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    Silman's 'Complete Endgame Course'

    Picked up 2 chess books (first in a couple of years) from The Gardiner Chess Centre 2 weeks ago.

    One was recommended by Graeme - Silman's 'Complete Endgame Course'
    Just finished Chapter 1. I'm a fan of Silman's writing. More than happy so far. The book is sectioned into rating strengths from sub 1000 to 2400 plus.

    Here's a review.

    I'm pleased to say that the second book was Gary Lane's 'The Ultimate Colle' which was well written and I hope I took some ideas that will prove practical in my OTB play.
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    Silman has a section on lone king v king + minor pieces.

    He refuses point blank to devote any time to the k v k+n+b as a waste of reader brain space on the basis of the lack of occasions that the reader will encounter that position in his chess career.
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    St Kilda Calls N.L

    St Kilda calls North London...
    Any chance to incorporate this thread in the Endgame Mania thread?
    Cheers and good luck!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner Duggan
    Silman has a section on lone king v king + minor pieces.

    He refuses point blank to devote any time to the k v k+n+b as a waste of reader brain space on the basis of occasions that the reader will encounter that position in his chess career.
    I respectfully disagree with his approach here.
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    some thoughts!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner Duggan
    He refuses point blank to devote any time to the k v k+n+b as a waste of reader brain space on the basis of occasions that the reader will encounter that position in his chess career.
    Or because he doesn't know how to do it himself!
    I think the value of knowing this ending, lays more on the great example of co-operation between B + N rather than executing the mate itself.
    After all studying Bach's Well Tempered Clavier, or Segovia's scales, doesn't contribute to the interpretation of any particular compositions, but it works miracles for guitarists' and/or pianists' technigues.
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    I can't disagree with either of you. I'm happy all the same.
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    I bought this book a couple of months ago, and couldn't be happier - it was exactly what I needed. I find it very well written with high production values, notwithstanding a couple of errors and typos (inevitable in any chess book), and much more accessible than Karsten & Muller. Don't get me wrong, K&M is a masterpiece, but more of a reference IMHO than a manual. Silman's conversational and anecdotal style makes the subject much more entertaining and interesting, and I attribute a recent win to lessons learned from this book.

    5/5 for my money
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    you never know

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner Duggan
    Silman has a section on lone king v king + minor pieces.

    He refuses point blank to devote any time to the k v k+n+b as a waste of reader brain space on the basis of the lack of occasions that the reader will encounter that position in his chess career.
    Some years ago a Box Hill member had this ending and could only draw.

    not long afterwards he had it again and his opponent ran his king the wrong way and got mated.

    Not long afterwards he had the position again and his opponent resigned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidflude
    Some years ago a Box Hill member had this ending and could only draw.

    not long afterwards he had it again and his opponent ran his king the wrong way and got mated.

    Not long afterwards he had the position again and his opponent resigned.
    I was told of a story (years ago) that a well known and equally respected IM simplified into this ending from a rather inferior position against his opponent - an elderly chess fox from NSW, hoping that he didn't know it. The old bloke did though and went away with the whole point!
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    Quote Originally Posted by heavyknight
    I was told of a story (years ago) that a well known and equally respected IM simplified into this ending from a rather inferior position against his opponent - an elderly chess fox from NSW, hoping that he didn't know it. The old bloke did though and went away with the whole point!
    Cheers and good luck!
    I was there. The IM was not suprised that the elderly player knew how to do it. Rather, he just wanted to see it in and actual game. For the experience.
    The elderly player had know how for more than 50 years.
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    Oddly (I think) enough, the day before I read the particular part of the book where Silman stakes his ground, a solid B(International)CC player was demonstrating the very technique.

    I'm not saying it's not valuable - and I don't think Silman is either. I believe he is making the claim for best use of resources.

    I'd also hazard that for everyone who has encountered it (on their side), there are 10 that haven't.

    Just to clarify, I'm just chatting ... I AM NOT MAKING THE CASE FOR NOT LEARNING THE TECHNIQUE!

    So let's have a poll! ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner Duggan
    I AM NOT MAKING THE CASE FOR NOT LEARNING THE TECHNIQUE!
    if one learnt the technique and then revised once every month it would be worth the investment
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eurotrash
    ... Karsten & Muller. Don't get me wrong, K&M is a masterpiece, but more of a reference IMHO than a manual.
    This would be Fundamental Chess Endings by Karsten Müller & Frank Lamprecht, presumably.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EGOR
    I was there. The IM was not suprised that the elderly player knew how to do it. Rather, he just wanted to see it in and actual game. For the experience.
    The elderly player had know how for more than 50 years.
    Is #3 on this thread the game in question?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    Is #3 on this thread the game in question?
    No. Maybe there are two similar, but different games being referred to here?
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