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Opposition & Critical Squares: The most important Chess Pattern. A chance to win, draw or lose with the right Move. Just one: Can you afford not to know how? (Chess manual) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00CT5D7HW
- Publisher : Gatteria; 3rd edition (February 1, 2014)
- Publication date : February 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 3063 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 113 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,512,320 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author states that the entire book is about one fundamentally important endgame position.* This position is a win if White is on move and a draw if Black is on move. Understanding how to play each side builds the foundation that is essential to all endgames, except those without pawns. The author's explanations strike me as clear** and the diagrams are well supplied with arrows and other marks to facilitate understanding.
Readers might quibble with the author's English--Italian is his main language, but I found the book better written than several I've read in the past week by native English speakers. Yes, there are errors, but I think they do not interfere much with the content. Also, the author states that there are four possible moves for White, when there are six. I think it is important to realize that there is no difference between the symmetrical alternatives. But, I see why this statement is regarded as an error.
*Technically, that makes it two positions.
**I teach this ending to children almost every week and have done so for well over a decade. Clear to me does not mean clear to you.
But then, the author doesn't really finish the job in my opinion. Yes, I agree that an understanding of opposition gives one an advantage over an opponent that doesn't know it. But the author does not take me all the way there. I wanted a book that explains the concept entirely, and the author didn't deliver.