The first is Starting Out – Pawn Endings, by Glenn Flear, an overview of how to play pawn endings and turn half points into full points (or avoid turning half points into no points!) Pawn endings are a fundamental part of the game, but they’re often overlooked.
The second book, Play Unconventional Chess and Win by Noam Manella and Zeev Zohar, is about as far removed from pawn endings as it’s possible to get. Looking at unconventional ideas in openings, middlegames and endings – such as deliberately giving up pieces in endings, going on king marches, tucking a rook away on a7 with pawns on a6 and b7 – it’s a book Frank Scott will hate! But the ideas encourage you to think outside the box – and they’re great fun to play through anyway! As an example, here‘s a great game from the 2010 Olympiad between Ivanchuk and Jobava which is included in the book in full.
We’ll be formalising the library from Wednesday – so if you have any books or DVDs out on loan, let us know so we can keep track of them!