The MYEP series off er training on a vital subject, the choice of the ‘best’ available endgame plan. As is commonly accepted, a correct Evaluation of the position, a strong Plan and an accurate Execution are the three important factors that separate ‘the expert from the amateur’. In a way, efficient training on the three above mentioned concepts can help a chess player mature and lead him to new successful paths. The today Author has at his disposal powerful databases, tablebases, analysed material, books and by adding his knowledge, you will get what you are looking for!
The endgame is the phase of the game that it has been extensively analysed and formed to concrete conclusions, although in nearly all the books I do know, very little space is dedicated to forming plans. I think this is because of space limitations and because it’s a difficult theme that doesn’t looks too interesting for the readers. But a modern chess player cannot really choose what he likes or prefers — this has nothing to do with openings! Today we have shorter time-controls and there isn’t really enough time to dig on the subtleties of each ending. You have to know and to repeat knowledge; don’t be carried away by the usual myth of the ‘chess talent’. As I repeatedly wrote and proved ‘talent is the excuse of the failed’. ‘Unfortunately’, the modern chess player is entitled and forced to work more than his predecessors. The modern chess trainer as well needs to prepare more delicate themes, understand them and teach them as well to his students. So, there is plenty of room for everything and for everybody who is thirsty for knowledge. Knowledge is the key word. And knowledge is absorbed sub-consciously; it is impossible to remember everything you study. So, it is highly important to work with good material and good trainers in order to improve and get higher in the Chess Olympus Mountain.
Nowadays the help of the Silicon Monster (chess analysis engines) is quite valuable, as it can save an author countless hours of analysis and checking. But still the role of the qualified trainer remains important; he knows where the truth is — he knows what to keep and what to throw away... I do not like to claim that everything I wrote is perfect and completely sound; I always think of the surprise factor; I just try to present my thoughts honestly and with responsibility.