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by Bruce Pandolfini

Here are 111 instructive, quirky, surprising, and fun tactical chess problems to improve anyone's game, created by renowned chess teacher Bruce Pandolfini. Designed to promote creativity and imaginative play, all the problems are endgame miniatures, with seven or fewer pieces on the board. · Every solution has two parts, the setup and the requisite tactic, each of which also reveal broader lessons on general game play· Points are awarded with each solution, so players can track their progress as they work through the book· Answer pages offer descriptions and explanations of the winning procedure employed· Problems are organized thematically, to reinforce the lessons they impart
Download Pandolfini's Chess Challenges: 111 Winning Endgames epub
ISBN: 0375722068
ISBN13: 978-0375722066
Category: Humor
Subcategory: Puzzles & Games
Author: Bruce Pandolfini
Language: English
Publisher: Random House Puzzles & Games (May 8, 2007)
Pages: 256 pages
ePUB size: 1466 kb
FB2 size: 1753 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 134
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Endgame puzzles are well laid out in a convenient format. Asks the read for correct move(s) and to identify the relevant principle of play. Puzzle on one page, solution and scoring guide on the reverse side. Nifty little book, easily carried in a pocket or pack.
Great strategy for learning end games in chess
I'm very much enjoying this book and have completed 88 of the puzzles. They're not too hard, meaning that I get prob about 9 out of 10 of them (I'm 1680 or thereabouts uscf). I don't know if this book will improve your chess, some puzzles are a little artificial looking, but on the other hand many are very elegant.
Regarding the points system, it makes no sense to me - I frequently find high point puzzles easy and vice versa. Also the solutions occasionally omit an important variation (though you should be able to figure it out).

But I save my greatest praise for the book design. First it's small and will easily fit in a pocket. Secondly, the style of puzzle on right hand page with solution on the next page is the ideal, why does anyone do it differently? (Except perhaps to save space I suppose, but I really don't like having to hunt around in the solutions (with the risk of seeing the solution to the next puzzle). Also, having the solution reprint the diagram with the solution move shown is great, again cutting down on all the flipping around. Due to this convenient layout, this is the only chess book I have read/completed more than 25% of - I wish there were many more chess books with a similar layout.
A nice little puzzle book that stands out from the rest. This book's puzzles are designed with the endgame in mind so there are usually not many chess pieces in the puzzle. This book may not help your endgame per say but it did teach me that even when the board looks hopelessly empty, drawish or lost ... there may be a surpise winning move that can change everything. This is the only chess puzzle book that has helped me open my mind to other possiblilites. It's also a nice small book you can take on the go. Each puzzle has a rating difficulty also.
I read the one critical review with two stars and have to disagree. This is a great little book, with puzzles in increasing difficulty, which will challenge your chess skills. The book is easy to take with you anywhere, the puzzles are fun to solve, and they will improve your endgame. One may not like the point system used to rate your success, and how many points makes you an expert. I found the point system fun. It made me work harder on the puzzles, rather than giving up too quickly and look at the answer. I wish Pandolfini had a similar book with middle game puzzles.
Using it for teaching youth how to play chess...starting with the end game and moving to middle and finally to openings. i was looking for an easy to understand, read, and use book and this fit the bill nicely.