The King Saves the Day: A World Champion’s Favorite Studies

Sergei Tkachenko has written six books on endgame studies. This is the sixth volume.
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Learn great traps, turn losses into draws! 

Sergei Tkachenko has collected 100 studies whose common theme is that white ends up with just one king in the finale, yet manages to draw. 

There are no more than six moves in almost all solutions, so experienced chess players can analyze the positions directly from the diagrams. Newbies to chess problems will also find analyzing these studies useful. The diverse set of tactical ideas involving the king in the finale will enable them to gain a deeper understanding of the king's resourcefulness. 

Some of these studies are classics from bygone ages. Others were originally published in the Soviet Union or ex-Soviet countries. Several are Sergei’s own compositions. 

This is the sixth book in a series of endgame studies.


Sergei Tkachenko (born in 1963, near Odessa, Ukraine) is a member of the Ukrainian team that won the 5th World Chess Composition Tournament in 1997. Sergei coaches the Ukrainian chess composition team. He is also the press secretary of the Chess Composition Committee of the Ukrainian Chess Federation.

Sergei is an award-winning author who has written 18 chess books (in Russian), including compositions and on historical themes. He is deputy chief editor of a Ukrainian chess composition magazine called Problemist of Ukraine and has a regular studies column on the ChessPro website. Sergei is a member of the Ukrainian Union of Journalists. He is a historian and archivist, a mechanical engineering graduate, and additionally spent five years studying theater production.

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Edition : Paperback
Publication date : July 5, 2018
Number of pages : 0
Publisher : Elk and Ruby
Weight : 142 gram
ISBN : 9785604071014