Shereshevsky's masterful guide to endgame play is an essential work for every aspiring player. Using classic examples from grandmaster practice, together with modern illustrations and instructive games by lesser-known players, Shereshevsky lucidly explains the basic principles of the endgame: king centralisation, the role of pawns, exchanging pieces, suppressing counterplay, two weaknesses and much more.
The aim of this book is to improve a player's "class" in the endgame, to fine-tune his judgment of positions, to introduce him to common methods and to teach strategy.
This book doesn't just focus on specific features of endgames but teaches players how to think about them. Something about this book feels almost magical - the combination of clear illustrative examples sorted into important themes together with lucid and detailed explanations without unnecessarily complicated variations.
Who must read this book?
This book comes highly recommended for all serious chess players with ratings of 1400 and up.