1001 Chess Endgame Exercises for Beginners

A good chess puzzle book needs both quantity and quality. With 1001 Exercises, the quantity is assured. But the strength of our '1001 Exercises' series is the quality of the puzzles.

It takes an experienced coach, strong chess player, and structured thinker to create the perfect puzzle rush. Only a coach with the stature of IM Thomas Willemze is able to collect hundreds and hundreds of puzzles that are both instructive and entertaining.

In this fourth book of the 1001-series the focus is on the Endgame. Since most of the pieces have left the board, endgame tactics have the clarity that enables you to grasp all basic concepts quickly and comprehensively. In the endgame, you can focus on what is important without any distractions by a couple of random pawns and pieces. 

Thomas Willemze is your perfect guide. He is an International Master and was a youth coach for the Dutch national chess federation. As an author, he wrote two highly praised books aimed at club players: The Chess Toolbox and The Scandinavian for Club Players. For New In Chess magazine, he writes the column What would you play?

What would you play?

It is not by chance that Willemze has added a special section to his book you will not find in an average tactics manual: you will also learn how to defend yourself against an opponent’s threat. Most tactics books focus on the attack; however, chess players must attack and defend equally well.

This new book is for 'beginners' - which makes it the perfect starting point to train tactics for anyone with an Elo rating between 1000 and 1500. But it is also suitable for anyone between 1500 and 1800 who would like to sharpen their tactical awareness - or who enjoys solving puzzles.

The other three books in the 1001 series - for beginners, club players, and advanced club players, respectively - had twelve puzzles per page. But feedback from our readers has made us decide to halve that and have only six puzzles per page for improved focus.

I invite you to have a look at this highly instructive puzzle book 1001 Chess Endgame Exercises for Beginners. On the product page, we offer a link to 21 sample pages to get a good feel of the book.