In chess, as in advertising, there are brand names. Few names are as honored in chess as that of Troitzky, who for more than forty years maintained a magnificent record of unbroken creative activity. During that time he composed hundreds of these delightful endgame studies which are unsurpassable for elegance and subtlety. Troitzky is the great artist of the endgame domain, inimitable in his skillful manipulation of the chess pieces.
The present collection contains the studies that Troitzky considered his best. It would be difficult to think of a more enjoyable experience than savoring and enjoying these gems. Troitzky delights in making the seemingly impossible turn out to be eminently feasible. Take Diagram 4, for example; who would dream that White has a forced win by means of a masterly series of Queen moves? On the other hand, Diagram 144 starts off with two perfectly obvious moves, but it is actually much harder! Then for good measure he elaborates the theme even more strikingly in Diagram 145.