English Chess Federation Book of the Year 2011Nunns Chess Endings Volume 1 - John NunnPaperback, 320 pagesIn this major two-volume work, renowned endgame theoretician John Nunn teaches the skills that are most important to success in practical endgames.Going beyond standard texts, Dr Nunn shows how to apply knowledge of standard endgames to find the right methods in tricky real-life practical situations - even when they differ greatly from the idealized forms given by traditional endgame manuals.Identifies new and important motifs which occur repeatedly in over-the-board playTactical elements are heavily featuredIn many examples, previous analysis is correctedFocuses on endgames that are susceptible to concrete analysisGeared to the over-the-board player - no composed or artificial positionsIdeas underlying analysis - however complex - are richly explained in wordsNunn shows that lack of familiarity with key ideas can cause important ideas and themes to be missed even by very strong players. We discover that a staggering amount of previously published endgame analysis is simply wrong, and that many of the standard guidelines are at best partially true.This first volume covers general topics and discusses in detail pawn endings, queen endings and minor-piece endings.Dr John Nunn is one of the best-respected figures in world chess. He was among the worlds leading grandmasters for nearly twenty years, winning four gold medals in chess Olympiads and finishing sixth overall in the World Cup in 1989. He is a much-acclaimed writer, whose works have won Book of the Year awards in several countries. In both 2004 and 2007 Nunn was crowned World Chess Solving Champion, ahead of many former champions
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