Book Review – Endgame Strategy by Mikhail Shereshevsky

Author of the Book – Mikhail Shereshevsky

Publishing Year – 1981

Published By – Everyman chess

What to Expect?

Endgame strategy is one of the best classics. This book was published in the Russian language in 1981. (yes, around 40 years back!) The first English edition was published in 1985 by everyman chess. This book is an attempt to study and systemize certain basic practical principles of the playing of chess endings. This book contains an interesting selection of endings along with classic examples. The author aims in the first instance to explain the course of the struggle, penetrate into the psychology of the player’s actions and focus readers’ attention.

What is the uniqueness of this book?

This book focuses on a complex endgame with many pieces. Positions are also selected carefully. The author covered many topics from pawns to queens. This book also focuses on the problem of exchanges, how to use two bishops, 3 vs 2 pawn structure, etc. It was very difficult to produce any chess book in 1981 but Shereshevsky was the one who published many books at that time.

For whom will this book suit the best?

This book is recommended for those who know the basic principles and types of the core endgames. This book can be studied by beginners to masters and for beginners, those who played 6-8 classical tournaments can check this book.

What did I like about this book?

I find chapter names quite interesting such as, Do not hurry, Principle of two weaknesses, etc. Because every time we purchase any book, we read the preface and index. I also like the chapter introduction very much. I have completed this book almost 2 times. According to me, this book can be studied repetitively to enjoy the beauty of chess.

Endgame Strategy – New and improved edition

After selling thousands of copies of the original book, New in chess came with a new and improved edition of the Endgame Strategy book. This new book is huge with 480 pages of content.

I recommend everyone to still go with the old one as you will get a classy feel while studying. If you have done an old book, you can check this new book.

Buy a new edition from Amazon

From Where Can You Buy This Book?

The old edition (Original) is published and available on Amazon and a few online websites. The new and revised edition is available on many websites and all big offline stores.

You can buy from Amazon from this link

About the author

The author is one of the strongest players from Byelorussia, who has worked extensively as a trainer. Shereshevsky taught endgame to many young Russian talents. He also worked with many chess players all over the world.

Shereshevsky is also known as the best chess author and won many chess awards. His work is applauded by Magnus Carlsen. Almost every top chess player studied his books.

About the publisher

Everyman Chess, formerly known as Cadogan Chess, is a major publisher of books and CDs about chess. “Everyman” is a registered trademark of Random House and the company headquarters is in London.

Former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov is their chief advisor and John Emms is the general editor, assisted by Richard Palliser. The company is now known as “Gloucester Publishers”.

They have published world-class chess books and many chess series including My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov.


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