SILMANS COMPL.ENDGAME COURSE: From Beginner to Master Paperback – 3 Feb 2007
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For over 100 years, the world's leading chess players and teachers have told their students to study the endgame. Now, for the first time, a revolutionary, richly instructive endgame book has been designed for players of all levels. This is the one and only endgame book you'll need as you move up the ladder from beginner to tournament player and master. Designed to 'speak' to a player in a very personal way, Silman's book teaches the student everything he or she needs to know at his or her current rating level, and builds on that knowledge for each subsequent phase of the player's development. Starting at the beginner's level, all basic mates are clearly and painstakingly explained. After that, the critical building blocks that form the endgame foundation for all tournament hopefuls and experienced tournament competitors are explored in detail. Finally, advanced endgame secrets, based on concepts rather than memorization, are presented in a way that makes them easy to master.The basic keys to a well-rounded endgame education - Opposition, the Lucena and Philidor Positions, Cat and Mouse, Trebuchet, Fox in the Chicken Coup, Triangulation, Building a Box, Square of a Pawn, Outflanking, the Principle of Two Weaknesses - are vital.But equally important is creating a love of the endgame, which is addressed at the end of the book with a look at chess tactics, minor piece domination, and a discussion of the five greatest endgame players of all time - all things that every fan of chess at every level can enjoy. If you have found the endgame to be a mystery, if you have found that your confidence plummets once you reach an endgame, if you have searched for an instructive endgame book that will turn your weakest link - your endgame - into your personal field of power, your search is over. The book is the key to a world of essential ideas, startling beauty, and stunning creativity.
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Top Customer Reviews
Great read and a very enjoyable book on the normally rather dry topic of endgames. If you want to improve this aspect of your game, buy this book!
I have bought and used many chess books over the last 10 years of my "chess career"; but never have I come across a book that is incredibly original in it's delivery, structure, deviation from the norm, and written purely to instruct at the highest level. This book is it!
Jeremy Silman is an International Master, not a Grandmaster. But Silman's talent for instruction, teaching chess, I have not found in books written even by GMs. Silman's talent for teaching is unmatched even by the best GMs. The conclusion here is clear; in my view, playing chess brilliantly does not automatically mean that one can teach chess brilliantly. Teaching is in itself a talent; and just as few chess players reach the summit of mastery, there are also few teachers that are tremendously gifted in teaching. Silman is such a gifted instructor.
If your rating is not above 2300 Elo, do yourself a favour, buy this book.
Gradual increase in difficulty levels with each further chapter.
Very lucid explanations given.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the diagrams too small for me to make comfortable reading. I can surmise that this may be due to the already large tome that this book is, with larger diagrams making this... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Coeli siderei
The book acts like if you have read for instance the 2000 section your endgame strength is on par with that of a 2000 player, in actual fact that is BS, all it simple does is... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sebastian Hay
That's exactly the book I was looking for. This book is organized by Elo level ( start with overkill mates, then with easy mates and, and then gradually explain more complex... Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2013 by Salvatore Di Nardo