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Mastering Queen vs Pieces Endgames

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Fjerde bok i den nye FIDE-godkjente sluttspillserien virker som et svært solid arbeid av stormester Grivas, som behandler stillinger med dronning mot andre offiserer, og vanligvis med ulike antall bønder i tillegg.

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Dear Reader, As you may already be aware, the publishing house ‘Chess Evolution’ is print- ing a series called ‘Th e Modern Endgame Manual’ which will consist primarily of eight books and will deal with everything concerning the endgame.

I was surprisingly pleased when the Editor in Chief, GM Arkadij Naiditsch, asked me to write two of the total eight books. But I was a bit ‘disappointed’ when it was made clear to me that I would have to deal with a quite diffi cult subject: Queen vs Pieces Endgames!

But OK, nothing is really diffi cult nowadays. Th e modern author has at his dis- posal powerful databases, tablebases, analysed material, books and, by adding his knowledge, you will alwys fi nd what you are looking for!

Th e endgame is a phase of the game that has been extensively analysed and formed to concrete conclusions, although in nearly all the books I know of, very little space is dedicated to the queen vs pieces endgame subject.

I think this is mainly because of space limitations and because it’s a diffi cult theme that doesn’t appear too interesting for the readers. But a modern chess player cannot really choose what he likes or prefers — this has nothing to do with openings!

Today we have shorter time-controls and there isn’t really enough time to
dig around on the subtleties of each ending. You have to know and to repeat knowledge; don’t be carried away by the usual myth of the ‘chess talent’. As I have repeatedly written and proved, ‘talent is the excuse of the failed’.

‘Unfortunately’, the modern chess player is entitled and forced to work more than his predecessors. Th e modern chess trainer also needs to prepare more delicate themes, understand them and then teach them to his students as well. So, there is plenty of room for everything and for everybody who is thirsty for knowledge.

Knowledge is the key word, and knowledge is absorbed sub-consciously; it is impossible to remember everything you study. So, it is highly important to work with good material and good trainers in order to improve towards the ‘Chess Olym-pus’.

Nowadays the help of the Silicon Monster (chess analysis engines) is quite
valuable, as it can save an author countless hours of analysis and checking. But still the role of the qualifi ed trainer remains important; he knows where the truth is — he knows what to keep and what to throw away...

I do not want to hold a high nose and claim that everything I have written is perfect and completely sound; I am always aware of the surprise factor and I just try to write honestly and with responsibility.

As an aut hor, I feel t hat I shou ld especia lly congratu late four impor tant fi gures of our chess literature world: Alexander Baburin, Karsten Muller, John Nunn and Jan Timman. Dr. John Nunn was kind enough to permit me to publish his analysis of the game Piket-Nunn, Wijk aan Zee 1990 — I truly thank him!

Finally, I would like to thank three readers who each contributed valuable time and eff ort to check and correct my work: – Former FIDE Women World Champion, GM & FST Antoaneta Stefanova. – Endgame Expert & Author, GM Karsten Müller. – Lecturer in Computer Science, who has championed advances in the crea- tion and use of chess endgame tables, Guy Haworth.

Have a nice reading journey!

Athens, 2016 Efstratios Grivas

Sluttspillene som behandles:

CHAPTER 1. QUEEN VS QUEEN & BISHOP

  • Queen & Pawns vs Queen & Bishop .......................................................................... 17
  • & Pawns vs Queen & Bishop & Pawns ......................................................... 21

CHAPTER 2. QUEEN VS QUEEN & KNIGHT

  • Queen & Pawns vs Queen & Knight .......................................................................... 35
  • Queen & Pawns vs Queen & Knight & Pawns ......................................................... 39

CHAPTER 3. QUEEN VS ROOK

  • Queen vs Rook & Pawn ............................................................................................... 63
  • Queen vs Rook & Pawns ............................................................................................. 80
  • Queen & Pawns vs Rook & Pawns ............................................................................ 90
  • Queen vs Two Rooks ................................................................................................... 115
  • Queen vs Two Rooks & Pawns .................................................................................. 117
  • Queen & Pawns vs Two
  • Rooks & Pawns ................................................................. 127
  • Queen vs Rook & Minor Piece ................................................................................. 163
  • Queen vs Rook & Two Minor Pieces ....................................................................... 184
  • Queen vs Two Rooks & Minor Piece ....................................................................... 190
  • Queen & Minor Piece vs Two Rooks ....................................................................... 195

CHAPTER 4. QUEEN VS BISHOP & PAWNS

  • Queen vs Two Bishops ............................................................................................... 212
  • Queen vs Two Bishops & Pawns ............................................................................... 218
  • Queen & Pawns vs Two Bishops & Pawns .............................................................. 221

CHAPTER 5. QUEEN VS KNIGHT & PAWNS

  • Queen vs Two Knights ............................................................................................... 253
  • Queen vs Two Knights & Pawns .............................................................................. 259
  • Queen & Pawns vs Two Knights & Pawns ............................................................. 266

CHAPTER 6. QUEEN VS BISHOP & KNIGHT

Queen vs Bishop & Knight & Pawns .......................................................................279 Queen & Pawns vs Bishop & Knight & Pawns ....................................................... 285

CHAPTER 7. QUEEN VS THREE MINOR PIECES

Queen vs Four Minor Pieces .....................................................................................297 Two Queens vs Various Material ............................................................................ 300

Detaljert info
Antall sider 312
Type Bok
Språk Engelsk

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