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Does anyone know the difference between the 3rd and 4th edition of "100 Endgames You Must Know"? I just looked at the Table Of Contents and they are identical and random pages on Amazon look the same too. I would imagine there must be some new use of the new tablebases that were completed since 2012?

  • Interesting you should ask this -- I am seriously interested in getting the Kindle version for the New Year and playing over 2 endgames a week to finish it up in a year (this amongst other chess playing/studying) – Dexygen Dec 29 '15 at 21:42
  • In publishing business "new edition" most of the time a synonym for a rip off. They change a couple of pictures, rephrase a few words here and there, add a nicer shinier cover and here it comes "n-th edition, revised only for 15.95". – Salvador Dali Dec 29 '15 at 21:59
  • To add to this, in text books for study they go further and change numbers in home assignments so that it would be a huge pain to reuse the old book. In your case they will most probably just change a few words and may be add a few unrelated comments. – Salvador Dali Dec 29 '15 at 22:02
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De la Villa's "100 Endgames you must know", though apparently a good book seems to have been plagued by an abundance of typos and mistakes as detailed in this blogpost.

So although the culprit in this case has been the 2nd edition, maybe it does make sense to go for the latest edition. Here you can look at the errata page which presumably contains errors that have now been corrected, although as I mentioned some of these corrections probably already happened in the third edition.

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I have the book on Chessable (popular site for reading chess books like this one):

https://www.chessable.com/endgame-book/100-endgames-you-must-know/5193/

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The difference in edition come from improved annotations and error checking. That's common for all books (chess or not). If you already have the 3rd edition, there's no point to get the newer edition.

Please note the edition is not specified in the screenshot because it's always the latest edition. I'd recommend to get an ebook version (e.g. Chessable or other publishers). New In Chess updates their ebooks for free, you will get a free update when they release the 5th, 6th edition etc.

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Endgame books always contain analysis mistakes, and newer editions always correct these mistakes. So I would recommend to get up-to-date by buying the last one.

As you said, 7-men Lomonosov built since last edition, and probably 7-men tablebase revealed that some analyses wrong.

From erreta page: "On this Errata page we provide our readers with corrections in our books of analytical mistakes, or mistakes which might lead to misunderstandings ..."

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I know this answer is coming late, but as someone who had the 3rd edition and upgrated to the 4th edition I can answer this definitely. The ONLY difference in the new edition is that diagrams have an indicator of who is to move, and glancing at the text below the diagram it's very easy to see who is to move if you can't already figure it out based on the particular ending you are studying, if you already have the 3rd and you want this "feature" just go through the book with a pencil and mark every diagram with W/B for who has the move, everything else in the book word for word is IDENITCAL, yes I went through each page and did not see ANY difference whatsoever. Those that said that updated versions where usually money grabs nailed this one completely. The publisher New In Chess was extremely deceptive selling this as a new version complete with a new book cover. This could have been done in a new printing, shame on New in Chess.

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    Does the downvoters contest the strong claim in this answer, or is he downvoting for another reason ? In both case an explanation would be welcome... – Evargalo Sep 28 '17 at 9:59
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More often than not, edition differences are often just edits and re-phrasings. If you have the 3rd edition, then I would not fret about getting the 4th.

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