Understanding Queen Endgames
271 pages, paperback, Russel, 1. edition 2021
The Daunting Domain of Queen Endgames Explained!
Knowing the abilities and limitations of the powerful queen is very valuable for mastering the secrets of the royal game, and this can be studied best in the endgame.
Queen endgames are very difficult, if only for purely mathematical reasons – the queen is the most mobile peace in chess, and the amount of possible options is incomparably higher than in any other type of endgames.
This book follows a dual philosophy as in the three previous works by the same authors: Understanding Rook Endgames, Understanding Minor Piece Endgames and Understanding Rook vs. Minor Piece Endgames. The 7-piece endings are dealt with in great detail. They are often so complex that pre-tablebase analysis almost always contains errors. Many new discoveries are revealed here.
But to really understand the fight of a queen against a queen or minor pieces with rooks, these theoretical positions are of course not enough. So subchapters on the principles of each material configuration have been added.
007 Foreword by Vladimir Kramnik
The History of Creating Seven-Piece Endgame Tablebases
017 Chapter 1 Queen vs. Pawn
029 Chapter 2 Queen vs. Queen
080 Chapter 3 Queen vs. Rook
117 Chapter 4 Queen vs. Rook and Knight
124 Chapter 5 Queen vs. Rook and Bishop
131 Chapter 6 Queen vs. Two Rooks
163 Chapter 7 Queen vs. Rook and Two Minor Pieces
170 Chapter 8 Queen and Minor Piece vs. Queen (and Minor Piece)
207 Chapter 9 Queen and Rook vs. Queen and Rook
213 Chapter 10 Queen vs. Minor Pieces
225 Chapter 11 Interesting Examples
232 Chapter 12 Endgame Studies
263 Index of Instructive Examples
263 Index of Longest Wins
263 Index of Mutual Zugzwang
263 Index of Endgame Study Composers
264 Player Index