- Taschenbuch: 607 Seiten
- Verlag: New in Chess; Auflage: Expanded. (7. Juli 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 9056914944
- ISBN-13: 978-9056914943
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,9 x 3,6 x 23,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 110.515 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Van Perlo's Endgame Tactics: A Comprehensive Guide to the Sunny Side of Chess Endgames (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. Juli 2014
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The instruction indeed comes with a spoonful of sugar. It cannot but help to improve your chess, painlessly, even enjoyably. The annotations are light and sometimes quite witty.--Don Aldrich "Chess Today "
Quite a powerful book. It does not wish to drill, it just wishes to entertain. And it does!--Gerhard Josten "Rochade Europa Magazine "
As a coach, I definitely understand the importance of beefing up my juniors' endgame skills. However I also realized that chess endgame studies are the last thing that truly excites them. Thus, instead of starting them on endgame principles, it only made sense to start them off by showing them the sunny side of endgames: the tactical fireworks.--Edwin Lam "ChessMate Magazine "
It is hard to believe that a simple collection of endgame positions could be so entertaining but Van Perlo's sardonic comments give the book a unique flavor.--Ian Rogers "Sun Herald "
Did the theme "endings" always seem a bit dusty to you? Thanks to Van Perlo it really starts (perhaps for you for the first time?) to really shine.--Peter Doggers "ChessVibes "
This book has several tactical twists and turns on each page, which should convince you that the endgame is definitely more interesting than you probably imagined, and it is a phase where many half points can be picked up - or thrown away.--Tim Harding "The Kibitzer "
The most enjoyable endgame book I've ever read. I've always loved tactics books, and this is the first endgame book I've ever encountered with this approach. Middlegame tactics books like this helped me reach master level; I wonder how far an endgame tactics book could have helped me go? I never found endgames as much fun to study (till now).--Hal Bogner "Chess Magnet School "
A masterpiece.--Joel Benjamin, Former U.S. Champion
A fantastic collection of endgame positions from actual play. Van Perlo's respect for the game, his delight in every little twist, is undeniable. And it is infectious.--Glenn Petersen "ChessCafe.com "
An irresistible collection of more than 1,300 endgame tricks and traps. A superb book, highly instructive.--Paul Motwani, Grandmaster "The Scotsman "
The thing's addictive! You can absorb fundamental lessons while being entertained.--John Watson, author of Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy "The Week In Chess "
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Ger van Perlo (1932-2010) was a Dutch chess correspondence grandmaster who collected endgame tactics for more then 30 years.
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I would dispute those characterizations of the value of endgame study vs. other phases of the game, because I frequently pick up rating points from equal endgames. But still, there is that factor of interest to contend with. Many of the endgame works are structured like encyclopedias, and are about as interesting to read.
Not so with this gem from Correspondence GM van Perlo, though! That author writes with a cheerful, winsome style, and the 1300 tricks and traps he presents do sparkle. I have spent countless hours trying to solve this book's diagrams, and either exulted in having found the clever path to victory (or draw), or cringed when I discovered I had overlooked a resource. In either case, I find myself picking up useful techniques for the all-important final phase of the game.
Some of my favorite examples include:
* In Perez Perez-Ivkov, Havana 1962, white resigned when it looked like black's 2 rooks would deliver checkmate the very next move. But he could have forcefully sacrificed both of his remaining pieces, a bishop and a rook, to reach stalemate!
* In Bumupi-Mijuskovic, Yugoslavia 1987, black mixes up his move order on the way to a winning pawn promotion, allowing white to salvage draw with a surprising perpetual check.
* White was a pawn down in a queen endgame in Loughran-Harrison, Victoria 1916, and eventually lost. However, Loughran could have played the surprising 1. Qf6! to put Harrison in a zugzwang that would have compelled him to resign in just 5 moves.
Once you have mastered a good introduction to basic endgame patterns such as 100 Endgames You Must Know: Vital Lessons for Every Chess Player Improved and Expanded, this masterpiece, whose second edition won both the English Chess Federation and ChessCafe Book of the Year Awards in 2006, is the book you should study. I would even recommend this significantly expanded 2014 edition to those who already own the second edition or third editions. The new section covers about 150 pages and contains about 200 fascinating examples and 76 puzzles from rook or rook + minor piece endgames. (Solutions are at the end.) By itself, the additional material would be a refreshing and useful endgame tactics book. Bundled with the previous work in a high-quality paperback edition, it provides compelling value.
The publisher provided a review copy of the book in return for my honest review.