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Victor Korchnoi, one of the greatest experts in the field of rook endings, now documents his own experiences in tournament play. His main purpose is to inspire readers with a deep interest in rook endings, and he promises that anyone who thoroughly masters the given material will raise his Elo rating by 100 points or more!
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Essential reading if you play in chess tournaments! Feb 5, 2007
Rook endings are not always simple. Try to study rook endings with 7 (4x3) or more pawns and you'll see my point of view. It deserves a lot of experience to play them well. Korchnoi's mastery in these kind of endings and his explanations make this book a classic; this is not a book for beginers, though. If you're a newbie try first "Practical Rook Endings" by Mednis (a must-have, great book), "The Survival Guide to Rook Endings" by John Emms, "Starting Out: Rook endgames" by Chris Wards or "A Practical Guide to Rook Endings" by Nikolay Minev. I can't recommend Smyslov and Levenfish's book because it is full of blunders and quite confusing (I have to admit that I lost my time reading it)... Averbach's book is a rarity nowadays and "Encyclopaedia of Chess Endings"(Matanovic et al.,Chess Informant Series) is a pain to read (though helpful if you are a correspondence player)... For advanced players I would also recommend some general ending software like those of Chess Assistant and Chessbase (specially Dvoretsky's Endgame "Manual" - it could be better named as "Treatise").
Very good book Oct 18, 2005
Everyone knows Korchnoi is a fighter. But he's also a good author. I like his work a lot. A very useful book.