Originally Posted by lanced
thanks, the book sounds cool. I don't want to seem selfish by always changing the topic of threads to suit my needs but theres so much I want to learn about chess!! Here it is anyway: I here a lot about basic chess endings and I can't think how it would be good, it dosn't seem fun to read and I think a book discussing various endgames and endgame themes without trying to cover everything would be more practical and better in the long run. After all does the book show how to mate with two kinghts against pawn in various situations? I doubt it. what do you think about this? wouldn't more managable and fun to read book be better?
The best book that I read on the endings was the Keres book "Practical Chess Endings" which is also probably the only book on endings that I have read from cover to cover. It takes a practical approach and gives you the endings that you are going to get in practice. I thought that it taught me what I needed to know and these days I am fairly happy with the way that I play the ending. Right now I have several books on endings that I plan on reading once I get my openings squared away including books by Mednis, Shereshevsky, Dvoretsky and Silman. I suspect that I will be ready for this new phase in about three or four weeks.
My favourite books are ones where grandmasters spend a lot of time talking about ideas rather than concrete variations. These annotations seem to stay with you longer than a dense forest of variations. Chess Life and Review used to have several grandmasters who would annotate games in this manner and I loved it back then.
Chess is a game and it should be fun and so should chess study or you will never be able to sustain it. By all means learn your endings slowly but do reading that you enjoy as well.