Beat Your Dad at Chess by Murray Chandler 88 - Chess for Beginners Know the Rules, Choose Your Strategy, and Start Winning by Yelizaveta Orlova 80 - Chess Openings Traps And Zaps by Bruce Pandolfini 15 - Winning Chess Tactics, revised by Yasser Seirawan 03 - Logical Chess Move By Move Every Move Explained New Algebraic Edition by Irving Chernev 79 - Weapons of Chess An Omnibus of Chess Strategies by Bruce Pandolfini 65 - The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess/Play Like a Boss by Patrick Wolff 99 - Winning Chess Brilliancies by Yasser Seirawan 55 - Chess Tactics for Champions A step-by-step guide to using tactics and combinations the Polgar way by Susan Polgar and Paul Truong Xtra - More Chess Openings: Traps and Zaps 2 by Bruce Pandolfini 21 - Chess for Dummies by James Eade
96 - Winning Chess Endings by Yasser Seirawan
40 - Pandolfini's Ultimate Guide to Chess by Bruce Pandolfini 96 - Winning Chess Endings by Yasser Seirawan. Read it again; know it! 55 - Chess Tactics for Champions A step-by-step guide to using tactics and combinations the Polgar way by Susan Polgar and Paul Truong 38 - Winning Chess Strategies by Yasser Seirawan 90 - Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking From the First Move to the Last by Neil McDonald 16 - Complete Book of Chess Strategy by Jeremy Silman 68 - Best Lessons of a Chess Coach by Sunil Weeramantry, Edward V. Eusebi, Bruce Pandolfini 55 - Chess Tactics for Champions A step-by-step guide to using tactics and combinations the Polgar way by Susan Polgar and Paul Truong 19 - Chess Fundamentals by Jose Capablanca
86 - Pandolfini's Endgame Course by Bruce Pandolfini 85 - The Mammoth Book of Chess by Graham Burgess. Explains 125 games. 71 - Winning Chess How To See Three Moves Ahead by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld. It's descriptive notation, so it dropped here. 78 - Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur by Max Euwe, Walter Meiden Xtra - The Art of the Checkmate by Renaud & Kahn. 89 - The Game of Chess by Siegbert Tarrasch.
Xtra - 300 Games of Chess by Siegbert Tarrasch.
75 - Ideas Behind the Chess Openings Algebraic Edition by Reuben Fine 71 - Winning Chess How To See Three Moves Ahead by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld. Read it again. Solving tactics should come easy by now. 48 - The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played by Irving Chernev 49 - Lasker's Manual of Chess by Emanuel Lasker
7 - Silman's Complete Endgame Course From Beginner to Master by Jeremy Silman. This should be read at least once a year, every year. 61 - Masters of the Chessboard by Richard Reti, Sam Sloan, Horace Ransom Bigelow 50 - 1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations by Fred Reinfeld 94 - 500 Master Games of Chess by Dr. S. Tartakower, J. du Mont 41 - FCO Fundamental Chess Openings by Paul Van der Sterren 58 - Simple Chess New Algebraic Edition by Michael Stean 05 - Chess 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games László Polgár and Bruce Pandolfini. The reader is overly prepared at this point for this challenge. 57 - Capablanca's Best Chess Endings by Irving Chernev. 39 - My Best Games of Chess, 1908-1937 by Alexander Alekhine 24 - Modern Chess Openings 15th edition by Nick De Firmian 100 - Modern Ideas in Chess by Richard Reti.
13 - Art of Attack in Chess by Vladimir Vukovic. 12 - My System by Aron Nimzovich. The reader is ready for Hypermodernism. 64 - Chess Praxis by Aron Nimzowitsch, Ken Artz
60 - Practical Chess Exercises 600 Lessons from Tactics to Strategy by Ray Cheng 52 - Modern Chess Strategy by Ludek Pachman, Allen S. Russell 84 - Pawn Power in Chess by Hans Kmoch
70 - One Hundred Selected Games by Mikhail Botvinnik, Stephen Garry 77 - The Art of the Middle Game by Paul Keres, Alexander Kotov 09 - The Chess Struggle in Practice Candidates Tournament, Zurich 1953 by David Ionovich Bronstein 10 - The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal by Mikhail Tal

see-saw, BN mate
M Kupferstich vs H Andreasen, 1953 
(C27) Vienna Game, 34 moves, 1-0

exciting draw Q vs 2N
Janowski vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

23...Qg3!! initiates a shower of gold coins
S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

Bishop dominates Knight
Smyslov vs Tal, 1964 
(A36) English, 72 moves, 0-1

Rook-N Arabian mate
Parma vs Damjanovic, 1960 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 26 moves, 0-1

Smash the guards
Parma vs G Ramirez, 1963 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 25 moves, 1-0

Power of Rook on the 7-th rank
Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

BN mate,Q sac - Caro-Kann trap
B Perenyi vs L Eperjesi, 1974 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 14 moves, 1-0

Q,2N vs Q,R,N
A P Law vs Miles, 1981 
(C16) French, Winawer, 40 moves, 1-0

2-edged attack - deflection & threat on loose B.
B Malich vs J Kort, 1971 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 27 moves, 1-0

sac & complications
Tal vs Speelman, 1988 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 34 moves, 1-0

Strangulation behind a pawn wall
Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1-0

Sheltering pawn
W Schlage vs Reti, 1928 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 47 moves, 0-1

Siege of king after displacing the defending queen
V Karasev vs K Klaman, 1967 
(B56) Sicilian, 39 moves, 1-0

On 42.Rxe7 how does Black mate?
Hort vs Gligoric, 1970 
(E82) King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

N vs 2B
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1961 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 83 moves, 0-1

R vs BR Endgame tactics & zugzwang
Karpov vs G Needleman, 2005 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 96 moves, 0-1

Continuous siege of King tactics
Vasiukov vs Uhlmann, 1962 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

pawn storm
I Ivanov vs V Zaltsman, 1983 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 44 moves, 1-0

Q+P wins vs Q
Botvinnik vs N Minev, 1954 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 91 moves, 1-0

Q+P defeats Q
Botvinnik vs G Ravinsky, 1944 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 126 moves, 1-0

R+B beats R with mate threats
V Malakhov vs Grischuk, 1996 
(C47) Four Knights, 100 moves, 1-0

Distant opposition, triangulation
Seirawan vs Kasparov, 1983 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 54 moves, 0-1

Bad B overcome by good one.
B Milic vs Gligoric, 1959 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 64 moves, 0-1

Q+N defeats Q
Spassky vs Karpov, 1982 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 84 moves, 1-0

R loses to R+N
Polgar vs Kasparov, 1996 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 90 moves, 0-1

Rook loses to rook + pawn
Smyslov vs J H Donner, 1967 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 73 moves, 0-1

B+3P loses to N+3p
Vasiukov vs Tal, 1959 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 70 moves, 0-1

Rook traps N.
Karpov vs Ftacnik, 1988 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 93 moves, 1-0

Pawn tactics follow 30...Rxb2 sac.
Tylkowski vs A Wojciechowski, 1931 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

RNPP overcome Q.
G Vescovi vs Sveshnikov, 2002 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 98 moves, 1-0

Fierce attack
Kamsky vs Kramnik, 1994 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

B overextended by a & d pawns after positional sac.
Topalov vs Shirov, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 53 moves, 0-1

67...Qa1-e5 draws in Q+P vs q ending
Alekhine vs G Stoltz, 1942 
(B54) Sicilian, 80 moves, 1-0

White wins pawn ending with the opposition
Botvinnik vs Flohr, 1944 
(A09) Reti Opening, 68 moves, 1-0

R+P loses to R + B
H Ni vs Z Zhang, 2005 
(C10) French, 90 moves, 0-1

Q+2P vs Q draw
Ribli vs Spassky, 1985 
(A15) English, 85 moves, 1/2-1/2

B+P vs B ending
I Bilek vs A Ornstein, 1976 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 57 moves, 1-0

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