Although the endgame seems a long way off at the start of a game, World Champions such as Capablanca and Smyslov have recommended that up-and-coming players should actually begin by studying the endgame first. This is because only by studying simplified positions can one fully develop an understanding of how chess pieces work - both in isolation and with each other. A knowledge of the endgame is also of great help earlier in the game, enabling you to know what to aim for and what to avoid in the middlegame.
In this instructive and entertaining book, renowned endgame expert Steve Giddins selects 50 of the finest examples of endgame play in the history of chess. Through the medium of these 50 example games you can study different types of endgame and see how they have been played by the world's greatest players. Most of the selected endgames are taken from before the 1980s when time controls and use of adjournments meant that players had more time to study the final phase of the game in depth and produce some masterpieces of endgame play.
Giddins examines each example in great detail and uses them to explain the principles of endgame play. This book is full of essential guidelines and tips which all players should follow if they want to improve their endgame knowledge.
Steve Giddins is a FIDE Master and a former editor of British Chess Magazine. He is the author of several outstanding books and is well known for his clarity and no-nonsense advice.
Published 2012, softback, 234 pages.View sample pages