Improving the Endgame


GM Valeriy Aveskulov

I support Mark Dvoretsky's method of coaching. The optimal way to study endgames is to learn the theory of the given type of endgame. Then, a player improves his practical skills with exercises.

That's why I decided to publish e-books about different type of endgames. The first two books from the series Improving the Endgame Technique are available on Amazon and ForwardChess. Order both of the discounted ebook versions here.

You have probably lightly read some good books on endgames. Do you forget most of what you have read in your OTB endgames? Then the next step is embedding the technique from books (and other sources) firmly into your mind. Remember, modern time controls do not give us a chance to think deeply during an endgame. Intuition plays a primary role in such circumstances. Geniuses already have good intuition. The rest of us should train a lot!


Same-Colored Bishop Endgames

same-colored bishop endings This kindle book will provide you with many exercises to help you become better in same-colored bishop endgames (SCBE). You will learn simple fundamentals and then more difficult solutions and techniques. Even deep analysis does not always answer the question, "Is this line winning or drawn?"

Nowadays, many players ignore studying endgames. But since you are already reading this, you are wondering, "How can I improve my endgame skills?"



Opposite-Colored Bishop Endgames

This book continues the endgame series with Opposite-Colored Bishop Endgames (OCBE). Beside pure OCBE's, you can find OCBE's with rooks on the board. Contrary to popular belief, all bishops of opposite colors endgames are not automatically drawn.


Attack with Black

Attack with Black In August 2013, GAMBIT published my first chess book "Attack with Black". This interview describes the book, which you can order here.

The Kindle edition duplicates the flexicover book at less cost. But it also offers a revolutionary idea for Black in the King Walk Variation with 12.a4. A "good read".

publisher's notes...

Book fees (U.S. dollars)

"Improving the Endgame Technique" Format Cost
Bishops of Opposite Colors ebook $3.99
Bishops of Same Colors ebook $3.99
Bishops of Same Colors flexicover $6.99
Bishop endgames (2 e-books) ebook $4.99

News and information

recent student achievements

FM Francois Oberholzer (SAR)

FM Francois Oberholzer (SAR) showed an impressive performance in the South Africa Open in 2015, the second year in a row. He added 88 ELO points by beating (with Black) an opponent rated 400 points higher.

student endorsements

Adrian Randazzo "I have to thank Valeriy for the training sessions that have helped me improve my chess to the Fide Master level. A good assessment of the typical position in the middlegame and the basic rules in the endgame was, for me, very important. I must not forget that solving puzzles helped me to maintain concentration during critical moments of my games. I highly recommend to all chessplayers the training sessions with GM Valeriy Aveskulov." -FM Adrian Randazzo (Italy)

Praveen Narayanan "I recommend Valeriy as an excellent chess trainer for his logical and patient approach, and in his ability to break down positions into their essential elements in a way that is accessible to the student. His services are also relatively inexpensive and affordable. He has helped dissect my games, so as to pinpoint the critical moments and reveal the possibilities contained in them, always emphasizing a rational and logical course. -Praveen Narayanan (USA)

Francois Oberholzer "I started taking lessons from Valeriy in May, 2010. At the time it seemed impossible that someone who was sitting in another part of the world could make such a huge improvement in my chess. I am grateful to Valeriy for putting in the time and effort to helping me improve my chess. I can recommend Valeriy confidently and without hesitation to anyone who is considering him as a coach." -FM Francois Oberholzer (SAR)

Jeff Plew

"I've been having chess lessons with GM Valeriy Aveskulov for about eight months. It's been a great experience. He is of course an accomplished player, but also a very switched-on, capable and positive teacher, adept at electronic media. Valeriy quickly understood where I am at as a chessplayer - strength, style, knowledge, repertoire, personal context - and was able to effectively engage my play and move it forward. -Dr. Jeffrey Plew (Australia)

Epiphany Peters

"Mr. Aveskulov has been an excellent coach! Until I took lessons from him, I was having trouble identifying the errors in my own games. Now he analyzes my games in depth and helps me find my mistakes so I can understand them and work on avoiding them in the future. He has also helped me significantly with my endgame, and advised me with my opening repertoire. I really enjoy our lessons and I recommend Mr. Aveskulov as a coach." -Epiphany Peters (USA)

Bruce Highcock "As an adult learning chess, I was very happy to find GM Aveskulov as a coach. He is a talented high-level player with very affordable rates, and a dedicated coach and teacher. He has shown me how to improve my game in an enjoyable and unpretentious atmosphere with an emphasis on the examination of my own games and specific training geared towards a higher level of understanding and appreciation for the game." -Bruce Highcock (Canada) University's 1st online camp

From July 7 - 11, 2014 I was an instructor at University's first online camp. The camp had 21 players who listened to lectures by Boris Gelfand. He analysed his win against Hikaru Nakamura and then answered questions on chess-related issues. Other lecturers included GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, IM Valeri Lilov, and me.

I gave 4 lectures, dedicated to themes like: 1) prophylactical thinking; 2) playing with two bishops; 3) positional sacrifice of the exchange; 4) general advice about how to work on chess. It was my first experience of giving online lecture on English for such a big group of players. But I liked this, and hope that my listeners also enjoyed the process.


new online lectures

In June of 2013 I started a new coaching activity: online lectures for groups of students. My audience is members of the Kiev School of Grandmasters, an organization that gathers young players from the whole of Ukraine. Their average age is about 12-13 years. This idea was inspired by IM Vitaly Pesotsky. The main coach of the school is Andrey Zontakh, who coached Sanan Sjugirov and many other strong players.


"Death match" #15

(06/09/2013) "World number four GM Fabiano Caruana won the Death Match 15 Sunday afternoon by a score of 16-9 over GM Valeriy Aveskulov. But the score did not reflect the proximity of most of the match.

Although qualifying based on his bullet rating, Aveskulov showed surprising prowess in both the five-minute and three-minute segments, remaining equal in the former and only being edged at the end of the latter. He went into the 1+1 segment only down two games, but after Caruana rattled off the first four convincingly, Aveskulov simply could not make up the difference." -

Danil Kucherenko (1983 - 2014)

Jan. 14, 2014 my best friend, Danil Kucherenko, passed away. Two weeks earlier he lost his fiancé, Natalie.

His death deeply saddened hundreds of people who knew him. His passing will never be fully accepted by us. He was a truly generous, irreplaceable soul. ...more


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