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100 Endgame Patterns You Must Know

464 pages, paperback, New in Chess, 1. edition 2021

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If you are aware of endgame patterns, you spot key moves quicker, analyse and calculate better, avoid making errors and memorize what you have studied more fully.

Most of the patterns Jesus de la Villa presents in this new book are from the phase of the game just before a theoretical endgame turns up. Knowing these practical endgame fundamentals will enable you to fully reap the benefits of what you learned in De la Villa’s widely acclaimed classic 100 Endgames You Must Know.

Studying patterns only makes sense if you are going to encounter them frequently. De la Villa presents those that have the greatest practical importance and explains and illustrates them with carefully selected examples. To show the patterns as clearly as possible, he mainly concentrates on positions in which both sides have just one piece. Presenting positions with more pieces risks blurring the picture and making motifs less straightforward.

The fact that players think in patterns has an important side-effect: their endgame errors tend to repeat themselves. That’s why De la Villa has not just included examples from games of elite GM’s but also of amateurs. Errors are always instructive and working with this book will seriously reduce the number of typical mistakes you are prone to make. The many practical exercises that De la Villa has selected will help you improve and retain what you have learned.

Jesus de la Villa (1958) is an International Grandmaster born in Spain. He has won the Spanish Championship twice and is a well-known chess coach. De la Villa is the author of the world-famous bestsellers 100 Endgames You Must Know and The 100 Endgames You Must Know Workbook.

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Weight 850 g
Manufacturer New in Chess
Width 17 cm
Height 24 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2021
Author Jesus de la Villa
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 9789056919726
Pages 464
Binding paperback

009 Introduction

022 Chapter 1 Pawn endings

080 Chapter 2 Knight vs pawns

090 Chapter 3 Bishop vs pawns

105 Chapter 4 Rook vs pawns

123 Chapter 5 Queen vs pawns

130 Chapter 6 Same-coloured bishops

156 Chapter 7 Opposite-coloured bishops

191 Chapter 8 Knight vs bishop

233 Chapter 9 Knight endings

252 Chapter 10 Rook endings

315 Chapter 11 Rook vs minor piece

338 Chapter 12 Queen endings

372 Chapter 13 Queen vs rook

380 Chapter 14 Queen vs two pieces

387 Chapter 15 Queen vs two rooks

396 Chapter 16 Exercises

414 Solutions to the exercises

458 Index of names

463 Bibliography

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