Created Thursday 07 December 2017
The basis of this book are the articles written about three tournaments held in mid 2000's - World Youth 2003 Championship, Canadian Junior Championship 2004, and Canadian Youth Championship 2004. Some of the players whose games are analysed - have since become established grandmasters and members of their national teams. One of the players - Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has been one of the contenders for the world title in the latest Candidates Cycle. It is interesting to observe how high their endgame skill level was already in their youth years.
Another point of the book is to compare the precise play and deep understanding of endgames by top juniors, with the instructive mistakes made at the lower level. In both cases, a lot can be learned. Specifically, these games will hopefully encourage players and coaches to refocus on such strategic issues of the endgame as increased value of passed pawns, active placement of a rook, importance of careful evaluation of pawn endings, attack against king with limited forces.
This ebook is a follow up to other ebooks about practical endings - Bishop Endgames - Do the Opposites Attract? and Rook and Knight Endgames - Strategy and Tactics.