Timman: The Art of the Endgame

Timman: The Art of the Endgame

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All through his career Jan Timman has been captivated by the mystery and splendour of endgame studies. Even during his most successful and busy years as a world class player, Timman continued to compose studies and admire those of others.

For him there has never been any doubt that the journeys in this magical world helped him to grow as a player.

In this fascinating book, Timman has collected a wide range of the finest endgame studies by other composers and explains in his lucid style how they inspired him to create dozens of brand-new studies himself.

As Timman writes in the preface: ‘Never before have I been so productive as an endgame study composer as in the seven months that I wrote this book. It was a sensational experience.’

The Art of the Endgame is a treasure-trove for the lovers of beauty in chess. But it is also of great value for competitive players. Solving endgame studies is a vital part of improving one’s endgame technique: it develops general understanding, calculation skills and resourcefulness.

Jan Timman is a former world championship candidate who rose to the number two spot of the FIDE world rankings. He is the author of several highly acclaimed bestsellers, such as \''Curacao 1962\'', \''On the Attack!\'', and \''Power Chess with Pieces\''.



Chapter 1
Miniature Studies

Chapter 2
Rook versus Bishop

Chapter 3
Preventing Pawn Promotion

Chapter 4
Various Promotion Combinations

Chapter 5
Knight Promotions

Chapter 6
Bishop Promotions

Chapter 7
Mating Patterns

Chapter 8
Stalemate Patterns

Chapter 9
Mutual Zugzwang

Chapter 10
Building a Fortress

Chapter 11
Systematic Manoeuvres

Chapter 12
The Disappearing Trick

Chapter 13
Three Themes
1. Troitzky/Amelung position
2. Valladao Task
3. Liquidation to a pawn ending

Chapter 14
Various Endgame Studies
1. Studies with others
2. Studies with no specific theme

Explanation of Symbols

Index of Composers


270 Seiten, 2011, kartoniert, englisch.