Max Euwe's A Guide to Chess Endings PDF

By Max Euwe

ISBN-10: 0486233324

ISBN-13: 9780486233321

This e-book deals transparent, thorough assurance of crucial, usually encountered endgame occasions. 331 examples are analyzed (each with its personal diagram), together with 30 examples of Queen endings, and a hundred examples each one of pawn endings, minor piece endings and rook endings. "The top ebook for the student..."—Cleveland Chess Bulletin.

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I t is even more difficult to preserve. It is a curious characteristic of this element that it cannot be increased SUPERTORXTY I& THE VhRlOWS ELEMENTS 99 indchritcly: these comes a time when our oppollcnt will even up matters. It cannot even he maintained at a ~teadyicvel, for every move which fails to increase the lead allows our opponent to make up leeway in his development, and thus io improve matters for himself s regards the element of time. In addition, an advantage in time is in itself insufficient to enforce a win.

The advantage gained is not great, say only a pawn, or some advantage in psition, the whole outlook is difierent. We may notice, often too late, that what appeared in the middte game to be an undoubted "pull," has become in the end game a weakness, and features in the enemy's position to which we gave no thought: have become a first class weapon in his hands, Imagine that you haw been conducting a violent attack on the K side and that your opponent has an isolated but passed Q R P, I n the circumstances you did not give it a thought and rather looked on it as a weakness, Now your attack fails ta lead to a mate or to bring you any other advantage, and you see the despised pawn make its way unhindered to the queening square f What is to be done in such cases ?

For thc moment let it su&e to say that the position of the white pieceq is such that a K side attack is justified and that 2 glance at Black's position shows that the King's side is denuded of defending pieces; therefore the situation is ripe for an attack on that wing. [ r ~ US t go back to our analysis. White's advantage in rime is obvious, but it is also easy to discern his preponderance in space: it is tlecessary only to see which of the players controls the most impolzarlt squares. T o sum up: White's enormous advantage in position is undoubted, and one could even say that, thanks to Black's two undeveloped pieces, he has an advantage in force as well.

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