Endgame books are fashionable! That's the first thought when a new and hefty book (544 pages) on the subject arrives...
Glenn Flear is foremost known for his opening books, this time he ventures into endgame. The result? At first sight impressive. Clearly Flear has invested enormous amounts of time in preparing it. This is what the publisher himself has to say:
Welcome to a new type of endgame book. A book that includes...The most common endgames you will ever encounter. Examinations of material balances you will reach in almost half of your games. Over 500 pages of grandmaster advice and analysis, assisted by the latest computer software.
Forget those books which just recycle established theory. Forget those books which concentrate on fantastical studies. Grandmaster and endgame expert Glenn Flear has created an in-depth book of all endgames which feature either two pieces for each side, or two pieces against one - an essential area of the game that has never before been comprehensively covered in one volume.
Why is this so important? Because these situations arise incredibly frequently in practical play. These are the endgames that matter. If you can handle such endgames well, your results will improve. This book shows you how.
Derek Grimmell, ChessCafe:
"So is this in fact the most important endgame book ever published? It may very well be.
"First, it gathers together hundreds of instructive examples covering some of the most common decisive positions in chess – positions that Kramnik and Karpov have turned into careers, one might say. Anyone who spends the time and effort to study each of Flear’s examples will end up a substantially stronger player in about half of all serious games she or he plays.
"Just as importantly, the examples are as entertaining as they are instructive. The biggest obstacle to endgame training is its occasional resemblance to penmanship drills.
"Several recent books have added spice to endgame training, such as 'Van Perlo’s Endgame Tactics'. Flear’s book has much the same entertainment quality. If you have trouble staying focused on this book, perhaps chess is not your game."