This second book focuses on endgames. There are a lot of things to learn “by heart” about them — but they are often difficult to apply at the board, unless you get exactly the same position as you studied. This is why I believe it is an interesting approach to present an endgames book as a series of exercises, with instructive but practical positions.
In the fifteen chapters and 480 exercises in this book, we will encounter many subjects, for example attack, defense, surprises and hidden moves, while some chapters will be especially dedicated to four great players – Kasparov, Karpov, Fischer and Kramnik – in order to learn about their styles. The last two chapters are also of a very special kind, ‘Extraordinary Wins’, where you will see moves of the kind you won’t meet very often in life, and ‘Special Section’, with exercises requiring special instructions.
Cyrus Lakdawala does something no other chess writer has done before: he makes you reflect deeply about your style of play and its consequences. After reading Chess for Hawks you will be a stronger player because you have mastered an essential but neglected skill: you will know how to obey the position’s requirements instead of your natural inclination.
Feature articles and annotated games.
<em>Chess Informant 119 Viking</em> is dedicated to the newly crowned world champion, Magnus Carlsen. It contains feature articles and more than 200 game annotated by the players themselves, covering November 2013 – February 2014.
A fresh collection of feature articles and annotated games.
Feature articles and hundreds of deeply annotated games featuring the 2014 Tromso Chess Olympiad.
A fresh collection of feature articles and deeply annotated games. Among the columnists are GMs Morozevich, Inarkiev, Marin, Berg, Ipatov, Kotronias, Rozentalis, Ivan Sokolov, Wesley So.
Feature articles by Morozevich, Sokolov, Marin, Kotronias, and many others. More than 200 deeply annotated games.
Feature articles by GMs Morozevich, Marin, Berg, Kotronias, Mueller, Ivan Sokolov, and others. Hundreds of deeply annotated GMs games in the tradition of Chess Informant.
Feature columns by Morozevich, Marin, Flores Rios, Sokolov, Berg and others.
A comprehensive report on the Sinquefield Cup 2015, and, as always, hundreds of deeply annotated games, combinations, endings, and studies.29
CI 126 focuses to a large extent on the FIDE World Cup 2015. Bearing in mind the high stakes of this tournament, we simply could not miss the opportunity to present a large selection of its high-quality games, annotated by the contestants themselves.