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With chess booming online and incremental time controls replacing adjournments, mastery of the endgame has never been so important. A few positions can be memorised; most rely on feel. How would you go about converting an extra pawn in a rook endgame and would you have any idea how to even try to win bishop and knight against knight and pawn?
In Arkell's Endings, acclaimed endgame expert Keith Arkell guides you through 33 of his finest games, featuring a variety of endgames, most involving rooks or minor pieces. With clear explanations and an emphasis on planning, not a wealth of variations, he should convince even the most ardent of opening theoreticians and attacking experts that endgames can be enjoyable, as well as beautiful on occasion.
Not only will readers enhance their intuition in the final stages of the game, they will never again write off an endgame as dull or a draw. Along the way, the reader will also learn plenty about the Minority Attack and Arkell's Scale of Pawns, which may mean you will no longer look favourably on trading an e-pawn for a d-pawn.
As becomes clear in Simon Williams' Afterword, there is so much more to Keith Arkell's chess prowess than just his endgame mastery. Throughout, his creativity and sheer resourcefulness shine through, with the Ginger GM demonstrating that one should never allow Arkell to advance his g-pawn as Black, or even to attack!
Grandmaster Keith Arkell has been one of Britain's most prolific players since turning professional in 1980. His rivalry on the weekend circuit with fellow GM Mark Hebden is the stuff of legend, but he has also thrived on the bigger stage. He tied for second at the Hastings Premier of 2002-2003, has finished first as many as 25 times at the Paignton International Congress and in 2008 tied for first in the British Championship. 2014 was another highly successful year, as Arkell became the European Over-50 Champion, following that up with the silver medal at the World Senior Championships.
Published 2020, softback, 159 pages.