"It is possible to lose oneself in the amazing universe of King and Pawn endings and this is the ultimate guidebook for what would certainly be an extraordinary journey. It is also an excellent book to dip into to dig out some quick snippets of entertainment. Every single page will deliver such goods. ... A very thorough and entertaining work!" - Sean Marsh, marshtowers.blogspot.com
The definitive modern work on pawn endings, written by the same authors as the award-winning Fundamental Chess Endings.
This book provides a thorough course in endings with just kings and pawns, from the simple to the highly complex. Armed with this knowledge, the reader will also be able to tackle other types of endgame with greater confidence and certainty.
Many interesting and beautiful positions are included, and there are test positions for the reader to solve. The authors follow the rigorously logical conventions introduced by John Nunn in his famous series of endgame manuals. This has necessitated a phenomenal amount of new analysis of theoretical positions to assess precisely the merits of each and every move.
* A comprehensive and authoritative guide to the most fundamental type of endgame
* Includes puzzle positions to test the reader's understanding
* Makes use of computer software specifically geared to pawn endings
* Logically organized in user-friendly fashion
"...written by the authors of Fundamental Chess Endings and is up to the quality of that book. ... Very highly recommended." - Paul Dunn, Australasian Chess magazine
Karsten Müller is a grandmaster from Germany, who competes regularly in the Bundesliga and international events. He finished third in the German Championship in 1996, and was runner-up in 1997. He is a noted authority on both practical and theoretical endgames. Frank Lamprecht is also from Germany, and is an international master. He has been a chess trainer since 1983. Müller and Lamprecht won the British Chess Federation Book of the Year Award in 2002 for Fundamental Chess Endings - a well-thumbed copy of which was seen in use at Magnus Carlsen's World Championship training camp in 2013!
"Through this book you shall find a mass of instructive exercises and please don't forget to study the ideas of the great endgame magician Nikolai Dmitrievich Grigoriev, because this book offers many of his brilliant ideas!" - John Elburg, chessbooks.nl
"...excellent for all readers, whether the expert level player seeking to ascend into the master ranks (or beyond) or the casual player hoping to gain a deeper appreciation of pawn endings' beauty. A good example of the book's versatility is the discussion of corresponding squares. The discussion is thorough, addressing everything one needs to know about the importance of corresponding squares in pawn endings. The subject matter is highly technical, but Müller and Lamprecht use classic endgame studies to keep the reader's attention. Furthermore, a plethora of diagrams depict the application of corresponding square concepts. For years, Secrets of Pawn Endings has been one of my favorite endgame books. Müller and Lamprecht have written a book of great theoretical and practical significance. Secrets of Pawn Endings is a must-have." - Josh Specht, chessvideos.tv