Russian Endgame Handbook - Ilya Rabinovich

An old Soviet quip has it that Western amateurs “play the opening like grandmasters, the middlegame like experts, and the endgame like beginners.” Soviet-trained players would fearlessly steer the game toward the final phase, confident of their superior endgame skill. Ilya Rabinovich’s Russian Endgame Manual is a major reason for this.

Rabinovich raises the beginner’s understanding of the endgame to a sophisticated level, starting with elementary checkmates and then moving on to the principles for handling complex endgames and advanced concepts in king-and-pawn endings, such as the theory of corresponding squares. The author pays special attention to frequently neglected endgame themes such as rook vs. pawns, rook vs. a minor piece, and queen vs. rook.

First published in 1927 and updated in 1938, this classic work – featuring more than four hundred instructive endings and over three hundred exercises for self-study – served a generation of players at the height of the Soviet School’s dominance. Mongoose Press now makes it available to the English-speaking public for the first time.

Ilya Rabinovich - Author

Ilya Rabinovich (1891-1942) was an early Soviet master from Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). A five-time city champion, he tied for first place in the 1934/35 USSR Championship and was the first Soviet player to compete outside the Soviet Union, placing seventh at Baden-Baden, 1925.

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Contents: 7 Editor's Preface; 9 Foreword; 11 Introduction; 13 CHAPTER 1. The Simplest Mates; 22 CHAPTER 2. King and Pawn vs. King; 37 CHAPTER 3. Queen vs. Pawn (or Pawns); 48 CHAPTER 4. King, Minor Piece, and Pawn vs. King (or King and Pawn); 71 CHAPTER 5. Mate with Bishop + Knight; 76 CHAPTER 6. Mate with Knights (vs. Pawns); 96 CHAPTER 7. Minor Piece vs. Pawns; 109 CHAPTER 8. Exploiting the Advantage in Endings with a Large Number of Pieces; 157 CHAPTER 9. Pawn Endings; 245 CHAPTER 10. Bishops of the Same Color; 272 CHAPTER 11. Bishops of Opposite Colors; 303 CHAPTER 12. Knight Endings; 310 CHAPTER 13. Bishop vs. Knight; 337 CHAPTER 14. Rook Endings; 471 CHAPTER 15. Queen vs. Rook (or Rook + Pawns); 482 CHAPTER 16. Queen Endings; 490 CHAPTER 17. Rare Endings; 509 Solutions and Answers.
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