|Sat Feb 17 2007 8:28AM | edited: 9:48:44 | MsgID: 6224339|
I present my review of the following book:
I found this to be a treasure of a book. I leave it in my bathroom, where I can browse through it for a while every day. On each page is one of 239 endgame positions with a brief discussion on how to win (or draw as the case may be) from there.
Instruction progresses from all basic mates through fairly intricate king and pawn outflanking maneuvers. Though nowhere near as exhaustive as something like "Fundamental Chess Endings," it is much more accessible and easy to learn from.
It's not perfect. Some of the explanations are a bit thin. Sometimes alternative moves by the losing side are not indicated, and it takes quite a bit of head scratching to figure out what to do about them. There are also a number of typos, but I have yet to find a chess book that doesn't.
Nevertheless, this book has taught me a lot about how the pieces, pawns and king work in the endgame, and where they need to go. I would recommend it as a great way to start improving your endgame skill.
I hope you found this review helpful. Good luck in your games!
Pandolfini's Endgame Course: Basic Endgame Concepts Explained by America's Leading Chess Teacher (Fireside Chess Library)
By Bruce Pandolfini, Publisher:Fireside
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