From the Preface:
"This book focuses on endgames. There are a lot of things to learn “by heart”
about them — but they are oft en diffi cult to apply at the board, unless you
get exactly the same position as you studied. This is why I believe it is an interesting
approach to present an endgames book as a series of exercises,
with instructive but practical positions.
As in Volume 1, a lot of calculation will be required. The major diff erence between
middlegame and endgame training is, of course, the limited material
on the board. This means the patterns you discover in training are much
more likely to appear in your games — so you should try to imprint them
somewhere in your memory!
With ordinary tactics, the purpose of exercises is almost solely to improve
your calculation skills. Solving the exercises of this book will help the reader
improve on his endgame knowledge and understanding as well. There is
a lot to learn from studying each solution, even if you failed to fi nd it yourself;
this is why answers here are even more detailed than in Volume One.
Nevertheless, the solutions are always concrete.
This book contains 10 chapters. The first, as in Volume 1, is a warm-up. Then
we will work on endings from all possible angles: technical wins, tactical
wins, drawing moves, and so on. Another very important chapter is “Test
your refl exes!”. I believe reflexes are a key element in becoming a good endgame
player. The more good refl exes you develop, the more other things
become reflexes too!
To prepare this book, I looked at a huge number of games and pre-selected
around 800 positions. By analyzing them more deeply than I would normally
do just watching a game online, I discovered an incredible number of new
ideas. These I pass on to you!
Throughout the book, the most challenging exercises are marked with a (*).
The theoretical positions, which it is essential to memorise, are marked with
a (T). You will fi nd a help section at the end of the book, giving guidance
(if needed) for any exercise marked with an asterisk.
I hope this book will be an excellent complement to the pure knowledge you
may gain from other more general endgame books!"
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