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Today we will look at a book dedicated to an endgame master known to all – Karpov. The book “Endgame Virtuoso Anatoly Karpov” by Tibor. A great book: “Endgame Virtuoso, Anatoly Karpov”, by Tibor Karolyi and Nick Aplin. Published () by “New In Chess,” ISBN. Endgame Virtuoso has 5 ratings and 0 reviews. With his fine endgame technique Anatoly Karpov managed to win positions which nearly everybody else.

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With his fine endgame technique Anatoly Karpov managed to win positions which nearly everybody else assessed as a draw. This book takes, for the first time, a closer look at his endgame skills, which have always remained something of an enigma, explaining the finer points better than Karpov himself has ever cared to do.

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Karpov – Endgame Virtuoso

Please try again later. The book has Four major chapters: The book is THICK, with a nice tight binding and lays open easily to play through games with chessboard. I love the authors’ writing style T.

Aplin and appreciate their in depth analyses, organization, diagram layout and comments on the games in this book. This book contains some of Karpovs greatest end game techniques. The book contains complete games, which allows you to play through game of one of the greatest players of all time.

This added benefit allows you to play solitaire chess Covering up the moves, and trying to play what Karpov played This alone is an invaluable tool to chess improvement.

Once the end game is arrived at the analysis really kicks in, and gets in depth. I virtuoao it had been Karpovs thoughts, and analysis, but Tibor Karolyi does a really good job. I feel overwhelmingly under-qualified to give this book a review, kafpov I guess someone has to step up. I bought “Endgame Virtuoso Anatoly Karpov” first, to endgae the artistry one of my favorite players ever.


And secondly, to eventually augment my Endgame understanding. And that is the author’s intent. This is a work dedicated to Karpov’s magnificent Endgame skills. InChessToday said this is “by far the best work on Karpov’s chess to date. But those encompass an entire game, from Opening to Win. And usually those games selected are dramatic affairs, with brilliant combinations and forced wins in the Middlegame or soon after.

But rarer is a tome focusing solely ehdgame the astonishing Endgame wins of a single Master. That’s a whole different ballgame. Fitting, since it has been said by a lot of Grandmasters that in the strict arena of Endgame, in his prime Karpov was probably the greatest Endgame player ever. I want to state this is virthoso one of those “how to” Endgame manuals in the traditional endbame. And definitely not for a Club player just starting out.

If you are looking to learn the Endgame in step-by-step form, for beginner’s you start with “Silman’s Complete Endgame Course”. Do that, in that order, and then I believe you will probably get the most out of “Endgame Virtuoso Anatoly Karpov”. At minimum, this book is definitely best absorbed by someone at least at the level of an advanced Club player, Virfuoso and above. And that might be pushing it.

Endgame Virtuoso Anatoly Karpov: The Exceptional Endgame Skills of the 12th World Champion

As for the layout of this book itself, it covers selected Endgame wins for Karpov from to From his beginnings, his rise to the top, to World Champion, thru to the last stage of his years as Kasparov’s only real rival. And, yes, there are 8 games with Kasparov in the book. Each game starts off with the notation going 20 to or-so moves deep before the analysis begins. At that point, a diagram is given, the analysis starts. And the analysis is comprehensive.

It’s common that there is a paragraph of analysis dedicated to almost every pair of moves. At some key points, sometimes you get almost a full page for a move!

There are 3 to 4 diagrams per game. Aside from an index in the back on who Karpov played, the really useful reference is the table in the back called Endgame Classification. Pawns on one side The writing is clear and understood easily. No problems with language and grammatical form probably due in large measure to English co-author Nick Aplin.


I’m waiting for some patzer to get on here eventually and post a 1 to 2 star rating, saying the book is a waste, or too confusing. Regard that person for the amateur that they always will be. Or the other kind of troll; the pretentious wonk armed with an Engine and false-sense of accomplishment. And Engine analysis can easily be a problematic approach with Karpov. More than any of the greats, Karpov was noted as the master in the endgame of the seemingly innocuous, “quiet” Pawn move that didn’t seem to doing much.

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But after the game was over, the smoke cleared, a win for Karpov, deep analysis found that puzzling move 7 or 13 moves back was the key point in pulling a win from a sure cirtuoso. So, yes, your Engine can rightly point out something that has been mis-analyzed by an author. A man who helped train Peter Leko in his junior years. As well as some of the Polgar sisters.

Unless you’re armed with Karpoc Cluster, I’ll opt to trust Karolyi’s analysis to any objections. I am really looking forward to Karolyi’s long delayed, two-volume “Karpov’s Strategic Wins”, hopefully sometime here in After many unworthy efforts, I’m betting it will finally be the 1st truly correct, kapov, analytical game collection that has eluded Karpov aficionados all these many years.

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