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Practical Chess Endings

Practical Chess Endings

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Paul Keres

An updated algebraic edition of Paul Keres' classic endgame instructor, first published in 1974

An essential practical book, for all chess players, from one of the world's greatest grandmasters. Rather than attempting to cover every theoretical possible endgame position, Paul Keres deals with the basic types of position into which all other endgames will eventually be resolved. He examines these in great detail and, in so doing, reveals the fundamental principles of the endgame and the main ideas for each player.

It is not by memorising moves but by understanding the basic positions that a player, of whatever rating, will most improve his endgame play. For this reason, Keres does not simply point out the best move; rather he explains the positions in such a way that the reader's understanding will lead, almost automatically, to the best move.

* A comprehensive guide to the precise handling of all basic endgame positions.
* Logical step by step explanations of procedures required to obtain the best possible results from frequently occurring queen, rook, bishop, knight and pawn endings.
* Commentaries on final stages of selected tournament games which demonstrate the art of favourable transposition from complex to clear-cut endgames

Nowadays it is customary for tournament and match games to be completed in a single session, often with a rapidplay finish. This has made it all the more important for the competitive player to develop a sound knowledge and understanding of endgame techniques. The systematic coverage of typical endgame positions offered by the present book will satisfy this need.

For this new edition of Paul Keres' classic endgame instructor, designed specifically for practical players, over 500 extra diagrams have been added to facilitate learning and memorisation of critical lines of play.

Paul Keres (1916 - 1975) was an Estonian chess grandmaster and chess writer. He was among the world's top players from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s and runner-up in the Candidates' Tournament on four consecutive occasions. Many chess historians consider Keres one of the greatest players in history, and the strongest player never to become world champion.

Published 2018, softback, 338 pages.

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