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Monday, October 10, 2011

Nunn's Chess Endings wins ECF Book of the Year 2011

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Hi everyone,

Some chess news from England now. John Nunn's two volume examination of the Endgame became the 10th winner of the ECF Book of the Year award. The judges RB Edwards, Julian Farrand and David Friedgood were not only impressed by the detailed analysis and clear explanations but that this book contains much that is original and so actually advances our knowledge of the game. Running since 2002 the award has served to highlight books that might not necessarily stand out from the crowd when first released.

Nunn said he was approaching endgames from a different angle than normal manuals. First of all he is focusing on endgames requiring precise analysis, rather than the strategic endgames of players such as Karpov and Smyslov. He concentrates exclusively on end games from practical play; in other words the real life situations that so often cause difficulties for the player over the board. As always with Nunn his exemplary use of the computer ensures that the analysis is faultless.

The book excels is the combination of analysis with excellent and clear narrative which enables the reader to understand the lessons from the well chosen examples. You can read more at the ECF 
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