Originally posted by 93confirmed
Does anyone know if "Silman's Complete Endgame Course: From Beginner To Master" is just as good if not better than "Endgame Tactics: A Comprehensive Guide to the Sunny Side of Chess Endgames". I'm debating which one to get...
I haven't read either one, but I've read the reviews. According to the reviews, both books are excellent, but they have different goals in mind. Silman's book is strictly an instructional book organized by strength levels. But it isn't dry reading like many other endgame books. (Silman's books are noted for their readability.)
On the other hand, Van Perlo's book is a collection of endgame positions from actual play. This book was written primarily for the sheer joy and entertainment of the endgame tactics, although I'm sure the author intended the reader to learn something from the game positions.
I glanced at the excerpt of the Van Perlo book (the last link below), and I suspect that a beginner might have a hard time following most of the book. (Or, at the least, he'd have to go very slowly over the positions.) It seems to be geared to at least the average club player.
So if you want to just learn endgames in the quickest manner, I'd go with Silman. But if you want to be entertained at a club level or higher (and maybe learn something along the way), go with Van Perlo.