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Chess endings have an immediacy lacking in chess endgame or chess problems: endings are not theoretical or composed, but actual board positions, the point in every game when the superfluous falls away, leaving only the essential. All of his genius — intuitive, tactical, strategic, logical — all of his art shines clearest in his endings, as he himself was proud to declare, advising others to study them carefully.
Here then is the essence of Capablanca, analyzed for the instruction of players and the pleasure of chess connoisseurs. Included are indexes of openings, themes in the endings, and opponents, as well as a bibliography and record of tournament and match play. Capablanca: for players, the epitome of the endgame; for readers, a classic chess study.
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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Chess Fundamentals. My 60 Memorable Games. Bobby Fischer. Irving Chernev. Jeremy Silman. Register a free business account. Your guide to mental fitness. Kevin Hart breaks it all down. Listen free with trial. Customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The model takes into account factors including the age of a rating, whether the ratings are from verified purchasers, and factors that establish reviewer trustworthiness.
Customer images. See all customer images. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. Until several months ago, I discussed my progress problem with a NM friend of mine, and he suggested me to find an endgame book to study. I accepted the advice and picked up this book, after compared many endgame thematic study books on Amazon. Why this one? In addition, as the famous trainer GM Sveshnikov mentions in many of his books, to better study any part of the game, it is always best to study complete games and concentrating on analyzing the theme you are trying to improve: because isolated diagram positional studies can be forgotten soon, while as being able to connect the contents with a particular complete game you study in books, it is much more likely to be remembered.
I studied one game in this book daily, and devoted hours to studied each game, over a period of two months. It is hardly ever a big pleasure to study endgames because they are usually not as exciting as middlegames, but thankfully I finished it, partially because of my desire to improve but a lot more I would say thanks to the author. Chernev has a written style combined of rich literacy and entertainment. Yet for most situations I do not use engines to look throughout games, but only use it to test an important position where the author give lengthy annotations.
For this book, I did find several severe false analysis some by the author and others by Capablanca himself and typos. Bc1-d2" is very passive, and I believe it deserves at least a?! Kd4-c5 is a blunder a move wins claimed by the author , which white will throw away the win, and instead Kc3 is essentially to keep a steady but not instant winning edge. Understandably though, this is a book focuses on endgame study, some critical notes missed given in middlegame and opening phases can be due to book size limits.
One thing to keep in mind if you are ready to begin to crack this entire book: Mr. Most notes in the book are high quality and precise. In addition, the author tends to explain the position from both objective and practical points, lists many examples of classical positions in endgame, middlegame and opening standard position and ways to play them. My favorite two games are game 20 and 24, which both well demonstrate crystal clear playing style and of the endgame giant Capablanca.
A game also impressed me is game 33, which Capablanca reached a terribly losing position out of the middlegame but magically managed to turn over the table with precise endgame play. After I finished this endgame book and studied several other chess books regularly for the past 4 months, I have not yet have a chance to test myself in any regular rated tournament yet, but my recent results in online games and over the board blitz have surprised myself.
In the past month, in ICC I reached 3 and 5 minutes rating peaks, and I started to beat FM and IM titled players from time to time, not in a method of winning on time which was basically the only way I had beat these strong masters in the past , but simply out played them in the middlegame and converted better endgames into wins.
Hearing this praise makes me pretty happy, not that naively believe being able to beat a GM several times in a blitz means I am on my way to become a top master, but simply happy to visualize my improvement after months of hard work.
After devoted 2 months to study this book, yet the change really comes: I no longer fear to transpose steady edge in middlegame into endgame, and even started to beat strong masters in endgames seem to be roughly equal. I highly recommend ambitious Class A and expert players who are seeking to improve your level onto next class to carefully study this book.
Since emigrating to the USA from the Ukraine in , Irving Chernev has been a prolific writer and is reckoned to have wrote some 20 chess books. Who has not heard of Logic Chess: Move by Move, arguably one of the most famous chess manuals ever published.
Literate and carefully structured". Having taken delivery of the book in question, I must say that this is a fine work. Good endgame works are rare it seems as they often comprise of dry, theoretical studies or puzzles not much use for over the board play.
An important point as endings should be studied in relation the the whole game. Each game and its ending are both numbered, making it easy to access just an ending if you want to skip the opening and middle phase of the encounter. The layout is economical with each game having one or two diagrams, usually at the beginning of the ending. One small gripe is the use of the long form of algebraic notation; e. But this is a minor fault. If you are an active participant in tournament and league play and want a concise, practical handbook of instructive chess endings, you cannot go far wrong by adding this to your collection.
After beginning a study of this book, you will begin noticing endgame bonuses in your position you can exploit to your advantage. You will go from finding those static position wins to seeing how those positions you learned are reached from a natural flow, this book does just that. In all, buy this book! See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews.
Translate all reviews to English. Position is first then material; space and time are complementary to position. This is a Capablanca dictum. Chernev has written a great book about capablancas sixty best games with an emphasis on endings. The full games are given annotated. Capablanca the greatest chess player of all time; no better! Very small amount of typing errors and the book is updated in long algebraic. The book was new but a copy of the original. The games are very instructive and learned many useful themes.
I believe improvement gained; won game against computer classical limit using capablanca method. I do have a bias for Capablanca and Sherry! Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again. The stars refer to the printing quality of this edition. It is an excellent book, a classic really on the endgame. However it has been spoiled by this very poor quality latest Dover edition. The page paper used is thin, the printing looks rather poor and the board diagrams are even worse.
I returned this copy and would advise anyone to go for a different edition of this classic book to avoid disappointment. One person found this helpful. Look no further!! I bought this book about a year ago on recommendation form a friend in my local chess club. I wanted to learn more about positional play and endgames without being bored to death. This book rarely leaves my side and i am on my fourth read through. You cannot fail to learn each time you pick up this book and play through and digest the magnificent games inside.
My rating and general play has improved immesurably.
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Renowned for the simplicity of his play, his legendary endgame prowess, accuracy, and the speed of his play, he earned the nickname of the "Human Chess Machine". Background Capablanca, the second son of a Spanish Army officer, was born in Havana. He learned to play at an early age by watching his father and defeated Cuban Champion Juan Corzo in an informal match in by 6. Despite this and despite taking 4th place in the first Cuban Championship in , he did not focus on chess until when he left Columbia University where he had enrolled to study chemical engineering and play baseball. He did, however, join the Manhattan Chess Club in , soon establishing his dominance in rapid chess. He won a rapid chess tournament in ahead of the World Champion Emanuel Lasker , and played many informal games against him.
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Chess endings have an immediacy lacking in chess endgame or chess problems: endings are not theoretical or composed, but actual board positions, the point in every game when the superfluous falls away, leaving only the essential. All of his genius — intuitive, tactical, strategic, logical — all of his art shines clearest in his endings, as he himself was proud to declare, advising others to study them carefully. Here then is the essence of Capablanca, analyzed for the instruction of players and the pleasure of chess connoisseurs. Included are indexes of openings, themes in the endings, and opponents, as well as a bibliography and record of tournament and match play. Capablanca: for players, the epitome of the endgame; for readers, a classic chess study.