It brings me particular joy to introduce English readers to this remarkable work. Fate further intervened when Nikolay and I became neighbors living in the same downtown Seattle condominium building. Pugilism is our favored viewing sport and after a few good contests, where a fighter is sent to a different time zone, a perfect mood for Nikolay and I to study chess is created. Normally our training sessions begin with an overview of the best games of the week or month as we carefully replay them together. Nikolay is a tactical deviant and he is always on the lookout for unusual tactical patterns with which he likes to stump me to find the surprising winning shot.
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Feb 12, 16 There are relatively few books devoted just to Rook endgames. He tended to prefer puzzles often his own creations over the best examples for learning the openings. His book on Rook endings is one of the classics.
The examples flow logically one to the next, the explanations are clear and memorable, and the analysis mostly stands up even now. There are flaws. In my book, there are some messed up symbols, and there are some famously incorrect analyses. But the mere fact that the analyses are famous shows how important they were in the first place. Anyone, including Magnus Carlsen, could still learn from that book! The first chapter is devoted to "basics". His comments are typically derogatory toward any of his opponents, but the analysis is brilliant.
He claims that anyone who works through the entire book, even grandmasters, will gain perhaps rating points in strength as a result. I rather doubt that, but it will certainly help anyone. It may be an issue with style, but I always feel like Silman is talking down to his students rather than trying to help them.
They cover a wide range of topics, but tend to focus on practical positions. They are both well written and designed to teach a novice how to play endgames. They have both incorporated many of the best lessons from Levenfish and Smyslov. CM JamesColeman Feb 12, 18 The Korchnoi book is incredibly heavy going with reams of analysis and not much there for anyone who is starting studying rook endings for the first time. I got through about 4 pages of it and decided it was too much like hard work.
Nothing else. Incredibly detailed but incredibly specific. Much appreciated. An endgame book should be a guide. If analysis is too difficult even to follow, then it should be put aside until later. Virtually all top players, and particularly endgame specialists i. Dvoretsky, for example, starts each section with basics.
As he says, work through the positions on your own. Get them wrong, labor, etc. Apologies for those who may feel this is somewhat tangential. Good luck to all.
A Practical Guide to Rook Endgames
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