Advanced Endgame Strategies


GM Edmar Mednis has produced another fine study of endgames. Following his series of basic endgames with various sets of material, he now has approached those endgames which require significant knowledge to achieve expert and master results. It is not sufficient to simply know that certain endgames are "theoretically" drawn, your opponent may well ask you to demonstrate your skill in the position to earn the half point. While these advanced positions are not suitable for the early student, they are required study for the advancing tournament player. The ability of computer chess programs to repeatedly test all possible variations in a position with little material has made it possible to study positions which defy human patience in testing every continuation. This research backs a number of the endgames presented in this handbook. Mednis is known for his detailed, patient explanation of the endgame, and this volume will only enhance this reputation.