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May 04 , 2009

Bishop Endgames: Do Opposites Attract?


Studying chess is about finding patterns and learning from examples that illustrate those patterns best. This e-book focuses on patterns based on material left on the board - bishops of opposite color and rooks. It explains the ideas of bishop endgames alone, and then shows how the strategy changes when rooks are also present on the board. 

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The level of a reader who could benefit from this book the most is between 1600 and 2200 ELO. However other chess players should also be able to learn from it because this topic is not often discussed in chess literature, yet can improvement in playing such simplified positions can dramatically increase one's chess strength.

The format was specifically designed for e-readers. Most chapters have examples from practical games of chess champions of the past and present, such as Botvinnik, Kasparov, and Carlsen, followed by puzzles for the reader to solve. That should reinforce newly learned concepts and help get a better sense of the combination of pieces (bishops and rooks) discussed throughout the book. There are also questions for the reader to answer at the key moments of the games. To see solutions for puzzles and questions - just go to the next page. Instructive mistakes by lower rated players are also demonstrated throughout the chapters.

The author, National Master Roman Jiganchine, has been a chess coach of many Canadian junior players, with his students having won many Canadian championship youth titles in various age groups. He has contributed to printed chess publications in Canada, Russia, and the United States.

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