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Fundamental Chess Endings Paperback – August 1, 2001
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About the Author
Karsten Müller is a young grandmaster from Germany, who competes regularly in the Bundesliga and in international events. He finished third in the German Championship in 1996, and was runner-up in 1997. He is a noted authority on both practical and theoretical endgames. See also How to Play Chess Endgames, with co-author Wolfgang Pajeken.
Frank Lamprecht is also from Germany, and is an international master. He has been a chess trainer since 1983 and was also co-author (with Karsten Müller) of the highly acclaimed Secrets of Pawn Endings.
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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.
I turned to page 330 as the first lesson I wanted to look at: Queen vs Minor piece. There are diagrams from real games, with the actual moves, and they are annotated by the author. The games and analysis are very instructive, but I almost wrote a bad review because of my own mistake:
In the first diagram 10.01, there is a white queen on b8 and a white king on c5. There is a black knight on e3, black king on e2, and black pawn on g2. The game continues with 1. Qg3 Kd3. The first annotation states: (1. ...Kf1?! loses the knight immediately to 2. Qf3+) Because the pawn was on the second rank, for a few minutes I assumed it was going the other direction, as if black were white. I thought 2. Qf3+ loses to 2. ...gxf3. I looked at other examples and was annoyed by the same problems, and thought the computer analysis was absent. Finally, after writing a bad review including the examples and page numbers, I realized my error. Looking at the annotation again, I now realize just how thorough this book is. The games are heavily annotated, pointing out how one side could have won sooner. A third game teaches an exception to a rule given in the second game, showing how the side with the bishop and pawn got a draw.