Shortlisted for The Guardian 2008 Chess Book of the Year Award
The good news about endgames is: • there are relatively few endings you should know by heart • once you know these endings, that's it. Your knowledge never goes out of date!
The bad news is that, all the same, the endgame technique of most players is deficient. Modern time-controls make matters worse: there is simply not enough time to delve deep into the position.
Jesus de la Vila debunks the myth that endgame theory is complex and he teaches you to steer the game into a position you are familiar with.
This book contains only those endgames that:
• show up most frequently • are easy to learn
• contain ideas that are useful in more difficult positions.
Your performance will improve dramatically because this book brings you:
• simple rules • detailed and lively explanations • many diagrams • clear summaries of the most important themes
• dozens of tests.
Jesus de la Villa (1958) is an International Grandmaster born in Spain. He is a successful author and a well-known chess coach. He has won the Spanish Championship twice.
Gary Walters Chess: "If you really have no patience for endgames, at least read Jesus de la Villa's '100 Endgames You Must Know'."
Marsh Towers Chess Reviews: "The greatest strength of the book: breaking things down into well-worded chunks of easily digestible information."
IM John Donaldson, jeremysilman.com: "De la Villa does the job quite well. He emphasizes the practical and prefers understanding to memorization."
Ted Greiner, British Correspondence Chess Association: (comparing '100 Endgames' with John Nunn's 'Understanding Endgames') "Though Nunn's comments are clear and to the point, I found De la Villa's discussions easier to digest."
Elisabeth Vicary, USCF Online: "[Former Women World Champion Alexandra Koteniuk] said she had really enjoyed De la Villa's '100 Endgames You Must Know' and had made flashcards out of the 100 positions. One side of the card had the position, the solution was written out on the reverse, and she quizzed herself until she knew all 100."
British Chess Magazine: "A clear exposition of the most important endgames, with exercises to test your knowledge."
Max Euwe Centre, Amsterdam: "The instructional explanations, the many diagrams and the pleasant presentation make this endgame book an interesting publication for club players with a rating from 1600."
Johan Hut, Gooi- en Eemlander: "An excellent book to enhance your endgame skills."
B.H.Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad: "Every clubplayer should study this splendid book."
Danny King & Ronan Bennett, The Guardian: "We all admired '100 Endgames' for its clarity and practical value."
WIM Rike Wohlers-Armas: "I like it a lot. It may be the first chess book since more than 25 years I will study thoroughly."