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Im continuing the previous endgame post. Anyone have a certain book that they would recommend? Comments and suggestions are welcome. Pros or cons of some books? Suggestions and comments are welcome.
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I have and I am reading ... 'A guide to chess endings' by Dr. Max Euwe and David Hooper 1959.
Its good and some stuff has made an indelible imprint on my mind, but... it becomes VERY hard work... I too am looking that book that presents in the most orderly fashion the process of implanting into your brain endgames RULES. This book although attempting to be ordered falls short in that it feels incomplete in so many ways, I suppose its only a guide! ... but I want the BIBLE on chess endings!... dont you?
A point to note is that ( I forget the notation type ) but its like this... K-Q4, K-K6, PKt6, which is very suitable to the subject matter in endgame play... but will make it initially harder to comprehend.
Challenge to chess book writers... couldnt you do make a book that is purely pictorial? Its too hard and takes too long to trace out every line... you need a portable board to read these books!
Pros and cons to this book both, but would recommend and read it as I am doing so now.
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If you want...
...a good,one volume primer,then I suggest you look for Paul Kere's Practical Chess Endings. That one may be out of print,so next I suggest Lev Alburt's Just The Facts.
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At your overall rating level, 1200, you need a strong foundation. I am a 1700 player, and four years ago I was at your level. So, I know where you are coming from.
I tried to find a good endgame book for MYSELF. There were two problems. The material tended to be too comprehensive. By that I mean, the book covered so much, my level of play did not encounter most of the subject matter. There was no focus on what a U1400 player needed in actual play.
Secondly, the books did not help me REMEMBER what I learnt, when it came to an actual game. If I cannot EASILY apply what was presented in the book, then it was not helpful.
With those objections in mind, I wrote my own book, first for my own benefit and that of immediate friends. I wanted the SIMPLEST book out there, concentrating ONLY on the practical endgame positions, which a player U1400 would ACTUALLY encounter. Also, I formulated my approach, so that the player could EASILY REMEMBER.
I can send you a sample copy via the internet. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I have tried to request a sample copy by sending an email to the above address but hotmail complains that the addy is invalid.
I have tried sending to an addy without 'www.'
If this isn't correct could you please pm me with a valid addy?
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You are correct. There is NO www before the email address. Contact me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to include "Chess Book" in the subject, because I delete many emails that I suspect are spam.