In the phase of the game, the endgame, strange things happen. Material advantages don’t bring home the expected fruits, wins vanish, draws slip away, and frustrations build. Why is it that when things are supposed to be simpler, they become slippery and nearly impossible to handle with any kind of accuracy?
And why do players such as Rubinstein, Capablanca, Andersson, Karpov, and Carlsen seem able to drum up resources out of nothing, make the lives of their opponents miserable, and win things that looked drawn and draw things that looked lost?
Many factors are at play, but an accurate assessment of the remaining resources, both present and latent, allows these players to make better plans and maximize the potential for a positive outcome.
In this book, experienced authors, IM Lakdawala and FM Hansen, look at this phenomenon and help the reader better “read” the positions to understand what measures are needed in a given position.
Along with numerous practical examples, and endgame studies with practical application, there are also many exercises for the student to work through, either on their own or with a Coach.
004 Chapter 1: Akiba Rubinstein: Endgame Maestro
035 Chapter 2: Various Endgame Themes
069 Chapter 3: Nuts and Bolts: Endings Club-level Players Should Know (but often don't!)
079 Chapter 4: King and Pawn Endings
102 Chapter 5: Rook Endings
138 Chapter 6: Queen Endings
149 Chapter 7: Minor Piece Endings
172 Chapter 8: Exercise Workbook
189 Solutions to Exercises in Chapter 8
234 Index of Players
236 Index of Composers
237 Recommended Reading List