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Tactically, of course there's lichess endgame puzzles. But Josh Waitzkin says in the endgame you think more strategically than tactically, iirc.

Part 1. Strategically, what's next?

Besides books (r/chess has a list), I'm looking for online courses or video lectures (preferably 'online, free and complete' as Hauke Reddmann says, but even if not that's fine. I mean, chessmaster wasn't/isn't free) that

  1. have endgames that aren't covered in waitzkin's endgame series in chessmaster eg 2 rooks vs queen or knight vs knight.

  2. have more examples of what the endgame course already has eg knight vs bishop, bishop and knight vs rook, rook vs rook, bishop vs same/opposite coloured bishop, etc. (given the drawishness of opposite coloured bishops, maybe we can skip this.)

Note: This has been asked on reddit but not for endgames specifically.

What I've found so far:

  1. There's the Saint Louis Chess Club on youtube. Like I search 'endgame' there and then there a lot of videos, but it seems I'll get videos that don't necessarily follow some progression like in a course. In particular, they don't have a playlist for endgame.

  2. P.L. Chess Endgame Course: There seems to be a lot of either endgame puzzles, w/c I could just do on lichess (but of course wouldn't necessarily gain understanding from the puzzles w/c is of course why I'm asking this question), or 'theoretical endings'. But some of the videos on this list I guess do kind of cover what I'm looking for.

Part 2. Wait any more tactical or puzzle stuff?

  1. Chess Endgame Training - again seems like those 'theoretical endings'

  2. chesstempo's endgame thingy - again seems like those 'theoretical endings'

  • Josh Waitzkin's Academy on Chessmaster... that brings me back
    – qwr
    Apr 23 at 19:52

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BCLC and I discussed my personal studies on lichess, and he felt that my endgame series in particular was a great follow-up to the chessmaster series. I was asked by lichess itself to create educational studies, and so far I've created 10 total. For a little more back-story, check out this reddit post.

My endgame series starts with "Beginner endgames you must know!", but as of April 2022, there are already five - covering pretty much every important theoretical endgame you should know if you're <1800 OTB. I've also included famous endgames by Capablanca to help spruce it up and keep the knowledge practical as well as theoretical. The rest of the series can be found at the Beginner endgames link above, but I'm also collecting all of my informative lichess studies under the tag NoseKnowsAll if you want to see the constantly updated list in the future.


My goto resource for working on my endgames is the two DVD volume set which GM Nick Pert produced for Ginger GM. In my opinion it has all the endgame knowledge you need to take you up to at least IM level, possibly even GM, in audiovisual format which many of us find easier to absorb than books.

Here are two YouTube trailers for the series, one from DVD 1 and one from DVD 2.


I remember Josh said Korchnoi is 1 of the greatest endgame minds of all time. Probably lots of books. as for online resources, this is what i found on youtube:

Viktor Korchnoi's Endgames

endgame focus: Tal-Korchnoi gm 1 Candidates match 1968

Korchnoi - Karpov | Winning endgame against Karpov is pricesless

Endgame Lessons, Korchnoi vs Karpov, USSR Championship 1970


And there's all the stuff on chessable



There's this software by/of/(grammar?) Chess King Training.

You can buy some endgame thing they have. It's interactive or something and then teaches with annotations on the moves.


Wait, I found stuff based on a keyword adjustment: The adjustment is that I look up general chess courses instead of endgame specifically. I just crossed fingers that those courses would have endgame stuff in them. This is what I got:

  1. Winning Chess the Easy Way with Susan Polgar: This doesn't have much, but...

    • 'Essential Basic Endgames'
    • 'Essential Endgames for the Intermediate to Advanced Player'
    • 'Learn How to Create a Plan in the Opening, Middle & Endgame'
  2. Roman's Lab: ...this appears to have a lot!

    • 'Comprehensive Chess Endings' Parts 1&2
    • 'Master/ing the Endgame Series' Parts 1&2
    • 'The Most Brilliant Squeezes Ever in the Endgame'
    • 'Common Endgame Mistakes'
    • 'Most Incredible Tactics and Combinations Ever in the Endgame'

Go to the 'zugzwang' tag in chesstempo. It's a lot more like the lichess endgame puzzles than the 'endgame' thingy in chesstempo.


some youtube playlists/channels (that might follow some progression)

  1. 'Chess Endgames' by channel Hanging Pawns

  2. Improve your endgame with IM Sagar Shah by channel ChessBase India

  3. 'Chess Endgames' by channel Remote Chess Academy

  4. ENDGAMES by channel GothamChess (levy rozman) - has only 3 videos so far but even the pawn endgame video seems to cover stuff that josh hasn't (explicitly?) covered i believe

  5. chess in a robe has several endgame playlists

  6. endgames by chess mode


Ah, there are some books that have turned into videos like:

  1. Jeremy Silman's Endgame Course here or here

  2. Capablanca's Best Chess Endings by Irving Chernev here

  3. Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual 5th edition - presented by GM Erwin l'Ami (chessable)


endgame renaissance - 7 volume series, but it doesn't seem like any 1 is prerequisite of the other. For example i think anna rudolf’s thing is independent of the rest. Also Nazi Paikidze's thing.

vol1 - Endgame Renaissance - Practical Chess Endgames for Club Players (IM Valeri Lilov)

vol2 - Endgame Renaissance - Converting Imbalances for Club Players - IM Keaton Kiewra

vol3 - Endgame Renaissance - Endgame Memorization Shortcuts from the 2018 US Champion - IM Nazi Paikidze

vol4 - Endgame Renaissance - The Azerbaijani Endgame School - GM Rashad Babaev - Vol. 4

vol5 - Endgame Renaissance - Middlegame to Endgame Transition Mastery - GM Bryan Smith - Vol. 5

vol6 - Endgame Renaissance - 21st Century Chess Endgame Technique - GM Marian Petrov

vol7 - Endgame Renaissance - Anna’s Essential Endgames Course – IM Anna Rudolf


(from the (1.2) in OP)

Idea: Maybe courses that don't necessarily follow some progression can be like a good supplement to other stuff that actually does follow a progression. For example, you can learn about, say, knight vs bishop endgames or rook endgames in, say, Karsten Müller's series and then get more examples from, say, Saint Louis Chess Club.

Advantage about the non-progression courses: You can indeed use them as a supplement because they don't really quite have any prerequisites.

Disadvantage: They don't quite assume you have a certain background, so you might have to do some skipping of certain sections.

Idk. I haven't really checked out much of Saint Louis Chess Club, but that's currently how I'm planning to treat their endgame videos.


on chess se:

  1. See this question: What is important in the endgame besides centralization and activity?

See in particular PhishMaster's answer.

  1. See this question: Collection of short endgame rules

An answer in comment: 'Accidentally I live in the same town as endgame expert GM Karsten Müller (Disclaimer: I don't run an ad :-). You might take a peek into the respective Youtube videos, even if they probably are just snippets and ads for the ChessBase CDs.' – Hauke Reddmann

Volumes are:

1 - Basic knowledge for beginners (pawn, knight and bishop endgames)

  • 1.1. Note: I notice there isn't much on (same colour) bishops here as compared to in Josh Waitzkin in chessmaster. idk.

2 - Rook Endgames

3 - major piece endgames (endgames with queen or rook)

4 - Strategical Endgames (rook vs knight and bishop, double rook [more in Vol13], etc)

5 - Endgame Principles Activity & Initiative

6 - Endgame Principles Domination & Prophylaxis

7 - Endgame Principles Weaknesses & Fortresses

8 - Practical Rook Endgames

9 - Rook and Minor Piece

10 - Rook and two minor pieces

11 - Rook against Bishop

12 - Rook vs Knight

13 - Double rook endings

14 - The golden guidelines of endgame play

My impression:

  1. This seems like the most comprehensive video series I've ever seen: Chess Endgames 1 to 14. This looks like (at least among video series) the chess/chess960 endgame version of the 5-volume A Comprehensive Introduction to Differential Geometry by Michael Spivak.

  2. From what I've seen so far, the individual videos are short, looks like average 5min. For the details of the individual volumes, you can check them out individually here.

  3. Also, it looks like the volumes don't really have that much of prerequisites. Some obvious possible exceptions are like how the later stuff on rook endgames may be based on the previous stuff with rook endgames. But some volumes appear to be mostly independent of previous like volume 5 'Endgame Principles Activity & Initiative' which seems to talk about general principles and does not seem to really require the previous 4 volumes which are mostly on specific piece/s endgames.

  4. There's also an entire volume on double rook endgames, made because apparently such endgames are so common though there isn't much literature on them. (There's a chapter on double rooks in Volumes 2 or 8.)

  5. The volumes are apparently divided into

    • Volumes 1-4 on specific endgame types by pieces,

    • Volumes 5-7 on endgame principles,

    • Volume 8 on more rook endgames,

    • Volumes 9-13 on more endgame types by pieces (Volume 13 is on even more rook endgames)

    • and then finally Volume 14 w/c is another principle video.

    • You can actually get an overview of the entire 14 volumes in the introduction of Volume 14. Strangely though, this intro doesn't quite explain what vol14 is about exactly given that a lot of the titles of the videos here seem to be of things already discussed in previous volumes.

    • 5.1. Btw in the aforementioned intro to Vol14, Müller kinda confirms something I suspected: some parts of Volumes 9 and 10 are (late) arguably middlegame content!


His endgame course is actually very good and I learned a lot from it. It's mostly general ideas though and doesn't talk much about specific endgames. But, that's actually better in a way.

I would recommend Silman's. I started with Fine's but it doesn't explain much. Dvoretsky's is aimed at masters and still probably above my level. Padolfini has an endgame course but it's mostly positions and not a lot of explanation. It wouldn't be a bad supplement to another book but probably not enough by itself.

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