|Domination in 2,545 Endgame Studies|
Domination in 2,545
Publisher: Ishi Press
Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
Domination in 2,545 Endgame Studies was originally published in the Soviet Union. It is a collection of endgames, mostly composed by a wide variety of Soviet composers, based on a common theme, that a normally weaker piece is able to trap a stronger piece.
I learned about this book at the US Championship in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where I saw one of the top players studying it, so I undertook to reprint it.
Ghenrikh M. Kasparyan (1910-1995) is considered to have been without doubt the greatest composer and analyst of chess endgame studies ever. He was so great that when a great new chess star named Kasparyan appeared on the scene, the Soviet authorities decided to change the name of the second Kasparyan to Kasparov to avoid confusion.
In this book, his master work, Kasparyan first classifies endgame studies into the analytic as opposed to artistic. Analytic studies are those likely to arise in an actual game. Artistic are composed positions where some spectacular or unusual event occurs.
Kasparyan then divides endgames into those where the win is achieved by promoting a pawn or checkmating the enemy king as opposed where white wins by trapping or dominating the enemy pieces. There are an amazing number or these dominating themes, including those by Kling, Horwitz, Berger, Troitzky, Rinck, the Platov brothers (Mikhail and Vladimir), Kubbel and so on.