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Fundamental Chess Endings Paperback – Illustrated, August 1, 2001
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- Grade level : 6 and up
- Item Weight : 1.63 pounds
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781901983531
- ISBN-13 : 978-1901983531
- Dimensions : 6.8 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
- Publisher : Gambit Publications; Illustrated edition (August 1, 2001)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1901983536
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In this book, Karsten Muller and Frank Lamprecht give introductory coverage of every endgame combination there is, including the dreaded bishop/knight ending. While there may be books out there that cover specific endings more deeply, the amount of material covered here is comprehensive and voluminous enough that:
a- a person's abilities with endgame play will be improved in a way that will carry them forward for a while to come, and
b- the same person will require a fair amount of time to sit with the material and digest it.
I have been working with this book for several weeks now, and I think I could possibly get through it with a fair amount of retention in about a year. But, this is first class chess education, so it simply takes time.
At any rate, the authors in question are very erudite in relation to the subject matter at hand, and present the material in a way that is accessible and able to be assimilated. Everything is rendered in algebraic, with the main lines indicated in bold type, and the main subvariations in parentheses. Analysis is succinct and to the point.
Now then, get to work, and embed everything in your long term memory. Then go out and defeat Anand and Carlsen with ease. Rinse and repeat.
definitely enjoyable read. and if you dont know the knight and bishop vs king checkmate you'll know it now.
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The book is very clear and concise. There is a very good table of contents in the beginning of the book which is systematic and makes it easy to fint the relevant information you are looking for.
I particularly like the fact that the amount of page material on the different types of endgames relates directly to the probability of those endgames occuring. I.e. the biggest chapter is on rook endgames since they occur very frequently in practical play and so on with the other type of games.
What it all comes down to: This is the best modern 1-volume endgame book currently out there in my mind.
The chief help for me, a beginner, is the visual aid in the diagrams. There are stars to mark Key Squares, circles to mark critical squares, numbers to mark corresponding squares, different kind of "lines" drawn on the board to show you the advantageous positions (like the Troitsky line).
In the simple mates, King , bishop and knight v. King, the path of the knight is drawn on the board to make for accuracy; the three phases of the mate are explained in great detail, so you can follow its complexity well on your own board, and learn it (I took a day to learn to master this difficult mate).
It is a stimulating book, expounding master's knowledge in a clear way - I did not say "simple", because you will have to work at the examples; the examples are well explained.
There are plenty of exercises, with annotated extensive solutions, to challenge your acquired knowledge A good bibliography refers to classics like Averbakh's series of study on the endgame in five volumes in Russian and in six volumes in German!!
It even touches, although only fleetingly, on the theory of corresponding squares.More could have been written on this interesting visual approach, but space is limited.
The book is compiled with the aid of computer technology for accuracy, BUT, and it is a big but, this is a human book, not a dry manual. It is a fascinating study (albeit a study, and this implies work, the result of which you should see fairly quickly). Already from the few pages I have begun to study, I have seen myself thinking in a more combinational way.
Buy this book if you are a chess lover, it will help you. This is directed to beginners and intermediate players.You will not find it boring.
(Were you not to like such a comprehensive text, they mention another good reference. although more simplified, it is : "Essential Chess endings" by James Howell. B.T.Batsford, 1997 - the latter could serve as a summary of the book reviewed)
Get It! And become strong! It is worth the price!(Algebraic notation, of course)