Encyclopaedia of Chess Endings I and II - Pawn Endings and Rook Endings 1 (Both 2nd editions)
Encyclopaedia of Chess Endings I and II - Pawn Endings and Rook Endings 1
Both new revised 2nd editions
Hardcovers, 966 pages combined!
Pawn Endings - ECE I (2nd edition, 2013)
The long awaited, considerably revised, 455-page second edition offers 1,901 pawn endgame examples, with about 300 examples from modern practice. In comparison to the first edition, examples that contained errors or omissions were corrected, and some discarded because they did not stand the test of time. All the examples are annotated and classified according to the Chess Informant system. Because of its simplicity and systematic approach, the book is useful for active players and for those who want to become familiar with endgame basics. It is especially interesting for coaches in providing practical exercises for training.
Rook Endings 1 - ECE II (2nd edition, 2014)
There are 1,930 educational examples inside (actually more than 2,000 if we count separate endings in variations). You do not expect randomness with Chess Informant. ECE II covers R3, R4, R5, R6 and R7 according to the classification of chess endings. No doubt, this is a most valuable tool for learning endgames, which will be greatly appreciated by advancing players or trainers. Yet, if you are looking for verbal explanation, it is the wrong place to go. Nobody will tell you about the sixth rank rule, the bridge, a- and c-pawns vs. rook, or simple things like the rook should be placed behind the pawn aiming to promote and that you should cut the opponent's king off. But you will recognize not only this but much more by yourself. Statistically, rook endgames will emerge in 80% of all endings. In the chess world they say that all rook endgames are drawn; but it is also true that we all want to win. So, let's do it!