Jacob Aagaard presents the reader with a few key concepts in the endgame and invites him to test his skills with a lot of examples from recent tournament practice. Where many endgame books are theoretical and emphasize memorization, Endgame Play is based entirely in the real world, where the ability to react precisely in technical positions is a life skill.
"Solve your endgame problems with Endgame Play!
I strongly believe in training by solving exercises and Jacob Aagaard is a real master here. I often train my own students using the books from his Grandmaster Preparation series, and they really help on the way to becoming an International Master or hopefully even a Grandmaster.
With Endgame Play Jacob Aagaard has again proved convincingly that he is indeed one of the best chess authors of modern times."
From the Foreword by GM Karsten Müller
Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard won the British and the Scottish Championships at his first and only attempt. He is the only author to have won the Boleslavsky Medal as well as the ACP, Guardian, ECF and ChessCafe Book of the Year awards. He is a FIDE Senior Trainer and trains grandmasters from four continents. His training material is used by amateurs, grandmasters and World Champions alike.
The Grandmaster Preparation series is aimed at ambitious players.
ISBN 978-1-907982-32-3 - 376 pages - Published (paperback) 2 July 2014
"The biggest problem when trying to train yourself is finding that high-quality material, especially for endgames. Endgame books tend to rehash the same classic examples because original endgame analysis is very difficult to do well. That's why I'm so impressed with Aagaard's 'Endgame Play'. All of the examples in the book have been played in the last ten years and probably 99% of them were new to me. The quality of the analysis is absolutely top-notch as well."
GM Matthew Sadler, New in Chess
"This is a fine book, possibly the finest of the Grandmaster Preparation series, and it is a book that is well worth your purchase."
John Hartmann (full review)
"This book is a worthy part of this great series and the author shows once again that he has mastered his craft and that he is justly regarded as one of the world's top authors and trainers... An absolute must for any serious chess study!"
Lukas Wedrychowski (full review in German)