Let Me Ask You, Do You Know...?
352 Seiten, gebunden mit Leseband, Informator-Verlag, 1. Auflage 2018
Chess Informant proudly presents the timeless classic by Nikola Karaklaji c
Now, for the first time this hidden jewel of chess literature is being presented to the worldwide chess audience in all its excellence. The structure of the book was a revolutionary one at the time of its first release, and influenced the production of many instructive chess volumes.
"Let Me Ask You, Do You Know ...?" is a highly entertaining mix of tricky endgame puzzles and irreverent witty humor; once the most popular radio host and DJ in former Yugoslavia, Karaklaji c uses his wit and charm to play his audience like a fiddle. The challenges often appear deceptively simple at first, but as the plot thickens the readers are put on their heels, constantly guessing whether they are on the right track, as the author keeps serving red herrings on a black-and-white board with gusto. The exercises feel refreshingly different, having a delicate balance of difficulty and educational value, while the prose is thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable at all times, utterly dispelling the myth that chess is inaccessible and dull.
IM Ivan Markovic
Much to my delight I am witnessing the rebirth of Karaklaji c´ s magnificent endgame adventure. A dazzling labyrinth of apparently simple positions was so much easier to tackle equipped with this overwhelmingly entertaining tome.Taught - provoking, astute, thorough - and above all - fun to read from cover to cover, this timeless book taught me so much in my youth. I am recommending it wholeheartedly to all chess enthusiasts, students and teachers.
GM Milos Perunovi c
All the Nikola's chess endeavours elevated our beloved royal game to extent of true cultural phenomenon enjoyed by the millions of enthusiasts. Nikola Karaklaj ic devoted his life to chess. He won the title of Yugoslav Champion in 1955, and for a great number of years Nikola wrote columns for distinguished newspapers and magazines. He published several brilliant books and invested great passion diligently teaching the talented youths, inspiring love for chess in many generations of students. On top of that, he was the arbiter of the Fischer - Spassky Rematch in 1992.
He accomplished everything on his own, without any support, remaining independent and creative.
Nikola Karaklajic - a chess legend.
GM Aleksandar Matanovi c
President of Chess Informant
004 Scoring System
005 Lesson 1 Pawn vs. Pawn
013 Lesson 2 2 Pawns vs. 1 Pawn
020 Lesson 3 2 Pawns vs. 2 Pawns
027 Lesson 4 3 Pawns vs. 2 Pawns
033 Lesson 5 3 Pawns vs. 3 Pawns
038 Lesson 6 Opposition
044 Lesson 7 Distant Opposition
053 Lesson 8 Distant Passed Pawn
058 Lesson 9 The Magic Square
065 Lesson 10 The Power of Separated Pawns - "Electric Pawns"
073 Lesson 11 Triangulation
080 Lesson 12 Instrcetive Positions - Recapitulation
087 Lesson 13 Stalemate Salvation!
MINOR PIECE ENDGAMES
093 Lesson 14 Knight vs. Pawn
101 Lesson 15 Knight vs. Knight
105 Lesson 16 Knight Dominates Bishop
113 Lesson 17 When is a Knight Stronger than a rook?!
118 Lesson 18 Knight Endgames - Stalemate Salvation!
122 Lesson 19 Bishop vs. Pawns
128 Lesson 20 Bishop vs. Bishop (Bishops of the same colour)
135 Lesson 21 Bishops of the Opposite Colours
143 Lesson 22 The Wrong Bishop
150 Lesson 23 Bishop Dominates Knight
158 Lesson 24 When is a Bishop Stronger than a Rook?!
165 Lesson 25 Bishop Endgames - Stalemate Salvation!
169 Lesson 26 Rook vs. Bishop
176 Lesson 27 Rook vs. Knight
182 Lesson 28 Rook vs. Pawn
191 Lesson 29 Rook vs. Two Connected Pawns
199 Lesson 30 Rook and Pawn vs. Rook
208 Lesson 31 Rook and Pawn vs. Rook and Pawn
215 Lesson 32 Rook and Two Pawns vs. Rook and pawn
222 Lesson 33 Rook Endgames with Equal Number of Pawns
228 Lesson 34 Rook Endgames with an Extra Pawn
233 Lesson 35 How to Get a Draw Being Two Pawns Down
241 Lesson 36 Stalemate Salvation!
247 Lesson 37 Queen vs. Queen
252 Lesson 38 Queen vs. Pieces
261 Lesson 39 Queen vs. Pawn on the 7th Rank
267 Lesson 40 Stalemate Salvation!
USEFUL ENDGAME MOTIFS AND TRICKS
273 Lesson 41 How to Create a Passed Pawn?
279 Lesson 42 A Key Square Blockade
285 Lesson 43 Minor Promotions
297 Lesson 44 How to Avoid a Stalemate?
303 Lesson 45 A Pawn in the Starring Role!
307 Lesson 46 A Knight in the Starring Role!
313 Lesson 47 A Bishop in the Starring Role!
319 Lesson 48 A Rook in the Starring Role!
324 Lesson 49 Starring - Her Majesty, the Queen
329 Lesson 50 Starring - His Royal Highness, the King
335 Lesson 51 Do not be greedy!
341 Lesson 52 How to draw a chess game?
348 About the Author