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Contents Preface ix Introduction xi Acknowledgements xvi Part One / Endgames for Beginners (Unrated-1000) 1 Overkill Mates 3 The Staircase 3 King and Two Queens vs. Lone King 5 King, Queen, and Rook vs. Lone King 7 King and two Rooks vs. Lone King 8 The Box 10 King and Queen vs. Lone King 12 King and Rook vs. Lone King 14 Stalemate Alert! 20 Summing Up 24 Tests and Solutions 25 Final Thoughts 30 Part Two / Endgames for Class "E" (1001-1199) 31 What Can (or Cannot) Mate vs. Lone King 33 Minor Piece vs. Queen 35 Bishop vs. Queen 35 Knight vs. Queen 37 Understanding the King 40 Use Your King! 40 Opposition 42 Rook-Pawns 45 Summing Up 48 Tests and Solutions 49 Final Thoughts 54 Part Three / Endgames for Class "D" (1200-1399) 55 Beyond Basic Opposition 57 King and Pawn Endgames 61 King and Pawn vs. Lone King (Stronger Side's King in Front of its Pawn) 61 Another Rook-Pawn, Another Draw 61 Non Rook-Pawn (One Square in Front, is it Enough?) 62 Non Rook-Pawn (Two Squares in Front Always Does the Trick!) 65 Fox in the Chicken Coup 66 The Deep Freeze (When One Pawn Kills Two) 67 Minor Piece vs. a Lone Pawn 70 Bishop vs. Lone Pawn 70 Knight vs. Lone Pawn 71 Rook vs. Lone Pawn 77 Summing up 80 Tests and Solutions 81 Final Thoughts 88 Part Four / Endgames for Class "C" (1400-1599) 89 King and Pawn Endgames 91 King and Pawn vs. Lone King (A Quick Tussle for Opposition) 91 Sneaking into a Winning King and Pawn vs. King Position 97 King and Two Doubled Pawns vs. Lone King 101 Rook-Pawn (Stalemating the Stronger Side) 103 Entering the Square of the Pawn 106 Outside Passed Pawns 107 Minor Piece Endgames 112 Bishop and Wrong Colored Rook-Pawn vs. Lone King 112 Lone King vs. Knight and Rook-Pawn on the 6th or 7th 116 Bishops of Opposite Colors 118 Rook Endgames 121 The Lucena Position (The Sacred Key To All Rook Endings) 121 The Philidor Position (A Critical Defensive Stand!) 126 Passive Rook 126 Pure Philidor 128 Trap the Enemy King Away From the Action 131 Queen vs. King and Pawn 133 Queen vs. Pawn on 6th Rank 133 Queen vs. Pawn on 7th Rank 135 Summing Up 139 Tests and Solutions 142 Final Thoughts 158 Part Five / Endgames for Class "B" (1600-1799) 159 King and Pawn Endgames 161 King and Two Healthy Pawns vs. Lone King 161 Tactical Bombs 167 Triangulation 170 Outflanking 173 Rook Endings 177 Rook and Two Connected Pawns vs. Rook 177 All Hail the 7th Rank! 184 Minor Piece Endgames 188 Two Bishops vs. Lone King 188 Bishops of Opposite Colors (Two Pawns Down and Loving it!) 192 Summing Up 197 Tests and Solutions 200 Final Thoughts 212 Part Six / Endgames for Class "A" (1800-1999) 213 King and Pawn Endgame 215 Strange Races 215 King and Pawn vs. King and Pawn 220 Rook Endgames 223 "Lucena" with a Rook-Pawn 223 Rook in Front of Its 7th Rank Pawn 227 Rook and Pawn (on 4th or 5th) vs. Rook 235 Minor Piece Endgames 243 Bishop of Opposite Colors (Bishop and Two Connected Passers vs. Lone Bishop and King) 243 Fortresses in Bishop-up Endgames 249 Queen Endgames (A Trick Win in Queen vs. Rook-Pawn and Queen vs. Bishop- Pawn on the 7th) 253 Summing Up 256 Tests and Solutions 258 Final Thoughts 270 Part Seven / Endgames for Experts (2000-2199) 271 Rook Endgames 273 The Flowchart; Taking a Simple Position Into Deeper Water 273 Rook and Two Connected Passed Pawns vs. Rook and Pawn 279 When a Philidor Goes Bad 281 Pawns on One Side of the Board 285 Rook and Two vs. Rook and One 286 Rook and Three vs. Rook and Two 290 Rook and Four vs. Rook and Three 294 Bishop Endgames (Bishop and Pawn[s] vs. Lone Bishop of the Same Color) 300 Queen Endgames 308 Blockade; Queen vs. Rook and Pawn 308 Blockade; Queen and Pawn vs. Rook and Two Pawns 309 Summing Up 311 Tests and Solutions 313 Final Thoughts 346 Part Eight / Endgames for Masters (2200-2399) 347 Cat and Mouse 349 The Principle of Two Weaknesses 363 All King and Pawn Endgames are Confusing! 374 The Pleasures of a Knight 397 The King is a Fighting Piece! 408 Queen and Pawn Endgames (Passed Pawns Rule!) 420 Part Nine / Endgames for Pure Pleasure 431 Entombed and Dominated Minor Pieces 433 Tactics 441 The Five Greatest Endgame Players of All Time 467 Emanuel Lasker (The 2nd World Champion) 468 Akiba Rubinstein (Uncrowned King) 479 Josø Raøl Capablanca (The 3rd World Champion) 491 Vasily Smyslov (The 7th World Champion) 501 Robert Fischer (The 11th World Champion) 512 Beyond Master (Recommended Endgame Books) 527 Bibliography 529 Index of Names 531
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Chess -- End games.