312 pages, paperback, Quality, 1. edition 2017
Endgames often give rise to the most difficult and pivotal moments of a chess game. In Sharp Endgames , International Master Esben Lund tackles this crucial topic in a unique and innovative way, focusing on the 16 Parameters involved in this type of decision-making.
The main chapters deal with various categories of forcing endgames, using different scenarios involving material imbalances, pawn races and attacks on the king. The author focuses on Critical Moments, where the player must assess priorities and weigh up many factors against each other before deciding upon a move.
The book contains more than 100 carefully chosen exercises, with solutions linked to the 16 Parameters. The feedback is concrete and gives the player a clear way to improve his or her understanding and skill. The exercises can be played out against a partner or engine; the book even contains a step-by-step guide explaining how to configure a chess engine for this purpose.
Esben Lund, an International Master from Denmark, is a respected author and coach. His two first books for Quality Chess, Rook vs. Two Minor Pieces and The Secret Life of Bad Bishops, were both well received for their new ideas and interesting study material.
006 Key to symbols used & Bibliography
007 Foreword by GM Lars Bo Hansen
011 1. The Aim of the Book
028 2. General Introduction
053 3. Introductions to Endgames
053 3.1 Knight Endgames
080 3.2 Rook Endgames
106 3.3 Bishop versus Knight Endgames
124 3.4 Rook versus Bishop or Knight Endgames (exchange up)
150 3.5 Queen Endgames
197 4. Main Exercises
209 5. Solutions to Main Exercises
267 6. Extra Exercises
275 7. Solutions to Extra Exercises
297 8. Exercises from My Other Books – A List of Recommendations
300 9. How to Set Up a Position in Komodo 10
303 10. Index of Games and Studies
306 11. List of Parameters