288 pages, paperback, Russel, 1. edition 2021
The Fearsome Fascination of Kingwalks!
Marching your king across the board – at times right through or into enemy lines – may be both exhilarating and terrifying. Nothing may be quite as satisfying as a majestic kingwalk across the board which brings you glorious victory. And nothing as tragicomic as a needless journey ending in epic failure.
Chessplayers are fascinated by kingwalks, perhaps because of their inherent contradiction and even implausibility. The most important – and vulnerable – chess piece does something other than trying to remain safe.
Topics include: Kingwalks to Prepare an Attack; Kingwalks in Anticipation of an Endgame; Kingwalks to Defend Key Points; Kingwalks to Attack Key Points or Pieces; Mating Attacks; Escaping to Safety Across the Board; Escaping to Safety Up the Board; Kingwalks in the Opening; Kingwalks in the Endgame; Double Kingwalks; and Unsuccessful Kingwalks.
For sheer entertainment as well as instructive value, the kingwalk is transcendent!
Executing a successful kingwalk has the power to make a chessplayer happy and the same can be said about playing over the many beautiful examples in this book. Enjoy!
– From the Foreword by Hans Ree
American grandmaster Yasser Seirawan is a four-time U.S. champion. He also won the World Junior Championship in 1979. He is one of the best-selling chess authors and is considered one of the top commentators for games broadcast on the web.
Canadian master Bruce Harper has been champion of British Columbia many times and has also participated in several Canadian championships. He is the co-author with Yasser Seirawan of the highly acclaimed three-volume series, Chess on the Edge, chronicling the career of Canadian grandmaster Duncan Suttles. He is also co-author, with American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, of Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate.
011 Foreword by Hans Ree
013 Chapter 1) Kingwalks to Prepare an Attack
026 Chapter 2) Kingwalks in Anticipation of an Endgame
035 Chapter 3) Kingwalks to Defend Key Points
046 Chapter 4) Kingwalks to Attack Key Points or Pieces
056 Chapter 5) Mating Attacks
069 Chapter 6) Escaping to Safety Across the Board
080 Chapter 7) Escaping to Safety Up the Board
105 Chapter 8) Kingwalks in the Opening
121 Chapter 9) Kingwalks in the Endgame
128 Chapter 10) Double Kingwalks
136 Chapter 11) Unsuccessful Kingwalks
149 Chapter 12) Wilhelm Steinitz
156 Chapter 13) Aron Nimzowitsch
168 Chapter 14) Tigran Petrosian
200 Chapter 15) Duncan Suttles
212 Chapter 16) Yasser Seirawan
246 Chapter 17) Recent Examples