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On the End game in Chess Fred Reinfeld

Dover Publications Inc. | ISBN: 0486204170 | 1957 | PDF (OCR) | 177 pages | 3.82 Mb
Preface:
In these days, the most critical the human race has ever Iraown, it might seem to some people Ihc height of triviality to write a chess book. But we want to cherish civilization, we want to preserve its gracious amenities, of which chess constitutes a minor but very satisfying part. That is why there is an added poignancy today in Dr. Tarrasch's moving words, written coward the close of a life which had had its billowing successes and catastrophic failures: "Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy."
Chess possesses tkis power in two forms;. it helps men to forget their troubles, solaces their sorrows, strengthens them to play their role in that world outside the realm of the chessboard. But chess can be an even greater source of pleasure: when it is played well, it gives one a sense of power and justifiable pride. Unfortunately chess has not only the power to make men happy; it also has the power to make them unhappy! Every chess player knows the depressing effect of spoiling an otherwise wellplayed game by botching the ending. The mistakes are irrevocable, but one's regret is none the less galling.
The present book had its genesis in this way: in looking over my own games, I noted how ol'en I had missed good opportunities, or played the ending haphazardly, or failed to put up the bet resistance in disagreeable situations. As I thought about these problems, they began to take shape in my mind as coming under clear-cut classifications; I saw how they could be treated systematically, and how one could inculcate the idea of substituting planning for drifting.
It is my sincere hope that just as these endings have given me pleasure and helped me to improve my end-game play, they will have the same efft on the reader. I shall be well repaid if I have brought the reader closer to the art of Alekhine and Morphy, of Lasker and Tarrasch and the other great masters; for the I shall have helped the reader to become a better end-game player, which is to say a better chess player. I shall have increased the magic power of the thirty-two pieces and the sixty-four pieces to make him happy.
About the Author:
Fred Reinfeld was one of the most prolific authors in history, having written or co-written over 200 books. Most were about chess, including books on the opening (Winning Chess Openings), the middlegame (1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations), and game collections (Great Brilliancy Prize Games of the Chess Masters), as well as biographies of Alexander Alekhine, Jose Raul Capablanca, Paul Keres, Emanuel Lasker (co-written with Reuben Fine), Paul Morphy (Andrew Soltis completed and published this book years after Reinfeld's death), and Aron Nimzowitsch.
Most of Reinfeld's chess books, such as the comprehensive The Complete Chess Player, were geared toward novice players. Many players received their first introduction to the game through his books. Reinfeld also wrote books for more advanced players, but they sold fewer copies. In 1996, Reinfeld became the 26th person inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame, and the first inducted primarily for his writing.
Although Reinfeld is remembered today for his writing, he was also a very strong chess player. He was ranked sixth in the country on the first rating list issued by the United States Chess Federation in 1950, after Reuben Fine, Samuel Reshevsky, Alexander Kevitz, Arthur Dake, and Albert Simonson. Reinfeld won the 1933 New York State Championship, finishing all eleven rounds undefeated, ahead of Fine, Anthony Santasiere, and Arnold Denker. During his career, he won games against such luminaries as grandmasters Reshevsky (twice), Fine, Frank Marshall, and Denker, and he drew against world champion Alexander Alekhine.

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