Fundamental Chess Endings

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This is the first truly modern one-volume endgame encyclopaedia. It makes full use of endgame tablebases and analytical engines that access these tablebases; where previous authors could only make educated guesses, Muller and Lamprecht have often been able to state the definitive truth, or get much closer to it. New time-controls involve competitive games being played to a finish in one session, so it is especially important that chess-players understand the key endgame principles. This book provides ...
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Overview

This is the first truly modern one-volume endgame encyclopaedia. It makes full use of endgame tablebases and analytical engines that access these tablebases; where previous authors could only make educated guesses, Muller and Lamprecht have often been able to state the definitive truth, or get much closer to it. New time-controls involve competitive games being played to a finish in one session, so it is especially important that chess-players understand the key endgame principles. This book provides comprehensive assistance for any players wishing to study the endgame. In addition to a feast of detailed analysis, the authors emphasize the practical side of endgame play, describing rules of thumb, principles, and thinking methods. Fundamental Chess Endings is both the ideal endgame reference work, and a book that can profitably and enjoyably be read from start to finish.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781901983531
  • Publisher: Gambit Publications, LTD
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 829,820
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Karsten Müller is a young grandmaster from Germany, who competes regularly in the Bundesliga and in international events. He finished third in the German Championship in 1996, and was runner-up in 1997. He is a noted authority on both practical and theoretical endgames. See also How to Play Chess Endgames, with co-author Wolfgang Pajeken.

Frank Lamprecht is also from Germany, and is an international master. He has been a chess trainer since 1983 and was also co-author (with Karsten Müller) of the highly acclaimed Secrets of Pawn Endings.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 8
Preface 9
Statistics 11
Nunn Convention 13
Other Signs, Symbols and Abbreviations 14
1 The Basic Mates 16
1.1 King and Queen vs King 16
1.2 King and Rook vs King 16
1.3 King and Two Bishops vs King 17
1.4 King, Bishop and Knight vs King 17
1.5 King and Two Knights vs King and Pawn 19
2 Pawn Endings 21
2.1 King + Pawn(s) vs King 21
2.2 Small Number of Pawns 27
A) Pawns on the Same File 27
B) Pawns on Adjacent Files 28
C) Both Sides Have Passed Pawns 30
D) Geometry of the Board 30
E) King + Two Pawns vs King + Pawn 31
F) Bahr's Rule 34
G) Fortresses 35
2.3 Pawns on One Wing 37
2.4 Passed Pawns 40
A) King vs Passed Pawns 40
B) Protected Passed Pawn vs Two Passed Pawns 42
C) Protected Passed Pawn vs Passed Pawn 43
D) Outside Passed Pawn 44
E) Breakthroughs 45
2.5 Pawns on Both Wings 46
2.6 Corresponding Squares 51
3 Knight Endings 58
3.1 Knight vs Pawns 58
A) Knight vs Pawn 58
B) Knight vs Two or Three Pawns 61
C) Knight and Pawn vs King 63
D) Knight and Pawns vs Pawns 65
D1) No Passed Pawns 65
D2) Both Sides Have Passed Pawns 66
D3) Both Sides Have Several Pawns 67
3.2 Knight vs Knight 76
A) Knight + Pawn(s) vs Knight 76
B) Knight + Pawns vs Knight + Pawn(s) 79
B1) Pawns on One Wing 79
B2) Pawn Races 83
B3) Outside Passed Pawn 85
B4) Positional Advantages 86
4 Bishop Endings 93
4.1 Bishop vs Pawns 93
A) Bishop vs Pawn(s) 93
B) Fortresses 96
C) Wrong Rook's Pawn 98
D) Pawns on One Wing 100
E) The Principle of One Diagonal 102
F) Complicated Cases 103
4.2 Same-Coloured Bishop Endings 107
A) Bishop + Pawn(s) vs Bishop 107
B) Pawns on One Wing 110
C) Pawns on Both Wings 111
D) Important Motifs and Resources 114
4.3 Opposite-Coloured Bishop Endings 118
A) Bishop + Pawns vs Bishop 118
B) Fortresses 121
C) Siege Techniques 123
5 Bishop vs Knight 132
5.1 The Side with the Bishop has the Advantage 132
A) Bishop + Pawn(s) vs Knight 132
B) Extra Pawn for the Bishop 135
C) Fortresses 138
D) Open Positions 140
E) Space Advantage / Active King 143
5.2 The Side with the Knight has the Advantage 144
A) Knight + Pawn(s) vs Bishop 144
B) Extra Pawn for the Knight 147
C) Closed Positions 149
5.3 The Bishop-Pair 156
A) Two Bishops vs Two Knights 156
B) Two Bishops vs Bishop and Knight 159
6 Rook Endings 161
6.1 Rook vs Pawns 161
A) Rook vs One Pawn 161
B) Rook vs Two Pawns 164
B1) Connected Pawns 164
B2) Isolated Pawns 168
C) Rook vs Three Pawns 169
D) Rook and Pawns vs Pawns 172
6.2 Rook vs Rook 177
A) Rook and Pawn(s) vs Rook 177
A1) Rook and Pawn vs Rook 177
A1a) Basics: Philidor and Lucena Position 177
Alb) The Defending King is Cut Off Along a File 182
A1c) The Defending King is Cut Off Along a Rank 184
A1d) Rook's Pawn 187
A1d1) King in Front of its Pawn 187
A1d2) Rook in Front of its Pawn 188
A1d3) Other Situations 189
A2) Rook and Two Pawns vs Rook 192
A2a) Connected Pawns 192
A2b) Isolated Pawns 196
A2c) Two Rooks' Pawns 200
A2d) Rook's and Bishop's Pawns 201
A2e) Doubled Pawns 204
B) Pawns on One Wing (no Passed Pawns) 205
B1) Rook and Pawn vs Rook and Pawn 205
B2) Rook and Two Pawns vs Rook and Pawn 206
B3) Rook and Three Pawns vs Rook and Two Pawns 211
B4) Rook and Four Pawns vs Rook and Three Pawns 212
C) Pawn Races 216
D) One Side has a Passed Pawn 223
D1) Rook's Pawn 223
D2) Knight's Pawn 228
D3) Bishop's or Centre Pawn 231
E) Pawns on Both Wings 233
E1) Positional Advantage 233
E1a) Outside Passed Pawn 233
E1b) Seventh Rank 234
E1c) Active King 234
E1d) Space Advantage 236
E1e) Better Pawn-Structure 238
E2) Material Advantage 241
F) Principles of Rook Endings 245
6.3 Double-Rook Endings 249
A) Positional Advantage / Seventh Heaven 249
B) Material Advantage 251
C) Defensive Resources 253
7 Rook vs Minor Piece(s) 256
7.1 Rook vs Knight 256
A) Rook (+ Pawns) vs Knight 256
B) Knight + Pawns vs Rook 259
C) Rook + Pawn vs Knight + Pawn 260
C1) Pawns on the Same File 260
C2) Pawns on Adjacent Files 262
C3) Passed Pawns 263
D) Several Pawns on One Wing 264
E) Pawns on Both Wings 268
7.2 Rook vs Bishop 269
A) Rook (+ Pawns) vs Bishop 269
B) Bishop + Pawns vs Rook 273
C) Rook + Pawn vs Bishop + Pawn 274
C1) Pawns on the Same File 274
C2) Pawns on Adjacent Files 278
C3) Passed Pawns 279
D) Several Pawns on One Wing 281
E) Pawns on Both Wings 286
7.3 Rook vs Knight and Bishop 292
8 Rook and Minor Piece vs Rook (and Minor Piece) 295
8.1 Rook and Knight vs Rook 295
8.2 Rook and Bishop vs Rook 299
8.3 Rook and Minor Piece vs Rook and Minor Piece 304
A) Rook and Knight vs Rook and Knight 304
B) Same-Coloured Bishops with One Pair of Rooks 307
C) Opposite-Coloured Bishops with One Pair of Rooks 308
D) Rook and Bishop vs Rook and Knight 309
9 Queen Endings 313
9.1 Queen vs Pawns 313
9.2 Queen vs Queen 315
A) Queen vs Queen (no pawns) 315
B) Queen + Pawn(s) vs Queen 316
B1) Drawing Zones 316
B2) Exchange of Queens, Stalemate and Underpromotion 320
C) Queen + Pawn(s) vs Queen + Pawn(s) 321
C1) Perpetual Check 321
C2) Far-Advanced Passed Pawn / Active King 323
C3) Extra Pawn 324
C4) Pawn Races 327
10 Further Queen Endings 330
10.1 Queen vs One Minor Piece 330
10.2 Queen vs Rook 331
A) Queen vs Rook (no pawns) 331
B) Queen vs Rook + Pawn(s) 333
C) Queen + Pawn(s) vs Rook + Pawn(s) 337
10.3 Queen vs Two Minor Pieces 339
A) Queen vs Two Knights 339
B) Queen vs Bishop and Knight 340
C) Queen vs Two Bishops 340
10.4 Queen vs Rook and Minor Piece 341
10.5 Queen vs Two Rooks 343
10.6 Queen vs Three Minor Pieces 346
10.7 Queen and Minor Piece vs Queen 347
A) Queen and Knight vs Queen 347
B) Queen and Bishop vs Queen 349
10.8 Queen and Minor Piece vs Queen and Minor Piece 349
11 Endgame Strategy 353
A) Do Not Rush 353
B) Passed Pawns Must Be Pushed 354
C) King Activity 354
D) Mismatches 355
E) The Principle of Two Weaknesses 356
F) Fight to the End 356
G) Space Advantage 357
H) General Endgame Principles 358
12 Further Exercises 359
Solutions to Exercises 366
Chapter 1366
Chapter 2366
Chapter 3368
Chapter 4371
Chapter 5375
Chapter 6376
Chapter 7386
Chapter 8388
Chapter 9390
Chapter 10391
Chapter 12392
Table of Computer Database Results 400
Bibliography 407
Indexes 409
Index of Players 409
Index of Composers 416
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