paperback, New in Chess, 1. edition 2022
In this widely acclaimed chess classic, Russian trainer Mikhail Shereshevsky explains how to master the most important endgame principles. Where other endgame manuals focus on the basics and theoretical endgames, this book teaches the ‘big ideas’ that will help you find the most promising and most practical moves in any endgame.
Even in endgames, it helps to think schematically instead of trying to calculate every move. To maximize your winning chances, this invaluable manual will teach you these lessons:
- Do not hurry
- Centralize your king
- Fight for the initiative
- Exploit two weaknesses
- Exchange the right pieces at the right moment
Endgame Strategy is considered to be one of the most important endgame manuals. In comparison with the 1981 publication, this new edition has been thoroughly revised and the author has added dozens of new and inspiring positions.
The book is highly recommended by club players, coaches, and grandmasters alike. ‘I especially read the chapter “Do not hurry!” with pleasure; not just because I agree with what he says, but more importantly because it defines the playing style of Magnus Carlsen,’ said Grandmaster Simen Agdestein, long-time trainer of the Norwegian World Champion.
006 Explanation of symbols
007 From the editor
009 Foreword by Vladimir Kramnik
011 Foreword by Evgeny Tomashevsky
015 From the author
019 Chapter 1 Centralization of the king
041 Chapter 2 The principle of two weaknesses
059 Chapter 3 Assessment of the position and schematic thinking
130 Chapter 4 Between assessment and calculation
146 Chapter 5 More on the calculation of variations: resulting moves
154 Chapter 6 The initiative in the endgame
171 Chapter 7 Technique: the mastery of short tactics
189 Chapter 8 The sense of contrariness
200 Chapter 9 Am I being a fool?
205 Chapter 10 The role of pawns in the endgame
211 Chapter 11 The advantage of the two bishops
220 Chapter 12 ‘Do not hurry’
240 Chapter 13 Defending inferior positions
279 Chapter 14 The problem of exchanges
324 Chapter 15 Squeezing blood from a stone
362 Index of names