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Old 11-09-2017, 05:54 PM   #1
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Books that focus on Queen + Rook + Minor Piece semi-endings?

So I have noticed that Queen + Rook + Minor Piece vs. Queen + Rook + Minor Piece happens on the board quite often at all levels. Furthermore, I have noticed that almost everyone including GMs seem to struggle in these positions. Both sides often have multiple weak pawns and a semi-exposed king. Therefore, we have to constantly consider massive tactical complications, more standard positional play, and transitions into a wide variety of endgames simultaneously.

These positions fascinate me and I would love to study them more deeply. While these positions will always be difficult for me, I would like to become slightly less confused than my similarly rated opponents. Thanks for any recommendations!

P.S. - This is a duplicate thread from chess.com, but I put it in the books/equipment section where people seem to be more interested in collectable items than strategy. Also, other resources such as videos or training software work too!
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Old 11-15-2017, 09:09 AM   #2
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Re: Books that focus on Queen + Rook + Minor Piece semi-endings?

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Old 12-04-2017, 06:13 PM   #3
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Re: Books that focus on Queen + Rook + Minor Piece semi-endings?

Networth, as much as I love that book, I was a bit disappointed to find that none of the chapters focused on the thread title. Keep it weird and mysterious!

So I am pretty sure no such book or chapter exists, though it would be awesome imo. With the right author, good advertising, and a catchy title, it could just be such a fun and instructional topic imo. And of course, variations such as being an exchange up or having 2 rooks and 2 minor pieces vs. a queen and 2 minor pieces could be included as well.

Since this post, I have moved to the next level of difficulty in my CT-Art app and am seeing a lot more of these positions. I think that a big part of my problem is that the tactics get so complex in these spots that the positions can become a blur. So part of my solution is to keep working hard on my tactics. I also have noticed that I am pretty exhausted by the time I reach move 40 when I analyze annotated GM games. I plan to do a better job of making sure I am still energetic in these spots by taking a brief break when these positions come up before finishing the game. I also plan to flip through books like Zurich 1953 and find diagrams with these types of positions and to work hard to understand these games.

So anyway, I think my biggest problem with these positions is that they are just extremely difficult for pretty much anyone. I will probably never master these positions, but I can certainly learn to be more comfortable than my opponents!
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