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Pandolfini's Endgame Course: Basic Endgame Concepts Explained by America's Leading Chess Teacher

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The endgame has always been a particularly instructive phase of chess play. It provides the perfect opportunity for understanding the potential power of each chess piece in every chess situation-from opening move to checkmate. Yet unfortunately, the endgame is often viewed as an inaccessible area of play by average players whose experience is usually limited to watching ch ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 15th 1988 by Touchstone
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Sergei Moska
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the first endgame book I ever read, and it's the only one that I've gone through cover-to-cover.

PROS:
-the most helpful part of this book is the prose. This book isn't a mess of variations; Pandolfini provides good, solid rules of thumb, and does so clearly. For instance, I've encountered the concept of "critical squares" in pawn endings in many texts, but none of those texts seem to explain the idea as clearly as Pandolfini's

-if you're a beginner, you probably can't find a more suitable
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Alec
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was ok


Good book but very poor proof reading it's full of mistakes.
Murilo Andrade
Sep 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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The chess coach of Josh Waitzkin compiled more than 200 easy-to-medium endgames in a single, easy to read book. Most basic endgames are covered. Very good reading to any amateur. As commonly in Pandolfini's books, it requires no previous knowledge of algebraic notation as it uses very few of it ( it is endgame, after all =) )

Tony
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was very instructive. I liked the way that the positions built on each other. I also thought it was very comprehensive going thru many variations and combinations of pieces to help you figure out the best endgame strategy.
Mr Question
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Beginning and Intermediate Chess Players & Students
A highly useful and instructive book for beginners and intermediate players. Pandolfini's selections provide both theoretical and practical fundamental endgames. Though a few typos will keep the reader on their toes, the material included is outstanding and easily digestible.
Serge Pierro
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Pandolfini presents a fine collection of Endgame lessons for the aspiring endgame student. All of the important positions are represented, along with concise instruction and in several case - alternate lines of analysis.
Todd Bryant
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
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Solid endgame intro for beginners. Suffers slightly from Pandolfini's tiresome writing--he is obsessed with using strange synonyms and unusual phrases where simple ones would do fine.
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Bruce Pandolfini (born September 17, 1947) is an American chess author, teacher, and coach. A USCF national master, he is generally considered to be America’s most experienced chess teacher. As a coach and trainer, Pandolfini has possibly conducted more chess sessions than anyone in the world. By the summer of 2015 he had given an estimated 25,000 private and group lessons.

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