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A gap in endgame literature or no?

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  • A gap in endgame literature or no?

    Hi all,

    I've been slowly re-reading the material in Silman's endgame course up until Class A, and I think after this review, I'll have most of that material pretty solid. I know there are books like Lars Bo Hansen's and Sherevsky's that deal with practical on the board endgames shortly after the middlegame has ended. Those books strike me as an overreach for my understanding of the game, and I was wondering if there was anything anyone could recommend that would sort of guide one from technical endings (like Silman, de la Villa, Dvoretsky et al.) and into the more complex practical endings like knights and kings and pawns. Complex Pawn and king endings utilizing breaks triangulation opposition, good examples of knight vs bishop endings etc.

    Maybe what I'm looking for doesn't exist but it seems like there should be some material out there that would cover limited scenarios that are somewhat more complex than the basic technical know-how, but not as convoluted as a full-bore middlegame coming into the endgame.

    Any ideas?
    "Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated."- George Bernard Shaw

  • #2
    Usually the ideas lately is it's better to know ideas and themes than specific examples. And Silman's book covers all that. Possibly and independent study in bishop vs knight is necessary, but nothing really extensive. Technically Silman covers it in his reassess your chess book.

    Usually as far as I have heard the most recommended book before Silman was Fine's BCE. I never looked at it so wouldn't know. I do well enough with Silman/Smirnov. So I feel anything more comes at 2300+.
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    • #3
      Mednis had a book 'From the Middlegame to the Endgame' or some similar title that may cover what you are asking.

      There is also a book(cannot remember title or author right now. Will look at my shelves when i get home) about something that the author calls "NQEs" which stands for Not Quite Endgames. So it covers the situation where there is still 3 or 4 pieces a side so it is in that shadowy line between endgame and middlegame.

      Kassy
      Last edited by kassy; 01-29-2013, 05:18 PM. Reason: typo

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      • #4
        Maybe it was NQEs?
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        • #5
          Probably the only serious book I have on the endgames is: Endgame Virtuoso: Anatoly Karpov, Tibor Karolyi & Nick Aplin.

          The book is by a pretty good author who has brought out some interesting annotated books on several strong players. In this book he plays out Karpov's games but ignores the opening and middle game and skips to the endgame. I would rather have a book like this then most endgame books today.
          I am a proud supporter of the GM Igor Smirnov way of teaching. If you would like to see the system and want to try out his teaching methods please follow this link: http://chess-teacher.com/affiliates/...?id=1517_2_3_1

          If you have questions/want a tutor inquire with messages. I am going to rewrite my web page and it will also go here.

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          • #6
            I found the book I was looking for inadvertently. Was browsing the chess section in the public library and noticed they only had one Soltis title. Turning Advantage into Victory in Chess.

            It's exactly what I specified. The bridge from technical to advanced strategy. The examples are not as complex as Sherevsky's and he talks about when to exchange queens, when not to, when to give up material to win an endgame, how to cripple pawns, how to play where your strengths are even if your opponent seems to have a dangerous passed pawn.

            Great stuff. A fellow club member recently said that one of the trickiest points of teaching yourself chess is selecting the right book for the right level. I hope I'm not overly optimistic, but this seems perfect for where I'm at.

            B.
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            • #7
              Brillat!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by BrillatSavarin View Post
                I found the book I was looking for inadvertently. Was browsing the chess section in the public library and noticed they only had one Soltis title. Turning Advantage into Victory in Chess.

                It's exactly what I specified. The bridge from technical to advanced strategy. The examples are not as complex as Sherevsky's and he talks about when to exchange queens, when not to, when to give up material to win an endgame, how to cripple pawns, how to play where your strengths are even if your opponent seems to have a dangerous passed pawn.

                Great stuff. A fellow club member recently said that one of the trickiest points of teaching yourself chess is selecting the right book for the right level. I hope I'm not overly optimistic, but this seems perfect for where I'm at.

                B.
                Love Soltis' writing. I'm currently alternating chapters between Nimzowitch's My System, and Soltis' How to Choose a Chess Move.

                Speaking of My System, does anyone know if anyone's done any video material walking through that book? I figure that would be a perfect companion.
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                • #9
                  101 Endgame Tips by Giddins is the practical endgame book you are looking for. It's an easier read than the Sherevsky book.
                  " Deep calculation is not what distinguishes the champions. It does not matter how far ahead you see if you don't understand what you are looking at. When I contemplate my move, I first must consider all the elements in the position so that i can develop a strategy and develop intermediate objectives"

                  -- Garry Kasparov--

                  "Tactics must be guided by strategy"

                  --- Garry Kasparov--

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                  • #10
                    The titles already listed look fine to me.

                    This might be the case of a gap in someone's library rather than a gap in chess literature.

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                    • #11
                      See my latest posting R&B vs R in endgames.
                      I listed the Fine-Benko 20 rules of the endgame.
                      If I recall the 1941 Fine book, BCE contained about 5 less.
                      The present edition, and I assume with corrections was reprinted in 2003.

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                      • #12
                        There is no gap in endgame literature, there are so many good endgame book out there(for all levels).
                        " Deep calculation is not what distinguishes the champions. It does not matter how far ahead you see if you don't understand what you are looking at. When I contemplate my move, I first must consider all the elements in the position so that i can develop a strategy and develop intermediate objectives"

                        -- Garry Kasparov--

                        "Tactics must be guided by strategy"

                        --- Garry Kasparov--

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                        • #13
                          Thanks Ryan C

                          I decided to take a look at the Giddins book, and although I've been enjoying Soltis; this one is exactly it. Thanks again Ryan.
                          "Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated."- George Bernard Shaw

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