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Bishop Endings 72 pages Knight Endings 27 pages It appears that the original edition of Practical Chess Endings was first published in West Germany in , with an English translation by John Littlewood being published by Batsford in This new edition has been converted to algebraic notation and offers diagrams, which is said to be more than five hundred extra diagrams compared to the original edition.
However, none of the diagrams stipulate which side is on move. Thus, one cannot try to solve any given position based on the side to move. If the reader wished to do this, they would have to analyze from both sides and then continue reading.
The purpose of this book is to give the reader practical help in endgame technique. In this way I hope to make endgame theory a little more palatable… In offering this volume to the reader I hope not only to stimulate interest in the subject matter but principally to raise the average level of endgame technique among chess players everywhere. Capablanca — S. Tartakower, New York It is a question of whose advantages are the most important.
A basic rule in rook endings, although to a slightly lesser extent than in queen endings, is to create a passed pawn as soon as possible. There are hundreds of examples of endings in which one side sacrifices a great deal of material in order to create a strong passed pawn and saves or even wins the game with it.
Diagram is an excellent example of such an ending. However, whereas in queen endings a passed pawn can be pushed through with the help of the queen alone, in rook endings the king is usually required to give additional help. In fact, a passed pawn supported by the king and by a rook on the seventh rank restricting the enemy king to the back rank, is an extremely powerful weapon, often enough to win the game in itself. The only way to win, combining attack and defence.
If 2…c5 3 g6 cxd4 3 Kg5 d3 5 Rd7 Rc5 6 Kh6 wins. Even a mixture of the two plans by 2…Rc1 3 Kh5 c5, relying on the fact that White cannot play 4 g6 at once, does not help Black much after 4 Rd7. Note how White heads straight for his goal, without wasting unnecessary time by playing 3 Rxc7. White would not capture the pawn 5 Kxf5? Rxd4 but would use it to protect his own king from the rear, winning at once by 5 Kf6!. Kf6 White has now reached the ideal position he originally envisaged.
A classic piece of endgame strategy! Rxc7 Re8 with a diagram 8. Kxf5 Only now is this pawn captured; Black is positionally lost, the remainder being purely a matter of technique. Or White can play here 9 Ra7 b5 10 a5 winning. Ke5 Rg4 with a diagram Kg8 Black obviously dare not exchange rooks. For the two pawns sacrificed, White now wins back four! Kxd5 Rc1 Kd6 The game is of course won, and Tartakower resigned after 14…Rc2 Rc7 Ra1 Kc6 Rxa4 For instance, the position from A.
Alekhine — G. There is no mention of the quicker line in the notes. Kg6 The notes correctly indicate that Black can now draw with 67…Qe5, but no mention is made of the winning method for White. Qf7 is quickest. Kf7 Qh1 Qf5 Qc6 Qd4 Qh2 Kf8 Practical Chess Endings is a classic of chess literature for good reason.
The lucid discussions of the underlying aspects of the position drive home the point of the main ideas for the reader. Your endgame can only improve by working through this book.
Practical Chess Endings
Start your review of Practical Chess Endings Write a review Shelves: chess , how-to A book for the serious player only. Paul Keres was one of the stronger players that never won the world championship. He defeated about 8 or 10 world champs in his day, however. This is a book that ostensibly reaches out to beginning chess players by including instructions on basic endgame mates. That one is very hard! I picked this book up toward the end of my serious chess studies.
Practical Chess Endings, Paul Keres