The Club is open and the chess action if fantastic! Join us Monday for casual chess OR join our Club Championship tournament, in which Round 1 will continue. We have one player looking for an opponent.
This tournament runs every other week, so if you cannot make the first night of the round starting, you can make it up on the second week. It is a great way to practice real tournament conditions, without the pressure of a big formal tournament.
The tournament is free so come on in at 6pm and register for the 6:30 start of Round 1 B!
Now for a little example and some advice:
The chess endgame decides many chess games. Here is a case in point from our own Club Championship action last Monday;
|Game EVEN. White to move.|
46. Qxc7?? …….
The losing move! There are several issues at play here. White had been down the exchange (a knight for a rook) for most of the game. He just swindled it back and was feeling relieved. With time pressure growing, White sees an opportunity to ‘liquidate’ and limit the power of Black further. The only problem is, the game is even simply because of White’s active queen. Trading off his best piece hands the advantage back to Black. White needed 46. Qe8+, Kh7 47. Rf2 and White holds the draw. Endgames are so delicate to handle.
46. …….. Rxc7
47. d5 Kf6
48. Rd4 Rd7
49. Nd2? Rdg7
50. Nxc4 Rxg2+
51. Kh1 Rg1+
52. Kh2 R1g4
53. d6 Rh7++
Luckily there are many chess books written to help you with this part of the game. These books come in three different varieties;
Theoretical encyclopedias, like Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual
Manuals dealing with specific material, like Secrets of Pawn Endings by Karsten Muller and Frank Lamprecht, and
Technique instead of theory books, like Endgame strategy by Mikhail Shereshevsky
Here are some other suggestions for Endgame books, not grouped in any order.
First Steps: Fundamental Endings by Cyrus Lakdawala
Mastering Complex Endgames by Adrian Mikhalchishin and Oleg Stetsko
How to Play Chess Endgames by Karsten Muller and Wolfgang Pajeken
Sharp Endgames by Eshen Lund
Chess Calculation Training- Volume 2: Endgames by Romain Edouard
There are other books available also. I like the updated and corrected version of the old classic:
Basic Chess Endings by Rueben Fine