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In the ending, the advantage of a single "insignificant" pawn can frequently prove decisive, as that pawn inexorably pushes forward and is finally able to reach the last rank and is able to transform itself into a queen. Despite this basic fact of chess that any beginner knows, pawn endgames are usually played badly.
The present work already established in its Russian edition is by far the most complete work on pawn endgames ever published. Containing no less than 911 examples, it will prove invaluable both to the student of chess and to the practical player.
In both match and tournament games, there is usually an adjournment at about the time the endgame is reached. It is then that any player without the most authorative reference work puts himself at a great disadvantage and is in danger of throwing away both half and whole points. Pawn Endings could solve a player's adjournment problems with over 600 diagrams, in conjunction with the detailed contents list, make it easy for the reader to find any type of position.
Ilya Maizelis was widely recognized as tyhe world's greatest export on pawn endings. Ilya Maizalis was born on December 28, 1894. He was a Soviet chess player, chess theorist, historian and writer, translator. Member of the editorial board of "64" magazine. He was Executive Secratery of the publication "Soviet Chess Chronicle" in 1943-1946, and published in English in Moscow under the auspices of the All-Union Society for Cultural Relations with the organization (VOKS). His best results in competition were: Tournament cities "B" (1924 ) - 1-2nd; Moscow cmapionship (1932 ) - 4th place. He died on December 23, 1978.