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Understanding Queen Endgames


271 pages, paperback, Russell Enterprises, 1. edition 2021

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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.

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Weight 320 g
Manufacturer Russell Enterprises
Width 15.2 cm
Height 22.7 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2021
Author Karsten MüllerYakov Konoval
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-1-949859-31-7
Pages 271
Binding paperback

005 Bibliography

006 Introduction

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

236 Solutions

263 Index of Instructive Examples

263 Index of Longest Wins

263 Index of Mutual Zugzwang

263 Index of Endgame Study Composers

264 Player Index