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"Gambit". 224 Pages.

As a teenager, I was fascinated by the endgame. I studied the games of endgame experts like Capablanca, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Larsen and Karpov with great enthusiasm. I even constructed my own endgames - not studies, as many of my grandmaster colleagues did, but rather practical posi­tions, which I then analysed and contrasted with the endgame literature. It was a hobby in itself, but I am convinced that this work also contributed to my practical results at the board.
It is my firm belief that profound endgame knowledge and technique is more valuable and im­portant now than ever before for the practising chess-player. Time-limits are continuously reduced, and there is no longer time for deep reflection on the intricacies of endgames - let alone adjourn­ments and the thorough analysis that characterized endgame play a few decades ago. When the game reaches the endgame stage, players often do not have much time at their disposal. Therefore, understanding the basic principles of strategic endgames and profound knowledge of technical endgames are crucial to endgame success. Strategic endgames are endgames in which the result is not yet known - one player might possess a small advantage (e.g. the two bishops), but it is not clear how and if this minor advantage can be converted into a full point. Technical endgames (which can also be termed 'theoretical'), on the other hand, are well-known from endgame litera­ture. Here the 'best way' to play - and the 'natural result' - is already known, and the question is merely if the player knows the endgame theory and is able to steer clear of the opponent's attempts to confuse matters.
In accordance with its title, this book is mainly about strategic endgames. The book outlines the 15 principles that I believe constitute the backbone of strategic endgame play. Understanding these principles - and the interplay between them - facilitates decision-making and planning in strategic endgames. In Part 1 of the book, the principles are presented and briefly outlined. In Part 2, I then turn my attention to various material distributions and examine the impact of the principles in many ...


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