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The Pawn Study Composer’s Manual (pb)

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284 pages, paperback, Elk and Ruby, 1. edition 2022

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Have you ever thought about trying your hand at composing endgame studies? Probably not, it always seemed far too difficult. But now, your chance to learn the tools is finally here! Mikhail Zinar’s composition manual, first published in Ukraine in 1990 with a 100,000 print run that has long sold out, and now updated and revised by Sergei Tkachenko, reveals the secrets that will give you a head-start in composing chess poetry!

Dissecting over 400 examples, Zinar’s manual begins by explaining the basic tactics of pawn studies: simplest maneuvers, roundabout way, feint, tortoise move, queening the pawn, Reti double threat, Reti - Sarychevs feint, luring into check, Grigoriev anti-check feint, anti-check retreat and king double threat (Eilazyan branch). It then goes on to consider key study ideas, including beacons, winning a pawn, checkmate, stalemate, anti-stalemate, underpromotions, studies with two or more phases, domination, anti-domination and logical studies. Further sections of the book cover artistic requirements for endgame studies, practical tips and a series of demanding tests that you may spend days, weeks or even months completing!

Careful study of this book will not turn you into an overnight prize-winning sensation, but following its recommendations and putting in hard work will place you firmly on the right path. Today’s leading Ukrainian studies composer Sergei Didukh told Sergei Tkachenko that he read Zinar’s manual several times before he composed his first study.

Mikhail Zinar (1950-2021) was considered the world’s leading pawn studies composer in his life-time, inheriting the mantle from Nikolai Grigoriev. He composed several hundred studies in his career, winning multiple prizes. Zinar was awarded the title of Master of Sports of the USSR in 1987 and won the bronze medal in the studies competition of the 3rd FIDE World Cup in Composing in 2013. He lived his last years in Hvozdavka near Odesa in Ukraine.

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Weight 960 g
Manufacturer Elk and Ruby
Width 15,5 cm
Height 23,5 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2022
Author Mikhail Zinar
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-5-6047848-1-5
Pages 284
Binding paperback

005 Foreword by the Editor

007 Introduction

Chapter I. Basic Tactics of Pawn Studies

014 1.1. Simplest maneuvers

027 1.2. Roundabout way

028 1.3. Feint

034 1.4. Tortoise move

041 1.5. Queening the pawn

043 1.6. Reti double threat

058 1.7. Reti – Sarychevs feint

063 1.8. Luring into check

067 1.9. Grigoriev anti-check feint

070 1.10. Anti-check retreat

075 1.11. King double threat (Eilazyan branch)

Chapter II. Study Ideas

079 2.1. Pawn beacons

083 2.2. Beacon: queen versus rook pawn

090 2.3. Beacon: queen versus bishop pawn

100 2.4. Winning a pawn

121 2.5. Checkmate

141 2.6. Stalemate

168 2.7. Anti-stalemate

171 2.8. Underpromotions

185 2.9. Studies with two or more phases

199 2.10. Domination

207 2.11. Anti-domination

210 2.12. Logical studies

Chapter III. Artistic Requirements For Endgame Studies

Chapter IV. The Practice of Study Composition

Chapter V. Composition Tests

272 Solutions to Tests

281 Afterword – Some Final Tips

282 Index of Studies by Author

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