Item description for Endgame Tactics: A Comprehensive Guide to the Sunny Side of Chess Endgames by Van Perlo...
Why is it that most amateur chess players love opening and middlegame tactics but hate endgames? Why do you usually look at only a couple of pages in any endgame theory book you see? Sit back, forget about theoretical endgames, and enjoy the entertainment of real life chess in Endgame Tactics! There is no substitute for hard work in getting better at chess, as a wise grandmaster once said. But you always work harder at something you enjoy. Make the first step towards improving your endgame play (and beat more opponents) by learning to love the endgame. Endgames are fun, and the examples from everyday practice in Endgame Tactics prove it.
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Studio: New In Chess
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 1.85 lbs.
Release Date May 25, 2006
Publisher New in Chess
ISBN 9056911686 ISBN13 9789056911683
Reviews - What do customers think about Endgame Tactics: A Comprehensive Guide to the Sunny Side of Chess Endgames?
Great job Jun 19, 2008
Select positions is not a easy task. Van Perlo`s book accomplish his goal with endgames positions separated by themes make more easy and fun study this important phase of chess game. Computer revision make sure that all positions are correct in technical point of view. Still isn`t easy study endgames but surely more fun!
A good book could have been better. May 30, 2007
This book got the English chess federation's book of the year award. This book is not an exhaustive manual but focuses on endgames that occur frequently in practice. The positions chosen are entertaining and educational; the positions were checked using Fritz, a strong computer chess program; that's the good part about the book. Unfortunately, the positions with 6 pieces or less were not checked with tablebases which play endgames *perfectly*. For example, diagram 287 on page 135 gives white's move 1 b6? as an error. This is not true. The win is still there until 4 Kb3? which should be drawn but then black plays 4...Rh3+? handing the win back to white. The final position is still a white win which the book claims is a theoretical draw. Perlo says "I refer you to the manuals". He should have said "I refer you to the tablebases". If the editor Peter Boel had taken this one last step the book could have been even better.
Fantastic book May 10, 2007
Still going through this book...interesting endgame situations that I had never seen before this.....highly recommended...I find myself setting up most of these problems on my board....
introduction Jan 21, 2007
this book doesnt have inroductions it has only positional analysis likes a computer program. a good program gives better then its
The most enjoyable endgame book I've ever read Dec 17, 2006
I'm well into this book, and it's great fun. I've always loved tactics books, and this is the first endgame book I've ever encountered with this approach. Middlegame tactics books like this helped me reach master level; I wonder how far an endgame tactics book could have helped me go? I never found endgames as much fun to study (til now). :-)
Probably one of the 25 best chess books I've seen in over 30 years. I highly recommend it to players and fans at any level!
PS - This book has been named the English Chess Federation Book of the Year 2006. There's a great discussion of Endgame Tactics on Mig Greenguard's Daily Dirt chess blog, if you search for the book title there, too.