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Arkell's Endings

Utgivelsesdato August 2020
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En ekstra praktisk, levende og leseverdig sluttspillbok, av og med den engelske stormesteren Keith Arkell som har sin store styrke i denne delen av spillet, og kjærkomment viser hele partiene fra starten, "mot normalt" i slike bøker!

Forlagets egen omtale:

With chess booming online and time controls becoming ever faster, mastery of the endgame has never been so important. A few positions can be memorised; most rely on feel. How would you go about converting an extra pawn in a rook endgame and would you have any idea how to even try to win bishop and knight against knight and pawn?

In Arkell's Endings, acclaimed endgame expert Keith Arkell guides you through some of his finest games – and grinds. Making good use of clear explanation, not a wealth of variations, he should convince even the most ardent of opening theoreticians and attacking experts that endgames can be enjoyable, as well as beautiful on occasion.

Not only will readers enhance their intuition in the final stages of the game, they will never again write off an endgame as dull or a draw. Along the way, the reader will also learn plenty about the Minority Attack and Arkell's Scale of Pawns, which may mean you will no longer look favourably on trading an e-pawn for a d-pawn.

As becomes clear in Simon Williams' Afterword, there is so much more to Keith Arkell's chess prowess than just his endgame mastery. Throughout, his creativity and sheer resourcefulness shine through, with the Ginger GM demonstrating that one should never allow Arkell to advance his g-pawn as Black, or even to attack.

Grandmaster Keith Arkell has been one of Britain's most prolific players since turning professional in 1980. His rivalry on the weekend circuit with fellow GM Mark Hebden is the stuff of legend, but he has also thrived on the bigger stage. He has finished first as many as 25 times at the Paignton International Congress and in 2008 tied for first in the British Championship at Liverpool's iconic St George's Hall. 2014 was another highly successful year, as Arkell became the European Over-50 Champion, following that up with the silver medal at the World Senior Championships.

Fra forordet til Jonathan Speelman:

In this fascinating work, Keith Arkell adds to his earlier autobiographical collection with a new book dedicated to the phase of chess in which he truly shines:the endgame.

The initial position of the game of chess could in theory have three possibleoutcomes with ‘perfect play’: a win for White, a draw, or, if for some strange reasonWhite is in absolute zugzwang, a win for Black. Nobody seriously believes the last,though as far as I know it hasn’t been mathematically proven and most strong playersbelieve that while White can get some ‘edge’ from the opening – a human concept of aposition easier to play – that if God played God then the game would end in a draw.

This implies that in order to defeat a strong player you have to induce significanterror(s), and there are a number of ways to do this. With enough opening theoryand alucky or well targeted hit against a weak point, you may be able to deliver a knockoutblow even against a strong opponent very early on. Sometimes you can create sufficientproblems in the middlegame, either through positional pressure or some vicious attack(sound or not) to topple the enemy. However, if neither succeeds then normally thegame will eventually liquidate to an endgame.

This is the aspect of chess in which the difference between stronger and weakerplayers is most marked. Precisely because there are far fewer pieces on the board, it iscrucial that you handle them well. Strong endgame play demands underlying knowledge,precise calculation, good nerves to keep yourself together for hours on end and, aboveall, patience.

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Type Bok
Språk Engelsk
Antall sider 159