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Fundamental Chess Endings

Fundamental Chess Endings [Kindle Edition]

Frank Lamprecht , Karsten Müller
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* More than 1300 chess diagrams
* Comprehensive: covers all major endgames
* Starts with the basics before moving on to more advanced material
* Content rechecked with 6-man tablebases
* Features both instructional and reference material
* Written by two renowned endgame specialists
* A winner of the British Chess Federation's Book of the Year Award

In a major event in chess publishing, two German endgame experts have produced a masterly one-volume encyclopaedia that covers all major endgames.

This is the first truly modern one-volume endgame encyclopaedia. It makes full use of endgame tablebases and analytical engines that access these tablebases; where previous authors could only make educated guesses, Müller and Lamprecht have often been able to state the definitive truth, or get much closer to it.

New time-controls involve competitive games being played to a finish in one session, so it is especially important that chess-players understand the key endgame principles. This book provides comprehensive assistance for any players wishing to study the endgame. In addition to a feast of detailed analysis, the authors emphasize the practical side of endgame play, describing rules of thumb, principles, and thinking methods.

Fundamental Chess Endings is both the ideal endgame reference work, and a book that can profitably and enjoyably be read from start to finish.

"The authors love the endgame phase of the game and this shows in the writing. ... Anyone reading it will seriously improve their game." - from the British Chess Federation Book of the Year press release

Karsten Müller is a 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.

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.

From the Publisher

Gambit Publications specializes in chess and has an unrivalled reputation for originality and editorial excellence. The company is owned and staffed entirely by leading chess masters and grandmasters.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 16806 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Gambit Publications (20 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BJ64LMW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent - it really works 25 July 2003
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It really works, because the details of chess endings are presented clearly.
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best one volume endgame book available 4 Dec 2009
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The headline says it all. This is a great book. It has really paid itself back in the form won anygames in tournaments. I am 1950 ELO and there is so much valuable material in this book for me, but I would say it would suit all levels of players.

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.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for endgame 13 Mar 2002
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This is a great book. If you're interested in endgame study it's all here, clear and easy to understand.
If you're not into endgame study but want to improve your game (i.e. win more) this book will help you do that as well because you don't have to read everything. Your playing style may result in just a few types of endings, and you can easily find study material here specifically for the endgames you're likely to play. This also means this book can be useful for the whole of your chess playing life as your style changes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fundamental and probably essential 9 Jan 2013
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This is an encyclopaedia of endgames and so has an enormous amount of endgame references, annotations and advice, with endgame exercises at the end of each chapter. There are 10 chapters on the different variations or endings, a chapter on endgame strategy and the last for further exercises. Diagrams for routes and calculations using common and key squares help to build strategies for play. Exercises are ranked 1 - 3 stars, giving you plenty to think about, with varying difficulty and there are half a life-time of examples to work through. Endgame examples range from the straightforward to the highly complex, each one a problem to understand and absorb, with helpful explanations to describe play and how to avoid pitfalls. Recommended.
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