Item description for 100 Endgames You Must Know: Vital Lessons for Every Chess Player by Jesus De La Villa...
Most players tend to neglect the endgame, many even dodge the endgame by taking extreme risks in the middlegame, simply because they feel uncertain about the final phase. But time limits have shortened, and the endgame has to be played fast. A solid basic knowledge is vital. There are, contrary to what most amateurs believe, relatively few endgames one must know. Here the 100 endgames are presented that: show up most frequently in practice are easy to learn contain ideas and concepts useful in more difficult positions. This book is not an encyclopedia, but a practical tool to learn the basics of endgame theory.
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Studio: New In Chess
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.5" Weight: 1.14 lbs.
Release Date Jul 25, 2008
Publisher New in Chess
ISBN 9056912445 ISBN13 9789056912444
Reviews - What do customers think about 100 Endgames You Must Know: Vital Lessons for Every Chess Player?
Comprehensible endgame book Apr 13, 2010
As a USCF "A" player who peaked at expert, the importance of expertise in the ending is something about which I am well aware. This book has 100 endings that are among the more common ones that will be encountered in tournament play, rather than an encyclopedic effort of limited value to the practical player.
In round two of the U.S. Amateur East tournament in February, I played with king and knight against king and rook against a 2150-plus player. The result was a draw (the only game in which I have ever been able to declare a draw as a result of the 50 move rule). Simply put, this draw was entirely the result of the knowledge I gained of this ending from this superb book.
I am now in the process of re-reading the book. Clearly there are other important endgames and endgame textbooks. "Schematic thinking", which is covered in Shereshevsky's book is not covered here. Some of the endings will already be familiar to experts, A-players, and B-players. However, overall, to find such a well written book that immediately produces results as a consequence of giving the reader an understanding of these endings is extraordinary.
up to expert Mar 5, 2010
I think it has all you need to for beginner and intermediate players. Probably some stuff a lot of experts don't know. I thought I was pretty sharp on my basic endgames but I learned from it. It was a pretty easy read as endgame books go. I recommend it as a high "B" class player.
One Endgame Book You Must Own Nov 16, 2009
Most players accumulate chess books like tribbles. But if you must own just one endgame book, this one is a very good candidate. A reference book like FUNDAMENTAL CHESS ENDINGS by Mueller & Lamprecht will contain all the positions in "100 Endgames..." plus very many others, but the didactic nature of this one and the fine selection by de la Villa will provide a sound footing for the improving player. Even very strong players I know have not mastered all the positions in this book, though they should.
De la Villa explains well and the material is laid out in such a way that with a modicum of effort, you will learn it. The selections are excellent. The pawnless Q vs R ending is not here, though, and since some R & pawn vs R endings lead to it, I would have included that one - either remove B+N vs lone K, or make it 101 Endgames You Must Know. But I quibble - this is a fine book.
If you go for a second endgame book, the above-mentioned FUNDAMENTAL CHESS ENDINGS would be a good choice as a reference manual. But start with this one.
maybe an error ? Jun 4, 2009
I think i spotted a slight error on page 159. There are 6 diagrams there. The first one, is characterized as a draw. In fact, it is a win for white. The very same position was analyzed on page 157.
100 Endgames You Must Know Jan 9, 2009
The book is well written and has endings that you are most likely to see in a real game.Also,the explanations of each endgame are easy to understand and it really is a book that should be on any beginner,intermediate,and experts shelf.