Author: Levenfish, Grigory Yakovlevich (1889-1961) and Vasily Smyslov
Publisher: B T Batsford, Ltd
224 pages with diagrams, bibliography and index and index. Octavo (8 3/4" x 6") issued in red with gilt lettering to spine. Translation of Teoria ladeinykh okonchonii (1957) by Philip J Booth. (Lusis:1104) First British edition.
Rooks and pawns are involved in about half of all chess endgames. The present study, which is translation of the great Russian work by grandmasters Levenfish and Smyslov, teaches players of all abilities just how to handle this difficult type of ending. Starting with the properties of the rook, the authors systematically deal with the progressive complication of K+R v K+R, R+P v R, R+2P v R and R_P v R+P to endgames with numerous pawns. Based on the experience of hundreds of tournament games and on thoroughly tried teaching methods and backed by careful analysis, this book will give the reader a deep understating of rook and pawn endings. He will be quipped to deal with any rook ending with a confident technique that even some present-day masters lack. Illustrated by over 300 diagrams, this book also forms an indispensable work reference.
A better than very good copy in a near fine price clipped jacket.